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Delta & Victoria - 2015-16

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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 101Keep it neat – nothing worse than tripping over a backpack in the pitch dark and landing awkwardly on your sleeping friendZip 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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Day 1 : Johannesburg

Touch down in Joburg (as the locals like to call it) and head out to the Burma flea market for any last minute safari must-haves (t-shirts, hats, books). Grab a bite to eat while you're there. You'll find everything from Indian and Chinese to Turkish and South African food. Just don’t forget about the crew catch-up tonight.

Day 2 : Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Cross the border into Botswana and head towards the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Around 30 rhinos roam around this community-based reserve. Don't forget your binoculars or you'll be getting them confused with big rocks.

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 (ie. it's really bumpy). Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, so get excited.

Day 4 : Okavango Delta

Today you get to paddle the river. 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. Explore the lakes, lagoons and streams, camp on a remote island and wake for a sunrise hike.

Day 6 : Maun

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

Day 7 : Nata

Head towards Nata and take in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. But don't take in too much – excess salt is bad for you, remember?

Day 8 : 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. End the day with a water safari – it’s a nice change to the truck.

Day 9 : Victoria Falls

Kick on to Zimbabwe and make the most of the 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. From here its goodbyes and well wishes, until next time.

Basic Details

Starts in: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Ends in: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Group Size: maximum 16
Fitness Requirement: Physical preparation The step up into the overland truck, while not overly high, can become tiring, as can the constant setting and packing up of camp. You need to judge yourself to be physically fit enough to haul yourself up and down at least 8-10 times a day. Physical rating This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required. Culture shock rating Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.


Highlights

- Board a boat and drift down the Chobe River. How's the serenity?
- Chobe National Park's river
- Khama Rhino Sanctuary
- Okavango Delta by 'mokoro'
- The cultural history of South Africa's 'City of Gold' Johannesburg
- ‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls


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, Okavango Delta - Mokoro trips & bushwalks, Visit Victoria Falls

Meals Included: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners


What's 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.


Accommodation Styles

- Bush camp
- Basic hotel
- participatory camping


Important Information

FINISH TIME:


There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
This trip is run by our experienced sister company Intrepid Travel. Your group is therefore likely to be a mixture of Gecko’s passengers and other like-minded international travellers.


About this page

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. You can check the most up-to-date version of the trip notes online at www.geckosadventures.com. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or your nearest Gecko's office. We are here to help you!

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