11 Day Kruger National Park, Botswana & Victoria Falls

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Full Itinerary

Highlights:  Panoramic Route, God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon, Kruger National Park, Open Vehicle Sunset Game Drive, Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive, Elephant Sands, Chobe River Afternoon Cruise, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River Sunset Cruise, Hwange National Park

Countries Visited:  South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Day 1:  Panoramic Route 

Departing early we make our way east towards the Kruger National Park, stopping en route for breakfast (own cost). We will then make our way to the Panoramic Route, stopping at God’s Window, and the world’s 3rd largest Canyon, Blyde River Canyon, for some stunning views.  From here we will make our way down to our overnight stop, Timbavati Safari Lodge, just a short drive from the main gate of the Kruger National Park.

Meals: Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour:  Twin / double en-suite rooms

Kruger 1

Day 2:  Kruger National Park
Leaving the lodge after breakfast we will make our way to the Kruger National Park, home to 147 mammal (including the Big 5), 114 reptile, and 502 bird species.  Once through the gates of the park we will be on the lookout for wildlife en route to our camp.

This afternoon you will head out on an open-vehicle sunset game drive with an experienced Kruger Park guide.  This drive last between 3 and 3.5 hours, which gives you the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife.

On your return your guide will have dinner ready for you.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour:  National Park Chalets

Day 3:  Kruger National Park

We start the day early with a cup of coffee or tea and biscuits, before heading out on a full day’s open-vehicle game drive with your Kruger Park guide.  A packed breakfast will be provided, and your local guide will stop off at one of the park’s main camps for you to get yourselves some lunch.  You will arrive back at camp in the afternoon.

A second optional sunset game drive can be arranged for this evening should you wish (own cost).

Meals:  Packed Breakfast, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour:  National Park Chalets

Kruger 2

 

Day 4:  Tivan Safaris, Ellisras (South Africa) 

Leaving the Kruger early this morning, we make our way west, across South Africa.  We will be spending the night in a beautiful camp just 20km short of the border with Botswana.

Meals:  Packed Breakfast, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour:  Twin rooms

Day 5:  South Africa – Botswana (Nata & Elephant Sands)
We leave early in the morning, after a cup of coffee or tea and biscuits. We will stop en-route for breakfast (own cost).  Once in Botswana you will have the opportunity to change some money.  We will then head further north to Elephant Sands, a lovely lodge close to Nata, where we will be spending the night.  Here you can relax at the swimming pool or at the waterhole while watching animals such as large herds of elephants and other animals including lion and leopard coming to drink.  This evening we will enjoy dinner at the on-site restaurant, overlooking the water hole.

Meals:  Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Twin or double bed chalets with en-suite bathroom

Kruger 3

Day 6:  Chobe National Park 

There is an option this morning to do an early game drive in the area (own cost).

After breakfast we continue north to Kasane, where we will be staying at a campsite on the shores of the Chobe River, close to the gates of the Chobe National Park.  Here we often see hippo and large herds of animals.  You will have the opportunity to change money and / or relax at the swimming pool and at the river shore.

This afternoon we will embark on a river cruise on the Chobe River, widely thought of as being one of the best river cruises in Africa.  Apart from a huge variety of birdlife, you may also see crocodile, hippos, and probably even elephants washing and playing in the water.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Twin bed chalets with en-suite bathroom

Kruger 4

 

 

Day 7:  Botswana – Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls)

This morning there is an option to do another early game drive (own cost), this time into the Chobe National Park, returning to camp in time for breakfast.

We leave after breakfast today and make our way further north towards the Zimbabwe border post.  This drive takes us through the Kasane forest where we always see herds of elephants and also very often a variety of antelopes and sometimes lion, hyena and wild dog.  From the border we drive another hour to the vibrant town of Victoria Falls where we will be spending the next 2 nights.  Our camp is situated in the middle of town, within 10 minutes walking distance of just about everything.  Your guide will assist you with the bookings of optional activities.  The US dollar is the currency to use in Victoria Falls / Zimbabwe.

This afternoon we will visit the magnificent Victoria Falls National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  The Falls are 1700 meters (1.1 miles) wide, making it the largest sheet of falling water in the world.

Later on today we will head out on a sunset cruise on the beautiful Zambezi River, the 4th largest river in the world, and the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, with national parks on either side.  You have a great opportunity to see animals coming down to the river for a drink, as well as a fantastic variety of bird life.  We often see elephants, zebra, blue wildebeest, rhino, buffalo and a variety of antelope species.  Obviously hippo and crocodile are plentiful in this region.  All soft drinks, wine, beer and some snacks are included in the cruise.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Chalets with en-suite bathroom

Day 8:  Victoria Falls 

Today is free for you to spend as you please.  Victoria Falls and the surrounding areas offer a great variety of things to see and do.  You will have plenty of time to explore the town, meet the locals, visit the African markets with their wide variety of arts and crafts made from wood, stone and beads, or to relax by the pool at the campsite in the heat of the day.  The Victoria Falls region is nicknamed the adventure capital of Africa for a reason.  It is well known for its large variety of fantastic activities such as the best one day white water rafting in the world, the 111 meter bungee jump off the bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia, elephant back and horse riding safaris, flights over the waterfall, canoe safaris, fishing trips, game walks, abseiling, gorge swings and much more.

Meals:  Breakfast
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Chalets with en-suite bathroom

Kruger 5

 

Day 9:  Hwange National Park 

Leaving the Falls behind us we make our way to Hwange National Park, the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe, and home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations, as well as over 100 other mammal and 400 bird species.  This afternoon you will have an option to go on an open-vehicle game drive with a local guide (own cost).

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: National Park Chalets

Kruger 6

Day 10:  Zimbabwe – Botswana (Palapye)

Departing after breakfast, we make our way back to Botswana, and travel south to Palapye, where we will be spending the last night of our tour.  This evening we will enjoy a restaurant meal in the camp’s open air restaurant.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
Budget tour: Camping
Accommodated tour: Twin chalets

Day 11: Botswana – South Africa (Johannesburg)

We depart early morning and head for the border with South Africa.  Once across the border we will make our way back to Johannesburg, where the tour ends.

Meals:  Breakfast

 

Tour Prices: 

Budget tour:                      R12600pp

Accommodated tour:     R13600pp

Kitty:                                     R2950pp

What’s included in the kitty: 

  • Kruger National Park conservation fees
  • Kruger National Park open vehicle sunset game drive
  • Kruger National Park full day open vehicle game drive
  • Chobe National Park entry fees
  • Chobe River cruise
  • Victoria Falls National Park entry fees
  • Zambezi River sunset cruise
  • Hwange National Park entry fees
  • 3 x restaurant meals

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