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8 Days Mokoro Safari South Africa, Botswana & Zambia

  • Palapye - Maun - Okavango Delta - Nata - Chobe National Park - Victorian Falls

Overview

Affordable Safari in South Africa, Botswana & Zambia

Pursue your wanderlust exploring exotic South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia with Umkulu Safari & Canoe. You will visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary which is a community-based conservation project, fly into the Okavango Delta to a remote island lodge, and end your trip in beautiful Victorian Falls. There are more sites to explore once you join this trip. So, what holds you back? Come and experience an African safari to the fullest.

Highlights

  • Exploring Victorian Falls
  • A visit to Palapye and Nata
  • See Rhinos at Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • Boat cruise / game drive at Chobe National Park
  • Mokoro / walking safari at Okavango Delta
  • Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 7 activity days
  • English
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During this safari trip, you will be accommodated either in a private single room (en-suite) or private twin room (en-suite).

During this safari, you will visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary which is a community-based conservation project that was started in 1992 in order to protect some of the last remaining rhino in southern Africa. It is home to both white and black rhinos and has been massively successful over the years. There are also more than 30 other animals species within this conservancy.

You will also fly to Okavango Delta, a remote island lodge where your walking trails / mokoro trips are held. Okavango Delta is one of the largest inland deltas in the world covering over 15,000 square kilometers making this one of the richest wildlife areas in Africa. After an overnight stop near the town of Nata, you will also enjoy a stopover at Chobe National Park, an area well-known for large heards of elephant and the beauty of the sunsets over the Chobe River. The tour comes to an end at Victoria Falls where the Zambezi River plummets 108 meters into the Zambezi Gorge below.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Start: Johannesberg
  • Destination: Palapye
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2

  • Start: Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • Destination: Maun
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Activity: Kharma Rhino Sanctuary

Day 3 and 4

  • Start: Okavanga Delta
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Activity: Flight to Delta Okavango and mokoro trip / walking trail

Day 5

  • Start: Okavango Delta
  • Destination: Nata
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6

  • Start: Nata
  • Destination: Chobe National Park
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Activity: Boat cruise / game drive

Day 7

  • Start: Chobe National Park
  • Destination: Victoria Falls
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8

  • Start: Victorian Falls
  • Meals: Breakfast

Your safari trip will cover Palapye in Botswana, Maun in South Africa, Okavango Delta in South Africa, Nata in Botswana, Chobe National Park in South Africa, and Victorian Falls in Zambia.

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is one of the largest inland deltas in the world. The Okavango River rises in the highlands of Angola, flows through Namibia, and spills its mass of water on the Kalahari sands forming the Okavango Delta. None of the water ends up in the sea and either evaporates, disappears under the sands with some of the water draining into Lake Ngami.

The delta is home to a wide array of wildlife both permanent and migratory. It is also home to over 400 species of bird and 71 species of fish. There is no better way to experience the Okavango Delta than by mokoro.

Mokoro is a traditional wooden canoe which has been carved out of a big strait tree which is propelled along the waterways of the Okavango Delta by a poler standing in the stern pushing along with a pole. These days most of the new mokoros are made from fibreglass in order to conserve the beautiful large trees in the Delta.

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is undoubtedly one of the most diverse and beautiful national parks in Africa. Stretching over an area of 11700 square kilometers, the park includes four distinct areas namely the Chobe Riverfront, the Ngwezumba pans, Savuti, and Linyanti.

The Chobe Riverfront is well-known for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that frequent the floodplains and river in the dry season. Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the Chobe National Park which makes this an excellent venue for specialist birding safaris.

Chobe has also become the hotspot for photographic safaris due to the fact that you can get so close to the animals while on a boat cruise, the scenery is special, and Chobe has one of the best sunsets in the world.

The Ngwenzumba Pans lie about 70 kilometers south-west of Kasane and are a hotspot for animal life in the rainy season when the pans fill up with water. The pans are surrounded by Mopane woodland and grass plains and make for a good alternative for the animals to move away for more permanent water.

Linyanti has a permanent water source and has a public campsite. Here, game viewing is excellent in the dry winter months as animals congregate around permanent water. Savuti is probably the best-known spot in the park for viewing predators and has been the location of many documentaries.

Victorian Falls

Victoria Falls, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or the Smoke that Thunders, is considered the largest waterfall in the world. It is not the highest or widest but is considered to have the largest sheet of falling water compared to any other waterfalls.

The Zambezi River flows at a width of 1708 meters and falls 108 metres to form the Victoria Falls. The falls were named by David Livingstone who was the first European person to see the falls. He “discovered” the falls in November 1855 and named the falls after the then Queen of England - Victoria.

The Victoria Falls is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is a sight that you have to see if you visit Africa. The Zambezi River and the Victoria Falls form the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia with both countries having wonderful views of the falls.

The Zambezi Gorge below the falls has become the home for some of the best whitewater rafting in the world. One day rafting is taxing and exhilarating and an adrenalin rush like no other.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls bridge
  • Fly a microlight in Victorian Falls
  • Kayaking in Victorian Park
  • Scenic flights by helicopter in Victorian Falls
  • Sunset cruises above the Victorian Falls
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • All activities at Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • Boat cruise / game drive in Nata
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Flight to Okavango Delta
  • Mokoro trip / walking trail at Okavango Delta
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Marilie Van Der Merwe from Pretoria, South Africa

    "I had an amazing river rafting on the Orange River. Half of our group were kids younger than 10 years. Jaym and Demi were fantastic hosts."

    Umkulu Safari & Canoe Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Eugène van der Merwe

    "I have done three New Year's trips with Umkulu Safari & Canoe and about to do my fourth. Each time was a unique and special adventure with exceptional guides who are friendly, experienced, and knowledgeable. Some of my greatest memories and most beautiful moments happened on the Orange River with Umkulu Safari & Canoe's teams. It's doubtful that anyone else can beat them at their game. They are highly recommended!"

    Umkulu Safari & Canoe Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Luke Plotts from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    "I would love to go back and do it again. The staffs there are great and know what they are doing."

    Umkulu Safari & Canoe Facebook page, edited

Cape Town, South Africa

Umkulu Safari & Canoe is a Southern African owned company based in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. They specialize in safari and canoe trails throughout Southern Africa.

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