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Kruger, Falls & Botswana Safari

It's never too late to experience an authentic African safari - especially if it's right in the heart of Southern Africa's most famous parks and wildlife reserves. This trip covers such storied locales as Kruger National Park, Chobe River and the Okavango Delta, and our small group size ensures you get the maximum amount of encounters with Africa's "Big Five". Top it off with unique accommodations; including very comfortable tented camps and a 2-night houseboat stay in the Delta and you have a trip to satisfy anyone's need for adventure and comfort.

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: DSKB/141546
  • Starts: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Finishes: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
You will Visit
  • Johannesburg
  • Victoria Falls

Itinerary

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Day 1: Johannesburg

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Arrive and transfer to the guest house. Enjoy a traditional South African Braai (barbecue) welcome dinner tonight.

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Day 2: Johannesburg/Kruger National Park

Enjoy a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and God's Window. Continue on to our tented camp located just outside Kruger National Park.

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Day 3: Kruger National Park

Embark on an early morning game drive inside Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle, taking in views of the abundant wildlife. Return to our camp, and enjoy a drink on the deck with views of the watering hole, a popular spot for game to visit. In the afternoon, opt to take another game drive or bush walk. Tonight enjoy a delicious South African dinner on the deck or in the boma.

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Day 4: Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve

In the morning, visit a G Adventures-supported Children's Day School and Shalati Village, located just outside Kruger National Park. Continue on to a private nature reserve in the Greater Kruger area, to enjoy open vehicle game drives while searching for Africa's famed Big Five.
For the next 2 days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening game drives in an open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve. Search for elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and buffalo - Africa's famed Big Five. Traversing over the 9,000 hectares (22,240 acres) of supreme African bushveld, Karongwe Private Game Reserve is home to many creatures, and our safari drives provide several opportunities for game viewing.

We use various accommodations within the reserve based on availability. During your time here, the group will either stay in lodge rooms or very comfortable permanent tents - both of equal quality and with similar amenities.

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Day 5: Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Enjoy an early morning game drive, followed by brunch and free time at the Lodge. In the afternoon, indulge in high tea before an evening game drive. In the evenings enjoy a sundowner (drink) while the sun sets over the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains.

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Day 6: Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg

After one last safari game drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy an Afrikaans dinner at our local guest house.

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Day 7: Johannesburg/Victoria Falls

Fly to Zimbabwe and meet the local G representative for a guided tour of Victoria Falls.

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Day 8: Victoria Falls

Today is free and our conveniently located G desk can book the optionals of your choice including; river safari, cultural tours, whitewater rafting, canoeing or a flight over the falls.


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Day 9: Victoria Falls

Enjoy the day with many optional activities to choose from. In the evening, meet the Botswana CEO for a briefing.

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Day 10: Victoria Falls/Okavango Delta

Cross the border into Botswana, via a short border crossing through Namibia, continuing on to the Okavango Delta.

Transfer to a houseboat, which is home for the next 2 nights in the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta. Travelling by houseboat allows us to explore a more secluded area of the delta, taking small boats into the channels and waterways for wildlife viewing and birdwatching.
Arrive at the houseboat this afternoon where we receive a safety briefing and orientation from the crew. Check into our cabins, enjoy lunch then take our first skiff boat excursion.

Enjoy the journey into the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta, in Northern Botswana. This area is recognized as one of the most peaceful areas in the Delta, due to its remoteness. There are only a handful of permanent camps and boats operating in this wilderness area, which makes it an ideal place to stay.

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Day 11: Okavango Delta

Enjoy the day on a houseboat with early morning and late afternoon wildlife excursions. Opt to enjoy a cultural excursion to Tsoldilo Hills to view ancient San Bushman rock paintings, or relax on deck with a cool drink watching the passing scenery.

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Day 12: Okavango Delta/Maun

Transfer to the frontier town of Maun. Option to shop and take a scenic flight over the delta.
Stay here at a hotel that offers a pleasant eating area with a beautiful swimming pool. In the afternoon, relax at the hotel, which is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River.

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Day 13: Maun/Moremi Game Reserve

Drive to the Khwai River area bordering Moremi Game Reserve. With astounding wildlife, this area has been rated one of the best for game viewing in the world. Relax this evening on the camp deck, admiring the stunning views with a cool drink.
Take a leisurely drive to our camp in the Khwai River area via Savuti, an area best known for large populations of bull elephants and prides of lions that patrol the banks of this channel. Due to the fact that none of Botswana's wildlife areas are fenced, game can move freely between wilderness areas. This region's diversity of game is astounding and Moremi has been rated as one of the best game viewing areas in the world.

Our lodge boasts a majestic dining and lounge area leading onto a viewing deck over the bushveldt. Enjoy spectacular sunsets over sundowners from the quaint bar or from the deck of your comfort en-suite tent.

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Day 14: Moremi Game Reserve

Embark early on an open vehicle game drive in Moremi and surrounding concession areas, enjoy lunch and continue with the game drive. Make it back to camp in the afternoon with time to relax at the comfortable tented camp.

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Day 15: Moremi Game Reserve/Chobe National Park

Leave the Khwai Area and move eastwards to Chobe National Park. Later, travel deeper into the Chobe wilderness to Ghoha Hills, with spectacular views of the surrounding bush. Enjoy late afternoon game viewing in open vehicles around the hills and waterholes in search of elephants, lions, hippos, and giraffes.
In the early afternoon, head south towards the Ghoha Hills and the Savuti area, enjoying game viewing along the hills and surrounding water holes.

At Ghoha Hills Savuti Camp, meru tents have been placed on platforms on the hills overlooking Chobe National Park. The tents are large, spacious with en-suite. The guest area consists of an intimate lounge, bar and dining area overlooking the Ghoha Hills.

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Day 16: Chobe National Park/Kasane

In the morning, take a slow game drive along the southern bank of the Chobe River. This afternoon, opt to take a sunset photography river cruise for wildlife viewing, accompanied by an expert wildlife photographer and guide.
After an early start, take a slow game drive along the southern bank of the Chobe River and look for Chobe Bushbuck and Puku Antelope, which are found only in this part of Botswana. The Chobe River is home to the world's largest elephant herds; buffalo, hippos, and lions can also be seen here. Enjoy a private morning game viewing that takes place along routes that overlook this river -- a remarkable variety of animals are drawn to it.

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Day 17: Kasane/Victoria Falls

Cross the border back into Zimbabwe for our final evening.

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Day 18: Victoria Falls

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Panoramic Route scenic drive including visits to Blyde River Canyon, Bourke Luck Potholes and God’s Window
    • Kruger National Park entrance fee with game drive in open vehicle
    • Visit a local village and G Adventures-supported school
    • Private Nature Reserve entrance fee with game drives in open safari vehicles
    • Tour of Victoria Falls
    • All National Park and game reserve entrances in Botswana
    • Open vehicle game drives in Savuti, Chobe National Park, Khwai River and Moremi area
    • Okavango Delta 2-night houseboat excursion with game viewing and bird watching
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Guest house (2 nts), comfort hotel (5 nts), safari camp (8 nts), houseboat (2 nts)
    • 17 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners
    Transport
    • Flight, air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, 4x4 vehicle, van, walking, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver for Kruger portion, local guides/rangers, G representative in Victoria Falls, CEO/driver in Botswana
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit a G Adventures-supported school project in a local Village
  • Snap stunning photos of the Big Five on safari in open vehicle drives and boat excursions
  • Feel the power of the great Victoria Falls
  • Enjoy African sunsets and a sundowner on a houseboat in the Okavango Delta
  • Travel in a small group and get even closer to the wildlife