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8 Days Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls Accommodated Adventure

Windhoek, Namibia; Ghanzi - Maun - Okavango Delta - Elephant Sands - Chobe National Park, Botswana; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Safari in Botswana and the Victoria Falls.

Begin your eight-day journey of discovery in Namibia and end off at the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Equally magnificent, each region offers a unique experience of overwhelming beauty. On one hand, you have a Natural Wonder of the World - Victoria Falls, which is a magical realm of mist-soaked rainforest shrouded by the deafening roar of cascading water. On the other hand, you have Botswana, home to 70 per cent of the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, one of the largest inland deltas in the world. Delivering an unforgettable experience as you dance with the San (Bushmen), do a Mokoro excursion in the Okavango Delta and soak up the incredible views of Victoria Falls. From the majestic landscape of the Okavango Delta to the breath-taking water views of Victoria Falls, you will experience many sides of Southern Africa.

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • Group size: max 12 persons
  • Children from the age of 12 are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian
  • Starting point: Windhoek
  • Ending point: Victoria Falls
  • Languages: English
  • Park fees are included except Victoria Falls

Highlights

  • Game drives along Namibia
  • Chance to see elephants, giraffes, and herds of buffalo or even hippos
  • Transportation in a premium overland safari vehicle
  • Park fees are included except Victoria Falls
  • Included transfer from the airport
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


3 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Hosea Kutako International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00
Check-out Time:
09:00

You will be staying in a comfortable three-star graded lodges, hotels, and bungalows with twin shared en suite rooms.

Most rooms in Southern Africa don’t have mosquito nets, as it is not needed. Some establishments will have fans instead of air-conditioning. All accommodation is shared between same-gender members of the tour group unless you booked with a partner, friend, or family member or paid a single supplement.

There is a possibility to request for a pre and post night accommodation at an additional cost. Please send an inquiry for more details.

Program

Day 1: Windhoek

Explore Windhoek during the day and meet your group and your tour leader in the evening at 6 p.m. to get acquainted and to review your trip details. Windhoek is a tiny capital town but with loads of interesting things to offer. One of the most famous is the display of 33 meteorites, the Gibeon Meteorites, in the Post Street Mall.

There, you can take pictures of and touch these extraterrestrial bodies that are corrosive resistant due to the high amount of nickel in them. Shopping opportunities abound and, for the historically inclined, there are many museums and historical buildings within walking distance around the town centre. One of the most widely photographed and a historical landmark is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church, built in the Gothic revival style.

  • Meals included: None
  • Activities included: Airport transfer, welcome meeting at 18:00
  • Optional activities: Explore the city, craft market
  • Accommodation: Windhoek city (please refer to the final rooming list)

Day 2: Windhoek to Ghanzi

Depart Windhoek early for a long drive through the eastern part of Namibia, crossing the border into Botswana and travelling into the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Ghanzi is the farm where the San (Bushmen) live.

They still have the knowledge of an ancient lifestyle and are eager to welcome visitors into their almost forgotten world. In the evening, enjoy an optional ancient dance ritual performed around a campfire by the San and if the night is clear, enjoy the sparkling, starry skies for which Ghanzi is famous.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, dinner
  • Travel time: 9 hours
  • Optional activities: Bushmen Dances PM
  • Accommodation: Ghanzi Trail Blazers or similar

Day 3: Ghanzi to Maun

Enjoy a morning walk with the San (Bushmen) as they display their survival skills that have been passed on from generation to generation before departing Ghanzi and arriving in Maun, Botswana’s fifth largest town, after lunchtime. Once you arrive in Maun, you will have the option to get a spectacular birds-eye view of the Okavango Delta from above in a small fixed-wing aircraft (weather permitting).

Looking down on the Delta from the aircraft, you will get a fair idea of the magnitude of this massive mix of land and water with its intricate system of channels and islands. You might also see families of elephant, giraffe, and herds of buffalo or even hippos from the air. If you skip the flight, you will have the chance to kick back and relax at the lodge.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Travel time: 5 hours
  • Activities included: Bushmen walk
  • Optional activities: Delta flight
  • Accommodation: Island Safari Lodge or similar

Day 4: Maun (Okavango Delta)

To ensure the best Delta experience for our clients we have implemented two different styles or means of exploring this unique ecosystem. Due to the changing water levels in the Delta and dry seasons, we will either explore the Delta on a Mokoro(boat) or on a 4x4 open vehicle game drive.

Mokoro: Today you will experience a unique way of travelling into the Okavango Delta with a mokoro. The mokoro is used by local people as a means of transport. You will be transferred to the ‘’polling’’ station either with a motorized boat or a 4x4 vehicle depending on the water levels of the Delta.

A mokoro is a traditional dug-out canoe that seats two people. The mokoro is steered by a ‘’poler” standing at the back, manoeuvring the mokoro downstream with a pole, very much like the gondoliers in Venice.

Once you are comfortable and laid back in your mokoro, the slow and tranquil journey into The Delta begins. Gliding along on the quiet water you will have an unlimited source of opportunities to take exquisite photos of your surroundings. The duration of the mokoro trail depends on the time of year and water levels of the Delta. You will stop for lunch at an island and enjoy a nature walk of a few hours. Then you head back to Maun, again in your mokoro enjoying the last hour or two on the water while the late afternoon sun starts heading for the horizon.

The Delta is usually at its lowest point from December to May

4 by 4 open vehicle game drive in Moremi Game Reserve. Departing from Maun in the early morning, we are destined for the Blackpools and Xini Lagoon areas in Moremi Game Reserve.

Once past the Buffalo fence and inside the Delta area, 50 kilometers from Maun, we start our Delta experience. You can expect a full day of exploration in the search of wild animals, interesting and varied landscapes in this untamed African bush. Lunch will be done en-route and you will have the opportunity to take exquisite photos as Moremi is well known for teeming birdlife, elephants, buffalo, hippo, lion and if you are lucky leopard (including various antelope species).

What makes Moremi unique is that it was the first tribal land to be proclaimed by a local African tribe in 1963 as a wildlife sanctuary.

During the dry season, a congregation of all bird and wildlife species, along permanent rivers and water holes makes Moremi Game Reserve one of the most unforgettable wildlife experiences!

This experience will only be conducted if the water levels are too low for our travellers to have a proper Mokoro Delta experience. The Delta is usually at its lowest point from December to May.

Africa4us is deeply committed to protecting the environment and we make sure that our tours reflect this commitment. During the years of conducting tours in the Delta, we have experienced that the human footprint being left behind have a negative effect on this extremely sensitive ecosystem therefore, we do not include an overnight experience in the Delta. We believe that our included Delta experience gives one the same adventure with less impact on the environment.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Activities included: Okavango Delta Experience
  • Entrance fees included: Okavango Delta
  • Accommodation: Island Safar Lodge or similar

Day 5: Maun to Elephant Sands, Botswana

Set out for Elephant Sands, which is close to the Botswanan village of Nata. Elephant Sands is famous for its watering hole, voted as one of the top ten watering holes in Africa. There, you can expect to see animals such as wild dogs, different antelope species, and, of course, elephants that walk through the campsite searching for freshwater.

This will probably be the closest you will get to these wild animals on foot. With luck on your side, you may have the wonderful and unique experience of sitting in front of your tented room, watching elephants and other animals come and go to quench their thirst at the watering hole while you sip on a sundowner yourself.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, dinner
  • Travel time: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Elephant Sands or similar

Day 6: Elephant Sands to Chobe River (Kasane)

Continue to the small town of Kasane, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park and Chobe River. Relish the views during your included afternoon sunset boat cruise. Take your own sundowner with you as you look for wildlife on the banks of the Chobe River. Game such as elephants, buffaloes, kudus, bushbucks, hippos, giraffes, and sables are commonly seen along the river edge, and it is a birdwatcher’s paradise during the summer months.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, dinner
  • Travel time: 4 hours
  • Activities included: Chobe Boat Cruise
  • Entrance fees included: Chobe National Park
  • Accommodation: Thebe River Safaris or similar

Day 7: Chobe River (Botswana) to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Today, you will have time to do some of the action-filled activities that the area offers. Bungee jump or gorge swing off the Victoria Falls Bridge that links Zambia and Zimbabwe and have a different view of the Victoria Falls at the same time. This bridge is constructed to carry railway, road, and foot traffic. For an adrenaline activity, closer to the Zambezi River, choose a half-day or full-day white water rafting adventure. Many of our groups opt to spend their final evening together aboard a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with game-viewing, beautiful scenery, and an open bar. We recommend that you book an extra day or two post-tour to make the most of your stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Travel time: 3 hours
  • Optional activities: Chobe game drive, white water rafting, bungee jumping, helicopter flights, boat cruise
  • Accommodation: Phezulu Lodge or similar (please refer to the final rooming list)

Day 8: Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls)

This will be the last goodbye after a healthy breakfast. This is the end of another incredible tour.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Post-night accommodation:

We recommend booking a post-night to make the most of your stay. Post-night accommodation is bookable through Africa4us. Please note - your pre/post-night accommodation might be different compared to the joining or ending establishment that is part of the tour schedule. As part of our add-on services, Africa4us will take responsibility for the transfer between the pre/-post and joining/ending establishment.

We have designed this itinerary to ensure that you get the best possible experience from this tour and region. Please note that if the itinerary on your trip differs slightly from the online itinerary or brochure, be assured that any change has been made after careful consideration and with the goal to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Changes considered necessary will usually be due to change in service levels, road conditions, recommendations from past clients etc. The goal of any change will be to give an improved experience. You will be informed in writing of any major changes before your trip starts to keep you informed at all times and discuss any concerns you might have.

Some changes might also be totally out of our control, like changes in visa fees and procedures, available activities etc. and might differ to what we have advised on our website. If changes take place while you are on the road, our adventure crew will be informed immediately, and this information will be conveyed to you. The adventure crew will give you all possible assistance to manage these changes.

Included excursions

  • San (Bushmen) walk
  • Okavango Delta experience
  • Chobe River boat cruise

Location

Food

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 5 dinners are included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Explore the Windhoek
  • See the famous display of 33 meteorites
  • Visit the craft market
  • Visit Christ Church
  • Take a Delta flight to get a spectacular birds-eye view of the Okavango Delta
  • Pangolin photo safari
  • Chobe National Park game drive
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Bungee jumping
  • Explore and soak in Victoria Falls

What's included

  • Transport by premium overland safari vehicle
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Entrance fees for Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park
  • San (Bushmen) walk
  • Okavango Delta experience
  • Chobe River boat cruise
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Services of a tour leader and driver for the duration of the tour
  • Local guides as per activities included

What's not included

  • Visas
  • Optional activities
  • Departure airport transfe
  • Park entry to Victoria Falls
  • Flights
  • Travel and medical insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako Internatinal Airport (WDH). Upon arrival in Windhoek, you will make your way to the joining hotel. As an added service to our travellers, your arrival airport transfer is included. Walk out of the international arrivals area and look for a transfer person holding Africa4us signage and your name. Ask them what hotel they will be taking you to (do not volunteer this information). Then, present your passport for proof of identity.

The tour departs in the morning of day 2. A brief departure meeting will be held in the hotel reception area in the evening of day 1 of your tour at 6 p.m. Upon arrival, the reception will provide information from your tour leader regarding the meeting place and time.

As a precondition, we require your arrival flight details no later than four weeks prior to the start date of your tour. The transfer in non-refundable if not used. If you have not met our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, please call the 24-hour emergency number which will be communicated to you.

Airport: Hosea Kutako International Airport Airport transfer included: Hosea Kutako International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 36% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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