9-day Victoria Falls & Okavango Wilderness Trail (Accommodated)

Tour Code 23OWT9A. Small Group Safaris
9 days from
$2'389 USD
USDwas 2515 USD
Plus 620 USD mandatory Safari Pass
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Group Size: Maximum 12. Age Group: 8+

Delight in the wilderness of Botswana on this amazing small group safari


Starting your tour in Victoria Falls, this popular small group accommodated safari includes breathtaking views over the Victoria Falls and highlights such as the Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Close encounters with wildlife; exploring the labyrinth of lagoons of the Okavango in a mokoro; cruising the Chobe and the Zambezi Rivers and Rhino spotting at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

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Day 1. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Highlights. Zambezi Sunset Cruise - Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls.

Today is spent at your leisure (or arrival day). After settling into your accommodation, we join an afternoon sunset river cruise on the Zambezi River hoping to spot animals coming down to the water’s edge to drink. Commonly spotted animals include hippo, elephant, crocodile, various antelope and prolific birdlife. The cruise starts between 3 pm–4 pm, so if you are arriving on this day, please ensure that your flight arrives in plenty of time to enjoy this experience!

Day 2. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Highlights. Victoria Falls National Park. Victoria Falls Town - Activities. Accommodation. Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls.

This morning we visit the mighty Victoria Falls - at over a mile wide and some 100 metres deep, the Falls at high water, form the largest curtain of falling water in the world - with spray visible from 20 kilometres away (hence the local name 'Mosi Oa Tunya', or ‘smoke that thunders’).

The rest of the day is at leisure to join various optional activities available in the area including rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and bridge tours.

Day 3. Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.

After a wonderful stay in Victoria Falls, we travel to the Botswana border and cross into a small town of Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. It's here we join an open 4x4 safari into the national park widely known for its populations of elephants as well lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe and a host of antelope and birdlife. In the later afternoon, we take a cruise on Chobe River for a different perspective as the river attracts the wildlife to its banks.

Day 4. Kasane to Gweta Accommodation. Gweta Lodge, Gweta, Botswana.

Taking the southern route through Botswana, we may encounter elephants or buffalo alongside the road as they migrate to greener pastures. After a brief stop in the small settlement of Nata, we turn west to Gweta, the gateway to the Makgadikgadi Pans - a huge salt flat and one of the largest in the world. As an optional activity, explore the salt pans in an open 4x4 safari vehicle or join in on optional Baobab Forest tour - to see the impressive Chapman's Baobab.

Day 5. Gweta to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Delta Rain Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

This morning we join a guided walk through a local Tswana village to gain insight into the day to day life in the community. Visit a school, traditional rondavels and mingle with the locals to learn some of their traditional ways - really a unique experience. It's then off to Maun, the tourism capital of Botswana. Options here include a variety of scenic flights. Alternatively, relax with a cool beverage around the pool and pack for the Delta excursion for the following day.

Day 6. Maun to Okavango Delta Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.

Overnight bag packed, we board our open 4x4 transfer vehicle and make our way to the 'mokoro' station. Here we are introduced to the local Tswana ‘polers’, our guides for the excursion and we board our mokoros. We travel by water amongst giant lily pads, swaying grasses and labyrinthine channels to our tented camp on the edge of the Okavango. In the afternoon venture on a guided walk in search of the prolific wildlife and learn about traditional medicines. Once the sun sets, it’s time to get cosy around an open fire under the blanket of stars for an unforgettable wilderness experience

Day 7. Okavango Delta to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Delta Rain Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

Rising early, we explore the wilderness and its fresh tracks on foot on our final nature walk. Returning to camp, we pack up after a delicious breakfast and return to our 4x4 transfer vehicle, bidding our polers farewell. Back in Maun, the afternoon offers the opportunity to join the guide for a trip into town for a little shopping. Another popular activity here is an optional scenic flight over the ‘Delta’ for a bird’s eye view - not to be missed!

Day 8. Maun to Khama Rhino Sanctuary Highlights. Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana. Accommodation. Stevensford Game Reserve.

Leaving Maun behind, we skirt the greater Kalahari Desert, past villages to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This community-based wildlife project, established in 1992, was formed to assist in saving the vanishing rhinos. Covering approximately 8585 hectares of Kalahari Sandveld, this sanctuary provides prime habitat for white and black rhino as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 species of birds, which we eagerly search for on an afternoon game drive.

Our last night on safari is spent at the Stevensford Game Reserve in quaint cottages in the reserve.

Day 9. Stevensford Game Reserve to Pretoria, South Africa

Boarding our vehicle one last time, we make our way to the South African border, completing formalities. Once across, we drive south to the city of Pretoria where our tour ends on arrival.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Shearwater Explorers Village

The Shearwater Explorers Village is located 400m from the thundering Victoria Falls and 100m from the epicenter of the Vic Falls town. Comprising of 42 private rooms, the village represents budget accommodation at its finest. Facilities include: Bar, Swimming pool and a spa for those relaxation moments.

Twin Room Ensuite bathroom Dining and chill area Pool area

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Court Classique Suite Hotel

Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.

Entrance view of the Curt Classique Hotel Double en-suite room Restaurant Pool area Kipepeo Spa

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Twin share rooms with en-suite facilities (7 nights), Twin share pre-erected tent with en-suite facilities(1 night)

All tour highlights
Park fees
Road tolls and taxes
Meals as indicated
Cooking equipment
Services of driver/ tour leader

Included Highlights:
Victoria Falls Visit
Victoria Falls Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Chobe National Park, Fish Eagle (Sunset) Boat Cruise
Chobe National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
Gweta Village Walk
Okavango Delta Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Items of a personal nature
Meals not indicated
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Safari Pass

Each small group tour, Short Safari & Trek, Short Break and City Stay has a Safari Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

620 USD

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

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