This really is the best of Botswana with lodge stays at the four principal national parks of Makgadikgadi Pans, Moremi Reserve, Okavango Delta and Chobe with a spectacular finale of the mighty Victoria Falls. Wildlife viewing and adventure guaranteed.
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.
From Maun you will take a 140km flight south east to where the Boteti River forms the western boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, here you will find the beautifully appointed Leroo La Tau lodge, which will be home for the next three nights.
Leroo La Tau translates as ‘lion’s paw’ and although the surrounding area hosts plenty of lion it also boasts a healthy population of leopard, cheetah, hyena, impala, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, jackal and porcupine to name but a few. Over the next two days you will have the choice to partake in day and night drives, guided cultural and nature walks and depending on water level, boating activities. Alternatively you can lounge around the swimming pool or enjoy the panoramic river vista from the game-viewing hide built into the bank of the river.
Spend one final morning at the camp before bidding farewell to your guides as you set off by light aircraft to the Okavango Delta, via Maun. On arrival you will be transferred to Khwai River Lodge, which is in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve.
Due to its prime location and high density of predators and large herbivores we recommend you spend the next two days doing game drives in the Moremi NP which offers first class game viewing. Although night drives and walking safaris are not allowed within the NP, the lodge does offer them in the concession north of the river, outside of the park. Alternatively you could choose to relax by the pool or be pampered in the spa.
You will take a morning game drive to the airstrip where you will board a light aircraft for your short journey to the privately owned Eagle Island, nestled in the middle of the Okavango Delta. Newly reopened, Eagle Island Camp offers the ultimate water based safari, allowing guests to discover a dramatic and ever changing ecosystem in luxury.
Spend the day cruising the waterways either by motor boat or mokoro or chose to explore one of the surrounding islands on foot with an armed guard. However, for an unforgettable view of the delta we highly recommend the scenic helicopter ride which is available on request
From Eagle Isalnd, fly to Chobe National Park, where you transfer to Savute Elephant Camp.9Day
Most clients choose to do game drives from this camp, with plenty of big game to spot, however if you are looking for something a little different then take a visit to see the Bushman paintings and baobab trees.
After an early morning activity you will take a flight to Kasane, where you will be met and transferred by road over the Zimbabwe border. From here you will make your way to the boutique style Ilala lodge, which acts as a great base from which to explore Victoria Falls.
Depending on your mood you could spend the day at the Falls (10 minutes walk away ) 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 photographic opportunities, play a round of golf, 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.