Experience spectacular Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi in Zimbabwe and get your adrenaline pumping, before heading for Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana. Next, this accommodated safari takes you on a relaxing boat cruise and game drive in world-famous Chobe National Park.
Travel via Nata and the vast Makgadikgadi Pans and then on to the untamed Okavango Delta for nature walks, boat cruises and mokoro trips in this pristine wilderness area. Take a game drive and scenic flight out of the delta to Maun, before heading into the Kalahari Desert to experience ancient San culture.
Cross the border into South Africa and drive to Johannesburg, where the wildlife and wilderness adventure of this Vic Falls & Delta to Jo'burg Accommodated Overland Safari comes to an end.
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.
The Chobe & Okavango Delta Accommodated Safari starts at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe where your tour guide will give you a brief overview of what to expect on this African safari.
On our first day, we visit the world-famous Victoria Falls to experience the thundering roar and impressive spray that give the Falls its local name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means 'the Smoke that Thunders'. Witnessing the mighty falls is an awe-inspiring experience as the Zambezi River plummets over 100 feet into the gorge below forming the largest curtain of falling water in the world at 1,7km wide. The impressive smoke-like spray rises up to 400 meters high over Victoria Falls making the mists visible from as far as 50 km away!
The rest of the day is free for you to embark on some adventure activities, explore the town of Victoria Falls and relax at the hotel pool and bar. 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.
We overnight in comfortable en-suite rooms at a hotel bordering the Zambezi National Park.
This budget Chobe & Okavango Delta Accommodated Safari departs from Vic Falls on day two of the safari. We recommend that you arrive a few days before the tour departs to give you time to explore Vic Falls and participate in some of the numerous adventure activities available. Adding a few days stay before the tour gives you extra time to enjoy optional activities such as White Water Rafting, Flights over the Falls, Bungee Jumping, Zambezi Sunset Cruises, Tram & Bridge Tours and Game Viewing and more at Victoria Falls.
On day two of our budget safari we leave the magical Victoria Falls behind and drive into neighbouring Botswana, making our way to Kasane.
Arriving at our safari camp a few kilometres from Chobe National Park, we have lunch at the safari truck before setting off on a 4x4 game drive. Chobe is the second largest national park in Botswana, encompassing diverse habitats from lush plains and wooded grasslands to dense forests and swamps.
Our game drive takes us in search of the wildlife and birds of Chobe, home to one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. This leading national park is best known for its huge population of African elephants. Later in the afternoon, we embark on a sunset boat cruise in Chobe Park. The Chobe River boat cruise provides excellent opportunities for spotting wild animals up close, including hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, antelope species and elephants.
Tonight's camp overlooks the Chobe River and surrounding bush, featuring a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Accommodation is in twin rooms, with en-suite bathrooms fitted with hot showers.
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 we drive south to Nata, located on the outskirts of the vast Makgadikgadi Pans.
In the afternoon you have the option of taking an excursion to the salt pans near Nata to experience the open landscapes of this arid environment. The Makgadikgadi Pans complex is one of the largest salt pan systems in the world, covering 30 000 km² of northern Botswana.
Tonight we get ready for our adventure into the wild Okavango Delta.
On day four we drive west to Maun, passing giant baobab trees and the northern fringes of the Makgadikgadi Pans en route. Leaving our safari truck in Maun, we take a morning boat cruise into the delta, switching to safari vehicles for the second leg of our journey.
Our game drive takes us deeper into the delta to our safari camp in a concession area. Over the next two days, we explore the waterways and islands of the Okavango, looking out for wild animals that are not accustomed to seeing people.
After settling in at our bush camp we set off on a late afternoon cruise in the Okavango Delta, one of the most unique wilderness areas in the world. Local polers take us on a relaxing mokoro ride ending with a spectacular sunset and sundowners in the bush. Mekoros are the traditional dug-out vessels used to navigate the maze of shallow delta channels. Returning to camp we spend the night around the campfire under starry skies in this wild place, listening to the sounds of nature.
On day five we rise early and glide out onto the reed-lined channels, making our way through the pristine bush to one of the untouched delta islands. Here we embark on a thrilling nature walk with a local expert, learning about the plants and looking for signs of wildlife. Returning from our nature walk, we spend time unwinding at camp, enjoying the quiet natural setting.
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.
Please note that our itinerary in the delta varies depending on seasonal changes, water levels and local conditions.
The morning of day six is free for you to enjoy the natural setting at our delta camp. Then we take a game drive to a small airstrip for our scenic flight out of the Okavango Delta. Taking to the skies we get a bird's eye view of Botswana's watery wildlife gem and spot animals from above.
Our flight over the winding network of delta waterways takes us to Maun. We stay in en-suite rooms at a leafy camp outside of Maun, enjoying the pool and bar.
On the morning of day seven, you have the chance to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta to view this magnificent wilderness area from above. The scenic flight offers sweeping views over the open plains and winding waterways, where wildlife can be spotted.
We then drive southwest to the Ghanzi area, in the heart of the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a massive semi-arid expanse covering about 930 000 km² of the inland plateau in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The Kalahari San were the first inhabitants of this dry interior region, surviving off the land as hunter-gatherers for many thousands of years.
This evening we get our first glimpse into ancient San culture, watching a traditional song and dance performance.
Day eight starts with a guided walk in the central Kalahari Desert. Walking with local San guides we find out more about the survival strategies of the nomadic San (also known as Bushmen). Our guides share their indigenous knowledge about the local flora and fauna with us as we explore and gain insight into the rich culture of the San.
After our desert walk we drive south along the Trans-Kalahari highway to the small town of Kang, our last overnight stop.
Then our southbound Chobe & Okavango Delta Accommodated Safari takes us southeast through Botswana and across into South Africa. Driving through the North-West Province we proceed to Johannesburg, the economic powerhouse of southern Africa.
This wildlife and wilderness adventure ends in the dynamic and bustling city of Johannesburg, offering visitors plenty of attractions. Most safari groups choose to spend the evening together, sharing their safari adventures over dinner. Our post-tour lodge offers an optional dinner - a traditional braai (barbecue), which can be booked through your guide before arrival.
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.
This budget Chobe & Okavango Delta Accommodated Safari (South) is also available in the opposite direction as the Okavango Delta & Chobe Accommodated Safari (North). For more details about the various tour options and versions, contact us.
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