Travel from Nambia into Botswana, where you get to see some traditional tribal dancing by the local San community. Fly over the untamed Okavango Delta to a remote delta camp and experience a thrilling nature walk, boat cruise and mokoro trips along winding delta channels.
Fly back over the Delta to Maun and drive to Nata on the fringes of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Continue to Kasane and stay on the banks of the Chobe River, taking a relaxing boat cruise and 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.
Later we arrive at our safari lodge near 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. This evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing performed by the local Kalahari San community. The traditional San people have inhabited Southern Africa 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.
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.
This morning 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.
Then we drive up to Maun in northern Botswana. Maun is well known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta. The Okavango River has no outlet to the sea, so it empties into the sands of the Kalahari Desert, irrigating some 15,000 km². Reaching Maun you are taken to the airport for your flight into the watery delta where you spend the next two nights. By nightfall, you will find yourself beside a flickering campfire in the heart of the wilderness.
Those who opted not to take the Activity Package will stay in Maun for the next two nights. Days can be spent visiting the town, relaxing at the lodge and doing optional activities such as mokoro rides 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.
Leaving Maun this morning we travel east to Nata, on the fringes of the famous Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana. Along the road 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.
Later this afternoon you can join an optional drive to the pans (time allowing) 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.
Next, we drive north to Kasane, where we stay on the banks of the Chobe River near the entrance 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.
Our accommodation is in twin rooms with en suite bathrooms at a riverside lodge with a swimming pool, internet and bar.
From Chobe Park 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. 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.
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. This part of the Zambezi River is famous for offering some of the best white water rafting in the world, an unforgettable experience!
Other optional adventures include helicopter and microlight flights over Vic Falls, zip-line rides, trips to Livingstone Island and swimming in Devil's Pool.
Leaving the magnificent Victoria Falls early in the morning, we cross back into Botswana and drive south to Francistown. Our lovely lodge 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 mega-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.
Our Okavango Delta & Kruger Park Overland Safari arrives in the bustling Johannesburg, the City of Gold, in the late afternoon. Tonight you have the option of enjoying a braai (barbecue) at the overnight lodge, relaxing in true South African style.
Our next safari camp is located in a private wildlife concession area inside Kruger Park, one of Africa's top safari destinations. After settling into our permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms, we embark on a sunset game drive in Kruger Park. Late afternoons are ideal for game viewing as many animals become more active as the heat subsides and as darkness falls we may encounter nocturnal animals. Returning to camp this evening we enjoy dinner around the glowing campfire, under star-studded skies.
Day 12 is dedicated to game viewing in Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier safari destination. Kruger is home to healthy populations of Africa's Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo) offering excellent sightings of these famous animals.
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. 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 drives in this massive wildlife area are followed by a relaxing night at the safari camp inside the private concession area of Kruger.
Today we set off on an early morning bush walk in the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Our guided nature walk is ideal for getting a closer look at the plants, smaller creatures and signs of animal life. Walking in the bush is also an exhilarating experience as you may come across big game at any moment.
After our thrilling game walk, we board our truck and drive to the Panorama Route. Travelling through the rugged northern region of the Drakensberg mountain range, we explore one of the most scenic parts of South Africa. Along the way, we stop at God’s Window viewpoint to admire the spectacular views of the impressive Blyde River Canyon, the world’s third largest canyon. After taking in the stunning views of the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes formations in Blyde River Canyon, we return to our safari camp inside Kruger.
This evening you are treated to a traditional dance performance and local dinner at camp.
South Africa’s flagship game park, Kruger Park, covers almost 2 million hectares of South African Lowveld. Considered one of the best safari destinations in Africa, Kruger Park is also recognized as a world leader in terms of its wildlife management practices and environmental policies.
Kruger Park 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.
On the last day of this Accommodated Okavango Delta & Kruger Park Safari we venture out into Kruger Park on a final game drive in our safari truck. This is our last chance to spot any of Africa’s iconic Big Five that may have evaded us thus far, along with plenty of other game and bird species found in Kruger.
After our last game drive, we exit Kruger and travel back to the vibrant city of Johannesburg where this affordable Delta & Kruger Safari comes to an end. Most tour groups choose to enjoy dinner together this evening at our post-tour lodge which offers a traditional braai (barbecue) that can be booked through your guide.
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