Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Explore the waterways of the Okavango Panhandle by dugout canoe, and learn about the conservation work of National Geographic’s Okavango Wilderness Project.
  • Visit Painted Dog Conservation to learn how African wild dogs impacted by poaching are rehabilitated.
  • Listen to Botswanan folklore during a festive dinner with storytellers in Maun.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Experience an unforgettable wildlife adventure through some of southern Africa’s most spectacular national parks. Keep your camera at the ready to capture lions and elephants in Hwange National Park; fly to the panhandle of the pristine Okavango Delta for bush walks with expert local guides; and cruise along the waters of the Chobe River to watch elephants drink and hippos bathe along the shore.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Victoria Falls
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Accommodations:Cresta Sprayview Hotel (or similar)
Day 2: Victoria Falls/Hwange National Park
Explore Victoria Falls at leisure this morning, and opt to take a guided tour of this thundering natural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, transfer to the headquarters of Painted Dog Conservation. Learn about this non-profit organization’s work to protect and rehabilitate injured painted dogs (also known as African wild dogs), and hear from a conservationist about the threats to these endangered animals. Afterward, venture out on safari in Hwange National Park, one of Zimbabwe’s largest wildlife reserves and an important elephant sanctuary.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Ivory Safari Lodge & Khulu Lodge (or similar)
Day 3: Hwange National Park
Set out on a full-day safari through the sweeping grasslands of Hwange National Park. Track the park’s resident elephant and buffalo herds, as well as giraffes, lions, zebras, and the rare African wild dog. This evening, relax on the deck of your lodge, keeping an eye out for the wild creatures that visit 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 and arriving in Kasane—the gateway to the stunning Chobe National Park. Settle into your lodge and embark on a boat safari on the Chobe River, the lifeline of the park. Look out for submerged hippos, basking crocodiles, bathing elephants, and an abundance of birdlife from the boat’s deck, and witness a spectacular fiery sunset over the river.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar)
Day 5: Chobe NP
This morning, continue your exploration of Chobe National Park, home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations. On a safari along the banks of the Chobe River, keep an eye out for elephants, buffalo, lions, zebra, and rare semi-aquatic antelope, as well as an incredible variety of birds. In the afternoon, opt to take a photography river safari on a specialized photography boat.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar)
Day 6: Kasane/Okavango Delta
Catch a flight to the Okavango Panhandle in Botswana, the narrow arm of the Okavango River that feeds into the famed Okavango Delta. Check in to our remote lodge, and enjoy a boat cruise on the winding waterways. This evening, hear about National Geographic’s Okavango Wilderness Project, a multi-year collaboration between international and local experts to survey the Okavango watershed’s biodiversity and ensure its future protection. Watch the National Geographic documentary “Into the Okavango,” and learn about delta conservation projects in the area.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Mopiri Camp (or similar)
Day 7: Okavango Delta
Explore the breathtaking Okavango Panhandle with expert local guides. Navigate the wildlife-rich channels of the Okavango River aboard a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, and spot all manner of bird life on bush walks. Settle into your tent in our remote bush camp this evening. Enjoy a three-course meal around a roaring campfire while listening to the night calls of the delta.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Mopiri Camp (or similar)
Day 8: Okavango Delta
Continue exploring the Okavango Delta’s untamed habitat on foot and by mokoro, spotting herons, storks, egrets, and other wading birds. Return to our camp later this afternoon and opt to relax by an open fire, or take a swim.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Mopiri Camp (or similar)
Day 9: Okavango Delta/Maun
Fly to the frontier town of Maun for an evening of storytelling and traditional foods with celebrated local author Bonty Botumile. Born in Maun, Bonty’s work is dedicated to preserving Botswana’s literary heritage and providing youth with employment opportunities in the arts. Listen as she shares her in-depth knowledge of the region’s cultural history, and cap off the night with a delicious meal and colourful stories around a warm fire.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Cresta Maun (or similar)
Day 10: Maun
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast