Wildest Africa

18

Days

For this tour you will need to book your international flights to arrive in Johannesburg and depart from Johannesburg

Your tour highlights:


  • Soweto Tour

  • Panorama Route

  • Kruger National Park

  • Leshiba Private Game Reserve

  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

  • Chobe National Park

  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

  • Victoria Falls

  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary

  • Marakele National Park

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 1 Night - Johannesburg

  • 2 Nights - Hazyview

  • 3 Nights - Kruger National Park

  • 2 Nights - Leshiba

  • 1 Night - Nata

  • 2 Nights - Kasane

  • 2 Nights - Victoria Falls

  • 1 Night - Serowe

  • 2 Nights - Marakele National Park

Included:


  • Meet & Greet and assistance on arrival at airport

  • Travel Documents:

                       Working itinerary

                       Vouchers

                       Maps

                       Travel directions

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations / 4X4 Camp: 16 Nights

  • 19 Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 6 Dinners

  • Conservation fees as per itinerary

  • Vehicle Hire:

                       Contract Fees

                       Unlimited Milage

                       Maximum insurance cover

                       1 x Delivery fee

                       Cross border permit

  • Guided tour of Soweto

  • Leshiba:

                       Guided archaeological (rock art) trail

                       Open vehicle bush drive

  • Nata:

                       Open vehicle safari to

                       Makgadikgadi Pans

  • Chobe:

                       Early morning open vehicle safari

                       Sunset cruise on the Chobe River

  • Victoria Falls:

                       Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

Day 1:


Depart for South Africa on an overnight flight to arrive the next morning. If this is not convenient or you can get a better deal, if you book an earlier flight, then please let us know and we will plan accordingly.


Day 2:


Morning arrival in South Africa. Our representative / guide will be at the airport to meet you and hand over your travel documents (vouchers). From here we depart for a short township tour of Soweto for a glimpse of neighbourhood life and to reflect on the apartheid history of South Africa. This vibrant city is home to a host of interesting attractions such as the Twin Towers and Freedom Square, as well as Vilakazi Street which is the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize recipients resided namely Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the great Nelson Mandela. Included in this tour is a visit to the Nelson Mandela “Matchbox” House Museum and then the Apartheid Museum. You might like to get a bite to eat at the Truth Café found at the museum complex. Afternoon check-in at a charming lodge found on the East Rand. Dinner will be served at the lodge.


Accommodation:  Kempton Park - Johannesburg

Meals:  Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Guided tour of SOWETO


Day 3:


Your hired vehicle will be delivered to the lodge. After breakfast and the collection of your vehicle you depart for the province of Mpumalanga meaning the “pulling of the sun” or “the land where the sun rises”, also known as “Paradise Country”. Travel over the scenic Long Tom Pass, which is one of the highest paved roads in South Africa. On this pass you summit the Transvaal Drakensberg Mountains at 2150 meters (7053 feet), before dramatically descending into the Lowveld which averages about 300 meters (98o feet) above sea level. The pass was named after the Long Tom Guns. There is a replica of one of these Boer guns that marks the spot where the last of the guns were fired in action against the advancing British army during the Anglo-Boer War, which is also known today as the South African War. Check-in early afternoon at your lodge found in the village of Hazyview. You could enjoy an evening of African culture with traditional singing and dancing performed by the Shangaan, people who are the prominent ethnic group that reside in the Lowveld and the Greater Kruger National Park region. Overnight in the beautiful Sabie River Valley.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Traditional Shangaan Evening Show - Singing & Dancing


Day 4:


Your first stop today is the impressive unspoiled Mac Mac Falls with its double stream of water that tumbles into a 70 meter (230 feet) deep gorge. From here you head to the old historical gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest, a museum in its entirety. After a stroll through this interesting town and a visit to Robbers Grave, you continue along the “Panorama Route” of the Transvaal Drakensberg Mountains with its breathtaking vistas. Here you can view the imposing Three Rondavels and admire the stunning scenery of the Blyde River Canyon which is one of the deepest in the world. Also pay a visit to the spectacular Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Lunch can be had en-route at the original famous Harrie’s Pancakes found in the town of Graskop and dinner can be enjoyed back at you lodge. Overnight in Hazyview.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 5 & 6:


Depart for the world-renowned Kruger National Park, a national treasure which is known to be the most biodiverse park on earth with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, 55 amphibians, last recorded 506 bird species and about 1980 plant species. Spend the next two days off the beaten track travelling through the central Kruger region, an area teeming with zebra, wildebeest & giraffe which are the main prey for lions! We recommend you book on your arrival at the camp an open vehicle sunset safari for the following day. Dinners can be enjoyed at the camp restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet. Overnight in Kruger, undeniably Africa’s finest wildlife reserve.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Kruger National Park

Meals:  Breakfast (Day 5)


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Day 6 - Afternoon open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Day 7:


You can look forward to another trilling day out on tour in the Kruger National Park. Travel north through Kruger to continue your search for the “Big 5” animals, as well as a host of other animals and wonderful creatures found within their natural habitats. There is no better place in Africa to get closer to nature than to stay within the boundaries of the Kruger National Park. After dinner each night you could sit around your campfire under an African sky with stars so bright one feels you could reach out and touch them. Listen for any nocturnal visitors, as well the sounds and calls of the wild emanating from the African bush.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Kruger National Park

Meals:  None


Day 8 & 9:


Depart after breakfast from Kruger. Travel through Venda, which is known to be “The land of Legends”. The Venda’s are the smallest ethnic group in South Africa. They have staunch traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation which has transpired into an extremely interesting culture. Spend the next two nights at Leshiba, a quaint private nature reserve nestled within a remote area of the scenic Soutpansberg Mountains. Arrive in time for afternoon tea and a well deserved afternoon at leisure at this unique luxury Venda style lodge that was built on the foundations of an old traditional Venda village. All meals and activities are included with your stay. The next morning you join a guided archaeological (rock art) trail that offers an enlightening and mystical venture into the past. In the afternoon you can enjoy an open vehicle drive and “sundowners” - complimentary drinks at sunset in the bush.


Accommodation:  Leshiba

Meals:  Breakfast (Day 9), Lunch (Afternoon Tea) & Dinner


Included Activities:


  • Guided archaeological (rock art) trail

  • Open vehicle drive and complimentary drinks at sunset in the bush


Day 10:


You’re off on another adventure with an exciting travelling day that lies ahead. Depart early after breakfast for the border post and Botswana. Cross the great grey-green greasy Limpopo River into Botswana, previously known as Bechuanaland. From here you travel via the towns of Selebi-Phikwe and Francistown to Nata, the gateway to Botswana’s rich natural beauty. A picnic lunch can be enjoyed en-route and dinner will be served at the lodge’s restaurant under the stars and the cover of a huge acacia tree. Overnight near the village of Nata.


Accommodation:  Nata

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 11:


This morning you take an open vehicle safari into the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary known for its plentiful birdlife and Sowa (Sua) Pan which is one of the largest salt pans in the world stretching 252 km² (97 m²). Return for breakfast, after which you depart for your lodge found in the town of Kasane which overlooks the Chobe River and a stretch of land in Namibia known as the Caprivi Strip. This area is recognized for its large herds of elephant and Cape buffalo, as well as its prolific birdlife and the abundance of game such as hippo, crocodile, sable antelope, red lechwe and puku antelope. Lunch can be had en-route. Arrive early afternoon at your destination in order to have some time at leisure to relax or just take it easy by the pool. Overnight on the fringe of the Chobe National Park.


Accommodation:  Kasane

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Morning open vehicle safari into the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park


Day 12:


Discover the Chobe National Park and “Big 4” animal country on an early morning open vehicle safari. Return for breakfast where you then have the rest of the day to relax at the lodge, with its beautiful setting along the Chobe River or join an optional excursion. This afternoon you head back into the Chobe National Park on a sunset river cruise which will allow you the possibility to get “up close and personal” with an array of animals and birds. Overnight in Kasane - Botswana.


Accommodation:  Kasane

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Included Activities:


  • Early morning open vehicle safari into the Chobe National Park

  • Sunset cruise on the Chobe River


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Tiger fishing on the Chobe River

  • Visit a cultural village in Namibia


Day 13 & 14:


After breakfast and a leisurely morning you cross the border at Kazungula into Zimbabwe. Check-in at your lodge where you can then enjoy lunch, before you join a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Beverages and snacks are included on this excursion. This experience will undoubtedly be one of your highlights on this tour, as there are not many better ways to reflect on how good life can be than to be floating along the mighty Zambezi River, watching the sun set over Africa, whilst sipping a refreshing drink. The next day after breakfast you get to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls. The falls is one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”, it was named after Queen Victoria by Dr David Livingstone, who was the first European to view the falls on 16 November 1855. This powerful cascade of water, which stretches a mile wide and flows thunderously into a 360 feet deep gorge, is known to the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “The Smoke that Thunders”. The rest of the day is yours to explore the town of Victoria Falls with its numerous open air art & craft markets, galleries and shops selling detailed wood carvings, artistic local stone sculptures, beaded jewellery and authentic pieces of African art, or you could consider joining one or more of our recommended optional excursions. Both evenings in Victoria Falls are at leisure and dinners can be enjoyed at your lodge’s restaurant or at a restaurant of your choice found in or near town.


Accommodation:  Victoria Falls

Meals:  Breakfast


Included Activity:


  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Elephant back safari

  • Walking with the lions

  • “Flight of Angels” - a helicopter safari and flight over the Victoria Falls


Day 15:


This day involves a day of travel. Depart early after breakfast and drive back through Botswana towards South Africa via the towns of Nata, Francistown and Serowe. Overnight near the village of Serowe found near the Khama Rhino Sanctuary or stay within the reserve (depending on availability of accommodation).


Accommodation:  Serowe

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 16 & 17:


This morning, before departing for South Africa you could take an early morning drive around the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. A reserve established in 1992 to protect Botswana’s dwindling rhinoceros population. This 8585 hectare (21 000 acre) reserve is found in south eastern Botswana within the Kalahari Sandveld vegetation biome, providing prime habitat for both the black and white rhino, as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 bird species. From here you continue your travels back to South Africa where you once again cross the border at the Martin’s Drift / Groblersburg border post. Drive to Marakele National Park via the towns of Lephalale and Thabazimbi meaning “The mountain of iron”. Marakele National Park is found in the heart of the malaria free Waterberg Biosphere a proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. This reserve with its vast savannah plains and soaring mountains has become a place of sanctuary to an impressive variety of wildlife. Lunch can be had along the way. Food supplies, etc, can also be purchased en-route as you would need to do all your own cooking at your comfortable self-catering tented chalet located in a picturesque spot within the park on the banks of a large reservoir. This waterhole is frequented by an abundance of wildlife throughout the hot African days and cool nights.


Accommodation:  Marakele National Park

Meals:  None


Day 18:


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


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  None