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16-day Zimbabwe and Botswana Game Trail

Safari through Zimbabwe and Botswana exploring the amazing culture and natural beauty of both of these countries. Marvel at the Zimbabwe Ruins, and the wonderful view of Victoria Falls. Experience the Okavango Delta by traditional dug-outs and huge elephant herds of Chobe National Park by boat. This camping safari covers it all – wildlife history and culture.

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From
NZD$3,080
per person sharing*

Highlights

Kruger National Park – game drives
Zimbabwe Ruins – guided tour
Matobos – game drive
Hwange – game drives in open vehicle
Victoria Falls – adventure activities
Chobe National Park – sunset river cruise
Okavango Delta - mokoro excursion  

Includes

Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bag/pillow)
Meals as per itinerary
Transport
Professional guides

Excludes

Travel insurance
International flights
Pre and post tour accommodation
Airport Transfers
Gratuities
Visas
Vaccinations
Optional activities
Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water)
Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies and fuel surcharges

Starts

Johannesburg, South Africa

Ends

Johannesburg, South Africa

Duration

16 days

Countries visited

Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa

Departures

Small Group. Set departure dates

Price

From NZD$3,080
per person sharing*

Group Size

4 - 12 people

Safari Type

Adventure Camping Tours

Accommodation:

Adventure Camping

Vehicle

Day 1 - 2 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK [camping Bx1 Lx2 Dx2]
[B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner]
Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head north-east into the world famous Kruger National Park. We visit the remote and seldom visited northern part of the park from Letaba to Pafuri. We enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in our safari vehicle and hope to spot lion, elephant, rhino and other animals in this icon of wildlife conservation.

Day 3 GREAT ZIMBABWE [camping BLD]
Entering Zimbabwe at the Beit Bridge border post, we travel to the town of Masvingo and the Great Zimbabwe Monuments. The well preserved ruins are some of the oldest and largest stone structures in Southern Africa and were built during the 11th to 14th Centuries. We explore on foot and wonder at the mysteries of these ancient stone structures and the civilization that built them.

Day 4 - 5 MATOBOS NATIONAL PARK [camping BLD]
Moving on to Bulawayo, we arrive in the late afternoon and set up our camp on the outskirts of the park, before enjoying a sundowner and an evening around the campfire.
The following morning we head into the Matobo National Park with a local guide to visit the core of the Matopos Hills, an area of granite koppies and wooded valleys. On our open vehicle game drive we visit World's View and the historical site of Cecil John Rhodes' grave and discover the unusual rock formations characteristic of this area. As part of our visit we take a guided walk to track and hopefully find endangered white rhino, as well as other wildlife, and view bushman rock paintings.

Day 6 - 7 HWANGE NATIONAL PARK [camping BLD]
Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers and is located in the north-west corner of the country. It is famed for its large elephant population. Our camp is in the game management area that borders the park, and we explore the park with our local guide, on a full day game drive in an open 4WD game viewing vehicle.

Day 8 - 9 VICTORIA FALLS [camping B--]
We camp for 2 nights in the town of Victoria Falls. We enjoy a spectacular walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” - Victoria Falls. There are opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).

It is possible to end this tour on the morning of day 10 making a 10 day JNB to VFA (ZV10). Please contact us for more information.

Day 10 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK [camping BLD]
Entering Botswana, our camp is situated in the town of Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River. The river flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. A highlight of any trip to the Chobe is the afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise where we hope to see a large number of elephants and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day.

Day 11 GWETA [camping BL-]
This morning there is time for an optional (own expense) game drive in the Chobe National Park. Heading south through the Kasane Forest Reserve we make our way to Gweta for our overnight stop. Here we sleep with our tents nestled at the base of ancient baobab trees.

Day 12 – 14 OKAVANGO DELTA [camping Bx3 Lx3 Dx2]
We transfer into the Delta by open 4WD game viewing vehicle where our local guides will take us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta on Mokoro (dugout canoes). Being gently poled through the network of channels is an experience not to be missed. The Delta forms as rain water from the Angolan highlands flows out over the flat Kalahari Desert sands, forming a delicate, green oasis for birds and wildlife. We will camp wild on remote islands in this amazingly dynamic environment and enjoy bush walks, bird watching & swimming in the clear waters. Camping with our local guides we learn more about their lifestyle & culture. We return to Maun in the late afternoon of day 14 and have time for an optional (own expense) game flight over the Okavango, which will reveal a different aspect of the Delta.

It is possible to end this tour on the morning of day 15 in Maun at 08:00 after breakfast to catch flights from Maun to Johannesburg (ZB15). Please contact us for more information.

Day 15 KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY [camping BLD]
Heading south from Maun, we drive through the wide open spaces of the Kalahari Desert on our way to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and to provide economic benefits to the local Batswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. We hope to spot some of the elusive rhino on a game drive.

Day 16 JOHANNESBURG TOUR ENDS [- B- -]
Crossing back into South Africa, we make our way to Johannesburg where the tour ends in the late afternoon.

 

Accommodation

Destination

Duration

Letaba Rest Camp

Kruger National Park

1 Night

Punda Maria Rest Camp

Kruger National Park

1 Night

Great Zimbabwe Monument Campsite

Great Zimbabwe Ruins

1 Night

The Farmhouse

Matobo National Park

2 Nights

Miombo Safari Camp

Hwange National Park

2 Nights

Victoria Falls Rest Camp

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

2 Nights

Thebe River Lodge and Campsite

Chobe River Front

1 Night

Planet Baobab

Gweta

1 Night

Okavango Delta Camp

Okavango Delta

2 Nights

Audi Camp

Maun

1 Night

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Serowe

1 Night