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This Kruger Park to Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari travels from Johannesburg into the Kruger National Park, where we go in search of the Big Five of Africa and many other species of wildlife and birds. Crossing into Zimbabwe we visit a world heritage site, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and Bulawayo with its colonial history. Then we head to Matobo National Park for wildlife viewing and rock art paintings - a legacy of the San people. Next up is Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest national park before ending in Victoria Falls, dubbed the adventure capital of Africa.
This 11-day tour takes you into the age-old African bush, gives glimpses of Africa in medieval times and colonial Africa before arriving in modern day Africa at Victoria Falls.
This Kruger Park to Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari departs from Johannesburg travelling into the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa to the renowned Kruger National Park. Our journey takes us through the southern part of the scenic Panorama Route – famous for its breathtaking views.
We camp at an eco-friendly tented lodge inside Kruger Park for the first two nights, accessing the park via Numbi Gate. Tonight we embark on a night game drive in Kruger National Park, exploring the game-rich bush after dark in search of the nocturnal wildlife roaming this leading African game park. This evening we relax at the comfortable lodge under starry skies, keeping our eyes and ears open for wildlife and birds in the surrounding wilderness of Kruger Park.
Today we explore the world-famous Kruger National Park on game viewing drives. This top African game park covers an area of 21 497 km² (60 km wide and over 350 km long). The vast Kruger Park conservation area is home to over 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species. Around 23 000 different types of plants have also been recorded in this wilderness area.
We spend the day driving through Kruger Park in South Africa in search of the abundance of wildlife inhabiting the game reserve, stopping off at viewpoints as we explore. You have the option of upgrading to an open 4x4 safari vehicle at extra cost. You can also embark on an optional night game drive in Kruger at extra cost.
We say goodbye to Kruger Park and leave the Lowveld of South Africa behind, heading to Polokwane.
Our drive takes us along one of South Africa's most scenic areas, the Panorama Route, via the impressive Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. We stop to admire the panoramic vistas at some of the viewpoints along the Blyde River Canyon, taking advantage of the superb photo opportunities.
Our next stop is Polokwane, capital of the Limpopo Province, and the largest metropolitan centre in the northern part of the country. Polokwane serves as a travel hub on safaris through Southern Africa, as the city is located close to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland, and is also not far from Kruger National Park and Magoebaskloof.
The overnight camp is situated just outside Polokwane, and on arrival we set up our tents on the green lawns, before enjoying a swim in the refreshing swimming pool.
We replenish our supplies and head north towards Zimbabwe. We have a long drive ahead of us but the ever-changing scenery is a lovely diversion. Our journey takes us to Musina, known for being one of the hottest towns in South Africa. Here we camp at Tshipise, a resort with hot water springs. After we have set up camp take a dip in the rejuvenating springs and explore the walking trails and other activities on offer here.
Today we cross the border into Zimbabwe, a country rich in tradition and culture. We head for the world-famous Great Zimbabwe ruins, a fascinating reminder of an ancient, highly-skilled civilisation that constructed this medieval city. Wander around the remains of these ancient 'great stone houses' which is a translation of the Shona word for Zimbabwe. One of the most interesting finds at these remains were eight soapstone carvings of birds. Tonight we camp at the foot of the hills.
On Day 6 we travel to Zimbabwe's second largest city, Bulawayo. Steeped in colonial history, many of the town's buildings are heritage sites, maintained by Bulawayo City Council. Places of interest include the Natural History Museum, the National Arts Gallery and the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre, which employs over 70 people. The streets are exceptionally wide, designed to accommodate a span of oxen in times past.
Today we spend the day exploring the unique geological, ecological and historic area of the Matobo National Park. One of the few game reserves where the black and white rhino is prolific, it also home to a high concentration of the elusive leopard and the magnificent black eagle. The rock paintings found here are a legacy of the San people, evidence that they inhabited this area. Cecil John Rhodes is buried in these sacred hills, as he requested, although there is some controversy as to whether he will remain here.
We continue north-west to Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest reserve– Hwange National Park. Hwange is well known for its abundance and variety of wildlife species including thousands of elephants, and rare antelope species such as the Sable and Roan Antelope. We enjoy a game drive to explore the wilderness in search of these, and the other resident wildlife species.
Today we spend the day wildlife viewing in Hwange National Park. Once the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king, Mzilikazi, it became a national park in 1929. Hwange boasts a large variety of wildlife, including the highest population of elephant in Africa and over 100 species of mammals as well as 400 bird species.
On day 10 we head to Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. When we arrive your guide will brief you on the activities available and you can unwind by the pool. In the afternoon we visit Victoria Falls - the largest sheet of falling water in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the natural wonders of the world, surrounded by Victoria Falls National Park on the Zimbabwe side. The local name Mosi-oa-Tunya means the 'smoke that thunders' and upon visiting you will see and hear why it is so named.
Our overnight camp is in the middle of Victoria Falls town, an ideal base for walking to local restaurants, sights, shops and booking agents, as well as Vic Falls.
This enthralling Kruger & Botswana to Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari ends after breakfast in Victoria Falls town. We part ways having just experienced an African Safari of note!
The Kruger Park to Victoria Falls Safari starts in Johannesburg, South Africa and travels north through Zimbabwe before ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The Budget Camping Safari departs from Johannesburg on Sunday mornings. Should you wish to explore Johannesburg, an earlier arrival is recommended. 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.
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Please note this tour or a portion of this tour may coincide with a family departure, in which case, children from 6 years old may be included in the tour. Please contact African Budget Safaris to confirm.
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