Safari in style with Sanctuary Retreats while taking in some of the wonders of Zambia and Botswana on this exciting safari holiday. Discover the beauty of the mighty Zambezi River and the Victoria Falls. Game view on sunset cruises and game drives. Then visit Chobe National Park known to have the highest concentration of Elephants in the world in the dry season. Then fly into the oasis of the Okavango Delta, a wildlife wonderland where you will explore by mokoro boats and enjoy walking safaris. All the while staying in world-class Sanctuary Retreats lodges.

On arrival at Livingstone Airport a Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma representative will meet and transfer you to the lodge. The transfer time is approximately 20 minutes.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is named after David Livingstone’s faithful companions and consist of an intimate lodge and two exclusive houses, both of which are situated to make the most of the amazing views that the sweeping Zambezi River provides. The central lodge building features a raised bar/lounge with deck, downstairs open air dining area, swimming pool and a separate treatment room.

The twelve air-conditioned tree houses are connected by wooden walkways and all enjoy superb views over the river. In addition, there are two private houses available. Each has two bedrooms, a dining area and deck with plunge pools, as well as a private chef and house staff.

The lodge is an exclusive haven in the heart of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park which, in addition to the mighty roar of the Victoria Falls, also boasts a wide variety of game as well as countless opportunities for adventure.

The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy some of the many activities on offer (e.g. sundowner cruises, fishing, Rhino walk and game drives in the Mosi-oa Tunya National Park).

Overnight at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma (Treehouse)       

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

The day is at leisure to enjoy some of the many activities on offer.

These include a Tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi, canoeing, walking safaris, game drives in the National Park and a local school and village Tour and fishing.

Livingstone is also known as the adventure capital of Africa offering a variety of adrenaline activities. There are additional activities on offer (at an extra cost) which guests can book.

Imagine taking on the mighty Zambezi River on a white water rafting trip. The rapids on the Zambezi are officially defined as “Grade 5.”

The Flight of Angels offers an amazing opportunity to experience a flight in a helicopter and an unrivalled and superior view of the Victoria Falls.

Other adventure activities include bungee jumping, micro lighting over the Victoria Falls, a Livingstone Island visit and swimming at Devil’s Pool. Guests can also visit the Falls on the Zimbabwe side. These activities are an optional extra and can be booked at the lodge.

Guests staying at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma are able to indulge in a range of spa treatments – including massages, facials and manicures – while enjoying spectacular views over the Zambezi River (additional cost.)

Overnight at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma (Treehouse)       

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The day begins with breakfast and a morning game viewing activity at Sussi & Chuma.

A camp representative will transfer you to the Kazangula border and assist you through customs. On the Botswana side another Sanctuary representative will meet you and transfer you to Chobe Chilwero. Total transfer time approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Deep in the heart of the Botswana wilderness lies Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious retreat in the heart of the bush, located on the edge of Chobe National Park, the second largest national park in Botswana, where some 80,000 elephants roam. From the lodge’s hilltop position, guests can enjoy far reaching panoramic views over the Chobe River and floodplain below.

The main public area includes a lounge, library and dining room, which are linked to outdoor viewing patios. Guests are able to relax in the split-level swimming pool or unwind with a pampering session in the full service spa complete with a treetop treatment room.

Relax in luxurious thatched cottages, with modern freestanding baths, indoor and outdoor showers, terrace and private garden overlooking the magnificent Chobe River.

The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer which include game drives in the National Park and motorized boat safaris and sundowner and photographic cruises on the Chobe River.

Overnight at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero (Thatched Cottage)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Today is at leisure to explore the area. Thrilling guided game drives in 4X4 vehicles bring you to the heart of Africa’s largest concentration of elephants, as well as hippos, buffalos, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. Our morning drives include coffee, tea and freshly baked confectionaries while our afternoon game drives include classic sundowner drinks and canapés at specially selected spots. Or spot wildlife from the water, joining one of the acclaimed guides on a water safari on specially adapted motorboats. The best way to end a day of safari here is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the still waters of the Chobe River from the comfort of one of our specially-designed riverboats. Sundowner cruises are also a great way of seeing buffalo up close as they come out of the shade to graze in the cooler evenings and elephants as they wade in the river.

There are additional activities (at an extra cost) that guests can book. These include:
Fishing Excursions: The Chobe River is a great area for fishing which is always on a catch and release basis. The best time for fishing is in winter: May, June, July and August. Guests can expect to catch Bream and Tiger Fish, one of the most sought after game fishing experiences. The use of the boat during this activity is for a maximum of three hours and includes basic fishing equipment. A maximum of three people are allowed per boat and the activity is subject to availability. We suggest booking this activity while at the lodge.

Overnight at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero (Thatched Cottage)                                                      
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, you will transfer to Kasane airport for your onward flight to the Okavango Delta. The flying time to Chief’s airstrip is approximately 1h 30 minutes.

On arrival at the Sanctuary Chief’s Camp airstrip, a representative will meet and transfer you to the camp. The transfer time is approximately 40 minutes.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is a luxury bush camp situated on Chief’s Island in the exclusive Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve. This region is known as the “predator capital” of Africa and is considered to have the finest game viewing in Botswana including all of the Big Five and is also home to large herds of elephant and buffalo as well as over 500 bird species.

The decked lounge, dining area and atmospheric fire pit all overlook expansive floodplains so that guests can continue game viewing in camp.

Guest accommodation is comprised of 10 secluded, permanent luxury bush pavilions and one two bedroom Geoffrey Kent suite. Each pavilion features a tranquil outside seating area and a terrace plunge pool, perfect for enjoying the sprawling views over the floodplain.

The afternoon is at leisure. Activities available include game drives and seasonal mokoro excursions (subject to water levels).

A range of spa treatments are available from the spa treatment room (at an additional cost.) Everything about the camp and treatment room is environmentally friendly, including the Africology spa treatment range used. Choose from a range of facial skin care treatments such as the balancing rose facial, body therapies include an African heated stone massage and our body rituals include a tropical immune boosting mud body wrap. The perfect way to end a day of spectacular game viewing.

Overnight at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp (Bush Pavilion)                    

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. The game viewing opportunities around Sanctuary Chief’s Camp are awe-inspiring. The expert guides are on hand to share a wealth of wildlife knowledge, take guests deep into the bush in specially modified 4 x 4 vehicles on morning and afternoon game drives to find the secluded places where elephant families congregate in search of the tastiest fruits and berries.

On the plains one may find the roaming lions that prey on the thousands of antelope, zebra and buffalo who live here all year round. You may even spot wild dogs. These extremely rare predators have been hunted to the point of extinction in most areas of Africa and this is one of their last strongholds. Intensely curious, painted dogs, as they are known here, are extremely rewarding to view and accessible to only a few. There are several local lion prides as well as leopards, genet cats and hyenas are in abundance.

Guests can also enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta (at an additional cost.) These scenic flights involve flying west towards the permanent delta, exposing areas which are unreachable by vehicle or boat and showcasing the sheer enormity of the Okavango Delta. There is the option of the doors being removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities. Choose between 30, 45 or 60 minute tour in a single piston engine Robinson r44 helicopter with 3 seats. This activity is offered on a year round basis. Being a personalised activity, it’s up to you what time of day you would like to do the activity, however we would recommend early morning and late afternoon as this time usually provides the best light for photography. Preferred flight times can be requested on booking.

Overnight at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp (Bush Pavilion)                    

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

With an option of an additional night at Chief’s Camp

The morning is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer.

Afterwards, please meet the lodge representative in the reception area of the lodge for your transfer to Maun Airport. Your transfer times will be advised to you by the lodge managers.

Meal Plan: Breakfast