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Start with Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where you are wowed by this magnificent natural spectacle. Next, go game viewing in one of Africa's finest game parks - Chobe National Park in Botswana.
Then take an optional camping trip in the magical Okavango Delta experiencing the truly wild African bush. Lastly, explore Kruger National Park, spotting an abundance of wildlife and birds in this vast Big Five wilderness area. An ideal way for the whole family to experience the amazing wildlife, wilderness and wonders of Southern Africa!
During this trip you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.
We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.
This Family Overland Safari starts at Victoria Falls, one of the world's natural wonders and top adventure destinations.
We visit the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. Known as Mosi-oa-Tunya by the locals, which means 'The Smoke that Thunders', Vic Falls is an unforgettable highlight. Enjoy exciting adventure activities, from white water rafting and game walks to scenic flights and more.
After breakfast we leave Victoria Falls, crossing into Botswana. We make our way to Kasane and our camp along the Chobe River. At camp we look for hippos and birds at the river and rest for a bit.
Then later in the afternoon we embark on a boat cruise along Chobe River, known for its excellent boat-based game viewing. Watching out for a variety of birds and game in Chobe National Park, we may spot elephants, crocodiles, other reptiles, hippos, baboons and more. After a relaxing cruise and a beautiful sunset over the bush we head back to camp for the night.
On day three we drive south to our next camp close to the town of Nata. We spend the night camping at a lodge in a private conservancy that hosts an array of wildlife and birds.
Arriving at the lodge you can take a swim or enjoy a sundowner while watching for wildlife at the active waterhole. Alternatively, you can set off on an optional game drive or bush walk in the conservancy. Wildlife sightings include elephants, giraffes, buffalos, zebras, antelopes and predators such as jackals, lions and African wild dogs.
Today we drive through sparsely inhabited rural Botswana on our way to Maun, on the southern fringes of the Okavango Delta - one of the wildest places on the planet.
If you choose to take the optional trip into the Okavango Delta then tonight is spent preparing. Your guide fills you in on what to expect and gives you advice on what to take in your overnight bag.
On day five those taking the optional delta trip, drive up to a waterway where mekoros await. Here we switch to dug-out canoes, called mekoros, which the locals pole through the quiet channels.
Gliding into the wild Okavango Delta we head to the tented camp where we are welcomed by the local staff. After settling in we set off on a laid-back morkoro ride or exciting bush walk, spotting birds and maybe some animals. The guides can take us into the untamed delta on foot, showing us the unique flora and fauna of this remarkable region as we go. Simply being in the Okavango Delta is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
After exploring we return to the remote camp and settle down for a night under the stars. Tonight we sleep in dome tents with twin beds and basic en-suite bathrooms (long drop and bucket shower).
If you decide not to go into the delta, you stay behind at the camp near Maun, and take it easy or do optional activities.
This morning you wake up to the birds at the mobile bush camp and have the chance to embark on a nature walk.
Then the guides pole us back out of the Okavango Delta via winding waterways and natural lagoons. Back at the camp near Maun you can either rest and swim in the pool or head off on a thrilling scenic flight. The flight over the Okavango Delta provides spectacular views of this magnificent natural wonder and its wildlife.
On day seven we head south through rural Botswana, driving to the small town of Palapye where we overnight. This long drive gives us a feel for the country, its people and bush habitats, and we may even come across a roaming elephant or antelope along the road.
Today we cross the border into South Africa, driving to our overnight camp that looks out over the Blyde River Canyon. The canyon is on the Panorama Route - an incredibly scenic part of South Africa.
Skirting the escarpment we take in the Three Rondavels and God's Window - soaking up the stunning scenery and sweeping views. We drive via Graskop to the legendary Kruger National Park, the leading game park in the country.
A night game drive in Kruger National Park is included in the safari, either tonight or tomorrow night. Heading into the bush after dark in search of nocturnal animals is a thilling experience!
We spend the night camping inside Kruger National Park, sitting beside the campfire surrounded by nature.
The whole of day 10 is spent exploring the famous Kruger National Park on game drives. This huge game park is home to over 140 mammal species, including the Big Five of Africa, along with some 500 bird species and all kinds of reptiles, amphibians and even fish.
Driving through the different types of vegetation we are sure to sight a rich variety of creatures in the wilderness. Tonight we set off into the bush on a night game drive in search of nocturnal creatures - an exhilarating experience!
You have the option of upgrading to an open safari vehicle, at extra cost, by arrangement with your guide.
Please note: You can arrange an upgrade to an open safari vehicle with your guide (at extra cost).
After breakfast we set off for Johannesburg, the main economic hub of South Africa. Reaching Johannesburg this Overland Family Safari finishes and we part ways having experienced the trip of a lifetime.
If you prefer fixed accommodation to camping there is an accommodation upgrade available for this tour. Please see the Full Pricing information above for details.
This Victoria Falls to Johannesburg Overland Family Safari starts in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and travels through Botswana, before finishing in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Family Camping Safari leaves from Victoria Falls on Sunday mornings, but an earlier arrival is recommended in order to enjoy more activities at Victoria Falls. Accommodation can be booked through African Budget Safaris.
This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road & weather conditions, political situations and group decisions. All prices & Local Payments are subject to change. Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries we visit, there may be a truck and crew change during the safari trip.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
This tour does take children.
The minimum age on this family-friendly trip is six years old.
An excellent-value-for-money 3-day stay in Johannesburg, South Africa's financial and cultural capital. Experience top highlights of this vibrant city including Soweto, the inner city and the Apartheid Museum.
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