Botswana Highlights

9 Days | Discover the wildlife and World Heritage waterways of Botswana

4.9 out of 5 based on 30 reviews submitted.
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On this nine-day wildlife-filled adventure, you’ll get to see Botswana’s inland delta, herds of elephants and the world's largest salt pans! Starting and ending in Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls and dipping into Namibia's Caprivi region, this trip celebrates both the natural and cultural highlights of Botswana. You’ll stay in a lodge overlooking a watering hole frequented by elephants, watch hippos wallowing along the shores of the Chobe River and paddle through the Okavango Delta in a traditional dug-out canoe. If it's a diversity of landscapes, wildlife and cultures you're after, then this is the ultimate trip for you!

Trip overview

Map of Botswana Highlights including Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe
Start
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Finish
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Theme
Wildlife
Destinations
Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
UBSZ
This trip generates 31 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.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Glide through the wildlife-filled waterways of the Okavango by mokoro – this traditional dug-out canoe is the best way to experience the delta up close.
  • Seek out pods of hippos wallowing in the waters and surround yourself with abundant birdlife on a river cruise through Chobe National Park.
  • Enjoy some truly unique accommodation in Elephant Sands. Greet herds of elephants as they come to drink and bathe from a natural watering hole right outside the lodge, only metres from your porch!
  • Visit Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust – supported by The Intrepid Foundation – and learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and the Trust’s role in anti-poaching.
  • Arrive early or extend your stay in Victoria Falls to fully experience all this amazing place has to offer. Take an active adventure, see the thundering falls – the largest in the world – and maybe take a sunset helicopter flight to get the best views.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Botswana temperatures rise in the hot dry period of September and October, before the rains hit, and temperatures can get as high as 34-38°C. Not all accommodation will have air-conditioning, which is quite common across Africa, particularly in remote locations where lodges or camps operate on solar power or generators.
  • Botswana is a very seasonal destination. What you see and experience can differ quite dramatically depending on the time of year you visit. Please consider this before you choose your departure date. See the 'Climate and Seasonal' section in ‘Essential Information’ for more details.
  • As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.

Itinerary

Map of Botswana Highlights including Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, Boat, Mokoro

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Lodge (4 nights), Basic Lodge (2 night)

Activities
  • Nata - Elephant Sands Bush Walk
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro Safari
  • Okavango Delta - Nature walk
  • Chobe National Park - River cruise
Add on activities
  • Victoria Falls - Bridge Tour - USD68
  • Victoria Falls - Standard Sunset Cruise (excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD45
  • Victoria Falls - Traditional Village Tour - USD55
  • Victoria Falls - Bridge Swing - USD168
  • Victoria Falls - Jet Boat (Seasonal - excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD110
  • Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (Seasonal - excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD126
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (12 mins - excludes USD25 Fuel & NP Fee) - USD150
  • Victoria Falls - River Song Sunset Cruise (excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD75
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (25 mins - excludes USD30 Fuel & NP Fee) - USD284
  • Okavango Delta - Helicopter Scenic Flight - USD280
  • Chobe National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Morning Game Drive - BWP580

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Victoria Falls with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1 and ends mid-afternoon on Day 9. We recommend you do not book departing flights until post 7pm, allowing for any delays.

2. 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.

3. The minimum age for this trip is 15 at the time of travel. Any travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. The legal guardian or their designee will be responsible for the traveller under the age of 18 day to day’s care. If a legal guardian elects to designate an escort in their lieu, they will be required to complete and sign a relevant document to delegate their authority.

4. Border crossing delays in the region have been 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.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 30 reviews submitted.
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Irene · Traveled June 2024
This trip was fantastic and our group leader Shimane was at all times professional, courteous and friendly. I saw almost everything that I had expected and more. Highly recommended!
Review submitted 26 Jun 2024

GUS · Traveled June 2024
Incredible experience. Whatever you are in to, you will be thrilled with this trip! Wildlife, birds, plants, geology, geography, history, culture, you will not be disappointed. Excellent leadership, good food and accommodations. Despite being in some remote locations, comfort level is quite high. GO!!!!
Review submitted 24 Jun 2024

Mark · Traveled June 2024
This trip was well organised, we felt safe, our leader was exceptional and we were very lucky to experience this and siting of wildlife was awesome. We saw a cheetah, experienced a bush trip to see a local village and saw a pride of lions eating a fresh morning kill. Botswana is a beautiful country with beautiful people
Review submitted 21 Jun 2024

Danielle · Traveled May 2024
This trip is a fantastic way to see Botswana. There are plenty of chances for water safaris as well as game drives, and even driving in between cities we saw numerous animals from the van! I'm not sure why this trip has a 3/5 physical rating, as there is no hiking or physical exertion but do be prepared to take some short walks on uneven ground. Be warned that there is a lot of time spent driving but we were able to see so much of the country! I would definitely recommend.
Review submitted 28 May 2024

Robin · Traveled May 2024
Wonderful trip! Excellent leader! We saw so much wildlife and even spotted the elusive leopard on our last game drive. Highly recommend!!
Review submitted 16 May 2024
Botswana Highlights
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CAD $3,155