13 Day Botswana Overland Tour (Inclusive & Small Group)

Camping
Small Group
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Tour Details

Tour Style Camping Small Group Top Pick
Length 13 days
Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Starts Johannesburg
Ends Victoria Falls
Group Size Max 16
Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
Tour SKU CAS0302
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Why You'll Love this Tour

This 13 Day Botswana Overland Tour takes us through the vast Kalahari plains and we will meet local Bushmen, one of the oldest groups of people in Africa. In the north, we travel through the magnificent Okavango Delta , the largest inland delta in the world, which carries water from far-off mountains in Angola into the expansive Makgadikgadi plains, creating a unique wildlife sanctuary. A fully equipped, open 4x4 vehicle is used to explore the world's renowned National Parks, which are mapped in accordance with age-old game migration tracks depending on the season. Finally, we visit "The Smoke that Thunders" - Victoria Falls, and enjoy a game viewing boat cruise along the Chobe River, within Chobe National Park.

Tour Price

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Tour Reviews

Review by Henrique Vollmer:

Just thought I’d drop you a note to let you know how the trip had gone…
It was really spectacular! Thanks for your tips and suggestions; i think the Botswana was just right for what I was looking for.

The tour was great; the group was a nice set of people from different nationalities and the guide was awesome (Wayne Westland). He really managed to get us into the whole bush and wildlife scene!

Review by Irene Grimwader who traveled Botswana Overland:

I had a wonderful time! It was a tiny group – just a young couple from Denmark and the guide(s) and myself. The Lodges were all comfortable, the camping very well organized, the guides just great, and we saw all of the big 5 except the rhino – plus African Painted dogs, Sable Antelopes, and so many more. The whole trip was very professionally done, without losing any enthusiasm which we all shared.

Review by Helena D who traveled Botswana Overland:

We just came back to Sweden after a couple of amazing weeks down on your continent. Just wanted to thank you for recommending the Botswana camping safari- those days were some of the most amazing in my life.

Everything was perfect. The tour plan, the guide, etc. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is not TOO afraid of the camping part of it (I do not normally consider myself a camping person). The fact that we stayed in campsites rather than lodges really brought us close to nature. I loved every bit of it. The trip also has a very authentic feel to it- we never felt just part of the big tourist wheel. You can quote me on this :-)

Review by Steve M who traveled Botswana Overland:

This is such an incredible Botswana adventure that allowed us to not only see and experience local culture, but also allowed us to see some of the lessor traveled National Parks that Botswana has. We had some amazing animal sightings that words may not begin to put into perspective. But one of the nice things that you don’t always know about this tour, it is the perfect combination of camping and accommodation, which gave us some more time in the National Parks to do more extensive game drives and let me rest my head on a comfortable bed on certain days throughout the tour… AWESOME!!!!!

Review by Lukas and Klara who traveled Botswana Overland (sourced from operator) :

I would like to give a big thanks to your team! We have been to Botswana wildlife camping tour during Christmas time and it was the lifetime experience for us! We never had a chance to be so close to the wildlife!
Our guide, Paul, was a great guy! Always optimistic with the smile on his face but still very professional. He provided excellent services in terms of driving, cooking, sharing his experiences with wildlife and all other stuff. We had a lot of funny moments with him! It was also a great pleasure for us to meet the other guys who took care of the camping stuff during wildlife camping in National Parks.

Review by Johannes who traveled Botswana Overland (sourced from operator) :

Fantastic tour guide with a brain like a library on animals, nature and history and a lot of love for the local people. We leave him as a friend.

Review by Veronique who traveled Botswana Overland (sourced from operator) :

I enjoyed the adventure very much and thanks to our guide Arnold I now know so much more about Southern Africa. Thank you very much for the memorable tour.

 

 

 

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Included

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance) and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag and pillow if camping
  • Towel
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.

Included in the Tour Price


Other Activities

  • White water rafting
  • Bungee jumping
  • Scenic flight – Okavango Delta
  • Zambezi River sunset cruise
Optional Activities available on this tour at your own expense

Itinerary

Day 1: Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana

We will begin our adventure at 06h30 when we depart Johannesburg. We plan to cross the Botswana border at Martins Drift after traversing the dry thornveld of South Africa’s North West Province. We enter the vast Kalahari plains as soon as customs and immigration formalities have been completed.

The journey to our accommodation, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, will take us quite a distance today. Founded in 1992, Khama Rhino Sanctuary (KRS) is a community-based wildlife conservation project that assists in the conservation of vanishing rhinoceroses, restores an area that formerly teems with wildlife to its previous natural state, and provides economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and sustainable resource management. In addition to providing prime habitat for white and black rhinos, the sanctuary contains over 30 other animal species as well as more than 230 bird species.

The evening is spent enjoying a catered meal as our guide explains the procedure for the next few days.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Khama Rhino Sanctuary – Two man dome tent
Included Highlights: Scenic drive through North – West South Africa, Kalahari Desert
Distance: 600 km

Day 2: Maun, Botswana

Following an early morning wake-up call, we embarked on our first open-vehicle game drive. Our first stop will be the Khama Sanctuary where we will search for rhinos and other wildlife that inhabits this unique environment before returning to the camp for breakfast.

Following this, we proceed northwards into the true wilderness, passing through numerous remote villages and skirting the immense Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. As we continue our journey, we will travel along the Boteti River to the Maun Lodge, where we will spend the night. There are 25 comfortable twin-bedded rooms in the Lodge, each with a wonderful view of the wide Boteti River. Bird watching is exceptional in the area. As you drift off to sleep tonight, you will hear the deep grunts of hippopotamus.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping – Two man dome tent
Distance: 480 km

Day 3 – 4: Okavango Delta, Botswana

Leaving the lodge early in the morning, we head back towards Maun before turning left and entering the famous Okavango Delta.

As the Okavango River flows south- and eastwards from the highlands of central Angola, it creates one of the largest inland deltas in the world, where it slows and spreads into a unique ecosystem that supports a wide array of animal and plant species. There is something inherently beautiful about the sight of a Jacana striding delicately amongst the flowering lilies, the Bee Eater diving to catch an unsuspecting insect, and the familiar cry of the African Fish Eagle which all contribute to the creation of a unique natural masterpiece. Over time, the river disappears into the vast plains of the Makgadikgadi sands after spilling its contents into the vast plains.

Our comfortable and well-equipped camp is situated on the edge of one of the largest lagoons and serves as a base of operations from which we explore the surrounding area. A mokoro will glide through narrow reed-lined channels, we will walk on uninhabited islands and picnic in the wilderness, while local guides who have grown up in the region will inform us about the animals and plants that inhabit the Delta. As we interact with our guides informally, we will gain a better understanding of the way of life of the local people in this remote wilderness. In addition to relaxing, we will also have the opportunity to take a stroll with our guide, take a refreshing swim in the pool, or simply enjoy the views of a glistening lagoon from a beautiful wooden deck. We take a boat cruise in the afternoon and enjoy a relaxing sunset.

Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Accommodation: Twin Bedded Tented Units (No linen)
Included Highlights: Okavango Delta, Guided walks in the Delta led by local Motswana guides, Mokoro trip

Day 5: Maun, Botswana

Our journey back to Maun begins early in the morning. Take advantage of the opportunity to fly over the Delta at your own expense upon your arrival in Maun. Take in the breathtaking views of the vast expanse of the Delta and also keep your eyes open for the wildlife that resides here. Our arrival at Maun Lodge is in the late afternoon, just in time to take a refreshing dip in the pool and enjoy the spectacular sunset. Dream of the excitement that will await you in the days ahead as you retire for the evening. Don’t forget to pack your bag and charge your batteries before you embark on your four-night wild camping adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping – Two man dome tent
Distance: 480 km

Days 6 – 9: Flexible Game Reserve Schedule Khwai Area, Botswana

Early in the morning, after a hearty breakfast, we change mode of transportation and board our game viewing vehicles to reach our campsite on the Khwai river. One of the highlights of the tour is this wild experience.

To make the most of our time here, we game-drive extensively for the next 4 days during the day. We explore the Khwai concession and the famous Moremi and Savuti reserves in 4×4 Land Cruisers with our Motswana guides. Routes are flexible and depend on the season.

From palm tree plains to marshlands, dense Mopane woodlands and Acacia scrub, the vegetation changes constantly. Game viewing is excellent in this variety of habitats. Unlike the roads in national parks, where they are just tracks in the sand, the 4x4s aren’t just for show. The only items we carry are our cameras and daypacks, a picnic lunch and drinks for the trip.

Our camp in the bush awaits us just before sunset, with a warm fire lit by the ground staff. As soon as you have enjoyed a hearty meal, it is time for you to retire. A hyena’s howl or a lion’s earthy roar or even the grunt of a semi-submerged hippo may lull you to sleep while you drift off to sleep. As if we are the first people to ever occupy this site, we are totally secluded and undeveloped – it is as if we are the only people on this planet. In order to ensure that we leave nothing behind when we depart, we bring everything we may need.

Our journey may also take us to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve or the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, depending on the ever-changing wildlife conditions in the National Parks.

Meals: Breakfast x4, Lunch x4, Dinner x4
Accommodation: Camping – Two man dome tents
Included Highlights: 4×4 open vehicle game drives, Private non-fenced campsites, Extensive first-hand game viewing experience, Explore the heart of National Geographic’s photography region
Distance: ±125 km

Day 10: Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

As our last morning in the parks draws to a close, we slowly make our way back to Maun by game drive. The Maun lodge serves a delicious lunch. Boteti River runs alongside the lodge. Seasons and rainfall patterns determine how this river flows. As we head eastwards after lunch, we stop at the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. A very big sky is surrounded by oceans of golden grass. The night is spent camping in splendid isolation. A night under the southern night sky can be an awesome spectacle for the adventurous. During some seasons, it is difficult to reach the pans, so we camp in an interesting elephant watering hole instead.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping – Two man dome tent
Included Highlights: Village walk, Visit to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Star-gazing
Distance: 200 km – 300 km

Day 11: Chobe River – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Our journey today takes us north of the pans, along the mighty Chobe River, leaving the desolation of the pans behind. In the Chobe area, elephants and other animals are attracted to drink from rivers because of the large herds of elephants. As we glide close to the banks of the river this afternoon, we hope to be able to approach these animals from the river for close-up views. A portion of the Namibian side of the Chobe River will be explored during our cruise along the Chobe River. Upon our return to the land, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and travel to the city of Victoria Falls, where we will be staying for the night. There are a number of attractions and attractions within walking distance of the lodge, which is centrally located.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Accommodation – Lodge
Distance: 320 km – 400 km

Day 12: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

As we emerge from the sleep of the adventure capital of Africa into the world of Victoria Falls, we are filled with new awe and excitement. There is a term that means “The smoke that thunders”: Mosi-oa-Tunya. There is a legend that the “Big Snake” or “Nyami Nyami” hides in this area. There is no additional fee for entering the Falls, and you are free to explore the surrounding rainforest and view the Falls as long as you wish. There are a number of other attractions and activities available, including a tribal village and a curio market. There are also numerous adventure activities available at Victoria Falls, including plane flips over the falls, boat trips on the Zambezi River, white water rafting, and bungee jumping, but these optional activities are not without cost.

Two nights are spent in this town, which allows you to explore the area at your leisure and choose the sights and activities that interest you. We will be eating out tonight (at our own expense) at a local restaurant. Drink a farewell toast to your adventure as the African night and distant roar of the Falls lull you to sleep.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Accommodation – Lodge
Highlights: Victoria Falls National Park, Entry Fee for viewing the Falls
Optional Activities: Scenic helicopter flight, White water rafting, Bungee jump, Gorge swing, Many more available

Day 13: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Your tour officially comes to an end today.

While the above itinerary was correct at the time of printing, we strive to provide our clients with the best tour options possible. In this regard, we reserve the right to alter any aspect of the itinerary at any time. A published itinerary may change during the period during which it is valid, for example, conditions may change, roads may be improved or deteriorated, contracted accommodations and camps may change in standard, optional activities may become available or be discontinued, border posts may open or become congested, etc. Whenever circumstances require, or if we believe that the change will improve the tour, we continuously monitors all factors that contribute to a successful tour.

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

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