Northern Botswana Wetlands10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Victoria Falls
Arrive in Livingstone, Zambia, and Victoria Falls where you will check in to your luxury camp on the banks of the Zambezi River. Late this afternoon, enjoy a sundowner cruise on the river.Preferred: Toka Leya
Elite: Tongabezi Lodge - 2 Nights (D)
Day 2Victoria Falls
With a private guide, take a walking tour of the falls. Or depart on a visit to a local village where you'll have the special opportunity to meet with some of the families who call this area home. This afternoon, embark on a boat ride through the channels of the Zambezi River to Livingstone Island, and - if you're feeling adventurous - take a dip in the natural "devil's pool" at the very lip of the falls (depending on the water levels).Preferred: Toka Leya
Elite: Tongabezi Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 3To Linyanti Reserve
This morning, fly to the Linyanti Reserve, which boasts nearly 309,000 acres of private land bordering the famed Chobe National Park. Enjoy a tasty lunch in your camp and then relax for a while before embarking on an afternoon game drive in search of some of the reserve's large population of big game.Preferred: DumaTau Camp
Elite: Kings Pool Camp - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 4Linyanti Reserve
Discover more of the natural wonders of this pristine Botswana reserve on day and night game drives, walks and seasonal boating and fishing activities in the private Linyanti Reserve with its large herds of elephant, community of wild dog and rich birdlife.Preferred: DumaTau Camp
Elite: Kings Pool Camp (B, L, D)
Day 5To Okavango Delta
After a morning game drive or walk, fly to the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. This basin fills and evaporates in an annual cycle, creating one of the most exciting big game and bird-viewing experiences in Africa. Keep an eye open for the massive crocodile that lurk in the shallows waiting for their prey.Preferred: Xigera Camp
Elite: Jao Camp - 5 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 6Okavango Delta
Enjoy another day of exploring the wilds. You may take excursions by mokoro, which are traditional dugout canoes that are poled by guides through the shallow waters, or motorized boats (water levels permitting).Preferred: Xigera Camp
Elite: Jao Camp (B, L, D)
Day 7Okavango Delta
Today, fly by light aircraft to your next camp in the Delta. Enjoy an afternoon game drive or guided walk and dinner at the camp.Preferred: Chitabe Camp
Elite: Vumbura Plains (D)
Day 8 - 9Okavango Delta
Embark upon day and night game drives and walks in search of the prolific game found here, both large and small. Lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, hyena and ample plains game and smaller species can be seen year round. Enjoy an afternoon exploring the bush followed by sundowners, and then head back to camp for dinner.Preferred: Chitabe Camp
Elite: Vumbura Plains (B, L, D)
Day 10Depart Maun
On your final morning in the bush, choose to take another game drive or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere. Later, bid farewell to your camp as you fly by light aircraft to Maun where you connect to your onward flight.(B)
Generally, road conditions in southern Africa are reasonably good; however, they vary greatly between the modern cities and the remote areas, where the dusty, gravel roads necessitate 4-wheel-drive travel. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy and pot-holed, and have stretches which are not sealed, or which are under reconstruction. In Ethiopia, Madagascar, Namibia and Rwanda particularly, conditions are very dusty and the off-road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year, and heavy tropical rains and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times enormously.
If we are custom designing an itinerary for you, it is always a good idea to discuss your particular requirements with your travel consultant, who will endeavor to include as much or as little road travel as you desire. The type of vehicle varies according to the country visited and the number of people within your group. In destinations where conditions require it, off-road driving will be in 4-wheel-drive Land Cruisers or Land Rovers.
Internal Flights: Scheduled flights within Sub-Saharan Africa are typically limited to 33-44 lbs. of luggage per person, depending on the airline or charter company operating the flight. Although you may have a luggage weight limit of 44-88 lbs. on your international flight as well as hand luggage, you will need to limit your baggage as required according to the country and airlines or store baggage at your arrival airport. Some flights also require that luggage be packed in soft-sided bags, which Cox & Kings will provide prior to your travel. Between the camps and lodges, we can book either shared air transfers or private charters. We will automatically book shared air transfers wherever available unless otherwise requested. Please note that shared air transfers may make stops to pick up and drop off passengers at other camps, lodges and airstrips en route. Private charter flights only stop for refueling or for customs and immigration formalities as needed. The flight times for air transfers between camps and lodges are arranged 24-48 hours prior to the flight. Departure times are therefore advised locally. Passengers weighing more than 220 lbs. should advise us in advance, as some air charter companies require that an extra seat be purchased at an additional cost for all shared air transfer flight segments. This is for safety and comfort of all guests on board.
Flight Delays & Insurance: Unfortunately, due to the increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more common. Apart from delaying your arrival at your destination, these delays can cause problems with onward connections and/or hotel and vacation arrangements, which may need to be rescheduled. Although the airline will sometimes make alternative arrangements to get you to your next destination at no extra cost, additional costs may be involved after your arrival in the form of additional accommodation costs, transfers and onward tickets. Unfortunately, since most services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. Therefore, it is essential that you are insured against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: Many cities in Africa levy a tax for passengers departing on international flights, and where this is not included in the ticket price it will need to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in U.S. dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included in your ticket; we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We list applicable departure taxes in our pre-tour general information, which you should receive when you confirm your booking. We attempt to keep these as current as possible. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or U.S. dollars to cover these taxes.
Traveling by train in southern Africa can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. New luxury train routes are constantly being developed and there are now a variety of excellent routes available. Cox & Kings does not advise travelers to use the local trains, which cannot be confirmed as safe; however, the internationally acclaimed Rovos Rail and Blue Train offer a relaxed and luxurious alternative to road travel.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Africa; however, hotels used on Cox & Kings journeys can normally be expected to be very comfortable. In more remote destinations, such as parts of Ethiopia, Madagascar and Rwanda, accommodation will be more basic. Cox & Kings uses the best available properties in remote destinations and, although these will be clean and offer en suite rooms, in general they cannot be compared to modern, Western hotels. In some locations, many of the hotels we use are small, privately owned properties retaining much of their original ambience. In most destinations, service and food will be of a high quality, but in some less-developed regions hotel service can be slow and we ask you to show patience in this regard. Please note, typically all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room, please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Early Starts: When on safari, you will find it is necessary to leave your lodge very early in the morning (around dawn) in order to maximize the opportunities for game viewing, as the wildlife is more active during the cooler morning hours and in the evening.
Check-in & Check-out Times: In some situations, when a flight arrives very early in the morning, it may be that you will be taken for breakfast or sightseeing before being allocated your rooms since check-in time is normally between 12 noon and 2 p.m. and check-out time is normally 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Cox & Kings’ local representatives will ensure that you are able to access your room as early as possible, but early check-ins are not guaranteed.
Game Parks & Remote Areas: Within Africa, we generally use the best accommodation available. However, even luxurious properties are a long way from other civilization and can often only be reached down narrow and makeshift roads. Although accommodation will often be in tents, these can be more luxurious than some lodges and include private facilities. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation in game lodges, smaller hotels and tented camps is on par with the best available in that category. Sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases we feel that such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of these more remote areas.
Northern Botswana Wetlands
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