Experience the ultimate wildlife adventure with this ten-day trip through some of the best wildlife reserves you'll ever see. Keep your camera at the ready to capture the lions and elephants of Hwange National Park, fly to the panhandle of the Okavango Delta for a wildlife walk with a local researcher, and cruise along the banks of the Chobe River to watch the elephants drink along its banks. Make memories to last a lifetime among the incredible animals and landscapes of southern Africa.
Settle into a remote bush camp in the Okavango Delta and explore wildlife-rich waterways by dugout canoe.
Visit the Painted Dog Conservation project to learn how African wild dogs impacted by poaching are rehabilitated.
Hear about delta conservation projects from a researcher with the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project.
Listen to Botswanan folklore during a festive dinner with storytellers in Maun.
Itinerary - 10 Days
Day 1 — Victoria Falls
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2 — Victoria Falls/Hwange National Park
Enjoy free time in the morning and opt to visit the falls. Later, visit the Painted Dog (Wild Dog) conservancy and meet with a conservationist to learn about the work being done to rehabilitate injured animals as a result of poaching. After, travel to Hwange, Zimbabwe's largest national park and enjoy a safari drive on the lodge concession, in search of wildlife. This evening, arrive at the lodge, located just outside the park entrance and enjoy dinner. (B,D)
Day 3 — Hwange National Park
Take a full day wildlife safari drive in the park which is home to large elephant herds, lions and the rare African wild dog. This evening, relax on the sun deck with a cool drink, keeping an eye out for local wildlife who visit the lodge's watering hole. (B,D)
Day 4 — Hwange National Park/Chobe National Park
The final morning in Hwange allows for an optional safari drive or walk, before crossing the border into Botswana, and arriving in Kasane, gateway to stunning Chobe National Park. This afternoon, enjoy a boat safari on the Chobe River in search of bathing elephants, hippos and crocodiles. (B)
Day 5 — Chobe National Park
In the morning, continue our wildlife viewing with a safari drive along the banks of the Chobe River. In the afternoon, opt to take a photography river safari on a specialized photography boat. (B)
Day 6 — Kasane/Okavango Delta
Catch a flight into the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta and check into the remote camp in the wilderness. Enjoy lunch before taking a walk to the research camps of the National Geographic-funded Okavango Wilderness Project. Meet with someone from the research team and learn about their work and projects in the area. (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Okavango Delta
Explore the stunning Delta Panhandle with expert local guides to enjoy wildlife viewing from mokoros, African dugout canoes, and on bush walks; also visit a fish monitoring station and a local village. This evening, we will enjoy a unique stay in a bush camp on one of the remote Islands within the Delta. Here we enjoy a 3 course meal around a roaring camp fire, sitting back and listening to the night calls of the Delta wildlife. (B,L,D)
Day 8 — Okavango Delta
Depart from our island camp and continue wildlife viewing on foot and by mokoro with our expert local guides. Return to the main camp later this afternoon and opt to relax or have a swim. This evening enjoy the deck overlooking the lagoon with hidden seating areas and a fire pit, perfect for stargazing. (B,L,D)
Day 9 — Okavango Delta/Maun
Transfer to the frontier town of Maun and enjoy an evening of culture and traditional foods with celebrated author Bonty Botumile and the Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers. This local enterprise is dedicated to preserving Botswana’s heritage and providing youth with employment opportunities in the arts. Option to take a scenic flight over the delta. (B,D)
Day 10 — Maun
Depart at any time. (B)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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For flights into the delta, there is a per person weight restriction of 33 pounds (15 kg) for checked baggage and 10 pounds (5 kg) for hand luggage. Because the planes are small, the airline also requires weight information for each passenger. Your CEO will collect this information from you privately at the beginning of the trip.
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My Own Room Option: From $499
Arrival transfer, transport
between destinations and to/from included
activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.
Accommodations Comfortable, mid-range hotels (2 nights), comfortable safari tents or lodges
(6 nights), bush camp in the Okavango Delta
Meals Included 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners. Allow an additional $190–250 for meals
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.
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