Day 1: Victoria Falls
Welcome to Victoria Falls, one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world! Included transfer to Shearwater Explorer Village. On day 1 there is a pre-departure meeting at 17:00hrs. Overnight Victoria Falls.
Day 2: Time to explore Victoria Falls
Today is spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of optional excursions. Our campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of town, and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A 20 minute walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and at 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge. All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is also world class. Overnight Victoria Falls.
Day 3: Chobe River
This morning we leave Victoria Falls and cross the border into Botswana, and head to Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for the large herds of elephant around the river. This afternoon enjoy an included boat cruise along the river spotting the elephants and hippos. Overnight Kasane (B, L, D).
Day 4: Nata Region
We leave this beautiful part of Botswana behind us this morning as we depart to the lush campsite called Elephant Sands. The drive will take you through a very unpopulated landscape where the donkeys roam freely. Once we have arrived at our campsite you will have the option of partaking in a game drive or a bushwalk. Overnight Nata Region (B, L, D).
Days 5-6: Okavango Delta
Maun is the starting point for the trip into the Delta and it is from here that we can set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Tonight we prepare our provisions and packs for our overnight excursion. On day 6 we take an overnight excursion into the Delta. After an early rise, we pack our expedition vehicle and from Maun we drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station. Mokoros are dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. At the Mokoro station, we meet our ‘Polers’ and pack our supplies before heading out into the waterways. After a couple of hours along the waterways, we arrive at our mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango.
On arrival you will meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay. A brief introduction to the camp will show you your dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom – long drop toilet and a bucket shower. Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking. Overnight Maun (1) Okavango Delta (1) | (Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2).
Day 7: Maun
This morning we pack up and set off back to Maun. After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back in the afternoon and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over the Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability). Overnight Maun (B, L, D).
Days 8-9: Blyde River Canyon
Heading out early on day 8, we drive to the small town of Palapye, situated about halfway between Francistown and Gaborone (Botswana’s capital). This is a popular ‘stopover’ town for those en route to South Africa.
The following morning we cross into South Africa and continue to our camp overlooking the impressive Blyde River Canyon. Named for the Blyde River that runs through it, the canyon is 26km long, and averages 800m deep and forms the northern edge of the impressive Drakensberg Mountain Range. Overnight Palapye (1) Blydepoort (1) | (Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2).
Heading through the breathtaking Panorama Route, we stop off at various viewpoints today including scenic God’s Window. We pass through the small town of Graskop, and head toward the Kruger National Park and our campsite on the border of the park. Situated just 10km from Kruger’s Phabeni Gate, the camp is home to giraffe, zebra and hippo to name but a few.
The following day we visit the amazing Kruger National Park in search of some of the 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species that make this park their home. We travel in our truck along the main game viewing routes within the park and stop off at some of the camps along the way. We take a night game drive on day 10. Overnight Kruger National Park (B, L, D).
Day 12: Johannesburg
After breakfast we drive to Johannesburg. Our late afternoon arrival marks the end of our adventure. (B).