Southern Africa

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$1,750 USD per person

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Days 10
Departing May 15, 2018
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Travel through South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe and experience the Okavango Delta

Enter an aquatic wonderland on this adventure through southeastern Africa's iconic waterfalls, rivers and inland waterways. Marvel at the crashing white water of Victoria Falls, the unique, sprawling Okavango Delta and the tranquillity of the natural waterholes in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Pack a camera and an eye for adventure because these lush pockets of wilderness will reward travelers with exciting animal encounters, awesome photography opportunities and sweet memories to last a lifetime.

 

Start Johannesburg, South Africa Physical rating 3 out of 5
Finish Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Ages Min 16 years
Destination South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe Group size 16 people
Departing May 15, 2018 Style Original

 

Why we love this trip

  • Support local conservation by visiting the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, the only place left in Botswana where both black and white rhinos reside

  • Camping on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango wilderness is an experience you’ll never forget. As night falls, the sounds of the African bush are like nothing else

  • Get acquainted with the fine art of 'poling' as you ride a traditional dugout canoe through the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta

  • Explore the magnificent Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, some of the largest salt flats in the world. These mind-bending plains make for some magical photography

  • Go wildlife-spotting along the river at Chobe National Park, home of the world's highest concentration of African elephants

  • With two nights at Victoria Falls, you'll get a proper view of this thundering spectacle, with additional time for optional adventures

Is this trip right for you?

  • Camping out in the Okavango wilderness means digging a bush toilet and going without a shower. For most travelers this is a small price to pay for such a gorgeous remote island location.

  • The African wild comes alive at sunrise, so there will be some early starts. The thrill of spotting your first lion or rhino is well worth any loss of sleep.

  • Purpose-built overland trucks allow for excellent game viewing, equipped with large sliding windows. This means they don't have air-conditioning, however, so they can get dusty and hot.

  • The going can be slow over the long distances and often bumpy roads. A little bit of patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this beautiful land.

  • This is a participatory camping trip, so team spirit is key. You'll be setting up your own tent and helping with camp setup, food preparation and cleaning.

Itinerary

Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting. If you arrive early, get out and explore Johannesburg, a city of remarkable contrasts. Perhaps visit the culturally rich areas of Newtown, Braamfontein or Maboneng. The eye-opening Apartheid Museum is well worth your time.

Optional Activities

  • Afternoon Soweto Cycle Tour

Accommodation

  • Hotel

Leaving South Africa behind, cross the border into Botswana and travel toward the Khama Rhino Sanctuary (approximately 8–10 hours). Situated on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a conversion of a former hunting area into a conservation project. Built to protect Botswana's only remaining populations of both black and white rhinos, the sanctuary is also home to other wildlife including zebras, giraffes, leopards, ostriches and wildebeest, all of which can be seen around the many natural waterholes. Visiting this project benefits local communities and contributes to the protection of the highly endangered white rhinoceros. Later, head out on a dusk game drive to see the rhinos when they are at their most active. At your camp, there will be the option to upgrade to a room for an additional cost (subject to availability).

Included Activities

  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Game drive

Accommodation

  • Camping (with facilities)

Jump aboard the truck and head to Maun (approximately 8–9 hours). Here there will be an opportunity to stock up on any supplies you might need for the journey ahead. Maun is the gateway to one of the world's most renowned and complex ecosystems, the Okavango Delta. This place is unlike anything in the world – a 6178 square mile maze of wetlands made up of meandering waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife. You might see hippos, crocodiles, elephants and big cats. But it's not the animals that are the main attraction – it's the incredibly diverse ecosystem and atmospheric waterscapes. Tonight, you'll stay on the outskirts of Maun at a simple campsite with shared facilities, Wi-Fi and optional upgrades.

Accommodation

  • Camping (with facilities)

Traverse the waterways by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe navigated by friendly local 'polers'. With some luck, you might spot some of the delta's unusual wildlife and exotic birdlife. Spend time exploring the maze of lagoons, lakes and streams on foot, led by experienced and knowledgeable guides. Tonight, you will camp on a remote island in the heart of the wilderness. In this far-out spot, facilities are non-existent, so you will dig a bush toilet and go without a shower. It's all part of the Okavango experience. At night, fall asleep to the humming and buzzing of the African wilderness.

Included Activities

  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari

Accommodation

  • Bush Camping (no facilities)

Wake up early and venture out for a sunrise walk. Along the way, keep watch for elephants. You might also come across Cape buffalo, if the timing is right. These rather noble-looking creatures are more dangerous than they look, and their horns make for a kind of bone shield that's fittingly known as a 'boss'. Returning to camp for breakfast, take the rest of the day to relax. A refreshing swim, or perhaps a nap, is a good idea in the warmer part of the day. Alternatively, take another mokoro trip to soak up more of that delightful river atmosphere.

Included Activities

  • Okavango Delta - Sunrise Walk

Accommodation

  • Bush Camping (no facilities)

After taking down your camp, take the mokoro back to the poling station and then travel once again to Maun (approximately 2–3 hours). Today you'll visit a rural village and interact with some of the locals. This will give you an insight into daily life on the Okavango Delta and perhaps some background history on these awesome sprawling waterways that are the lifeblood of many. Tonight, you will camp on the outskirts of Maun at a simple campsite which has shared facilities. WiFi and optional upgrades are available.

Included Activities

  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari

Optional Activities

  • Scenic Plane or Helicopter flight over the Delta

Accommodation

  • Camping (with facilities)

Get up early and hit the road for Nata (approximately 6–7 hours). This small town is situated just near the stunning Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, which are some of the largest salt flats on earth, covering some 4600 square miles. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to explore the pans in an open vehicle. The pans are naturally dry and salty for a large part of the year. During this time the arid landscape has an eerie feel to it as heat mirages disorientate the senses. At other times, they take on a layer of grass, and as soon as the rains hit they become a refuge for migratory birds and animals. Your campsite tonight is situated on the edge of the pans. It has a restaurant, swimming pool, gift shop, ATM and bar/lounge area. Upgrades are also offered.

Included Activities

  • Nata - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Accommodation

  • Camping (with facilities)

Hit the road for Chobe National Park (approximately 6–7 hours). Botswana's first national park is perhaps best known for its high concentration of elephants, which can often be seen swimming in the Chobe River. The river also attracts wallowing hippos, a variety of birdlife, crocodiles sunning themselves by the water's edge, and cheetahs and lions that come down to drink. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Chobe River, a very relaxing way to spend the afternoon. Your camp tonight has WiFi access and optional upgrades. It's also close to a supermarket, so you can stock up on supplies while you're here.

Included Activities

  • Chobe National Park - River Cruise

Accommodation

  • Camping (with facilities)

This morning there is an optional Chobe National Park morning game drive.

Travel on to Victoria Falls today (approximately 2–3 hours). You will cross the border into Zimbabwe in time to have lunch on the banks of the Zambezi. Then it's time to experience the sight and sound of the mighty falls. This thundering curtain of water is about a mile wide, falling 354 feet into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise up an incredible 1312 feet and the falls become an impressive raging torrent. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and you can see little islets in the river below. Your campsite tonight has WiFi, an ATM and optional upgrades.

Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer. We have not risk assessed all activities and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended. It is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk assessed or do not adhere to our company’s Responsible Travel policy and ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles.

Included Activities

  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Entrance Fee

Optional Activities

  • Chobe National Park - Morning Game Drive in 4X4 vehicle
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise

Accommodation

  • Camping (with facilities)

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. 

Inclusions

Meals

9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 7 Dinners

Transport

Overland Truck

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night), Camping (6 nights - with facilities), Bush Camping (2 nights - no facilities)

Inclusions

  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Game drive
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Game drive
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari
  • Nata - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
  • Chobe National Park - River Cruise
  • Victoria Falls

Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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