Falls, Desert and Delta
- 12 nights
- from $11200 per person
An all-encompassing itinerary showing the best of Botswana and the Falls. Spend a few days relaxing by the falls before flying to the game rich Selinda reserve, on to the lush Delta followed by the sparse and dry Makgadikgadi.
At a Glance
Listen to the hippos and wildlife around you as you enjoy dinner on a sandbank in the middle of the Zambezi under the stars
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in search of big cats and elusive wild dog in the Selinda Private Reserve
For those up for the challenge, enjoy some of the high adrenaline activities at Victoria Falls including mirco lighting over the falls, bungee jumping, gorge swinging, or swimming in devils pool on the very edge of the falls
Relax in your sala and watch the wildlife come to you in the heart of the Okavango delta
Witness incredible lunar landscapes as you zoom across the Salt Pans on a quad bike
Sit with meerkat out in the Makgadikgadi and let these inquisitive creatures climb up to use your head and shoulders as a better vantage veiwing point
After flying in to Livingstone you will be transferred to Tongabezi lodge which is nestled on a quiet stretch of the Zambezi River, only a 20 minute drive from the Falls. This lodge is a gorgeous property with a real foothold in the local community. As well as river cruises, fishing, cultural visits and lovely lunches on Livingstone island, you can explore the gardens around the lodge, which supplies the kitchen with plenty of fresh produce for each meal. There is also the chance to visit the local school which Tongabezi set up 21 years ago which now caters for over 400 pupils. The lodge offers a range of accommodation styles from sweet river front cottages to larger houses on the hillside all boasting great views out over the river below.
From here, you will be transferred by road and light aircraft into Botswana's Selinda Reserve located north of the Okavango Delta. This is an incredibly rich wildlife area, which receives water from both the delta and the Linyanti creating the Selinda Spillway. The camp itself is perfect for families, couples and budding photographers and also has a young explorers program for the children. The camp is intimate with brilliant guiding and a relaxed atmosphere. The horseshoe shaped tables are perfectly designed so that everyone can enjoy the incredible view.
From Selinda fly into the heart of the detla to Nxabega, a superb newly designed lodge with huge rooms which are all exquisitely furnished. You can while away the afternoons in your swinging chair in the shade of your sala or the fantastic pool area looking out over the Delta. Being an &Beyond property you can be sure to have wonderful service and food, this is also one of the few places in Botswana where you are able to have a proper cappuccino which is a real treat after a few days in the bush! As Nxabega is on permanent water, boat cruises are offered all year round and you can also try walking safaris if you wish. It is such a luxurious camp in a lovely area giving you a very relaxing few days whilst making the most of everything the Delta has to offer.
For a big finale to an already fantastic vacation you will head to the Makgadikgadi pans and stay in the serene San Camp. A few white tents hover on the horizon giving a sense of scale to the endless nothing. Although it may look like there is not much here you can go on game drives to find the lesser seen animals such as aardwolf, aardvark and brown hyena. Have a history lesson with a difference and quad bike out in to the middle of the pans searching for Stone Age tools before having sundowners in front of the fire learning about how the pans were created. The food is beautiful, but a particular highlight is lying out in the tea tent upon swathes of Persian rugs and squishy cushions eating delicious treats looking out over the horizon.
Location & Directions
When to go
Botswana an Zambia's winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Sumer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain.