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Great Wilderness Journey

 

Luxury African Safari Vacations | Great Wilderness Journey | Classic AfricaThis is the most exclusive scheduled departure safari in Botswana. It features transportation by light charter aircraft to facilitate access to some of the most remote and game-rich areas of Northern Botswana. Accommodation takes the form of permanent tented camps with en-suite private facilities, real beds, and electric lighting. A unique feature of The Great Wilderness Journey is that it is conducted entirely on private concessions (far from the 'beaten path' of  overland safaris), in superb game-viewing country, where night drives and off-road driving are permitted. Group size is limited to eight guests, and an experienced professional guide accompanies 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 (Gomoti Camp)

Luxury African Safaris - Great Wilderness Journey | Luxury African Safari Vacations | Classic AfricaDepart by light aircraft to Gomoti Camp, located on a private concession adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve. The concession is one of the most diverse in northern Botswana, and features a wide range of exciting wildlife habitats, from forests and floodplains to wetlands and grasslands. The diverse habitat supports a wide range of herbivores,including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, and numerous antelope. Larger predators include lion, leopard, wild dog and spotted hyaena; birdlife is just as varied thanks to the wide range of habitats. 

 

Great Wilderness Journey | Luxury African Safari Vacations | Classic Africa - Luxury African SafarisAccommodation at Gomoti Camp is in five large, walk-in Meru-style tents, designed to re-create the early explorer style of accommodation, with a veranda and an en-suite bathroom area (with flush loo, shower, basin, and mirror). Furnishings include leather and teak director chairs, separate bedside tables with 12v reading lamps, a wardrobe, bathrobes, and comfortable beds. The evening camp is lit by paraffin lanterns and a good campfire. Dining is  under the stars, or in the elegant bush dining tent with a fully stocked bar and adjacent library.

 

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 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.

 

Dates and Rates 2016

Tour Code

Dept. Date

Dept. Day

Finish Date

Finish Day

US$ Price

SZ1 05 May Thurs 15 May Sun US$10,185
SZ2 01 Jun Wed 11 Jun Sat US$11,062
SZ3 14 Sep Wed 24 Sep Sat US$11,062
SZ4 05 Oct Wed 15 Oct Sat US$11,062
SZ5 01 Nov Tues 11 Nov Fri US$10,185

 

* Single Supplement - US$553 per person subject to availability of accommodation (from June 1st to October 31st, the single supplement is US$640). 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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