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Enjoy a truly ‘back-to-nature’ safari experience as you explore the swamps, flat pans and floodplains of Botswana’s wildlife-rich wilderness. Your glorious game-viewing begins with a two-night cruise along the Chobe River, before staying in three simply stunning luxury lodges, heading out on safari drives and guided walks to spot cultural delights and, of course, a wealth of spectacular species.
The ultimate water-based game viewing experience awaits as you glide along the Chobe River onboard the Zambezi Queen, with the huge density of elephants a highlight
At Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, encounter the wildlife at eye level from the unique and immersive viewing hide
Visit the Savute's historic San Bushmen paintings, thought to have been painted using snake venom, blood and plant juice over 1,500 years ago
Botswana experiences the second largest zebra migration in the world, so if you’re visiting during the wet season, it’s likely that you’ll encounter the migrating herds pursued by their predators
As dawn breaks in the Okavango Delta, head out by traditional mokoro canoe along a network of water channels as they reflect the morning light. Pass by lions, leopards and Nile crocodiles stalking among the reeds, experiencing a gloriously quiet and calm side to this inland oasis.
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Glide gently along the Chobe River aboard the Zambezi Queen, a floating boutique hotel that allows you to explore one of the planet’s most remote locations in sophistication and style. From your suite’s private balcony, enjoy unobstructed views of Chobe National Park’s wildlife – including one of the densest elephant populations in Africa and countless bird species! You can head out on tender boats to visit nearby villages and experience local culture, while tiger and bream fishing can also be enjoyed.
Disembark and transfer to Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, Chobe National Park, Botswana.
Part of the captivating Chobe National Park, Savute is a wilderness of sprawling grasslands, desert landscapes and the mysterious Savute Channel, an unpredictable waterway that floods and dries up to its own inexplicable rhythm. Enjoy views over the thriving channel from Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge’s elevated pool deck, before heading out on twice-daily game drives into an area that is renowned for its exceptional predator viewing, as well as its fabulous array of birdlife. If you’re travelling during the migration season, a full day zebra drive can be arranged, while you’ll also visit the historic San Bushman rock paintings nearby, created over 1,500 years ago and depicting a range of animals.
Transfer to the Savuti airstrip for your flight to the Chitabe airstrip in the Okavango Delta. Transfer to &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge.
The UNESCO World Heritage Okavango Delta is a seriously stunning wetland area that is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammal – including cheetah, lion and both white and black rhino. Spot these incredible animals (and many more) on morning and afternoon game drives and bush walks from Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, located in a private concession. The unique shingle and timber structure of the main building mirrors the body armour of the pangolin, one of the region’s most fascinating inhabitants, while eight luxury suites are elevated above the forest and offer stunning views over the wildlife-rich floodplains from their private pool decks.
Transfer to the Chitabe airstrip for your flight to the Xababa airstrip in the Okavango Delta. Transfer to Belmond Eagle Island Lodge.
Okavango Delta from Belmond Eagle Island Lodge. Perched on a private island and offering the ultimate water-focused safari, you can see the area’s prolific game and birdlife on guided walks, boat and mokoro (traditional canoe) safaris. Watch how mokoros are built from tree trunks in the age-old method, while local village visits and fishing trips can also be arranged from the lodge. Alongside their expertise on the wildlife, guides give talks on everything from delta geology to African myths.
Transfer to Maun International Airport for your flight to the UK.
Cruising gently down the Chobe River between Botswana and Namibia, the luxurious Zambezi Queen offers a luxury hotel experience, as well as wonderful wildlife encounters. Mooring each evening in the wildlife rich waters of Chobe National Park, a range of river activities include water-based game drives on a tender boat, spotting some of the 120, 000 elephants for which the Chobe is renowned, as well as seasonal tiger fishing or visits to local Namibian villages.
Botswana’s dry season is between May and October, when warm
sunny days are joined by great game viewing and, surprisingly, high
water levels in the Okavango Delta.
12 NIGHTS FROM £10,995 per person
Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.
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