- Duration 12 Days
- Difficulty 2/5
- Group Size 12
Private Group Safari
“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.”
The Okavango Delta, which seeps into the dry sands of the Kalahari Desert in the southern African country of Botswana, is the largest inland delta in the world. The water flows from the Angolan Heights and has no other recourse than to spread out thinly over the flat terrain to give birth to a lush area carrying abundant game. Today it has become a paradise of African wildlife, the last bastion of vintage Africa. There is no question that the Okavango is one of the greatest wild spectacles left on the planet. Every day, every game drive, from the well-appointed open vehicles, we witness a new stage on which a play develops. With expert guides, we set out at dawn, usually in search of predators, for where there are predators there is most likely to be classic African action. Over our 12-day safari, we will move between several different luxurious tented camps by light aircraft, each offering a magical and unique experience that will work its way under your skin and into your blood. We plan to end our sojourn at a point overlooking the mighty Victoria Falls.
PRICE: US$14,500 PER PERSON SHARING
Single Supplement: N/A
Arrival: Maun Airport, Botswana
Departure: Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe
Arrival Time: The morning of the 8th November, 2020
- 12 nights accommodation on a shared basis.
- Victoria Falls Hotel on a Bed and Breakfast basis ONLY.
- All meals, unless otherwise stated.
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure.
- All internal airfares and ground transportation on the itinerary.
- Two Pete Oxford Expeditions trip leaders.
- All drinks (local brands) included.
- Gratuities to camp staff.
- Round-trip international airfare to South Africa.
- Travel insurance is mandatory on this expedition and can be booked via this website.
- Alcoholic drinks in Zimbabwe.
- Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, internet and alcoholic beverages.
- Gratuities to Guides.
A Day 1: 8 November, 2020: Arrive into Maun, Botswana.
Trip begins in Maun after a scheduled commercial flight to Botswana from South African which we should arrange to be on as a group. After clearing customs, we will board a light aircraft to transfer to Jack’s Camp, situated in a unique location in a private area of the Great Kalahari. We will arrive in time for an afternoon / evening game drive.
The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, where Jack’s Camp operates, covers an impressive 4900-square-kilometer area and is brimming with natural wonders, including the largest tree in Africa, a world famous 5300-year-old baobab.
B Days 2 – 3: 9-10 November, 2020: Jack’s Camp
This camp is located in the Kalahari Desert on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, the largest salt pans in the world. The beautiful camp has bedouin furnishing and rare African art and is quite unlike any other camp in Botswana. Activities are conducted in open vehicles, custom designed for the terrain. There are also ATV vehicles (four wheeler motorcycles) that allow guests to travel across the salt pans. Walks with a Bushman tracker and visits to historical boabab trees used by Livingstone and Selous are also an option. We will also spend time with habituated meerkats a highlight of this area. Overnights at Jack’s Camp.
C Days: 4 – 6 11-13 November, 2020: Little Vumbura
We arrive by light aircraft to Little Vumbura camp which is situated on a beautiful island in a private concession in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta. As it is surrounded by water and lying close to large rivers, both water and land-based activities are offered. There are game drives by day and night. Boat rides and mokoro (dug-out canoe) trips offer a chance to experience the delta. Both land based and water activities offer spectacular and diverse wildlife sightings. Wildlife includes cheetah, leopard, lion, red lechwe and a host of other plains game. We also hope to see wild dogs at Little Vumbura.
Little Vumbura is a beautiful six-roomed tented camp shaded by the canopy of an ancient forest. Each well-appointed tent has en-suite facilities and a deck with incredible vistas. A plunge pool and reading area overlook the floodplains while a star deck is reached by a bridge from the dining area.
In addition to helping to conserve the area, Little Vumbura is part of a community participation plan that brings the benefits of ecotourism to the communities that live around the Okavango Delta.
Both hot air ballooning and helicopter rides can be offered at additional cost.
We will spend 3 nights at Little Vumbura .
D Days 7 – 9: 14-16 November, 2020: Duma Tau
Linyanti is best known for its large populations of elephants and buffaloes that congregate in vast numbers, especially during the dry season. Other wildlife encounters include lion, sable, roan, leopard, wild dog, the rare and elusive sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, hippo and crocodile, as well as other species of plains game. The area also offers spectacular birding year-round.
DumaTau consists of ten guest tents raised off the ground to take advantage of the dramatic views of Osprey Lagoon. Each canvas-roofed en-suite tent is spacious, and offers unimpeded vistas through ceiling-height glass sliding doors. There is an airy, expansive dining and lounge area and a pool, all overlooking the wildlife-rich lagoon. DumaTau has a very light carbon footprint and runs on a 100% solar energy.
While at Duma Tau, we can do game drives and night drives and spend time in a hide.. Water activities are available only when water levels permit. We spend three nights at Duma Tau (meaning ‘roar of the lion’) luxury tented camp.
E Days 10 – 11: 17-18 November, 2020: Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
We will transfer via light aircraft to Kasane Airport and go via road to the Victoria Falls Hotel. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. The Victoria Falls Hotel is a wonderful old colonial establishment, recently remodeled and within walking distance of the falls themselves. It is also near the shopping areas. In Victoria Falls you have a variety of optional activities, which include river rafting, bungy jumping, helicopter rides, fixed wing or Microlight flights over the falls, Zambezi River cruises in all shapes and sizes, game drives into nearby reserves, cultural dancing in the evenings and, of course, shopping. The stay here is also on a Bed & Breakfast basis as there are several activities lasting the whole day, many of which include meals.
Day 12: 19 November, 2020: Fly Victoria Falls Airport to Johannesburg to connect with onward international flights.
Discover the world with experienced travelers
Pete Oxford & RENEÉ BISH
Photographers | Owners | Trip Leaders
Pete and Reneé are southern African experts. Reneé, having virtually grown up in the African bush, is renowned as one of the best wildlife spotters out there. Recently, while the coupled lived for 26 months within a national park in South Africa, they were directly involved in helping decide on managerial protocols and where Pete spent most of his time habituating (without baiting) extremely shy leopards. They have led trips and explored Africa scores of times and now live full-time on the rocky shoreline of the Western Cape in South Africa. It is always with immense excitement that they look forward to their next African safari and with tremendous longing for more when it comes to an end. Pete has been the overall winner of South Africa’s well known Getaway magazine’s competition and has also been regularly featured in South Africa’s annual Agfa photographic competitions. He has often written for the respected Africa Geographic Magazine and, while living in South Africa, was one of the magazine’s official bloggers. Together they have led more than 50 safaris to Botswana. Reneé and Pete are well placed to design custom itineraries and would like nothing more than to share their passion and enthusiasm for the African bush with you.