This overland camping adventure sets off from Windhoek, travelling into the Kalahari Desert of Botswana, where we enjoy traditional San dancing and a guided nature walk. Then we journey to Maun and explore the maze-like waterways of the Okavango Delta by mokoro canoes, taking a nature walk on one of the secluded islands.
Leaving the wild delta we travel through rural Botswana to the fringes of Makgadikgadi Pans, embarking on a game drive in Nata Sanctuary. Then we visit one of Botswana's top game parks - Chobe National Park. Head out on a 4x4 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.
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.
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 evening you 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.
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.
This morning you set off on a guided walk 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. The semi-nomadic San are the original inhabitants of Southern Africa, having survived in the harsh arid and semi-desert environments of the Kalahari and other pockets of the region for hundreds of years.
After walking with the Kalahari San in the arid Kalahari we drive up to Maun - the closest town to the Okavango Delta. Located in northern Botswana, the Okavango Delta is one of the last truly wild places on earth. The world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango River has no outlet to the sea, emptying into the sands of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. This afternoon you can take an optional flight over the Okavango Delta from Maun (time and weather allowing). Scenic flights are the best way to take in the size and wildness of the delta system, offering beautiful views and a chance to spot wildlife from above. This evening your guide will fill you in on the details of our day trip into the Okavango Delta tomorrow.
If you opted for the Okavango Delta Excursion Upgrade you are transferred into the Okavango Delta by road from Maun. The upgraded excursion entails driving into and out of the delta where you spend two nights at a remote tented camp (inquire for more details).
Upgraded Okavango Delta Excursion 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.
We're up early on day three for our full day of exploring the Okavango Delta. About an hour's drive in a safari vehicle brings us to the polers' station where our watery adventure begins.
Meet your local guides and board a mokoro (dug-out canoe) which carries two passengers and a poler. Then we glide along the reed-lined waterways of the pristine Okavango Delta, the jewel of Botswana, in mekoros - the traditional dug-out vessels used to navigate the maze of shallow delta channels. The local guides pole these canoes through the water while you sit back and enjoy the ride. 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. Making our way through the lily-pad-dotted waterways and lagoons to one of the secluded islands, we stop to take a nature walk.
On our nature walk, we learn about the delta from our guide, looking closely at the plants and signs of wildlife. 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. The mokoro excursion is not primarily a big game viewing activity with the focus on experiencing the beauty of the wild delta. However, we may come across some wildlife including elephants, giraffes, zebras and antelopes like kudu and impala. After the nature walk, your guide poles you back to the polers' station for the return road transfer to the camp in Maun.
Clients who opted for the Upgraded Okavango Delta Excursion will venture deeper into the delta to explore this wild habitat on mokoro trips and nature walks. The upgraded excursion includes two nights at a remote camp where you are immersed in the wilderness, experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of this unspoiled area and its inhabitants up close.
This morning those who opted for the Okavango Delta Excursion Upgrade drive back to Maun. Then we board our safari truck, leaving Maun for Nata, on the fringes of the famous Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana. On our way east we see big old baobab trees and snippets of the massive salt pan system, passing through parts of Nxai Pans and Makgadigadi National Park where we may come across roaming wildlife.
This afternoon the Activity Package includes a game drive in Nata Sanctuary to experience the vast spaciousness and silence out on this flat expanse. The Nata Pans are part of the extensive network of Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, once covered by massive inland lakes. This salt pan complex is one of the largest in the world and in winter the pans are dry and stark, whilst in summer short grasses and shallow pools attract an array of animals and birds. Nata is a breeding ground for waterbirds including pelicans and flamingoes so we may see flocks of these in season.
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. Wildlife sightings in Chobe include large predators - lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals and spotted hyenas, and game such as zebras, giraffes, waterbuck and kudus.
Our overnight campsite is at a lodge beside the Chobe River and features a restaurant, bar and swimming pool.
On day six we travel to our final destination - Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Today you have the option of visiting 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 adventure activity or visit a local market and walk around the historic town. This evening your guide goes over the optional adventure activities available and helps you plan for the next day. Most groups choose to celebrate their last night together with an optional dinner out in Victoria Falls or a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, which includes dinner and drinks.
This Northern Botswana & Victoria Falls Overland Camping Safari officially ends after breakfast today, bringing your unforgettable African wildlife and wilderness experience to an end.
We highly recommend spending 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.
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).
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