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Tour Inclusions

  • Meet, greet and assist at every stop
  • All transfers by road and air including international flight from Livingstone, Zambia – Kasane, Botswana
  • English speaking guides
  • Shared Game drives, boat safaris on the mighty Zambezi River above Victoria Falls. Okavango Delta boat and mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) safaris
  • Private Sundowners in the bush
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • Three fine dining meals daily, morning and afternoon tea (depending on arrival and departure times)
  • Soft drinks, house wines, brand spirits and beers (excluding top shelf)
  • Large tea selection and quality coffee
  • Refreshments, snacks and fine dining bush lunches while out on safari
  • Laundry daily
  • Park fees
  • Emergency medical evacuation 
  • Partake and visit Sanctuary Retreats local Philanthropy projects at each camp

Tour Exclusions

  • Victoria Falls Heritage Fee $25 paid at the Falls
  • Premium alcoholic drinks
  • Spa treatments from the Chief’s Camp treatment room
  • Additional activities including helicopter flights over the Delta
    Walking with Elephants – Chiefs Camp
  • Gratuities to driver / guides and staff
  • All items of a personal nature, telephone calls and curio shop purchases
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Private vehicle and guide
  • All optional excursions or activities
  • Any other items not mentioned above

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Moon Tours and Sanctuary Retreats.

Luxury all inclusive Botswana & Zambia Safari

Okavango Delta, Chobe NP, Victoria Falls

8 nights / 9 day safari: Experience the magic of the Okavango Delta and the wildlife that frequents it as well the huge elephant population of the Chobe, finishing with the magnificent Victoria Falls.

Always dreamed of getting up close to elephants? Now you can with this itinerary that combines our unique elephant interaction in the Okavango Delta with Chobe National Park, home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa.

Experince the Victoria Falls, first described to Europe by explorer David Livingstone and known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the Smoke that Thunders”, the falls make a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the mile wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi.

About Botswana

Botswana is a landlocked nation, bordered by South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is dominated by the Kalahari Desert, which covers up to 70% of the country’s land surface, the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and the Chobe National Park in the north.

Vast and untamed, a country with thousands of square miles of exquisite wilderness, Botswana offers exceptional game viewing as well as a varied safari experience across its broad and flat expanses of savannah, desert, salt pan and wetland.

THE OKAVANGO DELTA

Over 80% of this landlocked country is made up of the Kalahari Desert, the vast sponge into which the swollen Okavango River disappears each year, creating the largest inland delta in the world – the Okavango Delta. The delta forms part of the Kalahari Basin, situated at the southern periphery of the Great Rift Valley and covers an area of 22,000 square kilometres home to an estimated 9,000 species of flora and fauna – as such the delta is widely regarded as one of the premium destinations for game viewing. Although the periphery is semi-arid, the delta itself is a patchwork of cool clear streams, lagoons, floodplains and forested islands. In the dry winter season vast numbers of wildlife flock to where the floodwaters infiltrate the delta – providing one of the natural world’s most spectacular sights.

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

In the country’s northwest, on the border with Namibia, immense teak forests grow and it is here, in Chobe National Park, that the largest population of elephants (estimated at 100,000) in the world live a protected and secure existence. Lions, leopards and rare wild dogs roam the broad plains that shrink and grow with the change of the seasons as the rivers and streams flood. Kasane, at the northern tip of the park, is the gateway to the area as well as its administrative centre. The lush Chobe riverfront is noted for the large concentrations of mega fauna (elephant and buffalo) that gather on its banks in the dry season. In the dry season (April – November) the Chobe is the only major source of water north of the Okavango, hence the number of game attracted from great distances. Like the Okavango, the river originates in the highlands of Angola and flows into the mighty Zambezi. The Chobe boasts Bushbuck and Puku antelope, as well as a variety of birds, in addition to elephant and buffalo. It is also famed for its majestic sunsets.

REASONS TO VISIT BOTSWANA

  • Botswana has a strong commitment to conservation so expect to see a plethora of endangered species including wild dog and rhino
  • Home to the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world
  • Chobe National Park is home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa
  • A diversity of landscapes, from savannah and desert, to salt pan, wetland and flood plain
  • Mokoro excursions, a unique adventure trip along the waterways of the Okavango Delta
  • Living with the Elephants Immersive experice (see Activities list)

About Zambia

Hear the roar of the thundering Victoria Falls, feel the adrenaline while white water rafting down the mighty Zambezi River, or take a leisurely game drive in the leopard country of South Luangwa. This is Zambia, a country rich in natural beauty and wildlife, yet scant in tourists.

Aside from its variety of game, such as lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and a number of exciting endemic species, Zambia is noted for its rich birdlife and exotic fish. It’s something of a pilgrimage for fishermen, and for birders, they can’t help but be drawn by the marvellous diversity of bird species. Zambia is the perfect African destination to have an authentic safari experience.

THE VICTORIA FALLS & MOSI-OA-TUNYA NATIONAL PARK

David Livingstone was the first European to see the falls and named them in honour of Queen Victoria in 1857. The falls make a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the 1.7 kilometre wide Upper Zambezi drops between 90 and 107 metres into the Lower Zambezi. An average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummets over the edge every minute, transforming the Zambezi from a wide placid river to a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. The river’s annual flood season is February to May with a peak in April. The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres, sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 50 kilometres away – hence the local name for the falls and the surrounding national park – Mosi-OaTunya, “the Smoke that Thunders”! The park provides a home for numerous antelope species, zebra, giraffe, elephant, warthog and a variety of birds. Since there are no predators, the wildlife is very relaxed, allowing for excellent photo opportunities.

THE SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

Experts have dubbed the South Luangwa National Park as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of game here is among the most intense in Africa. Over 60 mammal species are found in the South Luangwa. The diverse and highly productive woodland and floodplain supports a large and varied population of herbivores, and this in turn sustains a large number of carnivores.

Several mammals, elephant in particular, are comparatively smaller than related species in other parts of Africa. Hippo, giraffe and impala also fall into this category and the reason for this remains a mystery. South Luangwa is also characterised by having a large number of elephants born without tusks due to a genetic anomaly, 38% are tuskless. The dramatic increase was the result of heavy poaching, sparing the cows and bulls without tusks.

REASONS TO GO ON A ZAMBIA SAFARI

  • The rising star of the safari circuit offering excellent value for money
  • Offers a variety of safari experiences such as walking safaris, canoeing, tiger fishing and night drives
  • The game rich South Luangwa National Park is consistently named as one of the top five places in Africa to see leopards
  • 30% of the country is dedicated to wildlife conservation areas and boasts 19 national parks
  • Livingstone, access town to the Victoria Falls, is the adventure capital of Africa

BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS

8 nights / 9 day safari: Experience the magic of the Okavango Delta and the wildlife that frequents it as well the huge elephant population of the Chobe, finishing with the magnificent Victoria Falls.

DAY 1 – Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

On arrival at Maun Airport, a Sanctuary Retreats representative will meet and assist you to your onward flight on a Mack Air shared light aircraft charter flight to Stanley’s Camp. The flying is approximately 15 minutes. On arrival at the airstrip a  representative will meet and transfer you to the camp. Sanctuary Stanley’s is situated in a 260,000-acre private concession, thus affording guests absolute exclusivity. Guest accommodation consists of eight classic styled safari tents. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities. A completely unique Stanley’s feature is an educational experience with a group of semi-habituated African elephants and a highly recommended activity at an additional cost. Other activities available include serene mokoro canoe excursions (subject to water levels), exclusive bush dinners, and game drives in customised, open 4 x 4 vehicles – including the rare opportunity of night drives.

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2  – Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

The day is at leisure. Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp offers some of the best game viewing in the Okavango, including the rare and elusive wild dog. A completely unique Sanctuary Stanley’s feature is an educational experience with a group of semi-habituated African elephants and a highly recommended activity at an additional cost. Other activities available include serene mokoro canoe excursions (subject to water levels), exclusive bush dinners, and game drives in customised, open 4 x 4 vehicles – including the rare opportunity of night drives. As Stanley’s Camp is in a private concession, guests also have the exclusive option of walking safaris with an armed professional guide.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3 – Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Enjoy a morning game viewing activity followed by breakfast.  A camp representative will transfer you to the airstrip. Depart on a Mack Air shared light aircraft charter flight to Chief’s Camp. The flying time to Sanctuary Chief’s is approximately 15 minutes. On arrival at the airstrip a representative will meet and transfer you to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is a luxury bush camp situated on Chief’s Island in the exclusive Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve. This region is known as the “predator capital” of Africa and is considered to have the finest game viewing in Botswana including the Big Five.Guest accommodation comprises of twelve secluded, permanent luxury bush pavilions. The afternoon is at leisure. Activities available include game drives and seasonal mokoro excursions (subject to water levels).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 – Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

The day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. The game viewing opportunities around Sanctuary Chief’s Camp are awe-inspiring. Elephant, wild dog, cheetah and leopard can all be spotted close to camp and the area also boasts over 500 species of bird. Mokoros, local dugout canoes, are ideal for getting close to the bush in the company of a highly trained local guide. Each June the whole area around the camp floods and turns the Okavango Delta into a labyrinth of lily-filled lagoons and streams where hippos fight for bathing rights and crocodiles wait for unwary antelope to linger too long over a drink. Poling through the byways created by the floodwaters is a magical experience that allows guests to get very close to the biggest of game and to see the world from a totally different angle – looking up onto the banks rather than down onto them.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 5 – Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

The day begins with a morning game viewing activity followed by breakfast.  A camp representative will transfer you to the airstrip. Depart on a Mack Air shared light aircraft charter flight to Kasane. The flying time to Kasane is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. On arrival at Kasane Airport a lodge representative will meet and transfer you to the lodge. Deep in the heart of the Botswana wilderness lies Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge. Relax in luxurious thatched cottages, with modern freestanding baths, indoor and outdoor showers, terrace and private garden with hammock overlooking the magnificent Chobe River. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer which include game drives in the National Park and sundowner cruise on the Chobe River.

Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 6 – Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Today is at leisure to explore the area. Thrilling guided game drives in open-sided 4X4 vehicles bring you to the heart of Africa’s largest concentration of elephants, as well as hippos, buffalos, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. Or spot wildlife from the water, joining one of the acclaimed guides on a water safari on specially adapted motorboats.

Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 7 – Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

A morning game viewing activity is followed by breakfast. You will be transfered to the border for your onward transfer to Zambia. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is just a short drive away from the world-famous Victoria Falls. The lodge itself is an exclusive haven in the heart of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park which, in addition to the mighty roar of the Victoria Falls, also boasts a wide variety of game as well as countless opportunities for adventure. Built on two levels on a dramatic bend in the Zambezi, the main lodge is perched in giant ebony trees. Guests can relax in the swimming pool, or enjoy a drink in the elevated bar. The twelve air-conditioned tree houses are connected by wooden walkways and all enjoy superb views over the river. In addition, there are two private houses available. Each has two bedrooms, a dining area and deck with plunge pools, as well as a private chef and house staff.

Meals included:   Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 8 – Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

The day is at leisure to enjoy some of the many activities on offer, these include a Tour of the Falls, sundowner cruise on the Zambezi, walking safaris, game drives in the National Park and a Village Tour. Livingstone is also known as the adventure capital of Africa offering a variety of adrenalin activities. Imagine taking on the mighty Zambezi River on a white water rafting trip. Did you know the rapids on the Zambezi are officially defined as “Grade 5. The Flight of Angels offers an amazing opportunity to experience a flight in a helicopter and an unrivalled and superior view of the majestic Victoria Falls. Other adventure activities include bungee jumping, micro lighting over the Victoria Falls and swimming at the Devil’s Pool. These activities are an optional extra and can be booked at the lodge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 9 – End Safari

The morning is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer and afterwards please meet the lodge representative in the reception area of the lodge for your transfer to Livingstone Airport. Your transfer times will be advised to you by the lodge managers.

Meals included:  Breakfast

Luxury accommodation across Botswana & Zambia with

Sanctuary Retreats

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

Sussi’s heavenly tree houses are built into the canopy of majestic ebony trees lining the river bank. The air-conditioned rooms all with their own private viewing deck boast superb views over the white waters of the Zambezi. And if the fancy takes you, enjoy a private dinner on your deck, while the sounds of the bush provide enchanting background music.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma also has 2 private houses, each with two bedrooms, their own dining areas and decks with plunge pools, as well as a private chef and dedicated staff.

WHY WE LOVE SANCTUARY SUSSI & CHUMA

  • Located on a quiet bend of the Zambezi River within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
  • 12 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls in a remote location away from crowds
  • Boutique property catering for individuals, couples and families
  • Only lodge in the area able to offer guided walking safaris
  • Established philanthropy project at Nakatindi Village

SANCTUARY SUSSI & CHUMA REMODELLED

In April 2018, this boutique riverside retreat will reopen with an enlightened take on sophisticated safari life. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is in the heart of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, and all 12 treehouses set amid jackalberry trees have been restyled. To maximise the magic of staying right here at the edge of a dramatic bend in the Zambezi there are also new lounges and decking added as communal spaces.

SANCTUARY RETREATS PHILANTHROPY (SRP)

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma began working with Nakatindi Village and School, situated in Livingstone, in 2010 and with the help of the community elders we were able to identified various projects we could get involved with, on an ongoing basis.

Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy believes communities like Nakatindi Village deserve to benefit from tourism, an industry that relies on their continued willingness to coexist with wildlife, and is working with the Nakatindi Village leadership to positively impact lives and livelihoods at the household level.

While in Zambia visit the Chipego Bike Shop, whose women proprietors are happy to share their stories. Talk with residents as you tour the village by foot or bike, stopping at the school, garden, clinic, individual homesteads and marketplace.

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

A classic tented camp located on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp offers a varied game viewing experience as well as our unique elephant interaction.

Set among ebony and sausage trees, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is located on a 260,000 acre private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. The natural wonders of the area constantly change over the seasons from lush green when the rain flows down the Angolan highlands, to dry savannah when the neighbouring Kalahari Desert tightens its grip on the terrain. The camp is the home of our unique Living with Elephants interaction. Walking with these rescued orphaned elephants is an uplifting experience and one that will remain with you long after you’ve left.

WHY WE LOVE SANCTUARY STANLEY’S CAMP

  • Offers the unique Living with Elephants interaction
  • Located on a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve which means we can offer walking and night drives
  • Seasonal mokoro excursions available
  • Several active hyena dens close to camp
  • Traditional tented safari camp allows for an authentic safari experience

SANCTUARY RETREATS PHILANTHROPY (SRP)

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp together with the Living With Elephants Foundation, run by Doug and Sandi Groves works to secure the long term future of its elephant ambassadors.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Welcome to the former royal hunting reserve of Chief Moremi, in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Wildlife and wilderness are as abundant as action and adrenaline and refinement and relaxation at this remarkable remodelled luxury camp.

Personal service, an extraordinary setting, exceptional viewing and enthusiastic expert guides are the hallmarks of a Sanctuary Retreats experience – here at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp we promise a unique attention to detail and strong environmental and philanthropic credentials to ensure the ultimate luxury safari experience.

SAFARI CHIC

All the main and public areas of the camp have been extensively refurbished in a ‘safari chic’ style including a newly designed bar and library area, the extension of the dining room and the addition of a pizza deck with pizza oven. A new orientation room where guests can learn more about the Delta before going on game drives has been added as well as a gym and kids play room.

When you visit Sanctuary Chief’s Camp you’ll see why CondĂ© Nast Traveler consistently rates it as one of the top safari destinations in Botswana. The camp is part of the magazine’s exclusive “Platinum Circle” in recognition of its inclusion in the prestigious Gold List for the last five consecutive years.

 WHY WE LOVE SANCTUARY CHIEF’S CAMP

  • Located on famous Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve
  • Seasonal Mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) excursions available
  • Exclusive safari experience
  • Some of the largest suites in the area (141 – 620 m2)
  • Each pavilion features a tranquil outside seating area and a terrace plunge pool
  • The new Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite, consists of two pavilions and features a private bar, boma, lounge and kitchen, all serviced by a private house-keeper, waiter, guide and vehicle
  • Consistently rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana by CondĂ© Nast and Travel & Leisure

SANCTUARY RETREATS PHILANTHROPY (SRP)

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp supports a Rhino Relocation project which helps to protect and conserve our rhinos that face critical threat.

Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy is working to save a critically endangered species.

Due to a still-persistent belief in Asia that powdered rhino horn can be used as a cure-all medicine, rhino populations are under massive threat from poaching. A recent sharp increase in poaching has most significantly affected South Africa where 1,255 rhino were killed for their horns in 2014 alone. It is estimated as few as 29,000 rhino survive worldwide.

Sanctuary Retreats has strategically partnered with Rhino Conservation Botswana, the Botswana Defence Forces and other partners to translocate 20 rhino, both black and white, from South Africa into the Moremi Reserve in Botswana where they will be safer from poachers. There they are under protection 24/7 and have a greater chance for survival.

Sanctuary Retreats support was initially directed to building large enclosures, called “bomas”, that are strong enough to temporarily house the rhino introduced in the region. The Moremi Reserve was chosen as it provides suitable habitat, good security, restricted range, and existing monitoring capacity. Going forward, Sanctuary Retreats will expand its support for monitoring and protection activities on the reserve, with the help of Sanctuary guides and guests.

Guests staying at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp have the opportunity to learn about these unique animals and the process of translocating them during a presentation by our designated philanthropy coordinator and then journey into the reserve to view the rhino thriving in their new home.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush on the edge of Chobe National Park, home to the world’s largest remaining population of elephants.

Sitting above the Chobe River, the lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and floodplains as far across as Namibia. This is an incredibly luxurious lodge with just 15 guest cottages, as well as the only full spa on the Botswana safari circuit. Relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for.

WHY WE LOVE SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO

  • Highest concentration of elephants in Africa on lodge’s doorstep
  • Full service spa, including treetop treatment room
  • Sundowner cruises on the Chobe River in our customised boats
  • Families with children of all ages welcome
  • Air-conditioned lodge

ACTIVITIES IN BOTSWANA

GAME DRIVES

Botswana Game drives are not typical here, as water crossings are part of the adventure, and watching zebra standing belly-deep in water, grazing, is a sight to see. Even giraffe will cross water up to their hocks. During higher water levels, game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions. Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is set in a private concession which means we can also venture out at night on exciting game drives to see the many nocturnal animals that live here. The evening drive starts after sundowner cocktails, using a spotlight to identify nocturnal creatures including the ones that are easier to catch a glimpse of in the dark, like hyena and leopard. Tiny fireball eyes that seem to levitate through the air and reappear again in different trees are bush babies, just one of several different creatures to be found.

LIVING WITH ELEPHANTS IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Thousands of elephants migrate through the area and here, as at the nearby Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, you can have an astonishing experience walking with elephants in the bush. These orphaned elephants have been brought up in the area by their guardians Doug and Sandi Groves. Every morning the elephants go for a walk around their home range, foraging for food and checking that all is well.  A few people each day are able to accompany them on their walk through the bush and see the wilds of Africa through the eyes of an elephant – a truly uplifting experience that makes a lasting impression on all who share their time with the elephants. This activity includes a leisurely paced walk with the semi-habituated elephants, followed by a picnic lunch in their company.

This activity is at an additional cost. Please enquire for rates.

  • In order to avoid disappointment, pre-booking is recommended.
  • The activity is available to a minimum of two guests and a maximum of ten.
  • Children nine years and older are allowed to enjoy the activity with parents.
  • Please note the elephants are on annual leave from 15 January to 15 February each year.

MOKORO EXCURSIONS

The Okavango Delta is of course flooded for much of the year and when it is, guests can experience serene silence at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro excursion along the narrow channels. Sit back and relax as you glide through lily ponds on local dugout canoes while seeing eye to eye with a buffalo as it laps water from the river, watch crocodiles sunbathe on the banks or cruise past a pod of hippos as they lie in a pool. Fish eagles, frogs and fabulous lilies form much of this experience, but more frequently it is the quietness and gentle pace that makes its impression.

SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT

These scenic flights involve flying west towards the permanent delta, exposing areas which are unreachable by vehicle or boat and showcasing the sheer enormity of the Okavango Delta. There is the the option of the doors being removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities. Choose between 30, 45 or 60 minute tour in a one turbine Bell Jetranger helicopter with 3 seats. This activity is offered on a year round basis. Being a personalised activity, it’s up to you what time of day you would like to do the activity, however we would recommend early morning and late afternoon as these times usually provide the best light for photography. Preferred flight times can be requested on booking.

This activity is at an additional cost. Please enquire for rates.

WALKING SAFARIS

Our professional guides will show you the bush on foot. This is a chance to see the Delta from a different perspective, one that is up close and personal with the surrounding environment. Walks allow you to read the news of the night in the smooth sand of the road. Lion, leopard, elephants, genets and even millipedes are all part of the signs, each with their story to tell. A walking safari is about seeing the small five and the various flora in the area.

SUNDOWNER CRUISE

The best way to end a day of safari here is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the still waters of the Chobe River from the comfort of one of our specially designed riverboats. Sundowner cruises are also a great way of seeing buffalo up close as they come out of the shade to graze in the cooler evenings and elephants as they wade in the river. Chobe is renowned for its abundance of dramatic sable and roan antelopes with their impressive horns. Sitatungas – antelope with splayed feet to help them run in swamps – are often seen here, as are the wild dog and lion that prey upon them.

ACTIVITIES IN ZAMBIA

GAME DRIVES

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is set on the edge of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Here the highly trained safari guides take guests on game drives in custom-built 4 x 4 safari vehicles to experience the land as it was when Livingstone first made his way across the ridge and beheld the smoke that thunders. The park has elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, zebra in large numbers and an exciting array of birds, including some Southern African specials like Peters Finfoot. Guests may also be lucky enough to see a rare sighting of the wild dog that on occasion pass through the park.

LOCAL SCHOOL & VILLAGE TOUR

Nakatindi village is located six kilometres from Livingstone and five kilometres from Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma. Through Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy, we sponsor various projects aimed at improving education, conservation, health and enterprise in the village. Guests staying at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma have the opportunity to visit these projects and meet the people supported by them. In particular, guests can visit Nakatindi Community School which is resposible for the education of 442 pupils or Chipego bike shop, where guests can hire bicycles to use to tour the village.

WALKING SAFARIS

There can be few more thrilling ways to experience and understand African wildlife, the bush and ecosystem as a whole than by being on foot on a walking safari. Offering a completely different perspective to the conventional view one gets from the confines of a safari vehicle. Our two highly trained professional walking guides, Luckson and Elijah, have a combined walking safari experience of more than 20 years. Their reverence and respect for the wild is highly contagious, making this a truly unforgettable and memorable experience as they share their in-depth bush knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Guests will also be accompanied by an armed National Parks ranger. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma’s walking safaris will last about two hours and are conducted at a leisurely pace. Morning walks will depart at 6:30 am and will include a break with tea, coffee and snacks. The afternoon walk will commence at 4pm and finish at a special sundowner spot where guests will be served drinks and canapĂ©s while enjoying the magnificent sunset. Minimum age is 15 years.

TOUR OF THE VICTORIA FALLS

Just a short drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls, the lodge offers guests a walking tour of The Falls. First described to Europe by explorer David Livingstone and known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the Smoke that Thunders”, the falls make a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the mile wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi. Rainbows constantly form and collapse in the tropical sunlight over the waterfall. The river is bordered by ebony groves and mopane forest. Well-known for its bird life, with many fish eating raptors attracted to the rich pickings in the river. Excluded in the rate is the Heritage Fee which is payable by guests directly at the lodge when doing a Tour of the Falls.

CANOEING ON THE ZAMBEZI

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a two hour canoeing excursion on the Zambezi River. The canoeing trip can either be done in the morning or afternoon, the activity will start from the lodge and can be combined with either a game drive or a boat cruise. Canoeing is offered all year but is weather dependent. Dry bags will be provided for valuables. Minimum age is 15 years.

FISHING

The fishing season generally opens on 1st March each year. It closes annually from the 1st December until March. (This is the local Fisheries’ regulations and it is enforced by the Zambian Wildlife Authority.) All fishing is on a strict “Catch and Release” policy as we are in the national park. So far the biggest fish caught was around 4.5kg.

Sussi and Chuma’s 3 boats are used for fishing as well as other activities. Guests specifically wanting to do fishing should ideally request and pay for a private boat for fishing. That said we will be happy to accommodate fishermen as best as we can. Please note, on a full camp, all boats are used for the evening sunset cruise.

FLIGHT OF ANGELS

The Flight of Angels offers an amazing experience – the opportunity to fly over the Falls in a helicopter for unrivalled views. While we cannot guarantee that you will see any game the following species can often be seen from the air: elephant, buffalo, rhino, hippo, crocodile and giraffe. Guests can choose from a 15 or 30 minute flight, minimum 2/maximum 6 participants, starting from the helipad at Maramba Aerodome. (Additional cost)

WHITE WATER RAFTING

The rapids on the Zambezi are officially defined as “Grade 5” by the British Canoe Union. You will be met in the reception area of the lodge from where you transfer to the Zambezi Waterfront, check-in, sign an indemnity and be given a briefing before departing on a half day white water rafting experience. The white water rafting finishes at rapid #10 where the truck will be waiting with cold drinks and beers for the journey back to Zambezi Waterfront at 12.30 / 1.00pm in time for lunch. Lunch consists of a variety of savoury filled bread rolls, fruits and fruit juice. After lunch, you will be transferred back to the lodge. Water is provided throughout the day. Minimum 4 participants and no children under 15 years are allowed to participate on the rafting activity. Guests have the option of also choosing from a full day, low water or full day high water white river rafting. (Additional cost)

FINE DINING

Sanctuary Retreats prides itself in the personalised service we are able to offer our guests. Please let us know if you have any special requests and/or dietary requirements.

Dining will be individual table settings placed in spots around the camp with unique viewpoints. There will also be comfortable sofas and umbrellas placed in and around the camp in special spots with great views for guests to sit and soak up the surrounding area.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your stay – and dining is a mix of silver service, multi course and buffet style depending on the camp. On early morning game drives, indulge in a packed breakfast enjoyed in the middle of the bush and head back to the lodge for a late lunch; or leave after an early breakfast and indulge in a scrumptious packed lunch enjoyed whilst on a full day game drive. For a more intimate experience you can choose to dine on individual tables set in special spots around the camps.

Afternoon tea is served just before the afternoon game activity and offers a selection of cake, tea, coffee and fresh fruit juices. Sundowners and snacks offer the perfect way to end the day as the sun sets. Pre-dinner drinks can be enjoyed around the fire before dinner.

LUNCH WITH ELEPHANTS?

Wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee before indulging in a full English and continental breakfast before departing for your morning game viewing activity which could be a game drive, walking safari, mokoro excursion. If you decide to experience our unique elephant interaction activity you will enjoy a secluded bush brunch in the company of these gentle giants, Jabu and Morula – how many people can say they’ve had lunch with elephants in the bush? Afternoon tea is served just before your next game viewing activity and includes a delicious selection of warm scones, quiche’s, biscuits and refreshing drinks. During your afternoon game viewing activity you might stop for sundowner drinks and snacks before heading back to camp for pre-dinner drinks and a three course dinner. If you are celebrating a special occasion we could arrange a special romantic private dinner right under the African sky.

WATER LUNCHES AND PRIVATE DINNERS

As Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is situated on a private concession we are also able to offer tranquil water lunches (seasonal). Indulge in a freshly prepared buffet style lunch while sitting with your feet in the cool shallow waters of the Okavango Delta as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the surrounding area and wildlife. If you are celebrating a special occasion we could arrange a special private dinner by the pool, complete with lanterns and candles for a romantic night under the African stars. The standard and selection of all our meals are of the very highest quality, making it hard to believe that the camp is in the middle of the African bush.

GETTING TO EAST AFICA

This Safari experience begins in the town of Maun in Botswana. Maun is easily reached by flying through Johannesburg in South Africa.

Getting to East Africa is relatively easy with two main hubs on the continent form where you can get to where ever you need to go. Those being Johannesburg and Nairobi.

Flying from Australia QANTAS has regular and direct flights from Sydney – Johannesburg while South African Airways fly directs to Johannesburg ex Perth to meet connections onto Nairobi and Kilimanjaro.

If you prefer to to fly with Emirates or QATAR they have regular flights ex Melbourne and Sydney via Dubai and Doha to Nairobi.

Departing from Europe you will find many direct flights into Nairobi, the main East African hub. Flying from the United States you will find direct flights to Johannesburg from New York and Atlanta while getting to Nairobi will generally take you through Europe.

MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFE TIME

With the benefit of digital photography don’t hold back taking pics, you can always delete them. We recommend packing your largest lense, all safari vehicles have padded rest for stable long distance shots.