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The tour offers the best of Botswana and more from beautiful sunsets, thrilling wildlife viewing drives in open 4x4 vehicles, bush walks, boat and mokoro rides in the pristine Okavango Delta ending in the world renown Victoria Falls.
We journey from the busy Chobe riverside, through Chobe National Park to the scenic Caprivi Strip in Namibia, then back to Botswana and the oasis that is the Okavango Delta. From there we travel to Moremi Game Reserve, one of Africa's most beautiful reserves, for more wildlife viewing. Taking 'the game drive route' we continue to Nata to marvel at the dazzling Makgadikgadi Pans as the sun dips over the horizon. Onwards to Victoria Falls and some thrilling adventure activities.
This memorable Botswana Delta & Wildlife Adventure Tour of three southern African countries is a safari at its best offering exciting experiences coupled with comfort and style.
This Botswana Delta & Wildlife Adventure Tour begins with a pre-tour meeting at our first safari lodge. We meet at the lodge on the banks of the Chobe River at 15h00 to find out more about the adventure ahead.
Our first two nights are spent at the safari lodge beside Chobe River, in northeastern Botswana.
In the later afternoon, we embark on a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. Relax and enjoy the scenery on this laid-back cruise, keeping your eyes open for wildlife and birds along the watercourse.
Those of you that have opted to join a morning game drive in Chobe National Park (extra cost) are up with the dawn, as this is the best time of day for spotting wildlife, as they make their way to the waterholes.
Declared a national park in 1968, the area was originally reserved as a wildlife park in the 1930s and is comprised of three specific areas.
The Chobe Riverfront features grassy floodplains and thick woodland of mahogany, teak and other hardwood. This area supports abundant wildlife and is the only area in Botswana where the puku antelope can be found. Vast herds of breeding elephants can be found here in the dry season due to the Chobe River, an important watering place, running through the area. Large herds of buffalo, giraffe and sable antelope are also a common sight here. The river attracts bounteous species of birdlife, particularly water birds.
The Savuti Marsh area is all that is left of an age-old lake. It is fed today by the unreliable Savuti Channel which may dry up for long periods and then suddenly flows again. In the dry season rhino, warthog, zebra and various antelope can often be found here.
The Linyati Marsh is found in the north-west corner of the park and features open woodlands, floodplains and lagoons. The area attracts predators such as lion, leopard and African wild dog, as well as hippo and antelope.
Those of you who opted to stay behind may sleep late and relax at the safari camp.
Day three sees us driving through Chobe National Park as we make our way north to the Namibian border. Crossing into Namibia we enter the Caprivi Strip region. This fertile finger of Namibian territory stretches east all the way to Zimbabwe, bordered on the sides by Angola, Botswana and Zambia. Our next overnight lodge is located in the lush Zambezi Region of the Caprivi, along the Kwando River. The lodge overlooks the floodplains which are inhabited by an abundance of birds and wild animals.
The region lies in the middle of one of Africa’s largest and most well-known game-viewing areas. The abundance of water supplied by the Zambezi, Okavango, Kwando and Chobe Rivers sustains a large variety of animal and bird species. There are four Namibian reserves and no fences preventing the animals from moving between the countries.
In the late afternoon, you have the chance to join an optional (extra cost) game drive in this game-rich region.
On day four we continue along the Caprivi Strip, re-entering Botswana north of the Okavango Delta. Back in Botswana, we drive south to the fringes of the world-renowned Okavango Delta.
When we reach the watery delta we leave the overland vehicle behind, continuing by boat. A scenic two-to-three hour boat trip takes us to Pepere Island where our next safari lodge lies.
The Okavango Delta, a World Heritage Site, is the largest inland delta in the world. The Okavango River spreads across the sands of the Kalahari Desert, creating meandering waterways, lagoons, fertile floodplains and islands, which is home to huge amounts of wildlife that have adapted to the conditions here.
We spend two days exploring this tranquil wonderland, poled through the waterways by our 'gondoliers' in traditional mokoros (dugout canoes). Our experienced guide takes us on bush walks in search of the wildlife and we travel by boat ,an ideal place for seeing wallowing hippos and crocodiles. We sleep in Meru style tents for an authentic bush experience, although we are spoiled with private en-suite facilities.
Departing the delta by boat we then travel by road to Maun. Once known as a 'wild west' town, Maun has become an important tourism hub, due to its proximity to the delta. It's a good time for some shopping or relaxation.
The afternoon is free for an optional 1 hr scenic flight over the vast Okavango Delta (own expense). This is an opportunity which shouldn't be missed. The view from the air highlights the sprawl and extent of the delta, even more exciting is spotting the wildlife from the air as they wander through this watery Eden.
After breakfast, we change from our overland vehicle into open 4x4 vehicles and proceed to our accommodation situated at the edge of the Moremi Game Reserve.
Moremi is known for being one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. Its lush and varied, shallow flooded pans, plains and forests is home to particularly high wildlife densities including all major herbivore and carnivore species in the region, as well as prolific birdlife which extends to over 500 species of birds. in the dry season, large herds of buffalo, wildebeest, elephant and zebra come into the reserve from the dry Kalahari Desert in search of food and water. The sitatunga and lechwe live in the papyrus banks of the waterways with lions, cheetahs and packs of wild dogs hunting in the open grassland.
The next two days are spent enjoying morning and afternoon game drives, in open 4x4 safari vehicles, in the private concession and inside Moremi.
Wake up in the unspoilt African wilderness once more and enjoy breakfast, before we leave Moremi and the watery Okavango Delta heading back south to Maun. In Maun, we transfer back to our overland vehicle and drive east towards Nata, passing the fringes of the Makgadikgadi Pans along the way. Nata lies between Maun and Kasane and this route is popularly known as 'the game drive route' as there are possibilities of spotting wildlife along the way. Arriving in Nata this afternoon we set off on an excursion to the nearby Makgadikgadi Pans.
One of the largest salt pan systems in the world, Makgadikgadi stretches out over about 16 000 km² of the Kalahari Basin. Here we stop to watch a dramatic African sunset over the open salt flats once covered by an ancient lake. After soaking up the wide sunset scene and scanning the plains for birdlife and game we return to Nata for dinner and an overnight stay.
On day 10, we continue on 'the game drive route' as we head towards Kasane. Crossing into Zimbabwe we travel on to Victoria Falls town, named after the famous Victoria Falls waterfall. One of the most spectacular natural features on the continent, Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya, 'The Smoke that Thunders', is a celebrated World Heritage Site.
This afternoon and tomorrow are spent at leisure visiting the acclaimed natural wonder of Vic Falls (extra cost) and browsing the local markets, where you meet the locals who are warm and welcoming. Take the opportunity to experience the many optional activities on offer in the adrenalin capital of Africa including white water rafting, bungee jumping, micro lighting, aeroplane or helicopter flights over the Falls and many more.
Sadly this Botswana Delta & Wildlife Adventure Tour through three southern Africa countries comes to an end today. You are sure to leave Africa with many memories of your safari adventure.