Our Botswana and Namibia safari begins in Windhoek, Namibia's capital. This appealing city blends contemporary and colonial architecture in a cosmopolitan setting. Meet our Expedition Leader on arrival and transfer to our boutique hotel in one of Windhoek’s leafy, tranquil neighborhoods. Over a welcome dinner, get acquainted with your traveling companions and learn about the vast landscapes we’ll be exploring during the next two weeks.
Days 2 & 3: Private Kulala Wilderness Reserve—Sossusvlei Dunes
Board a morning flight to the private 90,000-acre Kulala Wilderness Reserve, where the massive golden dunes of Sossusvlei rise a thousand feet from the floor of the world’s oldest desert. This is Namibia’s vast sand sea, shaped by currents, waves
Days 4 & 5: Palmwag Concession—Rhino Tracking
Fly north to 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 this desert reserve support healthy wildlife populations, including the camp’s namesake, the rare desert-adapted black rhinoceros, which we track in the company of experts from Save the Rhino Foundation based at our camp. We also find desert-adapted elephants, endemic Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok, greater kudu and possibly even predators. Birds are abundant, too, including a number of southern African endemics.
Days 6 & 7: Etosha National Park—Ongava Private Reserve
PLEASE NOTE: For 2021 only, our itinerary includes Namibia's Hoanib Valley in place of Etosha/Ongava. Due to logistical issues around COVID-19 testing to enter Botswana, we have had to substitute our scheduled stay at Ongava Private Reserve with Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. This change offers the rare opportunity to stay deep inside the Hoanib River Valley, home to unique desert-adapted elephant, giraffe and lion.
This morning we fly to Ongava Private Reserve bordering Etosha National Park. At the heart of the park is an ancient lake bed—now a vast salt pan—where perennial springs draw a multitude of game. Visible from space, the pan is the remnant of
Days 8 & 9: Private Flight to Okavango Delta, Botswana—Moremi Game Reserve
Leaving the dry Namib Desert, we fly by private chartered aircraft to another realm entirely: the Okavango Delta, where the Okavango River, sourced in distant Angola, pours over the sands of the Kalahari to create a green maze of canals and lagoons. The watery mosaic sustains a profusion of wildlife, with
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 stretch 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 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
Day 15: Chobe National Park / Livingstone, Zambia—Zambezi River
Fly to Chobe National Park for more of Botswana’s magnificent wildlife. Famous for its vast elephant herds, which number to 70,000, the park is also home to feline predators and plenty of hoofed game. We'll have lunch on board during a private boat safari down the Zambezi River, scouting for wildlife before entering Zambia. Upon arrival at our camp, keep an eye out for elephants and hippos that often frequent the riverbanks.
Day 16: Victoria Falls / Depart
Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and arguably the most stupendous waterfall on the planet. A guided tour of the falls and
Physical Rating: Easy to Moderate
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