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9 Day Botswana Waterways South Safari (Comfort)

R12,950 R11,655

+ Single Supplement ZAR 1890

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 14560


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

This 9 Day Botswana Safari Waterways explores the Okavango Delta waterways and wildlife in Chobe National Park and views of the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Victoria Falls
Ends in
Johannesburg

The 9 Day Botswana budget safari overland is an opportunity to see the breathtaking Victoria Falls and partake in the many optional adventure activities based around the mighty Zambezi River. You spend 2 nights within the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world and camp under the stars in one of Africa's greatest wildernesses. You also visit Chobe National Park famous for its large herds of elephants.

Included

  • Accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Meals - 8 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 7 Dinner
  • Guide/driver
  • Transport as per the itinerary
  • Flight over the Delta

Excluded

  • All items of personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Soft Drinks
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplement
  • Flights
  • Activity Package and Optional activities

SKU: ACS0472
 

Itinerary

Day 1

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

We begin our journey by visiting the magnificent Victoria Falls. Viewing the thundering Zambezi River as it drops to the Batoka Gorge below. Spend your day partaking in a variety of optional activities for those adrenalin seekers. There are also craft markets for those looking to have a more relaxed afternoon and a delicious high tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel. This evening is spent enjoying an optional dinner out.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
Facilities: En-suites Bathroom Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entrance Fee,
Optional Activity: Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience, Dinner Cruise and more

Day 2

Victoria Falls – Kasane, Botswana

Travelling to the Botswana border this morning, we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. We spend the afternoon exploring the Chobe National Park. For those who purchased the Activity Package we explore the park in 4×4 vehicles where we experience up close and personal experiences with Elephants near the river front of Chobe. We end the afternoon with an incredible sunset cruise and enjoy a delicious meal around camp fire.

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: Two Per Room: Thebe River Safaris
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Victoria Falls to Kasane ±100 km
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive and Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Border Post: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00 Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50330, Open: 06h00-20h00

Day 3

Kasane – Caprivi Region, Namibia

We enter Namibia today and travel across the Caprivi Strip where most of the day is spent journeying through the Game Parks. We set up camp on the banks of the Okavango River where we will prepare for our two night outing into the Delta.. You will be briefed on what you need for the excursion 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: Two per room: Rainbow Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kasane to Rainbow River Lodge ±435 km
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

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. A breakfast awaits us after our walk.

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: Two Per Room: Area near Jumbo Junction
Facilities En-suites Per Tent: Twin share permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)
Optional Activity: Tips for Polers – Per Day Per Person

Day 6

Okavango Delta – Maun, Botswana

After a relaxing morning we embark on a game drive before taking a scenic flight back to Maun, where we will spend the night around the camp fire reflecting on the experiences in the Delta.

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: Okavango Delta to Maun

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: Two Per Room Dqae Qare San Lodge  or Ghanzi Trail Blazers , Kang Ultra Stop
Facilities: En-Suites Bathroom 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 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 the 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 the 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: Tuli Block to Johannesburg ±690 km
Activity Package: Stevensford Afternoon Game Drive
Optional Activities: Dinner Out Johannesburg
Border Post: Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 494 0254, Open: 08h00-18h00. South Africa: Groblersburg, Tel: +27 41 767 1164, Open: 08h00-18h00

 

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


Other Activities

  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience, Dinner Cruise and more
  • Botswana Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta
  • South Africa Johannesburg Traditional Braai at Belvedere Estate

 

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Price

R12,950 R11,655

+ Single Supplement ZAR 1890

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 14560


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+ Single Supplement ZAR 1890

+ Activity Package (Optional) ZAR 14560

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