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Departing from Windhoek in Namibia this Okavango, Chobe & Vic Falls Safari travels to the two most famous wilderness areas of Botswana, as well as Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Journey into Botswana's Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. Explore the winding maze of river channels and lagoons with local polers in unique dug-out canoes, called mekoros. We spend a night camping wild in one of Africa's greatest wilderness areas, falling asleep to the sounds of the untamed bush. Next we camp out under the stars in the famous Chobe National Park, known for its abundant wildlife including large herds of elephant and Africa's Big Five.
This Overland Camping Safari ends at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where you can enjoy optional adventure activities, including white water rafting, bungee jumping, scenic flights and more!
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.
An early morning departure from the capital of Namibia, Windhoek, sees us travelling east into the remote and sparsely-populated Kalahari Desert.
Driving deeper into the arid Kalahari we cross the border into Botswana, making our way to the small town of Ghanzi. Here you can spend time with the Kalahari San - the original inhabitants of Southern Africa, embarking on optional cultural activities. This is a unique opportunity to gain insight into the anceint ways of the San Bushmen, finding out how these ingenious people have survived in the harsh semi-desert environment for several thousand years.
Today this Okavango, Chobe & Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari travels to Maun, Botswana. The town of Maun, located on the southern edge of the watery delta, is the gateway for trips into the Okavango Delta and serves as our base for exploring the untamed wetland system.
Tonight we relax at camp and prepare for our overnight adventure into the wild Delta of Botswana. Your safari leader will brief you on what is needed, and what to expect on your trip into the Okavango Delta. In the morning we set off with overnight bags for our journey into this incredible wilderness area.
The Okavango Delta is famous for its rich variety and abundance of bird species and wild animals. The delta runs down from the Angolan Highlands through Namibia and into Botswana, spreading out over the plains where it empties its waters into the Kalahari Desert.
Early this morning we depart from Maun, driving north for a couple of hours to reach a mokoro (dug-out canoe) station in the Okavango Delta. Reaching the mokoro station we transfer to the traditional-style canoes and sit back as local guides move the vessels along using long poles.
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.
Or you can simply sit back and soak up the unspoilt scenery, chatting with the locals to find out more about their way of life and the delta habitat. Tonight we camp in dome tents with twin beds and basic en-suite bathrooms (long drop toilets and a bucket showers).
Spending time in the Okavango Delta is a unique and remarkable wilderness experience!
This morning you have one last chance to take a thrilling game walk in the Okavango Delta, before we journey back to Maun. We make our way out of the pristine delta by mokoro, switching to safari vehicles back at the poling station.
We arrive back in Maun early this afternoon leaving enough time for an optional (extra cost) scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. From the sky you can see just how enormous and wild the delta system is and marvel at its beauty, spotting wildlife from above.
On day five of this Okavango, Chobe & Vic Falls Camping Safari we travel further east through rural Botswana. Our next camp is located near Nata, on a 16000 hectare private conservancy hosting a variety of wildlife and birds.
You have the option of taking a game drive or bush walk in the private reserve, with the camp's experienced rangers at extra cost. Or you can take a swim and sip on a sundowner, watch for wildlife at the watering hole in front of the lodge.
Today we travel to the far northeastern corner of Botswana, to the town of Kasane, where we camp along the Chobe River.
The Chobe River is home to hippos and other wildlife and forms a natural border between Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be sighted from the camp while we watch another spectacular African sunset over the bush.
Enjoy a sleep-in this morning or explore Kasane town, located on the banks of the Chobe River, the main source of water in Chobe National Park. Then we make our way into this top Botswana game reserve for our overnight experience in the African wilderness of Chobe National Park. Chobe Park is Botswana's leading game park and one of Africa's finest, renowned for its big herds of migratory elephants.
This afternoon we explore the park on a game drive as we head to our bush camp, looking out for the Big Five and other rare and interesting animals. Lion, buffalo, zebra, crocodile and hyena are commonly sighted along with the ubiquitous elephant, hippo and impala. We may also see leopard, cheetah, fox, serval, African wild dog and various antelope species, including puku, red lechwe, sable, roan and bushbuck.
We spend the night camping inside Chobe National Park surrounded by untamed nature and the sounds of nocturnal wildlife.
Getting up early after our wild night in the Botswana bush, we set off on a morning game drive in search of Chobe's varied wildlife. After our rewarding game drive we pack up camp and travel back to the town of Kasane. Back at the Kasane camp we transfer to our safari truck and take the short drive to the Zimbabwe border. Border formalities behind us, we cover the last bit of ground to the nearby town of Victoria Falls.
Arriving at Victoria Falls we head into the Victoria Falls National Park to view the world-famous waterfall of the same name. Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site, considered one of the natural wonders of the world. Witnessing the largest sheet of falling water in the world is an unforgettable experience! We feel the spray, see the power and hear the roar of the spectacular Vic Falls, aptly named Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) by the local Kololo.
Your guide provides a brief overview of the adventure activities available and then the rest of the day is free to embark on optional activities and explore the vibey town of Victoria Falls. Our safari campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of Victoria Falls town, within walking distance of the local restaurants, shops and booking agents for adventure activities.
After breakfast in Victoria Falls town, we say our farewells and part ways, having experienced the African Safari Trip of a lifetime!
We recommend that you book a few extra days in Victoria Falls, after your Okavango, Chobe & Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari to take advantage of the fantastic optional adventure activities on offer at Victoria Falls. Optional excursions include trips to Livingstone Island, horseback safaris, sunset boat cruises and swimming in Devil's Pool. Adrenalin junkies can bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither for the faint-hearted!
All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi River is world class. In addition to the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are more placid sections for admiring the towering cliffs and occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
This African Budget Safari starts in Windhoek, Namibia, and travels into the Okavango Delta and Chobe Park, before ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Accommodation for before and/or after your safari can be booked through African Budget Safaris, should you wish to explore Windhoek or Victoria Falls.
This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road & weather conditions, political situations and group decisions. All prices & Local Payments are subject to change. Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries we visit, there may be a truck and crew change during the trip.
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