Starting in Zimbabwe we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, before heading into Botswana where we encounter the Big Five and other wildlife in the world-famous Chobe. From there, we drive to Nata and the fringes of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Then it is on to the beautiful waterways of the Okavango Delta, where we spend two days exploring and marvelling at the unique fauna and flora. Next, we have the privilege of meeting local San people in Ghanzi, before heading across the vast Namibian plains to Windhoek.
Get a glimpse of true, wild, Africa on this incredible overland safari. Awe-inspiring scenery, fantastic wildlife and lifelong friendships are a given.
Our Okavango & Chobe Accommodated Overland Tour starts at the spectacular Victoria Falls, one of Africa's most famous natural wonders. Here the great Zambezi River tumbles over 350 feet along a width of over 5000 feet, creating the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.
We visit the largest sheet of falling water in the world, Victoria Falls, walking to viewpoints to admire the mighty waterfall and take photos. Known by locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or 'The Smoke that Thunders', the river sends spray kilometres into the air and creates a natural rainforest. A visit to the Falls is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The rest of the day is free for exploring the town of Victoria Falls and doing adventure activities. The area offers a huge range of activities - from bungee jumping to white river rafting and gorge swinging. Book a couple of days at the Falls before we start on safari if you'd like to do more of these.
Enjoy an optional dinner out in Victoria Falls town tonight. We stay in en-suite rooms at a comfortable hotel next to the Zambezi National Park.
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We head over the border into Botswana and spend the night in Kasane, near Chobe National Park. We spend the night in comfortable en-suite rooms and make use of the swimming pool to cool down in the African heat.
After lunch served from the safari truck at camp, we embark on a 4x4 game drive in Chobe National Park. This is one of Africa's top game parks, famous for its massive elephant population and large buffalo herds.
In the late afternoon, we take a sunset boat cruise in Chobe National Park, looking out for the numerous birds and animals drawn to the river. The park covers 11 700 km² and is known for its wide range of fauna and abundance of wildlife. Keep your cameras ready - this is Big Five country.
Open since 1968, Chobe is one of the world's most well-known game parks, and for good reason! With its vast assortment of fauna - from grassland to woodland and marshes - it provides the habitat for a huge range of wildlife and birds.
Beside all its antelope species, giraffe, zebra and big cats, the park boasts an elephant population of over 120 000. This is the stuff of safari dreams!
This morning we drive south to Nata, on the outer fringes of the Makgadikgadi Pans.
This afternoon you can join an optional excursion to the salt pans to experience the vastness of this harsh environment. The Makgadikgadi Pans complex is one of the largest salt pan systems in the world, covering 30 000 km² of Botswana.
Day four sees us driving west to Maun. Our route crosses the northern limits of the Makgadikgadi Pans, passing big baobab trees along the way. Early this afternoon we arrive in Maun, the closest town to the Okavango Delta, leaving free time for you to relax at the hotel or take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.
Tonight we get ready for our adventure into the wild Okavango Delta. Please note that if you haven't purchased the Activity Package, you will remain at this accommodation for the following two days. Activity Package clients will go on the Delta Excursion.
Please note: You will need to bring a smaller daypack (overnight bag) for the delta excursion as there is limited space for luggage on the transfer flights.
This morning we fly from Maun to our remote tented camp in the wild delta. The flight offers spectacular aerial views of the delta and the bigger wildlife that call it home.
Later this afternoon we set off on a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) trip and nature walk. Gliding through the reed-lined channels in mekoros, which are poled through the waters by local guides, is the ideal way to spot birds and animals whilst taking in the unique scenery. We make our way through the pristine bush to one of the secluded delta islands. Here we embark on a thrilling nature walk with a local expert, learning about the plants and looking for signs of wildlife. The wild animals of the delta are unaccustomed to people, but we may see some of these shy inhabitants on our walk.
We spend day six in the unspoilt Okavango Delta, exploring the waterways by mokoro, on foot and on an afternoon boat cruise. Our trained guides are incredibly knowledgeable and will teach us about the wonderful fauna and flora of the Okavango - from the tiniest bug to the fattest hippo, and everything in-between!
This incredible area of waterways and islands covers up to15 000 km2 during the wet season. None of this water reaches the sea, but instead, evaporates or transpires from the delta itself.
It being a largely watery paradise, the Okavango is home to hippos, crocs and many fish. Many other of Africa's favourite animals call the Delta home, too. Zebra, rhino, buffalo, wildebeest and a number of buck species also live there, some seasonally, others permanently. And then, the birds... Incredible!
Our time in the Okavango Delta will be spent at a bush camp in a 100 000 hectare concession area, offering a unique delta experience. The secluded camp looks out over peaceful delta waterways and has a low impact on the environment, blending in with the wild African bush around it.
Stay in spacious, permanent Meru-style tents with en-suite bathrooms. These walk-in canvas tents feature comfortable twin beds, simple furnishings, mosquito netting and small outdoor areas with camping chairs. The tented lounge-dining area and outdoor boma are ideal for sitting back and taking in the sounds and sights of this untamed environment in comfort.
Activities offered at the delta camp include bush walks, mokoro trips, sunset boat cruises and sundowners on one of the islands.
Take to the skies this morning as we fly out of the Okavango Delta. The scenic flight offers beautiful views of the massive delta and roaming wildlife below.
Back in Maun, we board our safari truck and drive southwest to Ghanzi, in the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Here we have the opportunity to meet some of the local San community (known colloquially as Bushmen) and learn about their culture and traditions. The traditional San people are indigenous to Southern Africa, having inhabited the area for over 30 000 years, surviving in harsh conditions as nomadic hunter-gatherers. In the afternoon you can join an optional San walk in the Kalahari to find out more about their survival techniques using local flora and fauna. Their story is fascinating.
This evening we watch San traditional dancing and you can stay in a traditional hut (small extra cost) for a pukka San experience.
Rising early, we travel from Ghanzi over the Botswana-Namibia border and on to Windhoek. This is a long trip which gives us a glimpse of the vastness of Africa as we drive through breath-taking, enormous, plains.
On arrival in Windhoek - Namibia's capital city - we go on a short city tour, after which our safari ends.
It is nice, however, to join the group for a final meal at Joe's Beerhouse, one of the city's many eateries, which offers a glimpse into this cosmopolitan city's nightlife.
Windhoek is a wonderful mix of African and European (much German) influences. Known for its safety and good upkeep, there's something for everyone. From the beautiful botanical gardens to the state museum at Alte Feste to the plethora of shops and restaurants, it'll be hard to decide which activities to pick!
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