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Trip Extensions

Victoria Falls

Duration: 3 days

Extend any trip to southern Africa with a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls. In addition to the tour of the falls, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi, take advantage of the many optional activities in Victoria Falls from walking safaris to bungee j... read more

Cape Town Stopover

Duration: 3 days

Cape Town, located at the southernmost tip of Africa is regularly featured high on the lists of the top destinations in the world. A naturally beautiful city, the world-famous Table Mountain – a majestic backdrop that was recently named one of the... read more

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive maun flight to okavango delta

The lions of the OkavangoThe lions of the Okavango

Upon arrival in Maun, you are met by a guide and escorted to your 30-minute flight to Little Vumbura Camp in the Okavango Delta. Spend the rest of your day enjoying the camp at your leisure.

Vumbura is a small, intimate camp, featuring a peaceful island location, abundant game, and varied landscapes. From your smartly-designed suite, enjoy the waving grasses of the flood plains. A plunge pool, a reading area with a view, and a star deck provide countless hours of relaxation and variety. With access to varied, game-rich habitats, this camp is nestled beneath the trees of an ancient island forest. The Vumbura concession is leased from five villages via the Okavango Community Trust, a partnership that ensures that the benefits of ecotourism are shared with rural stockholders. 

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Little Vumbura

Days 2-3: vumbura, okavango delta

Elephants are a treat in all areas of BotswanaElephants are a treat in all areas of Botswana

Days 2 and 3 will be all about exploring one of the world’s rare inland deltas. From game viewing to birding to fishing, there’s something for everyone in this lush, lively ecosystem. You may choose to explore by foot, car, plane, water, and/or even hot air balloon. We recommend taking a traditional mokoro ride (canoe ride) through the channels. Keep a look out for the Sitatunga antelope and Pel’s Fishing Owl, or maybe embark on a Land Rover safari to get a professional hand in spotting wildlife! While at the camp, activities include twice daily scheduled safari or activity, all meals, park fees, laundry, and local drinks. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Vumbura Plains Camp

Days 4-6: tubu tree camp, okavango delta

Giraffes can be seen above the tree topsGiraffes can be seen above the tree tops

Depart Little Vumbura Camp for 30-minute flight to Tubu Tree Camp. 

Days 4, 5, & 6 will be enjoyed at Tubu Tree Camp. As its name indicates, Tubu is built into the trees, featuring elevated wooden walkways connecting 8 traditional style tents on raised platforms with picturesque views of the surrounding floodplains accessible from a private deck. Each suite has an ensuite bathroom and an indoor and outdoor shower.

At Tubu, experienced, passionate guides are ready to deliver wildlife experiences few other locations can match. Staggering numbers of lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah and wild dog can be seen in the area. Even a stroll along the elevated walkways of the camp is a safari experience in and of itself! Day and night drives and guided walks showcase the varied wildlife and landscapes of the Okavango. While at the camp, activities included twice daily scheduled safari or activity, all meals, park fees, laundry, and local drinks. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Tubu Tree Camp

Days 7-8: linyanti concessions, duma tau camp

Carmine Bee-eaters of LinyatiCarmine Bee-eaters of Linyati

Depart Tubu Tree Camp for 30-minute flight to Duma Tau Camp. 

Days 7 and 8 will be spent at Duma Tau Camp located in the Linyanti system, part of a series of private game reserves known for its exotic animal species and camp offerings. Here you will see an abundance of wildlife, such as herds of impala, blue wildebeest, giraffe, and, most commonly, elephants. "DumaTau" means "roar of the lion," but it is likely to be the elephants that make the greatest impression here as this area boasts a higher density of these animals than anywhere else in the world. Day and night game drives, nature walks, and boat tours demonstrate the ever-changing and limitless viewing opportuntiies.

The Linyanti is recognised as an IBA (Important Bird Area), so you'll be happy to know that your camp suite overlooks the lagoon, providing fascinating bird watching opportunities from the comfort of your deck. Duma Tau Camp operates completely on solar energy for hot water, lighting and other energy needs, so you can feel good about minimizing your travel carbon footprint.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Duma Tau Camp

Day 9: depart for home or extend

Sadly we say good-bye to new friendsSadly we say good-bye to new friends

Your safari ends today. Consider adding time in Cape Town, Victoria Falls or an additional safari to extend your African experience!

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$8,825
- $15,750
Low Season November 1 - April 30 - $8825 High Season May 1 - October 31 - $15750 The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Custom & private on your dates
Departures available on your dates

Need to Know

Flights within Botswana are provided by Wilderness Air and are Cessna type aircraft. Luggage restrictions are of a safety concern and will be strictly enforced. Please make sure that luggage including camera equipment and hand luggage/backpacks total no more than 44 pounds. Only soft bags acceptable.

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●●●○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Southern, South Africa, Tanzania

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit and payment schedule
A non-refundable twenty-five percent (25%) deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1,000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance
While we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations for all of our trips, note that for this particular trip, COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL PASSENGERS TRAVELLING ON SAFARIS! It is the client’s sole responsibility to ensure that they carry the correct and sufficient comprehensive travel and medical travel insurance for themselves and any dependants/traveling companions. This insurance should cover, but not be limited to, cancellation and curtailment, baggage loss or damage, medical expenses, emergency travel, repatriation with assistance and personal accident. It should be taken out prior to leaving their country of residence. Please contact Journeys for assistance in choosing a policy.

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

A Tour of Delights on a Private African Safari

In early 2017, Carolyn Parker, a seasoned world traveler and operating room nurse from Cincinnati, OH, set out on a private African safari—a 24-day journey to see all she could see …

Zebra on the plains of Botswana
Zebra on the plains of Botswana
Rare cheetah sighting in the Okavango
Rare cheetah sighting in the Okavango
Lion cub waiting for his mother's return
Lion cub waiting for his mother's return
Comfortable accommodations throughout
Comfortable accommodations throughout
Specially equipped vehicles for all terrain
Specially equipped vehicles for all terrain
Leopards were seen in several locations
Leopards were seen in several locations
Elephants are a highlight
Elephants are a highlight
With luck you'll see a Sable Antelope
With luck you'll see a Sable Antelope
A visitor to your room
A visitor to your room

Wild Heart of Botswana

become one with nature in the wildlife-rich waterways of the okavango & linyanti

overview

The Africa of your dreams is calling. Spanning tens of thousands of square kilometers and teeming with Africa’s most iconic wildlife, UNESCO World Heritage Site Okavango Delta does not disappoint. From day one you will disconnect from your bustling life back home and settle in to the picturesque sights and roaring sounds of the African wild. Join us in our outstanding partnership with Wilderness Safaris. 

The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland deltas. Here you will have the opportunity to traverse its winding waterways, spotting hippos and endemic birds from the comfort of your guide-driven mokoro (canoe). The Delta is one of the richest and most varied habitats in Africa, offering a huge diversity of flora and fauna. From hyenas to lions to crocodiles, you’d best keep your camera ready. Then make your way to the Linyanti Concession area, known for its dramatically changing ecosystem. Linyanti is the home of the Savute Channel, a river that dries up 20 years at a time before flowing back. It returned in 2008. Expect to see lots of wildlife!

This is a comfortable, safari camp-based journey, providing accommodations designed to feel serene while also minimizing the barrier between you and nature. All camps are located in exceptional wildlife and wilderness areas with superb viewing opportunities, so expect to see a lot of animals even from the comfort of your accommodations. The properties mentioned here are a sample of the many available in the area. 

This safari stands alone as an excellent wildlife exploration of Botswana. There are, however, opportunities to extend longer in other areas of Botswana, Zimbabwe, or South Africa. We highly recommend a visit to Victoria Falls or Cape Town as a nice finish to any trip to the region.

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overview

The Africa of your dreams is calling. Spanning tens of thousands of square kilometers and teeming with Africa’s most iconic wildlife, UNESCO World Heritage Site Okavango Delta does not disappoint. From day one you will disconnect from your bustling life back home and settle in to the picturesque sights and roaring sounds of the African wild. Join us in our outstanding partnership with Wilderness Safaris. 

The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland deltas. Here you will have the opportunity to traverse its winding waterways, spotting hippos and endemic birds from the comfort of your guide-driven mokoro (canoe). The Delta is one of the richest and most varied habitats in Africa, offering a huge diversity of flora and fauna. From hyenas to lions to crocodiles, you’d best keep your camera ready. Then make your way to the Linyanti Concession area, known for its dramatically changing ecosystem. Linyanti is the home of the Savute Channel, a river that dries up 20 years at a time before flowing back. It returned in 2008. Expect to see lots of wildlife!

This is a comfortable, safari camp-based journey, providing accommodations designed to feel serene while also minimizing the barrier between you and nature. All camps are located in exceptional wildlife and wilderness areas with superb viewing opportunities, so expect to see a lot of animals even from the comfort of your accommodations. The properties mentioned here are a sample of the many available in the area. 

This safari stands alone as an excellent wildlife exploration of Botswana. There are, however, opportunities to extend longer in other areas of Botswana, Zimbabwe, or South Africa. We highly recommend a visit to Victoria Falls or Cape Town as a nice finish to any trip to the region.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive maun flight to okavango delta
    The lions of the OkavangoThe lions of the Okavango

    Upon arrival in Maun, you are met by a guide and escorted to your 30-minute flight to Little Vumbura Camp in the Okavango Delta. Spend the rest of your day enjoying the camp at your leisure.

    Vumbura is a small, intimate camp, featuring a peaceful island location, abundant game, and varied landscapes. From your smartly-designed suite, enjoy the waving grasses of the flood plains. A plunge pool, a reading area with a view, and a star deck provide countless hours of relaxation and variety. With access to varied, game-rich habitats, this camp is nestled beneath the trees of an ancient island forest. The Vumbura concession is leased from five villages via the Okavango Community Trust, a partnership that ensures that the benefits of ecotourism are shared with rural stockholders. 

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Little Vumbura
    Show on a map
  • Days 2-3: vumbura, okavango delta
    Elephants are a treat in all areas of BotswanaElephants are a treat in all areas of Botswana

    Days 2 and 3 will be all about exploring one of the world’s rare inland deltas. From game viewing to birding to fishing, there’s something for everyone in this lush, lively ecosystem. You may choose to explore by foot, car, plane, water, and/or even hot air balloon. We recommend taking a traditional mokoro ride (canoe ride) through the channels. Keep a look out for the Sitatunga antelope and Pel’s Fishing Owl, or maybe embark on a Land Rover safari to get a professional hand in spotting wildlife! While at the camp, activities include twice daily scheduled safari or activity, all meals, park fees, laundry, and local drinks. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Vumbura Plains Camp
    Show on a map
  • Days 4-6: tubu tree camp, okavango delta
    Giraffes can be seen above the tree topsGiraffes can be seen above the tree tops

    Depart Little Vumbura Camp for 30-minute flight to Tubu Tree Camp. 

    Days 4, 5, & 6 will be enjoyed at Tubu Tree Camp. As its name indicates, Tubu is built into the trees, featuring elevated wooden walkways connecting 8 traditional style tents on raised platforms with picturesque views of the surrounding floodplains accessible from a private deck. Each suite has an ensuite bathroom and an indoor and outdoor shower.

    At Tubu, experienced, passionate guides are ready to deliver wildlife experiences few other locations can match. Staggering numbers of lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah and wild dog can be seen in the area. Even a stroll along the elevated walkways of the camp is a safari experience in and of itself! Day and night drives and guided walks showcase the varied wildlife and landscapes of the Okavango. While at the camp, activities included twice daily scheduled safari or activity, all meals, park fees, laundry, and local drinks. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Tubu Tree Camp
    Show on a map
  • Days 7-8: linyanti concessions, duma tau camp
    Carmine Bee-eaters of LinyatiCarmine Bee-eaters of Linyati

    Depart Tubu Tree Camp for 30-minute flight to Duma Tau Camp. 

    Days 7 and 8 will be spent at Duma Tau Camp located in the Linyanti system, part of a series of private game reserves known for its exotic animal species and camp offerings. Here you will see an abundance of wildlife, such as herds of impala, blue wildebeest, giraffe, and, most commonly, elephants. "DumaTau" means "roar of the lion," but it is likely to be the elephants that make the greatest impression here as this area boasts a higher density of these animals than anywhere else in the world. Day and night game drives, nature walks, and boat tours demonstrate the ever-changing and limitless viewing opportuntiies.

    The Linyanti is recognised as an IBA (Important Bird Area), so you'll be happy to know that your camp suite overlooks the lagoon, providing fascinating bird watching opportunities from the comfort of your deck. Duma Tau Camp operates completely on solar energy for hot water, lighting and other energy needs, so you can feel good about minimizing your travel carbon footprint.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Duma Tau Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: depart for home or extend
    Sadly we say good-bye to new friendsSadly we say good-bye to new friends

    Your safari ends today. Consider adding time in Cape Town, Victoria Falls or an additional safari to extend your African experience!

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$8,825
- $15,750
Low Season November 1 - April 30 - $8825 High Season May 1 - October 31 - $15750 The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Custom & private on your dates
Departures available on your dates

Need to Know

Flights within Botswana are provided by Wilderness Air and are Cessna type aircraft. Luggage restrictions are of a safety concern and will be strictly enforced. Please make sure that luggage including camera equipment and hand luggage/backpacks total no more than 44 pounds. Only soft bags acceptable.

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●●●○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Southern, South Africa, Tanzania

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit and payment schedule
A non-refundable twenty-five percent (25%) deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1,000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance
While we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations for all of our trips, note that for this particular trip, COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL PASSENGERS TRAVELLING ON SAFARIS! It is the client’s sole responsibility to ensure that they carry the correct and sufficient comprehensive travel and medical travel insurance for themselves and any dependants/traveling companions. This insurance should cover, but not be limited to, cancellation and curtailment, baggage loss or damage, medical expenses, emergency travel, repatriation with assistance and personal accident. It should be taken out prior to leaving their country of residence. Please contact Journeys for assistance in choosing a policy.

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Victoria Falls

Duration: 3 days

Extend any trip to southern Africa with a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls. In addition to the tour of the falls, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi, take advantage of the many optional activities in Victoria Falls from walking safaris to bungee j... read more

Cape Town Stopover

Duration: 3 days

Cape Town, located at the southernmost tip of Africa is regularly featured high on the lists of the top destinations in the world. A naturally beautiful city, the world-famous Table Mountain – a majestic backdrop that was recently named one of the... read more

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