Southern African Loop

Visit Africa and travel through South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe on a tour from Johannesburg.

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Explore southern Africa's highlights on a tour from Johannesburg.

Embark on a grand adventure through southern Africa - a region brimming with vibrant displays of life and diversity. Travel through South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and experience a plethora of African adventures. From the hum of modern commercial cities and the wild beauty of national parks, to the stillness of remote mountain kingdoms, this trip provides iconic experiences and memorable moments without sacrificing on comfort. Be uplifted by the exuberant people that inhabit this corner of the world, intrigued by its fascinating history and thrilled by encounters with the animal kingdom. On walks through ancient forests, safaris across the savanna and visits to tribal villages, there are constant reminders of Africa's beauty around every corner just waiting to be discovered.

  • Dive into clear waters off the Mozambique coast
  • Explore the ruins of an ancient city
  • Feel the power of Victoria Falls
  • Marvel at elephant herds in Chobe National Park
  • Search out the Big Five in Kruger National Park
  • Travel to Lesotho and go wild in the highlands
  • Visit South Africa and unwind in the Stellenbosch wineries
  • Visit Swaziland and enjoy traditional song and dance

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Finish:

    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    44 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 16 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Bungalow (1 nt), Cabin (1 nt), Chalet (6 nts), Cottage (1 nt), Guesthouse (2 nts), Hotel (14 nts), Houseboat (2 nts), Lodge (14 nts), Permanent tented camp (4 nts), Resort (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Addo National Elephant Park - Game drive, Cango Caves, Canoe trip, Chobe - River cruise, Complimentary airport arrival transfer, Cycle tour of Stellenbosch area & winery visit, Drakensburg - Short hike, Etosha National Park - Game drives, Fish River Canyon, Game drive & Nature walk, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Hlane Royal National Park - Walking safari, Hwange National Park - Game drive, Kruger Park - Game drive, Kruger Park - Night game drive, Lamberts bay - Cape Gannet Island, Mahango Game Reserve - Game drive en route to Caprivi Strip, Mapungubwe National Park - Guided Heritage Site Walk - Per Person, Negepi - Village visit, Okavango Delta - Mokoro tours & game walks, Orange River - Canoe trail (half day), Ostrich farm, Painted Dog Conservation Centre, Sesriem Canyon - Desert dunes climb and walk, Swazi cultural village - en route to Hlane National Park, Three Rondavels and Blyde River canyon viewpoint - en route to Kruger National Park, Village hike, Visit Victoria Falls, Zulu cultural visit - en route to Durban

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    2217kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    This is a combination trip. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details. A single supplement is available on this trip. Please note: the single supplement does not apply to the nights spent on the House Boat ( 2 nights) Please note that this trip will be discontinued in 2013, A single supplement is available on this trip. Please note: the single supplement does not apply to the nights spent on the House Boat ( 2 nights)

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Days 1-2 Johannesburg/Greater Kruger National Park

For those who arrive early, be sure to visit Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum. Then, journey through the spectacular Mpumalanga province along the famous Panorama Route. Stop at breathtaking Blyde River Canyon for stunning views over the region below.

Days 3-4 Kruger National Park

Enter prime game-viewing areas and seek out Africa's Big Five. An open-vehicle night drive is a chance to see the nocturnal activities of the many animals of the savanna.

Day 5 Swaziland/Hlane Royal National Park

Enjoy Swazi song and dance at a cultural village before continuing on to Hlane to track white rhinos on foot. At night, sleep soundly in a cosy lodge located in the grounds of the national park.

Days 6-7 Southern Mozambique

Cross the border into Mozambique, home to a stunning, sandy coastline with jade waters teeming with tropical fish. There's plenty of time here so choose to dive beneath the glistening waters to explore the pristine coral reefs or perhaps just relax and enjoy the lush surrounds.

Day 8 St Lucia Estuary

Explore the wetlands of the St Lucia Estuary, home to a huge diversity of animals. Why not join an optional boat cruise to see hippos and crocodiles basking on the banks.

Day 9 Durban

Travel to South Africa and visit Durban. Relax on the beach or take a stroll past the shops and cafes along the promenade.

Days 10-11 Drakensberg

Head out on a hike to explore Drakensburg's stunning mountain ranges, rich in plant and animal life.

Days 12-13 Lesotho Highlands

Pass through the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, home to elands, zebras, mongooses and hundreds of bird species. Opt to explore the markets or ride a pony to a local village in the highlands of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Days 14-15 Wild Coast/Mazeppa Bay

Head to the Wild Coast and spend time relaxing on the beach, exploring stunning stretches of coastline and learning about the customs and culture of the local Xhosa people.

Day 16 Addo Elephant National Park

Once just an elephant sanctuary, the Addo Elephant National Park now also shelters buffaloes, leopards, rhinos and the fascinating flightless dung beetle.

Days 17-18 Garden Route/Tsitsikamma National Park

With old growth forests, superb sandy beaches and a range of optional adrenalin-packed activities, the Garden Route is sure to thrill. Visit breathtaking Tsitsikamma National Park, a top spot to see dolphins, porpoises and, at the right time of year, southern right whales.

Day 19 Oudtshoorn

Visit Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. See impressive stalactites and stalagmites adorning the Cango Caves.

Day 20 Stellenbosch Wine Region

Relax amid the rows of vines in Africa's Stellenbosch winemaking region. Visit a vineyard to learn the secrets of making South Africa's legendary whites and reds.

Days 21-22 Cape Town

Discover Cape Town's mix of scenic coastline, striking mountains, colourful arts scene and cafe culture while reflecting on the exquisite Grand Garden Route.

Day 23 Lambert's Bay

South Africa's quaint coastal town of Lamberts Bay is best explored on foot. View spectacular flocks of gannet then indulge in a fresh seafood feast in the evening.

Day 24 Orange River

Travel to Namibia and journey to the serenity of the Orange River.

Day 25 Fish River Canyon

Glide across the waters in a canoe, under the shadow of the ancient Richtersveld Mountains. Drive to Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world. A beautiful area teeming with birdlife and small mammals, this landscape is seriously photogenic - especially at dusk when the canyon appears to glow orange in the setting sun.

Day 26 Sossusvlei

Travel to the vast and imposing sands of the Namib Desert - the red, dusty landscapes are breathtaking.

Days 27-28 Swakopmund

With the help of a knowledgeable local guide, spend the morning climbing some of the world's highest dunes and exploring the parched landscape of the Sossusvlei. Experience the immense silence of the desert while travelling across the strange moonscapes of the Namib-Naukluft Park. After the desert adventure, travel to Swakopmund to enjoy beaches, European architecture, boutiques and scores of good restaurants.

Day 29 Windhoek

Travel to Namibia and visit Windhoek. Use free time to enjoy this attractive German-style capital set against a backdrop of majestic mountains.

Days 30-31 Damaraland

Search out desert elephants in Damaraland.

Days 32-33 Etosha National Park

Enjoy spotting impala, rhinos, elephants and antelopes in the Etosha National Park.

Day 34 Rundu

With one of the biggest and most colourful markets in Southern Africa, Rundu is a great place to explore.

Days 35-36 Okavango Delta

Accompanied by local guides, explore the watery wilderness of Botswana's Okavango Delta. Travel on foot and in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. A seasonal habitat for many birds and animals including hippos, hyenas, antelope and eagles, this is the perfect place to be immersed in African wildlife. Appreciate the tranquillity of the Okavango Delta at night when sleeping on a houseboat.

Days 37-39 Caprivi Strip

Marvel at ancient rock paintings on a guided walk before heading back into Namibia to the Caprivi Strip. Take a game drive, meet friendly villagers and soak up the serenity of this beautiful region.

Day 40 Chobe National Park

With a large elephant population, thick, green forests and marshes that are home to nearly all of Africa's major species, a safari in the Chobe National Park is a wildlife-enthusiast's heaven. Look out for crocodiles and hippos basking on the shore during a relaxing sunset river cruise.

Days 41-44 Victoria Falls

Travel into Zimbabwe to marvel at the watery spectacle that is the mighty Victoria Falls. Having seen the best of Botswana, with a touch of Namibia and Zimbabwe thrown in, perhaps reflect on this incredible experience over another African feast.

Day 45 Hwange National Park

Learn about the plight of the endangered African wild dog and the efforts to save this species from extinction on a visit to the Painted Dog Conservation. Afterwards, journey to the wilds of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Head out and explore the park in an open 4x4 to try and spot lions, hyenas, giraffes, elephants and more.

Days 46-47 Bulawayo

Travel to Zimbabwe's second largest city, Bulawayo, and use free time to explore the markets, relax in a cafe or catch a local football match. The next day, head deep into the wilderness of Matobo National Park, the domain of rare black and white rhinos.

Day 48 Masvingo

Travel to Masvingo, Zimbabwe's oldest colonial settlement. Explore ancient ruins thought to have once been a royal palace of the Zimbabwean monarchy and still considered one of the most significant archaeological sites in southern Africa.
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