This nine-day safari includes the “big three” of game drives, bush walks, and boat safaris, as well as a spectacular rhino walking safari and “lunch with the elephants.” It also includes a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls and the iconic animals of the Kruger, Zambezi, and Chobe regions. This is a private trip, so the schedule can be further altered to fit the number of days you want to spend on the road and to incorporate additional locations like Cape Town and the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
When you arrive in South Africa’s wildlife-rich Lowveld, you will be met by one of our local drivers and taken on your first game drive on the route to your lodge. Have your camera close by since they will pause if any wildlife is spotted along the way. You may look forward to excellent animal watching in this “Big Five” reserve that borders Kruger National Park today afternoon and over the next two days. One of the largest privately-owned reserves in South Africa, the 600km2 (230mi2) Klaserie Private Nature Reserve borders the national park without fences. Animals freely migratory between Klaserie and Kruger National Park create an exceptional biosphere and one of Africa’s top safari destinations in one of the Greater Kruger’s most unspoiled and pristine wilderness sections.
On this day you will up very early in the morning to experience the incredible Klaserie game reserve. The “Big Five” are frequently seen, and the birding is excellent. you will have the option of a game drive or a bush walk, the latter of which allows those who are 16 years of age or older to have a closer look at the minute details of nature that aren’t often visible from a vehicle.
We will now drive you to the Kruger-Mpumalanga Nelspruit Airport so you can catch your flight to Livingstone, Zambia. From there, our local driver-guide will take you in a private vehicle to your serene camp on the banks of the famous Zambezi River. Later this afternoon, you board a free sunset cruise on this well-known river. Return in the evening for dinner and a night stay.
You leave early this morning to go on a Rhino Walking Safari at the adjacent Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, where you may see the sole remaining population of white rhinos in all of Zambia. After disembarking, Your transfers you across the bridge or border with Zimbabwe to your hotel in the town of Victoria Falls. You are then transferred by speed boat down the Zambezi.
During your stay, we are happy to provide you with a free guided tour of the Victoria Falls (including of entrance costs on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides). While you’re in Zambia, your safari also includes a Zambezi river cruise, a rhino walking safari, and lunch at the Elephant Café. Other activities available include white-water rafting or canoeing, birding and horseback safaris, helicopter and micro light scenic flights, tours of African townships and villages, adrenaline-pumping sports like bungee jumping and zip lining, and much more. We highly suggest taking “Tour the Township” with Mortimer, our local guide, who shows you about his community and frequently invites our visitors to lunch with his wife and family. African-inspired feasts at The Boma or Jungle Junction restaurants, as well as an afternoon High Tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel, are among the dining alternatives.
You will travel to your resort in Kasane, a small safari hamlet on the banks of the Chobe River, in Botswana today. Elephant and giraffe sightings are frequent along the private road transfer from Victoria Falls, which travels through bushveld, which is home to various animals. This afternoon, you’ll go on a private boat safari down the Chobe River. A genuinely unforgettable experience of your African safari frequently comes with the accompanying sunset on the river. You will typically be’serenaded’ to sleep tonight from your riverfront lodging by the grunts of neighboring hippo pods as they emerge from the water to munch on the lodge’s lush lawn.
Today you will have private game drives in the Chobe National Park in the morning and afternoon. You’ll also enjoy wonderful home-style meals and have time to relax by the pool, possibly even taking a midday siesta. Be on the lookout for predators like lions and hyenas on your game drives, as well as recognizable herbivores like buffalo, zebra, giraffes, warthogs, and wildebeest. You will see a wide variety of animals on your boat safaris along the Chobe River, including the Nile crocodile and the enormous herds of elephant that frequent the river’s side for drinking and recreation.
This morning’s private boat safari on the Chobe River concludes your safari in a calm and tranquil manner. After a filling brunch, we bid you tsamaya sentle (in the native Setswana language, “goodbye and go well”) as you are driven the short distance to Kasane Airport for your ensuing travel plans. A daily trip from Kasane to Johannesburg takes off at 2:00 and lands at 3:45. If you’d like, we can also set for a 212- to 3-hour ride back to Victoria Falls or Livingstone.
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