Okavango Delta | Botswana | Africa
FROM: USD $4,455 pp
Best of Botswana & Victoria Falls - 12 days map

SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI : See the best of Botswana's wildlife and much more besides on this 12-day lodge safari, departing from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Enjoy included game drives in Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve, watch the sunset over the Makgadikgadi salt pans and ride a mokoro along the waterways of the Okavango Delta. Relaxing each night in comfortable lodges, permanent tented camps and hotels.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Victoria Falls - visit the thundering waterfall independently and opt for a helicopter ride over the site
Moremi Game Reserve - spot all of the famous Big Five on safari during several included game drives
Caprivi Strip - venture into Namibia to explore the Caprivi Strip, a birdwatcher's paradise alongside the Zambezi river
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans - watch the sunset over the desolate lake bed and spot the wildlife which calls the area home
Okavango Delta - explore the famous waterways of the Delta by traditional mokoro canoe and on foot
Chobe National Park - cross Botswana's most famous national park, stopping often to see some of Africa's iconic species

Included

11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 9 dinners
Victoria Falls International Airport arrival transfer and departure transfer to Kasane or Victoria Falls International Airport
Makgadigkadi Salt Pans National Park sightseeing
Okavango Delta - mokoro excursion, boat excursion and game walks on the smaller islands (subject to water levels)
Escorted by an experienced local guide/driver
11 nights mid-range (3-4 star) lodges, hotels and permanent tented camps. Please Note: Accommodation named, may be subject to change but will be of a similar standard
Transportation in a 16-seater Mercedes Sprinter vehicle (with comfortable reclining seats, air-conditioning, USB ports and sliding windows)
Moremi Game Reserve - morning and afternoon game drives into the game reserve and concession, in open 4x4 vehicles
Chobe National Park - morning game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle and a sunset game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe river

Not Included

Victoria Falls NP entrance fee and excursions
Optional activities, additional meals and drinks
Local Payment: USD $230 pp, to be paid in cash
International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Days 1-2

Exploring Vic Falls

Welcome to Zimbabwe! On arrival in Victoria Falls, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Meet your guide and the rest of the group at the pre departure meeting at 3pm. The rest of today and day 2 is at leisure to relax in the hotel or explore the area. You'll certainly want to visit the thundering Victoria Falls, and perhaps join in with some of the optional activities available in the area. You can enjoy a helicopter ride over the falls, or a romantic sunset cruise.
Overnight: Victoria Falls   |  Breakfast x 1

Day 3

Mighty Makgadikgadi

Victoria Falls - Nata region (Botswana). Leaving Zimbabwe, we cross the border into Botswana and journey for approximately six hours to the Nata region, home to the jaw-dropping Makgadikgadi salt pans. Visit the ancient lake bed during the late afternoon, and remain in the area to watch the sunset, a spectacular sight to see over the white salt flats. You may get your first glimpse of African wildlife too, with flocks of flamingos, zebra, wildebeest, and the occasional ostrich wandering onto the desolate lake bed.

Tonight we stay at a lodge located at the edge of the Nata Sanctuary, which is home to all manner of bird species including pelicans and flamingos.
Overnight: Nata region  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 4-5

Moremi Game Reserve

Nata region - Moremi. On day 4, we drive to Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta and Moremi game reserve, the ecological gem in Botswana's crown. Here we transfer into open 4x4 vehicles and drive to our lodge on the edge of Moremi game reserve. Moremi is one of Africa's finest areas for wildlife, with flooded salt pans, forests, and sprawling plains. During our stay, we go in search of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives in the private concession and inside Moremi which is home to all of the Big Five, plus cheetah, giraffe, hyena, and much more.
Overnight: Moremi (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 2

Day 6

Maun

Moremi - Maun. Leaving Moremi we return to Maun, where the afternoon is free to rest at the hotel or enjoy a splash in the pool. You can also opt to take a one-hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (book and pay locally).
Overnight: Maun  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 7-8

The Okavango Delta

Maun - Okavango Delta. On day 7 we enjoy a scenic drive round the Okavango pan handle to our lodge in the northwest of the Okavango Delta. The following day we head out to explore the Delta by boat, mokoro and on foot. Enjoy a 30-minute boat trip up the channels of the Delta to an island where we get into mokoros (traditional canoe) to explore the lush waterways of the Okavango. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, crocodiles and other wildlife. We return to the island for lunch and a guided game walk (subject to water levels) before returning by boat to the lodge. As well as traditional African species, the Delta is a haven for rare birdlife, so remember your binoculars!
Overnight: Okavango Delta  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 2

Day 9

Nipping to Namibia

Okavango Delta - Caprivi Strip (Namibia). Heading out of Botswana today, we cross into Namibia and journey along the narrow Caprivi Strip to our lodge, which is located at the edge of the Zambezi River floodplain. The lodge is a bird-lover's paradise, with many species attracted to the lush terrain near the river. Huge colonies of Carmine Bee-eaters dart about, whilst hippos bathe in the water and crocodiles sun themselves at the water's edge. Here we have plenty of time to relax and take in the tranquil surroundings.
Overnight: Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip)  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 10-11

Chobe National Park

Caprivi Strip - Kasane (Botswana). On day 10 we cross back into Botswana and arrive at Chobe Safari Lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. The lodge is on the edge of Chobe National Park and is also found at a point where the four countries of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe all meet! There's an optional game drive into Chobe during the afternoon.

If you didn't opt for the day 10 game drive then don't worry, the game drive on day 11 is included in our tour. Known for its large herds of elephants and a population of rare painted dogs, Chobe is one of Africa's premier wildlife destinations, which is also home to all of the Big Five. In the evening there's an included sunset cruise on the Chobe River.
Overnight: Kasane  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 12

Victoria Falls

Kasane - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). Today our African adventure comes to an end. Enjoy a final breakfast at the lodge before an included transfer to either Victoria Falls Airport or Kasane International Airport for your onward journey.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. This safari has a maximum group size of 16. The 'Twin Share' price is per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

Local payment - USD $230 pp, to be paid in cash

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

Guaranteed Departure
Available
Contact us to book
Not Available
2022
Twin Share
Single Room
USD $4,595
USD $5,185
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USD $4,455
USD $5,035
2023
Twin Share
Single Room
USD $4,515
USD $5,155
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Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room

Hotels

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.

Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located just 1.4km from Victoria Falls, you're able to see the spray from the hotel when the falls are in full flood. Rooms are comfortable, boasting queen-sized beds, ensuite bathrooms, a safe and climate control. Wi-Fi is available in all areas of the hotel, including outside on the sun terrace. There's a buffet breakfast at the onsite restaurant, and you can also enjoy meals outside by the pool, and enjoy a drink at either of the two bars.

Nata Lodge, Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the Makgadigadi pans lies Nata Lodge. Offering 22 luxury thatched chalets built on stilts and set in rustic African style with en suite bathroom including indoor bath and outdoor shower. There are also 10 custom designed meru tents set on wooden decks. The lodge also boasts a well stocked bar a refreshing outdoor swimming pool, large restaurant and curio shop. The lodge is conveniently located next to the Nata Bird Sanctuary.

Shokomoka Adventure Hotel, Moremi Game Reserve

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Camp

Shokomoka Adventure Hotel is a comfortable permanent tented bush camp on the edge of Moremi Game Reserve, one of Botswana's great wildernesses. Tents are spacious and easily tall enough to stand in (think canvas lodges!). They feature double beds, charge points, and a washbasin. The camp has a focus on sustainability, and all electricity is solar-powered. Each tent has an outdoor seating area and there's a swimming pool from where it is sometimes possible to spot elephants, buffalo, giraffe and other creatures enjoying a drink at the nearby watering hole. Meals are served at the onsite restaurant and there's a communal seating area for groups.

Cresta Hotel Maun, Maun

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Just 10km from the centre of Maun and sitting on the scenic banks of the Thamalakane River, the Cresta Hotel makes a great base for exploring the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. Rooms are modern, with ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning, flatscreen TV, and minibar. There's an onsite bar and restaurant (serving a buffet breakfast and other meals), as well as a gym and outdoor swimming pool. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Swamp Stop Chalets, Okavango Delta

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Located on the banks of the Okavango River, the Swamp Stop River Camp features 12 simply furnished, en-suite rooms, complete with a verandah, deck and mini bar. The camp has a fully licensed bar and restaurant. There's a raised bird viewing deck where guests can glimpse abundant birdlife, otters, and crocodiles, in addition to two swimming pools for a refreshing dip after a day of sightseeing. Free Wi-F is available in communal areas.

Zambezi Mubala Lodge, Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip)

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Located on the picturesque bank of the Zambezi River, the Zambezi Mubala Lodge is a bird watcher's dream, with more than 450 species recorded here, including one of Africa's largest colonies of carmine bee eaters. Crocodiles and hippos are also not uncommon guests at the lodge. Individual lodges are smartly finished, with wooden floors and decor, waterfront balconies, king-sized beds, and private bathrooms. A continental breakfast and other meals are served at the onsite restaurant and there's also a bar, shop, outdoor firepit, bird hide and swimming pool. Boat trips on the river are available from the jetty.

Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Chobe River, Chobe Safari Lodge is an excellent gateway to Chobe, Victoria Falls and the Zambezi Region. Rooms are spacious, with excellent facilities and private balconies. The restaurant serves a fantastic array of African and International cuisine. The Cocktail and Sedudu Bar is a great place to relax with a cocktail as the sun sets. The lodge is in Kasane, just 5 kilometres from Chobe National Park.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Victoria Falls
Ends
Victoria Falls or Kasane
Departs
Year round
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 15
Hotel Rating
Mid range
Local Payment
USD $230 pp, to be paid in cash
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide/driver
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 9
Visiting
Victoria Falls, Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP, Moremi Game Reserve, Maun, Okavango Delta, Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip), Chobe National Park
Countries
Aerial view of the dazzling blue water of Victoria Falls
Lion and zebra in the Mkgadikgadi and Nxai pan
Hippose by the water at the Moremi Game Reserve
Mokoro boat gliding along the Okavango River
Baby elephant following adult elephant across the dirt road at Chobe National Park
Aerial view of the dazzling blue water of Victoria Falls
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