18 Day Southern African Circle Overland

From R 31070

DURATION:

18 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

JOHANNESBURG

ENDING POINT:

JOHANNESBURG

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

ANOSC18

chobe river boat cruise elephant

This wonderful 18-day tour takes you to the best safari destinations in Southern Africa.

Starting in Johannesburg, you will make your way into the Kalahari Desert to spend some time with the fascinating San people. From here we travel further North to explore the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s greatest wilderness areas. Spot incredible wildlife here and enjoy a traditional Mokoro ride before heading to Chobe National Park where activities include game drives and a leisurely boat cruise. Next up is the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe followed by Hwange National Park for a game drive. Explore the unique rock formations of Matopos and visit The Great Zimbabwe Ruins next. The last destination before heading back to Johannesburg is the famous Kruger National Park for some more game viewing. Book now to experience the best of Southern Africa.

18 Day Southern African Circle Overland

Day 1

Johannesburg – Kang

Leaving behind the city of Johannesburg, we travel through the North-West Province to the Botswana border. After completing border formalities, we continue on the Trans-Kalahari highway to our overnight stop in the small village of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2

Kang – Ghanzi

After breakfast, we venture deeper into the Central Kalahari and our camp in the Ghanzi district, here we will spend time getting to know the fascinating San people. After lunch, we will join our San guides for a guided walk that will introduce us to the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari Desert. The nomadic San are hunter-gatherers that have passed down a rich knowledge of the plants and animals that play such an important part in their lifestyle. This evening we will get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3

Ghanzi – Maun

This morning we bid farewell to the San and make our way to Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta. Your guides will brief you this evening on what you will need for the upcoming Delta Excursions, please note that baggage restrictions apply for transfers to our camps so a small daypack or similar is advisable.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4

Okavango Delta

This morning we embark on our exploration of the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s great wilderness areas. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever-changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5

Okavango Delta

A full day is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the programme of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes in water levels, you will have the opportunity to enjoy amongst other activities traditional Mokoro rides and natures walks. The Okavango Delta is not only a natural wonder, but represents one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas in the world today.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6

Okavango Delta – Katima Mulilo

Leaving the Delta behind us this morning we make our way across the border into Namibia and travel to the Caprivi Strip, part of our day is spent travelling through wildlife areas and there is always the possibility of a lucky sighting. We overnight a short distance from the Botswana border as we prepare for an exciting day of activities in the Chobe National Park tomorrow.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7

Katima Mulilo – Kasane

We enjoy our breakfast in Namibia this morning before returning to Botswana and our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Lunch will be served from the truck and the afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many Elephants that frequent the Chobe riverfront in the afternoons. The day ends with a leisurely Boat Cruise and a meal served around the campfire.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8

Kasane – Victoria Falls

With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border to Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets to explore and a delicious high tea is on offer at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Tonight, we enjoy an optional dinner out, your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Activity: Dinner at Victoria Falls, Boma Dinner Experience, Sunset Cruise, Gorge Swing, Helicopter Flights, Bungee Jump.

 

Day 9

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 flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Bungee Jump – Solo, White Water Rafting, Helicopter Flights, Zambezi Sunset Cruise.

 

Day 10

Victoria Falls – 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. After lunch, we spend the afternoon exploring Hwange National Park in open game-viewing vehicles. Hwange is the largest of Zimbabwe’s national parks and offers excellent opportunities for viewing the diversity of wildlife that calls the park home. We return to camp this evening and enjoy dinner around our campfire.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11

Hwange National Park – Matopos National Park

After breakfast, we continue south towards Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. Our afternoon will be spent exploring the Matopos National Park with a local guide. The park received recognition as a UNESCO natural World Heritage Site in 2003 and includes an intensive protection zone that is home to both Black and White Rhinoceros. Named after the Ndebele word “Matobo “, whose meaning “bald heads” refers to the rounded granite hills that surround it. We return to Bulawayo and our overnight stop for the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12

Matopos National Park – 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 stone work and experience the heritage of this monument to early Zimbabwean civilisation.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Great Zimbabwe Ruins – 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 14

Tshipise – 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 Braai tonight, this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared around the braai fires and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Activity: Traditional Braai

 

Day 15

Johannesburg – Kruger National Park

Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Just after arrival at camp the Activity package offers the opportunity to enjoy a late afternoon Sundowner in the African Bush, after which the group will enjoy some local dancing and dinner around the campfire.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 16

Kruger National Park

This morning we enter the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing. Our Activity Package offers you the opportunity to explore the park in open game viewing vehicles, giving you access to areas our truck can’t always go. The Kruger is home to many species of wildlife and offers the chance of sighting the famed Big-5. We return to camp in the early evening for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 17

Kruger National Park

This morning we re-enter the Kruger National Park and spend the morning on a game drive in our Nomad truck. After our game drive, we exit the park and journey along the scenic Panorama where we will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. We return to camp in the early evening for dinner and a well -deserved rest.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 18

Kruger National Park – Johannesburg

As is customary when on safari, we rise early this morning to enjoy a guided bush walk. Being in the bush on foot offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the smaller details of this great wilderness area. We arrive at our destination 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 presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Activity: traditional meal

 

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Optional Activity Package”. You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included. We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

  • Bush walk with San guides
  • Okavango Delta excursion
  • Okavango Delta excursion
  • Chobe National Park game drive
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise
  • Victoria Falls National Park Entry Fee
  • Afternoon game drive Hwange National Park
  • Afternoon game drive Matopos National Park
  • Sundowner drive
  • 4×4 Game drive in Kruger National Park
  • Morning guided bush walk

 

 

Camping – R31070 excl Activity Package
Camping Single Supplement - R1830
Camping Activity Package – R11590

Accommodated – R38170 excl Activity Package
Accommodated Single Supplement – R6450
Accommodated Activity Package – R20450

Includes:

Meals as specified, accommodation, guides, included highlights and transport.

Excludes:

All items of a personal nature, entrance fees, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, activity package and optional activities.

Please note that maps shown are a rough guide. Exact locations and routes might differ slightly to what is shown. Please refer to the tour itinerary for a more precise route.

Tour Enquiry

18 Day Southern African Circle Overland

R31,070.00

This wonderful 18-day tour takes you to the best safari destinations in Southern Africa.

Starting in Johannesburg, you will make your way into the Kalahari Desert to spend some time with the fascinating San people. From here we travel further North to explore the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s greatest wilderness areas. Spot incredible wildlife here and enjoy a traditional Mokoro ride before heading to Chobe National Park where activities include game drives and a leisurely boat cruise. Next up is the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe followed by Hwange National Park for a game drive. Explore the unique rock formations of Matopos and visit The Great Zimbabwe Ruins next. The last destination before heading back to Johannesburg is the famous Kruger National Park for some more game viewing. Book now to experience the best of Southern Africa.

Description

Day 1

Johannesburg – Kang

Leaving behind the city of Johannesburg, we travel through the North-West Province to the Botswana border. After completing border formalities, we continue on the Trans-Kalahari highway to our overnight stop in the small village of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2

Kang – Ghanzi

After breakfast, we venture deeper into the Central Kalahari and our camp in the Ghanzi district, here we will spend time getting to know the fascinating San people. After lunch, we will join our San guides for a guided walk that will introduce us to the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari Desert. The nomadic San are hunter-gatherers that have passed down a rich knowledge of the plants and animals that play such an important part in their lifestyle. This evening we will get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3

Ghanzi – Maun

This morning we bid farewell to the San and make our way to Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta. Your guides will brief you this evening on what you will need for the upcoming Delta Excursions, please note that baggage restrictions apply for transfers to our camps so a small daypack or similar is advisable.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4

Okavango Delta

This morning we embark on our exploration of the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s great wilderness areas. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever-changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5

Okavango Delta

A full day is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the programme of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes in water levels, you will have the opportunity to enjoy amongst other activities traditional Mokoro rides and natures walks. The Okavango Delta is not only a natural wonder, but represents one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas in the world today.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6

Okavango Delta – Katima Mulilo

Leaving the Delta behind us this morning we make our way across the border into Namibia and travel to the Caprivi Strip, part of our day is spent travelling through wildlife areas and there is always the possibility of a lucky sighting. We overnight a short distance from the Botswana border as we prepare for an exciting day of activities in the Chobe National Park tomorrow.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7

Katima Mulilo – Kasane

We enjoy our breakfast in Namibia this morning before returning to Botswana and our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Lunch will be served from the truck and the afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many Elephants that frequent the Chobe riverfront in the afternoons. The day ends with a leisurely Boat Cruise and a meal served around the campfire.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8

Kasane – Victoria Falls

With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border to Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets to explore and a delicious high tea is on offer at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Tonight, we enjoy an optional dinner out, your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Activity: Dinner at Victoria Falls, Boma Dinner Experience, Sunset Cruise, Gorge Swing, Helicopter Flights, Bungee Jump.

 

Day 9

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 flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Bungee Jump – Solo, White Water Rafting, Helicopter Flights, Zambezi Sunset Cruise.

 

Day 10

Victoria Falls – 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. After lunch, we spend the afternoon exploring Hwange National Park in open game-viewing vehicles. Hwange is the largest of Zimbabwe’s national parks and offers excellent opportunities for viewing the diversity of wildlife that calls the park home. We return to camp this evening and enjoy dinner around our campfire.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11

Hwange National Park – Matopos National Park

After breakfast, we continue south towards Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. Our afternoon will be spent exploring the Matopos National Park with a local guide. The park received recognition as a UNESCO natural World Heritage Site in 2003 and includes an intensive protection zone that is home to both Black and White Rhinoceros. Named after the Ndebele word “Matobo “, whose meaning “bald heads” refers to the rounded granite hills that surround it. We return to Bulawayo and our overnight stop for the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12

Matopos National Park – 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 stone work and experience the heritage of this monument to early Zimbabwean civilisation.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Great Zimbabwe Ruins – 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 14

Tshipise – 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 Braai tonight, this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared around the braai fires and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Activity: Traditional Braai

 

Day 15

Johannesburg – Kruger National Park

Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Just after arrival at camp the Activity package offers the opportunity to enjoy a late afternoon Sundowner in the African Bush, after which the group will enjoy some local dancing and dinner around the campfire.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 16

Kruger National Park

This morning we enter the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing. Our Activity Package offers you the opportunity to explore the park in open game viewing vehicles, giving you access to areas our truck can’t always go. The Kruger is home to many species of wildlife and offers the chance of sighting the famed Big-5. We return to camp in the early evening for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 17

Kruger National Park

This morning we re-enter the Kruger National Park and spend the morning on a game drive in our Nomad truck. After our game drive, we exit the park and journey along the scenic Panorama where we will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. We return to camp in the early evening for dinner and a well -deserved rest.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 18

Kruger National Park – Johannesburg

As is customary when on safari, we rise early this morning to enjoy a guided bush walk. Being in the bush on foot offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the smaller details of this great wilderness area. We arrive at our destination 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 presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Activity: traditional meal

 

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Optional Activity Package”. You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included. We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

  • Bush walk with San guides
  • Okavango Delta excursion
  • Okavango Delta excursion
  • Chobe National Park game drive
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise
  • Victoria Falls National Park Entry Fee
  • Afternoon game drive Hwange National Park
  • Afternoon game drive Matopos National Park
  • Sundowner drive
  • 4×4 Game drive in Kruger National Park
  • Morning guided bush walk

 

 

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