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Beginning at the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, this 11-day camping safari kicks off with the chance to enjoy a host of adventure activities, from bungee jumping to white water rafting on the Zambezi River.
This Victoria Falls to Johannesburg Safari then heads into Botswana where we take a sunset boat cruise in Chobe National Park, home to Africa's Big 5 and spectacular bird life. Then, you have the option of camping out under the stars in Botswana's wildlife gem, the Okavango Delta, falling asleep to the sounds of the untamed African bush.
Lastly, we visit South Africa's premier national park, Kruger Park, hosting an impressive array of wildlife and birds. The memorable wildlife adventure of this Budget African Safari ends in the vibrant city of Johannesburg.
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.
Day one - explore Victoria Falls and get adventurous! This is the site of one of the world's most impressive natural wonders, Victoria Falls, also known as the adventure capital of Southern Africa.
Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world, where an average of about 1088m³ of water flows over the edge per second! That's a whole lot of water crashing over a 108m (354ft) drop into the gorge below, across a width of 1708m (5603ft), from the Zimbabwean side to the Zambian banks. Walk along the top of Mosi-oa-Tunya, the local name which means 'The Smoke that Thunders', and you will feel the power of this roaring waterfall and its spray of mist.
There are a multitude of fun and thrilling activities at Victoria Falls, so take your pick. There are scenic flights in microlights, small planes and helicopters, trips to Livingstone Island, swims in the scenic Devil's Pool, bungee jumps off Victoria Falls Bridge, and the famous white water rafting trips on the Zambezi, among other things to do.
We start the day with breakfast and then we drive into Botswana, heading to the Chobe River. Arriving at our camp close to Kasane we set up and kick back, watching the hippos wallow nearby.
Later this afternoon we take a leisurely cruise along the Chobe River, one of the best game viewing experiences in Botswana. We move along the banks of the river, falling inside Chobe National Park, where plenty of wildlife and birds are sighted. Watching the scenery go by, we may see antelopes, elephants, crocodiles, baboons, birds and more.
On day three we set off south to the town of Nata, keeping our eyes open for roaming animals along the way. In addition to livestock, wildlife is often spotted on the roadside including elephants, buffalos and antelopes.
Our next overnight camp is at a lodge, located inside a 16000 hectare private wildlife conservancy, near Nata. Arriving at the lodge you can embark on an optional game walk or drive in the conservancy which is home to rich bird and animal life. Sightings include elephants, lions, giraffes, buffalos, African wild dogs, zebras, leopards and a variety of antelopes, such as kudu and steenbock.
Otherwise, you can watch for wildlife and the abundance of birds drawn to waterhole at the lodge, take a dip in the pool and enjoy a sundowner.
Drive west through unpopulated rural Botswana, travelling from Nata along the northern fringes of the Makgadikgadi Pans to Maun. Maun is the safari hub for trips into the Okavango Delta, Botswana's crowning natural wonder. This massive network of channels and lagoons constitutes the largest inland delta on earth.
Tonight we get ready for our (optional) adventure into the delta, packing enough for the overnight bush trip. Your guide will be there to prepare you for the fun that lies ahead in the untamed Okavango Delta, and give you handy packing tips.
Spending time in the delta of Botswana is a remarkable experience in the pristine wilderness!
Today you have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set off into the Okavango Delta. First we drive from Maun to a collection point in the delta, where we switch to mekoros, the traditional vessels used in these parts. From the mokoro station our local guides pole us through the peaceful waterways, standing in the back of the dugout canoes as you sit and take in the beautiful setting. They ferry us to the mobile tented camp deep in the delta, where we will be hosted by local staff.
This afternoon you can take a walk in the wild, swim in the clean waterways, sit and watch nature and the creatures of this remote place or spend time gliding around in a mokoro. Tonight we camp in the wilderness, under star-filled skies. Accommodation is in dome tents with twin beds and basic en-suite bathrooms (long drop toilets and bucket showers) in the middle of the bush.
If you choose not to go into the Okavango Delta you remain at the camp near Maun, where you can do optional activities and swim in the pool.
Take advantage of our last few hours in the Okavango Delta this morning, heading off on a walk in the bush. The nature walk gives you a chance to see the flora and fauna up close and possibly sight some wild animals. After our last exploration the local guides pole us back to the drop-off point, where the vehicle awaits for our return journey to Maun.
This afternoon you can fly over the Okavango Delta in a small plane, taking in spectacular views and spotting wildlife from the sky. This optional flight enables you to get the bigger picture of this remarkable natural phenomenon - an incredible experience.
A long journey takes us south to Palapye, a small town in rural Botswana. Along the way we drive through uninhabited bushveld, scattered with a few settlements and home to some wondering wildlife.
On day eight we drive into neighbouring South Africa, heading to our camp overlooking the deep Blyde River Canyon. The Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world, is an unusually vegetated canyon, classified as a 'green' canyon.
We spend the night on the Panorama Route of South Africa - one of the country's most beautiful areas.
Our drive takes us along the escarpment rising up above the plains, hills and rocky features, including the breathtaking viewpoints at the Three Rondavels and God's Window. We pass the quaint town of Graskop en route to the world-famous Kruger National Park. Tonight we camp inside Kruger Park, swapping tales around the campfire and listening to the sounds of the bush.
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!
Day 10 is all about game viewing in one of Africa's very best game parks - Kruger National Park.
We explore this massive 21497 km² wilderness area, hosting over 146 species of mammals, 500 bird species, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian and 49 fish species across its diverse habitats. We look out for the Big Five of Africa - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo - on our game drives, pausing at scenic spots along the way.
You have the option of upgrading to an open safari vehicle, at extra cost, by arrangement with your guide.
Our last day starts with breakfast, before we drive to the big city of Johannesburg. Known as Jo'burg or Egoli (Place of Gold) this is the economic and, some say, cultural heart of South Africa. When we reach Jo'burg this Overland African Safari finishes, sending us off with the memories of a lifetime.
If you prefer fixed accommodation to camping there is an accommodation upgrade availble for this tour. Please see the Full Pricing information above for details.
This Victoria Falls to Johannesburg Overland Camping Safari starts in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and travels south through Botswana, before ending in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Overland 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.
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