Great Wilderness Journey

This Journey takes the time to explore Botswana's contrasts and extremes in prime areas where few people travel. 
You will experience a nostalgic camping/lodge safari that recreates the sense of a game-viewing adventure reminiscent of the times of the great African explorers. 
You will have time to experience the world-famous Victoria Falls on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River and explore Botswana's scenic northern areas: from the blue-green wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the diverse and wildlife-rich Linyanti and Chobe River systems. Accommodation includes a combination of Wilderness Safaris camps and fully serviced camping, all in private concession areas. 
These safari / explorations are led by highly skilled and qualified professional guides with an incredible passion for the natural regions they work in. Sharing the adventure and guiding you on this journey of discovery combined with their vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture are their professions and personal hobby. 
Many of our guides are also skilled photographers and can assist you in taking away amazing wildlife photographs. Your guide will host you for the duration of safari, providing you with a consistent, detailed interpretation that is shaped to your specific interests.
Did you know? 
We have exclusive access to wilderness areas in the Okavango Delta, Linyanti/Chobe and Victoria Falls. 
 Deluxe camping in two prime areas ensures holistic guiding and detailed insights to habitats and wildlife in the area. 
 You will experience an exceptionally diverse range of activities: walks, day and night wildlife viewing – both water- and land-based. 
 The transfers between locations are diverse and exciting and include water, land and air. 
 The tented camps will take you back to the era of Africa’s exploration. Pure linens of heavy cottons, separate flushing toilets and shower areas all add to the atmosphere, while simplistic comforts and amenities are elegantly provided.

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Livingstone, guided tour of The Victoria Falls and then road transfer to Toka Leya Camp, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone.
Days 2, 3 & 4: Road transfer to Livingstone Airport, then fly to Kasane for a river boat cruise in the Chobe National Park, and then fly to Linyanti Discoverer Camp, Linyanti Concession.
Days 5, 6 & 7: Fly to Gomoti Tented Camp, Santawani Concession, South-east corner Okavango Delta
Days 8, 9 &10: Fly to Jacana Camp or Xigera Camp, Moremi Game Reserve / Okavango Delta.
Day 11: Fly to Maun Airport.

For a Full Day by Day itinerary click on " See Printer Version" below   Or email Here and we will send you all the details 

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Average air fare $1550 call for exact cost based on your preferred dates

Price excluding international flights:
May & Nov $10500 pp 2017
June to Oct $11750 pp 2016 & 17
Safari Summary

Notes:
Weekly departures run between March and November
with a minimum 2 guests and a maximum of just 8 

Single person supplements can be avoided if guests are willing to share.

As a set-departure guided journey, the Great Wilderness Journey’s fully inclusive rates comprise the expertise of one knowledgeable and professional guide who leads you from beginning to end, combined with tailor-made services like logistics, sightseeing and accommodation in our camps.

More than this, there is your exclusive access to more than 3 million hectares (7 million acres) of Africa’s best wildlife areas. This equates to 3 000 hectares (8 000 acres) of private land per guest, creating a unique sense of seclusion, comfort, privacy and space. In turn, your presence helps us in the conservation of these areas.

Our rates include:
• Accommodation
• All meals  
• House wine and beer, as well as local spirits such as gin and Amarula , and soft drinks.
• National Park fees
• Laundry
• Road transfers
• Scheduled activities
• All internal charters

Our rates exclude:
• Flights (other than specified in the detailed safari itinerary)
• Visas
• Compulsory comprehensive insurance
• All relevant entry and departure Government taxes
• Gratuities
• All personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls, etc.)
• Optional extra activities 

 

 

Full Safari Details
Great Wilderness Journey

This Journey takes the time to explore Botswana's contrasts and extremes in prime areas where few people travel.
You will experience a nostalgic camping/lodge safari that recreates the sense of a game-viewing adventure reminiscent of the times of the great African explorers.
You will have time to experience the world-famous Victoria Falls on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River and explore Botswana's scenic northern areas: from the blue-green wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the diverse and wildlife-rich Linyanti and Chobe River systems. Accommodation includes a combination of Wilderness Safaris camps and fully serviced camping, all in private concession areas.
These safari / explorations are led by highly skilled and qualified professional guides with an incredible passion for the natural regions they work in. Sharing the adventure and guiding you on this journey of discovery combined with their vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture are their professions and personal hobby.
Many of our guides are also skilled photographers and can assist you in taking away amazing wildlife photographs. Your guide will host you for the duration of safari, providing you with a consistent, detailed interpretation that is shaped to your specific interests.
Did you know?
We have exclusive access to wilderness areas in the Okavango Delta, Linyanti/Chobe and Victoria Falls.
 Deluxe camping in two prime areas ensures holistic guiding and detailed insights to habitats and wildlife in the area.
 You will experience an exceptionally diverse range of activities: walks, day and night wildlife viewing – both water- and land-based.
 The transfers between locations are diverse and exciting and include water, land and air.
 The tented camps will take you back to the era of Africa’s exploration. Pure linens of heavy cottons, separate flushing toilets and shower areas all add to the atmosphere, while simplistic comforts and amenities are elegantly provided.

Day 1: Toka Leya Camp – Victoria Falls – Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park Wilderness Safaris – Classic Camp Set on the western sector of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Toka Leya Camp perches on the banks of the precipitating Zambezi River. Only 12km upstream from the world-renowned Victoria Falls, the camp is well placed for you to explore the scenic and vibrant region. Limiting our footprint on this pristine land, wooden walkways snake between the 12 spacious en-suite safari-style tents. You will feel safe and comfortable in your tastefully decorated room with an expansive wooden deck looking out at the mighty river – often presenting the sight of rambling elephants, grunting pods of hippo and idle crocodiles. Under a canopy of shady trees, the camp's dining, lounge and bar areas plus infinity pool, offer ample space for you to relax. Did you know?  Toka Leya has a worm farm and indigenous nursery so as to rehabilitate the plant species of the area.
 The densely vegetated islands in front of camp form part of the braided channel of the Zambezi River.
 ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ is the local name for Victoria Falls, literally meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’ which accurately describes the rising spray that can be seen 30km away.
 Activities include Victoria Falls tours, game drives, river cruises, catch-and-release fishing, guided walks and adventure activities.
 The park offers good wildlife viewing of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala and white rhino.
 The prolific bird life includes the African Finfoot, a rarity elsewhere, yet here a resident.

Days 2 – 4: Linyanti Tented Camp, Linyanti Concession Wilderness Explorations Set in the 125 000-hectare Linyanti Concession bordering Chobe National Park, Linyanti Tented Camp is your base from which to explore this enormous wildlife-rich area. Unrivalled in its remoteness and space, the concession is bisected by an ancient watercourse – the now-flowing Savute Channel. Your accommodation is in large walk-in wooden framed canvas sided tents. The tents are airy and designed to recreate the accommodation style of the early explorers, with richly coloured teak director chairs and minimalist interiors. Separate bedside tables with 12-volt reading lamps, canvas and wood wardrobes, bathrobes, comfortable beds and mirrors are provided. Private, en-suite separate toilet and showers form part of the structure.
Paraffin hurricane lanterns and a crackling campfire set the ambience in the evening, while fresh, sumptuous meals are usually prepared around a fire by warm and friendly camp staff. 

 

Did you know?
 The landscape of the Linyanti is diverse, from floodplains to open dry-land savannah and woodland with sweeping views.
 Wildlife includes the seldom-seen sitatunga that can be spotted in the waterways, as well as rare roan and sable antelope, plains game and of course their predators, the lion and leopard – with the endangered wild dog as an incredible bonus.
 Activities include game drives in the private northern sector of the concession, exploring a range of habitats, from riverbanks to scrub and forest as well as a full-day excursion with lunch at a remote scenic setting.

Days 5 – 7: Gomoti Tented Camp – Santawani Concession Wilderness Explorations The 6 000-hectare Santawani Concession, in the south-east corner of the Okavango Delta, is diverse and game rich. Most of the concession comprises mixed woodland habitat and open grasslands that are transformed into floodplains in years of plentiful water. The camp is nestled under large acacia trees and is completely eco-friendly with no new permanent structures – ideal for adventurous travellers. The main area includes a thatched dining room where guests will enjoy freshly prepared meals as well as a cosy lounge. The camp accommodates a maximum of eight guests in five spacious canvas tents. Designed to recreate the style of early explorers, the tents feature richly coloured teak director chairs and comfortable interiors. Separate bedside tables with 12-volt reading lamps, woodenframed wardrobes, twin beds and mirrors are provided. Each tent has a private en-suite toilet and shower. Guests can choose to relax and take in the views from under the shade of their veranda. In the evenings, paraffin hurricane lanterns and a crackling campfire set the ambience.

Did you know?

 The alluvial sands in the area is very fertile, resulting in good grass growth which attracts a multitude of grazing animal species.
 Wildlife is plentiful and includes leopard, lion, wild dog, cheetah, giraffe, elephant and herds of general game. 

 

Days 8 – 10: Jacana Camp – Jao Concession Wilderness Safaris – Classic Camp Set on a small island, Jacana is a true water camp, epitomising the seclusion of the Okavango Delta. Your accommodation will be one of the five Meru-style tents looking out over the expansive surrounding waters. The main dining area is elevated on a wooden deck and surrounded by big shady trees. Downstairs, curl up on one of our cosy couches or gaze out across the waters from the viewing deck. Lazy afternoons can be spent swinging on a hammock and cool evenings are spent sitting around the open fire. The traditional boma often sets the scene for outdoor dining under the stars. As a wonderland of water-based animal and bird life, Jacana begs to be explored.
Did you know?
 Jacana is involved in a lion monitoring project (tracking movements, social behaviours and conditions), as well as being the site for annual Children in the Wilderness programmes.
 The vegetation at Jacana varies from picturesque floodplains with lush palm islands and riparian forest to dryer parts covered in acacia and mopane woodland.
 Mekoro, boat trips, guided walks and game drives are usually on offer all year round. There are two platform hides in the concession.
 Water-loving red lechwe are in abundance, attracting big predators such as lion and leopard. Other game includes tsessebe, giraffe, elephant, hippo and crocodile, occasional sitatunga and regular spotted-necked otter.
 Birding is exceptional with large concentrations of endangered Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret and Lesser Jacana. 

 

OR

Xigera Camp – Xigera Concession Wilderness Safaris – Classic Camp Nestled in a magnificent riverine forest, Xigera Camp embodies the essence of the Okavango Delta. The camp is found on the aptly-named ‘Paradise Island’, surrounded by year-round water and lush vegetation. We invite you to stay in one of the ten beautifully furnished en-suite tented rooms offering views over a seasonal floodplain and small lagoon. You will enjoy meals and drinks in the lounge and dining area overlooking the flowing channel or under the stars in our traditional African boma. During long lazy afternoons, take a plunge in the pool or soak up the sun on a lounger. Surrounded by spectacular wilderness, Xigera Camp will give you a feeling of wellbeing far from the hubbub of modern living.

Did you know?
 Xigera Camp donates a portion of each bed-night charge to the Motswe Wa Tsholofelo Orphan Day-care Centre in Maun.
 The camp is 100% solar-powered.
 Your activities at Xigera typically include mokoro and motorboat outings. Game drives are seasonal, dependent on the water levels.
 Mammal sightings include the water-loving red lechwe, spotted-necked otter, elephant and tsessebe along with the elusive sitatunga. Predators include leopard and spotted hyaena.
 A delight for birdwatchers; expect to see Pel’s Fishing-Owl, African Skimmer, Greater Swamp Warbler and Wattled Crane. 

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Average air fare $1550 call for exact cost based on your preferred dates

Price excluding international flights:
May & Nov $10500 pp 2017
June to Oct $11750 pp 2016 & 17
Book this safari
Safari Summary

Notes:
Weekly departures run between March and November
with a minimum 2 guests and a maximum of just 8 

Single person supplements can be avoided if guests are willing to share.

As a set-departure guided journey, the Great Wilderness Journey’s fully inclusive rates comprise the expertise of one knowledgeable and professional guide who leads you from beginning to end, combined with tailor-made services like logistics, sightseeing and accommodation in our camps.

More than this, there is your exclusive access to more than 3 million hectares (7 million acres) of Africa’s best wildlife areas. This equates to 3 000 hectares (8 000 acres) of private land per guest, creating a unique sense of seclusion, comfort, privacy and space. In turn, your presence helps us in the conservation of these areas.

Our rates include:
• Accommodation
• All meals  
• House wine and beer, as well as local spirits such as gin and Amarula , and soft drinks.
• National Park fees
• Laundry
• Road transfers
• Scheduled activities
• All internal charters

Our rates exclude:
• Flights (other than specified in the detailed safari itinerary)
• Visas
• Compulsory comprehensive insurance
• All relevant entry and departure Government taxes
• Gratuities
• All personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls, etc.)
• Optional extra activities