Essential Botswana

9 Days | An awe-inspiring adventure packed with wildlife, waterfalls, and wilderness!

4.8 out of 5 based on 23 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
Overland
From
AUD $1,595
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

Time to break out your best Attenborough impression – you’re going on a safari. This trip doesn’t skimp on the savannah, but it mainly follows the rivers and watering holes that sustain life (human and wild) throughout Africa. Drive across the sands of the Kalahari Desert in search of rhinos, then spot elephants and warthogs while you cruise down the Okavango Delta in a dugout mokoro canoe. Camp on the floodplains of the Kwando River, and search for wildlife in Chobe National Park.

Trip overview

Map of Essential Botswana including Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe
Start
Johannesburg, South Africa
Finish
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Theme
18 to 35s, Overland
Destinations
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
UBYB
This trip generates 26 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Safari through Chobe National Park for a chance to see lions, elephants, zebras, impalas, wildebeest, giraffes, leopards, hyenas, jackals, warthogs, baboons, monkeys and much more
  • Did you know that rhinos come out to play when the sun goes down? Let us prove it to you during a sunset 4WD through the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
  • Try and tell the difference between your buddy’s snores and the sound of wild hippos while camping in the heart of the Okavango wilderness.
  • There's nothing more relaxing than feeling the African sun on your face as you lie back in a mokoro, eyes closed while your expert poler propels you through the Okavango Delta.
  • Elephants never forget, and you won’t forget them either. Cruise down the river in Chobe National Park, home of the world's highest concentration of African elephants.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust. Donations help employ a team of Community Guardians who collaborate with locals to find sustainable solutions to human-wildlife conflict and conservation in Southern Africa.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, visiting remote communities, setting up your own tent, occasionally roughing it in the bush with no facilities, and getting the best possible views of Africa's iconic wildlife. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows, which let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/africa/overland
  • The African wild comes alive at sunrise, so there will be some early starts for game drives. The thrill of spotting your first lion or rhino is well worth the early start!
  • This trip can be partnered with other adventures into a ‘combo’, which means that some of your fellow travellers may carry on to further destinations at the end of this tour. If you’d like to spend more time in Africa, have a look at the combo itinerary: Real Southern Africa (UBYSC).

Itinerary

Map of Essential Botswana including Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle, 4WD safari vehicle, Mokoro

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Activities
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Entrance
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Sunset Game Drive Open Vehicle
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro Safari
  • Mukolo Camp - Mokoro Safari
  • Chobe National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Morning Game Drive
  • Victoria Falls - Leader-led orientation walk
Add on activities
  • Okavango Delta - Helicopter Scenic Flight - USD280
  • Okavango Delta - Cook-led Cooking Class - Free
  • Mukolo Camp - Sunset Cruise (excluding park fees) - NAD700
  • Chobe National Park - River Cruise - BWP580
  • Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (Seasonal - excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD126
  • Victoria Falls - Jet Boat (Seasonal - excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD110
  • Victoria Falls - Traditional Village Tour - USD55
  • Victoria Falls - Bridge Tour - USD68
  • Victoria Falls - Bridge Swing - USD168
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (12 mins - excludes USD25 Fuel & NP Fee) - USD150
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (25 mins - excludes USD30 Fuel & NP Fee) - USD284
  • Victoria Falls - Standard Sunset Cruise (excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD45
  • Victoria Falls - River Song Sunset Cruise (excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD75

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

2. This trip finishes upon arrival in Victoria Falls on Day 9. Please do not book any flights until after 9pm this evening.

3. Border crossing delays in the region can be sporadic and difficult to predict. What takes an hour one day may take four hours the next. This may affect the order of activities in the itinerary. We understand this uncertainty can be frustrating, and we strongly recommend packing a bit of patience and flexibility.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 23 reviews submitted.
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Patrick · Traveled May 2024
An excellent budget trip with an excellent guide, good cook and driver. Expect early mornings and genuinely cold nights (lowest was 2° in May/June). Some brilliant game drives included or as extras
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Amie · Traveled May 2024
Great trip with amazing safaris. The campsites were actually well equipped and did not feel ‘basic’. We had warm showers, bars and pools to relax at and the views were beautiful. Thanks to the crew of Bonnieface, Ivan and Abel we had a great time!
Review submitted 27 May 2024

Rachel · Traveled May 2024
This trip was perfect! Amazing people, landscapes, animals (so many elephants), very well organised, Ivan's cooking was amazing. I was very sad to leave the group in Victoria Falls!
Review submitted 30 May 2024

Kara · Traveled May 2024
Really happy I did this trip! Met some awesome people and the highlights for me were Chobe, Okavango Delta and Vic falls :)
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Ruben · Traveled March 2024
Tshepo, Mr Goodman and Irvin organized an amazing tour and everything worked out perfectly
Review submitted 11 Apr 2024
Essential Botswana
From
AUD $1,595