Group Safari Holidays in Southern Africa

9 Day Okavango Experience

Enter an aquatic wonderland through southern Africa's iconic waterfalls, rivers and inland waterways. From the thunderous Victoria Falls to the sprawling Okavango Delta. An inspiring journey through one of the most recognized wildernesses in Africa, the 9 Day Okavango Experience will give you the full scope of this amazing country, Botswana.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Learn about local life on a village visit
  • Marvel at the sheer expanse of renown Victoria Falls
  • Moremi Game Reserve full day excursion (optional)
  • Navigate a mokoro through the Okavango Delta
  • Explore the magnificent Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Touring Transport and other Options:

  • Budget Adventure Groups Tours by Customised Overland Trucks
  • Small Family Groups by Special-made Trucks or Smaller Busses
  • Scheduled or Tailormade Trips, from Camping to Accommodated.

Summary

Most Meals Included

9 Days / 8 Nights
Small Van

Botswana

Day 1 Johannesburg to Kalahari Gateway Leaving behind the city of Johannesburg, we travel through the North-West Province to the Botswana border. After completing border formalities we continue on the Trans-Kalahari highway to our overnight stop.

Day 2 Khalahari Gateway to Ghanzi (B /L/D) After breakfast we venture deeper into the Central Kalahari and our camp in the Ghanzi district, here we will spend time getting to know the fascinating San people. This afternoon we will join our San guides for a guided walk that will introduce us to the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari Desert. The nomadic San are hunter-gatherers that have passed down a rich knowledge of the plants and animals that play such an important part in their lifestyle. This evening we will get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling.

Day 3 Maun (B /L/D) This morning we bid farewell to the San and make our way to Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta. There will be time this afternoon for those who wish to enjoy an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Your guides will brief you this evening on what you will need for the upcoming Delta excursions.

Day 4 Okavango Delta (B /L/D) The most rewarding and enjoyable way to explore and experience the beauty and serenity of this intricate system of lily covered channels and lagoons, is by mokoro. Heading out early, we will be transferred by safari vehicle to the poling station (approximately 1 hour transfer) where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta. The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed lined channels which open out onto beautiful lagoons. Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your poler. After the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the mooring station. While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game viewing activity, a variety of game may be encountered in this pristine wilderness area including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra. Those guests who have pre-purchased the upgrade package – will be transferred into the Delta this morning and will re-join the group on the morning of day 6. Please speak to your consultant for a copy of the programme for your Okavango Delta Excursion.

Day 5 Maun (Moremi Game Reserve) (B /D) For those guests who have purchased the activity package, you will be collected from the hotel before first light and we will drive to the South gate to enter Moremi Game Reserve. As the lagoons and channels form a vital section of the Okavango Delta eco-system, sightings of bird and animal populations become more frequent as the day progresses. The game viewing routes chosen on the day by the professional guide may vary especially when high floods are experienced as certain roads may be closed or impassable. Those guests who have not purchased the activity package have the day to relax at the accommodation establishment.

Day 6 Nata (B / L / D) Our journey today takes us across the northern reaches of the Makgadikgadi Pans, lined with majestic examples of the iconic Baobab tree. Our activity package will afford us the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon guided excursion to the Pans and Nata Sanctuary to appreciate the spectacular view and sundowner.

Day 7 Chobe National Park (B / L / D) We rise early this morning as we continue north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration in 4x4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoon. Our day ends with a leisurely boat cruise and a meal served around the campfire.

Day 8 Kasane - Victoria Falls (B) With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border to Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. The bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline and upon arrival you will have the chance to book these various activities. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets to explore and a delicious high tea is on offer at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out, your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available.

Days 9 Victoria Falls (B) With the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a scenic flight over the falls below, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.

 

Rates quoted per person sharing

9 Day Okavango Experience

 IN ZAR TOUR RATE Activity Package Single Supp
Camping
Jan - Dec 2019 R13,950 R3,590 R570
Accommodated
Jan - Dec 2019 R18,950 R3,590 R3,260
 
Departure Dates
January 2019 12,19,26
February 2019 9,23
March 2019 2,9,23
April 2019 6,13,20
May 2019 4,18,25
June 2019 1,15,29
July 2019 6,13,27
August 2019 10,17,24
September 2019 7,21,28
October 2019 5,19
November 2019 2,9,16,30
December 2019 14,21

Included:

  • Transport in a 4x4 adventure truck
  • English speaking guide, driver and safari cook
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Tents, mattresses & all camping equipment (If camping option is booked)
  • All national park fees and road tolls

Excluded:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.
South Africa
Apartheid Museum ZAR75
Gold Reef City and Heritage mine tour ZAR360
Museum Africa ZAR40
Art Gallery ZAR60
Victoria Falls
Canoe trail USD140
Flying fox USD40
Gorge swing USD90
Helicopter flight (12 mins) USD140
Helicopter flight (25 mins) USD275
(All prices are approximate)
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