Experience luxurious five star camps in Botswana during the special Fly Me Around Botswana safari season. This tour begins with two nights at Victoria Falls with a sunset dinner cruise and guided tour before heading to Botswana for seven nights of game drives, walks and boating safaris at some truly magnificent camps in two regions of the world-renowned Okavango Delta.

Day 1: Victoria Falls

You will be met on arrival at Victoria Falls airport where you will transferred to the exquisite Stanley & Livingstone Boutique hotel for the next two nights to settle in.

 

This afternoon you will me met and transferred for your Zambezi Dinner Cruise. As the sun begins its descent, step on board our floating restaurant for an exceptional evening on the Zambezi River. Like the exquisite bird after which it was named “Malachite” is one of the Zambezi River’s crowing gems. On the upper deck, guests are offered a glass of sparkling wine to sip as they settle into the very comfortable furniture and relax before the journey along the Zambezi River begins; all the while looking out for the various bird life and animals there are to be seen and then watching as one of Africa’s famous sunsets erupts in the sky. After the sun has sunk below the river line, dinner is served on the lower deck of the vessel with the rich aroma of locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Time seems to stand still as the boat gently glides along to the sound of water lapping up against her sides. Far removed from the glare of city lights and noise, the moon and stars shine brightly in the sky and an atmosphere of mystery and romance envelopes the evening’s experience. After the experience you will be dropped of at your hotel.

Day 2: Victoria Falls

After breakfast you will be met and taken for a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Walk through the magnificent rain forest where you are able to view the largest falling sheet of water on earth, Livingstone’s statue and a wide variety of birds and plants. This afternoon you may wish to undertake one of the many optional activities available such as Helicopter flights, Elephant interaction, game drives and more.

Day 3 - 6: Okavango

This morning you are transferred to the Kasane border post for immigration into Botswana where you are met and transferred to Kasane for your light aircraft flight to the Okavango Delta. The short flight is a highlight in itself as you fly over one of the world’s most amazing ecosystems and spot wildlife from the air. On arrival you will be transferred to &Beyond Nxabega Safari Camp for four nights, comprising of nine luxury safari tents with ensuite facilities and private decks facing out over expansive lagoons and channels. Burnished teak floors and a lofty roof frame the sitting and dining areas. Private bush dinners, lamplit cocktails on a river island or a walking safari with al fresco picnic are provided with pleasure by Nxabega’s warm and friendly staff. Nxabega has just completed a grand refurbishment which has placed among the portfolio’s top properties.

 

Game Drives

Game drives in the Okavango Delta are remote and secluded, with very few safari vehicles sharing the private concession. &Beyond’s professionally trained guides tailor drives to your preferences, promising up-close views of unique wildlife and flourishing vegetation. In this untamed landscape, sensitive off-road driving practices allow you to get up close the area’s exceptional wildlife. Each game drive is an adventure, balancing along narrow wooden bridges and splashing through shallow crossings in a rugged open safari vehicle. Set out in search of the Delta rich wildlife, including its semi-aquatic antelopes, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga antelope. Search from the area’s predators, from lion prides to cheetah, leopard and African wild dog. Explore the open woodlands in search of roan and sable antelope or keep an eye out for graceful giraffes and frisky zebras on the floodplains. On the edges of the Delta, where land blurs with water, marvel at breeding herds of that elephant splash gently through shallow channels. Afternoon drives continue after night, allowing for nocturnal wildlife encounters. Watch out for the rarely spotted serval and pangolin or watch the moon reflect off the backs of a family of hippo coming out of the water to graze, turning them into slabs of shining silver.

 

Mokoros

Glide through maze of channels, islands and opaque lagoons on a traditional mokoro dugout canoe and enjoy the seasonal beauty of the Okavango Delta. The 20-foot canoes sport distinct edges at the bow and stern and can cater for up to two passengers at a time. This exclusive guest list ensures an intimate excursion during which you can appreciate the quiet motion of the vessel as it glides across the still, dark water. Mekoro were traditionally hand carved out of the huge Okavango Delta trees, but are now made out of environmentally friendly fibre-glass in an effort to adopt sustainable practices in the region. Guests sit in front of a trained guide and oarsman, who stands firm at the boat’s stern, manually propelling the vessel with a ngashi pole, whittled from the branches of terminalia trees. Polers, as they’re fondly referred to, are introduced to mekoro from early childhood, expertly manoeuvring the narrow boat with precision, grace and speed. The month of June completely transforms the ordinarily dry and arid Moremi into a bustling oasis. The river floods, creating a maze of waterways and lagoons where delicate lilies shyly float above the shadowy surface. Explore the Okavango Delta, sitting mere centimetres above the smooth, clear water, as you silently pass by unsuspecting wildlife. Marvel at stout hippos as they fight over territory and crocodiles that stealthily stalk unsuspecting prey drinking deeply at the water’s edge. At the heart of the Delta lies a secluded network of waterways and islands where life slows down even further. Witness life from a new perspective, following routes taken by the river Bushmen and BaYei people for centuries and used to this day by local tribes, who still travel by mokoro. Encounter grazing herds of rare swamp-dwelling sitatunga and red lechwe antelope, as well as elephants that tower over islands fringed with palms. Watch in awe as these majestic beasts submerge neck-deep, swimming through a network of reeds inhabited by tiny frogs of all colours, all under the watchful eye of the elegant African fish eagle.

 

Motorized Boats

Explore the Okavango Delta’s intricate network of winding channels and glassy lagoons on board a sleek, motorized boat that covers great distances, showcasing magnificent views of the watery landscape. The unique perspective from the boat offers great sightings of water birds, such as ponderous herons, colourful bee-eaters, solemn owls and jewelled kingfishers. Tiny reed frogs cling to stilt-like grasses, creating colourful dots along the water’s surface. Discover this watery heart of this majestic landscape, which echoes with the regal call of the African fish eagle.

 

Water activities subject to water levels.

Day 7 - 9: Okavango

After a last morning game drive and breakfast you are transferred to the airstrip for your helicopter transfer to the Chitabe airstrip, where you will be met and transferred to &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge for three nights. It is situated on a permanent channel of the Okavango Delta, adjacent to Moremi Game Reserve. With exclusive traversing rights over 270 km2 of wilderness in a private concession, this site was specifically chosen for its extraordinary beauty and proximity to the game-rich grassy plains. &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge has 8 luxury thatched suites in an African-inspired cottage with ensuite bathroom with outdoor shower and private plunge pools. Drawing their inspiration directly from nature, the suites at &Beyond Sandibe are being elevated above their surroundings, gazing out onto the Delta. Uncluttered and elegant, the lodge will feature a copper palette, with natural rusty tones. Copper-clad mekoro, sculpted wooden tables and intricate baskets will celebrate the very best of Botswana craft. At night, the rooms will become private cocoons, with fireplaces providing warmth and light in winter.

 

Game Drives

Game drives in the Okavango Delta are remote and secluded, with very few safari vehicles sharing the private concession. &Beyond’s professionally trained guides tailor drives to your preferences, promising up-close views of unique wildlife and flourishing vegetation. In this untamed landscape, sensitive off-road driving practices allow you to get up close the area’s exceptional wildlife. Each game drive is an adventure, balancing along narrow wooden bridges and splashing through shallow crossings in a rugged open safari vehicle.Set out in search of the Delta rich wildlife, including its semi-aquatic antelopes, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga antelope. Search from the area’s predators, from lion prides to cheetah, leopard and African wild dog. Explore the open woodlands in search of roan and sable antelope or keep an eye out for graceful giraffes and frisky zebras on the floodplains. On the edges of the Delta, where land blurs with water, marvel at breeding herds of that elephant splash gently through shallow channels. Afternoon drives continue after night, allowing for nocturnal wildlife encounters. Watch out for the rarely spotted serval and pangolin or watch the moon reflect off the backs of a family of hippo coming out of the water to graze, turning them into slabs of shining silver.

Departure Day

This morning after a morning game drive and breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Maun to connect onwards.

Start Date:End Date:Price Sharing:
01 Oct 201920 Dec 2019 USD $8630
21 Dec 201910 Jan 2020 USD $14430
11 Jan 202031 Mar 2020 USD $7250
01 Apr 202031 May 2020 USD $8760
01 Jun 202030 Jun 2020 USD $10400
01 Jul 202030 Sep 2020 USD $14550
01 Oct 202031 Oct 2020 USD $10400
01 Nov 202010 Jan 2021 USD $8760

Departs Daily on Request. Dates reflect seasonality.

Price Includes:

Airport transfers, light aircraft flights, accommodation as indicated, all safari game drives/excursions as indicated in the itinerary, meals as specified in the itinerary, local brand alcoholic drinks camps in Botswana, qualified Safari Rangers at each camp, laundry at camps in Botswana, all national park entrance fees.

Price Excludes:

International flights, airport taxes, visa costs, meals not specified, optional excursions, gratuities and personal expenses.

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