Zimbabwe & Botswana Game Trail

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: South Africa Botswana Zimbabwe

Tour Dates

2020
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From EURO 1790 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 300)
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Overview

Zimbabwe & Botswana Game Trail

Zimbabwe & Botswana Game Trail – Camping. 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 NP by boat. This safari covers it all – wildlife history & culture!

HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. Kruger National Park – game drives
  2. Zimbabwe Ruins – guided tour
  3. Matobos – game drive
  4. Hwange – game drives in open vehicle
  5. Victoria Falls – adventure activities
  6. Chobe National Park – sunset river cruise
  7. Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion

Overnight 13 nights on safari we stay at designated campsites, in or bordering national parks and towns. Formal campsites have hot and cold showers, laundry facilities & telephones.
2 nights “camping wild” without fences in the Okavango. On these nights the crew will erect a bucket shower (with hot water off the fire) and a pit latrine (with seat!).

Meals 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 11 dinners will be provided by the crew, prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the camp fire or in the boma.

Prices are subject to change.

Special Interest:

The Painted Dog Conservation Centre, outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, works to rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned wild dogs. A fascinating, beautiful and social species which is critically endangered. www.painteddog.org

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.

*** NOTE Prices are subject to change

*2020  Prices is per person sharing. Excludes single supplement and any additional activities and meals not set out in the itinerary.  EURO 1790.00 Local payment of USD 300.00

***2021 Prices are subject to change, currently based on 2020 rates

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Distance/time: 550km, ± 7 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Entrance to Kruger National Park and morning & afternoon game drives

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers.

Meals

Meals:

DAY 1: Lunch, Dinner DAY 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Night game drive in National Parks open game viewing vehicle

Day 3: GREAT ZIMBABWE

Distance/time: 480km, ± 6½ hours, excluding stops for border crossing (which can take 2 to 4+ hours) sightseeing & lunch

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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Entrance and guided tour of the Zimbabwe Ruins

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Campsite – basic ablution facilities with showers

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 & 5: MATOBOS NATIONAL PARK

Distance/time: 340kms, ± 5 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing, shopping & lunch

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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Entrance to Matobos National Park and game walks

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers

Meals

Meals:

Day 4 & 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 & 7: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Distance/time: 335kms ± 5 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing, game viewing & lunch

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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Entrance fees, full day game drive in open 4WD game viewing vehicle

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers & swimming pool

Meals

Meals:

Day 6 & 7: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 & 9: VICTORIA FALLS

Distance/time: 200kms ± 3 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & curio shopping

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).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Entrance Fees to see the Victoria Falls

Accommodation

Accommodation:

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

Meals

Meals:

Day 8 & 9: Breakfast (Lunch, Dinner own expense)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more

Day 10: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Distance/time: 85kms ± 1 hour, excluding border formalities

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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Chobe N.P entrance fees & sunset cruise on Chobe River

Accommodation

Accommodation:

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

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Morning game drive on day 10

Day 11: GWETA

Distance/time: 415kms ± 5½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

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:

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

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch (Dinner own expense)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Game drive, bush walk & scenic flight

Day 12, 13 & 14: OKAVANGO DELTA

Distance/time: 200km, ± 4 hours + 2 hour 4WD transfer into the Delta, each way

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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Entrance to Okavango Delta, Mokoro excursion, morning and afternoon game walks with local guides

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: 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 (Dinner own expense)

Day 15: KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY

Distance/time: 450km, ± 6½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Entrance fees and afternoon game drive.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Night game drive in open game viewing vehicle

Day 16: JOHANNESBURG – TOUR ENDS

Distance/time: 630km, ± 7½ hours, excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch

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

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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