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The annual flooding of Botswana's Okavango Delta creates a lush network of tributaries and marshes and attracts a rich variety of wildlife, including species like blue wildebeest, as well as lions, cheetahs, leopards, and wild dogs. The remarkable interplay of predator and prey in the delta has been captured by National Geographic filmmakers and explorers Dereck and Beverly Joubert in a number of celebrated documentaries. Stay in two stunning camps in the very area where their documentaries were filmed, and delve into this unique habitat on day and night safaris and bush walks. Then travel to Zambia to encounter the magnificent Victoria Falls.
Stay in intimate luxury lodges and tented camps located within private concessions far from the crowds.
Track huge buffalo herds and the lions that stalk them on safari in Duba Plains.
Spot a broad spectrum of birdlife, including wattled cranes and slaty egrets, from an elevated hide in the Selinda Reserve.
Experience the thunder of Victoria Falls on a guided walk into the mists.
Itinerary - 12 Days
Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Johannesburg, South Africa
Depart on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, and meet our local staff upon arrival. Transfer to the intimate Safari Club on the outskirts of the city and enjoy an evening to relax.
Days 3, 4, & 5 — Okavango Delta, Botswana
This morning, board a commercial flight to Maun, Botswana, and connect with a scheduled charter flight to the Okavango Delta. Settle into your luxury tent at Duba Plains Camp, located on a remote island in the delta, and spend the next three days on safari in Duba’s private concession area. Duba is the backdrop for National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s award-winning film Relentless Enemies, which documents the ongoing conflict between three lion prides and the 1,000-strong buffalo population. On daytime and nighttime game drives, observe the interactions of lions and buffalo, watch families of elephants frolicking at the water’s edge, spot hippos swimming in the deep, and see tsessebe and blue wildebeest grazing on the plains.
Duba Plains Camp (B,L,D)
Days 6, 7, & 8 — Selinda Reserve
After breakfast, head to the airstrip for a scheduled charter flight to Selinda, a 300,000-acre reserve just north of the Okavango Delta. Selinda Camp, a luxurious elevated tented camp located on the banks of the wildlife-rich Selinda Spillway, is our home for the next three nights. Set out on daily safaris, nighttime game drives, and walking safaris to observe elephants, giraffes, hippos, and much more. Featured in Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s National Geographic films Ultimate Enemies, Hunting With the Moon, and The African Diaries, the Selinda Reserve is also home to the hippo-killing lions. Track cheetahs and endangered wild dogs, and spot a wide variety of birds from an elevated hide overlooking the floodplains. Wattled cranes, a highly coveted sighting, are often spotted here. Spend your evenings gazing at the stars from your private veranda, watching the nightlife of the floodplains, or relaxing with a book in the spacious main lounge.
Selinda Camp (B,L,D)
Days 9 & 10 — Livingstone, Zambia
Take a scheduled charter flight to Kasane, Botswana, where we are met by our local staff and transferred by road and boat across the Zambezi River to Livingstone, Zambia. Check into the Royal Livingstone Hotel, located just steps from Victoria Falls, considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The next morning, venture into the mist on a guided walking tour of breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the world’s largest and most dramatic waterfalls. Take advantage of free time this afternoon to pursue one of many optional adventures: go rafting, bungee jumping, or take a flight-seeing helicopter trip over the falls.
Royal Livingstone Hotel (B)
Days 11 & 12 — Johannesburg/U.S.
This morning, transfer to the airport for your commercial flight to Johannesburg, and connect with your international flight home, arriving the next day. (B)