Botswana & Falls Adventure

  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe
  • South Africa

Camp in the Okavango Delta and track exotic wildlife, view the mighty Victoria Falls, try to steer a mokoro canoe, camp under the stars

This trip offers a fully immersive, unyieldingly African experience in a compact eight-day package. Soak up the wildlife and vibrant colours and scenery of Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa, with wildlife walks and plenty of options for wildlife safari drives. Your rugged overland adventure vehicle (OAV) will get you to the sites safely and camping will allow you to fall asleep to the sounds of the wild underneath big African skies. Camp under the stars of the Okavango Delta and marvel at Victoria Falls, the adrenaline capital of the region.

was €9498 days from €709

(€88.63 per day)

Suitable for
18-35 years
Trip Code
DAJL
Travel Style
Yolo
Service Level
Camping
Physical Grading
3 - Average
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 22, avg 18.
Transport
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), walking, mokoro, safari vehicle.
Accommodation
Simple hotel (1 night), participation camping (5 nights), bush camping (1 night).
Meals
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Other
  • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
  • Entrance fee to Victoria Falls
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Day 1 Johannesburg

Arrive at any time.

If you arrive a day or two early, we recommended booking an excursion to Soweto or the Apartheid Museum.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

accommodation

Airport Game Lodge

Optional Activities:

  • Apartheid Museum

    Take a self guided tour around the complex and learn about the history of the apartheid in South Africa.

  • Soweto Tour

    If time allows, visit the Regina Mundi Church, the Mandela House or the Hector Peterson Museum.

    Take a guided tour of bustling Soweto and learn more about its important history. The residential area was created under apartheid and played a significant role in bringing the issues of segregation to the forefront. The anti-apartheid movement was launched here by its most famous resident, Nelson Mandela.

Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure you have all visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain visas upon arrival at the border.

Day 2 Johannesburg / Serowe

Cross the border into Botswana and experience a first night of camping under the African skies.

Today's travel takes us through a very desolate part of central-eastern Botswana. We cross into Botswana and finish the day at a campsite within the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a unique community-based initiative in wildlife conservation. Barring delays along the way, we will arrive in time for an optional rhino game drive.

Lando

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

accommodation

Khama Rhino Sanctuary Camp

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3 Serowe / Maun

Leave Khama Rhino Sanctuary and head to Maun. Opt to take a scenic flight over the delta.

Lando

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

accommodation

Sedia Riverside Camping

Optional Activities:

  • Okavango Delta Flight

    Get a fresh perspective on the vast wilderness of Africa with a once-in-a-lifetime view only a select few will ever see. Enjoy the hippos in the waterways and elephants and buffalo in the tree line. Gaze at the winding water channels as they make their way through the Delta.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Please note: if you have pre-booked the Okavango Delta Flight, today's likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change.

Day 4 Maun / Okavango Delta

Enjoy a wildlife walk, traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) excursion, and birding. View wildlife up close. Sing and dance around the campfire with the locals.

Begin an exciting 2-day/1-night excursion into the delta on a safari vehicle to the "dock" where we hop into a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, that will take us deep into the delta. After a couple of hours in a mokoro, we arrive at our basic bush camp.

Safari vehicle

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

Mokoro

Climb into a traditional dugout canoe for a closer view of the shoreline.

Okavango Delta Excursion

Enjoy wildlife walks and viewing, mokoro trips (occasionally unavailable due to seasonality), and birdwatching in the pristine wilderness area of the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta. In the evening, count the shooting stars, sing with the locals, or simply unwind with a sundowner (cheers!) around the campfire.

accommodation

Okavango Delta Camping

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Pack a small bag for this overnight excursion; we'll leave our big bags with the overland vehicle. Please note that there are no showers or running water for toilets. Bring along 5 litres of water for both drinking and cleaning.

Day 5 Okavango Delta / Gweta

Relax on a mokoro ride out of the delta, then camp under under massive baobab trees for the night.

Enjoy sunrise over the delta, then get up early to cruise back down the crystal clear channels of the Okavango Delta. We return to Maun with some time to freshen up before we continue our journey to Gweta.

Mokoro

Climb into a traditional dugout canoe for a closer view of the shoreline.

Safari vehicle

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

Lando

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

accommodation

Planet Baobab

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy the towering baobab trees found around tonight's campsite and go for a dip in the pool if you need to cool off.

Day 6 Gweta / Kasane

Hop on an optional wildlife viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River in Chobe National Park.

Today we journey to Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in southern Africa. The best way to appreciate one of Botswana's national parks and its thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles, and hippos is on an optional sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. You may also choose to embark on a open vehicle safari drive in search of lions, antelope, and, of course, elephants.

Lando

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

accommodation

Thebe River Safaris Camping

Optional Activities:

  • Chobe River Sunset Boat Cruise

    Get a fantastic perspective of one of Botswana's national parks and its thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles, and hippos on a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. Bring a few drinks and a camera, sit back, and enjoy the view.

  • Chobe River Drive

    Enjoy a drive along routes that overlook this beautiful river. Keep an eye out for the remarkable variety of animals that are drawn to this permanent water source.

  • Chobe River Photo Safari

    The Chobe River is home to incredible wildlife, and there is no better way to spot (and photograph) it. Climb aboard a custom designed boat equipped with mounted DSLR cameras. During this three-hour safari, instructors help you capture the perfect wildlife shots, with chances to spot elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and birds. This tour includes transfers, park fees, refreshments, camera usage (DSLR cameras with zoom lens), 8G photo memory card and an exclusive seat on the eight-seat photo boat.

  • Chobe Photo Wildlife Safari Drive

    The tour includes transfers, park fees, drinks, camera usage (Nikon D7000 With 150 - 500 mm zoom lens), photo permit, photo dvd/memory card and an exclusive seat on the 6 seat photo safari vehicle.

    This is not your ordinary wildlife safari drive. You will have your own Nikon D7000 camera body with Sigma 150-500mm & 120-400mm lenses and an expert to provide photography tips for the perfect shot. This is a great opportunity for both beginners and experts alike. Explore Chobe National Park on a custom-designed safari jeep built for photo enthusiast. With a window seat and camera rest for each passenger, the truck is maneuvered to put you in the right place at the right time. After snapping photos of the wildlife you will have your photos handed to you on a CD or memory card just moments later.

    This is not your ordinary game drive. Experience this once in a lifetime wildlife photo safari where you're set up with a camera, a window seat, and the instruction required to take incredible safari photos! Perfect for both beginner and experienced photographers. Service includes: transfers, park fees, refreshments, camera usage (DSLR cameras with zoom lens), 8G photo memory card and an exclusive seat on the photo 4x4.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7 Kasane / Victoria Falls

Drive across into Zimbabwe, then visit Victoria Falls.

Cross the border into Zimbabwe, then continue on to the town of Victoria Falls. Get up close (and wet from the spray) to the awesome Victoria Falls, opt to raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, or bungee jump (with Victoria Falls in sight).

Lando

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Border Crossing (Botswana - Zimbabwe)

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Lando

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Victoria Falls Visit

Take in the natural splendour of thundering Victoria Falls while viewing the massive falls from the Zimbabwean side.

accommodation

Explorers Village Camping

Optional Activities:

  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

    Climb aboard and cruise along the beautiful Zambezi River. Enjoy some snacks, drinks, a festive atmosphere, and gorgeous views of the sunset. It's the ideal way to end an eventful day in Victoria Falls.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Your accommodation is in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and NOT Livingstone (Zambia). Please make sure you have the necessary visa.

Day 8 Victoria Falls

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Optional Activities:

  • Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride - 15min

    You don't want to miss the opportunity to see Victoria Falls from above. Watch the Zambezi River make its way toward the gorge and form the largest waterfall in the world. During your 15-minute ride, you will have time to take in the incredible views over the falls, Livingstone Island, and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park while snapping as many pictures as you like. You may be lucky enough to see some giraffes and elephants in the surrounding landscape and even catch a rainbow over the falls. Includes pick-up and drop-off from hotel and a 12-15min flight. Please note there is a cost for an additional park fee paid for on-site at time of the activity.

  • Victoria Falls Whitewater Rafting

    Take the opportunity to go whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River while Victoria Falls roars above. Depart in the morning and navigate through the canyon that forms the famous falls. The dramatic rapids will fill you with excitement and complete your experience. Includes a full-day of rafting on class III-V rapids, transfers, and lunch. Please note: River conditions and activity pricing vary depending on the seasons. High water season is from about February to July. Low water season generally runs from August to January each year - this is when the Zambezi is at its very wildest. The "closed season" is dependent on the season’s rains, and usually is from March to April; during this time rafting on the river is not permitted. Additionally, this activity requires passengers to hike down and up the Batoka Gorge (approx. 45 minutes each way) to access the river; an average level of fitness is required. This activity price excludes a $10 park entrance fee.

    Includes a full-day of rafting on grade five rapids, lunch and the park entrance fee. Rafting is not available from Feb - May due to the water level.

  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise

    Jump on a boat and cruise on the beautiful Zambezi River. Enjoy some snacks, drinks, a festive atmosphere, and, of course, gorgeous views of the sunset.

  • Bridge Swing over the Zambezi

    Get strapped up, step over the Victoria Falls Bridge and free fall for 80 meters into the Batoka Gorge. Enjoy the views as you swing back and forth over the roaring Zambezi river, with cascading waterfalls at your side. Don't think you can hack it alone? Swing with a partner.

  • Zipline over the Zambezi

    Glide along a zipline track for 300 metres over the rapids of the Batoka Gorge below. Take in incredible views of the Victoria Falls along the way.

  • Canoeing the Zambezi

    Opt to canoe above the Falls on the upper Zambezi for a unique and tranquil bird and animal sighting experience.

  • Microlight Flight over Victoria Falls

    Take a 12-15 Microlight flight over the falls to get an unparalleled, unobstructed view of the spectacular gorge that the Zambezi River has carved into the surrounding landscape over thousands of years. Please note that this activity takes place in Livingstone, Zambia and visa fees are not included in the price of this activity.

  • Livingstone Island (Devil's Pool) Morning Breezer

    Take a short morning boat ride down the Zambezi river to the west side of the island overlooking Main Falls. Take in the incredible, close-up view of the rushing waters cascading over the steep rock face. Keep your eye out for rainbows on a sunny day. Due to high demand, we strongly recommend speaking to your CEO at the beginning of the tour to book this activity in advance. Please note that this activity takes place in Livingstone, Zambia, and visa fees are not included in the price of this activity.

  • Livingstone Island (Devil's Pool) Swim

    Take a swim on the wild side. Travel to Livingstone Island and take the opportunity to swim in the Devil's Pool - a rock pool at the lip of Victoria Falls, offering visitors the incredible experience of peering over the edge of one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Please note that this activity is only offered in the low water season (August to December), and on the Lunch and High Tea excursions. Due to high demand, we strongly recommend speaking to your CEO at the beginning of the tour to book this activity in advance. Please note that this activity takes place in Livingstone, Zambia, and visa fees are not included in the price of this activity.

  • Zambezi Bungee Jump

    Get the adrenaline pumping with a bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge over the Zambezi River. Hear the rush of Victoria Falls as you enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Victoria Falls is frequently used as a base for travellers wishing to participate in the many activities and excursions available in the area. Please contact your booking agent if you would like to book post-tour accommodation.

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Booking conditions

Adventure Tour prices are subject to terms, conditions and availability.

All Discounted prices quoted are only applicable to customers who also book their international flights with USIT. Customers can choose to avail of the Adventure Tour but book their flights separately to USIT but must then pay the full price displayed for the Adventure Tour. Only 1 tour can be discounted per passenger per reservation booking. If multiple tours are booked the discount will be applied to the most expensive tour booked.