Overview

Embark on a captivating journey that weaves through the exquisite treasures of Botswana and South Africa’s safari highlights with our Delta, Chobe & Kruger expedition. The expedition launches with an intimate introduction to the captivating culture of the San people, as they envelop us in an evening filled with folk tales, spirited dances, and captivating music.

Our adventure escalates as we hop onto custom-made 4×4 open vehicles, charting a course for the serene landscapes of the Khwai Conservation Area. Embrace the thrill of tracking the untamed fauna in their natural habitat, keeping your eyes peeled for their spontaneous appearances.

No Botswanan safari would be complete without gliding through the tranquil waters in a traditional dugout canoe, or mokoro. As you surrender to the rhythm of the pristine wilderness during this unique activity, keep a lookout for the likes of graceful elephants, towering giraffes, and sprightly impalas gracing the banks.

Our Botswanan chapter culminates with a unique river safari along the Chobe River within the heart of the Chobe National Park. The aquatic perspective offers a mesmerising close-up encounter with the park’s well-loved elephant populace, especially in the golden afternoons when they congregate by the water.

The next leg of our adventure takes us to Zimbabwe, with Victoria Falls as our first pit stop. The lively town is brimming with a variety of adrenaline-pumping activities for you to engage in at your leisure.

From Zimbabwe, we journey south to Johannesburg in our trusted safari truck, marking the start of our Kruger safari expedition. Feel the adrenaline rush as we stalk the famous Big Five, along with zebras, giraffes, and rhinos, in an ambiance imbued with authentic African wilderness.

Our homeward voyage to Johannesburg unveils the breathtaking panoramas of the Panorama Route, treating us to must-visit sights including God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, and the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. As the world’s third-largest canyon, Blyde River Canyon’s awe-inspiring viewpoints of the Blyde River and Klein Drakensberg escarpment serve as an unforgettable finale to our thrilling journey.

Please note: This itinerary is flexible and can be changed without notice. A detailed, up-to-date dossier itinerary is available to download.

Day 1 – Johannesburg to Palapye 

Leaving behind the city of Johannesburg, we travel through the North-West Province to the Botswana border. After completing border formalities we continue on the Trans-Kalahari highway to our overnight stop.   

Day 2 – Palapye to Maun 

Today we head north through the stark yet striking landscapes of the Central Kalahari desert towards the gateway of the Okavango Delta. Along the way, you’ll pass by several smaller towns and villages, offering glimpses into everyday life in Botswana. A notable point of interest on our route is the Orapa Diamond Mine, an imposing testament to Botswana’s mineral wealth. This mine, which is a collaborative venture between De Beers and the Botswana government, is counted among the world’s most extensive diamond mines. It serves as a critical economic pillar, contributing considerably to Botswana’s GDP and export earnings. Beyond Orapa, our journey skirts the southern end of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park before reaching our overnight destination in Maun, so keep an eye out for an array of wildlife that moves between the watering holes.              

Day 3 – Khwai Conservation Area 
You will be separated from your Nomad truck for the next 2 nights and it is therefore important that you pack/gather your personal belongings which you may need, before we depart for Maun today as there is limited time in Maun for re-packing and storing.  Please pack lightly and only take what you need for the following two nights.  Today we make our way towards the Okavango Delta. Early risers will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting). After your optional flight, you will be collected from Maun and will be transferred to the Khwai Conservation area in smaller safari type vehicles.  Our guide will prepare us on what to expect for our afternoon mokoro excursion into the Okavango Delta. (Please note:  It is possible that the mokoro activity could take place the following morning, depending on the season). 

Day 4 – Moremi Game Reserve 
Today is a full day game drive as we spend most of our day on safari in the Moremi Game Reserve in search of the species that roam the plains.  Expect some bumpy roads as we traverse this wilderness area in our 4×4 vehicles.  Offering habitats from wetland, open water to the grasslands and Savannah woodland, we hope to see as many species of fauna and flora possible.  This evening we arrive back at Khwai to share and compare all the amazing sightings while on safari. 

Day 5 – Khwai to Nata 
Today’s journey from Khwai to Nata passes the Botswanan salt pans.  You will pack up camp and depart at first light on the open 4×4 safari vehicles before meeting the Nomad truck in Maun.  The scenic drive from Maun to Nata showcases some of Botswana’s breathtaking landscapes and the rich cultural heritage. Keep an eye open as there is always a chance of a wildlife encounter or two before reaching your overnight destination near Nata. 

Day 6 – Nata to Kasane – Chobe National Park 

We journey from Kalahari sands of Nata to Kasane and arrive in time for lunch and a quick siesta before we head out in the afternoon to explore the Chobe National Park from the river, enjoying a leisurely boat cruise which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons.   

Day 7 – Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls 

With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well.  

Day 8 – Victoria Falls 

While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below (optional activity), the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well.  

Day 9 – Victoria Falls to Francistown 

Departing Victoria Falls this morning, we cross into Botswana and travel south to Francistown in central Botswana. We reach our overnight stop on the outskirts of Francistown in the late afternoon. 

Day 10 – Francistown to Johannesburg 

Leaving early we continue to the border with South Africa and on to the city of Johannesburg, arriving in the late afternoon.   

Day 11 – Johannesburg to Great Kruger National Park Area 

Please note that during the next few days (while we are visiting Kruger National Park), the order of activities could change without prior notice and a degree of flexibility is needed.  This is to allow for maximum game viewing opportunities and experiences.  It is possible on certain departures that a different vehicle type could be used at either the start or the end of your tour.  This means that on either day 11 (from Johannesburg to the Greater Kruger National Park) or day 14 (Kruger National Park to Johannesburg, your journey may be conducted in shuttle (minivan) vehicles to meet up with and/or depart from the Nomad truck in the Greater Kruger National Park.   If your selected date involves such a shuttle, we will inform you accordingly.  

Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. We set up camp at our base for the next three nights and enjoy a lovely sundowner drive. 

Day 12 – Kruger National Park 

Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full-day of game viewing. The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings, while the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5. The game drive offers the excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4×4 vehicle.   

Day 13 – Panorama Route 

This morning we will journey along the scenic Panorama Route where we will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels.   

Day 14 – Kruger National Park to Johannesburg 

We enjoy our last drive through the park before setting off for Johannesburg. We arrive in the late afternoon where your tour ends upon arrival.  

  •   Crew20 Crew
  •   Max Passengers 20 Passengers Max
  •   Vehicle 20 Seater Vehicle
  •   Duration14 Days and 13 Nights
  •   From / ToJohannesburg to Johannesburg
  •   Meals14 Breakfast  13 Lunch 12 Dinner
  •   Countries South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe

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Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Nomad can book accommodation before and after your tour.

Pre Tour Accommodation - Johannesburg

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Garden Court – Johannesburg – O R Tambo Airport

Located just 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from the airport, Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport offers a free shuttle (available 24 hours). After splashing around at the outdoor pool, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the 2 restaurants or unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.… … Read More

Post Tour Accommodation - Johannesburg

From R1,480
Garden Court – Johannesburg – O R Tambo Airport

Located just 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from the airport, Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport offers a free shuttle (available 24 hours). After splashing around at the outdoor pool, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the 2 restaurants or unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.… … Read More

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