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Botswana Safari Victoria Falls to Maun

Absolute Africa
4.7 . Excellent
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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
6 days
From: $ 668 $ 111 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Game cruise on the Chobe River
  • Visit Chobe National Park
  • Two night mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta
  • Explore Botswana
  • Explore Okavanga Delta and enjoy seeing the wildlife at our drive

Short Description

Cruise the Chobe River to delight in the park's large herds of elephant that concentrate in and by the Chobe River particularly during dry season, accompanied by other wildlife. Then to Maun for a mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta, a vast wetland teeming with animals and birdlife.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Lodging Level Camping
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Victoria Falls
End City Maun

Trip Includes

  • Chobe National Park
  • Game cruise on the Chobe River
  • Two night mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta
  • 5 breakfasts & 5 dinners whilst with truck
  • 5 nights camping whilst with the truck
  • Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
  • Services of Absolute Crew
  • Ongoing advice
  • All road tolls & taxes are paid

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Itinerary

Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Kasane, Botswana

On our first day we leave Victoria Falls early morning to enter Botswana. Look out as soon as we cross the border for elephants on the road side. Arriving in Kasane we head out on in open safari vehicles on a game drive deep into Chobe National Park, a park blessed with abundant game and particularly with large herds of elephant. Zebra, buffalo and many different antelope species call Chobe home. The concentration of prey also attracts predators and the area is known to have lion, leopard and cheetah. The park also has the endangered African wild dog. Returning for lunch and some time to shop in the afternoon we then set out on a cruise late afternoon to enjoy sunset on the Chobe River. Enjoy elephant, crocodile and hippopotamus as well as of the other game drawn to the river, daily access to water being an essential to many species particularly in dry season. Distance: 86 kms Est. Drive Time: +/-2 hours (depending on the border)

Day 2: Kasane to Maun

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Departing from Kasane we travel to the town of Maun via Nata. Maun is the gateway for the world famous Okavango Delta. For more than 200 kms the drive takes us beside the margins of Chobe National Park before our approach to the Kalahari driving beside the Makgadikgadi Pans. Arriving in Maun we stop in town for shopping so you can pick up lunch for your time in the Delta before we head to camp and a relax by the pool. A mokoro is a traditional dug out canoe. Tonight we have a safari briefing and organise for our mokoro safari into the Okavango, this special safari being the big highlight of our tour. Distance: 666 kms Est. Drive Time: 9 hours

Day 3: Maun to the Okavango Delta

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning we leave at 7 AM in customised open safari vehicles to travel to the mokoro mooring station about an hour away. With a little luck we might see wildlife on our drive in. Arriving at the station we meet our traditional polers. From here we head out early into the Okavango Delta for three days to travel through the serene waterways of the Delta in a mokoro poled by the traditional Botswanan polers. We drift through the narrow reed lined channels and stop off on islands where we set up camp and have lunch surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African bush. This afternoon we have a guided bush walk before returning to sit beside a roaring crackling campfire and enjoy the African night sky full of stars – our bush TV!

Day 4: Okavango Delta

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today we go on an early morning game walk. Then there is time to go fishing, learn how to steer a mokoro, or sit back and enjoy this unique environment. The guides will also take you to a safe location to swim if you wish this afternoon, before we return to camp late afternoon for dinner.

Included wildlife activity: Mokoro safari over three days

Day 5: Okavango Delta to Maun

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

We have a gentle cruise back from this unique wilderness adventure this morning and then return to civilization. We have some time in town. There is the option of a scenic flight over the Delta this afternoon. This evening we have dinner at the

hotel and a final night with traditional singing and dancing.

Included wildlife activity: Mokoro safari over three days

Optional excursion: Scenic flight over the Delta

Day 6:

Meals: Breakfast

A transfer to Maun airport for your onward flight is included in the price of your trip.

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Botswana Safari Victoria Falls to Maun

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Race to the bottom

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73 days from Nairobi, Kenya to Cape Town, South Africa, Jan through Mar
Do you enjoy people not following rules that affect you directly?
Disregard of 10pm curfew, smoking and noise restrictions, or environmental welfare?
Recurring theft of your well-marked belongings (food, drinks, power cords, etc.)?
Repeat damages to your stuff due to negligence (sleeping bag, backpacks, etc.)?
Incessant juvenile jokes about farts, vomit, drunkenness, burps, sex, or making fun of others?
Constant loud music rather than enjoyment of nature?
Purposeful ignoring of guide’s requests to the extent that it may endanger you…
Person buying drugs in broad daylight and near cop – you could be made guilty by association
Person drinking while driving, guilty by association if open container found by authorities
Lack of food because some people abuse how much they take or stash away
Waiting for the people who are not prepared, not following the schedule or could care less that they are enjoying themselves while you WAIT – hey you paid the same price, but they enjoy while you WAIT
People not sharing the workload saying they have more important things to do like washing hair, downloading pictures, making phone calls. Once again you paid the same price, but they enjoy while you WORK
People who make you miss optional events you sign up for because they came back too late or crossed your name out of events you have signed up for replacing it with their own?
People claiming that they don’t have money to give tips (the way many survive in Africa) while they carry thousands of dollars of equipment, have money for drinks every night, buy drugs, give each other’s birthday gifts, etc. Embarrassing to be associated with these uncaring people. What bad reputation!
People pushing elder of a village out of the way to take picture? Others entering locals’ homes without asking? Clearly invading their privacy, acting as if these people don’t matter.
People refusing to share tents, storage areas, workload, space to take pictures, etc. The me, me, me syndrome leading to people being hurt due to pushing to be there first, etc.
Most of this could have been address by the guide but he chose not to be involved so it festered for 73 days, making the bullies get all they wanted and the non-bullies, second citizens – incredibly sad.
THANKFULLY, Africa, its people and nature are AMAZING, and you push that aside long enough to enjoy it until you return to the bus and face the sad reality of your tour cohorts.
Overall, this felt like a race to the bottom or the lowest common denominator instead of an uplifting experience.
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Amazing

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I did the Wildlife Journey, about 2 months from Kampala to Cape Town. It was an amazing itinerary and exceeded my expectations in terms of animal sightings, scenery, campsites, etc. Our guide Peter was absolutely 5 star!! He was extremely knowledgeable about the animals, history, local culture, etc. He was the best guide I've ever encountered on any tour anywhere, bar none.
The truck and camping equipment were excellent. The cooking teams did a wonderful job and the food was excellent throughout the trip.
My only suggestion would be to add another transit camp between Zanzibar and Lake Malawi because there were several very long travel days in that section. Either make the trip a day longer or spend two nights instead of three at Kande Beach.
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Had a blast!!

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Myself and my husband recently finished the 18 day Kenya/ Tanzania Safari and had a blast!! We seen the big 5 on multiple occasions and got so close we could almost touch the animals (not literally but it felt that way). Shout out to our tour leader Emily who was full of energy 100% of the time (even when we were not). She made sure all our needs were catered too and cooked some pretty amazing meals for us. Second shout out to our driver Rob whom was an amazing driver and also socialite in the night. We definitely look to return in the future to finish off the southern end through Vic Falls and South Africa.
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Most amazing time

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Went on the Nairobi to Kigali trip over Christmas and had the most amazing time. Our Tour leader, Joe was fantastic, he was friendly, chatty and always happy to help when needed. He was great at what he did and did an amazing job of always ensuring breakfast was ready to go in the mornings. Our driver Mogu was just as fantastic, he had amazing driving skills and was also always happy to sit and chat and help out when needed. The actual tour was more than I could have wished for. I would recommend it to anyone. Thanks again to Absolute!!!
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Incredible trip

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I did the 'Simba Sounds' tour last month and I can honestly say it was the most incredible trip. It was so well organised yet relaxed and so much fun. Huge thanks to our guide, Joe and driver, Dave who worked so tirelessly to ensure all went well. They were professional but friendly and so knowledgeable about the locations and wildlife. Thank you so much Joe and Dave! And such a brilliant group of people. Excellent value for money too. I would definitely use Absolute Africa again.
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you should go!

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AA took me from Nairobi to Vic Falls and I really enjoyed the experience. The group had people from different ages and backgrounds, from uni students to retired ladies. After a few days you feel very familiar to your travel buddies and there is a general feeling of cordiality and warmth. The food was great and I could make it healthysh. There is options for vegetarians, lots of fruits and vegetables if you like.
The truck is fine if you keep in mind that an overland camping tour in Africa not supposed to be comfortable. I felt safe all the time and reafirmed my belief that dangerous places are not necessarily those where many people live a very simple life.
The only thing I missed was having contact with local people. But I understand that this is a group tour, and a deeper contact demand a different travel style.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Additional Information:

Insurance:

We believe that your safety and enjoyment when travelling overseas with us is very important which is why we recommend arranging cover with specialist insurance brokers Campbell Irvine Direct. Campbell Irvine have over 35 years experience in adventure travel insurance.

It is a condition of booking that you have travel insurance in place to cover your entire trip. You are responsible to ensure your policy is adequate for your travel plans even if we have seen your policy.

Not all insurance policies are the same. When travelling overland in Africa you want to be sure you have appropriate cover given the adventurous nature of what you are doing.

Make sure you have adequate accident and medical cover including cover for repatriation home in the event you became ill and couldn't continue, and also that all the adventure activities you may want to do are covered. If you need cover for one way travel do also check the policy does cover this when obtaining a quote.

Activities like safari walks, white water rafting on grade 5 rapids, bungee jumping, horse riding and trekking Kilimanjaro are not necessarily covered by all policies - so check out the small print carefully.

Take a look at our overland adventure travel insurance!

Overland adventure travel is covered and arranging cover on line is quick & super easy to arrange.

The cover includes:

24-Hour Worldwide Emergency Medical Service with Global Response who are experts in providing friendly and professional emergency help.

14 day money back cooling off period.

A pre-departure medical screen helpline.

An extensive list of activities covered on your trip.

Easy to purchase Add Ons for activities not covered by the standard premiums such as sky diving and quad biking.

Responsible Travel

Whilst travelling with Absolute Africa we aim to allow you to experience new people and places, whilst respecting and preserving the cultural integrity of the people and the natural state of the environments we visit.

Litter: When packing, bear in mind that relatively little commercial recycling is done in Africa. Where possible remove packaging before you go to Africa and use biodegradable products. Whilst on the road, retain your litter until you reach a town or city where it can be disposed of safely.

Water:

Water may seem plentiful at the time you are travelling on your overland trip, however many people in Africa are totally reliant on seasonal surface water that is within walking distance. They share this limited resource with both their domestic livestock and the wildlife for which Africa is famous. With this is mind, we promote conservative water usage and support the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Shopping: Wherever possible we support the economies of the many rural areas through which we travel. We encourage our clients to purchase local food for their lunches and we also encourage visiting in villages where souvenirs can be purchased directly from the craftsmen or women. Purchase of products produced from endangered and/or protected fauna and flora is discouraged.

Fires:

Many people in Africa are reliant on woodfires for cooking. As the population has increased the impact of this is of growing concern. Whilst barbeques are an integral part of any African experience, we frequently utilize gas cookers in order to help preserve the increasingly scarce wood supply.

Cultures & Respect:

Consideration should be taken of the customs and beliefs of the people you meet on your travels. Some cultures have beliefs regarding having their photograph taken, so it is polite to ask permission first. Attitudes with regards to clothing are often quite conservative, so your dress code should take this into consideration. To ensure that you don’t offend, revealing garments like g-string bikinis should be avoided. Religious beliefs and events should always be respected. Trying to understand the customs and beliefs of the people you meet will enhance your travel experience and broaden your perspective.

Fauna and Flora:

You may pass through some fragile and unique ecosystems that deserve particular respect. Some immensely important concerns, such as the preservation of endangered animals like the mountain gorillas are obvious. Less obvious perhaps is the preservation of all habitats as they support a myriad of species, as is the preservation of lesser known species of fauna and flora. Take care where you walk .

Stick to established paths, and leave things as beautiful and untouched as you find them.

As the old adage says . . . 'Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.'

Trip ID#:

botsafabs

Meals Included:

5 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners

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