16-02195Botswana Highlights

16 Day Overland Tour, Camping

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From: Johannesburg

To: Johannesburg

Number of Participants: 4-13

Tour Price: from 2,195 EUR

On this 16-day overland camping tour you will cross the Botswana border to see the spectacular sights of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Near Maun you will join in a walk to a local village for an insight in how the locals live in these harsh conditions. Thereafter you will fly by light aircraft to the heart of the delta and continue by mekoro to the exclusive wilderness camp where you spend three nights. You return to Maun to replenish supplies and then head north into the wilderness. The next days will be spent in the Moremi Game Reserve and Savuti region before continuing to Chobe National Park to search for the ‘Big Five’. You will visit the amazing Victoria Falls (‘the Smoke that Thunders’) to experience this World Heritage Site.

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Day 1-7 | Botswana

  • Makgadikgadi: Salt pans, game drive
  • Maun: Boteti River, local village visit
  • Okavango Delta: Light aircraft flight into the delta; mekoro excursion, nature walks


Day 8-12 | Botswana

  • Moremi Reserve: Game drives
  • Savuti Reserve: Game drives
  • Chobe National Park: Game drives


Day 13-16 | Zimbabwe

  • Victoria Falls: Boat trip, white river rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, elephant rides, scenic flights (all optional)

Day 1 Johannesburg, South Africa - Nata, Botswana

Distance approx. 900 km; driving time approx. 10-12h

Departing from our Drifters lodge in Johannesburg at 06h30, you head for the Botswana border. After completing customs and immigration formalities you head for Nata, an oasis-like camp on the edge of the impressive Sowa salt pan. Here you camp the night. You will be introduced to your fellow guests and the tour’s procedures over a catered meal at the lodge – for your own expense.


Day 2 Nata, Botswana - Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

Distance approx. 100 km, driving time approx. 2-3h

After a leisurely breakfast you transfer to the 4x4 vehicle for an excursion. You then return to the camp for a refreshing swim and a snack. Relax for a few hours during the heat of the day before packing up and travelling to the Makgadikgadi Pans. These spectacular saltpans are known for their prolific birdlife such as pelicans and flamingoes and other desert-adapted animals that it attracts during the rainy season. Camp wild and breathe in the isolation and serenity of the star-studded night. 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 3 Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana - Maun, Botswana

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 4-5h

The people who booked the 13 day fly-in package will arrive this morning. After a relaxed start, you can explore a little more before you leave the pans and drive to the camp in Maun situated on the banks of the Boteti River. Wash the dust off with a hot shower before the afternoon’s excursion: a walk to a local village to meet the locals living in these harsh conditions. Tonight you enjoy a traditional "braai" before camping the night. 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 4-7 Maun, Botswana - Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango is a massive river distributing its water into the Kalahari Desert’s sands, creating one of the world’s only true inland deltas. It is a unique ecosystem that supports a huge variety of animal and plant life. From Maun, you will fly in a light aircraft to the heart of this delta and will then continue by mekoro (traditional wooden canoe) to the exclusive wild camp. You spend three nights in true wilderness, exploring the area on foot and by mekoro - the traditional mode of transport. Clients will have the opportunity to take extensive game flight over the Delta on either day 4 or 7. Late on day 7 you fly back to Maun and return to the camp to freshen up before enjoying a catered meal.
4 x Breakfast | 4 x Lunch | 4 x Dinner


Day 8-12 Maun, Botswana - National Parks Moremi, Savuti, Chobe, Botswana
- Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Distance on day 8 approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 6h (incl. game drives)

You return to Maun to stock up on supplies and prepare for the onward journey. Sitting high on the well-equipped vehicle you head north into the wilderness, passing remote villages along the way. You spend five days in these reserves following seasonal game migrations: starting with Moremi and camping the first night near the well-known Third Bridge. Drift off to sleep to the howl of the hyena, the earthy roar of a lion and even the deep grunt of a half-submerged hippo. You then head on north via Xakanaxa to camp near North Gate. This area is excellent for game viewing and you will conduct afternoon and morning drives in the wetland areas. Then up to Savuti with lots of game drive options and a very active campsite. Moving into Chobe, famous for its large herds of elephant, you spend the morning exploring the banks of the majestic Chobe River, where with some luck you get to see the puku, an antelope found exclusively in Chobe Flats. You then cross the border to spend the night in comfort at our Victoria Falls lodge. 
5 x Breakfast | 5 x Lunch | 5 x Dinner


Day 13-14 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Waking up in the ‘adventure capital’ of Africa, the first thing you will do is to see the breathtaking Victoria Falls – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. You spend three nights at the lodge with enough time to explore, either on foot or bicycle. Book an activity: visit a tribal village, the big tree, a market or the crocodile farm. For more adventurous guests there are aircraft flights over the falls or a boat trip on the Zambezi River, white water rafting, bungee jumping or an elephant back safari. (These are optional activities and not included in the rate). Two of the nights you will eat at local restaurants at own expense. Relax to the sound of the distant roar of the falls and drink a toast to your adventure. 
2 x Breakfast


Day 15 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Nata, Botswana

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5-6h

The people flying out after the 13-day tour will depart today, while over landers will return to Botswana and complete the triangle back to Nata. Camp for the last time and share your experiences with the next tour that has just arrived.
Breakfast | Lunch

If you prefer not to drive from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg (about 1300 km), you can opt to fly to OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg after breakfast on Day 15. The tour price will then be reduced accordingly. Please contact your Elefant-Tours Team to assist.


Day 16 Nata, Botswana - Johannesburg, South Africa

Distance approx. 900 km; driving time approx. 10-12h

Travel back to Johannesburg to arrive in the early evening.


For those who dread the long-distance travelling or who have limited time, you can also book a shorter 13 Day Fly in package which joins up on the 3rd day from Maun and departs on the 15th day from Victoria Falls. Please contact your Elefant-Tours Team for more information and rates.


Price includes:
  • Overland tour according to the itinerary
  • 12 nights camping, 3 nights accommodated
  • Transport in an overland truck and a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Coffee and tea with breakfast
  • National parks fees
  • Camping equipment
  • Okavango delta fly-in safari


Price excludes:
  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
  • Optional activities
  • Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag
  • How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?

    - Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 13 travellers per group.
    - Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.

  • Is there an age limit on tour?

    - Generally the age limit is 18 to 55 years. But please feel free to contact us if you are a youngster travelling with your parents or if you are over the age of 55 years and we will gladly contact the local tour operator to see if we can’t work out something for you.

  • Where does the group overnight while on tour?

    - 4 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) on campsites with good ablution and other facilities.
    - 8 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) in basic bush camps with very basic ablutions (bush toilet + Bucket shower).
    - 3 nights are spent in twin rooms at nice guesthouses/lodges.

  • What mode of transport is used on tour?

    - We make use of 4x4 safari trucks that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Big windows guarantee first-class game and nature viewing and a spacious interior with comfortable seats offer a high travel comfort. The back part of the vehicle and sometimes a trailer is used for luggage, food and camping equipment.
    - Transfers in to the delta are arranged with light aircrafts, carrying no more than 6 or 13 people.

  • What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?

    - Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary.
    - Breakfast usually consists of cereals, toast and jam. Light lunches like salads and sandwiches are prepared en-route while for dinner the guide prepares stews, BBQs, vegetables and different pasta or rice dishes.

  • How much extra money do I have to take along?

    - We recommend that you take along some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs. 10-15 USD per day is usually sufficient (depending on your spending habits). In addition you should allow some extra money for the optional activities you might want to participate in.

  • Do I need visa for this tour?

    - Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
    - In general European citizens do not require a visa for South Africa and Botswana. For Zimbabwe a visa is usually required.
    - It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.

  • Do I need vaccinations for this tour?

    - As Botswana and Victoria Falls are situated within a malaria area, we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
    - Although none of the countries visited on tour require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.

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