Kruger and Vic Falls

The Details

Type: Accommodated Accommodated
Start: Johannesburg South Africa
Length: 7 - 14 Days
End: Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Small (<12 People)
Countries: South Africa Zimbabwe

Tour Dates

2017
  • 2017
  • 2018
December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From ZAR 12480 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 680)
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Overview

The Kruger & Victoria Falls tour offers you a comprehensive adventure holiday taking in some of the best highlights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls. Tried and tested over many years this tour offers incredible value with new and exciting experiences each day, connecting you to the grass roots of Africa. Following your arrival in the City of Gold, (Johannesburg), your epic journey includes breath taking views and a variety of terrain from the bustling of wild animals roaming Kruger & Matobo National Parks, to feeling the wet Zambezi spray off thundering Victoria Falls. This week-long adventure tour allows you to touch and embrace the delights of Africa, leaving you with an everlasting desire to discover more of this diverse continent. Excludes single supplement. However, if you are happy to share – no single supplement will apply.

This 10% discounted special is applicable to bookings made in November 2017, to depart in December 2017. Tour price only – Excludes Local Payment.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg – Hoedspruit – Kruger National Park

Departing from South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, we drive across the scenic Mpumalanga province and enjoy the spectacular mountain vistas. We stop at the Blyde River Canyon to view the odd looking Three Rondavels rock formations and enjoy the crisp air and picturesque views. The Blyde River Canyon is revered as an unusual sight owing to the fact that it is a ‘wet’ canyon, making it different from the wind-carved dry canyons found in desert regions elsewhere. After lunch we continue our journey making our way to accommodations, set in attractive gardens situated an hour or so drive from Kruger National Park. After dinner relax and enjoy the first night on tour.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Nsele Lodge or similar (Twin share room with en-suite facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Dinner

Day 2: Hoesdpruit– Kruger National Park

Waking early we board 4×4 game viewing vehicles for an intense but rewarding day in Kruger National Park. Your professional guide will point out items or interest as we go and we hope will help the day to be a wonderful opportunity to learn something of the varied and world renowned Kruger. The park is home to over 505 species of birds and 148 species of mammals as well as good numbers of reptiles and abundant flora. The park has a good network of roads allowing relatively easy access – essential given its size – but has clear rules about encroaching on the animals’ space ensuring conservation is given a high priority, which perhaps helps explain why Kruger is held in such high regard amongst travellers worldwide. We game drive morning and afternoon with a break during the middle of the day to enjoy the peace of the rest camp and wait out the hottest part of the day (when wildlife is usually less active). If you have questions about the wildlife you see, or about the park itself, please feel free to ask your resident guide who will be happy to explain the ins and outs of animal behaviour and other interesting sights in Kruger. Eventually we leave the park to return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Nsele Lodge (Twin share room with en-suite facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Hoedspruit – Polokwane

After breakfast we leave the Kruger area and travel across undulating country-side to the northern town of Polokwane. The journey takes us over some beautiful scenic mountain passes and through flourishing citrus plantations of nestled along the valleys of the Limpopo Province. Previously known as the Northern Province, this is a land of myths and legends and is also highly rated as a southern Africa Eco-tourism destination. Arriving in Polokwane, we enter the nearby Game Reserve and set out on foot to explore (we recommend sensible footwear). There are over 21 species of mammals, in this reserve including white rhino and some 200 species of birds. It is a very different game viewing experience to Kruger equally rewarding. Being on foot may allow us closer views of some of the gentler animals of the reserve. We eventually make our way to our accommodations nearby.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Boma in the bush or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Polokwane – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

This morning we make our way across the north of South Africa to the border where we cross into Zimbabwe. After border formalities at the bustling and busy Beitbridge (South Africa’s busiest land border), we continue on to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and wide open spaces. Our hotel is located in the city so (time permitting) you are able to explore the second largest city in Zimbabwe. The area is revered as a historical, geological and natural heritage site and is very close to a few national parks, one of which we will visit tomorrow.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Travellers Guest House or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Bulawayo – Matobo National Park

We rise early to meet our guides for our visit and game drive into Matobo. Situated a short distance outside of Bulawayo, the wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual significance to the indigenous people here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and if conditions are suitable, guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places for a close view of these magnificent animals. The park also has dense populations of the elusive leopard and black eagle and we shall hope to glimpse either (or both) at some point during the day. The Matobo hills are also the location of the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, the 19th century colonialist. The grave is not visited as part of the half day park visit but can be seen on the full day upgrade (arranged locally).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Travellers Guest House or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Upgrade to full day tour including historical tour and village tour for US$40

Day 6: Bulawayo – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Departing Bulawayo, we continue north to Victoria Falls. This can be a frustrating day ‘on the road’ because there is little of interest en route and at time of print (July 2016) the road has multiple police checks. Your patience while your tour leader deals with the formalities each time is much appreciated. We usually arrive to Victoria Falls by early afternoon. This is a relatively small town built along the southern banks of the Zambezi River and is Zimbabwe’s primary tourist centre. The Victoria Falls themselves are only a short walk and the town has a variety of markets, shops, cafes within easy distance. Your tour leader will arrange a briefing to explain the numerous optional excursions typically available here and you will have some free time to wander around. Later we visit the Victoria Falls National Park itself to witness one of Africa’s most enduring sights (NB: depending on time available, we may do this the following morning). Please take care when wandering along the pathways inside the reserve – the Falls are almost 100 metres deep and the drops are sheer! We end our day joining a peaceful sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Soak up the African ambience with drink in hand as you cruise slowly up and down and look out for elephant, buffalo, buck, hippo and birdlife along the shallow muddy banks of one of Africa’s great rivers. Eventually we return to our accommodation for overnight or to try some of the local nightlife.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Sprayview Hotel or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Bungee jumping US$160, Full day abseil US$180, gorge swing US$95, Zambezi jet boat and cable car US$120, Full day canoe US$110, Full day white water rafting US$160, Helicopter flights From US$170, half day fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65, Bike Tour US$65.

Day 7: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Tour ends after breakfast today. We do, however, recommend that spend a few extra days to explore the Victoria Falls area. The Zambezi boasts one of the world’s highest rated rivers for pure white river rafting through its many challenging and novice rapids. From game walks, Micro-light flight or white water rafting to name a few, Victoria Falls will capture and fulfil your imagination, validating the myths of the African spirit.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

See list on Day 6.

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