Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Locally Hosted, Private

ICONIC AFRICA (10 days)

Wilderness Safaris Botswana

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya To Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Valid for Departures Now Through: 08 Jan 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack
Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains in Kenya, the Masai Mara boasts 1 672 square kilometres of unspoilt wilderness offering great game and bird-viewing year round. The Masai Mara is a place of natural drama and a kaleidoscope of colour but is most stunning between July and October, when the savannah teems with animals during the Great Wildebeest Migration. Boasting an exceptional population of lion, leopard and cheetah, one may also see elephant, buffalo, hyaena, black-backed and side-striped jackals, as well some unique antelope: topi, Thompson’s gazelle and Grant’s gazelle amongst others. Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer by road to Wilson Airport. From Wilson Airport, depart with Governors’ Aviation to Musiara airstrip in the Masai Mara, followed by a short road transfer to Governors’ Camp or Little Governors’ Camp for three nights
Day 2
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

GOVERNORS’ CAMP: The camp is located in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve.

LITTLE GOVERNORS’ CAMP: Located on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve, 17 luxury en-suite tents are situated around a large waterhole with abundant birds and wildlife.

Day 3
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

GOVERNORS’ CAMP: Some of the 37 tents lining the riverbank enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River with its birdlife, hippo and crocodile, while others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara.

LITTLE GOVERNORS’ CAMP: The camp is approached by boat across the Mara River, followed by an escorted walk through the riverine forest.

Day 4
Nairobi, Kenya
None Breakfast

Return to Musiara airstrip for your air transfer back to Wilson Airport and onward road transfer to Ole Sereni or Hemingways Hotel, Nairobi, for one night

Day 5
Livingstone, Zambia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your scheduled commercial flight to Livingstone, Zambia (or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 18 May 2017). Arrive at Harry Mawanga Nkumbula International Airport and transfer by road to Toka Leya Camp for two nights.

Day 6
Livingstone, Zambia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack
This contemporary warm camp within the park consists of 12 climate controlled units on elevated wooden decks, each with sweeping views of the Zambezi River. The main area has a novel pizza oven, bar, infinity pool and spa area. Activities include guided tours of Victoria Falls, cultural, museum and market tours, game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya and boat cruises on the Zambezi River. Nearby Livingstone is rated as one of the world’s top destinations for adrenaline and river activities including (at additional cost) seasonal white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge swing, canoe trips on the Zambezi and falls-edge dining.
Day 7
Hwange, Zimbabwe
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Clearing immigration formalities en route, transfer by road from Toka Leya to Victoria Falls International Airport for your Wilderness Air flight to Davison’s Camp, Little Makalolo Camp or Linkwasha Camp situated in Hwange National Park, for three nights.

DAVISON’S CAMP: Nestled in a grove of beautiful false mopane trees, Davison’s Camp consists of eight twin-bedded en-suite tents and one family unit.

LITTLE MAKALOLO: This intimate camp has six well-appointed units, including one honeymoon suite and a family unit, and ensures maximum privacy with a convivial main area, dining room, and plunge pool.

LINKWASHA CAMP: The camp’s nine luxurious en-suite tents (eight twin and one family) all offer uninterrupted views of a waterhole, while the main area includes various multi-level decks and a cosy winter lounge complete with fireplace and library.

Day 8
Hwange, Zimbabwe
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

DAVISON’S CAMP: Named after the founder of Hwange National Park and its first warden, Ted Davison, the camp overlooks an extremely productive waterhole that attracts not only elephant but a variety of plains game and predators.

LITTLE MAKALOLO: A log-pile hide overlooking the waterhole in front of camp affords guests a unique game viewing experience as all manner of wildlife come to drink.

LINKWASHA CAMP: The camp is located near the famed Ngamo Plains, which offers fantastic summer game viewing, while during winter the pan in front of camp is a magnet for game in the dry season.

Day 9
Hwange, Zimbabwe
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Hwange National Park: Zimbabwe’s largest and most popular national park supports a mix of habitats, a diverse area that is shared between desert-adapted and woodland species, ensuring large numbers of animals all year round – elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and even gemsbok. The high occurrence of plains game results in first-class predator numbers such as lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, and spotted hyaena. The park is also home to a varied bird community of over 420 recorded species.

Day 10
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
None Breakfast

Transfer back to Linkwasha airstrip for your Wilderness Air flight back to Victoria Falls International Airport and onward arrangements.

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Description

This iconic 9 night itinerary features the Masai Mara in Kenya, the awe-inspiring wonder of the Victoria Falls and game rich Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Offering a diverse safari experience, three possible options cater for different budgets.

About Us

Wilderness Safaris is a Lodge Operator and a Destination Management Company dedicated to responsible ecotourism in Africa.

We specialise in creating memorable journeys in some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa, whilst at the same time helping to ensure the future protection of Africa’s spectacular wildlife heritage and sharing the benefits of tourism with local communities.

At Wilderness Safaris, we believe in creating journeys, not holidays. A journey is an immersive experience, one that changes how you view the world in general and the wild places of Africa in particular.

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Terms & Conditions

CONFIRMED BOOKINGS

Once a booking has been confirmed to us, we will change the booking’s status from “provisional” to “confirmed” on condition that you have secured the specified non-refundable deposit from your guests. The standard amount is 20% of the total land arrangement costs but this amount can vary depending on certain terms and conditions or party size. Please contact your journey specialist for details and please do NOT confirm a booking unless you have this non-refundable deposit, as you will become liable for cancellation fees if the booking does not materialize. In some parts of the world it has been customary for the guest to pay a nominal deposit for a holiday, with a small penalty if they cancel. Wilderness camps are relatively small making the fixed running costs and resultant break- even occupancies extremely sensitive. The cancellation of a mere two guests can put the camp into a loss situation and therefore we cannot accept bookings made with a nominal deposit, nor can we afford lenient cancellation terms. Please ensure that you have the required non-refundable deposit from your guests before a booking is confirmed with us. We urge you to review the booking conditions between your company and your guests. We believe that guests who are firmly committed to travelling and are covered by full travel insurance in the event that they cancel for insurable reasons e.g. medical problems, should have no problems in committing to this non-refundable deposit

PAYMENTS

Full payment from the guest is due eight weeks prior to arrival, after which our cancellation fees escalate in accordance with our cancellation policy.

CANCELLATIONS OF FIT BOOKINGS

Cancellation fees are levied when guests cancel confirmed reservations. The costs of the cancellation fees will escalate the closer the guests, cancels to their confirmed departure date. Our penalties escalate from forfeiting the deposit to payment in full as follows:

• If a cancellation is made more than 8 weeks before departure the non-refundable deposit is forfeited.

• If a cancellation is made between 4 weeks and 8 weeks, the deposit plus 25% of the price.

• If a guest cancels between 3 and 4 weeks prior to departure, 50% of the price.

• If a guest cancels between 2 and 3 weeks prior to departure, 60% of the price.

• If a guest cancels less than two weeks prior to departure, the 100% of the price.

Groups and Incentives have a different cancellation fee policy. This is available at time of quoting.



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once in a lifetime trip

By: handball3


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2015

A wonderful trip that exceeds superlatives. The trip started in Cape Town SA where we visited the Kirstenboch botanical garden and wine country. Then for Safari to Namibia Rhino Camp and Skeleton Coast both run by Wilderness Safaris. Individual bungalows at both camps and at all others as well. Great camps. All along the way we were escorted from one connection to the next and it was wonderful. The second time I might (?) be able to do it myself. From Namibia to the Okavango delta in Botswana - one of the premier places in the world for wild life viewing. We stopped in two camps - Tubu Tree camp and Chobi. In Chobi we saw all wild life x2. Finally to Sabu little bush camp near Kruger SA - also wonderful. Food was out of this world. Starting in Namibia, mostly desert, and going to Botswana next was the right order. We will want to go back. We still have want to see the jungle and will use Michael.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King

Excellent Camps; Fantastic Staff

By: NP


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2016

Wilderness Safaris has a great formula: great camps staffed by fantastic people! I have enjoyed every camp that I visited.
Travel Advisor:  Honey Mistry

Very informative and detailed in all matters

By: Louie


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2017

Our tour guides were the best in attending to every detail of our trip. We felt like we were the only ones that mattered. Our every need was thoughtfully addressed. From Chris in Capetown to Ban in Duma Tau Camp and everyone in between, we received the royal treatment. This trip was a never to be forgotten event and we thank all for making it a special one.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Distler

Safari

By: Jim


Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2017

Very professional and knowledgeable.
Travel Advisor:  Honey Mistry

Africa

By: me


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

Did not deal with them directly so hard to review. No problems. All connections and transfers worked A-OK.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Distler

Africa journey

By: Jake


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2017

First class in all respects; great service; all of their people were knowledgeable; and responsible
Travel Advisor:  Susan Sparks

wonderful experience

By: MyNeighborTotoro


Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2017

We had a wonderful experience. It's not hard to deliver a great experience when you're seeing animals roaming free that tourists aren't used to, but it is special when your ranger, tracker, and the lodge go out of their way to make sure you have an enjoyable and comfortable time. Would highly recommend Tangala!
Travel Advisor:  Katie Schmit

Into africa

By: Rich


Reviewed on: 16 Nov 2017

We did not go to Namibia but to Zambia and Botswana. It was the best travel experience of my life. ALL the staff were outstanding. I have already promoted WS to several friends considering trips to Africa
Travel Advisor:  Bonnie Niemi

Wilderness Safaris Botswana-Outstanding!!!

By: Phil


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2017

We spent an incredible week at two Wilderness camps in Botswana (Chitabe and Vumbura Plains). The knowledge of the outstanding guides ( Ebs and Chris) and the friendliness of the staff at both camps made the holiday very special. In the first 48 hours at Chitabe we were fortunate to see every animal we hoped to see ( and more)...lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhinoceros, wild dogs, hyenas, hippos, elephants, giraffes, zebras, baboons, velvet monkeys, jackals, crocodiles, wildebeests, cape buffalo and numerous types of antelope and birds.
Travel Advisor:  Bonnie Niemi

Wilderness

By: Jyoti


Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2018

Absolutely fantastic. We were treated royally everywhere starting from the airport till we departed.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King

SAFARI

By: LIZ


Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2018

AWESOME EXPERIENCE
Travel Advisor:  Ursula Pearson

Travel in Africa

By: Bobbi


Reviewed on: 13 Apr 2018

Excellent. All connections were smooth and easy. Guides superb.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Distler

Vambura plains Toka Leya Sabi sabi

By: Carol sofen


Reviewed on: 22 Apr 2018

Great again very knowledgeable and personable ...each guide was great and made our sefaris that much more special
Travel Advisor:  Maxine Weinberg

Africa: Botswana and Zambia

By: Cathy Dunn


Reviewed on: 15 May 2018

It was my first visit to Africa and to use Wilderness Safaris and I was very impressed with the company and their dedication to conservation. I traveled to Xigera, Savuti and Toka Leya and each camp offered a unique and unforgettable experience. The hospitality was incredible, everyone knows your name a treats you exceptionally well. The staff, guides and camp managers were professional, knowledgeable and grateful to have you as a guest. At each transfer I was met by a representative of Wilderness who guided me through the airport and to my transportation or on to the next camp. I highly recommend Wilderness Safaris and would use them again for future trips to Africa.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King

Great trip southern Africa

By: Graham


Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2018

We were very impressed with the professionalism and logistics of this trip. There were no dropped steps, every connection was made perfectly. Camps were beautiful, food was very good, game drives were superb. Exceeded our high expectations.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King

Trip of a Lifetime - South Africa

By: Jen Prashad


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

Excellent and well versed guides and tours planned at every location. Comfortable and clean vehicles. Definitely would use again.
Travel Advisor:  Karen Lee-Ishmael

Kenya Safari

By: David D


Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2018

We were pleased with the advise and service provided
Travel Advisor:  Josh King

Africa

By: Catol


Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2018

Pineda was excellent. Both lodges. We did not really like three Gorges. Is was not 5 Star like our other lodges. Staff nice. Too far from Victoria Falls. We wasted a half day because there was no afternoon excursion. Definitely would not recommend. Lodges in Zimbabwe excellent all guides excellent . Swimming with sharks a great experience
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Andersen

Beautiful camps

By: Leslie


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2018

Camps were amazing and the staff was outstanding!
Travel Advisor:  Michael Distler

Trip of a lifetime

By: Kim


Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2018

From the time we landed to the time of our departure, Wilderness Safaris itinerary was top notch. Everything exceeded our expectations. The guides, the accommodations, the food, the daily activities and the people were all top notch and amazing. We will look forward to our next Wilderness Safaris vacation!!!!
Travel Advisor:  Marianne Kochanek

Trip of a lifetime

By: Landman


Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2018

It is evident Wilderness Safaris has been a successful operation for some time. They are "on top of their game" in all aspects of their business. Their representatives were friendly, helpful and always punctual. We would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Maxine Weinberg