So your really want to see the Okavango Delta and who wouldn't, given the chance. This tranquil haven is home to a diversity of wildlife and being poled through the labrinyth of waterways must be the most relaxing ways to view game.
If you have only 4 days then it's probably best to fly directly into Maun. This will give time to squeeze in a trip to the Moremi Game Reserve, voted the best game reserve in Africa by the esteemed African Travel and Tourism Association.
Borne out of local residents concern for the depletion of the wildlife in their area, Moremi was established in 1963. It is situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango and incorporates Chief's Island, renowned for hosting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent.
You should budget approximately
- $1 750 for an exclusive camping tour
If you have 7 Days then fly into either Vic Falls International Airport, Zimbabwe or Livingstone International Airport, Zambia, this will give you the opportunity to vist Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park, in Botswana, as well as the Delta.
Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is an awesome sight and, if you are adventurous, try and fit in a day (you may need to budget for an extra day) to go wild on some of Victoria Falls' exhilarating activities, such as riding the rapids on the Zambezi, bungee jumping from the bridge over the Falls or risk a swim in the Devil's Pool.
In Chobe National Park the rolling savannah attracts a smorgasbord of wildlife, which in turn attracts the predators. The park is renown for its large concentration of elephant herds and is home to around 50 000 Kalahari elephants that migrate between Chobe and Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
For a tour of this length you should budget approximately
- $850 for a budget camping tour
- $660 for an overland tour
- $1965 for a budget lodge safari
15 days gives you time to expand your horizons and explore another of Africa's fascinating countries. There is time to journey through Namibia taking in the mysterious Skeleton Coast, the incredible sand dunes in Sossuvlei and the ancient Namib Desert, before crossing into Botswana to game view in the pristine Okavango Delta and Etosha National Park.
Your budget should be approximately
- $2198 for a budget camping safari
- $1338 for an accommodated overland tour
Or skip Namibia in favour of South Africa. This is a great option if you would like some city life before embarking on a trip into the tranquil wilderness. Johannesburg is a cosmopolitan city, rich in South Africa's history with a vibrant night life.
2 weeks would give you time to visit the world famous Kruger National Park, South Africa and still have time to travel into Botswana to the Delta and Chobe, as well as Vic Falls.
The budget for this would be approximately
- $1455 for an accommodated overland tour
If you have 3 weeks you may want to consider taking two tours. One that would take you to the Okavango Delta and surrounding areas and then take a flight to Cape Town, about 2000 kms south, or fly north east on a 3500 km journey to Tanzania for more game viewing in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.