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12 Days / 11 Nights Trip to South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe

Delta & Chobe Waterways

Explore and experience the wild beauty of South Africa, it’s rugged landscapes and iconic wildlife.
See Africa at its best on this small group safari tour. Experience the spiritual Matobo National Park, the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, huge elephant herds at Chobe National Park and Mokoro safaris though the Okavango Delta. Marvel at sunsets over the Kalahari Desert and encounter rhinos at Khama Rhino before heading back to the city of Pretoria.
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  • Duration
    12 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,615
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Acacia is Africa
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Victoria Falls - One of Earth’s great spectacles
Highlight #1
Victoria Falls - One of Earth’s great spectacles
Taking its place alongside the Pyramids and the Serengeti, Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s original blockbusters.
Bakone Open Air Museum: Preserved Culture
Highlight #2
Bakone Open Air Museum: Preserved Culture
Explore the traditional homesteads, learn how to make a real fire, brew beer and see how maize is ground. Learn  wood carving, pottery, basketry and beadwork as well!
Spiritual home of Zimbabwe
Highlight #3
Spiritual home of Zimbabwe
Matobo National Park has some of the most majestic granite scenery  with a stunning  landscape of balancing kopjes, on top of one another. It’s also home to white rhinos!
Encounter the Big 5
Highlight #4
Encounter the Big 5
Accompanied by game rangers, set out on an early morning and evening game drives and discover the wonders of the South African bush.
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Locations | Panorama Route, Blyde Canyon, Kruger National Park, Port Elizabeth, Jeffreys Bay (J-Bay), Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River, Plettenberg Bay, Route 62, Hermanus and Cape Town.

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Itinerary

Pretoria to Polokwane

We depart by shuttle transfer to the beautiful Limpopo Province. Previously known as the Northern Province, this is a land of myths and legends and is also highly rated as a southern Africa Eco-tourism destination.

Arriving in Polokwane, we head to our lodge to meet up with our guide and the rest of the group before we head off to learn more about the local Bakone culture. This interesting open-air museum allows us to learn about traditional methods of the Bakone tribe who were settled in this area from historic times to the present day.

Polokwane to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

This morning we make our way north to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree-lined avenues and wide open spaces. The area around the city offers much in the way of historical, geological and natural interest. Several national parks are nearby including the well-known Matobo (sometimes written Matopos) which we shall visit. Our accommodation for the evening is in a quiet garden setting on the outskirts of town.

Bulawayo to Matobo National Park

This morning we transfer into open 4x4 game drive vehicles with experienced local guides and drive a short distance from Bulawayo to the wonderful Matobo National Park. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and if conditions are suitable, the guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places for a close view of these magnificent animals.

It is possible to extend this to a full day as an option as well as take a historical and cultural tour.

Bulawayo to Victoria Falls

The journey continues today travelling in a north-westerly direction towards the town of Victoria Falls, passing along the edge of Hwange National Park.

On reaching Victoria Falls we meet with the local team who take us through the many different optional activities that are available in this area.

This afternoon we visit the falls themselves, walking along the trails at the edge of the gorge, gives some fantastic photo opportunities. Finally, we round off the day with a relaxing sunset cruise on the upper stretches of the Zambezi river hoping to spot some wildlife in and around the river.

 Victoria Falls

This morning we view the spectacular Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

After our morning visit, the rest of the day is at your leisure to sample some amazing optional activities such as whitewater rafting, bungee jumping and scenic flights, just to name a few.

Alternatively, it's worth checking out the local markets for some great souvenirs.

Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park

Leaving Zimbabwe behind this morning we cross into Botswana and the nearby Chobe National Park. Stopping briefly in the small town of Kasane we head to our river fronted accommodation.

In the early afternoon, we have the option to take an open 4x4 game drive in the Chobe National Park prior to taking an included cruise along the Chobe River hopefully spotting some of the large herds of animals that the park is so famous for.

Chobe National Park to Gweta

On the road again continuing the safari. Travelling through various unfenced areas we might be lucky enough to see wild animals roaming on or near the road as we journey close to the famous Makagadikgadi and Nxai Pans. Our destination, Gweta, is the gateway to the pans and on arrival, we have the option to take a 4x4 excursion out onto the pans themselves.

Gweta to Maun

After a morning village walk with the local Tswana people, we continue through the large flat countryside to the town of Maun which is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and prepare for our overnight excursion tomorrow.

Maun to Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a vast inland labyrinth of islands, rivers and marshes covering an area of up to 15,000 sq km where the Okavango River spreads out and sinks away into the sands of the Kalahari Desert.

We transfer into a 4x4 truck for the first leg of the journey into the delta before heading onwards is the local dugout canoe or mokoro with local expert guides. From our tented camp, we explore the wilderness area both on food and in the mokoros.

Okavango Delta to Maun

After a final morning out exploring this beautiful wilderness area, we return to Maun where we have the option to take a flight over this fantastic natural wilderness giving a different perspective from that on land. There is also the chance to take some time to explore the small town itself.

Maun to Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Heading back eastwards through Botswana and skirting around the south of the Makagadikgadi Pans and onwards to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

The sanctuary is on the edge of the Kalahari Desert and is a prime location for the endangered white rhino and provides a fantastic educational base for the local community focusing on conservation.

We enjoy an afternoon game drive with the experienced rangers.

Stevensford Game Reserve to Pretoria

Wrapping up our journey today we continue on southwards crossing back into South Africa and onwards to Pretoria, the administrative city of South Africa where our safari ends late this afternoon.

Inclusions

 Meals - 11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 10 Dinners

 Accommodation - Twin share rooms with en suite facilities (10nts) Twin share pre-erected tent with en-suite (1nt)

 Ground Transport

 Vehicle registration, Road tolls and taxes 

 Park fees 

 Services of driver / wildlife guide

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 Meals not indicated

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