11 Day Great Explorer Safari

DAY 1: SANCTUARY BAINES’ CAMP
On arrival at Maun Airport, a Mack Air representative will meet and assist you to your onward flight to Baines’ Airstrip. Depart Maun on a shared light aircraft charter flight to Sanctuary Baines’ Camp. The flying time is approximately 15 minutes. Kindly note, however, that all inter-camp flights are subject to multiple pick ups and drop offs en route to your destination which could affect the flying time.
On arrival at the airstrip a Sanctuary Baines’ Camp representative will meet and transfer you to the camp. The transfer time is approximately 45 minutes.

Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is located on the Boro River, set amongst the shady trees and water of the Okavango Delta, on a 260,000 acre private concession neighbouring the Moremi Game Reserve. The camp, named after the famous nineteenth century explorer Thomas Baines, features five luxurious suites set on elevated platforms in the tree line with wooden decks that offer expansive views over the permanent water of the river and a lagoon teaming with life. The elevated suites feature a luxury bedroom, ensuite facilities and private viewing deck. The four-poster beds are fully mobile, giving guests the choice to slumber under star-laden skies. Each room is equipped with a hairdryer, ceiling fan, in-room safe as well as a personally stocked minibar. Avid astronomers will delight in stargazing from the privacy of their own deck. The main area features an oversized deck for outdoor dining and views over the permanent water of the lagoon. There is a rim flow swimming pool with two thatched salas on either side for refreshing sunbathing and relaxation.

The camp offers informative walking safaris with an armed professional guide, wonderful game drives in open-sided 4X4 vehicles as well as motorised boating and mokoro excursions, subject to water levels. a unique and educational elephant interaction, offered in conjunction with non-profit organisation Living with Elephants, is available where guests have the opportunity of interacting with a herd of three semi-habituated elephants in their natural environment.

The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activity on offer. Here in the Okavango Delta lives some of the most spectacular and varied wildlife on Earth. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades and know they will not be disturbed. Guests have the opportunity to see animals up close when expert guides accompany them on morning and evening game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles. A night game drive is the perfect means to see some of the nocturnal animals one wouldn’t see during the day time. The park also boasts a diversity of landscape with desert, dry savannah, lagoon and swamps in close proximity – cheetah, crocodile and elephant can also be seen on a game drive.
*Night drives is seasonal depending on waterlevels.

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Sanctuary Baines’ Camp

DAY 2: SANCTUARY BAINES’ CAMP
This morning you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with three semi-habituated elephants – Jabu, Thembi and Morula on a morning walk. Observe them up close in their natural environment as they feed, take mud baths and swim, whilst learning about them and discovering their unique personalities. This activity includes a picnic lunch. You are invited to discover the elephants from the ends of their bristled tails to the tip of their powerful yet sensitive trunks. Explore the astonishing kinship between the elephants and their guardians. A delicate blink of Morula’s long lashes reveals her sensitive yet powerful personality. Jabu with his bold and generous nature, takes you trunk in hand and together you slowly uncover the age old secrets of Africa’s elephants. Thembi, cute boisterous and impossible to ignore, infatuates you and transforms your understanding of elephants to a deeper and more personal level.

The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activity on offer. One of the best ways to see the wildlife around Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is in a mokoro, a locally made dugout canoe. These used to be carved from ebony but are now made from commercially grown wood and fibreglass to protect the fragile environment of the Okavango. In one of these traditional crafts it is possible to float around the waterways and lagoons that make up the delta, looking for hippos and crocodiles in the water, but also getting a remarkable view of the plains game from a new and exciting angle. This gentle and informative mode of safari is unique to the river bushmen, comprising three different tribes who made the Delta their home. This activity is subject to water levels. For the less intrepid, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp also has motorised speedboats that can be used when the rivers are in flood.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Baines’ Camp

DAY 3: SANCTUARY CHIEF’S CAMP
After breakfast a camp representative will transfer you to the airstrip for your Mack Air shared light aircraft charter flight to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp. The flying time to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is approximately 15 minutes. Kindly note, however, that all inter-camp flights are subject to multiple pick ups and drop offs en route to your destination which could affect the flying time.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is a luxury bush camp situated on Chief’s Island in the exclusive Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve. This region is known as the “predator capital” of Africa and is considered to have the finest game viewing in Botswana including all of the Big Five. Guest accommodation comprises of twelve secluded, permanent luxury bush pavilions. Each features a thatched roof, spacious seating area, ensuite facilities with indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a private game viewing deck with hammock and deck chairs. Each pavilion also boasts a generous mosquito net on a four-poster bed, two wardrobes, a book shelf, writing desk and mini bar. The main camp area houses the dining area, open bar area, curio shop, library and reception area. This structure has been built into the existing landscape, under a heavy canopy of mature Jackalberry, Sausage and Rain trees. The main deck area is split-level and offers expansive views over the floodplain while the lower level of the deck houses an exquisite swimming pool. A range of spa treatments are offered in the treatment room. Activities include game drives and seasonal mokoro excursions, subject to water levels.

The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. The expert guides, always on hand to share a wealth of wildlife knowledge, take guests deep into the bush in specially modified open 4×4 vehicles on morning and afternoon game drives. The game viewing opportunities at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp are awe-inspiring. On the plains one may find the roaming lions that prey on the thousands of antelope, zebra and buffalo who live here all year round. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is the ideal place to spot the Big 5 – perhaps even the rare rhino. There are several local lion prides as well as leopards, genet cats and hyena is in abundance.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

DAY 4: SANCTUARY CHIEF’S CAMP
The morning is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. Mokoros, local dugout canoes, are ideal for getting close to the bush in the company of a highly trained local guide. Each June the whole area around the camp floods and turns the Okavango Delta into a labyrinth of lily-filled lagoons and streams where hippos fight for bathing rights and crocodiles wait for unwary antelope to linger too long over a drink. Poling through the byways created by the floodwaters is a magical experience that allows guests to get very close to the biggest of game and to see the world from a totally different angle – looking up onto the banks rather than down onto them. As a change from a game drive, the quiet, gentle pace of a mokoro is a real introduction to a way of transport still used in the Delta by the ‘river bushmen’ or BaYei people. This activity is subject to water levels.

The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy a thrilling game drive though this predator capital of Africa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

DAY 5: SANCTUARY CHIEF’S CAMP
The morning is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. An optional extra activity is to depart from Sanctuary Chief’s Camp on a scenic 45 minute helicopter flight involving flying west of the game drive routes towards the permanent delta, exposing you to areas which are unreachable by vehicle or boat. Guests have the option of the doors being removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities. This is done with the utmost consideration to guest safety. The activity highlights the shear enormity of the Okavango Delta exposing the many animal species of the region.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

DAY 6: SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO
After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the airstrip to depart Sanctuary Chief’s Camp on a shared light aircraft charter flight to Kasane. The flying time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Kindly note, however, that all inter-camp flights are subject to multiple pick ups and drop offs en route to your destination which could affect the flying time.
On arrival at Kasane Airport a Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero representative will meet and transfer you to the lodge. The transfer time is approximately 10 minutes.

Deep in the heart of the Botswana wilderness lies Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero , one of the most enchanting places on Earth. Enjoy thrilling guided game drives in open-sided 4X4 vehicles that bring you to the heart of Africa’s largest concentration of elephants, as well as hippos, buffalos, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. Or join one of the acclaimed guides on a wonderous water safari on specially adapted motorboats. Accommodation is in 15 cottages. Each cottage measures 61 square metres and has its own en-suite bathroom with a modern bath, indoor and outdoor showers, and private garden with hammock, “sala” or private balcony, mosquito nets, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, hairdryer, minibar as well as an in-room safe. The main public area includes a lounge, outside dining area, dining room and library which are linked to outdoor viewing patios. The wine cellar is temperature controlled and houses a large variety of the finest South African wines. The lodge is also home to the first full spa on the Botswana safari circuit which offers a range of spa and hydrotherapy treatments from both the Thalgo and Africology ranges. The lodge boasts a split-level swimming pool, library, curio shop and a communications centre, which offers telephone, fax and internet access. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer, maybe even a relaxing massage in the spa’s tree house treatment room overlooking the surrounding area.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

DAY 7: SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO
The day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. Elephants feature largely on any activity at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, as the largest population left in Africa occupies this northern corner between Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Game drives in open-sided 4×4 vehicles bring these grey giants into easy reach as they drink and frolic at the water’s edge in their boisterous herds. Thrilling game drives lead by qualified professional guides bring guests close to hippos, buffalos, puku, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. Game drives are also the perfect opportunity for the expert guides to share their wealth of information on the area and its inhabitants. The puku, a small rusty-brown antelope, alongside impala, kudu and red lechwe, are only a few of the common antelope found here. Naturally, lion and leopard are also found in the area.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

DAY 8: SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO
The day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. The best way to end a day of safari is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the still waters of the Chobe River, toasting to the end of yet another beautiful day. Specially designed riverboats take guests up close to elephants as they wade in the river or near to the buffalo who gather on its shores. Sundowner cruises are also a great way of seeing animals up close as they come out of the shade to graze in the cooler evenings.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

DAY 9: SANCTUARY SUSSI & CHUMA
Enjoy a morning game viewing activity followed by breakfast. You will transfer light to Kasane Airport for your light aircraft flight to Livingstone Airport to Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma. The transfer time will be advised to you locally by the lodge management.

As you will be entering Zambia, a single entry visa will be required and is obtainable at the point of entry, payable in USD$50cash. The visa fee is subject to change at the discretion of the Zambian Government.
On arrival at Livingstone Airport a Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma lodge representative will meet you for your 20 minute transfer to the lodge.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is just 12 kilometres upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls. The lodge itself is an exclusive haven in the heart of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park which, in addition to the mighty roar of the Victoria Falls, also boasts a wide variety of game as well as countless opportunities for adventure. Built on two levels on a dramatic bend in the Zambezi, the main lodge is perched in giant ebony trees. Guests can relax in the swimming pool, or enjoy a drink in the elevated bar. The twelve air-conditioned tree houses are connected by wooden walkways and all enjoy superb views over the river. In addition, there are two private houses available. Each has two bedrooms, a dining area and deck with plunge pools, as well as a private chef and house staff. Honeymooners will enjoy romantic private dinners on the sundowner deck or by the pool with inspiring views over the Zambezi River.

The day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. Just a short drive away from the Victoria Falls, the lodge offers guests a walking tour of The Falls. First described to Europe by explorer David Livingstone and known locally as the Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the Smoke that Thunders”, the falls produce a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the mile wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi. From April through to May when the water is in full flow, rainbows constantly form and collapse in the tropical sunlight over the waterfall.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

DAY 10: SANCTUARY SUSSI & CHUMA
The day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is set on the edge of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Here the highly trained safari guides take guests on game drives in custom-built 4×4 safari vehicles to experience the land as it was when Livingstone first made his way across the ridge and beheld the smoke that thunders. The park has elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, zebra in large numbers and an exciting array of birds, including some Southern African specials like Peters’ Finfoot. It even has white rhino – the only place in Zambia where they can be seen. Guests may also be lucky enough to see a rare sighting of the wild dog that on occasion pass through the park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Overnight: Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

DAY 11: DEPARTURE
The morning is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. Guests are able to visit Nakatindi Village and the local community school located in the Livingstone area approximately five kilometres from Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma where guests will get a glimpse into the life of the local people. Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy began working with the community and school at Nakatindi in July 2010 when we initiated dialogue with the headmaster of the school as well as the Community Elders in order to identify their immediate needs. As part of our included activities offered at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, we welcome you to visit the village and school during your stay. This will allow you to meet and interact with this wonderful and proud community and will give you an opportunity to see these projects first hand. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma contributes a donation for each guest who visits the village. These funds go towards paying the Community Guides a small fee and the balance is utilised in the various projects for the benefit of the greater community.

The staff at Sanctuary Retreats has, together with the generous donations from our guests, been able to make the first exciting steps towards a better future for Nakatindi. Through these donations and our commitment, the village and school are already experiencing positive changes. Guests are also welcome to donate any learning / educational materials like pens and paper to the school.

After your morning activity you will meet the lodge representative in the reception area of the lodge for your transfer to Livingstone Airport. Your transfer times will be advised to you by the Lodge managers.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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