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Okavango Delta & Deserts

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The one that has the ultimate safari adventure through the luxe lodges and breathtaking landscapes of Botswana and Namibia

13 Days
9 places

Visiting Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Okavango Delta, Maun, Caprivi Strip, Grootfontein, Etosha, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Windhoek

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 20 people

Transport Style

Mini-Coach + Safari Vehicles


  • Get some photos at Botswana's Salt Pans before visiting a wild Meerkat colony
  • Afternoon Game Drive to our Special Stay Contiki Safari Camp
  • Morning Game Drive of the Okavango Delta in Game-Viewer Vehicles
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Pay over time, interest free
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  • No booking fee, no change fees
  • Financing available with UpLift

What's included?

12 nights accommodation

12 nights in Hotel

It's all about mother nature in this part of the world and we've got you covered with luxe lodges nestled in the heart of adventure, as well as pre-erected safari tents with mattresses and proper linen. Some lodges have swimming pools to take a refreshing dip, some have buffets to indulge in, and all of them are framed by some of the most spectacular scenery you've ever seen.

17 Meals

12 Breakfast, 3 Dinner, 2 Lunch


Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows his way across these wild landscapes. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.


All transport included during the trip

Africa isn't the easiest land to traverse, but we know this wild continent better than most. Whether it's air conditioned coaches or open top safari vehicles, our included transport will speed you from A-B in comfort, safety and style.


11 included, 8 optional that you can add


- Take a once in a lifetime nocturnal game drive with creatures of the night lit up by spotlights
- Take numerous included game drives including Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the Okavango Delta and Maun
- Take an incredible helicopter flight to spot wildlife from a peerless perspective in Maun• 
- Visit an indigenous village and learn about a local community who live off the land
- Visit a meerkat colony at the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
This safari extravaganza takes you into the heart of Botswana and Namibia, cruising in open top jeeps from meerkat colonies to petrified valleys and waterways teeming with wildlife. With a huge amount of included game drives where you can spot roaming elephants, buffalo and lions, quad bike over dunes and experience a show performed by an indigenous tribe, this one also features quality lodges where you can kick back and take a dip in the pool when you're feeling the heat.

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On this trip you?ll spend a night in tree houses overlooking the rushing Kavango River, nestled in the unspoiled reaches of the Okavango Delta, as well 2 nights in private twin-share tents at a Contiki Safari Camp. It's fair to say accommodation doesn't get more special than this.

Okavango Delta & Deserts

11 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Afternoon Game Drive to our Special Stay Contiki Safari Camp
  • Morning Game Drive of the Okavango Delta in Game-Viewer Vehicles
  • Afternoon Game Drive of the Okavango Delta in Game-Viewer Vehicles
  • Night Drive in the Okavango Delta in Game-Viewer Vehicles
  • Morning Game Drive of the Okavango Delta in Game-Viewer Vehicles
  • Game Drive in Mahango Game Reserve
  • Ju/Hoansi Living Museum Indigenous Village Visit
  • Take a morning game drive through the epic salt pan of Etosha National Park
  • Feast on a German-inspired meal in Swakopmund
  • Hike Dune 7 - Tallest Dune in Namibia
  • Visit the incredible landscapes of Sossusvlei in Namib Naukluft Park

8 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Get some photos at Botswana's Salt Pans before visiting a wild Meerkat colony
  • Take a tradtional Mokoro Boat Trip safari down the glades of the Okavango Delta
  • Delta Helicopter Flights
  • See a heartwarming 'Magic Beans' local community theatre show with dinner, Maun
  • Spot wildlife in an afternoon game drive through Etosha
  • Get your pulse racing with a quad bike adventure over the dunes
  • Go sandboarding over the dunes
  • Feast over a farewell dinner at the legendary Joe's Beerhouse


Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

  2. 2 2 nights

    Okavango Delta

  3. 1 1 night


  4. 1 1 night

    Caprivi Strip

  5. 1 1 night


  6. 2 2 nights


  7. 2 2 nights


  8. 1 1 night


  9. 1 1 night



Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain African trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included. 

What documents do I need to travel?

You’ll need your passport of course, but the good news is that visas can usually be acquired on arrival in each country. It’s worth double checking this through the official channels well before you depart just to be on the safe side.  It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited, so be sure to check these before you go too.

What are the luggage restrictions?

There are luggage restrictions on our two internal flights. You can bring baggage of 20kg, and a day bag. No hard-sided suitcases will be allowed. 

A pair of binoculars is crucial for any safari and your most important tool for wildlife viewing. It is highly recommended to bring a pair with you. Summers are really hot with scattered thunder showers while winters do get really cold, especially on safari so please pack accordingly. 

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Africa. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it, like when you’re on a safari, and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

How much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
- Cost of a local lunch
- Cost of a local dinner
- Cost of a local taxi
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
It is strongly advised to have US$ in cash before the start of the trip.  Most places let you pay with card, but it is strongly advised to have US$200 - US$300 just in case. In all areas of the service industry in Africa, whether it’s restaurants, bars, hotels or taxis, it’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent. The same goes for your Contiki team; if you feel that their service has been exceptional then feel free to tip them. Our travellers often ask what to tip, we suggest 2.00 US$ per person per day. Remember that tipping (& how much you tip) is optional - it’s entirely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

There will be WiFi at some lodges and most hotels, but when you’re staying in safari camps you may be off-grid. But when you’re this close to nature, camping under starswept skies, a mobile detox isn’t such a bad thing. You’ll still be able to upload your best snaps as you travel.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From visiting the ancient Ju/’Hoansi tribe’s Living Museum Village to witnessing young people in Maun perform on the theme of conservation, when possible we make sure our African experiences support the communities we visit.


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