Travel from Johannesburg, South Africa via Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Kruger National Park over 17 days. Over 18 days of adventurous travel from Johannesburg to Johannesburg.! You will travel through Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe before heading back to South Africa. This Premium Adventure Tour gives you and your small, guided tour group up close and personal exposure to the wild side of Africa. You’ll explore the Okavango Delta in a mokoro, spot wildlife in Chobe National Park and soak up the incredible views of Victoria Falls. Search for wildlife in Matobo National Park, ending with one of the biggest and most famous game reserves in Africa, the Kruger National Park, which forms the grand finale to this fantastic tour. Explore the beauty of Southern Africa in an air-conditioned Premium Overland Safari Vehicle (fitted with 12 Ultimate Safari Seats). Staying in lodges in reserves will ensure that you discover this beautiful natural landscape up close but in comfort, and your experienced guide will make sure you have a comfortable and enriching trip.
Optional Activities and add-ons:
Bungalow/ Lodge (14 nts), Tented Rooms (1 nt), Basic Hotel (1 nt)
Price based on 2 people sharing £2589
Pre/post tour accommodation and transfers £125
Single supplement £465
Welcome to Johannesburg, also known as Egoli, or The City of Gold, referring to the gold mining history of South Africa’s biggest city. If you have time why not book a day or two prior to the tour to explore this fast-paced city. There are plenty of options for you to do independently on day 1. A visit to Gold Reef City, the amusement park and museum built on an old mine shaft will give you the opportunity for a ride on the Shaft of Terror, a vertical-drop roller coaster that is known as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Africa due to its sheer 47-metre drop. For the historically inclined there is the ever-popular Soweto tour or just jump on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to discover Johannesburg at your own pace. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 at your hotel to officially start your tour. Your Tour Leader will brief you on the route and provide information on optional activities along the way. Afterwards, you will have the evening free to have dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants the city has to offer.
The drive is not long today so you will be able to ease into your trip at a nice and slow pace. You will overnight in the Bela Bela area tonight. Formerly known as Warmbaths or Warmbad in Afrikaans. Bela Bela in the local language (Tswana) means the pot that boils, deriving its name from the geothermic hot spring. Buyskop Lodge where we will stay is situated in the beautiful Bushveld and offers various facilities and excellent lodging. Your chalet is situated at a dam where animals such as giraffe, kudu, zebra, impala and bushbuck come to quench their thirst. You might see these animals on one of the hiking trails the lodge offers. There is also a marvellous cold swimming pool in which you can cool off.
Today you cross from South Africa into Botswana on a longer drive in your comfortable Premium Overland Safari Vehicle. You will overnight at the Serowe Country Hotel in the town of Serowe. After arrival in the late afternoon, you can just relax next to the pool with a refreshing drink or visit the Khama III Memorial Museum which showcases in detail the history of the influential and often controversial Khama family.
Today you leave early morning for a long drive north-west across the Botswana interior towards Maun, Botswana's fifth largest town. Once you arrive in Maun you will go on a 2-night fly-in safari into the Okavango Delta. This camp is accessible by light aircraft only, a 20-minute flight from Maun. On arrival, you will be met by your personal guide and welcomed to the island. Your camp for the next 2 nights is situated on the edge of Chief’s Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve.
Rise early for a nature walk with your own professional guide (a maximum of two guests per guide), returning for a late breakfast. Relax at camp reading a book or cooling down from the midday heat in the fresh waters of the Delta (under the watchful eye of your guide). In the afternoon after the midday heat has dissipated you will venture out again into nature in search of birds and possibly some wildlife. Should you wish to explore for the whole day, we’ll be happy to pack you a picnic lunch. You will also get a chance to go to the nearby islands in a mokoro, the traditional dug-out canoe that seats two people. Your engine is a human being called a poler. Spend your last night in the heart of the Delta and African bush and fall asleep to the sound of hippos grunting. Early the next morning you will fly back to Maun to meet up with your group again.
After an early breakfast, you will catch your flight back to Maun. Set out for Elephant Sands, which is close to the Botswanan village of Nata. Elephant Sands is famous for its watering hole, voted as one of the top ten watering holes in Africa. At this watering hole, you can expect to see animals such as wild dogs, different antelope species and of course elephants that walk through the campsite searching for fresh water. This will probably be the closest you will get to these wild animals on foot. With luck on your side, you may have the wonderful and unique experience of sitting in front of your tented room, watching elephants and other animals come and go to quench their thirst at the watering hole while you sip on a sundowner yourself.
Continue to the small town of Kasane, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park & Chobe River. Relish the views during your included afternoon sunset boat cruise. Seeing animals on the banks of the river while you are sitting in a boat gives a totally unique perspective on the wildlife. Game like elephant, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, hippo, giraffe and sable are commonly seen along the river edge, and it's a birdwatcher’s paradise during the summer months. (You have an opportunity to go on an optional photo safari at your own expense, however, you would forfeit the included afternoon sunset boat cruise).
You can’t ask for a better way to start your day in search of wild animals on your included game drive in Chobe National Park. Afterwards, cross into Zambia and enjoy a short drive to the magnificent Victoria Falls and its charming little town. This is your home base for the next two nights. The Victoria Falls is not the widest or highest falls but is regarded as the world's biggest. It produces a breath-taking curtain of falling water as it drops into the gorge below. See why it's considered among one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Today you will have time to do some of the action-filled activities that the area offers. Bungee jump or gorge swing off the Victoria Falls Bridge that links Zambia and Zimbabwe and have a different view of the Victoria Falls at the same time. This bridge is constructed to carry railway, road and foot traffic. For an adrenaline activity, closer to the Zambezi River, choose a half day or full day white water rafting adventure. Many of our groups opt to book this evening together aboard a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with game-viewing, beautiful scenery and an open bar.
After breakfast, we will cross the border into Zimbabwe and stop at our Africa4us Kids Project to either help with construction or deliver books and toys. Afterwards, we will continue to Gwango Elephant Lodge which is situated just outside Hwange National Park, named after a local chief. This park is the largest park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14,650 square kilometres. Look forward to an included afternoon open vehicle game drive on the Gwango estate. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to go on an optional night game drive in this estate which will give you the opportunity to discover nocturnal animals such as porcupines, civet cats, genet and leopard.
Today you will head south towards Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second, largest city, and Matobo National Park, which is at the Matobo or Matopos Hills, a scenic area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys. On your way, we visit the Painted Dog Conservation Project. Painted Dogs, also known as African Wild Dogs, are amongst Africa’s most endangered species. This project is involved in various conservation programs such as anti-poaching, rehabilitation, reintroduction and pack monitoring. After the project visit, you continue to Big Cave Camp, also known as” the safari lodge on the rocks” which will be your home for the next two nights. High up on the granite outcrop on which the lodge is built, you will have a magnificent view of Matobo National Park below.
Enjoy a day filled with the best that Matobo National Park offers, from a game drive to looking for rhino on foot, bringing you as close as possible with these ancient looking giants. Visitors to Matobo National Park regularly spot white and black rhino, sable antelope and impala, among other wildlife. Return to Big Cave Camp after your exciting day and enjoy a sundowner while watching another spectacular African sunset.
You cross the Zimbabwe / South African Border today. You will overnight at the Tshipise Forever Resort, “Tshipise” means “something warm”, and the famous Tshipise koppie towers protectively over the resort. Giant Baobab trees dot the landscape and the resort’s camping grounds are barely visible among the mopane, red bushwillow and jakkalsbessie trees. This lush Bushveld retreat enchants jaded city dwellers. Soak your cares away in the healing waters of the mineral pools.
Today you travel to the famous Kruger National Park, now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park which forms with parks in Mozambique and Zimbabwe a natural sanctuary for a huge variety of animals. Here they live a natural life where they must fend for food and territory the same way they did for thousands of years. Here they can start following ancient migratory routes again because fences are coming down between the parks. En route to your campsite, enjoy a game drive in your Premium Overland Safari Vehicle and get ready to spot hippos, giraffes, elephants, zebras, lions, and many other species in one of Africa's greatest wildlife areas. You'll have the option to book an open vehicle night game drive if available.
Today you enjoy another full day game drive in Kruger National Park with approximately 2000 plant, 53 fish, 34 amphibian, 118 reptile, 517 bird and 147 mammal species ready for you to discover. You will experience first-hand why Kruger National Park is known as the flagship of South African national parks. Enjoy a game drive en route to the campsite. Sit around a campfire with your sundowner and enjoy the African night sounds drifting into the camping area.
Today you drive to Johannesburg for your last night of the trip. You will have the day at leisure to explore. Tonight, you will have the opportunity to have dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants the city has to offer.
Today you will be transferred to the airport at a pre-arranged time for your onward flight or flight home.