Experience the natural wonder of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and enjoy some optional adventure activities, before travelling to Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana. Spend time exploring the renowned Chobe National Park, where you embark on a game drive and a relaxing boat cruise at sunset.
Travel to Nata and experience the Makgadikgadi Pans, before journeying to Maun and the untamed Okavango Delta for a mokoro day trip in this pristine wilderness area. Then, go game viewing in the prestigious Moremi Game Reserve before journeying into the Kalahari Desert where we spend time with the San people.
Lastly, cross the border into South Africa and drive to Johannesburg, where the wildlife and wilderness adventure of this Vic Falls, Chobe & Okavango Overland Camping Safari comes to an end.
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 Botswana Camping Safari starts at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe where your tour guide will give you a brief overview of what to expect on this budget-friendly African safari.
On our first day, you have the chance to visit the world-famous Victoria Falls. Take the opportunity to experience the thundering roar and impressive spray that give Vic Falls its local name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means 'the Smoke that Thunders'. Witnessing the mighty Falls is an awe-inspiring experience as the Zambezi River plummets over 100 feet into the gorge below forming the largest curtain of falling water in the world at 1,7km wide. The impressive smoke-like spray rises up to 400 meters high over Victoria Falls making the mists visible from as far as 50 km away!
On the first day of this safari, you can also embark on some optional adventure activities, explore the town of Victoria Falls and relax at the hotel pool and bar. 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 bungee jumping into Batoka Gorge.
We overnight in comfortable en-suite rooms at a hotel bordering the Zambezi National Park.
This budget Botswana Overland Tour departs from Vic Falls on the morning of day two. We recommend that you arrive a few days before the tour departs to allow yourself time to explore Victoria Falls and participate in some of the numerous adventure activities available. Adding a few days stay before the tour gives you extra time to enjoy optional activities such as White Water Rafting, Flights over the Falls, Bungee Jumping, Zambezi Sunset Cruises, Tram & Bridge Tours, Game Viewing and more at Victoria Falls.
On day two of our overland camping safari, we leave the magical Victoria Falls behind after breakfast. Leaving Zimbabwe behind we cross into neighbouring Botswana, driving to Kasane.
Arriving at our safari camp a few kilometres from Chobe National Park, we have lunch at the safari truck before setting off on a 4x4 game drive (included in the Activity Package). Chobe is the second largest national park in Botswana, encompassing diverse habitats from lush plains and wooded grasslands to dense forests and swamps.
Our game drive takes us in search of the wildlife and birds of Chobe, home to one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. This leading national park is best known for its huge population of African elephants. Later in the afternoon, we embark on a sunset boat cruise in Chobe Park (included in the Activity Package). The Chobe River boat cruise provides excellent opportunities for spotting wild animals up close, including hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, antelope species and elephants.
Tonight's camp overlooks the Chobe River and surrounding bush, featuring a restaurant, bar, shared ablutions and swimming pool.
This budget 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 of the Activity Package.
This morning we drive south to Nata, located on the fringes of the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana.
In the afternoon we take a guided excursion to the salt pans near Nata (included in the Activity Package). Our exploration of Nata Sanctuary enables you to experience the open landscapes of this arid environment under big skies. The Makgadikgadi Pans complex is one of the largest salt pan systems in the world, covering 30 000 km² of northern Botswana.
Tonight those taking the Upgraded Fly-in Delta Trip get ready for their two-night adventure into the wild Okavango Delta.
On day four we drive west to Maun, travelling from dry salt pans to the lush Okavango Delta region.
Along the way, we pass giant baobab trees and the northern fringes of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Arriving in Maun you have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (time and weather allowing). Flying over the massive estuarine system in a small plane is the best way to take in the labyrinth of waterways, lagoons and islands of the wild Delta and possibly spot wildlife from above. This is one of the wildest places in Africa, a unique and precious wilderness area.
Today those opting for the Upgraded Delta Trip drive from Maun into the Okavango Delta to spend two nights at a remote camp in the wilderness.
Today we are up early for our full day of exploring the Okavango Delta by dug-out canoe (mokoro). We set off for the delta early this morning in our safari vehicle, heading to a polers' station about an hour from the lodge. At the polers' station, we meet our local guides and switch to mekoros. Gliding along the reed-lined channels and tranquil lagoons dotted with lilypads is the ideal way to experience the watery Okavango Delta.
Sit back and soak up the wild scenery from your traditional mekoros poled through the waters by local guides. Get a close-up look at the unique flora and fauna of the Okavango Delta as we move along slowly and quietly. Stopping at one of the delta islands, you can take a nature walk with your local guide. The bush walk gives you a chance to learn about the fascinating plants and creatures encountered, looking out for signs of wildlife. The mokoro excursion is not a big game viewing activity, it is all about 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 campsite in Maun.
On day 6 the Activity Package includes a wildlife adventure in Moremi Game Reserve. Encompassing central and eastern parts of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Reserve is the only official protected area in the Delta.
This morning we drive to the southern gate of Moremi, setting off before sunrise. Moremi is renowned for its natural beauty and rich diversity of habitats, animals and plants. The game reserve is home to healthy populations of large mammals, including the Big Five of Africa (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) and African wild dogs. The game drive reveals how diverse Moremi's ecosystem is, ranging from lagoons and savannahs to riverside forests and mopane woodlands. Your safari guide will select the best routes in the bush, based on water levels, road conditions and animal sightings.
Those who chose not to join the Moremi Day Trip as part of the Activity Package, stay behind in Maun today. Guests staying in Maun have free time to relax at the leafy camp, laze by the pool and take an optional flight over the Okavango Delta. The scenic flight offers sweeping views over the open plains and winding waterways, where wildlife can be spotted.
On the morning of day seven, those of you who opted for the Upgraded Delta Trip get to wake up in the wild Okavango Delta, have breakfast at the delta camp and return to Maun. Once the group is reunited we board our overland truck and drive southwest to the Ghanzi area, in the heart of the Kalahari Desert.
The Kalahari is a massive semi-arid expanse covering about 930 000 km² of the inland plateau in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The Kalahari San were the first inhabitants of this dry interior region, surviving off the land as hunter-gatherers for many thousands of years.
This evening we get our first glimpse into ancient San culture, watching a traditional song and dance performance.
Day eight starts with a guided walk in the central Kalahari Desert. Walking with local San guides we find out more about the survival strategies of the nomadic San (also known as Bushmen). Our guides share their indigenous knowledge of the local flora and fauna with us as we explore offering insight into the Kalahari habitat and rich culture of the San.
After our desert walk, we drive south along the Trans-Kalahari highway to the small town of Kang, our last overnight stop. Keep an eye out for wandering wildlife along the roadside as we drive to our last camp.
On the final morning, our affordable Botswana Camping Safari takes us southeast through Botswana and across into South Africa. Driving through the North-West Province we proceed to Johannesburg, the economic powerhouse of southern Africa.
This wildlife and wilderness adventure ends in the dynamic and bustling city of Johannesburg, offering visitors plenty of attractions. Most safari groups choose to spend the evening together, sharing their safari adventures over dinner. Our post-tour lodge offers an optional dinner - a traditional braai (barbecue), which can be booked through your guide the day before.
On the Upgraded Delta Trip clients stay at an intimate delta camp 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.
This Vic Falls & Botswana Overland Camping Safari is also available in the reverse order as the Okavango Delta, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari starting in Johannesburg and ending in Victoria Falls.
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