Check out two of Botswana's top destinations on this five-day trip. You'll start with Chobe National Park, best known for its large herds of animals, particularly elephants, which you'll follow on safari walks and game drives. Keep going to the famous Okavango Delta, a floodplain full of wildlife most frequently viewed by boat or canoe safari amid the many channels.

Highlights

  • Scope out wildlife from the river in Chobe National Park
  • Enjoy a day of safari in the Moremi Game Reserve
  • See zebra, hippos, birdlife, and more in the Okavango Delta

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Botswana, Travel to Chobe National Park Chobe National Park
Day 2 On Safari in Chobe National Park Chobe National Park
Day 3 Fly to Okavango Delta Okavango Delta
Day 4 On Safari at Moremi in the Okavango Delta Okavango Delta
Day 5 Depart Botswana  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Botswana, Travel to Chobe National Park

Southern lechwe in Chobe
Southern lechwe in Chobe

Welcome to Botswana! You can fly into Kasane airport or travel by road across the border from neighboring Victoria Falls.

You'll continue traveling to Chobe National Park, where you'll spend the night amidst the many species of wildlife. As you drive, the sub-tropical woodlands give way to lush, riverine floodplains where vast herds of grazing animals gather to drink.

Day 2: On Safari in Chobe National Park

Grazing
Grazing

When it comes to game viewing, Chobe does not disappoint: it's home to the world's largest concentration of African elephants and many other animals. Within the park, the wildlife you see depends on the ecosystem you visit—the Chobe Riverfront in the northeast, the Savute Marsh in the west, Linyanti Swamps in the northwest, and the dry hinterland in between. 

The Chobe Riverfront is a popular destination. Safari boats travel along the river, giving guests unparalleled looks at the vast herds of elephants on the banks. By mid-morning, zebra and a variety of antelope replace the elephants. In the afternoons, massive herds of several thousand cape buffalo congregate on the riverfront. Where there are buffalo, there are predators, so look out for lions, leopards, and hyenas in action. In the water, large pods of hippos gather along the shore while African fish eagles fly over the river, hunting for their next meal. 

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Day 3: Fly to Okavango Delta

Zebras in the delta
Zebras in the delta

Return to Kasane airport to fly to the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. Sitting on the edge of the Okavango, Moremi looks out over the floodplains with accommodations such as spacious tents on raised decks for peak game viewing.

Day 4: On Safari at Moremi in the Okavango Delta

Yellow-billed stork
Yellow-billed stork

Spend the day on safari at the Moremi Game Reserve, which sits on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta. The combination of year-round swamps and seasonal floodplains leads to unexpected wildlife and geographic features. Mopane woodlands and acacia forests give way to floodplains and lagoons. Most prominent in the area, Chiefs Island and Moremi Tongue lie in the middle of the delta. The bulk of the reserve—roughly 70%—is situated in the Okavango Delta, with only 30% located on the mainland. 

The Okavango Delta sits at the terminal point of the Okavango River, where the water flows into a tectonic trough in the central part of the Kalahari Basin. The water in the delta does not connect to any sea or ocean and ultimately evaporates into the atmosphere. It's the world's largest inland delta and exists as a result of seasonal flooding.

From January to February, the water drains and evaporates. From March until June, a surge of water from the Angola highlands spreads slowly over the delta. The flood peaks between June and August, during Botswana's bone-dry winters. During this time, the delta swells to three times its usual size, attracting animals from all over and creating one of Africa's highest concentrations of wildlife. 

Visitors to the area can expect to see animals year-round. Explore the waterways by motorboat to see thousands of breeding herons and storks. Head to the thickly forested upland savannahs to see rare African wild dogs and leopards, cheetah, jackal, impala, red lechwe, and other animals.

African elephants, giraffes, hippos, tsessebe, sitatunga, blue wildebeest, black and white rhinos, warthogs, and chacma baboons all call the area home. Several hundred species of birds also live here, including Pel's fishing owl, crested cranes, the lilac-breasted roller, hammerkop, and sacred ibis.

Spend your days exploring the area on game walks and relaxing in the peaceful countryside. See wildlife on game drives and motorboat trips or relax by the swimming pool. 

Day 5: Depart Botswana

Birds over the river
Birds over the river

Enjoy one more breakfast before your transfer to the airport to head home or onward to your next adventure. You can connect through Maun or Kasane airport, depending on your itinerary.

Map

Map of Botswana Safari: Chobe & Okavango Delta - 5 Days
Map of Botswana Safari: Chobe & Okavango Delta - 5 Days