Botswana Safari Experience

National Geographic Journeys, Victoria Falls to Victoria Falls

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Discover the Okavango Delta, where thousands of animals gather each year to drink from the fresh waters of the world’s largest inland delta. On a 10-day adventure, travel in a houseboat in the panhandle of the delta, take wildlife drives into Botswana’s top national parks, and visit one of the world's best preserved sites for prehistoric rock art. Plus, an exclusive evening of traditional Botswana storytelling around the fire is sure to stoke your own unbelievable travel stories.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Botswana Storytelling and Traditional Dinner, Maun National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Chobe and Savuti National Parks Talk, Savuti Channel
  • Arrival transfer
  • Open-vehicle wildlife safari drives in Savuti area, Chobe National Park, Khwai River, and Moremi area
  • Okavango Panhandle two-night houseboat stay
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Spend a couple nights in a houseboat on the okavango delta
  • Look for the big five from the back of your open safari vehicle
  • Travel deep into the chobe wilderness to ghoha hills
  • Witness the power of victoria falls

Itinerary

Day 1 Victoria Falls We highly recommend booking pre or post nights to take full advantage of activities at Victoria Falls and around Zambezi. Our convenient G rep can help arrange optional activities. Additional Notes: Your arrival transfer is included from the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA) airport. Should you choose to fly into Livingstone, Zambia (LVI), we can arrange a transfer at an additional cost. Please speak to your agent for details. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Victoria Falls/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D) Arrive on the houseboat this evening. On the boat, you’ll receive a safety briefing and meet the crew and check into your cabin. Relax this evening with a sundowner. Enjoy your journey into the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. This area is one of the most remote and peaceful areas of the delta with only a handful of permanent boats and camps operating in this area, which makes it an ideal place to stay. The houseboat consists of two decks. The lower deck has eight simple, comfortable en-suit cabins with sliding glass doors that open to the pristine wilderness of the Okavango Delta. The upper deck is roughly three meters above the waterline. It’s where the dining area, bar, and sundecks are located. Power on the houseboat is run by a generator, which means there are only a few hours a day to heat water and change up any devices. There is no A/C on the houseboat and sometimes hot water can run out. We recommend bringing a small lantern or flashlight for use in your cabin. Additional Notes: We have a long drive today, but your private A/C vehicle will ensure you’re comfortable. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. There will be plenty of breaks along the way to stretch your legs. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Namibia - Botswana) Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours)
Day 3 Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy your day on the houseboat with early morning and late afternoon wildlife excursions. Your small boat takes your into channels and waterways for optimal wildlife viewing and birdwatching. Opt to enjoy a cultural excursion to Tsoldilo Hills to view ancient San Bushman rock paintings or choose to relax on deck with a cool drink as you watch the scenery pass by. Additional Notes: Passengers who choose to take the optional Tsoldilo Hills excursion will miss the morning boat excursion. All activities in the delta are subject to weather and water levels. Timing of excursions and visits to specific locations are completely dependent on local conditions. Included Activities: Okavango Panhandle Wildlife Excursion
Day 4 Okavango Delta/Maun (1B, 1D) Stay at a hotel that offers a pleasant eating area and a beautiful swimming pool. In the afternoon, relax at the hotel, which is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River. Included Activities: Botswana Storytelling and Traditional Dinner Transport: 4x4 (5.00 hour(s), 380km)
Day 5 Maun/Moremi Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D) Take a leisurely drive to our camp in the Khwai River area. enjoying wildlife viewing enroute. Due to the fact that none of Botswana’s wildlife reserves are fenced, wildlife can move freely between wilderness areas. This region’s diversity of wildlife is astounding and has been rated as one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the world. Our lodge boasts a majestic dining and lounge area leading onto a viewing deck over the bushveldt. Enjoy spectacular sunsets over sundowners from the quaint bar or from the deck of your comfort en-suite tent. Additional Notes: The vehicle used from here until our return back to Victoria Falls is a 12-seater Toyota Landcruiser. The Landcruiser has open sides and a removable canvas roof. There is no A/C in the vehicle and the ride can often be dusty and a little rough. Some travel days can also be quite long. This vehicle is used throughout the tour on all wildlife safari drives and long drives. Road conditions in the region can range from good to very poor. As such, we slow our traveling speed in the rough spots and enjoy some sand and bumps – all part of the adventure of traveling in Africa! Included Activities: Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: 4x4 (4.00 hour(s), 130km)
Day 6 Moremi Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D) Embark early on an open vehicle wildlife safari drive in Moremi and surrounding concession areas. Break for lunch before continuing on with the wildlife safari drive. Return to camp in the afternoon with time to relax at the comfortable tented camp. Included Activities: Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: 4x4
Day 7 Moremi Game Reserve/Chobe National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) In the early afternoon, head south towards the Ghoha Hills and the Savuti area. Enjoy wildlife viewing along the hills and at the surrounding waterholes. At Ghoha Hills Savuti Camp, meru tents have been placed on platforms on the hills overlooking Chobe National Park. The tents are spacious and include an en-suite. The guest area consists of an intimate lounge, bar, and dining area overlooking the Ghoha Hills. Included Activities: Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive Chobe and Savuti National Parks Talk Transport: 4x4 (7.00 hour(s), 190km)
Day 8 Chobe National Park/Kasane (1B, 1L) Keep an eye out for Chobe bushbuck and puku antelope, which are found only in this part of Botswana. The Chobe River is home to the world’s largest elephant herds; buffalo, hippos, and lions can also be seen here. Opt into the photo wildlife safari on the Chobe River at sunset; you’ll be accompanied by an expert wildlife photographer and guide who will help you get the perfect shot. Included Activities: Chobe River Drive Transport: 4x4 (6.00 hour(s), 180km)
Day 9 Kasane/Victoria Falls (1B) Cross the border back into Zimbabwe for our final evening. Opt to enjoy a helicopter ride over the falls, or a cruise on the Zambezi at sunset to ring in the day. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Botswana - Zimbabwe) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 120km)
Day 10 Victoria Falls (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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