Victoria Falls to Johannesburg overland safari tour, 7 days

From: ZAR6500 - AU$7050

per person (twin share)



USD 270 Local Payment Required

Victoria Falls-Johannesburg - Departs Alternate Wednesdays
Johannesburg-Victoria Falls- Departs Alternate Thursdays

Transport: Overland Safari Vehicle

Group Size: Average - 16, Max - 24


6 Nights Camping Meals Included Kruger National Park
Victoria Falls

Zambia, Botswana & South Africa
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Victoria Falls to Johannesburg overland safari tour, 7 days

Victoria Falls to Jogannesburg safari route mapThe 7 day Southern Africa tour is a fantastic week-long safari between Livingstone and Johannesburg. Spot wildlife in South Africa's famed Kruger National Park, enjoy an included river cruise in Botswana's Chobe National Park, and perhaps take a helicopter flight over the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zambia on this superb short safari. Reverse tours from Johannesburg to Livinstone also available.

 

Prices

R6500-R7050pp

 

USD $270 is also required as local payment. This is paid directly to your trip leader at the start of your trip to cover the cash only costs of the trip to ensure you pay current local prices at the time of travel.

 

Prices include 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 5 dinners, 6 nights in campsites with a 2 person dome tent and mattress, camping and cooking equipment, a Kruger National Park Safari, a Fish Eagle cruise in Chobe National Park, a Shangaan cultural evening & Victoria Falls entry.

 

Departs:

Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

 

Bird on our Livingstone to Johannesburg Safari

Upcoming dates: 16th Apr, 30th Apr, 14th May, 28th May, 11th Jun, 25th Jun, 2nd Jul, 9th Jul, 16th Jul, 23rd Jul, 30th Jul, 6th Aug, 13th Aug, 20th Aug, 27th Aug, 3rd Sep, 10th Sep, 17th Sep, 24th Sep

 

 

Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

 

Upcoming dates: 10th Apr, 24th Apr, 8th May, 22nd May, 5th Jun, 19th Jun, 26th Jun, 3rd Jul, 10th Jul, 17th Jul, 24th Jul, 31st Jul, 7th Aug, 14th Aug, 21st Aug, 28th Aug, 4th Sep, 11th Sep, 18th Sep, 25th Sep

 

 

Itinerary - Victoria Falls - Johannesburg

Day 1: Livingstone

 

Victoria Falls SafariThis safari starts in Livingstone, Zambia. If you wish to enjoy the various activities and excursions typically available in the Victoria Falls area please plan to spend a few days here before the tour begins. Optional activities include white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging, canoeing, elephant and horse riding, scenic flights (by micro light, helicopter or small plane) and – a definite ‘must!’ – a visit to the Victoria Falls themselves. At times of high river levels the spray can be seen from 20 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi oa Tunya – ‘smoke that thunders’. The office at the campsite can arrange these for you.Our first day is intended at leisure. Arrive any time during the day and after checking in at camp, stretching your ‘long haul flight legs’ and enjoy the surroundings. Our camp is right beside the Zambezi River – have coffee on the deck watching one of Africa’s giant rivers glide past, or more active take the opportunity to take the short drive to Victoria Falls to visit the national reserve itself.

 

Day 2: Chobe National Park

 

Moving on from Livingstone, we travel a short distance to Botswana and the town of Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. The Chobe River, which flows along the Northeast border of the park, is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. The bird-watching here is also excellent. When in flood, spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl flock to the area. We have a bit of a change this afternoon and get to enjoy a game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River – a truly amazing way to see hippo or elephant, and sometimes buffalo come to the river to bathe and drink.

 

Hippo on Safari in South Africa

Day 3: Nata

 

We leave Kasane and make our way south, hugging the fringes of the dry and dusty Kalahari Desert stopping at our campsite Elephant Sands Lodge, located just north of the small town of Nata. The camping area is unfenced so wild animals frequently visit the lodge's waterhole to drink. If we are lucky we might see elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra and giraffe and possibly the odd lion and wild dog! Like the other beasts of the land we also gravitate to water with the swimming pool also a focal point! Relax and absorb nature's bounty at its best: up close!

 

Day 4: Polokwane

 

Leaving Elephant Sands, we travel through many local villages and bustling trading towns, including Francistown and Palapye, a once thriving gold mine. We complete our road trip arriving at our campsite ‘Kwa Nokeng’ situated on the banks of the Limpopo River. The second largest river in South Africa, the Limpopo acts as an important source of water for this dry and arid region. It serves as a natural boundary between South Africa and its neighboring countries, Botswana and Zimbabwe, before it flows through Mozambique and out into the Indian Ocean. Tonight you can enjoy a sun downer at the cool ‘Mokoro’ (dug out canoe) bar and later hang out around the campfire under the vast and star-filled African night sky, listening out for the myriad noises of nature as it plays out in the night - especially the wild animals that make the nearby river their home!

 

Cultural safari tour in South Africa

Day 5: Greater Kruger

 

From Kwa Nokeng we cross the border into South Africa, where we head for southern Africa’s premier game reserve: Kruger. The fences between the park’s borders and surrounding private game reserves have been taken down to form Greater Kruger and the park’s animals are free to roam the whole area. Kruger and Greater Kruger cover over 24,000 square kilometres and are home to an incredible wealth of African animals from the dwarf mongoose to Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and buffalo). There is also an incredible diversity of birdlife and flora to be discovered.

We spend two nights within the Kruger area. On our first night we are treated to a display of tribal Shangaan dancing and singing followed by a full day game drive in the National Park itself to spot as many animals as possible the next day.

 

Day 6: Kruger National Park

 

Day 7: Johannesburg

We leave the Kruger behind today and make our way to South Africa’s biggest city and commercial centre, Johannesburg, where sadly our fabulous Africa adventure comes to an end late afternoon. 

 

 

Itinerary - Johannesburg - Victoria Falls

Day 1: Greater Kruger

 

South African Culture on a SafariFrom Johannesburg - South Africa's biggest city and commercial centre - we travel via the panoramic region of Mpumalanga, with its beautiful scenery and dramatic escarpment views, towards South Africa's most famed national park: Kruger. The fences between the park's borders and surrounding private game reserves have been taken down to form Greater Kruger and the park's animals are free to roam the whole area. Kruger and Greater Kruger cover over 24,000 square kilometres and are home to an incredible wealth of African animals from the dwarf mongoose to Africa's 'Big Five' (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and buffalo). There is also an incredible diversity of birdlife and flora to be discovered. 

 

We spend two nights within the Kruger area. On our first night we are treated to a display of tribal Shangaan dancing and singing followed by a full day game drive in the National Park itself to spot as many animals as possible the next day

 

Day 2: Kruger NP

 

Day 3: Palapye

 

After our fantastic adventure hunting big game in Kruger National Park (though with only the intention of shooting with our cameras), we travel north through South Africa’s lush countryside to Botswana. Our campsite, ‘Kwa Nokeng’, which means ‘at the River’ is situated along the banks of the Limpopo River in the province of the same name. The second largest river in South Africa, the Limpopo acts as an important source of water for this dry and arid region as well as acting as a serving as a natural boundary between South Africa and its neighbouring countries, Botswana and Zimbabwe, before it flows through Mozambique and out into the Indian Ocean. Tonight you can enjoy a sundowner at the cool ‘Mokoro’ (dugout canoe) bar and later hang out around the campfire under the vast and star-filled African night sky, listening out for the myriad noises of nature as it plays out in the night - especially the wild animals that make the nearby river their home!

 

Day 4: Elephant Sands

 

Rain is a valuable commodity in Botswana and correspondingly the local currency is made up of pula and thebe, which mean 'rain drops' in the local Setswana language. Today we drive through vast open savannahs passing many local villages and bustling trading towns, including Palapye and Francistown, a once thriving gold mine. We complete our road trip by travelling into wilder habitats where elephants roam freely and, if we are lucky, we will see many along the side of the road. We arrive at the tranquil yet rustic setting of Elephant Sands Lodge during the late afternoon. Here we spend the night surrendering to Africa with hope to glimpse the daily spectacle of all the surrounding wildlife coming into drink at the local waterhole.

 

Day 5: Chobe National Park

 

Chobe National Park SafariToday we make our way to the northern corner of Botswana to the town of Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. The Chobe River, which flows along the Northeast border of the park, is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. The bird-watching here is also excellent. When in flood, spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl flock to the area. We have a bit of a change this afternoon and get to enjoy a game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River - a truly amazing way to see hippo or elephant, and sometimes buffalo come to the river to bathe and drink.

 

Day 6: Livingstone

 

Moving on from Kasane we take the ferry across the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers into Zambia. Zambia. Formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, Zambia took its name from the Zambezi River when it gained independence in 1964. The Zambezi River is the fourth longest in Africa (after the Nile, Congo and Niger) and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean. Home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls, we visit Victoria Falls and try to take in the immensity of one of nature’s Wonders of the World. At various times of year the spray from the Falls can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi au Tunya’, the ‘smoke that thunders’. So don't forget a raincoat to protect your camera!

 

Our campsite itself is fabulous and we enjoy a full briefing that provides information on all activities available in the region (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, elephant and horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises and more besides!), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next few days.

 

Day 7: Livingstone

 

Make the most of the breathtaking barren landscapes and diverse wildlife in front of you this morning, before your African adventure comes to an end shortly after breakfast. Or you may want to stay on longer, with which Topdeck can help you sort out post-trip accommodation to enjoy even more of Africa's adventure capital.