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This tour forms part of our Scheduled & Overland tour collection.

This 22-day overland safari explores some of the highlights of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Travel by land to fully experience the magnificent landscapes of these three southern African countries.

Start and end your journey with an unforgettable Big 5 game experience in the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Head towards Zimbabwe where you’ll visit the remarkable Victoria Falls and the great Zimbabwe Ruins before crossing the border into Botswana.

Explore the winding waterways and shimmering channels of the Okavango Delta and a memorable safari in the Chobe National Park. Return to the Kruger Park via the scenic Panorama Route.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Go Big 5 game-viewing in the Kruger
  • Travel through the scenic Panorama Route
  • Admire the Blyde River Canyon
  • Take a peek through God's Window
  • Lounge in the Tshipise hot water springs
  • Stroll through the Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Marvel at the incredible Victoria Falls
  • Take a cruise down the Chobe River
  • Discover the Okavango Delta 

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

Explore the Kruger National Park

Departing Johannesburg, your adventure starts with a trip towards the Lowveld, passing through the southern section of the picturesque Panorama Route and heading toward the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Arrive at Umbuvu Camp, your home for the next two nights which is situated a mere 8km from Kruger Park's Numbi Gate.

Spend the following day exploring the magnificent Kruger National Park. With over 146 animal species and 500 bird species, this is South Africa's flagship wildlife-viewing destination and a sure place to spot the Big 5. Enjoy the wildlife experience even further in the evening as you go on an optional night drive to search for some of its nocturnal animals.

Day 3

Leave the Lowveld for Polokwane

Today you have the chance to sit back and enjoy a long scenic drive to Polokwane, the capital of South Africa's Limpopo Province. Stop along the way at the Blyde River Canyon and God's Window - two of the country's most beautiful sites - and make the most of the magnificent photo opportunities.

Day 4

Make your way to Musina

Today you will enjoy more relaxing scenery as you head closer to the town of Musina - the hottest town in South Africa. Reach Tshipise, a hot water spring resort, in the afternoon and relax in the pools or take a walk along one of the nature trails.

Day 5

Marvel at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Cover the final stretch before reaching the border of Zimbabwe - a country rich with history and tradition. Make your way to the town of Masvingo, on the outskirts of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Known as the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa, these ruins are a definite site to behold. Wander around and take photos before settling in at your camp situated against the foot of the nearby hills.

Days 6-7

Travel to the Zimbabwean midlands

Continue your journey north and make a stop at the Antelope Park where you have the rare chance to walk with lions, swim with elephants or view game from horse-back. Carry on to Gweru in the afternoon, a town situated in Zimbabwe's beautiful midlands.

Days 8-9

Explore the city of Bulawayo

The following day, you will head to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city, famous for its wide streets and colonial history. Stroll around town and note its distinct British Colonial character. Visit some of the local historical sites like the Natural History Museum, the National Arts Gallery and the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre - a community project.

Spend the next day enjoying the local surroundings with a visit to the Matobo National Park, one of the last strongholds of both the black and white rhino. See ancient San rock paintings as you admire this geologically and historically distinct region.

Days 10-12

Discover the mighty Victoria Falls

Continue your journey to the famous Victoria Falls where you'll enjoy three nights camping in the centre of Victoria Falls town. The campsite is situated within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops.

Spend the next few days enjoying the many activities on offer, like taking a plane ride over the Falls, the Batoka Gorge and the islands at the top of the falls. Extreme sports-enthusiasts will have the chance to bungee jump from the Zambezi Bridge while the less thrill-seeking can enjoy magnificent views of the falls from the Victoria Falls National Park. Experience the Zambezi close-up as you go white-water rafting down its rapids or take a relaxed boat ride down the river.

Day 13

Journey to Botswana

Enjoy breakfast before crossing the border into Botswana and heading toward Kasane where you will set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River - the border between Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. Take an afternoon boat cruise down the river and spot elephant, hippo and a range of different bird species while you enjoy yet another beautiful African sunset.

Days 14-17

Be immersed in the Okavango Delta

Cross the western end of the Chobe National Park and arrive at Maun, the base from which you have the option to explore the great Okavango Delta.

Start the following morning early by driving north from Maun into the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta. Explore the exotic islands and rich landscapes by mokoro, a traditional mode of transport, as you're guided through the waterways in a dug-out canoe. Spend the evening camping in the open wilderness on a peaceful spot picked out by your guide.

Spend the next day exploring the Delta at leisure on game walks and mokoro cruises. The next morning you have one final opportunity to go on a game walk before packing up and heading back to Maun.

Days 18-19

Travel back to South Africa

Sit back and enjoy a long drive to the small town of Palapye, a popular stopover on the way back to South Africa. Cross the South African border the next day and head back to the Blyde River Canyon where you'll spend the night. Uncommonly lined with vegetation, this impressive 800m gorge provides ample photo opportunities as do the nearby sites of the Three Rondavels and God's Window.

Days 20-21

Return to the Kruger Park

Enjoy the scenes of the Panorama Route once more as you stop at various viewpoints on your way to the small town of Graskop. Continue your journey to the Kruger National Park and settle in at your camp, situated 10km from the park's Phabeni Gate. Enjoy a quiet evening, with the possibility of seeing giraffe, zebra and hippo that are known to wander through the camp.

A second day of driving around the Kruger National Park will give you the opportunity to search for the animals you haven't yet spotted.

Day 22

Return to the City of Gold

After one last breakfast in the wild, you will travel to Johannesburg, a thriving metropolis that is always alive with activity. After unloading the vehicle and saying your goodbyes, your adventure will come to an end.

Inclusions

  • Pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
  • Trip includes an arrival airport transfer
  • 21 nights camping accommodation

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Additional Tour Notes

A local payment of USD 645 will be required to be paid on the first day of the tour. Please consult your African Safari Expert for details.

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $1025

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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