Northern Botswana & Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari

Tour Length8 days
Priced from pps $733 R10950 £561 630 A$1025 C$956 NZ$1119 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Overland Camping Tour

  • Max. Group Size 24 Travellers
  • Departs from Windhoek, Namibia
  • Ends at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Accommodation Lodge & Camping Combo
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle
  • Wildlife Elephant, Leopards, Lions & More
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2018 Itinerary Overview 2019 Info

Drive from Windhoek into the Kalahari of Botswana, where we enjoy traditional San dancing. Then we journey into the pristine Okavango Delta to explore the maze-like waterways of this famous wilderness area. Experience unspoilt nature at our exclusive camp in the delta, enjoying nature walks and rides in local mokoro canoes.

Leaving the wild delta we travel through rural Botswana to Nata, on the fringes of Makgadikgadi Pans, before moving on to one of Botswana's top game parks - Chobe National Park. Embark on a game drive and sunset boat cruise in Chobe Park, home to an abundance of wildlife (especially elephants) and phenomenal birdlife. Cross into Zimbabwe to witness the spectacular Victoria Falls waterfall on the Zambezi River.

The Northern Botswana & Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari takes you on an action-packed African adventure to wild and game-rich havens.

Responsible Travel Note

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.

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Day 1: Windhoek to Ghanzi - Namibia to Botswana

On the first day of this Botswana & Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari you meet up with your fellow travellers and guides in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Setting off from Windhoek we travel east through rural Namibia to the Buitepos Border post. We cross into western Botswana at this remote border post, making our way to the small town of Ghanzi.

Reaching the frontier town of Ghanzi we set up camp and this afternoon you have the option of walking with the local Kalahari San (Bushmen). The guided walk is a great way to find out more about their indigenous knowledge, the local flora and fauna, and the ancient culture of these hunter-gatherers.

In the evening we are treated to a traditional tribal dance performance by the local San (Bushmen) community. Ghanzi lies in the Kalahari region, originally inhabited by the traditional San people, and today a successful cattle farming area.

Later this evening we prepare for our trip (included in the Activity Package) into the Okavango Delta. Those who opted not to take the Activity Package will be staying behind at the base camp in Maun, where optional activities are available and meals are included. Please bring along a small backpack (overnight bag) for our delta excursion, as space is limited on the transfers in and out of the delta.

  • Included Activity: Bushman Tribal Dancing
  • Optional Activity: Bushman Guided Walk
  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Activity Package:

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.

Day 2: Ghanzi to Maun & Okavango Delta - Botswana

This morning we drive to the busy safari town of Maun, on the fringes of the famous Okavango Delta. The pristine Okavango Delta is the jewel of Botswana and one of the top wildlife destinations in Africa. Located in northern Botswana, the Okavango Delta is one of the last truly wild places on earth and the largest inland delta in the world.

Arriving in Maun we switch to a 4x4 vehicle and head to our remote camp in the watery Okavango Delta this afternoon. We spend the next two nights of our Botswana and Vic Falls Safari camping in one of the world's most unique wilderness areas, exploring the network of delta channels and estuaries.

The Okavango River has no outlet to the sea, emptying into the sands of the Kalahari Desert, where it irrigates some 15,000 km². The Delta system consists of an intricate network of rivers, floodplains and waterways, flowing from the Angolan Highlands during the rainy season. It takes a good six months for the waters to make their way down into the Okavango Delta. Not only is the Delta labyrinth a visual delight, but it is also home to an abundance of fauna and flora, including some amazing birdlife.

  • Activity Package: Okavango Delta Camping Trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Okavango Delta Camp

Our intimate delta camp is located inside a 100 000 hectare private concession area, offering a unique delta experience. The secluded camp looks out over peaceful delta waterways, blending in with the wild African bush around it.

What makes this exclusive camp particularly special is that it only caters for one group of travellers at a time, so you will only share your delta adventure with your fellow safari-goers. Exploring this private delta concession with our experienced guides, you won't come across other groups, allowing you to escape the crowds. This laid-back camp is located in the remote northern section of the delta, in a game-rich wilderness area attracting buffalo herds and other wild animals, as well as a wide array of birds.

Stay in pre-erected dome tents fitted with camping beds and mattresses, at this bush camp with a low environmental impact on the wilderness. The camp features ablution facilities with hot showers, a bar and lounge area, a plunge pool and a spacious, open-sided boma with kitchen facilities.

The camp is ideal for immersing yourself in nature, listening to the lion's roar amid other sounds at night. Activities offered at the Delta camp include game drives, bush walks, mokoro trips, sunset boat cruises and sundowners on one of the islands and boma dinners.

Day 3: Okavango Delta - Botswana

We're up early on day three, following the reed-lined channels of the pristine delta on a peaceful mokoro (dugout canoe) trip.

Mekoros are the traditional dug-out vessels used to navigate the maze of shallow delta channels. Local polers (guides that pole the canoes through the water) take us on a relaxing mokoro ride in the private concession area. Gliding through the delta by mokoro is the best way to appreciate this natural environment and get a closer look at the marvellous creatures and plants. We sit back as local guides pole us through the pretty lily pads to one of the secluded islands, where we stop to take a walk.

On our nature walk, we learn about the delta from our guide, looking closely at the plants and signs of wildlife. The wild animals of the delta are unaccustomed to people, but we may see some of these shy inhabitants on our walk. Returning from our nature walk, we spend time unwinding at camp, enjoying the quiet natural setting. Later in the afternoon, we take a cruise along the intricate waterways of the Okavango Delta, ending with a spectacular sunset in the bush.

Returning to camp we spend the night around the campfire under starry skies in this wild place, surrounded by the sounds of nature. A truly wild African bush experience - camping in the Okavango Delta, you will be immersed in the wilderness, experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of this unspoiled area and its inhabitants up close.

  • Activity Package: Okavango Delta Camping Trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Okavango Delta to Maun - Botswana

On day four we leave the magical Okavango Delta, returning to Maun.

In the afternoon you can enjoy an optional flight over the Okavango Delta (weather allowing). This scenic flight offers breathtaking views over the massive delta where wildlife can be seen roaming freely.

  • Optional Activity: Scenic Okavango Delta Flight & Tips for Delta Guides (polers)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Maun to Nata – Botswana

Today we drive east along the northern edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans to Nata. On our drive, we pass old baobab trees dotting the roadside. We also stop to get a glimpse of the salt flats stretching out endlessly to the south.

This afternoon you can join an optional trip to the Makgadikgadi Pans near Nata. The afternoon drive to the salt pans reveals the wide horizons and harsh conditions of this severe habitat.

  • Optional Activity: Makgadikgadi Pans Excursion
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Chobe National Park – Botswana

The next safari destination on our Northern Botswana & Victoria Falls Safari is Chobe National Park, home to one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa.

This morning we head north to our camp near Kasane, the closest town to Chobe Park. After lunch at the camp (served from the safari truck), we hop into 4x4 safari vehicles and set off into the famous Chobe National Park, best known for its huge population of migratory elephants. Chobe includes diverse habitats, from grassy plains and woodlands to swamps that support a wide diversity of animals and birds which we search out.

Later we embark on a laid-back boat cruise in Chobe National Park enjoying excellent boat-based game viewing and bird watching along Chobe River. These game viewing activities provide excellent opportunities for spotting wildlife up close, including hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, antelope species and elephants.

Our overnight campsite is at a lodge beside the Chobe River and features a restaurant, bar and swimming pool.

  • Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive & Boat Cruise
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

On day seven we travel to our final destination - Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

This afternoon we visit what the local Kololo call Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means 'the smoke that thunders' - referring to Victoria Falls (of course). What an awe-inspiring scene! Watch as the Zambezi River cascades over 100 feet into the gorge below forming the largest waterfall in the world at 1,7km wide. The sound is thunderous and the smoke like spray rises up to as much as 400 metres above the Falls, visible up to 50 km's away.

After getting up close to Victoria Falls, you have the afternoon to do an optional activity or visit a local market and walk around the historic town. Tonight your guide goes over the optional adventure activities available and helps you plan for the next day.

  • Activity Package: Vic Falls Entry Fees
  • Optional Activities: Dinner out in Victoria Falls
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 8: Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

This Northern Botswana & Victoria Falls Overland Camping Safari officially ends after breakfast today, bringing your unforgettable African wildlife and wilderness experience to an end.

Most people spend an extra day or two exploring Victoria Falls and participating in some of the numerous adventure activities available. Adding an extra few days stay in Vic Falls after the tour gives you time to enjoy optional activities such as bungee jumping, game viewing and tram trips. This part of the Zambezi River is famous for offering some of the best whitewater rafting in the world, an unforgettable experience! Other optional adventures include helicopter and microlight flights over Vic Falls, zip-line rides, trips to Livingstone Island and swimming in Devil's Pool.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Please Note:

This wild Botswana & Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari from Windhoek to Vic Falls is also available as the similar Okavango Delta, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari departing from Johannesburg in South Africa and ending in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe).

Optional Extras and Excursions

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Botswana Activities:

  • Bushman Walk in Ghanzi
  • Scenic Okavango Delta Flight
  • Tips for Okavango Delta Polers 
  • Makgadikgadi Pans Excursion

Zimbabwe Activities:

  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise 
  • Morning Tram & Bridge Tour 
  • Bungee Jumping 
  • Helicopter Flights 
  • White Water Rafting 
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Botswana Activities:

  • Bushman Walk in Ghanzi
  • Scenic Okavango Delta Flight
  • Tips for Okavango Delta Polers 
  • Makgadikgadi Pans Excursion

Zimbabwe Activities:

  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise 
  • Morning Tram & Bridge Tour 
  • Bungee Jumping 
  • Helicopter Flights 
  • White Water Rafting 
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