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Great Wilderness Journey

 

Luxury African Safari Vacations | Great Wilderness Journey | Classic AfricaThis is the most exclusive "overland" safari in Botswana. It features transportation by light charter aircraft (dotted lines on map) to facilitate access to some of the most remote and game-rich areas of Northern Botswana. Accommodation consists of permanent tented camps in the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls, and pre-erected tented camps in the Okavango Delta and Chobe/Linyanti Ecosystem. All tents have en-suite private facilities and real beds, with the relative luxury of the permanent tented camps complementing the 'old world' simplicity of the Discoverer campsites.

A unique feature of The Great Wilderness Journey is that it is conducted almost entirely on private concessions (far from the 'beaten path' of other overland safaris), in superb game-viewing country where night drives and off-road driving are permitted. Guests are limited to eight, and a professional guide and camp assistants accompany the safari from start to finish.

Great Wilderness Journey | Luxury African Safari Vacations | Classic Africa - Luxury African SafarisDay 1: Victoria Falls (Toka Leya Camp or River Club)

After arrival in Livingstone you will be met by a representative and transferred directly for a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At over a mile wide and 350 feet deep, it is the largest sheet of falling water on earth. Following your tour of the Falls you will be transferred to Toka Leya Camp, a luxurious tented camp located under a shady grove of trees on the banks of the Zambezi River, within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

 

Days 2, 3, & 4: Linyanti Reserve (Linyanti Discoverer Camp)

Depart by light aircraft to the northern Chobe region of Chobe National Park. This area is famous for its large herds of elephants and other unique species such as the elusive puku and Chobe bushbuck that move to the Chobe River over the midday period. Enjoy a boat cruise (and lunch) on a catamaran-style shaded boat before departing by light aircraft for the private Linyanti Concession adjoining the Chobe National Park. From the airstrip it is a short game-drive transfer to a private Explorer Campsite. Camp is elegantly set up under massive African ebony and knobthorn acacia trees overlooking panoramic vistas of the Linyanti Swamps.  

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The landscape changes from the Okavango’s floodplains to savannah habitat and riverine forest, creating a paradise for a high diversity of wildlife and bird species. The area is home to a variety of plains game as well as all of Botswana's major predators, including lion, leopard, cheetah, and the endangered wild dog. The first afternoon activity highlights the range of habitats in the northern sector of the concession, focusing on the riverine habitat of the Linyanti and its surrounding forest and bushveld.

  

Luxury African Safaris - Great Wilderness Journey | Luxury African Safari Vacations | Classic AfricaDay two starts with a morning game drive to a private viewing deck where lunch is followed by a siesta in hammocks. In the afternoon we canoe the Linyanti River (hippos permitting!) for close encounters with animals coming to drink, before taking an evening drive back to camp. On day three, depending on game movement patterns, we might enjoy a full day activity to the Savuti Channel, with lunch at a private hide overlooking a waterhole.

 

Days 5, 6, & 7: Okavango Delta (Khwai Discoverer Camp)

Luxury African Safaris - Great Wilderness Journey | Luxury African Safari Vacations | Classic AfricaDepart by light aircraft to Khwai Discoverer Camp, located on a private concession adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve. The Khwai Concession is one of the most diverse areas in northern Botswana, and features a wide range of exciting wildlife habitats from forests and floodplains, to wetlands and grasslands. The narrow Khwai Channel is home to large mammals such as hippo and crocodile with buffalo and red lechwe often seen grazing along the fringe. The beautiful riverine woodland found along the river provides further sanctuary to birds, primates and leopard. Activities focus around day and night game drives, nature walks and seasonal mekoro excursions. Away from the river there is a wonderful mix of acacia and leadwood trees of varying sizes leading into mopane woodland. The latter, together with the permanent presence of water, attracts large numbers of elephant to the area. Larger predators include lion, wild dog and spotted hyaena, while birdlife found here is just as varied thanks to the wide range of habitats.

Great Wilderness Journey | Luxury African Safari Vacations | Classic Africa - Luxury African SafarisAccommodation at Khwai Discoverer Camp is in large walk-in Meru-style tents . The beautifully designed tents re-create the early explorer style of accommodation, with a veranda and an en-suite bathroom area (with plubming and including flush loo, shower, basin, and mirror). Furnishings include leather and teak director chairs, separate bedside tables with 12v reading lamps, canvas hanging wardrobes, bathrobes, and comfortable beds. All amenities (conditioning shampoo, soap, shower gel and body lotion) are elegantly displayed for use. The evening camp is lit by paraffin lanterns and a good campfire. Delicious meals are prepared by the safari staff on a campfire, adding to the atmosphere of adventure. Dining is often under the stars, although a bush dining tent with a fully stocked bar and library is also erected.

 

Days 8, 9, & 10: Okavango Delta (Jacana Camp or Xigera Camp)

Depart by light aircraft to Jacana Camp, located in a permanently flooded region of the Okavango Delta.

Situated on the Jao flats, just outside the Moremi Game Reserve, Jacana Camp is a water-oriented camp that offers mokoro and walking safaris all year round. The camp is set in one of the most densely populated wetland areas for Sitatunga and Red Lechwe. All the big game can be found in the area - including elephant, lion, leopard, giraffe, and buffalo - but game concentrations depend on the flow of the water, and the highlight at this camp is an in-depth exploration of the natural beauty and ecological diversity of the Delta. Birdlife is prolific, with Pels Fishing Owl and Jacanas being favorites amongst birders.

 

Day 11: End of Safari

Bid farewell to the adventure as you transfer by light aircraft to Maun Airport.

     

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Tent Interior

 

Dining in the Delta

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Dates and Rates 2014

* Tour codes with (E/G) represent tours that will be conducted in English and German.

Tour Code

Dept Date

Dept Day

Finish Date

Finish Day

US$ Price

SZ01
31 Mar
Mon
10 Apr
Thurs
US$9,359
SZ02
12 Apr
Sat
22 Apr
Tues
US$9,359
SZ03
03 May
Sat
13 May
Tues
US$9,359
SZ04
21 May
Wed
31 May
Sat
US$9,359
SZ05
27 May
Tues
06 Jun
Fri
US$9,359
SZ06
05 Jun
Thurs
15 Jun
Sun
US$9,800
SZ07
11 Jun
Wed
21 Jun
Sat
US$9,800
SZ08
26 Jun
Thurs
06 Jul
Sun
US$9,800
SZ09
14 Jul
Mon
24 Jul
Thurs
US$9,800
SZ10
17 Jul
Thurs
27 Jul
Sun
US$9,800
SZ11
20 Jul
Sun
30 Jul
Wed
US$9,800
SZ12
26 Jul
Sat
05 Aug
Tues
US$9,800
SZ13
01 Aug
Fri
11 Aug
Mon
US$9,800
SZ14
07 Aug
Thurs
17 Aug
Sun
US$9,800
SZ15
19 Aug
Tues
29 Aug
Fri
US$9,800
SZ16
25 Aug
Mon
04 Sep
Thurs
US$9,800
SZ17
03 Sep
Wed
13 Sep
Sat
US$9,800
SZ18
12 Sep
Fri
22 Sep
Mon
US$9,800
SZ19
18 Sep
Thurs
28 Sep
Sun
US$9,800
SZ20
03 Oct
Fri
13 Oct
Mon
US$9,800
SZ21
06 Oct
Mon
16 Oct
Thurs
US$9,800
SZ22
18 Oct
Sat
28 Oct
Tues
US$9,800
SZ23
02 Nov
Sun
12 Nov
Wed
US$9,359
SZ24
05 Nov
Wed
15 Nov
Sat
US$9,359
SZ25
14 Nov
Fri
24 Nov
Mon
US$9,359

* Single Supplement - US$520 per person subject to availability of accommodation (from June 1st to October 31st, the single supplement is US$570). If a guest is willing to share and we can match with another guest of the same sex, the single supplement will not be charged. However, if there is no suitable match, we will have to charge the single supplement.

* Group Size - Minimum two guests, maximum eight.

* Age Limits - There is a minimum age limit of 12 years for all scheduled departures. A medical certificate of full health is required for guests over the age of 75 years.


Dates and Rates 2015

Tour Code

Dept Date

Dept Day

Finish Date

Finish Day

US$ Price

SZ01
27 Mar
Fri
06 Apr
Mon
US$9,733
SZ02
02 Apr
Thurs
12 Apr
Sun
US$9,733
SZ03
17 Apr
Fri
27 Apr
Mon
US$9,733
SZ04
20 Apr
Mon
30 Apr
Thurs
US$9,733
SZ05
02 May
Sat
12 May
Tues
US$9,733
SZ06
05 May
Tues
15 May
Fri
US$9,733
SZ07
08 May
Fri
18 May
Mon
US$9,733
SZ08
31 May
Sun
10 Jun
Wed
US$9,733
SZ09
06 Jun
Sat
16 Jun
Tues
US$10,441
SZ10
15 Jun
Mon
25 Jun
Thurs
US$10,441
SZ11
29 Jun
Mon
09 Jul
Tues
US$10,441
SZ12
08 Jul
Wed
18 Jul
Sat
US$10,441
SZ13
20 Jul
Mon
30 Jul
Thurs
US$10,441
SZ14
29 Jul
Wed
08 Aug
Sat
US$10,441
SZ15
12 Aug
Wed
22 Aug
Sat
US$10,441
SZ16
18 Aug
Tues
28 Aug
Fri
US$10,441
SZ17
21 Aug
Fri
31 Aug
Mon
US$10,441
SZ18
08 Sep
Tues
18 Sep
Fri
US$10,441
SZ19
14 Sep
Mon
24 Sep
Thurs
US$10,441
SZ20
17 Sep
Thurs
27 Sep
Sun
US$10,441
SZ21
30 Sep
Wed
10 Oct
Sat
US$10,441
SZ22
21 Oct
Wed
31 Oct
Sat
US$10,441
SZ23
30 Oct
Fri
09 Nov
Mon
US$10,441
SZ24
05 Nov
Thurs
15 Nov
Sun
US$9,733
SZ25
08 Nov
Sun
18 Nov
Wed
US$9,733
SZ26
14 Nov
Sat
24 Nov
Tues
US$9,733

* Single Supplement - US$550 per person subject to availability of accommodation (from June 1st to October 31st, the single supplement is US$620). If a guest is willing to share and we can match with another guest of the same sex, the single supplement will not be charged. However, if there is no suitable match, we will have to charge the single supplement.

* Group Size - Minimum two guests, maximum eight.

* Age Limits - There is a minimum age limit of 12 years for all scheduled departures. A medical certificate of full health is required for guests over the age of 75 years.


INCLUDED

Accommodation on a sharing basis, all meals and drinks (except premium brands), all excursions related to the safari, services of a guide, all park fees, laundry (except at Toka Leya), all internal charters and transfers as described in the itinerary on a seat-rate basis (including current fuel surcharges).

NOT INCLUDED

Scheduled flights to and from the starting and finishing points of the safari, visas, compulsory travel insurance, all relevant entry and departure taxes (Zambian visa fee - currently $30 per person for a single entry or $50 per person for a double entry visa, and $30 Zambian departure tax), gratuities, optional extra activities, all personal purchases (incl. curios, telephone calls, etc), pre and post safari accommodation, meals, or tours.

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