7 Day Okavango Wonderlust Trail

Okavango Delta Tour Overview:

Choosing the Okavango Wonderlust Trail is a great choice, offering you a comprehensive camping adventure in the Okavango Delta, taking in some of the best highlights between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg. Tried and tested over many years, this tour offers incredible value for money, with new and exciting experiences each day, connecting you to the grass roots of Africa. Following your arrival in Livingstone, your epic journey includes breathtaking views and a variety of terrain, from the bustling of wild animals roaming the Chobe National Park, to feeling the wet Zambezi spray off the thundering Victoria Falls and the tranquil waters of the Okavango Delta. This 7 day adventure tour allows you to touch and embrace the magic of Africa, leaving you with an everlasting desire to discover more of this diverse continent.


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  Highlights

  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Zambezi River sunset Cruise
  • Animal Rehabilitation Centre
  • Kruger National Park
  • Kruger game drive
  • Polokwane Game Reserve
  • Polokwane Game Walk
  • Elephant Sands Waterhole
  • Elephant Sands Bush Walk
  • Victoria Falls
  • Zambezi River

  Tour Summary:

  Day 1: Livingstone – Chobe National Park, Botswana (Distance Travelled: +/- 80km)
  Highlights included: Ferry crossing, Chobe River, Sunset boat cruise Chobe River
  Meals included: Dinner

  Day 2: Chobe National Park – Gweta / Makgadikgadi Pans (Distance Travelled: +/- 450km)
  Highlights included: Rural Botswana, local Villages, roaming wildlife
  Optional activities: Morning 4×4 game drive in Chobe National Park, afternoon trip to Makgadikgadi Pans
  Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

  Day 3: Gweta – Maun (Distance Travelled: +/- 250km)
  Highlights included: Rural Botswana, local Villages, Maun, Local village walk Gweta
  Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

  Day 4: Maun – Okavango Delta (Distance Travelled: +/- 60km)
  Highlights included: Okavango Delta, Mokoro excursion, game walk
  Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

  Day 5: Okavango Delta – Maun (Distance Travelled: +/- 60km)
  Highlights included: Souvenir shopping in Maun
  Optional Activities: Scenic flight over Delta, Helicopter or 7 seater plane excursion
  Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

  Day 6: Maun – Khama Rhino Sanctuary (Distance Travelled: +/- 530km)
  Highlights included: Kalahari Desert fringes, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Open vehicle game drive Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

  Day 7: Serowe – Johannesburg, South Africa (Distance Travelled: +/- 560km)
  Highlights included: Limpopo River, Johannesburg
  Meals included: Breakfast

  Okavango Delta Tour Highlights

  • Zambezi River sunset cruise
  • Chobe National park
  • Gweta / Mkgadikgadi Pans
  • Gweta Local Village walk
  • Okavango Delta
  • Mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursion
  • Okavango Bush walks
  • Elephant Sands waterhole
  • Elephant Sands Bush Walk
  • Victoria Falls
  • Zambezi River
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Day 1:
Livingstone, Zambia – Chobe National Park, Botswana
Distance travelled: +/- 230km

Departing from Livingstone, we travel the short distance for an exciting ferry crossing, from Zambia into Botswana over the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers. We arrive in the small town of Kasane, where we check in at this river side lodge. After a lunch break you have free time to relax around the pool or take the opportunity to board an optional open 4×4 safari vehicle in search of Lion, Leopard, Hyena, Elephant, Giraffe and a host of antelope and bird species, while snaking our way through the sandy tracks and rugged terrain. Chobe National Park was the first national park to be established in Botswana and by size, it is the third largest park in the country. The Chobe River is one of Africa’s most beautiful and supports a huge concentration of animals. Later in the afternoon we join an exciting river boat cruise giving us a unique and in-depth perspective of life on the banks of the Chobe River, scattered with wildlife seeking water as night falls. Happy and content, we relax for the night under the African skies on the banks of the Chobe River.

Highlights included: Chobe River, Zambezi River, Chobe River Sunset Boat Cruise
Accommodation: Thebe Safari Lodge or similar
Meals included: Dinner

 

ferry crossing on the Okavango Delta tour

Day 2:

Chobe National Park – Gweta / Makgadikgadi Pans
Distance travelled: +/- 450km

Following an early morning breakfast, we begin an easy paced drive towards Gweta, the gateway to the massive Makgadikgadi Pans. Driving south we might be lucky to encounter huge Elephant and Buffalo alongside the road, as there are no fences in this area, this lets the migratory herds walk in search of richer pastures and water. We stop in Nata for lunch before arriving in Gweta where you have the option to relax at the lodge or explore the vast Salt Pans by hiring a 4×4 safari vehicle. At certain times of the year the Makgadikgadi pans are known for its thousands of pink Flamingos indigenous to the area. The night is spent at this magnificent bush camp where we enjoy a hearty meal.

Highlights included: Rural Botswana, Local Villages, roaming wildlife.
Optional activities: Morning 4×4 game drive Chobe National Park, options to visit the Makgadikgadi Pans in the afternoon.
Accommodation: Gweta or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

hornbill seen in the Okavango Delta

Day 3:

Gweta – Maun
Distance travelled: +/-250km

Following an early morning breakfast, we join a morning guided walk through a Local Tswana village and experience everyday life, from schools, local doctors, trading and traditions. Leaving Gweta behind us we drive further west to the gateway town of the Okavango. In Maun we first stock up on supplies for our two day adventure excursion into the one of the wildest and remotest territories on the continent. Basing ourselves at a tranquil bush camp out of town, shaded with many trees, we enjoy the night in the calm surroundings of Sitatunga camp where they have a pool nestled in the shade.

Highlights included: Rural Botswana, Local Villages, Maun, Local village walk Gweta
Accommodation: Sitatunga Safari Camp or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

a rhino seen in khama Rhino Sanctuary

Day 4:
Maun –Okavango Delta
Distance travelled: +/-60km

With bags and food supplies packed, sun screen and hats on hand, we climb into our 4×4 vehicle ready to unearth the wonders of the Okavango Delta. This beautiful region is a natural wetland system spreading over some 1.6 million hectares of northern Botswana, resulting from rivers that flow south from Angola, and dividing repeatedly on the flat Botswana plains, to form an intricate floodplain of channels and an inland ‘delta’, the only one of its kind in the world. After a slow drive along rugged windy tracks, we cross the ‘Buffalo’ fence exposing us to untamed Africa. Finding the water’s edge we meet our local guides. Familiar and trained in the region, we board their Mokoro’s (dugout canoes) and are gently ‘poled’ out onto the narrow flat waterway. Gliding over glistening ponds while weaving through the dense green bulrushes and beautiful wild lilies, we set up a bush camp under in shade settling down for lunch. The afternoon is spent either on a game walk with our local guides, viewing hippo from your Mokoro or simply taking some restful time out. The nights are enjoyed with the sounds of wild animals in the distance, while around the campfire we encourage our local guides to sing us traditional Tswana songs.

Highlights included: Maun, Okavango Delta, Mokoro excursion, game walk, swimming, Bush Camp
Accommodation: Tented mobile camp en suite – Twin share accommodation
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

polers station in the okavango delta

Day 5:
Okavango Delta – Maun
Distance Travelled +/-60km

After a last morning game walk followed by a light breakfast, we pack up our gear onto our Mokoro’s, leaving nothing behind but footprints. Satisfied, we glide over the still waterways returning to the polers’ station, where our 4×4 tracker awaits us and our polers bid us farewell. Crossing the buffalo fence back to civilization we enjoy the luxury of hot showers once again and have lunch. This afternoon feeling revitalized and refreshed, we have the opportunity to join the guide for a trip into town to explore the shopping area and little market stalls scattered around the CBD. Another popular activity is a flight over the ‘Delta’ to get a bird’s eye view of the vast wilderness you explored by boat and foot. When you see the vastness of the surroundings from the air, you gain another appreciation of the beauty of the Okavango. We return to camp, enjoy a swim, and prepare a wholesome dinner ending the night under the stars with the distinct scent of wild sage in the air.

Highlights included: Souvenir shopping in Maun, Okavango Delta
Optional activities: Scenic flight over Delta, Helicopter or 7 seater plane ride
Accommodation: Sitatunga Safari Camp or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

game walk in the Okavango Delta

Day 6:
Maun – Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Distance travelled: +/-530km

An early rise and shine call, followed with a satisfying breakfast, we leave Maun travelling through the greater Kalahari region via Mopipi, seeing vast salt pans in the distance. Although a very enjoyable and scenic route, Mopipi has a very small population and is known as the least visited place in Botswana. We arrive at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in the early afternoon. In 1989 a group of locals wished to convert the Serowe Pan, previously a hunting area, into a conservation region for the rhino that inhabit the area. The ‘Pan’ was chosen because of its ‘rhino-friendly’ habitat and its proximity to a Botswana Defense Force base, which can provide 24 hour protection. Located on the edge of the vast Kalahari Desert, Khama is a prime habitat for White Rhino, Zebra, Wildebeest and Giraffe. Khama is a community based wildlife project, which benefits the local community and teaches and educates the importance of conserving these animals. This afternoon we enjoy an open game drive with knowledgeable local rangers, taking in an abundance of interesting facts from Rhino to Fauna and Flora. Our last night on safari, is spent at a nearby hotel, swapping stories and laughter with our last meal as a group.

Highlights included: Kalahari Desert fringes, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Open vehicle game drive in Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Accommodation: Kwa-Nokeng or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

rhino from the Khama Rhino Santuary

Day 7:
Kwa-Nokeng – Johannesburg, South Africa

Leaving early we cross the border back into South Africa, where the tour ends late afternoon in Johannesburg.

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Accommodated Tour – Kruger National Park & Zambia

  • 2 – Crew
  • 12 – Passengers Max
  • Mini bus / coach
  • Starts – Livingstone
  • Ends – Johannesburg
  • 7 days – 6 Nights
  • Accommodated – 6 Nights
  • Twin Share rooms with en-suite facilities
  • 6 Breakfast – 1 Lunch – 6 Dinners
PRICE per person  R11 280 pp
Local Payment  USD$650 pp Pay to the tour leader
Single Supplement $320 book your own room Tour Price includes your tour, accommodation, included highlights and meals as indicated.
Local Payment: The local payment (LP)set out in the brochure is to be paid to the tour guide/driver on day 1 of this tour. This local payment covers running costs on the road – meals indicated, accommodation and tour highlights. Traveller’s cheques and credit cards are not accepted. Payments must be made in US Dollars (US Dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes)
Single Supplement will secure your own Room and must be paid when booking your tour.

Camping Tour – Feel like roughing it?

  • 2 – Crew
  • 12 – Passengers Max
  • Mini bus / coach
  • Starts – Livingstone
  • Ends – Johannesburg
  • 7 days – 6 Nights
  • Camping – 6 Nights
  • 2 – Man Dome Tents
  • 6 Breakfast – 1 Lunch – 6 Dinners
PRICE per person   R8 200
Local Payment   USD$485 Pay to the tour leader
Single Supplement  USD$50 pp book your own tentTour Price includes your tour, accommodation, included highlights and meals as indicated.
Local Payment: The local payment (LP) set out in the brochure is to be paid to the tour guide/driver on day 1 of this tour. This local payment covers running costs on the road – meals indicated, accommodation and tour highlights. Traveller’s cheques and credit cards are not accepted. Payments must be made in US Dollars (US Dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes)Single Supplement will secure your own tent and must be paid when booking your tour.

2016 Departure Dates

Useful Information

Saturday every second week ends Friday
Leaving Johannesburg

05h00             End Date

  • 2016-01-09 – 2016-01-15
  • 2016-01-23 – 2016-01-29
  • 2016-02-06 – 2016-02-12
  • 2016-02-20 – 2016-02-26
  • 2016-03-05 – 2016-03-11
  • 2016-03-19 – 2016-03-25
  • 2016-04-02 – 2016-04-08
  • 2016-04-16 – 2016-04-22
  • 2016-04-30 – 2016-05-06
  • 2016-05-14 – 2016-05-20
  • 2016-05-28 – 2016-06-03
  • 2016-06-11 – 2016-06-17
  • 2016-06-25 – 2016-07-01
  • 2016-07-09 – 2016-07-15
  • 2016-07-23 – 2016-07-29
  • 2016-08-06 – 2016-08-12
  • 2016-08-20 – 2016-08-26
  • 2016-09-03 – 2016-09-09
  • 2016-09-17 – 2016-09-23
  • 2016-10-01 – 2016-10-07
  • 2016-10-15 – 2016-10-21
  • 2015-10-29 – 2016-11-04
  • 2016-11-12 – 2016-11-18
  • 2016-11-26 – 2016-12-02
  • 2016-12-10 – 2016-12-16
  • 2016-12-24 – 2016-12-30
  • 2017-01-07 – 2017-01-13
  • 2017-01-21 – 2017-01-27
  • 2017-02-04 – 2017-02-10
  • 2017-02-18 – 2017-02-24
  • 2017-03-04 – 2017-03-09
  • 2017-03-17 – 2017-03-23
Food & Meals

The crew will buy fresh meat, vegetables and fruit each day, ensuring that all needs are catered for. The local produce is cost effective and a healthier option too. We all help with the cooking and cleaning on tour – working as a team creates harmony and lasting friendships long after the tour is over. We do enjoy local specialties occasionally at the local restaurants, which is for your pocket. Lunch is usually not included as there are many local shops with various lunch options for you to try out.

TOUR INFORMATION

TOUR STYLE:
Adventure Camping

WHAT’S INCLUDED:
Tour highlights, transport, accommodation, meals as indicated and the services of an ENGLISH speaking driver / tour leader.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Visas, visa fees, travel insurance, flights, airport transfers, optional activities, laundry, gratuities, passports and items of a personal nature.

LOCAL PAYMENT:
The local payment (LP)set out in the brochure is to be paid to the tour guide/driver on day 1 of this tour. This local payment covers running costs on the road – meals indicated, accommodation and tour highlights. Traveller’s cheques and credit cards are not accepted. Payments must be made in US Dollars (US Dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes)

ACCOMMODATION:
Choose between our specially selected camping grounds with shared facilities or if your taste is a home from home en-suite facility, with a pool, restaurant and bar, whatever your style, whatever your adventure, we’ve got it covered!

TRANSPORT:
Minibus: With a minimum of 4 passengers to a maximum of 18.

BOOKING INFORMATION:
On confirmation of booking you will receive pre-departure and all relevant information. After receipt of full payment, travel vouchers and all pertaining information will promptly be delivered to you! If you could please contact your local travel agent for flights arrangements to and from your tour start and finish destination.

DEPARTURE POINT & DROP OFF POINT
These facilities are approximately +-10km’s from Johannesburg International Airport.
MoAfrika Lodge
Tel: +27 82 506 9641
Email:info@moafrika.com
120 Sandham Rd
Norton Home Estate
Benoni, Johannesburg
PICK UP TIME:
05h00
DROP OFF TIME:
Early Evening
PRE-TOUR ACCOMMODATION
The tour departs from Johannesburg early in the morning of Day 1; we advise – and we have experience with this advice – that you arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements.If you so desire and time allows, we suggest that you stay an extra night or several after the tour ends to experience Johannesburg. Drinking at a world famous shebeen in the Alexander township is an experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the world!! The Alexander Township is where you can eat a hearty plate of African cuisine, quench your thirst with traditional home-brewed ale while listening to Kwaito with a shebeen queen, and maybe visit the first home of our former President Nelson Mandela.We have suggested the below accommodation for your convenience, the price is a guide line only and may vary slightly depending on season.
Twin Room en-suite Sharing: R560.00
Single Room en-suite: R 455.00
Dorm Bedded Room: R175.00

WHAT TO BRING
Luggage allowance is 20kg per passenger on most airlines, we don’t have a specific weight allowance, but suggest to travel lightly. We do suggest bringing a large soft backpack and a smaller bag for the day. Please bring a mixture of lightweight cool clothing for the day and warm clothing for the mornings and evenings, even when it’s not cold at night, after being in the sun all day, when the sun goes down, you will feel the temperature drop! Game drives can also be chilly. A towel and a pillow is a necessity. A money belt/pouch is more convenient and comfortable than carrying a wallet or purse around. We suggest leaving your valuables at home or use the lodge safe to store valuables and or your cash, passports and travel tickets. A sleeping bag is needed unless you choose to upgrade.

VACCINATIONS / HEALTH
Below is a table indicating the vaccinations suggested for this tour. Please note this is a guide line only and you should seek professional medical advice with regards to vaccinations/tablets. You will need to visit your gp or clinic at least 6 weeks prior to departure should you decide to take anti-malaria tablets. Some area’s visited are malarial.

African Discovery Vaccinations

C = Compulsory
R = Recommended
R* = It is an immigration requirement to have a Yellow Fever certificate if travelling to Zambia from South Africa and in reverse. If travelling from infected countries a certificate of proof may be required.
NB: This information is a guide line only you can contact us at Rush Adventures for any queries or advise regarding vaccinations on any of the tours and we will gladly assist you.

VISA REQUIREMENTS
Please note the visa requirements be checked at least one month prior to travel.
Most nationalities do not need visas in advance as they are obtainable at the border entry points and can be paid for is US dollars $ – cash.

Below is a table indicating visa’s required when traveling from overseas. Please see your local consulate/embassies or a visa specialist for up to date information and assistance pertaining to visas. UK citizens can go to www.fco.gov.uk for travel information. Other nationalities please contact your local relevant embassy.

African Discovery Visa Requirements

PERSONAL EXPENSES / SPENDING MONEY
Spending money. Souvenirs, drinks, snacks, tips and items of a personal nature is to your own discretion and needs/wants. We suggest you budget on R200.00 ($10 – $15) a day. Most of your spending will be done in South Africa and therefore in South African Rand. In Botswana the currency is Pula and Zambia the currency is Kwacha. Any added optional activities, accommodation before or after the trip, is for your discretion. It’s advised to bring US dollars ($) for any international airport taxes or visas.

Spending money is advised to be in cash in either South African Rand or US Dollars. Pound Sterling or Euro can be exchanged into Rand on arrival and/or as you travel. Your guide will give general guidance in regards to this during the tour.

ATM MACHINES
Are found throughout South Africa, Botswana and in Livingstone. Please note these are sometimes unreliable and only dispense local currency so visa or mastercard’s and certain banks are the only cards that will dispense local currency.

CREDIT CARDS
Can be used for additional activities although as we all know carry additional charges.

TRAVELLERS CHEQUES
Can be inconvenient to cash but make for suitable emergency funds.

TIPPING/GRADITUITY
It is customary to pay gratuity to staff at the end of the tour should the standard be worthy of this. In areas where tourism is an integral part of the economy we suggest to do so, but naturally this remains at your discretion.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
We give you the maximum flexibility on tour, therefore we offer a number of optional activities. Below are approximate prices in US dollars ($). Prices are subject to change but not astronomically.

Botswana – Elephant Sands Game Drive $25
Chobe Open Game Drive $25
Zambia – Zambezi Jet Boating & Cable Car $110
Elephant back safari $160
Lion Encounter $140 – $225
Bungee Jump over the Falls $90 – $155
Flights over the Falls (various modes) $140 – $280

INSURANCE
Rush Adventures strongly advise full travel insurance valid for the duration of your tour to cover you for medical emergencies and repatriation to your home country should the need arise. Your guide can hold a copy of this if you so wish. Please leave a copy of your insurance with your nominated emergency contact. We can provide specialist travel insurance for your tour through our local operator. Please contact Rush Adventures for more information.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
We believe that you will get the most of your journey by respecting the culture and the locals from the places you visit. Our tours benefit the communities we pass through, minimizing any negative impact on the environment and by getting involved with local charity projects assisting the communities. We ensure the campsites used are left clean as they will be found clean. If we could kindly ask you to take into consideration the traditions and be respectful of others and the communities in which they live, for example dressing respectfully in conservative areas.

Remember: Proactive and responsible travel helps develop and more importantly maintain cross-cultural boundaries, understandings and friendships with the locals, and this will add to your experience of Africa, its cultures and your adventure.

HOW TO BOOK – 3 EASY STEPS

AFRICAN DISCOVERY ODT07

We are based in Johannesburg, South Africa GMT+100.
Our reservation’s office is open Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00
To contact us and speak to one of our helpful, experienced and friendly consultants don’t hesitate to call us on: +27 11 974 8245 or send us an email: info@rushadventures.co.za

  • Confirm the date you would like to travel with your consultant.
  • Fill in the booking form with all required information and details to your tour. We will then send you an invoice with your booking number.
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A deposit of 20% is required on booking and the balance is due 6 weeks prior to departure.
A cancellation fee will be charged accordingly to Rush Adventure in the event thereof. All conditions are stated on the booking form.

Please notify us when booking if there are any dietary requirements or medical conditions to make your tour streamlined to your individual needs. The Adventure Boost is payable to the tour leader on the day of departure.

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