3 Countries

15 Feb

Okavango Delta Circuit – 11 Nights – 3 Countries

Travelling in Botswana, Namibia & Zambia

Starts & ends  in Livingstone and circles the Okavango Delta

Itinerary 

2018 Departure Dates Accommodated Safari (11 nights/12 days)

Offers travelers the opportunity to explore the most amazing wilderness areas of Botswana, Namibia and Zambia, simultaneously providing the comfort of permanent camps and lodges with the incredible privilege of being introduced to these fantastic natural wonders from beginning to end by one of our passionate guides.

This lodge-to-lodge mobile safari itinerary is around a 3-star standing and offers a lot of activities. Transportation between lodges is done in a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus.

The activities are carried out in the various lodges where we are staying using the lodge game drive vehicles, boats and mokoros (traditional dugout canoes).

 

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Highlights

2 nights in North Eastern Namibian National Parks – Zambezi area

western Okavango Delta & mokoro excursions

Optional Scenic Delta flight

2 nights Moremi Game Reserve

1 night Makgadikgadi Pans

2 nights Chobe National Park

optional visit to the Victoria falls, Livingstone
The accommodation used during this tour

• In Susuwe: Camp Kwando or similar

• In the Okavango Delta Panhandle: Nxamaseri or similar

• In Maun: Island Safari Lodge or similar

• In Moremi/Khwai: Khwai Guest House

• In Nata: Nata Lodge or similar

• In Kasane: The Old House or similar

• In Livingstone: Maramba River Lodge or similar

 

Notes:   B: Breakfast       L : Lunch     D: Dinner
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Itinerary Okavango Delta Circuit – lodge accommodation

Day 1:  Susuwe / West Caprivi National Park

The safari begins in Livingstone, Zambia, at 09h00.  A full safari briefing by your guide commences your
adventure with us on arrival in Livingstone, after which we head west crossing the border into Namibia
at Katima Mulilo gives us the opportunity to pause for lunch. Afterwards, we head further into the Zambezi
of Namibia  to
Camp Kwando

This lodge has a lovely vista over the Kwando River, a tributary of the Chobe River, which forms the border
between Botswana and Namibia. (D)    

Day 1: Livingstone to Susuwe: 340 km 

Day 2:  Susuwe / West Zambezi National Park

Stomachs full from an early breakfast, a guided bush walk is in store. Experiencing this area by foot provides
a close and personal look at the multiple aspects of African fauna and flora, from indigenous plant species
and birds, to various animal spoor.

In the afternoon a game drive in the nearby Mudumu Game Reserve offers the prospect of seeing larger game.  Elephant, Kudu and other antelope are commonly seen in this area.

Returning to the lodge towards sunset, feel free to enjoy a drink before a hearty dinner, then leisurely head
off to bed lulled by the sounds of the African bush. (B,D)

Day 3: Okavango River

After an early rise the safari continues east along the Caprivi Strip until reaching Popa Falls located on the
Okavango River.  Stretching your legs, take a short walk through the bush in order to get a closer look at these
rapids, the last of the great Okavango River before it enters the Delta.                                

From Popa Falls we continue on our way to Botswana, entering Mahango Game Reserve just before the
border.  Situated on the floodplains of the Okavango River. Mahango Game Reserve is well known for its
sightings of Red Lechwe, Sable and Roan Antelope amongst other wildlife.

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Leaving this scenic reserve, a short stop at the border crossing back into Botswana sees us heading south
to Guma Lagoon for 2 nights.

Guma Lagoon Lodge is situated right in the Okavango Delta overlooking the large lagoon. (B,L,D)

Susuwe – Guma Lagoon: 350 km

Day 4: Okavango Delta

Early in the morning, enjoy a motorboat cruise through the papyrus-lined channels of the Delta
to the mokoro station, where your day of exploration in the heart of the Okavango Delta begins.

Mokoros are traditional dugout canoes, which have been used by the Bayeyi River Bushmen
for centuries to negotiate the intricate pathways of this unique area.  This full day excursion allows
the opportunity to encounter a large number of bird species and view landscapes many people can only
dream of. (B,L,D)

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Inspired by the beauty of the Okavango, travel south to Maun by minibus.

An optional scenic flight over the Delta to Maun* is available.

This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta’s distinctive water system.
During the flight it is even possible to spot large game animals such as Elephant, Giraffe and Hippopotami.
If you choose to take the flight, a leisurely afternoon at the lodge awaits, reading a book or soaking
up the experience of being totally immersed in a stunning natural environment.  Your guide will travel to Maun
with the vehicle and meet you at the airport.
After picking everyone up, a bit of shopping for curios and necessities is possible before spending the night
at a comfortable lodge just outside Maun. (B,D)

Guma Lagoon – Maun: 290 km

Days 6-7:  Khwai River area

From Maun the drive meanders through to the Khwai River area, on the border of Moremi Game Reserve,
one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana with very high concentrations of game.

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The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned
for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region.                                    

Enjoy game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets.
Lunch will be waiting upon your return to camp after which a short siesta is rarely turned down.

Accommodation consists of a tented camp with large bow tents and camp beds, with an en-suite
bush toilet and bucket shower. (B,L,D)

Maun – Khwai area: 160 km

Day 8: Nata

An early start will see us travelling back through Maun, and then towards Nata, on the edge of
the Makgadikgadi Pans.  Watching the landscape change from green swamplands
to vast saltpans, our journey pauses along the way for lunch and sees us arrive in the late afternoon
at Nata Lodge.  (B, D)

Khwai – Nata Lodge: 480 km

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Days 9-10:  Kasane

An eventful start to the day commences with a visit to Nata Bird Sanctuary,
where depending on the time of year, it is possible to see large flocks of
flamingos and pelicans feeding and nesting on the pans.  

The safari then heads North towards Kasane, a town on the edge of Chobe
National Game Reserve, where we will stay 2 nights to explore the northern
reaches of the park.

Feel free to investigate the ins and outs of the town, a well-known tourism
hub of Northern Botswana, in the afternoon.
Time is spent in Northern Chobe, a park which is incredibly rich in game due
to the Chobe River providing water all year round.
Large herds of elephant are frequently seen walking to and from the river.

Due to the high density of herbivores in this area many predators, such as lions
and leopards can be found.

While staying at The Old House in Kasane, a game drive into the park in the
early hours of the morning, and a river cruise on the Chobe River in the
afternoon allows the discovery of this incredible area from both land and water.
(B, D)

Nata – Kasane : 320 km

Days 11: Livingstone, Zambia
Today the journey traverses the Zambezi River by ferry and then goes
through to Livingstone on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, (visa required),
where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge.
In the afternoon come face to face with the thunderous Victoria Falls and
shop for curios with the roar of the water reverberating nearby.
At Livingstone there are many activities to partake in which your guide can
assist in organising.
Please note that dinner on your last evening will be at your own expense.
Spend your last night at Maramba Lodge with the images of the last 2 weeks
still fresh in your memory.
The safari officially ends at 8h00 on Day 12.
Kasane –Livingstone: 100 km


Afri Safaris is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and
transfers to Livingstone airport, Victoria Falls airport, Kasane, or any nearby
lodges at an additional cost. (B)


Available 
activities in Livingstone:  (optional – extra cost )

White water rafting ⃞ Helicopter/micro light flips over the falls
Lion & Cheetah encounter ⃞ Elephant back trails ⃞ u

 

Safari price includes:

All accommodation (rooms in comfortable lodges or luxury tents), all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner), services of a Professional Guide, all Botswana and Namibian park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in enclosed, air-conditioned or specialised safari vehicles.

Safari price does not include:

Entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions at the lodges (scenic flight over the Delta, activities in Livingstone / Victoria Falls, game drives, fishing etc), beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation

 

Departure Dates 2018

CODE

SAFARI DATES

SEASON

BWA 1703

11 May – 22 May

Low

BWA 1704

08 Jun – 19 Jun

Low

BWA 1705

13 Jul         –  24 Jul

High

BWA 1706

27 Jul – 07 Aug

High

BWA 1707

10 Aug – 21 Aug

High

BWA 1708

31 Aug – 11 Sep

High

BWA 1709

14 Sep – 25 Sep

High

BWA 1710

28 Sep – 09 Oct

High

BWA 1711

12 Oct – 23 Oct

High

BWA 1712

26 Oct – 06 Nov

High

BWA 1713

09 Nov – 20 Nov

Low

BWA 1714

07 Dec – 18 Dec

Low

Accommodated Safari Vehicle

 A 14-seater air-conditioned minibus with integrated fridge and trailer
BWA Quantum 007

BWA Quantum 009

Approximate time frame between camping areas 

Maun to Xakanaxa : 3 hours

Xakanaxa to Khwai : .2 hours

Khwai to Savuti : 3 hour

Savuti to Chobe River : 2 hours

Maun to Makgadigadi Pan : 3.5 hours

Maun to Naxi Pan : .3.5 hours

Maun to Deception Valley : 6 hours

AfriSafaris.com can offer a variety of pre and post tour arrangements to assist you with your booking

REGIONAL FLIGHTS:

We are happy to assist you with regional flights from/to Johannesburg(JNB) , Livingstone (LVI) Victoria Falls(VFA) and Maun (MUB).

If tickets are booked full payment must be made in order to secure the booking.

E-tickets will be forwarded once the ticket is paid for. These MUST be presented at check-in. In ALL cases the E-ticket supersedes the Afr Safaris voucher for flight reservations.

AIRFARES may increase without prior notice as the invoiced airfares are based on the rate at the time of booking

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