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Kruger, Victoria Falls & Botswana Safari

Any year is the perfect year to witness nature's greatest spectacles on an African safari. Discover some of the continents celebrated wildlife reserves including Kruger and Chobe National Parks. Enjoy two nights on an excursion through the panhandle of the Okavango Delta and sit down to an unforgettable family dinner at a private home near Victoria Falls. Our small group size ensures maximum visibility of everything this region has to offer.


Duration: 18 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Wildlife Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155201
Starts: Johannesburg, South Africa Finishes: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
You will visit
  • Johannesburg
  • Victoria Falls

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Johannesburg (1D)

Arrive and transfer to the guest house. Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) welcome dinner.

Additional Notes:
If you are interested in spending more time in Johannesburg, it is recommended to book pre-accommodation to enjoy the sights of the city at your own leisure.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival Airport Transfer (0.50-0.75 hours)

02

Day 2: Johannesburg/Kruger National Park (1B)

Enjoy a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and God's Window. Continue to our tented camp located just outside Kruger National Park.

Additional Notes:
Today is a long driving day; however, we will make many stops along the way at sites along the Panorama Route.

Included Activities:
Panorama Route Scenic Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.50 hours, 500km)

03

Day 3: Kruger National Park (1B, 1D)

At over 19,000 sq km (7,500 sq mi), South Africa's Kruger National Park is one of the largest and most impressive animal reserves in the world. With 147 species, Kruger has more species of large mammals than any other park on the continent.

Included Activities:
Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Game Drive

Transport:
Safari vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1D)

For the next two days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening game drives in an open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve. Search for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos – Africa's famed Big Five. With over 9,000 hectares (22,240 acres) of supreme African bushveld, Karongwe Private Game Reserve is home to many creatures, and our safari drives provide several opportunities for game viewing.

We use various accommodations within the reserve (the location is based on availability). During your time here, you will either stay in lodge rooms or very comfortable permanent tents (both of equal quality and with similar amenities).

Additional Notes:
Game drives are conducted with qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers who will share their vast experience of the African bush.

On some occasions, if space is unavailable, we may need to change accommodations or even use a different private reserve. In such a case, be assured we will choose other lodges or comfort camps (of equal quality) within the Greater Kruger area.

Included Activities:
Hope Africa Children's Day School
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Game Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)

05

Day 5: Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

Take part in an early morning game drive and then enjoy brunch and free time at the lodge. In the afternoon, meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Carnivore Conservation Programme, a project headed by National Geographic grantee Kelly Marnewick. A member of Kelly's team will teach us about their ongoing research and join us on our evening game drive.

Additional Notes:
Wake up before the sun (around 5am) and sip your morning coffee before heading out on a morning game drive. Return to the lodge following the game drive for brunch and some leisure time. Converse on the deck, walk the grounds and gardens, and enjoy high tea. Following tea, it's time for the late afternoon game drive. After spotting tons of wildlife, it's time to return to camp and freshen up before dinner.

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Game Drive
Endangered Wildlife Conservation talk and Game Drive

06

Day 6: Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg (1B, 1D)

After one last safari game drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our local guest house.

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Game Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 500km)

07

Day 7: Johannesburg/Victoria Falls (1B, 1D)

The mist off Victoria Falls can rise to a height of more than 400m (1312 ft). Local tribes used to call the falls Mosi-o-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” Explorer and missionary David Livingstone renamed the falls after Queen Victoria when he first saw them in 1855.

Included Activities:
Victoria Falls Guided Tour
Zimbabwean Family Dinner

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))

08

Day 8: Victoria Falls (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore the area. Take part in a river safari, cultural tours, whitewater rafting, canoeing, or a helicopter ride over the falls.

09

Day 9: Victoria Falls (1B)

Spend the day exploring your beautiful surroundings.

10

Day 10: Victoria Falls/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)

Arrive on the houseboat this evening. On the boat, you'll receive a safety briefing and meet the crew and check into your cabin. Relax this evening with a sundowner.

Enjoy your journey into the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. This area is one of the most remote and peaceful areas of the delta. There are only a handful of permanent boats and camps operating in this wilderness area, which makes it an ideal place to stay.

Additional Notes:
We have a long drive today, but your private A/C vehicle will ensure you're comfortable. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. There will be plenty of breaks along the way to stretch your legs.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Namibia - Botswana)
Okavango Delta Houseboat

Transport:
Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours)

11

Day 11: Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy your day on the houseboat with early morning and late afternoon wildlife excursions. Your small boat takes your into channels and waterways for optimal wildlife viewing and birdwatching. Opt to enjoy a cultural excursion to Tsoldilo Hills to view ancient San Bushman rock paintings or choose to relax on deck with a cool drink as you watch the scenery pass by.

Additional Notes:
Passengers who choose to take the optional Tsoldilo Hills excursion will miss the morning boat excursion.

All activities in the delta are subject to weather and water levels. Timing of excursions and visits to specific locations are completely dependent on local conditions.

Included Activities:
Okavango Delta Houseboat Wildlife Excursion
Okavango Delta Houseboat

12

Day 12: Okavango Delta/Maun (1B, 1D)

Stay at a hotel that offers a pleasant eating area and a beautiful swimming pool. In the afternoon, relax at the hotel, which is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River.

Included Activities:
Botswana Storytelling and Traditional Dinner

Transport:
4x4 (5.00 hour(s), 380km)

13

Day 13: Maun/Moremi Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

Take a leisurely drive to our camp in the Khwai River area. enjoying wildlife viewing enroute. Due to the fact that none of Botswana's wildlife reserves are fenced, game can move freely between wilderness areas. This region's diversity of wildlife is astounding and has been rated as one of the best game viewing areas in the world.

Our lodge boasts a majestic dining and lounge area leading onto a viewing deck over the bushveldt. Enjoy spectacular sunsets over sundowners from the quaint bar or from the deck of your comfort en-suite tent.

Additional Notes:
The vehicle used from here until our return back to Victoria Falls is a 12-seater Toyota Landcruiser. The Landcruiser has open sides and a removable canvas roof. There is no A/C in the vehicle and the ride can often be dusty and a little rough. Some travel days can also be quite long. This vehicle is used throughout the tour on all game drives and long drives.

Road conditions in the region can range from good to very poor. As such, we slow our traveling speed in the rough spots and enjoy some sand and bumps – all part of the adventure of traveling in Africa!

Included Activities:
Moremi Game Drive

Transport:
4x4 (5.00 hour(s), 130km)

14

Day 14: Moremi Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

Embark early on an open vehicle game drive in Moremi and surrounding concession areas. Break for lunch before continuing on with the game drive. Return to camp in the afternoon with time to relax at the comfortable tented camp.

Included Activities:
Moremi Game Drive
Moremi Game Drive

Transport:
4x4

15

Day 15: Moremi Game Reserve/Chobe National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the early afternoon, head south towards the Ghoha Hills and the Savuti area. Enjoy game viewing along the hills and at the surrounding waterholes.

At Ghoha Hills Savuti Camp, meru tents have been placed on platforms on the hills overlooking Chobe National Park. The tents are spacious and include an en-suite. The guest area consists of an intimate lounge, bar, and dining area overlooking the Ghoha Hills.

Included Activities:
Moremi Game Drive
Chobe and Savuti National Parks Talk

Transport:
4x4 (7.00 hour(s), 190km)

16

Day 16: Chobe National Park/Kasane (1B, 1L)

Keep an eye out for Chobe bushbuck and puku antelope, which are found only in this part of Botswana. The Chobe River is home to the world's largest elephant herds; buffalo, hippos, and lions can also be seen here.

Included Activities:
Chobe River Drive

Transport:
4x4 (5.00 hour(s), 180km)

17

Day 17: Kasane/Victoria Falls (1B)

Cross the border back into Zimbabwe for our final evening.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Botswana - Zimbabwe)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 120km)

18

Day 18: Victoria Falls (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Kruger National Park entrance fee with game drive in open vehicle
    • Private nature reserve game drives in open vehicles
    • Lecture and game drive with a researcher
    • Tour of Victoria Falls
    • Open-vehicle game drives in Savuti, Chobe National Park, Khwai River, and Moremi area
    • Okavango Delta two-night houseboat excursion
    • Savuti-Chobe lecture
    • Internal flights
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Guest house (2 nts), hotel (6 nts), comfortable safari tent (7 nt), houseboat (2 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 17 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 12 dinners
    Transport
    • Plane, air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, 4x4 vehicle, van, walking, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver for Kruger portion, local guides/rangers, G representative in Victoria falls, CEO/driver in Botswana
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit the wildlife reserves of Kruger and Chobe National Parks
  • Head out on open-vechile game drives
  • Witness the power of Victoria Falls