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6 Day Exploration of Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls During a Safari Tour in Botswana and Zambia

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Thrilling Safari in Botswana and Zambia

While the emphasis of a Botswana safari is often on large mammals - and there are plenty of these - there are many other specialized creatures to be seen and enjoyed, from brightly-colored birds to secretive antelope, from frogs to fish. But overall it is often the sense of wilderness and pristine functioning ecosystems that have the most significant impact on all who come to visit. On this safari, you will enjoy wildlife sightings in the Okavango Delta for three nights under canvas tents, followed by two nights in Victoria Falls.

Key information

  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Maximum group size: 12 persons
  • Children policy: Children are allowed as participants at the minimum age of 12 years old
  • Starting point: Maun
  • Ending point: Livingstone
  • Park fees are included

Highlights

  • One game drive in Mosi O Tunya National Park
  • Early morning and afternoon game drive in Moaremi
  • A two-hour Zambezi sunset cruise and a tour to Victoria Falls
  • Mokoro excursions and guided nature walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango
  • Chance to spot elephants, buffaloes, impalas, kudus, and white rhinos
  • 5 nights accommodation in canvas tents
  • 3 daily delicious meals
  • Airport transfers

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4 activity days
Group size: 2-12 participants
Airport transfer included: Maun Airport
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Accommodation

Camping in Okavango Delta

The camp consists of a main area with campfire and mess tent. Your accommodation is in 2.1 x 2.1 meters dome tents. A five centimeters high density foam mattress is provided for each guest. Sleeping bags and pillows are not included, but may be rented for an additional fee. Ablutions are shared. There is a separate shower cubicle and toilet cubicle with bush toilet (long drop). Both are enclosed by canvas for privacy and protection from wildlife.

Note: When camping in the Okavango you will leave your main luggage in the trailer and will need to pack a smaller bag (small backpack, hand luggage) with what you need for the days on the island. Transfers from the mainland to the island where you will stay are done on traditional dugout canoes (mekoros) which cannot accommodate large bags. Your main luggage will safely remain in the vehicle that will be parked in a secured area while you are on the island.

Facilities

  • Bed linen
  • Dome tent

Zambezi Waterfront Lodge

The Zambezi Waterfront has long been known as the heart of Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia. Only four kilometers from the area's main attraction, Victoria Falls, the resort is ideally positioned to take advantage of the many activities that are on offer in the area. The Waterfront resort offers great facilities including a restaurant and bar where many sundowners have been enjoyed from the deck whilst overlooking the Zambezi River and Siloka Island.

Sundowners on the Zambezi River are an essential start to a holiday in Victoria Falls. Each day the HMV Makumbi, the party boat of note, departs from the Waterfront jetty for a sunset cruise up the Zambezi, that includes all drinks and snacks, returning as night falls.

Program

Day 1: Maun to Okavango, Okavango Delta

The highlights for the delta are elephants on the water, buffaloes on the water, impalas, kudus, and many birds such as francolins, hornbills, shrikes, guinea fowls, spurfowls, and lapwigs. A unique spectacle of the delta is also the beautiful landscape. A brief program for the day is as follows:

  • Pick up clients at Maun Airport (MUB)
  • Quick shopping in Maun town before leaving to Moremi
  • After shopping, drive to Moremi (Xakanaxa Okavango Delta) and have lunch on the way to the camp
  • Arrive at the camp and find a warm shower ready
  • Dinner time at 7:00 p.m.
  • Own time around bush fire with the professional nature guide
  • Activities on this day include canoe trips and bush walks around the islands

The Southern tip of Okavango Delta marks the start of a wetland paradise. On arrival you will meet your polers from the local community with their mekoros (traditional dugout canoes). Days in the delta follow a different rhythm, marked by the gentle splash of the mokoro pole.

Days on mokoro safaris are spent cruising quietly along reed lined channels and floodplains. You will enjoy the spectacular landscape of this unique region with a combination of mokoro excursions and guided nature walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango, camping wild with bush ablutions on small islands.

Note: This is a semi-participation required safari, requiring a minimum participation from the guests, like setting up the tent and packing it, carrying their bag from and to the vehicle at campsites. The rest of the camp chores are carried out by a team made up of one guide and one camp assistant.

Day 2 and 3: Okavango, Okavango Delta to Moremi

Depart early from the Okavango Delta en-route to Moremi for two nights. You will go on a game drive early in the morning and again in the afternoon. A brief program for the day is as follows:

  • Wake up time around 5:30 a.m.
  • Tea and coffee at 5:45 a.m.
  • Off for morning game drive at 6:00 a.m.
  • Stop for tea, coffee, and biscuits on the bush at 8:30 a.m.
  • Back at the camp for lunch around 12:00 p.m.
  • Lunch at 12:30 p.m.
  • Siesta time after lunch
  • High tea at 2:30 p.m.
  • Out for an afternoon game drive at 3:00 p.m.
  • Back at the camp for dinner and warm shower ready around 6:30 p.m.
  • Dinner time around 7:00 p.m.
  • Own time around bush television with the professional nature guide

Day 4: Moremi to Victoria Falls, Livingstone

Depart Moremi after enjoying a full English breakfast. Guests will transfer by road to Maun and use a shuttle transfer to Victoria Falls, via Kasane. The transfer will pass through the Zambia - Botswana border, and your guide will assist you with border formalities. You will stay at Zambezi Waterfront, in a standard adventure village tent on a full board basis, with all three meals and selected activities.

On arrival, you will have time to check in and have lunch and proceed to a guided tour of the falls. The afternoon is followed by a two-hour Zambezi sunset cruise.

Day 5: Victoria Falls, Livingstone

This day is spent doing optional activities that can be chosen from the list below:

  • 15 minutes microlights over the Victoria Falls (185 USD per person)
  • 15 minutes helicopter flights over the Victoria Falls (186 USD per person)
  • Game drive in Mosi O Tunya National Park with a chance to see the white rhinos (60 USD per person)
  • Livingstone Island visit - Devil's Pool (seasonal, from 145 to 170 USD, does not include transfers - 20 USD per person return trip)
  • Visit to Mukuni village (35 USD per person)
  • Livingstone Museum and city tour (35 USD per person)

Day 6: Departure

After breakfast, you will check out of the Zambezi Waterfront and transfer to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) for your international flight.

Note: Transport is in a custom made 12-seat 4x4 safari vehicle. A trailer is towed with all the camping necessities needed for your guide and assistant to set up camp and attend to all chores. Please note that for mobile safaris that have road transfers between camps the transportation will be in a vehicle which is open and windy with some transfers taking from four to six hours depending on the routing.

Included excursions

  • Bush walks in the plains
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls
  • Mokoro excursion
  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Sunset river cruise on the Zambezi

Location

Botswana

Situated in the southern reaches of Africa, Botswana is renowned for its pristine wilderness areas characterized by deep lagoons, wetlands, lush palms, rugged hills, and desert plains scattered with scrub land. The country’s primary tourist draw card is undoubtedly the vast red expanse of the Kalahari Desert and its remarkably beautiful Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world.

These natural wonders provide a tranquil haven for an abundance of African wildlife to thrive. Other highlights include the impressive Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where visitors are privy to massive zebra migrations during the flood season, the Savuti Plains, which host large prides of lions, and the Tsodilo Hills, where 4,500 rock paintings form a unique record of human settlement over many millennia can be found.

Okavango Delta

Situated in the northwestern corner of Botswana, the Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site as it is the largest inland delta in the world. The magnificent Okavango River sprawls out over the dry sands of the Kalahari Desert forming this flourishing waterlogged oasis featuring countless meandering waterways and crystal clear lagoons studded with water lilies, as well as fertile floodplains and reeded islands inhabited with abundant wildlife.

The Okavango Delta stretches over 15,000 square kilometers. Visitors can enjoy a number of wonderful activities such as game viewing, bird watching, or taking an authentic guided mokoro excursion through this wetland paradise in a traditional dugout canoe. Commonly spotted animals include lions, rhinos, leopards, giraffes, hippos, elephants, crocodiles, and countless species of birds.

Zambia

This unique, peanut-shaped country, once known as Northern Rhodesia, offers visitors an authentic African experience complete with adrenaline-pumping adventure sports, a variety of fascinating cultural activities, and an abundance of indigenous wildlife which finds refuge in Zambia’s vast national parks. Spend your evenings enjoying the spectacular site of the world’s largest waterfall, the Victoria Falls, while sipping on sundowners after an exhilarating day of whitewater rafting down the rapids of the mighty Zambezi River.

If that sounds a little too adventurous for your taste, take a houseboat cruise along the exquisite Lake Kariba while watching wild elephants drink at the riverbank. However you choose to spend your time in this unique country, you are bound to leave with a heavy heart and a desire to return again soon to this exceptionally beautiful Southern African country.

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Located a few kilometers from the Zambezi River in southwestern Zambia, the bustling town of Livingstone is famous as the home of the magnificent Victoria Falls. One of the original natural wonders of the world, the World Heritage Site is known locally as The Smoke that Thunders. This spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and is an ideal place to combine game viewing and water sports.

There is a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial whitewater rafting in the world. Visitors can hike around the falls or try zip lining or the bridge swing. Those seeking more leisurely activities can take sunset cruises along the river, with champagne and snacks included, meander through the vibrant local Livingstone market, or discover the region’s history and archaeology at the Livingstone Museum.

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
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)

You can spend day five doing optional activities that can be chosen from the list below:

  • 15 minutes microlights over the Victoria Falls (185 USD per person)
  • 15 minutes helicopter flights over the Victoria Falls (186 USD per person)
  • Game drive in Mosi O Tunya National Park with a chance to see the white rhinos (60 USD per person)
  • Livingstone Island visit - Devil's Pool (seasonal, from 145 to 170 USD per person, does not include transfers - 20 USD per person return trip)
  • Livingstone Museum and city tour (35 USD per person)
  • Visit to Mukuni village (35 USD per person)

What's included

  • One game drive in Mosi O Tunya National Park
  • Early morning and afternoon game drive in Moaremi
  • A two-hour Zambezi sunset cruise and a tour to Victoria Falls
  • Mokoro excursions and guided nature walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango
  • Professional guide
  • Park fees, camping fees, and vehicle fees as per each concession
  • Camp hands and waiter
  • Transfer from Maun throughout the safari trip and drop off to airports or ferries as per guest request
  • Beds and linen
  • 3 daily meals (breakfast and dinner freshly prepared by the professional chef from the fire)
  • 5 nights accommodation on campsites

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Personal insurance
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Visa

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Maun Airport (MUB). Airport transfers from this airport are included. Luciano Tours & Travel will pick you up from the airport. You will be dropped off at Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI). Guests can also depart from Victoria Falls Airport (VFA).

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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