Travel from South Africa's capital to Botswana and Zimbabwe

This compact but eventful trip crosses three countries and takes in two of southern Africa's most famous sites - Kruger National Park and breathtaking Victoria Falls. Encounter lions, leopards, zebras and giraffes while travelling on safari through landscapes blessed with breathtaking natural beauty. From bustling Johannesburg in South Africa through beautiful, vast Botswana to colourful Zimbabwe, this African adventure is big on excitement and will be sure to thrill.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Johannesburg, South Africa
Finish
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Destinations
Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Style
Original
Theme
Overland, Wildlife
Code
UBSA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Kick things off with views of the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels – an amazing introduction to Southern Africa.

  • Camp within the grounds of Kruger National Park under the African night sky. You'll be right up close to the sounds of the wild, perhaps the roar of a lion, as you drift off to sleep.

  • Experience the rumble and roar of Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side, which gives you the broadest view of its phenomenal torrent.

  • On this trip you will be accompanied by 3 crew members - Group Leader, Driver and a camp assistant. Your Camp Assistant is responsible for setting up camp and preparing your meals so you can take extra time to relax at the end of your day.

  • Camping beds/stretchers, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows are provided for camping nights to provide an extra level of comfort.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Game-viewing in Africa means getting out of bed early. But the excitement of spotting your first lion or rhino is well worth the early start!

  • Our purpose-built overland vehicles allow for excellent game viewing, equipped with large sliding windows. They have no air-conditioning, however, so they can get dusty and hot at times.

  • The going can be slow over the long distances and often bumpy roads. A little bit of patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this beautiful land!

  • As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019.
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Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you'll meet your tour leader and fellow travellers. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you arrive early, get out and explore this city characterised by remarkable contrasts. Perhaps visit the culturally rich areas of Newtown, Braamfontein or Maboneng. The eye-opening Apartheid Museum is well worth your time.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Johannesburg - Jozi by Foot Urban Adventure - USD41
  • Johannesburg - Cycle Soweto Urban Adventure - USD93
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive in time for today's welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand.

Please make sure that if you explore Johannesburg on your own that you get local advice as to where it is safe to walk, especially in the evening. The level of crime here may be higher than what you are used to.
Travel between 11 and 12 hours to Kruger National Park. As you leave Johannesburg, you will be journeying through the Mpumalanga Province along the famous Panorama Route, including God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes. Your wildlife-spotting begins as soon as you enter Kruger – head straight into prime game viewing areas for a chance to spot some of the parks 500 bird species, 100 reptile species and 150 mammal species, including the African Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo) and the endangered African wild dog. Arrive at your campground, which has shared facilities, hot and cold water, and optional upgrades (subject to availability).
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kruger National Park - Game drive
  • Panorama Route - Bourkes Luck Potholes
  • Panorama Route - God's Window Viewpoint
Optional Activities
  • Kruger National Park - Night game drive - ZAR240
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
On occasion, especially during the peak months of May, June, July & December we are unable to secure campsites within the Kruger National Park. In this instance we will camp at a backpackers outside the park.
Rise early for a light breakfast of coffee and rusks before embarking on a morning game drive in the truck. Most of the day will be spent game viewing, birdwatching and stopping at various waterholes and viewpoints. Later on we take a night drive with the park guide for a chance to spot nocturnal animals and perhaps even a night-time predator or two – catch a lion or hyena out hunting, or an impala out in search of a late-night feed.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kruger National Park - Evening game drive
  • Kruger National Park - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Head out on one last game drive at Kruger National Park for a chance to spot any animals you may have missed yesterday, then settle into your overland vehicle for the seven-hour drive to Masebe Nature Reserve. Characterised by spectacular rock formations that weave between vegetation and rivers, Masebe's uniquely beautiful scenery separates it from other nature reserves and national parks in South Africa. The 4,500-hectare provincial park is also known for its excellent birding and wildlife viewing. Sables, nyala, giraffes, zebras and leopards are just some of the wildlife you may encounter here. Your camp tonight is located within the reserve, providing an extraordinarily tranquil experience.
Accommodation
  • Farmstay (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Begin the day by touring well-preserved, pre-historic rock art found at three sites across Masebe Nature Reserve. Hidden within caves in sandstone cliffs, these ancient paintings were created by the San people (Bushmen) thousands of years ago. While much about these paintings are shrowded in mystery, images of people and animals provide a unique glimpse into how the San lived. Next, you'll visit a nearby village, then its back on the road as you travel towards Moremi Gorge. Located near Palapye, the drive should take about six hours. Your camp tonight is basic, with limited hot water in the winter.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Thabaphaswa - Village Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Journey from Palapye to Nata (approximately 6 hours). Your campsite is situated on the edge of the amazing Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, one of the largest salt flats in the world (covering some 12,000 square kilometres). On arrival take a three-hour excursion in an open vehicle to explore these seemingly endless plains. Surrounded by the Kalahari Desert, the pans are naturally dry and salty for a large part of the year. During this time the arid landscape has an eerie feel to it as heat mirages disorientate the senses. Then, after the rains hit, it become a grassy refuge for migratory birds and animals. Facilities at your camp include a restaurant, swimming pool, gift shop, ATM and bar/lounge area. Upgrades are also possible.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nata - Pan Excursion
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travel on to Victoria Falls (approximately 4 hours), crossing the border into Zimbabwe in time to have lunch on the banks of the Zambezi. Continue to your camp, which as flush toilets, Wi-Fi and upgrades available. After settling in, you may want to set out on a highly recommended optional trip to Victoria Falls. Spanning about a mile wide and falling 108 metres into a narrow gorge below, the spray from the falls can sometimes be seen from kilometres away. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and it's possible to see little islets in the river below. Otherwise, a range of other activities are available through the local activity centre. Please keep in mind that we have not risk assessed all activities and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended. It is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk assessed or do not adhere to our company’s Responsible Travel policy and ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles.

Victoria Falls entrance fee is not included in the price of the trip as it is mandatory for tour groups with pre-purchased tickets to have a local guide escort. We feel that seeing these waterfalls for the first time should be an uninterrupted sensory experience.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Victoria Falls - Entrance & Visit - USD35
  • Victoria Falls - Sunset Cruise - USD57
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
You may notice businesses offering an optional 'Walk with the Lions' experience. We ask all Intrepid travellers to avoid this activity as it is contrary to our Responsible Travel policy. While wildlife viewing is a big part of many of our itineraries, we strive to only view animals in their natural habitats and to do so with the greatest level of respect. The lion walking industry directly contributes to the captive breeding and canned hunting of lions.

Read more about animal welfare and our ‘Born to Live Wild’ pledge here:
http://www.intrepidtravel.com/animal-welfare
There are no activities planned for today as your trip comes to an end after breakfast. For those who plan on spending a few extra days in Vic Falls, there are plenty of activities and excursions to keep you occupied. A helicopter flight over the falls is a popular choice and offers a fantastic view of this natural wonder. Note that Zambezi Helicopter co CAA Zimbabwe is the only operator that meets Intrepid's safety requirements and that we endorse.
Optional Activities
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (12 mins) - USD175
  • Victoria Falls - Gorge swing - USD110
  • Victoria Falls - Canoe trail (full day) - USD185
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (25 mins) - USD334
  • Victoria Falls - Flying fox - USD50
  • Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (full day) - USD140
  • Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (half day) - USD140
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (4 nights), Farmstay (1 night), Hotel (1 night)

Included activities

  • Kruger National Park - Game drive
  • Panorama Route - Bourkes Luck Potholes
  • Panorama Route - God's Window Viewpoint
  • Kruger National Park - Evening game drive
  • Thabaphaswa - Village Visit
  • Nata - Pan Excursion

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Important notes

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