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Tour Dates

September 5-25, 2021

Tour Inclusions

  • Australian host with 25 years African experience
  • Small group maximum 6 vehicles
  • Vehicle hire – Toyota Land Cruiser, Hilux or similar
  • Vehicles equipped with fridges, roof top tents, radios, cooking & recovery equipment
  • Meet, greet, assist & transfer upon entry to exit
  • Professional guided Safaris
  • Self drive Safaris
  • Local air transfer Maun – Okavango Delta
  • 14 nights All inclusive Luxury Camps, double / twin share
  • 4 Nights Roof  Top Camping
  • 2 Nights quality and comfortable lodges / hotels
  • National Park entry & camping fees

Included while staying at most luxury camps

  • 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
  • Group Sundowners in the bush
  • Three fine dining meals daily, morning and afternoon tea
  • Soft drinks, house wines, brand spirits and beers (excluding top shelf) 
  • Large tea selection and quality coffee
  • Refreshments, snacks and fine dining bush lunches
  • Laundry daily
  • Emergency medical evacuation 
  • Partake and visit Sanctuary Retreats local Philanthropy projects 

Tour Exclusions

  • Personal travel insurance
  • International airfares
  • Food & beverage while bush camping 4 nights only (self catering)
  • *Premium alcoholic drinks in all inclusive camps
  • Additional activities ie scenic helicopter flights over Vic Falls & Okavango Delta
  • Walking with Elephants at Sanctuary Stanley’s.
  • Gratuities to local guides and camp staff
  • All items of a personal nature, telephone calls, internet and curio shop purchases
  • Private guided Safaris in luxury camps
  • All optional excursions or activities
  • Any other item not mentioned above

Tour Hosts

Moon Tours

21 day luxurious 4×4 Self-Drive African tag-along Safari

Personally hosted by Trent & Stephanie Moon; your African Safari specialists.

A three week self drive 4×4 photographic wildlife Safari at a relaxed pace

15 nights Luxury Tented Camps – 4 nights roof top tent camping –  1 night lodge

Victoria Falls, Kafue NP – Zambia. Chobe NP, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Kalahari Desert NP – Botswana. Madikwe Game Reserve – South Africa.

The largest waterfall in the world – The largest National Park in Zambia – The biggest population of Elephants in Africa – The oldest park in Botswana – The predator capital of the world – The largest inland delta & flooded desert in the world – The 52800 square km & second largest wildlife reserve in the world – One of the largest Big 5 Game Reserves in South Africa.

Safari by self drive, guided vehicle, night drives, walking, motorboat and traditional Mokoro canoe.

After 25 years frequenting the amazing African continent we have put this itinerary from first hand experience, it is one of our very own personal favourite African adventures and we’re excited to give you the opportunity to experience Africa in such a unique way.

21 day self drive safari; From Victoria Falls to Kafue NP in Zambia and across the border into Botswana, all these conservation areas roll into one across the two countries. Victoria Falls, the mighty Zambezi, Chobe NP, famous Moremi Game Reserve, the incredible Okavango Delta and the flooded desert onto the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, you will spend almost every single day on Safari.

You will experience first hand what Luxury – Naturally, eco friendly and sustainable tourism means, where local people benefit directly from your visit. Touring philanthropy projects, village visits and walking into the wilds with the Kalahari bushmen who’ll share their way of life as it has been for thousands of years.

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From Victoria Falls and remote Kafue NP in Zambia to Botswana and Chobe NP, Moremi Game Reserve and private concessions in the Okavango Delta. Crossing the Kalahari and Makgadikdagi Pans Game Reserve to South Africa and the wonderful Madikwe Game Reserve.

20 night / 21 day Self Drive Safari: Experience Wild and remote Kafue NP untouched and preserved, the water rich Chobe River turns into the mighty Zambezi, spreads out across the flood plains and crashes over the biggest water fall in the world, Victoria Falls.

The Flood plains of Chobe NP run off to the west and into Namibia, to the east thick bush amid an arid and dry landscape. Moremi Game Reserve, one of the largest in the world borders the incredible Okavango Delta, a desert rich in wildlife and mesmerising landscape, flooded every year by rains thousands of kilometres away and rivers that empty into the Kalahari Desert. Incredible.

Central Kalahari is one of the most remote and the second largest game reserves in Africa. Unique animals live here, Mere-cats, Gemsbok and Springbuck along with the predators and other large mammals.

2 Nights – Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma.

All inclusive food and beverage game drive package.

3 Nights – Kafue National Park. Nanzhila Plains Lodge and Tented Camp.

All inclusive food and beverage game drive package.

200km – Mix of tarmac, dirt roads and tracks. Easy drive. Game viewing en route.

2 Nights – Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero.

All inclusive food and beverage game drive package.

260km – Mix dirt and tarmac. Ferry crossing at Kazungula into Botswana. Easy drive.

2 Nights – Mogothlo Safari Lodge, private concession bordering Moremi Game Reserve.

Full board meals package. Self drive safaris.

275km – 4WD tracks and dirt roads. Moderately challenging, reasonably long day. Game viewing en route.

2 Nights – Three Bridges Camp Site. Moremi Game Reserve

Bush camping in roof top tents.

120km – 4WD tracks, soft sand, possible water crossings and mud. Moderately challenging, easy day. Game viewing en route.

3 Nights – Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp via Maun.

All inclusive food and beverage game drive package.

140km – 4WD tracks, dirt roads and tarmac. Early start, easy drive. Game viewing en route.

Fly Maun – Stanley’s Camp on private charter.

2 Nights – Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

150km – Maun to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Bush camping in roof top tents. Dirt roads, 4WD tracks, soft sand. Game Viewing on route.

3 Nights – Sanctuary Retreats Makanyane Lodge. Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa.

640km – All main roads.

All inclusive food and beverage game drive package.

This is the only really big days drive but the final destination and slice of wildlife heaven is well worth it.

1 Night – Makanyane Lodge to Farm Inn, Pretoria, South Africa

325km –  Easy drive. All main roads.

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About your Moon Tours host

Trent Moon has been visiting Africa on and off for almost 30 years. As a young man he was introduced to Africa when he fell in love with everything this magical place has to offer. After finishing school in Australia Trent left for Africa where he worked as an assistant guide. Based in South Africa they travelled all over and ran Safaris into Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Ever since then Trent has kept Africa close one way or another.
Representing Safari companies here in Australia, working with his family on their own self drive group Safaris back in the mid 2000’s till now for the last eight years taking clients from around the world to Africa with his wife Stephanie.
Steph & Trent married in South Africa in 2019 and together have travelled to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. Stephanie now finds herself in love with Africa and together they are personally hosting some amazing adventures working with some of the best operators in Africa.

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.

CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE

Central Kalahari Game Reserve is an extensive national park in the Kalahari desert of Botswana. Established in 1961 it covers an area of 52,800 square kilometres (larger than the Netherlands, and almost 10% of Botswana’s total land area), making it the second largest game reserve in the world.

The park contains unique wildlife such as South African giraffe, bush elephant, white rhino, brown hyena, honey badger, meerkat, yellow mongoose, South African cheetah, caracal, Cape wild dog, cape fox, sable antelope, gemsbok, springbok and chacma baboon. The land is mostly flat, and gently undulating covered with bush and grasses covering the sand dunes, and areas of larger trees. Many of the river valleys are fossilized with salt pans. 

The Bushmen, or San, have inhabited the lands for thousands of years since they roamed the area as nomadic hunters.

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.

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.

WHY WE LOVE 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.

KAFUE NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA

Kafue National Park covers a massive area in western Zambia. It’s known for its abundant wildlife and the Kafue River, running north to south through the park. In the north, the fertile Busanga Plains are home to lions, zebras, abundant birdlife and the sycamore fig trees of Busanga Swamps. In the more remote south, elephants and antelopes roam the Nanzhila Plains, and hippos swim in the waters of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi.

WHY WE LOVE 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

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA

Lion, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo and leopard are all here in abundance, as well as cheetah, giraffe and both spotted and brown hyena and you have the chance of seeing any of these species. Madikwe is also the one of the best places in Southern Africa to watch the elusive and rare wild dog, a fascinating species on the brink of extinction. Travelling through Makanyane’s completely private 1,800 hectares and the 75,000 hectares of the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve, your guide will share their wealth of knowledge with you, from the fascinating private life of the dung beetle to the intricacies of the wild dog’s social system.

Luxury accommodation across Botswana, Zambia and South Africa with

Sanctuary Retreats

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

2 Nights – All-inclusive game viewing package. Victoria Falls tour, guided game drives, river cruises, fishing, sundowners, walking with wild Rhino’s safari, Sanctuary Retreats philanthropy project village visit.

Fine dining and alcoholic beverages included.

Sussi’s heavenly tree houses are built into the canopy of majestic ebony trees lining the riverbank. 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

Nanzhila Plains Lodge and Tented Camp

3 Nights – All-inclusive game viewing package. Guided game drives, walking safari, guided night drives, sundowners.

All meals and local beverages included.

The spacious main lodge is a raised, grass-thatched structure (called an insaka) with a beautiful teak deck. Elevated above the Nangandwe pool, it comprises a lounge and dining area, bar and veranda. An adjoining communal open-air fireplace is a great gathering place in the evening, where stories are exchanged under the stars.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner times are flexible and governed by activities and are served either in the boma or at the adjoining communal fireplace/outdoor dining area. Meals are wholesome and prepared in the traditional way. Local beers, house wines, soft drinks and bottled water are available as are a selection of imported spirits and South African wines.

WHY WE LOVE NANZHILA PLAINS

  • Nanzhila offers staggering animal and bird diversity including 4 out of the Big 5 and a number of birding specials
  • Nanzhila is only lodge in the Southern Kafue, meaning you have nearly 3000km² of pure wilderness to yourself
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner times are flexible and governed by activities and are served either in the boma or at the adjoining communal fireplace/outdoor dining area. Meals are wholesome and prepared in the traditional way. Local beers, house wines, soft drinks and bottled water are available as are a selection of imported spirits and South African wines.
  • Game drives, bush walks, visits to the waterholes and hides, sundowners and the “Kafue Explorer” are all offered in our fully inclusive rate.
  • Families with children of all ages welcome

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

2 Nights – All-inclusive game viewing package. Guided game drives, Chobe River flood plain boat safaris, fishing, and sundowners.

Fine dining and alcoholic beverages included.

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

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Mogothlo Safari Lodge 

2 Nights – Full-board game viewing package. Guided game drives on private concession.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Mogothlo Lodge is on a privately owned concession that allows for a unique Safari experience with extra freedom allowed to explore the surrounding area. Nestled in-between a Leadwood forest, overlooking the Khwai River and beyond which joins the Moremi game reserve.

Activities at the lodge include optional guided morning and afternoon game drives and the freedom of self driving, as well as after-dark spotlight game drives, in our own concession, and into Moremi or Savuti, never forgetting our drives along the Khwai River. A cultural visit to our own partners, the village of Mababe, can also be arranged, as well as guided safari walks along the Khwai River.

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2 Nights – Third Bridge Camp Site, Moremi Game Reserve

Bush camping, self catered. No Meals included

Third Bridge camp is located on the Western side of Moremi Game Reserve along a tributary of the Moanachira River, in one of the most game rich areas of the Moremi Game Reserve. It borders on the delta and Mboma Island where you can enjoy heavy concentration of wildlife in the dry season. Explore the deep-water lagoons of the delta by boat with experienced guides on a game drive like no other.

Due the very diverse vegetation (riverine forest, floodplain, Mopani forests) the wildlife is spectacular; elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, lechwe, zebra, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog to name a few.

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

3 Nights – All-inclusive game viewing package. Fly in fly out, guided game drives, and Delta boat Safaris, Mokoro Canoe Safari, and sundowners.

Fine dining and alcoholic beverages included.

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.

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Bush camping – Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

2 Nights – Roof top tent camping in the African wilderness

Self-catering.

Shaded under Acacia trees you are surrounded by a vast landscape and one of the biggest game reserves in the world. Desert night skies offer incredible views of the Milky Way whilst sitting by the campfire or lying in your roof top tent.

The focus is to immerse yourself in the remoteness of it all, the incredible untouched wilderness and calls of the wild and searching for impressive wildlife sightings of Kalahari game such as the magnificent black mane Kalahari Lion, the majestic Eland, Masque Face Oryx or shy Brown Hyena –

WHY WE LOVE MAKGADIKGADI PANS

  • Remote bush camping
  • Excellent 4WD game viewing
  • Unique animals
  • Sitting by the fire sharing stories

Sanctuary Retreats Makanyane – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa.

3 Nights – All-inclusive game viewing package. Guided day and night game drives as well as walking Safaris on offer.

Fine dining and alcoholic beverages included.

Sanctuary Makanyane is a beautiful Safari lodge naturally blending into the river bank and bush with animals found in and around the grounds daily. Beautiful rooms with unique glass frontage exposes a magnificent view to the river.

Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the most successful wildlife reserves in South Africa.

WHY WE LOVE SANCTUARY MAKANYANE

  • Private concession allows extra freedom on game drives
  • Night drives
  • Lots of Lions and Elephants
  • Large Rhino population
  • Excellent service and dining
  • Sundowners followed by spot light drives back to camp

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ACTIVITIES IN BOTSWANA

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Africa, Zambia, Sanctuary Sussi & Shuma

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.

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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)

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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 EXPERIENCES

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.