Rivers and Rides

Code: Rivers and Rides
11 NIGHTS - 12 DAYS
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12 Day Safari / Luxury Lodging / Activities.

NEAREST AIRPORT Maun Airport
COUNTRIES Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia
HIGHLIGHTS
Khwai River Fantastic wildlife viewing
Pangolin Photographic Safari Victoria Falls Day Trip
DESTINATIONS
Maun, Moremi Game Reserve
Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls

Dusk to Dawn Guesthouse, Tembe Elephant Park, Shayamanzi Cruise, Protea Hotel Edward, Sani Top Chalets & Thendele Lodge.

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Day 1 – Thamalakane River Lodge

Accommodation Type: Lodged

Thamalakane River Lodge is placed on the banks of the Thamalakane River, just 19kms from Maun, and en route to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. Character en-suite stone chalets, some with private splash pools are positioned in the shade of the riverine forest, overlooking the river. Chalets, public areas and our swimming pool take advantage of the 180 degree view of the riverbanks lined with fluttering reeds visited by an ever changing array of water fowl and birds. It is a delightful place to come home to after a day spent exploring. Our widely acclaimed restaurant serves a la carte meals from an ever changing menu. Dusk is spectacular, with the sun setting the river ablaze as is slowly dips behind the trees.

Optional (for own account) Maun Scenic Flight:
Enjoy scenic flights over the Moremi that makes up the greatest experience in Botswana. Focus down onto the big five wildlife and surrounding natures that will forever change your perception of this timeless land while you enjoy the scenic flights over the the Delta, getting the overall perspective of the area. The best times for scenic flights are in the morning and late afternoon when weather conditions are calmer. For your comfort and safety, please take heed of your pilot’s safety instructions. Your pilot will assist you in looking out for game along the way.

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Day 2 & 3 – Camp Xakanaxa

Accommodation Type: Lodged

As the custodians of one of Botswana’s very first safari camps, the owners of Xakanaxa Camp (pronounced Ka-ka-na-ka) have gone to extraordinary lengths to preserve its original African bush camp character, whilst always providing guests with every comfort. Its prime location on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve ensures that it is one of the only safari camps which can provide guests with an authentic, year round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience.
The current owners are one of the founding companies of Botswana’s photographic safaris and have a legacy on offering incredible safari experiences to a myriad of travellers from all corners of the world over the years. Together with the staff of Xakanaxa Camp, who have mostly been in the employ of this camp for many years, the company has endeavoured to maintain the classic safari charm that makes any journey to Xakanaxa a memorable one. As one of the very first lodges to be established in the Okavango Delta, this small and personal safari camp is still one of the Okavango favourites due to its superb location, fantastic game viewing, friendly service and authentic safari style.

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Day 4 & 5 – Camp Savuti (Chobe National Park)

Accommodation Type: Lodged

Savuti is known for its excellent game and offers good sightings throughout the year.
FACTS…Fantastic wildlife viewing from the camp and from various hides in the area….A number of award-winning documentary films shot in Savuti have cemented its reputation….Camp Savuti is a small intimate camp accommodating a maximum of 10 guests in comfort and style creating a new type of “luxury camping” in a public campsite. To further enhance the experience the pre-erected tents have been placed to ensure privacy and a modest level of exclusivity.
Camp Features: Located along the Savuti Channel , Camp Savuti is a small intimate camp, with 5 meru tents built on silts and facing the river channel. The camp features a bar, main lounge, eating area, air- conditioning, bathing room en-suite in each unit, an outdoor shower and a private balcony.

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Day 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 – Chobe Safari Lodge

Accommodation Type: Lodged

Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on our doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls or Caprivi. Game drives within the Chobe National Park offer the opportunity to view the abundant elephant and other big game species up close, and also the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators.

Day Activity : Photographic Safari
A photographic Safari that operates all year round in the Chobe region of Botswana – one of the most picturesque and game filled parks on the African continent. A company set up by photographers for photographers and priding themselves in knowing exactly what their clients want most – an abundance of wildlife photo opportunities and the means by which so maximise those opportunities. As a company they understand that perhaps not everyone has taken the financial leap of faith to buy an expensive DSLR camera so they will provide every client should they require with a state of the art camera and zoom lens free of charge while they are with us. They currently use Nikon D7000 bodies with Sigma 150-500mm & 120-400mm lenses.

Day Activity: Victoria Falls …
is an African paradise which is centered on the showpiece of the 100m high falls. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the epicenter of the Victoria Falls town which plays host to myriad activities, surrounding game reserves and abundant natural life in the forms of wildlife, birds, rainforests and the Zambezi River.
There is much to see at the Victoria Falls. In particular, much of the natural life and the falls itself remains the same as it was during the time of its colonial discovery in 1855. The Victoria Falls Bridge, railway lines and statue of David Livingstone offer relics from the early historical days of the Victoria Falls. The sheer natural beauty in and around the falls is astounding. Endemic plants and massive game reserves present any traveler with a truly African landscape of fauna, flora and stunning colors. Witness African wildlife up close and see for yourself how the pulse of Southern Africa’s foremost tourist attraction connects you back to the continent.

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Day 11 – Nata Lodge, Makgadigadi Salt Pans

Accommodation Type: Lodged

An oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans. It is ideally situated close to the entrance to the Nata Sanctuary and is just off the main road, 10 km from Nata village. This is the junction to the Okavango, Chobe and Francistown areas.
The shady tree canopy surrounding the lodge is a hive of activity, with a bird feeding area and active water feature providing the bird watcher with the opportunity of viewing a variety of species from the comfort of either the pool deck, open bar or restaurant. The Helmeted Guineafowl, Crested Francolin, Yellow Hornbill, Pied and Arrowmarked Babblers, Glossy Starling, Meyers Parrot and Paradise Whydah are just some of the species you will encounter during your stay at the lodge.
For keen bird watchers and naturalists, Nata Lodge offers open vehicle, three hour excursions into the Nata Sanctuary. Mammal species in the sanctuary include antelope such as springbok, as well as springhares, jackals and foxes. However the main attraction is the abundance of bird life. Around 165 bird species, including king-fishers, eagles, ostriches, pelicans, spoonbills and both greater and lesser flamingos, have been recorded.

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Day 12 – Home

 

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