Botswana Adventure Safari – Okavango Delta & Kalahari Desert
- Search for wildlife in Botswana's Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta
- Encounter lion, leopard, hyena, hippo, elephant, baboon, antelope, and more
- Explore by canoe, motorboat, game drives, and on foot
- Spend your nights at deluxe safari camps and comfortable tented camps
- See landscapes from the Kalahari's vast savannahs to the aquatic Okavango
For those seeking to discover the full range of flora and fauna of Botswana, the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta offer extraordinary adventure that is second to none. From the vast savannahs and grasslands of the Central Kalahari to the wildlife-rich floodplains of the Okavango Delta, this is a journey of extreme contrasts and wonderful surprises.
Starting in Maun, Botswana, we board our light aircraft to the remote Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Here, we explore beautiful Deception Valley and camp under a canopy of brilliant stars. In addition to the Kalahari's famous black-maned lions, we search for cheetah, brown hyena, oryx, honey badger, and numerous bird species.
Leaving the Kalahari, we arrive at our deluxe island camp amid the Okavango Delta, a verdant oasis bursting with life. Through relaxing mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) excursions, motorboat trips, exciting game drives, and short walks, we explore the pristine backwaters of the Okavango Delta. Our epic African adventure concludes in Livingstone with a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi and a visit to majestic Victoria Falls.
Looking for more safari options in Botswana’s magical Okavango Delta? Check out our Botswana Classic Safari or our Botswana Adventure Safari. Or, extend your wilderness safari with our 5-day Cape Town extension.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Botswana Adventure Safari – Okavango Delta & Kalahari Desert Itinerary:
Day 1 Fly to our first camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Day 2 Learn about Southern Africa's Bushmen and drive to Deception Valley.
Days 3-4 Explore Deception Valley in search of wildlife like lion and cheetah.
Days 5-6 Enjoy mokoro rides, game drives, and birding in the Okavango Delta.
Days 7-9 Search for leopard, wild dog, and more at Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.
Day 10 Spot elephant, giraffe, crocodile, and hippo on a Chobe River Cruise.
Day 11 See spectacular Victoria Falls before saying goodbye to new friends.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
All accomodations as specified on the itinerary; all light aircraft transfers as noted on itinerary; all meals beginning with dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 11; professional guide accompaniment throughout; all daily actvities (game drives, mokoro/boat excursions, bush walks);guided tour of Victoria Falls; Chobe River boat cruise; transfer from Toka Leya to Livingstone airport at trip's end; all soft drinks, beer, fruit juice, mineral water and house wine.
Round-trip international airfare to Maun/from Livingstone; international entry/departure taxes; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; alcoholic beverages other than those specified under "Included"; pre and post-trip tours; items of a personal nature; gratuities.
Special payment and cancellation policies apply to this trip. The $400 per person deposit is non-refundable at time of sign up. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. At 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the land cost is non-refundable. At 30 days or less prior to departure all costs are non-refundable.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.
Our Kalahari Desert & Okavango Delta Safari departure dates coincide with the Botswana summer months. During these months, more rainfall can be expected but rain very typically falls in short afternoon thundershowers which produce spectacular skies and vivid rainbows before passing. This is one of the very best times of year to visit the Kalahari as the rainfall produces lush desert landscapes, attracting a plethora of plains game such as springbok and gemsbok which converge in the thousands and are in turn followed by large predators in high numbers. Although vegetation may be fuller, game viewing in the Okavango is generally good year-round with these months being particularly good for spotting migratory birds. Daytime temperatures during summer months generally fall between the high 70s and low 90s depending on specific location. Nighttime temperatures drop into the low-mid 60s. Participants should follow the specific recommendations on the trip Gear List to ensure they are prepared all weather possibilities.
This safari trip is rated Relaxed . This is a safari itinerary with game-viewing being the primary focus. Most days will include multiple game drives and/or mokoro/boat excursions with some opportunities for short bush walks (generally no more than 1-2 hours in length). Safaris are not physically demanding but they are in remote locations and can include some travel over rough terrain. This trip is perfectly suited for active people in good health with a spirit of adventure and an interest in learning more about the natural world.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Botswana Adventure Safari – Okavango Delta & Kalahari Desert
The key to staying comfortable on safari is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation. This gear list is provided to help you in choosing your equipment and clothing for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- International health card with immunizations (recommended, not required)
- Large duffel bag (must be soft-sided with no wheels or rigid frames in order to fit into light aircraft cargo holds)
- Daypack, large enough to hold camera, binoculars, water, sunscreen, etc.
- Luggage tags and luggage locks
- Passport pouch or money belt
- Bring a few lightweight, easily washable casual items for travel and city/lodge wear
- Waterproof, breathable jacket
- Sweater/jacket – synthetic fleece or wool (for cool mornings & evenings)
- Walking shoes (closed-toed)
- Sport sandals
- T-shirts, mix of synthetic and cotton
- Synthetic, long-sleeve shirts
- Synthetic, quick-drying shorts (mid-thigh or longer)
- Lightweight, breathable, quick-drying pants (zip-off legs are recommended)
- Underwear, quick-drying
- Swimsuit (for swimming pools at camps)
- Lightweight gloves (for early morning/evening game drives)
- Lightweight wool hat (for early morning/evening game drives)
- Sun hat with brim
- Sunglasses and retainer strap (good quality, UV protected)
- Insect repellent (DEET recommended)
- Personal first-aid kit
- Hand sanitizer gel
- Sun block and lip balm w/high SPF
- Toiletry kit with bio-degradable soap/shampoo, hand lotion, toothpaste/brush
- Headlamp or flashlight and extra batteries
- Camera, memory cards, spare batteries and lens cleaner
- Electrical converter and adapter
- Binoculars (highly recommended)
- Southern Africa wildlife/birding books
- Travel pillow
- Alarm clock or watch
- Spare contact lenses or prescription glasses
- Motion sickness remedies
- Zip-lock or specialized camera bags, to protect camera, binoculars from dust
- Travel-size laundry detergent packets for hand-washing clothing
Things to Consider
- Always pack essential items such as your passport, REI Adventures trip final bulletin, money, eyewear, medications, camera and a change of clothes in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
- The checked luggage allowance on all light aircraft flights within Botswana is 44 pounds per person. Please pack accordingly. Overweight luggage may incur a substantial additional fee.
- Casual attire is completely acceptable for our camps and Africa in general. Neutral, light-colored clothing is best for the safari, to blend into the landscape and not stand out to wildlife. Khaki is always a good color while on safari. Camouflage and bright colors are not recommended.
- Laundry services are available in camps but it’s good to come prepared to occasionally hand wash your clothes (quick drying materials are best). Travel packets of detergent and a travel laundry line come in handy for this purpose.
- Stuff sacks are great for sorting your gear. Plastic bags are also helpful to separate wet clothing from dry.
- If you normally wear contacts, bring a pair of glasses in case of irritation from dust in your eyes.
- Many of the roads in Africa are deeply rutted and dusty. It is a good idea to pack camera equipment and binoculars in plastic bags to protect them from the dust. This is in addition to their normal cases. Also bring lens cleaning materials.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.