Botswana and Zimbabwe Explorer

Starting From

$2,990/person

Number of days

16

Start Location

South Africa

Group Size

4-12

Operated by

World Expeditions

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This accommodated tour showcases the abundant wildlife and amazing sights of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kruger National Park

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Join Johannesburg, early morning drive to Kruger National Park (550 kms, ± 8 hrs)

Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head into the world famous Kruger National Park. We visit the northern part of the park and stay in the Letaba area of the reserve. We enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in our safari vehicle and hope to spot lion, elephant, rhino and other animals in this icon of wildlife conservation. Overnight in basic National Park chalets with shared bathroom facilities. Approx. distance/time: 550 kms, ±8 hrs, not including stops for sightseeing and lunch. NB: Breakfast is not included; Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.

Kruger National Park (305 kms, ± 8 hrs)

Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa stretches north to south over approximately 500km and is home to the Big Five, as well as numerous other species of fauna and flora. The largest game reserve in South Africa boasts the world's greatest concentration of species, and has an amazing 16 different ecosystems. Exciting game drives provide us with excellent game viewing. Spot the “Big 5” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and many other animals in this true African wilderness. This morning we wake early and game drive north through the park to the Pafuri region. The northern Kruger is dominated by mopane veld and is the domain of large elephant bulls, wilddog and lions. As we reach the Limpopo Valley the vegetation changes to forest and birdlife is prolific. We exit the park, late in the afternoon, and overnight at a lodge just outside Kruger. Overnight lodge. Approx. distance/time: 305 kms, ±8 hrs, game viewing drive, excluding stop for lunch. NB: Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge.

Great Zimbabwe Ruins (480 kms, ± 6.5 hrs)

Entering Zimbabwe at the Beit Bridge border post, we travel north to our overnight stop. The following morning we visit the Great Zimbabwe Monuments, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its massive curving walls (some 11m high), constructed from millions of granite blocks fitted together without mortar, remain the largest ancient stone structure in sub Saharan Africa, and were built during the 11th to 14th centuries. The city had an estimated 18,000 inhabitants and archaeological artefacts including Chinese pottery shards and coins from Arabia suggest a vast trading network. We explore these ancient stone structures on an informative walk with a local guide. Overnight hotel. Approx. distance/time: 480 kms, ± 6.5 hrs, excluding stops for border crossing (which can take 2 to 4+ hrs) sightseeing & lunch. NB: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge; Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge.

Matobo National Park (340 kms, ± 5 hrs)

Travelling via the city of Bulawayo we move on to the Matobo National Park and our chalets on the outskirts of the park. This afternoon we enjoy sundowners from the granite ridge overlooking the park. The following morning we visit World’s View and the historical site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave. Unusual rock formations are home to an array of ancient bushman paintings which we visit while on our game drive and walk. This area is also home to Zimbabwe’s rhino which we hope to see on our excursion in the national park. Overnight chalets. Approx. distance/time: 340 kms, ± 5 hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing, shopping & lunch. Day 4: Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge. Day 5: Breakfast & Dinner (set meal) will be provided by the lodge; Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.

Hwange National Park (335 kms, ± 5 hrs)

Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14,650 square kilometres and is located in the north-west corner of the country. It is famed for its large elephant population. Our chalets are in the game management area that borders the park, and we explore the park with our local guide, on a full day game drive in an open 4WD game viewing vehicle. Overnight chalets. Approx. distance/time: 335 kms, ± 5 hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing, game viewing & lunch. Day 6: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge; Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 7: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.

Victoria Falls (200 kms, ± 3 hrs)

We spend 2 nights in the town of Victoria Falls. We enjoy a spectacular walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” - Victoria Falls. There are opportunities to participate in various optional activities (at own expense and risk). NOTE - It is possible to finish the tour on Day 10 in Victoria Falls - ask us for costs and details. Overnight hotel. Approx. distance/time: 200 kms, ± 3 hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing & souvenir shopping. Day 8: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant). Day 9: Breakfast will be provided by the hotel; Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).

Chobe National Park (85 kms, ±1 hr)

Entering Botswana, we head to the town of Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River. The river flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. A highlight of any trip to the Chobe is the afternoon game viewing cruise where we hope to see a large number of elephants and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day. Overnight chalets. Approx. distance/time: 85 kms, ±1 hr, excluding border formalities. NB: Breakfast will be provided by the hotel; Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.

Nata (300 kms, ± 4.5 hrs)

This morning there is time for an optional game drive (at your own expense) in the Chobe National Park. Heading south through the Kasane Forest Reserve we make our way to the Nata area for our overnight stop. Overnight tented lodge. Approx. distance/time: 300 kms, ± 4.5 hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch. NB: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge; Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).

Okavango Delta (300 kms, ± 4 hrs)

We transfer into the Okavango Delta by open 4WD game viewing vehicle. Our local guides will take us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta on mokoro (dugout canoes). Being gently poled through the network of channels is an experience not to be missed. The Delta forms as rain water from the Angolan highlands flows out over the flat Kalahari Desert sands, forming a delicate, green oasis for birds and wildlife. We will camp wild on remote islands in this amazingly dynamic environment and enjoy bush walks, bird watching & swimming in the clear waters. Camping with our local guides we learn more about their lifestyle & culture. We return to Maun in the late afternoon of day 14 and have time for an optional game flight over the Okavango (at your own expense, +/- USD95-120pp depending on number of people in each aircraft), which will reveal a different aspect of the Delta. NOTE - It is possible to finish the tour on Day 15 in Maun - ask us for costs and details. Overnight for 2 nights in basic tented camp in the Okavango with twin camp beds and linen, en suite chemical toilet, and shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire; and 1 night chalet in Maun. Approx. distance/time: 300 kms, ±4 hrs + 2 hr 4WD transfer into the Delta, each way. Days 12 & 13: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 14: Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).

Khama Rhino Sanctuary (450 kms, ± 6.5 hrs)

Heading south from Maun, we drive through the wide open spaces of the Kalahari Desert on our way to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and to provide economic benefits to the local Batswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. We hope to spot some of the elusive rhino on an afternoon game drive. There may be an opportunity for an optional night game drive in open game viewing vehicle (at your own expense). Overnight in basic chalets with shared bathroom facilities. Approx. distance/time: 450 kms, ± 6.5 hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing. NB: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge; Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.

Drive to Johannesburg where trip concludes (630 kms, ± 7.5 hrs)

Crossing back into South Africa, we make our way to Johannesburg where the trip concludes at approximately 18:00. Please note: we can do a free drop off at OR Tambo Johannesburg Airport at around 17:00pm so you can book your flight out for the last day of the tour. Approx. distance/time: 630 kms, ± 7.5 hrs, excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch. NB: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Lunch will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).

Additional Information

This adventure safari offers phenomenal value for money and is perfect for those who wish to visit the best wilderness areas and cultural sights of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Witness the awe-inspring sight of water thundering over Victoria Falls, and search for wildlife on game drives in the world famous Kruger National Park and Hwange National Park. Explore the Rhodes Matobo National Park with its distinctive huge boulders and ancient bushman paintings, and the well preserved stone structures of the World Heritage listed Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Big game and bird life can be seen in abundance on mokoro excursions in the pristine Okavango Delta and a game viewing cruise on the Chobe River. This is a truly memorable journey, full of incredible wildlife opportunities.

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