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Exclusive Custom Safaris at 25 – 50% below standard cost

If you think a customized itinerary is not within your budget – think again! We have developed unique itineraries that do not break the bank but still allow you to discover the magic of authentic Africa. Visit our favorite small lodges in prime game viewing areas at amazing rates. By using carefully selected properties and leveraging our long term relationships with top lodges, we can offer you the magic of authentic safari camps, in prime game viewing areas, without breaking the bank.

As an example, on our Botswana and Zimbabwe trip, Authentic Africa, you will visit spectacular Victoria Falls, take game walks in the bush with expert guides in ZIMBABWE’s famed Hwange National Park, enjoy canoe trips in the watery world of “Earth’s Last Eden”- BOTSWANA’S Okavango Delta and remote and private Linyati Reserve, known for its large population of elephants and predators. And you won’t sacrifice anything when it comes to your accommodations – you will stay in luxury tented camps in beautiful, romantic and pristine locations- the perfect blend of the best wildlife experiences, adventurous activities and elegant comfort.

Authentic Africa: Botswana & Zimbabwe

Day 1 DEPART / USA / IN TRANSIT

Depart the USA on your international flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Days 2- 4 HWANGE NATIONAL PARK / SOMALISA CAMP

After breakfast on Day 2, you board a flight in Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Upon arrival, you are met and driven (approximately 3 hours) to Somalisa Camp, situated in the heart of Hwange National Park.

Once the royal hunting ground for Ndebele Kings, Hwange National Park is a haven for over 100 mammal and 400 bird species. The park protects populations of all of Zimbabwe’s endangered species, elephants numbering in excess of 20,000 (up from around 4,000 when the park was proclaimed), and what is thought to be one of the largest populations of African wild dog left in the world. Large prides of lion and buffalo may be seen here and you have a good chance of spotting leopard and rhino in addition to cheetah and spotted hyena. The wild and woolly brown hyena also occurs here and is something of a rarity. Activities at Somalisa Camp include guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides, game drives and spot lighting as well as game viewing from hides.

Somalisa is an authentic bush camp, a blend of old African charm and elegance together with an exclusive safari experience. Its stunning location tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain gives it breath taking views of the savannah plains of the famous Kennedy Vlei line. At Somalisa Camp, you experience the heightened romance of the African bush in one of the most natural environments in Africa. This is the way Africa was meant to be explored.

Days 5 – 6 VICTORIA FALLS / ELEPHANT CAMP

After breakfast and your morning game activity at Somalisa Camp on Day 5, you are driven back to Victoria Falls where you find the charming Elephant Camp. The Elephant Camp is situated within a private concession very close to Victoria Falls, and actually has breathtaking views of the Falls’ spray, while enjoying the natural beauty of the Masuwe River and Zambezi Gorge. Elephant Camp offers accommodation in luxury tents, all of which are gorge facing and have private viewing deck and plunge pool, private lounge area, air-conditioning and fans, bath, inside and outside shower, mini bar, tea/coffee stations and electricity. Each suite is mosquito proofed with mosquito nets.

Just a short drive from Elephant Camp is the magnificent Victoria Falls, where the Zambezi River opens out into an extravaganza of roaring, spray-tumbled water, known to the locals as “Mosi oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). Here at the brooding statue of David Livingstone, who in 1855 named the Falls after his Queen, the raging river is compressed into a massive surge of green-white water known as the Devil’s Cataract. Few sights are as awe-inspiring as this when the ground rumbles with the forces of the water.

Days 7 – 9 LINYANTI RESERVE/ LINYANTI BUSH CAMP

After a leisurely breakfast on Day 7, you are transferred by road to the Kasane airport (1.5 hours) where board your scheduled charter to Linyanti Bush Camp. Linyanti Bush Camp is an exclusive tented camp on the banks of the Linyanti marshes in a private reserve, which borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park in the Chobe Enclave. This safari camps provides the perfect atmosphere for an authentic and wild safari experience.

The area is best known for its populations of elephant and buffalo that congregate near the area’s waterholes. Lion, sable, roan, leopard, wild dog, and a number of the plains game can be enjoyed at Linyanti. The rare and elusive sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, hippo and crocodile can be found in the surrounding marshes. The Linyanti Swamps are one of the most attractive areas in the park as it is the only source of water in the dry months where a lot of the wildlife moves to, boasting a great diversity of game and a restful atmosphere. The area’s relative remoteness makes it a favored wild safari destination and one of the most well sought after areas in Northern Botswana. The area also offers spectacular birding all year round and is best known for its enormous herds of elephants which move down to the Linyanti River at the start of the winter months and only move back inland once the main rains arrive.

Days 10 – 12 OKAVANGO DELTA / SHINDE CAMP

After breakfast and your morning game activity at Linyanti Bush Camp on Day 10, you are flown by scheduled charter to Shinde Camp, in the heart of Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta. The world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango Delta is also one of the planet’s most magnificent ecosystems. Formed by rivers that spill down from the highlands of Angola and Namibia to spread across the parched sands of the Kalahari, the Okavango offers wildlife a vast oasis. A labyrinth of lakes, lagoons and hidden channels teems with a stunning variety of wild creatures, including 450 species of birds. In what has been called “Earth’s Last Eden” crocodiles slither down papyrus-lined banks, hippos ferry their great bulk through pools, and leopard, lion and cheetah prowl in deadly silence along island paths trampled smooth by herds of elephant and buffalo.

Shinde is nestled on a lush palm dotted area, located at the edge of a lagoon and surrounded by clear waterways which flow over yellow sands and past palm-fringed islands teeming with birdlife and game. Days at Shinde are spent viewing animals on land or exploring the Delta by mokoro (a traditionally-styled canoe poled by a local Bayei tribesman) or motorboat. You may visit the extraordinary Xigikwe Heronry to view exotic birds from sacred ibis to blue heron, goliath heron, saddle-billed storks, maribou storks and little egrets. Or picnic on lush islands and walk (with an armed professional guide) to look for elephant or buffalo. Take leisurely morning and afternoon game drives in comfortable, open air Land Cruisers to watch the game.

Days 13 MAUN / DEPART

After breakfast and your morning activity, you are flown to Maun where you board your flight to Johannesburg, connecting to your international flight home.

Note: This is just an example of custom itineraries that we can design for you. For additional itinerary options, please contact us.