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Botswana safari combined with Zambia.

A Botswana safari combined with Zambia works perfectly as a luxury safari holiday. This safari vacation combination compliments well for a superb luxury safari in Southern Africa. There are a variety of camps in Botswana and Zambia to choose from and here we have select a few examples.

Days 1 to 3 - Nsefu Camp, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

On arrival into Johannesburg to start your African safari holiday you will connect with a scheduled two hour flight to Lusaka, Zambia. On arrival, you will connect with the scheduled flight to Mfuwe where you are met and transferred to Nsefu Camp where you stay for three nights (including meals, drinks, laundry, game viewing activities and park fees).

Nsefu Camp is a luxury safari camp, with a traditional feel it is located on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park. This was the first photographic safari camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area and it still is. This exclusive camp re-opened in 1999, in keeping with the original style, and Robin Pope Safaris operate the only two camps in the Nsefu Sector of the park. The view of the river is superb and includes a terraced area where game grazes during the day. The bar and sitting room, tucked in beside a huge extinct termite mound, overlooks a waterhole that is very productive for game, especially leopard at night. Any animal that enjoys mud spends many hours there - wallowing warthogs and buffalo are frequent visitors and of course many families of elephant will come down to drink and bath. The common antelope are seen throughout the day and are a feature of the camp. All this can be seen from the comfortable armchairs of the close by sitting area. This luxury safari camp has just six original thatched “rondavels” that have had a spacious en-suite bathroom added. The furnishings and fittings are in keeping with a traditional feel, epitomised by an understated elegance. Each room has a clear view of the river, through both the large windows and from the wooden verandas. The dining room has a superb view of the river and throughout the heat of the day, elephants come to drink and then cross the river. The camp lies in the heart of the undeveloped Nsefu sector and so offers charm and total comfort in remoteness and seclusion which is typical of a luxury safari holiday in Africa.

Days 4 and 5 - Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park

In the morning you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you connect with the scheduled flight to the Lower Zambezi via Lusaka. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Chiawa Camp a stunning luxury safari camp where you stay for two nights (including meals, drinks, laundry, game viewing activities and park fees).

Chiawa Camp is one of Africa’s true gems perfect for safari vacations. Located on the banks of the Zambezi River deep within the Lower Zambezi National Park, Chiawa offers a high quality safari experience with an abundance of wildlife and comfortable accommodation.

Built and operated by the Cummings family for over twenty years, Chiawa is one of the most reputable luxury safari camps in Africa. With just nine superior tents all set on raised decks under thatch and overlooking the river, the feeling in camp is one of intimacy. Each spacious tent has a private viewing deck, indoor and outdoor showers and large comfortable beds.

The cuisine at Chiawa is exceptional and meals are usually enjoyed either under the stars around a camp fire or on a sand bank in the Zambezi River. Bush breakfasts and lunches can either be enjoyed in camp or in the middle of the African bush! The camp also has a guest lounge and a swimming pool. Chiawa is perhaps best enjoyed through its unrivalled variety of activities which are all led by a highly experienced team of award winning guides. Game drives during the day and at night, guided walking safaris, canoe trips, boat trips and fishing provide a diverse range of experiences to engage guests and take you close to the fabulous wildlife in the Lower Zambezi National Park which is the essence of a true African safari holiday.

Days 6 and 7 - Lebala Camp, Kwando River

Today you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you connect with the scheduled flight departing to Livingstone. On arrival at Livingstone Airport you connect with a flight to Lebala Camp where you stay for two nights (including meals, drinks, laundry and game viewing activities).

Lebala is a classic tented camp, located in a vast private concession in northern Botswana, still Southern Africa. Luxury holidays on the Kwando River are fabulous as the game viewing is superb. The safari camp takes its name from the local Setswana language which means “wide open spaces” and as soon as you arrive it is clear to see why. With large open grassland interspersed with savannah, mopane woodland and riverine forest this region supports a wide diversity of wildlife throughout the year.

The accommodation is very comfortable with just eight spacious tents built on raised wooden decks overlooking the savannah. Large en-suite bathrooms lead out to an “open-air” shower, enclosed by a high reed wall. The rooms all have a private viewing deck where guests can relax in the shade and the camp also has a small swimming pool.

Located on a private concession covering more than 1,400m², game viewing is highly exclusive and Kwando’s unique tracker and guide system affords guests the best possible opportunity to find the more elusive wildlife. Activities include game viewing in open 4x4 vehicles during the day and at night as well as game walks.

Large herds of elephant and buffalo are usually found in this area, particularly around the permanent waters of the Kwando River. This is also an excellent location for predators with lion, leopard, cheetah and the endangered wild dog thriving on the concession. Birdlife is prolific with over 400 species found in northern Botswana. The game viewing on your Botswana safari will be a diverse experience that can be experienced on the land and on the delta by boat.

Days 8 to 10 - Little Kwara Camp, Okavango Delta

Today you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you board a light aircraft flight to Little Kwara Camp where you stay for three nights (including meals, drinks, laundry and game viewing activities). Little Kwara Camp shares the same concession as its sister camp, Kwara, and sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta on a very large private area of land, which encompasses not only the open lagoons and shallow waterways of the Okavango, but also great expanses of savannah and forest leading to the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

Altogether the Kwara Reserve measures 1750km² and the camp itself is hidden on a large wooded island with just five huge tents set under a big shady canopy of trees. The view from each tent is excellent and encompasses seasonal flood plains and waterways of the delta and each has en-suite w.c. and shower,two wash basins and large bed with safari furniture and veranda. The reserve has so many different types of habitat that you can expect to enjoy excellent game viewing here, including sightings of big herds of plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, a variety of antelope, giraffe and buffalo. The reserve also has resident prides of lion, as well as leopard and hyena and you can also expect to see a host of smaller creatures such as warthog, baboon and, on night drives, porcupine and civet cats. Elephants are also present in large numbers and you can spend hours watching these magnificent creatures, with their complex family structures, roaming the Okavango floodplains.

You can enjoy a wide variety of game viewing activities including traditional mokoro canoeing, boating, walks with an armed guide and tracker and drives by open vehicle during the day and at night. Because of this variety and flexibility we usually recommend a stay of at least three nights here. The exclusivity of the concession means that you can enjoy your game viewing in privacy knowing that no other vehicles or boats are allowed into the area and can do so in a variety of active and interesting ways. Game drives by open vehicle can be taken during the day and after dark using a spotlight to see nocturnal creatures. You can also enjoy walking, which is best done early in the morning and lazy rides by dugout canoe, punted between the reeds by an expert local guide.

Day 11 - Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport

Today you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you board a thirty minute light aircraft flight taking you to Maun. On arrival, you connect with a scheduled flight departing to Johannesburg, where you continue with your own arrangements after what is sure to be an unforgettable safari holiday in Africa.

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