In Botswana you will get the pleasure of visiting the Okavango delta and Chobe National Park. The two are the major holiday destinations in Botswana.
Okavango Delta also known as the Okavango grassland is one of the most visited destinations in Botswana and Africa as a whole. The delta was added to the UNESCO World heritage List after being named one of the wonders of the world. Its magnificence will take your breath away and leave you in awe.
Chobe National Park which has been named as one of the best wildlife conservation places in Africa has a river; River Chobe running through it in which you can go sunset cruising. You will also see wildlife at its best as you explore the park.
Other places that the Okavango Delta safari will cover are Khama Rhino sanctuary, Gweta, Makgadikgadi pans and South Africa.
Day 1: Livingstone to Chobe National Park & Kasane – Botswana
Before the safari begins, visitors are advised to arrive in Zambia a few days before so that they can tour the famous Victoria Falls which is not part of this package. You can arrive two days or more before in order to have ample time to explore the Falls as well as Zambezi River. At Victoria Falls you will enjoy watersports like bungee jumping, canoeing and helicopter flights and enjoy sunset cruising in Zambezi River.
On this first day, you will meet at Livingstone in Zambia (near Victoria Falls). From this point you will be picked and dropped at the junction of two rivers; Zambezi River and Chobe River. Here you will board a ferry that will take you across the river into Botswana where the actual safari begins. You will
Once in Botswana you will take a trip to Chobe National Park in Northwest Botswana. Chobe National Park is popularly known for its high population of elephants. The park also has one of the largest populations of wildlife in Africa. It is estimated to be home to about 40,000 elephants.
After a day in the park you will retire to to Kasane Lodge in the afternoon. At Kasane Lodge you will be served lunch. After lunch, you can choose to spend your afternoon relaxing by the poolside or opt to go on a game drive in Chobe National park. If you choose the game drive you will have the pleasure of seeing more wild animals like lions, giraffes, antelopes and leopards. Chobe National Park is also home to a variety of bird species and you will also see them during the game drive.
In the evening as the sun sets you will embark on a sunset cruising journey in Chobe River. You will enjoy the beautiful sunset as well as the spectacular river line vegetation plus a few animals. After the cruise it’s time for you to call it a day and retire to the lodge.
At the lodge you will be served dinner and then retire to double share cabins which have en suite bathrooms.
Day 2: Chobe to Gweta – Botswana
On the second day we shall take a drive to Gweta after breakfast. Gweta is a small south village that’s located near Nxai Pan National park. This is a leisure drive that’s meant for you to see more wildlife. You will spot buffaloes and more elephants. We will make a stop in Nata town along the way to have lunch before heading on to Gweta. From Nata town, the salt pans of the Kalahari basin are a small distance away known as the Makgadikgadi pans.
The Makgadikgadi pans are named after Lake Makgadikgadi which once occupied their place and are one of the biggest salt pans in the world. The salt pans are made up of Ntwetwe pan and Sua Pan. Sua Pan also known as Sowa Pan is the larger of the two pans. The Makgadikgadi pans during the rainy season transform into a lake albeit shallow and attract a huge number of birds, flamingos and other wild animals. The plains surrounding the pans are also covered in grass in the rainy season thus attracting animals too. These you will spot as you explore the area in this season.
The camp where you will spend the night is located near Gweta. There are baobab trees growing around the camp and you can explore the camp just to marvel at their beauty.
Once at the camp you also have an option of going on a quad biking, a game drive or relax.
You will be served dinner at the lodge and later retire to your twin share en suite cabins.
Day 3: Gweta to Maun – Botswana
Today you will take a guided walk to a Tswana village after breakfast where you’ll visit stores, a local doctor and a local school. Tswana people are known for their traditional practices and rich culture. At the village you will learn more about their culture and traditional practices.
From the village we shall embark on a journey to the Okavango Delta on the west. We shall make a stop at Maun town to buy anything that we might need as the journey proceeds.
We shall then retire to a bush camp near Maun town where we shall spend the night as we prepare to visit the Okavango delta the following day.
The camp will only serve breakfast and dinner. Accommodation will be in a twin share en suite cabin.
Day 4: Okavango Delta – Botswana
After breakfast we will start the long journey of exploring the famous Okavango delta. There will be local guides to show us the way in the delta. We will board ‘mokoros’ (canoes) as they are locally called and the guides will take us along the meandering channels. After a while it will be time to get off and take our packed lunch in the bush. We will pitch up tents under the trees and take our lunch there in the wild. This is a beautiful experience.
In the afternoon you have the option of enjoying water gliding as you see animals like hippos or go for a guided nature walk. A nature walk will be a nice way to see wild animals as well as bird species.
We will light a bonfire in the evening; gather around it as we get entertainment from the locals with their dances, stories and traditional songs. We will spend the night in en suite tents in a mobile camp.
Day 5: Okavango Delta to Maun – Botswana
We will wake up early in the morning and take a guided walk to see more birds and animals. Upon coming back we shall have breakfast and then board mokoros again which will take us to mokor station. Here we will board our safari 4×4 vehicle and drive back to Maun town. At Maun we will have lunch, shower and relax.
After lunch you have the option of taking a flight over the delta (at an extra cost) or do a guided walk of the town.
Dinner will be served at the end of the day in the camp and later retire to sleep in twin share en suite cabins.
Day 6: Maun to Khama Rhino Sanctuary – Botswana (Breakfast & Dinner)
We will visit Khama Rhino sanctuary on this day after breakfast. The sanctuary is south of Maun town. As we drive we will spot Makgadikgadi pans after passing Mopipi town.
Khama Rhino sanctuary was built to act as a conservation for the endangered rhino species. It is a community project whose money is used to develop and uplift the surrounding community.
In the afternoon we will do a guided game drive to see the beautiful rhinos plus other animals.
This last night will be spent at a hotel in twin share en suite cabins. The hotel will cater for breakfast and dinner.
Day 7: Johannesburg – South Africa
We will embark on a journey to South Africa on this last day of our budget safari. We will stop at Serowe which is a trade and Commerce hub on the way and later at Makopane town for lunch.
In the afternoon we will drive to Johannesburg and this will mark the end of our Okavango budget safari.