Falls, Okavango & Windhoek - 10 days
ACCOMMODATED OVERLAND TOUR: From the thunderous Victoria Falls head to the beautiful natural wilderness of Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta in Botswana before travelling to the Namibian capital of Windhoek to end your tour.
Today offers free time to explore the amazing Victoria Falls. You might want to sign up for one of the numerous adventure and adrenaline options available or simply take in the beauty of the falls and surrounding area at the viewing platforms.
Adrenaline junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint hearted! All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra-light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class. Beside the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the "floats," where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
Overnight: Victoria Falls | Breakfast
Victoria Falls - Kasane. Today we depart Zimbabwe and cross the border into Botswana. Arriving into the town of Kasane we have some time to explore before we set off for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion – an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on your game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Roller’s that swoop by!
On day 4, we depart Chobe National Park and make our way back to Kasane. Enjoy some free time here to relax or explore further.
Overnight: Chobe NP (1), Kasane (1) | Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1
Kasane - Nata Region. Departing Chobe we head for the Nata Region, travelling through a sparesly populated area where donkeys roam freely. This afternoon there will be the option of partaking in a salt pan drive. One of the world's few untouched wildernesses, the salt pans are vast and impressive.
Overnight: Nata Region | Breakfast, Lunch
Nata Region - Maun. This morning we set off for Maun, our journey takes us along the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Upon arrival in Maun we'll start our preperations for the following day by packing up our day bag - your trip leader will brief you on exactly what you are recommended to bring with you.
Overnight: Maun | Breakfast, Lunch
Maun - Okavango. Today we rise early and head north to the Mokoro poler's station. Along the drive we'll see a number of local villages where families have lived in a traditional way for many years. Mokoros are dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. After a leisurely glide through the delta we reach our accommodation for the night. The afternoon and evening will offer the chance to relax with a cold drink or take a dip in the delta.
The Okavango Delta, travelling from the Angolan highlands, is the largest inland delta in the world and is studded with lushly vegetated islands and unique bird life, with over 400 avian species.
Overnight: Okavango Delta | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Okovango - Maun. This morning we have the opportunity to take a game walk through the delta before we take a mokoro ride back to our vehicle in time for lunch. From here there will be an optional scenic flight over the vast expanse of water (dependent on weather conditions & availability). This afternoon we continue back to Maun.
Overnight: Maun | Breakfast
Maun - Ghanzi. Today we travel accross Botswana to our accommodation for the night, located in the small town of Ghanzi, in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. This afternoon you'll have the option of a number of activities that will allow you to interact with the native Bushman people who reside in this area. You'll learn about their way of life and how they are able to survive in such an arid and desolate area.
Overnight: Ghanzi | Breakfast, Lunch
Ghanzi - Windhoek. Today we head for the border before crossing into Namibia and making our way to the capital Windhoek. Nestled between the hills, Windhoek is a rather small capital city but has many places of historical interest. Our tour ends today in Windhoek today, we recommend booking post tour accommodation.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown above are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Shearwater Explorers Village, Victoria Falls
Situated in the bohemian town of Victoria Falls, and 400m from the Falls themselves, the affordable accommodation at the Shearwater Explorers Village consists of 5 campsites with modern bathroom facilities, and 16 private chalets with en-suite showers and A/C. Shearwater operates a range of activities at the Falls, from bungee jumping to river rafting - and when the day is over, guests can wind down with Wi-Fi in the lounge areas, a drink by the pool, or even a back rub in the massage tent.
Victoria Falls Rest Camp, Victoria Falls
Located a stone’s throw away from the Artist village & Elephant Walk Shopping is the Victoria Falls Rest Camp. Offering camping and dorm room accommodation, this camp features a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue facilities. Daily continental or cooked breakfast is served at the in-house restaurant, which also offers a variety of local African dishes. Wi-fi is available and some units feature equipped kitchens.
Thebe River Mobile Safari, Chobe National Park
No trip to Africa would be complete without spending a night at a mobile safari camp. Chobe National Park is home to the largest elephant population in Africa and camping here allows you to truly experience the best of Botswana’s landscapes and wildlife. You’ll spend your night in one of the dome-shaped tents provided and assist your fellow travellers in setting up and preparing meals. All necessary camping equipment and food are provided, so after eating you can spend your evening unwinding and sharing stories over the roaring campfire.
Elephant Sands, Nata Region
Set on an unfenced 16,000-hectare private conservancy, this bush lodge brings you face to face with some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. View elephants as they come to drink from the natural waterhole just meters away in front of the lodge. The guestrooms are arranged in spacious chalets and equipped with ensuite bathrooms. A restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a bar offering a range of local and international wines, beers and exotic cocktails. You will also enjoy the outdoor pool, where you can cool off and enjoy the peace and serenity of the African bush.
Delta Rain Bushcamp, Okavango Delta
This unique campsite is located in the heart of the Okavango Delta, as part of the Delta Rain safari experience. Accommodation consists of dome tents with twin beds, and "bush en-suite" bathrooms with a long-drop toilet and bucket shower. After settling in, guests can relax in the mess tent, partake in game viewing trips, or go on guided walks, while admiring the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kalahari Arms Hotel, Ghanzi
Set in the heart of Ghanzi, the gateway to the Kalahari, this hotel was one of the town’s first established businesses. Its comfortable guestrooms offer modern amenities including a TV, air-conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. WiFi is also available throughout the hotel and a restaurant offers tasty dishes from around the world. Guests can lounge on the sun terrace or enjoy a dip in the inviting swimming pool. A bar serves a variety of wines and beverages, which are best enjoyed lazing about the hotel's beautiful gardens.