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Frank’s All-Time Favourite Safari

“The Okavango Delta & Lower Zambezi with the Best guides & Ultimate Experiences”

Budget level: High-End
Country
Botswana, Zambia
When to Go
May to Nov
Duration
11 Nights
Safari Type
Lodge and Canvas
Kids Min Age
14

If you asked Frank for the best experience, the best guides and the best locations to do one unforgettable safari– this would be his answer! It combines his two favourite areas for safaris with legendary guides, a huge mix of activities, amazing accommodation and incredible wildlife viewing. The All-in-one Safari!

A safari that’s split between the Okavango Delta and Lower Zambezi National Park with a few rest nights by the Victoria Falls. This is as good as it gets according to Frank!

This Safari starts from Maun where you will meet your private guide Okwa Sarefo, a short charter flight will have you landing in a private concession of the Okavango Delta. A region known for its high concentration of wildlife due to the huge area and mix of suitable habitat it offers for you to explore. For the next 4 nights – it’s possible to see the whole Big 5 with added chances of Cheetah and Wild Dogs, on a mix of safari activities – and what’s best is that it’s a private concession: so you can walk, night drive, off-road for sightings and have no traffic jams! From the Delta, say goodbye to Okwa and board another charter flight to Kasane, hop across the border and spend 2 nights at the fabulous Victoria Falls on the Zambian side. Explore the Falls, track rhinos on foot or choose from a huge selection of adventure activities in the area! After the Falls, another flight takes you to the heart Lower Zambezi National Park, one of the best kept secrets of the safari world! Here you can game drive both night & day, do walking safaris, boating, fishing and canoeing – all with an incredible backdrop! To add to the mix of activities you will also be in the capable hands of Zambia’s best guiding team and moving between their two fly camps located on exclusive islands on the Zambezi River. Wow sounds amazing right? Because it truly is!

Frank’s All-Time Favourite Safari exposes you to two life giving rivers: The Okavango & the Zambezi, with incredible guides, outstanding wildlife, unforgettable experiences and breathtaking scenery. This safari is well suited for high-end couples, small groups or families who truly want a unique and exclusive experience with top-notch guides in pristine wilderness areas.

Itinerary in Brief

4 Nights Gomoti Plains Camp

2 Nights Thorntree River Lodge

5 Nights Tusk & Mane

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detailed itinerary

The camp is named after the Gomoti river, which forms part of the Okavango river system. The camp is located on the edge of one of the smaller floodplains of the Gomoti within a private concession. This allows for less crowded sightings and more opportunity in terms of activities.

The accommodation on offer are ten luxury tents, of which two are large family tents and eight are luxury doubles. The camp thus sleeps a maximum of 24 guests. Each tent has its own en-suite facilities and views over the stunning floodplains of the Gomoti.

Being in a private concession Gomoti offers both land based: day and night drives with off-road driving permitted and walking safaris, along with water based activities which include: boating, mokoro and fishing. After dinner late night drives are also an option for those restless adventurers!

Thorntree River Lodge is set in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short distance from the famous Victoria Falls. The lodge has drawn inspiration from local customs and culture to create a modern and contemporary design with tented roof structures to maintain the feel of authentic Africa. Take advantage of a combination of wildlife, culture and adrenalin activities on offer in the area. Eight suites and two family suites are situated along the edge of the mighty Zambezi River. Each unit has its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a luxurious private plunge pool.

The lodge offers a tranquil base from which to explore a plethora of awe-inspiring activities, all within easy access of the lodge in Livingstone Zambia.  Showcasing incredible river panoramas from its unique vantage, the shared areas are fluid hubs of relaxation; the lounge flows seamlessly into the dining area, and the library hosts WIFI connectivity. The communal deck is set on the edge of the stunning riverside and is home to a sunken boma area and an infinity pool. There is also a gym and spa which promote a sense of holistic wellbeing at Thorntree River Lodge.

Thorntree River Lodge offers daily excursions to the Zambian side (and Zimbabwean side – in the dry season) side of The Victoria Falls, private river cruises, cultural visits, fishing expeditions, canoeing, rhino tracking and game drives, all included in your stay. Additionally, you can book external activities such as guided rainforest walks, bungee jumping and helicopter flips over ‘The Smoke that Thunders’.

Tusk & Mane consists of one base (Tafara Springs) and two fly camps (Kutali & Chula) which are situated in different habitats to give you the full Lower Zambezi experience. The camps are simple with old style luxury camping, under the stars and around the campfire. The key is the difference between both Kutali & Chula Camp in terms of atmosphere and location. The magic lies in the combination.

Each camp consists of only 4 tents (stand-up height) which will have single comfortable beds with top quality linen provided (can be joined to form doubles on request), en-suite bathrooms with hot hanging bucket showers, flushing toilets and a washbasin with a mirror.

The canvas can be left open at night (spectacular views) but can also be dropped down if it is cold or for privacy reasons. These are raised during the day to allow for good airflow if it’s hot as well as the fact that you are able to view the Zambezi from your bed.

Two activities are offered per day and can be organised at the time according to guests’ preferences. Game drives in open-topped 4WD land cruisers are a fantastic way to see the park, a walking safari with a quality, qualified guide and armed Wildlife Police Officer is a MUST DO here. On the water, there are boat trips to explore the Zambezi, getting up close to relaxing hippos and crocodiles sunning on the banks and an impressive array of birds. It’s also perfect for photographing elephants up-close feeding on the edge, swimming or crossing the Zambezi.

The more intrepid might prefer to take to the waters in a canoe and float silently down gorgeous channels, passed Elephants eating under the winterthorns and birdlife galore including Pels fishing owl if lady luck is with you. Anglers won’t want to miss the opportunity to seek out the aggressive tigerfish or the powerful vundu. All fishing here is on a catch-and-release basis to keep our waters and fish populations in prime condition.

when to go

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