Southern African Magic (Accommodated)

Tour Code 17SAM14A. Small Group Safaris
14 days from
$1'872 USD
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Plus 1380 USD mandatory Safari Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 8 to 65. Group Size: Minimum 2, Maximum 12

Discover the best highlights on this southern African small group safari tour

A 14 day accommodated adventure highlighting the best in Southern Africa, connecting to African grass routes, incorporating the panoramic sights of Mpumalanga and the Big 5 of Kruger. Cruising the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers with hippos and crocodiles, walking the Polokwane National Game Reserve, Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe, viewing elephant in Botswana, feeling the wet Zambezi spray off the thundering Victoria Falls, gliding the waterways of the Okavango Delta in a mokoro and open vehicle game drives in Chobe and Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

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Day 1. Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Accommodation. Nsele Lodge.

Departing from South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, we drive across the scenic mountainous Mpumalanga province and enjoy the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels rock formation. The Blyde River, the third largest canyon in the world and a ‘wet’ canyon, making it different from the wind-carved dry canyons of the Grand Canyon and the Fish River Canyon. After lunch, we continue our journey to our accommodation for 2 nights, set in attractive gardens situated an hour or so drive from Kruger National Park.

Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Nsele Lodge.

We are off on our first Game Drive today. Waking before dawn, we aim to enter the park as the gates open at sunrise and spend the whole day game driving in this world famous national park.

Established in 1898 the park is home to a wide variety of species including 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.

We have the whole day in specialised open 4x4 game drive vehicles enjoying the sights and sounds of the park with our local professional guide. We return to our accommodation near Hoedspruit and overnight.

Day 3. Hoedspruit to Polokwane Highlights. Polokwane Game Reserve, South Africa. Accommodation. Boma In The Bush.

Our journey today takes us northwards to the undulating hills of South Africa's Limpopo province.

This afternoon we take and alternative game experience on a walking safari in the Polokwane Game Reserve with a professional guide and might be lucky enough to see white rhino.

Day 4. Polokwane to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Accommodation. Travellers Guest House, Bulawayo.

Leaving South Africa and entering Zimbabwe at the busy Beitbridge border crossing we wait patiently as the border formalities are completed before continuing our journey onto Bulawayo.

We have a lot of ground to cover today and eventually arrive at the second largest city in Zimbabwe, easily recognisable by its wide tree lined avenues.

To allow for the number of highlights & experiences included in this tour, some long distances need to be travelled. In order for this to not affect every day on tour, we have allocated this as a driving day in which we cover quite a lot of ground and have minimal stops.

Day 5. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Travellers Guest House, Bulawayo.

Again, we are swapping into more suitable open 4x4 game drive vehicles today with a local guide to visit the nearby Matobo National Park, easily recognisable by it's wind sculpted hills. Provided the conditions are right we will also explore the area on foot and track some of the wild animals in the park, a truly exhilarating experience.

We have the option of extending our excursion to a full day including historical tour.

Day 6. Bulawayo to Victoria Falls Highlights. Zambezi sunset cruise - Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Cresta Sprayview Hotel.

Onwards after breakfast this morning to Victoria Falls, the adventure and activity capital of Southern Africa.

Settling into our accommodation over lunch we are met by our local team who will run through with us what amazing activities are on offer in the area to ensure that all our bucket list items are ticked off.

This afternoon we visit the falls themselves and wander around the rainforest that has grown up from the spray from the falls.

We finally round off our day with a peaceful sunset cruise on the upper stretches of the Zambezi.

Day 7. Victoria Falls Highlights. Victoria Falls National Park. Accommodation. Cresta Sprayview Hotel.

We have a free day to partake in some of the many activities that are on offer or simply relax at the hotel and explore the small town and markets.

Day 8. Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.

We travel the short distance this morning from Victoria Falls across into neighbouring Botswana and the small town of Kasane.

Our lodge, on the banks of the Chobe River where we can either relax in the comfortable grounds or take an optional 4x4 game drive in the Chobe National Park.

This evening we are back on the water again on a Fish Eagle Cruise on the Chobe River hoping to snap some great photo opportunities

Day 9. Chobe National Park to Gweta Highlights. Gweta Village Walk, Botswana. Accommodation. Gweta Lodge, Gweta, Botswana.

Turning southbound today, our journey takes us down to Gweta, the gateway to the vast Makgadikgadi and Nxai salt pans. There are no game fences in this area so we may be lucky enough to encounter big game en route including elephant and buffalo.

On arrival in Gweta, we have the option of joining a 4x4 excursion out to the pans or a baobab forest tour.

Day 10. Gweta to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

After a morning tour to a local Tswana village to learn more about their every day life we are back in the vehicle and on further west to Maun, the gateway to the famed Okavango Delta.

In preparation for our excursion into the delta we stock up on some provisions and have the afternoon relaxing under the trees in the grounds of our comfortable lodge.

Day 11. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.

Transferring out to the mokoro station this morning in the 4x4 truck we meet the local Tswana guides who are going to accompany us through the labyrinth of islands and channels to our tented camp which is home for the night.

The delta is a natural wetland where the Okavango River spills out into the sands of the Kalahari Desert and never actually reaches the sea. This wetland is a haven for birds and other animals, an amazing wilderness experience.

Day 12. Okavango Delta to Maun Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

After an exhilarating nature walk this morning, we pack up and return via mokoro and 4x4 transfer to our comfortable lodge outside Maun.

This afternoon, we have the opportunity to explore the small town or possibly take a flight over the delta where we have just spent the night.

Day 13. Maun to Khama Rhino Sanctuary to Martin's Drift Highlights. Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana. Accommodation. Kwa Nogeng.

We're up early this morning to hit the road. Travelling through the Greater Kalahari Region via Mopipi and we eventually arrive at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

The sanctuary was set up in 1989 by a group of locals wanting to convert a hunting area to a conservation area. It has subsequently been very successful and now plays an important part in educating the local population on the benefits of conservation.

We enjoy an afternoon game drive with the local rangers.

Day 14. Martin's Drift to Johannesburg, South Africa

Crossing the border one final time on the tour and back into South Africa at the Martins Drift border post over the Limpopo River.

The gradually increasing population indicates our arrival into Gauteng and the city of Johannesburg where, late this afternoon the tour ends.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Safari Club SA

Safari Club SA is a lodge located in Johannesburg, South Africa only 25 mins from OR Tambo International Airport. This country style lodge has a luxurious yet homely ambiance with comfortable private rooms, en-suite showers, air conditioning and mulit-channel flat screen TV. When you step outside your room you will find yourself in the well maintainted garden where you can relax at one of the outside tables or by the pool to cool off during the hot African summer.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Safari Club SA

Safari Club SA is a lodge located in Johannesburg, South Africa only 25 mins from OR Tambo International Airport. This country style lodge has a luxurious yet homely ambiance with comfortable private rooms, en-suite showers, air conditioning and mulit-channel flat screen TV. When you step outside your room you will find yourself in the well maintainted garden where you can relax at one of the outside tables or by the pool to cool off during the hot African summer.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Johannesburg early on Day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of Johannesburg and the surrounding area.

ACCOMMODATION:
Selected lodges with en-suite facilities and one night at a tented camp with basic en-suite facilities in the Okavango Delta. Most lodges are situated in comfortable and picturesque locations with a pool, restaurant and bar.

Please note that whilst every effort has been made to select accommodation of a consistent standard throughout the tour there are areas where this is difficult to achieve. We have not designed or costed this tour with international standard hotels but have instead sourced privately owned properties more suited to the environment. For that reason accommodation, hotel facilities and service levels may vary between countries and from area to area within each country. To a degree this is a reflection of local infrastructure, tourism development, and of the communities whose areas we are visiting. At times you may find any lapse in service frustrating but we ask your patience and that you consider it a part of the African experience.

TRANSPORT:
Minibus, overland vehicle, 4x4 open safari vehicle, river cruise boat, Mokoro. Maximum group size: 12 passengers

Meals
13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 12 Dinners

Accommodation
Twin share chalets and guest houses with en-suite facilities (12 nts), pre-erected tent with en-suite facilities (1 nts)

Includes.
All tour highlights
Transport
Accommodation
Road tolls and taxes
Meals as indicated
Park fees
Services of driver / wildlife guide

Highlights Include:
Blyde River Canyon
Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Game Drives
Polokwane Game Reserve
Chobe National Park Sunset Cruise
Victoria Falls Visist
Victoria Falls Suset Cruise
Matobo National Park Open Vehicle Game Drive
Gweta Village Walk
Okavango Delta Excursion
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Excludes.
Visas
Travel insurance
Flights
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Tips
Drinks
Optional activities
Items of a personal nature
Meals not indicated
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Safari Pass

Each small group tour, Short Safari & Trek, Short Break and City Stay has a Safari Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

1380 USD or 1540 USD * (If prepaid)

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

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