Botswana Fly-in Safari
I can’t imagine too many things that are more spectacular or mind-boggling than to fly in a small aircraft over the delta. to see all this water in the middle of a desert is nothing short of a miracle. and then chances are good to see elephant, hippo, giraffe and buffalo from above. it feels surreal – like in an “out of africa” movie. most of the lodges are on concession areas, surrounded by water or otherwise very difficult to reach by road. one great advantage to fly is that more time is available on the ground. often the flight transfers are no more than 10 –40 minutes. this way of experiencing botswana does also allow for complete freedom in creating your itinerary. just remember that botswana follows a low quantity/high quality tourism policy – this means that the number of beds available are limited and in peak season (july – november) space is difficult to get by. so start planning early.
Day 1 & 2
|Destination:||Arrival/Moremi Game Reserve|
|Accomodation:||Camp Okuti [Fully Inclusive]|
Arrive at the Maun International Airport where you will be met and assisted to your plane for your light aircraft flight (seat rate) into the Okavango Delta.
Camp Okuti lies alongside the Maunachira River, which flows through the Xakanaxa Lagoon within the world renowned Moremi Game Reserve. Okuti has recently been rebuilt amidst the wilderness of one of Botswana's prime game viewing regions.
Okuti caters for a maximum of 18 guests, accommodation units each available with en-suite bathroom, hot and cold running water and flush toilets. There are 5 twin share units and 2 family units. Okuti is a child friendly lodge.
Guests experience game drives in the Moremi Game Reserve in specially designed safari vehicles, allowing unhindered views for game viewing and photography. Moremi is a park rich in wildlife and game viewing is consistent year round so it is ideal for the first time visitor to Botswana. In addition to game drives guests can explore the delta waterways by motorboat - from open lagoons to winding channels it is a birder's paradise, especially for herons and storks in the breeding season.
|Destination:||Moremi Game Reserve,|
|Accomodation:||Stanley's Camp [Fully Inclusive]|
Light aircraft flight (seat rate) to Stanley’s Camp.
Stanley's Camp is situated on a private concession, bordering the southern section of the famous Moremi Game Reserve, thus affording guests absolute exclusivity. The area is home to a wide variety of big game including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog.
Sanctuary Stanley's is a classic tented camp with just 8 tents built around an imposing sausage tree on a private concession overlooking the Okavango floodplains. The area around the camp changes with the seasons - from lush green when the rain flows down from the Angolan highlands to dry savannah when the Kalahari Desert tightens its grip.
Each canvas tent at Sanctuary Stanley's boasts a traditional ceiling fan and is individually designed, but all have a classic and understated elegance that harks back to the explorers and colonialists of the 19th century. Large wooden decks provide private areas for guests to relax in hammocks or enjoy cocktails before dinner in the spectacular dining mess.
|Accomodation:||Stanley's Camp [Fully Inclusive]|
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is set in a private concession giving visitors the opportunity to venture out at night on exciting game drives to see the many nocturnal animals that live here. The evening drive starts after sundown cocktails, using a spotlight to winkle out elusive nocturnal creatures including the ones that are easier to catch a glimpse of in the dark, like hyena and leopard.
The Okavango Delta is of course flooded for much of the year and when it is, guests can experience serene silence at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro excursion along the narrow Delta channels. Guests can sit back and relax as they glide through lily ponds on local dugout canoes while they get eye to eye with a buffalo as it laps water from the river, watch crocodiles sunbathe on the banks or cruise past a pod of hippos as they lie in a pool.
Sanctuary Stanley’s professional guides accompany guests as they learn about the bush from a different perspective, up close and personal with the environment. Walking safaris is the perfect way to awaken ones senses where guests can touch, feel and smell the African bush while listening to the various interesting stories the guides have to tell. Walks allow guests to read the news of the night in the smooth sand of the road. Lion, leopard, elephants, genets and even millipedes are all part of the signs, each with their story to tell. Walking safaris is about seeing the small five and the various flora in the area.
A morning walk with 3 elephants, Jabu, Morula and Thembi will also be enjoyed, incorporating a bush brunch in the company of the elephants.
Day 5 & 6
|Accomodation:||Savuti Safari Lodge [Fully Inclusive]|
Light aircraft flight (seat rate) to the Savuti area.
Savute Safari Lodge is located on the banks of the Savute channel and is an intimate lodge accommodating only 24 guests in cool thatched timber and glass suites. The area is renowned for its population of bull elephant and for the unique interaction of the resident predator species.
The close proximity of wildlife translates itself into the recently refurbished, modern African décor.
The 12 timber and thatched suites have private decks, combined bedroom and sitting areas and en-suite facilities. The sitting area, library and cocktail bar are situated in an exquisite thatch and timber main building.
Savute boasts a viewing deck, an al fresco dining area and swimming pool - which is ideal for watching game at the waterhole. These features set the lodge apart from other typical safari destinations.
Open 4x4 game drives are conducted in the Savute area, including the famous Savute Marsh, and the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills, add magic to a delightful African safari.
Day 7 & 8
|Accomodation:||Pride of the Zambezi [Fully Inclusive]|
Light aircraft flight (seat rate) to Kasane.
You will be transferred to the Kasane Immigrations from the airport where you will be transferred by speedboat to the Pride of the Zambezi Houseboat.
The Houseboat accommodates up to 12 passengers in lavish en-suite cabins. The boat has a crew of five: captain, chef and 3 fully trained guides at your service every second of the day.
It has three water level sun decks and a large covered sundeck on the top level for up-close and personal wildlife viewing. An open plan lounge and dining area with unobstructed views, a fully serviced bar area and a ten seater Jacuzzi on the middle deck guarantees all round blissful entertainment.
View the grand local wildlife in their natural habitat, while fishing the Zambezi, visiting some of the world’s most exquisite sites and enjoying a wide array of activities; the perfect luxury escape.
Day 9 & 10
|Destination:||Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park|
|Accomodation:||Stanley Safari Lodge - Cottage [Fully Inclusive]|
After breakfast you will disembark the Pride of the Zambezi and get transferred by road to Livingstone.
Set on a hill bordering the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and overlooking unspoilt bush, Stanley Safari Lodge is only 3km from the Victoria Falls. The views are splendid: the spray of the Falls in the distance, the mighty Zambezi River and on top of that yet another beautiful African sunset.
The open-sided Main House has been designed with space and views in mind and has a truly African feel. Enjoy sundowners in the African style lounge, a 3 course dinner in the dining room or spend some quiet time in the library or upper deck discovering the secrets of Africa.
Private table set-up ensures you can enjoy your dinner from any place you desire.
The atmosphere at Stanley Safari Lodge is tranquil and intimate, and with only 10 private cottages or suites we are able to give you an unmatched level of entirely personalised service. Each and every cottage is individually designed. But what makes Stanley Safari Lodge really special is the open design of many of the rooms: the optimal way to experience the real Africa.
A guided tour of the Falls as well as a sunset river cruise OR village and museum tours is included during your stay. Other activities can be arranged at an additional cost.
Enjoy breakfast after which you will be transferred to the Livingstone Airport for your outbound flight.
Please be advised that there is a luggage restriction of 20 kg SOFT luggage per person, including hand luggage, on the light aircraft flights.
Accommodation and meals as per above program, VAT, tourism levy, all scheduled activities at the lodges, Elephant activity at Stanley’s Camp, all relevant airport and airstrip transfers as outlined in the program, laundry services, light aircraft flights (seat rate) from Maun / Okuti / Stanley’s Camp / Kasane, Stanley Safari Lodge - guided tour of the Falls and a sunset river cruise OR village & museum tour, local drinks and house wines at all the properties
Personal insurance and personal items, international flights, tips and portages, curio shop purchases, any additional / optional activities, any costs incurred due to delays or diversions as a result of bad weather or any other reason that might affect the safety of the aircraft and/or the passengers, visa entry fees into Zambia (payable in cash at the border), vintage wines and imported spirits at all the properties