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Linyanti Swamps, Tsodilo Hills & Okavango – 10 Days

From: $4,500.00

A 10-night adventure taking in the Linyanti Swaps, Caprivi Strip, Popa Falls, Tsodilo Hills, Okavango Panhandle. This tour takes in some of the most noteworthy places and areas the enclave has to offer. Victoria Falls, the Zambezi Rivers, Linyanti Swamps, ancient rock art at Tsodilo, the mighty panhandle feeding the Okavango. 

Description

This 10-night adventure takes you to Victoria Falls, Linyanti Swaps, Tsodilo and the Okavango Panhandle. It begins in Livingstone, where you will have the chance to experience the magnificent Victoria Falls. The power and beauty of this Natural Wonder of the world is an awe-inspiring spectacle. Next we head to the small town of Katima Mulilo (meaning ‘Quench the Fire’) on the banks of the Zambezi River. We will enjoy a sunset boat cruise here before dinner. After one night camping by the river we travel south to the Linyanti Swamps in Nkasa Rupara National Park. There is rich wildlife here – and game drives, boat cruises and night drives will ensure we have great sightings. Lion, elephant, buffalo as well as lots of smaller game are abundant.

We depart Linyanti Swamps after a late morning breakfast and drive through Mudumu National Park towards Namibia’s famous Caprivi Strip. The region is a hot spot of biodiversity, with magnificent, bird, plant and animal life. We will take a sunset cruise to the beautiful Popa Falls before returning to our camp on the banks of the Cubango River. Next on our itinerary is the Tsodilo Hills – a World Heritage Site that is home to ancient rock art. Our final safari destination is the Okavango Panhandle, known for its spectacular scenery and prolific game. We will spend two nights camping here under star-filled skies before heading to Maun for departure. 


 

Getting There

By Plane

You can fly directly into Livingstone with either Emirates, Ethiopian Airways, Kenya Airways or South African Airways. On arrival, a driver/guide will be waiting for you in arrivals, he will have a small board bearing your name.
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Full Itinerary

Day 1 – Livingstone

You will be met at Livingstone International Airport by Charles, our driver, and driven to Maramba River Lodge. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing by the pool, exploring the grounds of the lodge or going for a walk. At around 15h00 we will be collected by our transport for the short ride to the Zambezi Waterfront where we will board Lady Livingstone for a 2-hour sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Bring your binoculars and a warm jacket. We will have dinner together where we will get to know one another, Pierre will explain the plans for the next few days. (D)

Day 2 & 3 – Katima Mulilo

With a leisurely start to the day we pack the vehicles and depart Livingstone. Passing through the National Park the scenery is one of local villages and rolling hills with the odd commercial maize farm. Arriving at Sesheke in time for lunch and some final shopping once we cross the border into Namibia and the small town of Katima Mulilo (“Quench the Fire”). Our camp is set on the banks of the Zambezi and there will be time for a sunset boat cruise before dinner. (BLD)

Day 3 to 5 – Linyanti Swamps

Departing the banks of the Zambezi we head South for the famous Linyanti Swamps and Nkasa Rupara National Park. The scenery is somewhat stark – sandy local villages struggle to eke out a living and the wildlife is ever constant. We have had good game sightings driving this road. We will be camping in the Wuparo Conservancy, the campsite is well managed with great ablutions.
Game drives, boat cruises and night drives will ensure we have great sightings. Lion, elephant, buffalo as well as lots of smaller game are abundant. (BLD)

Day 6 & 7 – Popa Falls

Departing Nkasa Rupara after a late morning breakfast will see us driving through Mudumu National Park en route the Caprivi area of Namibia. The site of once fearsome conflict this area is rich in its diversity of plant and animal life. We will stop briefly in Kongola and then West for the Kwando Core Area and the Caprivi Game Park. Once in the Divundu area we will do some exploring in Bwabwata National Park before finding our campsite on the Cubango River. After relaxing with a drink on the banks looking into Angola we will go for a sunset cruise up river to Popa Falls where we will be able to get off the boat and experience the falls. (BLD)

Day 8 – Tsodilo Hills

A morning having breakfast on the banks of the river will complete our stay here. A relaxed day will see us traversing the short distance to the Mohembo Border with Botswana. Once we have completed the border formalities it’s a 2-hour drive to our camp site at the World Heritage Site of the ancient rock art that can be found at Tsodilo Hills. Utilizing and supporting the local guides we embark on an informative tour into the hills to learn the origins of these paintings. After the tour there will be time for some self-exploration before our chef creates another delicious meal and we dine under the stars. (BLD)

Day 9 & 10 – Okavango Panhandle

Time to explore the mighty Okavango Panhandle! We depart Tsodilo and head back East to the main road. It’s a short 120 km drive to the next camp site in our adventure. Here we will camp overlooking a lagoon that is fed by the Cubango river. This water comes all the way from Angola and can number in the billions of liters annually to feed the Okavango and all her tributaries. The birding here is fantastic and for those who would like to snag a Tiger, dedicated fishing guides will help you (fishing excursions for own account). Boat cruises and mokoro trips are included, once again providing a unique perspective on this incredible natural wonder. Pierre will explain how several Graben faults, the Earths subsidence and the specific shape of the sand particles all assist in ensuring the continual flow of life giving water to this ecosystem. (BLD)

Day 11 – Maun

We break camp early for the last day of this exciting adventure. Having visited three countries its now time to rediscover civilization in Maun. We will arrive in Maun mid-morning with ample time for you to be in time for your afternoon flight to Johannesburg. If you have other plans for travel in Africa an additional night in Maun may be necessary, let us know if you would like us to arrange accommodation. (BL)

BLD – Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Included/Excluded

Included:

Meet & transfer from Livingstone Airport to Maramba River Lodge (a 15-minute drive)

One nights’ accommodation at Maramba River Lodge for the 10-night tour

Guided tour of the Victoria Falls by your guide

All fuel costs for the duration of the tour (+- 2000kms)

Vehicle use for the duration of the expedition driven by your personal guide

All National Park entrance fees

Private Chef preparing all meals (Our chef has 25 years’ experience & will provide delicious meals with silver service dinner table dining)

Accommodation with bedding & linen

Safe, clean drinking water for the duration of the tour

All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) while on tour

Breakfast: Bacon & Eggs with toast & cereals

Lunch: Sandwiches with fruit

Dinner: Salad, Main course & Desert

All camping site costs

Selected South African wine at dinner (2 glasses per person per night, red or white wine)

After dinner liqueur (Double tot of Amarula)

All guiding & driving by professional guides & 4X4 experts

Camp set-up & dismantling of equipment each morning & evening (a local camp manager is employed for this)

Satellite phone – medical emergencies only

Charging facility for camera batteries

Your own private guide – 2 guests to each guide & vehicle making this an incredibly personal experience

Mosquito repellent

Pre-dinner snacks with sundowners

A head torch – to be returned at the end of the tour

Biodegradable soap & shampoo

Excluded:

Personal travel insurance

Local and international flights

Any additional or optional activities not listed above

Any items of a personal nature

Gratuities of any kind

Malaria medication – please consult your Doctor

Any drinks over & above the wines included at dinner.

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