This itinerary has been specially designed for those looking for spectacular and varied wildlife viewing. Your first three nights will be spent at the luxurious Jack’s Camp, famed for its habituated meerkats. You’ll then head to the newly rebuilt Sandibe which offers an array of land and water game viewing activities before transferring to the Selinda Concession, a remote wild area renowned for its predators, including wild dog. Finally end your safari on the banks of the mighty Zambezi where you can explore Victoria Falls.
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
On arrival in Maun you will take a light aircraft flight to the ultra luxurious, award-wining Jack’s Camp in the heart of the Makgadikadi Pans. Nothing can quite prepare you for Jack’s and its unusual surrounding landscape, it’s magical quality cannot fail to captivate.
With big game being scarce on the Pans, your next two days will focus on more unusual activities, including quad biking, star gazing, visits to sites of archaeological interest, guided walks, night drives and of course close encounters with the neighbouring groups of habituated meerkats that the camp has become famous for. During any of these activities you still have a great chance of encountering some of the desert-adapted wildlife that can be seen here year round including steenbok, black-backed jackal, ostrich, brown hyena, bat eared fox, honey badger, aardwolf and porcupines.
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Spend one final morning at the camp before bidding farewell to your guides as you set off by light aircraft to Maun. On arrival in Manu you will be met and transferred by private helicopter to the beautifully presented and newly rebuilt Sandibe Safari Lodge, which will be home for the next three nights. Sandibe is located in a private concession in the Okavango Delta, adjacent to the Moremi and is fast becoming a ‘must do spot’ for wildlife enthusiasts looking for a little more luxury.
Due to Sandibe’s prime location on the permanent Delta and its proximity to the game-rich grassy plains your option of activities for the next two days are vast, whether it be big game viewing on land by guided walks, day and night drives or on water in relaxing mokoro excursions
You will take a morning game drive to the airstrip where you will board a light aircraft for your short journey to the magnificent Selinda Reserve. Upon arrival you will be met by your private guide who will drive you into camp, even on this short journey you won’t fail to spot plenty of wildlife. Once you have settled in and indulged in a little afternoon tea you will head out on your first proper game drive in search of the big predators that this concession is synonymous with.
With the ultimate in privacy and flexibility activity options at Zarafa include morning and afternoon game drives, night drives with a spotlight, short walks from camp, bird watching, use of a specially adapted photography vehicle and a pontoon boat. However, you might prefer to simply spend time in your private suite which is equipped with its own plunge pool that offers sweeping views of the Zibadianja Lagoon.
After breakfast you will take your last safari drive to Selinda airstrip, ready for your flight to Kasane, on arrival here you will be met and driven to Tongabezi Lodge which will be home for the next couple of days. This is the perfect place from which to explore Victoria Falls as it comes with its own valet, guide, vehicle and boat, giving you full control over what you want to do during your stay.
Depending on your mood you could spend the day at the Falls sampling some of the adventure activities that are offered including bungee jumping, white water rafting, helicopter rides or swimming in Devil’s Pools’. Or perhaps you would prefer to do a game drive in the Mosi-Oa- Tunya NP, famous for its large rhino population or simply visit a local village or have lunch on a private island. With so many choices at hand this really is the perfect place to end your African adventure.
You will be transferred to Livingstone Airport ready for your connecting flight home.
Are you keen on water activities? Then why not to combine photographing with an enjoyable ride on the river making your vacation even more exciting! The Chobe River is known for its peaceful turquoise waters that create the atmosphere of tranquility and sedate you. No severe currents or rapids are to be expected, so even those not good at swimming should not be afraid of waters, you are guaranteed complete safety.