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Highlights

  • Game drives in the Kruger
  • Visit Great Zimbabwe, a national monument and World Heritage Site
  • See ancient rock paintings on guided walks in Matobo
  • Full-day game viewing excursion in Hwange National Park
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls
  • Boat safari on the Chobe River
  • Guided bush walks in the Okavango Delta
  • Game drive in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Overview

Part of our Scheduled & Overland Tours collection, this 16-day road safari delivers incredible wildlife experiences in three of Southern Africa’s best safari destinations: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Kick off this safari in South Africa’s legendary Kruger National Park, where you’ll go on game drives looking for the Big 5 (elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard). Then cross the border into Zimbabwe for a visit to the ancient Great Zimbabwe, Matobo’s 2 000-year-old rock paintings, Hwange’s big game, and the thrilling Victoria Falls.

Next stop: Botswana. You’ll start in the elephant empire of Chobe National Park and enjoy a superb boat cruise on the famous Chobe River. If you’re visiting during the dry season (about May to October), you’ll see elephant herds of biblical proportions around the river. Travel deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta and camp out on a remote island in pristine wilderness before spending time in a rhino sanctuary on the edge of the Kalahari Desert.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 16 Days

Day to day

Itinerary

Detailed breakdown

Days 1-3: Explore the Kruger | 15 Nights

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An early morning start will see you leave Johannesburg and travel to the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier wildlife destination. You will traverse the mopane-rich northern part of the park on morning and afternoon game drives, tracking the Big 5 and predators like rare wild dog. 

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Days 3-4: Welcome to Zimbabwe!

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You will enter Zimbabwe at the Beit Bridge border post and continue to your overnight stop, Great Zimbabwe Hotel. Settle into your airy room overlooking a lush and colourful garden courtyard. The next morning, it’s off to explore the ancient stone structures of Great Zimbabwe, a World Heritage Site. This ruined city was constructed between the 11th and 15th centuries and was the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe during the country's late Iron Age. 

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Days 4-6: Discover magical Matobo

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Matobo National Park is one of Zimbabwe’s smaller parks, with its signature feature being the collection of granite outcrops that have been weathered into stacks of bare, balancing boulders. Your home for the next two nights is Hermits Peak Guest Lodge, which blends in with the magnificent granite landscape. You’ll spend your time on game drives and guided walks, visiting Cecil John Rhodes’ grave and ancient bushman rock paintings. Matobo is a stronghold for Verreaux’s eagles as well as black and white rhinos.

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Days 6-8: Enjoy a Hwange safari

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Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest conservation area and home to around 50 000 elephants – the second largest population in the world. You will explore the wonderful Hwange on a guided full-day excursion in an open-sided 4x4, spotting other big game like lion, buffalo and giraffe on the way. On this leg of your trip, you’ll spend two nights in a comfortable, thatched chalet at Miombo Safari Camp. With a wonderful forested setting on the edge of Hwange, Miombo provides a relaxed atmosphere and features a convivial firepit, swimming pool and viewing deck that looks over the camp’s private waterhole – a firm favourite for the area’s ellies.

Days 8-10: Experience ‘The Smoke That Thunders’

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After a roughly three-hour drive (excluding stops for sightseeing and souvenir shopping), you’ll reach the biggest curtain of falling water on Earth: the colossal Victoria Falls. Enjoy a spectacular guided walk of the Falls and other optional activities like white-rafting (seasonal), bungee jumping, or a scenic helicopter or microlight flight over the waterfall. It’s no mystery why Victoria Falls is known as Africa’s ‘adventure capital’! If you’re visiting during high-water season (between about March and July), you’ll be able to witness the majesty of ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ in full flood. The Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel provides your accommodation for two nights.

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Days 10-11: Chobe, the elephant empire

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You’ll leave Vic Falls and reach the banks of the mighty Chobe River after about an hour’s drive. Forming a natural border between Botswana and Namibia, the Chobe River is a haven for our planet’s biggest herds of elephant. A highlight of any Chobe safari is an afternoon boat cruise along the river, watching enormous herds of ellies drink and bathe. If you’re visiting during the dry season (about May to October), you’ll see inconceivable numbers of these gentle giants crowding the riverbanks. You will overnight at Thebe River Safaris Lodge overlooking the river.

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Day 11: Journey to the edge of the Makgadikgadi

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Today you will travel through the beautiful Kasane Forest Reserve and make your way to an overnight stop at Nata Lodge, situated on the edge of the Makgadikgadi region.

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Days 12-14: Explore a real-life Garden of Eden

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It’s time to exchange the 4x4 for a mokoro – a traditional dug-out canoe that’s the quintessential ‘game drive vehicle’ in the Okavango Delta. Local guides will take you deep into the heart of the Delta until you reach your tented camp set on a remote island. The Delta is a delicate green oasis for big game like elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo, and an astonishing array of birds. You will explore the area on guided bush walks and even get the chance to swim in its clear waters. 

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Day 14: Return to Maun

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You will head back to Maun, the gateway to the Delta, in the afternoon. There will be an optional scenic helicopter flight over the Delta available.

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Days 15-16: See the Kalahari’s rhinos

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Leaving Maun, you’ll travel south across the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert until you reach the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This incredible community-based wildlife project was established to help save the disappearing rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with animals, and provide economic benefits to the local communities through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. You’ll go on an afternoon game drive in the sanctuary and hopefully spot some of the resident rhinos. Khama Rhino Sanctuary provides accommodation in comfortable chalets.

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Day 16: Farewell Botswana!

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Crossing back into South Africa the next day, you’ll journey to Johannesburg where the tour ends.

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Inclusions

  • 15 Breakfast 13 Lunch 11 Dinner included
  • Activities as per the itinerary
  • Gate & Park Fees included
  • Transport in minibus / safari truck & 4WD
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Exclusions

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

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Dates Price
2020-01-01 — 2020-12-31 $2,805
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