OKAVANGO To VICTORIA FALLS 20 Days Trip

  • Destination: Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Savute, Victoria Falls
  • Duration: 20 days
  • Price: $4500
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Okavango to Victoria Falls 20 Days

Overview

Okavango (Can also start in Gaborone/Windhoek) to Victoria Falls is a journey that takes you through Africa’s prestine wilderness areas and Africa’s largest wetland area, the Okavango Delta. The Okavango delta features the ancient Mokolo trips across the Okavango Delta. The Central Kalahari is a spectacle of attraction with the bushmen culture still intact. You will stay in bushman huts, interact with them, learn their culture among other hidden secrets that have kept them all this long. Your journey proceeds to Chobe through Maun.

Trip Highlights

  • Bushman walks and interaction
  • Accommodation in Bushman huts.
  • Scenic flights over delta (optional)
  • Okavango Delta
  • Moremi Crossing in Mokolo
  • Makgadikgadi Pan
  • Chobe Game Drive & Cruises
  • Tour of Victoria Falls

 

INCLUDED

             Breakfast

Meals

Traditional Dance (Bushman) Basarwa

Bushman Walk

Bushman Huts

Okavango Delta

Entrance fees into the Pen

Boat Cruise

Morning Game Drive

Afternoon Game Drive

Entrance fees into the Victoria Falls

Transfer to the Airport

Water

Sleeping bag

Mattress

 

 

EXCLUDED

                   Zimbabwe Visa $30 per/person can easily be obtained from the Border

Items of personal nature

Insurance

Gratuities

Optional Activities & related park Fees

 

Day 1

 

                                                                                                             Airport transfer to the Hotel and City Tour

GABORONE is the commercial and administrative Capital of Botswana is situated close to the South African Border in the South east of the country .the site where Gaborone now stands was selected in 1966, soon after Independence to serve as the focal point for an emerging Nation, with the discovery of the Diamonds at Jwaneng and Orapa soon after the city rapidly it came the major centre for the development of Government commerce and industry which continued to the present day ,all the advantages of creating a new Capital city a today reflected in the modern sky line which features exceptional architecture modern facilities such as Hotels and Shopping Malls have kept pace with development Gaborone is not only a major financial  centre serving as the fastest growing and strongest economies in Africa but it is also the administrative capital of Botswana

Trip Highlight; City Tour( included )
Accommodation: Cresta Lodge
Meals Excluded: Dinner(Restaurant)
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Day 2 GABORONE –  GHANZI CENTRAL KALAHARI

 

Departure from Gaborone in the morning  and drive via Kanye to Ghanzi

 

Ghanzi is also known as ‘The capital of the Kalahari’ and is situated amongst a flat and featureless terrain, with bushes, thorn trees and grasslands coming alive in the rainy season.it has an altitude od about 900m above the sea level, It is some 200km to the Namibia border post to the east or 300km to Maun to the west. The tarred roads are excellent and Ghanzi is served by its own airfield. Ghanzi is also a stopover point for travellers en-route to the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Employment in Ghanzi centres around cattle farming that supplies the Botswana Meat Commission with most of the required beef produce. There are also several RAD (Remote Area Development) settlements in the area, providing basic social services like schools and health facilities.

Bushmen (Basarwa) once dominated the region. Their survival strategies had been perfected over the centuries for living in such an inhospitable environment. They were joined later by the Bakgalagadi and gradually left to live in the Kalahari villages such as Ncojane, Matsheng and Kang.

After the Bushmen, it was the turn of Hottentots to settle in the Ghanzi area, tending large herds of cattle. In 1874, the first white settlers arrived, led by Hendrik van Zyl, a flamboyant character whose legend lives on in Ghanzi, as does the remains of his once magnificent house. Boer trekkers followed in the late 1890’s, lured by attractive business propositions. It turned out that the farm leases had been fraudulently acquired from Tawana Chief Moremi in Maun by Cecil Rhodes’ ‘legal

 

Trip Highlight;Bushman Walk,Bushman Traditional Dance Around Camp Fire
Accommodation: Typical Bushman Huts Trail Blazer Lodge
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner(Restaurant)
Distance Covered: 500km
Approximate Driving :Half Day

 

*Note that you can choice either to sleep in the Lodge or Bushman Huts upon arriving at Trail Blazer

 

 

Day 3:  Ghanzi  Central Kalahari – Maun

 

In the morning before our Breakfast we have a Nature Walk 1hr 30mins with the Bush( Basarwa) Into the interior of the  Central Kalahari ,Basarwa Bushman will point out to you different plants with eg  different medicinal properties ,succulent plants and some fruits trees which they eat ,After our breakfast will drive  to Maun ,on this day will internet friends and relatives  that we a still fit and sound above all about our African experiences . In the afternoon there is sufficient time available  to do Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (OPTIONAL) We a also going to do our shopping for the Delta.

Trip Highlight;Scenic Flightover the Delta ( OPTIONAL)
Accommodation: Camping Sedia Lodge
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: 300km
Approximate Driving :4Hrs

 

Day  4/5 Maun to Okavango Delta

 

After our morning Breakfast we get into 4 x 4 vehicles for 1hrs 30mins  drive heading to the Delta with our Tents and our supplies for two nights and three days .In the Delta its very Natural they a no standard bath room of which you a not going to shower .your local Guides will show you very safe places where you can swim. When we arrive at the Pole stations the Polers a going to load our Camping material into the Dag out Canoe they a very experienced.  The Okavango Delta is one of the largest inland deltas in the world, made up of an intricately woven network of crystal clear channels and lagoons lined with papyrus reeds and palm fringed islands. It is a unique wetland that not only supports and sustains a huge diversity of wildlife, providing excellent game viewing throughout the year, but it is beautiful and awe inspiring in itself .Whilst the emphasis of a Botswana safari is often on large mammals, of which there is a prolific amount in the Okavango, there are many other specialized  animals and birds to be enjoyed. The islands and lagoons of the delta are a haven for birds and aquatic life – as many as 580 bird species have been recorded in Botswana and more than 80 fish species identified in the Okavango.It is the sense of wilderness, of a pristine ecosystem, that you will remember from your Okavango Delta safari .We a going to Canoe for about 2hrs before we get to our Camping site ,after the coolest hours of the day will do a walk in the interior of the Moremi Game Reserve with our local Guides .Moremi Game Reserve is concentrated with lots of big and small game  Elephants, Buffalos, Lions, Hippopotamus ,Zebras ,Kudu  and ,Impalas,

Trip Highlight;Okavango Delta,Moremi Crossing with Mokoro
Accommodation: Isolated Camp in the Delta
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: 60km
Approximate Driving :2Hrs

 

Day:6 Okavango  Delta to Maun

 

 We leave in the morning from Okavango Delta to Maun, sleep over there…time to recap all experiences and a lot more info from the guide on general information about Botswana and other day forth coming excursions

Trip Highlight;
Accommodation: Camping Sedia Lodge
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: 60km
Approximate Driving :2Hrs.

 

DAY 7&8 Maun to Savuti Game Reserve

 

 

 

The Savuti National Park in Botswana has particularly strong populations of predators and an annual zebra migration, and is the scene for many well-known documentaries and is a prime safari destination in southern Africa.

This famous western corner of Chobe is one of Botswana’s best-known wildlife areas. Savuti covers almost 5,000 square kilometres and includes the Savute Marsh and Channel, the Mababe Depression and Magwikhwe Sand Ridge – each feature fashioned by the tectonic instability of the region.

It’s hard to imagine this area was once at the bottom of an inland sea until one takes a longer look at the desolate landscape. On drying up the lake left the Okavango Delta, the Mababe Depression, Lake Xau, Lake Ngami, Nxai Pan and the Makgadikgadi Pans. The Magwikhwe sand ridge in the north represents the ancient shorelines while the road from Maun to Savute follows the edge of the Mababe Depression of which the deepest part is the Savute Marsh. The dead trees on the marsh are the result of the last flooding (the only part to have filled up in recent history), and the drying up of the Savute Channel.

This recent picture shows water just outside Savuti Camp. This is unusual as the channel has been dry since 1985!

The Savute Channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of rainy seasons and floods elsewhere. The dead trees tell a story of a non-flowing period when the Camelthorn trees (acacia erioloba) had enough time to reach full height. This was followed by a period of flooding and the trees drowned. A possible explanation for the erratic flowing could be tectonic movements which as the area is an extension of the Rift Valley, is perfectably acceptable.

A pride of lions hunting buffalo on the Savuti plains

The lion and hyena and zebra migrations are synonymous with Savute but the area also hosts an excellent diversity of other predators and plains game species. Its pans and waterholes in the dry season sustain a large population of bull elephants.

The scorching sand let off waves of hot air and the animals gather in clumps under any available shade even that cast by a dead tree, to escape the heat. The area forms a sharp contrast to the Chobe river-front giving a wild life experience in sharp contrast to one another and providing a good reason to combine both areas with any visit to Botswana.

Trip Highlight;
Accommodation:Savuti Camp
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: 200km
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DAY 9 SAVUTI to MAUN

 

We leave in the morning from Savuti to Maun, sleep over there…time to recap all experiences and a lot more info from the guide on general information about Botswana and other day forth coming excursions

 

Trip Highlight;
Accommodation: Camping Sedia Lodge
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: km
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DAY 10 Maun to Rhino Khama Sanctuary

 

The Khama Rhino Sanctuary (KRS) is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhinoceros, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources.
Covering approximately, 8585 hectares of Kalahari Sandveld, the sanctuary provides prime habitat for white and black rhino as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 species of birds.

 

Trip Highlight;Rhino Tracking,Game Drive ( Optional )
Accommodation charlet
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: 500km
Entre fee included

*Note that they a two  optional activities which can be done ,I would recommend the Rhino Tracking its very exciting although it has age limit ,16 years and above can do it .not any one below 16 years

Day 11 Rhino Khama  – Nata

 

 

After breakfast we  drive  through  Serowe passing through Francetown. After arrival you will have time to relax. In the afternoon with our 4 x 4 will drive to the nearby pan area for a nature drive and capture our African sunset

Trip Highlight;Makgadikgadi Pan,
Accommodation: Camping
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: 300km
Approximate Driving :4Hrs

 

Day 12: Nata – Kasane

 

 

After breakfast the tour will proceed northwards through the Sibuyu Forest Reserve, the Kazuma Forest Reserve and the Kasane Forest Reserve Extension to Kasane. After our  lunch at an agreed time around 15:30pm   will go on a Game Boat Cruise in  Chobe National Park.

Trip Highlight;
Accommodation: Camping
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: 300km
Approximate Driving :4Hrs

 

Day 13 Kasane

 

 

Early morning start after a light Breakfast of only Coffee and Rucks will start a morning Game Drive for 3hrs back to the Camp ,another Safari after the coolest hours of the day for 3 hrs again.

Chobe National Park is located in the Northern  Region  of Botswana .is an out standing  wildlife wilderness area ,which is 11000sqin size and offers enormous wildlife diversity. The Chobe is watered principally by Chobe and  Savuti  Rivers ,attracting huge concentrations of game particularly Elephants and Lions in some of the highest densities in Africa.

 

Trip Highlight;Chobe FullDay Game Drive
Accommodation: Camping
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Day 14 Kasane  to   Hwange National Park
In the morning leave we Kasane and head for the worlds famous Hwange National Park – Zimbabwe’s largest and best known game reserve, which is home to 400 bird species and 105 species of mammals including the ‘Big Five’. Once the royal hunting grounds to the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi, Hwange was set aside as a National Park in 1929. The park covers an area of over 14,600 sq km and is particularly known for it’s elephant populations and its concentrated with lots of animal species and amazing Bird life. Overnight in the Park  Campsite , Main Camp

 

Zimbabwe officially  the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between theZambezi and Limpopo rivers. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. The capital and largest city is Harare.

What is now Zimbabwe was historically the site of many prominent kingdoms and empires, as well as a major route for migration and trade. The present territory was first demarcated by Cecil Rhodes‘ British South Africa Company during the 1890s, becoming theself-governing colony of Southern Rhodesia in 1923. In 1965 the conservative white minority government unilaterally declared independence as Rhodesia. The unrecognized state endured international isolation and a 15-year civil war between the government and black nationalist forces; this culminated in a peace agreement that established universal enfranchisement and de sovereignty in April 1980.

An ethnically diverse country of roughly 13 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages,[3] with EnglishShona and Ndebele being most common. President Robert Mugabe is head of state and government, and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Renowned as a champion for the anti-colonial cause,[11] Mugabe is also viewed as authoritarian[12][13] responsible for Zimbabwe’s problematic human rights record[14] and substantial economic decline.[15] He has held power since 1980: as head of government until 1987, and head of both state and government since then.[11

 

 

Trip Highlights:

Night Game Drive
Accommodation:   Main Camping inside the Park
Meals Included:   Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner,
Distance Covered: 300kms
Approximate Driving Time:

 
Day 15 Main Camp – Ngweshla Camp ( Hwange National Park )

 

Today in the Morning we start with a very exciting excursion A nature Walk in the Park with a Professional Ranger  Will also have an opportunity  to visit the Hwange Wild Dog project. Here we see the efforts made to rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned wild-dogs. This is extremely valuable work on a species thought to number a mere 3000 remaining individuals in all of Africa.

Trip Highlights: Nature Game Walk, Painted WildDog Research,Game Drive
Accommodation:  Ngweshla Isolated camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner
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DAY16  Ngweshla  Camp (National Park)

 

Ngweshla Camp is a very unique wilderness area found in the interior of the Hwange National Park and is concentrated with lots of Wildlife

 Trip Highlights: Fullday Game Drive
Accommodation: Ngweshla Isolated camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner
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Day 17 Ngweshla Camp To Kwa-MPISI Village

 

This day mark the true sense of being in Africa ,will sleep in this typical African village Hut ( Rondavals) of the Ndebele Clan which is a direct offshoot  of Zulu ,you will meet self styled Village man called MPISI who is going to tell us everything about African Culture ,social and economical structure ,A Herbalist by profession


Trip Highlights:

Intertainment Local Singers

Typical African Village Tour
Accommodation:   Rondoval (Traditinal Huts)
Meals Included:   Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner,
Distance Covered: 180kms
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Day: 18 Kwa-Mpisi to Victoria Falls.

 

Victoria Falls a very vibrant City indeed those who a adventurous this is the best place to do adventurous activities such as White Water Rafting ,Canoeing ,Helicopter, Bunging Jumping ,Elephant Back Safaris,Lion Walk

 

 Trip Highlight;,Boat Cruise
Accommodation: charlet
Meals Included:Breakfast,lunch,Dinner
Distance Covered: 20km
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DAY; 19Victoria Falls

 

This is the best day to do adventurous activities, we have a full day in Victoria Falls to do activities ,Ingugama representative would have booked the activities of your Choice (Optional)

 

Adventurous Activities Optional ,white Water Rafting, Canoeing ,Helicopter Ride over the Falls
Accommodation: charlet
Meals Included:Breakfast,
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Farewell dinner in one of local Restaurant (Not Included)

Day 20 Victoria Falls to Airport (TRANSFER)