Game Trail Zimbabwe and Botswana

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Johannesburg South Africa
Length: 14 - 28 Days
End: Johannesburg South Africa
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Small (<12 People)
Countries: Botswana

Tour Dates

2018
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From EUR 1850 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 300)
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Overview

Zimbabwe’s popularity as a travel destination has bounced back in the last 5 years and the country offers, in combination with Kruger and Botswana, a fantastic 2 weeks of camping travel in Southern Africa.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - 2: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head north-east into the world famous Kruger National Park. We visit the remote and seldom visited northern part of the park from Letaba to Pafuri. 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & shop

Meals

Meals:

Lunch,Dinner (Day 1) Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner (Day 2)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Night game drive in National Parks open game viewing vehicle

Day 3: GREAT ZIMBABWE

Entering Zimbabwe at the Beit Bridge border post, we travel to the town of Masvingo and the Great Zimbabwe Monuments. The 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 on foot and wonder at the mysteries of these ancient stone structures and the civilization that built them.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite – basic ablution facilities with showers, restaurant & bar

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 4 - 5: MATOBOS NATIONAL PARK

Moving on to Bulawayo, we arrive in the late afternoon and set up our camp on the outskirts of the park, before enjoying a sundowner and an evening around the campfire. The following morning we head into the Matobos National Park with a local guide to visit the core of the Matopos Hills, an area of granite koppies and wooded valleys. On our open vehicle game drive we visit World’s View and the historical site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave and discover the unusual rock formations characteristic of this area. As part of our visit we take a guided walk to track and hopefully find endangered white rhino, as well as other wildlife, and view bushman rock paintings.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 6 -7: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers and is located in the north-west corner of the country. It is famed for its large elephant population. Our camp is 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers & swimming pool

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 8 - 9: VICTORIA FALLS

We camp for 2 nights in the town of Victoria Falls. We enjoy a spectacular 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).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & shop

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast (Lunch & Dinner at own expense)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more

Day 10: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Entering Botswana, our camp is situated in the town of Kasane 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 “sundowner” cruise where we hope to see a large number of elephants and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite - good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, bar & restaurant

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Morning game drive on day 10

Day 11: GWETA

This morning there is time for an optional (own expense) game drive in the Chobe National Park. Heading south through the Kasane Forest Reserve we make our way to Gweta for our overnight stop. Here we sleep with our tents nestled at the base of ancient baobab trees.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite - good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, bar & restaurant

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Game drive, bush walk & scenic flight

Day 12 – 14: OKAVANGO DELTA

After an early start we depart for Maun where we will then 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 mekoro (dugout canoes). Being gently poled through the network of channels is an experience not to be missed. The delta forms as rain water from the Angolan highlands flows out over the flat Kalahari Desert sands, forming a delicate, green oasis for birds and wildlife. We will camp wild on remote islands in this amazingly dynamic environment and enjoy bush walks, bird watching & swimming in the clear waters. Camping with our local guides we learn more about their lifestyle and culture. We return to Maun in the late afternoon of day 14 and have time for an optional (own expense) game flight over the Okavango, which will reveal a different aspect of the delta

Accommodation

Accommodation:

2 x Wild camping – basic facilities with bucket shower. You will need to bring your own towel. 1 x campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar

Meals

Meals:

Day 12,13 (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner) Day 14 (Breakfast,Lunch)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)

Day 15: KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY

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

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Night game drive in open game viewing vehicle

Day 16: JOHANNESBURG – TOUR ENDS

Crossing back into South Africa, we make our way to Johannesburg where the tour ends in the late afternoon.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast (Lunch at own expense)

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