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Take the safari of a lifetime on this 12 day thrilling tour of wildlife reserves in Botswana and Nambia, concluding with adventure activities at world famous Victoria Falls.
Explore the tranquil Okavango Delta on foot and on the water, observe the abundant wildlife in Moremi Game Reserve, marvel at the birdlife on the shimmering Makgadikgadi Pan, admire the beautiful scenery in the Caprivi Strip.
This Botswana Wildlife & Delta Adventure Tour is based on our very popular lodge concept using excellent 3-4 star accommodation all with private en-suite facilities.
The Wildlife & Delta Adventure Tour starts at 15h00 with a pre-departure meeting at the hotel.
In the late afternoon, we take a boat cruise on the Chobe River, an ideal way to spot the incredible birdlife and aquatic wildlife, as well as allowing time for some great photo opportunities. Chobe is known for its magnificent sunsets, so this promises to be a memorable event.
We dine at our lodge on the banks of the Chobe River and get to know our fellow travellers, before falling asleep to the sounds of the African bush.
For those who have opted to take a morning wildlife viewing game drive (own expense), it means an early start as this is the ideal time to spot the wildlife as they make their way to the waterholes. So after some refreshing coffee and rusks (dry biscuits) we head out. For those who have elected not to take the game drive, the morning may be spent sleeping in, getting to know your surroundings and relaxing.
Declared a national park in 1968, Chobe is known for its huge populations of wildlife, spread over its 21 000 sq km. The life-bringing Chobe River winds through the park attracting a vast array of wildlife as well as a huge variety of bird species. This busy riverfront gives way to verdant floodplains and thick woodlands of mahogany and other hardwoods, which is a magnet for large herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra, impala, baboon, blue wildebeest, kudu, giraffe and so on. Lions are the dominant predators, bringing you spectacular encounters with big buffalo herds. The riverside is the ideal spot to see hippo and crocodile. A smorgasbord of wildlife and well worth taking a wildlife viewing drive.
We spend a second night at our lodge on the riverside and after a welcome dinner, it's time to reminisce about the day's events.
This morning, after breakfast, we leave Chobe National Park behind and head to the Nata area and the Makgadikgadi Pans. This vast, dry salt pan was once the enormous Lake Makgadikgadi, which dried up thousands of years ago. This salty crusty area transforms to grasslands after the regular, annual rainy season and attracts migrating wildlife. The pan is known for the ancient baobab trees, which are found there. A symbol of life in this inhospitable landscape. Discovered by Thomas Baines, he immortalised them in a painting.
We are treated to another spectacular sunset before heading to our lodge and dinner.
Today a three-hour drive takes us to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta and Moremi game reserve. We change from our overland vehicle into open 4x4 vehicles and proceed to our lodge at the edge of Moremi Game Reserve. (The designation 'game reserve', given to Moremi, rather than 'national park' meant that the BaSarwa living there could continue to stay in the reserve.)
Moremi Game Reserve borders the eastern edge of the Okavango Delta, which creates permanent water areas combined with drier areas. Moremi is lush and varied, shallow flooded pans, plains and forests. It is one of Africa's finest areas for wildlife, with particularly high game densities including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region and over 400 species of birds. Days are spent enjoying morning and afternoon game drives in the private concession and inside Moremi.
We spend our nights in a comfortable lodge.
Today we travel back to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The town was founded in 1915 and has evolved from a 'wild west' town to an important tourism hub.
There is time this afternoon to explore the town, relax at the hotel or take a one-hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (own expense). This is a memorable experience highlighting the vastness of the delta and a way to experience wildlife from a different perspective.
We overnight at a hotel in Maun.
This morning we set out for our thrilling adventure in the Okavango Delta. We drive north-west to Swamp Stop where we hop into our boat and take a scenic 2 - 3 hour trip to our accommodation in the heart of the Delta on Pepere Island.
We spend the next two days here exploring the delta by various means. We take bush walks with our experienced guide, meander through the waterways, being poled by locals in traditional mokoros (dugout canoes) and take boat rides all offering different experiences of wildlife sightings. You should look out for antelope, elephant, giraffe, predators such as lion, wild dog, leopard, hyena and cheetah and the water-loving animals like hippo, buffalo and crocodile. Many creatures have adapted to life in the delta.
This is a real African bush experience, as we stay in fixed Meru style tents, with first world en-suite facilities.
On Day 9 we leave the tranquil delta behind and cross into Namibia and the eastern side of the Caprivi Strip. We arrive at our lodge overlooking the floodplains of the Kwando River. This untamed area is lush and teeming with wildlife and birdlife.
Our camp is situated on the banks of the river and offers a great spot on the deck for sipping sundowners while listening for the haunting cry of the fish eagle.
On Day 10 we leave Namibia behind, transit through Botswana and travel to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The 'smoke that thunders', Victoria Falls is, without a doubt, one of the greatest and most spectacular sights in Africa.
We spend the afternoon and the next day exploring the small town which offers great tourist shopping opportunities. However, Victoria Falls is equally famous for its many adventure activities, which has earned it the soubriquet 'Adrenalin capital of Africa'. From white water rafting, bungee jumping, micro lighting, aeroplane or helicopter flights over the Falls to fishing, Victoria Falls has these and more available against the thrilling backdrop of the falls. There is also an opportunity to visit Victoria Falls National Park (own expense).
We spend the night in a local hotel.
This exciting Botswana Wildlife & Delta Adventure Tour sadly comes to an end today. We leave Zimbabwe with many memories of beautiful landscapes, incredible wildlife and beautiful birdlife.