In just over one week, travel to two of Botswana's most extraordinary natural treasures - the pristine Okavango Delta and wildlife-rich Chobe National Park.
This Delta & Chobe Small Group Adventure Safari takes at most 12 guests on a remarkable journey from Namibia's capital, Windhoek, through Botswana to mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Travel in a luxury 4x4 overland vehicle, built to provide extra comfort and convenience on the rugged roads of Africa.
Accommodation is at a carefully chosen selection of unique lodges with authentic charm and excellent service. The itinerary explores an interesting collection of destinations along the way, taking you on an exciting array of adventures and excursions.
Our Delta & Chobe Small Group Adventure departs from Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Leaving Windhoek we drive east into the Kalahari Desert, towards the Botswana border.
The Kalahari is a semi-desert region, covering 930 000 km² of sandy plains on the interior plateau of Southern Africa. Driving into the barren and dry expanse of red-sand savannahs and low hills, we cross from Namibia into Botswana.
We spend the night in Ghanzi, the capital of the Kalahari in remote western Botswana. Tonight we enjoy a lively San (bushmen) performance, showcasing traditional song, dance and storytelling practices of this ancient, semi-nomadic tribe.
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.
On the second morning, we drive to Maun, the access hub for trips into the Okavango Delta. The delta is Botswana's crowning wilderness treasure - one of the wildest places in Africa. Arriving in Maun, we head straight to the airport and board a small fixed-wing plane for our flight into the watery delta. The flight into the Okavango Delta offers sweeping views of the labyrinth of waterways, floodplains, islands and lagoons where wildlife can be spotted.
The ever-changing delta system shrinks and swells with the rains, covering about 16 000 km² of unspoilt wetlands and plains, depending on the rains of the season. This is one of the largest inland deltas on the planet, with a multitude of waterways emptying into the semi-arid Kalahari basin. Regardless of the changing seasons and water levels, the delta remains a truly wild and tranquil natural wonder year-round.
We spend the next two nights at our remote tented camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta, exploring the unique delta habitat on foot and by mokoro. Fall asleep in your spacious twin-share tent that offers comfortable, en-suite accommodation immersed in the untamed bush. These permanent, walk-in safari tents are designed for the African wilderness, featuring windows with insect netting and thick canvas walls to handle the elements. Sit back and relax around the campfire tonight, watch the stars and listen for grunting hippos or other animals nearby.
Travellers not taking the Okavango Delta trip stay in Maun for the following two nights and have time to explore the safari town, take optional mokoro day trips and scenic flights over the delta. In Maun accommodation is in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms at a lodge on leafy grounds beside the Thalamakane River.
Please note: You will need to bring a daypack (overnight backpack) with for the delta excursion, due to space restrictions on the transfers to and from camp.
Spend a full day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Okavango Delta. Today is about being in untamed nature, taking a break from civilisation and experiencing the peace of our remote location. We set off on a bush walk with the local guides to get a closer look at the unique flora and fauna of the area. The Okavango Delta hosts an astounding diversity of plant and animal species, including rare and endemic lifeforms, hence the delta's status as a World Heritage Site.
If the water levels are high enough then we also embark on a mokoro trip, gliding along the watery channels between tranquil lagoons, floodplains and secluded little islands. Mekoros are the traditional dug-out canoes used to get around the watery delta. Each mokoro is moved through the water by an experienced local who stands in the back of the vessel and uses a long pole to steer two seated guests slowly along.
On our adventures, we are likely to come across numerous small creatures - insects, reptiles, birds and mammals, and perhaps even large animals. Large mammals include lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants, hippopotami, giraffes and more; all of which may be encountered on our explorations. Other mammalian inhabitants include numerous antelopes, such as the rare lechwe, tsessebe and sitatunga, as well as otters, civets, servals, genets and honey-badgers. The Okavango Delta is also home to crocodiles, geckos, tortoises, chameleons and a variety of other reptiles, along with an incredible diversity of plants and insects. The delta is a birding paradise with more than 450 bird species recorded here, amongst them several rare and endangered species.
Spend the evening around the campfire, chatting with the guides and other guests and listening to the sounds of the bush.
Wake up in the heart of the wild Okavango Delta and enjoy breakfast at camp.
Then we return to the delta airstrip and fly out of the Okavango Delta. Our return flight gives you a chance to marvel at the size and magnificence of the untamed habitat that you just visited. Watch for wildlife - roaming buffalo, elephant and giraffe - on the plains below. From above we also get to see the winding waterways, shallow lagoons and islands that make up this beautiful area of northern Botswana.
Back in Maun, you have free time to rest and relax at the hotel where we stay in en-suite rooms.
This morning we board our comfortable overland vehicle and head east to the Makgadigadi Pans. Along the way we pass through sparsely populated and undeveloped rural Botswana, catching sight of the bleached expanse of the pans en route. Watch for the giant old baobab trees that line the road near Nata.
Part of our drive takes us through the Nxai Pan and Makgadigadi Pans, where we may spot antelopes and other wildlife, catching a few glimpses of the vast salt pans stretching out dramatically under wide skies.
On day six we get up bright and early for our journey north to Kasane. Located in the far northeastern corner of Botswana, Kasane is the gateway to Chobe National Park. We head to our lodge beside the Chobe River, which forms the northern boundary of the national park.
Later, we embark on an afternoon game drive in Chobe Park, venturing into the bush in open 4x4 safari vehicles. The most famous game park in Botswana, Chobe offers superb game viewing, boasting one of the highest concentrations of wild animals in Africa. The park is most famous for its big herds of elephants. Chances of encountering elephants are extremely high, as well we buffalo herds and various antelope species. Regular predator sightings include lion, hyena, jackal and even leopard. Driving in the open safari vehicle is a thrilling way to experience the bush up close - sights, sounds, smells and all.
We end our day off with a laid-back cruise on Chobe River. In the late afternoons, elephants tend to gather along the river, along with other animals, making this an ideal time for our cruise. Keep your cameras ready as the river attracts an impressive array of birds. Crocodiles, hippos, baboons, lizards and antelopes are commonly spotted too.
Day seven, time to cross into the final country on our overlanding adventure - Zimbabwe. The distance from Kasane to Victoria Falls is relatively short and soon we arrive at our next lodge along the Zambezi River.
And, we are off to our next natural wonder, Victoria Falls waterfall, the last scenic highlight of our trip. This is the largest waterfall on earth, plummeting 108 metres into the Batoka Gorge, in a surging curtain of water about 1708 metres (5604 feet) wide. The locals call it Mosi-oa Tunya, which means the 'Smoke that Thunders' - an apt name for the roaring falls with its cloud of mist.
After gawping at the wonderous Vic Falls you can do some sightseeing in the historic town of Victoria Falls or head off on an optional adventure activity. Your guide can help you to choose and book activities for this afternoon and tomorrow, after the tour. Victoria Falls is known as the Adventure Capital of Southern Africa for good reason with an exciting mix of activities to experience.
The 111 metre (364feet) high bungee jump off the historical Victoria Falls Bridge, which connects the Zimbabwean and Zambian banks of the Zambezi River, is a top favourite with adrenalin seekers. Some of the biggest rapids in the world are found on this part of the Zambezi River, making the Victoria Falls area one of the best for whitewater rafting - a must for adventure seekers! Scenic flights over Vic Falls offer a thrilling way to witness the powerful falls, with choices including microlight, helicopter and small plane flights.
Alternatively, you can browse local arts and crafts at the markets and sit at a coffee shop, before we meet up for dinner out (own account) in town tonight. Tonight we head to a local restaurant to celebrate the memories made on our magical adventure from Windhoek to Victoria Falls.
Although our Delta & Chobe Adventure Safari comes to an end after breakfast at the lodge this morning, we highly recommend spending some extra time at Victoria Falls.
The Activity Package items are included in the above itinerary. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.
This Small Group Botswana Adventure is conducted in a state-of-the-art, custom-built 4x4 vehicle. The luxury overland vehicles comfortably accommodate a maximum of 12 guests, keeping the group size on safari small. These purpose-designed vehicles provide extra space and amenities, offering a more luxurious safari experience with all the adventure, 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, lock 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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