Incredible South Africa Botswana Zimbabwe – 1 night Johannesburg | 2 nights Victoria Falls | 2 nights Chobe | 4 nights Okavango Delta
A big thanks to Kerry for arranging this amazing vacation for us!
Our top priority was SAFARI and this itinerary was exactly that. We got to experience some of the most amazing animal sightings, from Elephant crossing the river in Chobe to a mom and 3 cheetah cubs playing on an anthill in the Okavango Delta. The rangers were experienced and told us so many interesting facts and stories about the animals and the local people and their way of life in Botswana.
We had morning and evening game drives, bush walks, river safaris, motor boat safaris, dugout canoe safaris, together with wonderful meals at all the lodges.
Kerry arranged the perfect tour for us and we would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to visit Africa! Our next trip is already being talked about and Kerry will be the person we contact for this.
Upon arrival at OR Tambo Airport, you will be met in the arrivals hall by our representative from Wilro Tours, who will hand over your travel documents and transfer you to Melrose Arch, African Pride Hotel, where you spend the night. The day is at leisure and you can explore the Melrose Arch Precinct.
Transfer time: OR Tambo Airport to your hotel – 25 to 45 minutes
This morning you make your way to OR Tambo Airport. You make your way to International Departures and check in for your flight, to Victoria Falls. On arrival, your driver will meet you in reception for your transfer to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, where you spend two nights.
Flight time: Johannesburg to Victoria Falls – ± 1½ hours
Transfer time: Victoria Falls Airport to your lodge – ± 30 to 40 minutes
Today is at leisure and you can enjoy the day at Victoria Falls.
The wide, basalt cliff of the falls transforms the placid Zambezi River into a ferocious torrent, cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. This allows for a multitude of adventures from aerial to death-defying, or up-close-and-personal.
Peak flood season is around March and April when the full power of the falls can be experienced in all its glory.
This morning your driver will meet you in reception for your transfer across the border to Botswana. You are transferred by road to Kasane. Here you will meet up with the driver from Ngoma Safari Lodge, who will transfer you to the lodge. You check into your lodge and have time to relax before the afternoon safari activity.
Transfer time: Victoria Falls to your lodge in Chobe – ± 2 to 2½ hours (depends on border crossing times)
Chobe National Park on Botswana’s North West border is a pristine wilderness of open plains, baobab trees, ancient woodland, swamps and flood plains and is home to the greatest concentration of game in the entire southern African subcontinent. One of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe River forms the Park’s northern boundary. The Chobe riverfront area is most famous for its large herds of elephants and buffalo, which come down to the river in huge herds to drink during the dry winter months. During this season, one may see hundreds of elephants at one time. Other species include waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird Safaris. A highlight of Chobe is taking a river cruise, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to animals that come down to the river.
After your last game activity and breakfast you will be transferred to Kasane Airport for your light aircraft transfer to the Okavango Delta. On arrival at airstrip, you will be met by your ranger and transferred to your lodge, where you spend 2 nights at Gunns Camp.
Transfer time: Ngoma to Kasane Airport – ± 45 minutes
Flight time: Kasane to Gunns Camp – ± 1 hours
The Okavango Delta in Botswana with its richly diverse wildlife species is one of the premium destinations in the world for a dynamic safari experience. This 22,000 square kilometre area offers a truly unique wilderness safari in Africa. The Delta forms where the Okavango River disappears beneath the sands of Botswana.
Although the periphery is semi-arid, the Okavango Delta itself is a patchwork of cool clear streams, lagoons, floodplains and forested islands. In the dry winter season vast numbers of wildlife flock to where the floodwaters infiltrate the delta, providing one of the world’s most spectacular sights. The world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve covers part of the Delta and is known as the ‘predator capital of Africa’. It is also home to the Big Five and large herds of elephant and buffalo. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the Delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades. Watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains. Wide grassy floodplains are host to a magnificent array of wild animals, including the specially adapted sitatunga and lechwe antelopes. Within this lacework of channels, game viewing and bird watching is frequently guided from mokoro (dugout canoes) or more commonly, environmentally-friendly fibreglass replicas. In these slender flat-bottomed craft, guests are propelled by expert polers, many of whom were born in the Okavango Delta and know the winding waterways and their inhabitants intimately.
After your last game activity and breakfast you will be transferred to airstrip for your short flight hop to Kanana Camp. On arrival at airstrip, you will be met by your ranger and transferred to your lodge, where you spend 2 nights. This afternoon you are taken on a game safari and return to the lodge for dinner.
Flight time: Gunns Camp to Kanana Camp – ± 10 to 15 minutes
Explore the Okavango Delta by mokoro, on foot or on game drive. A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife, Botswana’s Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, crystal clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Adapted for a life in and out of water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo.
After your last game activity and breakfast, you bid farewell to this African Wonderland. Your game ranger will transfer you to the airstrip for your small plane flight to Maun. On arrival in Maun, you check in for your flight to Johannesburg. Here you make your way through customs and immigration and check in for your flight home.