Botswana Mobile Camping and Lodge Safari Adventure & Victoria Falls

From Victoria Falls to fly camping on salt pans, to Mokoro Safaris in the inner Okavango Delta - the ultimate adventure in Botswana and Victoria Falls!
Duration

11 days, 10 nights

Group size

Min 8-Max 12

Min Age

18+

Start/End

Victoria Falls/Kasane

Overview
Inclusions/Exclusions
Itinerary
Tour Essentials

Wildlife Ahoy!

Get ready for an immersive wildlife experience through the heart of Botswana on an action-packed mobile camping safari!

We’ll get deep into the wilds of Savuti, the Okavango Delta including Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Concession, taking in all the major highlights of Botswana including a fly camping night out on the Makgadikgadi Pan and a morning visit to the cutest meerkats of the Kalahari desert!

Botswana is home to the largest population of African Elephants on the continent, as well as a haven for leopards, lions, rhinos, hippos, and more. You’ll be immersed in the wild on this complete 11-day safari experience!

Botswana Mobile Camping Tour Highlights

  • Traditional Mokoro and bush walking safaris in the Okavango Delta, the world`s largest inland delta and a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Safaris in Khwai Concession and Moremi Game Reserve (wilderness areas of Okavango Delta)
  • Safaris in Chobe National Park (Savuti)
  • Quad Biking, fly camping & BBQ on the Makgadikgadi Pan
  • Kalahari Meerkat Encounter
  • Up-close elephant viewing from your lodge with a waterhole
  • Camping around the campfire in our exclusive wilderness bush camps, listening to the sounds of nature, watching the stars
  • Get dwarfed by the mighty Victoria Falls, a stunningly beautiful natural wonder of world

 

This trip is a mixture of lodge and semi-luxury mobile camping allowing you to have the best of both worlds. Moreover, it starts and ends at the incredible Victoria Falls!

Don’t miss out on this adventure of a lifetime and secure your spot now on our epic  Botswana Victoria Falls  adventure trip!

If you combine this Botswana only trip with our Namibia adventure or Victoria Falls Marathon Weekend package, you will get a discount of 250,-EUR that will be applied to you balance invoice.

 

Please note: This trip can be organized any time of the year for your party. From November to May, fly camping in Botswana is replaced by an additional night of safari in Moremi/Khwai. As a budget friendly option, standard camping adventure with shared bathroom facilities is also available upon request. 

Inclusions/Exclusions

  • 10 nights accommodation double/twin room/tent sharing
  • All transportation as per the itinerary
  • All included activities as per the itinerary
  • 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Local English speaking crew
  • German and Turkish language support
  • Pre-departure info-pack & support
  • All entrance fees and permits according to the itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Camping equipment & set-up
  • Airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Medications, vaccinations, personal expenses
  • Travel/health insurance (recommended)
  • Meals not stated as included as per itinerary, snacks
  • All drinks other than specified as per itinerary
  • Optional activities and anything else not stated as included as per itinerary
  • Tips for local guides

Tour Itinerary

Day 01 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Arrive in Victoria Falls and transfer to your accommodation. Time-permitting, you may want to take a village walk, visit the Victoria Falls or simply relax after your flight journey.

Note this itinerary combines well with our Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls tour and Victoria Falls Marathon weekend package. If you join one of these tours, your Victoria Falls adventure is included. Otherwise, you may want to account for additional days in Victoria Falls. Please contact us if you need any support with your pre-tour travel arrangements.

  • Included Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Lodge (ensuite)
  • Included Activities: None
Day 02 Victoria Falls to Botswana

Today we will be picked up from our hotel in Victoria Falls and brought to our accommodation in Botswana with an amazing waterhole, which is frequented by elephants and other animals every day and night!

After enjoying a delicious dinner, you can sit back and watch the nocturnal animals at the floodlit waterhole!

  • Included Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge (ensuite)
  • Included Activities: Elephant viewing
Day 03 Makgadikgadi National Park

This morning we will depart early and head to Gweta for our quad bike adventure on the spectacular Makgadikgadi Pan, a place of endless horizons, a vast salt pan.

We'll have the chance to discover the unique, desert-adapted species that inhabit the lunar-like landscape before sleeping out under the stars in a magical fly camp. A truly unique experience!

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Fly camping
  • Included Activities: Quad biking & fly camping
Day 04 Gweta

We’ll rise early today to greet the cutest residents of the desert, the Kalahari meerkats.

After arriving in Gweta and settling in our lodge, we will go on a village walk and enjoy a traditional lunch, spend some time with the local Batswana people and learn a little about the way of life in this extraordinary part of the world.

In the afternoon we will head out on a baobab forest bushwalk before dinner.  In between, there will be some free time to shake off the heat of the day and the dust of the desert in the largest, coolest swimming pool in the Kalahari, or enjoy a drink at the bar of our lodge.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge (ensuite)
  • Included Activities: Meerkat experience, local village visit, baobab forest bush walk
Day 05 Maun

Today after breakfast, we’ll make our way to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Packed lunch will be served on the way to Maun.

In the afternoon you'll have the opportunity to take a (doors-off) scenic flight over the Delta (own expense). The rates start at approx. $100 US, but it's worth it. The views of the waterways, islands, and animals are simply mind-blowing.

The evening is free to relax at the lodge or you may want to head out to one of the restaurants in town.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse (Ensuite)
  • Included Activities: None
Day 06 Okavango Inner Delta

This morning, we’ll head out deeper into the Okavango Delta and explore the shallow waterways of the delta on mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) excursions, and game walks through this unique part of the world.

As we slide through the water channels on a mokoro, we will encounter the resident animal species like hippos, fish eagles and reed-clinging frogs that decorate the channels.

We will camp on remote islands and experience the tranquility of the Delta. Our camp will be set up ready for us to relax and enjoy our surroundings. We will end the day with a delicious meal around a campfire and an endless horizon of stars.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mobile camping (Ensuite)
  • Included Activities: Mokoro excursions, walking safaris
Day 07 Khwai Concession & Moremi Game Reserve

From the Okavango Delta, we’ll transfer to a 4×4 vehicle  and make our way to the camp in game drive mode through Botswana’s wilderness.

Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai concession wildlife areas are very famous for predators like lions, wild dogs and leopards, and a vast number of other animals including giraffe, buffalo, elephants and birds.

We will spend the next two nights of our adventures marveling at the breathtaking views from forests and floodplains to lagoons and islands, and a wealthy wildlife concentration.

Nights will be in the wild camping with the best chance of seeing the animals. Our camp will be set up by our support crew and waiting for us. Delicious bush-dinner will be served under the beautiful African night sky.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mobile camping (Ensuite)
  • Included Activities: Safaris in Khwai Concession & Moremi Game Reserve
Day 08 Khwai Concession & Moremi Game Reserve

Another day of nonstop wildlife sightings will keep us occupied on game drives and bush walks.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mobile camping  (Ensuite)
  • Included Activities: Safaris in Khwai Concession & Moremi Game Reserve
Day 09 Chobe National Park (Savuti Area)

We’ll continue through the game reserves, moving on to the remote, raw and wild Savuti region of Chobe National Park, renowned for its impressive concentrations of wildlife and a prime spot to view predators like  lions, leopards and spotted hyenas.

The vegetation in this regions is unique on its own: indigenous mopane forests are complemented by acacia savanna and rocky outcrops.

We will spend the next two nights in our mobile bush camp in the awe of this region, enjoying spectacular sunsets, dining under the stars before drifting of to a peaceful sleep with dreams shaped by the day's experiences.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mobile camping (Ensuite)
  • Included Activities: Game drives in Chobe (Savuti area)
Day 10 Chobe National Park (Savuti Area)

We'll raise early today to another friendly Botswana "dumela" (good day)  along with a quick cup of tea or coffee and a light continental breakfast before setting off on an early morning game drive in search of the big cats, or possibly the endangered wild dogs as they are the most active at this time. Around mid to late morning, we will return to camp for a delicious “bush brunch” and have the opportunity to take a refreshing shower and a siesta.

In the afternoon, as the day starts to cool off, we go on a sundowner game drive. All game drives take place in 4x4 safari vehicle with local Botswanan guides with excellent knowledge of the area. Stunning sunsets and outstanding game viewing await you in Botswana's Chobe National Park.  It's not uncommon to find herds of elephants, buffaloes and zebras numbering several thousand individuals! With a high prey density comes great predator populations.

We return to camp after sunset for a reflective fireside chat, bush dinner and as always accompanied by the unforgettable sounds of the African night.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mobile camping (Ensuite)
  • Included Activities: Game drives in Chobe (Savuti area)
Day 11 Departure

Following another "dumela" dawn wake-up call and breakfast, we leave the park in game drive mode. With our hearts full of the impressions of the past days, we bid farewell to our new friends.

If you haven't joined our Namibia + Chobe + Victoria Falls tour before, we recommend you stay a night longer in Kasane and join the boat safari on Chobe Riverfront.

Our trip ends today with a drop off at Kasane or Victoria Falls airport or hotel of your choice.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: None
  • Included Activities: Chobe 4x4 game drive, drop off in Kasane or Victoria Falls

 All thumbnail and gallery images used in the itinerary section above  are taken from various promotional sites. 

Tour Essentials

Trip Destinations: Victoria Falls (1), Kasane/Nata (1), Gweta (2), Maun(1), Inner Delta (1), Moremi & Khwai (2), Chobe (Savuti) (2)

Accommodation

The accommodation on this tour is a combination of semi-luxury mobile camping adventure (5 nights), fly camping (1 night) and good quality, lovely establishments (4 nights) specially chosen for their location, uniqueness, value for money, or excellent activities.

All rooms and tents on this trip are shared with two people in each room/tent. You'll have the option of a double bed or two single beds. Rooms vary slightly by layout and view and will be assigned based on booking order.

Solo travelers will be paired up with another participant. There is no single room option on this trip.

We will be staying inside the national parks and concession areas for a truly immersive wildlife experience. You should not miss the experience of falling asleep under the African starry sky, hearing the hyenas or lions roaring in the distance, and being woken up in the morning by the unique African sunrise.

All camping gear will be provided by our local partners. However, MAHO On Earth recommends you bring your own sleeping bag for the sake of comfort and hygiene. We will provide you with a packing list as part of your pre-departure information pack.

When camping, the tents and camp will be set up by the crew, so you can relax and enjoy your holiday. The bush camping is a truly authentic experience in exclusive wilderness areas with no other campers, no power and limited facilities (ensuite rustic open air warm bucket showers and long drop-style toilets). Tents are spacious (large walk-in safari tents) and beds are elevated for extra comfort.

Please note that this is Africa and one cannot expect the western standards in the places visited. Especially with respect to service, expect a lovely “laid back, unhurried” environment.

Meals

9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 8 Dinners are included in the tour price as outlined in the itinerary.

On camping days, most meals will be prepared by our cook and support crew. You will be surprised by what delicious food can be prepared over the campfire, including BBQ, stews, and pasta dishes.

Our guides will be happy to recommend good restaurants on the days when lunch or/and dinner are not included.

Vegetarians can be catered for if you inform us upon booking. For other dietary requirements (vegan, gluten-free, allergies, etc.), please contact us to discuss the best course of action for you.

Transport

During the trip, we’ll use 4×4 safari vehicles. Transfer to/from Victoria Falls will be in a van.

Passports and Visas

For the countries visited on this trip, your passport must be valid for a minimum period of six months beyond the planned date of entry. Additionally, there must be at least three blank pages in the passport (meaning a total of 4 blank pages at a minimum if visiting more than one country).

Holders of ordinary passports issued by most EU and Commonwealth nationalities can enter Botswana without a visa for a maximum stay of 90 days. Citizens of 42+ countries can obtain a visa on arrival (e.g. Mexico, Turkey) for a fee (currently ca. US$ 70). Some nationals must apply for a visa in advance (e.g. China). Please consult the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy/Consulate in your country of origin/residency.

Zimbabwe grants a 30-day visa on arrival for most EU and Commonwealth nationalities for a fee of US$ 30 single entry, or US$ 45 for double entry. The fee is higher for passport holders of UK, Ireland, Canada and China ranging from US$ 55 to US$ 90.

You must ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited. If your passport is in its final year, you should check with the Embassy of the country you are visiting.

Health/Vaccinations

Disclaimer: The following information is intended as a guide only and is not intended to replace professional advice. We, at MAHO on Earth, cannot guarantee that the following information is complete, up-to-date, accurate, or error-free. 

As of the publishing date, there are no mandatory vaccinations to enter Botswana, or Zimbabwe if entering directly from EU. However, since the information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest travel updates and/or contact your local embassy. If you are entering the country from a yellow-fewer region, you may need to present proof of yellow-fewer vaccination. Please consult with your local authorities.

In Botswana and Victoria Falls, where water is abundant, the risk of Malaria is high all year around. We do highly recommend that you obtain professional travel health advice at your doctor or an institute of tropical medicine with respect to your individual needs and your intended travel, including advice on vaccinations, anti-malarial and other medications based on your past vaccination history, your present medical condition, and your intended itinerary.

Physical Level

To join this trip, you'll need to have a reasonable level of fitness. While not too strenuous, the tour involves somewhat long journeys on gravel roads (this is Africa), a fair amount of walking, early-morning wake-up calls, being in the sun in potentially hot temperatures, cold desert nights, and other similar scenarios.

Special requests

This trip may not be suitable for people with special needs such as reduced mobility due to local conditions and activities. If in doubt, please contact us. 

Please do not send sensitive information (such as health, accident or other highly personal information) through our contact form. You may want to get in touch with us directly via phone instead.

Insurance

We do strongly recommend you take out travel insurance as soon as you make your deposit to ensure the most coverage. Your travel insurance policy should at least cover medical expenses, trip cancellations, activities you intend to do, and repatriation in the event of an accident or illness. We will reach out and collect your travel insurance and emergency contact details shortly before the departure date. Your trip price with us does not include any travel insurance. Travel insurance policies are generally speaking more economical when taken out locally in your country of origin.

What to pack (Cash & Co)

While your trip with us cover most of the expenses, things such as alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, snacks, laundry, visa fee, meals not included are examples of a few additional costs that might arise during your trip. Any optional activity is mentioned clearly so that you don't have to worry about hidden costs.

The countries visited on this trip accept the USD or EUR for tourism. While credit cards are accepted, there is usually an additional fee. ATMs are scarce outside of bigger towns. We recommend carrying some cash and budgeting around $20 – $50 USD per day for incidental expenses and tips.

Please note: Our tour price does not include tips/gratuities for the local guides, as tipping is discretionary and should be based on your satisfaction with the service provided. It is however customary to express your appreciation for a job well done, and guidelines will be given on tipping local guides.

Further details and recommendations on what to pack will be provided prior to departure.

Travel Companions

We care about getting to know our fellow travelers, hence we keep our groups small and intimate. Our tours usually run with 12 or fewer participants and require a minimum of 8 participants to take place. It will be an international group and the main language will be English. We also speak German and Turkish.

People from all walks of life and nationalities, singles, couples, friends, and families with a sense of adventure, an open mind, and an open heart can join our tours. We consider each trip as an opportunity to cultivate our travel persona with humility, curiosity, and respect, what we call a "Mindful Adventure". 

The Adventure with us

Designing a trip is engineering work, and this is not a cookie-cutter tour. Maho and Tom, founders and owners of MAHO on Earth, curated this immersive itinerary to make the best use of your hard-earned bucks and vacation days with lots of wonderful handpicked activities and locations included! 

We want you to have the most rewarding experience possible. We take care of all the hassle of planning, and you can enjoy your vacation with peace of mind, not least because we support social projects and NGOs, and partner with the best local enterprises.

Join us on this Mindful Adventure, Highlands to Oceans in Botswana and Zimbabwe! 

How to book your spot

To reserve your spot, please use our booking form or send us an email at team@earthmaho.com!

Please note, the minimum age to participate in this tour is 18.

Should you need any support with your pre or post-tour travel arrangements, we are here to help. Please note that the itinerary is subject to minor changes due to circumstances beyond our control. This is Africa, but whatever happens, we'll always do our best to ensure you have an amazing experience!

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