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Botswana Sanctuary Experience

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Botswana Sanctuary Experience

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The next couple of pages show a summary of the itinerary, and then there is a page on each place that is included.

Important travel information for visitors to Zambia and Botswana is included at the back of this document.

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Botswana Sanctuary Experience

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Holiday Title: Botswana Sanctuary Experience

Holiday Destination: Holiday to Zambia and Botswana for 8 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: Botswana Sanctuary Experience

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive at Livingstone Airport and clear Customs & Immigration. Collect your luggage, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall, where you will be met by your driver and transferred to Sussi & Chuma by road.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, 12 kilometres upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls and provides unrivalled views and exclusivity. Accommodation is in 12 tree-houses, connected by wooden walkways, and the variety of activities on offer will keep you busy during your 3 night stay here.

Victoria Falls - Zambia

3 nights at Sussi & Chuma


Day 4

This morning, you will be transferred to the Kazungula border post, where you will complete the border formalities and have your passport stamped. You will then be transferred by small speed boat across the Zambezi River to Botswana, where you will present your passport and enter the country. You will then be transferred onto Chobe Chilwero.

Chobe Chilwero Lodge is a luxurious retreat in the heart of the bush on the edge of the Chobe National Park, home to the world's largest remaining population of elephants. Sitting above the Chobe River, the lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and floodplains as far across as Namibia. Enjoy guided game drives in an open sided 4x4 safari vehicle in the Park, bringing you within easy reach of Chobe's famous elephants as they drink and frolic at the water's edge in their boisterous herds. Or sip a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the still waters of the Chobe River from the comfort of one of the specially designed riverboats.


Day 6

After breakfast, you will check out of your room and transfer by road to Kasane Airport, where you will be met and assisted with the check in for your flight across to the Delta.

Sanctuary Retreats Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kasane (BBK) to Baines Camp Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

The Okavango Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to a massive concentration of animals and birdlife. Thousands of elephant and buffalo roam the area, often in large herds, while several thousands hippos navigate their way through the existing channels, or create new ones. As you fly over the Delta you can see the intricate twisting and turning of the waterways and the ever-changing colours where dry land meets the waters of the Delta. Upon landing in the Delta, you will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Sanctuary Baines Camp. The camp is built on raised platforms high above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. With only 6 suites, and star baths and sky beds on your private deck, this is a romantic oasis.


Day 9

After a morning safari activity (time permitting), you will be transferred back to the airstrip, where you will board your flight back to Maun.

Sanctuary Retreats Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Baines Camp Airstrip to Maun (MUB) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at Maun Airport and assisted with the check in for your onward flight.
 
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Sussi & Chuma

Victoria Falls - Zambia: 3 Nights

Just a short drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend in the Zambezi, right on the edge of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

A walking tour of The Falls is a must for anyone staying here. First described to Europe by explorer David Livingstone and known locally as the Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the Smoke that Thunders”, the Falls make a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the mile wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi. Rainbows constantly form and collapse in the tropical sunlight over the waterfall.

Other activities include game drives in custom-built 4x4 safari vehicles into the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The Park is home to elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, zebra in large numbers and an exciting array of birds. It even has white rhino – the only place in Zambia where they can be seen. Guests may also be lucky enough to see a rare sighting of the wild dog that on occasion pass through the Park.

In addition, there can be few more thrilling ways to experience and understand African wildlife and the bush as a whole than by being on foot on a walking safari. The walking safaris are conducted at a leisurely pace and take about two hours. Morning walks depart at around 06:30 and include a break with tea, coffee and snacks. The afternoon walk start at around 16:00 and finish at a special sundowner spot where guests will be served drinks and canapés while enjoying the magnificent sunset.

Guests can also relax on a Zambezi River sundowner cruise - a truly great way to spend a couple of hours. Sipping on a cocktail while watching the sunset over the majestic Zambezi River is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Local village visits can also be arranged, as can fishing trips, and canoe excursions.

Inbetween all the activities, the inviting swimming pool is perfect for just relaxing around, or you can book a spa treatment, or just enjoy a quiet drink in the elevated bar overlooking the Zambezi.

The accommodation consists of 12 tree houses connected by stilted wooden walkways. Each tree house enjoys superb views over the river. In addition, there are 2 private houses available, each with 2 bedrooms, their own dining areas and decks with plunge pools, and their own chef and house staff.

Example Details For Sussi & Chuma

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Tree House (Sanctuary long stay discount applied)
Includes: All meals; drinks (excluding premium brands); Park fees; laundry; game drives into the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park; Simonga village visit; a visit to Victoria Falls; return Livingstone Airport transfers; and a sundowner cruise are included.

No children under the age of 12 are permitted on walking safaris.

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Sussi & Chuma

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Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Chobe National Park: 2 Nights

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is highly acclaimed as one of the most luxurious lodges in Botswana. Meaning 'Place of High View' in the local language of Setswana, the lodge sits above the Chobe River in the Chobe National Park, and offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and flood plains onto Namibia's Caprivi Strip.

Activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles to view Africa's largest concentration of elephants, or to witness the gathering of lion, herds of buffalo and a variety of other species along the banks of the Chobe River. This same abundance of wildlife can also be viewed on an early evening sundowner cruise, while sipping cocktails.

Inbetween game activities, guests can relax by the split-level swimming pool, or unwind with a pampering session in the spa. Decadent high teas are often served on the shady lawn overlooking the river.

End each day with pre-dinner drinks on the terrace before sitting down to a sumptuous 3 course dinner which is a delicious, eclectic fusion of Western and African cuisine and delicacies - all topped off by a sampling of vintage wines and spirits from the cellar.

Each of the 14 thatched suites has an en-suite bathroom featuring a large freestanding bath and separate rain shower. After a day of game viewing, what better way to relax than in your own private garden with a cocktail? Or if the fancy takes you, why not have your gourmet dinner served here under the African sky. Three of the suites also feature an extra bedroom - perfect for families.

The Pool Suite is for couples looking for more privacy, and features a private plunge pool and private deck area where you can relax with a cocktail or enjoy private dinners for two under the stars (weather permitting).

Example Details For Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room (Sanctuary long stay discount applied)
Includes: All meals; all beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic - except premium brands); shared game view activities; Park fees; and shared transfers to/from Kasane Airport are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

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Baines' Camp

Okavango Delta: 3 Nights

Set amongst the shady trees and water of the Okavango Delta, the intimate Sanctuary Baines' Camp is named after the famed 19th century explorer and artist, Thomas Baines. This area, situated on a vast private concession neighbouring the Moremi Game Reserve, is superb for viewing all animal and bird species.

Guests here have the opportunity to see animals up close with your expert guide on morning and evening game drives in open 4x4 vehicles. A night game drive is the perfect way to see some of the nocturnal animals not active during the day time.

One of the best ways to see the wildlife around Sanctuary Baines' Camp is in one of the locally made dugout canoes, known as mokoros. These used to be carved from ebony but are now made from commercially grown wood and fibreglass to protect the fragile environment of the Okavango. In one of these traditional crafts it is possible to float around the waterways and lagoons that make up the Delta, looking for crocodiles in the water, but also getting a remarkable view of the plains game from a new and exciting angle. For the less intrepid, the camp also has motorised speedboats that can be used when the rivers are in flood. All water based activities are seasonal and based on the water levels of the Delta.

Walking safaris are a speciality at Baines', with skilled guides introducing the area's natural wonders. Find out how to track and follow even the most elusive of animals in the Okavango.

The choice of activities does not end there, however. A unique and educational elephant interaction is also available to guests at Baines', where guests can spend the morning walking with a herd of semi-habituated elephants, learning about their daily habits, from the foods they eat to their favourite bathing spots.

The camp features just 6 suites with en-suite facilities and 4 poster beds, set on elevated platforms in the tree line with private wooden decks that offer expansive views over the shimmering permanent water of the Boro River where hippo can often be spotted. Traditional safari ceiling fans create a cooling breeze at even the hottest times of the year. Should you wish, your bed can be wheeled out onto your deck for a night under the stars, or take an indulgent soak in an opulent star bath. At Baines' Camp, the sky's the limit.

The swimming pool and the wide wooden deck that surrounds the main dining and sitting room is the ideal place to relax while observing the varied wildlife present here.

Example Details For Baines' Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room (Sanctuary long stay discount applied)
Includes: All meals; all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); shared game viewing activities (except elephant activity); airstrip transfers; emergency medical evacuation; Park fees; and a laundry service are included.

Children under the age of 15 years are not permitted on walking safaris.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Important Travel Information For Zambia

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

Certain nationalities require a visa to enter Zambia - these include nationalities from the UK, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local Zambia High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements or check this website: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Zambia

The visa can issued at any Zambia Embassy or on arrival at an entry point, or you can now obtain an e-Visa prior to travel via https://evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/.  Single and double entry visit visas are available at all ports of entry, but multi-entry visas are not. If you plan to get a visa on arrival, make sure you have the correct amount of cash (US dollars) with you as change may not be available.

Current visa costs (subject to change) are as follows: Single Entry Visa USD 50 per person; Double/Multipe Entry Visa USD 80 per person; Day Tripper Visa USD 20 per person (enter and exit through same port); Transit Visa USD 50 per person.

If you enter through Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka or the Harry Mwanga International Airport in Livingstone, you can now make payment for single and double entry visas via credit card at the Zambian Immigration desks.

For visitors wanting to travel across to Zimbabwe, the KAZA UniVisa is also an option (although unfortunately this is not always available). This visa allows tourists of certain nationalities to travel freely between Zambia and Zimbabwe, within a 30 day period from the date of their first entry. This same visa will also allow those who cross into Botswana for a day trip to come back into Zambia (or Zimbabwe) without paying any extra visa fees - please note however it is not valid if staying in Botswana overnight. The UniVisa can ONLY be obtained at SELECTED border posts (currently Harry Mwaanga/Livingstone Airport, Victoria Falls Land Border, Kazungula Land Border (border with Botswana) and Kenneth Kaunda/Lusaka Airport) - the current price is USD 50 per person (subject to change) and payable in cash. To check whether you are eligible for this visa, please visit https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/kaza-univisa/.

For everyone entering Zambia, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry and have at least 2 blank pages for entry/exit stamps.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with current passport and visa requirements.

Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Zambia.

To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled. To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is no risk of yellow fever in Zambia, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Zambia. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Zambia requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Zambia - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

Tsetse flies are found throughout some of Zambia's National Parks, especially in the Luangwa Valley and Kafue National Park. There have been some cases of sleeping sickness occurring after a tsetse fly bite, although these are mainly amongst farmers and other locals who have repeated exposure to bites. However, the fly can still deliver a painful bite, so it is advisable to take necessary precautions - don't wear dark colours, especially black and blue (including denim), wear long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and don't walk through bushes during the hottest part of the day.

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Important Travel Information For Botswana

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

Holders of the following passports do not require a visa to enter Botswana when travelling as a tourist for stays up to 90 days: United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; Australia; New Zealand; Ireland; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain; South Africa. If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local Botswana High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements, as citizens of certain countries are required to obtain visas before travelling. Please note that if you are applying to the Embassy for your visa, some visas can take a long time to be processed so please do take this into consideration, as it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa in place before you travel.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Botswana and have sufficient blank pages for the Botswana entry/exit stamps (at least 2).

TRAVELLING TO/FROM BOTSWANA WITH CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 18 YEARS OF AGE AT DATE OF TRAVEL: The following requirements apply regardless of nationality. Parents travelling with children must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child, showing full details of the child's parents. If the birth certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned. If the child is adopted, the adoption certificate must be produced. If only one parent is travelling, said parent must also show consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent named on the birth certificate authorising the child to travel (the affidavit must be no more than 6 months old from the date of travel), or a court order granting full parental responsibilities to the travelling parent, or (where applicable) a death certificate for the deceased parent. Legally separated parents should also provide a court order when the other parent does not give consent. Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child, he/she must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child supplemented by affidavits from the child's parents/legal guardian giving consent for the child to travel and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents/legal guardian PLUS their contact details. There are also additional rules for unaccompanied minors - available on request. PLEASE NOTE: All documents must be original - PHOTOCOPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED. In the case of foreign countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced. For more information, please contact your Botswana High Commission.

Please note that plastic bags are banned in Botswana. This ban is primarily aimed to reduce plastic in commercial use (as opposed to tourists bringing in plastic bags to carry personal property), however, we would strongly recommend guests avoid bringing plastic bags into the country if possible.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with current passport and visa requirements.

Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Botswana.

To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled. To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is a risk of malaria in the northern half of Botswana, including Chobe and the Okavango Delta, particularly during the months of November to June - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

There is no risk of yellow fever in Botswana, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Botswana. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Botswana requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.