9-Day Okavango Wilderness Trail Small Group Safari from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Overview

Starting your tour in Victoria Falls, this popular accommodated expedition includes breathtaking views over the Victoria Falls and highlights such as the Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Close encounters with wildlife; exploring the labyrinth of lagoons of the Okavango in a mokoro; cruising the Chobe and the Zambezi Rivers and Rhino spotting at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

All tour highlights
Transport
Accommodation
Road tolls and taxes
Meals as indicated
Park Fees
Services of driver / wildlife guide
Victoria Falls visit
Zambezi dinner cruise
Chobe NP, Sunset Cruise
Chobe NP, game drive
Gweta Village Walk
Okavango Delta Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Lunch (2)
Dinner (6)
Breakfast (8)
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Drinks, tips
Optional activities
Items of a personal nature
Safari Pass (Mandatory/ USD 1075.00pp)

Departure Point

Cresta Sprayview, Reynard Rd, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Court Classique Suite Hotel, Cnr Francis Baard & Beckett Streets, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0007, South Africa
Itinerary
Victoria Falls
Your guide will meet you at the hotel reception at approximately 3pm where you will be offered the opportunity to enjoy an activity briefing and book activities for your free time in Victoria Falls. This afternoon we enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the Zambezi River, a few kilometres above the mighty Victoria Falls themselves. With binoculars and cameras at the ready we have a good chance of spotting hippo, crocodile, various species of antelope as well as elephants that come down to the water’s edge to drink before sunset. The cruise starts between 3pm–4pm (you will be collected at the hotel), so if you are arriving on this day, please ensure that your flight arrives in plenty of time to enjoy this experience!
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Meals:
  Not Included
Victoria Falls
Today we visit the Victoria Falls National Park itself to witness one of Africa’s most enduring sights. Please take care when wandering along the pathways inside the reserve - the Falls are almost 100 metres deep and the drops are sheer! The afternoon you have the choice of joining activities or simply relax in our beautiful surroundings. Popular activities include scenic flights for a birds-eye view of the falls, bungy jumping off the Livingstone Bridge, gorge swinging, jet boating, game drives and cultural excursions to name a few. Note: The pre-departure meeting will be held this evening at 18:00 for all joining passengers on the Okavango Wilderness Trail – 7-day tour.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Chobe National Park
From Victoria Falls we travel the short distance to the Botswana border and cross into the small town of Kasane, and on to our lodge. This afternoon we head out onto a game drive and boat cruise in the Chobe National Park. Chobe is widely known for its populations of elephant, but the park also contains lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe and a host of antelope and birdlife. The Chobe floodplains and Chobe River provide a sensitive eco system which attracts much of the wildlife of the region especially in the dry season when it is not uncommon to see between 500 and 2000 elephants on the floodplains at one time. One highlight of Chobe is the combination of wildlife, birdlife and reptiles seen along the banks of the Chobe River. We take the afternoon cruise for a unique perspective of river-side wildlife. This evening we relax and overnight at the lodge.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Thebe Lodge, Kasane, Botswana
Meals:
 Breakfast  Dinner  
Gweta Lodge
Following breakfast, we depart for Gweta. Driving south we may be lucky to encounter elephant or buffalo alongside (or on) the road, often strays to the migratory herds which roam freely throughout the area in search of pasture and water. We stop in the small settlement of Nata for lunch or snack before continuing to Gweta. Try the optional Baobab Forest tour to see these great natural giants. The night is spent at the lodge.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Gweta Lodge, Gweta, Botswana
Meals:
 Breakfast  Dinner  
Maun
After an early breakfast we join a guided walk through a local Tswana village to learn something of the life of the community, from schools and doctors to trading and traditions. We then depart and head west to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun has experienced rapid growth in recent years and is a bustling provincial centre. Options here include scenic flights, but our first priority is to prepare for our excursion into the Okavango Delta. Our accommodation in Maun is simple guesthouse/ lodge/hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to relax with a cool beverage and pack for the Delta excursion for the following day.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, Botswana
Meals:
 Breakfast  Dinner  
Okavango Delta
Heading out early after breakfast we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta. The first part of the journey is by 4x4 over rough sandy paths to the ‘mokoro’ station, where the river level reaches. Here we are introduced to the local Tswana ‘polers’, our guides for the excursion and transfer our luggage and equipment to the makoros (dug-out canoes). We travel by these shallow canoes amongst giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels to our camp on the edge of the Okavango. From our camp we venture out on guided walk in search of some of the prolific birdlife and larger mammals that inhabit the reserve. The whole area is a natural wetland spreading over some 1,600,000ha of northern Botswana offering a perfect habitat for the wildlife that roams here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (far to the north) and flows south dividing repeatedly to form an intricate floodplain of channels and swamps which then spreads out into a broad flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and for many people the feeling of being at camp overnight is an unforgettable experience.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Elephant Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Maun
This morning we explore the surrounds on a nature walk where you have the thrilling experience of being out in the natural wilderness. This is a great way to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness and enjoy nature as it wakes for the day. After the bush we enjoy breakfast and then pack up again onto our mokoros, leaving nothing behind but footprints. Returning to our 4x4 and bidding our polers farewell, we return to Maun. The afternoon offers the opportunity to join the guide for a trip into town for a little shopping. Another popular activity here is an optional scenic flight over the ‘Delta’ for a bird’s eye view of the wilderness you have just explored by makoro and on foot. Prices depend on number of people interested but seeing the vastness of the Okavango from the air gives a further appreciation of the beauty of this part of Africa. We return to our lodge for dinner and overnight.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, Botswana
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Another early rise for our long journey skirting the greater Kalahari, where we may glimpse in the distance the vast salt pans of central Botswana to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary which we normally reach by late afternoon. In 1989 a group of local people wished to convert the Serowe Pan, previously a hunting area, into a conservation region for the rhino that inhabited the area. The ‘Pan’ was chosen because of its rhino-friendly habitat (and for its proximity to the Botswana Defence Force base for 24-hour protection against poachers). Khama is a prime habitat for white rhino, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe and with its community-based wildlife project, allows the local people to benefit from tourism. We take a game drive to catch sight of some of the rhino with guides often pointing up interesting facts about the local fauna and flora. Our last night on safari is spent at the Stevensford private nature conservancy situated on the Limpopo River in Botswana’s Tuli Block. At 3500 ha, this reserve is home to many species of antelope, crocodile, hippo, zebra, giraffe and a plethora of bird species.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Stevensford Game Reserve, Botswana
Meals:
 Breakfast  Dinner  
Pretoria
Our last morning sees us joining the main route along Martin’s Drift border post. Crossing the mighty Limpopo River into South Africa, we take in the scenic views and notice changes to vegetation, infrastructure and populated areas. We arrive in Pretoria where our tour ends normally by mid to late afternoon.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Each small group tour has a Safari Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income. The (Mandatory) Safari Pass is USD 1075 per person
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveller.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

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