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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
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 141546
Starts: Johannesburg, South Africa Finishes: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
You will Visit
  • Johannesburg
  • Victoria Falls

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Johannesburg (1D)

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

Additional Notes:
If you are interested in spending more time in Johannesburg, it is recommended to book pre-accommodation to enjoy the sights of the city at your own leisure.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival Airport Transfer (0.50-0.75 hours)

02

Day 2: Johannesburg/Kruger National Park (1B)

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.

Additional Notes:
Today is a long driving day but we will make many stops along the way for sites along the Panorama route.

Included Activities:
Panorama Route Scenic Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.50 hours, 500km)

03

Day 3: Kruger National Park (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive - Full day

Transport:
Safari vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
Game drives are conducted with qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers who will share their vast experience of the African Bush.

On some occasions, we may need to change accommodation or even use a different private reserve, if space is unavailable. In such a case, be assured we will choose other Lodges or comfort camps within the Greater Kruger area of equal quality.

Included Activities:
Hope Africa Children's Day School
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)

05

Day 5: Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
Example of your Day 5::
Early morning wake up call (around 5am), coffee/tea & rusks on the deck before the morning open vehicle game drive (approx 3 hours) starts. Return to the Lodge for brunch followed by some leisure time. Enjoy the deck, walk around the grounds and gardens, or just relax. Around 14:30, enjoy high tea (light lunch and cakes) before you hop on your late afternoon/ evening open safari vehicle game drive. Return, freshen up, and meet for pre-dinner drinks and dinner.

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive

06

Day 6: Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg (1B, 1D)

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

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 500km)

07

Day 7: Johannesburg/Victoria Falls (1B)

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

Additional Notes:
Our local G Rep will hold a briefing meeting and assist you in booking optional activities during your stay.

Included Activities:
Victoria Falls Guided Tour

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))

08

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.



Additional Notes:
Please check the optional activities list in your trip details for approx. pricing so you can budget accordingly.

09

Day 9: Victoria Falls (1B)

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

10

Day 10: Victoria Falls/Okavango Delta (1B)

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.

Additional Notes:
We have a long drive today but use a private A/C vehicle for your comfort. Rest stops will be made along the way, so sit back and relax, enjoying the passing scenery.

The Houseboat consists of 2 decks- the lower deck has 8 simple but comfortable en-suite cabins with sliding glass doors opening on to the pristine wilderness that is the Okavango Delta. The Upper Deck is approximately three meters above the waterline, where the dining area, bar and sundecks is situated. Power on-board is run by a generator allowing only a few hours a day to heat water and change up any devices. There is no A/C and sometimes hot water can run out. We recommend bringing a small lantern or flashlight for use in your cabin.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Namibia - Botswana)
Okavango Delta Houseboat
Okavango Panhandle Wildlife Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

11

Day 11: Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
Passengers who choose to take the optional Tsoldilo Hills excursion will miss the morning boat excursion.

All activities in the Delta are subject to weather and water levels. Timing of excursions, access and visits to specific locations are completely dependent on local conditions.

Included Activities:
Okavango Panhandle Wildlife Excursion
Okavango Delta Houseboat

12

Day 12: Okavango Delta/Maun (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
The vehicle used from her until our return back to Victoria Falls is a 12-seater Toyota Landcruiser, with open sides and a removable canvas roof. There is no A/C in the vehicle and the ride can often be dusty and a little rough. Some travel days can also be quite long. This vehicle is used throughout the tour on all game drives and long drives.

Road conditions in the region can range from good to very poor. As such, we slow our traveling speed in the rough spots and enjoy some sand and bumps en route – something which is of course part of the adventure of traveling in Africa!

Transport:
4x4 (5.00 hour(s), 380km)

13

Day 13: Maun/Moremi Game Reserve (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive

Transport:
4x4 (4.00 hour(s), 130km)

14

Day 14: Moremi Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive
Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive

Transport:
4x4

15

Day 15: Moremi Game Reserve/Chobe National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive

Transport:
4x4 (6.00 hour(s), 190km)

16

Day 16: Chobe National Park/Kasane (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Chobe River Drive

Transport:
4x4 (6.00 hour(s), 180km)

17

Day 17: Kasane/Victoria Falls (1B)

Cross the border back into Zimbabwe for our final evening.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Botswana - Zimbabwe)

Transport:
4x4 (2.00-3.00 hours, 120km)

18

Day 18: Victoria Falls (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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