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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

Duration
13 Days
Places
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

Highlights

  • Meerkat and Pans Visit
  • Afternoon Game Drive to our Contiki Safari Camp
  • Morning Game Drive of the Okavango Delta in Game-Viewer Vehicles
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

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

Team

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.

Transport

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.

Experiences

11 included, 8 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- 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 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
  • Morning Etosha Game Drive
  • Swakopmund Dinner
  • Hike Dune 7 - Tallest Dune in Namibia
  • Visit the incredible landscapes of Sossusvlei

8 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Meerkat and Pans Visit
  • Mokoro Boat Trip
  • Delta Helicopter Flights
  • Magic Beans Dinner and Show
  • Afternoon Etosha Game Drive
  • Quad Bike the Dunes
  • Sand Boarding
  • Joes Beer House Dinner

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
1
1 night
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
2
2 nights
Okavango Delta
1
1 night
Maun
1
1 night
Caprivi Strip
1
1 night
Grootfontein
2
2 nights
Etosha
2
2 nights
Swakopmund
1
1 night
Sossusvlei
1
1 night
Windhoek
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain African countries. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Africa trips the bag restriction is 65x46cm with a max weight of 15kg, and bags must be soft sided. No hard-sided suitcases will be allowed. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the mini-vans).

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 a giraffe centre in Nairobi and an elephant orphanage in Kenya to a community visit in Shanga, we make sure our African experiences give something back to this incredible continent.

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