Sample Itinerary to African Safari of a lifetime, featuring Botswana and Zambia
Day 1 — U.S. and South Africa
Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa and transfer to your overnight airport hotel. Lodging: Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport Hotel
Days 2-4 — South Africa and Botswana
Fly to Maun, Botswana and take a connecting flight to the Okavango Delta. The mysterious Okavango Delta is an intricate labyrinth of lakes, channels, and lagoons providing a permanent clean water source to the arid sands of the Kalahari Desert. It is the largest delta in the world, and a magnet to abundant herds, including over 400 species of birds. While visiting the delta, daily activities include canoeing, boating, and game drives among the pristine wilderness of mopane forests, floodplains, and grasslands. While on your excursions, look out for countless wildlife such as lions, hyenas, crocodiles, warthogs, monkeys, bush babies, and tree squirrels on the mainland and nearby islands. The gentle waters of Okavango Delta also attract the rare sitatunga antelope. Conclude your days relaxing on grassy knolls under shady palm trees. Lodging: Xakanaxa Camp
Days 5-6 — Botswana and Zambia
Fly to Kasane and transfer to Livingstone, Zambia. Visit the cultural city of Livingstone with tours of the local village and handicraft markets, as well as the Livingstone Museum, containing an excellent display of memorabilia from David Livingstone’s exploration of Zambia and Victoria Falls. The largest curtain of water in the world, Victoria Falls offers spectacular views as millions of gallons of water per minute crash over its 300 foot drop. Experience “The Flight of Angels,” a breathtaking flight over the sensational Falls by a helicopter or microlite (ultralight aircraft). For a taste of adventure, bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge or white-water raft below the Falls. Game drives and elephant rides into the nearby Mosi O Tunya National Park provide stunning views of local wildlife, including Zambia’s only white rhino population. Continue your journey by taking a guided canoe safari, exploring the rain forest, or fishing for prized tiger fish. Lodging: Zambezi Sun Hotel
Days 7-9 — Zambia
Arrive at the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia’s newest reserve on a beautiful floodplain along the Zambezi River. Because the park was the former private sanctuary of Zambia’s president, it remains undeveloped, pristine wilderness, allowing you to travel exclusively among wildlife. Known for huge elephant herds and lion prides, the tree-dotted grasslands of Zambia are also home to various wildlife such as impala, kudu, eland, leopard, and zebra. Best appreciate the Lower Zambezi on daily walking safaris, and canoeing and boating excursions, and take game drives to explore your starkly beautiful surroundings. In the early morning or late afternoon, safari vehicles whisk you deep into the park, stopping at a special scenic point to witness the magnificent, colorful sunset. Lodging: Chiawa Camp
Day 10 — Zambia and the U.S.
Transfer to the airport in Lusaka and connect to your international flights home.
Price from $6,745 per person, double occupancy, all meals.
Based on low season with two guests traveling.