Botswana Overland Accommodated
14 Day Overland Tour, Accommodated
Number of Participants: 4-12
Tour Price: 2,720 EUR
Local Payment Supplement: 300 USD
Single Supplement: 970 EUR
This 14-day accommodated overland tour departs from Johannesburg and visits the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in Botswana. From there you travel to the Okavango River delta, the world’s largest inland delta and then to Moremi Game Reserve. The journey continues to the Makgadikadi Pans before you head north to Kasane and the Chobe National Park. You will enjoy a river cruise on the Chobe River and then cross the border to Zambia where you will experience Victoria Falls.
Day 1-8 | Botswana
- Khama Rhino Sanctuary: Game drives
- Okavango Delta: 4x4 into the delta, mokoro excursion, scenic flight (optional)
- Moremi Game Reserve: Game drives
Day 9-11 | Botswana
- Makgadikgadi: Salt Pans
- Chobe National Park: Sunset boat cruise, game drives
Day 12-14 | Zambia
- Victoria Falls: Sunset boat cruise, white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, elephant rides, scenic flights (all optional)
Day 1 | Johannesburg, South Africa - Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana
Distance approx. 650 km; driving time approx. 8h
Departing from Johannesburg you head north into Botswana and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community-based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino. This reserve situated in the Kalahari sandveld, has several natural waterholes and provides prime habitat for white rhino, zebra and wildebeest.
Lunch | Dinner
Day 2 | Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana - Maun, Botswana
Distance approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 6-7h
You drive through the Kalahari to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Since Maun’s founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town and is now a thriving tourist town, ‘famous’ for its roaming donkeys… The name Maun is derived from the San word ‘maung’, which translates ‘the place of short reeds’. You spend one night in this contrasting town of modern buildings and mud huts.
Breakfast | Lunch
Day 3-4 | Maun, Botswana - Okavango Delta, Botswana
Approx. 2h travel time on day 3
You drive into the Okavango Delta to a remote tented camp in the heart of the largest inland delta in the world. This amazing landscape setting has large numbers of red lechwe, buffalo, elephant and birds, particularly the colourful kingfishers. One of the best experiences in the Okavango Delta is to be poled along crystal clear waterways in a mokoro (wooden canoe). Sit and relax as the water gurgles gently under the mokoro while your skilled guide points out the fauna and flora.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner
Day 5-8 | Okavango Delta, Botswana - Maun, Botswana
Distance on day 5 approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 4h (excl. game drives)
Today you go on open 4x4 into the Moremi Game Reserve for fantastic photo opportunities of the large herds of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. Chief’s Island is the largest landmass within Moremi and was the Batswana tribe’s richest hunting ground, before being declared a game reserve by the tribe. You spend four days on game drives watching the abundant wildlife including elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion and other game in Moremi Game Reserve and in private concession reserves surrounding the park. You return to Maun on day 8 for supper at a restaurant - at your own expense.
4 x Breakfast | 4 x Lunch | 3 x Dinner
Day 9 | Maun, Botswana - Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4h
You have time for an optional game flight over the Okavango before you head to Nata. The shimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi appear as a endless white mass. When the rain comes a dramatic change takes place as thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate to the sweet nutritious grasslands and hordes of pink flamingo feed in its algae-rich waters. It is an area of low rainfall so this spectacle only lasts a short while.
Breakfast | Lunch
Day 10-11 | Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana - Chobe National Park, Botswana
Distance on day 10 approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4h
The Chobe River is a stunning feature of Botswana and is the focus of the hordes of wild creatures dependent on it for water and bathing. The Chobe River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest elephant herds in Africa, playing and drinking especially in the afternoons. An early morning 4x4 game drive in the Chobe National Park and an afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise to see these elephants, hippo, crocodiles and the red lechwe at the river for their own sundowners, are the best ways to experience this area.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch
Day 12-13 | Chobe National Park, Botswana - Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia
Distance on day 12 approx. 100 km; driving time approx. 1-2h
Today you experience ‘the smoke that thunders’ - Victoria Falls. These magnificent falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the largest waterfall on the planet. The Victoria Falls Bridge was completed in 1905 and spans the deep ravine linking Zimbabwe and Zambia. The death-defying adrenalin-pumping bungee jump is done from this bridge. Try other action opportunities such as white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi River, take a ‘flight of angels’ over the falls or a swim in the Devil’s Pool. These are optional activities, not included in the rate.
2 x Breakfast
Day 14 | Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia
Your tour ends after breakfast, but you could book another night to explore the town and national park.
- Overland tour according to the itinerary
- 13 nights accommodation in in guesthouses, chalets, bungalows,
- camps or lodges as indicated in the itinerary
- 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
- 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
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 12 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 65 years. But if you are a youngster of 12 years and older travelling with your parents or if you are over the age of 65 years and can provide a doctors note confirming that you are fit enough to take part, you’re welcome on tour as well.
Where does the group overnight while on tour?
- 11 nights are spent in twin rooms /permanent tents at nice camps / guesthouses / lodges.
- 2 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).
What vehicle is used on tour?
- We make use of 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 is used for luggage, food and other equipment.
- On game drives in the national parks we make use of an open 4x4 game drive vehicle with trailer.
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 Zambia 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 Livingstone 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.
- This safari ends in Zambia which is within a yellow fever region. In case you will return to South Africa after the tour, a proof of yellow fever vaccination will be required upon entering.
- 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.