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This nine-day African Budget Safari starts in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, where you visit the thundering Victoria Falls waterfall.
At Vic Falls you can enjoy various optional adventure activities, from white water rafting and bungee jumping to scenic helicopter flights. We then travel into Botswana's Chobe National Park, famous for its abundance of wildlife, including large herds of elephants and Africa's Big Five.
Next our Vic Falls, Chobe & Delta Overland Camping Safari explores the pristine wetlands of the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. In the untamed Delta of Botswana you can explore the maze of reed-lined channels with local polers using unique dug-out canoes called mekoros. We camp under the stars in one of Africa's greatest wilderness areas, where you fall asleep to the sounds of the bush, before visiting Ghanzi where you can spend time with the Kalahari San people.
This cheap-cheap African Camping Safari ends in Windhoek, Namibia, concluding our unforgettable journey through Southern Africa.
During this trip you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.
We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.
Today we visit one of Africa's most remarkable natural highlights - Victoria Falls. We head into Victoria Falls National Park to see the mighty falls up close. Standing before Vic Falls you will understand why the local Kololo call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means 'The Smoke that Thunders'
Your guide will tell you more about the optional activities available, ranging from bungee jumping off Victoria Falls Bridge to white water rafting on the Zambezi River. Other options include flying over Vic Falls in a small plane, helicopter or microlight and swimming in Devil's Pool at the top of the waterfall. Spend the remainder of the day enjoying some of the amazing activities on offer at Victoria Falls.
Our overnight camp is in the middle of Victoria Falls town, allowing you to walk to the restaurants, shops and activity booking agents.
On day two we have breakfast before driving across into Botswana. Our first stop is Kasane, where we explore a little and have lunch before preparing for our overnight camping trip in Chobe National Park. Then we set off on a game drive in Chobe Park, making our way to the rustic camp for tonight. Chobe is one of Africa's top safari destinations, hosting big elephant herds and high concentrations of other wildlife.
Keep a look out for wildlife and birds in this scenic national park, set along the Chobe River where hippos, crocodiles and elephants are commonly seen. Other inhabitants include buffalos, zebras, antelopes and predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas.
We spend the night camping inside Chobe National Park surrounded by untamed nature and the sounds of nocturnal wildlife.
Waking up in the middle of the bush we enjoy an early morning game drive before packing up camp and leaving Chobe National Park. This afternoon we relax at the camp along the Chobe River watching the sunset and looking out for birds and animals.
You also have the option of taking a sunset boat cruise on Chobe River to enjoy some excellent boat-based game viewing.
Today we travel to Maun, our base for exploring the Okavango Delta. Tonight your guide tells you more about the delta and what to pack, and we get ready for our overnight excursion into the pristine Okavango Delta.
We head into the magical waterways of the untamed delta today, leaving Maun early in the morning. Our camping trip starts with a drive into the delta and then switches to traditional dug-out canoes when we reach the mokoro station. From here, we glide across the reed-lined waterways and peaceful lagoons, absorbing the wild scenery and looking out for wildlife and birds as head to our tented camp. Arriving at the mobile camp deep in the bush we are met by the firendly local staff who will host us during our stay in the delta.
After settling in at camp and having a refreshing drink you can explore the wilderness with your guide, by mokoro or on foot, and take a dip in the clean waters. Exploring the Okavango Delta is an exciting and unique adventure in one of the last truly wild places on the planet. Put your feet up at camp and simply appreciate the beauty of this untamed natural place.
Tonight we camp in dome tents with twin beds and basic en-suite bathrooms with long drop toilets and a bucket showers. Fall asleep under the stars in the unspoilt delta, having spent an unforgettable day in the wilderness.
Wake up in the bush and take one last walk, looking out for birds and animals as you explore. Then our local guides pole us back along the waterways to the poling station where we transfer to our vehicle for the drive back to Maun.
This afternoon you have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, getting a whole new perspective of this natural wonder. From above you can see how big the delta really is and even spot animals roaming on the plains below.
Leaving the watery delta ecosystem behind we drive southwest into the arid Kalahari Desert region of Botswana. Our next destination is the town of Ghanzi, located in the heart of the remote Kalahari area of western Botswana.
This semi-desert region is home to descendents of the first inhabitants of Southern Africa - the Kalahari San, also known as the Bushmen. In Ghanzi you can enjoy an optional cultural experience, spending time with the local San. Find out how these traditional hunter-gatherers have survived in harsh habitats for several thousands of years on this fascinating cultural encounter.
Today we travel through arid Kalahari lands, passing remote towns as we make our way into Namibia. Reaching Windhoek this afternoon you can explore the capital city of Namibia, time allowing.
A small capital city by international standards, Windhoek is easy and pleasant to explore on foot. The city has interesting old German colonial buildings and a charming blend of European and African elements. Spend some time shopping, exploring and eating out in vibrant Windhoek, the cultural, economic, geographic and political centre of Namibia.
On day nine our Vic Falls, Chobe & Okavango Delta Safari comes to a close after breakfast in Windhoek.
This Budget African Safari starts in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe travelling through Botswana and ending in Windhoek, Namibia. Pre-safari accommodation can be booked through African Budget Safaris, if you want to spend more time at Vic Falls.
This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary, depending on road, weather and political conditions, or group decisions. Prices & Local Payments are subject to change. Due to Tourism Laws there may be a truck and crew change during the safari.
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