Upon your arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted onto your +/- 2.5-hour road transfer to Muchenje Safari Lodge clearing Zimbabwe and Botswana customs and immigration en-route. On arrival, you will be welcomed by the management who will show you to your room, give a brief overview of the lodge and area, and will then discuss which activities you would like to do during your stay. Enjoy a refreshing lunch and afternoon relaxing before your afternoon game viewing activity. You then return to the lodge in time to freshen up before a delicious dinner accompanied by the sounds of the African bush.
With stunning panoramic views, the Central Lodge is the heart of Muchenje. Guests can relax in the lounge, bar, or look out platform and enjoy the wonderful homely atmosphere. Situated on the Western side of Chobe National Park, Muchenje is the only lodge in this area and offers unique prolific game experiences. Only forty minutes drive from Kasane and two hours drive from Victoria Falls. Direct flights are available into Ka sane or Victoria falls from Johannesburg, Windhoek, and Gaborone. We can arrange your transfers to Muchenje Lodge.
Muchenje accommodates just twenty guests in intimate exclusivity. The ten twin-bedded thatched chalets, all with en-suite facilities, are sited on the escarpment edge all with their balcony and unique view. Each chalet is exquisitely furnished and great care has been taken to create a true African ‘ambiance’. The Main lodge features a dining area, bar, reception, curio shop, game viewing platform, and library. The feature swimming pool is built amongst natural rock formations, taking advantage of the African vista and providing a tranquil setting for guests to relax during the heat of the day. Meals are served table bush, wholesome and plentiful, yet well presented. Theme dinners, Vegetarians, and special meal requests are catered for. Guest dine together on a long railway sleeper dining table, and the dress is informal.
After breakfast and an early morning activity (time permitting), you will be transferred by road to Kasane Airport where you will be met by your pilot and transferred by light aircraft to Footsteps where you spend the next 4 nights. Footsteps Across the Delta is a walking trail camp set on a private concession on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta. A short trip in a light aircraft wings you into the wilderness, where you meet your guides.
This program maintains the elegance and eccentricity of the original African safaris under canvas. The emphasis is on exploring this breathtakingly beautiful and diverse environment. Accommodations are in specially designed twin-bedded, insect-proof tents with double fly sheets with sewn-in floors. Each tent has its bucket shower and bush toilet, and a daily laundry service is provided.
Footsteps Across the Delta is a truly unique way to experience the African wilderness. Here you will spend your days exploring this fascinating area led by your Professional Guide on foot, by mokoro (traditional dugout canoe), and vehicle as required. Days are planned as you go, beginning with a full safety briefing and a short walk to get you accustomed to the bush and further exploring as the days unfold. Every evening you return to camp to enjoy a piping hot bush shower and the ambiance of dining by candlelight, relaxing by the fire, and sleeping amidst the sounds of the wilderness.
The bush kitchen, run by the chef, who has many years of experience working in the wilderness, will astound you. The high standard of bush cuisine includes fresh fruits and vegetables, and selections of cheeses and South African wines as well as a stocked bar, soft drinks, and bottled water. There are Over 450 species of birds and 75 species of mammal, including; lion, buffalo, elephant, wild dog, cheetah, zebra & giraffe, amongst others.
The whole program is designed to ensure an authentic bush experience while never compromising on comfort. The staff at Footsteps provides an excellent safari that leaves you with many fond memories of your fleeting glimpse of the Africa of old. Evenings can be spent around the campfire, enjoying the peaceful ambiance under the stars.
This morning you will be transferred by light aircraft to Delta Camp. On arrival, you will be welcomed by the Camp Managers and shown to your room. You will be accommodated in an East Africa-style walk-in Meru Tent with private en-suite facilities. Enjoy a leisurely buffet lunch and a little later this afternoon your guide will take you on a mokoro excursion where you explore the channels which have excellent birdlife. There is also a chance of seeing Hippo, elephants, and crocodiles as well as numerous antelope species. While on your activity enjoy sundowners while in the mokoro and watch the sun sizzles as it sets on the waterways. Return to the camp in time to freshen up before a delicious dinner accompanied by the sounds of the African bush.
An early morning wake-up call, some tea, coffee, and biscuits, and then accompanied by your guide you go out on a walking safari –the only way to go out on safari, on foot, accompanied by a man whose knowledge of the Okavango and its wildlife and plants will astound you. You can, in all safety track and stalk animals that you are particularly interested in seeing a truly remarkable experience. After a leisurely three-hour walk, conducted at your pace, you will return to Delta Camp for a hearty Brunch and a rest during the heat of the day. A little later this afternoon enjoy another mokoro excursion returning to the camp by sunset. Enjoy a leisurely dinner.
This intimate and informal safari camp nestles on a small Falcon close to the south-western edge of Chief’s Falcon, the heart of the Okavango Delta – the vast oasis of the Kgalagadi Desert, Botswana. Accommodation is in spacious ‘lethaka’ (reed) chalets with en-suite facilities. The amazing design of the Chalets is such that you enjoy the luxuries of a ‘top rate’ hotel, but without affecting the environment; you will find you share your chalet with the trees around which the chalets have been built rather than having been cut down during their construction.
Your chalet at Delta Camp directly overlooks the waterways. Delta Camp is on the banks of the Boro River, one of the primary watercourses of the Okavango.
Excursions, by foot and mokoro – the traditional dug-out canoe – are conducted in the renowned Moremi Game Reserve, with your professional game guide, a man of the swamps, completely at one with his environment.
Dine in the elegant Dining Room overlooking the sweep of the Delta, or take a beautifully prepared picnic onto one of the many nearby Falcons for a secluded and intimate experience.
This unusual Camp engenders in its staff and guests alike, an acute awareness of the ecological sensitivity of this magnificent area. Bio-degradable products have been sourced and are used, careful separation and treatment of refuse ensure that nothing that is not fully bio-degradable stays on the Falcon – light aircraft remove cans, bottles, and the like from the Okavango altogether.
The accent is on peace and tranquility (stalking game on foot provides all the excitement one could wish for) and guests are actively encouraged to visit a local village, home to our guides, and to interact, should they wish to, with the people there.
After a light breakfast and morning activity (time permitting) you will be assisted onto your charter flight to Makgadikgadi. Upon your arrival, you will be met by your guide and assisted on your road transfer through the dry arid landscape to the lodge. On arrival, you will be welcomed by the management who will show you to your room, give a brief overview of the lodge and area, and will then discuss which activities you would like to do during your stay.
Ntwetwe Pan and Sua Pan, together with numerous smaller pans, form the Makgadikgadi Pans system. The pans are the remnants of the once great Lake Makgadikgadi: 80,000 square kilometers in extent, and up to 30 meters deep, this was the largest inland sea in Africa. In the wet season, this vast area of salt pans interspersed with low-lying grass Falcons is the destination of herds of migrating zebra. It has an un-spoilt beauty unlike any other part of Africa.
Situated on Hyena Falcon, Makgadikgadi is a real bush camp offering the very essence of Africa. Accommodation is in comfortable twin-bedded cottage tents secluded among palms and acacias. All tents have en-suite bathrooms and there is a dip pool for refuge from the midday heat.
The traditionally built mess, with its thatched roof and open fireplace, provides the perfect ambiance for relaxation at the end of the day. Around the flickering fire, the day’s events are recounted, whilst your host conjures up the spirit of Africa. Legends of the bush gently unfold, punctuated by calls of the wild from the surrounding Makgadikgadi Pans.
An early breakfast precedes your day’s exploration of the pans by 4×4 quad motorcycles – the most environmentally friendly way to explore the area, as well as being GREAT FUN!. In the evening, after aperitifs, your hosts invite you to join them at an elegant table for a three-course dinner, combining international cuisine with the best of African fare and accompanied by elegant wines from South Africa.
At Makgadikgadi Camp you can go on walks, night drives, game/ nature drives, and a visit to a running cattle outpost if you wish. There is lovely seating around the camp where you can just sit and relax and take in the beautiful scenery. At Makgadikgadi you have Mopane veld, grass planes with palm Falcons as well as lunar landscapes. At the salt pans, you can also visit archeological sites where they are discovering tools, etc 30 000 – 100 000 years old.
On some occasions, the lions even come into camp to drink from the watering hole! Although not trying to be a 5-star hotel in the bush – Makgadikgadi Camp is fit for Princes – literally!! – it is a favorite destination for young Royals.
After breakfast and an early morning activity, you will be transferred by road to the airstrip in time for your charter flight to Maun, and your onward flight to OR Tambo (formerly 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.
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.
Our trip consisted of accommodation and tours in Victoria Falls, transfers to Botswana, accommodation and photography safaris there, then transfers back to Zimbabwe. Transfers, accommodation again in Vic Falls.My communication was with Ludwick who was amazing. He went way above and beyond normal service to make me feel confident in the organisation of our trip
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.
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 thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon with the elephants. I rode an 8 year old female, her name is not in my head, and it was magical. She loved her treats at the end of the ride and her trainer was a lovely man. We talked the whole hour and he taught me so much about these magical creatures.
Gertrude was always very prompt in replying during the planning process and very helpful with visa information. This trip to Africa was our first and we started with Kenya and a 10 day safari. We wanted to experience water camps and lodges as well so worked with Falcon to make that happen.
myself and my 13yr old daughter used Falcon Safaris for all our outings as well as airport transfers. Canoeing, Devils Pool visit and Elephant back ride. They were all fantastic especially Vimbai and Edna. We had an amazing time and nothing was too much trouble to sort out for us.
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