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Wildlife, wilderness, and wow-worthy campouts makeup this 15-day exploration of South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Hop aboard one of our overland adventure vehicles (OAV) while searching for the Big Five in Kruger National Park, check out Victoria Falls, and look for rhinos on-foot in Matobo National Park. Don’t let anything extra get between you and the expansive scenery – camp out, sing songs around the fire with locals, and travel by mokoro. With views this impressive the more time spent outside, the better.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DAVV/208250
  • Starts: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Finishes: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
You will Visit
  • Victoria Falls
  • Matobo National Park
  • Tshipise
  • Kruger National Park
  • Hazyview
  • Johannesburg
  • Serowe
  • Maun
  • Okavango Delta
  • Gweta
  • Kasane

Itinerary

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Day 1: Victoria Falls

Arrive at any time.
Victoria Falls is great base to kick-off a southern African adventure to see some natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Arrive before your tour starts and opt to get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, or for the more adventurous, bungee jump with Victoria Falls in view.

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Day 2: Victoria Falls/Matobo National Park

Rise early to start the long but scenic drive to Matobo National Park.

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Day 3: Matobo National Park

Walk with rhinos and enjoy an open vehicle wildlife safari drive in Matobo National Park.

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Day 4: Matobo National Park/Tshipise

Cross the border into South Africa, and relax in the hot springs at our campsite.

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Day 5: Tshipise/Kruger National Park

Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in the overland adventure vehicle in Kruger National Park.
Welcome to wildlife country! The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Search for lions, elephants, rhinos, and many other animals in one of Africa's greatest wildlife areas on a full-day wildlife safari drive.

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Day 6: Kruger National Park/Greater Kruger Area

Witness spectacular wildlife on a wildlife safari drive in the overland adventure vehicle, or opt to upgrade to a 4x4 safari vehicle.
Enjoy a traditional dinner and local dancing in the evening.

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Day 7: Greater Kruger Area/Johannesburg

Drive back to South Africa's largest city.
Continue to Johannesburg, the economic heart of South Africa and the largest city in the country.

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Day 8: Johannesburg

Spend a full day exploring Johannesburg. Opt to visit the Apartheid Museum, or take a bike tour around Soweto.

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Day 9: Johannesburg/Serowe

Cross the border into Botswana and enjoy a rhino drive in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
Today's travel takes us through a very desolate part of central-eastern Botswana. We cross into Botswana and finish the day at a campsite within the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a unique community-based initiative in wildlife conservation.

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Day 10: Serowe/Maun

Leave Khama Rhino Sanctuary and head to Maun. Opt to take a scenic flight over the delta.

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Day 11: Maun/Okavango Delta

Enjoy a wildlife walk, traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) excursion, and birding. View wildlife up close. Sing and dance around the campfire with the locals.
Begin an exciting 2-day/1-night excursion into the delta on a safari vehicle to the "dock" where we hop into a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, that will take us deep into the delta. After a couple of hours in a mokoro, we arrive at our basic bush camp.

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Day 12: Okavango Delta/Gweta

Relax on a mokoro ride out of the delta, then camp under under massive baobab trees for the night.
Enjoy sunrise over the delta, then get up early to cruise back down the crystal clear channels of the Okavango Delta. We return to Maun with some time to freshen up before we continue our journey to Gweta.


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Day 13: Gweta/Kasane

Hop on an optional wildlife viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River in Chobe National Park.
Today we journey to Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in southern Africa. The best way to appreciate one of Botswana's national parks and its thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles, and hippos is on an optional sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. You may also choose to embark on a open vehicle safari drive in search of lions, antelope, and, of course, elephants.

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Day 14: Kasane/Victoria Falls

Drive across into Zimbabwe, and opt to visit Victoria Falls.
Cross the border into Zimbabwe, then continue on to the town of Victoria Falls. Opt to get up close (and wet from the spray) to the awesome Victoria Falls, or bungee jump (with Victoria Falls in sight).

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Day 15: Victoria Falls

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Guided rhino walk and open vehicle safari drive in Matobo NP
    • Kruger NP entrance with wildlife safari drives in our overland vehicle
    • Traditional dinner and local dancing
    • Khama Rhino Sanctuary Drive
    • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (2 nts), participation camping (11 nts), basic bush camp (1 nt)
    • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 8 dinners
    Transport
    • Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), open safari vehicle, mokoro, walking
    Group Leader
    • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Feel the spray of Victoria Falls
  • View rhinos on foot in Matobo National Park
  • Enjoy wildlife safari drives in the Kruger National Park
  • Explore the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro canoe