Highlights of Zimbabwe & Botswana
16 Day Overland Tour, Camping
Number of Participants: 4-12
Tour Price: from 1,790 EUR
Local Payment Supplement: 300 USD
Single Supplement: from 95 EUR
On this 16-day overland camping tour you start in South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park before you continue your journey through Zimbabwe and Botswana where you explore the amazing culture and natural beauty of these two countries. Marvel at the Great Zimbabwe ruins and experience the power of the Victoria Falls. Explore the Okavango Delta by traditional mokoro and go on a boat ride to watch the huge elephant herds in the Chobe National Park. This safari covers it all – wildlife, history and culture.
Day 1-2 | South Africa
- Kruger National Park: Game drives
Day 3-4 | Zimbabwe
- Masvingo: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
- Matobo National Park: Game walks, Matopos Hills, Bushmen paintings, World´s View, Cecil Rhodes´ grave
Day 5-8 | Zimbabwe
- Hwange National Park: Game drives
- Victoria Falls: Sunset boat cruise, white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, elephant back ride, scenic flights (optional)
Day 9-11 | Botswana
- Chobe National Park: Sunset boat cruise
Day 12-16 | Botswana
- Okavango Delta: 4x4 into the Delta, mokoro excursion, game walks
- Khama Rhino Sanctuary: Game drive
Day 1-2 | Johannesburg, South Africa - Kruger National Park, South Africa
Distance on day 1 approx. 550 km; driving time approx. 7h
Departing in the wee hours of the morning from Johannesburg you head northeast to the remote north the world-famous Kruger National Park. The Pafuri region is famous for elephants and abundant birdlife, with Letaba an area of war between ivory poachers and game rangers. Pafuri is a paradise for birders. You join morning and afternoon games drives in our safari vehicle and hope to spot elephant, leopard, bushbuck and vervet monkeys in this isolated part of the reserve.
1 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner
Day 3 | Kruger National Park - Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 7h
Entering Zimbabwe at the Beitbridge border post, you travel to the town of Masvingo and the Great Zimbabwe ruins. The ruins are some of the oldest and largest stone structures in Southern Africa and its history and origin is still a topic of debate among archaeologists. It was built during the 11th century by an unknown civilisation. There will be time to explore these ruins on foot.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 4 | Masvingo, Zimbabwe - Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5h
Driving to Bulawayo and the Matobo National Park, you visit the Matopos Hills (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003), an area of bald granite hills and forested valleys. Camp will be set up on the outskirts of the park. In the afternoon you explore the area’s hills and caves on foot to see Bushmen paintings and rock formations. The next morning you visit World's View and colonialist Cecil John Rhodes' grave. Later you go on a bush walk to track rhino, but you might also see sable antelope and impala.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 5-6 | Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe - Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Today you will travel to the north-west to Hwange National Park the largest park in Zimbabwe. It is home to over 100 mammal species (including African wild dogs and brown hyena), a large elephant population and about 400 bird species. The day will be spent on a game drive with a local guide in an open 4x4 vehicle.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner
Day 7-8 | Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Distance on day 7 approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3h
You spend two nights in the town of Victoria Falls. Walk to the edge of the ‘smoke that thunders’ - Victoria Falls. The energy of the mass of water might energise you to choose some exciting optional activities ranging from white water rafting (most popular) to walking with lions, elephant interactions, bungee jumping and scenic flights over the falls. These excursions are not included in the rate.
2 x Breakfast
Day 9 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe -Chobe National Park, Kasane, Botswana
Distance approx. 100 km; driving time approx. 1-2h
Today you arrive in Botswana, one of the most stable countries in Africa with the highest per capita growth rate in the world. The camp in Kasane is on the banks of the Chobe River that forms the northern border of the Chobe National Park. The reserve’s vegetation is influenced by water; vegetation types here range from swamps to woodlands. You may see anything from elephant, hippo, crocodiles and impala to the rare wild dog and sitatunga. This afternoon you will join a game viewing boat cruise for sundowners while watching hordes of elephants and other wildlife as they come for their own sundowners at the river.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 10 | Chobe National Park, Kasane, Botswana - Nata, Botswana
Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5h
Sleep in or go for an early morning game drive (optional) in the Chobe National Park. Returning from the park, you drive south through the Kasane Forest Reserve to the Nata area for your overnight stay.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 11 | Nata, Botswana - Maun, Botswana
Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 6h
Today you travel from Nata in the saltpans to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun originated as a cattle outpost and is now the ‘capital’ of Botswana’s tourist industry and therefore the base for excursions into the delta. The camp is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River and after settling in you can relax with a something cool at the pool.
Breakfast | Lunch
Day 12-14 | Maun, Botswana - Okavango Delta, Botswana
Approx. 2h travel time on day 12 & 14
You drive into the delta in open 4x4 vehicles. Local guides will take you deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta on mekoro (traditional wooden canoes). Being gently ‘poled’ through the network of crystal clear waterways and lily-covered ponds is a sensory experience not to be missed. The delta forms when masses of water from the Angolan highlands spreads out over the Kalahari desert plains, creating a brief oasis for birds and wildlife. You will camp on remote islands and go walking, bird watching, swimming in the clear water and learn more about the lifestyle and culture of the local guides. You return to Maun in the late afternoon of day 14. There might be time have time for a flight over the delta (optional activity, not included in the rate) for a bird’s view of the silvery spiderweb of water.
3 x Breakfast | 3 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner
Day 15 | Maun, Botswana - Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana
Distance approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 6-7h
From Maun you will continue south, crossing the Kalahari on your way to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary near Serowe. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community-based project established over 20 years ago to save the white rhino. This reserve situated in the Kalahari sandveld, has several natural waterholes and provides prime habitat for white rhino, zebra and wildebeest, but the dense vegetation in the south is preferred by giraffe. You will hopefully be able to spot one of these elusive horned creatures on an afternoon game drive.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 16 | Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana - Johannesburg, South Africa
Distance approx. 650 km; driving time approx. 7-8h
Today you drive back to South Africa to reach Johannesburg in the late afternoon. Extend your stay for a few days or book an onward journey to see more of South Africa.
- Overland tour according to the itinerary
- 15 nights camping
- Transport in an overland truck and a 4x4 safari vehicle
- Professional English speaking guide
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Coffee and tea with breakfast
- National Parks fees
- Camping equipment
- Flights (international & domestic)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
- Optional activities
- Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
- Sleeping bag
How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?
- Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 travellers per group.
- Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.
Is there an age limit on tour?
- Generally the age limit is 18 to 65 years. But if you are a youngster of 12 years and older travelling with your parents or if you are over the age of 65 years and can provide a doctors note confirming that you are fit enough to take part, you’re welcome on tour as well.
Where does the group overnight while on tour?
- 13 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) on campsites with good ablution and other facilities.
- 2 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) in basic bush camps with very basic ablutions (bush toilet + bucket shower).
What vehicle is used on tour?
- For the longer distances we make use of safari trucks that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Big windows guarantee first-class game and nature viewing and a spacious interior with comfortable seats offer a high travel comfort. The back part of the vehicle is used for luggage, food and camping equipment.
- On game drives in Hwange National Park we make use of an open 4x4 game drive vehicle with trailer.
What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?
- Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary.
- Breakfast usually consists of cereals, toast and jam. Light lunches like salads and sandwiches are prepared en-route while for dinner the guide prepares stews, BBQs, vegetables and different pasta or rice dishes.
How much extra money do I have to take along?
- We recommend that you take along some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs. 10-15 USD per day is usually sufficient (depending on your spending habits). In addition you should allow some extra money for the optional activities you might want to participate in.
Do I need visa for this tour?
- Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
- In general European citizens do not require a visa for South Africa and Botswana. For Zimbabwe a visa is usually required.
- It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.
Do I need vaccinations for this tour?
- As the Kruger Park, Zimbabwe and Botswana are situated within a malaria area, we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
- Although none of the countries visited on tour require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.