An All-Encompassing Adventure Featuring Southern Africa's Most Diverse Wildlife & Scenery
Day 1: Windhoek, Namibia
Our Botswana and Namibia safari begins in Windhoek. We meet our Expedition Leader on arrival and settle in to
our boutique hotel in one of Windhoek’s leafy and tranquil neighborhoods. Over a leisurely welcome dinner, get acquainted with fellow travelers and learn about the vast landscape and wildlife we’ll be exploring in the fortnight ahead, during an orientation with our Expedition Leader.
Days 2 & 3: Kulala Wilderness Reserve—Sossusvlei Sand Dunes
A morning flight delivers us to Kulala Wilderness Reserve, where we are immersed among massive gold-orange dunes that rise a thousand feet from the floor of world's oldest desert. Amid this arid clime
we may find springbok, gemsbok, ostrich, bat-eared fox and aardwolf. Discover the desert’s quiet magic on short walks and wildlife drives, returning to the comfort of our camp for matchless sunsets and stargazing.
Days 4 & 5: Palmwag Concession
Fly north to the Desert Rhino Camp in the heart of the private, million-acre Palmwag Concession, a location so remote that our chartered plane will make a touchdown to refuel
en route. This safari location offers the utmost privacy and isolation in one of Africa’s last great wildernesses. Freshwater springs around the desert reserve support healthy populations of wildlife including the camp’s namesake, the rare desert-adapted black rhino, which we track in the company of rhino experts and researchers based at the camp. We also find desert-adapted elephants, endemic Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and greater kudu. Namibia’s second-largest predator population thrives here, which includes lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena. Birds are abundant, too, including a number of southern African endemics.
Days 6 & 7: Etosha National Park—Ongava Private Reserve
This morning, we fly to Etosha National Park, an ancient lakebed where perennial springs draw a plethora of game. Our lodge is set on an extensive private reserve with access to Namibia’s best wildlife viewing. We’ll take day and night drives and walks, and we’ll watch animals up close from strategically placed hides. Myriad species resides here, including black and white rhino, elephant, lion, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok
Days 8 & 9: Okavango Delta, Botswana—Moremi Game Reserve
Leaving the dry Namib Desert, we fly to another realm entirely: the Okavango Delta, where the river pours over the sands of the Kalahari in a green maze of canals and lagoons,
and sustains a profusion of wildlife. We stay in solitude at Xigera Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve. There is water here year-round, and we glide silently in a mokoro
—a traditional poled dugout canoe—spying a host of animals and birds on the banks.
Days 10 & 11: Okavango Delta—Chitabe Private Concession
Depart by light aircraft for our deluxe bush camp bordering the acclaimed Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Our camp is a private oasis of luxury, with all the classic scenery one expects on an African safari—open floodplains, marshlands, acacia and mopane woodlands, riverine areas, and grasslands stretching to the horizon. The wildlife in this renowned corner of the Okavango is as diverse as it is prolific, from elephant and impala to lion and wild dog.
Days 12–14: Linyanti Private Reserve
A flight by light aircraft brings us into the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, one of the best game-viewing regions in Botswana. Elephants thrive in the mopane woodlands, especially in winter when they number in the thousands. From our base at Savuti Camp, day and night drives may reveal all the large predators as well as impala, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest lechwe, tsessebe and other plains animals.
Day 15: Chobe National Park / Livingstone, Zambia—Victoria Falls
Fly to Chobe National Park for more of Botswana’s magnificent big game. Famous for its vast herds of elephants, the park is also home to feline predators and plenty of hoofed beasts. We enjoy lunch aboard a wildlife-viewing boat safari down the Zambezi River before entering Zambia, en route to the River Club. At this elegant Edwardian-flavored lodge facing the sunset, elephants and hippos often frequent the riverbank.
Day 16: Victoria Falls / Depart
Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and arguably the most stupendous waterfall on the planet. A guided tour to the falls provides a fitting finale to our epic exploration. Say farewell this afternoon as we transfer to the Livingstone airport, where our Botswana and Namibia tour comes to an end.