Drive from Windhoek to Ghanzi in Botswana to meet the Kalahari San (Bushman) and watch traditional dancing. Fly from Maun over the Okavango Delta to a remote camp on the banks of a tranquil lagoon. Soak up untamed nature, taking a guided nature walk and mokoro trips in the watery delta.
Then travel to Nata on the fringes of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, 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 animals and birds in the wild. In Zimbabwe, 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.
Arriving in Maun you are dropped at the airport for your flight into the magical delta where you spend the next two nights. By evening fall you will find yourself beside the campfire at our tented camp in the heart of the wilderness. Travellers not taking the Okavango Delta trip stay in Maun for the two nights and have time to explore the safari town, take optional mokoro day trips and scenic flights over the delta.
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.
Wake up in the heart of the delta on day three and embark on a mokoro adventure. In the delta, much of our exploring is done by mekoros (traditional dug-out canoes), which are poled through the waters by local guides. Gliding along the reed-lined channels at an easy pace is the ideal way to get a close-up look at the unique flora and fauna of the Okavango Delta.
Our mokoro rides usually lead us through the pristine bush to one of the secluded delta islands where we take on an exciting nature walk with a local guide. On the bush walk you can learn about the fascinating plants and creatures found here, looking out for signs of wildlife. Although the wild animals of the delta are unaccustomed to people, we may see some of these shy inhabitants on our walk. Returning from our mokoro trip and walk, we tuck into a tasty lunch and relax at camp, enjoying the serene natural setting.
Later in the afternoon, we take a boat cruise along the intricate waterways of the Okavango Delta. Sit back and soak up the scenery, admiring the diverse local flora and fauna from the water. Activities in the delta vary based on water levels and local conditions, but being in the delta is always a remarkable adventure.
On day four we enjoy breakfast at our remote camp surrounded by unspoilt nature. Then we return to the airstrip and fly out of the delta, marvelling at the untamed habitat and scanning for wildlife from above. Back in Maun, you have free time to rest and freshen up at the hotel where we stay in en-suite rooms.
This morning we 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.
If time allows, you can join an optional drive to the Nata Pans to experience the vast spaciousness and silence out on this flat expanse in the late afternoon. 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.
Early this morning we set off north for 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 scenic 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 where we visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls.
Heading into the Victoria Falls National Park we experience the might of the great Zambezi River as it plummets over Vic Falls. A popular optional activity for today, is the sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, which includes dinner and drinks.
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, having an optional meal together and choosing activities for the following day with the help of your safari guide.
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 white water 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 swims in Devil's Pool.
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