19 Day Southern African Circle Overland

From R 34330

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.

19 Day Southern African Circle Overland

Day 1 – Johannesburg to Kalahari Gateway

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.

Day 2 – Kalahari Gateway to 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. This afternoon 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 – Maun

This morning we bid farewell to the San and make our way to Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta. There will be time this afternoon for those who wish to enjoy an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Your guides will brief you this evening on what you will need for the upcoming Delta excursions.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta

Day 4 – Okavango Delta

The most rewarding and enjoyable way to explore and experience the beauty and serenity of this intricate system of lily covered channels and lagoons, is by mokoro. Heading out early, we will be transferred by safari vehicle to the poling station (approximately 1 hour transfer) where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta. The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed lined channels which open out onto beautiful lagoons. Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your poler. After the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the mooring station. While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game viewing activity, a variety of game may be encountered in this pristine wilderness area including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.

Those guests who have pre-purchased the upgrade package – will be transferred into the Delta this morning and will re-join the group on the morning of day 6. Please speak to your consultant for a copy of the programme for your Okavango Delta Excursion.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Maun (Moremi Game Reserve)

For those guests who have purchased the activity package, you will be collected from the hotel before first light and we will drive to the South gate to enter Moremi Game Reserve. As the lagoons and channels form a vital section of the Okavango Delta eco-system, sightings of bird and animal populations become more frequent as the day progresses. The game viewing routes chosen on the day by the professional guide may vary especially when high floods are experienced as certain roads may be closed or impassable. Those guests who have not purchased the activity package have the day to relax at the accommodation establishment.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Activity: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (for those guests who have not purchased the Moremi game drive)

Day 6 – Nata

Our journey today takes us across the northern reaches of the Makgadikgadi Pans, lined with majestic examples of the iconic Baobab tree. Our activity package will afford us the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon guided excursion to the Pans and Nata Sanctuary to appreciate the spectacular view and sundowner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity Package: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)

Day 7 – Chobe National Park

We rise early this morning as we continue north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This 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 river in the afternoon. Our day ends with a leisurely boat cruise and a meal served around the campfire.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive Chobe National Park Boat Cruise

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. The bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline and upon arrival you will have the chance to book these various activities. 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
Optional Activity: Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience, Dinner cruise and more.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast
Optional Activity: Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience, Dinner cruise and more.

Day 10 – Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park

This morning we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). After our visit to the falls, we leave the rumble and adventure of Victoria Falls behind us as we make the journey south to Hwange National Park. Hwange is the largest of Zimbabwe’s national parks and offers excellent opportunities for viewing the diversity of wildlife that calls the park home.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 11 – Hwange National Park

Home to the big-5, Hwange National Park also offers a wide variety of plains game and birdlife. Those guests who purchased the activity package will be collected from the accommodation in the morning and will spend the day game driving (in open 4×4 vehicles) through Hwange in search of the animals.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity Package: Full day Hwange National Park game drive

Day 12 – 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
Activity Package: Afternoon game drive in Matopos National Park

Day 13 – 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 14 – Tshipise

Text for each day 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, Dinner

Day 15 – 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 meal tonight. This can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared and tonight is for celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Optional Activity: Traditional meal at Belvedere Estate

Day 16 – Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

Please note that during the next few days (while we are visiting Kruger National Park), the order of activities could change without prior notice and a degree of flexibility is needed. This is to allow for maximum game viewing opportunities and experiences. Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. We set up camp at our base for the next three nights and enjoy a lovely sundowner drive.

Meals Included: Dinner
Activity Package: Sundowner drive

Day 17 – 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity Package: Full-Day Kruger Park Game Drive in 4×4 Vehicles

Day 18 – Kruger National Park – Panorama Route

Text for each day

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19 – Town – Town

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. After our walk, we exit the park and journey along the scenic Panorama Route where we will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. We return to camp in the evening to enjoy a lovely local dinner and dance.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Activity Package: Morning guided bush wal

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.

  • Chobe National Park game drive
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise
  • Afternoon game drive Matopos National Park
  • Sundowner drive
  • 4×4 Game drive in Kruger National Park
  • Morning guided bush walk
  • Moremi Game reserve game drive
  • Makgadikgadi Pans excursion
  • Moremi Game reserve game drive
  • Full day game drive Hwange National Park

 

 

Camping – R34330 excl Activity Package
Camping Single Supplement - R1700
Camping Activity Package – R9190

Accommodated – R44330 excl Activity Package
Accommodated Single Supplement – R7330
Accommodated Activity Package – R9190

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

19 Day Southern African Circle Overland

R34,330.00

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 to Kalahari Gateway

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.

Day 2 – Kalahari Gateway to 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. This afternoon 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 – Maun

This morning we bid farewell to the San and make our way to Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta. There will be time this afternoon for those who wish to enjoy an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Your guides will brief you this evening on what you will need for the upcoming Delta excursions.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta

Day 4 – Okavango Delta

The most rewarding and enjoyable way to explore and experience the beauty and serenity of this intricate system of lily covered channels and lagoons, is by mokoro. Heading out early, we will be transferred by safari vehicle to the poling station (approximately 1 hour transfer) where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta. The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed lined channels which open out onto beautiful lagoons. Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your poler. After the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the mooring station. While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game viewing activity, a variety of game may be encountered in this pristine wilderness area including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.

Those guests who have pre-purchased the upgrade package – will be transferred into the Delta this morning and will re-join the group on the morning of day 6. Please speak to your consultant for a copy of the programme for your Okavango Delta Excursion.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Maun (Moremi Game Reserve)

For those guests who have purchased the activity package, you will be collected from the hotel before first light and we will drive to the South gate to enter Moremi Game Reserve. As the lagoons and channels form a vital section of the Okavango Delta eco-system, sightings of bird and animal populations become more frequent as the day progresses. The game viewing routes chosen on the day by the professional guide may vary especially when high floods are experienced as certain roads may be closed or impassable. Those guests who have not purchased the activity package have the day to relax at the accommodation establishment.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Activity: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (for those guests who have not purchased the Moremi game drive)

Day 6 – Nata

Our journey today takes us across the northern reaches of the Makgadikgadi Pans, lined with majestic examples of the iconic Baobab tree. Our activity package will afford us the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon guided excursion to the Pans and Nata Sanctuary to appreciate the spectacular view and sundowner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity Package: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)

Day 7 – Chobe National Park

We rise early this morning as we continue north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This 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 river in the afternoon. Our day ends with a leisurely boat cruise and a meal served around the campfire.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive Chobe National Park Boat Cruise

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. The bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline and upon arrival you will have the chance to book these various activities. 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
Optional Activity: Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience, Dinner cruise and more.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast
Optional Activity: Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience, Dinner cruise and more.

Day 10 – Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park

This morning we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). After our visit to the falls, we leave the rumble and adventure of Victoria Falls behind us as we make the journey south to Hwange National Park. Hwange is the largest of Zimbabwe’s national parks and offers excellent opportunities for viewing the diversity of wildlife that calls the park home.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 11 – Hwange National Park

Home to the big-5, Hwange National Park also offers a wide variety of plains game and birdlife. Those guests who purchased the activity package will be collected from the accommodation in the morning and will spend the day game driving (in open 4×4 vehicles) through Hwange in search of the animals.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity Package: Full day Hwange National Park game drive

Day 12 – 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
Activity Package: Afternoon game drive in Matopos National Park

Day 13 – 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 14 – Tshipise

Text for each day 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, Dinner

Day 15 – 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 meal tonight. This can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared and tonight is for celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Optional Activity: Traditional meal at Belvedere Estate

Day 16 – Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

Please note that during the next few days (while we are visiting Kruger National Park), the order of activities could change without prior notice and a degree of flexibility is needed. This is to allow for maximum game viewing opportunities and experiences. Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. We set up camp at our base for the next three nights and enjoy a lovely sundowner drive.

Meals Included: Dinner
Activity Package: Sundowner drive

Day 17 – 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity Package: Full-Day Kruger Park Game Drive in 4×4 Vehicles

Day 18 – Kruger National Park – Panorama Route

Text for each day

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19 – Town – Town

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. After our walk, we exit the park and journey along the scenic Panorama Route where we will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. We return to camp in the evening to enjoy a lovely local dinner and dance.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Activity Package: Morning guided bush wal

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.

  • Chobe National Park game drive
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise
  • Afternoon game drive Matopos National Park
  • Sundowner drive
  • 4×4 Game drive in Kruger National Park
  • Morning guided bush walk
  • Moremi Game reserve game drive
  • Makgadikgadi Pans excursion
  • Moremi Game reserve game drive
  • Full day game drive Hwange National Park

 

 

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