Backpacker Adventure Itinerary
14 nights US$ 5 105 per person sharing
8 nights Safari ONLY: US$ 3 595 per person sharing
Upon your arrival at Johannesburg International Airport you will be met by a member of the Island-Safari.com team and handed your travel documents. You will then take a scheduled flight from Johannesburg to Livingstone in Zambia. On arrival at Livingstone Airport, you will be met by a representative of Chundukwa River Lodge and transferred to the lodge.
Situated about 25km upstream from Victoria Falls on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River, Chundukwa has created unique open-fronted chalets which blend naturally with the Waterberry trees that adorn the riverbanks. Each chalet is complete with a private bathroom and breathtaking views of the Zambezi River, Chundu Island opposite, and the Zambezi National park across the River. The Lodge is in a game area and sightings of hippo, elephant and other game are a common occurrence.
Chundukwa River Lodge accommodates just 10 people in 5 chalets overlooking the Zambezi.
Your stay at Chundukwa is fully inclusive of all meals and drinks, and also includes a sun downer boat cruise and tour of Victoria Falls (including entrance fee).
Time for some fun! Enjoy any of the following activities, which can be pre-booked with Island-Safari or booked directly through Chundukwa River Lodge: White Water Rafting (Half or Full day), Elephant Back Safari, Full Day Canoeing, Half Day High Wire Adventure, 15 Minute Helicopter Flight, Jet Boat Safari, Horse Riding Safari, Night Drive, Walking Safari or Lion Encounter.
After two exhilarating days at Victoria Falls, you will be collected at reception and transferred by car and ferry to Kasane Airport in Botswana (approx. 2 hours), where you will be met by your pilot and flown in a light aircraft to Moremi Crossing, a one hour flight that affords awesome views of the Okavango Delta below (have your camera ready!)
At Moremi Crossing you will be accommodated a vintage en-suite safari tents with its own private wooden deck and magical views over the Boro River on to Chief's Island. The Meru tents are large and airy with en suite bathrooms consisting of shower and toilet.
After lunch (at Moremi Crossing all your meals, teas and coffees and local drinks are included in your tour), you will go out with your guide for either a mokoro excursion or a walking safari.
Days 4 and 5
For the more adventurous we offer wilderness camping. This involves packing up a mokoro with camping equipment and going with a professional guide out into the Delta for a night or two. It's a magical experience and a good way to get close to the birds and animals that the Delta has to offer. This depends always on the water levels at the time.
At Wilderness Camping, clients may have to participate in cooking for themselves with the help of their guide. We do supply all equipments and food. There are no bathrooms so clients use the bush as their bathrooms.
An early morning wake-up, and after some coffee, an early morning walk in the Moremi Game Reserve, returning after about three hours for a hearty breakfast. During the heat of the day you can relax, and then after lunch another excursion by mokoro and on foot. Dining by the light of the campfire under the canopy of the 'African Sky' completes your day. If you are particularly energetic, you can go out on a longer walking safari, taking a picnic breakfast or lunch with you.
Walking safaris are truly one of the best ways to go out on safari, enabling you to be 'at one' with the environment, and obtain stunning views of both the wildlife and birdlife of the Okavango Delta. Your guide will be happy to track and stalk particular animals that you are interested in seeing.
Another early morning safari, then return to Moremi Crossing for lunch, and a rest at the cooling pool before going out again for a mokoro excursion.
Days 7 and 8
After your four night stay at Moremi Crossing, you will take a light aircraft flight to Maun. From here you will be transferred by road to Meno a Kwena (1.5 hours).
The tented safari camp is an experience in itself. All the tents are pitched on a cliff overlooking the Boteti River - which was dry for almost 15 years, but began to flow again in 2008! This rustic, but stylish camp has been created from a mixture of authentic canvas safari equipment with a traditional rural African touch.
Southern Africa's largest remaining zebra and wildebeest herds, dependant on regular drinking water, migrate within the Makgadikgadi Pan and Nxai Pans ecosystem. There are numerous desert-adapted animals and birds that move through the area in search of grazing and browse. This very diverse system, contrasts between riverine and open saltpan habitats with varying woodland and scrubby vegetation.
Wildlife viewing by 4x4 safari vehicle into the parks and reserve are dependent on where the seasonal wildlife is concentrated for water and food, determined by rainfall. There is actually no need to leave the camp during the dry season as most of the wildlife in the area will drink from the waterholes right at camp. This is a perfect opportunity for guests to take a break from game drives and to sit quietly and watch the wildlife from the comfort of camp, and their very popular hide.
After breakfast you will return to Maun Airport in time for your scheduled Air Botswana, departing Maun at 15h00 and arriving in Johannesburg at 16h40.
You will spend the night in Johannesburg at the Safari Club, which is conveniently situated alongside the airport. Dinner will be at your own expense tonight, but a delicious breakfast buffet is included in your stay.
After breakfast you will be shuttled back to Johannesburg Airport (10 minutes) for your flight to Vilanculos in Mozambique (approx. 2 hours).
You will be met at Vilanculos Airport and transferred to Casa Rex, an intimate hotel with only 13 rooms.
Reminiscent of a gracious era, its buildings encompassed in lush gardens, Casa Rex overlooks the southern-central section of Vilanculos Bay.
Accommodation is charming, decorated in an individual style with an emphasis in the lounge and dining areas on custom-crafted wood furniture and fittings.
With bathroom en-suite, all rooms have a cool breeze & offer a striking view of the bay. For maximum comfort, mosquito nets are hung and windows are fitted with shutters against the occasional rain shower.
Days 11 – 14
The Bazaruto Archipelago is made up of several tropical islands and includes some awesome reefs which are home to a diverse array of marine life. As a result, there are a host of water sports available in the area including world class deep sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling.
The renowned a la carte restaurant offers guests a magnificent array of fresh seafood dishes and both local and imported wines. Sip sundowners on the terrace or refresh yourself in the swimming pool overlooking the harbour – the perfect way to end the day ….or to begin one!
Vilanculos' prime location as the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago provides access to superb beaches, lagoons and coral reefs, making for perfect diving, goggling and snorkelling, underwater photography, deep sea fishing, surfing, wind-surfing, yachting & dhow excursions.
After five nights at Casa Rex, you will be transferred back to Vilanculos Airport in time to catch your return flight at 13h45, arriving in Johannesburg at 16h30.
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Included in the Tour Price:
Meet and Greet at Johannesburg Airport
Scheduled Flight Johannesburg to Livingstone in Victoria Falls
Road transfer from Livingstone Airport to Chundukwa River Lodge
2 night's accommodation at Chundukwa River Lodge
All meals and drinks whilst in camp
An evening sun downer boat cruise
A tour of the Victoria Falls, including entrance fee
Road and ferry transport to Kasane Airport in Botswana
Light aircraft flight from Kasane to Moremi Crossing
4 night's accommodation at Moremi Crossing, including 2 nights on Mokoro Trail (subject to water levels)
All meals: Breakfast, Luncheon and Dinner
Local Brand Beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic)
All camping equipment whilst on Mokoro Trail
All excursions into the Moremi Game Reserve by mokoro and walking safaris
Park Fees, Resource Royalty and 10% Botswana VAT
Meno a Kwena
Light Aircraft flight to Maun
Road transfer from Maun to Meno a Kwena
2 night's accommodation at Meno a Kwena in an en-suite Meru-style tent
All local drinks: wines, spirits, mixers, soft drinks, beers, mineral waters, teas & coffees
All excursions by 4x4 vehicle and game walks accompanied by a professional Guide
Daily laundry service
Road transfer from Meno a Kwena to Maun
Air Botswana Flight to Johannesburg
1 night's accommodation at the Safari Club in Johannesburg on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Return Airport shuttle transfers
Scheduled flight from Johannesburg to Vilanculos
Transfer to Casa Rex
5 night's accommodation in a premium en-suite room on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Transfer to Vilanculos Airport
Scheduled return flight to Johannesburg
Not included in the Tour Price:
Air transport from your point of debarkation to and return from Johannesburg
Visas and Visa fees that may be in force at the time of travel
Curios and Items of a personal nature
National Park Fees (may be applicable depending on activities chosen)
The Safari Club
Meals and Beverages, other than Breakfast
Meals and Beverages, other than Breakfast
Chundukwa River Lodge: http://www.victoria-falls-hotels.com/Chundukwa_tree_Lodge_Zambia.asp
Moremi Crossing: http://www.okavango-delta-safaris.com/Moremi-Crossing.asp
Meno a Kwena: http://www.kalahari-desert.com/Menoakwena_Camp_Kalahari_desert.asp
Casa Rex: http://www.bazaruto-archipelago.com/Casa_Rex_Bazaruto.asp
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