Travel Inspiration: Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe

 
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Hello!

For this edition of our A2D Travel Inspiration newsletter, we're taking you to Africa; land of the safari and a destination that will have you gasping in wonder.

Nothing encapsulates the spirit of "adventure" more than a trip to Africa, so let us guide you through some of the best places to stay and incredible things to do in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

For more detailed information and to start planning your own bespoke African expedition, please contact us by clicking on the Enquiry button at the bottom of the article. 

Sincerely,

Stig Egard
Founder & CEO
A2D Travel and Concierge


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B O T S W A N A 

One of the greatest, most thrilling wildlife destinations on the planet

The "jewel of the Kalahari"

Unparalleled game viewing

The new generation of safari experience

The largest elephant population in Africa

Some of the most luxurious camps and lodges in southern Africa

A world leader in high quality, low-impact tourism

THE DETAILS

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Botswana is home to both the Kalahari deserts and the Okavango Delta (pictured below), a 49-million acre river delta (with all the variety of flora and fauna that such dramatic shifts in environment comprise).

It's a place of endless wonders, of a hundred things a day that are barely credible.

Botswana’s high quality, low-impact tourism model means you'll get more personal touches, exclusivity and the feeling that it's all just for you.
Imagine game viewing where yours is the only jeep in sight.

Best time to go:
Between May and October (dry season) when the wildlife is in abundance.
June is one of the best months for water levels and wildlife activity, when the rivers and lagoons are teaming with activity.

Getting there:
The town of Maun is the safari starting point for north and central Botswana.
Fly from London to Maun via Johannesburg (16 hours duration) or from Oslo to Maun via London and Johannesburg (20 hours duration)

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ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES 

  • Cruise down the Okavango Delta in a
        traditional mokor or kayak

  • Quad bike across the Makgadikgadi Salt
        Plains.

  • A three-day paddle board "safari" led by
       guides from the local Bayei community.

  • A heli-safari over the Delta for a bird's eye
        view of the big five and more.

  • Meet and participate in the traditions of
       the indigenous hunter-gatherers of 
       Botswana: The San People.

 

WHERE TO STAY

QOROKWE CAMP

A new luxury lodge with just 10 beds set in a 64,000-acre private concession in central Okavango.

Exclusive activities include night explorations, off-roading & year-round canoe safaris.

SKYBEDS

 In Botswana’s Okavango Delta, you can experience the magic of sleeping under the stars, on an elevated platform, in a four-poster bed, whilst listening to nature's orchestra serenade you to sleep.
 

MOMBO CAMP

Recently reopened on one of the most epic stretches of savanna of any camp anywhere in Africa, Mambo Camp has 12 art-deco inspired tents. Enjoy panoramic views of grazing elephants, baboons, and giraffe from the comfort of your own plunge pool.

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DUPA PLAINS CAMP

Located in the northeast and run by one of Botswana’s best‑in-show operators, you could be one of 24 lucky guests to stay on this 77,000 acres of community-owned land and marvel at the robust wildlife populations, including several lion prides.


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Z A M B I A 

Best in class for walking safaris

Liuwa Plain is Zambia's breathtakingly dramatic national park situated in western Zambia

It now hosts Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration during November and December

Best time to go: May - October (dry season)

Fly from London to Livingstone via Johannesburg (14 hours duration)
or From Oslo to Livingstone via Amsterdam & Nairobi (16.5 hours duration)



ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES 

  • Take a dip in Devil's Rock, the natural pool
    on the ledge of Victoria Falls

  • Bungee jump off the Victoria Falls bridge

  • Go on a thrilling night safari to spot
    leopards and other nocturnal creatures

  • Kayak or white water raft the mighty Zambezi
    or take a fishing safari to catch tiger fish

  • Abseil the Batoka Gorge in Livingstone

WHERE TO STAY

THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE HOTEL

This colonial gem is located on the banks of the Zambezi River, in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just 15 minutes from Victoria Falls. Watch Zambia’s majestic landscape and exotic fauna from the comfort of your balcony.

KING LEWANIKA LODGE
Zambia’s Liuwa Plain National Park is known for its extreme isolation and wilderness nature. Now, it has its first permanent Safari residence, courtesy of the spectacular King Lewanika Lodge.

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MATESI VICTORIA FALLS

A luxury retreat set in a 55,000-hectare private game reserve on the shores of the Zambezi. This stunning property offers the unique combination of rich wildlife viewing alongside scenic Victoria Falls experiences.

CHIAWA CAMP

Stay in one of only nine tents at this small, family-owned camp set beneath a grove of mahogany trees on the banks of the Zambezi, 80 miles east of Lusaka.
This is understated luxury at its best. Perfect to view the wildlife-rich Lower Zambezi National Park.


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Z I M B A B W E 

National Geographic has tipped Zimbabwe as a must-visit country for 2019

Known for its abundant wildlife, epic scenery and laid-back charm

A Zimbabwe safari offers a sense of scale and wilderness that is hard to discover in neighbouring Botswana and Zambia

Fly from London to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg (15 hours duration)
or
From Olso to Victoria Falls via Stockholm & Addis Ababa (16.5 hours duration)



 

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES

  • Walk with Lions in Zimbabwe's open savannah

  • For the ultimate view of Victoria Falls, fly
       over it in a helicopter

  • Venture into Hwange National Park, one
       of Africa’s largest, most game-rich wildlife
       areas and see some of the the estimated
       44,000 elephants that live there.

  • Cruise the the scenic waterways of Mana
       Pools National Park to the awesome
       Victoria Falls

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WHERE TO STAY 

SOMALISA

This intimate tented camp in Hwange National Park is supremely located to observe large elephant herds at close range. Its 7 tents are spread through acacia forest near the Kennedy Vlei.

 

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LINKWASHA CAMP

A luxury tented safari camp located in one of Hwange’s most game-rich areas. You'll be awe-struck by the large herds of Cape buffalo and elephants, eland, impala, giraffe, zebra, lion, cheetah, hyena and wild dogs. 

GOLIATH SAFARI CAMP 
Located at Mana Pools National Park, this basic but comfortable camp has been run by Stretch Ferreira, one of the most established safari operators for over 35 years. The focus here is on walking and tracking for a truly intimate and unforgettable safari experience.


ARE YOU EXCITED BY AFRICA?

If you'd like to know more or want to start planning your own bespoke African holiday, then click on the Enquiry button below.