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Highlights

  • Experience Botswana’s classic wildlife destinations on one trip
  • Day and night game drives plus Okavango Delta canoe safari
  • Boat cruises on the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers
  • Full-day safari in Moremi Game Reserve
  • Great game viewing – especially elephants, buffalo and big cats

Overview

Taking in Botswana’s classic wildlife destinations, this overland adventure promises to deliver amazing game viewing and stunning scenery. Beginning at the edge of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, you explore its winding waterways by traditional canoe before transferring to a 4X4 safari vehicle for game drives in the Moremi Game Reserve. Elephants and big cats are among the most keenly anticipated sightings but this is also a landscape of buffalo and antelope herds, hippos and crocodiles plus stunning bird life.

The heavyweight game viewing continues as you drive north to the Chobe River, home to some of the best dry-season safaris in Africa. This is where tens of thousands of elephant congregate along the river along with great numbers of other animals and their predators. You can sit back on a river boat with a cold drink and enjoy it play out in front of you. The tour ends with suitable drama: the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ is the local name for Victoria Falls, famous as the adventure capital of the region. You have a sunset cruise on the Zambezi to look forward to plus time to view the mile-wide waterfall and see why Victoria Falls holds such an allure.

Accommodation on this tour is a combination of friendly guest lodges and hotels plus tented camps when you are on safari – sturdy walk-in tents with a bed and bathroom already set up when you arrive. Rugged but rewarding and with plenty of comfort, this tour is the perfect way to see Botswana’s best safari destinations and Victoria Falls for budget-conscious travellers of any age.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 9 Days

Day to day

Itinerary

Detailed breakdown

Day 1: ‘Dumela Botswana!’ | 8 Nights

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The Tswana word for ‘Greetings’, Dumela is a word you are likely to hear as you are met on arrival at Maun Airport, lying quite literally at the edge of the Okavango Delta. A road transfer takes you to a pleasant riverside lodge where you meet your guide and fellow travellers. There is an afternoon at leisure today – time to rest by the swimming pool or book a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, your chance to see the scale of the world’s largest inland delta.

Days 2-6: Okavango Magic

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After breakfast at the lodge it is a short drive to your mokoro – a traditional canoe – and an opportunity to sit back and watch the Okavango slip by as your local guide poles and steers the craft with ease. Your destination is a pre-erected tented camp, set under trees in a privately managed concession next to the Moremi Game Reserve. Your tent is large enough to walk around and comes complete with a proper bed and a private bathroom; solar power provides enough energy to recharge batteries and electrical devices.

This is where the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta meet the wooded savannah of Moremi and the result is an extremely game-rich area with a healthy reputation for rare sightings such as leopard and wild dog. There are day and night game drives in the concession to look forward to plus a full-day safari in Moremi, your chance to head deep into the reserve and its most productive areas.

Days 5-7: Land of Giants – Chobe

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Enormous baobab trees are part of the scenery as you drive north after an early breakfast. It is a long day on the road today but the reward is a friendly lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. A lifeline in Botswana’s dry season, the river attracts massive concentrations of big animals between May and October, but such is the wildlife here that a visit at any time of year yields plenty of game sightings. You have a morning drive to look forward to plus an afternoon boat cruise, a great chance to see animals at water plus Chobe’s famous river life – hippos, crocodiles, giant monitor lizards and scores of different bird species, not least the African fish-eagle whose iconic call rings out across the river.

Days 7-9: The Smoke that Thunders

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It is a short drive to the border with Zimbabwe and then an hour’s travel time to the town of Victoria Falls, set close the famous waterfall. You check into one of the town’s riverside hotels, lying outside town and next to a national park – it is not unusual to see warthogs and impala on the hotel lawns. There is time to visit Victoria Falls before your final activity as a group – the classic Zambezi River cruise, complete with chilled drinks and sunset. The next day is open for you to enjoy, explore or rest as much as you like. Victoria Falls is well-known as a white-knuckle adventure capital with river rafting, bungee jumping and zip lining among the most popular activities but this is a town with markets, canoe safaris, birding tours and scenic flights. Ask us for recommendations and bookings.

Day 9: The Adventure Ends

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After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to Victoria Falls International Airport for your onward travel arrangements and the end of this tour.

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Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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Dates Price
2019-01-01 — 2019-12-31 $2,650
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