14 Day Best of Southern Africa – Lodge Tour

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Tour Highlights

An accommodated tour taking in the very best of Southern Africa. Experience the Big 5 on game drives in the famous Kruger Park, exploring the wilderness and waterways of the Okavango Delta, sunset cruises down the Chobe river, view the mighty Vic Falls, track rhinos in the historical and scenic Matobos – these are some of the highlights of a tour that offers a wildlife, cultural and scenic bonanza. A highly recommended safari.

Highlights

  • Blyde River Canyon – Three Rondavels
  • Kruger National Park
  • Open Vehicle 4×4 Game Drives
  • Polokwane Reserve
  • Bulawayo
  • Matobos National Park – open vehicle game drive
  • Matobos – Bushman paintings
  • Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe
  • Zambezi sunset cruise
  • Chobe National park
  • Chobe river boat cruise
  • Gweta Cultural walk
  • Okavango Delta – Makoros and nature walks
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary

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Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger Park

    Our adventure begins with an early start from Johannesburg as we travel east to the scenic province of Mpumulanga. We enjoy a stop at the famous Blyde River canyon and take in the “Three Rondawels”, and the spectacular surrounding scenery. After lunch we head for our accommodation located a short distance from the Kruger Park.

    Meals: Dinner

  • DAY 2: Kruger Park

    Waking at sunrise we board our especially adapted 4×4 safari vehicles. We enter the park as soon as the gates open and begin an exciting morning of wildlife viewing. Our experienced guides know the area well and assist in finding the best game viewing spots as well as providing a wealth of information. The high concentration of animals in the Kruger Park makes for an incredible safari experience. We take a lunch break at one of the Kruger rest camps before heading off on our afternoon game drive, where we have an opportunity to spot more wildlife including the Big 5. Our safari ends at sunset as we head for accommodation and a well-deserved rest.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner

  • DAY 3: Kruger Park to Polokwane Game Reserve

    After breakfast we pack up and leave the Kruger area and head north for the Limpopo province, home to the Polokwane Nature Reserve. We enjoy a game walk taking in many species of animals, including the endangered white rhino. Game walks provide good opportunities to get to know the bush a little better and to take in things that would be missed on a game drive.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner

  • DAY 4: Polokwane to Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)

    Today we have a long drive as we leave South Africa and cross the Limpopo River into Zimbabwe. Travelling through rural Zimbabwe, we head for Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. In the afternoon we have time to explore this historical town. Note that this is dependent on how long border formalities take.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner

  • DAY 5: Bulawayo – Matobo National Park

    Today we board our open game vehicles and head to the Matobos National Park. Known for its spectacular rock formations, this world heritage site is home to numerous bushman paintings as well as a large population of black and white rhinos. There is also a large concentration of leopards and the magnificent black eagle. We enjoy a game walk where we have a chance to view these animals. Matobo National Park is also home to infamous Cecil John Rhodes.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner

  • DAY 6: Bulawayo to Victoria Falls

    Our journey continues north as we head to Victoria Falls – one of the seven natural wonders of the world. We arrive in the afternoon and visit this spectacular waterfall with its natural rain forests created by the immense spray generated by the Falls. We finish an exciting day with a sunset cruise up the Zambezi River where we have an opportunity to view elephants, hippos and other animals coming down to the river to drink. Victoria Falls is the adventure capital of Southern Africa and offers a huge variety of activities. The Zambezi River and surrounding villages offer opportunities for both adrenalin as well as cultural activities. Note that the visit to the waterfalls may take place in the morning depending on time constraints.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner

  • DAY 7: Victoria Falls

    Today is spent exploring this amazing area and partaking some of the activities on offer.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Optional Activities – Victoria Falls – some of the popular options

    • Bungee Jumping
    • Sunset Zambezi cruise
    • Full day White water rafting
    • Gorge swing
    • Helicopter Scenic flight
  • DAY 8: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park

    The second part of our tour begins with an early departure from Victoria Falls. It is a fairly short drive to the border and then on to Kasane – a small wilderness town on the edge of the Chobe National Park. It is not unusual to encounter elephants or buffalo in the streets of Kasane. After lunch there is an opportunity to do an optional 4×4 game drive in the Chobe National Park. The Chobe is well known for its huge herds of elephants and a high concentration of predators. In the late afternoon we enjoy a cruise down the Chobe River. Expect to encounter elephant, hippos, crocodiles and a large variety of antelope. Have your cameras ready. Note it is advised that clients arrive a couple of days before departure to experience the magnificent Victoria Falls.

    Meals: Dinner

    Optional Activity: Chobe 4×4 game drive

  • DAY 9: Chobe National Park to Gweta

    Today we travel through rural Botswana to Gweta – the gate way to Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans. Elephant and buffalo are often spotted alongside the roads as the area is largely unfenced allowing the wildlife to roam free. In the afternoon there is an option to do an optional excursion to the salt pans or the Baobab Forest, or just relax at the lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner

    Optional Activities: Excursion to salt pans or Boabab Forest

  • DAY 10: Gweta to Maun

    An early breakfast is followed by a guided walk through the local Tswana village, providing insight into local culture and traditions. We then travel to Maun – the gate way to the Okavango Delta. Arriving in Maun, a real frontier town, we stock up on provisions before heading to our remote camp. The afternoon is spent lounging by the pool soaking up the bush atmosphere.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner

  • DAY 11 & 12: Okavango Delta

    An exciting day begins with a 4×4 transfer deep into the bush to the delta. We meet our local guides, and pack our gear into the makoros (traditional canoes). We pole our way through this amazing wilderness area, with its winding waterways and incredible birdlife. One can expect to see some of the resident wildlife. The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s true wilderness areas and many species of animals roam freely and migrate to the water during the dry months. The night is spent in a tented camp and there is time to explore the area on foot. The Okavango Delta is a well-known safari destination and famous for its wildlife, birdlife and incredible beauty. The evening is spent in permanent tents with basic en-suite facilities. In the morning we head off on an early morning informative nature walk. After breakfast we depart our camp and pole through the channels back to our land transport. The afternoon is spent exploring this safari town.

    Meals: 2 x Breakfasts, 2 x lunches and 2 x dinners

  • DAY 13: Maun to Khama Rhino Sanctuary

    We depart the waterways of the Okavango and travel through the dry Kalahari. Our destination is the Rhino sanctuary located on the Serowe Pan on the edge of the Kalahari. In the afternoon we head out with local rangers on open vehicles to explore the area and learn about the endangered rhino as well as other interesting info about the local area.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner

  • DAY 14: Botswana to Johannesburg

    The final day of our Kruger Park, Victoria Falls and Okavango Delta tour sees us crossing the Limpopo River and travelling through South Africa to the bustling city of Johannesburg. We arrive in Johannesburg in the late afternoon.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Note : Itineraries do change, please speak to your consultant for the latest up to date itinerary for your travel period .

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