Botswana, South Africa & Zambia

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Go where the wild things are... and you will find yourself in Southern Africa... specifically the national parks of Botswana and Zambia, which together hold the largest concentrations of unspoiled wilderness and wildlife on the planet... and if you want to get closer... then you’ve come to the right place.  On safari, explore some of the continent’s most spectacular wildlife reserves; stay in luxury tented camps and five-star luxury hotels, view the Okavango Delta by mokoro canoe and helicopter, enjoy sundowners under a blazing African sunset, dine at private homes, in elegant hotels and under the stars in the bushveld... this is the Africa you’ve been looking for. Siya namkela nonke! (Welcome!)  

Highlights
  • A welcome dinner rail journey through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park aboard a vintage 1920s steam train, in elegantly restored Pullman lounge and dining cars, gourmet dinner included
  • On-Tour Air (4 flights)
  • Intimate safari groups average just 20 Tauck guests; 6-passenger, safari vehicles with window seats for everyone on game drives led by expert safari guides!
  • Visit to a rhino sanctuary to see rhinos in their natural habitats & a Meerkat colony in Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Visit to a village of San Bushmen in Botswana for a close-up look at their life and culture
Destinations
  • South Africa
  • Africa
  • Africa
  • Livingstone
  • Zambia
Tour Types
  • Luxury

Location: Livingstone, Zambia

<strong>Tour begins: 5:00 PM, The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara.</strong> Transfers are included from Livingstone Airport to The Royal Livingstone Hotel in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone, Zambia, named for 19th-century missionary and explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, the first European to document the region. Settle in at The Royal Livingstone Hotel, a colonial-style luxury hotel on the Zambezi River in the heart of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park; the hotel&rsquo;s lounges and shaded verandahs evoke the elegance of a bygone era. Join us this evening for our welcome reception and dinner during a romantic journey through the bushveld aboard a vintage 1920s steam train. View the park from the stylish comfort of elegantly restored Pullman lounge and dining cars as you enjoy cocktails, hors d&rsquo;oeuvres and a five-course gourmet dinner.

Accommodation Name: The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara

Meals: Dinner

Location: Livingstone, Zambia

A guided walking safari through a rhino sanctuary offers you a chance to see the great horned animals in their natural habitat. Then follow the sound of roaring water on a walking tour to Mosi-oa-Tunya &ndash; &ldquo;The Smoke That Thunders&rdquo; &ndash; which Livingstone named Victoria Falls. The site where the mile-wide Zambezi River plunges powerfully into a chasm more than 350 feet deep, sending billowing clouds of spray skyward like inverted rain, is sure to leave you speechless.

Accommodation Name: The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A ferry transports you across the Zambezi River from Zambia to Botswana this morning, where you'll embark on a motorboat safari on the Chobe River. After lunch, hop a flight to a game reserve on the Okavango River, in the world&rsquo;s largest inland delta, and settle into your lodge on the Khwai River. During seasonal flooding, the delta swells to three times its size, becoming an oasis in an arid country and attracting wildlife &ndash; and predators, including lions and leopards. You&rsquo;ll have a unique chance to view the wildlife after dark on a night safari before dinner this evening.

Accommodation Name: Belmond Khwai River Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Between morning and afternoon game drives in the bush for even more exciting wildlife viewing today, return to camp for lunch and leisure. Enjoy the spa, or watch the passing parade of wildlife on the floodplains from the comfort of your own private deck, before embarking on another game drive this afternoon. Enjoy dinner under the stars in a Boma on the lodge grounds this evening.

Accommodation Name: Belmond Khwai River Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin the day with a game drive and an optional walking safari. Today you'll fly from Khwai further into the Okavango Delta to Eagle Island Camp; situated on remote Xaxaba Island among a web of waterways and lush vegetation, it overlooks a lagoon that attracts a breathtaking variety of big game and exotic birds.&nbsp;This afternoon take a motorboat safari along the intricate waterways of the Okavango Delta in search of elephants, hippos and exotic birds. With incredible&nbsp;views cross the Okavango Delta and delicious food to match, the dining experience at Eagle Island Camp tonight will be one to remember.

Accommodation Name: Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

First up this morning &ndash; a game drive exploring the Okavango Delta by motorboat &ndash; and helicopter.&nbsp;The parallel views you'll experience by helicopter are truly stunning; hovering over the delta, you'll be treated to amazing wildlife sightings, water and land contrasts and a visual kaleidoscope of nature. Following lunch, you're off for a mokoro canoe safari excursion aboard a traditional dugout canoe that takes you gliding over shallow, clear waters past brilliant water lilies and papyrus grasses to areas inaccessible by boat. Listen to the gentle, rhythmic splash as you are poled along and then attune your ears to other sounds. Long reed frogs will be out enjoying the sun: tiny as your fingertip, they emit extraordinarily loud croaks that resemble Oriental wind chimes. Spiders spin glistening webs above the water; luminous dragonflies hover with whirring wings; game such as red lechwe antelope, reed bucks and giraffes come to drink. But for many, it is the birds of this ornithological paradise that dazzle. Stately egrets, storks, cormorants and even fishing eagles swoop overhead... but for pure drama, the magnificent malachite kingfisher steals the show. End the day with another memorable dinner at Eagle Island Camp.

Accommodation Name: Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly from Okavango to Makgadikgadi Pans, the salt plains at the edge of the Kalahari Desert, and arrive at Camp Kalahari. A parched wasteland most of the year, seasonally the plains come alive with water and grass, drawing spectacular herds of wildebeest and zebra, as well as springboks, vultures, eagles, flamingoes, and hyenas. From your deluxe tented camp, venture out on a walking safari with the local San Bushmen, learning how they use their legendary hunting and survival skills in this usually inhospitable environment. Learn how scorpions and roots are used for medicinal purposes as well as hydration in the desert. This evening, join us for a special sundowner overlooking the Pans complimented with a guide providing an introduction and insight into the geography of the area. <strong>Please note:</strong> Camp Kalahari is a classic, traditional safari camp where air conditioning, Internet and cell phone service are not available; illumination is provided by gas lanterns, and showers are heated by solar power. While there are no electrical outlets in the tents, a charging station is available in the main reception area.

Accommodation Name: Camp Kalahari

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

&ldquo;Meerkat&rdquo; is Dutch for &ldquo;lake cat,&rdquo; which seems odd, since the meerkat is not a cat and it lives in a desert. But you&rsquo;ll find the name somehow suits these hyperactive, charming creatures as you encounter them on their daily routine, digging for termites, frolicking, and standing at attention, forever on the lookout for predators. The meerkat families you&rsquo;ll meet today have no fear of humans; in fact, they&rsquo;ve been known to climb on visitors&rsquo; heads for a better vantage point (one of many potential photo ops on these Botswana and South Africa tours). Enjoy free time at camp in the afternoon before a trip out to the salt pan&nbsp;in a 4-wheel-drive all-terrain vehicle (ATV)* for sundowners and a breathtaking African sunset.

Accommodation Name: Camp Kalahari

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Fly today from the Makgadikgadi airstrip to Maun, then on to Cape Town, South Africa, where you'll spend three nights at the One&amp;Only Cape Town.&nbsp;Your aptly-named hotel is one of a kind, an urban oasis designed around a series of artificial islands, offering contemporary glamour with an African accent and stunning views of Table Mountain and the Victoria &amp; Alfred Waterfront, where the evening is free to spend as you please.&nbsp;

Accommodation Name: One&Only Cape Town

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town nestles in a setting of spectacular natural beauty, between the crashing tides of an azure sea and towering Table Mountain. But its real fascination is in its contrasts &ndash; modern towers beside ornate colonial architecture, and the mix of cultures (Dutch, French, English, African, Afrikaans, Malaysian, Indian and more) that blend in the vast enclave known as the City Bowl. Visit the Cape Malay quarter (also known as Bo-Kaap), a colorful neighborhood of cobbled streets, spice shops, and brightly painted houses; the original residents were slaves from Dutch colonies in Southeast Asia, and their legacy thrives in Bo-Kaap&rsquo;s Muslim culture, artisan skills, and spiced cuisine. Visit the District Six Museum, chronicling the effects of apartheid and forced removals in Cape Town&rsquo;s District Six. The afternoon is free for you to explore as you please; return to your hotel, or perhaps explore the maritime heritage of the Victoria &amp; Alfred Waterfront, a promenade of shops, tall ships and historical buildings along the working harbor. Join us this evening at a private home for a traditional braai (barbecue) under a stunning Cape Town sunset.

Accommodation Name: One&Only Cape Town

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

<p class="p1">This morning, arrive at Cape Point Nature Reserve &ndash; home to antelope, zebra, ostrich, baboons, and breathtaking seascapes; later, a funicular will carry you up to the Old Lighthouse that watches over the ironically-named Cape of Good Hope &ndash; the Portuguese explorer who first navigated these treacherous waters where two oceans converge originally named it &ldquo;the Cape of Storms,&rdquo; a warning validated by the many shipwrecks strewn along its coast. Following lunch overlooking False Bay, set sail for an eco-tour to Seal Island, a rock off the coast that is home to thousands of fur seals and other diverse wildlife including great white sharks that may visit adjacent waters throughout the year. Join us this evening for a farewell reception followed by dinner in the hotel's signature restaurant.

Accommodation Name: One&Only Cape Town

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

<strong>Tour ends: Cape Town. </strong>Fly home anytime. Transfers to Cape Town International Airport from One&amp;Only Cape Town are included. Allow at least 3 hours for flight check-in.

Meals: Breakfast

  • A welcome dinner rail journey through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park aboard a vintage 1920s steam train, in elegantly restored Pullman lounge and dining cars, gourmet dinner included
  • On-Tour Air (4 flights)
  • Intimate safari groups average just 20 Tauck guests; 6-passenger, safari vehicles with window seats for everyone on game drives led by expert safari guides!
  • Visit to a village of San Bushmen in Botswana for a close-up look at their life and culture
  • Visit to a rhino sanctuary to see rhinos in their natural habitats & a Meerkat colony in Makgadikgadi Pans
5* Up close and Personal
This is our 15th trip with Tauck, and it was fabulous! We’ve done the Kenya/Tanzania safari which was excellent, but this trip was different. While we didn’t see the quantity of animals of the K/T trip, we were much closer to these. Well done, Tauck! We loved the experience! Driving alongside a leopard 20 feet away as he headed out on his evening hunt. Being visited by an elephant at our tent in the Kalahari. Seeing rhinos from the helicopter in the Delta. Monkeys coming up in the deck while lounging in the hammock. So many close experiences!
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Date: 21-Sep-2018

5* 5 African Adventures in 1 Tour
An adventure of lifetime. Accommodations are over the top; best tent ever-Camp Kalahari! Be ready to switch gears from Land Cruiser Wildlife Drives–to-High Tea–to-Walking in Bush–to- Candlelight African Dinners. Come ready to absorb all experiences…laundry great-need 30% less clothes; Land Cruisers built to perform in bush; NOT luxury ride! Enjoy.. Walking with Lions & Walking with the Bushmen
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Date: 22-Sep-2015

5* Botswana, Zambia and South Africa tour was the trip of a lifetime!
This tour was phenomenal. The itinerary was varied and well planned. Each day was amazing and it only kept getting better as the trip continued. Out tour director was knowledgable, friendly and organized. We saw tons of animals, traveled by train, small planes, speed boats, dugout canoe and helicopter. It was an experience we will never forget! Having a meerkat stand on my head!
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Date: 28-Sep-2015

5* Trip of a Lifetime
Our trip to Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa, could not have been better. I love animals and seeing them free in the wild was breathtaking. We had lions and elephants within two feet of our vehicle, but they walked on by. The food was excellent, the 16-person group very congenial, and our guide great! Local guides fantastic! High points were seeing wild dogs, a leopard, many other critters up close, Victoria Falls, the Bushmen, the wonderful game drive guides, the singing and dancing welcomes and farewells of the camp staffs, the makoro ride, and the lovely One & Only.
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Date: 02-Jun-2015

5* Botswana, South Africa and Zambia
Seeing the Big Five in their natural habitat and the early morning rainbow in Victoria Falls were amazing. Botswana 'camps' and safari drives both land and water were exhilarating. The guides were so very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, pointing out what we would have missed! Early morning drives with coffee/tea break offered in the field!! What took my breath away was sleeping under the stars on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans at the edge of the Kalahari Desert! Watching the sunset, moon and stars rise and then the sunrise over the moon-like landscape in soft muted colors of the sun. Thankful for weather permitting this rare treat!!
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Date: 09-Sep-2016

5* Thrills of a lifetime
I am 71 & active & found trip strenuous but manageable. Biggest challenge was climbing up into Toyota Land Cruisers used for game drives. Need upper body strength. Days are long from 5:30A to 9:30P with 3 hr break in heat of day when I scheduled marvelous massages. Tent camps FUN & comfy & full of surprises. Saw big 5 in 1 day!! GO & see Botswana! Riding ATV on Kalahari Salt Pans, Thrilling! Dug out canoe ride. Felt like I was on "African Queen." Walking with lions! Beautiful African Sunsets!! Informed local guides that take pride in their jobs and love their home, Botswana. Helicopter ride. The SURPRISES from our amazing Tauck South African Tour Director. Seeing BiG 5!
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Date: 29-Oct-2015

5* Unbelievable Interactions
Awesome trip. Walking near sleeping Rhinos, watching mother leopard & son eat their kill, sitting in a meerkat colony, lodges among the grazing lands & watering holes of elephants, hippos & impalas. Every day brought new adventures & animals. Sunsets cocktails on safari, water & road safaris, wonderful & friendly people, and guide. MUST SEE!! So many to chose from but the friendliness of the MeerKats and their climbing on our laps and tops of our heads ranks as tops. They are so adorable.
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Date: 09-Aug-2016

4* Aventure in Africa
I agree with previous comments, this tour is not for the faint of heart. This is NOT a relaxing vacation, it is in fact a non stop adventure. That said, it was fantastic and we had an awesome time. I recommend Tauck communicates more about Camp Kalahari's limitations(cold temps, cold water, not the best food) Beautiful Bostwana! Petting the lions, the meerkats, seeing great white sharks. The sundowners and our safari guides were awesome. The people were wonderful!!
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Date: 18-Jun-2015

5* ZAMBIA, BOTSWANA AND SOUTH AFRICA
Petting the lions in Zambia was the highlight of the entire trip! The game drives in Botswana were also great. The lodges were all good except the last one ... too primitive (no electricity) and no hot water the last day! Hotel in Capetown was super!
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Date: 19-Aug-2016

5* A Magical Experience
From start to finish our trip was wonderful. Lots of animals, interesting guides and a Tour Director who took care of our every need! We highly recommend the Zambia, Botswana and South Africa tour. A great helicopter ride over the Okavanga Delta. Also, the people, the people, the people.
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Date: 31-Aug-2016

5* Botswana Zambia and south Africa
Every thing was near perfect. Unfortunately we couldn’t get to see lions despite multiple safari jaunts. Nothing to do with Tauck. It was our luck. Tour director was great! All the amenities and hotels were great. Tauck went to great pains to satisfy all our needs especially my wife who is a pure vegetarian. We would definitely do it again Meerkat sitting on my hat. Victoria falls and rhinoceros
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Date: 01-May-2018

5* Wow!
This trip will cover so much you want to see in Africa. From Victoria Falls to the Cape of Good Hope you will be anxious to see the people and animals every day. There wasn't one day that I would have left off of this trip. What a terrific way to see Africa for the first or second time. Our granddaughter who is 18 came with us and loved it. The Kalahari desert will give you something you have never done before. You get up early in the morning so that you can greet the meerkats when they come out and climb on your head. You are the only tall thing out there so you become their lookout post. It was also wonderful to drive the ATVs and welcome sunset with an outdoor dinner and a camp out.
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Date: 03-Oct-2018

5* Start in Cape Town, Africa Tour
A must for anyone's Bucket List, Not to be missed. The tour director was wonderful - each stop was exciting and well planned out. The group was as nice as any group could be. Well worth the experience. Each stop - Waterfalls, Deserts, Lions, and other animals, Tents, Hotel rooms. Top Notch all around.
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Date: 07-Jan-2016

5* Botswana, South Africa, Zambia
The tour exceeded my expectations. It was led by the best tour director I have ever had and I have taken many tours with Tauck and other companies. We were led to areas where we encountered all of the animals we were promised to see. Most memorable were the meerkats. These adorable animals are only found in certain areas and we went to the area where we could find them. It was a joy to have them so close and to have them climb on us for a better view. There were other memorable moments too numerous to mention here.
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Date: 23-Jul-2018

5* Next best trip of a lifetime
My wife and I are trying to continue a tradition. In 1981, my parents took our children to China on the first approved American tour (American Express) after Nixon's visit . They flew military aircraft from city to city and stayed in hotels with unfinished floors above theirs. In 2013 we took our grandchildren to Zambia, Botswana and SA with Tauck. At the One and Only in SA, our grandson said, "this is my kind of place." But the look on their faces at the Livingstone, Kwai River Lodge, and Camp Kalahari, suggest that each lodging was just that much more special. Choose your time of year carefully, but do not expect the staff to alter the weather. Food, lodging, and staff: 6 stars!!!!
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Date: 16-Dec-2015

5* Zambia, Botswana, South Africa
Incredible! We loved it!! The group, the lodges, the safaris, the guides and the animals - all were top notch. The tour was so well organized and run that I immediately started looking for my next Tauck trip. Being out in the vehicle tracking animals, watching the animals take their turns with the available food the jungle/desert offered them. The cycle of life was before my eyes in its most primitive form. So memorable!
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Date: 03-Mar-2015

5* Botswana, Zambia and S. Africa
This was the most wonderful trip ever. It was so far beyond our expectations. We had hoped for a lot of animal sightings---but this was unreal. We saw 4 of the big 5 the first day and the 5th the next day. The camps were wonderful, the staff outstanding in all respects. I can't say enough in this short paragraph. Our tour director was the best Being so close to all of these wonderful animals. It was truly a trip of a lifetime and the pictures we were able to get are out of this world. I would recommend this trip to everyone.
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Date: 29-Sep-2016

5* An Adventure of a Lifetime
Our trip was a bucket list adventure that will be remembered in photographs for a lifetime. A well coordinated trip with every detail thoughtfully planned. We were fortunate to meet an amazing group of new friends lead by an expert guide. The most memorable moment was taking quad bikes into the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan to enjoy dinner under the stars concluding with sleeping in cozy beds with hot water bottles looking at the moon.
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Date: 22-Aug-2017

4* Victoria Falls, Botswana, Capetown Trip
It was a wonderful itinerary that was marred by a sub-par and anti-social tour director. The local staff in Livingstone and all 3 locations in Botswana were wonderful and helpful and made the day to day activities wonderful. They rescued us from a potentially miserable experience. So many to choose from - walking to the edge of Victoria Falls, watching elephants swim across the Zambezi River, seeing the endangered White Rhinos and Wild Dogs, sleeping under the stars in the Kalahari Desert.
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Date: 18-Aug-2018

5* Zambia,Botswana and South Africa
Tauck created a perfect blend of different locations to create a wonderful experience of southern Africa. We went in the last week of September during the dry season and it was the perfect time for viewing wildlife. The local guides were just super. The accommodations were top notch. Watching a leopard eat its fresh kill and the helicopter flight over the delta.
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Date: 11-Oct-2016

5* Botswana, Zambia, South Africa-WOW
This was our third Tauck trip. They have all been wonderful but this one was very special. We wanted to see the animals, but came away with more than that. Yes, we saw the Big 5, by day 2. But, the landscape, the people, the accommodations were all beyond our expectations. If this trip is on your bucket list, do it now. The big 5, the people, nothing left out. All we expected and more. Tauck does a great job, led by knowledgeable tour directors. We got up close and personal to the animals. And sleeping under the stars. That was unbelievable. And the guides. Hardworking, knowledgeable people, who love what they do. Our best holiday ever.
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Date: 08-Oct-2018

5* Magic of Africa
This was our first trip to Africa and it was truly magical. This trip was incredibly diverse; with safari trucks in the Moremi reserve, boats and helicopters in the Okavango Dellta and four-wheelers in the Kalahari. Our Tour Director was an able safari guide as well as a good leader who interacted enthusiastically with each member of the group. Returning the four-wheelers at dawn with the Kalahari dust blowing across the rising sun was awesome.
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Date: 13-Aug-2018

5* Best trip ever
We booked Tauck for the first time, and we love it!! Everything was very organized, we have to do nothing, everything was done for us, small group. our tour guy Chris, was so professional, he knew everything. We love it so much that we don't want to use anybody else, we are planning to go in another 3 trips with Tauck So many, but I would say, walking with Lions, and sleeping in the Kalahari dessert,
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Date: 03-Feb-2015

5* Zambia, Botswana, South Africa
Life changing as I will never look at animals the same way. Loved every minute and loved meeting the people of Africa. The guides were knowledgeable, kind, and fun. Every place we stayed was such a thrill with animals all around and the noises of the wild. The scenery was magnificent and the sunsets were like nothing I've ever seen. The most memorable moment was standing alone on the salt pans and watching the sun set and dusk settle in. Very spiritual.
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Date: 31-Jul-2018

5* A Trip of a Lifetime
This trip met and exceeded our expectations a million times over! The accommodations were fantastic, the food divine and the activities / events were beyond wonderful. We traveled with our family (5 adults and 2 children). It was interesting, fascinating and entertaining for all of us. Waking up to watch the sunrise over the foot of my bed when we spent the night on the salt plains of the Kalahari!
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Date: 20-Jun-2018

5* Botswana, Zambia and South Africa- An experience I will never forget!
The only way to explain this trip is that I felt immersed in the culture and the topography of these magnificent countries. It was more than I can ever have imagined! With our small group of 18, along with our excellent Tour Director, we lived, laughed and learned all they way through these fabulous countries. There were many memories and over 1100 photos to examine but I mostly remember reality moments where the elephant was trumpeting because we came too close to her young calf, and the hippo that burst out of the water with its massive jaws open because we were in his territory and lastly the kindness, awareness and conservation of the people.
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Date: 02-Oct-2018

5* An Amazing Experience!
This has been on my list of places to visit through Tauck for about ten years. We have traveled with you to Machu Picchu, the Galapagos and Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and each of those experiences was incredible. The Southern African countries of Zambia Botswana and SA outstanding. Well planned from start to finish. Our guide was 5*. The wild dog chase was wildlife in action but seeing the young Leopard in the tree and playing while learning to hunt was the most memorable.The sunsets throughout Africa will stay in my mind forever. How do you choose just one memory? The Whole Experience was so outstanding.
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Date: 01-Jun-2018

5* The best trip.
This trip was my 7th with Tauck, and the most memorable. It was totally different because all of the others were more cultural, but this trip was so special. We had a very small group of 10, and we all got along great. Our tour director was fabulous, and if you go on this trip, keep your fingers crossed that you get her. It was all wonderful-the guides, the camps, the hotels, getting up close to so many animals, but I would have to say, sleeping under the stars at the salt pans was amazing.
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Date: 01-Oct-2017

5* One for the record books!
I went solo to Botswana, Zambia, and South Africa. My second Tauck tour, my first safari, and our group was lucky. We saw the Big 5 early on. Our Tauck tour director was amazing, extremely experienced on many levels, always professional. It was a seamless safari. The guides were all top drawer, eagle-eyed and engaging. I cannot pick one moment but these were top of the very long list. Walking with the San Bushmen, the Kalahari meerkats and the Okavango Delta morokos.
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Date: 16-Nov-2015

5* The Adventure of a Lifetime
From the outset every thing was a ten. The accommodations were excellent, all guides were so helpful and knowledgeable, food was exceptional considering all the logistics. Our tour director] was the best. Her warm personality, keeping us well informed, scheduling the daily activities. Truly a credit to Tauck as part of your team. Walking with the lions.
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Date: 05-Nov-2015

5* A Trip of A Lifetime!
This was our 6th trip with Tauck and definitely one of the best. Seeing all of the animals was amazing (including the big 5) and I really liked the different environments with the tented camps in Botswana. All of the accommodations were outstanding. This tour is different from the Tauck tours we've taken in Europe as it is a more active tour. There were so many memorable moments, but having dinner on the Makgadikgadi Pans and sleeping under the stars tops the list!
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Date: 25-Sep-2017

5* Exceeded all our lofty expectations!
It seems surreal we got to walk with lions, walk through Victoria Falls, see so much wildlife in their natural environment. The game trackers were incredibly knowledgeable and taught us about the terrain as we travelled around. Our tour Director was without question the best Director yet-charismatic, passionate and made our trip special. Being less than 10 years away from a female leopard, waking up to the roar of a male lion 3km away, seeing and hearing African fish eagles overhead, watching the meerkats morning routine and eating habits, anchoring off seal island and watching the 5 meter great white sharks come up from the depths to take the bait, SO MANY TO PICK FROM!
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Date: 21-Apr-2015

5* Challenges all your senses
Was a trip of a lifetime. We were inspired, challenged, educated and entertained. The 3 countries are so different and bring a new experience each day. Seeing the Big 5 and so many other animals and beautiful birds was the reason for touring and it did not disappoint. Our group of 16 were wonderful travel companions and our tour director was superb. Not just one. Although elephants are my favorite land animal, seeing a leopard up close in it's natural habitat brought a lot of emotion. A charging elephant, fighting hippos, hyenas at night and ATV'ing on the salt pans, followed by dinner were all memorable. I will be back to Africa.
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Date: 15-Sep-2017

5* zambia, botswana and cape town
It was a wonderful variety of experiences - we flew in small planes, and in a helicopter, took a canoe ride, rode an ATV and, of course, went in safari vehicles! There was a nice variety in the camps, too - different activities and different terrain. Our tour leader was excellent as were the local guides. Was nice having laundry included! there were so many - walking with lions, open-door helicopter ride, seeing a baby leopard, having an elephant within 10 feet of our tent, riding an ATV over the salt pan and seeing the BIG 5 in one day.
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Date: 04-Nov-2015

5* Zambia Botswana SouthAfrica
Just fantastic!It is a long journey;but worth visiting.The itinerary was comprehensive and gave a good sample of the different regions we visited.Not being an outdoor person,had some doubts initially;however,the staff at every camp made it so much easier for us .Had worries about vegetarian food;Every place we went had great choices. Several!Hard to choose one.May be the walk with Cheetah,May be the elephant encounter at Khwai lodge on our way back from night Safari!Elephants swimming!Leopard eating dead Giraffe and going to get her baby to share the meal!Meercats!Sleeping under the biggest dome with full moon!Oh the courtship of the lioness and lion!Friendly staff and guides!
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Date: 18-Jul-2017

5* Fantastic trip.
Wonderful. The entire trip was just fantastic. Every day exceeded my expectations. We had a wonderful tour guide. The guides at each resort were wonderful, knowledgeable & fun to interact with. The animals, people, adventures, etc. were the best ever. LOVED EVERY MINUTE. I would recommend this trip to everyone. How do I pick just one moment. The walk with the rhinos, seeing the animals, all of it.
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Date: 22-Feb-2017

5* Beautiful Africa
Our Special Occasion trip to Zambia, Botswana and South Africa was made even more special by the wonderful people we met along the way and our incredible Tauck Tour Director. We never expected how emotionally moving this trip would be. Sitting in complete silence, surrounded by mama elephants and their babies was simply magical! I have three favorite moments from this trip (which also land in my top ten of all time!): Seeing the Matriarch elephant lead her herd to the edge of the Chobe brought me to tears! Watching the Milky Way move across the desert sky left me speechless. And having a meerkat perch on my head while the babies scampered by my side filled me with joy!
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Date: 10-Jul-2018

5* Zambia + Botswana + South Africa - A Superb Adventure - 5 Stars all the way
If you are in love with African wildlife, the Okavongo Delta of Botswana is the place for you. Victoria Falls, game drives, the Kalahari desert and finally beautiful Cape Town, South Africa polish off this tour. The venues were fantastic plus we spent one night out on the Kalahari desert under the incredible night sky. Touring the Okavango Delta by boat and helicopter. Seeing the elephants, hippos, fabulous birds, giraffes, zebras, etc in the lush water filled Delta. Sleeping out on the Kalahari Desert was an unexpected great adventure.
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Date: 26-Jun-2018

5* Africa-Zambia,Botswana and South Africa
This was our 8th Tauck trip and one of the best! Our tour director was terrific - fun, helpful and understanding and made our trip especially eventful. Everything went smoothly and the three camps that we stayed at were fantastic - 2 camps had air-conditioning in the tents ( as well as showers, toilets, hot and cold running water) For me, the most memorable moment was probably our interaction with the bushmen. They were extremely social and friendly and we learned about how they lived, used tubers for medicine and ointments, and starting fires with sticks and natural elements.
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Date: 14-Sep-2017

5* Africa - World of Wonder
5 new countries! Elephants, lions, giraffes and critters galore! This trip challenged me, entertained me, exhausted me, but left me with a lifetime of stories to tell. Friends are envious and pleased with my accomplishment! I wish all Americans could make this trip! The people of this continent are so gracious and proud of their homeland. A lion passing within arm’s length of my seat in the Safari vehicle.
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Date: 15-May-2018

5* Amazing adventure!
This particular trip was a little out of my comfort zone and one of the most amazing experiences of my life! The wildlife and scenery were stunning, the safari lodges amazing, the food delicious, the people of Africa so welcoming, warm and eager to share their beautiful land and culture, Victoria Falls unbelievable! Spectacular! Walking with the lions in Zambia! Victoria Falls! Seeing the most gorgeous sunsets on the planet! Seeing all the baby wildlife! Lions, leopards, elephants, giraffe, wild dogs, amazing guides! The gorgeous coastline of South Africa! Each day was a new adventure with stunning views of nature at its finest!
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Date: 08-Feb-2016

4* Zambia, Botswana and Capetown
The trip started with a wow! The very first day we saw White Hippos. The second day we went to Victoria Falls and got drenched but loved every minute. We did Safaris in Botswana in the North and on the delta in boats, There were flights and helicopter rides that were really cool. One helicopter ride was much like the balloon rides in Tanzania The most memorable moments were spent in the camps on the Safaris.Having an experience with the Meerkats in Botswana as they came up to you and actually sat on one of our travelers heads was really great. The best part of the trip was our guide who was passionate about the country and gave us great insight into the environment.
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Date: 17-May-2017

5* African Trip to Zambia, Botswana and S Africa
Trip was great. Group on trip were very compatible. Tour director was what you have come to expect with Tauck. Always caring and extremely professional. Sometimes it was not so much the animals, but the interaction with the people and seeing different places in Africa. Victoria Fall and the Merkats.
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Date: 16-May-2017

5* Unforgettable African Experience
First of all, I have to say I was very skeptical about being on a tour with 20 strangers for 2 weeks. This was my first Tauck tour, and I already CAN'T WAIT to do another one! Our tour guide was absolutely incredible. She was kind, patient, energetic, upbeat, and had a positive attitude. The itinerary was set up perfectly as well. Sleeping out under the stars on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans!!
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Date: 27-Jun-2017

5* Awesome trip
All that we expected and more. Our guide was exceptional. A trip that will be rated as one of the best we have ever taken. Exactly what you would expect from Tauck. Thank you. Too many to mention.
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Date: 12-Oct-2017

4* Best safari yet
From initial contact to the last "goodbye" this was our best safari yet. Within two days we had encountered all of the "Big Five". All within 25 feet away. Picture opts were fantastic. Encountered elephants walking through our lodge grounds. Listened to lions calling through the night. Lots of good food, wine and a great folks to share it all. Alone, while sitting in a lodge lounge at sundown, "George" (a majestic and huge bull elephant) decided to join me for a sundowner. A regular visitor to the lodge, he passed close by and enjoyed eating the vegetation near the lounge entrance. After calming down, I toasted him with a nice chardonnay.
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Date: 06-Aug-2018

5* Over The Top!
My sister and I just returned from this trip and I am sure everyone we know is so tired of hearing about the unbelievable sightings and experiences we shared. Non stop animals, each and every day (and night), wonderful lodges, incredible guides, fabulous tour director - sleeping out on the salt pans under the stars, breathless experiences. On the Chobe River surrounded by 300+ elephants playing just like children. To see these huge animals throwing themselves around, splashing each other, playing with the little ones - such an truly awesome sight, very profound.
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Date: 22-Oct-2015

4* Blue Moon tour of Botswana, South Africa and Zambia
Great tour, hitting highlights that we wanted to see in Africa. The safari guides, and reserve staff are excellent. Fabulous Tauck director!!! If you go during the months of June, July or August, pack some clothes for cold weather, mornings and evening are cold. Would recommend adding 1 or 2 days at end to enjoy Cape Town and wine area. Seeing Baby Leopard, also being there for Blue Moon was incredible. Watching the elephants cross the river was spectacular
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Date: 13-Aug-2015

5* One of the best trips ever
Fabulous- that's all I can say. Tauck did an amazing job. At the last minute, literally, my husband could not come, so I went myself. Had the best time ever. June was a great time to go - cool mornings and evenings and nice days. Water levels high. No worries about water, bugs, vaccinations, etc. Bring a camera (telephoto) that you know. Hard to say. Sleeping under the stars in the Kalahari- Seeing the Delta by canoe, speedboat and helicopter- amazing. George (the elephant) and his friends roaming the grounds near our tents. The people on our trip, our tour guide and people I met along the way - faboulous.
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Date: 07-Aug-2018

5* What a terrific first visit to Africa!
We had a wonderful whirlwind trip! Our tour director was fabulous, the group collegial and overall the accommodations and food were good to excellent. We saw much more than the "Big 5". We can't imagine another trip in which we would have seen the variety of wildlife that we saw. Each of the local Africans we met were a delight! A great experience! This is very hard to limit. The top three would be seeing a leopard climb up a tree five times and plucking baby owls out of their nest, experiencing lions not more than 20 feet from us, and one evening seeing a meteor burn up in the sky in Botswana. There were so many more awesome and fun experiences to share.
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Date: 11-Jun-2018

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Start: Livingstone, Zambia
Finish: Cape Town, South Africa
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