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Southern African Magic
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Mixed Groups,February Deals 2020

14 Days / 13 Nights Trip to South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe

Southern African Magic

Explore and experience the wild beauty of South Africa, it’s rugged landscapes and iconic wildlife.
This 14 day accommodated adventure highlights the best in Southern Africa, incorporating the panoramic sights of Mpumalanga and the Big 5 of Kruger. Cruising the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers with hippos and crocodiles, exploring the Bakone cultural museum, game walking in Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe, viewing elephant in Botswana, feeling the wet Zambezi spray off the thundering Victoria Falls, gliding the waterways of the Okavango Delta in a mokoro and open vehicle game drives in Chobe NP and Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
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  • Duration
    14 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,894
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Acacia is Africa
  • 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.
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.
Video

Road Trip around South Africa by Sergi Martínez Miró

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 Hoedspruit

Departing from South Africa’s administrative city, Pretoria, we drive across the scenic mountainous Mpumalanga province and enjoy the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels rock formation. The Blyde River, the third largest canyon in the world and a ‘wet’ canyon, making it different from the wind-carved dry canyons of the Grand Canyon and the Fish River Canyon. After lunch, we continue our journey to our accommodation for 2 nights, set in attractive gardens situated an hour or so drive from Kruger National Park.

Kruger National Park

We are off on our first Game Drive today. Waking before dawn, we aim to enter the park as the gates open at sunrise and spend the whole day game driving in this world famous national park.

Established in 1898 the park is home to a wide variety of species including 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.

We have the whole day in specialised open 4x4 game drive vehicles enjoying the sights and sounds of the park with our local professional guide. We return to our accommodation near Hoedspruit and overnight.

 Hoedspruit to Polokwane

Our journey today takes us northwards to the undulating hills of South Africa's Limpopo province.

This afternoon we head off to learn more about the local Bakone culture at an interesting open-air museum. It's here we 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

Leaving South Africa and entering Zimbabwe at the busy Beitbridge border crossing we wait patiently as the border formalities are completed before continuing our journey onto Bulawayo.

We have a lot of ground to cover today and eventually arrive at the second largest city in Zimbabwe, easily recognisable by its wide tree lined avenues.

To allow for the number of highlights & experiences included in this tour, some long distances need to be travelled. In order for this to not affect every day on tour, we have allocated this as a driving day in which we cover quite a lot of ground and have minimal stops.

Matobo National Park

Again, we are swapping into more suitable open 4x4 game drive vehicles today with a local guide to visit the nearby Matobo National Park, easily recognisable by it's wind sculpted hills. Provided the conditions are right we will also explore the area on foot and track some of the wild animals in the park, a truly exhilarating experience.

We have the option of extending our excursion to a full day including historical tour.

Bulawayo to Victoria Falls

Onwards after breakfast this morning to Victoria Falls, the adventure and activity capital of Southern Africa.

Settling into our accommodation over lunch we are met by our local team who will run through with us what amazing activities are on offer in the area to ensure that all our bucket list items are ticked off.

We finally round off our day with a peaceful sunset cruise on the upper stretches of the Zambezi.

Victoria Falls

Rising early, we visit the falls themselves and wander around the rainforest that has grown up from the spray from the falls. After our morning adventure, the rest of the day is free to partake in some of the many activities that are on offer or simply relax at the hotel and explore the small town and markets.

Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana

We travel the short distance this morning from Victoria Falls across into neighbouring Botswana and the small town of Kasane.

Our lodge, on the banks of the Chobe River where we head out onto a game drive and boat cruise in the Chobe National Park. Chobe is widely known for its populations of elephant, but the park also contains lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe and a host of antelope and birdlife.

Chobe National Park to Gweta

Turning southbound today, our journey takes us down to Gweta, the gateway to the vast Makgadikgadi and Nxai salt pans. There are no game fences in this area so we may be lucky enough to encounter big game en route including elephant and buffalo.

On arrival in Gweta, we have the option of joining a 4x4 excursion out to the pans or a baobab forest tour.

Gweta to Maun

After a morning tour to a local Tswana village to learn more about their every day life we are back in the vehicle and on further west to Maun, the gateway to the famed Okavango Delta.

In preparation for our excursion into the delta we stock up on some provisions and have the afternoon relaxing under the trees in the grounds of our comfortable lodge.

Maun to Okavango Delta

Transferring out to the mokoro station this morning in the 4x4 truck we meet the local Tswana guides who are going to accompany us through the labyrinth of islands and channels to our tented camp which is home for the night.

The delta is a natural wetland where the Okavango River spills out into the sands of the Kalahari Desert and never actually reaches the sea. This wetland is a haven for birds and other animals, an amazing wilderness experience.

Okavango Delta to Maun

After an exhilarating nature walk this morning, we pack up and return via mokoro and 4x4 transfer to our comfortable lodge outside Maun.

This afternoon, we have the opportunity to explore the small town or possibly take a flight over the delta where we have just spent the night.

Maun to Khama Rhino Sanctuary to Martin's Drift

We're up early this morning to hit the road. Travelling through the Greater Kalahari Region via Mopipi and we eventually arrive at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

The sanctuary was set up in 1989 by a group of locals wanting to convert a hunting area to a conservation area. It has subsequently been very successful and now plays an important part in educating the local population on the benefits of conservation.

We enjoy an afternoon game drive with the local rangers.

Stevensford Game Reserve to Pretoria, South Africa

Crossing the border one final time on the tour and back into South Africa at the Martins Drift border post over the Limpopo River.

The gradually increasing population indicates our arrival into the city of Pretoria, where, late this afternoon the tour ends.

Inclusions

 Meals - 13 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 12 Dinners

 Accommodation - Twin share chalets and guest houses with en-suite facilities (12 nts), pre-erected tent with en-suite facilities (1 nts)

 Transport 

 Road tolls and taxes 

 Park fees 

 Services of driver / wildlife guide

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 Visas 

 Travel insurance 

 Flights 

 Departure taxes 

 Airport transfers 

 Tips 

 Drinks 

 Optional activities 

 Items of a personal nature 

 Meals not indicated

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