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15 Day Botswana, Vic Falls & Kruger Adventure Tour (Comfort)

R23,350

+ Single Supplement ZAR 3270

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 16410


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  • 15 Day Botswana, Vic Falls & Kruger Adventure Tour (Comfort) Overland
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Tour Style Accommodated
Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia
Starts Johannesburg
Ends Johannesburg
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older

This Botswana, Victoria Falls and Kruger adventure visits the top highlights of these areas, ensuring you get the most out of your budget safari.

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Johannesburg
Ends in
Johannesburg

This is an accommodated overland expedition visiting the top highlights of Botswana, Victoria Falls and the Kruger National Park. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the breathtaking Victoria Falls and partake in the many optional adventure activities based around the mighty Zambezi River. You visit the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world where we camp for two nights under the stars in one of Africa's greatest wildernesses. You also visit Chobe National Park famous for its large herds of elephant. The trip ends with the Kruger National Park and the majestic Panoramic Route (Blyde River Canyon).

Included

  • Meals - 12 Breakfast, 10 Lunch, 10 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport

Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Bottled Water
  • Soft Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Activity Package and Optional activities

SKU: ACS0470
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2

Johannesburg to Kalahari Gateway to Kalahari

Today we leave Johannesburg, the City of Gold, to make our way northward to Botswana where we travel on the Trans-Kalahari highway and spend our first evening in a small village of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari.

In the morning we travel deeper into the Central Kalahari where we find our camp for this evening in the Ghanzi district. We spend some time getting to know the San People before enjoying a guided walk where we learn the secrets to their survival in the Kalahari Desert. Your evening is filled with traditional song, dance and story telling of the San Culture.

A landlocked country located in Southern Africa, the Republic of Botswana is approximately the size of France. Its population consists of around 1.9 million people, most of who reside on the more abundant eastern side of the country. The official language and dominant culture is Setswana, its people known as the Batawana. There are also various San communities that have made the desert area their home. Botswana has a tradition of democracy in the form of the kgotla system, which is rooted in Setswana culture and is based on a democratic system in which every person has the right to freedom of speech. Previously a British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana got its current name following its independency from the Commonwealth in 1966.

It is surrounded by South Africa in the south and southeast regions, by Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. It joins Zambia at one singular area. Botswana is renowned for its stable politics, hospitable residents, and its wealth of diamonds. The country is, in fact, the biggest diamond exporter in the world. Botswana is mostly flat, and in addition to the delta and desert regions, there are also enormous grasslands and savannahs. Blue Wildebeest, various antelope and a range of other wildlife live in the lush vegetation of this country. Majority of Botswana is covered by the Kalahari Desert, resulting in water becoming a scarce resource. The currency used is Pula, meaning ‘rain’ in Setswana. This is a great example of how cherished water is. Drops of rain were thought to be the closest currency to actual money. Seventeen percent of the country has been reserved for game parks, more than the international suggestion of just ten percent. Northern Botswana houses one of the few remaining concentrations of the threatened African Wild Dog. Botswana also contains the biggest concentration of elephant in all of Africa.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: (Day 1): Kang Ultra Stop
Accommodation: Two Per Room(Day 2): Dqae Qare San Lodge or Ghanzi Trail Blazers
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Johannesburg to Kang ±680 km, Kang to Ghanzi ±262 km
Activity Package: Bush Walk with San Guides
Included Highlight: San Evening Dance Performance
Border Post: Botswana Pioneer Gate Tel: +267 533 3992, Open: 06h00 – 24h00 South Africa Skilpadshek Tel: +27 0800 00 7277, Open: 06h00 – 24h00

Day 3

Kalahari to Maun, Botswana

Rising early we leave for Maun and spend the night here. In the afternoon we make our way to the gateway to the Okavango Delta. When we reach the city, we begin preparations for our following two night excursion into the Delta. An optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta is available for those wanting to participate in activities in the afternoon.

The fifth biggest town in Botswana, Maun is renowned as the tourism capital and gateway into the Okavango Delta. It is a diverse contrast of modern structures and traditional huts. Presently home to over some 30,000 people, the town was established in 1915 as the tribal capital of the Batawana people. Maun initially serviced the local cattle ranching and hunting industries and gained a reputation as a ‘wild west’ town. Maun grew rapidly with the swift development of the tourism industry and the completion of the tar road leading from Nata.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Sitatunga or Island Safari Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Ghanzi to Maun ±309km
Optional Activity Okavango Delta Scenic Flight

Day 4 - 5

Okavango Delta, Botswana

We begin the day with exploring on of Africa’s great wilderness areas, the Okavango Delta.

The following day is spent enjoying the activities in the Delta, while it is flexible to accommodate the changes in season and water levels. You have a chance to enjoy traditional Mokoro rides and nature walks.

A maze of lagoons, lakes and concealed channels spreading over 17,000 square kilometres, the Okavango Delta is the world’s biggest inland delta. Originating in Angola, countless rivers merge to form the Cubango River which flows through Namibia, becoming the Kavango River and finally entering Botswana where it turns into the Okavango. Eons ago, the Okavango River flowed into a massive inland lake named Lake Makgadikgadi which is now known as the Makgadikgadi Pans. Tectonic activity disturbed the currents of the river, resulting in it backing up and thus creating what is now recognised as the Okavango Delta. This has formed a complex network of waterways that sustain a large variety of fauna and flora. There are approximately 200,000 large mammals living in and around the Delta. On the mainland and amidst the Delta islands, lion, elephant, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodile gather with an assortment of antelope and other smaller animals such as warthog, mongoose, spotted genet, monkey, bush baby and tree squirrel.

Remarkably, the endangered African Wild Dog lives within the Okavango Delta, displaying one of the richest pack densities throughout Africa. The Delta is also home to over 400 species of bird including the majestic African Fish Eagle. Plenty of these creatures live in the Delta, but most simply pass through during their migrations with the summer rains to seek out renewed lush fields ready for grazing. During the beginning of winter, the countryside dries up and these animals head back to the Delta, making for spectacular game sightings as the massive numbers of prey and predators are forced together. Specific regions of the floodplains provide some of the most magnificent predator action seen anywhere in the world.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Maun for the following 2 days.

Accommodation: Permanent Tent: : Two per Room (Okavango Delta Excursion)
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)

Please Note:  The Aircraft has a max 10kg luggage weight per person. Additionally new safety regulations require all guests to be weighed. Please take no offence.

Okavango Delta

 

Day 6 - 7

Okavango Delta – Caprivi Region (Namibia)  – Kasane, Botswana

Today we depart from the Delta and make our way to the north. After being re-united with our truck, we enter Namibia and travel through the Caprivi Strip, crossing three parks enroute to Chobe National Park. Where we camp this evening.

With an early start to the day, we leave Namibia and travel back to Botswana. Upon arrival we enjoy a game drive in Chobe, in search of the herds of elephants and many antelope. We head northward to Kasane, located on the Chobe Riverbanks. Our afternoon is spent game viewing on a river cruise into the famous Chobe National Park where you can observe various animals wandering near the water’s edge. This is a fantastic chance to view some magnificent game.

The second biggest park in all of Botswana, Chobe National Park spreads over approximately 10,600 square kilometres of northern Botswana. The Park forms part of the medley of lakes, islands and floodplains created from the river systems of the Kwanda, Linyanti and Chobe Rivers. This region is well-known for its enormous buffalo and elephant herds – the population of which is presently around 120,000. The Chobe elephants migrate often and travel up to 200 kilometres from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they gather during the dry season, to the pans in the southeast portion of the park during rainy season. These giants are specifically Kalahari elephants, identifiable by their frail ivory and short tusks which are possibly due to the lack of calcium in the soil. Because of their high population, much damage to vegetation is caused in certain areas and therefore, culls have been considered but never carried out due to the enormous controversy surrounding the act.

The initial inhabitants of this region were the San people, known in Botswana as the Basarwa. They were nomadic hunter-gatherers who travelled from place to place searching for the next source of food and water. The San were eventually forced out by groups of the Basubiya people and, in 1911, a congregation of Batawana moved to the area. It was decided in 1931 that a national park would be erected in order to guard the wildlife from extinction as well as to attract tourists. During 1932, an area of approximately 24,000 square kilometres in the Chobe region was declared as a non-hunting zone. Throughout the years, the boundaries of the park have been modified and the people who have settled in the region have been progressively relocated. Chobe National Park was eventually completely rid of human occupation in the year 1975, and in 1980 (and once more in 1986) the boundaries were once again altered, growing the park to its current size.

Accommodation: Two per Room Camp ChobeThebe River Safaris
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Rainbow River Lodge to Kasane ±437 km
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Boat Cruise, Chobe National Park Game Drive
Border Post Namibia: Mohembo Border, Divundi/Bangani, Zambezi (Caprivi), 33km or 40min SE of Divundu, Kavango, Namibia, Tel +264(0)66 259 902, Open: 06:00-18:00 (GMT+2), Namibia: Ngoma Border Post, B8, In Ngoma, Zambezi (Caprivi), +264(0)66 250 601 Open: 07:00-18:00 (GMT+2)

Day 8 - 9

Botswana – Kasane – Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

We make our way to Victoria Falls town where we have some time to prepare our activities for the following day, before visiting the incredible Victoria Falls and experiencing the thunderous and powerful Zambezi. Spend the day participating in some thrilling activities on offer here at this magnificent place.

At 1700 metres wide and 108 metres high, Victoria Falls are said to be the biggest falls in the entire world. According to popular beliefs, Scottish explorer David Livingstone was the very first European to stand witness to the mighty Victoria Falls and wrote: “It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” The local name of Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’, is used as the official name in Zambia. Because of its enormous power and size, the Falls are embellished with countless mythologies. It is believed by the local Tonga people of Zambezi that a river god, Nyaminyami, lives in the water in the shape of a gigantic snake. The Zambezi River flooded thrice when the Kariba Dam was constructed in the 1950’s, causing numerous deaths and much devastation. The locals believe that Nyaminyami became angry with the building of the Dam and thus was the entity that caused the horrendous floods. The peculiar form of Victoria Falls allows its entire width to be seen face-on from as near as 60 metres to the Falls due to the Zambezi River dropping into a deep and narrow slot-like fissure connected to a lengthy sequence of ravines. There are very few waterfalls in the world that permit this close of an approach on foot.

The Falls are created by the entire width of the river plummeting in a solitary vertical drop into a 120 metre wide chasm, whittled by the cascading waters along a breakage area in the basalt plateau. The chasm called the First Gorge varies from 80 metres deep at its west end to 108 metres in its centre. The only opening to the First Gorge is though a gap 110 metres wide, approximately two-thirds of the way across the width of the Falls from the western end, through which the entire volume of the river spills into the gorges of the Victoria Falls. Two islands, Boaruka and Livingstone, are situated on the peak of the Falls. They are big enough to divide the sheet of water, even at full flood. At less than full flood, other islands perform the task of dividing the curtain of water into dispersed parallel streams. The main streams are known as Leaping Water, Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the tallest) and the Eastern Cataract.

Accommodation: Two per room: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls ±100 km
Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entrance
Optional Activities: Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience, Dinner Cruise, Whitewater Rafting, Canoe Trips, Game Drives and more All subject to time.

Day 10

Victoria Falls to Palapye / Martinsdrift, Botswana

An early departure from Victoria Falls, we drive south through Botswana to Palapye. Our accomodation this evening is at a lively campsite.

Accommodation Two Per Room: Camp Itumela
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Victoria Falls to Palapye ±675 km
Border Post: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-18h00 Botswana: Kazangula Road, +267 625-0320/1303, Open: 06h00-20h00

Day 11

Palapye / Martinsdrift to Johannesburg, South Africa

Another early departure, we enter into South Africa by crossing the border and enjoy a picturesque drive to Johannesburg, Belvedere Estate. Travellers have the chance to enjoy a delicious cultural braai served by the estate – This is optional and would have to be booked through your guide.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Belvedere Estate
Facilities: Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Palapye to Johannesburg ±560 km
Optional Activity: Dinner Out Belvedere Estate
Border Post: Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 4940 254, Open: 08h00-18h00. South Africa: Groblersbrug, Tel: +27 (0) 14 767 1019, Open: 08h00-18h00.

Day 12

Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

We depart from Johannesburg early today, journeying through the Mpumalanga province on the way to the magnificent Kruger National Park. Once we’ve settled in, we are treated to local dancing and supper. Keep a look out for gleaming eyes in the dark and keep your camera at the ready!

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Nkambeni Reserve
Facilities: En-suites per tent Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger National Park Area ±480 km
Activity Package: Evening Game Drive
Included Highlight: Local dinner and dance

Day 13 - 14

Kruger National Park, South Africa

We start our day with a bush walk before making your way to the Kruger National Park for a game drive in the truck. This evening we return to the camp and enjoy an evening game drive.

We spend the next full day in a 4×4 open top vehicle game driving in the Kruger, providing you with many incredible photographic opportunities, all the while keeping our eyes peeled for wildlife. Keep a lookout for Africa’s ‘Big 5’ (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) as well as a wide range of other animal and bird species.

Formed in 1898 to guard the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this National Park of almost two million hectares is unmatched in the variety of wildlife it boasts. The Kruger NP is also a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. About 145 mammal species, including the big Five, more than 500 bird species, some of which cannot be located anywhere else in South Africa, and 336 tree species can be found in the Kruger National Park.

When the very first tourist vehicles drove through the Park in 1927, they created their own camps in thorn-bush enclosures and were required to be armed with weapons in order to guard themselves from predators. During WWII, the Park was closed to the public and was then opened again in 1946, but under new management. Currently the Park is one of the most renowned safari destinations in the world with all the facilities you could expect from a top-notch holiday destination. However, it has thankfully maintained its wild, untouched environment that allows you to experience true Africa.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Nkambeni Reserve
Facilities: En-suites per tent Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: Full day 4×4 Game Drive, Morning Bush Walk
Included Highlight: Full Day Game Drive in Truck (for non-Activity Package clients)

Kruger National Park

Day 15

Greater Kruger – Johannesburg, South Africa

Today we depart from the Kruger National Park and continue our travels back into Johannesburg. We journey along the incredible Panorama Route, stopping at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Blyde River Canyon is the third biggest canyon in the world. Our tour comes to an end once we reach Johannesburg, the City of Gold, and we spend our final night together at a local restaurant, celebrating our tour.

The Panoramic Route found in Mpumalanga follows the rim of the Blyde River Canyon and encompasses some awe-inspiring views of the majestic Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Pothole and the Pinnacle. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and acquired its name in 1840, with ‘blyde’ meaning ‘joyful’, from the Voortrekkers who passed through en route to Lorenzo Marques, which is now famously known as Mozambique. It is one of the most magnificent canyons in all of Africa, with cliffs towering up to 800 metres high. Perhaps the finest view in the entirety of the Blyde River Canyon is that of the Three Rondavels – three enormous rock spirals jutting out of the distant wall of the canyon. Their summits look like the rounded roofs of huts, which is where they got their name. They are each individually named, one after each of the Swazi Chief Maripi’s wives. From lowest to highest, they are named Magabolle, Mogoladikwe and Maserote.

Where the Blyde and Treur Rivers join, water erosion has created one of the most incredible geological spectacles in the country, known as Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Over many, many years, bizarre cylindrical granite sculptures that have been formed by swirling water have created a sequence of dark pools which contrast dramatically with the streaked white and yellow lichen-covered rocks. Continuing along the road and following the Treur River south, we will pass more viewpoints, including Wonder View, the awesome God’s Window and the Pinnacle.

Johannesburg, or the ‘City of Gold’, is the biggest and most populated South African city and is the second biggest city in all of Africa (after Cairo). Gold was discovered in the mineral-rich Witwaterstrand in 1886 by George Harrison, an Australian prospector. This find began a massive gold rush as fortune-hunters flocked to the region from all parts of the world. A large labour force of contract workers quickly sprung to work in the mines, and within the span of just three years, Johannesburg transformed into South Africa’s biggest settlement. This city is the now the economic and financial centre of the country and though mining no longer takes place within the bounds of the city, the headquarters of the majority of mining businesses can be located here. Johannesburg is also renowned as the world’s biggest man-made forest, with more than ten million trees planted throughout the massive city.

Accommodation: Own Arrangements/post-tour accommodation can be booked through us
Route: Kruger National Park Area to Johannesburg ±390 km
Included Highlights: Panorama Route: Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window view point
Optional Activities: Traditional Braai at Belvedere Estate

 

Activities

The Activity Package (optional on this trip) includes the following:

  • Bush walk with San guides ZAR100
  • Okavango Delta excursion ZAR12780
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise ZAR570
  • Chobe National Park game drive ZAR570
  • Vic Falls National Park entry ZAR540
  • 4x4 Game drive in Kruger National Park ZAR750
  • Sundowner drive ZAR550
  • Morning guided bush walk ZAR550


Other Activities

  • Botswana 2Hr Horseriding incl Transfer (min 2 pax) $80 to $100
  • Botswana Scenic Flight up to 4pax Depending on Plane Size $425 to $600
  • Botswana Tips for Polers – Per Day Per Person Clients Discretion
  • Zimbabwe Zambezi Sunset Cruise incl Transfers $90 to $100
  • Zimbabwe Dinner Out Victoria Falls $20 to $50
  • Zimbabwe Bungee Jump $155 to $175
  • Zimbabwe Helicopter Flights 12-13 min (3pax min) $150 to $175
  • Zimbabwe Full Day White Water Rafting (High water/low water) $145 to $160
  • South Africa Dinner Out Belvedere Estate

 

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R23,350

+ Single Supplement ZAR 3270

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 16410


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+ Single Supplement ZAR 3270

+ Activity Package (Optional) ZAR 16410

Small Group Departures ZAR 29750

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