Drive from Windhoek to Ghanzi in Botswana to meet the Kalahari San (bushmen), watch traditional dancing and walk in the semi-desert with these ancient hunter-gatherers. Head to Maun and explore the wild Okavango Delta by mokoro (dug-out canoe) and on a short nature walk. Alternatively, upgrade to the fly-in Okavango Delta Excursion and spend two nights at a remote camp soaking up untamed nature on a guided nature walk and mokoro trips.
Then travel to Nata on the fringes of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and embark on a nature drive in Nata Sanctuary, before heading north to Kasane where we stay on the banks of the Chobe River. Embark on a 4x4 game drive and sunset boat cruise in Chobe National Park, sighting an array of animals and birds in the wild. In Zimbabwe, you can witness the spectacular Victoria Falls waterfall and enjoy optional adventure activities.
The Okavango Delta & Chobe Accommodated Safari takes you on a rewarding and action-packed wildlife adventure through scenic Botswana, ending with the cherry on top - Vic Falls!
During this trip, you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.
We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.
On the first morning, we drive east from Windhoek through Namibia to the Buitepos Border, where we enter neighbouring Botswana. Travelling from the city into the arid Kalahari we pass through remote rural landscapes.
Later we arrive at our lodge in the remote town of Ghanzi, and this evening we are treated to some traditional tribal dancing by the local San community. The semi-nomadic San (Bushmen) are the original inhabitants of Southern Africa, having survived in the harsh arid and semi-arid desert environments of the Kalahari and other pockets of the region for hundreds of years.
This safari comes with an optional Activity Package at an additional cost. The itinerary includes these highly-recommended activities. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package and see the Full Pricing Information above for the cost of the Activity Package.
Start day two with a guided walk in the Kalahari Desert. Experience this unique semi-arid habitat with the local San, learning more about their traditions, survival techniques and indigenous knowledge about the plants and animals of the region. After walking with the Kalahari San we drive up to Maun - the closest town to the Okavango Delta. The world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango River has no outlet to the sea, emptying into the sands of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana.
This afternoon you can take an optional flight over the Okavango Delta from Maun (time and weather allowing). Scenic flights are the best way to take in the size and wildness of the delta system, offering beautiful views and a chance to spot wildlife from above. This evening your guide will fill you in on the details of our day trip into the Okavango Delta tomorrow.
If you opted for the Okavango Delta Excursion Upgrade you are transferred directly to the airport upon arrival in Maun for your flight into the Okavango Delta. The upgraded excursion entails flying into and out of the delta where you spend two nights at a remote tented camp (inquire for more details).
Today we are up early for our full day of exploring the Okavango Delta by dug-out canoe (mokoro). We set off for the delta early this morning in our safari vehicle, heading to a polers' station about an hour from the lodge. At the polers' station, we meet our local guides and switch to mekoros. Gliding along the reed-lined channels and tranquil lagoons dotted with lilypads is the ideal way to experience the watery Okavango Delta.
Sit back and soak up the wild scenery from your traditional mekoros poled through the waters by local guides. Get a close-up look at the unique flora and fauna of the Okavango Delta as we move along slowly and quietly. Stopping at one of the delta islands, you can take a nature walk with your local guide. The bush walk gives you a chance to learn about the fascinating plants and creatures encountered, looking out for signs of wildlife. The mokoro excursion is not a big game viewing activity, it is all about experiencing the beauty of the wild delta. However, we may come across some wildlife including elephants, giraffes, zebras and antelopes like kudu and impala.
After the nature walk, your guide poles you back to the polers' station for the return road transfer to the lodge in Maun.
This morning those who opted for the Okavango Delta Excursion Upgrade fly back to Maun. Then we all board our safari truck, leaving Maun for Nata, on the fringes of the famous Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana. On our way east we see big old baobab trees and snippets of the massive salt pan system, passing through parts of Nxai Pans and Makgadigadi National Park where we may come across roaming wildlife.
This afternoon the Activity Package includes a game drive in Nata Sanctuary to experience the vast spaciousness and silence out on this flat expanse. The Nata Pans are part of the extensive network of Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, once covered by massive inland lakes. This salt pan complex is one of the largest in the world and in winter the pans are dry and stark, whilst in summer short grasses and shallow pools attract an array of animals and birds. Nata is a breeding ground for waterbirds including pelicans and flamingoes so we may see flocks of these in season.
Early this morning we set off north towards Kasane, the town closest to Chobe National Park. Botswana’s second largest national park, Chobe is famous for its huge elephant and buffalo herds.
In the afternoon we embark on a 4x4 game drive in Chobe National Park, which incorporates about 10 566 km² of grasslands, lakes, islands and floodplains in northern Botswana. Wildlife sightings include large predators - lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals and spotted hyenas, and game such as zebras, giraffes, waterbuck and kudus.
After our game drive, we take a sunset boat cruise on Chobe River looking out for wildlife and birds in Chobe National Park. From the water, we get up close to plenty of wild animals such as hippos, antelopes, buffalos, crocodiles and elephants. Our boat-based game viewing provides excellent photographic opportunities for capturing the birds and wildlife attracted to Chobe River. One of Africa's top game parks, Chobe is known for its excellent boat-based game viewing.
Tonight we stay in twin rooms with en suite bathrooms at a lodge along Chobe River, with a swimming pool, internet and bar.
This morning we cross into Zimbabwe and head to Victoria Falls. Today you have the option of visiting the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls.
In Victoria Falls National Park you get to experience the might of the great Zambezi River as it plummets over Vic Falls. The Victoria Falls waterfall is one of the natural wonders of the world - the largest waterfall in the world at 1700m wide and over 100m high. The local name for the falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning 'The Smoke that Thunders', which you will be able to fully appreciate when you witness the impressive spray rising up from the waterfall as it roars into the gorge below.
After visiting the spectacular Victoria Falls, you can jump straight into one of the thrilling adventure activities available here or take it easy. This evening you can eat out in Victoria Falls together and choose activities for the following day with the help of your safari guide. Another popular optional activity for today is the sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, which includes dinner and drinks.
This accommodated Okavango Delta & Chobe Budget Safari finishes after breakfast, but we highly recommend staying in Vic Falls for a few extra days after your safari.
Most people spend an extra day or two at Victoria Falls in order to participate in optional adventure activities. This part of the Zambezi River is famous for offering some of the best whitewater rafting in the world, an unforgettable experience! Other adventures include helicopter and microlight flights over Vic Falls, zip-line rides, trips to Livingstone Island and swimming in Devil's Pool.
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