Okavango Experience

Okavango Experience
Okavango Experience
Okavango Experience
Okavango Experience
Okavango Experience
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  • Intrepid Travel

See southern Africa's iconic waterfalls, rivers and inland canals on this ten-day Lonely Planet Experience – an overland journey highlighting the magic of Mother Nature. Canoe down the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta, watch hippos wallowing along the shores of the Chobe River, be mesmerised by the mirage of Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and marvel at the crashing white water of Victoria Falls. Pack a camera and an eye for adventure because these lush pockets of wilderness will reward you with incredible animal encounters, awesome photography opportunities and memories to last a lifetime.

Highlights
  • Camping on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango wilderness is an experience you’ll never forget. As the sun sets and night falls, the sounds of Africa come alive.
  • Your first glimpse of the thundering Victoria Falls is undeniably captivating. With additional time for optional adventures, you’ll get to view the waterfalls from all angles!
  • Support local conservation efforts by visiting the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, the only place left in Botswana where both black and white rhinos reside.
  • Explore the magnificent Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, some of the largest salt flats in the world. These mind-bending plains make for some magical photography.
  • Go wildlife-spotting with your small group and expert guides along the river at Chobe National Park, home to the world's highest concentration of African elephants.
Transport
  • Overland vehicle , Open safari vehicle
Included Activities
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari
  • Okavango Delta - Sunrise Walk
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari
  • Nata - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
  • Chobe National Park - River Cruise
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Hotel (1 night)
Destinations
  • Africa
  • Botswana
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
Tour Types
  • Canoeing-Kayaking
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • White water rafting
  • Cultural
  • Wildlife
  • Adventure
  • Camping
  • Overland
  • Safaris
  • Singles

Location: Johannesburg

Sawubona – welcome to South Africa! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive early, get out and explore Johannesburg; the country’s largest city. Perhaps visit the cultural hotspots of Newtown, Braamfontein or Maboneng. Otherwise, the sobering Apartheid Museum is well worth your time. After your important meeting this evening, why not head out for an optional group dinner and get to know your newfound travel crew – your local leader will point you in the right direction with bar and restaurant recommendations.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Leaving South Africa behind, cross the border into Botswana and travel towards the Khama Rhino Sanctuary (approximately 8–10 hours). Situated on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the Khama Rhino Sanctuary has drastically changed from a former hunting area to a conservation project. Built to protect Botswana's only remaining populations of both black and white rhinos, the sanctuary is also home to other wildlife including zebras, giraffes, leopards, ostriches and wildebeest, all of which can be seen grazing the many waterholes. Visiting this project benefits local communities and directly contributes to protecting the endangered white rhinoceros. Later on, head out on a dusk game drive to see the rhinos when they are most active.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive</description>

Accommodation: ,Camp, (with facilities)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Maun

Jump aboard your vehicle and head to Maun (approximately 8–9 hours). Here there will be an opportunity to stock up on any supplies you might need for your adventure ahead. Maun is the gateway to one of the world's most complex ecosystems, the Okavango Delta. This place is unlike anything in the world – a 16,000 square kilometre maze of lush wetlands and waterways teeming with wildlife. You might see hippos, crocodiles, elephants and big cats, but it's the animals aren’t the only drawcard here – the waterscapes and shimmering horizons will have you gazing for days.

Accommodation: ,Camp, (with facilities)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Okavango Delta

Get right in the action today, jumping aboard a traditional mokoro – a dugout canoe steered by friendly local 'polers' – for an Okavango waterways experience. With some luck, you could spot some of the delta's unusual wildlife and exotic birdlife. Spend some time today exploring the maze of lagoons, lakes and streams on foot too, led by experienced local guides. Tonight, you’ll camp on a remote island right in the heart of the wilderness, falling asleep to the humming and buzzing of the African heartlands.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari</description>

Accommodation: ,Camp,Bush camp (no facilities)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Okavango Delta

Wake up early and head out on a sunrise walk. Along the way, keep watch for elephants, and if the timing is right, you might also come across some Cape buffalo! These noble-looking beasts are more dangerous than they look, and their horns double as a kind of bone shield that's fittingly known as a 'boss'. Returning to camp for breakfast, you’ve got the rest of the day to relax. A refreshing swim, or perhaps a nap, could be on the cards – both good ideas in the warmer part of the day. Alternatively, take another mokoro trip to soak up that serene river atmosphere.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Okavango Delta — Sunrise Walk</description>

Accommodation: ,Camp,Bush camp (no facilities)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Maun

After taking down your camp, return to the ‘poler’ station by mokoro, before continuing your Lonely Planet Experience to Maun by vehicle (approximately 2–3 hours). Today you'll visit a rural village and interact with some of the locals, providing insight into daily life along the Okavango Delta. The waterways are the lifeblood of so many in this area, so learn more from locals about how important these fertile lands are. Tonight, settle in at camp on the outskirts of town.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari</description><br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Okavango Delta - Plane Scenic Flight - From USD75</description><br/>-<description>Okavango Delta - Helicopter Scenic Flight - From USD150</description>

Accommodation: ,Camp,(with facilities)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Nata

Get up early and hit the road for Nata (approximately 6–7 hours). This small town is situated near the stunning Makgadikgadi Salt Pans which are some of the largest on earth, covering around 12,000 square kilometres. This afternoon, take the opportunity to explore the salt pans in an open vehicle. They are naturally dry and salty for a large part of the year, and during this time, the arid landscape has an eerie feel to it as the shimmering mirages disorientate the senses. At other times they take on a layer of grass and, as soon as the rains hit, become a refuge for migratory birds and animals.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Nata - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans</description>

Accommodation: ,Camp, (with facilities)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Chobe National Park

Hit the road to Chobe National Park (approximately 6–7 hours). Botswana's first national park is perhaps best known for its high concentration of elephants, which can often be seen swimming in the Chobe River. The river also attracts wallowing hippos, a variety of birdlife, crocodiles sunning themselves by the water's edge, and cheetahs and lions coming down to drink. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Chobe – an ideal way to spend the afternoon and toast to another day in Africa.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Chobe National Park - River Cruise</description>

Accommodation: ,Camp, (with shared facilities)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Victoria Falls

Why not wake up early and see Chobe National Park from a different perspective, booking yourself in on an optional morning game drive. Afterwards, travel on to Victoria Falls (approximately 2–3 hours), crossing the border into Zimbabwe just in time to have lunch on the banks of the Zambezi River. Then it's free time to experience the sights and sounds of the mighty falls. This thundering curtain of water is about 1.7 kilometres wide, falling 108 metres into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise an incredible 400 metres as the falls become a raging torrent. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and you can see the little islets in the river below. <br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Entrance Fee</description><br/>-<description>Chobe National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Morning Game Drive</description><br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Sunset Cruise</description>

Accommodation: ,Camp, (with shared facilities)

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Victoria Falls

Your Okavango Experience ends after breakfast and there are no further activities planned. If you’re staying longer in Victoria Falls and are feeling adventurous, you might like to try whitewater rafting, canoeing and flying fox rides. For an incredible scenic helicopter flight, choose Zambezi Helicopter Company (CAA Zimbabwe), the only Intrepid-endorsed operator. Your leader can help you arrange this.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (full day)</description><br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (25 mins)</description><br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Village &amp; township tour</description><br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (12 mins)</description><br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (half day)</description><br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Gorge swing</description><br/>-<description>Victoria Falls - Flying fox</description>

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Included
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive
  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation
  • Transport
    -Overland vehicle, Open safari vehicle
  • Nata - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
  • Chobe National Park - River Cruise
  • Okavango Delta - Sunrise Walk
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari
  • Meals
    -9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Accommodation
    -Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Not Included
  • Airport Transfers at Destination
    -
  • International Travel
    -
  • Tipping and Gratuities
    -

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Start:Johannesburg
Finish:Victoria Falls
Group size:1 - 22
Suitable for: 15-99 years
Accommodation:Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Hotel (1 night)
Physical rating:Medium
Meals:9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English
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