Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Settle into a remote bush camp in the Okavango Delta and explore wildlife-rich waterways by dugout canoe.
  • Visit the Painted Dog Conservation project to learn how African wild dogs impacted by poaching are rehabilitated.
  • Hear about delta conservation projects from a researcher with the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project.
  • Listen to Botswanan folklore during a festive dinner with storytellers in Maun.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Experience the ultimate wildlife adventure with this 10-day trip through some of the best wildlife reserves you'll ever see. Keep your camera at the ready to capture the lions and elephants of Hwange National Park, fly to the panhandle of the Okavango Delta for a wildlife walk with a local guide, and cruise along the banks of the Chobe River to watch the elephants drink along its banks. Make memories to last a lifetime among the incredible animals and landscapes of southern Africa.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Victoria Falls
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Accommodations:Cresta Sprayview Hotel (or similar)
Day 2: Victoria Falls/Hwange National Park
Enjoy free time in the morning and opt to visit the falls. Later, visit the Painted Dog (Wild Dog) conservancy and meet with a conservationist to learn about the work being done to rehabilitate injured animals as a result of poaching. After, travel to Hwange, Zimbabwe's largest national park, and enjoy a safari drive on the lodge concession in search of wildlife. This evening, arrive at the lodge, located just outside the park entrance, and enjoy dinner.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Ivory Safari Lodge & Khulu Lodge (or similar)
Day 3: Hwange National Park
Take a full-day wildlife safari drive in the park which is home to large elephant herds, lions, and the rare African wild dog. This evening, relax on the sun deck with a cool drink, keeping an eye out for local wildlife visiting the lodge's watering hole.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Ivory Safari Lodge & Khulu Lodge (or similar)
Day 4: Hwange/Chobe NP
Depart Hwange and head north, crossing the border into Botswana, before arriving in Kasane, gateway to stunning Chobe National Park. This afternoon, enjoy a boat safari on the Chobe River in search of bathing elephants, hippos, and crocodiles.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar)
Day 5: Chobe NP
In the morning, continue our wildlife viewing with a safari drive along the banks of the Chobe River. In the afternoon, opt to take a photography river safari on a specialized photography boat.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar)
Day 6: Kasane/Okavango Delta
Catch a flight into the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta and check into our remote camp in the wilderness. Enjoy lunch before taking a walk to the research camps of the National Geographic-funded Okavango Wilderness Project. Meet with someone from the research team and learn about their work and projects in the area.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Mopiri Camp (or similar)
Day 7: Okavango Delta
Explore the stunning Okavango Panhandle with expert local guides. View wildlife from mokoros (African dugout canoes) and during bush walks. This evening, we will stay at a unique bush camp on one of the remote islands within the Okavango Delta. Here, enjoy a three-course meal around a roaring campfire while sitting back and listening to the night calls of the Delta's wildlife.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Mopiri Camp (or similar)
Day 8: Okavango Delta
Depart from our island camp and continue wildlife viewing on foot and by mokoro with our expert local guides. Return to the main camp later this afternoon and opt to relax or take a swim. This evening, relax on the deck. With views overlooking the lagoon, hidden seating areas, and a fire pit, it's the perfect place for stargazing.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Mopiri Camp (or similar)
Day 9: Okavango Delta/Maun
Transfer to the frontier town of Maun and enjoy an evening of culture and traditional foods with celebrated author Bonty Botumile and the Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers. This local enterprise is dedicated to preserving Botswana’s heritage and providing youth with employment opportunities in the arts. Option to take a scenic flight over the delta.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Cresta Maun (or similar)
Day 10: Maun
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast