Wildlife and Waterfalls

Wildlife and Waterfalls

Tour Experience

Overland adventure tour from Johannesburg exploring wildlife parks, nature and history in Botswana and Zimbabwe, plus the Victoria Falls

Available

All year round on Saturdays

Location

Victoria Falls, Kalahari Desert, Okavango Delta, H

This 9-day tour explores the real Zimbabwe and includes visits to Hwange and Matopos wildlife parks, along with the famous Great Zimbabwe ruins. Leaving Zimbabwe we cross into South Africa and take in the incredible wildlife at Kruger National Park and ending in Johannesburg. This is an 'accommodated' tour, staying in hotels/lodges and permanent tents rather than basic camping.

We start this exciting tour in the rightly named adventure capital of Africa, Victoria Falls. We recommend arriving a few days early as there are plenty of optional activities to fill up any extra days you choose to include. Leaving Victoria Falls we begin heading south and you'll visit both Hwange and Matopos National parks before reaching the famous ruins of Great Zimbabwe. As we continue south, we cross the border into South Africa and spend time a little time relaxing in Thipiese at the hot springs. Our next stop is in the Gold City of Johannesburg where you'll spend one night before continuing to the Kruger National Park. We'll spend three days exploring the amazing wildlife here before returning to Johannesburg by way of the Panorama Route visiting the spectacular Blyde River Canyon en route.

Important Note: the itinerary below is written with an optional Activity Package included. This optional payment covers what we consider highly recommended activities on the tour. Separating these activities out is designed to help people with differing budgets. If required, the Activity Package should be pre-purchased prior to your arrival to guarantee availability and to help your guides plan ahead to help the smooth running of the tour. Please contact us for details and prices.

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INCLUDED

  • 8 nights accommodation in hotels/lodges/guesthouses
  • All transport in a 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees if required
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Activity Package and optional activities (see itinerary)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guides & drivers
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned above
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1, 2019 - Victoria Falls drive to Hwange National Park

We leave Victoria Falls this morning so we recommend you arrive at least 1 day pre-tour. If you need help in booking extra nights and airport transfers we can assist with this.
We depart Victoria Falls and head towards the Hwange National Park. At around 14,650km2 the Hwange National Park is the largest in Zimbabwe and home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations as well as over 100 other mammalian species and 400 different bird species. Upon arrival in Hwange we will enjoy a game drive through the park.
Note – our Overland tours are offered with an optional ‘Activity Package’ which includes a set of activities and visits that we recommend but that are not included in the main tour price. The itinerary below is written with the Activity Package items included. Please check our website or contact us for more information and prices.
Route Victoria Falls to Hwange NP ±230km
Activity Package: Afternoon game drive in Hwange National Park
Optional Activity Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump – Solo, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
| OVERNIGHT:
Gwango Elephant Lodge
| MEALS:
Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Options available while on tour, Single room supplement (ZIOVZK), Extra day in Victoria Falls – pre-tour, Arrival airport transfer in Victoria Falls, Activity Package – Zimbabwe & Kruger (The optional Activity Package is available for an extra fee, please contact us for details and prices)

DAY 2, 2019 - Matopos National Park

We depart Hwange NP and heads towards the Matopos National Park. The National Park occupies a total area of 44,500 hectares and was established in 1953. The park is situated in the magnificent Matobo Hills, a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion and weathering. We will enjoy an afternoon game drive during our time in the park.
Route Hwange NP to Matopos NP ±380km
Activity Package Afternoon Game Drive in Matopos National Park
| OVERNIGHT:
Traveller’s Guest House
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Activity package

DAY 3, 2019 - Great Zimbabwe Ruins

No visit to Zimbabwe could possibly be complete without visiting the world-famous Great Zimbabwe ruins. Dating from around the 11th century BC these iron-age ruins have been the source of much speculation and disagreement over the years. Built without any mortar some of the walls are up to 5 metres high and still standing after so many centuries. This site was also home to 8 carved Zimbabwe birds, the image of which is found on the Zimbabwean National Flag.
Route Matopos National Park to Great Zimbabwe Ruins ±360km
Included highlight Visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins
| OVERNIGHT:
Norma Jeans Lake View Resort
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, 2019 - Tshipise

Today we will depart Zimbabwe and cross the border into the Limpopo province of South Africa. Thipiese was developed in 1936 and was formerly spelt Chipise – the name is said to be derived from chia fisu “burn, be hot” referring to the mineral springs at 65°C. This afternoon you will have time to relax in the warm mineral pool.
Route Great Zimbabwe Ruins to Tshipise ±370km
| OVERNIGHT:
Forever Tshipise Resort
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, 2019 - Johannesburg

Today we leave early for the journey towards Johannesburg, the City of Gold. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will have the chance to relax, repack and get ready for the next part of your journey. Belvedere Estate offers travellers a wonderful opportunity to spend the evening enjoying a traditional “braai”, served by the Estate. This is an optional meal which you can book via your guide.
Route Tshipise to Johannesburg ±485km
Optional activity Dinner out Johannesburg
| OVERNIGHT:
Belvedere Estate
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch
| EXTRAS:
Options available while on tour

DAY 6, 2019 - Greater Kruger National Park

An early start from Johannesburg, we travel through the Province of Mpumalanga en route to the breath taking Kruger National Park. This evening we will enjoy some local dancing and dinner around our camp fire
Route Johannesburg to Greater Kruger National Park Area ±480km
| OVERNIGHT:
Nkambeni Reserve – Permanent Tents
| MEALS:
Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, 2019 - Kruger National Park

Today we have a full day of game viewing planned inside Kruger National Park. This gives you some fantastic photo opportunities so keep your eyes open for elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo, known as Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as well as many other species of animals and birds.
Package Morning Guided Bushman Walk
Included Highlight Afternoon game drive in main truck
| OVERNIGHT:
Nkambeni Reserve – Permanent Tents
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Activity package

DAY 8, 2019 - Kruger National Park

Today we have a full day of game viewing planned in an open 4×4 vehicle inside Kruger National Park. This gives you some fantastic photo opportunities so keep your eyes open for elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo, known as Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as well as many other species of animals and birds.
Activity Package Full day 4×4 Game Drive in Kruger National Park
Included Highlight Afternoon game drive in main truck (Only for those who did not purchase the activity package).
| OVERNIGHT:
Nkambeni Reserve – Permanent Tents
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS:
Activity package

DAY 9, 2019 - Panorama Route to Johannesburg

This morning we depart the greater Kruger area and journey back to Johannesburg. We travel along the spectacular Panorama Route, stopping at Three Rondavels and Bourke Luck Potholes and Gods Window. Your tour ends upon arrival in Johannesburg at the welcoming and comfortable Belvedere Estate which is located out of the city but close enough to Johannesburg airport for reasonable airport transfers.
Note – Your tour will come to an end once you arrive into Johannesburg. We recommend that you book at least 1 more night post-tour rather than flying out this evening in case of any delays. We can help you in organizing extra nights if required.
Included Highlight Panorama Route, Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods Window
Optional activities Dinner Out
| OVERNIGHT:
N/A
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Options available while on tour, Extra day in Johannesburg – post-tour, Departure airport transfer in Johannesburg
2020 ITINERARY

DAY 10, 2020 - Johannesburg to Kalahari Gateway

We depart from the bustling city of Johannesburg, travelling through the North-West Province until we reach the Botswana border. We then begin travelling on the Trans-Kalahari highway until we reach our overnight accommodation.
Route: Johannesburg to Kang
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Kang Ultra Stop
| MEALS: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, 2020 - Kalahari Gateway to Ghanzi

This morning, we travel deeper into the Central Kalahari to our camp in the Ghanzi District where we will meet and get to know the fascinating San people. We will spend our afternoon joining the San guides for a guided walk that will explore the myriad of survival techniques employed in the Kalahari Desert. We will learn about the different plants and animals that play a vital role in the San lifestyle.
To end off a fascinating day, we will spend our evening getting a first-hand experience of the culture, traditions, songs, dances and stories of the nomadic San people.
Route: Kang to Ghanzi Included
Highlight: San Guided Walk (late afternoon) / San Evening Dance Performance
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Dqae Qare San Lodge or Ghanzi Trail Blazers
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, 2020 - Maun

This morning we bid farewell to the San and make our way to Maun and the Okavango Delta. We will have some extra time this afternoon for those who wish to explore the Okavango Delta via a scenic flight over the area. Afterwards, your guides will provide your will information about what is required for the Delta excursions coming up.
Route: Nata to Maun
Optional activity: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (for those guests who have not purchased the Moremi game drive)
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Sedia Riverside Lodge or Sitatunga
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, 2020 - Okavango Delta

We start our day off early, travelling by safari vehicle to the poling station – approximately a 1 hour transfer. We meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta, taking us through the beautiful, reed lined channels which open out into lagoons. After reaching one of several islands, an optional nature walk may be taken with your poler. Afterwards, we return by mokoro back to the mooring station where a large variety of wildlife may be encountered, such as: elephants, giraffes, kudu, impala and zebra.
The guests who have pre-purchased the 2-night package, will be flown into the Delta this morning and will re-join the group on the morning of day 6. Please speak to your consultant for a copy of the programme for your Okavango Delta Excursion.
Route: Maun – Okavango Delta – Maun
Included Highlight: Okavango Delta Day Excursion
Optional Activity: Two-night Okavango Delta Excursion
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Sedia Riverside Lodge or Sitatunga
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, 2020 - Maun (Moremi Game Reserve)

At first light, you will be picked up from the hotel for our drive to the South gate to enter Moremi Game Reserve. As we journey through the Okavango Delta ecosystem of channels and lagoons, sightings of different bird and animal populations will become more frequent.
The game viewing routes may vary according to the professional guides, particularly when high floods are experienced as certain routes may be closed. The guests who pre-purchased the 2-Night Okavango Delta excursion will not participate in the Moremi Game Reserve drive.
Included Highlight: Moremi Game Reserve full day excursion
Optional Activity: Scenic flight over Okavango Delta
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Sedia Riverside Lodge or Sitatunga
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, 2020 - Nata

Today, our journey will take us across the Northern stretch of the Makgadikgadi Pans where we can view beautiful examples of the iconic Baobab tree. We are also afforded the opportunity to enjoy a guided afternoon excursion to the Pans and Nata sanctuary to appreciate the stunning views and have an unforgettable sundowner.
Route: Maun to Nata
Optional Activity: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Pelican Lodge
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, 2020 - hobe National Park

This morning we continue our journey north to our camp along the banks of the Chobe River. Later, we explore the Chobe National Park in 4×4 vehicles, allowing us to get as close as possible with the many elephants that hang around the river in the afternoon. We end our day with a relaxing boat cruise and meal served around the campfire.
Route: Nata to Kasane
Included Highlight: Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Optional Activity: Chobe National Park Game Drive
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Thebe River Safaris
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17, 2020 - Kasane – Victoria Falls

This morning we travel across the border, a short distance to Victoria Falls, after an unforgettable time at Chobe National Park. Upon arrival to Victoria Falls, you will have the opportunity to book some exciting optional activities. Victoria Falls offers a wide selection of activities to suit both adrenaline junkies and the more relaxed traveller. Choose from craft markets or a delicious High Tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel.
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls
Optional Activity: Visit to the Victoria Falls, Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience
Facilities – Camping & Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18, 2020 - Victoria Falls

With the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a scenic flight over the falls below, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.
Today is completely up to you to choose the perfect activities that suit your individual style. From rafting in the great Zambezi River to a scenic flight over the falls below, Victoria Falls offers a myriad of exciting activities to make this day unforgettable.
Optional Activity: Visit to the Victoria Falls, Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience
Facilities – Camping & Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19, 2020 - ictoria Falls to Hwange National Park

This morning we leave the rumble and adventure of Victoria Falls behind us as we make the journey south to Hwange National Park. Hwange is the largest of Zimbabwe’s national parks and offers excellent opportunities for viewing the diversity of wildlife that calls the park home.
This morning we head south to Hwange National Park, leaving behind the bustle of Victoria Falls. As the largest of Zimbabwe’s national parks, Hwange National Park offers exciting opportunities to view the diverse wildlife residing in the park.
Route: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
Optional Activity: Victoria Falls National Park Entry, Hwange Sundowner Drive
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Hwange Main Camp
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20, 2020 - Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is home to the Big Five as well as a wide range of plains, game and birdlife. The guests who purchased the activity package will be picked up from the accommodation in the morning and will enjoy the day on a game drive in 4×4 vehicles through Hwange to catch some sightings of wildlife.
Route: Hwange National Park Included Highlight: Full day Hwange National Park game drive
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Hwange Main Camp
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21, 2020 - atopos National Park

This morning we journey south towards the second largest city in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo. Our afternoon shall be spent with a local guide, exploring the beautiful Matopos National Park. As a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park includes an intensive protection zone where Black and White Rhinoceros reside. We then return to Bulawayo and our overnight accommodation.
Route: Hwange National Park to Bulawayo to Matopos National Park Included
Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Matopos National Park
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Travellers Guest House
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 22, 2020 - Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Our journey today takes us to Masvingo and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. This afternoon we will enjoy a guided walking tour of this historic site. Dating back to the Late Iron Age, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. We take time this afternoon to marvel at the intricate stonework and experience the heritage of this monument to early Zimbabwean civilization.
Today our adventure takes us to Masvingo and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins where we can enjoy a guided walking tour of the historic site. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, this World Heritage Site dates to the late Iron Age. This afternoon we take the time to admire the intricate stonework and experience the heritage of this monument to early Zimbabwean Civilization.
Route: (Bulawayo) Matopos National Park to Great Zimbabwe Ruins (Masvingo)
Included Highlight: Highlight Visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Norma Jeans Lake View Resort
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 23, 2020 - Tshipise

Leaving the sites of Zimbabwe behind we cross the Limpopo River and enter South Africa this afternoon. Our overnight stop allows us an opportunity to end the day with a swim in the hot springs of Tshipise.
Departing from the magical and ancient ruins of Zimbabwe, we cross over the Limpopo River to enter back into South Africa in the afternoon. We stop overnight which allows us the exciting opportunity to swim in the hot springs of Tshipise.
Route: Great Zimbabwe Ruins (Masvingo) to Tshipise
Included Highlight: Tshipise Hot Springs
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Forever Tshipise Resort
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 24, 2020 - Johannesburg

This morning we take the highway south to Johannesburg, we arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travellers are invited to join us for a traditional meal tonight. This can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared, and tonight is for celebrating the many wonders of African travel.
This morning we head south back to Johannesburg, arriving at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon. All travellers will be invited to join us for a beautiful traditional meal tonight which can be booked the day before arrival with your tour guide. Tonight, we celebrate together and share stories about the unique and magical aspects of African travel.
Route: Tshipise to Johannesburg
Optional Activity: Traditional meal at Belvedere Estate
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Rooms with en-suite bathrooms
| OVERNIGHT: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

DURATION

14 days

Price

A$4029

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