Okavango Wilderness Trail

The Details

Type: Accommodated Accommodated
Start: Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
Length: 7 - 14 Days
End: Johannesburg South Africa
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Small (<12 People)
Countries: Zimbabwe Namibia Botswana

Tour Dates

2017
  • 2017
  • 2018
December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From ZAR 12480 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 740)
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Overview

The Okavango Wilderness Trail offers a comprehensive week long small group adventure to some of the best highlights of Botswana. This tour offers incredible value with new and exciting experiences each day, connecting you to the grass roots of Africa. Following your arrival in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, your journey takes you through a variety of breath-taking views and a wildlife experiences including Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This trip will leave you with unforgettable memories of close encounters in Chobe with elephants, stunning waterways of the Okavango and endangered Rhino in Khama Sanctuary. This seven day adventure tour allows you to touch and embrace the magic of Africa, leaving you with an everlasting desire to discover more of this diverse continent. Excludes single supplement. However, if you are happy to share – no single supplement will apply.

This 10% discounted special is applicable to bookings made in November 2017, to depart in December 2017. Tour price only – Excludes Local Payment.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Chobe National Park, Botswana

From Victoria Falls we travel the short distance to the Botswana border and cross into the small town of Kasane, and on to our lodge. This afternoon we head out onto a game drive and boat cruise in the Chobe National Park. Chobe is widely known for its populations of elephant, but the park also contains lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe and a host of antelope and birdlife. The Chobe floodplains and Chobe River provide a sensitive eco system which attracts much of the wildlife of the region especially in the dry season when it is not uncommon to see between 500 and 2000 elephants on the floodplains at one time. One highlight of Chobe is the combination of wildlife, birdlife and reptiles seen along the banks of the Chobe River. We take the afternoon cruise for a unique perspective of river-side wildlife. This evening we relax and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Thebe Safari Lodge or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Dinner

Day 2: Chobe National Park – Gweta

Following breakfast, we depart for Gweta. Driving south we may be lucky to encounter elephant or buffalo alongside (or on) the road, often strays to the migratory herds which roam freely throughout the area in search of pasture and water. We stop in the small settlement of Nata for lunch or snack before continuing to Gweta where you have the opportunity of exploring the Salt Pans in an optional 4×4 safari. Alternatively try the (also optional) Baobab Forest tour. The night is spent at the lodge.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Gweta Lodge or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Nxai Pans Sundowner 4x4 trip US$60, Baobab Forest Sundowners US$35

Day 3: Gweta - Maun

After an early breakfast we join a guided walk through a local Tswana village to learn something of the life of the community, from schools and doctors to trading and traditions. We then depart and head west to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun has experienced rapid growth in recent years and is a bustling provincial centre. Options here include scenic flights but our first priority is to prepare for our excursion into the Okavango Delta. Our accommodation in Maun is simple guesthouse/ lodge/hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to relax with a cool beverage and pack for the Delta excursion for the following day.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Delta Rain’s Sitatunga Camp or similar (Twin share rooms with en-suite facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Maun –Okavango Delta

Heading out early after breakfast we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta. The first part of the journey is by 4×4 over rough sandy paths to the ‘mokoro’ station, where the river level reaches. Here we are introduced to the local Tswana ‘polers’, our guides for the excursion and transfer our luggage and equipment to the makoros (dug-out canoes). We travel by these shallow canoes amongst giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels to our camp on the edge of the Okavango. From our camp we venture out on guided walk in search of some of the prolific birdlife and larger mammals that inhabit the reserve. The whole area is a natural wetland spreading over some 1,600,000ha of northern Botswana offering a perfect habitat for the wildlife that roams here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (far to the north) and flows south dividing repeatedly to form an intricate floodplain of channels and swamps which then spreads out into a broad flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and for many people the feeling of being at camp overnight is an unforgettable experience.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Elephant Camp – Twin share pre-erected tents with en-suite facilities (basic-style bucket shower & toilet)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Okavango Delta – Maun

This morning we explore the surrounds on a nature walk where you have the thrilling experience of being out in the natural wilderness. This is a great way to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness and enjoy nature as it wakes for the day. After the bush we enjoy breakfast and then pack up again onto our mokoros, leaving nothing behind but footprints. Returning to our 4×4 and bidding our polers farewell, we return to Maun. The afternoon offers the opportunity to join the guide for a trip into town for a little shopping. Another popular activity here is an optional scenic flight over the ‘Delta’ for a bird’s eye view of the wilderness you have just explored by makoro and on foot. Prices depend on number of people interested but seeing the vastness of the Okavango from the air gives a further appreciation of the beauty of this part of Africa. We return to our lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Delta Rain’s Sitatunga Camp or similar (Twin share rooms with en-suite facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Okavango Delta scenic flight per 5-seater plane – 45 min flight time US$500

Day 6: Maun – Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Another early rise for our long journey skirting the greater Kalahari, where we may glimpse in the distance the vast salt pans of central Botswana to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary which we normally reach by late afternoon. In 1989 a group of local people wished to convert the Serowe Pan, previously a hunting area, into a conservation region for the rhino that inhabited the area. The ‘Pan’ was chosen because of its rhino-friendly habitat (and for its proximity to the Botswana Defence Force base for 24 hour protection against poachers). Khama is a prime habitat for white rhino, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe and with its community based wildlife project, allows the local people to benefit from tourism. We take a game drive to catch sight of some of the rhino with guides often pointing up interesting facts about the local fauna and flora. Our last night on safari is spent at a nearby hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kwa Nokeng or similar (Twin share room with en-suite facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Martins Drift – Johannesburg, South Africa

Our last morning sees us joining the main route along Martin’s Drift border post. Crossing the mighty Limpopo River into South Africa, we take in the scenic views and notice changes to vegetation, infrastructure and populated areas. We arrive in Johannesburg where our tour ends normally by mid to late afternoon.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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