Departing from Johannesburg this accommodated safari travels to the Kalahari Desert region of Botswana for cultural encounters with the ancient San people, before heading to Maun. Then we fly to our bush camp in the pristine Okavango Delta to explore this watery wilderness on nature walks, boat cruises and mokoro rides, experiencing the truly wild and unspoiled African bush.
Next, we drive to Nata, getting a glimpse of the Makgadikgadi Pans, before making our way to Kasane, near Chobe National Park. Here, we take a game drive and game viewing boat cruise in the famous Chobe Park, home to huge herds of elephants, numerous other animals and birds.
Crossing into Zimbabwe we arrive in Victoria Falls where we visit the spectacular Vic Falls to experience 'the Smoke that Thunders'.
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 Okavango Delta & Chobe Safari leaves Johannesburg city in South Africa on the morning of day one, travelling through the North-West Province towards the Botswana border. Border formalities complete, we drive northwest into Botswana on the Trans-Kalahari highway.
We spend our first night in the small town of Kang, located on the fringes of the Kalahari Desert region.
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 breakfast before we drive further into the Central Kalahari region, making our way to Ghanzi. Our camp is located in the Ghanzi area, home to the unique Kalahari San (Bushmen). The San were the first people to inhabit Southern Africa, having lived in harsh desert environments for tens of thousands of years.
After lunch we meet up with local San guides and take a walk in the seemingly barren Kalahari, discovering the rich forms of life found here. The San guides share their deep knowledge of the region's flora and fauna with us, revealing how their ancestors have long survived in this dry environment as hunter-gatherers.
This evening we are treated to traditional dance show, a cultural experience giving us more insight into the ancient ways of the San. These semi-nomadic people are known for their strong story-telling tradition, as well as their unique song and dance rituals.
Today we drive north-east to Maun, passing through rural Botswana. Maun is known as the gateway 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 and irrigating some 15,000 km² of Botswana.
In the afternoon you have the chance to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, from Maun. Viewing the delta from above reveals the grand scale and beauty of this unique ecosystem, allowing you to spot wildlife from above. We spend the third night in Maun, preparing for our magical delta trip. The guides will fill you in on what to expect in the delta and the activities lined up.
Please note that baggage restrictions apply for transfers into the delta, so a small day bag is recommended. Travellers who did not opt for the Activity Package stay behind at the camp in Maun, where optional activities are available.
Leaving our safari truck in Maun this morning, we take a scenic flight into the Okavango Delta, one of the most unique wilderness areas in the world. Viewing the intricate network of channels and estuaries from above we look out for wildlife and enjoy the scenery.
After our exciting game flight we take a game drive to our remote delta camp, from where we will spend the next two days exploring the waterways and islands of the Okavango. Much of our exploring is done by mekoros (traditional dug-out canoes), which are poled through the waters by local guides. Arriving at the bush camp we embark on a sunset game drive, going in search of the array of wild animals and birds found in the delta.
On day five we wake up in the wild delta and glide out onto the reed-lined channels, making our way through the pristine bush to one of the secluded delta islands. Then 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.
Returning from our nature walk, we spend time unwinding at camp, enjoying the quiet natural setting. Later in the afternoon, we take a cruise along the intricate waterways of the Okavango Delta.
The source of the beautiful Okavango Delta is found in the western highlands of Angola from where it flows through Namibia, before fanning out over the plains of Botswana. This labyrinth of waterways and lagoons flowing between secluded islands and floodplains boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. The tranquil Delta offers a truly wild and unforgettable African bush experience.
Our time in the Okavango Delta will be spent at a bush camp in a 100 000 hectare private 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 game drives, bush walks, mokoro trips, sunset boat cruises and sundowners on one of the islands.
On day six we leave the magical Okavango Delta returning to our safari truck for our drive to Nata. We drive east along the northern reaches of the massive Makgadikgadi Pans, passing big baobab trees along the way.
This afternoon you can join an optional excursion to the salt pans near Nata 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.
This morning we make our way to Kasane, in northeastern Botswana. Kasane is ideally located near the meeting place of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers not far from neighbouring Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Reaching Kasane we head to our safari camp, located along the Chobe River a few kilometres from Chobe National Park. Lunch is served from the safari truck before we embark on an afternoon of game viewing in Chobe National Park, home to one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. First, we enjoy a 4x4 game drive in the scenic national park, best known for its huge population of elephants. Chobe is the second largest national park in Botswana, encompassing diverse habitats from lush plains and wooded grasslands to dense forests and swamps.
Then we set off on a sunset boat cruise in Chobe National Park which is known for its superb boat-based game viewing. The boat cruise provides excellent opportunities for spotting wild animals and birds up close, including hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, antelope species and elephants.
We stay in en-suite rooms at the lodge, overlooking the Chobe River and surrounding bush, and featuring a restaurant, bar and swimming pool.
On day eight, we head for Victoria Falls, crossing into Zimbabwe. Here we visit the mighty Vic Falls waterfall to experience the "Smoke that Thunders" or Mosi-oa-Tunya as the local Kololo call it. Witnessing the mighty falls is an awe-inspiring experience as the Zambezi plummets over 100 feet into the gorge below forming the largest curtain of falling water in the world at 1,7km wide. Listen to the thundering of Victoria Falls and see the impressive smoke-like spray rising up to 400 metres above the Falls making it visible from as far as 50 km away!
After visiting Victoria Falls waterfall, you are free to relax at the hotel, explore the town of Victoria Falls or squeeze in an optional adventure activity. Tonight you have the option of eating out in Victoria Falls and your guide tells you more about the optional activities available, assisting you with bookings for the following day.
This accommodated safari officially ends after breakfast today, bringing your unforgettable African wildlife and wilderness experience to an end.
Most people spend an extra day or two at Victoria Falls in order to participate in a few of the exciting 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 optional adventures include helicopter and microlight flights over Vic Falls, zip-line rides, trips to Livingstone Island and swimming in Devil's Pool.
This budget Okavango Delta & Chobe Accommodated Safari (North) is also available as a shorter Botswana Highlights Safari, travelling from Maun to Victoria Falls. See Full Pricing for rates.
The similar versions of this Botswana Safari are also available in the opposite direction as the Chobe & Okavango Delta Accommodated Safari (South) and the shorter Botswana Highlights Safari from Victoria Falls to Maun.
For more details about the various tour options and versions, contact us.
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