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The Three Rivers Safari - 11 Days

The Three Rivers Safari
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A 11-day Lodge-to-Lodge safari visiting 3 different countries; Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. Experience bushman life in D’kar, explore the waterways of the Okavango Pan Handle, drive through the Caprivi Strip, visit the mighty Victoria Falls and step out onto the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans : All in one go!

Day 1
Day 1 - Maun to D’kar / Travel Day Accommodation: Dqae Qare Farm

Your safari begins at 14h00 at Maun Airport where you will be met by your Letaka Safaris guide. Once you are settled in to the comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle you will begin to journey to Dqae Qare Farm. Here you will be hosted and entertained by the San D’Kar community where you will enjoy a genuine experience of the open spaces and quiet peace of the Kalahari in the company of the wonderfully open and friendly San people. During the evening, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Traditional Dancing with a variety of dances being demonstrated and the trance (healing) dance, while not guaranteed, is a definite possibility depending on your level of involvement. The trance dances are the backbone of San culture, binding the community, and are an exceptional and unique experience. The ladies keep the rhythm by clapping and singing their polyphonic chant to build the energy, while the healers (mostly men) dance with the rattles to enter trance and heal the participants. Meals : Dinner Activities: Traditional Dancing

Day 2
Day 2 - D’kar to Okavango Pan Handle / travel day Accommodation: Xaro Lodge

You will have the opportunity to enjoy an additional activity this morning such as a bush walk and tracking before we depart around 10am. Arriving in Shakawe we will leave our vehicle for boats for our transfer to the lodge, where you have time to orientate yourself before heading out for an afternoon boat cruise. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Activities : boat cruise

Day 3
Day 3 - Okavango Pan Handle / full day Accommodation: Xaro Lodge

Enjoy an opportunity to spend the day exploring this UNESCO World Heritage area by boat and on foot. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Activities: boat cruise and island walk

Day 4
Day 4 - Okavango Pan Handle to Kwando River / Travel Day + border crossing Accommodation: Nambwa Tented Camp or similar

Today we will exit Botswana and enter in to Namibia and the lush Caprivi strip. Travelling east through the Caprivi we will arrive at Nambwa Tented Camp, our accommodation for the night. The only lodge situated inside the Bwabwata National Park and where you will have the opportunity to head out on a game drive in the afternoon. Please check if you require a pre-organised visa for Namibia prior to travel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Activities (game drive)

Day 5
Day 5 - Kwando River to Katima Mulilo / Travel Day Accommodation: Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge or similar

You will have some leisure time this morning where you can enjoy the peace of the lodge or head out on another activity (not included) before departing and continuing further east almost to Katima Mulilo where we will stay overlooking the Zambezi River upon which we will enjoy a sunset cruise before dinner. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Activities: sunset cruise

Day 6
Day 6 - Katima Mulilo to Livingstone / Travel Day + border crossing Accommodation: Avani Hotel

The border crossing into Zambia can be a true African experience as a multitude of permits are required for vehicles, however, the drive itself between Katima Mulilo and Livingstone is relatively short at around 3 hours but, do expect some waiting at the border where you can people watch. Once through, you will continue into Livingstone where you will stay for 2 nights enjoying the multitude of activities on offer from bungee jumping to micro flights, birding along the river to game drives in the Mosi-ao-Tunya National Park and obviously a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls themselves. Meals: Breakfast Activities : at own leisure

Day 7
Day 7 - Livingstone / full day Accommodation: Avani Hotel

As we are staying at AVANI hotel, access and entrance to the Falls (within opening hours) is included to all residents of the hotel. Due to the sheer choice of additional activities, these have not been included in the itinerary and guests will have a full day to do as they wish (for more information on the available activities and if you would like to pre-book, please contact your agent) Meals: Breakfast Activities: tour of Victoria Falls, Zambian side

Day 8
Day 8 - Livingstone to Kasane Immigration / Travel Day + border crossing Accommodation: Chobe Savanna Lodge or similar

Farewell to Zambia as we head across the mighty Zambezi on the ferry and back into Botswana very briefly before heading byboat to an island in the Chobe River in Namibia. Due to its location, Chobe Savanna Lodge is set apart from the hustle and crowds of Kasane and Chobe National Park whilst still offering guests the chance to view the vast herds of elephants that visit the area, along with many other wildlife species. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and local drinks

Day 9
Day 9 - Chobe floodplains Accommodation: Chobe Savanna Lodge or similar

Today will be spent exploring this area of the Chobe by boat and you will have the opportunity to stretch your legs and take a walk into the local village for an interactive visit. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and local drinks Activities : boat cruise with picnic breakfast or lunch, interactive village visit

Day 10
Day 10 - Kasane to Nata / Travel Day Accommodation: Nata Lodge or similar

Back in to Botswana we head returning to our vehicle for the drive from Kasane to Nata. Situated at the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, this area incorporates a multitude of salt pans and vast grass plains dotted by palm islands.  This forms the Great Makgadikgadi which comprises the largest area of salt pans in the world covering some 37 000 sq km in overall extent. It is the last vestiges of Africa’s largest inland sea and exudes an atmosphere of antiquity and mystery. We will swap our air-conditioned vehicle for an open 4x4 and head into the Nata sanctuary where the Nata River feeds the Sua Pan and forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds – please note that in years of heavy rain the Sanctuary remains impassable for several months, you will be notified should this be the case on your departure. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Activities: game drive to Makgadikgadi

Day 11
Day 11 - Nata to Maun / Travel Day Safari Ends

After breakfast, you will depart for Maun where we will expect to arrive approximately 12h00 for those guests who are departing on any of the international flights. For those who wish to extend their stay in Botswana, one fantastic option is for your guide to drop you along the way at Planet Baobab where you can experience a visit with the habituated meerkats (accommodation and activities need to be pre-booked) or quad biking on the Pans (dry season only). Alternatively, treat yourself to a fly-in lodge stay at any of the numerous lodges in the Okavango Delta and surrounds. Meals: Breakfast Activities: none

What is included?

  • All accommodation (in comfortable lodges or safari tents)
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional guide for the duration of the itinerary
  • Transport in closed, air-conditioned vehicle (activities at lodges will be done with the lodge vehicles)
  • Activities as stated as included in the itinerary with relevant park fees
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls Rainforest (Zambian side only)

What is not included?

  • Travel or Medical Insurance
  • Beverages
  • All flights unless otherwise indicated
  • Optional extra activities at the lodges not stated in the -itinerary
  • Visas
  • Items of personal nature
  • Staff gratuities
  • Optional safari extensions
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    Rick Hildenbrand19 Jun 0820
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  • D'KAR
  • 11 Days
  • 12
  • English
  • Maun