Delta & Victoria

Board a boat and drift down the Chobe River. How's the serenity?
The cultural history of South Africa's 'City of Gold' Johannesburg
Okavango Delta by 'mokoro'
‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Chobe National Park's river
  • Whatever time you get in, we guarantee Jo’burg will be there to meet you at the airport. Botswana’s Khama Rhino Santuary specialises in rhinos, the Okavango Delta is great at hippos and Chobe National Park does a mean giraffe, ostrich, zebra, elephant combo.

    Tent etiquette 101

    • - Keep it neat – nothing worse than tripping over a backpack in the pitch dark and landing awkwardly on your sleeping friend
    • - Zip it up every single time, even if you’re busting to pee during the night and will only be gone for 2 seconds – that’s exactly how long it takes a honey badger to get in.
    • - Share and share alike – if your tent-mate forgot to bring toothpaste, lend them yours or bear the brunt of their morning breath.
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    TRIP CHANGE FOR 2015:
    The tour has increased in duration and will now be a 10 day tour instead of 9. As a result, this itinerary will now visit Nata and explore the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Johannesburg

    Head out to the Burma flea market for any last minute safari must-haves (t-shirts, hats, books) and grab a bite to eat while you're there. You'll find everything from Indian and Chinese to Turkish and South African food.

    Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1

    You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned

    Perhaps visit the Apartheid Museum, the Museum Africa, the Art Gallery or head off on the Gold Reef City and Heritage mine tour

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 2 - Khama Rhino Sanctuary

    About 30 rhinos roam around this 400ha community-based reserve. Don't forget your binoculars, or you'll be getting them confused with big rocks.

    Cross the border into Botswana and travel toward the Khama Rhino Sanctuary (600 km, approx 8-10 hrs)

    Head out on a dusk game drive to see the rhinos when they are at their most active

    Day 3 - Maun

    Up early for a really long drive to Maun (pronounced ma-ooon) so pee before you get in the truck. We also offer a free massage service (it's really bumpy).

    Your destination today is Maun (520 km, approx 7-8 hrs) - the gateway to the Okavango Delta

    Camp on the outskirts of town at a simple campsite with shared facilities

    Day 4-5 - Okavango Delta

    There's nothing more relaxing than feeling the African sun on your face as you lie back in a mokoro, eyes closed while your expert poler propels you through the calm waters... until a hippo grunts.

    Traverse the waterways by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe navigated by friendly local 'polers'.

    Perhaps spot some of the wildlife and prolific birdlife

    Spend time exploring the maze of lagoons, lakes and streams on foot, led by experienced and knowledgeable guides

    Camp on a remote island in the heart of the wilderness

    Dig a bush toilet and go without a shower, it's all part of the Okavango experience

    Hear the sounds of the African bush at night

    Wake early the following morning and head out on a sunrise walk

    Return to camp for breakfast and take the rest of the day to relax, take a swim or test your poling skills before heading out for an afternoon walk or perhaps another mokoro trip

    Day 6 - Maun

    Visit a rural village then drive back to Maun. If you're a bit tuckered out from all the excitement, this is a good time for a nap.

    Take the mokoro back to the poling station before transferring back to Maun (60 km, approx 2-3 hrs)

    Visit a local rural village for an insight into life in the Okavango Delta

    Perhaps fly over the delta in a small plane for a bird's-eye view 

    Camp on the outskirts of town at a simple campsite with shared facilities

    Day 7 - Chobe National Park

    Traffic on the road to Kasane can be pretty intense. Giraffe, ostrich, zebra, and elephant, however, are all pretty courteous road users. Zip around Chobe in 4WDs, spotting heaps of wildlife and brushing up on your photography skills.

    Enjoy a relaxing water safari down the Chobe River

    Day 8-9 - Victoria Falls

    This morning there is the possibility to join an optional game drive in Chobe National Park.

    Travel on to Victoria Falls (330 km, approx 5-6 hrs)

    Cross the border into Zimbabwe and have lunch on the banks of the Zambezi

    Visit the magnificent Victoria Falls

    Make the most of whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, elephant safaris and some more game drives. They'll try and make you wear a yellow poncho at Vic Falls. Don't. This place is far too pretty to have you looking like an idiot in all your photographs.

    Perhaps enjoy optional activities such as abseiling, canoeing, flying fox, a helicopter flight, jet boating, a horseback safari, bungee jumping and more besides.

     

    **This trip is run by our sister company Intrepid**

  • What's Included

      • On this trip you will be accompanied by 2 crew members, a Group Leader and a Driver. (Depending on your group size – from time to time your leader will also be your driver)

      • Included activities:

      • Chobe National Park - Afternoon sunset cruise, Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Evening game drive, Maun - Local village visit, Okavango Delta - Mokoro trips & bushwalks, Visit Victoria Falls

    Not Included

    • International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed, any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Geckos strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Geckos makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS: You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    UNFENCED CAMP SITES: On some trips where you will be staying within a national park, please note that at times you will stay in unfenced camp sites. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules that must be adhered to. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your leader and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour.

    BALCONIES:
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

     

  • Map Itinerary

  • Trip Dates and Prices

    Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price Kitty Payment Total Price
    20 Sep 2014 - 28 Sep 2014 Fully Booked
    US $720 On Sale
    Sale: US $648
    ZA R3,780 US $1,113 Closed
    27 Sep 2014 - 05 Oct 2014 Fully Booked
    US $735 On Sale
    Sale: US $661
    ZA R3,780 US $1,126 Contact us
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    US $720 On Sale
    Sale: US $648
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    US $700 On Sale
    Sale: US $630
    ZA R3,780 US $1,095 Contact us
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    US $700 On Sale
    Sale: US $630
    ZA R3,780 US $1,095 Contact us
    25 Oct 2014 - 02 Nov 2014 Fully Booked
    US $695 On Sale
    Sale: US $625
    ZA R3,780 US $1,090 Contact us
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    US $700 On Sale
    Sale: US $630
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    Sale: US $630
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    US $695 On Sale
    Sale: US $625
    ZA R3,780 US $1,090 Contact us
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    Kitty payment is required in cash. It needs to be paid before the end of your trip, in the local currency stated above. It is generally paid on Day 1, and covers most on-ground expenses. Kitty payments calculated using exchange rates valid on 1 Jan 2013.

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Delta & Victoria

    Roslyn - Australia, 18 Feb, 2014
    5
    Overall Rating

    Great trip experiencing what Africa really has to offer! Gecko's hosts ensured we were well accommodated, safe and enjoying every moment of our trip with lots of laughter! Local guides were very information providing every opportunity to see the local wildlife.

    Delta & Victoria

    Stefany - United States, 21 Mar, 2013
    5
    Overall Rating

    I think it would be good to have an estimate of how much cash is needed for tips beforehand, as taking out cash every few days really racked up U.S.A. bank fees and caused a lot of confusion during the trip. Yes, it is mentioned in the pre-departure packet, however it was not very clear. Possibly making a list of tips that are optional, in bullet format would help. Keeping it in USD amounts. Or perhaps, including the optional tips in the actual itinerary so that we know what to expect days ahead, and take out of truck safe accordingly. It is better to have all cash beforehand and simply exchanged a huge chunk of it all at once to Pulas. This was the least enjoyable part of the trip; trying to figure out how much to take out of Botswana banks to tip in Pulas and we were all unsure of what was acceptable to take out. The equipment and transportation were all acceptable and comfortable. Thank you for an amazing trip, I know that I most certainly grew from it!

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Boat, Mokoro, Overland vehicle
2 nights Bush camp, 1 night Basic hotel, 5 nights participatory camping
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Victoria Falls

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