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9 Day Botswana Waterways Safari Overland (South)

9 Day Botswana Waterways Safari takes you to the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world.

R9,950 R8,955

+ Single Supplement (Optional) ZAR 630

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 6820

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Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe,Namibia
Starts Victoria Falls
Ends Johannesburg
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older


9 Day Botswana Waterways Safari Overland (South) Tour Overview

Departing from Victoria Falls
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This overland expedition takes you to the 9 Day Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. You are given the opportunity to see the 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 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
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport


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

SKU: CAM0471

9 Day Botswana Waterways Safari Overland (South) Itinerary

Day 1 - 2

Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls – Botswana – Kasane, Botswana

At the beginning of our adventure, we will be briefed by our guide about the following couple of days. Today we pay a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls and the thundering Zambezi before making our way to the Botswana border to Kasane. During the afternoon we indulge in an incredible included sunset cruise that takes place on the Chobe River. During this you will be able to spot plenty of animals wandering along the riverbanks – a spectacular way to game-view.

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 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: Victoria Falls Rainbow HotelThebe River Safaris
Facilities: Shared ablutions, En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Vic Falls to Kasane ±100 kms
Activity Package: Vic Falls National Park Entry, Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Cruise incl Transfers, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights 12-13 min (3pax min), Full Day White Water Rafting (High water/low water), Photo Safari
Border Post Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00. Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50330, Open: 06h00- 20h00

Day 3

Kasane – Caprivi Region, Namibia

Rising early to enjoy a game drive in the Chobe National Park before leaving Kasane. We travel through to the gateway to the Okavango Delta. We enter Namibia  and set up camping on the pan handle of the delta. Here we will prepare for our two night outing into the Delta.

The rivers that run into the Okavango Delta have to way in which to reach the sea, so instead irrigate around 15,000 square kilometres of Kalahari Desert, creating the world’s biggest inland delta, and the only one of its kind.

Accommodation: Camp: Rainbow River Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Kasane to Rainbow River Lodge ± 435 kms
Border Post: Namibia: Ngoma Border Post, B8, In Ngoma, Zambezi (Caprivi), +264(0)66 250 601 Open: 07:00-18:00 (GMT+2)

Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay behind during the Delta Excursion for the next two days.

Day 4 - 5

Caprivi Region – Okavango Delta, Botswana

We make our back to Botswana this morning and enter the gateway to the Okavango Delta. On arriving at our camp we get ready for our afternoon cruise and sundowner drinks on the water. Throughout the time we spend in the Delta, we are introduced to the finest nature has to offer.

An early start the following day sees us head out on the waterways on our way to the larger islands for our nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing some of the abundant wildlife and enjoy the activities on offer at the Delta.

We embark on several nature hikes and explore the Delta by means of mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe), depending on water levels. The Delta is remarkable and a truly memorable experience as the game here are not used to humans. Just sitting and unwinding frequently allows for spectacular bird or game viewing.

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 recognized 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 entire world.

Accommodation: Camp: Jumbo Junction
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta ±160 km
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Border Post: Namibia: Mohembo Border, Divundi/Bangani, Zambezi (Caprivi) +264(0)66 259 902 Open: 06:00-18:00 (GMT+2)

Optional Activities: If you wish to participate in additional Mokoro rides or nature walks, apart from what is included in the activity package, please speak to your guide. Tips for Polers are appreciated by not compulsory.

Day 6

Okavango Delta – Maun, Botswana

We depart from the magnificent Delta and journey to Maun where we will spend the night. Spend the evening around the camp fire reflecting in the experiences in the Delta.

Accommodation: Camp: Delta Rain – Sitatunga or Island Safari Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Okavango Delta to Maun  ±485 km

Day 7 - 8

Maun – Central Kalahari – Kang

An optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta is available for those wanting to participate in activities before travelling to the central Kalahari. Home to the fascinating San people, we spend time getting to know the cultures and traditions of these people and your evening is spent experiencing first hand song, dance and story telling.

The following day we rise early and embark on a guided walk with our San guides, learning the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari  Desert. We travel on the Trans-Kalahari highway and spend our second evening in a small village of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari.

Accommodation: Dqae Qare San Lodge  or Ghanzi Trail Blazers , Kang Ultra Stop
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Maun to Ghanzi ±309km , Ghanzi to Kang ±262km
Included Highlight: San Evening Dance Performance
Optional Activity: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta
Activity Package: Bush Walk with San Guides

Day 9

Kang – Johannesburg, South Africa

Leaving the Kalahari behind we make our way to the north western province where we will arrive in Belverde Estate in the afternoon. Following a lengthy, picturesque journey, we arrive in Johannesburg where your tour comes to an end. South Africa’s City of Gold has plenty to offer and should by no means be underestimated as a spectacular travel destination.

Johannesburg, or the City of Gold, is the biggest and most populated South African city and is the second biggest city in all of Africa (after Cairo). Gold was discovered in the mineral-rich Witwaterstrand in 1886 by George Harrison, an Australian prospector. This find began a massive gold rush as fortune-hunters flocked to the region from all parts of the world. A large labour force of contract workers quickly sprung to work in the mines, and within the span of just three years, Johannesburg transformed into South Africa’s biggest settlement. This city is now the economic and financial centre of the country and though mining no longer takes place within the bounds of the city, the headquarters of majority of mining businesses can be located here. Johannesburg is also renowned as the world’s biggest man-made forest, with more than ten million trees planted throughout the massive city.

Accommodation: Own Arrangements/post-tour accommodation can be booked through us
Route: Kang to Johannesburg ±680 km
Optional Activity: Traditional Braai at Belvedere Estate
Border Post: Botswana Pioneer Gate Tel: +267 533 3992, Open: 06h00 – 24h00 South Africa Skilpadshek Tel: +27 0800 00 7277, Open: 06h00 – 24h00


9 Day Botswana Waterways Safari Overland (South) Activities

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

Other Activities

  • Botswana Okavango Tips for Okavango Delta crew / guides Clients Discretion
  • Botswana Maun Scenic flight over the Delta (time permitting) $655 -$700
  • 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
  • South Africa Johannesburg Farewell Dinner ZAR120
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9 Day Botswana Waterways Safari Overland (South) Price

R9,950 R8,955

+ Single Supplement (Optional) ZAR 630

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 6820

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R9,950 R8,955

+ Single Supplement (Optional) ZAR 630

+ Activity Package (Optional) ZAR 6820

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