A great getaway to Botswana's beautiful Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, ending at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Leaving Johannesburg we drive into the Kalahari Desert region to meet the traditional San people and encounter their ancient culture.
Then we journey into the pristine Okavango Delta exploring the maze-like waterways of this famous wilderness area. Experience unspoilt nature at our exclusive camp in the delta, enjoying boat cruises, nature walks and rides in local mekoros canoes.
Leaving the luscious delta we travel to Nata and get a glimpse of the vast Makgadikgadi Pans. Next up, one of Botswana's top game parks, the Chobe National Park. Embark on a game drive and sunset boat cruise in Chobe Park, home to an abundance of game, especially elephants, and phenomenal birdlife.
We then cross into Zimbabwe to witness the plummeting Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world!
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.
This Okavango, Chobe & Victoria Falls Overland Safari sets off from the mega-city of Johannesburg in South Africa, travelling through the North-West Province towards the Botswana border. Border formalities complete, we drive northwest into Botswana on the Trans-Kalahari highway.
We spend our first night in Kang, a small town located on the fringes of the Kalahari Desert.
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.
Start day two with breakfast before we drive further into the Central Kalahari region, making our way to Ghanzi. Our camp is located in the Ghanzi area, home to the unique Kalahari San (Bushmen). The San were the first people to inhabit Southern Africa, having lived in harsh desert environments for tens of thousands of years.
After lunch we meet up with local San guides and take a walk in the seemingly barren Kalahari, discovering the rich forms of life found here. The San guides share their deep knowledge of the region's flora and fauna with us, revealing how their ancestors have long survived in this dry environment as hunter-gatherers.
This evening we are treated to traditional dance show, a cultural experience giving us more insight into the ancient ways of the San. These semi-nomadic people are known for their strong story-telling tradition, as well as their unique song and dance rituals.
On day three we leave the arid semi-desert, driving to Maun, a busy tourist town on the fringes of the watery Okavango Delta. The Okavango River has no outlet to the sea and empties into the sands of the Kalahari Desert to form the world's largest inland delta, which irrigates some 15,000 km² of Botswana.
In the afternoon you have the chance to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, from Maun. Viewing the delta from above reveals the grand scale and beauty of this unique ecosystem, allowing you to spot wildlife from above.
We spend the night in a camp near Maun before embarking on our thrilling delta trip. The guides will fill you in on what to expect in the delta and the activities lined up.
Please note that baggage restrictions apply for transfers into the delta, so a small day bag is recommended. Travellers who did not opt for the Activity Package stay behind at the camp in Maun, where optional activities are available.
This morning we travel to our remote camp in the Okavango Delta.
We spend our time in the Okavango Delta exploring this pristine ecosystem on guided nature walks and mokoro rides in the private concession area. Mekoros are traditional dug-out canoes, designed to navigate the maze of shallow waterways in the delta. Our guides are the African equivalent to gondoliers, poling us through the tranquil channels. The knowledgeable local guides fill us in on the secrets of the delta, giving us a closer look at the plants and signs of wildlife on the secluded islands. We may be fortunate to see some of the shy animals, along with various birds and other creatures.
Other activities offered at the Delta camp include game drives, sunset boat cruises and sundowners on one of the islands. Activities vary according to seasonal fluctuations in the water levels of the delta and local conditions.
The camp is located inside a 100 000 hectare private concession area and overlooks the serene delta waterways, blending with the wild African bush around it. We spend two nights in pre-erected dome tents fitted with camping beds and mattresses, at this bush camp with a low environmental impact. 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 only caters for one safari group at a time, so your group will have the camp to yourselves.
In the evenings we sit around the campfire under a canopy of stars, surrounded by the sounds of untamed nature. This unforgettable experience in Botswana's prime wilderness area immerses you in the sounds, sights and smells of one of Africa's wildest habitats.
Say goodbye to the Okavango Delta today, and return to our safari truck from where we head east for Nata.
Driving along the northern reaches of the massive Makgadikgadi Pans, we pass big baobab trees along the way and get a glimpse of the salt flats.
This afternoon you can join an optional excursion to the salt pans near Nata to experience the vastness of this harsh environment. The Makgadikgadi Pans complex is one of the largest salt pan systems in the world, covering 30 000 km² of Botswana.
Today we continue north to our camp near Kasane, the closest town to Chobe National Park - Botswana's top national park.
After lunch at camp (served from the safari truck), we hop into 4x4 safari vehicles and set off into the famous Chobe National Park. Home to one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa, Chobe Park is 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 camp is at a lodge beside the Chobe River and features a restaurant, bar and swimming pool.
On day eight 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.
Our camping safari ends after breakfast on day nine, but this unforgettable African wildlife and wilderness adventure will live on in your memories.
Most of our guests extend their stay in Victoria Falls as there are so many exciting adventure activities here to enjoy. Here you may experience some of the best whitewater rafting in the world, bungee jump, take helicopter or microlight flights over Vic Falls, try zip-line rides, take a trip to Livingstone Island and swim in Devil's Pool.
This Okavango Delta, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari is also available in the reverse order as the Victoria Falls, Chobe and Okavango Delta Safari starting in Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls and ending in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Okavango Delta, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari is also available as a shorter version from Maun to Victoria Falls, as is the safari in the reverse direction (Vic to Maun).
For more details about the various tour options and versions, contact us.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
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