This Overland Adventure Safari takes you to Botswana's crowning wilderness and wildlife regions, from the game-rich Chobe National Park into the pristine Okavango Delta, diverse Moremi Game Reserve and the remote Kalahari Desert.
Travel in style, enjoying the added amenities and comforts of the custom-built Luxury Overland Vehicle used on this unique trip from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Johannesburg in South Africa. The combination of carefully-selected lodge accommodation and unforgettable activities further sets this luxurious journey through Botswana apart from the rest.
Today you have the chance to stand before Victoria Falls, beginning this Small Group Overland Adventure with an unforgettable experience! The local Kololo call it Mosi-oa-Tunya - 'The Smoke that Thunders'. Visiting Vic Falls in Zimbabwe, you will fully understand why this massive natural wonder is described as smoking thunder. Be sure to go watch the Zambezi River crash loudly into Batoka Gorge some 108 metres below, sending up a towering cloud of mist.
In addition to marvelling at the largest sheet of falling water on the planet, you can also explore the historic town of Victoria Falls, or embark on one of the thrilling activities on offer here. Victoria Falls is known as the Adventure Capital of Southern Africa given the wide range of exciting activities available here. Choose from helicopter, small plane and microlight flights over Vic Falls, to bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge. This area of the Zambezi River is famous for its world-class whitewater rafting, offering exceptional Grade 5 rapids during high season. Other adrenalin-inducing options include gorge swinging, abseiling and zipline rides in Batoka Gorge.
More laid-back activities include colonial-style high tea at the charming Victoria Falls Hotel, cultural excursions to local villages and sightseeing tours of the town with its old buildings and lively craft markets. On our first night, we have dinner at a local restaurant (own account) in Victoria Falls, getting to each other and preparing for our unforgettable overland trip through Botswana.
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.
Day two starts with breakfast at our lodge along the mighty Zambezi River. Then it is time to hit the road, boarding our comfortable Overland Vehicle for the short drive into Botswana. Having crossed the border we proceed to Kasane and the Chobe River, where our next riverside lodge is located. The incredibly scenic Chobe River defines the northern border of Chobe National Park, supporting an abundance of wildlife and birds along its course.
This afternoon we embark on our first game drive, venturing into Chobe Park. Rated one of the finest wildlife havens in Africa, Chobe is Botswana's leading game park. We spend the afternoon exploring the floodplains, riverine bush and woodlands in an open 4x4 vehicle (included in Activity Package). Watch for lions, spotted hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and elusive leopards, amongst other predators. Chobe National Park is famous for its massive elephant herds, hosting one of the largest elephant populations on earth. In addition to elephants, we are almost sure to see buffalos, zebras, warthogs, giraffes and impalas, along with kudus, wildebeest and waterbuck, amongst other antelopes.
After our memorable game drive, we set off on a relaxing boat cruise along the Chobe River. The leisurely boat cruise is ideal for spotting abundant birdlife and the array of wild animals drawn to the river. Tonight we sit back and enjoy dinner around the campfire, recollecting our game viewing adventures of the day.
On day three we drive south through rural Botswana to Nata. Driving into the undeveloped central district, we may encounter roaming wildlife along the way.
In the afternoon we take a guided excursion to the salt pans near Nata (included in the Activity Package). Our exploration of Nata Sanctuary enables you to experience the open landscapes of this arid environment under big skies. The Makgadikgadi Pans complex is one of the largest salt pan systems in the world, covering 30 000 km² of northern Botswana.
Tonight those taking the Upgraded Delta Trip will get ready for their two-night adventure heading into the wild Okavango Delta tomorrow.
Today we head west, skirting the northern edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans en route to Maun. Our drive takes us past giant old baobab trees and the open expanses of the salt pans, stretching to the south. We also pass through sections of the Nxai Pan and Makgadikgadi Pans national parks, where we might spot antelopes and other wildlife as we drive.
Arriving in Maun, guests opting for the two-night Upgraded Delta Trip are transferred into the wild Okavango Delta. Those choosing the Accommodated Delta Upgrade fly to their remote camp in the Delta.
Tonight everyone not upgrading to the two-night Accommodated Delta Trip, stays at a lodge along the Thamalakane River in Maun. This evening we prepare for our included day trip into the wild Okavango Delta the following day.
On day five, we are up early for our full day of exploring the Okavango Delta by dug-out canoe (mokoro). The intricate network of interlacing channels and lagoons makes up the largest inland delta in the world, a vast estuarine system flowing from the Angolan Highlands into the arid Kalahari of northern Botswana. This remarkable ecosystem features an amazing diversity of animal and plant species, many of which are endangered, unusual and endemic.
We set off for the delta early this morning in our safari vehicle, heading to a polers' station about an hour from the lodge. At the polers' station, we meet our local guides and switch to mekoros. Mekoros are traditionally dug-out wooden canoes, used to navigate the labyrinth of delta streams by using a long pole to lever the vessel through the shallow waters. Gliding along the reed-lined channels and tranquil lagoons dotted with lilypads is the ideal way to experience the watery Okavango Delta.
Sit back and soak up the wild scenery from your traditional mekoros poled through the waters by local guides. Get a close-up look at the unique flora and fauna of the Okavango Delta as we move along slowly and quietly. Stopping at one of the delta islands, you can take a nature walk with your local guide. The bush walk gives you a chance to learn about the fascinating plants and creatures encountered, looking out for signs of wildlife. Heading into the bush on foot is a thrilling experience as we may encounter large animals at any time! Mostly the nature walks are focussed on discovering the small miracles and details of the delta and its inhabitants. However, we may come across some large wildlife species including elephants, giraffes, zebras and antelopes like kudu and impala.
After the nature walk, your guide poles you back to the polers' station for the return road transfer to the lodge in Maun.
Please note: Upgraded clients will spend two nights in the delta at a remote tented lodge or camp in the wetland system. Settle in and soak up the untamed natural environment, admiring the views over the open floodplains of Moremi and Chief's Island. This wild region hosts a diversity of animals and birds, including rare and unusual species, so tune into your surroundings for rewarding encounters.
This morning those of you who opted for the Upgraded Delta Trip get to wake up in the wild Okavango Delta, have breakfast and fly back to Maun.
On day 6 the Activity Package includes a wildlife adventure in Moremi Game Reserve. Encompassing central and eastern parts of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Reserve is the only official protected area in the Delta. We drive to the southern gate of Moremi this morning, setting off before sunrise. Moremi is renowned for its natural beauty and rich diversity of habitats, animals and plants. The game reserve is home to healthy populations of large mammals, including the Big Five of Africa (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) and African wild dogs. The game drive reveals how diverse Moremi's ecosystem is, ranging from lagoons and savannahs to riverside forests and mopane woodlands. Your safari guide will select the best routes in the bush, based on water levels, road conditions and animal sightings.
Those who chose not to join the Moremi Day Trip as part of the Activity Package, stay behind in Maun today. You have free time to relax at the leafy camp, laze by the pool and take an optional flight over the Okavango Delta. The scenic flight offers sweeping views over the open plains and winding waterways, where wildlife can be spotted.
If you took the Upgraded Delta Trip you wake up in the heart of the Okavango Delta today, surrounded by the pristine wilderness! After breakfast in the Delta, you pack up and fly back to Maun, leaving the watery wonderland of the Delta behind.
In Maun, we reunite with our state-of-the-art Overland Vehicle and drive down into the Kalahari, following the delta waters destined for this arid desert region. Our next overnight stay is on a 7500-hectare game farm near Ghanzi. The game lodge is owned and run by the local San (bushmen) community, offering a truly unique Kalahari experience.
Arriving at the lodge in the heart of the remote central Kalahari Desert we are treated to a traditional dance and storytelling performance by the Kalahari San. The San tribes were the original inhabitants of Southern Africa, having lived in the arid desert habitats of the region as semi-nomadic, hunter-gatherers for thousands of years.
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 of the local flora and fauna with us as we explore offering insight into the Kalahari habitat and 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. Keep an eye out for wandering wildlife as we drive along an unfenced natural area of the Kalahari.
The final day of our Best of Botswana Adventure Safari is spent travelling south through Botswana and across into neighbouring South Africa. We journey from the Kalahari of southern Botswana into north-western South Africa, heading to the megacity of Johannesburg.
Late this afternoon we arrive at our selected post-tour lodge in an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg, bringing our overland adventure to a close.
This evening you have the option of enjoying a traditional South African style dinner at the lodge - a great way to celebrate your travels together as a group! The post-tour dinner can be booked through your guide on day eight for those staying on for an extra night after the trip.
This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all of the activities listed, then you will need to purchase the Activity Package.
This Small Group Botswana Adventure is conducted in a new state-of-the-art 4x4 vehicle. The luxury overland vehicle comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests, keeping the group size on safari small.
These custom built vehicles provide extra space and amenities, offering a more luxurious safari experience with all the adventure of overlanding, but in added style and comfort.
Features include an onboard toilet and a water filtration system for purified drinking water throughout the journey. The vehicle has reclining leather seats that rotate 180 degrees, locking into your desired direction (windows, front etc). Each seat has overhead air-conditioning vents that can be independently operated for individual control of air flow and temperature.
Every seat also features a USB port panel for charging your electronic devices and there is a reading light above each seat. Each seat has a safety deposit unit with individual key code access, for storing your passports, phones and smaller valuables.
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