Okavango Experience

10 Days | Discover Africa’s National Parks, vast wetlands and iconic wildlife on an overland adventure

4.9 out of 5 based on 213 reviews submitted.
Overland
Wildlife
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EUR €1,454
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See southern Africa's incredible waterfalls, rivers and inland canals on this ten-day overland adventure. Canoe down the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta, watch hippos wallowing along the shores of the Chobe River, take a sunset cruise to spot exotic birdlife, witness the mirage of Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and stand in awe at the crashing white water of Victoria Falls with a full free day to customise your experience. After cruising in a mokoro, you’ll spend a night at camp in the remote Okavango wilderness and fall asleep to the uninterrupted sounds of the wild. With early morning game drives to spot Africa’s iconic wildlife and expert guides with all the knowledge – this is set to be an experience of a lifetime.

Trip overview

Map of Okavango Experience including Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe
Start
Johannesburg, South Africa
Finish
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Theme
Overland, Wildlife
Destinations
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
UBOO
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
  • Support local conservation efforts with a visit to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary – the only place left in Botswana where both black and white rhinos reside.
  • Go wildlife-spotting with your small group and expert guides along the river on a sunset cruise at Chobe National Park, home to the world's highest concentration of African elephants.
  • Camp on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango wilderness for an experience you’ll never forget. As the sun sets and night falls, the sounds of Africa come alive!
  • Get your first glimpse of the thundering Victoria Falls and enjoy a full free day for optional adventures, so you can see the falls at your own pace and view the waterfalls from all angles.
  • Walk the Okavango Delta at sunrise, looking out for the resident hippos, crocodiles, elephants and big cats.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Camping out in the amazing Okavango wilderness means digging a bush toilet and going without a shower. It's all part of the delta experience.
  • 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 some other itineraries this trip combines with: Explore Southern Africa (UBOQC), Johannesburg to Gorillas (UBODC), Johannesburg to Zanzibar (UBOBC), Johannesburg to Kenya (UBOAC)

Itinerary

Map of Okavango Experience including Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle, Open safari vehicle

Accommodation

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

Activities
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Sunset Game Drive Open Vehicle
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari
  • Okavango Delta - Sunrise Walk
  • Okavango Delta - Brewery Tour
  • Nata - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans 4x4 Excursion
  • Chobe National Park - River Cruise
Add on activities
  • Okavango Delta - Helicopter Scenic Flight - USD280
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Entrance Fee - USD50
  • Chobe National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Morning Game Drive - BWP580
  • Victoria Falls - Sunset Cruise - USD50
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter Flight (25 mins - Excludes US$30 fuel surcharge and NP fees) - USD284
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter Flight of the Angels (12 mins - Excludes US$25 fuel surcharge and NP fees) - USD150
  • Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (Seasonal - excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD126
  • Victoria Falls - River Song Sunset Cruise (excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD75
  • Victoria Falls - Jet Boat (Seasonal - excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD110
  • Victoria Falls - Standard Sunset Cruise (excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD45
  • Victoria Falls - Bridge Swing - USD168
  • Victoria Falls - Traditional Village Tour - USD55
  • Victoria Falls - Bridge Tour - USD68

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Important notes

1. If you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip, you may purchase a single supplement, subject to availability. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

2. The minimum age for this trip is 15 at the time of travel. Any travellers 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.

3. 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.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 213 reviews submitted.
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Brigitte Rose · Traveled May 2024
I strongly recommend Intrepid, very knowledgeable about the local culture and very good at supporting the local communities. A good range of activities provided although a little too much travelling on the road at times.
Review submitted 01 Jun 2024

Kevin · Traveled May 2024
Spent my 30th birthday on an exciting adventure in the Okavango Delta surrounded by new friends and untamed wilderness. Can't imagine a better way to celebrate this milestone. The incredible Njabulo, Gift and Ricardo, went above and beyond to make sure we had the time of our lives. So thankful for this experience!
Review submitted 29 May 2024

Georgette · Traveled May 2024
The trip of a lifetime!! Can’t fault intrepid and the experience it gave me. Camping through the Okavango delta was honestly incredible. 5/5 stars!!! Honeymoon of our dreams.
Review submitted 29 May 2024

Joshua · Traveled May 2024
Take this trip with no hesitations!! I'm so glad I took this life changing adventure. The people and places you'll meet and see will impact you for many years to come. Embrace the adventure of camping and getting to see wildlife up close and personal!
Review submitted 28 May 2024

Clare · Traveled May 2024
With this being my first group trip I was initially hesitant about booking, but will certainly be booking more intrepid trips in the future. Fantastic guides, experiences and a great group of people made for one of the best trips I've ever been on. The wild camping in the Delta, game drives and local knowledge were experiences I'll never forget. Would certainly recommend.
Review submitted 26 May 2024
Okavango Experience
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EUR €1,454