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Tailored for the over-forty budget traveller this Chobe & Vic Falls to Kruger Safari travels to a well-curated selection of top destinations in Southern Africa, staying at comfortable 3 to 4 Star lodges en route.
Game viewing highlights include the famous trio of Chobe National Park (Botswana), Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe) and Kruger National Park (South Africa). Also, take Big Five game drives and a bush walk in the prestigious Timbavati Private Game Reserve of Greater Kruger National Park. Going beyond game viewing we visit two World Heritage Sites In Zimbabwe - the natural spectacle of Victoria Falls and the unique Matopos National Park, an important wildlife haven, cultural hotspot and historic gem. In South Africa, we encounter local Venda culture of the Limpopo Province and explore the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon on the scenic Panorama Route in Mpumalanga.
This Chobe & Vic Falls to Kruger Senior Lodge Safari begins in Kasane, located in northeastern Botswana near the border with Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia. At 18h00 you meet up with your travel companions and guide for a pre-tour briefing to find out more about the trip ahead.
The first lodge is set along the Chobe River which attracts one of the largest elephant populations in Africa, along with various other animals and birds. Tonight we sit back and enjoy the sunset from the lodge, looking out for wildlife and birds along the river.
On the morning of day two, we set off on an early morning game drive in Chobe National Park. Botswana's premier game park, Chobe is renowned for its high concentration of elephants and buffalos. We explore this scenic wilderness area in search of predators and other creatures - from lions, crocodiles and hippos to baboons, kudus and giraffes. In the late afternoon, we embark on a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River, famous for its excellent water-based game viewing. Soak up the wild scenery and look out for wildlife and birds, such as African fish eagles.
The remainder of day three and the whole of day four are set aside for enjoying optional activities and exploring Victoria Falls and surrounds. Visiting the natural wonder of Victoria Falls is an absolute must - an unforgettable and inspiring experience. Go to the viewpoints at Vic Falls (own account) to feel the spray and marvel at the sheer might of the largest waterfall in the world at 1708 metres wide and 108 metres tall.
There are plenty of optional activities (own account) on offer. On the waters of the Zambezi River - go white water rafting over rapids or canoeing along tamer sections. In the skies - take a helicopter, micro-light or small plane flight over Vic Falls. For the ultimate adrenaline rush bungee from the Vic Falls bridge or abseil into Batoka Gorge. On land - see the sights in historic Victoria Falls town, visit the local markets, go horse riding or do an eco-tour.
Back to the African bush for more top-notch game viewing, this time in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's leading wildlife reserve.
Arriving at Hwange we have lunch before heading off on an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. We explore a private wildlife concession area bordering on the national park, searching out the fascinating animals found in this rugged wilderness. Hwange is home to one of the largest populations of endangered African wild dogs and, like Chobe is known for its impressive elephant herds.
On day six we set off on an early morning 4x4 game drive in the private concession, hosting an array of large mammals and birds. In the afternoon you can take an optional game drive (own account) in Hwange, or unwind at the safari lodge.
Travel to Matopos National Park in southern Zimbabwe, near Bulawayo.
Matopo (or Matobo) is an important cultural and historical site, in addition to being an important wildlife haven. This Unesco World Heritage Site hosts some of the highest concentrations of leopards and black eagles on earth! Matobo is also home to sizeable populations of endangered black and white rhinos, along with other animals and birds.
Day eight is spent exploring the mysterious Matobo Hills where ancient rock paintings and sacred ancestral sites are found. We hike through the granite boulder scattered wilderness, visiting the controversially located grave of imperialist Cecil John Rhodes.
Our lodge is nestled between the dramatic boulders in the Matopos Hills, just outside of Matopos National Park.
Get up bright and early on day nine for the drive south through Zimbabwe into South Africa. Crossing the border at Beit Bridge we continue to our next lodge in the Limpopo Province. Here we encounter the unique local culture of the Venda people, who migrated from the Great Lakes of Central Africa centuries ago. On day 10, we get up early and take a walk to see rock paintings in the area.
After breakfast at camp, we go to a village in the area and visit a school and tavern to get a glimpse into life in this part of South Africa. Our day trip includes a traditional lunch and this evening we have a Venda style dinner in the village.
After breakfast we travel to Kruger National Park, entering the world-famous reserve via the northern Pafuri Gate. The entire day is spent driving through Kruger Park, game viewing as we make our way south to our tented camp in Timbavati Private Game Reserve.
Kruger is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) and a wide diversity of other mammals, as well as numerous plants, reptiles, birds and more. Driving to Timbavati, which forms part of Greater Kruger National Park, we are sure to see a variety of wildlife and birds.
The following morning we venture into the wildlife-rich wilderness on a game drive, followed by lunch at camp. In the afternoon we embark on another game drive in the private game reserve within Greater Kruger, spotting an exciting array of Africa's fauna and flora in the prestigious Timbavati Private Game Reserve.
Today we leave the Big Five bush behind, driving from the Timbavati Game Reserve to the Panorama Route. We drive through the stunning landscapes of the Panorama Route - one of the most beautiful regions in South Africa, stopping to take in the breathtaking views. Scenic highlights of the day include the viewpoint called God's Window and the Bourke's Luck Potholes rock formations at the end of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons on earth.
On day 14 we have breakfast at our hotel in the Mpumalanga Province and hit the road for our final destination - Johannesburg. We spend our final night at a comfortable lodge in a suburb of South Africa's largest city.
This memorable journey from Botswana to South Africa comes to an end on day 15, after breakfast at the lodge in Johannesburg. A transfer to the O.R. Tambo International Airport is included.
This safari also runs in the opposite direction, starting in Johannesburg and ending in Kasane, travelling on different dates. See the Kruger Park to Victoria Falls & Chobe Safari Adventure
Pre-tour and post-tour accommodation in Kasane and Johannesburg, as well as airport transfers in Kasane, can be pre-booked through African Budget Safaris.
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