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Zimbabwe And Botswana Game Tracker

Zimbabwe and Botswana Game Tracker

Zimbabwe and Botswana Game Tracker

HIGHLIGHTS

Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta

FROM

NZ$4,150

DURATION

16 Days

In a nutshell

The Zimbabwe and Botswana Game Tracker is a safari exploring the amazing culture and natural beauty of both of these countries:

  • A true African experience – wild and free!
  • All inclusive trip with cultural experience, adventure and wildlife.
  • Kruger National Park, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Matobos National Park, Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park & the Okavango Delta

Why travel with us?

We understand that there are several options available to you when choosing your African safari. We also know that you want to make the most informed decision about your safari, what you get, what’s included and what you see and experience. So these are just a few of our qualities and facts:

  • Small groups – by travelling with a maximum of 12 people, you are able to witness Africa and have first-hand contact with this amazing continent and its people without being a negative influence. This has been a key factor in our continued success. Our trips appeal to a wide demographic of traveller. Our clients range in age from 25 to 65+ with the average being 45. The range of travellers gives a variety of perspectives which adds to the experience of each safari.
  • 2 tour guides – group leaders are the key to any safari. On one of our safaris you will travel with 2 qualified and registered field guides (Field Guides Association of SA). Two guides as crew, not a guide and a driver, means interesting trips with maximum knowledge and information. Our guides have a passion for Africa, her people and her wildlife, and they love nothing more than sharing their knowledge with you.
  • Guaranteed departures on selected dates otherwise a minimum of 4
  • All inclusive price – when we travel ourselves, we always feel that if we’re in a country we should find and see the best it has to offer. So when planning the routes we ensure that each trip provides the best inclusions and experiences. For example, if you go to Botswana – you have to visit the national parks in an open 4WD – it is the essence of the Botswana wilderness. If you tour Zambia, then you must visit South Luangwa NP and do a game walk with a local scout. When booking on a Safari there are no hidden costs. All of the entrance fees are included, and a wide range of activities, and most meals. We have included many highlights in our tours, so that you will see and experience the highlights without having to pay extra when you get there. So when you decide on which safari company to book with, look carefully at what you’re actually getting. You may only visit a place once, make sure you get the most out of it.
  • Safety – our fleet of vehicles are custom built to ensure comfortable and safe touring. Each is constructed, by an authorised passenger vehicle builder, to the latest safety requirements, with a safety shell, and every seat has a lap belt. This gives you peace of mind when travelling with us on the often demanding African roads.
  • Responsible travel – Our commitment to sustainable & responsible tourism is reflected in our low impact travel style where all we take is photographs and all we leave is our footprints. Being an African company we have the grassroots contacts to make a real difference in the lives of the people whose lands we visit.
  • Solo Travellers – going it alone won’t make your holiday more expensive; our reservations staff will match you up with another same-gender traveller to keep your holiday affordable. If however you request a single room or tent these are available, with a price supplement
  • Experience – we have more than 22 years’ experience planning tours throughout Southern Africa. As such, our itineraries and routes have been perfected over many years ensuring that your tour will run smoothly. We visit the highlights of Southern Africa, but ensure that you do not follow the well-trodden tourist track.
  • Based in Africa – probably the most important part of our safaris is that we are an African company with offices in South Africa and Botswana. We live in Africa, we travel in Africa and it is our passion for this amazing continent that makes our Safari’s your best travel option.

LIMITED PARTICIPATION is an essential part of your safari is some participation. From carrying your own bag to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. There are some long days with early starts so we need all to get involved to make the trip run efficiently. Where the tour leaders provide meals we ask that clients help (on rotation) with the washing up (the local polers will assist in the delta to make things easier).

*All our tours are non-smoking

During the Zimbabwe and Botswana Game Tracker, visitors are afforded some of the best game viewing and cultural explorations available over three Southern African countries. This fully accommodated tour offers adventure at an affordable cost.

TRIP SUMMARY

Duration: 16 days from Johannesburg to Johannesburg
Trip focus: A great classic overland journey taking in the highlights of the National Parks, Game Drives, Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta
Accommodation: 13 nights in small lodges, with ensuite and shared facilities. 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango.
Transport: Custom-built 4WD safari truck or 12 seater minibus
Group size: Maximum 12 + tour leader and driver
Local Payment: USD300
Single supplement: NZ$700 – or you can request to share with someone of the same gender
Operator: This tour is run by one of our trusted local partners

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Meals as stated in itinerary
  • All park Entrance fees
  • All accommodation and transport within the tour
  • English speaking driver and local tour guide
  • Local game trackers and guides

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, souvenirs etc
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Local payment if required to be paid on day 1 of your tour to your guide
  • International flights and internal flight departure taxes
  • Travel insurance, visas and vaccinations
  • Tips for your tour leader and driver

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am, we head into the world-famous Kruger National Park. We visit the northern part of the park and stay in the Letaba area of the reserve. We enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in our safari vehicle and hope to spot lion, elephant, rhino and other animals in this icon of wildlife conservation.

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2 – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

This morning we wake early and game drive north through the park to the Pafuri region. The northern Kruger is dominated by mopane veld and is the domain of large elephant bulls, wilddog and lions. As we reach the Limpopo Valley the vegetation changes to forest and birdlife is prolific. We exit the park, late in the afternoon, and overnight at a lodge just outside the Kruger.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3 – GREAT ZIMBABWE

Entering Zimbabwe at the Beit Bridge border post, we travel north to our overnight stop. The following morning we visit the Great Zimbabwe Monuments. These well preserved ruins are some of the oldest and largest stone structures in Southern Africa and were built during the 11th to 14th centuries. We explore these ancient stone structures on an informative walk with a local guide.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAYS 4 to 5 – MATOBO NATIONAL PARK

Travelling via the city of Bulawayo, we move on to the Matobo National Park and our chalets on the outskirts of the park. This afternoon we enjoy sundowners from the granite ridge overlooking the park. The following morning we visit World’s View and the historical site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave. Unusual rock formations are home to an array of ancient bushman paintings which we visit while on our game drive and walk. This area is also home to Zimbabwe’s rhino which we hope to see on our excursion in the national park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAYS 6 to 7 – HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14,650 square kilometres. Hwange is famed for its large elephant population. Our chalets are in the game management area that borders the park, and we explore the park with our local guide, on a full day game drive in an open 4WD game viewing vehicle.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAYS 8 to 9 – VICTORIA FALLS

We enjoy a spectacular guided walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” – Victoria Falls. There are opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungee jump or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts

DAY 10 – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Entering Botswana, we head to the town of Kasane and our accommodation on the banks of the Chobe River. The river flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. A highlight of any trip to the Chobe is the afternoon game viewing cruise where we hope to see large herds of elephants and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 11 – NATA

This morning there is time for an optional (own expense) game drive in the Chobe National Park. Heading south through the Kasane Forest Reserve we make our way to the Nata area for our overnight stop.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 12 to 14 – OKAVANGO DELTA

We transfer into the delta by open 4WD game viewing vehicle. Our local guides will take us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta on Mokoro (dugout canoes) to our pre-erected tented camp. The delta forms as rain water from the Angolan highlands flows out over the flat Kalahari Desert sands, forming a delicate, green oasis for birds and wildlife. Our camp is on a remote island in this amazingly dynamic environment and we enjoy bush walks, bird watching and swimming in the clear waters. Camping with our local guides we learn more about their lifestyle and culture. Returning to Maun in the afternoon of Day 14, there is time for an optional scenic flight over the Okavango (own expense).

Meals Included: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners

DAY 15 – KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY

Heading south from Maun, we cross the wide open spaces of the Kalahari Desert on our way to Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in protecting rhino and restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its natural state. The reserve provides economic benefits to the local Batswana community through sustainable use of natural resources. We hope to spot rhino on an afternoon game drive.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 16 – DEPARTURE DAY, JOHANNESBURG

Crossing back into South Africa, we make our way to Johannesburg where the tour ends at approximately 18:00.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kruger National Park – game drives
  • Zimbabwe Ruins – guided tour
  • Matobos – game drive
  • Hwange – game drives in open vehicle
  • Victoria Falls – adventure activities
  • Chobe National Park – sunset river cruise
  • Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion

DATES

Departure Dates Cost
Please enquire - Departs every 2nd Saturday from 04 April NZ$4,150
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