Vacation of a Lifetime


This incredible African vacation includes safaris, a sleepout under the stars and luxury accommodations. Discover the beauty of Botswana while on a photographic safari with a world renowned photographer, relax at Jack's Camp with a 30 minute massage and get close to the wildlife with a meerkat experience. If you are looking to add something to your bucket list, this is it!

 

Executive Member Benefit

 
  • Executive Members earn an annual 2% Reward on Costco Travel purchases

Vacation Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare from New York (JFK) or Washington (IAD) to Cape Town via Johannesburg

  • Applicable domestic flights within Africa

  • One night in a Luxury Suite at The Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa (Johannesburg)

  • Three nights in a Luxury Tent at Jack’s Camp (Makgadikgadi Pans National Park)

  • Three nights in a Luxury Tent at Xigera Camp (Moremi Game Reserve)

  • Two nights in a Luxury Suite at Chobe Game Lodge (Chobe National Park)

  • Nine breakfasts, eight lunches and eight dinners

  • Meerkat experience

  • Quad biking into the salt pans

  • A special secret sleepout under the stars in the saltpans

  • A one day private game drive experience with guide

  • A photographic safari with renown wildlife photographer Mike Myers

  • Champagne breakfast in the bush

  • 30 minute massage at Jack's Camp

  • Game drives as specified in itinerary

  • Services of qualified English-speaking guides, drivers, rangers and trackers

  • Transportation in deluxe vehicles

  • Entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated

  • Lion World Travel representative meet and greet upon arrival

Itinerary Days 1 - 3

Day 1

  • Depart from New York, NY (JFK) or Washington D.C. (IAD) on your international South African Airways flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.


Day 2

  • Upon arrival at Johannesburg's Oliver Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met by a Lion World Travel representative and transferred to your hotel.

  • Nestled in lush landscaped gardens in the exclusive Sandhurst suburb of Sandton, the 5-star Saxon Hotel & Spa makes a world-class statement of ethnic African elegance, combined with personalized attention to detail.

  • Airy and spacious, all rooms also incorporate a strong element of African art and are a peaceful oasis of marble, light wood and plush furnishings. Latticed shutters cover large bay windows that look onto the tranquil gardens or pool area.

  • The Saxon has witnessed history within its walls as it became home to Nelson Mandela after he was released from prison. It was during this time that South Africa's former President used the serene setting of the hotel to edit his autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom”. Saxon Qunu Grill is named for the late former Presidents home town. It was also the site of Oprah Winfrey’s 50th birthday party.

  • No meals included today.

  • Overnight accommodations: The Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa in a Luxury Suite


Day 3

  • This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Maun. On arrival in Maun, you will connect with your light aircraft transfer to Jack’s Camp. Founded by explorer Jack Bousfield in the 1960s, the camp sits in a striking spot on the edge of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans, gazing over glittering salt pans and shimmering expanses of sun-scorched earth. Jack’s Camp is an oasis of style and comfort in the middle of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. Spectacular vistas, creative surprises, expert guiding, old-world safari styling and superb cuisine all come together to create an experience that is completely different from any other. The camp features ten, Bedouin-style tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring indoor and private outdoor showers, scattered below a soft canopy of molokwane palms, each one an ode to safaris of old.

  • At the mess tent, a museum of vintage artifacts, maps, photos, and manuscripts all collected by the Bousfield family, is the centre piece of the 1940s-style canvas pavilion. Separate tents contain an antique pool table, library, and a bar with an excellent selection of fine wines.

  • Although the desert is never a place of abundance, the Makgadikgadi is full of elusive species and desert-adapted animals and the perfect complement to Botswana’s traditionally game-rich areas, like the Khwai Private Reserve and the Okavango Delta.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Overnight accommodations: Jack’s Camp in a Luxury Tent


Itinerary Days 4 - 6

Day 4

  • While staying at Jack's Camp you will be going out on game drives with one of these amazing private sought after guides.

  • Chabba (Chabadimaketse Selei) was born in Botswana but partially educated in the United States, is a biologist with a deep fascination for the interactions between geography and wildlife. He has been guiding almost immediately after he finished studying in Oklahoma in 2004. Known for the rare gift of straddling both the worlds of Botswana and wherever his guests are from, Chabba is one of the region's most highly sought-after guides.

  • Greg Hartman was born in remote Zimbabwe and grew up with the bush as a huge influence in his life, as his father was also a safari guide. Not content with informal study he added a degree in African Vertebrate Biodiversity before completing further studies in the field. Despite his qualifications he credits his fellow guides as teaching him the most about the interactions of the bush and desert. He has been based in Botswana since 2013 guiding between the Makgadikgadi Pans and the Okavango Delta. An accomplished photographer and teacher he is very popular with guests wanting the best images from their trip.

  • With either of these guides, you will get to experience unique desert wildlife, such as brown hyena, bat-eared fox and if you're lucky enough you might even spot a lion or elephant.

  • On these guided game drives, you have the opportunity to explore the 6,200 square miles of Makgadikgadi Salt pans further to see rare desert species. Ornithology enthusiasts will enjoy birding walks to seek migratory and resident bird species.

  • On nature and anthropology walks you will be able to seek ancient stone tools dated 2,000 to 500,000 years old and you will be able to enjoy Sunset "sundowners" on the pans and surreal astronomy evenings with the guides. During the wet, rainy season 35-75,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate into the area with regular sightings of lion, cheetah and other predators on the hunt of their trail. See hundreds of thousands of Pink Flamingo on the soda lake at Kubu Island in the wet season - the greatest flock on earth.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Overnight accommodations: Jack’s Camp in a Luxury Tent


Day 5

  • Enjoy a day of wildlife viewing. A visit to the Makgadikgadi means getting up close and personal with the local meerkat families. Here you can have a great meerkat experience, with the opportunity to meet these social mongooses, giving unique insights into how Kalahari meerkats band together to face the challenges of this unique and unforgiving environment. Head out from camp just as the sun it is rising, so that you are on the ground as these little guys set off in search of their breakfast.

  • Walk amongst them (you’re not allowed to touch or feed them) and if you take a seat you might be lucky enough to be mistaken for a termite mound, where you will be used as a look out point for predators.

  • Spend time walking and interacting with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen and gain insight into their ancient culture.

  • During the dry season, go quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans. During the green season, experience the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest – the second biggest in Africa, and the last remaining in Southern Africa.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Overnight accommodations: Jack’s Camp in a Luxury Tent


Day 6

  • Today you will be transferred by light aircraft to the Okavango Delta. On arrival at the camp airstrip you will be met and transferred to the newly re-opened Xigera Safari Lodge, where you will spend 3-nights, including all meals and two activities each day.

  • Xigera ("Kee-jera") Safari Lodge is a bold new statement in Botswana's most unspoiled wilderness on the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve, in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Discover 12 Suites suspended above the forest floor, with a deck that extends to an outdoor daybed with uninterrupted views over the floodplains and passing wildlife. Floating delicately above the water and allowing wildlife to pass uninterruptedly beneath, the suites are situated on two islands, bridged together with an extraordinary bronze lily centrepiece designed by Anton de Kock and created by Otto du Plessis.

  • Each guest suite is fully air conditioned and solar powered by the Xigera Energy Centre, which supplies over 95% of Xigera's energy needs. Water is also purified using an innovative Reverse Osmosis mineralising process, to enable guests to drink the water.

  • The lodge is surrounded by palm-filled islands, breath-taking floodplains and riverine forests: a pristine lacework of islands, papyrus swamps and dense trees. This afternoon enjoy your first scheduled game viewing activity in the Okavango Delta, where you might encounter lions, leopards, elephants, crocodiles and more than 450 bird species.

  • During your free time, admire Xigera's 'living gallery' of bespoke works commissioned exclusively by Africa's most exciting artists and craftspeople. Ground-breaking in its scope and vision, it will be the first design project of this scale on the continent, in partnership with award-winning gallery Southern Guild. Relax around a totemic firepit sculpture by blacksmith artist Conrad Hicks, holding the fire as a boma centrepiece and offering a contemporary take on the traditional boma setting.

  • The spectacular spa provides a tranquil haven, with an extensive spa programme focused on mindfulness, wellness and holistic healing, tapping into the natural healing powers of the bush. Practise yoga each day, spend time in the gym or swim in the flowing water of the swimming pool, which overlooks the river, with a deck for relaxation.

  • Dining at Xigera is a true bush experience. Beneath the velvet night sky, dine on delicious dishes that are inspired by the Delta, using the very best fresh and local ingredients. African-inspired menus, designed by experienced Red Carnation Executive Chefs, are complemented by much-loved signature recipes and a cellar that showcases a superb selection of award-winning Bouchard Finlayson wines.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Overnight accommodations: Xigera Camp in a Luxury Tent


Itinerary Days 7 - 9

Day 7

  • At Xigera, you're at the heart of one of the most incredible eco-systems in Africa. It's a wetlands paradise where the ebb and flow of the seasons paints an ever-changing vista to frame your wildlife experiences.

  • Embark on an early morning and afternoon game viewing experience, as Xigera's expert guides generously share a lifetime's knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Take a flexible game drive or walking safari, or journey through labyrinthine waterways on a mokoro craft or sleek motor boat.

  • With exceptional clarity of light and stunning scenery, the Delta provides unlimited space and opportunity to capture outstanding photographs. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to embark on a photographic safari with renowned wildlife photographer Mike Myers, who has more than 30 years' experience in the bush. Mike Myers is the General Manager of Xigera and a wildlife photographer who has spent many years of his life mastering an understanding of Africa's wildlife. It is his unique understanding of animal behaviour and knowledge of African wildlife that allows him to tell a storey with every photo.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Overnight accommodations: Xigera Camp in a Luxury Tent


Day 8

  • Exquisite palm forests and long miscanthus grass; papyrus-lined channels and large floodwater lagoons all form the dramatic stage of an ancient land that showcases one of Africa's greatest natural wildernesses. Witness this magical world come to life on a walking safari, with the opportunity to spot wildlife that might otherwise be missed from a vehicle.

  • On nature walks discover the smaller miracles of the bush, things sometimes missed in a vehicle.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Overnight accommodations: Xigera Camp in a Luxury Tent


Day 9

  • This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the camp’s airstrip for your flight to Kasane. On arrival in Kasane, you will be met and transferred to Chobe Game Lodge.

  • Chobe Game Lodge is an elegant, five-star, fully Ecotourism-certified safari lodge comprising 40 spacious guest rooms and four luxurious suites. The expansive main area incorporates several comfortable and tastefully appointed seating areas from which to enjoy the tranquility of the lodge surroundings.

  • Following the banks of the river, the 820 feet of elevated boardwalk and viewing deck offers seemingly endless panoramic views over the Chobe River. Find your favourite spot along the platform and settle down to watch the ever-changing wildlife parade across the river, on the islands and the surrounding floodplains.

  • At Chobe Game Lodge, they are leading the way in responsible tourism with a variety of sustainable tourism initiatives including an electric safari fleet of electric land vehicles and electric and solar-powered safari boats – a clean and quiet way to enjoy a boat safari and another first for tourism in Africa.

  • Gender equality and creating better employment opportunities for women in the Botswana tourism industry is a key focus at Chobe Game Lodge where they have been training women in the guiding fraternity since 2005 and today has a full complement of professionally trained female guides and 65% of all the staff members at the lodge are women.

  • Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton decided to tie the knot in 1975 (for the second time) at Chobe Game Lodge which catapulted the lodge and region into the international limelight. There is a possibility that you could stay in the Burtons honeymoon suite!

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Overnight accommodations: Chobe Game Lodge in a Luxury Suite


Itinerary Days 10 - 12

Day 10

  • The day starts at dawn, with an early light breakfast and fresh tea or coffee before your morning safari followed by a full breakfast/brunch on your return to the lodge.

  • Take an early morning drive along the river looking out for fresh tracks – there is always evidence of predator activity. There are huge herds of elephants and buffalo, and impala and giraffe are everywhere.

  • On your return from the morning game drive and after breakfast, you can watch the animals come down to the river, or spot wildlife across the floodplains. Enjoy the facilities including a large swimming pool with terrace, a riverside boma area, stylish bar with an outside terrace and an expansive deck with magnificent views over the Chobe River.

  • Lunch is served anytime from 12:30pm onwards and high tea is served on the boardwalk before the start of the afternoon’s activity.

  • Go on a late afternoon open vehicle game drive or a sunset boat cruise. The river cruise presents an opportunity to view the animals from a different perspective. Keep an eye out for hippos, crocodiles and elephants drinking and splashing at the water’s edge.

  • Delectable dinners are served on the terrace overlooking the Chobe River as you enjoy the sounds of the Chobe surroundings.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Overnight accommodations: Chobe Game Lodge in a Luxury Suite


Day 11

  • After an early morning game drive to track the animals that may have eluded you so far, you’ll be transferred by road back to Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport to connect with your scheduled international South African Airways flight back to the USA.

  • Meals included: Breakfast


Day 12

  • Return home with a lifetime of memories!


 

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†All non-South African passport holders are required to have at least two, entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages (i.e. one side of such a page not front and back thereof) in their passport, each time entry is sought into South Africa and Botswana. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages at the back of the passport. South Africa and Botswana government regulations prohibit airlines from boarding passengers without the required blank visa pages. Passports must be valid for a minimum of six months after the intended date of departure.

It is recommended that visitors take anti-malaria medication prior to arrival in South Africa. For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or visit the Travel Health & Safety division of the Government of Canada official website at http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety. You'll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, safe food and water tips, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

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