- Victoria Falls
- Okavango Delta
- Devils Pool
- White Water Rafting
I normally like to do all my own planning/research for trips, but we were extremely busy and needed help. So we contacted Pembury based on reviews we had read, and were put in touch with Tammy. Thank god for this. It's rare to find someone so responsive, and thorough...and just good at her job. We outlined what we wanted, she gave us options, and basically did all the legwork in putting together our itinerary. We never had to chase things down or make corrections, everything planned happened without issue, and she assisted with numerous curveballs we threw her way. She just made it all so easy. It was a tremendous burden lifted...and the result was a vacation that exceeded our already high expectations. The communications in particular were incredible. Very responsive, managed our expectations re: when we could expect to hear back from her, incredibly friendly...we even got her phone number and were WhatsApp'ing during the trip, so she could make sure things were going smoothly. By the end of it all, we had invited her to our wedding. !!! So in short, we recommend Tammy/Pembury wholeheartedly and without reservation.
Tour Consultant's Overview
I received an enquiry from Andrew in February. He wanted assistance in planning a fun filled group trip to Victoria Falls, Chobe & The Delta. I worked with both Andrew and Erel to come up with their perfect package. This was then offered to a number of their closest friends who they wanted join this experience of a lifetime. Each person was able to contact me directly to discuss their preferences - it was possible to book the whole package or only a portion thereof and I even had a few guests going to Hwange instead of the Delta. It was a fun challenge to ensure that everyone was happy and that all needs were met. The end product was a very successful trip I would have loved to be on!
Day 1: Arrival in Victoria Falls
Upon arrival at Livingstone airport you are collected and transferred to your hotel at the Falls. You have the afternoon at leisure to relax and recuperate after your international flight. You might like to take a walk down to the Falls - there is a gate from the Royal Livingstone property directly to the Falls. Transfer time: Livingstone Airport to The Royal Livingstone: ± 30 minutes
Days 1 to 3: Victoria Falls (3 nights)
Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. The Victoria Falls is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world. See the mighty Zambezi River as it thunders over the 1700 metre wide Victoria Falls and plunges 100 metres into a narrow gorge below. The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen
from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow.
Day 4: Victoria Falls to Chobe
After breakfast this morning you are collected from the Royal Livingstone reception area at 10h00 and transferred across the border to the Chobe area and Elephant Valley Lodge. The border crossing and passport control may take a while as you are a big group and things can be slow moving. Please be prepared for the wait. .
Transfer time: Victoria Falls to Elephant Valley Lodge : ± 1½ hours (excluding time at immigration)
Days 4 and 5: Chobe Game Reserve (2 nights)
The Chobe riverfront area is most famous for its large herds of elephants and buffalo, which come down to the river in huge herds to drink during the dry winter months. During this season, one may see hundreds of elephants at one time. Other species include waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying
predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird Safaris. A highlight of Chobe is taking a river cruise, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to animals that come down to the river.
Day 6: Chobe to Okavango Delta
After breakfast and your last game activity you are transferred by Elephant Valley Lodge to Kasane Airport around 12h00. Here you meet up with your light aircraft transfer to the Delta. The flight will take about 1½ hours and The airstrip is located approximately 45 minutes from the camp. You are transferred to camp by vehicle.
Transfer time: Elephant Valley Lodge to Kasane: ± 30 minutes Flight time: Kasane to Airstrip closest to your lodge: ± 1½ hours Transfer time: Airstrip to your lodge: ± 45 minute transfer in a game drive vehicle
Days 6 to 8: Okavango Delta (3 nights)
The Okavango Delta in Botswana with its richly diverse wildlife species is one of the premium destinations in the world for a dynamic safari experience. This 22,000 square kilometre area offers a truly unique wilderness safari in Africa. The Delta forms where the Okavango River disappears beneath the sands of Botswana. Although the periphery is semi-arid, the Okavango 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 world’s most spectacular sights. The world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve covers part of the Delta and is known as the 'predator capital of Africa'. It is also home to the Big Five and large herds of elephant and buffalo. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the Delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades. Watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains. Wide grassy floodplains are host to a magnificent array of wild animals, including the specially adapted sitatunga and lechwe antelopes.
Day 9: Departure
This morning you enjoy your last activity and breakfast before you are transferred back to the airstrip. The exact time of your flight to Maun will only be confirmed with you the day before – as the airlines only confirm flight times 24 hours in advance. You will get to Maun in time to check in for your flight SA8602 to Cape Town which departs at 13h35.
Transfer time: Lodge to Airstrip: ± 45 minute transfer in a game drive vehicle Flight time: Airstrip to Maun Airport: ± 20 minutes
Royal Livingstone Hotel
The Royal Livingstone is a luxurious 5*plus Hotel situated on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. The Royal Livingstone Hotel is carefully designed to be in harmony with the majestic landscape and brings a level of luxury and sophistication to the Victoria Falls. The Royal Livingstone is situated along the banks of the Zambezi River and is just a short walk from the entrance to the Falls.
The Royal Livingstone Hotel consists of 17 colonial-style buildings, with large verandas. The main hotel incorporates the lounge, a restaurant and a bar. The interiors are designed to capture the opulence of a bygone era and inspired by the grand estate houses. There are 173 spacious en-suite rooms. Each room has its own private balcony offering a spectacular view of the great Zambezi River and beyond. All guestrooms are luxuriously furnished, with crisp white linen and large comfortable beds to welcome and offer the perfect sanctuary to retire to, after a day spent exploring the mysteries and challenges of this remarkable retreat.
Bathrooms feature spacious showers and Victorian style baths, with wildlife pencil sketches adorning the cool ivory-washed walls, reflecting the textures and moods of the Zambezi River. The Royal Livingstone Dining Room is a fine dining à la carte restaurant. Light meals and a sumptuous High Tea are served in the Lounge. End the day with a cocktail on the Sundeck right on the edge of the Zambezi River. There is an in-house spa.
Elephant Valley Lodge
Elephant Valley Lodge lies between the Chobe National Park in Botswana and the equally impressive Matetsi wildlife conservancy within the Kasane Forest Reserve. The lodge lies beneath a forest of sturdy knob thorn trees and overlooks an extremely productive water hole. It is within these tree tops that the largest colony of white back vultures occurs.
Open-air guest areas, an outdoor dining Boma, a secluded hide and a refreshing swimming pool provide plenty of opportunities for relaxation. There are 20 “Meru”’ style luxury safari tents situated around the gardens or along the edge of the valley. Your tent also ensures that you are able to hear the multitude of night sounds as you drift away with vivid memories of the experiences of your day on safari. The tents have twin beds, an ensuite bathroom and a private, shady deck.
The Chobe region is home to the largest population of wild elephant in the world. Their sometimes daily passage takes them from Zimbabwe through Chobe and across the river into Namibia before returning. Elephant Valley Lodge lies along one of these routes. The camp perimeter is fenced to keep the elephant from moving through the camp. Instead, now they move around the camp boundary, along their well worn paths to and from the Chobe River. Activities include daily safaris open landrover safaris and boat cruises into the Chobe National Park.
Rra Dinare Camp - Okavango Delta
Adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve on the South Eastern side of the Delta and overlooking the Gomoti River and its flood plains, the camp is located in a private concession of 272km² and designed to embrace the natural surroundings of the riverine forest. The camp is nicely tucked away with a real “Robinson Crusoe” feel, but still overlooking the Gomoti.
The camp includes 8 tents as well as a guide’s tent and offers a central thatched area allowing guests to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings, as well as a swimming pool and small curio shop.
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Daily Safari Programme - Chobe – Elephant Valley Lodge
At Elephant Valley Lodge you enjoy a morning cruise along the Chobe River, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to any animals that come down to the river, especially elephants and buffalo.
In the afternoon you enjoy a game drive in a 10-seater open vehicle in both the Chobe National Park and the Kasane Forest Reserve.
In addition to elephant and buffalo, species that might be seen on game drives include waterbuck, lechwe, puku, giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. It is during the late afternoon that game becomes most active. During the game drive a stop is made for sundowner drinks along the river to capture the sunset on camera.
Livingstone Island - Devils Pool
Dr David Livingstone was paddled in a dug-out canoe through swift rapids towards the roar and rising cloud of mist suspended above a cliff over which the whole of the Zambezi River plunged. The Makololo paddlers skilfully landed him on 'Goat Island' (now Livingstone Island) right on the lip of the chasm. A few steps through the small rainforest and, on the 16th November 1855, he gazed upon one of the most spectacular sights in the world – 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' (The Smoke that Thunders) which he named after his Queen as The Victoria Falls.
Livingstone Island is a 5-8 minutes boat ride from the Royal Livingstone Hotel and is located in the middle of the Zambezi River, touching the lip of the Victoria Falls, where the water thunders down the 103m drop. Access to this unique Island is seasonal and depends entirely on the water level in the Zambezi River. All visits to the island are during the 'low water' season, which usually begins in mid-July and goes through to the end of January. High water visits are not possible as the island is continuously covered in the spray/downpour from the Victoria Falls.
The trip includes a short guided tour of the island, viewing the Victoria Falls and a light snack depending on the time of the visit.
Daily Safari Programme at Rra Dinare Camp
Since this area normally receives floods last it contains some of the closest dry-season watering points for the game that spreads out toward Nxai & Makgadikgadi Pans during the rains. Around this, there is a high density of game in the dry season. As much of the reserve is mopane woodlands (A favourite location for animals during the rains and early dry season) good game viewing is expected all year round.
The river system attracts a wide variety of game. Familiar favourites include: Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Kudu, Impala, Tsessebe, Hippo, Crocodile Genet, Honey Badger and a host of Plains Game. Rare Antelope breeds including Roan, Sable & Eland, not normally seen in the Okavango region, occur here. As the Gomoti is the main water source in the area, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dog come down to the riverside to drink and hunt.
Game drives are offered (day & night) in a private concession adjacent to Moremi Game Reserve, on and off road with a driver and tracker. Seasonal water activities on the Gomoti River and game walks are available depending on the local conditions.
Boat Trip on the Zambezi River / African Queen or Princess
Follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and travel up the Zambezi River above the Falls. Especially recommended is an evening sundowner boat cruise. As afternoon fades into twilight, animals come down to the river to drink as you go by. Guests are met by staff from the cruise boat and taken to the ‘Royal Landing’ jetty on the Zambezi River for boarding.
A number of animals and a host of bird species can be viewed from comfortable chairs on cool wooden decks. Excellent food is served on board and the bar is well stocked with spirits, good wines, beers and soft drinks. You will return to your hotel around 19h00.