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14 Day Botswana Overland Tour (Inclusive & Small Group)
|Tour Style||Camping Small Group Top Pick|
|Countries Visited||South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe|
|Group Size||Max 17|
|Age Range||18 - 55 Years and older|
What You'll Experience
Why You'll Love this Tour
This 14 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.
+ Single Supplement EUR 210 (optional)
Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at EUR 2510. Currency fluctuations may occur
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+ Local Payment USD 300
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.
- Meals - 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
- Accommodation - Two person dome tents (6 nights), Twin - bedded tented camp (5 nights), Hotel/Lodge (2 nights)
- Registered guides
- Transport per itinerary
- Park Entry Fees
- Kalahari Desert
- Kalahari Guided Walk led by Bushmen
- Okavango Delta
- Okavango Delta mokoro excursion
- Guided Walks in the Delta
- 4x4 Open Vehicle Game Drives
- Visit to Maun
- Chenoga Village Walk
- Visit to Makgadigadi Salt Pans
- Chobe National Park
- Boat Cruise on the Chobe River
- International Airfares
- Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance) and medical insurance
- Personal spending money
- Visa costs
- Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
- All optional activities
- Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
- Sleeping bag and pillow if camping
- Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
- All drinks
- Other items of a personal nature
Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.
Included in the Tour Price
- Kalahari Desert, Guided Walk led by Bushmen
- Okavango Delta, Okavango Delta mokoro excursion, Guided Walks in the Delta
- 4x4 Open Vehicle Game Drives, Visit to Maun, Chenoga Village Walk
- Visit to Makgadigadi Salt Pans
- Chobe National Park, Boat Cruise on the Chobe River
- Soweto Tour - From ZAR590 per person for 3 hours (You can also do a cycle tour of Soweto – pricing depends on the time you cycle for.)
- Johannesburg City Tour -From ZAR590 per person for 3 hours
- Soweto and Johannesburg Combo - From ZAR850 for 5 hours
- Apartheid Museum - Duration: 3 hours ZAR550
- Cradle of Humankind - Duration: 4 hours ZAR990
- Pretoria City Tour - Duration: 4 ½ hours ZAR850, Duration: 8 hours for the extended tour, incl. lunch ZAR1500
- Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (Highly Recommended)
- The flight prices range from between ZAR665 – ZAR3760, this is dependent on how many people decide to go on a flight. If you are interested inquire with your guide. (you can use Credit Or Visa cards for payment)
- Village walk from the Lodge in Maun (Pula 50) -Prices may vary
- White Water Rafting – Low water – USD 150
- White Water Rafting – High water – USD 140
- Gorge Swing – USD 95
- Tandem – Gorge Swing – USD 140
- Zip line – USD 70
- Tandem – Zip line – USD 110
- Flying Fox – USD 45
- Canopy tour – USD 55
- Half Day Adrenalin (Adrenalin High wire pass) – USD 140
- Adrenalin high wire & canopy tour pass – USD 175
- Full Day Chobe – USD 160
- Horse Riding Safari – Experienced – USD 85
- Horse Riding Safari – Novice – USD 80
- Game Drive – USD 95
- Night Drive – USD 130
- Sundowner Cruise – USD 50
- Fishing (3 Hrs) – USD 120
- Upper Zambezi Canoeing – USD 150
- 12/13 Minutes Helicopter – USD 150
- Micro light Flight- USD 174 (this only happens in Zambia, and if planning to do it, it will mean you will need to acquire a dual visa when going through the border to Zimbabwe)
Day 1: Johannesburg – Kalahari, Botswana
This tour departs at 06h30 from the Johannesburg Lodge and we make our way across the border of Botswana. Various customs and immigration formalities will have to be completed before we set out into the vast Kalahari Plains. A lot of distance will be covered today before reaching our campsite close to the village of Kang. We enjoy a catered dinner (own expense) while the guide elaborates on the itinerary.
Meals: No meals included on this day
Accommodation: Kalahari Rest – Two man dome tent
Included Highlights: Scenic Drive through North West South Africa, Kalahari Desert
Distance: 720 km
Day 2: Kalahari Bushmen, Botswana
We enjoy a scrumptious camp breakfast before continuing to Ghanzi, where we will meet the Kalahari Bushmen and enjoy learning about their ways. Ghanzi is home to the last of the traditional bushmen, so this is a unique experience. We will go on a guided bush walk to learn about the wilderness before resting for the night on a tract of land managed by the locals.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Dqae Qare San Lodge – Two man dome tent
Included Highlights: Guided Bush Walk led by true bushmen/san
Distance: 250 km
Days 3 – 5: Okavango Delta, Botswana
As it flows south and east from the highlands of central Angola far to the northwest, the Okavango River creates an unique ecosystem that supports a wide variety of animal and plant life as it creates one of the world’s only true inland deltas as it slows and spreads. An African Fish Eagle’s cry, the sight of a Jacana strolling amongst the flowering lilies, as well as the variety of insects being eaten by the Bee Eater, all combine to create the canvas of one of nature’s most magnificent paintings. As the waters of the river spill into the vast plains of the Makgadikgadi sands, it eventually disappears.
From our comfortable and well-appointed camp located on the edge of one of the largest lagoons, we will be able to explore the region. Our tour includes gliding along reed-lined channels in a mokoro, walking on uninhabited islands, and picnicking in the wilderness while learning from local guides about the animals and plants of the Delta. In this isolated wilderness, we will be able to learn about the local people and their way of life through informal interaction with the guides. Taking a refreshing dip in the pool or relaxing on a beautiful wooden deck overlooking a glistening lagoon will be among the many things we can do during our stay. A sunset cruise on a boat will provide us with a relaxing experience. To experience the vastness of the Delta from the air, it is recommended that you take a helicopter flight (own expense).
Meals: Breakfast x3, Lunch x3 and Dinner x3
Accommodation: Twin bedded tented units (sleeping bag required)
Included Highlights: Okavango Delta, Motswana Guided Game walks in the Delta, Mokoro Excursion in the Delta
Optional Activities: Scenic Helicopter Flight over Delta
Distance: 390 km on Day 3
Day 6: Okavango Delta – Maun, Botswana
An early start sees us heading back to civilisation. We arrive in Maun in the afternoon where we will get some fresh supplies. Our accommodation this evening is at the Maun Lodge which is located on the Boteti River and has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Maun Lodge – Twin-bedded en-suite tented units
Included Highlights: Boteti River Sunset
Distance: 354 km
Days 7-10: Flexible Game Reserve Schedule (Moremi/ Savuti), Botswana
We will prepare ourselves for a game viewing trip using our vehicle to get into the wilderness, passing remote villages along the way. These 5 days will be spent in different game reserves as we follow in the footsteps of the migrating animals.
The tour will be quite flexible, but here is an example of what we will do: Start in Moremi where we will camp near the popular 3rd Bridge and fall asleep to the howling of the hyena or the roaring of a lion (which will most likely wake you up!). Then we will head off to Xakanaxa for a night of camping near North Gate. Plenty of game drives will allow you to explore this area. Then we will head to Savuti for more game drives and close encounters with game. We advise you to keep your fruit well hidden from roaming elephants, and the mean from hungry hyenas. You will find that the vegetation constantly changes and we will go from open plains to marshland and dense mopane and acacia trees. We may also take a turn into the Central Kalahari Reserve or the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Our camps will be in lovely private sites where we make sure we only leave our footsteps behind. A support vehicle will be going ahead of us to set up camp so that you have more time to enjoy your surroundings.
Meals: Breakfast x4, Lunch x4, Dinner x4
Accommodation: Wild Camping – Two man dome tent
Included Highlights: 4×4 open vehicle game drives on all days, Private non-fenced campsites, Extensive first hand game viewing experience, Explore the heart of National Geographic’s photography region
Distance: Day 7: ± 125 km
Day 11: Maun, Botswana
We leave the National Parks and make our way back to our Lodge in Maun on a leisurely game drive. In Maun we can take a walk around town and enjoy an own expense lunch. Prior to heading out to the comfort of the Maun Tented Lodge, guests are welcome to take an optional game flight (at their own expense). At the lodge you can spend the day relaxing by the pool before indulging in a catered meal and a comfortable night’s sleep.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Maun Tented Lodge – Twin-bedded tented units
Included Highlights: Game Drive on the way out of the park, Visit to Maun
Optional Activities: Game flight, fixed wing or helicopter
Distance: ± 225 km
Day 12: Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
This morning we enjoy lazing by the swimming pool and enjoying a midday brunch. We suggest joining the local village walk where you learn more about the daily life of the locals. Afterward, we set off east to the enormous Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
The Makgadikgadi Pans has spectacular dry scenery, famous for its abundant birdlife and other desert-adapted animals it attracts. Today we will be aware of our untouched environment and enjoy the serenity of the area. Taking in the isolation and serenity of this expanse, we proceed to our overnight camp. Almost all visitors to the water hole will be able to see elephants up close.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Elephant Sands Lodge – Two man dome tent
Included Highlight: Village Walk, Visit to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Remote Campsite on the edge of the pans, Night under the stars, Star gazing
Distance: 200 – 300km
Day 13: Chobe – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Travelling North to Chobe, known for its large population of elephant which gather on the floodplains. This afternoon we will enjoy an extensive boat cruise which enables us to get up close and personal with the hippos and elephants on the waters edge. We then cross the border to spend the night in our accommodation, which is within walking distance of the falls.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Shearwater Village
Included Highlights: Chobe National Park, Extensive Boat Cruise on the Chobe River
Distance: 320 – 400 km
Day 14: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
This morning we will wake up in the adventure capital of Africa, and after a good night’s sleep, we will discover the amazing Victoria Falls, known by the local people as Mosi-oa-Tunya – ‘The smoke that thunders’. After breakfast at the lodge, the tour will officially come to an end. Transfers to the airport can be arranged or guests can extend their stay in Victoria Falls with post-tour accommodation.
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.