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13 days

Botswana & Victoria Falls

Go on safari at one of the world’s best safari destinations. Stay at a tent camp in the Okavango Delta, see the elephants of Chobe, and shower off that travel dust at the mighty Victoria Falls.

Botswana & Victoria Falls Botswana & Victoria Falls
13 days

Botswana & Victoria Falls

Go on safari at one of the world’s best safari destinations. Stay at a tent camp in the Okavango Delta, see the elephants of Chobe, and shower off that travel dust at the mighty Victoria Falls.

Why choose this tour

  • You get to enjoy a wonderful combination of rustic, authentic camping safari and lovely four-star lodges.
  • Phenomenal safari experiences await you in the world’s largest inland delta
  • You will experience Chobe National Park’s huge elephant herds and go on boat trips on the Chobe River
  • Let Victoria Falls wash the safari dust off you!

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations

The tour in short

Who hasn’t watched a BBC programme about the Okavango Delta? Who doesn’t know the story of Dr Livingstone, who “discovered” and named Victoria Falls, and who doesn’t want to see herds of thousands of elephants?

This tour has it all!

Botswana has the reputation of being one of the world’s best safari countries – not to mention prohibitively expensive unless you sleep in tents and drive long distances every day. Fortunately, it isn’t necessarily so. We’ve put together an affordable tour where you get to experience why the country has its well-deserved reputation as a phenomenal safari island – without spending 10 nights in a tent.

You get right up close to the wildlife and nature on a proper camping safari in the mighty Okavango Delta. You will sleep in a tent with your own (bush) toilet and shower and be able to hear the elephants, the lions and the impala through the canvas. You will go on game drives in an area where driving after sunset is permitted as is driving off-road up to a point. You get right up close!

In Chobe, you will stay at a lovely lodge overlooking the wide Chobe River. You will go on game drives and boat trips and enjoy the sight of the large herds of elephants and the enormous crocodiles.

You round off your tour at yet another wonderful lodge at the fabulous Victoria Falls, where you can simply enjoy the sight of the falls on your own or purchase one of our many exciting excursions.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flight from the UK to Maun, Botswana including transfer
  • Local English-speaking guide/driver
  • 2 nights in Maun, including breakfast
  • 3-day camping safari to the Okavango Delta, including two nights at a tent camp, all transport, guide, all meals and all national park fees
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Maun
  • Flight from Maun to Kasane
  • Transport from the airport in Kasane to Chobe National Park
  • 3 nights at Chobe National Park in Botswana including breakfast and dinner
  • Boat trip on the Chobe river
  • Game drive in Chobe National Park
  • Transport from Chobe National Park to Livingstone, Zambia including border crossing
  • 3 nights in Livingstone by Victoria Falls, including breakfast
  • Flight from Livingstone to the UK including transfer
  • Option of extending the tour to include a beach holiday in Mauritius or a city break in Cape Town.
  • ATOL certificate
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead with at least 2 people travelling
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from the UK

Today is departure day, and you will be flying to Botswana with connecting flight(s) on the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Maun, Botswana

On your arrival in Maun, you will be picked up from the airport and driven to your hotel. You will spend one night in Maun before your delta experiences begin. The rest of the day is your own to relax after the journey.

Day 3: Maun – The Okavango Delta

You set off from the hotel in the morning and head to the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. From Maun, you drive to Moremi Game Reserve – a trip of around 100 km. En route, you can enjoy the sight of local villages, mopane trees and perhaps even the first wild animals. Neither national parks nor game reserves in Botswana are fenced in, so in the dry season the elephants can easily find their way into the villages in their hunt for water.

Today’s destination is the Khwai area. To get there, you drive through the famous safari area, Moremi Game Reserve. The landscapes in this part of the delta are very varied. From tall mopane trees and dense bush to flat areas that are sometimes flooded with water and at other times dry plains with ghostly, dead trees, and to rivers which are home to hundreds of hippos.

You stay overnight in the Khwai area, which borders Moremi and is an extension of Moremi, landscape-wise. Unlike Moremi, Khwai is not an actual game reserve, which means that there are different rules that apply to safari. In Khwai, for example, safari is allowed after dark, giving you the possibility of seeing nocturnal animals. You are also allowed to drive a little off-road, taking you closer to the animals. Naturally, the animals don’t know that they are in a concession area, and as the landscape is the same as in Moremi, there is as much wildlife here as in Moremi – if not more.

Tonight, you will stay at a tent camp in the midst of the wilderness. You arrive at the camp, which is ready and waiting for you with tents, mess tent and a camp fire – and a crew that is busy making dinner for you. Lanterns make the camp really cosy, but they don’t pollute the sky with artificial light, so sit yourself down by the fire, grab a cold drink and tilt your head back. The starry sky is phenomenal!

Day 4: Experiences in the Okavango Delta

You will be woken early – before the sun rises. You have no doubt have been awake a few times in the night due to the animal sounds around you. The sounds are most likely impalas grunting at each other. The sound of elephants trumpeting is not unusual, and if you listen carefully, you might be hear a lion’s deep call. You are completely safe in your tent and, knowing that, the feeling of lying in the African wilderness and knowing that you are sleeping where the animals live is quite indescribable.

In the chilly morning air, hot water is poured into a small basin outside your tent, so you can wash your face before breakfast. Tea, coffee, juice, muesli, toast – and maybe a muffin – await you, so you can fill up for the morning’s game drive. As soon as the sun rises, you head off on the first game drive of the day. What this morning has in store for you is impossible to say! We’re guessing elephants, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, hippos, lions, impalas, waterbucks – and if you’re lucky – perhaps a leopard, a wild dog or a herd of sable antelopes. Along the way, there’ll be time for a cup of morning coffee and a sweet snack.

At around lunchtime, you head back to the camp, where the crew has lunch ready for you. Going on safari makes you tired and hungry. The excitement, the fresh air and the early start will probably make you feel like taking a nap. Fortunately, there’s time for that, and when you’re ready, just ask the staff to prepare a shower for you. They’ll heat up a large bucket of water and get your “bucket shower” ready, so you can rinse the dust off you.

After a shower and a cup of coffee, it’s time for the day’s second game drive. Perhaps the guide has heard tell of a leopard somewhere, perhaps you’ll be checking if the lions are still where they were this morning – or perhaps you’ll be heading out to see the elephants that are standing in the river and drinking some of the 200 litres of water they drink a day.

The sunsets of the Okavango Delta are quite indescribable. Half-dead trees reflected in the water, silhouetted elephants and a sky that turns completely purple and pink and takes most people’s breath away.

When the sun goes down and the temperature drops, the nocturnal animals come out. Shining a special lamp out into the night sky, the guide looks for eyes glowing in the darkness. Again, no one knows what to expect. Perhaps lions and hyenas hunting, perhaps a chameleon, and probably quite a few hares. You just have to keep looking.

Back at the camp, another lovely dinner awaits before you can retire to your tent.

Day 5: The Okavango Delta – Maun

Another early morning wake-up before the sun rises. The procedure is the same as yesterday, but today you will just have to pack your things together, as you’ll be driving back to Maun after the morning game drive. Don’t worry about the tent – the staff will take it down once you’ve left. All you have to do is to look forward to yet another exciting safari!

Back in Maun, a fabulous hotel awaits, where you will enjoy the last night – and probably already miss the sounds of the bush.

Day 6: Maun – Kasane, Chobe National Park

In good time before your flight departs, you will be driven to the airport from which you will fly to Kasane. On your arrival in Kasane, you will be picked up from the airport and driven to the hotel where you will be staying for the next three nights. Kasane is a small town, so the drive only takes 10 minutes – unless there’s an elephant blocking the road! It’s not uncommon in Kasane… A stone’s throw from the town, you will find the entrance to Chobe National Park, which is a veritable mecca for elephants. More than 120,000 elephants are believed to live in Chobe, so it’s little wonder that they sometimes stray into the town! The rest of the day is yours to do whatever you please – we’re guessing you’ll spend a fair bit of time just looking out at the river and the abundant wildlife found here.

Day 7: Chobe National Park

Today, you will experience the national park. The day features a relaxing boat ride on the river, offering every opportunity to get up close to hippos, in addition to a completely traditional game drive on land.

Sustainable tourism is a focus area of the Botswanan government, so you will experience unspoiled, exciting nature with fantastic and abundant wildlife. In Chobe National Park, you are in with a chance of seeing buffaloes, elephants, lions, cheetahs and leopards. Keep an eye out for the incredible bird life on this tour as well – including Botswana’s gorgeous national bird, the lilac-breasted roller.

In the evening, you are back at the lodge, where dinner awaits you.

Day 8: Chobe National Park

Today is yours to do as you please. Perhaps you would simply like to relax by the pool and enjoy the view of the river? It is also possible to buy optional excursions to the national park, both from home and at the lodge.

Day 9: Chobe National Park – Victoria Falls

You will be picked up from the hotel and set off on the drive to Zambia, a drive of around 4–5 hours, depending on the waiting time at the border crossing in Kazungula. Kazungula is a small village located right on the banks of the Zambezi River where no fewer than four different countries meet: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. You will head from Botswana into Zambia, and a local ferry will take you across the river. You have to go through the immigration office yourself and into Zambia, but naturally the guide is with you all the way.

You will be driven all the way to your hotel in Livingstone in Zambia, where you will spend three nights on the banks of the Zambezi.

Days 10-11: Experiences at Victoria Falls

The days at Victoria Falls are spent at your leisure. However, we recommend that you book a couple of excursions from home as they are extremely popular, and in some places there are limits to the number of participants on the tours.

It goes without saying that a walk around the waterfalls is a must. We particularly recommend the walk on Knife Edge Bridge from which you get a unique view of the waterfalls. During the rainy season (around November–April), you should be prepared to get pretty much soaked through on the walk. But the air temperature is warm, so it’s actually fun to feel the forces of nature at such close quarters!

There is a lot to see and do. The area is a veritable activity mecca offering a wealth of experiences.

Day 12: Departure day

The time has come to say goodbye to Africa – unless, that is, you have chosen to extend the tour to include a city break in Cape Town or perhaps a beach holiday in Mauritius?

On your departure, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport, from which the journey home – or the ongoing journey – continues.

Day 13: Arrival back home

You arrive in the UK after a wonderful holiday.

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Cape Town, 4 nights

Cape Town has an impressive location at the foot of Table Mountain and a beautiful waterfront out to the Atlantic. Trendy cafes and restaurants, combined with a relaxed atmosphere, markets and exciting attractions make Cape Town a fascinating city where shopping, relaxation and excursions which can all be found and combined.

The days in Cape Town are at your own leisure.

The stay includes breakfast.

Mauritius for adults, 5 nights

The tropical island of Mauritius is one of the most exclusive and fascinating islands in the Indian Ocean. With its delightful climate and friendly population, this little slice of paradise is the perfect setting for an exotic holiday. The island is typically associated with relaxation and romance, but it is also ideal for everyone who loves gastronomic treats, water sports and beautiful countryside. Mauritius is ringed with beautiful beaches lined with swaying palm trees, crystal clear water and brightly coloured coral reefs. The landscape features lush forests, fields of sugar cane, tall mountains, roaring waterfalls and dramatic stretches of coast dotted with small lagoons. The capital, Port Louis, is home to a variety of fine shops and fascinating museums.

The days on Mauritius are yours to do with as you wish.

The stay includes half board.

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