January 24, 2013  By: Gretchen

10-Day Historical & Wildlife Safari to Zambia, Botswana

David Livingstone was the first European to see the Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders,” waterfall, which he renamed Victoria Falls after his monarch, Queen Victoria. He wrote, “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” This historical adventure takes you to interesting places with connections to Livingstone, the most famous of the European explorers in Africa. This trip includes a “flight of angels” helicopter tour over Victoria Falls, a comprehensive exploration of the falls by foot, a tour of the town of Livingstone and many activities on the Zambezi River and surrounding wildlife parks, including Botswana’s famous Chobe National Park and the stark Makgadikgadi Pans – site of the ancient baobab tree where Livingstone and other explorers rested.

DAY 1 – LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA: Upon arrival in Livingstone, Zambia, you will be met and transferred to David Livingstone Safari Lodge. Enjoy a free afternoon to rest and recover from your flights and take in the views. Dinner on your own account. Overnight here.

David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa is constructed on the Zambian banks of the mighty Zambezi River, just a short drive from the Victoria Falls. This thatched structure is furnished in a distinct Colonial style with dark woods and leathers. The 77 rooms are stylishly decorated in the same theme as the main building. They are all air-conditioned and have satellite TVs, internet access, personal safes, mini bars and coffee and tea stations. The spacious en-suite bathrooms boast hairdryers and separate baths and showers. Most rooms look out over the river and have private balconies.

DAY 2 – LIVINGSTONE: After breakfast you will be taken on a guided tour of Victoria Falls on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides (visas needed for both countries). In the afternoon, take a sundowner Zambezi River cruise on the African Queen, enjoying food and drinks, as well as views of the river and wildlife that come to the edge to drink. Overnight at David Livingstone Safari Lodge. (B)

DAY 3 – LIVINGSTONE: Enjoy breakfast, then a guided tour of Livingstone town, including the Livingstone Museum with a local historian. Late afternoon, finish your stay here with a 30-minute “flight of angels” helicopter tour over the falls. Overnight at David Livingstone Safari Lodge. (B)

DAYS 4, 5, & 6 – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA: Enjoy breakfast, then drive to Kasane, Botswana for your short flight to Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant herds in the world and many other animals and birds. Enjoy three days exploring this fantastic park on twice daily game activities, including game drives, game walks, night drives and mokoro rides. Meals and overnights at Linyanti Bush Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)

Linyanti Bush Camp is situated on the edge of the Linyanti marshes in a private reserve, the ‘Chobe Enclave’, on the western boundary of Chobe National Park. The main area is a large open-sided canvas tent consisting of a simple lounge filled with an assortment of stylish chairs, interesting antiques and day beds. There is also a small bar, a library and a social dining room. The 6 spacious tented suites are large canvas structures set on raised platforms; they appear simple from the outside, and yet they offer understated luxury on the inside.

DAYS 7, 8, & 9 – MAKADIKGADI PANS NATIONAL PARK: Today, fly from Chobe to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park via Maun. This huge, harsh area is bone dry most of the year, then transforms when the rains come in mid-November. They retain their water into April or May, attracting a spectacular array of water birds and stimulating dramatic migrations of wildebeest and zebra. Year round resident wildlife includes the rare brown hyena, gemsbok, springbuck and meerkats. The area offers a diversity of activities, including fantastic cultural visits with the indigenous bushman, walks, game drives, star gazing and quad bike rides. A highlight of your stay will be a visit to Chapman’s Baobab, where Livingstone visited. Meals and overnights at Camp Kalahari. (B, L, D, Dr)

Camp Kalahari is situated on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Saltpans, in the Kalahari Desert, to the east of Botswana. This remote camp is laid out in the traditional safari style of the old explorers, with the library, lounge and dining area under thatch. The 10 Meru-style tented rooms have classic old safari style interiors, with king or twin beds, crisp cotton sheets and traditional African blankets. The en-suite bathrooms are outdoors and have the comfortable basics of flush toilets and refreshing showers. The family unit comprises two tents with an inter-leading bathroom and children of all ages are welcome. The field guides team up with local bushmen to teach of survival in this harsh environment.

DAY 10 – MAUN: Enjoy breakfast, then fly back to Maun (flight included) and connect to your onward flights. (B)

10 days

2013 Departures

Deluxe lodges & camps

Fitness Rating

Historical touring, walking, nature & wildlife viewing

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