SMALL GROUP LODGE SAFARI: Travel from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg on this 12-day lodge accommodated safari. There's time to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls before crossing in Botswana to spot an abundance of wildlife in Chobe National Park and watch the sunset over the Makgadikgadi Pans. Then it's onto South Africa to view Kaoxa Bushman paintings, see the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and search for the Big Five on game drives in Kruger National Park.
Free day in Victoria Falls
Today is free to spend at leisure. Be sure to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls (park entrance not included). which is without doubt one of the most spectacular sights in Africa! You can also browse the local markets for soapstone sculptures and enjoy a range of exciting activities which are available to book locally. From scenic helicopter flights over the falls to white water rafting and sunset cruises.
Overnight: Victoria Falls | Breakfast
Victoria Falls - Kasane (Botswana). We cross into Botswana on day 3 and travel to our lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. The rest of the day is free to relax by the pool and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Look out for warthogs scurrying around the grounds!
Chobe is famous for its picturesque scenery, wonderful sunsets and abundance of wildlife. On day 4 we enjoy an early morning game drive in Chobe National Park and a sunset game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River, spotting wildlife on the banks of the river.
Overnight: Chobe River (2) | Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2
Kasane - Nata Region. Today we travel to the Nata Region and visit the Makgadikgadi Pans. Situated North-East of Botswana, Makhadikgadi Pans is one of the largest salt flats in the world, extending from the Boteti River in the west to the Ntwetwe Pan in the East. Here we take in the beautiful sunset over the remains of an ancient 6500km2 lake.
Overnight: Nata Region | Breakfast, Dinner
Mapesu Private Game Reserve
Nata - Mapesu Private Game Reserve (South Africa). We travel through Botswana today and cross the Limpopo River into South Africa. We spend the next two nights at a lodge in Mapesu Private Game Reserve on the border of Mapungubwe National Park. Mapungubwe National Park and Mapungubwe Hill is at the center of the World Heritage Landscape where the first southern African kingdom was established in the 13th Century, it's also famous for its San rock art sites.
Overnight: Mapesu Private Game Reserve | Breakfast, Dinner
Mapungubwe National Park
We take a scenic morning walk to view the remarkably well-preserved Kaoxa Bushman paintings today and in the afternoon enjoy a sunset game drive in Mapungubwe National Park. Look out for wildlife in the park and take in spectacular views over the Baobab laden landscape.
Overnight: Mapesu Private Game Reserve | Breakfast, Dinner
Mapesu Private Game Reserve - Hazyview. We travel south today, along the beautiful Panorama Route to Kruger National Park. On our journey we visit Bourkes Luck Potholes and see the beautiful Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa’s remarkable natural sights. The canyon is 26km long, averages 800m deep and forms the northern edge of the Drakensberg Mountain Range. At God's Window we take in the breath-taking view across the canyon and surrounding area. Late afternoon we arrive at our lodge where we'll spend the next 3 nights.
Overnight: Hazyview | Breakfast
Kruger is the largest game reserve in South Africa and it's home to the Big Five, as well as numerous other species of fauna and flora. On day 9 we have an exciting full day game drive inside the park in open 4x4 vehicles, going in search of the Big Five.
The following day is free to relax before we head out on a late afternoon game drive inside the park in open 4x4 vehicles. As the heat reduces we're likely to enjoy sightings of more active animals in the park.
Overnight: Hazyview | Breakfast x 2
Our incredible adventure comes to an end after breakfast. A departure transfer to O.R Tambo International Airport is included.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates marked with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. This safari has a maximum group size of 16. The 'Twin Share' price is per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.
Local payment - USD250pp, to be paid on arrival
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls
Located just 1.4km from Victoria Falls, you're able to see the spray from the hotel when the falls are in full flood. Rooms are comfortable, boasting queen-sized beds, ensuite bathrooms, a safe and climate control. Wi-Fi is available in all areas of the hotel, including outside on the sun terrace. There's a buffet breakfast at the onsite restaurant, and you can also enjoy meals outside by the pool, and enjoy a drink at either of the two bars.
Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park
Situated on the banks of the Chobe River in Kasane, Chobe Safari Lodge is is ideally located for exploring Chobe National Park. Rooms are spacious, with excellent facilities and private balconies. The restaurant serves a tasty selection of African and international cuisine, while the bar is a perfect place to relax with a cocktail in hand as the sun sets. The hotel also has an attractive sundeck and swimming pool overlooking the river. Keep a look out for warthogs scurrying around the grounds!
Nata Lodge, Nata Region
Nata Lodge is an peaceful oasis, set on the edge of Botswana's famous Makgadikgadi salt pans, next to the diverse Nata Bird Sanctuary. The lodge offers 22 Luxury Wooden Chalets, set on stilts below swaying palms. These spacious en suite units feature a ball-and-claw bath, outdoor shower and air-conditioning. Set in lush gardens, guests can dine out under the star-filled African sky at the lodge restaurant and relax in the daytime at the palm-studded poolside, spotting many species of birds which flock to the lodge. Facilities at the lodge include wifi, a swimming pool, gift shop, bar and lounge area.
Mopane Bush Lodge - Wilderness Tented Camp, Musina
Mopane Bush Lodge is located on the Mapesu Private Game Reserve and surrounded by unique sandstone formations, mopane bushveld and a myriad of wildlife. The 7200-hectare reserve is adjacent to Mapungubwe National Park. The Wilderness Tented Camp offers luxuriously appointed tents, each fitted with an ensuite bathroom with a large bath tub, outdoor shower, comfortable furnishings and a private deck. The tented camp is tucked away on a hillside, providing wonderful panoramic views of the reserve. At the lodge you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool and watch a spectacular sunset with a drink in hand from the bar. The lodge has a fine dining restaurant and free WiFi is available.
Hippo Hollow Country Estate, Kruger National Park
Hippo Hollow Country Estate is a family-friendly hotel located on the banks of the Sabi River on the edge of the Kruger ecosystem. Accommodation is in thatched chalets and traditional standard rooms. Set amongst well-maintained gardens (often with visitors in the form of elephants and other wildlife), there are two outdoor swimming pools and an onsite restaurant with views of a popular hippo gathering spot. Outdoor patio areas and ensuite bathrooms come as standard and the constant sound of the flowing river adds a tranquil element to this charming hotel. There's free Wi-Fi in public areas.
The Safari Club, Johannesburg
African-themed Safari Club is a luxurious yet homely accommodation close to Johannesburg airport. With just 17 rooms all uniquely styled to represent a specific area on the continent it is easy to make yourself at home here. The hotel boasts a beautiful garden and serves fantastic food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The friendly bar is the perfect place to relax in the evening whilst sipping on a tasty beverage or two. The hotel is situated just a 4 minute drive from the airport - so it is the ideal place to start, or finish, your African adventure.