The 9 day Delta & Falls Safari is the perfect way to travel from Windhoek to visit two of the world’s natural wonders, the Okavango Delta in Botswana and the mighty Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia. This trip stands alone, but it is also designed to be completed in combination with most of our other scheduled itineraries. You will spend one night with the San Bushmen and then on for two nights beside a pristine lagoon in the Delta and then travel back into Namibia to traverse, over two nights the little visited Zambezi Region (formely called the Caprivi Region). Back into Botswana to Kasane for a boat cruise into the Chobe National Park and then on to Livingstone and “The Smoke That Thunders”, the awesome Victoria Falls.
Although the Delta & Falls Safari ends in Livingstone it is also possible to remain with your guide for the return to Windhoek at the end of the trip, making the itinerary 11 days in total.
- The Delta & Dunes Safari is run as a camping tour however, for a supplement an upgrade can be made to turn this into an accommodated safari. Enquire upon booking as this is subject to availability.
- Itinerary is assisted comfortable camping, with participation limited to only helping with the tents.
- Optional activities must be booked prior to departure and paid for on the morning of the safari departing.
Starting in Windhoek this is primarily a Botswana trip - visiting the Okavango Delta and ending in Vic Falls.
Travellers will be collected from their Windhoek accommodation between 07h30 - 08h00, and the journey on the Trans Kalahari Highway begins. We drive to our camp, which is based on a local farm in the Kalahari, near Buitepos Border, via the eastern village of Witvlei. On arrival we set up camp, enjoy a relaxing afternoon, wait for the sun to set and enjoy a fire cooked dinner and the tranquillity of an evening in a remote wilderness environment. After dinner tonight you can enjoy traditional bushman dancing.
An early start and a quick stop in Ghanzi to collect any last minute supplies before continuing east and north, traversing the linear dunes of the Kalahari and passing through small towns along the way. A change in vegetation heralds our arrival on the very western edge of one of the natural wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta. Here we turn north for some way before again pointing our wheels west as we enter the Delta proper. We see our ... first glimpse of the crystal waters through the lush vegetation and we make our camp on the banks of a pristine African lagoon.
We are in the territory of the River People, so this morning we leave our vehicle behind and travel in a more appropriate fashion, first by motor-boat and then by traditional Mokoro (dugout canoe), deep into the Delta. Mokoro’s will be our main form of transport. These amazing traditional craft are perfectly designed for the narrow waterways of the Okavango and allow us to travel further into the Delta than if we were using more modern forms of transport. Mokoro’s carry ... three people, two seated passengers and one driver. The driver stands in the rear of the canoe, (a real feat of balance), and uses a long wooden pole to propel and steer the Mokoro through the twisting channels. It really is the only way to travel in this area. Back to camp in the late afternoon for another night by the Okavango waters.
Back on the road today, destination Namibia. Passport formalities completed we go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a small but excellent park right on the edge of the Okavango River. We game drive our way through Mahango and have the chance to spot rarely seen Namibian species such as roan antelope the majestic sable antelope. Our camp for tonight is just outside the Game Reserve, and we are again beside the Okavango River, but this time the main river, ... on its journey from the Angolan highlands, through the pan handle to waters end, the delta.
Lizauli Traditional Village is a community tourism product that gives visitors a glimpse of life in a traditional village. Amongst the things they show visitors are how to stamp a millet, how grain used to be stored, the chicken house (stantwe), and transportation that were used. You can also see how blacksmiths forge metal tools and knives while an assistant operates the hand-made bellows. Visitors also have the opportunity to interact with a traditional healer. We transit to Namibia’s easternmost town, ... Katima Mulilo. A short break here before crossing back across the border into Botswana. The road takes you directly into the world famous Chobe National Park. Chobe has the world’s largest population of African Elephants and the chances of seeing some big game are very good as you transit through the park to the small town of Kasane for overnight on the banks for the Chobe River.
An early hot drink before we head off on a leisurely game drive, exploring the wonders of the Chobe National Park by road. Game drives within the park offer the opportunity to view abundant elephant and other big game species up close, and there is also the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators.Time to relax over lunch at our camp before joining a river boat cruise, back into the park. From the boat we will have ... the chance to see a huge amount of wild game, both on the river banks and in the waters swirling around us. Crocodiles and hippos abound in the forbidding Chobe River and on the land side there is often a kaleidoscope of different antelope and species such as elephant, buffalo and even the Big Cats come to the river banks for their sundowner drink. The Chobe River provides a very broad habitat for bird life and it is possible to see many beautiful species of our feathered friends.
Our journey today takes us to the Kazangula border, this is the near meeting point of four countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe). Upon completion of border formalities we make the short drive to the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.< Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ... ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. The campsite is only 2 kilometers from the falls making it the closest campsite to the Victoria Falls. This afternoon your guide will help you organise the many optional activities available in Victoria Falls. These include white water rafting, bungie jumping, other excursions on the river and scenic flights to mention but a few. Dinner will be in a local restaurant at your own expense. NB: All extra activities are subject to availability and are done at your own risk and expense.
This is a free day for you to explore the area or to take part in optional activities. It’s a wonderful opportunity to relax a bit after your trip. For some of you, this will be your final night and what a fantastic place to enjoy your last evening with your group. Lunch and dinner today, are not included in the price of the trip.
This morning we say farewell to all the travellers flying out or remaining in Livingstone, those returning to Windhoek have an early start and a long drive, transit transportation only, taking in sights along the way. Traversing the Caprivi Strip, the transfer will spend the night near the small town of Rundu, camping in the grounds of a lodge on the banks for the Okavango River. Another early start and long drive, heading south through Kavango Province, down through the towns ... of Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja before reaching Windhoek. There will be a stops at the local woodcarvers market at Okahandja before arriving in the city. Travellers will be dropped off at their accommodation in Windhoek. Approximate driving time for days 9 and 10 is around 20 hours. Approximate driving time 20 hours.
Mode Of Transport
Transport for 2 to 4 passengers in a minibus with a purpose built trailer. For 5 to 14 passengers a specially converted safari truck will be used
Number Of Participants
Maximum of fourteen
Itinerary is assisted comfortable camping with participation limited to only helping with the tents
The tents are canvas dome type, which are easy to assemble. The mattress is approximately 5 cm thick with its mattress cover and each client has a camp chair with backrest.
Luggage is limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag.
We suggest a sleeping bag range of '3 – 4 season'. Sleeping bags can be rented by prior arrangement. When selecting your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45°C and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5°C. The rainy season is between December and April.
All evening meals on camping safaris (unless stipulated) are cooked by your guide on an open fire. Salads and fresh vegetables will be served daily where readily available. Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for, but please notify us when booking.
Route & Accommodation
The itinerary above is a guideline only and whilst we try to adhere to it there may be circumstances when it may change - for example weather and/or road conditions, seasonal daylight hours etc. Overnight stops on occasion may be altered from those indicated.
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