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Okavango and Chobe Camping safari
Duration: 8 days
Location: Zimbabwe. Botswana and South Africa
Price: 2018 Rates from ZAR 11,650 pps and Activity Package ZAR 6,870 pp. 2019 Rates from ZAR 13,950 pps and Activity Package ZAR 3,590 pp
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Starts: Johannesburg

Ends: Victoria Falls

Group size: Max 18

Tour Code : NOM02

Single Supplement : 2018 Rates ZAR 650 & 2019 Rate ZAR 570

Safari Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck

Leaving Johannesburg we make our way to visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary before heading to Maun in Botswana to prepare for our Okavango Delta experience. Photograph hippos and crocodiles from your Mokoro (dugout canoe) before heading up to Chobe National Park. In Chobe, we take a river cruise where you can sip on an ice cold sundowner while watching elephants playing in and crossing the river only metres away. Finish up the tour with endless activities in Victoria Falls.

    • Trained crew and specialised vehicles
    • Visit 3 countries, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, in 8 days
    • A short safari jam packed with adventure
    • This safari is available in reverse and as an accommodated option (for higher price)
  • 8 Day Okavango & Chobe Camping Safari:

    Day 1 – Botswana – Tuli Block, Johannesburg to Tuli Block ±450 km
    We depart Johannesburg and head north, crossing the border into Botswana. Our accommodation tonight is situated in the area known as the Tuli Block, which is a narrow piece of land between Botswana and Zimbabwe and is renowned for it’s geographical features. Upon arrival at our overnight stop, we will enjoy an game drive through the reserve, which is home to many species of animals including giraffe, hippo, hyena, zebra and gemsbok.
    Meals: Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Camp: Stevensford Lodge http://www.stevensfordgamereserve.com/
    Facilities: Hot Showers & Shared Ablutions
    Activity Package: Stevensford Reserve Game Drive

    Day 2 – Maun, Tuli Block to Maun ±700 km
    Today we rise early and depart for Maun where we will spend the night. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for the Okavango Delta Excursion. Your guides will provide you with a briefing about the next days’ activities
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Camp: Sitatunga http://www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp
    Facilities:Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Laundry & Shared Ablutions
    Optional Activity: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (7 seat plane – time permitting)

    Maun
    Maun, the fifth largest town in Botswana, is known as the tourism capital and the gateway to the Okavango Delta. It is an eclectic contrast of modern buildings and traditional huts. Now home to over 30 000 people, the town was founded in 1915 as the tribal capital of the Batawana people. It originally serviced the local cattle ranching and hunting operations of the area, and had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town. With the growth of the tourism industry and the completion of the tar road from Nata in the early 1990s, Maun developed swiftly, losing much of its old town character. However, it is still infamous for its infestation of donkeys and to lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen wandering around freely as the local farmers arrive in the innumerable taxis to sell their wares on the kerbside. With the influx of tourism dollars, the typical traditional rondavels (round huts) of the past have been replaced by square but modestly sized cinderblock homes roofed with tin, or sometimes tiles. It is not unusual to see mud rondavels with satellite dishes, attesting to the increasing affluence of Botswana, and the increasing reliability of power and communications in the town. This striking contrast of the traditional and the modern is also evident in the multi-level air-conditioned shopping centres incongruously surrounded by potholes, dusty parking lots and lively market places.

    Day 3 – Okavango Delta, Maun to Okavango Delta
    Today we journey north to Etsha where we head to our camp on the banks of a beautiful lagoon. We then depart on our boat cruise to Seronga via the winding channels of the Delta. A vehicle transfer sees us arrive at our base for the next two nights. After arrival, we settle in and prepare for our afternoon mokoro trip that ends with sundowners overlooking the waterways of the Delta. The evening is spent around the campfire.
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Camp: Jumbo Junction no website available
    Facilities:Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar & Shared Ablutions
    Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)

    The Okavango Delta  
    The Okavango Delta is Botswana’s most popular tourist destination. Every year, more than 11 cubic kilometers of water flow from the Okavango River into the Delta, irrigating more than 15 000 square kilometres of the Kalahari Desert, making it the largest inland delta in the world. Here, you’ll find yourself exploring a lush paradise home to Africa’s most beautiful wildlife and bird species while submersing yourself in pure tranquillity and an African landscape unlike any other. Exploring the Okavango Delta is a must for any tourist visiting Botswana. Here, you’ll have an endless list of activities to participate in, truly making the most of your time in this paradise. Boat trips, canoeing and fly-overs are among the most popular, however you can also go fishing and walking safaris depending on the time of year. As the Okavango is a seasonal delta, you’ll find yourself facing a different environment during the summer and winter months. The rain falls at the beginning of the year. The Moremi Game Reserve can be found on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, however many others smaller, private lodges can be found in others parts, each of which offers guests a unique and exclusive experience. The favourite time of year to visit is during its dry season, just after the rains have fallen, as your days will be dry and warm (during the summer season the rains fall almost constantly and the temperatures can soar above 40°C.)

    Day 4 – Okavango Delta
    An early start sees us head off on the crystal clear waters of the Okavango. Water lily beds and palm islands make for the most scenic of experiences. We make our way to one of the larger islands for our nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing some of the abundant wildlife. A breakfast awaits us after our walk. We return to camp to relax before heading out on our afternoon sunset cruise.
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    AccommodationCamp: Jumbo Junction no website available
    Facilities: Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar & Shared Ablutions

    Day 5 – Kasane, Okavango Delta to Kasane ±570 km
    Today we bid farewell to the Delta and head north. After being re-united with our truck, we enter Namibia and travel through the Caprivi Strip, crossing three parks enroute to Chobe National Park. This area is an important migration route from Botswana to Angola for many game species. We arrive in the late afternoon where we will set up camp for the next 2 nights.
    Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Camp: Thebe River Safaris http://theberiversafaris.com
    Facilities: Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar & Shared Ablutions

     Chobe National Park
    The Chobe National Park is situated in the north west of Botswana and is undoubtedly the country’s most beautiful and popular nature and game reserve. It has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, making it an ideal location for African safaris and is the third largest park in Botswana, after the Central Kalahari game Reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The Chobe National Park can be divided up into four sections, making it a true rarity and an explorers paradise. It can be divided up into the Serondela area, Savuti Marsh area, the Linyanti Marsh and the dry hinterland. Wherever you go in the park, you’ll be able to observe a variety of wild animals and bird life, and can even explore an area in search of a specific animals or bird. There is an incredibly large elephant population in the Chobe National Park; tours through the park will show you some of the park’s 120 000 elephants.

    Day 6 – Kasane
    Established in 1968, the Chobe National Park covers approximately 11700 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. Take advantage of your time here by enjoying a game drive through the park, in search of vast herd of elephants and a multitude of antelope including the rare sable.
    Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation:Camp: Thebe River Safaris http://www.theberiversafaris.com
    Facilities:Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Internet, Laundry & Shared Ablutions
    Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Chobe National Park Boat Cruise

    Day 7 – Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls, Kasane to Victoria Falls ±100 km
    On arrival in Victoria Falls we have time to plan the next day’s adventure activities before we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi as it drops over 100m into the gorge below.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation:Two Per Room: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel http://www.victoria-falls-rainbow-hotel.com
    Facilities: En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar, Internet Café, Laundry & Drinkable Water
    Activity Package:Vic Falls National Park Entry
    Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Dinner Out Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls
    Victoria Falls is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful treasures. They border Zimbabwe and Zambia and are the region’s most visited tourist hotspot. The falls are by no means the world’s biggest waterfall, however their length and the vast volume of water which find its way to the falls via the Zambezi river makes them the world’s largest waterfall. Victoria Falls was names after Queen Victoria by the first European explorer who set their sights on them, David Livingston, however up until then, and still today locally, the falls were known to be The Smoke That Thunders, “Mosi-oa-Tunya”. The entire volume of water of the Zambezi travels into Victoria Falls, flowing into its first gorge, creating a spectacle and a true sight to be seen. In fact, you don’t even have to be close by to the falls. Aptly getting its name as The Smoke That Thunders, the falls spray water into the air which can be seen for miles, including in the surrounding game reserves and national parks. Victoria Falls safaris are among the most popular activities to participate in when visiting the falls. Guests can embark on bush safaris – on foot, horseback or in a vehicle – and embark on a Zambezi cruise along the waters before the falls. While on these Victoria Falls safaris guests will have the chance to see crocodiles, hippos and other African wildlife.

    Day 8 – Victoria Falls
    Although your tour officially ends after breakfast, most people will spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting activities so we recommend you add a post-tour night here.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Optional Activity: Morning Tram & Bridge Tour, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump – Solo, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

    Activity Package:
    This is an optional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased prior to your arrival or through your guide on day 1 of your tour.

     

    Activity Country Price
    Stevensford Afternoon Game Drive Botswana ZAR450
    Okavango Delta Excursion (camping) Botswana ZAR3250
    Chobe National Park Boat Cruise Botswana ZAR550
    Chobe National Park Game Drive Botswana ZAR550
    Vic Falls National Park Entry Zimbabwe ZAR390
    Total (AP Price) ZAR5190

    This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON THIS ROUTE:

    There are more optional activities being created every day – we have listed only the most popular. If there is something specific you would like to do then speak to your guide as they will be able to assist you if possible.

    Activity Country Price
    2hrs Horseriding incl transfer (min 2 pax) Botswana From $80 to $100
    Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (7 seat plane – time permitting) Botswana From $425 to $600
    Tips for Polers Botswana Clients Discretion
    Zambezi Sunset Cruise Zimbabwe From $ 90 to $ 100
    Dinner Out Victoria Falls Zimbabwe From $20 to $50
    Bungee Jump – Solo Zimbabwe From $ 155 to $ 175
    Helicopter Flights Zimbabwe From $150 to $175
    White Water Rafting Zimbabwe From $145 to $160

    What’s included:

    • Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the truck),
    • accommodation,
    • registered guides
    • and transport.
    • We also include some of the highlights. These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”.

     

    What’s excluded:

    • All items of a personal nature,
    • alcohol, soft drinks,bottled water, snacks,
    • souvenirs, tips,
    • activity package and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).
  • 2018 Rates: From ZAR 11,650 pps and Activity Package ZAR 6,870 pp

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    2019 Rates: From ZAR 13,950 pps and Activity Package ZAR 3,590 pp

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