Chobe and Okavango tours

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1. Posted by Lucile.P (Budding Member 3 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hi all!
I am travelling to Botswana with my sister at the end of September and we are looking for "affordable" tours in the Chobe NP and around the Okavango Delta. We initially thought of driving ourselves but considering it should be high water time, we are not completely sure about that.
Does anyone out there have thoughts on this?
If some of you are travelling there at the same time, we can maybe plan something together so to share costs? We will probably cross the Zambia/Botswana border at Kasane around the 24th of September.
Looking forward to hearing from you!

Lucile

2. Posted by UliS (Respected Member 94 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

I did some years ago a Chobe tour which was excellent and reasonable, booked it at the Jollyboys hostel (good place to stay for seeing the Victoria Falls) in Livingstone/Zambia. Starting point was in Kasane/Botswana.

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 767 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hi. Member ToonSarah recently did a blog on Chobe and Okavango. You might look through it and see if there are any helpful ideas, including the tour they used. I'm sure she'd be happy to answer any questions you might send her via the message function here on TravellersPoint.

The blog is at https://toonsarah.travellerspoint.com/ and you can check the Table of Contents for Chobe and Okavango entries.

Good luck and enjoy your trip. Hers looked wonderful.

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1085 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

We took a "bus" organised by Nomad Tours from Victoria Falls through the Caprivi Strip and Chobe and staying in the Okavango Delta and later near Maun and Stevensford Game Reserve and ending in Jo'burg a couple of years ago - something like this. Excellent! :):):):)

5. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 699 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for posting the link to my blog Sally I’m not sure how helpful it, or I, can be, as our trip was a rather indulgent splurge, following an inheritance, rather than at what I would term the ‘affordable’ end of the price scale. But of course I’m happy to answer any questions about the area or help out in any way with your planning.

6. Posted by Lucile.P (Budding Member 3 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Thank you all!
I'll have a look at what you suggested.

If anybody has ideas, the thread stays open ;)

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1047 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

I used Nomad as an introduction to travel in Africa; and have used the company three times before traveling independently. I enjoyed the trips; and prices are reasonable. However, please note that if you want to experience the Okavango Delta, you must purchase the optional activity package, otherwise you'll remain in Maun. That would be a mistake. One member of our group did so (not enough money), but missed out on a fantastic Delta experience. Also, I prefer the accommodated trip (no camping).

If you want to check with other companies, please be advised that some firms cater to travelers who like to party hard at night (mucho drinking); and sleep on the vehicle much of the day.

Many tour companies allow you to join the group at several points on the itinerary, not just at origination. It's wise to ask if that's what you want to do.

While some travelers shun organized tours, I don't if it makes sense for cost, logistics and safety. I plan many of my own trips; and it takes considerable time and effort, even if I have others, such as local guides, help plan my itinerary and help make arrangements. For example, I leave next month to spend two months in the Himalayas, visiting some remote areas. It would have been difficult for me to arrange a stay at a tea house at Rara Lake in western Nepal without help.

8. Posted by oddgrace (Budding Member 26 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hey there! I’m going to totally agree (for the most part) with Berner256 and Borisborough- I have traveled around the world numerous times solo through places like the Middles East, India, South America, etc. Never did I think I’d join a “tour” until I went to Africa for the first time two years ago. I rented a car and got around well enough in South Africa, but as soon as I wanted to head to Zimbabwe and Botswana I found myself struggling with the logistics, border crossing, prices, and the how tos. So I, too, ended up joining a travel company. Nomad was always a great one but I ended up going with ATC (Africa Travel Company) on an overland truck where we did camp (it was one of the best experiences of my travel career actually). As Berner said you do have to be wary of the company so to not get on a “party bus” but Nomad and ATC are both great. An excellent suggestion would be to fly into Victoria Falls (which truly is the most amazing natural wonder I’ve ever seen) and spend a couple days there and then join a tour to Botswana. Chobe then to the Okavango Delta. Definitely MUST go into the Delta. I did camp but it was fantastic as they provide the food/tents/etc. We stayed three days on an island in the delta getting in by Mokoros and doing bush walks to see animals, meeting great people, the locals, everything. It’s an experience of a lifetime and I NEVER THOUGHT ID SAY THAT ABOUT A GROUP TOUR! But well well worth it. Highly recommended.

9. Posted by Lucile.P (Budding Member 3 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for those insights.
I am not a big fan of group tours, but we are gonna go for that option in the end. We figure we don't have enough time to get stranded on the way, since we have to go from Lusaka to Cape Town in eight weeks and we are not planning on flying.
I am not used for such long distances! (I am French, we have quite a smaller country ;))

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to give me advice, I really appreciate it.

You all take care!

Lucile