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Botswana | Okavango, Caprivi, Chobe & Vic Falls

A 10 night /11-day adventure safari starting in Nata and ending in Kasane. Our route will follow the geological formation that led to the creation of the worlds largest inland delta, we will drive over the extensive sand flats that are historically known as the great lakes of Southern Africa and during our travels we will discover the marvels of this geological intrigue as we travel from Makgadikgadi Pans, westwards around the south of the Okavango Delta, northward along the course of the Okavango River into the Caprivi Strip via the mysterious Tsodilo Hills, eastwards along the Chobe River and onwards to the mighty Zambezi and the majestic Victoria Falls.

tour duration 11 Days
price R27,250
next trip 06 Aug 2021
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Experience sunset on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, a houseboat on the Okavango Panhandle, Bushmen paintings at UNESCO World Heritage site, Tsodilo Hills, Tree House accommodation overlooking the Kavango River & Bwabwata National Park, Caprivi, Chobe National Park & one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world - the mighty Vic Falls.

Accommodation: En-suite lodge accommodation throughout with Tree House accommodation while at Ngepi Camp, Caprivi and a Houseboat while on the Okavango. All lodges have cash bars. All meals are prepared and served by our mobile bush kitchen and chef and are enjoyed around the campfire under the African sky.

Included

All meals
Lodge Accommodation
Professional guide
Two-way radio communication

Excluded

Border Crossing fees & road taxes
Guide Gratuity
Out of country medical emergency evacuation cover

Tour Dates

06 Aug 2021 - 16 Aug 2021
04 Sep 2021 - 14 Sep 2021

Day 1

Meet late afternoon at Nata Lodge which is 10 km south-west of Nata on the Francistown Road. Enjoy the sunset at the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans followed by a briefing by your guide who will elaborate on the wonderful adventures that can be expected in the days ahead.

Day 2

After breakfast as well as a safety briefing and issuing of two-way radios, we head west towards Maun, enjoying the sights along the way. Stop for lunch on the banks of the Boteti River. Late afternoon you have the option to experience a 1-hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, which is highly recommended (this is not included in the tour cost). Overnight at a riverside lodge in Maun giving us the opportunity to refuel, restock and get rid of the dust before we can relax and enjoy a drink around the fire.

Day 3

Depart and travel along the western side of the Delta, arriving at the western bank of the mighty Okavango River near Sepupa. Leave the vehicles in a secure car park and board aluminium speed boats which transport us to our houseboat moored in the channels of the Okavango Panhandle. The houseboat will be our accommodation for the next 2 nights.

Day 4

After a leisurely breakfast, we have the opportunity to explore the tranquil waterways of the Okavango Delta. Spend the morning expeditioning through the Okavango Panhandle in the comfort of a traditional mokoro or dug-out canoe. Our local guides will accompany you and impart their valuable birding and cultural knowledge. Late lunch will be served on the houseboat. Continue exploring with the speedboats, enjoy some fishing or just relax and marvel at the splendour of your surroundings. Sundowners are enjoyed from the upper deck of the houseboat.

Day 5

We transfer back to our vehicles by boat and head north out of Botswana and into Namibia via the mystical Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its magnificent Bushman paintings as well as its unique record of human settlement over many millennia At Tsodilo, our specialist guide shares his knowledge of this unique and mystical place while we hike through each site taking in the rare and very beautiful rock art, we also have the opportunity of visiting the museum and later enjoy a picnic lunch in this geological wonderland, which is coincidentally, also the highest point in Botswana. From Tsodilo we aim north and leave Botswana via the Mohembo border post. In Namibia, our campsite (Ngepi Camp) for the next three nights is located on the banks of the Kavango River. Situated in a riverine belt of giant jackal berry trees with its interesting floating swimming pool and lush surroundings, our camp provides the perfect setting for socialising and relaxing after our daily activities. Dinner is served around the campfire on the banks of the River.

Day 6

Drive through the Mahango Game Reserveto experience your game viewing skills. A picnic brunch will be served at one of the many scenic stops. This section of  the Bwabwata National Park has over 300 bird species and boasts four of the big five. It is also renowned for its roan antelope and sable population.

Day 7

Enjoy a late start to the day, deciding upon which activities you would like to enjoy during the morning. Choose to either relax at the camp or visit the Buffalo Core area on the eastern bank of the Okavango River which is also part of the Bwabwata National Park. It has unique sand tracks and a very interesting military history. Other activities include bird walks, mokoro (dug-out canoe) trips, visit to Popa Falls, village tours as well as fishing. These activities will be for your own cost. The Bhejane activity for the day is a late afternoon sundowner cruise on the mighty Okavango River.

Day 8

We pack up and head back to Botswana via the Caprivi Strip to our next stop just outside Kasane where we will be spending our last 3 nights in lodge accommodation. Caprivi, now called the Zambezi Region and a former war-torn province of Namibia, is now a national park and safe haven for man and beast alike. Stop en route to enjoy lunch on the banks of the Zambezi river, just outside Katima Mulilo.

Day 9

After breakfast depart for the magnificent Victoria Falls. After experiencing the wonders of the Falls you can enjoy some sight-seeing and shop the local markets in the Victoria Falls village. For the brave-hearted, there are a number of adrenaline activities such as bungy jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge. Scenic helicopter flights over the Falls can also be arranged and are highly recommended. (These activities are not included in the tour price).

Day 10

Day exploring the Chobe National Park. Depart for a 3-hour open safari game drive in the morning followed by a 3-hour boat cruise on the Chobe River in the afternoon. Gather around the campfire enjoying the unique friendship bond that can only be formed by fellow travellers who, together, have experienced the magic of the African bush.

Day 11

Sadly, after breakfast, we pack up camp, say our goodbyes and head home.

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Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe

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1 500kms Approximately

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Nata Lodge, Central Botswana

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4x4
2x4 with good ground clearance

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Lodge, Houseboat & Tree House

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Intermittent - speak to your guide on the first day

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Yes - throughout

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One-hour scenic flip over the Delta
Helicopter flight over Vic Falls
Bungee Jumping at Vic Falls
Mokorro (dug-out canoe) ride on the Okavango
Tiger Fishing on the Okavango
Community village visit at Ngepi

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Our lodges do offer a cash bar but if you would like to bring your own alcohol, we recommend bringing enough (2L wine & 1L beer or spirits), the recommended allowance - for the first few nights and then replenishing your supplies while in Botswana

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Not required for South African Passport Holders
Passport must be valid for at least 6 months