Day 1: Makgadikgadi Pans
Welcome to Africa! Today is a big travel day, but it will all be worth it when you arrive at your destination. When you arrive in Johannesburg you will be met by a representative who will assist you with navigating the airport and checking in to your connecting flight to Maun. You will have one last flight on a light aircraft from Maun to Tsigaro, where you will be met and driven the short distance to Jack’s Camp, located in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans.
Ten green roomy and stylish canvas tents with en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers have been fashioned in classical style and are set into a palm grove creating an oasis of civilization in what can be the harshest of stark environments. Persian rugs underfoot and cool cotton sheets form a striking contrast with the rugged wilderness viewed from the comfort of one’s own veranda.
Venturing far into the centre of the Makgadikgadi, on 4-wheel-drive quad bikes, we are able to explore remote archaeological sites, periodically discovering never-before-documented fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo. A safari to Jack’s Camp is also a complete desert experience, focusing on species unique to the area.
During the wet season the landscape transforms. Clouds of flamingo and other migratory birds descend from the heavens to decorate the watery grasslands. Herds of zebra and wildebeest materialize, drawn by the lush grass, and for several months, the desert is teeming with game and predators.
Days 2-3: Makgadikgadi Pans
Spend your days in the Kalahari as you wish. Go out for twice-daily game drives or just sit and relax by the pool as you gaze out into the desert.
Day 4: Okavango Delta
After breakfast, drive to the airstrip for your flight to the next exciting part of your honeymoon.
Jao Camp is situated in a private reserve on a remote large island, to the west of the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Guests are accommodated in nine large and spacious rooms. Each of the unique and beautiful canvas and thatched rooms has been individually handcrafted. The rooms are built under a canopy of shady trees, with en-suite bathroom, hot and cold running water, a large bath and double vanity. There is an additional outside shower under the stars for those more adventurous guests who want to shower closer to nature. The rooms are raised off the ground and offer wonderful views of the surrounding floodplains.
Days 5-6: Okavango Delta
Spend two full days taking in everything this amazing property has to offer. There is a plunge pool, an outdoor ‘boma’ for dining under the stars, as well as an excellent wine cellar. Jao also offers a spa with a full-time therapist, offering a wide range of massage treatments. The activities at Jao include mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions, boats, fishing, day and night game drives and guided walks.
Day 7: Linyanti
After breakfast, depart Jao Camp to Zarafa Camp.
The Zarafa Camp is located in the Linyanti swamp area of northern Botswana, set in an immense private reserve, known for its intimate wildlife experiences. Dramatic landscapes coupled with prime location on the ZIbadianja Lagoon, shared between just four suites make for a ‘private Africa,’ a culmination of years of safari experience. The camp operates green and by luxury standards. Each tent has a professional camera and lenses for complimentary use. Activities include day and night game drives, walking safaris, and seasonal canoe safaris.
Days 8-9: Linyanti
Enjoy two full days at leisure to take in all of the activities offered by the lodge.
Day 10: Livingstone
After breakfast, you will depart with a flight to Kasane Airport. On arrival, you will be met by a representative who will provide you with a road transfer to Tongabezi Lodge, an exclusive lodge on a sweeping bend of the Zambezi River, 20km upstream from Victoria Falls.
Sweeping views over the Zambezi River are a feature of each of the four houses. They are made and furnished with local materials and designed to complement and enhance the natural surroundings, whilst creating a feeling of intimacy and privacy. Great attention has been paid to the bathroom areas and a special feature is the huge open-air sunken bath in every room.
There is plenty to do from the lodge: sunrise and sunset boat trips, island picnics, fishing, bird walks, white water rafting and visits to the Victoria Falls. Or one can sit by the pool, read a book and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Zambezi River – one of the most diverse and fascinating rivers in Africa.
With a ratio of four staff to every guest, you can be assured that your every desire is pampered to, ensuring a luxurious and relaxing stay.
Days 11-12: Livingstone
Enjoy your days at leisure including the activities as offered by the lodge.
Day 13: Departure
After breakfast, a representative will transfer you to the Livingstone airport for your return flight home.