BOTSWANA SAFARI IN STYLE WITH VICTORIA FALLS FOR COUPLES & HONEYMOONERS

BOTSWANA SAFARI IN STYLE WITH VICTORIA FALLS FOR COUPLES & HONEYMOONERS

This 8 night / 9-day program in Botswana & Victoria Falls epitomizes what an intimate African safari experience is all about. The program includes a visit to 3 top safari places in Botswana and it also includes a visit to Victoria Falls. Watching animals and their babies drink in the Chobe River at sunset highlights this experience.

Moremi Game Reserve:

Botswana’s premier for game viewing. The list includes prides of lions, large herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, sitatunga, lechwe antelope, cheetah, wild dog etc. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on Botswana’s national bird list.

Okavango Delta:

Largest inland delta in the world. Known for the mokoros (game viewing by traditional dugout canoes) and open vehicle safari drives. Other species seen in the delta include lion, rhino, leopard, giraffe, hippos, elephants, crocodiles, and countless species of bird.

Chobe National Park:

Famous for its massive herds of elephants & hippos among other animals such as buffalo, zebra, crocodiles, giraffe, impala, puku, etc.

Victoria Falls:

World’s largest curtain of falling water. “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in flight” Dr. David Livingstone

THE PROGRAM

Today we arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. VIP meet and assist at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra-modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organized tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction. The Saxon has a story to tell. Originally a private home and host to many honored guests, the art within the home portrays lives lived with guests and friends spending time together. Elegant. Luxurious. Unforgettable. Merging the finest culinary experiences, the ultimate in luxurious accommodation and the Award-winning Spa, the Saxon will take you on an unforgettable journey. This is truly the place you can call home. Let the Saxon treat you to personalized, discreet service and unparalleled South African hospitality. The Saxon is a quiet retreat from the outside world that offers panoramic views over the indigenous gardens towards the city skyline beyond. Each of our rooms is fully equipped with a business area comprising complimentary use of a laptop with a secured wireless Internet connection as well as an iPod docking station, HD LCD screen television, full Digital Satellite bouquet and Blu-ray DVD player, together with state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital movie library. The hotel also offers a Fitness Centre with fully equipped Kinesis equipment which is available 24-hours a day, change rooms, and personal trainer on request. Award-winning Leading Spa with extensive Hydro facilities and innovative Signature treatments. Overnight: Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spa (Villa Luxury Suite)

This morning you are driven to Johannesburg Airport. Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Upon arrival, you are met and taken on a privately guided tour of Victoria Falls.  

Here you will have the opportunity to see the cloud of spray where the Upper Zambezi plummets 300 feet into the lower Zambezi; this same mist can be seen from miles away. The falls’ average flow is an awe-inspiring 120 million gallons per minute; the deafening roar of the flowing water makes conversation all-but-impossible.

Afterwards, you are taken overland to Chobe, Botswana.

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including elephant and hippo populations, but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. A visit to this area guarantees close encounters with an array of African wildlife. Visitors can look forward to some exciting activities such as: driving along the game-dotted riverbanks in a 4WD; cruising along the river in a motorboat, spotting rare birdlife and for a unique, luxury safari experience, hire a houseboat.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious retreat in the heart of the bush, located on the edge of Chobe National Park, the second largest national park in Botswana, where some 80,000 elephants roam. From the lodge’s hilltop position, guests can enjoy far reaching panoramic views over the Chobe River and floodplain below. The main public area includes a lounge, library, and dining room, which are linked to outdoor viewing patios. Guests can relax in the split-level swimming pool or unwind with a pampering session in the full-service spa complete with a treetop treatment room.

Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero (Suite) B L D

Enjoy a full day of viewing and photographing the animals in the Chobe National Park. This experience is followed by a sunset cruise on the Chobe River. Here you will have the opportunity to see many animals and their babies as they come to drink in the river before dark.  

Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero (Suite) B L D

Today you are flown to the Okavango Delta. Upon arrival, you are met and driven to your camp. Enjoy your afternoon safari drive. Situated in the northwestern corner of Botswana, the Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site as it is the largest inland delta in the world. The magnificent Okavango River sprawls out over the dry sands of the Kalahari Desert forming this flourishing waterlogged oasis featuring countless meandering waterways and crystal-clear lagoons studded with water lilies, as well as fertile floodplains and reeded islands inhabited with abundant wildlife. The Okavango Delta stretches over 15000 square kilometers. Visitors can enjoy several wonderful activities such as game viewing, fishing, bird watching or taking an authentic guided Mokoro excursion through this wetland paradise in a traditional dugout canoe. Commonly spotted animals include lion, rhino, leopard, giraffe, hippos, elephants, crocodiles, and countless species of bird. Located just outside of Moremi Game Reserve, deep in the Okavango Delta, lies Mapula Lodge. Boasting 9 luxury chalets with unique and quirky locally handcrafted furnishings the atmosphere is natural and earthy. The main area’s comfortable viewing deck, with soft inviting sofas, overlooks the hippo-filled lagoon. The cooling pool invites you to survey the beautiful tranquil vistas from a relaxed position.Game viewing, in open vehicles, is particularly good in this area; the majestic riverine flora around the lodge is home to a huge variety of birds. Being in a permanent water area, Mapula Lodge’s water activities include poling mokoro’s peacefully through lily-filled channels. Walking safaris are offered with experienced guides; night drives offer a change of spotting the nocturnal species of the area. Hot air ballooning and scenic helicopter flights can be arranged at an additional cost. The following recent comment says it all: “WOW, WOW, WOW. Do I need to say more? We loved this place and the wonderful people. This is a place for people who are serious about their game viewing. The enthusiasm and the passion that is shown by the guides and the trackers, is unbelievable”. Overnight: Mapula Lodge (Luxury Suite) B L D
Spend your day viewing and photographing the animals. Morning and afternoon safari drives are included as part of your experience. Overnight: Mapula Lodge (Luxury Suite) B L D
Today you are flown to Khwai Private Reserve. On arrival, you are met and taken on an afternoon game drive. Khwai Private Reserve is 440 000 acres bordering onto both the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. It is an innovative community based joint venture partnership that adjoins onto the world-famous Okavango Delta eco-system. The Reserve was established to create a meaningful bridge between the tourism industry and local villagers, ensuring significant economic income for local communities, first world environmentally sensitive practices and a superb safari experience. The massive Khwai Private Reserve comprises of some of the most fantastically diverse habitats in northern Botswana, including riverine woodlands, floodplains, open savannah, mopane woodland, rivers, and lagoons. This range of habitats results in a range of wildlife, including elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and of course the eponymous sable antelope. Khwai Private Reserve, one of Botswana’s best kept secrets, is home to Sable Alley. This light, bright camp showcases comfortable luxury amid the game rich floodplains of Khwai. The canvas sided rooms have spacious, beautifully designed interiors with a large veranda encouraging relaxation in the afternoon; the main area exudes comfort with large be-cushioned sofas and stylish accessories that reflect the natural surroundings. For those hot days, we have a refreshing pool overlooking the lagoon. The cuisine mirrors the accommodation – modern, stylish…and delicious. Located right on the banks of the lily-covered lagoon, home to hippo and a favorite drinking spot for elephant and buffalo, the big game quite literally comes to you. As tempting as it is to stay in camp, venture out you should, for Khwai offers one of Africa’s greatest and most exclusive safari experiences. Remember to have your binos ready for lion, leopard, wild dogs and more as you drive through the diverse landscapes. The camp is not only sophisticated and sustainable, but we are also partnered with local communities in Khwai, which make up most of our staff. Proceeds from staying at Sable Alley go straight back into the Khwai Village community projects, as well as various wildlife initiatives. Overnight: Sable Alley (Luxury Tent) B L D

View and photograph the animals during your morning and afternoon game drives.

Overnight: Sable Alley (Luxury Tent) B L D

Enjoy another day of morning and afternoon safari drives in this incredible area.

Overnight: Sable Alley (Luxury Tent) B L D

Time permitting; enjoy your final morning safari drive. A short flight takes you Maun, where you connect to your flight to Johannesburg. VIP service on arrival. Rest and relax in the Premier Lounge before boarding your evening departure flight.  

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PRICING INFORMATION

These prices are valid for travel between June – Dec 15, 2020. Christmas and New Year surcharges will apply for any travel between Dec 15 – Jan 15, 2021. These holiday surcharges are NOT included in these rates.

Land Pricing: $9,995.00 per person double occupancy

Internal air: $1,950.00 per person subject to change economy class*

*Internal air includes the following flights:

Johannesburg / Victoria Falls  

Kasane / Okavango Delta (Xaraxai)

Okavango Delta (Xaraxai) / Moremi (Khwai)

Moremi (Khwai) / Maun

Maun / Johannesburg

INCLUSIONS

  • All meet and greets throughout the itinerary
  • All accommodation as shown in the itinerary
  • All transfers per the itinerary
  • All meals as indicated. These are shown to the right of accommodations per the itinerary. They are denoted by letters B = Breakfast, L = Lunch & D = Dinner
  • Internal flights (these are quoted separately and must be added to the land pricing) as shown in the itinerary
  • Game drives as shown in the itinerary (vehicles are open sided and are shared with an average of 6 guests per vehicle). Everyone is guaranteed ample space
  • Guided excursions per the itinerary
  • Boat ride on the Chobe River is a shared experience
  • All relevant park fees/ conservation fees/ entry fees (unless otherwise stated) 
  • Service charges
  • Taxes

EXCLUSIONS

  • Meals not mentioned in the program 
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under inclusions

RESERVATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Deposit per person required at time of booking: A deposit of 25% of the program price is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 120 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request to secure confirmation.

CANCELLATION CHARGES

Cancellations must be received in writing and will become effective on the date of e-mail receipt. Cancellations received by Emmarosh are subject to the following:

CANCELLATION FEES PER PERSON

121 days prior to departure (or more): 10% of the program price per person.
120-91 days prior to departure: 20% of program price

90-61 days prior to departure: 50% of program price

60 days prior to departure (or less): 100% of the program price

Changes to the Itinerary:

The guest will be responsible for any changes or cancellations made to the itinerary at their request or beyond their control, before or during travel, including expenses incurred due to a change, delay or cancellation of any flights. If a guest cancels or leaves a journey and a roommate remains, an additional supplement may apply to the price for the remaining guest.

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR INTERNAL AIR

All internal air is 100% non-refundable at time of final payment (some exceptions may apply).

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR EXTRA SERVICES WHERE APPLICABLE

Additional hotel nights and other extra services booked in connection with Emmarosh programs are subject to specific cancellation penalties.