14 Day – Botswana & Victoria Falls – The Ultimate 4×4 Adventure


TOUR ENQUIRY


Duration:  14 Days / 13 Nights

Accommodation:

  • Accommodation is subject to availability, if our first choice accommodation is not available we shall endeavour to supply comparable facilities.
  • The standard of the accommodation that we recommend is on average a lot better than our grading, due to the fact that we selected the best accommodation available for each category at each location.

Car Hire:

  • Hotels, Lodges, Etc – Toyota S / Cab 4 X 4 or Similar    ////     Camping – Toyota S / Cab 4 X 4 / 2 Berth Fully Equipped or Similar – Johannesburg to Johannesburg.

Includes – Contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover on vehicle hire / southern Africa cross border permit     ////      multiple drivers & cleaning fees. 

Flights:

  • No domestic flight required.
  • For this tour you need to book your international flights to arrive in Johannesburg and depart from Johannesburg.

Day 1:

Morning arrival in South Africa. Our representative will be at the airport to meet you and hand over your travel documents (vouchers). Collect your hired vehicle at the rentals office at Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport. Depending on your time of arrival, you could drive to the historical city of Pretoria which is one of South Africa’s capital cities. Visit the impressive Voortrekker Monument, Paul Kruger House, Church Square and Union Buildings where Mr. Nelson Mandela’s body “lay in state” for 3 days in December 2013.

Campers – You have time to be briefed about the operating instructions of your 4 x 4 fully equipped camper and the rest of the afternoon to buy supplies for your trip. Overnight at our charming little lodge in Kempton Park – Johannesburg.

Accommodation: Journey’s Inn Africa *** (-)


Day 2:

Drive north west through the Limpopo province and the Groblersbrug border post to your camp situated on the banks of the great grey green greasy Limpopo River on the border between South Africa and Botswana.

Accommodation: *** (B) or Local Campsite (-)


Day 3:

Travel to Nata via Francistown. Visit on route or take a recommended optional open vehicle guided safari (from your lodge / campsite) to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The unique Sowa (Sua) Pan is one of the largest salt pans in the world stretching 252 km² and it is known for its prolific birdlife or arrive early at your lodge and have the afternoon at leisure. Overnight near Nata

Accommodation: *** (B) or Local Campsite (-)


Day 4, 5, 6 & 7:

Drive via Maun to the Moremi Game Reserve on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta. The Okavango River drains the summer (January-February) rainfall from the Angola highlands and the surge flows 1200 kilometers in approximately one month. The waters then spread over a 250 x 150 km area of the delta, over the next four months (March-June). The high temperature of the delta causes rapid transpiration and evaporation, resulting in a cycle of rising and falling water level that was not fully understood until the early 20th century. The flood peaks between June and August, during Botswana’s dry winter months, when the delta swells to three times its permanent size, attracting animals from all around and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife.

You have the next couple of days for some serious “4 x 4 ing”, whilst touching on the Okavango, before continuing on through the Moremi Game Reserve where one can experience excellent views of Savannah game, as well as bird-watching on the lagoons. There are also thickly wooded areas, which are home to the rare leopard, and then it’s off to the Savuti region in the Chobe National Park, which is home to some of the greatest wildlife displays in Africa. The Savuti is known for its mysterious vanishing river, the Savuti Channel, which is home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers). It is also famous for its lions, hyenas and vast array of other species of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, jackal, impala, red lechwe and African wild dog.

Accommodation: **** (D & B) or Local Campsite (-)


Day 8 & 9:

Depart early from Savuti for your camp situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River, where you will have the afternoon and the following day to relax and explore the beauty of Chobe – Botswana, an area that is home to Africa’s largest concentration of elephant. There are safaris and boat cruises that depart daily from the various campsites and lodges into the Chobe National Park. I recommend that you make use of these services. Overnight at Kasane – Botswana

Accommodation: **** (B) or Local Campsite (-)

Optional activities:

  • Morning – Open vehicle safari – Chobe National Park
  • Afternoon – Sunset cruise down the Chobe River
  • Afternoon – Open vehicle safari – Chobe National Park
  • Tiger fishing on the Chobe River
  • Scenic flights over the Okavango Delta

Day 10:

Cross the border at Kazungula to Zimbabwe for a visit to one of the “natural wonders of the world”. Although Dr David Livingstone first viewed the Victoria Falls on the 16 November 1855 from Livingstone Island in Zambia, the best view of the Victoria Falls is without a doubt from the Zimbabwe side. You then have the afternoon and the next morning to explore what this magnificent stretch of Africa has to offer. There are a host of optional activities available:

  • Zambezi River Cruise
  • Tour to Livingstone Island in Zambia
  • Tiger fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Quad-biking
  • Game safaris to Mosi-o-Tunya Park
  • Elephant back safaris
  • Walking with the lions
  • Helicopter / micro light & Tiger Moth flights over the falls
  • White water rafting
  • Zip-line
  • Bungee jumping.

Overnight in the village of Victoria Falls situated on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River.

Accommodation: **** (B) or Local Campsite (-)


Day 11:

After breakfast and a morning of leisure you return to Botswana and head in the direction of South Africa. Overnight in Pandamatenga.

Accommodation: *** (B) or Local Campsite (-)


Day 12:

This day involves quite a bit of travelling. Drive to Serowe and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary (KRS) is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhinoceros: restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state: provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. Covering approximately 4300 hectares of Kalahari Sandveld, the sanctuary provides prime habitat for white and black rhino, as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 species of bird species.

Accommodation: ** (-) or Local Campsite (-)


Day 13:

After breakfast you cross the border back into South Africa at the Martin’s Drift / Groblersbrug border post. Travel to the Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, as its Tswana name suggests, has become a ‘place of sanctuary’ for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. Contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterize the park. Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, five metre high cycads and tree ferns are some of the plant species found here. All the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats, as well as an amazing variety of birds including what’s probably the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures (more than 800 breeding pairs) in the world, have settled here. Overnight near Thabazimbi.

Accommodation: *** (-) or Local Campsite (-)


Day 14:

After a relaxing morning in the park, you depart to Johannesburg, the commercial hub of South Africa. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rentals office at O R Tambo International Airport. There will be time for some last minute shopping, before your departure. Catch your flight home.

Accommodation: – (-)


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Included: Accommodation (lodges 3 & 4*   ////   camping), car hire – contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover / Southern Africa cross border permit   ////  multiple drivers / cleaning fee and meals as indicated.

Excluded: Air tickets, passport / visa fees, travel insurance, phone calls, beverages, purchases, porter-age, gratuities, conservation fees & entrance fees and cost of excess baggage, etc.


 

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