14 days

Botswana Discovery Reverse

Botswana Discovery Reverse

Etosha National Park - game drives and floodlit waterholes

‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls

Chobe National Park's river

Okavango Delta by 'mokoro'

Trip rating
  • Botswana is truly the Africa of your dreams. With the year-round water supply of the Okavango Delta and Chobe River, wildlife flock to this area. This trip is Botswana encompassed so you won't miss a minute of its highlights.

    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
    • Finish up at breathtaking Victoria Falls, where you’ll soon learn why the locals call it “The Smoke That Thunders”


    Day 1 - Windhoek

    • On arrival in Windhoek, you will be met by a Peregrine representative and transferred to your hotel.
    • The old German colonial town of Windhoek has been blended into a modern city. The German architecture of the older buildings lends the town a historic atmosphere. Good examples of this German architecture can be seen in a number of buildings, but the best are the Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus.
    • Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
    Roof of Africa or similar

    Day 2-3 - Damaraland

    • Get off the beaten track and head into the heart of Damaraland. Today is a long travel day and you should arrive at the camp early in the evening.
    • Damaraland is a region of contrasts. Home to Namibia's highest peak, ancient rock paintings, welwitchia plants and petrified forests, the whole area is a photographer's dream.
    • Your accommodation for the next two nights is situated in the ancient Huab Valley, in the area known as the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy. The lodge was designed to blend into the surrounding Namibian landscape and is constructed from natural stone and thatch. Facilities include a swimming pool, open dining room and a bar.
    • On Day 3 you will rise early and spend the day visiting the surrounding sights such as Twyfelfontein Heritage Site, The Petrified Forest and Organ Pipes. Depending on what time of year it is you may be lucky enough to see the desert elephants in this area.
    • Day time temperatures often peak around 30C so the visits to the sights will be done as early as possible. Spend the remainder of the day back at the camp by the pool or in the shade.
    Grootberg Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4-5 - Etosha National Park

    • You will continue to Etosha, Namibia's largest and best known national park, and the third largest wildlife sanctuary in the world. The Etosha Pan (the word 'pan' meaning either a wet or dry waterhole) that makes up about a third of the park is a vast shallow depression 139 kilometres long and 50 kilometres wide, and is all that remains of a once great inland sea.
    • It is largely dry for much of the year, resulting in a shimmering sea of white salt. However, a number of permanent springs located along its southern shores provide sustenance for the many wild animals that are attracted to the springs. During your stay, you may see wildebeest, zebra, springbok, kudu, giraffe, jackal, elephant and, with a little luck, lion, leopard, hyena or perhaps even a cheetah or two!
    • Check into your bungalow accommodation located outside the park. Time permitting you may embark on an afternoon game drive within the park. You will spend two nights here, exploring the many regions of the park and staying in its rest camps. Each camp has floodlit waterholes to ensure continuous game viewing.
    • Enjoy included breakfasts and dinners at the camp restaurants, with lunches free for you to organise. You may choose to dine in the restaurants within the camp. Alternatively, there are small local shops that sell groceries at each of the camps - get together with your group to prepare a meal together or simply ask your guide to help recommend somewhere to eat.
    Toshari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Rundu

    • Head further north to the town of Rundu.
    • Rundu is the capital of the Kavango region of Namibia, on the border with Angola. A centre of activity for Namibia's growing Angolan community this is a great place to explore. You also have the option of taking a sunset cruise, watching traditional dancing or soak up the local vibe in a restaurant.
    • Spend the night relaxing at our riverside lodge.
    Kaisosi Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 7-8 - Okavango Delta

    • Today you will drive through the Kavango Region to the border at Muhembo, where we enter Botswana. After completing immigration formalities you will continue southward along the edge of the Okavango Delta to Sepupa, where you will turn off the main road and on to the sandy river paths that take us to the edge of the Okavango River. The contrast between the arid country that you’ve been travelling through and the lush and green riverine setting is quite remarkable.
    • At Sepupa you'll transfer to motorboats to travel along the upper reaches of the Okavango Delta system to your home for the next two nights, a houseboat in the middle of the Okavango Delta. From your floating home you will have the chance to experience the myriad waterways in traditional dugout canoes (mokoros).
    • In the afternoon you'll return to the houseboat to witness the often breathtaking sunset.
    Okavango Houseboat
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9-10 - Caprivi Strip

    • Take a water transfer back to Sepupa.
    • Crossing back into Namibia and on to the Caprivi Strip, you will take a river drive through Mahango Game Reserve with the possibility of spotting sable and roan antelopes which the area is famous for. There are also plenty of elephants, lions, buffalo and giraffes.
    • Visit a local village where you'll get the opportunity to share some cultural experiences with the friendly villagers.
    • Our lodge for the night is located close to the Botswana/Namibia border.
    Rainbow River Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11-12 - Chobe National Park

    • This morning you will follow the Zambezi River to Botswana and make your way to Chobe National Park. You will arrive at your lodge at around midday, where you can relax by the pool or take an optional game drive or river cruise in Chobe National Park. This can be arranged locally with your Tour Leader.
    • On the morning of Day 12, you will wake early and take a dawn game drive in Chobe National Park, where you may see elephants drinking at the waters' edge, large herds of cape buffaloes and many impala within the park. In the afternoon you’ll take a breathtaking cruise on the Chobe River, ideal for spotting bird life such as saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles and beautiful bee-eaters as well as hippos, crocodiles and large families of elephants.
    • You will spend the next two nights in a chalet located just outside Chobe National Park.
    • You will be sure to see other people, boats and vehicles but you are also sure to see wildlife that can be the equal of anything anywhere in Africa.
    Thebe River Safari's or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 13 - Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls

    • You will leave your wilderness camp today and there will be time for an optional morning game drive in Chobe before heading across the border into Zimbabwe and on to Victoria Falls.
    • A unique dinner at Boma restaurant, which specialises in Zimbabwean barbecue, is the perfect way to spend your evening.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 14 - Victoria Falls

    • Your adventure will come to an end after a morning visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls, which was named by the famous Dr David Livingstone.
    • These falls are one of the natural wonders of the world and, when in full flow, form the largest sheet of falling water.
    • No accommodation is included for tonight, but can be requested at your own expense.
  • 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
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

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

    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.

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  • 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 Reverse

    Jan - Australia, 4 May, 2013
    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 Reverse

    Jane - Australia, 11 Aug, 2012
    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 PFDBR
Group size 6 - 12
Start City: Windhoek, Namibia
End City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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