14 days

Botswana Discovery

Botswana Discovery

Okavango Delta by 'mokoro'

Chobe National Park's river

‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls

Etosha National Park - game drives and floodlit waterholes

Trip rating
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    “A highlight for me is the walking tours on the mokoro excursions. You get a lot of time with your local leader out there, and they are interpreting all the nature tracks and the birdcalls that you’ll be coming across. There is so much time for walking slowly, talking and asking questions. It is one of my favourite times during a trip.” Ofentse, Peregrine local leader.

    Why we love it

    • Meet the locals, including zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, a variety of antelope, elephant, buffalo and hopefully the Big Five!
    • A two night excursion into the Okavango Delta where you’ll enjoy walking safaris and mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) excursions into the heart of the Delta.
    • A breathtaking sunset cruise on the mighty Chobe River
    • Start at the breathtaking Victoria Falls, where you’ll soon learn why the locals call it “The Smoke That Thunders”

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Victoria Falls

    • Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting in the evening of Day 1
    • You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar

    Day 2 - Victoria Falls

    • Visit the magnificent Victoria Falls
    • The Victoria Falls are an enormous curtain of water, about a mile wide, falling 108 m into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise up an incredible 400 m and the falls are an impressive raging torrent. The spray from the falls can sometimes be seen from kilometres away. It's no wonder that the local name Mosi oa Tunya means the 'smoke that thunders'. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and it's possible to see little islets in the river below
    • The rest of the day is free for you to explore Victoria Falls or enjoy one of the many optional activities or excursions this town has to offer.
    • Tonight we will spend the night at a Boma dinner, where they specialize in a traditional Zimbabwean barbeque.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3-4 - Chobe National Park

    • Crossing the border into Botswana, take a short drive to Kasane on the edge of Chobe National Park where your chalet accommodation is located.
    • Spot hippos, a variety of birdlife, crocodiles sunning themselves, cheetahs and lions
    • Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Chobe River
    • There's time for an optional dawn game drive for those who would like to further explore this beautiful park
    Thebe River Safari's or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 5-6 - Caprivi Strip

    • Crossing the border into Namibia, and on to the Caprivi Strip, take a river drive through Mahango Game Reserve
    • Spot sable, roan antelopes, elephants, lions, buffalo and giraffes
    • Visit a local village and share some cultural experiences with the friendly villagers
    Rainbow River Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7-8 - Okavango Delta

    • Cross the border into Botswana and travel to Sepupa
    • Drive onwards to the Okavango River
    • Transfer to motorboats to travel along the upper reaches of the Okavango Delta system to your home for the next two nights - a houseboat
    • Experience the myriad waterways in traditional dugout canoes (mokoros)
    • In the afternoon, return to the houseboat to witness the sunset
    Okavango Houseboat
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9 - Rundu

    • Head further north to the town of Rundu, crossing back into Namibia
    • Take an optional sunset cruise, watch traditional dancing or soak up the local vibe in a restaurant
    • Spend the night relaxing at a riverside lodge
    Kaisosi Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 10-11 - Etosha National Park

    • Travel to Etosha National Park. Time permitting you may embark on a short afternoon game drive.
    • Perhaps spot black rhino, Hartmann's mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik during game drives
    • Return to the lodge outside the park and finish up the day with a swim in the lodge pool
    Toshari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12-13 - Damaraland

    • Get off the beaten track and head into the heart of Damaraland
    • Today is a long travel day and you should arrive at camp early this evening
    • Accommodation for the next two nights is situated in the ancient Huab Valley, in the area known as the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy
    • Rise early on Day 13 and spend the day visiting the surrounding sights such as Twyfelfontein Heritage Site, The Petrified Forest and Organ Pipes Depending on the time of year, you may be lucky enough to see the desert elephants in this area.
    Grootberg Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 14 - Windhoek

    • Head to Windhoek
    • Take in the German architecture of Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus
    • Please do not book any flights out of Windhoek this evening.
    • NB. The Airport is located 1hr drive out of Windhoek and although we generally make it to the hotel in Windhoek by 5:00pm, it can be difficult to get to the airport in time for flights.
    • No accommodation is included for tonight, but can be requested at your own expense.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • An experienced, English-speaking local Peregrine leader and specialist local guides at some sites
    • Arrival transfer
    • Entrance fees and game activities

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS:
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS:
    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES:
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.<

    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Botswana Discovery

    Jan - Australia, 4 May, 2013
    4
    Overall Rating

    The trip overall was wonderful, despite a few personal scary moments for me and also a confusion with hotels in Vic Falls. Peregrine have since rectified the issue very well - I will use you again. If I were to create a better trip, there would be less road travel and more of Nth Botswana, more time in the Okavango and Chobe and less driving. I know flying would raise the cost but maybe combining more game drives. The standard of some of the hotels was pretty ordinary - Serowe is an example. The Okavango "glamping" was a real highlight - I would have like more of that experience. Maybe a few days in Pom Pom and a few in Gunn's camp as the experience was quite different. The Chobe and Vic Falls Safari Lodges were excellent also.

    Botswana Discovery

    Jane - Australia, 11 Aug, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    We had the most amazing holiday of our lives. Our guide & driver were fantastic & knowledgable. It was great that we were just 8 in the group & the blue bus was great. Except for one nights accommodation, which was really the only option for hundreds of kms, the level of accommodation was fantastic. We saw so much wildlife up close & personal & to finish in Victoria Falls was just the icing on the cake. We did pay for an extra night in Vic Falls but could have stayed longer everywhere. Thank-you Peregrine!

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Trip Code PFDB
Group size 6 - 15
Start City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
End City: Windhoek, Namibia

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