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Jo'burg to Falls - 12 Days
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-70

ZIMBABWE,SOUTH AFRICA

Jo'burg to Falls - 12 Days

Starting in Jo'burg and South Africa's world famous Kruger National Park, travel through to thundering Victoria Falls, en route you'll visit the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of Zimbabwe. Visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins as well as the abundant Hwange National Park. 
Come discover the incredible diversity and beauty of South Africa on a journey that takes you to the country’s famed regions, and face-to-face with iconic wildlife.  Visit great game reserves and head out on thrilling safari drives to encounter lions, Cape buffalo, elephants, rhinos, leopards, small antelopes and more. Explore regions of quiet beauty, dotted with large green canyons, birdsong, immense waterfalls, and ever-changing skies.


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  • Duration
    12 Days
  • Starting From
    $503
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    On The Go Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Go on a safari drive in Kruger National Park
Highlight #1
Go on a safari drive in Kruger National Park
Come face to face with the world’s most iconic wildlife as you head out on a safari in the park, encountering lions, buffalos, elephants and rhinos. 
See the Great Zimbabwe ruins
Highlight #2
See the Great Zimbabwe ruins
These famous stone ruins are one of the nation’s most impressive sights.
Victoria Falls - One of Earth’s great spectacles
Highlight #3
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.
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Itinerary

Johannesburg

Tuesday. Welcome to South Africa! You will be met upon arrival at Johannesburg Airport by our representative and transferred to the backpackers for the first night. At 5pm there will be a pre-departure meeting where you will meet your tour leader and the rest of your group. 

  Hotel:  None

Kruger National Park

Jo'burg – Kruger. Leaving Johannesburg, we pass through the southern section of the picturesque Panorama Route, taking in the breath-taking vistas. Our camp for the next two nights is a short drive from the Kruger Park Gate and has some interesting local residents that include hippo, giraffe, zebra and impala. On arrival to the camp we enjoy an evening game drive. 

 On day 3 we continue to explore the amazing Kruger National Park in our overland truck. Covering 19 485 km2 - 60 km wide and over 350 km long, this conservation area has more than 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species. 23 000 different types of plants have been recorded. We spend the day driving around the park keeping an eye out for these incredible species. There is the option of enjoying a night drive looking for a few of the nocturnal inhabitants or upgrading to a small vehicle for the game drive at an additional cost. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Kruger National Park

Jo'burg – Kruger. Leaving Johannesburg, we pass through the southern section of the picturesque Panorama Route, taking in the breath-taking vistas. Our camp for the next two nights is a short drive from the Kruger Park Gate and has some interesting local residents that include hippo, giraffe, zebra and impala. On arrival to the camp we enjoy an evening game drive. 

 On day 3 we continue to explore the amazing Kruger National Park in our overland truck. Covering 19 485 km2 - 60 km wide and over 350 km long, this conservation area has more than 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species. 23 000 different types of plants have been recorded. We spend the day driving around the park keeping an eye out for these incredible species. There is the option of enjoying a night drive looking for a few of the nocturnal inhabitants or upgrading to a small vehicle for the game drive at an additional cost. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Blydepoort

Maun - Palapye - Polokwane. Heading out early, we have a fairly long (450kms) drive today to the small town of Palapye, situated about halfway between Francistown and Gaborone. This popular ‘stopover’ town for those en route to South Africa, is well known for the Morupule Colliery coal mines which supplies Morupule Power Station, Botswana’s principal domestic source of electricity. 

 The following morning we cross into South Africa and stop to sight see at the impressive Blyde River Canyon. Named for the Blyde River that runs through it, the canyon is 26km long, and averages 800m deep and forms the northern edge of the impressive Drakensberg Mountain Range. It is classified as a ‘green canyon’ due to the uncommon occurrence of vegetation that lines it (uncommon as most canyons are in desert areas and are fairly barren). The main viewpoints along the canyon are the 3 Rondavels, named for the shape of the traditional huts or houses the indigenous people of the area used to live in; and Gods Window that affords a breathtaking view across the canyon and surrounding area. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Tshipise

Polokwane - Tshipise. Today we continue our journey north toward the border with Zimbabwe. Sit back and enjoy the changing scenery on this long drive to the beautiful town of Tshipise. Located between rolling hills and well known for it’s natural hot water springs, Tshipise has various walking trails to enjoy or you can relax in the pools this evening. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Great Zimbabwe

Tshipise – Masvingo. We cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning, a truly beautiful country with incredible history and tradition. Arriving to the town of Masvingo, our stop for the night, we then head out to explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. According to legend these ruins were the capital of the Queen of Sheba and were inhabited by the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th century. You’ll have an opportunity to explore these incredible ruins, including the 8 statues of stone birds carefully carved from soapstone, before setting up camp at the foot of the hills.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Bulawayo

Masvingo – Bulawayo. Departing Masavingo we head north to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Boasting exceptionally wide streets originally designed to accommodate ox wagons and several buildings retaining their British Colonial feel, there is lots to see and do in Bulawayo. Perhaps visit the Natural History Museum, the National Arts Gallery or the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Matobo N.P.

Leaving our camp, we head for Matobo National Park, one of the few remaining areas in the world inhabited with both Black and White Rhino. We’ll enjoy the morning exploring this fascinating and often unique geological, ecological and historic area which boasts a high concentration of the elusive leopard and impressive black eagle. The ancient San inhabitants of this area are also evidenced by some incredible rock paintings located within the national park. Later we return to our campsite near Bulawayo where the rest of the day is at leisure.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Hwange National Park

Bulawayo - Hwange National Park. We head northwest today to Zimbabwe’s largest and longest running reserve, Hwange National Park, on day 9. Well known for it’s abundance and variety of wildlife including thousands of elephants and rare antelope species such as Sable and Roan Antelope. Hopefully you’ll spot some of these stunning creatures on our game drive today. 

 On day 10 we’ll explore Hwange National Park. Covering an area of over 5,600 square miles, Hwange was founded in 1928 as a game reserve and became a National Park in 1961, it is home to 400 species of bird and 107 types of animal. On our game drive today we’ll hope to spot some of these animals, including lions, cheetahs, giraffe and hyenas. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Hwange National Park

Bulawayo - Hwange National Park. We head northwest today to Zimbabwe’s largest and longest running reserve, Hwange National Park, on day 9. Well known for it’s abundance and variety of wildlife including thousands of elephants and rare antelope species such as Sable and Roan Antelope. Hopefully you’ll spot some of these stunning creatures on our game drive today. 

 On day 10 we’ll explore Hwange National Park. Covering an area of over 5,600 square miles, Hwange was founded in 1928 as a game reserve and became a National Park in 1961, it is home to 400 species of bird and 107 types of animal. On our game drive today we’ll hope to spot some of these animals, including lions, cheetahs, giraffe and hyenas. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Victoria Falls

Hwange National Park - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). This morning we continue to our destination - Victoria Falls. 

 A 20 minute walk from our campsite takes you to the entry point of the falls. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by David Livingstone on his explorations, and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. 

 Later we relax at the campsite’s swimming pool, view the Victoria Falls, or explore the many sights and delights of this town! 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,

  Hotel:  None

Victoria Falls

Saturday. After breakfast, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime! We suggest booking additional days after your trip to take advantage of the optional excursions available at Victoria Falls. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 Arrival transfer from Johannesburg Airport on day 1

 1st night dormitory accommodation (upgrade available) and 10 nights camping. Tents and sleeping mats provided

 A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives

 Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)

 All camping fees and appropriate equipment 

 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

 Park entry - Victoria Falls NP. Park entry and game drives - Kruger NP

 All road taxes and tolls

 Meals and Accommodation

Not Included

 International flights and visas 

 Sleeping bag - please bring your own

 Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

 Optional activities

 Local payment - $590pp, paid in USD.

 Additional 5% GST

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