3 Country Delta

Visiting Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana

Duration – 14 nights  |  Price  Euro2,220 – 2,420
When – Mar to Nov

Highlights

  • 1 night - Kasane
  • 2 nights - Namibia
  • 1 night - Tsodilo Hills
  • 2 nights - Okavango
  • 1 night - Maun
  • 3 nights - Moremi and Khwai
  • 3 nights - Savuti and Chobe
  • 1 night - Lodge in Vic Falls, Zimbabwe

This adventure safari forms a circular route around the Okavango Delta, starting in Kasane and ending in Vic Falls, Zimbabwe. This 3 country Delta Safari offers a great value camping adventure through three countries – Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Part participation Safari - What is this?

This is a “part participation safari”, you are only required to pitch and fold down your own tent. All cooking, cleaning and any other camp chores will be taken care of by the safari camp-hands, made up of an experienced safari guide and a camp assistant.

This safari does not include your drinks which will need to be purchased before you leave. We will help you with this.

Our tents are 2.1m x 2.1m x 1.75m high, easy-to-erect bow tents, which have treated mosquito mesh covering all the windows and doors.

We provide 5cm high-density foam camping mattresses for each guest. You will need to provide your own sleeping bag. However, you can hire one from Safari Lifestyles (EUR 20 for the duration of the safari).

Our bush ablutions consist of high-slung bucket showers and bush toilets with private canvas screens. These ablutions are on a shared basis.

Whats Included

  • Dome Tents
  • Communal shower and toilet
  • Small safari team
  • Meals on safari
  • Professional guide
  • Activities as specified

Whats Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Visas
  • Meals at hotels or restaurants
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic or soft beverages
  • Mobile Style: Budget
  • Participation: Part Participation
  • Route: Kasane - Caprivi - Popa Falls - Tsodilo - Okavango Delta - Maun - Moremi - Chobe - Vic Falls
  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Nights: 14
  • Activities: Game Drives, Chobe Boat Cruise

The Itinerary

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DAY 1: CHOBE AREA, CAMPING

The safari officially begins in Kasane, Botswana, at 13h00. Safari Lifestyles is happy to assist with pre-tour arrangements such as accommodation and transfers from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or Kasane, Botswana, if required. On arrival in Kasane your guide will give you a full safari briefing and take you shopping for your safari drinks. The first highlight of your safari will be a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. Camping will be in Kasane at a campsite with permanent ablutions

Accommodation: Permanent Campsite
Activities: Boat Cruise

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Day 2: Susuwe/West Caprivi National Park, camping

You will depart Kasane early to cross the Namibian border and then drive to Susuwe National Park.

After setting up camp you will explore the area on an afternoon game drive. Camping is in a designated camp-site with bush ablutions. (B, L, D). Day 2: Kasane to Susuwe: 270km, 3-4hrs

Accommodation: Tented Camp
Activities: Game Drives

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Day 3: Popa Falls, camping

You will rise with the sun and head west towards the Okavango River. You will camp on the banks of the Okavango River overlooking Popa Falls and have the opportunity to visit these rapids in the afternoon.

Camping is in a designated camp-site with permanent ablutions. Day 3: Susuwe to Popa Falls: 220km, 4hrs


Accommodation: Camp-site with permanent ablutions
Activities: Game Drives

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Day 4: Tsodilo Hills, camping

After a very early start we visit the jewel that is Mahango National Park before crossing the border to re-enter Botswana. You will journey through to the World Heritage Site of Tsodilo Hills and set up camp.

This afternoon you will visit the museum and explore the walking trails around the ancient hills, home to thousands of traditional Bushmen paintings dating back to 800AD. Camping is in a designated site with permanent ablutions. Day 4: Popa Falls to Tsodilo Hills: 120km, 4hrs

Accommodation: Tented Camp
Activities: visit to Bushman Paintings

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Days 5 – 6: Okavango Delta, camping

Rising with the sun, you will drive to the edge of the Okavango Delta, a special corner of paradise. You will transfer your equipment to motorboats cruise along the narrow papyrus-lined channels enjoying the exquisite birdlife of the region as well as the stunning landscape.

Deeper in the Delta you will meet the local polers with their mokoro (a traditional dugout canoe) and enjoy a tranquil transfer to an island. You will spend two days exploring this beautiful area on mokoro excursions and taking guided walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango. You will camp wild with bush ablutions. Day 5: Tsodilo Hills to Okavango Delta: 120km, 2hrs

Accommodation: Tented Camp
Activities: Mokoro, Motor Boats and Walking

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Day 7: Maun, camping

Inspired by the beauty of the Okavango you will travel south to Maun. You will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta to Maun (1hr scenic flight is EUR 135 per person, min. 3 guests to guarantee the flight). This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta’s unique water system and if you choose to take the flight, you will enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the Delta campsite writing postcards or reading a book while you wait for your afternoon flight.

Your guide will travel to Maun to resupply for the next stage of your adventure. After collecting you at the airport, you will shop for drinks, then spend the night at a camp-site just outside Maun with permanent ablution facilities. Day 7: Okavango Delta to Maun: 320km, 4hrs

Accommodation: Tented Camp
Activities: Optional Scenic Flight

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Days 8 – 10: Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai, camping

From Maun you will drive through to Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. The next three days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region.

Game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets will be the norm. After your morning game drive you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta. Camping will be in private designated camp-sites with bush ablutions. Day 8: Maun to Moremi Game Reserve: 150km, 6hrs (including game drive)

Accommodation: Tented Camp
Activities: Game Drives

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Days 11 – 13: Savute and Chobe National Park, camping

Chobe National Park, with its diverse and striking landscapes, will be your next destination. As you continue your search for wildlife, you will traverse the drier region of Savute where bull elephants dot the plains.

You will then head northwards to the Chobe River where your game drives will meander along the banks of the river, followed by the call of the majestic African Fish Eagle. Camping will be in private designated areas with bush ablutions. Day 11: Moremi to Savute 120km. 5-6hrs . Day 12: Savute to Chobe River: 170km, 5hrs

Accommodation: Tented Camp
Activities: Game Drives

Days 14 – 15: A night in a comfortable lodge in Vic Falls, Zimbabwe

After a short morning game drive you willthen drive to the Zimbabwe side of the Victoria Falls (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.

Chobe River – Victoria Falls: 100km, 2-3h (including border crossing)

The safari officially ends after breakfast on Day 8, at the lodge.

Safari Lifestyles is 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, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details.

Accommodation: Lodge/Chalet Accommodation

Activities: Game Drives

NOTE:

Although we make every effort to adhere to schedules and itineraries, these are subject to change subject to weather (specifically with current flood conditions, the driving times may differ between the areas quite considerably depending upon the time of year), roads, and animal movements and availability. You will be notified of any changes.

Scheduled Safari Departure Dates

2019

Prices can change, so please contact us for up to date information

March Euro 2220

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April Euro 2220

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May Euro 2220

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June Euro 2220

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July Euro 2420

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August Euro 2420

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September Euro 2420

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October Euro 2420

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November Euro 2220

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When are you travelling?

 

Temperature C° 19 – 32
Rainfall average (mm) 110

Delta & North

Peak breeding time for many of the colourful migrant bird species. Excellent wild flowers, brilliant green foliage, constant sounds day and night, from insects and birds. The bush is alive. January is in the middle of the rainy season with spectacular afternoon thunder storms and warm days (average 30˚C plus) and nights (20˚C plus).

Salt Pans & Kalahari

The short grasses on the fossil river valleys begin to grow rapidly in the middle of the rainy season, attracting the herds of gemsbok, springbok and red hartebeest onto the valley floors. The salt pans are inundated with rain water and at Nxai Pan, thousands of zebra inhabit the pan providing a constant source of protein for the resident lion prides.

Temperature C° 19 – 31
Rainfall average (mm) 80

Delta & North

Ripe figs are eaten by many species including the fruit bats who make interesting night sounds while feeding. Water lilies flowering peak – colourful and noisy reed frogs – the Okavango Delta is brilliant, noisy and alive. With the rainy season all plants are growing actively, butterflies, birds, frogs and all the small creatures are at their most active and at their best. The rains continue in afternoon thunder storms with dramatic skies and sounds. Temperatures range up to 40°C but average above 30°C with warm nights (20°C plus)

Salt Pans & Kalahari

The Bat Eared fox young and other canids begin to forage for the first time and as they accompany their parents, they provide entertaining viewing as they attempt to hunt anything that vaguely resembles prey. The Katydid grasshopper populations are at their peak during their mating season and their distinct three phrase call dominates the hours of night. The predominant desert predators, lion and cheetah, are seen often as they inhabit the pans and river valleys, hunting the grazing herds at their leisure.

Temperature C° 18 – 32
Rainfall average (mm) 70

Delta & North

The mighty Zambezi is in full spate and river rafting is often closed now. The Victoria Falls are as powerful as they can be and very dramatic, truly one of the seven natural wonders of the world. In Botswana, the Marula trees fruit attract their attendant bull elephants, who wonder from tree to tree in search of their favourite mealsThe start of the rutting season leads to the sleek and fat impala males snorting and cavorting to attract females. Temperatures are still warm both day and night but the air is drier and the rains less frequent.

Salt Pans & Kalahari

A late summer afternoon, with the last clouds of the rainy season beginning to dissipate, the male barking geckos emerge to woo the females with a short three to four syllable barking sound. At Nxai Pan, the zebra have begun to move again, drifting in smaller herds towards the permanent water sources and winter grazing along the Boteti River, in the Makgadikgadi.

Temperature C° 14 – 31
Rainfall average (mm) 25

Delta & North

The first signs that the times are changing. Night time temperatures drop to below 20°C on average but day temperatures continue to rise up to 40°C on some days. The cooler mornings, with high relative humidity, lead to wonderful early morning mists over the waters. The impala rut is in full swing and the challenges continue right through the night with dramatic clashes between rival males.

Salt Pans & Kalahari

There is a distinct chill in the night air now, together with the distinct chirp of the rain locust. Any surface water left from the rains has already dried up and while there is still good grazing on the open pans, mammals, birds and reptiles are preparing for the long dry season ahead. At Nxai Pan, the numbers of mammals at the water hole continues to grow as the rain fed water holes are mostly dry.

Temperature C° 9 – 28
Rainfall average (mm) 7

Delta & North

Flood waters from Angola start to reach the top of the Okavango Delta and begin their slow and deliberate progress through this vast wetlands system. With rains past and atmosphere much drier, the nights are cooler with temperatures averaging 15°C, while day temperatures – though still warm – have lost their edge and maximum temperatures seldom exceed 35°C.

Salt Pans & Kalahari

The gemsbok females now seperate themselves from the herds as they prepare to give birth to young that look nothing like the adults. During the game drives, the young calves, which more closely resemble a red hartebeest or tsessebe, may be seen for brief periods when they come out of their hiding places to suckle. The atmosphere is increasingly dry, and the nights cooler with temperatures averaging 15°C, while daytime temperatures, though still warm, have lost their edge and maximum temperatures seldom exceed 30°C.

Temperature C° 6 – 25
Rainfall average (mm) 3

Delta & North

June is a time of excitement! The wild dogs begin to search for their annual den and our guides spend time seeking out their sites. Once they have denned, these rare animals will be easy to find for 3-4 months as they hunt from their den. Temperatures have dropped to their coldest by the end of June, with night temperatures reaching as low as 5°C.Some green bushes and trees have scattered their leaves but many are almost bare. Seasonal waterholes are beginning to dry up.

Salt Pans & Kalahari

The traditional yellows and greys of the Kalahari landscape dominate as any sign of the rains have passed. The Silky Bushmen grass on the edges of the pans sparkles in the dawn light after the first frost of the year. This is winter in the Kalahari and has to be experienced to be believed. It is a time of harsh and arid beauty when one can truly understand the incredible adaptations made by a multitude of species of plants, birds, mammals and reptiles in order to survive.

Temperature C° 6 – 25
Rainfall average (mm) 0 

Delta & North

The Delta floods arrive. The paradox is obvious: the flood arrives when dust and dryness pervade and the rains have long gone. The leaves continue to fall from the trees and the grasses are getting drier and shorter every day. This means that visibility for game viewing is excellent. The nights are still cold but the days are warm and pleasant. This is the typical Botswana weather, sunny and clear. More and more animals congregate near the water and flood plains for grazing

Salt Pans & Kalahari

No surface water exists in this ‘thirst land.’ The many species that survive here – including human beings – have adapted to utilise varied sources of drinkable liquid including the early morning dew, succulent plants, natural springs and even the blood of their prey. This is the Kalahari of legend.

Temperature C° 9 – 28
Rainfall average (mm) 0

Delta & North

The herds are getting larger and limited access to the water leads to tension between the breeding herds of elephant and the nights are filled with elephant sounds. The bush is bare and the dust pervades but there is abundant action and amazing sightings. The floods have passed through the Delta and now reach Maun. Thousands of herons, storks and other breeding birds start to congregate at the Gadikwe heronry.

Salt Pans & Kalahari

At this time, the larger herds disperse into smaller groups as they spread out into the desert seeking out grazing or browsing. The predators will follow them and ‘survival of the fittest’ best describes the mentality of desert inhabitants during the dry season. Daytime temperatures eventually rise to a pleasant mid 20°C but the temperatures at night can fall to below 0°C! Gloves, thermals and hats are the standard for early morning and evening drives!

Temperature C° 13 – 33
Rainfall average (mm) 0

Delta & North

The climate has changed and winter is all but gone. Night temperatures rise rapidly within the month and by month end, the averages reach 15°C plus at night and day temperatures soar well in the 30’s°C. The sun shines, the skies are clear and it is really dry and hot. Unbelievably, the elephant concentrate in still greater numbers as do the buffalo herds keeping the predators well fed as the season takes its toll on the prey species.The water levels have slowly started to drop as the waters from Angola have completed their trek.

Salt Pans & Kalahari

The end of August sees a very rapid change in temperature and in the blink of an eye, the winter is a distant memory. At this time the first of the famous black-maned lions begin to call again with a sense of urgency as they gather the pride females. After the last few months of a mostly solitary life for the pride members, foraging for scarce prey over vast areas, it is time to renew bonds and to reclaim the pride’s territory.

Temperature C° 18 – 35
Rainfall average (mm) 30

Delta & North

It is hot, really hot! But never will you experience game viewing like this. It is well worth the sweat. Day temperatures rise regularly above 40°C and nights are warm with averages in the low 20’s°C. ‘Start early and leave late’ is the answer. This aversion to the midday heat is common to both people and animals alike. Animals are only active at first light and late in the day. Many species even begin to feed at night!

Salt Pans & Kalahari

This is the hottest month in the region and no where is this dry heat as brutal as the Kalahari! Temperatures can soar into the mid to high 40°C and night time temperatures are over 20°C. Even the winds are hot and not a drop of moisture is left in the soil or plants as these desert winds scour the landscape. Mammals are generally active in the early morning and early evening in an effort to conserve as much energy as possible. Strangely, the Kalahari at this time is a patchwork of greens, yellows, whites and greys as the newly flowering acacias and yellow grasses create a vivid contrast to the lighter sands and dry bushes

Temperature C° 19 – 34
Rainfall average (mm) 50

Delta & North

The expectation (or rather the desperation) for rain dominates all discussions. People and animals all await an end to the dryness, dust and oppressive heat. Temperatures remain high both day and night. With the arrival of the rains comes an almost tangible relief. The herds begin to disperse to seek new grazing and will now begin to drink from the seasonal pans. The birthing season begins with the tsessebe , followed by the impala and red lechwe. The predators, such as wild dog and cheetah,  seek out these vulnerable young.

Salt Pans & Kalahari

There is a subtle difference from the last few months. The inhabitants of the desert clearly notice this change too. Springbok will not be feeding but instead will jostle with each other and pronk, seemingly excited and reptiles and insects are seen more regularly as they become increasingly active. There is a tension in the air which increases through the month as the first clouds appear on the horizon. The night skies are lit with brilliant displays of lightening and massive cloud formations.

Temperature C° 19 – 32
Rainfall average (mm) 95

Delta & North

The abundant protein rich grass feeds the mothers of the young antelope, while the lambs and calves grow at an astounding rate. The impala complete their lambing as the wildebeest begin and the rains become more regular with thunder storms every few days. The pans remain full and the bush colours are radiant in brilliant greens. The grasses begin to grow high and while the grazers enjoy the green tender mouthfuls, the stalking predators are becoming increasingly visible in their lighter winter camouflage

Salt Pans & Kalahari

The smell of the first raindrops on dry African soil is one that you will never forget. Almost overnight, the landscape changes: colours are bright and vivid as the dust is washed away, hundreds of wild flowers begin to appear and the bush turns a brilliant green. The pans are once again filled with energetic grazing herds and as always, the predators are nearby and thrive in this time of plenty. Late afternoon thunderstorms and heavy showers are the norm. The rains also result in lower relative temperatures with day times reaching mid 30°C while night temperatures are on average 20°C.

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