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9 Days Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls Camping Safari in Botswana and Zimbabwe
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Uakii Wilderness Campsite, Gobabis, Namibia

Sightseeing and Safari in Botswana and Zimbabwe

This Delta and Falls Safari is the perfect way to travel from Windhoek to visit two of the world’s natural wonders, the Okavango Delta in Botswana and the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Spend time in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip before heading to Botswana to traverse the pristine waterways of the Okavango Delta and enjoy a boat cruise in Chobe National Park – all before arriving in Zimbabwe to see the incredible Victoria Falls.

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Group size: max 14 persons
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 12 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starts in Windhoek, ends in Victoria Falls or Windhoek
  • Language: English-speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • Explore Chobe National Park
  • Enjoy a river boat cruise on Chobe River
  • Opportunity to spot African elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, hippo, etc
  • Visit Okavango Delta and enjoy a mokoro safari
  • Admire the mighty Victoria Falls
  • Bushman safari in Gobabis
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer available:
Hosea Kutako International Airport (US$26 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

You will stay in tents with provided mattresses. The tents are dome-shaped with built-in groundsheets and screened windows and doors. They allow standing headroom and are simple to put up, with the help of your guide. The mattresses are approximately five centimeters thick and covers are supplied, along with all other camping equipment, including chairs with backrests, tables, washstands, cutlery, and crockery.

If you wish to sleep in a sleeping bag, you can hire one from Wild Dog Safari or you may bring your own. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the tents are 100% bug proof, as long as they are securely closed. You will have the same tent for the duration of your trip.

Accommodation list

  • Day 1, Gobabis Area: Uakii Wilderness Campsite (or similar)
  • Day 2, Okavango Delta, Botswana: Guma Lagoon Campsite (or similar)
  • Day 3, Okavango Delta, Botswana: Guma Lagoon Campsite (or similar)
  • Day 4, Caprivi Strip, Namibia: Mukolo Campsite (or similar)
  • Day 5, Kasane, Botswana: Chobe Safari Lodge Campsite (or similar)
  • Day 6, Kasane, Botswana: Chobe Safari Lodge Campsite (or similar)
  • Day 7, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Shearwater Explorers Village Camping (or similar)
  • Day 8, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Shearwater Explorers Village Camping (or similar)
  • Day 9, Rundu, Namibia: Nkwazi Lodge Camping (or similar)
  • Day 10, Return to Windhoek (optional)

Program

Day 1: Windhoek - Gobabis Area, Namibia (350 km)

You will be collected between 09:00 and 09:30. Depart from Windhoek and continue to the Gobabis area for the first overnight on tour.

On arrival, you will set up your tents and then go to the craft area to meet your host San family at the bush-camp. At the craft village, women and men will also teach you about how they make their crafts including bow and arrows and you will be given a chance to make some just as a try, this hands-on experience.

You depart on an afternoon bush walk (weather dependent) with a small clan of Bushmen who will teach and show you their hunting skills such as tracking, stalking, fire making and finding underground water roots.

The bushwalk will be about gathering bush food and other edible plants including the usage of that. It needs sharp eyes and it’s all about technique as to where to look for those plants and this is the opportunity for you to experience some activities with the oldest San people of Kalahari.

At the end of bushwalk, you return to the camp and watch the sun setting over the Kalahari whilst experiencing the San cultural dances, singing, traditional games while watching the sunset. After all the activities dinner will be prepared over an open campfire and spend the evening stargazing at the camp.

  • Meal plan: Lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 2: Uakii San Camp - Guma / Okavango Delta (650 km)

An early start and a quick stop in Ghanzi to collect any last-minute supplies before continuing east and north, traversing the linear dunes of the Kalahari and passing through small towns along the way. A change in vegetation heralds your arrival on the very western edge of one of the natural wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta.

Here you turn north for some way before again pointing your wheels west as you enter the Delta properly. You see your first glimpse of the crystal waters through the lush vegetation and you make your camp on the banks of a pristine African lagoon.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 3: Okavango Delta

Included activity: You are in the territory of the River People, so this morning you leave your vehicle behind and travel in a more appropriate fashion, first by motor-boat and then by traditional Mokoro (dugout canoe), deep into the Delta.

Mokoros will be your main form of transport. These amazing traditional crafts are perfectly designed for the narrow waterways of the Okavango and allow you to travel further into the Delta than if you were using more modern forms of transport.

Mokoros carry three people, two seated passengers and one driver. The driver stands in the rear of the canoe, (a real feat of balance), and uses a long wooden pole to propel and steer the Mokoro through the twisting channels. It really is the only way to travel in this area.

Back to camp in the late afternoon for another night by the Okavango waters.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 4: Okavango Delta - Caprivi, Namibia (345 km)

Back on the road today, destination Namibia. Passport formalities completed you go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a small but excellent park right on the edge of the Okavango River. Game drive your way through Mahango and have the chance to spot rarely seen Namibian species such as roan antelope the majestic sable antelope.

Continue your drive along the Caprivi Strip, Namibia. This strip of land is a long narrow stretch of territory running along Botswana’s northern border. It is a landscape of broadleaf forest with many small communities dotted along the route.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 5: Kwando - Chobe National Park, Kasane, Botswana (230 km) (420 km)

Lizauli Traditional Village is a community tourism product that gives visitors a glimpse of life in a traditional village. Amongst the things they show visitors are how to stamp a millet, how grain used to be stored, the chicken house (stantwe), and transportation that were used.

You can also see how blacksmiths forge metal tools and knives while an assistant operates the hand-made bellows. Visitors also have the opportunity to interact with a traditional healer.

You transit to Namibia’s easternmost town, Katima Mulilo. A short break here before crossing back across the border into Botswana. The road takes you directly into the world-famous Chobe National Park. Chobe has the world’s largest population of African elephants and the chances of seeing some big game are very good as you transit through the park to the small town of Kasane for an overnight on the banks for the Chobe River.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 6: Chobe National Park, Kasane, Botswana

An early hot drink before we head off on a leisurely game drive, exploring the wonders of the Chobe National Park by road. Game drives within the park offer the opportunity to view abundant elephant and other big game species up close, and there is also the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators.

Time to relax over lunch at the camp before joining a riverboat cruise, back into the park. From the boat, you will have the chance to see a huge amount of wild game, both on the river banks and in the waters swirling around you.

Crocodiles and hippos abound in the forbidding Chobe River and on the land side there is often a kaleidoscope of different antelope and species such as elephant, buffalo, and even the Big Cats come to the river banks for their sundowner drink.

The Chobe River provides a very broad habitat for birdlife and it is possible to see many beautiful species of our feathered friends.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 7: Kasane – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (80 km)

The journey today takes you to the Kazangula border, this is the near meeting point of four countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). Upon completion of border formalities, you make the short drive to the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.

This afternoon your guide will help you organize the many optional activities available in Victoria Falls. These include white water rafting, bungee jumping, other excursions on the river and scenic flights to mention but a few.

Dinner will be in a local restaurant at your own expense.

Please note that all extra activities are subject to availability and are done at your own risk and expense.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 8: Victoria Falls - free day

This is a free day for you to explore the area or to take part in optional activities. It’s a wonderful opportunity to relax a bit after your trip. For some of you, this will be your final night and what a fantastic place to enjoy your last evening with your group. Lunch and dinner today, are not included in the price of the trip.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 9: Victoria Falls - Rundu, Namibia (700 km)

You say farewell to all the travelers flying out today.

You have the option to end the tour in Victoria Falls or return to Windhoek (transfer back to Windhoek is available at an extra cost). For those people returning to Windhoek, Namibia it is an early start and a long drive. You are in transit only and will not be stopping to take in the sights along the way. You will traverse the Caprivi Strip and will spend the night near the small town of Rundu in northern Namibia.

You camp on the grounds of a lodge on the banks for the Okavango River, looking into Angola on the far riverbank.

Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the lodge and is included in the price of your transfer.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10: Rundu - Windhoek (800 km) (only for clients returning to Windhoek)

Another early start and another long drive. You head south through Kavango Province, down through the towns of Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo, and Okahandja before reaching your final destination, Windhoek.

There will be stops at some of the local woodcarving stalls as well as the market at Okahandja before arriving in the city. You will be dropped off at your accommodation.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Vehicle

  • 1-4 guests: Toyota Quantum / Landcruiser with a purpose-built trailer.
  • 5-14 guests: Toyota Dyna truck (a modified safari vehicle)

Note

This will be a camping safari with limited participation. Limited participation camping is assisted camping with the participation limited to only helping with the tent. No help needed with any food preparation or other camp duties. You can just sit back, relax and let us take care of you.

Included excursions

  • San Bushman visit
  • Boat cruise
  • Mokoro ride
  • 2 game drives

Location

Starting from Windhoek (Namibia), you will then travel to:

  • Gobabis (Namibia)
  • Okavango Delta (Botswana)
  • Caprivi Strip (Namibia)
  • Chobe National Park (Botswana)
  • Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Food

Meals as outlined in the itinerary are included in the package. Namibia offers a wide variety of local and international dishes and you can be assured that your tastebuds will be well looked after on a Wild Dog safari!

While traveling with Wild Dog Safari on their scheduled tours, typical dishes include tasty stews, spaghetti bolognese, steak, the traditional ‘braai’ (bbq), fresh salads, sandwiches, and hotdogs. Vegetarians will also be catered for with dishes such as lentil and couscous salad, Inca-style stuffed squash, Basmati and wild rice with chickpeas, vegetable kebabs with sweet chili sauce, and more.

You’ll be able to visit some of Namibia's fantastic restaurants before and/or after joining a tour, and some of the trips include a visit to Swakopmund, where you will find a great variety of delicious, local seafood such as lobster, cob and Walvis Bay oysters.

Elsewhere, most restaurants offer a good variety on their a la carte menus, ranging from everyday favorites such as hamburgers and pizza, to some of the best steaks in the world. A popular choice for game steak is oryx, kudu or springbok, and all are highly recommended, especially when washed down with a local beer or some of the fantastic wine that’s imported from South Africa!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • 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)

In Victoria Falls, there are a lot of activities available at an extra cost, such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, other excursions on the river and scenic flights.

What's included

  • All transport
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Tea and coffee in camp
  • All camping equipment
  • Park entrance fees
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Camping or accommodation fees
  • Professional guide
  • Camp assistant (unless differently specified)
  • Pick up from accommodation in Windhoek
  • Drop off in Victoria Falls

What's not included

  • Sleeping bag (can be hired)
  • Pillow
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soft drinks and bottled water
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Transfer cost from Victoria Falls to Windhoek
  • Visa
  • International flights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Transfer from to the airport is available at an extra cost.

Clients will be collected from their guesthouses / hotels in Windhoek.

Airport: Hosea Kutako International Airport Airport transfer available: Hosea Kutako International Airport (US$26 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% 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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