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Safari in the South

36 days  |  Johannesburg to Cape Town  |  from USD $2,489  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Starting with a safari in the famous Kruger National Park, this incredible journey takes you to the stunning beaches and reefs of Mozambique, through African bushveld and desolate deserts, ending in Cape Town. Go wild in Hwange, Chobe and Etosha National Parks, scale the Sossusvlei Dunes and experience fascinating cultures on this 36 day adventure through Southern Africa.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ITINERARY BELOW RELATES TO TRAVEL IN 2015. DAYS 10 - 12 WILL FOLLOW A DIFFERENT ITINERARY IN 2016, PLEASE SEE THE TRIP NOTES FOR DETAILS.

Day 1

Saturday. Welcome to South Africa! Included transfer from Johannesburg Airport, to our accommodation. Tonight there will be a welcome meeting at 17.00pm where you will meet your guide and the rest of your group.
Overnight: Johannesburg

Days 2-3

Johannesburg - Kruger National Park. Leaving Johannesburg we head towards the Lowveld and our camp situated on the border of the famous Kruger National Park. On our way we pass through the southern section of the picturesque Panorama Route – famous for its breathtaking vistas. Our camp for the next two nights is a short drive from the Kruger Park Gate and has some interesting local residents that include hippo, giraffe, zebra and impala. On day 3 we explore South Africa's flagship wildlife park, as we drive through Kruger in search of the Big Five. This evening we camp south of the park.
Overnight: Greater Kruger National Park  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 4-5

Kruger - Inhambane Region (Mozambique). On day 4 we leave South Africa and head to the warm waters of the Mozambique coastline. Well known as an Ivory and slave trade centre in the colonial years, Inhambane was the centre of trade for the then Portuguese East Africa. Today Maputo is the capital of Mozambique and the centre of its trade industry. We travel along the scenic back route bypassing the capital to Praia de Zavora Bay, one of the finest stretches of coastline in the Inhambane region where we set up our camp and enjoy the fantastic views and scenery.

The next day is spent at leisure enjoying the fantastic seaside activities on offer. These included swimming, snorkelling, fishing and scuba diving the nearby reefs. Alternatively spend the day lazing on the long sandy beach enjoying the lulling sounds of the waves as they lap the shoreline.
Overnight: Praia de Zavora Bay  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 6
Morrungulu resort

Inhambane Region - Morrungula. Today we take a leisurely drive up the coast to the picturesque Morrungulu resort. Situated in among a coconut palm plantation, this camp offers a truly tropical island feel. Try your hand at deep-sea fishing, or simply enjoy a relaxing walk along this stretch of beach.
Overnight: Morrungulu  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 7-8

Morrungulu - Vilanculous. Vilanculous is the stepping stone to the 3 main islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. We spend 2 nights here to give those who wish, the opportunity to take a boat charter out to the smaller island of Magaruque on day 8. Other activities include Dhow trips, sunset cruises, horse riding, big game fishing, whale watching (seasonal) and more.
Overnight: Vilanculos  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 9
Bandula

Vilanculous - Bandula. Continuing northward we say farewell to the tropical coastline and head inland to Bandula. Today’s drive takes us through the more rural parts of Mozambique and affords the opportunity to see local Mozambican villages and farmsteads. Arriving in the late afternoon, we set up camp on the banks of the Chicamba Dam.
Overnight: Bandula  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 10-11
Gweru

Bandula - Gweru (Zimbabwe). On day 10 we enter Zimbabwe - a beautiful country, rich in soul, culture and tradition. We make our way to the town of Gweru, in Zimbabwe’s Midlands. Here we stop over at The Antelope Park where a wide variety of game viewing opportunities are available in this area inhabited by lion, elephant, giraffe and obviously numerous antelope! We have the unique opportunity to walk with lions, ride or swim with elephants, view game from horse back or from the back of a vehicle. The following day is spent at leisure enjoying personal encounters with Africa’s wildlife.

Please note: We will not be visiting Gweru and the Antelope Park in 2016. Days 10 - 12 will follow a different itinerary, visiting the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Matobo National Park and spending an extra night in Hwange National Park. Please see the trip notes for details.
Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 12
Bulawayo

Gweru - Bulawayo. Leaving Gweru, we head to Bulawayo - Zimbabwe’s second largest city. The city still retains much of its British Colonial character, evident by the many buildings maintained as heritage sites by the Bulawayo City Council. Interesting places to visit are the Natural History Museum, the National Arts Gallery and the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre.
Overnight: Bulawayo  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Bulawayo - Hwange NP. We continue north-west to Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest reserve – the Hwange National Park. Hwange is well known for its abundance and variety of wildlife species including thousands of elephant, and rare antelope species such as the Sable and Roan Antelope. We enjoy a game drive (either late afternoon or early morning) to explore the wilderness in search of these, and the other resident wildlife species.
Overnight: Hwange N.P.  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 14-16

Hwange - Victoria Falls. Leaving Hwange, we head to Victoria Falls. 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. 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. The afternoon and the following two days are spent at leisure viewing the Victoria Falls, exploring the delights of the town or participating in the myriad of optional activities in offer, including bungee jumps, white water rafting and scenic flights over the falls.
Overnight: Victoria Falls  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 1

Days 17-18

Victoria Falls - Chobe - Kasane (Botswana). After breakfast we cross the border into Botswana and head to Kasane where we have a chance to explore the town. After lunch we leave for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion – an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on your game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Roller’s that swoop by! After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane.

After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before heading back to Kasane. Once returning to camp, we have a bit of free time to relax or further explore the local town of Kasane.
Overnight: Chobe (1), Kasane (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 19

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, which is the starting point for travel into the Delta.
Overnight: Maun  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 20-21

Maun - Okavango Delta (optional). From Maun we have the opportunity to take the optional 3 Day / 2 Night Okavango Delta Excursion. From Maun we drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station. The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro (dugout canoes maneuvered through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds). At the Mokoro station, we meet our ‘polers’ head out into the waterways. After a couple of hours along the waterways, our guides find us a place to camp, and later in the afternoon we set off on an afternoon game walk, allowing us to experience The Delta wilderness.

Enjoy rest, relaxation and Delta experiences on day 7, when we have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including swimming, game walks, mokoro cruises and even a chance to try our hands at poling our own mokoro!

For those not opting to explore the Delta, you can stay at the campsite in Maun relaxing by the swimming pool or playing volleyball.

Please note: If you're travelling in 2016, the Okavango Delta 2 night/3 day excursion is included in the trip price.
Overnight: Maun OR optional Okavango Delta  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 22-23
Maun & Divundu

Okavango Delta - Maun - Divundu (Namibia). For those on our Okavango Excursion there is a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to Maun. 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).

Following the Kavango River, we enter Northern Namibia on day 9. We stop at Rundu for supplies before heading to our spectacular campsite located on the banks of the Kavango River.
Overnight: Maun (1), Divundu (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 24

Divundu - Etosha. From Divundu, we head to Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier nature and wildlife reserve. Situated around the Etosha Pan with a large variety of animal and bird life, the extensive network of gravel roads affords us the opportunity of accessing even the most remote areas of the park. After lunch, we spend the remainder of the day exploring the park’s northern area. Keep an eye out for the striking Oryx and Springbok as these are endemic to desert national parks! After dinner why not head to the waterhole where you can sit and observe the animals may come to drink in the evenings.
Overnight: Etosha N.P.  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 25-26
Etosha safari

On day 25 we make our way 150 km across the park, keeping a look out for the many different mammals, reptiles, birds and insects in the various regions. After a full day of game viewing, we exit the park through Anderson gate and head to our campsite just 10kms away. The following day takes us further south through the Namibian countryside to a campsite, located in the vicinity of Etosha National Park.
Overnight: Etosha National Park area  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 27
Brandberg

Etosha National Park area - Brandberg. Today we head down south to the area of the Brandberg. All depending on the time of arrival we will have the opportunity to explore the area.
Overnight: Brandberg  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 28-29

Brandberg - Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund. We travel via Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund on day 28. Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants & bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit. The following day is spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of optional excursions which include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, horse riding and more!
Overnight: Swakopmund  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 30-31

Swakopmund - Sesriem. Leaving Swakopmund, we head south to the industrial Walvis Bay before turning inland and toward the desert. Continuing our journey, we enter the Namib-Naukluft Park in one of the oldest deserts in the world. We base ourselves at Sesriem, a great place to experience the Namib and its many moods. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300 m high. We spend the afternoon exploring this amazing area.
Overnight: Sesriem  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 32

Sesriem - Fish River Canyon. Heading out early, we see the sunrise over this beautiful area before we leave the serenity of the dunes to head south to the Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep, it’s the second largest canyon in the world. A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from where we can take in the spectacular vistas.
Overnight: Fish River Canyon  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 33
Gariep River

Fish River Canyon - Gariep River (South Africa). This morning we continue south, where, after a short drive, we reach the Gariep River - the natural land border between Namibia and South Africa. We camp at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river. This afternoon we have the option of a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Gariep River, affording us the opportunity of some bird watching or just a scenic and relaxing paddle.
Overnight: Gariep River  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 34

Gariep River - Cederberg. This morning we travel south through the Richtersveld and the mining town of Springbok, before reaching the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. We spend tonight in a picturesque campsite surrounded by local wine farms and have the opportunity to sample some of the nectar of the gods or to explore the surrounding beautiful Cederberg Mountains.
Overnight: Cederberg Mountains  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 35

Cederberg - Cape Town. We leave the scenic Cederberg area and travel south towards Cape Town. We travel through the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal before crossing the Piketberg Pass to the Cape’s wine growing regions. Our first sighting of the Mother’s City Table Mountain across Table Bay means we’ve reached our final destination. We take a guided Township Tour in the city before our final night together in dormitories in one of Cape Town’s best loved hostels.
Overnight: Cape Town  |  Breakfast

Day 36

Saturday. This morning we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime! Extend your stay to explore Cape Town and partake in some of the many optional excursions on offer.

Overland Budget Accommodation Upgrade

If you're interested in our adventurous Overland Safaris but don't fancy camping, there is the option to upgrade to budget accommodation (subject to availability). You will be travelling with our overland camping passengers, sharing a truck, equipment and chores with them and enjoying your meals together as a group. Accommodation is in basic twin share rooms and a single supplement applies for solo travellers if we're unable to match you up or you would prefer the privacy of your own room. For more details please refer to the tour Trip Notes.

Trip Highlights

South Africa:Johannesburg - extend your stay to explore the city. The scenic Panorama Route. Kruger National Park. Cederberg Area and the Gariep River. Cape Town, extend your stay to explore the city.
Botswana:Chobe National Park, famous for its herds of elephants. Boat cruise along the Chobe River. Okavango Delta (optional excursion).
Mozambique: Lake Chicamba. Mozambique's tropical coastline - Villanculous, gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, Morrungulu resort and Inhambane's beaches and reefs.
Namibia: Fish River Canyon, the world's 2nd largest canyon. Namib Naukluft National Park - Sossusvlei & Dune 45 (optional). Etosha National Park, Namibia's finest wildlife sanctuary. Swakopmund, a charming colonial coastal town. Damaraland - Cheetah Park and Spitzkoppe. The lush Kavango region.
Zimbabwe:UNESCO Listed Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world.

Included

Arrival transfer from Johannesburg Airport on day 1
A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
All camping fees & appropriate equipment
Park entry - The Antelope Park (Gweru). Park entry & game drives - Kruger NP, Hwange NP, Chobe NP and Etosha NP
1st night dormitory accommodation at Mufasa Backpackers (upgrade available) and 34 nights camping (option to upgrade to budget accommodation at time of booking - subject to availability)
Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
34 breakfasts, 30 lunches, 28 dinners
All road taxes & tolls

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Optional activities

Prices shown are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.

Local payment - 2015: US$1000 / 2016: $1240
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
Local Payment
This trip has a local payment. It is this payment which covers entrance fees, camping fees and meals as detailed for this itinerary. The local payment is in addition to the prices specified and is to be paid directly to the tour leader on Day 1 of the trip. The payment should be made in cash, in the currency specified.

Please note that due to exchange rate fluctuations, as well as potential changes to park entrance fees, the local payment amount may be subject to change. We will however inform you of any such changes as soon as we are aware of them.
2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $2489
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USD $2489
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USD $2489
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USD $2489
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Budget Accommodation Upgrade Supplement
USD $1450
USD $2249
Budget Accommodation Upgrade Supplement 2016
USD $3130
USD $1870

BUDGET ACCOMMODATION UPGRADE: There is the option to upgrade from camplng to budget accommodation on this trip - the upgrade supplement can be found under the dates and prices below. The accommodation upgrade is available on a first come first serve basis, please contact us to check availability. A single supplement will apply for solo travellers if we're unable to match you up or you would prefer the privacy of your own room. For more details please refer to the tour Trip Notes.

Tour Details
Starts
Johannesburg
Ends
Cape Town
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
Camping (Budget accommodation upgrade available)
Local Payment
2015: US$1000 / 2016: $1240
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 33, Lunch: 29, Dinner: 28
Extra Tour Info
About Overland Safaris
Information on travelling through Africa on a overland safari
Tourist Visas
Visa requirements for Africa and info on getting your visa
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.