Itinerary | J’burg to J’burg via Vic Falls
J’burg to J’burg via Vic Falls
Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park overnight game trip, Okavango Delta overnight trip
On your arrival day; take advantage of your free airport pick/drop off to the departure hotel and dorm bed for the night. On the arrival day you can; just relax after your flight, or get a look at our departure city we depart before getting on the road next morning. No meals are included on the arrival day. In the evening we have a pre departure meeting at the departure hotel to prep you for the trip.
DAY 1: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Camp (L/D)
We leave Johannesburg and head through the Panorama Route, with its breathtaking vistas, towards the Kruger National Park. We camp near the park for two nights
Kruger National Park is one of the largest parks in Africa; you should see the big 5 here. On the border of Mozambique. It’s great for day and night game drives, with lots of; elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo and still rhino.
Included Activity: Kruger National Park – Night Game Drive
DAY 2: Nkambeni Camp (B/L/D)
Kruger National Park. We spend the day looking for the game in the park. If you like, you can take an optional evening game drive.
Included Activity: Game Drives
DAY 3: Nkambeni Camp to Polokwane (B/L/D)
We leave Nkambeni and go north to the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window, a long deep canyon on the northern edge of the Drakensberg Mountains. We spend the night in Polokwane, capital of Limpopo. We set up our tents on the lush green grass of our campsite located outside of the city with a swimming pool.
Optional Activity: Blyde River Canyon
DAY 4: Polokwane to Musina (B/L/D)
On to Tshipise and to nearby Musina, with its natural hot water springs resort with warm pools, walking trails and other activities here. The town is beside the border of Zimbabwe; tomorrows destination.
DAY 5: Musina, South Africa to Masvingo, Zimbabwe (B/L/D)
Over the border to Zimbabwe, to the town of Masvingo, which is beside Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The finding of these monuments by European explores caused quite a consternation at the time, as they are the only area of old stone buildings or ruins in southern Africa, bar of those built on the coast by Arabs. It was supposed originally, that the ruins were even built by Phoenician’s, till it was worked out to the palaces of the ancestors of the local Shona tribe. Visit the ruins for great sunset view.
Included Activity: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
DAY 6: Masvingo to Bulawayo (B/L/D)
From Masvingo to Bulawayo; the big towns wide streets and old buildings reflecting its colonial past. It’s Zimbabwe’s second largest city, with wide streets to turn full span ox wagon around. The city also still retains much of its British Colonial character, evident by the many buildings maintained as heritage sites by the Bulawayo City Council. Interesting places to visit are the; Natural History Museum, National Arts Gallery and arts and crafts centres.
DAY 7: Bulawayo (B/L/D)
Here we visit Matobo National Park, (originally Rhodes Matopos). Just outside of Bulawayo town, it’s a series of granite hills; like islands surrounded by wooded valleys. The park has an unusual air about it with distant views combined with the closed valley. Many religious activities and rituals were held here in pre-colonial times. Cecil Rhodes is buried in a granite hill in the park is a place known as World View.
Included: Matobo National Park
Day 8: Bulawayo to Hwange National Park (B/L/D)
To Hwange National Park. Hwange; loads of wildlife including thousands of elephants, Sable and Roan Antelope. We take a late afternoon game drive.
Day 9: Hwange National Park (B/L/D)
We have a day in Hwange, game driving through the park.
Included: Game drive in Hwange National Park
DAY 10: Hwange to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (B/L)
Leaving Bulawayo, we arrive in Victoria Fall in the morning. At the Falls there is plenty to do, with grade 5 rapids to raft over and the spectacular sight of the massive wall of water spilling over the falls, the mist rising 100’s of feet high into the air above. Our campsite is in the centre of town, within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A pleasant walk takes you to the entry point to view the falls, between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls – Mosi-oa-Tunya – Smoke that Thunders. So named by Dr Livingstone on his explorations, is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. At 1,700 metres wide and 100 metres high, it is the largest sheet of falling water in the world. After our adventure activities, relax at the camps swimming pool, and looking at the Falls.
Included: Entry to Victoria Falls
DAYS 11-12: Victoria Falls (B)
Adventure activities abound – you can bungee jump, white water raft, and go game-viewing on horseback or walking with lions. More sedate excursions include canoeing, light aircraft or helicopter flights over the Falls and the sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Though the Falls themselves are the main attraction, you can walk in the rain forest along the cliff opposite for an excellent view.
DAY 13: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana (B/L/D)
We visit Chobe National Park at Kasane town; sandwiched between the Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibian borders. In the park you can take an overnight game drive; a wild experience – excellent game viewing is a must. With large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo, all coming to eat and drink along the Chobe Riverfront, especially in the dry months. Lions, antelopes and hippos inhabit live in the surrounding forests and shallow lakes in the Linyanti Marsh. The seasonal flooding grasslands at Savuti Marsh have worldclass bird watching
Spend the afternoon looking at the wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park to spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises and wildlife.
Included Activity: Chobe National Park overnight game drive
DAY 14: Chobe National Park to Kasane (B/L/D)
Back in camp have a break after all the adventure You can go on a boat cruise on the Chobe River; an optional excursion, or spend your time at the swimming pool.
DAY 15: Kasane to Maun (B/L/D)
We travel along the edge of the Kalahari Desert to Maun a small town on the edge of the Okavango Delta, the starting point for the Delta trip.
DAY 16: Maun to Okavango Delta (B/L/D)
A Mokoro is a traditional dugout canoe and your transport into the Delta. As you glide through the waterways, you will see a fantastic array of wetland wildlife, birds in particular, and you will come across hippos in the water and elephants drinking on the shore. You can go on a walking safari to look for giraffe, buffalo and rare antelope – the overnight stay is a great way to experience the waterways close up.
We drive to the mokoro polers camp. The Delta has many local villages where people live traditionally in remote villages only accessible by canoe. We pack our supplies in the dugouts and head out into the waterways to our tented camp. At the camp take a paddle in the delta and go on guided walks
Included Activity: Overnight Delta trip
DAY 17: Okavango Delta to Maun (B/L/D)
Up early and it’s off walking with the guide, a unique chance to see game on foot; elephants, herds of grazing zebra and pods of hippos. Back to Maun and the end of your Delta trip. Try learning how to pole your mokoro, or try to catch a catfish; the guides make it look so easy. A last swim in the clear delta water before heading back to the truck and campsite for a shower and cold drinks. Time permitting, you can take a scenic flight over the Delta from Maun.
Optional Activity: flight over the Delta
DAY 18: Maun to Palapye (B/L/D)
We leave Maun for Palapye; a long drive through the bushlands heading southeast
DAY 19: Palapye to Blyde River Area, South Africa (B/L/D)
This morning we cross into South Africa and continue across to our camp overlooking the impressive Blyde River Canyon. Named for the Blyde River that runs through it, the canyon is 26km long, and averages 800m deep and forms the northern edge of the impressive Drakensberg Mountain Range. It is classified as a ‘green canyon’ due to the uncommon occurrence of vegetation that lines it (uncommon as most canyons are in desert areas and are fairly barren). The main viewpoints along the canyon are the 3 Rondavels, named for the shape of the traditional huts or houses the people of the area used to live in; and Gods Window that affords a breathtaking view across the canyon and surrounding area.
Please note that there is a small entry fee at each of these attractions you can pay for on arrival. The money generated goes toward the support of the local communities. There are also many locals you sell their local crafts here.
DAY 20: Blyde River Canyon to Nkambeni Camp (B/L/D)
Heading through the breathtaking Panorama Route, we stop off at various viewpoints today including scenic God’s Window. We pass through the small town of Graskop, then towards Kruger National Park and our campsite in the park.
Included Activity: Night Game Drive
DAY 21: Nkambeni Camp, Kruger National Park (B/L/D)
We spend the day looking for the game in the park. If you wish you can take an evening game drive.
Included Activity: Game driving in Kruger National Park
DAY 22: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg (B)
We head towards Johannesburg and the end of our trip. There is a lot to do in J’burg so we suggest you allow yourself a few extra days there to look around.