Explore the Okavango Delta in an African mokoro (canoe), enjoy the sights of wildlife in Chobe National Park and soak up the incredible views of Victoria Falls. Over 10 days of adventurous travel from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, this Premium Adventure Tour gives you and your small, guided tour group up close and personal exposure to the wild side of Africa. You’ll explore the Okavango Delta in a mokoro, spot wildlife in Chobe National Park and soak up the incredible views of Victoria Falls. From the majestic landscape of the Okavango Delta to the breathtaking water views of the Victoria Falls, you’ll experience the many sides of Southern Africa during this trip of a lifetime. Transport in an air-conditioned Premium Overland Safari Vehicle (fitted with 12 Ultimate Safari Seats) ensures that you’ll get and experience all his fascinating region has to offer.
9 Night in 2-3* Lodges
£1359 - based on 2 sharing
£210 - Single Supplement
(Okavango Delta Add-on is £819 in Low Season and £975 High Season)
Welcome to Johannesburg, also known as Egoli, or The City of Gold, referring to the gold mining history of this fast-paced city. You may want to book a day or two pre-tour to give you enough time to explore to the fullest. A visit to Gold Reef City, the amusement park and museum built on an old mine shaft will give you the opportunity for a ride on the Shaft of Terror, a vertical-drop roller coaster that is known as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Africa due to its sheer 47-metre drop. For the historically inclined there is the ever-popular Soweto tour or just jump on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to discover Johannesburg at your own pace. The tour officially only starts at 6pm on Day 1 at the arrival hotel. Please make your way to the hotel for the joining meeting, where you will meet your tour leaders and fellow passengers. If you booked a transfer from the airport we will ensure you are taken to the hotel where the tour starts.
The drive is not long today so you will be able to ease into your trip at a nice and slow pace. You will overnight in the Bela Bela area tonight. Formerly known as Warmbaths or Warmbad in Afrikaans. Bela Bela in the local language (Tswana) means the pot that boils, deriving its name from the geothermic hot spring. Buyskop Lodge where we will stay is situated in the beautiful Bushveld and offers various facilities and excellent lodging. Your chalet is situated at a dam where animals such as giraffe, kudu, zebra, impala and bushbuck come to quench their thirst. You might see these animals on one of the hiking trails the lodge offers. There is also a marvellous cold swimming pool in which you can cool off.
Today you cross from South Africa into Botswana on a long drive in your comfortable Premium Overland Safari Vehicle. Overnight is at the Serowe Country Hotel in the town of Serowe. After arrival in the late afternoon, you can just relax next to the pool with a refreshing drink or visit the Khama III Memorial Museum which showcases in detail the history of the influential and often controversial Khama family.
Today you will leave early morning for a long drive north-west across the Botswana interior towards Maun, Botswana’s fifth largest town. 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 the elephant, giraffes, and herds of buffalo or even hippos from the air. If you skip the flight, you’ll have the chance to kick back and relax at the lodge. OPTIONAL EXTRA – Overnight in Okavango Delta (£819 Low Season or £975 High Season) Once you arrive in Maun you will have the option to go on a 2-night fly-in safari into the Okavango Delta. This camp is accessible by light aircraft only, a 20-minute flight from Maun. On arrival, you will be met by your personal guide and welcomed to the island. Your camp for the next 2 nights is situated on the edge of Chief’s Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve.
Today you will experience a new way of travelling – to go into the Okavango Delta with a mokoro, the same way as the local people do. You will be transferred to the ‘’polling’’ station either with a motorized boat or a 4×4 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. Day 5 - OKAVANGO DELTA OPTIONA: ADD-ON Rise early for a nature walk with your own professional guide (a maximum of two guests per guide), returning for a late breakfast. Relax at camp reading a book or cooling down from the midday heat in the fresh waters of the Delta (under the watchful eye of your guide). In the afternoon after the midday heat has dissipated, you will venture out again into nature in search of birds and possibly some wildlife. Should you wish to explore for the whole day, we’ll be happy to pack you a picnic lunch. You will also get a chance to go to the nearby islands in a mokoro, the traditional dug-out canoe that seats two people. Your engine is a human being called a poler. Spend your last night in the heart of the Delta and African bush and fall asleep to the sound of hippos grunting. Early the next morning you will fly back to Maun to meet up with your group again.
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. At this watering hole, you can expect to see animals such as wild dogs, different antelope species and of course elephants that walk through the campsite searching for fresh water. 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. Day 6 - OKAVANGO DELTA OPTIONA: ADD-ON After an early breakfast, you will catch your flight back to Maun where you will meet up with the rest of the group. Set out for Elephant Sands, which is close to the Botswanan village of Nata.
Continue to the small town of Kasane, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park & Chobe River. Relish the views during your included afternoon sunset boat cruise. Seeing animals on the banks of the river while you are sitting in a boat gives a totally unique perspective on the wildlife. Game like elephant, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, hippo, giraffe and sable are commonly seen along the river edge, and it’s a birdwatcher’s paradise during the summer months. (You have an opportunity to go on an optional photo safari at your own expense, however, you would forfeit the included afternoon sunset boat cruise).
You can’t ask for a better way to start your day in search of wild animals on your included game drive in Chobe National Park. Afterwards, cross into Zimbabwe and enjoy a short drive to the magnificent Victoria Falls and its charming little town. This is your home base for the next two nights. The Victoria Falls is not the widest or highest falls but is regarded as the world’s biggest. It produces a breath-taking curtain of falling water as it drops into the gorge below. See why it’s considered among one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
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 book their final evening together aboard a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with game-viewing, beautiful scenery and an open bar.
Today is one final breakfast to mark the end of the tour. If you have booked a transfer you will be picked up at the agreed time and taken to the airport.