12 Days Vic Falls, Chobe & Okavango Delta
- Have incomparable wildlife encounters.
- Stay in an Okavango Delta Island tented lodge.
- Enjoy a game viewing boat cruise in Chobe.
- Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls.
- Experience a traditional mokoro ride.
- Get close to nature on a guided bush walk in the Delta.
- Explore the fantastic Moremi & Khwai wildlife areas.
- Sip on a cocktail while watching the African sunset.
On arrival at Livingstone Airport, our local agent will meet you at arrivals and drive you to your semi-luxury hotel situated a 3-5 min walk from the Victoria Falls. Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged at an additional cost.
Victoria Falls (Day 1 & 2)
2 Nights En-suite Standard Room, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Though the Victoria Falls is neither the highest or the widest waterfall in the world, it is considered to be the largest. The claim is based on a width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and a height of 108 meters (360 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
On Day 1 you can explore the Falls at your own pace to enjoy the spectacular setting of this 4-star resort. Guests of Avani have unlimited access to the Falls on the Zambian side. Take the free shuttle to the colonial-style Royal Livingstone Hotel and enjoy a mesmerizing sunset over the Falls while sipping on a classy sundowner. Dinner to be had at your resort or arrange to be picked by our agent for dinner in town at a vibey African Caribbean Bar & Restaurant. Depending on your flight schedule, optional activities for your own account include white-river rafting, helicopter/micro-lite rides over the Falls, bungee jumping, zip-lining, elephant encounters, rhino walk, kayaking, traditional village tour, sunset cruise on Zambezi, high-tea on Livingstone Island, Devil’s Pool, tiger fishing, bush walks and many more.
On Day 2 our local guide will pick you up from your hotel and escort you into Zimbabwe for an unforgettable walking tour of the Vic Falls. With over 17 viewpoints, the Zimbabwean part of the Falls is by far the most spectacular. Return into Zambia via the famous Victoria Falls Bridge (a remnant of Cecil John Rhodes’ ambition to see Africa connected by a railway scheme from Cape to Cairo) to have lunch and enjoy a guided tour of the Maramba Market in Livingstone Town.
Avani Resort features colourful rooms decorated with African charm. You will have a view of either the lush African bush or pool and gardens.
Activity Included: Guided Victoria Falls Walking Tour, Maramba Market Tour
The fantastic Chobe National Park supports the largest surviving elephant population in the world and is home to a very large diversity of wildlife that varies greatly from area to area. This makes game viewing extraordinarily exciting.
Guided game drives on open 4×4 vehicles deliver great sightings and one may spot rare species such as African wild dog and brown hyena as well as zebra, wildebeest, lion and leopard. The birdlife in particular is phenomenal. A Chobe River Boat cruise is a great way to get close to hippopotamus and crocodile and observe animals drink from the riverbank such as herds of buffalo, impala and elephant.
Chobe, Kasane & Lesoma Valley (Day 3 & 4)
2 Nights Camping, Self-catering – 87 km
After breakfast on Day 3, our agent will transfer you from Avani to the Zambian/Botswana border post at Kazungula. This transfer will partly take you through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Then, you will be guided to cross the border via the public ferry, crossing the Zambezi into Botswana. On the Botswana side we’ll have arranged to meet you and then transfer you to Senyati Safari Camp. At this safari camp you will be introduced to your fully equipped 4×4 rental and how it may be used to put up camp. Senyati boasts comfortable campsites set within a private reserve with a unique underground hide mere meters away from a waterhole often hosting frolicking elephants and other great wildlife. Each campsite here has its own private toilet, warm-water shower, electricity, and an open-air cooking area all contained under a thatched unit. Cook your own lunch and dinner or head into town (Kasane, 17 km) to dine at a riverfront lodge or a local restaurant in town.
On Day 4, rise early after spending your first night camping and make your way to Kasane (17 km) to depart on your early-morning guided 4×4 game drive into the Chobe National Park (included in tour price). Spotting large predators (lion, leopard) and rare mammals (African wild dog, sable antelope and roan) is a distinct possibility. After the game drive, enjoy breakfast in Kasane town or at one of the upmarket riverfront safari lodges. Get back to Senyati Safari Camp to enjoy the private waterhole viewing game in comfort.
Late afternoon you’ll be treated to one of the best game-viewing boat cruises in Botswana on the Chobe River into the Chobe National Park (included in tour price) departing from Kasane. This is a good day to stock up on supplies (food, drinking water and other necessities) because you will be venturing into wilderness areas for the next couple of days for which you will need to be self-sufficient. Fleet Foot assists and guides proper planning of food stocks and other necessities.
Activities Included: Chobe National Park Guided Game Drive, Chobe River Boat Cruise
Barangwa Pan (Day 5)
1 Night Camping, Self-catering – 124 km
On Day 5 you will make your way to your eco-lodge accommodation adjacent to the Barangwe Pan near the village of Kachikau en route to Savuti, Linyanti or Moremi. Thobolos is 108 km from Kasane. A very scenic tar road takes you through a part of the Chobe National Park and past traditional villages bordering both the Chobe River exiting Linyanti Swamps and the Namibian Caprivi. This area is known for beautiful collections of iconic Baobabs dotting the lush African bush. The final 10 km is an easy sand track that takes you to the Barangwe Pan where large herds of migrating and resident game congregate right in front of your self-catering eco house lodging.
There are a stylish bar and communal living room from which to enjoy the waterhole, pan and picturesque African landscape. The area is well known for roaming lions and resident leopard. A sunset 4×4 self-drive safari is a good idea here. Thobolos has excellent self-catering facilities and you are welcome to the communal boma set under the stars.
Savuti Camp (Day 6 & 7)
2 Nights Camping, Self-catering – 57 km
On Day 6, after an early breakfast (note that you may ask for an upgrade to have dinner and breakfast included at Thobolos) your self-drive adventure turns on some gas! You’ll be taking on the 60 km 4×4 track to Savuti Camp. This fun, exciting track takes you into the heart of premium African wilderness – always keep your eyes peeled for the incredible bird-and wildlife that these areas are known for.
The Savuti is a remote area of the Chobe National Park, it has earned its international reputation for raw, dramatic game viewing thanks to its open landscapes, abundant wildlife and full cast of predators. Savuti Camp has ablutions with warm-water showers, toilets, running water and washing-up facilities. There is no electricity. An upgrade to a semi-luxury tented bush lodge with full board is possible, please enquire. Savuti Camp is a perfect base from which to explore Savuti and Linyanti Reserves by self-drive 4×4 game drives.
On Day 7, be sure to time your drives in the cool of early mornings and late afternoons as this is when most bird- and wildlife are at their most active. There are ancient Khoi-san rock paintings and natural oddities to be explored within the vicinity too. Fleet Foot will make sure you have the correct maps, GPS co-ordinates and all direction details will be provided to ensure that you don’t miss out on some of the must see areas in Savuti and Linyanti or that you don’t get lost! Relaxing at camp during the day isn’t a bad idea either, it is up to you. Enjoy the African bush.
Khwai River (Day 8 & 9)
1 Night Camping, Self-catering – 100 km
After breaking up camp and having breakfast on Day 8, you will continue on your 4×4 adventure driving southwards through the Savuti traversing challenging sand-ridges and stunning scenery. This 100 km journey will take you to your next safari camping destination set within the Mababe Community Trust Concession lining the famous Khwai River with its world-class and prolific African wildlife. You are guaranteed to meet pods of hippos and life-size crocs lazing around the river banks. African wild dogs are among some of the rarest mammals to spot in the wild, they are highly endangered. At the Khwai, you have a better chance to encounter these amazing animals than most other wilderness areas in Botswana. The campsites at Dizhaana are set close to the Khwai River. They have wood fired hot water showers, running water and a toilet set in a small private reed and thatched unit on each campsite. The constant grunt and groan of hippos and fish eagle calls are iconic of this area.
Day 9 will be your second day camping at the Khwai. It is easy to spend the whole day patrolling the Khwai River banks for its wild inhabitants. Game viewing 4×4 tracks criss-cross the areas north and south of the camp making it easy to explore the Khwai River. From camp it is also easy to venture further afield to explore other concessions in the area. Wildlife action from the comfort of camp isn’t half bad either! Elephant, waterbuck, impala and a diversity of birds frequent the camp area. This area is also a birders delight. For photographers, both sunrises and sunsets set over the river with its hippo pools make for incredible scenes. The campsites have fire places for cosy camp fires. Keep your ears open at night-time for laughing hyenas, jackal and roaring lion!
The Moremi Game Reserve covers much of the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and combines permanent water with drier areas – making for some startling, and unexpected contrasts. Prominent geographical features of the reserve are Chiefs Island and the Moremi Tongue (a peninsula with a triangular shape in the eastern part of Moremi). Only about 30% of the reserve is mainland, with the bulk being within the Okavango Delta itself. In this surprisingly diverse reserve consisting of mopane woodland, acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons, one can experience excellent game viewing and birdwatching by 4×4 as well as on the lagoons by boat.
Xobega Private Island Camp (Day 10 & 11)
2 Nights En-suite Meru-style Tent, Full Board & Game Activities – 95 km
Early morning on Day 10, pack up camp. After breakfast head towards the small boat station at Xakanaxa Camp (in the Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta) to be picked-up and transferred to your two-night accommodation at Xobega Island Camp. This 95 km drive is a mix of gravel and 4×4 tracks that takes you through a large part of northern Moremi National Park with great game viewing opportunities. The boat transfer takes about 1.5 hours to Xobega from Xakanaxa. This is a great way to be introduced to the delta. You will be cruising on papyrus lined canals and exiting into open lagoons often home to hippo pods and elephants enjoying a swim. You’ll be passing tree-infested islets containing a great variety of birds. Your professional guide and boat captain will make sure you don’t miss a thing. You will be welcomed by the friendly staff at Xobega and after welcome drinks, you will be shown to your Meru-style canvas tent equipped with twin beds and en suite, open-air bathrooms. Enjoy lunch and dinner at the boma.
On Day 11, start your day with breakfast served in the comfort of the dining-room-tent after which you will be taken on your Mokoro ride. A traditional mokoro ride in the Okavango Delta still remains as one of the most enthralling activities one can do while on safari. Depending on your preferences and time schedule, today, still holds a game-viewing boat cruise, a short guided bush walk on the island, lunch, dinner and stories shared around the campfire at night-time. Xobega is also a perfect place to unwind and enjoy African wilderness in comfort. Xobega is intimate and private, allowing you to connect with the local staff should you wish to do so. You have an opportunity here to learn more about Botswana culture. The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s last remaining great wildlife habitat and provides refuge to huge concentrations of game. It is a truly mesmerizing experience. You will be briefed by Xobega staff but be on the lookout for the resident elephant bull on the island in and around camp!
Activity Included: Guided Game-Viewing Boat Cruise, Guided Bush Walk & Mokoro Ride
After breakfast you'll be transferred to Xakanaxa boat station by boat to collect your parked car there and make the 4x4 journey via the Moremi National Park to Maun International Airport (4 - 4.5 hours drive). This route lets you see a large part of the Moremi National Park with great game-viewing opportunity once again. Our agent will meet you to collect the 4x4 at the airport. Please note: This trip may start in Maun and end in Livingstone, should it suit you better. We specialize in tailor-made tours and safaris hence this trip could easily to be amended to suit your needs, interests and requirements. Self-drive here means that we arrange, plan and book everything for you; we make, what seems like a daunting place to visit, doing a self-drive easy by guiding you correctly through consultation making use of 16 years of experience in the industry.
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- Car Rental: Super Cover Fully Equipped 4×4 Rental (Toyota Hilux or similar vehicle) for 10 days with unlimited kilometers, GPS and one-way drop-off fee.
- All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade).
- Meals and drinks as specified in the day-by-day section.
- All activities (Unless labeled as optional).
- Moremi & Chobe National Park conservation fees (For non-residents).
- A personalized self-drive Tour Package including accommodation and activity vouchers, map books and a detailed itinerary with GPS coordinates, directions, local tips and area information.
- All Taxes/VAT.
What’s not Included
- Domestic and international flights. (Can be arranged at an additional cost).
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour.
- Tips (Tipping guideline US$15.00 pp per day).
- Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees.
- Visas to be arranged by the client at their own cost.
- Community/bed levy’s and fees.
- Optional activities: List to be supplied, can be booked with us in advance.
- This is a tour example only, and the actual tour price will vary based on the number of travellers, travel period and accommodation availability. Please email us for a quote.
- A single supplement applies for single travellers.
- Should a particular accommodation type not be available, we will offer an alternative of the same standard.
- Please note that if Park Fees are not mentioned with inclusions above, the Park Fees are payable by the traveller on arrival.
- This tour can be tailor-made to suit your specific needs.