Itinerary | J’burg, Kruger to Vic Falls & Zimbabwe
From Jan 2019 the route of this trip from Day 5 will change from; via Botswana to Victoria Falls, to via Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls, the days will be as follows…
DAY 5: Masvingo, Zimbabwe – Great Zimbabwe Ruins
DAY 6: Masvingo
DAY 7: Bulawayo, Matobo National Park (Rhodes Matopos)
Day 8-9: Hwange National Park
DAY 10-11: Victoria Falls
Route 2018 – SOUTH AFRICA
DAY 1: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park (L/D)
From Johannesburg, we head towards the Lowveld and our camp situated within the border of the famous Kruger National Park. We pass through the southern section of the picturesque Panorama Route – famous for its vistas. Our camp for the next two nights is a short drive from the Kruger Park Gate and has some interesting local residents -hippo, giraffe, zebra and impala.
Included: Kruger National Park night game drive
DAY 2: Kruger National Park (B/L/D)
Today we explore Kruger. Covering 19 485 km2 – 60 km wide and over 350 km long, this conservation area has more than 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptiles, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species. 23 000 different types of plants have been recorded. We spend the day driving around the park keeping an eye out for these.
Included Activity: Game Drives
DAY 3: Kruger National Park to Polokwane (B/L/D)
A long, scenic drive to Polokwane. Along the way, we stop off at some of the best scenery in South Africa, including the ever striking Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. Polokwane, capital of Limpopo. We set up our tents on the green grass of our campsite located outside of the city before enjoying a dip in the pool.
Included Activity: Blyde River Canyon
DAY 4: Polokwane to Palapye (B/L/D)
North to Botswana. Palapye is a popular stopover town for those en route to South Africa, great for stocking up
This country has spectacular game viewing, hundreds of elephants splashing in the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta and its maze of lagoons.
DAY 5: Palapye to Maun (B/L/D)
Maun is the starting point for travel into the Delta to set off to the Okavango Delta. Tonight we prepare our provisions and packs for our overnight night excursion. We suggest bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip as this can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion.
The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland delta in the world. The Delta has a variety of bird life and animals which unique to this wetland. Have your camera as you get guided through the dozens of mazes. The Okavango Delta is a bird lover’s paradise enjoyed by all, best explored by foot and mokoro. With over 400 species of birds, 70 species of fish and an abundance of wildlife, your experience in the delta will leave you wanting to explore the whole of Africa.
DAY 6: Maun to Okavango Delta (B/L/D)
An overnight excursion into the Delta. After an early rise, we pack and drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler station. The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live traditionally. The villages are remote, reached only by dugout canoes At the Mokoro station we meet our polers and head out into the waterways to our tented camp by the waters.
Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walks.
Included Activity: Overnight Delta excursion
DAY 7: Okavango Delta to Maun (B/L/D)
Back to Maun. After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back around lunchtime and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).
DAY 8: Maun to Nata (B/L/D)
We leave this beautiful part of Botswana behind us this morning as we depart to Elephant Sands. Once we have arrived at our campsite you can game drive or a bushwalk.
Optional Activity: Game Drive/Bush Walk
DAY 9: Nata to Chobe National Park (B/L/D)
North to the town of Kasane to camp on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe River is the border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia; the main water source to the Chobe National Park. Elephant, hippo and many birds fly by the campsite.
Included Activity: Boat cruise on the Chobe River
The word Zimbabwe is “large house of stone” in the Shona language
DAY 10: Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (B/L)
This morning we continue to the border of Zimbabwe and then a short drive to Victoria Falls Town. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls on the Zambezi River by Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite is in the centre of town, just walking distance to the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops.
A walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), named by David Livingstone, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world’s largest sheet of falling water, quite a site. An afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite, viewing the Victoria Falls.
Included Activity: Entrance to Victoria Falls
DAY 11: Victoria Falls (B)
After breakfast, we finish the trip We suggest booking additional days after your trip to take advantage of the optional excursions available at Victoria Falls.
Optional Activities – Bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge, abseil down the Gorge. Fly over the Falls. Whitewater raft down the Zambezi. Float serenely down the river deep below the cliff topped gorge.