If you've ever wanted to discover the untouched, wild destinations in Africa then this safari is perfect for you. Over 11 days you will stay in 5 of Africa's most luxurious camps, complete with lavish accommodations, spa treatments, and gourmet dining experiences. These magical areas in Botswana and Zambia are where you can see wildlife in their natural habitat. After observing rare animals and incredible ecosystems you will return home with a renewed connection to nature and yourself.
Jao Camp is located on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. You will stay in a handcrafted, luxury tent. The open-plan design includes a lounge, dressing area, main bedroom, en-suite bathroom and an outdoor shower. A private sala for afternoon siestas has magnificent views of the nearby channel. The main camp area is an elaborate two-storey building with lounge and dining area, two plunge pools, a small library, curio shop and a boma for dining under the stars, complemented by an excellent wine cellar. Jao's spa offers a wide range of massage therapies, and a gym.
With habitats that vary from waterways and lagoons to dry Kalahari grasslands, Jao offers both land and water experiences, depending on annual inundation levels. Mokoro, boating, seasonal fishing, and day and night game drives are usually on offer all year round in one of the most picturesque concessions in the Delta.
Vumbura Plains is a luxury camp situated in the northern Okavango Delta, comprising of two separate satellite camps, each with its own raised dining, lounge and bar area tucked beneath a canopy of shady, indigenous trees and with a vista across the floodplains. The main area lays emphasis on relaxation furnished with soft sofas and idiosyncratic objets d'art.
The 14 rooms, raised off the ground, are unique in contemporary design; the dimensions are square, with extensive use of light wood and space. Each suite has a large, comfortable bedroom, sunken lounge with cushions, "sala", en-suite facilities, an outdoor shower, private deck and plunge pool. Two family suites are also available with private decks linking the two separate rooms. Vumbura Plains offers both land and water activities, principally game viewing in varied habitats on open vehicles, mekoro and boats, providing an excellent inclusive experience.
Named for Scandinavian royalty, this luxurious and stylish camp overlooks the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon and Linyanti River system.
Nine well-appointed rooms (including one family unit) of canvas and thatch each have a large en-suite bedroom and lounge. Folding doors lead to a veranda with private plunge pool, separate thatched sala to soak up the views and an outdoor shower. The lounge and dining areas are set on expansive decks with a pool and an open-air 'kgotla' (boma) for evening dining under the stars. An open-sided thatched gym is available.
Activities include day and night game drives, walks (depending on qualified guide availability), and elegant boat cruises along the Linyanti River (water levels allowing) on Kings Pool's colonial-style barge, the Queen Sylvia. In the dry season, two hides allow guests to spend their siesta watching game come down to drink. One is on the edge of the camp, while the other is underground, with the water at eye-level – seeing elephant feet and trunks almost within touching distance while safely inside is an experience that transcends that of an ordinary safari.
Overlooking the Zambezi River and some of its islands is Toka Leya Camp, comprising of 12 raised, spacious en-suite safari-style tents. Tent interiors boast wooden flooring, tasteful African décor, climate-control, and an expansive wooden deck from which to soak up the views. Family units are positioned to offer quiet seclusion.
The camp's dining and lounge areas offer ample space for relaxation. Meals are served on the sundeck, the pool deck and dining room all overlooking the Zambezi. There is a novel pizza oven and a curio shop.
Activities include a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises, back-of-house tours, fishing and guided nature walks. Tours of Livingstone town and museum and visits to Mkuni Market and a nearby village add cultural diversity. Other activities offered in the area at additional charge include helicopter flights, microlighting, canoeing, jet boating, and white water rafting.