We are planning on being in Africa for a total of 24 days, most likely beginning our trip in mid August 2014. We will be traveling from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Any suggestions on the best route to get to Africa would be appreciated.This is what we have so far. We are pretty set on the itinerary from days 1 – 16, but days 17 – 24 we are still working out. We know we want to do two gorilla treks and a chimp trek or habituation, whatever is feasible. We are not interested in any cultural excursions, concentrating on wildlife. If it would save travel time somehow, we would be fine with flip-flopping the itinerary to see the gorillas first, then on to Zambia and Botswana. We know it's a busy schedule, but we want to see the maximum wildlife on this trip of a lifetime. We decided on Botswana based on people on forums saying how great the wildlife viewing is, with fewer crowds. We are NOT interested in seeing the migration,but rather a larger variety of animals, especially predators. We have also seen a lot of positive comments on Uganda.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg. Spend the night in Africa Sky Guest House.
Day 2: Fly from Johannesburg, South Africa to Maun, Botswana, then fly to Xakanaxa. Mobile camping in Xakanaxa Okavango Delta/Moremi Game Reserve area.
Days 3 and 4: Mobile camping in Xakanaxa Okavango Delta. We will also do a boat and mokoro excursion.
Days 5: leave Xakanaxa, drive to Khwai. Mobile camp there for days 5 and 6.
Day 7: Leave Kwai, drive to Savute. Mobile camp there for days 7 and 8.
Day 9: Leave Savute, drive to Chobe. Mobile camp there for days 9 and 10. We will be camping in Serondela/Ihaha area.
Day 11: Leave Chobe. Drive to Livingstone, Zambia. Spend the night near Victoria Falls at Royal Livingstone hotel.
Day 12: Leave Victoria Falls,fly to South Luangwa National Park to Kaingo Camp, spend days 12 and 13 there.
Day 14: Leave Kaingo Camp. Either drive to walk to Mwamba camp, spend days 14 and 15 there.
Day 16: Leave Mwamba camp, fly to Lusaka, spend the night at Chiminuka Lodge.
Day 17: Leave Lusaka. This is where the itinerary is not certain. We will probably fly to Entebbe, but not sure the route to get there. Then we would make our way over to Bwindi for gorilla trekking, then chimp trekking.
Day 24: Leave for the United States.