Botswana Adventure

Botswana Adventure
Botswana Adventure
Botswana Adventure
Botswana Adventure
Botswana Adventure
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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Intrepid Travel

Visit Africa and travel through Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe on a tour from Windhoek to Victoria Falls. Embark on a journey through bountiful Botswana, rich in natural beauty, thrilling wildlife encounters and fun local interaction. Experience exciting game drives, enjoy life aboard a houseboat, see ancient rock art and feel the power of Victoria Falls. Botswana is a captivating country full of vibrant energy and welcoming people; with slices of Namibia and Zimbabwe also included, this comfortable trip is a nature-lover's dream.

Highlights
  • Relax on a sunset cruise along the Chobe River spotting bird life and hippos and watch the sunset with a sundowner in hand
  • Head out on a morning game drive in open 4WDs in the Chobe National Park
  • Drive through the Elephant Highway between Nata & Kasane
  • Learn more about the Kalahari from the knowledgeable San people as they sing and dance by the campfire
  • Feel the raw power of mighty Victoria Falls followed by a local brew sample
  • Spend 2 nights on a houseboat as your base for exploring the Okavango Delta
  • Explore the Makgadikgadi Pans; scenery, sundowners, Baobabs and Meerkats!
Transport
  • Overland vehicle , Mokoro , Open Safari Vehicle , Boat
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Central Kalahari - San Cultural Experience
  • Okavango Delta - Speedboat Cruise
  • Okavango Delta - Speedboat Cruise
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari
  • Okavango Delta - Nature Walk
  • Okavango Delta - Speedboat Cruise
  • Makgadikgadi Pans - Meerkat Pan Experience
  • Chobe National Park - River Safari Cruise
  • Chobe National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive
  • Victoria Falls - Entrance & Visit
  • Victoria Falls - Brewery Tour and Tasting
Accommodation
  • Hotel (3 nights), Houseboat (2 nights), Lodge (4 nights)
Destinations
  • Africa
  • Africa
  • Africa
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Zimbabwe
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Overland
  • Adventure
  • Cultural
  • Active
  • Singles
  • Wildlife
  • Safaris

Location: Windhoek

On arrival in Windhoek, you will be met by an Intrepid representative and transferred to your hotel. Please arrive in time for the important welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. The old German colonial town of Windhoek has been blended into a modern city. The German architecture of the older buildings lends the town a historic atmosphere. Good examples of this German architecture can be seen in a number of buildings, but the best are the Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus. This evening you may wish to join the rest of the group for an optional welcome dinner. If you're interested in seeing a little more of Namibia before you head off on your Botswana Adventure, why not consider our Namibia Dunes Shortbreak (UBAS-C). The shortbreak starts and finishes in Windoek and gives you an opportunity to discover one of the most incredible landscapes in Namibia when you pay a visit to the barren dunes of Soussusvlei. <br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer</description>

Accommodation: Hotel

Location: Ghanzi/Central Kalahari

Cross the border into Botswana and travel to Ghanzi, known as the "Capital of the Kalahari" (560km approximately 8hrs). Accommodation tonight is at a lodge just outside the small cattle ranching town of Ghanzi and a bit more basic than what you will encounter throughout your journey, however the concept and experience will be well worth it. The lodge is situated in the Kalahari region of Botswana that is inhabited by a large portion of Botswanas’ San community. Unemployment is one of the main social issues that affect the San community, who have become an increasingly marginalized minority is Southern Africa . The lodge helps empower the community through employment. A traditional San/Southern African meal will be served in the communal lounge and dining area. There is also an bar with wine, beer and soft drinks available to buy. Later this evening we will be treated to a real cultural experience and interaction with the locals. Around the campfire, you will experience the ancient dance rituals of the San, with a chance to chat afterwards. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Central Kalahari - San Cultural Experience</description>

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: breaksfast,lunch,dinner,

Location: Okavango Delta

Before breakfast this morning there will be a chance to go out on an optional walk with a member of the San community. The San are renowned as the most skillful trackers on Earth and have an extraordinary knowledge of the Kalahari for both plants and animal tracking. Here you will be shown the wide variety of both edible and medicinal plants, while also tracking a variety of animals and learning about their habits. Of course, you will also spend quality time with your guide to understand their very different world view. Head to the Okavango Delta (400km approximately 7hrs), where we board speedboats that will take us to your home for the next two nights, a houseboat in the Okavango Delta Panhandle. Please note you will need to pack a small bag or backpack for this trip as we won't be taking all of our luggage with us. Your floating home for the next 2 nights is the most incredibly peaceful way to experience the delta. The houseboat has twin-share cabins with bedding, towels and mosquito nets provided (no single supplement is available on these nights). Cabins are very small and basic with shared facilities however we don't expect you'll be spending much time in there. There is also a dining area on the deck, tea/coffee making facilities and a small collection of books and board games. This evening head to the deck where your captain will serve dinner, enjoy a sundowner, and listen to the sound of the Hippos along the waters edge.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Okavango Delta - Speedboat Cruise</description><br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Central Kalahari - Bush Walk</description>

Accommodation: Houseboat (with shared facilities)

Meals: breaksfast,lunch,dinner,

Location: Okavango Delta

After breakfast we take a speedboat and 4WD to a nearby poling station. From here you have the opportunity to experience the myriad waterways in traditional dugout canoes (mokoros) with a local guide. Your guide will take you on a short nature walk around one of the many Islands in the Delta Panhandle. After a picnic lunch, return to the houseboat where you're free to relax, read a book or do some fishing. This evening grab a sundowner, pull up a chair and witness the often breathtaking sunset.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Okavango Delta - Speedboat Cruise</description><br/>-<description>Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari</description><br/>-<description>Okavango Delta - Nature Walk</description>

Accommodation: Houseboat (with shared facilities)

Meals: breaksfast,lunch,dinner,

Location: Maun

After breakfast, we leave our houseboat behind, and again board the speedboats to take us back to our truck, and then on towards Maun - the gateway of the Okavango Delta (350km approximately 6 hrs). For those wanting more adventure, there's an opportunity to fly over the delta in a small plane for a bird's-eye view - a great way to appreciate the immensity of this watery world. Your leader can give you more information on this activity and how to book. Otherwise the afternoon is free to sit by the pool, catch up on emails and laundry.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Okavango Delta - Speedboat Cruise</description><br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Okavango Delta - Plane Scenic Flight - From USD75</description>

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast,lunch,dinner,

Location: Makgadikgadi Pans

We depart from our lodge after breakfast and head towards north-east Botswana (210km approximately 4hrs). Our next stop is the Makgadikgadi Pans; a large salt pan situation in the middle of the dry savanna is located. This pan is now all that remains of the former Lake Makgadikgadi. Our accommodation tonight is located on the edge of the pans. Sit by the pool or relax in the lounge area and take in your surroundings after a long day. Head out to the Makgadikgadi Pans for an afternoon excursion in open 4WDs to one of the largest salt flats in the world. Here you’ll sit out in the wild enjoy sundowners and snacks while observing the amazing scenery. With the aid of trackers you may have the opportunity to spend some time in the company of the local meerkat colony, and look out for elephants that meander their way down to the watering hole to quench their thirst. Soak in this incredible place while the sun sets behind the old beautiful baobab. <br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Makgadikgadi Pans - Meerkat Pan Experience</description>

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: breaksfast,lunch,dinner,

Location: Chobe National Park

This morning we make tracks after breakfast and travel towards Kasane on the edge of Chobe National Park (410km approximately 7hrs). The stretch of road between Nata and Kasane is known as the 'Elephant Highway'. With no fences elephants are free to move between Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and Botswana. So keep your eyes peeled for roadside elephants. Botswana's first national park, Chobe, is perhaps best known for its high concentration of elephants. You will spend the next two nights in a lodge on the banks of the Chobe River.

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: breaksfast,lunch,dinner,

Location: Chobe National Park

This morning we wake early and take a dawn game drive in Chobe National Park, where you may see elephants drinking at the waters' edge, large herds of cape buffaloes and many impala within the park. In the afternoon you’ll take a breathtaking cruise on the Chobe River, ideal for spotting bird life such as saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles and beautiful bee-eaters as well as hippos, crocodiles and large families of elephants. The boat trip will be a shared activity with other travellers. There will be an opportunity to have a sundowner drink and watch the sunset over the river. <br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Chobe National Park - River Safari Cruise</description><br/>-<description>Chobe National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive</description>

Accommodation: Lodge

Meals: breaksfast,dinner,

Location: Victoria Falls

Travel on to Victoria Falls, crossing the border into Zimbabwe in time to have lunch on the banks of the Zambezi (100km approximately 2hrs depending on border formalities). These falls are one of the natural wonders of the world and, when in full flow, form the largest sheet of falling water. Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer. We have not risk assessed all activities and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended. It is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk assessed or do not adhere to our company’s Responsible Travel policy and ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles. An included local brewery tour and a tasting paddle is a great way wash down the thrill of witnessing the magnificent falls.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Entrance &amp; Visit</description><br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Brewery Tour and Tasting</description>

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast,

Location: Victoria Falls

Your adventure will come to an end after breakfast this morning. No accommodation is included for tonight, but can be requested at your own expense.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Sunset cruise on the Zambezi river</description><br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Village &amp; township tour</description><br/>-<description>Chobe National Park - Morning Game Drive in 4X4 vehicle</description><br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (12 mins)</description><br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (25 mins)</description><br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (half day)</description><br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (full day)</description>

Meals: breaksfast,

Included
  • Meals
    -9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Okavango Delta - Speedboat Cruise
  • Accommodation
    -Hotel (3 nights), Houseboat (2 nights), Lodge (4 nights)
  • Victoria Falls - Entrance & Visit
  • Chobe National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari
  • Chobe National Park - River Safari Cruise
  • Central Kalahari - San Cultural Experience
  • Okavango Delta - Nature Walk
  • Victoria Falls - Brewery Tour and Tasting
  • Makgadikgadi Pans - Meerkat Pan Experience
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

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Start:Windhoek
Finish:Victoria Falls
Group size:1 - 13
Suitable for: 15-99 years
Accommodation:Hotel (3 nights), Houseboat (2 nights), Lodge (4 nights)
Physical rating:Low
Meals:9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English
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