Venture into two of Botswana’s most treasured wilderness areas on safari by vehicle, foot, and boat in Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta.

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 Lions in Botswana. Credit: Luke Harris
 Elephants along the Chobe River
 Hippos along the Chobe River
 Baboon in Chobe National Park
 Giraffe grazing the Savuti area
 Camp Okuti

Botswana: A Tailor-Made Journey to Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta

10 days from $8,990

Venture into two of Botswana’s most treasured wilderness areas on safari by vehicle, foot, and boat in Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690


When you travel on a tailor-made journey, you will receive a Friends of the Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership*. Benefits include:

  • A Smithsonian annual engagement calendar with full-color images of exceptional art and artifacts, mailed in the fall.
  • Subscription to Smithsonian, the award-winning magazine of the arts, sciences, and history. Early access to Smithsonian magazine produced events.
  • Invitations to four exclusive virtual programs for Friends of the Smithsonian members with Smithsonian experts.
  • 10% discount in Smithsonian Museum Stores (good on purchases up to $200); 10% discount with the, and Folkways Recordings
  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll, displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian’s IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium.
  • Free admission to the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.
  • A complimentary copy of the annual Smithsonian museum guidebook.
  • Invitation to a special welcome event for new members at a Smithsonian venue.

*Offer only available for first-time Smithsonian members. 

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – Kasane, Botswana / Chobe National Park

Fly into Kasane and meet your private driver for the transfer to your lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. Take the rest of the day to settle in at your lodgings, relaxing in an idyllic riverside setting and watching for passing wildlife from your veranda. If you wish, join a sunset wildlife cruise, enjoying a sundowner as you observe the animals that come at dusk to drink at the water’s edge. (L,D)

Day 2 – Chobe National Park

Rise early for a morning game drive in a 4x4 vehicle, heading deeper into Chobe National Park with a guide. The park is home to one of the largest concentrations of elephants in the world, and you may spot elephant herds, as well as buffalo, wildebeests, wild dogs, and lions. In the afternoon, join a boat safari along the Chobe River, on the lookout for hippos; crocodiles; and a variety of birdlife, including colorful little bee-eaters clustered together in the reeds. (B,L,D)

Day 3 –Chobe National Park

You’ll have a choice of several excursions today. Get acquainted with the local culture with your guide on a visit to a nearby village, or take a day trip to the extraordinary Victoria Falls. You may also venture further into the depths of the national park on a full-day river and land safari, with lunch served on board the boat as you drift along the river. (B,L,D)

Day 4 –Okavango Delta: Nxabega Concession

This morning, transfer to Kasane airport for a scenic light aircraft flight across the Botswana bush and the waterways of the Okavango Delta to the private Nxabega Concession. You’ll be met by a driver for a short game drive on the way to your camp, watching for elephants, giraffes, lions, and kudu. Once you’ve settled into your camp, head out on a longer afternoon safari, exploring the picturesque lagoons, islands, rivers, and woodlands of this 8000-hectare concession in the Okavango Delta. (B,L,D)

Day 5 and 6 – Okavango Delta: Nxabega Concession

You have two full days to explore the Okavango wilderness with your guide. Game drives are offered in the early morning and late afternoon when the animals are most active. You may also wish to head out with a guide on a walking safari for a closer look at the area’s flora and fauna. Birds are particularly prevalent here, with more than 300 species recorded, including wattled cranes, black crakes, and slaty egrets. There are also excellent opportunities for boat safaris, fishing, and peaceful trips out on the water in a mokoro. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Okavango Delta: Gunns Concession

After breakfast, take a brief light aircraft flight west to the Gunns Concession in the heart of the Delta. After settling in at your lodge and enjoying a leisurely lunch, set out to explore the region’s abundant rivers and lagoons on a boat safari, on the lookout for crocodiles, hippos, and elephants, as well as bird species such as gallinules, jacanas and pygmy kingfishers. Mark the day’s end with a sundowner on the water before heading back to camp. (B,L,D)

Day 8 and 9 – Okavango Delta: Gunns Concession

During two days in this remote part of the delta, enjoy morning walking safaris with a knowledgeable guide. You’ll learn about a full spectrum of wildlife, from tiny insects and birds to the larger creatures you may encounter, such as zebras, kudu, impalas, baboons, warthogs, and giraffes. In the afternoons, relax at your camp, or head out on another guided safari by boat or mokoro. You may also have the chance to visit a nearby community to learn about everyday life and and local culture in this remote area.   (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Maun / Depart for home

Enjoy a last chance to see the delta’s flora and fauna on your short drive back to the airstrip. A scenic flight by light aircraft brings you to Maun, where you’ll board your onward flight.  (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

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