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Departure: Every Wednesday

Price per person (South African Rand - ZAR)
(Valid until 31 December 2010):

R 12 650 : Camping

Depart from: Johannesburg, Pretoria
Any Backpackers lodge, hotel

End in: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Campsite in the main street of Victoria Falls

Included:
All transport
All accommodation
Qualified and registered guide
All camping and other equipment
Meals as specified below
Entrance & conservation fees to Okavango Delta
Open vehicle transfers into & out of Okavango Delta
Dug out canoes (mokoros) in the Okavango Delta
Local guides in the Okavango Delta
Game walks inside the Okavango Delta
Entrance & conservation fees to Chobe national park
Game drives in Chobe national park (open vehicles)
Entrance fees to Victoria Falls waterfall
Sunset cruise on Zambezi river (drinks & snacks incl)

Excluded:
All drinks (except coffee & tea with meals)
Meals not specified below
Optional 1 hour game flight over the Okavango Delta
Optional activities in Victoria Falls (Book on tour)
Visas if required

Sleeping bag hire:
R60 (once off) per person, if you do not have a sleeping bag of your own.

Discount for this tour
R 500 if booked through this website

Payment for this tour
You have to pay the guide on the day of tour departure, in cash or by credit card. An additional 5% will be added to all credit card payments.

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Day 1: Nata (Botswana)
The tour departs early morning from Johannesburg and Pretoria from where we pick clients up from any backpackers hostel, guest house or hotel. Your guide will stop en-route for breakfast (own cost), banks and last minute shopping while still on the South African side of the border. The guide will assist you with changing money after you have crossed the border into Botswana. From where we head further north to Nata
Accommodation: Camping with the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation.
Included meals: Dinner

Day 2: Maun (Botswana)
The day starts with an early morning breakfast, before heading west along the northern border of the Kalahari Desert to Maun, a small town on the edge of the Okavango Delta. This is a fairly short drive, which means that we arrive early enough to do all the shopping for things needed in the Okavango Delta. We stay the night at Sitatunga campsite, which is a few kilometers outside Maun. This afternoon you can relax by the pool & pool bar or visit the crocodile farm where you will see hundreds of Nile crocodiles.
Accommodation: Camping with the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 3, 4, 5: Okavango Delta (Botswana)
The Okavango Delta must be one of the greatest experiences on offer in southern Africa. The Okavango Delta is a series of flood plains, waterways and rivers, that gets its water from Angola 6 months after the rain season. The Okavango Delta is not only extremely beautiful and peaceful, but also home to a large variety of animal and bird species. The best time to visit the Okavango Delta for game viewing is in the winter months, when the water levels are at its highest. The summer months attract a large variety of bird species and is a wonderful experience with less mammals, as they migrate north to larger quantities of water.

We start the day with a breakfast, before heading into the Okavango Delta with 4x4 open-sided game viewing vehicles which will take us all the way into the park to the edge of the water channels. Here we meet the local guides (polers), and we transfer all the equipment and our personal belongings into mokoros (traditional dug out canoes), which we use to glide down the water channels deeper into the Delta.
Camping in the Okavango Delta is an amazing experience in its own. There are no campsites in the concession that we visit, which means that we do free or bush camping. There will be no fences, no running water, no showers, no buildings and no electricity. We camp in the wild with only what we take with us. We enjoy a light lunch after setting up camp. It is normally very warm by this time of the day (especially in the summer), which means that we will have to cool off. The Okavango Delta offers fantastic natural swim pools in the smaller rivers, with white sand and crystal clear water.
Every day we will do early morning and late afternoon game walks, searching for as many different animal species as possible. The guides will explain more about all the animals, their tracks, the vegetation and the Delta during these walks. You may have the opportunity to get close to the wildlife of the Okavango Delta.
After dinners you can relax around a campfire, while listening to the nocturnal animals calling out in the night. We often hear elephants rumbling, lions roaring and jackals and hyenas crying out in the night.
You start your last morning in the Okavango delta with a cup of coffee before doing your final game walk. After the walk you will enjoy a quick breakfast, break down camp, and then return with the mokoros to the place where the 4x4 vehicles will meet you.
Your guide will prepare a light lunch on return to camp in Maun. This afternoon you have the opportunity to do an optional one hour game flight over the Okavango Delta. This is another fantastic experience. It is amazing how much distance the small planes cover in an hour, and how much wildlife you see from the skies during the flight. Remember to take your camera, as you can take good photos during a flight.
Accommodation - Days 3 & 4: Free bush camping
Accommodation - Day 5: Camping with the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Nata (Botswana)
After breakfast we head to Elephant Sands. The afternoon is spent at own leisure.
Accommodation: Camping with the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Chobe National Park (Botswana)
An early morning start gets us off heading further north through the Kasane forest where we always see herds of elephants and often see a variety of antelopes and sometimes lion, hyena and wild dog. We arrive mid-day in Kasane where we will be staying at a campsite on the shores of the Chobe River, that is close to the gate of Chobe National Park. You will have the opportunity to change money or / and relax at the swimming pool.
This afternoon we do a game drive in an open vehicle inside Chobe national park, which is well known for its large variety and numbers of wildlife. These game drives are always very successful with spotting large numbers of wildlife. Dinner will be served on return to camp.
Accommodation: Camping with the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
We depart early morning (at sunrise) on another game drive into Chobe national park, searching for the animals that we have not seen on the previous game drive.  Livingstone Trails is the only budget overland tour operator to include two game drives into Chobe national park on a scheduled tour departure. After breakfast we take a short drive to the border where we cross into Zimbabwe. From here we drive another hour to Victoria Falls where we will be staying the next three nights. The camp is situated in the middle of town, within 10 minutes walking distance of just about everything. Your guide will assist you with the bookings of optional activities and changing money. During one of these three days we visit the magnificent Victoria Falls waterfall (included in the tour price), which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and 1700 meters (1,1 mile) wide, making it the largest sheet of falling water in the world.

Later this afternoon we depart for a sunset cruise on Zambezi river. The river forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, with national parks on either side of the river. This creates a great opportunity to see animals coming down to the river for a drink, as well as a reasonable variety of bird life. We often see elephants, zebra, blue wildebeest, rhino, buffalo and a variety of antelope species. Obviously hippo and crocodile are plenty-full in this region. All soft drinks, wine and beer is included while on the boat. Most days you will have fantastic photo opportunities of the sunset, depending on the weather.
Accommodation: Camping with the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Days 9 & 10: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Victoria Falls and the surrounding areas offer a great variety of things to see and do. You will have plenty of free time to explore the town, meet the locals, visit the African markets with its wide variety of very affordable arts and crafts made from wood, stone and beads, or to relax by the pool in the heat of the day.
The Victoria Falls region is nicknamed the adventure capital of Africa for a reason. It is well known for the large variety of fantastic activities (optional excursions) such as the best one day white water rafting in the word, the 111 meters bungi jump off the bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia, elephant back and horse safaris, flights over the waterfall, canoe safaris, day trips to national parks, fishing safaris, game walks and much more. Day 10 is dinner out at a local restaurant (own cost).
Accommodation: Camping with the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation.
Included meals - Day 9: Breakfast, Dinner
Included meals - Day 10:
Breakfast

Day 11: End of tour
Tour end after breakfast
Included meals: Breakfast

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Ten 10 Day Budget cheap affordable adventure camping or bedded lodge accommodation tour safari done by Livingstone Trails start from Johannesburg Pretoria to Okavango Delta Botswana and Chobe national park and Victoria Falls Zambia for students backpackers international travel. This tour end in Zambia. Sitatunga camp, Delta Rain, Maun, dug out canoe, mokoro trip, local guides, parks board, open air free bush camping inside Okavango Delta, flights, guided walking game safaris, one 1 hour game flights over the Okavango Delta, Thebe river safaris Kasane, Nata lodge, Zambezi river waterfront lodge, Livingstone Zambia, Camp Itumela Palapye, bookings made with Safari Par Excellence Saf Par, sunset river dinner cruise, Victoria Falls waterfall, seven 7 natural wonders of the world, river ferry between Zambia and Botswana, border crossing, game viewing open 4x4 four by four vehicles, big five 5, animals, bird viewing watching, photographic, activities, white water rafting, gorge swing, bungi jump, flights of angels, microlight, helicopter, walk with lions, elephant ride, tiger fishing, lodges, canoe safaris