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9 Day Botswana Waterways North (Comfort)

R12,950 R11,655

+ Single Supplement ZAR 1890

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 14560


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  • Departing: 28/09/2017 | 10% discount | Tour price: ZAR11,655
  • Departing: 09/11/2017 | 10% discount | Tour price: ZAR11,655
Tour Style Accommodated
Countries Visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia
Starts Johannesburg
Ends Victoria Falls
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older

The 9 Day Botswana Waterways Safari explores the Okavango Delta camping under the stars in one of Africa’s greatest wildernesses, ending at the Victoria Falls.

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Johannesburg
Ends in
Victoria Falls

Our 9 Day Botswana Waterways comfort overland tour includes breathtaking Victoria Falls and 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 stay 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 elephants.

Highlights

Included

  • Meals - 8 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 7 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport

Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Soft Drinks
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Acivity Package and Optional activities

SKU: ACS0408
 

Itinerary

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.

A landlocked country located in Southern Africa, the Republic of Botswana is approximately the size of France. Its population consists of around 1.9 million people, most of who reside on the more abundant eastern side of the country. The official language and dominant culture is Setswana, its people known as the Batawana. There are also various San communities that have made the desert area their home. Botswana has a tradition of democracy in the form of the kgotla system, which is rooted in Setswana culture and is based on a democratic system in which every person has the right to freedom of speech. Previously a British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana got its current name following its independency from the Commonwealth in 1966.

It is surrounded by South Africa in the south and southeast regions, by Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. It joins Zambia at one singular area. Botswana is renowned for its stable politics, hospitable residents, and its wealth of diamonds. The country is, in fact, the biggest diamond exporter in the world. Botswana is mostly flat, and in addition to the delta and desert regions, there are also enormous grasslands and savannahs. Blue Wildebeest, various antelope and a range of other wildlife live in the lush vegetation of this country. Majority of Botswana is covered by the Kalahari Desert, resulting in water becoming a scarce resource. The currency used is Pula, meaning ‘rain’ in Setswana. This is a great example of how cherished water is. Drops of rain were thought to be the closest currency to actual money. Seventeen percent of the country has been reserved for game parks, more than the international suggestion of just ten percent. Northern Botswana houses one of the few remaining concentrations of the threatened African Wild Dog. Botswana also contains the biggest concentration of elephant in all of Africa.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: (Day 1): Kang Ultra Stop
Accommodation: Two Per Room(Day 2): Dqae Qare San Lodge or Ghanzi Trail Blazers
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Johannesburg to Kang ±680 km, Kang to Ghanzi ±262 km
Activity Package: Bush Walk with San Guides
Included Highlight: San Evening Dance Performance
Border Post: Botswana Pioneer Gate Tel: +267 533 3992, Open: 06h00 – 24h00 South Africa Skilpadshek Tel: +27 0800 00 7277, Open: 06h00 – 24h00

Day 3

Kalahari to Maun, Botswana

Rising early we leave for Maun and spend the night here. In the afternoon we make our way to the gateway to the Okavango Delta. When we reach the city, we begin preparations for our following two night excursion into the Delta. 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: Two Per Room: Sitatunga or Island Safari Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±309km
Optional Activity Okavango Delta Scenic Flight

Day 4 - 5

Okavango Delta, Botswana

We begin the day with exploring on of Africa’s great wilderness areas, the Okavango Delta.

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: Permanent Tent: : Two per Room (Okavango Delta Excursion)
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)

Please Note:  The Aircraft has a max 10kg luggage weight per person. Additionally new safety regulations require all guests to be weighed. Please take no offence.

Okavango Delta

 

Day 6 - 7

Okavango Delta – Caprivi Region (Namibia)  – Kasane, Botswana

Today we depart from the Delta and make our way to the 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. Where we camp this evening.

With an early start to the day, we leave Namibia and travel back to Botswana. Upon arrival we enjoy a game drive in Chobe, in search of the herds of elephants and many antelope. We head northward to Kasane, located on the Chobe Riverbanks. Our afternoon is spent game viewing on a river cruise into the famous Chobe National Park where you can observe various animals wandering near the water’s edge. This is a fantastic chance to view some magnificent game.

The second biggest park in all of Botswana, Chobe National Park spreads over approximately 10,600 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 soil. 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: Two per Room Camp ChobeThebe River Safaris
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Rainbow River Lodge to Kasane ±437 km
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Boat Cruise, Chobe National Park Game Drive
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), Namibia: Ngoma Border Post, 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-suite per room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls ±100 km
Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entrance
Optional Activities: Dinner out, Zambezi sunset cruise, bungee jump, helicopter flights, white water rafting
Border Post: Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50320 / Open: 06h00-20h00
Zimbabwe: Kzangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00

 

Activities

The Activity Package (optional on this trip) includes the following:

  • Bush walk with San guides ZAR100
  • Okavango Delta excursion ZAR12780
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise ZAR570
  • Chobe National Park game drive ZAR570
  • Vic Falls National Park entry ZAR540
Total (AP Price) ZAR14 560


Other Activities

  • Botswana Okavango Tips for Okavango Delta crew / guides Clients Discretion
  • Botswana Kasane Photo Safari $120 -$360
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls White Water Rafting $145 - $160
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Helicopter flights From $150
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Zambezi sunset cruise $90 - $100
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Bungee jump $160 -$180
Prices subject to change

 

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R12,950 R11,655

+ Single Supplement ZAR 1890

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 14560


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R12,950 R11,655

+ Single Supplement ZAR 1890

+ Activity Package (Optional) ZAR 14560

Small Group Departures ZAR 16850

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