Botswana Safari in Style - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Explore phenomenal game areas in the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, view stunning Victoria Falls, and stay at boutique camps and lodges available only to small groups like yours.

Journey Overview

Wild and remote, blessed with abundant wildlife and unashamedly luxurious lodgings, Botswana is a safari destination par excellence. On this flagship journey, you’ll glide through the palm-fringed waterways of the beautiful Okavango Delta on a traditional dugout canoe, drive across rich floodplains on the lookout for predators and their prey, explore the elephant-rich Chobe National Park on land and by water, and marvel at the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls from several viewpoints. You’re invited into a Zambian village to see the life-changing work being done there by A&K Philanthropy, and cruise along the mighty Zambezi River at sunset.

Journey Highlights

  • Explore the myriad habitats of Botswana’s jewel in the crown, the Okavango Delta 
  • Spot elephants in their hundreds in Chobe National Park  
  • Get tips on capturing the best images of the “Big Five” during a private lecture with a professional photographer 
  • Glide through the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) 
  • Take a privately guided tour of thundering Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides 
  • Coast along the Zambezi River on a relaxing sunset cruise See the inspirational work being done by A&K Philanthropy to support health, education and micro-businesses in Nakatindi Village  
  • Stay in intimate, boutique-style camps and lodges, available only to small groups or individual guests.

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa.

Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a gourmet welcome dinner prepared with locally sourced ingredients. A professional photographer joins you to offer tips for the days ahead. 
Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa | Meals: D

Day 2: Livingstone, Zambia | Sundowner River Cruise.

Fly to Livingstone, Zambia, where you are met by your A&K Resident Tour Director. Continue to Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, where you stay in a luxury tree house built into the riverside canopy. At twilight, cruise the Zambezi River, sipping cocktails and gazing out across a verdant vista and gliding past pods of hippos, on a memorable Scenic Sundowner.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Livingstone | Design Your Day.

This morning, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:

  • Tour Victoria Falls from the Zambia Side, to see the Zambezi River cascade over a 2-kilometre-wide lip of basalt.
  • Cycle or Walk Nakatindi Village to see a bike shop, school and clinic supported by A&K Philanthropy.
  • Walk Close to Rhinos, pausing on a game drive in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to draw near the giants on foot.

Return to camp for lunch and the rest of your afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a cocktail and a Chef’s Table tasting of traditional Zambian fare, followed by dinner.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe | “The Smoke That Thunders”.

This morning, drive to Zimbabwe to join your private guide on an awe-inspiring exploration of Victoria Falls, which plummet 108 metres to cast up the mist that inspired their original name, Mosi-oa-Tunya (“The Smoke That Thunders”). Afterward, visit an artist’s village, where you have the opportunity to meet local artisans and observe them at work. Enjoy lunch in the town of Victoria Falls before continuing to Chobe National Park in Botswana, to settle into your lodge for unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and floodplains of the Chobe River. This afternoon, set out on a river cruise or game drive that includes the opportunity to see elephants — a staggering 120,000 live in the park — along with impalas, buffalo and possibly lions. Return to the lodge to relax in the comforts of your luxury accommodations and enjoy a freshly prepared meal. Later, drift to sleep, serenaded by the sounds of Africa beneath a blanket of stars.
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Chobe National Park, Botswana | Chobe River Safari.

Set out on a game drive at sunrise to catch the animals at the start of their day, when they are most active. You may even glimpse a leopard returning from the hunt. Visit the village of Kasane, to see how the Dipetsana Women’s Bike Shop, a project supported by A&K Philanthropy, benefits the local community. Later, embark on a Chobe River safari cruise aboard a double-decker boat and watch for crocodiles and hippos, as well as elephants that come down to drink and play in the water. The park’s beautiful wetlands also lure a wealth of birdlife to the region and you may glimpse any of the 460 species that either live here or migrate through, including raptors, vultures and waterfowl. When you return to the lodge this evening, revel in the comforts of your luxury accommodations, gather for dinner and share stories of your day.
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Meals: BLD

Days 6–7: Okavango Delta | Wetlands Wildlife.

Fly to a vast private concession in the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure with a choice of activities, such as a seasonal mokoro (dugout canoe) ride on the delta or a night-time game-viewing drive, made possible on this private reserve. The next morning, continue with your choice of activities. Set off on a thrilling, guided game drive in a customized 4x4 vehicle or a bush walk in the company of an armed, expert guide, on the lookout for giraffes, hippos, lions and cheetahs.
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Okavango Delta | Predator Capital.

Fly across the Okavango Delta to your next amazing safari camp. Widely acknowledged as the “Predator Capital of the World,” this area offers some of the most exciting game viewing in Africa and is one of the best places in Botswana to see the Big Five — lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo — drawn here from surrounding regions by the lush delta. Predators include cheetahs, spotted hyenas and, at the very top of the food chain, large resident prides of lions. This afternoon, take advantage of game-viewing activities led by experienced guides or enjoy the vistas from your own private viewing deck.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Okavango Delta | Remarkable Game Drives.

Depart on another spectacular early morning game drive. Beyond predators, the Okavango Delta draws large concentrations of elephants, buffalo, red lechwes, giraffes and impalas. Enjoy a seasonal mokoro ride for a rare safari opportunity across deceptively quiet marshlands alive with crocodiles, bathing hippos, birds and tiny red reed frogs. If you opt for an afternoon game drive, listen for roaring lions on the hunt or spy nocturnal animals as they start out for the night. After a full day of game viewing, return to your camp to relax and enjoy a farewell dinner.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Depart Johannesburg, South Africa,

Fly to Johannesburg for your flight home. Relax in the Premier Lounge, compliments of A&K, before your departure.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
Each guest on this journey will receive an A&K Safari Duffel.
First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: airport arrival at 3:40 p.m. on Day 10.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please note: May 16 and July 10 departures will operate on an amended itinerary. Please contact A&K for details. 

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Dec 18, 2020 - Dec 27, 2020
Price AU$24,265pp Single Supplement AU$10,104 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.


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