Falls to Jo'burg - 12 days

FROM USD $790

Kicking off at the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and travelling through to South Africa's world famous Kruger National Park, taking in the best of Botswana along the way.

FAMILY DEPARTURES - PARENTS WITH CHILDREN ARE WELCOME ON SELECTED DEPARTURES OF THIS TRIP.
Saturday. Welcome to Victoria Falls, one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world! Included transfer to our campsite in the centre of town. On day 1 there is a pre-departure meeting at 17:00hrs. Overnight - Victoria Falls
Today is spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of optional excursions. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of town, and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A 20 minute walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by David Livingstone on his explorations, and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! Our exciting range of optional excursions include elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, walking with lions, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint hearted! All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is also world class. Overnight - Victoria Falls
Falls to Jo'burg - 12 days Go Guide : :Check out the go guide for details of the tour, info on visas, climate, money, what to bring and more!
Elephant in Hwange National Park
Day 3: Chobe River
Victoria Falls - Chobe (Botswana). This morning we leave Victoria Falls and cross the border into Botswana, and head to Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for the large herds of elephant around the river. This afternoon enjoy a boat cruise along the river spotting the elephants and hippos. (Please note, from Jan 2014 onwards the Chobe River Cruise will be an optional excursion, payable locally). Overnight - Kasane (B, L, D)
Day 4: Maun
Kasane - Maun. Heading out early, we cross the western end of the Chobe National Park area along the main route in a south-westerly direction to the southern reaches of the Okavango Delta and our destination, Maun. Maun is our base camp for the optional 3-day/2-night Okavango Delta Mokoro excursion. Overnight - Maun (B, L, D)
Days 5 - 6: Optional Okavango
Maun - Okavango Delta (optional). On day 5 we have the opportunity to take the optional 3 Day / 2 Night Drive in Mokoro Excursion into the Delta. We drive north for two hours on day 5 to the Okavango Delta; a huge expanse of water, studded with exotic islands and renowned for its incredible variety of birdlife and animals. In mokoros (dugout canoes) replete with skilled polers, our crafts will glide through the waterways of the flora and fauna rich wetlands of the Delta, the largest inland waterway on earth. Experience the Delta wilderness on two game walks and enjoy free time on day 6 to partake in a number of optional activities, perhaps try your hand at poling your own Mokoro!

If you choose not to take the Okavango Delta Excursion you can spend a relaxing three days in Maun, relax by the pool at the campsite, explore the town and its local markets. Overnight - Maun OR Okavango Delta (optional) (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Waving at the camera!
Day 7: Maun
Okavango Delta - Maun. For those on the optional Okavango Delta excursion, this morning gives us a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to Maun. After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back in the afternoon and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability). Overnight - Maun (B, L, D)
Days 8 - 9: Blyde River Canyon
Maun - Palapye - Blydepoort (South Africa). Heading out early on day 8, we drive to the small town of Palapye, situated about halfway between Francistown and Gaborone (Botswana’s Capitol). This popular ‘stopover’ town for those en route to South Africa.

The following morning we cross into South Africa and continue across to our camp overlooking the impressive Blyde River Canyon. Named for the Blyde River that runs through it, the canyon is 26km long, and averages 800m deep and forms the northern edge of the impressive Drakensberg Mountain Range. The main viewpoints along the canyon are the 3 Rondavels, named for the shape of the traditional huts or houses the indigenous people of the area used to live in; and Gods Window that affords a breathtaking view across the canyon and surrounding area. Overnight - Palapye (1) Blydepoort (1) (B:2, L:2, D:2)
The most illusive of the Big 5 - the stunning leopard. Try and spot one of our African Safaris.
Days 10 - 11: Kruger N.P.
Blydepoort - Hazyview. Heading through the breathtaking Panorama Route, we stop off at various viewpoints today including scenic God’s Window. We pass through the small town of Graskop, and head toward the Kruger National Park and our campsite on the border of the park. Situated just 10km from Kruger’s Phabeni Gate, the camp is home to Giraffe, Zebra and Hippo to name but a few.

The following day we visit the amazing Kruger National Park in search of some of the 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species that make this park their home. We travel in our truck along the main game viewing routes within the park and stop off at some of the camps along the way. For those who wish to upgrade to an open vehicle game drive, this can be arranged with the trip leader at an additional cost. Overnight - Kruger N.P. (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Day 12: Johannesburg
Wednesday. Hazyview - Johannesburg. After breakfast we drive to Johannesburg. Our late afternoon arrival marks the end of our adventure. (B)

FAMILY DEPARTURES

Parents with children and teens aged 6 to 17 are welcome on selected Falls to Jo'burg and Jo'burg to Falls departure dates. Children under 12 get 5% off the trip price. See the Prices / Date tab above for details.

Travelling Northbound?

This trip also runs in reverse from J’burg to Victoria Falls, the itinerary takes in the highlights of Zimbabwe and Matabo National Park not Botswana, please refer to the 'Northbound' tab above and the Go Guide for details.

 

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Tour Details
  • Starts in: Victoria Falls / Ends in: Johannesburg
  • Departs: Saturdays - year round
  • Local Payment: $365 USD
  • Breakfast:10, Lunch: 9, Dinner: 9
  • Hotel Rating: Camping expedition
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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