Experience the natural wonder of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and enjoy some adventure activities, before heading for Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana. This camping safari then takes you into the renowned Chobe National Park, where you embark on a game drive and a relaxing boat cruise.
Travel to Nata on the outskirts of the Makgadikgadi Pans, before journeying to the untamed Okavango Delta for nature walks and mokoro trips in this pristine wilderness area. From the exclusive Delta camp, we travel to Maun and then southwest into the Kalahari Desert where we spend time with the San people.
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.
The Vic Falls, Chobe & Okavango Overland Camping Safari starts at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. First, we visit the mighty Victoria Falls to experience the thundering natural spectacle and impressive spray that give the waterfall 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 smoke-like spray rises up to 400 meters high over Victoria Falls making the mists visible from as far as 50 km away! There is time to walk along the footpaths and stop at the various viewpoints to photograph and admire the falls.
In the afternoon you are free to explore and do optional adventure activities, and this evening we go out for dinner (extra cost) to sample local dishes. This part of the Zambezi River is famous for offering some of the best white water 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. You can also walk around historic Victoria Falls town to take in the sights and visit the local markets, or rest at the lodge and take a dip in the pool.
We spend the night in en suite rooms at a comfortable hotel next to the Zambezi National Park, enjoying the swimming pool, bar and facilities.
This budget Victoria Falls, Chobe and Okavango Delta Safari departs from Vic Falls on day two. We recommend that you arrive a few days before the tour starts, to allow more time for exploring Vic Falls and participating in some of the numerous adventure activities available. Adding an extra few days stay before the tour gives you 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.
Departing from Victoria Falls we cross into Botswana, making our way to Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. Chobe is the second largest national park in Botswana, encompassing diverse habitats from lush plains and wooded grasslands to dense forests and swamps. Chobe is best known for its huge population of elephants that migrate within the wilderness area.
On day two of our budget camping safari we explore the famous Chobe National Park on a 4x4 game drive and boat cruise.
First we take a game drive in this scenic wildlife area, which is home to one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Then, we embark on a sunset boat cruise on Chobe River. These famous game viewing boat cruises provide excellent opportunities for spotting wild animals up close, including hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, antelope species and elephants.
Our overnight camp is located a few kilometers from Chobe Park, overlooking the Chobe River and surrounding bush. The camp features a restaurant, bar and swimming pool.
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 of the Activity Package.
This morning we travel south to Nata, on the outskirts of the vast Makgadikgadi Pans.
In the afternoon you have the option of taking an excursion to the salt pans near Nata to experience the open landscapes of this arid environment. The Makgadikgadi Pans complex is one of the largest salt pan systems in the world, covering an area of 30 000 km².
This evening we prepare for our adventure into the pristine Okavango Delta, the biggest inland delta in the world. The source of the beautiful Okavango Delta is found in the western highlands of Angola from where it flows through Namibia, before emptying into the Kalahari Desert of Botswana.
Those who didn't purchase the Activity Package will stay behind at camp for the next two days, participating in optional activities such as mokoro and boat trips.
On day four we drive west to Maun, tracing the northern fringes of the Makgadikgadi Pans. The road is dotted with giant old baobab which we catch sight of along the way.
Leaving our safari truck, we take a ferry at Shakawe and continue into the heart of the Okavango Delta. Over the next two days we explore the waterways and islands of the Okavango, looking out for wild animals that are not accustomed to seeing people.
After settling in at our exclusive camp we set off on a late afternoon cruise in the Okavango Delta, one of the most unique wilderness areas in the world. Local polers take us on a relaxing mokoro ride ending with a spectacular sunset and sundowners in the bush. Mekoros are the traditional dug-out vessels used to navigate the maze of shallow delta channels. Returning to camp we spend the night around the campfire under starry skies in this wild place, listening to the sounds of nature.
On day five we rise early and glide out onto the reed-lined channels, making our way through the pristine bush to one of the untouched delta islands. Here we embark on a thrilling nature walk with a local expert, learning about the plants and looking for signs of wildlife. Returning from our nature walk, we spend time unwinding at camp, enjoying the quiet natural setting. Later in the afternoon we take a sunset game drive in search of the diverse wildlife and abundant birds of this scenic wilderness area.
This labyrinth of waterways and lagoons flowing between secluded islands and floodplains boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.
Please note that our itinerary in the delta varies depending on seasonal changes and local conditions, but the tranquil delta always offers a truly wild and unforgettable African bush experience.
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.
This morning we leave our private delta camp behind, transferring to Seronga. Then, we take a boat cruise along the meandering delta channels as we head back to our safari truck.
After lunch we make our way to a leafy camp just outside of Maun, enjoying the pool and bar.
On the morning of day seven you have the chance to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta to view this magnificent wilderness area from above. The scenic flight offers sweeping views over the open plains and winding waterways, where wildlife can be spotted.
We then 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 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 about the local flora and fauna with us as we explore and gain insight into the 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.
On the final day of our Vic Falls, Chobe & Okavango Camping Safari we cross into South Africa driving through the North-West Province to Johannesburg, the economic powerhouse of Southern Africa.
This wildlife and wilderness safari adventure ends in the dynamic and bustling mega-city of Johannesburg, offering visitors plenty of attractions. Most groups choose to spend the evening together at the post-tour lodge, enjoying a traditional braai (barbecue) and sharing their safari adventures over dinner together. This optional dinner (own account) can be booked through your guide on day eight.
This Vic Falls, Chobe & Okavango 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 Vic Falls.
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