Arrive in Livingstone where you are met and transferred to your luxury safari lodge, Tongabezi, for two nights to relax and recover from your journey. The completion of the Victoria Falls bridge gave birth to the city of Livingstone in 1905. The town prospered as the gateway to trade between the north and south sides of the Zambezi. A number of colonial buildings were erected, which still stand today, creating an atmospheric welcome to travelers using Livingstone as an entry point to explore this beautiful region.
Be sure to experience the Victoria Falls on foot or by air, catch up on the local history at the Livingstone Museum as well as the Railway Museum, shop at the extensive craft markets, get active with white water rafting, sport fishing and kayaking, or relax and enjoy unforgettable African sunsets on a river cruise. The following activities are all included in the price of your African safari holiday in Zambia although please note that some activities have age restrictions: canoeing on the Zambezi, island Lunch, sanpan floating candlelit dinner, sunrise and sunset boating, introduction to Simonga Village, Museum Tour (entry fee payable directly), fishing and a visit to the Maramba Market.
You will be transferred from Tongabezi to the Botswana border and Kasane airport for the light aircraft flight to the remote Savute region of Chobe National Park and your home for the next two nights, Savute Safari Lodge. Historically the Savute channel has been an enigma that flowed erratically but the area is currently in a period of transition at the start of what appears to be another ‘wet cycle’. The African channel began flowing again in 2009 for the first time in nearly 30 years and as of late 2015, the channel is once again going through a dry period. The Savute area offers a harsh and desert-like landscape in the dry season when the wildlife is supported the small streams and watering holds. This contrasts dramatically with the rainy season where the seasonal pans fill with water and the Savute Marsh and surrounds are covered with lush green vegetation that attracts an annual migration of zebra and wildebeest, as well as an abundance of bird life.
Unlike the vast majority of the country, Savute is not a totally flat landscape: large outcrops of volcanic rock reach up out of the Kalahari sands towering over the endless savannah. These hills provide a habitat for a completely different array of small wildlife, birds and plants. The sand ridge, Goha Hills, and the dead trees on the Savute Marsh, offer some spectacular photographic opportunities.
Savuti Channel, Chobe National Park
The Savute Marsh has been the stage for many of the most dramatic wildlife documentaries in Africa. The wide open country, good populations of large mammals like buffalo and elephant and particularly strong prides of lion and hyena clans make for dramatic African wildlife safari interaction and excellent viewing opportunities. The marsh is prime cheetah country and it is not unusual to see wild dog hunting in the Savute during the wet season.
Activities focus on game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles in the Savute area including the Savute Marsh and the ancient Africa San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills. The dry winter months offer incredible game viewing as the parched wildlife congregates at the water holes and river to drink – here you may witness the famed elephant hunting lions in action. Please note that activities are restricted within the national park in accordance with government rules and regulations: these include no driving off-road, no walking and no driving after dark.
You will bid your Savute guide farewell at the airstrip and fly south to the famous Okavango Delta, where you will be picked up by your guide and transferred to your camp. The prime location of Camp Xakanaxa (pronounced Ka-ka-na-ka) on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, makes it one of the very few safari camps that offers guests an authentic, year-round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience. The ancient riverine forests, open savannah, serpentine channels and seasonal floodplains that surround the camp make for a varied habitat of exceptional fauna and flora. The camp is one of few offering a year-round land and water game-viewing experience, in open 4×4 safari vehicles or powerboats. The diverse habitat ensures prolific sightings of Elephant, Buffalo, Hyena, Giraffe, Hippo, Wildebeest, Kudu, Lechwe, Lion and Leopard, among many others. Birding is spectacular, especially in the spring and summer months when the migrants are breeding. Safari activities are conducted by licensed guides eager to share their in-depth knowledge and impart the treasured secrets of this great wilderness.
Leaving the far northern part of Botswana behind you, fly by light aircraft to the heart of the Okavango Delta. Xugana Lagoon is widely aknowledged as being one of the most spectacular permanent water sites in the entire Okavango Delta, which in the midst of the Kalahari sands, is Africa’s largest and most awe-inspiring oasis. The Okavango River rises in the highlands of Angola yet never reaches the sea. Instead its immense waters empty over the sands of the Kalahari where its great desert thirst is quenched in a wilderness of fresh water lagoons, channels and islands. Exploring the Delta by motorboat or canoe (mokoro), combined with walking on surrounding islands in the concession, gives guests the chance to experience a classic Okavango Delta safari. Bird-watching opportunities are outstanding, and fishing for bream and tiger fish is also offered as an activity at the lodge.
Sadly, on day 11 it’s time to depart. Enjoy one lase safari activity before boarding your light aircraft for the flight to Maun, where you meet your departing flights back to Johannesburg and on home or onward to your final African safari destination on Botswana. Breakfast.
As a native South African, safaris are in Mike's blood. While he has traveled extensively throughout Africa - 12 countries and more safaris than he can count - from Morocco to Namibia (and almost every country in between), his favorite safari experience is still in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. With 20 years in the safari industry, Mike has spent decades fostering close-knit relationships with camps, lodges and guides throughout Africa. As a true safari expert, he personally vets all African Safari Company & Expeditions safari partners in Africa.
Julia's summers as a child were spent exploring her grandparent's farm in Zimbabwe, game parks throughout the region and visiting family in South Africa. These experiences shaped her more than she could have imagined, and in her early 20s she packed her bags and headed to Zambia to manage a camp in the South Luangwa Valley. Julia returned and joined her father, Mike, at African Safari Company in 2001 assisting with special projects until she came on board as the Director of Sales in 2011.
Julia has traveled countless times to Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Morocco vetting safari lodges, meeting guides and exploring game reserves and her favorite African cities (Cape Town being her top pick!). Even after venturing to so many places, she can still easily pick her favorite African safari experiences, one being Kiba Point in the Selous National Park in Tanzania. "Incredible wildlife, amazing guides, the river, sleep outs, hot springs...it has it all!" She has also visited Ecuador and the Galapagos, Peru, the Bahamas, France, Mexico and Jamaica, and is always looking for the next opportunity to explore exotic locales. While her in-depth knowledge spans East and Southern Africa, plus Morocco, we consider her to be our resident Zambia safari expert, South Africa safari expert and Tanzania safari expert. Contact Julia to plan your custom African safari today!
Isaac joined African Safari Co. & Expeditions in 2018. He has extensive experience traveling throughout Latin America and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. While his expertise lies in the tropical paradise of of South America, he is excited to hit the ground running in discovering Africa and scouting out the most unique, and adventurous, safari experiences.
Shannon joined the company in 2015 and has since had the incredible opportunity of visiting Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Her first trip to Kenya is where she fell in love with the people, wildlife and the soul of a safari. She now managers web design & marketing for African Safari Co. & Expeditions.
Elliot joined the African Safari Co. team, and the world, in June of 2016. He begin as our official Director of Naps and has since traveled to South Africa and Guatemala and has been promoted to Vice President of chaos. Elliot is excited to continue to grow with the company, quite literally speaking, and travel the world in search of new adventures!
Bogey has been with the African Safari Co. since 2014. While he unfortunately can not travel to Africa, for a natural fear of lions, he loves being in the office and helping to keep everyone on their toes and on time for daily walks.