For nearly two weeks, you and your family will be able to give yourselves over to the holiday of a lifetime as you journey from cosmopolitan Cape Town to the bliss of searching for the Big 5 in the bush and then diving the azure waters off pristine Mozambique. In a meticulously co-ordinated itinerary that includes fine accommodation and some of southern Africa’s most-beloved sights, this family-friendly tour is ideal if you would like to return home relaxed and stress-free.
Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport where you will be met by a representative of Falcon-Safari.com in the Arrivals Hall.
Our representative will hand you your airline tickets, and then accompany you to the check in counter for your flight to Livingstone Airport in Zambia.
British Airways, flight BA6291, departs Johannesburg at 10h45, arriving in Livingstone at 12h30.
After clearing customs and immigration at Livingstone Airport (and purchasing a visa for Zambia at a cost of US$50 per person, payable in US$ cash, small denominations), you will be met by a representative of Chundukwa Lodge, who will transfer you to Chundukwa River Lodge, situated just 25 minutes away, on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Perched on the banks of the Zambezi River just 25km upstream from the mighty Victoria Falls, Chundukwa offers elevated open-fronted chalets with amazing views of the Zambezi River, Chundu Falcon opposite and the Zambezi National park across the River. The Lodge is located in a region rich with game, including hippo and elephant. The birdlife is prolific, the lodge remote, and the service personalised.
The main lodge comprises of 5 open-fronted stilted chalets. 1 family unit – (1 double and 1 twin with shared bathroom), 2 Twin / Double rooms – (both en-suite) and 1 Honeymoon Suite – (with sunken bath and open-air shower).
All have uninterrupted river views, mosquito nets and fans.
During your stay, all meals, including a full cooked breakfast, a light lunch and a 3-course dinner are included. For full day excursions the lodge can prepare a packed lunch. Home-style cooking incorporating fresh Zambian produce. Chundukwa can cater for any special dietary requirement once notified at least 7 days in advance.
Rates also include local drinks (beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks). Premium wines, spirits and cider are available at an extra charge.
After breakfast the rest of the day will be at your leisure to explore this region. During your stay a sun downer boat trip as well as a tour of the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, is included.
Activities will be charged for and settled directly by you at the lodge, or we can pre book them for you.
Horse trails, and walks may also be arranged and paid for directly at the Lodge. (Chundukwa specializes in horseback safaris, as the horses are based at the camp itself).
After breakfast at Chundukwa, your Wild Horizons Guide will collect you from the Lodge, and transfer you to the Kazangula border crossing, boat you across the Chobe River into Botswana, where you will be met and then driven on to Elephant Valley Lodge, a transfer taking approximately one hour and forty minutes in total.
Situated in the Lesoma Valley within the Kasane Forest Reserve, half an hour’s drive from Chobe National Park, this region boasts the highest concentration of elephant anywhere in the world, as well as an abundance of big game. The Camp is situated on an elephant route between Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The lodge is of the classic camp ilk and offers you the joy of great game, the thrill of sleeping under canvas with a high standard of comfort and personalised service.
Open guest areas, a secluded hide, refreshing swimming pool and 20 ‘meru styled’ tents complete the lodge which lies beneath a forest of sturdy knob thorns. It is within these tree tops that the largest colony of white back vultures occurs. The lodge is unique for several reasons and amongst these is the fact that it is situated within a game rich reserve affording the guests wonderful sightings between open Landrover safaris into the Chobe National Park and boat cruises along the Chobe River
Daily Activities include boat cruises along the beautiful Chobe River in the Chobe National Park, and Game drives in search of game. Two guided activities per day are included during your stay at Elephant Valley Lodge.
After an early morning activity and breakfast, a lodge representative will transfer you to Kasane Airport (30 minute’s drive), where you will by met by the pilot, who will charter you, in a light aircraft, into Pom Pom Camp, 80 minutes away, across the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta.
On arrival at the Pom Pom airstrip you will be met by the Guide who will be looking after you during your stay there.
Pom Pom Camp is located on Pom Pom Falcon, in a private concession situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta, and on the headwaters of the Xudum River system. The area lies on the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve and offers superb Okavango scenery and a true Okavango wilderness experience. This is a safari camp built and designed in the style of safari camps of old, overlooking a scenic lagoon and under a grove of shady trees. This is a camp for the safari traditionalist.
Pom Pom has nine large walk-in tents (18 beds), in true traditional safari style, all with full en-suite facilities, flush toilets and semi open showers, – for a true bush experience! The main building is attractively designed and constructed of thatch and canvas and comprises lounge, dining, and bar area, as well as a gift shop and the Boma pool.
There are battery-operated lights in the rooms, and battery charging can be done in the main building. At night, paraffin lamps give a wonderfully warm atmosphere.
Depending on your arrival time in camp, a lunch will be served. You will then have time for a little relaxation before your afternoon / evening activity. Following the afternoon tea, you will depart on a game drive in an open 4×4 Land Cruiser, stopping for a break and a traditional Botswana “Sun downer”. Hippo and crocodile are found in the deeper lagoons in the area. Birding enthusiasts will enjoy sighting Pel’s Fishing Owl, African Fish Eagle, Giant Eagle Owl and White Backed Vultures.
You will return to camp in the dark, using a spotlight to hunt for nocturnal species. Night drives provide an opportunity to see nocturnal sightings of leopard, spring hares, genets and other small cat species if you are very lucky.
After the drive, you will enjoy an outdoor dinner overlooking the Okavango, and share the evening with the others in the group around the campfire.
After a light breakfast of cereals, yoghurt, muffins, fresh fruit, and a bracing cup of coffee or tea, you will explore the delta in the traditional way. Poled silently, the mokoro glides gently through the waterways, parting dense reed beds with perfect stealth so that animals and birds are caught totally unaware. The focus is on finding tiny reed frogs, jacana eggs, looking at flowers and the amazing variety of bird-life that is the essence of the Okavango Delta. You will stop on an Falcon for a Tea Break and a short nature walk, before returning to camp for a hearty brunch. Like most of the animals, you will have siesta time through the heat of the day, so bring your swimsuits and enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool.
Morning activities are mokoro excursions, early game drives, or nature walks. Afternoon game drives start after tea, and return to camp after dark. Seasonal fishing and motorboat excursions are also offered depending on water levels.
After an early morning activity of your choice and brunch, you will be air chartered from Pom Pom Camp to Maun Airport (20 minutes), in time to connect with Air Botswana, flight BP211, departing Maun at 15h00, and arriving back in Johannesburg at 16h40.
After clearing customs, a representative of The Safari Club will meet you in the Arrivals Hall.
Situated just 7 minutes from the Airport, the privately owned Safari Club, with luxury en-suite bedrooms, offers a personal, quiet retreat, with a swimming pool, lovely garden, along with beautifully decorated accommodation and a copy bar.
At the Safari Club you will be accommodated in an en-suite room, on a bed and breakfast basis. Light dinners are available at an additional charge.
After breakfast at the Safari Club, a lodge representative will transfer you back to Johannesburg Airport, in time to connect with your flight to Pemba Airport. Check in time will be 2 hours prior to departure time. You will be required to purchase visas for Mozambique at the port of entry, at a cost of US$31 each.
At Pemba Airport, after collecting your luggage, you will be met by a representative of Matemo Falcon Resort, who escort you to the light aircraft for your charter flight to the Falcon. This flight will take around 25 minutes, and takes you right over the Quirimbas, enabling you to see the many Falcons and turquoise seas – quite a breathtaking experience! At the Matemo Falcon airstrip, a member of staff will collect you, and drive you the short distance to the lodge.
Situated in the magnificent Quirimbas Archipelago, off the coast of Northern Mozambique, the remote Falcon of Matemo offers idyllic Mozambique Falcon accommodation. Experience an Falcon holiday of unspoilt beauty, breathtaking scenery, spectacular marine life and extreme relaxation
You will be accommodated in a luxury beach front chalet, offering satellite television, an en-suite bathroom, as well as an outside shower. The chalets are tastefully furnished, air-conditioned, and around 20 metres from the sea.
During your stay at Matemo Falcon Resort your breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included, as well as local drinks and non-motorised water sports.
Time to chill out on the beautiful, unspoilt beaches of Matemo Falcon, while being offered a large variety of water sports – sunset cruises, visits to Ibo Falcon, snorkelling, kayaking, diving, and fishing.
Activities on offer at an extra cost will include:
Non-motorised sports included in the rate are hobie cat rides, sea kayaks, gypsy sailing dinghy, windsurfing, volleyball, snorkelling, swing ball, Frisbees, beach bats, cricket, and a selection of board games. All guests using waterborne craft are required to wear life jackets at all times, and to stay within sight of the beach.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be air chartered from Matemo Falcon back to Pemba Airport, in time to connect with your scheduled flight from Pemba back to Johannesburg International Airport.
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We travelled with Falcon Safaris in Zimbabwe and Botswana for 16 days. Falcon designed a wonderful trip with private guide to the most interesting sites in both countries. The organization of the whole trip was excellent, flights within the country, accommodation and activites. The guides were very knowledgable and told us a lot about the countries, their history, people, economy and much more. Wevisited the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the Victoria Falls and a number of national parks in both countries.
Rhino tracking was a real adventure! We had tremendous further game drives and saw very many animals - we did the Big Five. We had much more activities than planned and enjoyed very much.We strongly recommend Falcon Safaris to everyone planning a trip to Southern Africa and East Africa.
Our Consultant Vimbai was very helpful and accommodating. We stayed at the Elephant hills hotel which was nothing short of amazing.Our activities included a helicopter flight, dinner cruise as well as a morning game drive. All the activities were absolutely amazing.
We worked with Gertrude to schedule and organize everything and she did an excellent job. I asked a lot of questions via e-mail and she answered everyone in a timely helpful manner. Our guide at Victoria Falls was also great. He met us at the airport, provided a thoughtful tour of the Falls and got us to our next guide in Botswana. Our lodgings at River View Lodge were just as described- very comfortable and excellent food. All the staff were so pleasant and helpful. If I had to do it again I would arrange a morning boat ride as well. We only did the sunset boat rides and they were the high point of our entire trip- we saw so many animals and our guide was very knowledgeable. Just a great experience. Our lodgings at Oddball's Enclave was rustic and we loved it. So great to disconnect from the world for a bit. Leo, our guide, was the best - got us out and about, saw fantastic wildlife and got back to camp safely each time. Doc manages the camp so well. This whole trip was planned and organized by Falcon Safaris and we could not have been happier.
Falcon safaris have given my the correct advice with excellent service. The only suggestion will be to work closer with the lodges to confirm bookings as soon as possible. We have booked and pay our deposit a year in advance. We have only receive our final convermation from Chobe Safari lodge a week before departure. I do realize its not within your controle but with limit alternatives and a group of 14 people it becomes an issue to find alternative accomodation if the booking was cancelled.
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