Blessed with some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, Botswana is one of the great safari destinations in Africa. The country’s most striking features are its relative flatness and aridity. This makes the Okavango Delta even more remarkable: a wetland within a desert that receives its waters from rain falling in Angola, 1,000 kilometres away.
Having achieved independence in 1966, Botswana has gone on to become a true African success story. The country’s leaders have adopted an innovative approach to tourism, believing that low-volume, experiential ecotourism was the best way to create a sustainable conservation economy and uplift communities while still preserving the environment.
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Upon arrival at Livingstone Airport, you will be met by your driver for private road transfer to Toka Leya Camp where you will spend 4 nights.
Place: Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands, Toka Leya is the ideal combination of relaxation and adventure. Game drives and river cruises can be followed by a therapeutic treatment at our spa; tours of Victoria Falls, a nearby rural village and Livingstone town add cultural and historical diversity. Fishing, rhino tracking and plenty of adrenaline-filled activities add excitement to the experience.
Wildlife: Toka Leya overlooks the impressive Zambezi River where hippo, crocodile and elephant are often seen, as well as an incredible diversity of birdlife. In addition, it is centrally located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park which hosts species such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and white rhino. The occasional predator may be seen.
Accommodation: Toka Leya is ideal for the beginning of an African safari. Morning explorations of the river, the surrounding Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park or nearby Victoria Falls can be followed by a tranquil afternoon at our spa or practicing inspired yoga on the panoramic deck of the gym. The camp’s twelve spacious, en-suite safari-style tents (including three family rooms) with expansive decks serve up dramatic views and glimpses of wildlife. Limiting our footprint on this pristine area, elevated wooden walkways weave between the guest tents and the main area where the dining, bar and lounge areas are complemented by an infinity pool, a sundeck for sumptuous meals and a convivial fire pit for night-time gatherings.
Purpose: Thanks to our tree-planting project, pioneering energy-saving systems and recycling initiatives, this formerly degraded site has been rehabilitated to become a lush riverine woodland once more. We (guests included) continue to plant trees, even donating to renew other sites in Zambia. We take pride in the community partnerships we have created here as well.
After breakfast and check out, you will check out for private road transfer to Kasane Airport. This transfer will require a border crossing into Botswana.
Place: Named for Scandinavian royalty, this stylish camp overlooks the oxbow-shaped King’s Pool Lagoon and Linyanti River system. Activities include day and night game drives, guided nature walks, and nearby hides, ideal for photographing birds and wildlife. In the dry season, guests can spend their siesta watching game come down to drink at the unique underground hide, where the water is at eye level. Seeing elephant feet and trunks almost within touching distance while safely inside is an experience that transcends that of an ordinary safari.
Accommodation: This 100% solar powered camp has seven well-appointed thatch and canvas twins and one suite, each boasting a spacious bedroom and lounge area leading to a veranda that soaks up the gorgeous views of the lagoon. The sumptious main area comprises a pool, lounge, library, dining and convivial bar area stylishly set on expansive raised decks close to the water’s edge. An open-air ‘kgotla’ for evening dining under the stars.
Purpose: One of the camp’s key purposes is to ensure the continued protection of a piece of land in the jigsaw of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation area – which is pivotal for elephant and wild dog dispersal and the existence of declining species like roan and sable antelope.
After morning game drive activities and check out, you will be transferred to the airstrip where you will board the Wilderness Air Transfer to Mombo Airstrip.
Place: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Delta stretches over two million hectares (over 4.9 million acres) of floodplains, where meandering channels weave around thousands of palm-fringed islands, where the clear, lily-covered water is pure enough to drink. Located in the Delta’s renowned Moremi Game Reserve in the north-eastern corner of Chief’s Island / once a tribal leader’s hunting ground / Mombo today is a beacon of ecotourism, leaving a light footprint in paradise. With its mix of habitats attracting large herds, followed by numbers and varieties of predators, discover why Mombo, is truly the “Mother of all Camps“.
Wildlife: The Mombo Wildlife Area is known as The Place of Plenty, highlighted by the massive concentrations of plains game and predators that live here. These include all the big cats, of which lion sightings are frequent. Leopard, spotted hyaena, large herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra and more abound, while cheetah and African wild dog sometimes move through the area. Or perhaps glimpse one of Africa’s rarer species: perhaps a pangolin or honey badger.
After morning game drive activities and check out, you will be transferred to the airstrip will you will board the Wilderness Air Transfer to Vumbura Airstrip.
Place: Contemporary and luxurious Vumbura Plains lies in an area that is a mix of water and dry land habitats. The wildlife is abundant and diverse, so that both land and water activities on vehicles, mekoro and boats deliver an all-round African safari experience.
After breakfast and check out, you will be transferred to the airstrip where you will board the Wilderness Air Transfer to Maun Airport.