10 Day Fly-in safari

Botswana & Victoria Falls

Safari Includes

  • All meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks excludes premium imported brands and champagne

Safari Excludes

  • Premium alcoholic drinks; Additional activities including scenic helicopter flights over the Delta; Gratuities to driver / guides and staff; All items of a personal nature, telephone calls and curio shop purchases; Private vehicle and guide

Itinerary

Your Stay

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About This Safari

Situated in the centre of southern Africa, Botswana lies at about 950 metres above sea level and more than 600 kilometres from the nearest coast. The country’s most striking features are its flatness and aridity. With the exception of the eastern part of Botswana – where the great majority of Batswana live and where the summer rainfall is slightly higher – threequarters of the country constitutes the Kalahari Desert. This is what makes for its most remarkable aspect: The Okavango Delta is a wetland within a desert, receiving its waters from rain falling in central Africa, 1000 km away.

Victoria Falls is a spectacular waterfall located in southern Africa on the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Zambezi River serves as the fall’s water source. With the collective height and width of the falls, it is attributed as the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The name Victoria Falls was given by the Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone.

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Itinerary

Arrival in Botswana

  • Arrival flights into Maun
  • Arrive at Maun Airport, a representative will be there to welcome you and assist you on to your charter flight.
  • Transfer by light aircraft to Baines Camp for a 3 night stay

Start the day with a delectable meal consisting of a full English and continental breakfast, before departing for your morning game drive. If you decide to experience our unique elephant interaction activity you will meet Jabu and Morula and enjoy a secluded bush brunch in the company of these gentle giants – now that is lunch with a difference. Elegant high teas are served in the afternoon just before departing for your afternoon game activity. It is often hard to believe that the chefs are able to make such delicious cakes, cookies and treats – all here in the middle of the African bush! On return, relax at the pool or sip on a cocktail on your private viewing deck before returning to the main area for your three course plated dinner.

If you are celebrating a special occasion we could arrange a special private dinner by the pool for a romantic night under the African stars – the perfect way to start an evening under the African sky.

GAME DRIVES

Famed for its big cat and bird population, the Okavango Delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades and know they will not be disturbed. At Baines’ Camp, you have the opportunity to see animals up close with your expert guide on morning and evening game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles. A night game drive is the perfect means to see some of the nocturnal animals one wouldn’t see during the day time. The concession also boasts a diversity of landscapes with desert, dry savannah, lagoon and swamps all in close proximity. During higher water levels game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions. (Night drives are seasonal, depending on water levels.)

MOKORO & MOTORISED BOAT EXCURSIONS

One of the best ways to see the wildlife around Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is in one of the locally made dugout canoes, known as mokoros. These used to be carved from ebony but are now made from commercially grown wood and fibreglass to protect the fragile environment of the Okavango. In one of these traditional crafts it is possible to float around the waterways and lagoons that make up the delta, looking for crocodiles in the water, but also getting a remarkable view of the plains game from a new and exciting angle. This gentle and informative mode of safari is unique to the river Bushmen, comprising three different tribes who made the Delta their home. For the less intrepid, the camp also has motorised speedboats that can be used when the rivers are in flood. (All water based activities are seasonal and based on the water levels of the delta)

WALKING SAFARIS

Find out how to track and follow even the most elusive of animals in the Okavango. With the camp being set in a private concession, there is the opportunity to get very close on foot in perfect safety with one of our guides. This is an exciting activity and a little nerve wracking for first-timers who have only ever driven around in a safari vehicle and enjoyed sitting above lion, elephants and other animals. On foot, one cannot approach these animals, obviously, but learning about them, walking their walk and seeing the bush at their level is a wonderful and educational experience.

SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHTS

These scenic flights involve flying west towards the permanent delta, exposing areas which are unreachable by vehicle or boat and showcasing the sheer enormity of the Okavango Delta.
There is the option of the doors being removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities. Choose between 30, 45 or 60 minute tour in a one turbine Bell Jetranger helicopter with 3 seats. This activity is offered on a year round basis. Being a personalised activity, it’s up to you what time of day you would like to do the activity, however we would recommend early morning and late afternoon as this time usually provides the best light for photography. Preferred flight times can be requested on booking. (Additional costs)

Baines Camp to Chiefs Camp

  • Today you depart from your camp
  • Scheduled charter from Baines Camp to Chiefs Camp for a 3 night stay

Welcome to the former royal hunting reserve of Chief Moremi, in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Wildlife and wilderness are as abundant as action and adrenaline and refinement and relaxation at this remarkable remodelled luxury camp.

Personal service, an extraordinary setting, exceptional viewing and enthusiastic expert guides are the hallmarks of a Sanctuary Retreats experience – here at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp we promise a unique attention to detail and strong environmental and philanthropic credentials to ensure the ultimate luxury safari experience.

WHY SANCTUARY CHIEF’S CAMP

  • Located on famous Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve
  • Seasonal Mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) excursions available
  • Exclusive safari experience
  • Some of the largest suites in the area (141 – 620 m2)
  • Each pavilion features a tranquil outside seating area and a terrace plunge pool
  • The new Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite, consists of two pavilions and features a private bar, boma, lounge and kitchen, all serviced by a private house-keeper, waiter, guide and vehicle
  • Consistently rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana by Condé Nast and Travel & Leisure

SAFARI CHIC

All the main and public areas of the camp have been extensively refurbished in a ‘safari chic’ style including a newly designed bar and library area, the extension of the dining room and the addition of a pizza deck with pizza oven. A new orientation room where guests can learn more about the Delta before going on game drives has been added as well as a gym and kids play room.
When you visit Sanctuary Chief’s Camp you’ll see why Condé Nast Traveler consistently rates it as one of the top safari destinations in Botswana. The camp is part of the magazine’s exclusive “Platinum Circle” in recognition of its inclusion in the prestigious Gold List for the last five consecutive years.

NEW LUXURY BUSH PAVILIONS

Spacious and breezy, at 1,500 ft2 (140m2) the 10 stylish bush pavilions are some of the region’s largest places to spend the night. Modern enhancements, such as airconditioning, as well as traditional fans, are among the cut-above amenities.

The bathrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and folding glass doors leading to outdoor showers and generous tubs are perfect for long, indulgent soaks. In the mood to dine alone together? Relax on your covered deck and look out for elephants, giraffes, buffalo and other wildlife as you enjoy the Camp’s excellent cuisine and wines.

FRESHLY PREPARED

Wake up early in the morning as your tent attendant brings fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate to your room – prepared just the way you like it. The rich aroma combined with the excitement of what sightings the African bush might offer today is enough to get anyone up and about. Before departing for your morning game viewing activity enjoy a scrumptious full English and continental breakfast. Upon your return to camp an early buffet lunch is served under the trees out on the deck of the main area. The menu includes a selection of meat and vegetarian dishes, salads and freshly baked breads – all made here in the middle of the bush. Afternoon tea is definitely a highlight for most, the selection of cakes, warm scones and quiche to name a few is something most find hard to resist. Indulge and enjoy with a delicious cup of coffee or a refreshing ice tea before setting off for your afternoon game viewing activity.

SPECIAL SUNDOWERS AND PRIVATE DINNERS

Your afternoon game drive ends with classic sundowner cocktails and canapés at a specially selected spot. There are few things as spectacular as the sight of an African sunset, especially if you are also lucky enough to hear the call of a fish eagle, as yet another day comes to an end. Return to the camp for pre-dinner drinks around the boma area as you discuss the sightings of the day with friends and family. Celebrating a special occasion? We can arrange a romantic private dinner on your suite deck or by the pool area. Dinner might include a choice of starters such as cream of butternut soup with mixed crushed nuts or deep fried camembert with spiced strawberry dressing followed by a choice of mains such as grilled impala with port and chocolate sauce on roast sweet potato or pan fried kingklip with shrimp sauce on braised rice. How could anyone resist passion fruit and lemon pudding for desert or maybe you would prefer a fruit or cheese platter?

GAME DRIVES

Our expert guides are always on hand to share their wealth of wildlife knowledge as you explore the Delta in modified open 4 x 4 vehicles on morning and afternoon game drives. The game viewing opportunities at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp are awe-inspiring. On the plains one may find the roaming lions that prey on the thousands of antelope, zebra and buffalo who live here all year round. There are also healthy populations of wild dog. These extremely rare predators have been hunted to the point of extinction in most areas of Africa and this is one of their last strongholds. There are several local lion prides and leopards, genet cats and hyena are in abundance.

MOKORO EXCURSIONS

Mokoros, local dugout canoes, offer a different perspective of the bush in the company of a highly trained local guide. Each June the whole area around the camp floods and turns the Okavango Delta into a labyrinth of lily-filled lagoons and streams where hippos fight for bathing rights and crocodiles wait for unwary antelope to linger too long over a drink. Poling through the byways created by the floodwaters is a magical experience that allows guests to get very close to the biggest of game and to see the world from a totally different angle. As a change from a game drive, the quiet, gentle pace of a mokoro is a real introduction to a way of transport still used in the Delta by the ‘river bushmen’ or BaYei people. (Seasonal Activity)

TREATMENT ROOM

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp offers a range of spa treatments including body therapies, body rituals and facial skin care treatments. Our treatment room uses products from the Africology line. Treatments may be booked at the reception with the camp manager or with the therapist. A full consultation will be held before every treatment.

Arrival in Victoria Falls

Flight from Maun to Victoria Falls airport, met and transferred to hotel for 3 night stay

Sunset Cruise

Explore the Zambezi River on board an eco-friendly, modern boat offering a luxury cruise experience with all the trimmings. Just stepping aboard the Zambezi Explorer you start to relax. The staff are professional yet with good humour and genuine warmth, the food is of the highest quality and the scenery is nothing short of spectacular.

As for the boat itself, the Zambezi Explorer is a stylish, custom-built vessel with three decks. The lower two decks are the restaurant, while the upper Signature Deck is the VIP lounge and bar (it costs a bit more but is well worth the experience). The Zambezi Explorer runs exclusively on solar energy, so the engine whispers along quietly without disturbing the wildlife or sense of peace.

The Zambezi Explorer offers daily cruises including sunrise breakfasts, lunches, dinners and – the most popular of all – the sunset cruise. Glide upstream keeping an eye out for pods of hippo and the occasional herd of elephant bathing in the river. Then drift back down, toasting the brilliant red sunset as waiters serve cocktails and delicious canapés.

Guided tour of falls

A tour around the Victoria Falls affords not only a view of one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World but information about their creation and geology, the unique eco-system of the rainforest, daring exploits of colonial explorers and magical tales of local legend under the constant spray from the “The Smoke that Thunders”.

Dinner at the Boma

This Boma is located on the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge grounds and a wonderful experience

An evening filled with entertainment from Amakwezi traditional dancers to a local story teller and a fortune teller. Don’t rush off after dinner, as you can join in the drumming extravaganza from 21h00, which is always a highlight of the evening.

The Boma specialises in a superb selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes and is renowned for its warthog fillet. Tuck into a four-course meal of mouth watering starters from the kitchen, soup from the campfire, a substantial barbeque buffet served on cast iron plates with a selection of salads, followed by a choice of delicious desserts. Everyone’s tastes are catered for, and whilst the adventurous are enticed with local delicacies such as Mopani worms and game stews, those wishing to enjoy beef, pork, fish and chicken or a variety of vegetarian meals are welcome to do so.

Victoria Falls Departure

  • Transfer back to the airport from the hotel

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Your Stay

Sanctuary Baines’ Camp

Set in a grove of trees, and surrounded by papyrus beds, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is built on raised platforms high above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. We encouraged the local community in Maun to collect cans, with a fee paid for every can, which were recycled to form the backbone of the camp’s structures. Baines’ is also one of only two camps to offer you the opportunity to walk with elephants.

Named after the 19th century explorer and painter Thomas Baines, this is Sanctuary’s smallest camp with just five suites. An eco-friendly property built using only commercially grown wood, with over 150,000 recycled aluminium cans incorporated within the walls to provide insulation. The camp is raised above the permanent water of the Boro River while wooden walkways connect the main areas and luxury rooms. The swimming pool and the wide wooden deck that surrounds the main dining and sitting room is the ideal place to relax while observing the varied wildlife present here. Watch hippos wallow at the edge of the lagoon that the camp overlooks, or see one of the many elephants who live in the area.

The five suites at Sanctuary Baines’ are opulent and luxurious, with ensuite facilities and fourposter beds. Traditional safari ceiling fans create a cooling breeze at even the hottest times of the year. Should you wish, your bed can be wheeled out onto the private wooden deck for a night under the stars, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro River where hippo can often be spotted. Or take an indulgent soak under the stars on your own private viewing deck in our opulent star bath. At Baines’ Camp, the sky’s the limit.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge provides luxury accommodation in Victoria Falls. Set high on a natural plateau, the westward facing Victoria Falls Safari Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park & is just four kilometers from the thundering Victoria Falls, Southern Africa’s foremost attraction. Enjoying uninterrupted views of spectacular African sunsets and year round game at its on-site waterhole, accommodation at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is ideally positioned to offer the most discerning traveller a taste of Africa at its best.

  • 24 hour Reception services
  • Internet Café with e-mail access, digital photo downloading, CD printing and photo printing facilities
  • Wireless Internet access from all rooms and public areas
  • TV lounge with satellite link
  • Facilities for guests with disabilities
  • Guest library, Games Room and curio shop
  • 24 hour security
  • Telescope viewing facilities over the onsite waterhole and surrounds from the activities desk

All the rooms have digital safes, IDD phones, remote control air conditioning, hairdryers, fans, mosquito nets, extensive range of customized toiletries including insect repellent, message pads,
complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, and extra length beds.

Each standard room has either a double bed or twin beds, a bathroom with a luxury bath and separate shower, and a balcony overlooking the National Park and facing the sunset.

When it comes to Victoria Falls restaurants, the award-winning MaKuwa-Kuwa located within the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge’s central hub is guaranteed to impress. It is a split level a la carte restaurant with impeccable service, mouth-watering meals, a wide selection of fine South African wines and incredible views, which makes dining here an experience fit for royalty. Book a table by the window for gorgeous views of the waterhole, frequented by buffalo, elephant, warthog, various antelope and an endless stream of colourful African birds. If you are joining us for an evening meal please be seated by 19h30 to enjoy our resident acapella performers whose harmonious traditional melodies make a fine accompaniment to an unforgettable evening. The a la carte menu offers a wide variety of international cuisine.

The sunset cruise on the Zambezi River is a definite must on any trip to Victoria Falls. Relax with a sundowner and snacks as you gaze out onto the banks of the river. Have your camera ready to capture one of the most amazing sunsets in Africa.

You’ll be sure to spot wildlife animals as they come down to the river for a drink after a hot day in the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe) and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia). Sightings of elephant, giraffe and other resident game are common. There’s always an abundance of hippos and crocodiles. Birdlife is superb and the Fish Eagles will usually fill the scene with their calls. Cruises last for approximately 2 to 3 hours.