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Priced from: US$ 3 528 per person sharing

Day 1
Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport, where a representative of The Tourist's Friend will meet you in the International Arrivals Hall. He will hand you your airline tickets, and then accompany you to the check in counter for your flight to Livingstone Airport, in Zambia.

British Airways, flight BA 6291 departs Johannesburg at 11h00 arriving in Livingstone at 12h45. You should check in for this flight at least 1.5 hours prior to departure time.

After clearing customs and immigration at Livingstone Airport (and purchasing a visa for Zambia - US$50 per person, if you are travelling with international passports), you will be met in the Arrivals Hall by a representative of Wild Horizons Transfer Company, who will transfer you by road to the Zambezi Sun Hotel, just 20 minutes away.

This 212 room Resort Hotel is situated on the banks of The Zambezi with views towards the Falls which are a short walk away. It has the feel of a walled city; centuries old - despite the fact it was only opened in 2001.

Rooms are low slung and airy overlooking a cool landscaped pool area, while the restaurant and bar are focused around the central pool. The two-storey en-suite rooms have private balconies that welcome the morning sun. Outside, the earth colours are soothing and soft. Inside, the airy rooms are alive with ethnic reds, blues and oranges.

Amenities in the rooms include air-conditioning, satellite TV, fold-out couches, safes and telephones. The central reception area houses a family-friendly, high quality buffet restaurant, a pool bar and a lively alfresco grill and entertainment area.

The Resort complex also features a Casino, restaurants, tourist shops and a Business Centre.

At the Zambezi Sun Hotel you will be accommodated in a standard Room en-suite. Your breakfast is included in the rate.

Day 2
After breakfast at the Zambezi Sun Hotel, you may enjoy an activity of your choice.

All activities may be booked directly at the hotel, with their Activities Desk, and will be for your own account, or we can pre book them for you.

Game Drives
Local village visit
Helicopter flight
White Water Rafting (rated the best in the world!)
Canoeing
Bunji-jumping
Elephant Back Safari
Lion Encounter
A visit to the Zambian side of The Falls
A visit to the Zimbabwean side of The Falls

More details of activities may be viewed at this link:
http://www.victoria-falls-hotels.com/Activities.asp

The Falls themselves are within walking distance of the Hotel.

Day 3
A representative of Wild Horizons Transfer Company will collect your from the Zambezi Sun Hotel after breakfast, and they will drive you to the Kazangula border crossing, boat you across the Chobe River, where another vehicle will be waiting to drive you on to Chobe Safari Lodge, situated on the banks of the Chobe River, just outside the gates to the Chobe National Park. This transfer will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The Chobe National Park is famous for its large elephant and buffalo herds. The area offers unique beauty, with the Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe river system forming lakes, islands and floodplains.

You can relax in comfort at the lodge, with spacious accommodation affording great views of the surrounding area. The pool area is directly adjacent to the Chobe River, and the lodge offers a range of activities to keep you busy. Game drives and river cruises into the Chobe National Park provide excellent game viewing opportunities. You could go on walking safaris with an experienced guide, or go fishing for a relaxing day outdoors.

At Chobe Safari Lodge you will be allocated a Safari Room with en-suite facilities and a view over the Chobe River.

After lunch, later in the afternoon, you will go out on a private 2 hour boat cruise on the Chobe River.

Dinner is taken in the Buffet overlooking the Chobe River. During your stay at Chobe Safari Lodge your Breakfasts, Terrace Lunches and Dinners are included in your Tour, although drinks should be paid for directly.

Day 4
After breakfast, you will go out on a River Boat Safari cruise on the Chobe River enabling you to view wildlife that congregates at the water’s edge at very close range in all safety.

You will return to the Lodge for a rest during the heat of the day (Chobe Safari Lodge has a swimming pool and sun deck), and in the afternoon you will enjoy a 3 Hour Game Drive in the Chobe National Park.

Day 5
After breakfast, and a morning game drive, a representative of the Lodge will transfer you to Kasane Airport (10 minutes), in time to connect with your charter flight to Sango Camp, 60 minutes away, across the Chobe National Park.

Sango Safari Camp nestles in the shade of huge trees, overlooking the Khwai River. Close to the traditional Khwai Village, and bordering the world famous Moremi Game Reserve, this small and intimate camp offers guests the perfect base from which to explore the wildlife and cultures of Botswana.

The Camp accommodates only 10 guests in 5 en-suite meru tents, all themed like the classic tented safari camps of days gone by. The open-air bucket showers and the hand crafted furniture evoke the atmosphere of a luxury mobile safari camp, but with added luxuries.

Day 6
With the Khwai River forming a natural border between the Moremi Game Reserve and the Khwai Concession, animals travel freely between the reserves. Situated on the river overlooking the Moremi and with access to both these magnificent wildlife areas, Sango Safari Camp is focused on delivering an exceptional wildlife experience allowing guests to take advantage of a host of wildlife activities including; open vehicle game drives in Moremi and the Khwai area, guided bush walk and night drives.

With a combination of permanent water, seasonal floodplains, open grasslands, riverine forests, and dry woodlands this incredibly rich habitat supports a diversity and abundance of mammals and birds rarely matched in northern Botswana. Sango Safari Camp invites you to share in this bounty. All activities are subject to seasonal availability and weather conditions. Walking and mokoro activities may be limited in the wet season (December - March) due to dense vegetation.

Day 7
After a morning activity and brunch, you will be chartered from Sango Camp to Gunn's Camp, 20 minutes away, across the Okavango Delta.

The Okavango is an immense river that never meets the sea. Instead, its crystal clear waters spread across the Kalahari Desert, forming Africa's largest wetland wonder, before the formidable African sun swallows the last of its outstretched fingers. The Delta is an abundant oasis amid the vast plains and pans of the desert that covers most of Southern Africa. Its waterways are a mesh of meandering and intercepting channels, creating a haven for Africa's most celebrated wildlife.

Overlooking the legendary Chiefs Island and bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Gunn's Camp is one of the last few remaining luxury vintage safari camps, set under leafy palms and African Ebony to blend naturally with its unique surroundings.

At the airstrip you will be met by your hosts, and taken to the elevated main lodge area for welcoming refreshment, and then shown to your en-suite spacious tented accommodation.

The flagship accommodation offered at Gunn's Camp consists of 6 fully furnished, deluxe Kenya-style meru tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring standalone baths and outside private showers. Set on raised platforms overlooking the delta plains, Gunn's Camp is ideal for honeymooners or guests looking for a more intimate and personalized safari experience. All 6 tents are discretely set within the densely treed island ensuring privacy and tranquility. Each has been traditionally furnished with an eclectic mixture of solid wood and African furniture and offers a lounge area as well as private veranda.

The island is connected to the main camp by a small causeway crossing the wetlands and magically lit by a series of fairylike lanterns. Guests have access to the elevated bar, lounge and dining room, campfire boma and swimming pool.

Day 8
The main activities are mokoro (traditional dug out canoes) powerboat excursions, and guided game walks with experienced guides who have spent their lives accumulating knowledge and understanding of the complex ecosystem of the Okavango Delta. As they show you how to silently observe nature with minimal impact you will begin to realize the privilege and quiet excitement of being in one of those places that makes memories for you. Water activities will depend on water levels at the time you are there.

Chiefs Island where your activities take place offers one the largest populations of African wildlife in the Delta area. Sightings may include lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and packs of wild dog running across the plains of the Delta. The concession is also home to hippo, crocodiles, plains zebra and a variety of buck, including the red lechwe.

Gunn's Camp is renowned for being a birders paradise, with over 240 species of bird including the rare Pel's Fishing Owl and the endangered Wattled Crane.

In the evenings you can relax in the elevated main lodge, or lie in the swimming pool sipping your drink watching the majesty of the African sunset, whilst reflecting on your day with fellow guests.

Day 9
After an early morning activity and brunch, your pilot will collect you from Gunn's Camp airstrip, and will charter you to Maun Airport (20 minutes), where you will connect with Air Botswana, flight BP211, departing Maun at 14h50, and arriving back in Johannesburg at 16h30

Included in this Itinerary:

• Johannesburg International Airport meet and greet service
• British Airways flight from Johannesburg to Livingstone Airport
• Road transfer from the Airport to the Zambezi Sun Hotel
• 2 Nights at the Zambezi Sun in en-suite Rooms
• Breakfasts
• Road and boat transfer from the Zambezi Sun to Chobe Safari Lodge
• 2 Nights at Chobe Safari Lodge in en-suite Safari Rooms
• All meals
• All activities with licensed Guides (4 in total)
• Park entrance fees
• Road transfer from Chobe Safari Lodge to Kasane Airport
• Air charter from Kasane to Sango Camp
• 2 Nights at Sango Camp in an en-suite tent
• All meals, local drinks, guided activities, park fees
• Air charter from Sango Camp to Gunn's Camp
• 2 Nights at Gunn's Camp in an en-suite tent
• All meals, local drinks, guided activities, park fees, laundry
• Air charter from Gunn's Camp to Maun Airport
• Air Botswana flight from Maun back to Johannesburg International Airport

Excluded would be:

• Travel and medical insurance
• Visa requirements
• Extra meals, drinks and activities whilst at the Zambezi Sun
• Drinks at Chobe Safari Lodge
• Gratuities and items of a personal nature

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