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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 Tented 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 Linyanti Tented Camp, overlooking the  beautiful Linyanti floodplains.  

 

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The landscape on this vast 300,000 acre private concession is characterized by 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. Activities focus on day and night game drives, as well as walking excursions, to highlight the diversity and abundant wildlife of this remarkable area.

  

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 (Xigera Camp)

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

 

Nestled in a magnificent riverine forest, Xigera Camp embodies the beauty and abundance of the Okavango Delta. The camp is situated on the aptly-named ‘Paradise Island’, surrounded by year-round water and lush vegetation, and comprises nine beautifully furnished, en-suite tented rooms. Enjoy meals and drinks in the lounge and dining area overlooking the flowing channel or under the stars in our traditional African boma. 

 

 

From its location in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Xigera offers a wide range of activities by which to explore the World's largest inland Delta. Perhaps most memorable are the water activities, exploring the channels and floodplains of the Delta by motorized boat and mokoro (dugout canoe), in search of rare and elusive aquatic species like the sitatunga and Pel's fishing owl.

 

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 2017

Tour Code Dept. Date Dept. Day Finish Date Finish Day US$ Price
SZ1  06 May  Sat  16 May  Tues  US$10,403
SZ2  02 Jun  Fri  12 Jun  Mon  US$11,761
SZ3  17 Jul  Mon  27 Jul  Thurs  US$11,761
SZ4  19 Aug  Sat  29 Aug  Tues  US$11,761
SZ5  24 Sep  Sun  04 Oct  Wed  US$11,761
SZ6  02 Nov  Thurs  12 Nov  Sun  US$10,403

 

Dates and Rates 2018

Tour Code Dept. Date Dept. Day Finish Date Finish Day US$ Price
SZ7  02 May  Wed  12 May  Sat  US$10,974
SZ8  02 Jun  Sat  12 Jun  Tues  US$12,467
SZ9  17 Jul  Tues  27 Jul  Fri  US$12,467
SZ10  07 Aug  Tues  17 Aug  Fri  US$12,467
SZ11  24 Sep  Mon  04 Oct  Thurs  US$12,467
SZ12  18 Oct  Thurs  28 Oct  Sun  US$12,467

 

* 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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