An All-Encompassing Adventure Featuring Southern Africa's Most Diverse Wildlife & Scenery
Days 1 & 2: Windhoek, Namibia / Kulala Wilderness Reserve—Sossusvlei Sand Dunes
Our Botswana and Namibia safari begins in Windhoek, where we meet our Expedition Leader on arrival at the international airport. We fly on to Kulala Wilderness Reserve, where we are immersed among massive gold-orange dunes that rise a thousand feet from the floor of the oldest desert in the world. 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 3 & 4: Damaraland
Head north to remote Damaraland today. We may make a stop in the port city of Swakopmund for refueling, if needed. Inland, we come to Damaraland, where stark desert is cooled by early-morning mists from the coast. We explore the austere and rocky terrain on foot and by four-wheel-drive vehicles, tracking the uniquely desert-adapted elephants and watching for ostrich.
Days 5 & 6: 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. A myriad of species resides here, including black and white rhino, elephant, lion, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok and hartebeest.
Days 7 & 8: 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, sustaining 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 dugout canoe—spying a host of animals and birds on the banks.
Days 9 & 10: Okavango Delta—Chitabe Private Concession
Today we depart by light aircraft and journey to 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 11-13: 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. We stay 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 14: 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 15: 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.