9 day Delta and Vic Falls

Namibia

Experience two of the world's most breathtaking sights - the Okavango Delta and the mighty Victoria Falls. Spend time with the San Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert and take a boat safari in Chobe National Park.

The 9 day Delta and 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 Zimbabwe. This trip is the perfect complement to the other tours we offer, particularly when combined with the 7 day Northern or Southern Namibia experiences.

On this tour you will depart from Windhoek, spend one night with the San Bushmen in the wilderness of the Kalahari Desert, and then on for two nights beside a pristine lagoon in the Okavango Delta. You will also get to experience the little-visited, but stunning, Caprivi Region of Namibia before heading back into for a boat cruise into the Chobe National Park. Your tour finishes in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe where you will marvel at the legendary “Smoke That Thunders” - the world's largest sheet of falling water.

It is possible to remain with your guide for the one day return to Windhoek at the end of the trip, making the itinerary 10 days in total.

Quick Facts

Who can join: Anyone aged 18 years and over 
Duration: 9 days (8 nights) or 10 days (9 nights) if returning to Windhoek
Accommodation: Camping or Accommodated (mid-range lodges - supplement and subject to availability)
Pick up from: Tours depart from Windhoek
Meals: 3 meals a day included unless otherwise stated
Group size: Minimum 2, up to 14 people
Start dates: Selected Friday departures - check the dates list
How much: Prices start from US $1,310 per person sharing

Itinerary

Day 1

Windhoek – Ghanzi, Kalahari, Botswana (500 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected from your accommodation in Windhoek between 07:30 - 08:00. Drive via Witvlei to your first wilderness camp, on a farm in the Kalahari. Set up camp, enjoy a relaxing afternoon and a fantastic sunset. Dinner is cooked over an open fire and the evening is tranquil, filled with the sounds of the desert night.

Day 2

Ghanzi – Guma/Okavango Delta (450 km) (BLD) (camping)

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 your arrival on the very western edge of one of the great natural wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta.  You will get your first glimpse of the crystal waters of the Delta through the lush vegetation. Your overnight camp is on the banks of a pristine lagoon.

Day 3

Okavango Delta (BLD) (camping)

You are now in the territory of the River People, so this morning, leave the 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 your main form of transport in the Delta.  These traditional craft are perfectly designed for the narrow waterways of the Okavango and allow you to travel further into the Delta than if you 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, and uses a long wooden pole to propel and steer the Mokoro through the twisting channels.  The only way to travel!

Back to camp in the late afternoon for another beautiful night by the Okavango waters.

Day 4

Okavango Delta – Caprivi, Namibia (345 km)

Back on the road today, destination - back to Namibia!  Passport formalities completed, you go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a small but excellent park on the edge of the Okavango River.  Game drive your way through Mahango and have the chance to spot rarely seen Namibian species such as roan antelope and the majestic sable antelope.

Continue your drive along the Caprivi Strip.  This strip of land is a long narrow stretch of territory running along Botswana’s northern border.  It is a landscape of broadleaf forest with many small communities dotted along the route.

Overnight along the banks of the Kwando River.

Day 5

Kwando – Chobe National Park, Kasane, Botswana (230 km) (420 km) (BLD) (camping)

Today you will visit the Lizauli Traditional Village; a community tourism project that gives visitors a glimpse of life in a traditional village. You will learn how to stamp a millet, how grain used to be stored, the chicken house (stantwe), and traditional transportation. Watch how rural 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.

In the afternoon you will transit to Namibia’s easternmost town, Katima Mulilo, where you will go back across the border into Botswana.  The road from here 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 other big game are very good, as you transit through the park to the small town of Kasane. You will overnight on the banks of the Chobe River.

Day 6

Chobe National Park, Kasane, Botswana (BLD) (camping)

An early cup of coffee and a rusk before heading out on a leisurely game drive , exploring the wonders of 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.

Relax over lunch at camp before joining a river boat cruise back into the park. There are abundant crocodiles and hippos in the Chobe River, and on the land side there is often a kaleidoscope of different antelope, elephant, buffalo and, if you're lucky, you might catch a look at one of the big cats come to enjoy an evening drink. The ChobeRiver provides a very broad habitat for bird life and it is possible to see many beautiful species of our feathered friends.

Day 7

Kasane – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (80 km) (BL) (camping)

You will head to the Kazangula border, the meeting point of four countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe). Upon completion of border formalities you will 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’. Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.

Your campsite is situated right in the middle of Victoria Falls town, the perfect base, with all amenities within walking distance and just 2km from the Falls. In the afternoon your guide will help organise the many optional activities available in Victoria Falls. These include white water rafting, bungee jumping, excursions on the river and scenic flights.

Dinner will be in a local restaurant at your own expense.

NB: All extra activities are subject to availability and are done at the clients own risk and expense.

Day 8

Victoria Falls (B)

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 and wind down 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 are not included in the price of the trip.

Day 9

Victoria Falls  – Rundu, Namibia (700 km) (BLD) (camping)

For those people returning to Windhoek, it is an early start and a long drive.  You will be in transit only and will not be stopping to take in the sights.  You will traverse the Caprivi Strip and spend the night near the small town of Rundu in northern Namibia, camping in the grounds of a lodge on the banks for the Okavango River, looking into Angola on the far river bank.

Dinner tonight will be in the restaurant at the lodge and is included in the price of your transfer.

Day 10

Rundu – Windhoek (800 km) (BL)

Another early start and another long drive.  You will head south through Kavango Province, down through the towns of Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja, before reaching Windhoek. There will be stops at some of the local wood-carving stalls as well as the market at Okahandja, before arriving in the city.

You will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Pricing and Dates

Departure dates 2017:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 5 4 1 13 10 1 5 2 7 4 2
22 19 18 15 27 24 8 12 9 14 18 16
            15 19 16 21   23
            22 26 23 28   30
            29   30      


2017 Pricing:

Up to 31st March 2017:
9 days camping (no single supplement available): $1,310
Additional day to return to Windhoek: $140

Accommodated option (subject to availability): $2,335
Single supplement: $555

1st April 2017 - 31st March 2018:
9 days camping (no supplement available): $1,440
Additional day to return to Windhoek: $155

The camping tour is "Limited Participation Camping" where you may only be required to assist with putting up your tent. You will not be expected to help with cooking or other camp duties. Once the tent is up, sit back and relax!

Prices include:

  • Meals as indicated plus tea and coffee in camp
  • Accommodation (either camping or accommodated) including all camping equipment
  • All transfers and fuel
  • Professional guide and camp assistant
  • All transport
  • Park entrance fees and camping
  • Pick up and drop off from accommodation in Windhoek

What's excluded:

  • Transfers or flights to Windhoek
  • Visa fees
  • Personal medical and travel insurance, which must cover the entire duration of your tour and should include cover for repatriation, air evacuation and any activities you may undertake or plan to undertake
  • Any pre or post tour accommodation in Windhoek
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired if required) and pillow
  • Souvenirs, snacks and fizzy / alcoholic drinks (bottled mineral water is not provided, but safe, clean drinking water is included)
  • Optional excursions, meals or activities
  • Telephone calls and wifi

Destination

This three-country tour will expose you to some of the best Southern African landscapes. From the magnificent waterways of the Delta, game viewing in Chobe National Park, and the mighty Zambezi River and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. 

Some of the sights you will encounter on this tour include:

Kalahari Desert, Botswana: the Kalahari is the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world, covering around 900,000 square km across Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. The only permanent river, the Okavango, flows into a delta in the northwest, forming marshes that are teeming with wildlife. Ancient dry riverbeds traverse the central northern reaches of the Kalahari and provide standing pools of water during the rainy season. A semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains, the Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert, such as the Namib Desert to the west. The climate is semi-arid with daytime temperatures reaching 33-45°C in January, at the height of summer, and around 22°C in July (mid-winter). Night time temperatures in winter can reach as low as 2°C.

Okavango Delta, Botswana: the scale and magnificence of the Okavango Delta helped it secure a position as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. On 22nd June 2014, the Okavango Delta became the 1,000th site to be officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

The Okavango is produced by seasonal flooding. The Okavango River drains the summer (January–February) rainfall from the Angola highlands, and the surge flows 1,200 kilometres in one month. The waters then spread over the 15,000 square km area of the delta over the next four months. The flood peaks between June and August, during Botswana’s dry winter months, when the delta swells to three times its permanent size, attracting a huge number of animals from hundreds of kilometres around, and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife.

The delta is very flat, with less than 2 metres variation in height across its 15,000 square km.

Another great game viewing destination is Chobe National Park, in the north of Botswana. Home to one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa, it is the most biologically diverse game park in Botswana. The Chobe Riverfront area, close to Kasane, is a major watering spot, especially in the dry season (May through October), for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. These flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen and the birding is excellent.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: named by David Livingstone in honour of Queen Victoria, Victoria Falls is classed as the largest waterfall in the world, based on it having the largest sheet of falling water. The Zambezi river, upstream from the Falls, experiences a rainy season from late November to early April, and a dry season the rest of the year. The river's annual flood season is February to May with a peak in April, when the spray typically rises to a height of over 400 metres (1,300 ft), and sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 48 km (30 mi) away. At full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow.

The Victoria Falls area is also known as Africa's Adventure Capital, with a range of adrenalin activities available including bungee jumps, zip lines, gorge swings and helicopter rides. The area below the Falls is also home to some of the best white water rafting in the world.

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