Tage 9

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Soak up the sights and sounds of peaceful waterholes, meandering creeks and mighty rivers on this refreshing African adventure. Some of the continent's most iconic animals call Southern Africa home, including elephants, rhinos, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and ostriches. Explore the remote waterways of the extraordinary Okavango Delta in Botswana, be awed by the thunder of Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls and travel down the Chobe River at sunset as animals come out to play. The contrast of Africa's wild plains and bustling cities makes for an enriching and thrilling travel experience.

Übersicht

Start
Victoria Falls
Ende
Johannesburg
Besuchte Länder
Botswana, Simbabwe, Südafrika
Style
Original
Theme
Overland
Trip Code
YBSB
Mindestalter
Gruppengröße
12
Physical rating

Highlights

  • Besides being one of the world's most dazzling waterfalls, Victoria Falls offers a range of exciting activities, from nature walks to breathtaking scenic helicopter flights.
  • Visit the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust and learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, human-wildlife conflict and their role in anti-poaching.
  • A sunset cruise is the ultimate way to soak up the ambience of the Chobe River. Keep an eye out – and a camera at the ready – for elephants, cheetahs and lions frolicking on the shore.
  • Experience the untouched wilderness of Botswana's Okavango Delta, staying on a remote island bush camp. As night falls, the sounds of the African bush are like nothing else.
  • Visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary – an important local conservation project and the last remaining place in Botswana where both black and white rhinos live
  • Cycle through the colourful streets of Soweto and hear first-hand stories of the township’s colourful history.
  • On this trip you will be accompanied by 3 crew members - Group Leader, Driver and a camp assistant. Your Camp Assistant is responsible for setting up camp and preparing your meals so you can take extra time to relax at the end of your day.
  • Camping beds/stretchers, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows are provided for camping nights to provide an extra level of comfort.

Reiseprogramm



Day 1
Victoria Falls
Mhoro! Welcome to Zimbabwe. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time for this, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting. If you are arriving earlier, we recommend you use your free time to partake in one of the many optional activities offered in and around Victoria Falls.

We recommend Wild Horizons activity centre to book any optional activities. We have not risk assessed all activities and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended. It is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk assessed or do not adhere to our company’s Responsible Travel policy and ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles.

Day 2
Chobe National Park
Travel to Chobe National Park in Botswana (approximately 3 hours) via the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, one of The Intrepid Foundation projects. Here you can learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, human-wildlife conflict and their role in anti-poaching. There may also be a chance to meet any rescued or orphaned wildlife currently in their care.

Chobe, the first national park to be established in the country, is perhaps best known for its high concentration of elephants, which can often be seen swimming in the Chobe River. The river also attracts wallowing hippos, a variety of birdlife, and crocodiles which like to sun themselves by the water’s edge. Cheetahs and lions also come down to drink. In the late afternoon you will embark on a scenic sunset cruise on the Chobe River – a relaxing way to spend the afternoon. Your camp, located outside of the park, has flush toilets, showers, intermittent WiFi and optional accommodation upgrades.

Day 3
Maun
There’s time for a morning game drive for those who would like to further explore this beautiful park (this is optional). As well as elephants, you might see some of Chobe’s other noble creatures – from giraffe and zebra to impala and tsessebe. Then it’s time to head to Maun (approximately 10–11 hours). This town is the gateway to one of the world’s most famous and most complex ecosystems, the Okavango Delta. Arrive, stretch your legs and set up camp on the outskirts of town at a simple campsite. Here there are shared facilities, WiFi and optional accommodation upgrades.

Day 4
Okavango Delta
Travel into the unspoiled wilderness for an adventurous camping experience. The Okavango Delta is unlike anything in the world – a 16,000 square kilometre maze of wetlands made up of meandering waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife. The delta is filled with a diversity of flora and fauna that includes hippos, crocodiles, elephants and big cats. But it’s not the animals that are the main attraction – it’s the incredible ecosystem. You’ll explore the waterways by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe navigated by friendly local ‘polers’. You’ll also spend some time exploring on foot with your experienced and knowledgeable guides. Camp on a remote island in the heart of the wild. Toilets will be dug and there are no showers. Hear the nocturnal creatures of the African bush come to life as the sun goes down.

Day 5
Okavango Delta
It’s an early start this morning as you venture out for a sunrise walk, hoping to catch a glimpse of some elephants and perhaps the fascinating and rather noble-looking Cape buffalo. Return to camp to enjoy some breakfast and reflect on the morning’s viewing with your fellow travellers. As it warms up, you’ll have the rest of the day to relax. You might like to take a refreshing swim. There is also the option of an afternoon walk or another mokoro trip. You may notice that the mokoros of today are made with fibreglass but retain their original shape – this strikes a balance between tradition and sustainability.

Day 6
Maun
After taking down your camp, it’s time to return the mokoro to the poling station and board the vehicle once again. Travel back to Maun (approximately 2–3 hours). Though this town is best known as a stepping stone to the delta, it’s worth a stroll around. Perhaps check out the Nhabe Museum if you feel curious and have time. Tonight you will camp on the outskirts of town at a simple site which has shared facilities.

Day 7
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Travel to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary (approximately 9–10 hours). Situated on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a conversion of a former hunting area into a conservation project. Built to protect Botswana’s only remaining populations of both black and white rhinos, the sanctuary is also home to other wildlife including zebras, giraffes, leopards, ostriches and wildebeest, all of which can be seen around the many natural waterholes. Visiting this project benefits local communities and contributes to the protection of the highly endangered white rhinoceros. In the evening you’ll head out on a dusk game drive to see the rhinos (this will be replaced by a dawn game drive if the group arrives at the sanctuary too late). Your camp tonight has shared facilities and optional upgrades.

Day 8
Soweto/Johannesburg
Cross the border into South Africa and travel on to Soweto, which is located in the Johannesburg area (approximately 10–11 hours). Johannesburg is a sprawling city of remarkable contrasts. As you come into town you’ll likely see opulent mansions alongside tin-roof shacks, and verdant city parks alongside the concrete. About half of Jo’burg’s 3 million residents live in Soweto and its surrounding areas. Enjoy a relaxing evening upon arrival.

Day 9
Soweto
Take to the streets of Soweto on a bicycle and learn about the Soweto uprising and the resistance against apartheid. It’s interesting to see how the community has changed and developed into what it is today. You’ll also visit a former migrant workers’ hostel and stop at many other local landmarks. Your cycling adventure should finish up at around 3 pm today. With no further activities planned, your trip comes to an end at this point. No accommodation is provided for tonight, but this can be arranged when you book this trip. If you are departing, it’s best to book a flight for 8 pm or later.

Was ist inklusive?

Mahlzeiten

8 Frühstück, 6 Mittagessen, 6 Abendessen

Transport

Overland vehicle , Boat , Mokoro

Unterkunft

Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (4 nights), Guesthouse (1 night)

Eingeschlossene Aktivitäten

Chobe National Park - River cruise
Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit
Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari
Okavango Delta - Sunrise Walk
Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari
Khama Rhino Sanctuary - 4x4 Game drive
Soweto - Cycle tour

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Reviews

David Le Mesurier
Trip was well worth taking. Travel reasonably light as weather through winter is quite mild. Some cold nights but overall warm. Listen to guides and be aware your in contact with wild animals. Perfectly safe though and exciting.
This week was very varied and interesting as we covered 3 countries. This involved a considerable amount of travel so be prepared for lots of downtime. The B & B in Soweto was excellent, the hosts were really helpful. the cycle ride in Soweto is essential to get a true sense of the struggle and living conditions of many Black South Africans.
Mila Bucx
I had an awesome time during this trip! It was very well organized, the crew was kind, helpfull and skilled and we saw a lot of different things and locations in a short period of time. I'll for sure recommend Intrepid.
Tania Busslinger
This trip was a true adventure everyday. Even a couple of long days in the truck are never boring, stopping for animals crossing the road or looking at the landscape or stopping for lunch or breaks. I loved the camping in the unique places we visited and Enoch's delicious food he cooked for us morning and night. Met some amazing fellow travellers from ages 20 - 67 and from all parts of the world.
Marianne Cronin
This trip, our 10th with Intrepid, was again excellent.
Amy Gulbransen
Wonderful trip, fantastic guides and great group to travel with.
Peter Ormond
Intrepid has provided an excellent trip fully supported by a great team on the ground. Nothing was too much for them.
Genevieve Rohan
Make the most of your travel time by allowing Intrepid to do all the planning, driving and cooking. The small group size and knowledgable guides allow you to see things that the larger groups miss. If you tried to do the same trip on your own it would cost a lot more and be less time effective.
Suzan Jackson
Our tour crew were fantastic. If you don't like some very basic camping or facilities then this trip isn't for you. I loved everything about this trip. Be prepared for an experience if a lifetime.
Frances Uebergang
This trip provided a great range of activities and amazing opportunities to see the animals. Be prepared for some days of very long travel and pack a variety of clothes, especially for the cold (surprisingly). Also, it may be worthwhile to include an extra day in Vic Falls prior to the trip as getting through Customs can be lengthy.
Janice Beky
Take a really really good sleeping bag if going tomorrow.
Claire Hamersley
A fabulous experience to see and learn about the amazing wildlife and culture of the people of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Our tour guide Jay was so enthusiastic about all items on our itinerary and in particular the wildlife we encountered. We were always well catered for; fabulous transport, information, people, wildlife and experiences all round! Thank you to the Intrepid team for a very memorable experience.
Murray Head
Grwst asy to see a chunk of africa, pick this trip if you dont want the hassle of setting up tents/camp/cooking leaving you free to relax and enjoy being in the middle of nowhere most nights. Bring plenty of books for the long drives!
Mary Diaz-Martinez
This was the best tour ever. The wildlife, landscapes, modes of transport, accommodation, food were outstanding. Jay and his team were passionate about showing us the best of Southern Africa and I can't imagine how it could have been any better. Loved it!
Matthew Caddy
A wonderful, memorable trip. Does require some robustness as camping is required, however the staff do all the setting up and carrying of bags for you. Tents are comfortable using stretchers and mattresses, and upgrades are available at most places. The itinerary is fantastic - so many memories! Thanks for a great tour.
Robert Silberberg
Much more than a holiday, a genuine life adventure!!!
Carolyn Sparke
A great trip overall. It is a great 'off the beaten track' experience. Our guide was excellent and full of great wildlife knowledge. There are long drives, so be prepared for that. There are some great wildlife moments but this is not the trip to do if you want to see big cats.