Okavango Delta Safari

  • 11 Days
  • 12 People Max

    This trip has a maximum of 12 guests, plus one experienced Active Adventures guide and local walking safari guides in some locations.

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Maun
  • Trip End: Victoria Falls
Okavango Delta Safari Mokoro

Journey by mokoro through the Okavango Delta channels

Experience the magic of the Okavango Delta in the authentic way – both under canvas and in safari lodges, on foot and by mokoro, with a few comforts of home thrown in too! Add to that a true Africa must-see, Victoria Falls, and you've got the makings of an unforgettable safari and sightseeing adventure. Known as the ‘Jewel of the Kalahari’ the Delta is considered to be one of the greatest wilderness spectacles on the planet, unsurprising when the Okavango is one of Africa’s largest rivers and it never meets the sea. The resulting inland delta, comprising 15,000 square kilometres of water channels, lagoons and islands, is one of the most concentrated areas of wildlife on earth. As if that wasn’t enough, this adventure also takes you to see the famous and breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Victoria Falls region is rich in adventure activities for adrenaline junkies!

   This trip is operated by Active Adventures.

Okavango Delta Safari ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Maun Trip End: Victoria Falls
  • Days 1-4Khwai River, mobile safari, game driving

  • Day 4 continued...Fly to Moremi Crossing, guided mokoro cruise

  • Day 5Fly to Maun, transfer to Kopano Conservation Area, kayak the Delta

  • Day 6Morning kayak exploration, walk/mokoro to this evening’s camp

  • Day 7Learn to track game on walking safari in Kopano Conservation Area

  • Day 8Walk or mokoro out of camp

  • Day 9Fly to Kasane then on to Victoria Falls

  • Day 10Explore Victoria Falls

  • Day 11Depart

  • Days 1-4

    Khwai River, mobile safari, game driving

    When you arrive into Maun you’ll meet your trip leader and guide, and head straight out into the wilderness. Our transport of choice is an open game-viewing vehicle, so keep your eyes peeled for your first glimpse of Botswana’s abundant wildlife. Our drive takes us along the Khwai River, an important water source for all sorts of animals in the Moremi Game Reserve – head upon head of animals come to drink from the river, drawing predators from the bush and making this area a hotbed for wildlife activity – the birdlife in this lush landscape is absolutely spectacular. We’ll arrive at our camp for the next three nights, and settle in to our en-suite safari deluxe tents. Each tent is kitted out with a hot shower, toilet, plush beds, linen, towels, and a bedside table – delicious food is cooked over an open fire by the crew and served in a mess tent. This is a ‘mobile safari’, so the crew bring everything along that we’ll need, and leaves nothing behind. They use a truck to transport the whole camp, so they’ll set us up in the best spot for wildlife encounters, this is safari in style! Of course, we’ll have experienced guides on hand at all times to keep us safe.

    Safaris in the wilderness of Botswana are very different from one day to the next. Our expert local guides are the best at deciding which areas of the 1800 square kilometer wilderness area to focus our attention on, and at which times of the day.

    A typical day on safari in the Khwai Community Area goes a little something like this: An early morning wake up call, steaming hot delicious coffee, and a hearty breakfast cooked over the fire. We’ll head out in our open 4x4 vehicles as the sun rises, either along the Khwai River, across the open plains, or off road amongst the dense bush, in search of wildlife. Off-road driving is strictly prohibited within the national parks of the Okavango, but because we’re spending our time on private reserves, it’s something we’re allowed to do, allowing us to follow the sounds on a night drive, for example - that’s pretty special!

    We’ll find somewhere beautifully scenic for a coffee stop mid-morning, and make our way back to camp for a hearty lunch and some relaxation until our afternoon game drive. We’ll head out again as the light changes, and becomes perfect for photography – the animals are more active at this time of day, so don’t forget your camera! We’ll have a stop for ‘sundowners’ and some nibbles before heading back to camp for a hot shower, drinks around the fire, and a delicious dinner together.

    Once darkness falls we may head out for a night game drive if we’re hearing any interesting calls from camp. We’ll search for Africa’s nocturnal animals, and its greatest predators, such as leopards, lions, and hyenas, all jostling for prey. Finally, we’ll return to camp for a good night’s sleep, excited for more of the same tomorrow.
    Wilderness Mobile Safari (All meals)

  • Day 4 continued...

    Fly to Moremi Crossing, guided mokoro cruise

    After another delicious mobile safari breakfast, it’s time to bid the camp and kitchen crew farewell and head for the Khwai airstrip. We’ll board a light aircraft bound for Moremi Crossing, it’s a short but breathtaking journey, flying over the vast delta all the way. This afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to take to the river on a guided mokoro cruise, in search of hippopotamus’, elephants, and buffalo. The locals have been using the ‘mokoro’ (a traditional dug-out canoe) for generations, and are capable of navigating the shallow waterways of the delta with ease. Tonight we’ll stay at Moremi Crossing’s new camp. The camp is built on a palm-fringed island surrounded by Moremi’s game-rich seasonal floodplains, and overlooking Chief’s Island. Depending on water levels, we can do more game-spotting from mokoros at Moremi Crossing. Here we’re combining luxury and simplicity, it’s a 100% eco-friendly camp, featuring impressive solar and waste disposal technology. Your spacious en-suite tent sits on a raised deck, and you’ll have your own private veranda to enjoy the view and an evening drink.
    Moremi Crossing (All meals)

    Guided Mokoro Cruise: 2-3 hours 

  • Day 5

    Fly to Maun, transfer to Kopano Conservation Area, kayak the Delta

    After breakfast this morning we’ll leave Moremi Crossing and board another light aircraft for a short flight, bound for Maun, where our trip started. From there we’ll take an open game viewing vehicule to the Kopano Conservation Area on the east side of the Delta, where we’ll meet our guides and have a briefing, before jumping into our kayaks! We’ll kayak the channels of the Delta as a group, accompanied by local guides and ‘spotters’ who’ll be keeping an eye out for interesting wildlife as we paddle along. Our ‘fly-camp’ will be set up for us close to one of the many channels of the Delta, and we’ll paddle in, arriving in style! All that’s left to do this evening is relax and enjoy a drink, before dinner, cooked on the open fire in true fly-camping fashion!
    Fly Camping in Kopano Conservation Area (All meals)

    Kayak Okavango Delta: 3-4 hours

  • Day 6

    Morning kayak exploration, walk/mokoro to this evening’s camp

    This morning we’ll be up early and enjoy steaming hot coffee and breakfast together, to fuel us for this morning’s kayaking exploration. The guides and spotters will slowly lead the way in the direction of the best wildlife viewing spots. The experts will help us locate the best points along the way for spotting animals coming down to drink by the water’s edge. Our guides will also make sure we’re always heading towards our accommodation for the next two nights, another beautifully comfortable fly-camping experience in the Kopano Conservation Area, hosted by legendary local walking safari guide, Okwa. We’ll eat a light lunch after leaving our kayaks, then it’s up to you whether you take the last leg of our journey to Okwa’s camp by mokoro, or on foot with specialist walking safari guides. Once we arrive at camp we’ll enjoy dinner together and then relax in the comfort of our lavish tents for the evening!
    Fly Camping in Kopano Conservation Area (All meals)

    Kayak Okavango Delta: 3 hours
    Walk or Mokoro to Kopano Conversation: 1-2 hours

  • Day 7

    Learn to track game on walking safari in Kopano Conservation Area

    Today is a day of learning - learning how to read animal tracks and follow them through the scrub. Our armed expert local guides will show us how they decipher animal tracks, and how they can be as specific as how long ago a particular animal passed by and how old it is, whether it was dragging a kill, or perhaps injured. It’s a fascinating lesson in age-old methods, and an amazing insight into the skills of the endlessly humble guides. Our day will be filled with several walking safaris, returning to camp to fuel up on delicious food at regular intervals! Today is sure to be a highlight for you, particularly since close (and safe!) encounters with large game such as elephants and hippos are likely!
    Fly Camping in Kopano Conservation Area (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: Up to 15 kilometres (9 miles), 5-8 hours

  • Day 8

    Walk or mokoro out of camp

    This morning we’ll enjoy breakfast together at camp, then it’s time to head off. This morning you can choose whether to take the 3-hour journey back to the mokoro station on foot, or by mokoro. Both options are another great opportunity to view wildlife along the way, and by the time we reach the mokoro station you’ll be ready to enjoy a hearty lunch, and then simply relax whilst Okwa transfers us to our accommodation for the evening, Crocodile Camp, a few kilometres outside of Maun. Crocodile Camp is perched on the banks of the Thamalakane River, and frequented by a vast array of birdlife, as well as the occasional hippo and crocodile! Tonight we’ll be in private chalets complete with en-suite bathrooms and our own verandas where you can enjoy a sundowner. The perfect way to end the kayaking and fly-camping legs of our adventure.
    Crocodile Camp, Maun (All meals)

    Walk or Mokoro out of camp: 3 hours

  • Day 9

    Fly to Kasane then on to Victoria Falls

    After breakfast this morning we’ll head back to Maun Airport for a flight bound for Kasane in the far north of Botswana. When we arrive we’ll meet our guide and board a boat for a cruise on the Chobe River, teeming with wildlife along the banks, this river is a rich ecosystem, crucial to wildlife and tourism alike. After our river cruise we’ll grab a tasty lunch together at a guesthouse in Kasane, before transferring across the boarder to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. We’re bound for Victoria Falls, put simply, one of the most breathtaking natural wonders on Earth. Although the falls are neither the tallest nor the widest on earth, they’re still classified as the biggest, due to their combination of width and height. Known by locals as ‘the smoke that thunders’, Victoria Falls has a flow rate of more than 1,000 cubic metres of water every second! The town of Victoria Falls, across the border from Botswana, in Zimbabwe, is often known as the adventure capital of Africa – everything from zip lining, to white water rafting, scenic helicopter flights, and bungy jumping is happening all day every day! Our hotel is the family-run Ilala Lodge, just a short walk (5-10 minutes) from the Falls. The rest of the day is yours to relax, and we’ll gather again this evening for a delicious 3-course meal at our hotel’s Palm Restaurant.
    Ilala Lodge Hotel (All meals)

    Cruise on Chobe River: 2 hours

  • Day 10

    Explore Victoria Falls

    This morning we’ll have a leisurely breakfast at our hotel restaurant, and meet our guide for a two-hour guided tour of Victoria Falls. Over the course of the walking tour we’ll get to numerous lookouts, including Devil’s Cataract and Dr David Livingstone’s statue close by reputed to be the first European to see Victoria Falls. Our guide will also take us to Livingstone Island, as well as to viewpoints of Boiling Pot, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and finally, Rainbow Falls – the highest point on the cascade. After our walk, the next few hours are yours to explore and, if you’re feeling brave, indulge in one of the endless adrenaline-fuelled activities the town is known for!

    We’ll gather again mid-afternoon, and board a boat for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, complete with complementary drinks and snacks – it’s the photographer and explorer’s dream! After the cruise we’ll transfer to the Boma Restaurant, where we’ll be treated to a greeting in the local languages, Shona and Ndebele, before donning traditional ‘chitenges’ (robes). Now that we’re dressed for dinner, we’ll enjoy drinks and nibbles before taking our seats - the restaurant is partially open to the African skies, and bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds, and smells of Africa, combined with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe and its people. We’ll dine on a vast selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes (or western cuisine if you’d prefer), and then enjoy an evening of entertainment, provided by Amakwezi dancers, singers, a local storyteller, and a local healer. It’s the most perfect end to our Okavango and Victoria Falls adventure.
    Ilala Lodge Hotel (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Victoria Falls Tour: 3 hours
    Sunset Cruise on Zambezi River: 3 hours

  • Day 11

    Depart

    If you’re flying home today, your driver will meet you after breakfast and take you back to Victoria Falls Airport. If you’re sticking around in the town of Victoria Falls, or plan to continue on to another area or country to continue the adventure, you’ll be sure to find endless recommendations from your guides and the hotel staff.
    (Breakfast)

Okavango Delta Safari Departure Dates

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Where does the trip start?

On the first day of the trip your guides will meet you at Maun Airport (MUB), outside the terminal doors after you’ve collected your luggage and cleared customs, around 2pm.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at the Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in time for flights below or we can leave you to stay longer Victoria Falls too.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend booking your flight to Maun with South African Airways (SAA). They have one flight per day departing Johannesburg at 11.45am.

Departure: If you’re flying back to Johannesburg today there are two flights per day, most days - departing at 12.30pm and 2pm. We’d recommend flying with South African Airways (SAA).

How fit do I need to be for this safari?

As an Activity Level 2-3 trip, you’ll need a good level of fitness for this safari. While you don’t have to be extremely fit, you should be in the habit of doing medium to long walks. Each walking activity will comprise of two walks per day; a 3-4 hour walk in the morning and a 2-3 hour walk in the afternoon and up to 15 kilometres a day (9 miles). Most of the walks on this trip are from 2 to 3 hours at a relaxed pace. The terrain surrounding the the Okavango Delta is mainly open, sandy and flat with some thicker bush patches, pans and lagoons. With a little preparation before your trip begins, you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip all the more. 

Please head to our Fitness Guide for great tips on how to prepare along with a workout plan!

What accommodations do we stay at on this safari?

Some nights you’ll be in deluxe tents furnished with metal cots and a bed-roll with linen provided. An en-suite is attached with either an open top shower and toilet area or a bush bathroom area which consists of a pitfall toilet and a bucket shower or standalone private baths and showers. Other nights the tents will be more basic though each location is immersed in the desert bush with great areas to spot nearby wildlife. The last 3 nights you will be staying in comfortable lodges or chalets with full ensuites.

We recommend bringing enough clothing to only have to do laundry once during your safari and while there are laundry facilities at some locations - the Lodge’s in Maun and Victoria Falls - there may only be one machine to service your entire group. You will also need to purchase laundry detergent from the reception areas.

How much luggage can I bring on this safari?

You’ll need one piece of luggage on your safari, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage needs to be soft-sided, preferably a small duffel bag about 50 litres in size, and a good quality daypack 25-30 litres (2000 cubic inches) to use throughout the days. 

Included in your safari itinerary is four chartered flight’s, one from Khwai Airstrip to Moremi Crossing, another from Moremi Crossing to Cement Airstrip, one from Cement Airstrip to Maun as well as your flight from Maun to Kasane. The weight requirements on these flights are maximum 15 kilograms (33 pounds) for your duffel/check in bag, and maximum 5 kilograms (11 pounds) for your daypack/ carry on. Therefore this does limit your luggage for the entire trip to 20 kilograms (not including photographic equipment) in total as your trip does not start and finish in the same place.

Tell me more about the Overnight Kayaking & Fly Camping

On the overnight kayaking segment, you’ll be out in the Kopano Conversation Area on the south east side of the
Okavango Delta for two days and one night, from where you’ll continue onto the Walking Fly Camp for two more nights. You’ll be kayaking along the lagoons and channels of the Okavango delta with your gear in one of the Mokoro’s that’ll be joining you.

The area is home to large animals and we’re likely to encounter hippos and elephants along the way while kayaking. A Mokoro with a spotter will lead the kayak excursion, scouting for any movement ahead, followed by your specialised kayak guide, all guests and a mokoro following behind.

Upon arrival back to Maun on Day 5 you’ll meet your specialised guide who’ll take you to the Kopano Conservation, it will be about one hour’s drive. Once you arrive you’ll go through a briefing before setting off on a 3-4 hour kayak excursion to the fly camp. You’ll be arriving late afternoon at the camp site along the way, the fly camp is a temporary setup for the tour specifically.
The following morning, after an early hearty breakfast and coffee, we’ll all keep heading down the channels for another 3 hours of kayaking. We’ll end the kayaking excursion once we reach an island close by to the location of the Walking Fly Camp where you’ll then have the option to either walk or mokoro to the next camp, where you’ll stay for the next 2 nights.

While on the kayaking excursion your tents will be set up in a campsite which is situated on the banks of the lagoon in an unfenced area. You’ll be sleeping in Campmor Timbavati Tents, (or similar) 2 man tents, 2.1 x 2.1 metres with bedrolls, a mattress, cotton sheets, duvet and pillow provided. There will be shared bathroom facilities and the staff will offer you hot bucket showers in the evening. The camp staff set up camp, cook, wash, set up ablutions, dismantle camp and look after all the guest’s needs and requirements.

For the kayaking segment you’ll be provided with Wilderness Systems 125 single seat kayaks along the a lifejacket, these are highly versatile touring kayaks that offer comfort, manoeuvrability and stability. The channels and lagoons are only around half a metre to a metre (1.6- 3.2 feet) deep so the lifejackets are there if needed.

What safety measures are in place for the camps and walking excursions?

You’ll be accompanied by your experienced Safari trip leader, who’s there to keep you informed about the area you’re in and make sure that everything runs smoothly; a qualified safari guide, who will provide additional local knowledge of the flora and fauna; a driver and also a team of walking guides! 

Your safety is the prime concern and decisions always default on the side of the caution and the safest option. You’ll be staying in Mobile/Fly Camps for many of the nights in this trip. The camps are set up in unfenced areas and close to the Khwai River bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. Animals (including lions and elephants) often frequent the camp and you should be aware and take caution. The local guide and his team will be on hand to assist at all times. Each Camp you stay at will also have a team of people ensuring you are well fed and catered too.

The walks take place with the two guides, both carrying a rifle, and walking in front with all 8 guests in single file behind them. The walks take place mostly in silence and normally at a slow pace, as it is all about experiencing the African bush rather than covering distance. There is no fixed route for the walks and the direction taken could depend on the sounds of the previous night, or tracks seen earlier. Should fresh tracks of the larger iconic animals be found the guide might decide to follow them and locate the animal. When this happens the pace of the walk might be fast.

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