Travel from Namibia into Botswana, where you get to see some traditional tribal dancing by the local San community. Head into the untamed Okavango Delta for a mokoro trip on winding delta channels and tranquil lagoons. Stop for a guided bush walk in the pristine delta before returning to Maun. Drive to Nata on the fringes of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and take a sunset excursion to the stark pans. Continue to Kasane and stay on the banks of the Chobe River, taking a relaxing boat cruise and 4x4 game drive in Chobe Park. Cross into Zimbabwe and visit Victoria Falls National Park to witness the mighty Vic Falls. Drive through Botswana to Francistown, and then to Johannesburg.
Explore South Africa's premier game park, Kruger National Park, on rewarding game drives in search of Africa's Big Five and more. Also, visit the beautiful Panorama Route and take a bush walk in Greater Kruger, before returning to Johannesburg where this accommodated budget safari ends.
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.
This Botswana & Kruger Accommodated Overland Safari kicks off in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Departing from Windhoek this morning, we make our way out of Namibia and into western Botswana. From the border we drive into the Kalahari Desert, passing through the remote countryside of Botswana, dotted with rural villages and roaming livestock.
Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi, and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing by the San community. The traditional San (Bushman) people are indigenous to Southern Africa having inhabited the area for over 30 000 years surviving in harsh conditions as nomadic hunter-gatherers.
Tonight we sleep two per en-suite room at a camp with a pool and bar, just north of Ghanzi. Those of you who have opted to take the Upgraded Fly-in Delta Trip will be travelling into the Okavango Delta tomorrow, preparing for the two-night trip tonight.
Please note: We recommend bringing a smaller overnight bag along for the Fly-in Delta Trip due to luggage restrictions on the small plane transfers.
This morning we embark on a nature walk with the Kalahari San of the Ghanzi area. The guided walk with the local San is a rare and unusual cultural encounter, revealing the fascinating survival techniques and ancient stories of Southern Africa's oldest tribe.
This afternoon we drive north-east to Maun, the gateway to the pristine Okavango Delta of Botswana. The Okavango River has no outlet to the sea, emptying into the sands of the Kalahari Desert and irrigating some 15,000 km² of land, forming the largest inland delta in the world.
Arriving in Maun, clients taking the Upgraded Fly-in Delta Trip are dropped at the airport for their flight into the Okavango Delta. The upgrade entails flying to a remote tented camp and staying in permanent, en-suite tents for the next two nights (inquire for more details). The transfer flight is conducted in small planes offering expansive aerial views of this unique natural wonder.
Those not taking the Upgraded Fly-in Delta Trip have the option of enjoying a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta this afternoon (time and weather permitting) at extra cost. Clients opting out of the upgrade spend the next two nights in Maun, embarking on a mokoro day trip in the Okavango Delta the next day.
On day three, we are up early for our full day of exploring the Okavango Delta in dug-out canoes (mekoros). 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 board the traditional-style mekoros. Gliding along the reed-lined channels and tranquil lagoons dotted with lilypads is the ideal way to experience the tranquil Okavango Delta environment.
Sit back and soak up the wild scenery from your 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 Fly-in Delta Excursion Upgrade wake up at the remote delta camp again and enjoy breakfast before flying 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.
Today we continue north to Kasane, where we stay on the banks of the Chobe River near the national park.
In the afternoon we set off on a 4x4 game drive in Chobe National Park, renowned for its huge population of migratory elephants and large buffalo herds. Chobe Park is the second largest national park in Botswana, encompassing diverse habitats from lush plains and wooded grasslands to dense forests and swamps.
After game viewing on land, we embark on a sunset boat cruise for water-based game viewing. 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 in Chobe Park.
Our accommodation is in twin rooms with en suite bathrooms at a riverside lodge with a swimming pool, internet and bar.
Our next border crossing takes us into Zimbabwe this morning. Entering Zimbabwe we drive to Victoria Falls - where the largest waterfall in the world is found.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls is one of the most unforgettable natural spectacles in Africa - an absolute must-see! Today you have free time to visit Vic Falls and experience the 'Smoke that Thunders' as translated from the local name, Mosi-oa-Tunya. In addition to visiting the spectacular Victoria Falls, you can jump straight into one of the thrilling adventure activities (optional extra) this afternoon or take it easy.
Our overnight accommodation is at a riverside lodge, located on the banks of the Zambezi River on the outskirts of the Zambezi National Park. We stay in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms at the lodge in Victoria Falls, enjoying the facilities, including a swimming pool, internet, bar, laundry services and a restaurant.
Most people spend the day participating in a few of the exciting adventure activities available at Victoria Falls. There are also tamer things to do at Vic Falls, including exploring the historic town, watching the activity from a coffee shop, taking a tram ride or visiting a local village.
This part of the Zambezi River is famous for offering some of the best whitewater rafting in the world, an unforgettable experience! Other optional adventures include helicopter and microlight flights over Vic Falls, zip-line rides in Batoka Gorge, trips to Livingstone Island and bungee jumping from Victoria Falls Bridge.
Leaving the magnificent Victoria Falls early this morning, we return to Botswana for our long drive south to Francistown. Our lovely camp is located just outside of Francistown in central Botswana. We overnight in twin rooms at a vibrant camp with a bar, pool, internet cafe, restaurant and shop.
In the morning we set off early along the Great North Road to our next stop, the dynamic city of Johannesburg.
We travel south through the changing landscapes of northern South Africa, passing from open bushveld dotted with giant baobabs to fields of citrus and maize and then into the densely populated and industrialized Highveld and Gauteng Province, the economic powerhouse of southern Africa. We arrive in bustling Johannesburg, the City of Gold, in the late afternoon. The overnight lodge offers a traditional braai (barbecue) as an optional meal that can be arranged with your guide on the previous day.
Our next stop is the world-renowned Kruger National Park, one of Africa's top safari destinations. We stay at a safari camp located in a private wildlife concession area inside Kruger Park, sleeping in permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms.
After settling in at camp we embark on a sunset game drive in the concession area, looking out for the Big Five and other wildlife. This evening we enjoy dinner around the glowing campfire under a blanket of stars.
Today we explore Kruger National Park, which covers almost 2 million hectares of South African Lowveld. Our full day of game viewing takes us in search of the abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five of Africa (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo), found in this vast wilderness area. Kruger protects an unrivalled diversity of plant and animal species, including around 336 tree species, 49 fish species, 34 amphibian species, 114 species of reptiles, 507 bird and 147 mammal species.
The Activity Package includes a whole day of 4x4 game drives in open safari vehicles - a great way to take in the sights, sounds and smells of nature. The open 4x4 vehicles are designed to offer excellent visibility and better photographic opportunities than enclosed tour vehicles. Returning to camp in the mid-afternoon we set off on a sunset game drive with sundowners (included in Activity Package).
For those that opted not to take the Activity Package a full day game drive in the safari truck is included in the tour price. Our elevated safari truck offers clear views out over the game park, improving your chances of sighting game and big cats that would otherwise be hidden in the bush.
Our rewarding game drive in this massive wildlife area is followed by a relaxing night at the safari camp inside Kruger.
This morning we get up bright and early for a bush walk in Kruger Park. Venturing into the bush on foot provides a closer look at the plants, smaller creatures and signs of animal life. Walking in the bush is also an exhilarating experience as we may come across big game at any moment.
After our thrilling game walk, we visit the Panorama Route. We journey through the rugged northern Drakensberg mountain range, passing through one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. Along the way, we stop to admire the sweeping views of the impressive Blyde River Canyon from God's Window viewpoint. We also stop to take in the stunning views of the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes formations in Blyde River Canyon.
This evening we enjoy a local dance performance and dinner around the flickering campfire.
On the last day of this memorable Namibia to Botswana & Kruger Safari, we venture back out into Kruger National Park in our safari truck. After our final game drive, we travel back to the vibrant city of Johannesburg.
This affordable Delta & Kruger Safari comes to an end when we arrive back in Johannesburg. Most tour groups choose to enjoy dinner together at the post-tour lodge, which offers a traditional braai (barbecue) that can be booked through your guide on day 12.
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