Classic Okavango, Caprivi & Victoria Falls Self-Drive Safari
This 13 day Classic Botswana, Caprivi & Victoria Falls Self-Drive takes you through all the variety of Botswana: through desert salt-pans to lush Delta Waterways, and culminating at the breath-taking Victoria Falls. Go on safari in your own vehicle with Classic accommodation and service provided. You will fly-in from Johannesburg to Kasane, where you will pick-up your 4x4 SUV rental.
Accommodation: Classic Okavango accommodation
Activities: Game drives, boat cruises, nature walks
Destinations: Chobe, Makgadikgadi, Okavango, Caprivi, Victoria Falls
Seasonal: All year round with a peak from June to October.
This Self-drive holiday through Botswana provides the ultimate safari experience in Africa. You can enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible wildlife viewing through Moremi, Savute and Chobe which this safari tour showcases.
Although the self-drive option is a big attraction for many people the camping often keeps people away. On this Deluxe Botswana Self-Drive Safari the sense of adventure is combined with luxury.
Experiencing the adventure of the roads in your own vehicle does not have to mean that you need to rough it with the accommodation. This wonderful Botswana self-drive safari allows you to experience the superior luxury and service of a five-star lodge.
Day 1 Arrival Kasane. Transfer to Chobe National Park
First night in Africa – Relax at your safari lodge and take in the smells, sounds and sights. Right on your doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 & 3: The Kalahari Salt Pans - Makgadikgadi
This morning after breakfast, we head for the Makgadikgadi salt Pans. In the middle of the northern Kalahari, lies a complex of huge, flat salt-pans. It is a harsh, sparse landscape, not to everyone's taste, but it offers isolation as complete as anywhere in Southern Africa, and a wealth of hidden treasures for those prepared to make the effort.
Their geology and history are fascinating, they play a vital role in the area's ecosystems… and they are very photogenic.
After settling into your cozy and comfortable hut, take a stroll with your Guide through the surrounding baobab forest, while he explains the local ecology, geology and, of course, the unique biology of the baobabs. Enjoy a flaming Botswana sunset with a cool drink over a campfire as your Guide explains the fascinating geological origins of the Makgadikgadi.
This vast salt-pan desert, an area that is bigger than Switzerland, was once the largest expanse of fresh water on the planet! Return to your lodge for a super-tasty Pan-African dinner.
After a delicious breakfast, take a tour of Gweta to experience modern African village culture. Learn about the history and traditions of the Bat-swana from our Guides whose knowledge has been inherited from their ancestors. Visit the local primary school, ‘Sekolo’ with its outdoor classes under the morula tree, the Kgotla – a traditional court that governs the village and people of Gweta, and for the very brave, we recommend that you try out some sorghum beer!
Along the way, your Guide will explain the incredible adaptations of the species that are unique to the Kalahari Desert environment. On reaching the lunar landscape of Ntwetwe Pan, and after listening to a brief safety talk, zoom off on your quad bike for a lightning tour of the archaeology, geology and zoology of the area.
Quad bikes enable us to explore the vast nothingness of the Makgadikgadi in an ecologically correct fashion leaving only a shallow track that will be washed away by summer rains.
Search for the stone tools that remain scattered on the surface of the saltpan. Your Guide will give a comprehensive explanation of the manufacture of stone tools as well as the evolution of man him-self.
Enjoy a drink before a barren and beauteous sunset followed by a barbeque dinner cooked to perfection by your ever-talented Guide. At the end of an action-packed day, snuggle up in your bedroll under the phenomenal Makgadikgadi skies, your very own star- spangled ceiling.
Wake up to the Kalahari sun rising between your feet. Warm your hands on a mug of piping hot coffee and soak up the solitude. Quad back to the edge of Ntwetwe Pan, then head off with your Guide to explore the surrounding area, in search of uniquely adapted desert species such as bat eared foxes, springbuck, kori bustards, and some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats.
After this fascinating encounter, head back to Planet Baobab for a much-needed shower and a scrumptious breakfast.
(Note – during the wet season 1 November to 24 April 4x4 will be used to visit the pans and the second night will be at the lodge – not out on the salt pans).Accommodation: Lodge Included Meals: Day 2 Breakfast & Dinner, Day 3 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 & 5: Okavango Delta
After breakfast, we head for Maun- gateway to the Okavango Delta. The Okavango River delta, or 'Okavango Delta' as it is usually known, is one of Africa's top safari areas.
With a lush water-wilderness of papyrus swamps, shallow reed-beds and floodplains, dotted with islands and laced with a network of channels.
Day 5: Overnight Moremi and Delta excursion. To get a taste of the swamplands and the budding intrigues that unfold for explorers we spend the night at a bush camp in the Delta. Become part of the bustling river life by easing between the papyrus clad banks on traditional ‘Mokoro' canoes. Skilled poler guides, allowing the guests to sit back and absorb the scenery.
We prepare a delicious picnic lunch, which can be enjoyed on the banks of the river after a bush walk and refreshing swim in the natural delta pools.
Accommodation: Situated on the banks of the Thamalakane river, Croc Camp hosts an abundance of bird life with the occasional hippo or crocodile visitor, all of which can be viewed while enjoying spectacular sunsets from the bar deck.
Included Meals: Day 4 Breakfast & Dinner, Day 5 Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Day 6: Okavango Delta – The Panhandle
On the northwestern side of the Delta, in an area known as The Panhandle, stand several old, established camps. These are often regarded as fishing camps, as the tiger fishing here is particularly good, but the bird watching is also first class, with rarities like skimmers, as well as a host of egrets, storks, kingfishers and warblers.
Accommodation: Canvas chalets each with their own private view of the lagoon. Each chalet accommodates two people with lovely teak beds; en-suite bathrooms provide hot showers and flush toilets.
Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 7 & 8 The Caprivi Strip & Nkasa Lupala -Linyati Eco System
Today we cross the border into Namibia after breakfast and start our trip eastwards towards the great Zambezi through the Caprivi Strip. Here, in the Caprivi Strip, wide tropical rivers bear names to conjure with – the Zambezi, the Okavango, the Chobe and the Linyanti. The vegetation is lush and supports a dense population, making this a unique corner of Namibia, which, in many ways, feels much more like a part of Botswana or Zambia than it does a part of the rest of Namibia.
The unfenced Nkasa Lupala swampland reserve consists largely of marshland, veined by a network of reed-lined channels. It includes two large islands: Nkasa and Lupala. Together with Mudumu National Park, it has the vast majority of Namibia's population of sitatunga, red lechwe and puku, as well as large herds of buffalo, and a recorded 430 bird species.
Day 8: Game Drive safari in the Nkasa Lupala NP (Mamili), Mudumu NP and Wuparo Conservancy. Sightings on this drive may include Elephants, Buffalo, Hippo, Lions, Leopard, Impala, Kudu, Zebra, wildebeest, Roan and Sable. Boat cruise are conducted in the channels of the Kwando-Linyanti delta, with great opportunity to sight special water adapted antelopes such as Waterbuck, Reedbuck, Sitatunga and Lechwe.
Accommodation: Tented Lodge
Meals: Day 7 Breakfast & Dinner, Day 8 Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Day 9 & 10: Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park covers about 11,700km˛ of the northern Kalahari, much of it impenetrable thorn bush growing on deep sand. This is an old safari area. Livingstone visited it in the 1850s, as have countless big-game hunters since. It's famous for huge herds of elephant and buffalo, and large prides of lion that have learnt to hunt them; for a river that apparently flows both ways; and for the mysterious, disappearing (and reappearing) Savuti Channel.
Day 9: Game drives within the Chobe National Park offer the opportunity to view the abundant elephant and other big game species up close, and the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators. Game drives depart three times a day (approximately 3-hour duration).
Day 10: Game Drives & Boat Cruises - Chobe River cruises have to be one of the finest game viewing experiences in Africa. With over 80 000 elephant in the park alone they are a very frequent sighting. Hippo, water birds, buffalo, crocodile and puku are also viewed from the river.
Included Meals: Day 9 Breakfast & Dinner, Day 10 Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Day 11 & 12: Victoria Falls
When David Livingstone first saw the breathtaking waterfall he noted 'Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by Angels in their flight' There is a lot to do, besides marveling at the waterfall. The enchanting 'The Flight of Angels', by helicopter, microlight or ultralight is the best way to take in the magnitude of this awesome spectacle.
Day 11: You have the morning at your leisure before your scheduled road transfer via Kasane to Victoria Falls. Transfer time is approximately 2 hours and immigration and customs are cleared en route at both the Botswana and Zimbabwean border posts.
Today finds us enjoying a guided tour in the Victoria Falls rainforest, one of the seven natural wonders of the world the Victoria Falls is a truly spectacular sight. On your scheduled guided tour of the Zimbabwe side of the Falls
Start at Livingstone's statue and Devil's Cataract and proceed through the rain forest to Danger Point. The walk is 3km and there are many viewpoints along the way. You have the afternoon at your leisure to explore the vibrant town, shop for curios or enjoy the many optional activities available. (Optional activities not included in tour fare).
Day 12: In the late afternoon, enjoy the Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi River. The total cruise time is approximately 3 hours. Sunset cruises arrive back after sunset. From the boats, sightings of elephant, giraffe and even rhino coming down to the river to drink are common. There are also abundant, hippos, crocodiles and birdlife. An experienced guide accompanies each cruise and has good knowledge on the wildlife and local history of the area.
At night the Boma Restaurant – an award winning vibrant open air African Restaurant provides an evening of Zimbabwean culture, entertainment and food to create an unforgettable experience.
Accommodation: Resort. Play golf where the animals roam, gaze over the Zambezi River from the privacy of your balcony or unwind with a cocktail at the pool.
Included Meals: Day 11 Breakfast Day 12 Breakfast & Dinner
Included Services: Scheduled road transfer
Day 13: Depart Victoria Falls
After breakfast, you will be collected at your hotel and join a scheduled road transfer to the Victoria Falls International airport for your flight home, unless alternative arrangements have been made to join another adventure tour or extend your stay in Victoria Falls.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Included Services: Departure Transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport
Price list for Classic Okavango, Caprivi & Victoria Falls Self-Drive Safari
This 7 day classic self-drive holiday is calculated for 2 guests in a 4x4 car rental and in en-suite accommodations sharing, with scheduled flights ex/to Johannesburg.
Rates are valid for 2012 / 2013 but may vary depending on the season and daily currency exchange rate.
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