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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 Botswana we travel up to Maun and into the world-famous Okavango Delta. Spend a night camping in the wild delta, exploring the pristine waterways and bush, by mokoro (dug-out canoe) and on foot. Then travel east through Botswana, stopping over at a game-rich private conservancy and then Chobe River, en route to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
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 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.
Travelling north today we make our way into Botswana, stopping briefly to top up on supplies. A long drive through rural landscapes brings us to the popular stopover of Palapye, a large town located mid-way between Francistown and Botswana's capital, Gaborone.
Onwards and upwards - driving north, then northwest, through sparsely populated Botswana, we head to Maun. The bustling town of Maun is the most popular base for exploring the Okavango Delta.
Tonight we get ready for our optional overnight camping trip in the pristine Okavango Delta - an unforgettable wilderness experience. Your guide tells you more about what to expect in the delta, advising you on what to pack in your overnight bag.
Early this morning our Kruger Park & Botswana to Vic Falls Safari departs from Maun, venturing into the wild Okavango Delta. First we drive north to a mokoro (canoe) station, from where we continue on water.
Locals traditionally use dug-out mekoros to navigate the watery delta ecosystem, standing up in the back of the vessels as they pole them along. We make our way deeper into the delta in mekoros, taking in the scenery as our local 'polers' move us through the reed-lined channels and across lily-dotted lagoons. Reaching our mobile tented camp in the middle of the bush you have time to settle in, have a refreshing drink and simply enjoy being in unspoilt nature.
You can explore the delta by mokoro or on foot, discovering the unique flora and fauna of this wild habitat with your local guides. Large animals (including lions, buffalos and elephants) roam freely in the delta, making for thrilling bush walks and mokoro trips with your experienced guides.
Tonight we lie back under starry skies listening to the calls of wildlife nearby. We stay in dome tents with twin beds and basic en-suite bathrooms (long drop and bucket shower), getting back to nature.
Wake up in the heart of the Okavango Delta surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds of this truly wild place. Grab the opportunity to take a guided bush walk in search of the diversity of fascinating creatures and plants found here.
Then, it is time to pack up and return to Maun, retracing our steps by mokoro and then safari vehicle.
This afternoon you have the chance to take an optional flight over the Okavango Delta at extra cost. The scenic flight enables you to take in the sheer size and beauty of the delta, spotting wildlife as you admire the incredible views.
On day eight of our Kruger to Vic Falls via Botswana Overland Safari, we continue east to Nata.
Our next camp is set on a 16000 hectare private conservancy hosting an array of wildlife and birds, not far from Nata. You have the option of embarking on a game drive or bush walk with the skilled guides of the lodge, going in search of elephants, giraffes, buffalos, zebras, antelopes and predators such as jackals, lions and wild dogs.
Otherwise you can put your feet up and watch for wildlife at the waterhole beside the lodge.
Leaving the conservancy near Nata we drive up to Kasane in the far northeastern corner of Botswana, near Chobe National Park. Tonight we camp on the banks of the Chobe River which flows into the national park, sustaining an abundance of flora and fauna.
Later this afternoon we embark on a laid-back boat cruise along Chobe River, famous for its superb game viewing opportunities. Watch for hippos, crocodiles, elephants, various antelopes and other animals, as well as waterbirds, raptors and more, as we move through the scenic bush at sunset.
Today we travel into Zimbabwe, making our way to the adventure capital of Africa - Victoria Falls.
A short adventure activities brief is followed by a free afternoon for you to view the mighty Victoria Falls, lounge at the camp pool or participate in adventure activities and explore the sights of Vic Falls town!
Named after the famous World Heritage Site and Waterfall, the town of Victoria Falls is located along the Zambezi River, surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our safari campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of Victoria Falls town, within walking distance of the local restaurants, shops and booking agents for adventure activities.
A 20 minute walk takes you to the entry point for viewing the spectacular Vic Falls, falling between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by the explorer David Livingstone and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Victoria Falls is the world's largest sheet of falling water at 1700 m wide and about 100 m high. An awesome and memorable sight on any African Safari!
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!
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.
The Kruger Park to Victoria Falls Camping Safari starts in Johannesburg, South Africa and travels north through Botswana, before ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
The Budget Overland 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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