This great value safari itinerary takes in the best of Botswana's parks and reserves, including Okavango, Moremi and Savute, finishing up in Zimbabwe at the magnificent Victoria Falls. This trip is rich in wildlife and adventure and will be an unforgettable experience.
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.
Arrive into Maun Airport, met and transfer to Oddballs' Enclave Camp (just 5 minutes), located on the edge of Chief's Island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Accommodation here is in comfortable en-suite tents on wooden platforms shaded by reed shelters. There is comfortable seating in the bar and lounge area which overlooks the sweep of the delta and is great for game viewing. The highlights at Oddballs are full or half day walking safaris, ideal for the active traveller, along with paddling by mokoro (canoe) in the shallow waters watching hippos, birds and other wildlife.
In the morning of day 3, after any early activity and breakfast, return to the airstrip and fly to Khwai airstrip, where you will meet your guide for your six night fully serviced camping safari. On safari, you will stay in large dome tents with en-suite bush toilet and shower.
The first two days are in the Khwai Community area and Moremi Game Reserve, an area rich with wildlife and birds. You will experience a mokoro excursion on the Khwai River and sunrise game drives.
After breakfast, you will take a 5-6 hour drive through the bush and into Chobe National Park. The drier region of Savuti is known for its bull elephants and predators, such as lion' leopard, cheetah and wild dog. We expect to see especially large herds of elephant and water buffalo.7-8Days
On day 7, you will take another bush drive northwards to the Chobe River and meander along the river bank, spotting the impressive African Fish Eagle. The Chobe River floodplain is an amazing game viewing area, where the water attracts large herds of buffalo, elephants and various antelopes. This concentration in turn attracts predators affording superb viewing and photographic opportunities. Whilst in Northern Chobe, take a cruise on the river and get close to aquatic animals and birds not easily seen on safari.
After breakfast, travel by road from Chobe and across the border into Zimbabwe to stay two nights at the Ilala Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis. The National Park borders the hotel grounds and wild animals are often spotted grazing the hotel lawns.
There are lots of activities available here. Visiting the Falls is a must and viewpoints are easily accessible on foot. For adrenalin junkies, there is white-water rafting, bungee and zip-wiring and for everybody, river cruises, helicopter flights and visits to the national park.
On day 11, after breakfast, transfer to airport for onward or return travel.
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