Southern Circle

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Johannesburg South Africa
Length: 14 - 28 Days
End: Johannesburg South Africa
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: South Africa Botswana Zimbabwe Zambia Malawi Mozambique

Tour Dates

2018
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From EUR 2295 pp
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Overview

For those that wish to experience the highlights of southern Africa with the convenience of flying in and out of Johannesburg. This tour will show you the best of several countries, and endeavors to reveal the contrasts that make up this region.From the desert landscapes of Botswana to the lush forests of Zambia, the tea plantations of Malawi to the deserted beaches of Mozambique, you will experience built up cities and rural homesteads, good highways and dirt tracks. This tour also concentrates on some of the finest Game Reserves in Africa, including Chobe, Luangwa and Kruger where you will see a huge variety of animals all in their natural environment. An open and flexible approach is essential for this tour. Departures guaranteed with minimum of 2 – 4 people.

Tour Price for 2019: €2495 (no local payment)

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG – FRANCISTOWN

We start our 24 day adventure and depart from the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG at 06h30. We head directly to the Botswana border and enjoy the scenic beauty of the changing landscape as we drive. On completion of immigration formalities we continue our drive into Botswana and make our way to Francistown and our camp for the night. We will cover some distance today. Tonight we familiarise ourselves with the tour procedures over a catered meal. Camp the night

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic Drive through South Africa /- Botswana

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Woodlands Stop Over

Meals

Meals:

Dinner

DAY 2: CHOBE NAT. PARK

This morning we travel through the Chobe forest reserves up to the mighty Chobe River and adjoining National Park where huge herds of Elephant gather at the water. After an afternoon boat cruise within the Chobe National Park, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and head for Victoria Falls, to spend the next few nights in comfort at the GREENFIRE LODGE VICTORIA FALLS.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Chobe Boat Cruise /- Zimbabwe

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Greenfire Lodge Victoria Falls

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 – 4: VICTORIA FALLS

During our stay here we will view the spectacular Falls and the other highlights of this “Africa’s Adventure Capital”. Those seeking adrenaline may wish to try the Bungi jump, White Water Rafting or a variety of aircraft flips (own expense). One night we enjoy a “braai” at the pool. On the last night we eat at a local restaurant (own expense). On occasion we cross into Zambia and camp on the banks of the Zambezi.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Victoria Falls Entry fee

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Greenfire Lodge Victoria Falls

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner / Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Falls/- White water Rafting/- Bungee/- More options available

DAY 5: KAFUE CAMP

Crossing the original railway bridge, we have a last view of The Falls before entering Zambia. Our journey today takes us through southern Zambia and then down into the Lower Zambezi Valley to Kafue. We camp the night on the banks of the river and prepare for our canoe adventure the following days. We enjoy a catered meal in camp and fall asleep to the sound of the river.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic drive through southern Zambia /- Night at Kafue river banks

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Gwabi Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 – 8: ZAMBEZI CANOE

The Zambezi River needs little introduction, a mighty river winding its way through some of the best wilderness areas in Africa. The river provides for what can only be described as the finest canoe adventure in the world. What better way to see big game at close quarters than from a canoe. We will spend two nights camping wild on the banks of the river. On the third day we are transferred by boat back to Kafue for a welcome shower and a catered meal (own expense).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

2 Day Canoe trip /- Wild camping along the river

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Wild Camping on day 6 & 7

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / day 3; Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9: LUANGWA

Reunited with our vehicle we travel to the capital of Lusaka where we spend some time to stock up on supplies and then travel along the “Great East Road” to our next overnight camp. We slowly make our way north and will cover as much distance as possible today.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Lusaka /- Scenic drive through Zambia

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 – 11: LUANGWA NAT. PARK

Our next stop is the Luangwa National Park, where we spend two nights camping on the banks of the River, well known for its impressive Hippo population. During our stay here we will partake in an extensive game drive in the park in search of the elusive Leopard and other species that make this park one of Africa’s best. Guests have the opportunity to do an optional night drive (own expense).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

South Luangwa /- Game drive in park /- Camp overlooking Luangwa river

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) - Wild Life Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Night drive

DAY 12 – 13: LAKE MALAWI

We depart from Luangwa and drive to the border. After crossing into Malawi, our first stop is the capital, Lilongwe. After stocking up with groceries and curios, we continue to Lake Malawi, an impressive inland freshwater sea. The snorkelling is a highlight, as are the sandy beaches and friendly locals. We spend two nights here, camping literally on the beach. One night we enjoy an own expense meal.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Lake Malawi

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Lake Malawi

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Snorkelling /- Boat trips /- Village walk/Bike tour

DAY 14 – 15: MULANJE MASSIVE

Turning south, we head for Mount Mulanje, an impressive mountain of granite rising some 600m above the surrounding forest and lush tea plantations. The surrounding forest is home to the Mulanje Cedar, the national tree of Malawi. We spend two nights camping in the area, and will enjoy a hike to the plateau from where the views are exceptional.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic drive through Malawi /- Mount Mulanje Hike

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Mulanje

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16: CHIMOIO

Traveling via Blantyre, today we enter Mozambique. Our journey takes us through the Tete corridor, across the Zambezi River and alongside the mountains that form the border with Zimbabwe. We camp tonight in the region of Chimoio and will enjoy an own expense dinner at a local restaurant.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic drive through Tete corridor

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Chimoio

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 17: VILANCULOS

Leaving the wilderness behind us, today we pass through the many vibrant and bustling villages en-route to the coast. Our next stop is Vilanculos – on the shores of the warm azure Indian Ocean, overlooking the idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago. We spend the night here in accommodation situated at the Beach. Tonight we enjoy a meal at a local restaurant (own expense).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Vilanculos /- Indian Ocean Beaches

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation Vilanculos

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Snorkelling /- Boat ride

DAY 18-20: INHAMBANE

Moving south along the coast, we make our way to Maxixe from where we enjoy a trip with the locals across the bay on a traditional Dhow while the guide drives around to meet us in the ancient trading port of Inhambane. We spend some time exploring and visiting the bustling local market before continuing to our camp on the beach. We will enjoy three nights in relative comfort, staying in Casitas at this camp near Barra. During our time here we will relax, snorkel, and soak up the sun whilst exploring the deserted beaches that Mozambique is so well known for. Those who wish to have the option of scuba diving. (own expense).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Inhambane /- Dhow trip

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ngumula Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Scuba Diving /- Ocean safaris /- Snorkelling

DAY 21: MAPUTO

Today we cross vast coastal floodplains and drive through forests of Cashew nuts towards our last stop in Mozambique – the capital, Maputo. We arrive in the afternoon at our accommodation. (Dinner own expense)

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Maputo

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Villa das Mangas

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 22: KRUGER NAT. PARK

Maputo boasts an interesting, almost Latino culture of street cafes and markets, and we will spend time this morning driving through and viewing these and the other attractions of this once grandiose city. This afternoon we cross back into South Africa and make our way to the Kruger National Park to camp the night.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Kruger Park /- Game drives

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Kruger Park rest camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 23: KRUGER NAT. PARK - HAZYVIEW

No visit to Africa would be complete without Kruger. We spend the entire day viewing animals in this premier National Park. Our guide will take time to explain the behaviour of the animals we encounter during the day. In the late afternoon we exit the park and travel the short distance to the GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW where we spend the last night celebrating our tour.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Full day Game Drive

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Greenfire Lodge Hazyview

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 24: JOHANNESBURG

A leisurely start today, we make our way back to Johannesburg. We arrive back at the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG in the late afternoon.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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