9 Day Botswana Waterways (North)
+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 6820
|Countries Visited||South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia|
|Group Size||Max 20|
|Age Range||16 – 65 Years and older|
On this 9 Day Botswana Waterways overland tour we visit the Okavango Delta, where we camp for two nights under the stars.
Departing from Johannesburg
Ends in Victoria Falls
This is an 9 day overland expedition to the 9 Day Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. Partake in the many optional adventure activities based around the mighty Zambezi River. You visit the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world where we camp for two nights under the stars in one of Africa's greatest wildernesses. You also visit Chobe National Park famous for its large herds of elephant.
- Meals - 8 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 7 Dinner
- Registered guides
- Transport per itinerary
- All items of a personal nature
- Soft Drinks
- Bottled Water
- Activity Packaged and Optional activities
Day 1 - 2
Johannesburg to Kalahari Gateway to Kalahari
Today we leave Johannesburg, the City of Gold, to make our way northward to Botswana where we travel on the Trans-Kalahari highway and spend our first evening in a small village of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari.
In the morning we travel deeper into the Central Kalahari where we find our camp for this evening in the Ghanzi district. We spend some time getting to know the San People before enjoying a guided walk where we learn the secrets to their survival in the Kalahari Desert. Your evening is filled with traditional song, dance and story telling of the San Culture.
Accommodation (Day 1): Kang Ultra Stop
Accommodation (Day 2): Dqae Qare San Lodge or Ghanzi Trail Blazers
Accommodation: Campsite with shared ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Johannesburg to Kang, Kang to Ghanzi
Included Highlight: San Evening Dance Performance
Activity Package: Bush Walk with San Guides
Border Post Botswana Pioneer Gate Tel: +267 533 3992, Open: 06h00 – 24h00
South Africa Skilpadshek Tel: +27 0800 00 7277, Open: 06h00 – 24h00
Kalahari to Maun, Botswana
We are up early to make our way to the gateway to the Okavango Delta, Maun. When we reach the city, we begin preparations for our following two night excursion into the Delta. You will be briefed about the following days activities. An optional Scenic Flight over the Okavango Delta is available for those wanting to participate in activities in the afternoon.
The fifth biggest town in Botswana, Maun is renowned as the tourism capital and gateway into the Okavango Delta. It is a diverse contrast of modern structures and traditional huts. Presently home to over some 30,000 people, the town was established in 1915 as the tribal capital of the Batawana people. Maun initially serviced the local cattle ranching and hunting industries and gained a reputation as a ‘wild west’ town. Maun grew rapidly with the swift development of the tourism industry and the completion of the tar road leading from Nata.
Accommodation: Camping Sitatunga or Island Safari Lodge
Facilities: Two per Tent with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Ghanzi to Maun
Optional Activity: Okavango Delta Scenic Flight
Day 4 - 5
Okavango Delta, Botswana
We start our day exploring the natural wonder of Africa, the Okavango Delta – One of the worlds few unspoilt wilderness area.
The following day is spent enjoying the activities in the Delta, while it is flexible to accommodate the changes in season and water levels. You have a chance to enjoy traditional Mokoro rides and nature walks.
A maze of lagoons, lakes and concealed channels spreading over 17,000 square kilometres, the Okavango Delta is the world’s biggest inland delta. Originating in Angola, countless rivers merge to form the Cubango River which flows through Namibia, becoming the Kavango River and finally entering Botswana where it turns into the Okavango. Eons ago, the Okavango River flowed into a massive inland lake named Lake Makgadikgadi which is now known as the Makgadikgadi Pans. Tectonic activity disturbed the currents of the river, resulting in it backing up and thus creating what is now recognised as the Okavango Delta. This has formed a complex network of waterways that sustain a large variety of fauna and flora. There are approximately 200,000 large mammals living in and around the Delta. On the mainland and amidst the Delta islands, lion, elephant, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodile gather with an assortment of antelope and other smaller animals such as warthog, mongoose, spotted genet, monkey, bush baby and tree squirrel.
Remarkably, the endangered African Wild Dog lives within the Okavango Delta, displaying one of the richest pack densities throughout Africa. The Delta is also home to over 400 species of bird including the majestic African Fish Eagle. Plenty of these creatures live in the Delta, but most simply pass through during their migrations with the summer rains to seek out renewed lush fields ready for grazing. During the beginning of winter, the countryside dries up and these animals head back to the Delta, making for spectacular game sightings as the massive numbers of prey and predators are forced together. Specific regions of the floodplains provide some of the most magnificent predator action seen anywhere in the world.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Maun for the following 2 days.
Accommodation: Camp: Two per Tent
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Maun to Okavango Delta
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (Camping)
Okavango Delta – Caprivi Region, Namibia
Today we depart from the Delta and head north. After being re-united with our truck, we enter Namibia and travel through the Caprivi Strip, crossing three parks enroute to Chobe National Park. We spend the night across the famous Chobe National Park.
Accommodation: Two per Room Camp Chobe or similar
Facilities: En-Suite Bathroom Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Okavango Delta to Katima Mulilo
Border Post Namibia: Mohembo Border, Divundi/Bangani, Zambezi (Caprivi), 33km or 40min SE of Divundu, Kavango, Namibia, Tel +264(0)66 259 902, Open: 06:00-18:00 (GMT+2)
With an early start to the day, we travel out of Namibia and back to Botswana. After lunch we enjoy a game drive in Chobe, in search of the herds of elephants and many antelope. Kasane is located on the famous Chobe Riverbanks. Our afternoon is spent on a boat cruise on the famous Chobe River and your day ends with a lovely meal around the campfire.
The second biggest park in all of Botswana, Chobe National Park spreads over approximately 11,700 square kilometres of northern Botswana. The Park forms part of the medley of lakes, islands and floodplains created from the river systems of the Kwanda, Linyanti and Chobe Rivers. This region is well-known for its enormous buffalo and elephant herds – the population of which is presently around 120,000. The Chobe elephants migrate often and travel up to 200 kilometres from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they gather during the dry season, to the pans in the southeast portion of the park during rainy season. These giants are specifically Kalahari elephants, identifiable by their frail ivory and short tusks which are possibly due to the lack of calcium in the soils. Because of their high population, much damage to vegetation is caused in certain areas and therefore, culls have been considered but never carried out due to the enormous controversy surrounding the act.
The initial inhabitants of this region were the San people, known in Botswana as the ‘Basarwa’. They were nomadic hunter-gatherers who travelled from place to place searching for the next source of food and water. The San were eventually forced out by groups of the Basubiya people and, in 1911, a congregation of Batawana moved to the area. It was decided in 1931 that a national park would be erected in order to guard the wildlife from extinction as well as to attract tourists. During 1932, an area of approximately 24,000 square kilometres in the Chobe region was declared as a non-hunting zone. Throughout the years, the boundaries of the park have been modified and the people who have settled in the region have been progressively relocated. Chobe National Park was eventually completely rid of human occupation in the year 1975, and in 1980 (and once more in 1986) the boundaries were once again altered, growing the park to its current size.
Accommodation: Thebe River Safaris
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Rainbow River Lodge to Kasane
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Chobe National Park boat cruise
Border Post Namibia: Ngoma Border, B8, In Ngoma, Zambezi (Caprivi), +264(0)66 250 601 Open: 07:00-18:00 (GMT+2)
Day 8 - 9
Botswana – Kasane – Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
We make our way to Victoria Falls town where we have some time to prepare our activities for the following day, before visiting the incredible Victoria Falls and experiencing the thunderous and powerful Zambezi. Though your tour officially comes to an end on the morning of Day 8, most choose to spend the day participating in some thrilling activities on offer here, therefore we encourage you to book another night or two in order to gain the most out of this magnificent place.
At 1700 metres wide and 108 metres high, Victoria Falls are said to be the biggest falls in the entire world. According to popular beliefs, Scottish explorer David Livingstone was the very first European to stand witness to the mighty Victoria Falls and wrote: “It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” The local name of Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’, is used as the official name in Zambia. Because of its enormous power and size, the Falls are embellished with countless mythologies. It is believed by the local Tonga people of Zambezi that a river god, Nyaminyami, lives in the water in the shape of a gigantic snake. The Zambezi River flooded thrice when the Kariba Dam was constructed in the 1950’s, causing numerous deaths and much devastation. The locals believe that Nyaminyami became angry with the building of the Dam and thus was the entity that caused the horrendous floods. The peculiar form of Victoria Falls allows its entire width to be seen face-on from as near as 60 metres to the Falls due to the Zambezi River dropping into a deep and narrow slot-like fissure connected to a lengthy sequence of ravines. There are very few waterfalls in the world that permit this close of an approach on foot.
The Falls are created by the entire width of the river plummeting in a solitary vertical drop into a 120 metre wide chasm, whittled by the cascading waters along a breakage area in the basalt plateau. The chasm called the First Gorge varies from 80 metres deep at its west end to 108 metres in its centre. The only opening to the First Gorge is though a gap 110 metres wide, approximately two-thirds of the way across the width of the Falls from the western end, through which the entire volume of the river spills into the gorges of the Victoria Falls. Two islands, Boaruka and Livingstone, are situated on the peak of the Falls. They are big enough to divide the sheet of water, even at full flood. At less than full flood, other islands perform the task of dividing the curtain of water into dispersed parallel streams. The main streams are known as Leaping Water, Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the tallest) and the Eastern Cataract.
Accommodation: Two per room: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered (Day 7), Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through on us on the last day
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls ±100 km
Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entrance
Optional Activities: Zambezi sunset cruise, bungee jump, helicopter flights, white water rafting, Dinner out
The Activity Package (optional on this trip) includes the following:
- Bush walk with San guides ZAR100
- Okavango Delta excursion ZAR5040
- Chobe National Park boat cruise ZAR570
- Chobe National Park game drive ZAR570
- Vic Falls National Park entry ZAR540
- Botswana Okavango Delta Scenic Flight
- Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Whitewater Rafting, Canoe Trips, Game Drives and many more
- Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience, Dinner Cruise and more
+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 6820
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