Travel from Zimbabwe to Botswana and into South Africa

This short but exciting trip combines three of southern Africa's most phenomenal sites: The Chobe and Kruger National Parks and the breathtaking Victoria Falls. Look out for the Big Five plus a host of other astounding wild animals. Spend time in a traditional village in Botswana, travel down the Chobe River by boat and visit South Africa's modern capital - all the while uncovering Africa's incredible and diverse natural beauty on this awesome week-long adventure through the south of Africa.

Start
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Finish
Johannesburg, South Africa
Countries
Botswana,
South Africa,
Zimbabwe
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YBOP
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
239kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Camp under an African sky in Kruger park
  • Learn about the important role of wildlife guides in South Africa
  • Visit the modern city of Johannesburg
  • View the awesome Blyde River Canyon
  • Search out hippos and elephants in Botswana's Chobe National Park
  • Witness the might of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
  • Safari through the savanna of Kruger National Park
  • See wildlife splashing along the banks of the Chobe River

Itinerary

Kick-off this unforgettable tour in Zimbabwe's adrenaline capital. Marvel at the sight of white water thundering down Victoria Falls, and be coated in a fine mist of spray as it shoots hundreds of metres into the air. There are many ways to view the falls, with whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling and canyoning just adding to the excitement.
Cross the border into Botswana and travel to the spectacular environs of Chobe National Park. Boasting a large number of elephant, Chobe is also home to lions, hippos and African fish eagles, which can hopefully be spotted on a water safari down the Chobe River.
Choose to rise early and head out on an exciting open-vehicle safari. Try to spot the enormous Chobe elephants making their migration either north or south, depending on the time of year. Afterwards, journey to Nata, situated on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Seasonally covered with watered, and grass, as soon as the rains arrive the pans become a haven for migratory birds and animals.
Head towards Blouberg and camp in South Africa's Limpopo Province, an area that offers a unique and exciting cultural experience. Pursue paths along the base of the Blouberg Mountains and hear stories of the fascinating local community, who still lead a very traditional lifestyle. Later, enjoy authentic local meals such as Thopi and Malana at a village tavern.
The tour continues across the border into South Africa. Travel through the expansive savanna and rolling hills of the spectacular Kruger National Park, keeping an eye out for the unusual white rhinos, giraffes, zebras, lions and elands. Choose to go on an optional night game drive to see nocturnal predators spring into action, or even set off on an optional early morning nature walk with a guide.
Take a stunning panoramic at the viewpoint over the incredible Blyde River Canyon en route back to Johannesburg, where some last-minute sight seeing and souvenir shopping is a productive way to spend time. However, resting those well-travelled feet at a local bar or cafe is also an attractive option.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (7 nights)
Included activites
  • African Ivory Route - Cultural Dinner
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Chobe - River cruise
  • Kruger Park - Game drive
  • Visit Victoria Falls

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Notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. This trip finishes upon arrival in Johannesburg on Day 8. Please do not book any flights until after 10pm this evening.

CHANGES TO THE TRIP FOR 2014:

As of 11 January, 2014 this itinerary will be 2 days longer. We will no longer be visiting Chobe National Park. Instead we will be travelling through Zimbabwe. The departure date will not change, we will still depart on Saturdays, but the trip will finish 2 days later.

The new Itinerary will be as follows:

Days 1-2 Vic Falls
Day 3 Hwange NP
Days 4-5 Bulawayo/Gweru
Day 6 Nata
Day 7 Blouberg
Days 8-9 Kruger NP
Day 10 Johannesburg

*Please note that the YBOP140104 departure will still run on the original itinerary.*

Important notes

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