Okavango Delta, Chobe & Victoria Falls

16

Days

For this tour you will need to book your international flights to arrive in Johannesburg and depart from Johannesburg

Your tour highlights:


  • Pretoria

  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

  • Okavango Delta - Moremi & Savuti

  • Chobe National Park

  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

  • Victoria Falls

  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary

  • Marakele National Park

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 1 Night - Johannesburg

  • 1 Night - Martin’s Drift

  • 1 Night - Nata

  • 4 Nights - Okavango - Moremi & Savuti

  • 2 Nights - Kasane

  • 2 Nights - Victoria Falls

  • 1 Night - Serowe

  • 2 Nights - Marakele National Park

Included:


  • Meet & Greet and assistance on arrival at airport

  • Travel Documents:

                       Working itinerary

                       Vouchers

                       Maps

                       Travel directions

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations / 4X4 Camp: 14 Nights

  • 19 Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 6 Dinners

  • Conservation fees as per itinerary

  • Vehicle Hire:

                       Contract Fees

                       Unlimited Milage

                       Maximum insurance cover

                       1 x Delivery fee

                       Cross border permit

  • Guided Pretoria city tour

  • Nata:

                       Open vehicle safari to

                       Makgadikgadi Pans

  • Okavango Delta:

                       Game viewing activities

  • Chobe:

                       Early morning open vehicle safari

                       Sunset cruise on the Chobe River

  • Victoria Falls:

                        Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

Day 1:


Depart for South Africa on an overnight flight to arrive the next morning. If this is not convenient or you can get a better deal, if you book an earlier flight, then please let us know and we will plan accordingly.


Day 2:


Morning arrival in South Africa. Our representative / guide will be at the airport to meet you and hand over your travel documents (vouchers). From here we depart on a short city tour of Pretoria one of South Africa’s 3 capital cities that was previously the capital of the Old Transvaal Republic. Pretoria is also known as the Jacaranda Capital as there are over 55 000 Jacaranda trees lining the streets. Even though these exotic trees originate from Argentina it is still a spectacular sight to behold when the purple flowers are in full bloom during the months of October and November. The city tour includes a stop at the Union Buildings, where there is a magnificent 9 meter tall bronze plated statue of Mr. Nelson Mandela, as it was here where his body lay in state for three days after his death on 5 December 2013. We then drive via the city centre to Church Square and Paul Kruger House, where this modest man lived whilst serving as President of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (South African Republic), also known as the Transvaal Republic. We then stop at the impressive and symbolic Voortrekker Monument with its inner walls lined with murals that depict the story of the “Voortrekkers” pioneers and their Great Trek. The monument is surrounded by beautiful indigenous gardens and nature reserve. You can also get a bite to eat at the monument café. Afternoon check-in at a charming lodge found on the East Rand. Dinner will be served at the lodge.


Accommodation:  Kempton Park - Johannesburg

Meals:  Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Guided Pretoria city tour


Day 3:


Your hired vehicle will be delivered to the lodge. After breakfast and the collection of your vehicle you drive northwest through the province of Limpopo and the Groblersbrug / Martin’s Drift border post to your camp situated on the banks of the great grey green greasy Limpopo River, which forms the border between South Africa and Botswana.


Accommodation:  Martin’s Drift

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 4:


Travel via the towns of Palapye, Serule and Francistown to Nata, the gateway to Botswana’s rich natural beauty. A picnic lunch can be enjoyed en-route. After an early afternoon check-in at your lodge you depart on a guided open vehicle safari into the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary known for its plentiful birdlife and Sowa (Sua) Pan which is one of the largest salt pans in the world stretching 252 km² (97 m²). Dinner will be served at the lodges’ restaurant under the stars and the cover of a huge acacia tree. Overnight near the village of Nata.


Accommodation:  Nata

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Afternoon open vehicle safari into the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park


Day 5, 6, 7 & 8:


You have the next few days for some serious "4 x 4 ing" through Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti, the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. The Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park are home to some of the greatest wildlife displays in Africa. The Savuti is known for its mysterious vanishing river, the Savuti channel and is home to nearly 500 species of bird from water birds to forest dwellers, as well as animals such as lions, hyenas, Cape buffalo, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, jackal, impala, red lechwe and African wild dog. The vast remoteness of this region, its magnificent beauty and unpolluted environment, as well as the natural silence and the spectacular night sky where you find stars so bright that you feel you can reach out and touch them, makes for a truly revitalizing and soul searching experience.


Accommodation:  Moremi & Savuti

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch (Day 6, 7 & 8) & Dinner


Included Activities:


  • Various game viewing activities


Day 9:


Depart after breakfast for the town of Kasane which overlooks the Chobe River and a stretch of land in Namibia known as the Caprivi Strip. This area is recognized for its large herds of elephant and Cape buffalo, as well as its prolific birdlife and the abundance of game such as hippo, crocodile, sable antelope, red lechwe and puku antelope. Lunch can be had en-route. Arrive late afternoon at your destination, which will still give you some time at leisure to relax or just take it easy by the pool. Overnight on the fringe of the Chobe National Park.


Accommodation:  Kasane

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 10:


Discover the Chobe National Park and “Big 4” animal country on an early morning open vehicle safari. Return for breakfast where you then have the rest of the day to relax at the lodge, with its beautiful setting along the Chobe River or join an optional excursion. This afternoon you head back into the Chobe National Park on a sunset river cruise which will allow you the possibility to get “up close and personal” with an array of animals and birds. Overnight in Kasane - Botswana.


Accommodation:  Kasane

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Included Activities:


  • Early morning open vehicle safari into the Chobe National Park

  • Sunset cruise on the Chobe River


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Tiger fishing on the Chobe River

  • Visit a cultural village in Namibia


Day 11 & 12:


After breakfast and a leisurely morning you cross the border at Kazungula into Zimbabwe. Check-in at your lodge where you can then enjoy lunch, before you join a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Beverages and snacks are included on this excursion. This experience will undoubtedly be one of your highlights on this tour, as there are not many better ways to reflect on how good life can be than to be floating along the mighty Zambezi River, watching the sun set over Africa, whilst sipping a refreshing drink. The next day after breakfast you get to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls. The falls is one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”, it was named after Queen Victoria by Dr David Livingstone, who was the first European to view the falls on 16 November 1855. This powerful cascade of water, which stretches a mile wide and flows thunderously into a 360 feet deep gorge, is known to the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “The Smoke that Thunders”. The rest of the day is yours to explore the town of Victoria Falls with its numerous open air art & craft markets, galleries and shops selling detailed wood carvings, artistic local stone sculptures, beaded jewellery and authentic pieces of African art, or you could consider joining one or more of our recommended optional excursions. Both evenings in Victoria Falls are at leisure and dinners can be enjoyed at your lodge’s restaurant or at a restaurant of your choice found in or near town.


Accommodation:  Victoria Falls

Meals:  Breakfast


Included Activity:


  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Elephant back safari

  • Walking with the lions

  • “Flight of Angels” - a helicopter safari and flight over the Victoria Falls


Day 13:


This day involves a day of travel. Depart early after breakfast and drive back through Botswana towards South Africa via the towns of Nata, Francistown and Serowe. Overnight near the village of Serowe found near the Khama Rhino Sanctuary or stay within the reserve (depending on availability of accommodation).


Accommodation:  Serowe

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 14 & 15:


This morning, before departing for South Africa you could take an early morning drive around the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. A reserve established in 1992 to protect Botswana’s dwindling rhinoceros population. This 8585 hectare (21 000 acre) reserve is found in south eastern Botswana within the Kalahari Sandveld vegetation biome, providing prime habitat for both the black and white rhino, as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 bird species. From here you continue your travels back to South Africa where you once again cross the border at the Martin’s Drift / Groblersburg border post. Drive to Marakele National Park via the towns of Lephalale and Thabazimbi meaning “The mountain of iron”. Marakele National Park is found in the heart of the malaria free Waterberg Biosphere a proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. This reserve with its vast savannah plains and soaring mountains has become a place of sanctuary to an impressive variety of wildlife. Lunch can be had along the way. Food supplies, etc, can also be purchased en-route as you would need to do all your own cooking at your comfortable self-catering tented chalet located in a picturesque spot within the park on the banks of a large reservoir. This waterhole is frequented by an abundance of wildlife throughout the hot African days and cool nights.


Accommodation:  Marakele National Park

Meals:  None


Day 16:


Enjoy a relaxing morning in the park, before driving back to Johannesburg the commercial hub of South Africa. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rental agency at O R Tambo International Airport. There will be time for some last minute shopping before your departure. Catch your flight home.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  None