Moremi hippo by Michael Jansen

Botswana Okavango & Chobe Budget Camping Safari

Tour Length7 days
Priced from pps $1000 R12935 £785 894 A$1322 C$1328 NZ$1374 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Camping Safari

  • Max. Group Size 8 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Accommodation Standard Camping
  • Transport 4x4 Vehicle / Microbus
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

Explore the wilderness gem of Botswana on this affordable safari visiting top game parks and wildlife destinations, camping out under the stars along the way. 

Highlights on this Botswana Camping Safari, starting and ending in Victoria Falls, include:

  • Game Viewing in Chobe National Park, visiting the Savuti & Lynyanti Areas
  • Moremi Game Reserve or Khwai Wildlife Management Area game viewing 
  • Exploring the Okavango Delta on a mokoro & walking day trip
  • Visiting Makgadikgadi Pans on the edge of the Kalahari Desert

Discover the spectacular scenery and rich wildlife of Africa on this fantastic Budget Botswana Okavango & Chobe Safari.

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Itinerary for this Tour

DAY 1: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park – Botswana

This Botswana Okavango & Chobe budget Camping Safari departs from the adventure capital of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Leaving the famous Vic Falls you are transferred to the Botswana border from where we drive in our tour vehicle to nearby Kasane in northern Botswana.

On the first afternoon we explore Botswana’s Chobe National Park, renowned for its large herds of migratory elephants moving between the Okavango Delta in Botswana and Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Chobe Park, one of Botswana's largest game parks, is also home to one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa including hippo, buffalo, hyena, wild dog, leopard and lion, as well as numerous birds. Returning to camp after our first rewading game drive we enjoy dinner and unwind under starry skies.

Camping in twin-share bow tents with shared facilities - Lunch / Dinner

DAY 2: Savuti & Linyanti – Botswana

Today we venture into the south-western part of Chobe to the Savuti Marsh, only accessible by 4x4 safari vehicle. We embark on a game drive and then transfer to the Savuti area where we set off on a late afternoon game drive.

The Savuti Marsh is the remnant of a vast inland lake intermittenly fed by the Savuti Channel. The rolling savannah and grasslands of the Savuti area support various game species including zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, antelope species and of course elephants. Numerous predators such as lion, leopard, hyena and wild dog are in turn attracted to the Savuti due to the abundance of prey species.

We also go game viewing just north of Savuti in the Linyanti area of Chobe Park where woodlands, lagoons and flood plains attract a variety of wildlife and plenty of birds. Linyanti is inhabited by large concentrations of lions, leopards and wild dogs, as well as hippos, antelopes and vast herds of elephants.

Camping in twin-share bow tents with shared facilities - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 3: Moremi Game Reserve or Khwai Game Management Area – Botswana

Next our game viewing takes us to the diverse Moremi Game Reserve, or the adjacent Khwai Game Management Area, on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta.

Moremi Reserve is a more compact and less visited game viewing area compared to Chobe Park, yet this pristine wilderness park offers exceptional and varied game viewing.

Moremi Reserve consists of diverse habitats from Mopane woodland and Acacia forest to floodplains and lagoons resulting in an area of remarkable natural beauty. Leopard, wild dog, cheetah and lion are commonly sighted as are elephant, giraffe and zebra. Hyena and honey badger are also commonly spotted after dark at camp.

There are times of the year when it is preferable to visit an adjacent game management area instead of Moremi, which also offers better game viewing.

Camping in twin-share bow tents with shared facilities - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 4: Maun - Botswana

After an early morning game drive, we pack up camp mid-morning and travel to Maun. Maun is one of the main tourism hubs of Botswana as the gateway to the Okavango Delta.

Our journey there takes us through huge areas of community, protected land and this is an opportunity to witness the lives of the rural community working their land and tending their cattle.

Camping in twin-share bow tents with shared facilities - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5: Okavango Delta - Botswana

The Okavango Delta is our next Botswana safari destination. The Delta is an inland natural wetland system spreading across over around 1.6 million hectares of flat floodplains in northern Botswana. The source of the Delta lies north in the highlands of Angola, running down into Botswana where the waters empty into the extensive Kalahari Desert.

The Okavango Delta forms the largest inland delta in the world - an intricate network of waterways, winding channels, pristine lagoons and secluded islands.

We spend time enjoying the delta floodplains as we navigate the waterways in mokoros, traditional dug-out canoes, guided by experienced and knowledgeable ‘polers’. Moving through the labyrinth of channels by mokoro is an ideal way of sighting the amazing variety of untamed animals found in this unique Botswana delta system.

We arrive back in Maun in good time to take an optional (own expense) flight over the delta which adds another dimension to your Okavango Delta experience.

Camping in twin-share bow tents with shared facilities - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 6: Makgadikgadi Pans - Botswana

Leaving Maun we head south east to the Makgadikgadi Pans, stopping enroute at the interesting village of Gweta. Arriving at the huge salt pan, we are greeted by big baobab trees, called Chapman’s Baobabs. Rising over the vast shimmering salt pan on the edge of the Kalahari desert some of these old baobabs have a circumference of more than 25m hence the nickname - the seven sisters.

We sleep out under the star-studded African skies - an unforgettable African bush experience. During the rainy season it may not be possible to sleep out on the Pan, in which case we would camp near Nata and have the opportunity to see the flamingos of the bird sanctuary.

Camping in twin-share bow tents with shared facilities - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 7: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

We return to Kasane travelling through vast open savannahs, so keep an eye out for wildlife migrating between Chobe National Park and Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. We transfer vehicles and leave our guide at the border before crossing back into Zimbabwe for the last leg of our journey to Victoria Falls, where this Budget Botswana Safari comes to an end in the early afternoon.

Breakfast / Lunch

Safari Pass - Local Payment:

Please note that this safari requires a mandatory Safari Pass (Local Payment) at an additional cost. The Safari Pass includes most of the tour highlights and activities, as well as some accommodation en route. This compulsory payment can be made when booking your tour, or at the start of your trip, payable directly to your tour guide. Contact African Budget Safaris for the detailed itinerary listing what is included in the Safari Pass and see the Full Pricing above for rates.

Tour Accommodation:

Accommodation on this full participation camping tour is in twin-share bow tents, with portable bush toilets and shower facilities. NB Sleeping bags may be rented.

Tour Transport:

On this Botswana Safari we travel by minibus or microbus, 4x4 safari vehicle and dug-out canoe (mokoro) in the Okavango Delta.

Tour Meals

Meals on the Best of Botswana Tour are prepared in the overnight camps by the tour leader with the help of clients. Assistance in preparing meals is encouraged as your contribution helps to ensure that the tour is a success.

Please Note:

This tour can start and finish in Livingstone, Zambia, by arrangement (add extra supplement).

Optional Extras and Excursions

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  • Flight over Okavango Delta 

Victoria Falls

  • Bungee Jumping
  • Sunset Cruise 
  • Flight over the Falls 
  • Canoe Safari 
  • Game Drive 
  • Gorge Swing 
  • White Water Rafting - seasonal 

Child Policy

No children under the age of 12.

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