16 days – Zimbabwe & Botswana ACCOMMODATED

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16 days
Group Accommodated Tour
Johannesburg - Johannesburg
South-Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana
Min Age : 12
Max People : 12
Tour Details

This small accommodated international group tour starts and finishes in Johannesburg. Safari through Zimbabwe & Botswana exploring the amazing culture and natural beauty of both of these countries. Marvel at the Zimbabwe Ruins, and the wonderful view of Victoria Falls. Experience the Okavango Delta by traditional dug-outs and huge elephant herds of Chobe National Park by boat. This safari covers it all – wildlife history & culture!

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Highlights

Kruger National Park – game drives; Zimbabwe Monuments – guided tour; Matobos National Park – game drive; Hwange National Park – game drives in open vehicle; Victoria Falls– a natural wonder & adventure activities; Chobe National Park – sunset river cruise; Okavango Delta – Mokoro excursion & bush walks.

Accommodation

Overnight: 11 nights on safari we stay at small lodges, with en suite facilities. 1 night in Kruger NP Letaba is in permanent tents or chalets with shared ablutions; 1 night in Khama is in self-catering chalets where two bedrooms share a bathroom. 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each mini meru tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. Meals: 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 11 dinners are included. Of which 5 breakfasts & 4 dinners are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are prepared by the crew at the vehicle and ejoyed around the campfire. Transport: for the majority of this safari you travel in a custom-built Safari trucks with 12 forward facing seats; or (on 10% of tours) Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. For the game drives in Chobe, Hwange, Matobos and the transfer into the Okavango we use local open sided 4WD vehicles with local guides. Limited Participation: An essential part of your safari is participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. Your tour leaders will do all the meal prepartion but we do ask the clients to help (on rotation) with the washing up. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.

Restrictions

We accept children 12-18 with accompanying adults on scheduled tours (for private groups we can accept younger children). If the clients are older than 65 years, then we require a medical certificate too (stating client is fit and healthy to embark on a multi-day tour covering long distances etc) Average age of our clients on this tour is 46 years old.

Extras/Upgrades

Single supplement: €115. Only if you do not want to share with another traveler and insist of having your own room.

Hotel Pickup

The tour starts at 06:30 a.m. on day one of the tour from Rivonia Road Lodge Johannesburg. Due to the early departure time of this safari we recommend that you stay in Johannesburg the night before safari. Please indicate if you require assistance with airport transfers and hotel reservations in the notes section of the booking process!

Departure & Return Location

Johannesburg – Johannesburg

Departure Time

Early morning on day of departure

Price Includes

  • Max 12 people
  • Professional Safari Guides
  • Transport in minibus / safari truck & 4WD
  • 15 Breakfast 13 Lunch 11 Dinner
  • Entrance Fees
  • 13 nights lodges / tented lodge or chalets and 2 nights tented camp
  • Okavango Delta Excursion
  • Flexible payment options in multiple currencies
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Local Tour Payment: US$300. The local payment is a separate payment from the initial price you pay before you leave. If a local payment is required it will be shown with the trip price. This second payment is made in Africa at the start of your trip. It is payable in USD. The local payment provides us with the means for expenses that need to be paid in cash to local businesses en route to be arranged in the most cost effective manner possible, a saving we can then pass on to you. It also means we can operate in a way that directly supports local businesses and wildlife authorities as we travel. Local Payment will not be changed once you have booked your travel arrangements. We also offer tours without Local Payments. One fixed price for the tour and activities which you pay all at once to us. Contact us to point them out to you on our website!
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Itinerary

Day 1 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK [permanent tent / chalet - LD]

(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head into the world famous Kruger National Park. We visit the northern part of the park and stay in the Letaba area of the reserve. We enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in our safari vehicle and hope to spot lion, elephant, rhino and other animals in this icon of wildlife conservation.

Day 1: Breakfast is not included
Day 1: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 1: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance to Kruger National Park & afternoon game drive.
Distance/time: ±550km, 8h00 actual driving time. It’s a long day to start the trip, but we want to get into Kruger for an afternoon game drive, so with stops and lunch, we expect a total travel day of ±10h30.
Overnight: Kruger National Park Chalets – we stay in national parks board chalets. 1 night chalets Letaba – twin chalets (or lodge tent) shared facilities, swimming pool & restaurant. WiFi not available.

Day 2KRUGER NATIONAL PARK [tented lodge BLD]

This morning we wake early and game drive north through the park to the Pafuri region. The northern Kruger is dominated by mopane veld and is the domain of large elephant bulls, wild dogs and lions. As we reach the Limpopo Valley the vegetation changes to forest and birdlife is prolific. We exit the park, late in the afternoon, and overnight at a lodge just outside the Kruger.

Day 2: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 2: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 2: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge

Includes: Entrance to Kruger National Park and full-day game drive
Distance/time: ±305km, 8h00 actual driving time which is a full day game drive through Kruger so with a restful lunch break midday it’s a total travel day of ±11h00 (subject to gate closing times).
Overnight: Awelani Lodge – en suite tents, restaurant. Awelani Eco-Tourism Park is owned and run by the local Mutele community. WiFi not available

Day 3GREAT ZIMBABWE [hotel BLD]

Entering Zimbabwe at the Beit Bridge border post, we travel north to our overnight stop. The following morning we visit the Great Zimbabwe Monuments. These well preserved ruins are some of the oldest and largest stone structures in Southern Africa and were built during the 11th to 14th centuries. We explore these ancient stone structures on an informative walk with a local guide.

Day 3: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 3: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge

Includes: Entrance and guided tour of the Zimbabwe Ruins.
Distance/time: ±480km, 6h30 actual driving time. We need to get to Beitbridge border post as early as possible and depending on the border today (which can be slow) should be less than a ±9h30 travel day.
Overnight: Great Zimbabwe Hotel – hotel, twin rooms with en-suite facilities, restaurant & bar.
WiFi not available.

Day 4 -5 MATOBO NATIONAL PARK [chalet BLD]

Travelling via the city of Bulawayo we move on to the Matobo National Park and our chalets on the outskirts of the park. This afternoon we enjoy sundowners from the granite ridge overlooking the park. The following morning we visit World’s View and the historical site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave. Unusual rock formations are home to an array of ancient bushman paintings which we visit while on our game drive and walk. This area is also home to Zimbabwe’s rhino which we hope to see on our excursion in
the national park.

Day 4: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge
Day 5: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 5: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge

Includes: Entrance to Matobo National Park and game walk
Distance/time: ±340km, 5h00 actual driving time. Rolling hills, a few roadblocks and a lunch stop should mean a travel day of ±6h30.
Overnight: Hermits Peak – chalets – twin rooms with en-suite facilities (hot showers), swimming pool. WiFi not available

Day 6 - 7 HWANGE NATIONAL PARK [chalet BLD]

Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers. Hwange is famed for its large elephant population. Our chalets are in the game management area that borders the park, and we explore the park with our local guide, on a full day game drive in an open 4WD game viewing vehicle.

Day 6: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 6: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 6: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees, full day game drive in open 4WD game viewing vehicle
Distance/time: ±335km, 5h00 actual driving time, with an early start and tarmac roads we aim to arrive for lunch with a total travel day of ±5h30.
Overnight: Miombo Safari Lodge – for 2 nights at Hwange National Park, we stay in twin chalets with en-suite facilities, swimming pool and central boma area. (Subject to availability, we may stay in twin en-suite tree houses). WiFi not available

Day 8 - 9 VICTORIA FALLS [hotel B--]

We enjoy a spectacular guided walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” – Victoria Falls. There are opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).

Day 8: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 8: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 8: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Day 9: Breakfast will be provided by the hotel
Day 9: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 9: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Entrance Fees to see the Victoria Falls
Distance/time: ±200km, 3h00 actual driving time, with a visit to the Painted Dog Sanctuary, we expect to be in Vic Falls for lunch, a total travel day of ±4h00
Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more
Overnight: Rainbow Hotel, en-suite twin rooms. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and telephone. Free WiFi available

Day 10 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK [chalet BLD]

Entering Botswana, we head to the town of Kasane and our accommodation on the banks of the Chobe River The river flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. A highlight of any trip to the Chobe is the afternoon game viewing cruise where we hope to see large herds of elephants and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day.

Day 10: Breakfast will be provided by the hotel
Day 10: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Chobe N.P entrance fees & sunset cruise on Chobe River
Distance/time: ±85km, 1h00 actual driving time, the border crossing is relatively fast and we aim to be in Botswana before midday for a less than ±3h00 travel day.
Optional Activities: N/A
Overnight: Thebe River Safaris – twin chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi available

Day 11 NATA [tented lodge BL-]

This morning we venture into the Chobe National Park in an open 4WD in search of big cats and elephants. Thereafter we head south through the Kasane Forest Reserve to the Nata area for our overnight stop.

Day 11: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 11: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 11: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Chobe N.P entrance fees & morning game drive
Distance/time: ±300km, 4h00 actual driving time. Departing after a morning game drive, with lunch en route it’s an easy travel day of ±4h30
Optional Activities: Game drive in Chobe NP
Overnight: Nata Lodge – twin share luxury tents with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available

Day 12 – 14 OKAVANGO DELTA [2x tented camping, 1x chalet Bx3 Lx3 Dx2]

We transfer into the delta by open 4WD game viewing vehicle. Our local guides will take us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta on Mokoro (dugout canoes) to our pre-erected tented camp. The delta forms as rainwater from the Angolan highlands flows out over the flat Kalahari Desert sands, forming a delicate, green oasis for birds and wildlife. Our camp is on a remote island in this amazingly dynamic environment and we enjoy bush walks, bird watching and swimming in the clear waters. Camping with our local guides we learn more about their lifestyle and culture. Returning to Maun in the afternoon of
day 14 there is time for an optional scenic flight over the Okavango (own expense).

Day 12: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 12: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 12: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 14: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 14: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 14: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Entrance to Okavango Delta, Mokoro excursion, morning and afternoon game walks with local guides
Distance/time: ±300km, 4h00 actual driving time, followed by a 4×4 transfer and then a mekoro trip for a total travel day of ±7h00, ±50km, 2h00 actual driving time from mekoro station to Maun. Depending location of delta camp, the travel day is approximately ±3h30 including mekoro.
Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)
Overnight: 2 x nights Okavango Delta – wilderness tented camping – 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and an en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. Tents have built-in insect nets. We need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild tented camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. The wilderness tented camp supplies all linen blankets and pillows. The camp chairs have a backrest. You will need to bring your own towel. WiFi not available.
1x night Maun Island Safari Lodge, chalet – twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.

Day 15 KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY [chalet BLD]

Heading south from Maun, we cross the wide open spaces of the Kalahari Desert on our way to Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This is a community-based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in protecting rhino and restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its natural state. The reserve provides economic benefits to the local Batswana community through sustainable use of natural resources. We hope to spot rhino on an afternoon game drive.

Day 15: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 15: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 15: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees and afternoon game drive.
Distance/time: ±520km, 6h30 actual driving time. Botswana is flat, and today we can prove that – total travel day of ±7h00
Optional Activities: Night game drive in open game viewing vehicle
Overnight: Khama Rhino Sanctuary, 2 twin share bedrooms in each chalet with 1 bathroom shared between 2 rooms. WiFi not available

Day 16 JOHANNESBURG – TOUR ENDS [- B--]

Crossing back into South Africa, we make our way to Johannesburg where the tour ends at +/- 18:00.

Day 16: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 16: Lunch own expense meal
Day 16: N/A

Includes: N/A
Distance/time: ±630km, 7h30 actual driving time, so an early start with a border crossing and lunch stop, we expect a total travel day of ±9h30.
Optional Activities: N/A
Overnight: N/A

Please note: we do a free drop off at Johannesburg airport on day 16 at 17:00pm so you can book your flight out for the last day of the tour.

Please Note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and animal
sightings!

Please note: That the accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability.
Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.

Special Interest:
Great Zimbabwe Monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its massive curving walls (some 11m high),
constructed from millions of granite blocks fitted together without mortar, remain the largest ancient stone structure in sub-Saharan Africa. The city had an estimated 18,000 inhabitants and archaeological artefacts including Chinese pottery shards and coins from Arabia suggest a vast trading network.

Sustainable Tourism:
Zimbabwe has for many years been off the tourist chart. Conservation has been a challenge for many Zimbabweans working in the national parks and on private land. In Matobos and Hwange national parks we use locally owned camps, operators and guides. Bringing tourist revenue back to the people on the ground will help support the protection of these beautiful wildlife regions.

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FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

On request we can book you a single room at additional costs. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You can use USD and your creditcard should be accepted in most lodges and bars

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.

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Margareth

Solo Traveller

This was a trip of a lifetime and I cannot thank you enough for providing it it for me, I wish your company every success because you truly deserve it. I already plan to to come back next summer on another tour of yours, so I will be back in touch. Both of my guides really made it so memorable and I wish them both much success with your company because they deserve that. They were both very professional, helpful, kind, happy and fun!

June 19, 2017

Katrin

Solo Traveller

Perfect organisation, perfect guides – more than I expected.

June 19, 2017

Nettie

Group Traveller

I just wanted to say – we had a FANTASTIC time – Thank you! You’ll be pleased to know – I stayed excited throughout the whole trip!! (and eventually realized it was probably a lot faster and more comfortable in the mini van 🙂 than the funky safari truck! ) There were so many big things and lots of little things that went to make it a superb holiday:- Patrick and Chris were great company and their organisational skills were amazing – they do your company credit. They were punctual, unflappable and took very good care of us. We thought that most of the accommodation was better than described (big thanks to Patrick for getting us into the tree houses at Miombo – we were being fobbed off on some feeble excuse by the manager there). Loved John’s Hermit Peaks lodge at Matopos – small, quirky and friendly and of course the camping in the Okavango. We even enjoyed our little thatched houses at the Pelican – although I think some others were disturbed by road noise. The itinerary was varied, well planned and always interesting. Food was more than plentiful – how Patrick and Chris managed to provide such a varied diet from the back of a truck I’ll never know! So a big thanks from us – we will definitely be back!

June 19, 2017

Ian & Jackie

Couple Traveller

Having just arrived home from the Zimbabwe Botswana ZBa16 I wanted to drop you a few lines concerning our guides Wayne and Adolf.
We have completed the basic feedback form but this does not allow for adequate comment concerning the guides.
Firstly it is due solely to their joint actions that I am able to write this from home now as we had two separate tyre blow outs on the last day during the drive to the airport. The way they jointly responded to this with teamwork, dedication to the task, minimum fuss, and ensuring that the customers interests were paramount at all times reflects the way they conducted themselves throughout the entire trip.
My wife and I are seasoned travellers but rarely have we been so impressed with the professionalism, hard work and genuine desire to do everything possible to make our trip as enjoyable as it was.
These guys are not only a credit to themselves but fine ambassadors for your company, in my view worth more than any traditional marketing strategy could achieve ! Their tireless efforts throughout the entire trip made for a tremendous holiday. Thank you Sunway!!

June 19, 2017