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Botswana Elephant Trail

The diverse and beautiful wilderness of southern Africa is showcased entirely on this itinerary across Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. We experience the legendary Okavango Delta with its burgeoning wildlife filled channels and islands. Traveling by traditional dugout can or 'mokoro' we float past elephant, zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, hippo and kudu. We visit the semi-arid parks of Namibia that provide an alternative habitat for wildlife including elephants, giraffes and zebras. The big game haunts of Moremi and Chobe are home to lions and cheetahs, but provide us with another opportunity to see large herds of elephants in their natural environment. This itinerary also allows for an opportunity to walk amongst World Heritage rock art sites, created over the eons by the diminutive bushmen of southern Africa. We complete our journey at the Victoria Falls, where we observe the wide Zambezi River fall over one hundred breathtaking metres.

Inclusions

14 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 13 dinners
1 night in safari lodge on a twinshare basis
13 nights limited participation camping on a twinshare tent basis
group camping equipment including spacious dome tent and mattress (sleeping bag and pillow not included)
English speaking local guide and camp assistant
game drives, walks and river excursions as listed in itinerary
national park and conservation fees
private transport in specialised safari vehicle
Hightlights
Explore the Okavango Delta on mokoro excursions
Search for wildlife in the Moremi Game Reserve
Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Chobe River
Spot game in the Susuwe region in the West Caprivi Strip
Marvel at the herds of elephants in Chobe National Park
Experience the incredible Victoria Falls
Walk among the San Bushman rock art site of Tsodilo Hills
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
15
Price From
AUD $3,780
Start Location
Kasane, Botswana
End Location
Botswana
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
2 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Slow paced, Walking/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
30 Jun 201814 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $4,080
14 Jul 201828 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $4,080
28 Jul 201811 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $4,080
11 Aug 201825 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $4,080
25 Aug 201808 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,080
08 Sep 201822 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $4,080
22 Sep 201806 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $4,080
06 Oct 201820 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $4,080
27 Oct 201810 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $4,080
10 Nov 201824 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,780
01 Dec 201815 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,780
30 Mar 201913 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
13 Apr 201927 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
27 Apr 201911 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
11 May 201925 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
25 May 201908 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
15 Jun 201929 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
29 Jun 201913 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $4,080
13 Jul 201927 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $4,080
27 Jul 201910 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $4,080
10 Aug 201924 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $4,080
24 Aug 201907 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,080
07 Sep 201921 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,080
21 Sep 201905 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,080
05 Oct 201919 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,080
26 Oct 201909 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $4,080
09 Nov 201923 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
23 Nov 201907 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
07 Dec 201921 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
We begin the tour in Kasane at 1.00pm. Transfers can be arranged (at additional cost) from Victoria Falls, Livingstone or Kasane airport/hotel to then meet for a full safari briefing. We depart mid-afternoon (15:30hrs in summer; 15:00hrs in winter) for a boat cruise on the Chobe River, enjoying our first Botswana sunset on the way back. We overnight in Kasane at a campsite with permanent toilet and shower facilities.
Day 2
We will depart Kasane early to cross the Namibian border and then drive to the Susuwe region in the Caprivi Strip. After setting up camp we will explore a section of this largely untouched area on an afternoon game drive. With woodlands and sprawling floodplains the region has a rich diversity of wildlife to whet our appetites for game viewing. Camping is in a designated campsite with permanent facilities.
Day 3
We will rise with the sun and head west towards the Okavango River, where we willl camp on the banks overlooking Popa Falls. In the afternoon there is opportunity to visit these falls, which are a broad series of rapids (about 1.2km) dropping a short four metres over a fault line. Camping is in a designated campsite with permanent facilities.
Day 4
By now we are used to the routine of rising with the sun to make the most early mornings, one of the periods when wildlife is most active. We search for animals in Mahango Game Reserve, within the Bwabwata National Park. This area is remote with very little development and has a rich abundance of wildlife across landscapes of floodplain, forest and open grassland. The drive through here is fascinating before we cross the border back into Botswana. We travel to the World Heritage Site of Tsodilo Hills and set up camp. This afternoon we will visit the museum and explore the walking trails around the ancient hills, home to thousands of traditional Bushmen paintings dating back to 800 AD. Camping is in a designated site with permanent facilities.
Days 5-6
Early this morning we will drive to the edge of the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta and a very special place. We will transfer our equipment to motorboats before puttering along the narrow papyrus-lined channels catching glimpses of brilliant birds as well as admiring the stunning landscape. Deeper in the Delta we will meet local polers with their mokoros (traditional dugout cans) and enjoy a leisurely transfer to an island. We will base on the island and spend two days exploring this beautiful area by mokoro excursions and guided walks. The floodplains and islands of this unique natural environment provide a myriad of options for exploring and observing wildlife at ground level. We are really immersed in the wilderness, surrounded by the calls of nature and empowered by exquisite sunsets. Camping is basic with bush facilities.
Day 7
Inspired by the beauty of the Okavango we will travel on to Maun. There is an option to take a scenic flight over the Delta to Maun at own expense (1hr flight, approx EUR 150 per person, min. 3 guests to guarantee the flight). This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta's unique waterways. If you choose to take the flight, you will enjoy a leisurely morning in the Delta campsite reading a book or relaxing while you wait for your afternoon flight. If you choose not to take the flight, you will retrace the journey back to the vehicle on the edge of the Delta and travel to Maun with the guide. After collecting those on the flight at the airport, we will spend the night at a campsite just outside Maun with permanent ablution facilities.
Days 8-10
From Maun we will drive to Moremi Game Reserve, rated as one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana. The next three days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds for which this area is known while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. The Reserve was named after a chief from the local Batawana community and includes contrasting habitats ranging from thick mopane woodland, to drier acacia forests, to floodplains and lagoons. The familiar routine of game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and then again in the late afternoon as the sun sets will be the norm. After our morning game drive we will return to camp for lunch and a siesta. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush facilities.
Days 11-13
This morning we will drive 120km from Moremi to Savuti, in Chobe National Park. The journey takes 5 - 6 hrs, game driving en route to our first camp. With its diverse and striking landscapes, Chobe is the second largest national park in Botswana and is famous for its huge elephant population. As we search for wildlife, we will cross the drier plains region of Savuti in the south where bull elephants can often be seen. We will head northwards the following day to the Chobe River, game driving along the way (170km, 5hrs). We will explore the banks and wetlands along the river, hoping to glimpse elephants feeding and playing. As well as these giant creatures, birdlife is also prolific. We will start to recognise the call of the majestic African Fish Eagle and the brilliant colours of the Lilac-breasted Roller. Camping will be in private designated areas with bush facilities.
Day 14
After a morning game drive you will then drive to Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side (Visa required), where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge. In the afternoon there will be time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios. Dinner will be at your own expense at the lodge.
Day 15
The safari officially ends at 10:00am today. We are happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Victoria Falls Airport or lodges, Livingstone airport or lodges or Kasane, Botswana, at an additional cost. Activities in Victoria Falls include white water rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, caning on the upper Zambezi and helicopter flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details.