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J'Burg to Victoria Falls via Okavango Delta and Chobe NP

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J'Burg to Victoria Falls via Okavango Delta and Chobe NP

Hi there,

I am travelling to South Africa in July/August 2011. I would like to spend approx 10 days travelling from J'Burg to Victoria Falls via Okavango Delta and Chobe NP. Does anyone have any recommendations for any tour company that will do this trip? We only need one way as we are flying from Vic Falls back to J' Burg. Alternatively, we could fly to Vic Falls and travel to Chobe NP and Okavango from there and do a return trip back to Vic Falls. I'd really appreciate any ideas. Thanks

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1. Re: J'Burg to Victoria Falls via Okavango Delta and Chobe NP

Hi,

I assume you will be staying at safari camps in the delta and Chobe?

In which case you might as well book the camp and transport through a good agent, either local to you or local to Botswana.

Otherwise you end up with a trip comprising 20 elements all of which you have to arrange (and re-arrange if things change) at distance and with little experience.

If you want a UK/ Southern African specialist, I'd recommend Cedarberg Travel. But there are several good ones. Browse the posts on here, especially those from safaricraig and botswanaerica.

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2. Re: J'Burg to Victoria Falls via Okavango Delta and Chobe NP

Hi Kazmeath,

Your post doesn't really give an indication of the type of trip you're looking for. Essentially there are three main types of tourist travel in Botswana IMO (broadly speaking):

Self-drive (either as a group or individual) - camping or lodges

Overland safaris (either participative or non-participative) - camping or lodges

Lodge safaris (mainly fly-in's or drive-in's)

Each of these travel styles has it's own advantages and disadvantages, and they cover a huge range of budgets (from $100 pppn to $1500+ pppn).

On this forum, there are folk who specialise in certain types of travel, and are acknowledged experts in the field.

If you can guide us as to what trip-type you're looking for, that would help focus your answers bettter.

10-14 days is a good duration to allow for Bots and Vic Falls.

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3. Re: J'Burg to Victoria Falls via Okavango Delta and Chobe NP

Thanks for your help. Have you ever heard of African Budget Safaris? They do a 8 day/ 7 night trip from J'Burg to Vic Falls which is reasonably priced...

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4. Re: J'Burg to Victoria Falls via Okavango Delta and Chobe NP

We would be interested in doing an overland safari (camping and lodging). The trip with African Budget safaris visits Chobe NP, entering at Kasane. Is this a good part of the National Park for spotting wildlife?

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Hi Kazmeath,

If you're looking at an overland safari from Jhb to Chobe and Vic Falls, my personal opinion is that you should look at at least 10 days, and more like 14 days.

That may sound excessive, but if you look at the itineraries, you'll often find the first day is meet-and-greet, and the last day ends in the morning (sometimes, not always). It's a two day overland trip to Kasane and two days back. That gives you about 3 days (of 8) to see what you want to see. Sounds like a huge waste of time.

If you're going to travel all that way, you might as well make it worthwhile, and fit in Makgagikgadi Pans and the Okavango. Chobe itself can be pretty rewarding (for two whole days), and Vic Falls (well ... it depends what you're into).

Many of these overland trips give you one night in Vic, which gives you little time to enjoy all it has to offer. If you're going there simply to "tick" it, it might satisfy you, but most people like to get to do things there. The "budget safaris" are often the worst, and you'll often find that all the "good bits" are optional extras.

Check your itineraries carefully. Remember that if your "budget" safari doesn't meet your expectations, every cent you've spent is wasted.

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6. Re: J'Burg to Victoria Falls via Okavango Delta and Chobe NP

Bushkid0 is right. You might want to choose a shorter safari that gets right into the thick of things instead of looking at the number of total days.

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8. Re: J'Burg to Victoria Falls via Okavango Delta and Chobe NP

A word of caution if you are doing an overland truck.... look at your itin carefully. When I was planning our trip to Bots initially I was looking at these trips and many of them kept costs low by staying outside of the parks.... or by dipping a toe in, and then driving the outskirts of Moremi/Chobe. I also noticed that with some itins the 1st day was a meet and greet and the last day ended after breakfast.... effectively cutting 2 days off of your trip.

You may be better served by flying into Maun or Kasane and visiting park from there. We ended up booking a week long camping safari starting in Maun and ending in Livingstone....... the road from Joberg to nothern Bots driving in an overland truck (which reminds me of a large school bus) might not maximize your time in and around prime wildlife viewing opportunities..... it would be a shame to fly halfway around the world and not be satisfied with your final product.

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9. Re: J'Burg to Victoria Falls via Okavango Delta and Chobe NP

If you've driven in Africa before (or Cavan 15 years ago - but lets not go there) then this is a good self-drive trip. We did it a few years back ,but took 3 weeks to do it. Any less and there is too much transit time, and not enough actually seeing the places and animals.

if you've not driven there before, then the organised trips are the way to go, Botswana is probably not where you want to learn about driving in Africa ;-)

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