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Untamed Botswana – $5,000 to $7,000 per person

Day 1
  • Private transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls Hotel
  • Stay at Victoria Falls Hotel in a Deluxe Room for 2 nights
  • Breakfast included
See the mist rise from Mosi oa Tunya (“The Smoke that Thunders”) as you stay in stylish comfort at Victoria Falls Hotel. This “Grand Old Lady of the Falls” is one of the oldest hotels in Zimbabwe, having been founded at the turn of the last century. Lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs surround this five star escape, while inside Edwardian elegance mingles with 21st century amenities. The 161 en-suite rooms (ranging from standard rooms to the Presidential Suite) have modern comforts like personal safes and digital satellite television, yet remind you of the fabled past: with colonial prints, four-poster and canopied beds, antique furniture and unique artifacts. The rest of this sweeping property replete with places to pass the time: the large swimming pool and two tennis courts, not to mention a hair salon, spa, library and reading rooms. Nearby, a spate of activities await: 18-hole championship golf, a casino, white water rafting, game walks and drives, helicopter flights over the Falls and sundowner cruises on the Zambezi. And from high tea to haute cuisine, the restaurants here offer an undeniably world-class experience: the Livingstone Room evokes colonial elegance, while Stanley’s Terrace offers humbling views of the Falls and Jungle Junction offers buffets with Makishi dancers and an indigenous choir entertaining every night.
Day 3
  • Private transfer to Kasane
  • Shared charter flight to Savuti (± 30 minutes)
  • Stay at Savute Safari Lodge for 3 nights
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Twice daily scheduled activities included

Located on the banks of the Savuti channel, the intimate Savute Safari Lodge accommodates only 24 guests in cool, thatched, timber and glass suites. The Savuti area is renowned for its population of bull elephant and the unique interaction of the resident predator species. The close year-round presence of abundant wildlife is reflected in the recently refurbished, modern African décor. All suites have private decks, combined bedroom and sitting areas and en-suite facilities. The sitting area, library and cocktail bar are situated in an exquisite thatch and timber main building. Savute Safari Lodge boasts a viewing deck, an al fresco dining area and swimming pool – which is ideal for watching game at the waterhole. These features set the lodge apart from other typical safari destinations. Open 4×4 game drives are conducted in the Savuti area, including the famous Savuti Marsh, and the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills, add magic to a delightful African safari.

Day 6
  • Shared charter flight to Xakanaxa (± 60 minutes)
  • Stay at Xakanaxa Camp for 3 nights
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Twice daily scheduled activities included

Xakanaxa Camp is situated in a prime location in Botswana’s famed Moremi Game Reserve. It is set on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, and is one of Botswana’s very first safari camps. The main building is open-sided and houses the elegant lounge, library and dining room, leading out to an expansive sundeck, plunge pool and sala with a relaxing day bed, extending over the Khwai River. There is also a campfire deck, under giant Jackalberry trees where the crackling flames are reflected on the Delta waters. Traditional safari cuisine is accompanied by excellent South African wines and generally served around the main dining room table, softly lit by hanging lanterns.   The 13 Meru-style canvas tents are set on raised platforms to maximize the views over the surrounding lagoons and islands. These luxury tents have large gauze windows, cooling fans and unique wood carved. The en-suite bathrooms include open-air hand wash basins and showers under partial canvas, hair dryers, fluffy towels and quality amenities. The doors open out to private viewing decks. This intimate family run camp enjoys generator power by day, and at night all the lighting is supplied by battery powered lamps, candles and paraffin lanterns, giving the camp a truly authentic African ambience. Enjoy game drives on open safari vehicles, or glide through the water on Mekoro. There are also motorized boats available for relaxing game viewing and sunset cruises all year round on the permanent flowing river in front of camp.

Day 9
  • Shared charter flight to Maun (± 30 minutes)

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