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Oct 24 Depart New York for Johannesburg, South Africa
Oct 25 Arrival/Johannesburg/Maun/Leroo La Tau
Upon arrival at O R Tambo International Airport, you connect to your flight to Maun, Botswana. Here we will pick up our light aircraft transfer to Leroo La Tau.
Leroo La Tau is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River, northwest of Khumaga Village and about 140 kilometers southeast of Maun. The eastern bank of the Boteti forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which stretches away from the riverbank towards its interior of scrubland and mineral-rich grasslands.
Accommodations: Leroo La Tau (2 nights)
The lodge features twelve luxurious thatched and glass-fronted suites with en-suite bathrooms, each unit is raised on a wooden platform. The main lounge and dining area, with its inviting wooden and thatch finish, allows you to relax at the bar while listening to the wide variety of night sounds so characteristic of the African bush. Alternatively, you can lounge around the swimming pool or enjoy the panoramic river vista from the game-viewing hide built into the bank of the river.
Oct 26 Leroo La Tau
The lodge offers guided day and night game drives and depending on the water level, boat activities are also provided. Optional cultural excursions can be arranged to Khumaga Village, as can guided nature walks in the area surrounding the lodge.
Leroo La Tau translates as ‘lion’s paw’ and you can expect to see plenty of lions in the area. The area also has abundant Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Kudu, Leopard, Cheetah and Hyena to name but a few of the local resident species. Please note: Owing to their remote location within the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, the Makgadikgadi Pans themselves are not visited on daily scheduled activities from Leroo La Tau.
Oct 27 Leroo La Tau/Camp Moremi
After breakfast this morning, we will be transferred by light aircraft to Camp Moremi.
Accommodations: Camp Moremi (3 nights)
Camp Moremi is situated on the beautiful Xakanaxa Lagoon on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, within the Moremi Game Reserve. Camp Moremi comprises 11 East African-style safari tents, individually situated on raised teak platforms with private bath and sun deck.
Each tent is exquisitely furnished with an African teak wardrobe, luggage rack, dressing table, bedside pedestals and traditional director's chairs. His and hers towel robes as well as tea and coffee making facilities are also provided to make guests' stay as comfortable as possible. Other facilities include a raised deck swimming pool, covered boma (outdoor enclosure) and elevated observation platform & dining area with cocktail bar.
Activities include game drives in open-air 4 x 4 safari vehicles and exploration of the lagoon and Okavango channels by motorboat.
Oct 28 Camp Moremi
The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland water systems. Its headwaters start in Angola’s western highlands. Numerous tributaries join to form the Cubango River, which then flows through Namibia (called the Kavango) and finally enters Botswana, where it is then called the Okavango.
The delta environment has large numbers of animal populations including crocodile, red lechwe, sitatunga, elephant, wild dogs, buffalo, wattled crane as well as many other species.
The best time for game viewing in the delta is during the May-October/November period. At this time animal life is concentrated around the shrinking water supply.
Oct 29 Camp Moremi
Enjoy the activities at your lodge.
Oct 30 Camp Moremi/Savute Safari Lodge
Enjoy breakfast this morning before a light aircraft transfer to Savute Safari Lodge.
Accommodations: Savute Safari Lodge (3 nights)
Located on the banks of the Savute channel, Savute Safari Lodge is intimate, accommodating only 24 guests in cool thatched timber and glass suites. The area is renowned for its population of bull elephant and for the unique interaction of the resident predator species. All suites have private decks, combined bedroom and sitting areas and en-suite facilities. The sitting area, library and cocktail bar are situated in the main lodge. Savute boasts a viewing deck, an al fresco dining area and swimming pool. Open 4x4 game drives are conducted in the Savute area, including the famous Savute Marsh, and the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills.
Oct 31 Savute Safari Lodge
Participate in Lodge activities.
Savuti is situated in the southwestern part of the Chobe National Park and covers approximately 5 000 km².
Savuti is something of an enigma, apart from the mystery over the different spellings used for 'Savuti', is the mysterious Savuti Channel. Sometimes the channel flows from the Linyanti's waterways and into the heart of Chobe National Park, flooding the Savuti Marsh. The channel's flow is unpredictable. When David Livingstone visited Savuti in 1851, it was flowing. By 1879 the channel had stopped and the Savuti Marsh had started to dry out. It began again in the late 1950s, continuing until 1980 when it again dried up. This occurrence (including the fate of the animals, which lived in and depended on the channels waters) is chronicled in Derek and Beverly Joubert's documentary film, "The Stolen River.” The Channel became an unusual and productive ribbon of grassland that served as a corridor and feeding ground in the surrounding woodland for a wide variety of herbivores.
The Savuti Channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere - a mystery that has intrigued geologists and other researchers for many years. It is generally believed that tectonic activity deep below the Kalahari's sand bed, is responsible. Others argue that its flow is primarily dependent upon the rainfall in the Angolan highlands, which feeds the Okavango and Chobe river basins and the channel.
In 2008, the Savuti Channel once more became a deep, clear waterway harboring hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of water birds. Wildlife, from plains game to predators, has had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it has brought with it. And how long will it be before the water dries up again? Judging from historical records it could be more than a hundred years or less than ten. Nature has the say in such matters.
Nov 1 Savute Safari Lodge
Participate in Lodge activities.
Nov 2 Savute Safari Lodge/Victoria Falls
After breakfast this morning transfer by light aircraft to Kasane. Upon arrival, we will be transferred by coach to the Victoria Falls hotel on the Zimbabwean side of the falls.
Late this afternoon put your feet up, sip a sundowner as the light gently fades, and let this tranquil wildlife cruise float you along the Zambezi River above the Falls. You will have the finest vantage point from which to watch the hippo, crocodiles and other animals which come down to the river's edge in the evening, to quench their thirst. You're in the first class, that's for sure, and you're sipping your cocktail and enjoying snacks - no further movement required on your part - you will be captivated by the sun's dying rays as they cast a burnt-orange glow which shimmers on the river. Take another sip in this golden setting - Cheers!
Accommodations: The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (2 nights)
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 traveler a taste of Africa at its best.
Nov 3 Victoria Falls
After breakfast this morning, take in the sights and sounds of the Victoria Falls on a tour of the Falls.
It is no surprise why Victoria Falls is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. You will understand it instantly as we tour the Zimbabwean side. You will see many different and spectacular views of the falls as you walk through the permanent, misty rain forest. The spray from the cascading water creates this rain forest environment as it plummets into the Batoka Gorge. The sight of this astounding gift of nature, simply takes your breath away.
Lunch today is on our own and I highly recommend lunch on the Stanley Terrace at the renowned Victoria Falls Hotel. This grand Edwardian-era hotel was built in the early 1900s. Sitting on the terrace you will enjoy a wonderful view of the Victoria Falls Bridge over the Batoka Gorge linking Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Nov 4 Victoria Falls /Depart
Enjoy breakfast at the Lodge this morning. You will be transferred to the Victoria Falls Airport in time for your flight to Johannesburg, and connecting to your flight back to New York.
•Roundtrip airfare from New York on South African Airways.
•Lodge accommodation as per itinerary based on twin sharing.
•Light aircraft transfers within Botswana.
•Road transfer from Kasane, Botswana to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
•Admissions to parks as per itinerary.
•All camps and bush lodges are inclusive of accommodation, scheduled activities, laundry service, all meals, refreshments, local spirits & wines (excluding premium brands), emergency medical evacuation insurance, National park fees, Airport departure tax and all government levies & taxes.
•Local taxes on accommodation and sightseeing tours.
•Meals as indicated on itinerary (B-full breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
•Hotel and airport porterage in Victoria Falls.
•Sundown Safaris travel bags will be provided. Luggage and carry-on strictly limited to 20 kilos. (42 pounds).
•Departure taxes & fuel surcharges.
•Meals unless listed in itinerary.
•Tips & gratuities.
•Early check in and late check out of rooms.
This safari is fully accompanied by Dale Tuttle as you tour leader. It is structured to accommodate eleven passengers.
Estimated cost at this time is $9805.00 per passenger sharing accommodations. Single supplement is $1889.00. Taxes and fuel surcharges are subject to change and are not guaranteed until tickets are issued.
If interested please contact me for further details at Sundownsafaris@montrose.net
All photos copyrighted by Dale Tuttle 2015
Sundown Safaris Botswana Adventure 2016
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
(Dates are approximate and the order of lodges may change)