Please note the 2017 itinerary runs from April 2017 through to March 2018.
This 9 day Delta & Victoria Falls Budget Safari is a limited participation tour providing assisted camping.
This Okavango Delta & Victoria Falls Safari is an excellent way to experience some of the top natural wonders, wilderness areas and game viewing in Southern Africa, at an affordable price!
You will be collected in Windhoek between 07:30 and 08:00am on a Friday morning at the start of this Delta & Victoria Falls Budget Safari.
We drive east through the Kalahari, crossing into Botswana at the Buitepos Border.
Once in Botswana we head to the small outpost town of Ghanzi, located in a cattle farming area.
Our overnight lodge is a community owned and run establishment, offering an authentic Kalahari stay. The camp helps to keep the culture of the traditional Kalahari San (bushman) alive and provides jobs for the local San D'Kar people. Staying here, we help support the local community and dwindling Kalahari San way of life.
Sit back and relax in this remote area of Botswana on your first night around the campfire, listening to the tales of the local San people.
Today we set off early for a morning walk with the local San (bushmen) to find out more about the Kalahari and its inhabitants.
Then we continue our journey northeast, crossing the Kalahari dunes and driving through little towns as we go.
Our next stop is the pristine Okavango Delta of Botswana. As we travel to the western outskirts of the delta the vegetation becomes more lush. We drive north along the fringes of the delta, turning west into the watery Okavango further along the way.
Arriving in the vast inland delta we are met by the clear waters of its winding channels and the unspoilt bush growing on its banks and secluded islands.
We set up camp on the banks of a natural lagoon in this magical wilderness area.
This morning we set off on a once-in-a-lifetime trip into the pristine Okavango Delta. We transfer to a motorized boat and then to the traditional mode of transport used to navigate the delta. We make our way deep into the watery delta in the dugout canoes, called Mokoros. A local poler stands skillfully balanced at the back of the canoe, which carries two passengers, guiding the vessel through the maze of waterways.
Travelling by these traditional canoes, designed to move through the narrow Okavango Delta channels, is a remarkable and unique experience. Being poled by mokoro into the heart of the Okavango is the best way to really explore this natural wonder.
In the late afternoon we return to our overnight camp on the fringes of the tranquil Okavango.
On day four of this Delta & Victoria Falls Budget Safari we hit the road again, driving back into Namibia.
After completing border formalities we travel straight into the compact Mahango Game Reserve, an excellent game park along the Okavango River.
We enjoy a game drive through Mahango Reserve looking out for some of the rare Namibian animal species, such as roan and sable antelopes, found in the park. Continuing through the narrow Caprivi Strip, the lushest part of Namibia, we pass small rural communities and verdant forests.
Our next overnight camp is set next to the Kwando River proper, just outside of the Game Reserve.
From the Kwando River we travel along the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, a long narrow strip of land stretching along the northern border of Botswana.
This morning we visit the Lizauli Traditional Village, a tourism initiative that benefits the local community. This community project gives us insight into the way people live in this traditional village. We meet the traditional healer of the village and watch the blacksmiths make tools and knives from metal, using fire flamed by handmade bellows. Here you can see how millet is ground, chickens are housed and grain was traditionally transported and stored.
Then we continue our travels, passing through numerous little communities in Caprivi, en route to Katima Mulilo, the easternmost town in Namibia.
After a brief stop in Katima Mulilo, we cross back over into Botswana, driving directly into game-rich Chobe National Park. Chobe Park hosts the largest continuous population of African Elephants in the world. The game park is world famous as a top safari destination for sighting big game.
Heading to Kasane we drive through Chobe Park, looking out for wildlife along the way. Tonight we camp beside the Chobe River on the campgrounds of a local lodge.
Start the day with an early tea or coffee before embarking on an exciting game drive in Chobe National Park. Exploring Chobe on game drives is a great way to spot some of the many elephants and other big game species. We often get up close to the wildlife in the bush and chance encounters include sightings of Africa's big cats.
We return to camp for lunch and some free time, before taking a leisurely afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River. The river cruise takes us into Chobe Park, where an abundance of wild animals and birds can be sighted in and around the river course.
You can expect to see plenty of crocodiles and hippos in the waters of the Chobe River, as well as various antelopes, elephant, buffalo and sometimes big cats along the banks.
Leaving Kasane and Botswana behind we cross the Zambezi River on the Kazangula Ferry. After completing border formalities we drive to the nearby town Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
This bustling African town is named after the legendary Victoria Falls waterfall - one of the natural wonders of the world. We head to our conveniently located camp, in the heart of historic Victoria Falls town. The camp is close to all the action - booking agents for activities and sightseeing highlights, as well as lying only 2 km's from Vic Falls itself.
Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls - a truly awe-inspiring experience! Standing before this powerful waterfall you can see why the locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning 'the Smoke That Thunders'.
The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore the vibrant town and your guide can help you to choose and book optional activities, from the wide array available at Vic Falls. Activities include white water rafting, bungi jumping, kayaking, scenic flights, game viewing and more.
Dinner on day seven is for your own account at a local restaurant.
NB: Extra activities are subject to availability and done at your own risk, discretion and expense.
Spend the day exploring Victoria Falls and surrounds in Zimbabwe, or participate in some of the thrilling optional activities. The day is free for you to relax and do your own thing.
Enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers on the final night of this Delta & Victoria Falls Budget Safari, ending at Victoria Falls.
Lunch and dinner are not included in the price of the safari today.
Today this diverse southern African adventure comes to a close at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, for those not taking the optional transfer to Windhoek.
You have the option of returning to Windhoek in Namibia at an extra cost (see full tour pricing for details).
Those taking the transit back to Windhoek will depart early for the long drive ahead. We drive via the Caprivi Strip, spending the night near Rundu. We overnight at the campgrounds of a lodge beside the Okavango River, overlooking Angola on the other side from northern Namibia.
We have dinner in the restaurant at the lodge (included in the transfer price).
We hit the road early again for the last long stretch of our journey.
Driving south through the Kavango Province we pass through the small towns of Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja on our way to Windhoek. We stop at the large woodcarving market in Okahandja to shop for Namibian souvenirs before arriving in the capital city.
You will be dropped off at your post-tour accommodation in Windhoek, bringing the transit option of this Delta & Victoria Falls Budget Safari to a close.