Okavango and Chobe safari - 8 Days

Okavango and Chobe safari is a tour through 3 countries, South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. A great way to tour Johannesburg, one of Africa’s big cities would be to visit the historic sites. Having spent your time in the city, you take off to Botswana through the North-West province. You arrive in Kang later in the day as you already experience the Kalahari desert. The Central Kalahari is unique in the sense that wildlife here still exists in their natural space. Botswana is a vast low populated country and the Kalahari desert makes up two-thirds of the country. The Kalahari quickly fades as the Okavango Delta takes over. The Khoisan tribe popularly known as the Bushmen will show you how they still find life easy in the bush. They are well known for their great rock paintings, art that goes back to 2 000 years ago. You will meet the Khoisan at Ghanzi. 

Okavango and Delta safari
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Okavango and Chobe safari

Special transport can take you to the open veld of the Chobe and the water channels of the Okavango. 4×4 open safari vehicles will take you across Savuti and Moremi while the wooden canoe cuts through the reeds and tall grass of the delta. The two support an enormous variety of wildlife which is Africa’s pride. When you are done with land safari through the Chobe national park, you still have the river safari through the Chobe river which merges into the Zambezi river in Kasane. The peak of the tour is the magnificent Victoria Falls. It’s the greatest waterfall in the world with a charming effect that goes beyond what you have imagined of. Enjoy Okavango and Chobe safari for the desert, the delta and the waterfalls after long days of game viewing.

Overview

Okavango and Delta safari takes you through one of the best safari country in the World ,Botswana. The Chobe national park with an area of 11 700 sq km is home to huge herds of elephants and cape buffaloes alongside other grazers and browsers like kudus, giraffes, mountain zebras, impalas, bush pigs and many more. As usual, these also draw a lot of carnivores as well including lions, leopards, cheaters, and other cats. The food web would not leave out scavengers like vultures and hyenas. It’s the concentration of an animal kingdom, the most common ones found in Africa.

This extends into the Savuti Game reserve further into the wilderness as you navigate the Kalahari sandy roads. This together with the Moremi game reserves are sandwiched between the Chobe river and the Okavango river. Although dry naturally, the concentration of game here is high owing to the abundance of food and water in the Okavango delta and the Chobe river. Arguably this becomes the center of all safari action you have been craving for. Far from the buzz of cars and buses like in most national parks the Savuti and Moremi game reserves can only be navigated by 4×4 vehicles. Moremi is at the border with the Okavango delta and the only means of getting into the delta is by wooden canoes popularly known as ‘Mokoro’. These mokoro are pulled by local ‘Polers’ who knows the routes through the reeds. The mokoro will transfer you from land through the delta to Maun. In Maun you may do the scenic flights to get a birds’ view of the Delta that has a buffer zone of 22 000 ha.

As you drive from Maun you all of a sudden be in the Kalahari desert. The dominant acacia short trees grace the desert along side other dry resistant plants, trees and grass. Amazingly the Kalahari is home to wildlife that can be seen as you drive through. In Ghanzi you meet the Bushmen as they take you into the bush to teach you how to survive.  The drive to Kang through the Kalahari, a different vegetation of the Kalahari sands, with open, bareness and flat land that stretches to a distance. In Johannesburg you have optional activities to do on your free day after the Tour. Soweto Tour and the Joburg City Tour are quite good experiences.

Itinerary

Day 1
Kang

The tour starts today with check in and meeting your Guides. You will be briefed on how the tour will be run highlighting among other things visas, safety and security issues. It’s a long drive today from Johannesburg to Kang but sit back and enjoy the view of vegetation as the Kalahari slowly merges with the Karoo. You arrive in Kang late afternoon. Enjoy your first sunset view in Botswana.

Day 2
Ghanzi

Kang to Ghanzi is a 200 km drive stretch through Central Kalahari Gale reserve. The Kalahari sands supports short grass and shrubs of acacia trees, with regions of butterfly woodlands. It is home to many migratory birds and animals. Wild animals from elephants and giraffes, to predators like lions, cheetahs , leopards and both spotted and brown hyena etc are still spotted. Impressing here is also the variety of bird species which ranges from eagles, secretary birds, goshawks, falcons and kites. In Ghanzi today you meet the Khoisan tribe who takes you to the bush to introduce to you how they survived in the bush.

Day 3
Moremi Game Reserve

In the morning you drive to Maun leaving the Khoisan behind. Maun is a small town influenced by the Okavango Delta. You have a chance to take optional scenic flights to see the overview of Okavango delta and life it supports. Late afternoon you get your backpacks as you leave behind your truck and get on 4×4 open vehicles to experience the Delta. At the Poler’s Station you transfer in the delta by wooden canoes to Moremi Game reserve. Sit back and relax observing wildlife as the polers push you through the reeds and tall grass of the delta.

Day 4
Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi game reserve lies on the periphery of the Okavango Delta, the biggest inland delta in Africa. The region is a mix of the Kalahari desert and the influence of the delta. This draws so much wildlife to enjoy both biomes. The water channels of the delta here are navigated by the mokoro wooden canoes. The local Polers who pull the wooden canoes have good knowledge of the channels through the reeds. During the day you have game drives around Moremi game reserve viewing wildlife.

Day 5
Savuti Game Reserve

Today you leave on 4×4 vehicles to Savuti in the sandy roads of Kalahari. This huge game reserve has so much wildlife and a variety of fascinating vegetation. Usually warm, dry and dust you will be right in the wilderness a true wildlife kingdom. You travel through the Kalahari sands to Chobe national park. The region from Savuti through Greater Chobe is mostly known for its silence and gives wildlife to exist freely without interference. There is very good number of cats from lions, cheetah, leopards and serval cats.

Day 6
Chobe National Park

Today we leave in the morning to Kasane where upon arrival you go on game drive in Chobe national park. From game drive you head straight to the jetty where you go off for sunset cruise on Chobe river. Chobe river runs across the Chobe national park and there is a good chance of viewing game especially hippos and crocodiles as you sail up and down. You are back to your safari lodge and your truck awaits you.

Day 7
Victoria Falls

After 3 days of game viewing in Moremi, Savuti and Chobe national parks, we head off Botswana to yet another different experience in the region. Victoria Falls Zimbabwe known here as Mosi-oa-Tunya which translates to the ‘The smoke that thunders’ will give you a view of Africa’s prime destination. You have today this afternoon to explore the waterfalls. There is so much to do but you have to book your activities today and manage your time properly.

Day 8
Victoria Falls

Its the last day of this Tour today but you have free day today to do your activities. If you have the KAZA visa you might spend the day in Livingstone Town and even do other activities. Activities to do in Victoria Falls can be found on Activities column.

Cost

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in rooms and/Camping
  • Bushmen excursion
  • Game drive in Moremi
  • Game drive through Savuti
  • Game drive in Chobe
  • Chobe river cruise
  • Entry Victoria Falls national park
  • land transport
  • Mokoro 'Wooden canoe' water transport
  • Meals as indicated on Itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • International flights
  • Visas and personal travel insurance
  • Items of personal use
  • Optional Activities
  • Vaccination testing and requirements

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Okavango and Chobe safari
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From €1,450 €1,350
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • All ground transportation from pick-up from Airport and round trip is provided. Depending on the size of the group transport can be in a mini bus or a truck designed as a bus to carry tourists.
  • Lodges and Safari Tents for Accommodated Tour and mobile Tents for Camping group
  • OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport
  • Victoria Falls International Airport or Livingstone International Zambia Airport
  • The Tour is done all year although its important to check for the highlights of the season you wish to travel.
  • English guide with/Germany translators
  • Accommodated safari tour and/Camping
  • Breakfasts, Lunches and dinners are provided on the tour unless not mentioned on the Itinerary.
  • English Guides and/or translators if request is made for a bigger group

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