Okavango & Beyond

Botswana
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Soak up the sights and sounds of peaceful waterholes, meandering creeks and mighty rivers on this refreshing African adventure. Some of the continent's most iconic animals call Southern Africa home, including elephants, rhinos, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and ostriches. Explore the remote waterways of the extraordinary Okavango Delta in Botswana, be awed by the thunder of Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls and travel down the Chobe River at sunset as animals come out to play. The contrast of Africa's wild plains and bustling cities makes for an enriching and thrilling travel experience.

Availability

From 24/03/2024 to 04/01/2027

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Mar Sun 24 2024 to Apr Mon 01 2024
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    $2,692*
  • Apr Sun 14 2024 to Apr Mon 22 2024
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    $3,365*
  • May Sun 05 2024 to May Mon 13 2024
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    $3,500*
  • May Sun 26 2024 to Jun Mon 03 2024
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    $3,465*
  • Jun Sun 09 2024 to Jun Mon 17 2024
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    $3,675*
  • Jun Sun 30 2024 to Jul Mon 08 2024
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    $3,570*
  • Jul Sun 14 2024 to Jul Mon 22 2024
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    $3,458*
  • Jul Sun 28 2024 to Aug Mon 05 2024
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    $3,640*
  • Aug Sun 11 2024 to Aug Mon 19 2024
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    $3,640*
  • Aug Sun 25 2024 to Sep Mon 02 2024
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    $3,640*
  • Sep Sun 08 2024 to Sep Mon 16 2024
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    $4,070*
  • Sep Sun 22 2024 to Sep Mon 30 2024
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    $3,640*
  • Sep Sun 29 2024 to Oct Mon 07 2024
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    $3,640*
  • Oct Sun 13 2024 to Oct Mon 21 2024
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    $3,535*
  • Oct Sun 27 2024 to Nov Mon 04 2024
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    $3,500*
  • Nov Sun 24 2024 to Dec Mon 02 2024
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    $3,365*
  • Dec Sun 15 2024 to Dec Mon 23 2024
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    $3,500*
  • Dec Sun 29 2024 to Jan Mon 06 2025
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    $3,500*
  • Jan Sun 19 2025 to Jan Mon 27 2025
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    $3,535*
  • Feb Sun 16 2025 to Feb Mon 24 2025
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    $3,535*

What's included

A sunset cruise is the ultimate way to soak up the ambience of the Chobe River.
Keep an eye out – and a camera at the ready – for elephants, cheetahs and lions frolicking on the shore.
Experience the untouched wilderness of Botswana's Okavango Delta, staying on a remote island bush camp.
As night falls, the sounds of the African bush are like nothing else.
Support local conservation efforts by joining local rangers in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, the only place left in Botswana where both black and white rhinos reside.
Cycle through the colourful streets of Soweto with a local and hear firsthand about the townships’ rough but inspired history.
By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust.
Donations help employ a team of Community Guardians who collaborate with locals to find sustainable solutions to human-wildlife conflict and conservation in Southern Africa.
Breakfasts Included: 8.
Lunches Included: 6.
Dinners Included: 6.
Permanent Tented Overland Camp (1 night),Camping with facilities (2 nights),Hotel (2 nights),Basic Camping with no facilities (2 nights),Guesthouse (1 night).
Overland vehicle,Boat,Mokoro,Open Safari Vehicle.
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 16.
Chobe National Park - River cruise.
Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit.
Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari.
Okavango Delta - Sunrise Walk.
Okavango Delta - Brewery Tour.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Sunset Game Drive Open Vehicle.
Soweto - Cycle tour.
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Itinerary

  • 1 - Victoria Falls Mhoro! Welcome to Zimbabwe. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for this, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting. If you are arriving earlier, we recommend you use your free time to partake in one of the many optional activities offered in and around Victoria Falls. We recommend Shear Water activity centre to book any optional activities. 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.
  • 2 - Chobe National Park Travel to Chobe National Park in Botswana (approximately 3 hours) via the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, one of The Intrepid Foundation projects. Here you can learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, human-wildlife conflict and their role in anti-poaching. There may also be a chance to meet any rescued or orphaned wildlife currently in their care. Chobe, the first national park to be established in the country, 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, and crocodiles which like to sun themselves by the water's edge. Cheetahs and lions also come down to drink. In the late afternoon you will embark on a scenic sunset cruise on the Chobe River guided by an expert local guide - a relaxing way to spend the afternoon. Your camp, located outside of the park, has flush toilets, showers, intermittent WiFi and optional accommodation upgrades.
  • 3 - Maun There's time for a morning game drive for those who would like to further explore this beautiful park (this is optional). As well as elephants, you might see some of Chobe's other noble creatures - from giraffe and zebra to impala and tsessebe. Then it's time to head to Maun (approximately 10-11 hours). This town is the gateway to one of the world's most famous and most complex ecosystems, the Okavango Delta.
  • 4 - Okavango Delta Travel into the unspoiled wilderness for an adventurous camping experience. The Okavango Delta is unlike anything in the world - a 16,000 square kilometre maze of wetlands made up of meandering waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife. The delta is filled with a diversity of flora and fauna that includes hippos, crocodiles, elephants and big cats. But it's not the animals that are the main attraction - it's the incredible ecosystem. You'll explore the waterways by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe navigated by friendly local 'polers'. You'll also spend some time exploring on foot with your experienced and knowledgeable guides. Camp on a remote island in the heart of the wild. Toilets will be dug and there are no showers. Hear the nocturnal creatures of the African bush come to life as the sun goes down.
  • 5 - Okavango Delta It's an early start this morning as you venture out for a sunrise walk, hoping to catch a glimpse of some elephants and perhaps the fascinating and rather noble-looking Cape buffalo. Return to camp to enjoy some breakfast and reflect on the morning's viewing with your fellow travellers. As it warms up, you'll have the rest of the day to relax. You might like to take a refreshing swim. There is also the option of an afternoon walk or another mokoro trip. You may notice that the mokoros of today are made with fibreglass but retain their original shape - this strikes a balance between tradition and sustainability.
  • 6 - Maun After taking down your camp, it's time to return the mokoro to the poling station and board the vehicle once again. Travel back to Maun (approximately 2-3 hours). Today, we will tour a local brewery that uses millet grown by small-scale farmers in their beer production. By doing so, they support these farmers' efforts to coexist with elephants and promote an inclusive economy. This initiative not only promotes sustainable farming practices but also contributes to the region's wildlife economy, adding to the benefits.
  • 7 - Khama Rhino Sanctuary Travel to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary (approximately 9-10 hours). On the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a community-based conservation project staffed by local village residents. Built in a former hunting area 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 around the many natural waterholes. Visiting this project benefits local communities and contributes to the protection of the highly endangered white rhinoceros. In the evening, head out on a dusk game drive in an open safari vehicle with an expert local ranger to see the rhinos (this will be replaced by a dawn game drive if the group arrives at the sanctuary too late). Your camp tonight has shared facilities and optional upgrades.
  • 8 - Soweto Cross the border into South Africa and travel on to Soweto, which is located in the Johannesburg area (approximately 10-11 hours). Johannesburg is a sprawling city of remarkable contrasts. As you come into town you'll likely see opulent mansions alongside tin-roof shacks, and verdant city parks alongside the concrete. About half of Jo'burg's 3 million residents live in Soweto and its surrounding areas. Enjoy a relaxing evening upon arrival.
  • 9 - Soweto Take to the streets of Soweto on a bicycle and learn about the Soweto uprising and the resistance against apartheid. It's interesting to see how the community has changed and developed into what it is today. You'll also visit a former migrant workers' hostel and stop at many other local landmarks. Your cycling adventure should finish up at around 3 pm today. With no further activities planned, your trip comes to an end at this point. No accommodation is provided for tonight, but this can be arranged when you book this trip. If you are departing, it's best to book a flight for 8 pm or later.
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