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14 Day Best of Southern Africa - Lodge Tour Popular

StartJohannesburg
EndJohannesburg
Duration: 14 Days
Style of Tour :
From
ZAR 29785.00AUD 2,659.38CAD 2,386.62EURO 1,770.81GBP 1,502.77USD 1,859.24

An accommodated tour taking in the very best of Southern Africa. Experience the Big 5 on game drives in the famous Kruger Park, exploring the wilderness and waterways of the Okavango Delta, sunset cruises down the Chobe river, view the mighty Vic Falls, track rhinos in the historical and scenic Matobos - these are some of the highlights of a tour that offers a wildlife, cultural and scenic bonanza. A highly recommended safari.

Countries visitingBotswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Trip ID:DTSAM14
Accommodation on tour:Chalet/Lodge

Highlights

  • Blyde River Canyon - Three Rondavels
  • Kruger National Park
  • Open Vehicle 4x4 Game Drives
  • Polokwane Reserve
  • Bulawayo
  • Matobos National Park - open vehicle game drive
  • Matobos - Bushman paintings
  • Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe
  • Zambezi sunset cruise
  • Chobe National park
  • Chobe river boat cruise
  • Gweta Cultural walk
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoros and nature walks
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Below is the basic day to day brief,

The Full downloadable Itinerary is at the bottom of this window.

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Day 1:  Pretoria to Kruger Park
Our adventure begins with an early start from Pretoria as we travel east to the scenic province of Mpumulanga. We enjoy a stop at the famous Blyde River Canyon and take in the “Three Rondawels”, and the spectacular surrounding scenery. After lunch we head for our accommodation located a short distance from the Kruger Park gates. We unwind and enjoy a delicious meal before heading to bed.

Meals:  Dinner


Day 2:  Kruger Park
Waking at sunrise we board especially adapted 4x4 safari vehicles. We enter the park as the gates open and begin an exciting morning of wildlife viewing. Our experienced guides know the area well and assist in finding the best game viewing spots as well as providing a wealth of information.  The high concentration of animals in the Kruger Park makes for an incredible safari experience. We take a lunch break at one of the Kruger rest camps before heading off on our afternoon game drive, where we have an opportunity to spot more wildlife including the Big 5. Our safari ends at sunset. We head for the lodge for a scrumptious meal and some well-deserved rest.

Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner
Included Highlight:  Kruger 4x4 game drive


Day 3:  Kruger Park to Polokwane Game Reserve
After breakfast we pack up and leave the Kruger area and head north for the Limpopo province, and the town of Polokwane. This is where we gain insights into the Bakone tribe and their unique culture. An informative open-air museum is where we learn about their traditions of making fire, how they harvested their food and about their interesting, beautifying decorative aspects of their dwellings.

Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner
Included Highlight:  Bakone Open Air Cultural Museum


Day 4:  Polokwane to Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)
Today we have a long drive as we leave South Africa and cross the Limpopo River into Zimbabwe.  Travelling through rural Zimbabwe, we head for Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. In the afternoon we have time to explore this historical town.  Note that this is dependent on how long border formalities take.

Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner


Day 5:  Bulawayo – Matobo National Park
Today we board our open game vehicles and head to the Matobo National Park. Known for its spectacular rock formations, this world heritage site is home to numerous bushman paintings as well as a large population of black and white rhinos. There is also a large concentration of leopards and the magnificent black eagle.  We enjoy a game walk where we have a chance to view these animals and rest in the afternoon at our own leisure. Matobo National Park is also home to infamous Cecil John Rhodes and there is an optional full day tour available where we travel to his grave and also explore the beautiful Matabo hills and visit some ancient bushman paintings.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Highlight:  Nature Drive and Wilderness Walk – Half Day
Optional Activities:  Upgrade to full day tour including historical tour and village tour for US$55

Day 6:  Bulawayo to Victoria Falls
Our journey continues north as we head to Victoria Falls – one of the seven natural wonders of the world. We arrive in the afternoon and check into our accommodation. Your guide will give some advice on what optional activities are typically available. We then head off on a sunset cruise up the Zambezi River where we have an opportunity to view elephants, hippos and other animals coming down to the river to drink. The Zambezi River and surrounding villages offer opportunities for both adrenaline as well as cultural activities. 

Meals:  Breakfast
Included Highlight:  Vic Falls Zambezi Sunset Dinner Cruise
Optional Activities:  Bungee Jumping US$170, Gorge Swing $100, Helicopter Flights from US$150 White water rafting $130, Full day canoe $150, Game walk $120, Jet boating $100, Birding ½ day $160, Bike tour - 3 hours $65 (Prices are a guide only)

Day 7:  Victoria Falls
This morning, we are up bright and early to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls. The rest of this exciting day is spent exploring this amazing area and partaking in some of the activities on offer.

Meals:  Breakfast
Included Highlight:  Vic Falls Visit
Optional Activities:  See list on day 6

 Day 8:  Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park
We depart Vic Falls and cross over the border into Botswana. We check into our accommodation in Kasane - a small wilderness town on the edge of the Chobe National Park. After lunch, we go on a game drive and boat cruise in the Chobe National Park. This area is well known for its huge herds of elephants and a high concentration of predators. Expect to encounter elephant, hippos, crocodiles and a large variety of antelope. Have your cameras ready.

Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner
Included Highlight:  Chobe 4x4 game drive and boat cruise


Day 9:  Chobe National Park to Gweta
Today we travel through rural Botswana to Gweta. Elephant and buffalo are often spotted alongside the roads as the area is largely unfenced allowing the wildlife to roam free. In the afternoon there is an option to do an excursion to the Baobab Forest, or just relax at the lodge.

Meals:  Breakfast and dinner
Optional Activity:  Excursion to Boabab Forest US$40


Day 10:  Gweta to Maun
An early breakfast is followed by a guided walk through the local Tswana village, providing insight into local culture and traditions. We then travel to Maun – the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Arriving in Maun, a real frontier town, we stock up on provisions before heading to our remote camp. The afternoon is spent unwinding with a cool drink and soaking up the bush atmosphere.

Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner
Included Highlight:  Guided village walk

Day 11 & 12:  Okavango Delta
An exciting day begins with a 4x4 transfer deep into the bush to the delta. We meet our local guides, and pack our gear into the mokoros (traditional canoes).  We pole our way through this amazing wilderness area, with its winding waterways and incredible birdlife. The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s true wilderness areas and many species of animals roam freely and migrate to the water during the dry months. The night is spent in a tented camp and there is time to explore the area on foot. The evening is spent in permanent tents with basic en-suite facilities. In the morning we head off on an early morning nature walk. After breakfast we depart our camp and pole through the channels back to land. The afternoon is spent exploring the town or taking an optional scenic flight over the delta. 

Meals:  2 x Breakfasts, 2 x Lunches and 2 x Dinners
Optional Activities: Okavango Scenic flight US$650, Maun Horse Riding US$65, Helicopter ride US$450


Day 13:  Maun to Khama Rhino Sanctuary
We depart the waterways of the Okavango and travel through the dry Kalahari. Our destination is the Rhino sanctuary located on the Serowe Pan on the edge of the Kalahari. In the afternoon we head out with local rangers for a informative game drive to explore the area and learn about the endangered rhino as well as other interesting info about the local area.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Highlight:  Game drive in Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Day 14:  Martin's Drift to Pretoria
The final day sees us crossing the Limpopo River and travelling through South Africa to the bustling city of Johannesburg. We arrive in Pretoria in the late afternoon.

Meals:  Breakfast


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Note: Itineraries do change, please speak to your consultant for the latest up to date itinerary for your travel period.

Approx. tour cost in
ZAR 29785.00AUD 2,659.38CAD 2,386.62EURO 1,770.81GBP 1,502.77USD 1,859.24

2022 Tour Prices - Per person

ZAR 29 785 Plus Local Payment of USD 1 845 per person  

 *The mandatory USD Local Payment is separate and in addition to the ZAR trip price. This is paid on day 1 to your trip leader or can be paid ahead of time.

It covers selected park entries, activities and excursions where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

  • Fully equipped safari vehicles
  • Chalet / Lodge / Luxury permanent tents
  • Small group tour
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Kruger Park
  • Game drives in Kruger on Open 4x4's
  • Matobo N.P entrance & game drive
  • Victoria Falls N.P entrance fees
  • Zambezi Sunset cruise
  • Chobe N.P sunset cruise
  • Village walk- Gweta
  • Okavango Delta excursion
  • Mokoros/canoes & walking
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary / game drive
  • Optional activities as per itinerary
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance & visas
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs, tips
This tour has a duration of: 14 Days

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