Botswana & Victoria Falls + Kruger Park Tour14 Days

Background

We are discontinuing our 7 DAY VICTORIA FALLS / CHOBE TOUR end December 2016. We have found that four
days of travelling there and back with the resulting very, very long hours on the road, are too strenuous and boring to
our clients – and above all – not sufficiently enjoyable. From beginning January 2017, we will be replacing this tour with
our 10 DAY BOTSWANA / VICTORIA FALLS TOUR, having added four more excursions and three more overnight
stops en-route (all included in the tour price), which we are positive will make it a more relaxed, more interesting and
more enjoyable tour through Botswana to Victoria Falls and back – and the best value for money you will find.
“Touring” – in the real sense of the word – each day of the tour. This is also the reason why we have given a more
relevant name to this tour – “Botswana / Victoria Falls”.

  • Included: Vic Falls Leg
    • Tented Camping with ground-mattresses
    • Sleeping bags – available for hire at a set fee for the entire VF leg
    • Upgraded rooms on VF leg (if available) booked on arrival – optional, at client’s costitinerary

    Included: Kruger Leg

    • All transport
    • All camping accommodation
    • Qualified and registered guide
    • All camping and other equipment Meals as specified in the detailed itinerary
    • Entrance fee to Rain Forest at Victoria Falls (day3)
    • Entrance & Conservation fees to Chobe National Park (day5) Fee for Chobe National Park Game Drive (open vehicle)(day5)
    • Fee for Boat Trip on Chobe River (day6)
    • Fee for Sundowner on Makgadikgadi Pans (day7)
    • Entrance & Conservation fee for Goo-Moremi Gorge Hike (day9)
    • Fee for Sundowner and Night Drive at Oppikoppi Farm (open vehicle)(day9)
    • Accommodation cost for the night in Johannesburg (day10)
    • Entry Fee for Maholoholo Animal Rehab (day11)
    • Conservation & Entry Fee for Kruger Park (day12)
    • Conservation & Entry Fee for Kruger Park (day13)
    • Entry Fee for the Sundowner Night Drive in Andova Reserve (day13)
    • Conservation & Entry Fee for Three Rondavels (day14)
  • All drinks (except coffee & tea in the mornings and with meals)
  • Meals not specified in the detailed itinerary
  • Visas, if required – client’s should determine if it would be required
  • Bedded accommodation – to be arranged, if available (on arrival) by client

Please Note

  • No drinks or Visas are included
  • Sleeping bags available for hiring at a set amount for the entire tour
  • Upgrade to bedded accommodation at a set additional fee

Itinerary in Short

Day 1 Monday Gauteng (after Pickup) to Kwa Nokeng Lodge near border (Botswana)
Day 2 Tuesday Kwa Nokeng Lodge to Elephant Sands Camp near Nata (Botswana)
Day 3 Wednesday Elephant Sands to Victoria Falls Rest Camp in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Day 4 Thursday Full day at Victoria Falls
Day 5 Friday Victoria Falls to Thebe River Camp at Chobe National Park (Botswana)
Day 6 Saturday Full day at Thebe River Camp
Day 7 Sunday Thebe Camp to Baobab Planet at Makgadikgadi Pan near Gweta (Botswana)
Day 8 Monday Baobab Planet Camp to Camp Itumela at Palapye (Botswana)
Day 9 Tuesday Camp Itumela, via Goo-Moremi Gorge, to Oppikoppi near Lepelale (SA)
Day 10 Wednesday Vic Falls leg ends in Johannesburg for the night, at a venue of our choice
Day 11 Thursday Gauteng to Campsite near Hoedspruit (visit to Maholoholo Animal Rehab)
Day 12 Friday Campsite into Kruger National Park (full day)
Day 13 Saturday Campsite into Kruger National Park (3/4 day), Sundowner Night Drive (Andova Reserve)
Day 14 Sunday Campsite to Gauteng (visit to Three Rondavels)
  • View Variations of this Tour

    (Refer to our detailed itinerary below)

    3 DAY GAUTENG TO BOTSWANA / VICTORIA FALLS TOUR

    • Your tour starts with Day 1 from Johannesburg/Pretoria, and ends when we arrive at Victoria Falls on Day 3 (Friday). It, therefore, does not include entry fee to the Rain Forest or lunch or dinner on Day 3.This tour can be combined with our 4 day Kruger Park Tour, named 7 DAY KRUGER PARK + BOTSWANA / VICTORIA FALLS (north) TOUR, where departure of the 1st leg to Kruger Park will be on the previous Saturday, returning on the Tuesday before commencing on the Wednesday with the 2nd leg to Victoria Falls.

    4 DAY GAUTENG TO BOTSWANA / VICTORIA FALLS TOUR

    • Your tour starts with Day 1 from Johannesburg/Pretoria, and ends on the morning of Day 5 (Sunday) after breakfast, before we depart from Victoria Falls.This tour can be combined with our 4 day Kruger Park Tour, named 8 DAY KRUGER PARK + BOTSWANA / VICTORIA FALLS (north) TOUR, where departure of the 1st leg to Kruger Park will be on the previous Saturday, returning on the Tuesday before commencing on the Wednesday with the 2nd leg to Victoria Falls.

    4 DAY VICTORIA FALLS / BOTSWANA TO GAUTENG TOUR

    • You join the group early morning for breakfast on Day 5 (Sunday) at Vic Falls, and ends when you are dropped off at your destination in Johannesburg/Pretoria on Day 8.This tour can be combined with our 4 day Kruger Park Tour, named 8 DAY BOTSWANA / VICTORIA FALLS (south) + KRUGER PARK TOUR, where departure of the 2nd leg to Kruger Park will be on the Thursday after returning from the 1st leg from Victoria Falls.

    12 DAY BOTSWANA / VICTORIA FALLS + KRUGER PARK TOUR      

    • This tour departs on a Wednesday for Vic Falls (for the 1st leg) and follows on to the 4 day Kruger Park (2nd leg) on the Thursday after return from the 1st leg from Vic Falls. The 1st day of Kruger Park tour will then be seen as the 9th day of your combined tour, and so forth…

    12 DAY KRUGER PARK + BOTSWANA / VICTORIA FALLS TOUR

    • This tour departs to Kruger Park  (1st leg) on the Saturday before commencing with the Botswana/Vic Falls (2nd leg) Tour on the following Wednesday. The 1st day of Vic Falls should then be seen as the 5th day of your combined tour, and so forth…

Full Itinerary

Monday: Gauteng to Kwa Nokeng Lodge just inside Botswana

Pickup’s start from approx. 08h00 (you will be notified the evening before) around Johannesburg and Pretoria, and we should leave this area around 10:00am. Your guide will stop at Lepelale for en-route refreshments and/or takeaways (own cost), foreign exchange (normally cheapest at Francistown in Botswane – your guide will assist) and last minute shopping while still on the South African side of the border. From there we head north, entering Botswana at Martins Drift Border Post. A mere one Km further we arrive at Kwa Nokeng Lodge for the night. Pool, bar and restaurant facilities are available to relax at while dinner is prepared by your guide.

Accommodation: Camping, with optional upgrade to bedded accommodation (if available) at own cost

Meals included:  Dinner

Tuesday: Kwa Nokeng Lodge to Elephant Sands (Botswana)

After a light breakfast, we head further north, stopping at Francistown for foreign exchange and en-route
refreshments and/or take-aways (own cost), to Elephant Sands which is a lovely lodge a short
distance past Nata, where we stay the night. Here you can relax at the swimming pool and bar, overlooking a close-by waterhole, while watching animals 30 meters away, such as large herds of elephants and others (including lion and leopard), drinking and enjoying the water supply. A lovely buffet-dinner is prepared and served in their restaurant by the venue.

Accommodation: Camping, with optional upgrade to bedded accommodation (if available) at own cost

Meals included: Light Breakfast, Dinner

Wednesday: Elephant Sands to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Due to a normally very hectic border crossing late mornings (especially during school holidays) at Kazungula Border Post into Zimbabwe, and to optimize the time spent at Victoria Falls, we leave very early – coffee, tea & rusks available while packing. We drive even further north, cross-border to the vibrant town of Victoria Falls in the Zambezi National Park where we will be staying for the next two nights at Victoria Falls Rest Camp. This route takes us through the Sibuyu, Kazuma and Kasane Forest Reserves where we always see herds of elephants and often a variety of antelope and sometimes lion, hyena and wild dog. The campsite is situated in the middle of town, within 10 minutes walking distance of just about everything, and have pool, bar and restaurant (also take away) facilities. Your guide will assist you with exchanging currencies and bookings for optional activities that you would like to do.

Having enjoying a very welcome lunch on arrival, we enter the Rain Forest during the afternoon, strolling (in normally very wet conditions due to spray from the waterfalls) along the pathways, enjoying sightseeing and the magnificent Victoria Waterfalls, which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is 1700 meters (1.1 mile) wide, making it the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The Zimbabwean side is the best side to view the waterfall from, as 1400 meters of the waterfall is on that side, as well as the main falls, and flowing throughout the year, while the Zambian side consists of only 300 meters, and has no water flow during the winter months. A delightful evening meal will be prepared, and served, by your guide.

Accommodation: Camping, with optional upgrade to bedded accommodation (if available) at own cost

Meals included: Coffee, tea & rusks, Lunch, Dinner

Thursday: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Victoria Falls and the surrounding areas offer a great variety of things to see and do. You will have
the whole day to explore the town, meet the locals, visit the African markets with its wide variety
of very affordable arts and crafts made from wood, stone and beads, or to relax by the pool at the
campsite in the heat of the day. The Victoria Falls region is nicknamed the “adventure capital of Africa” for a reason. It is well known for the large variety of fantastic activities (optional excursions) such as the best one day white water rafting in the world, the 111 meters bungi jump off the bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia which is the second highest from a bridge in the world, elephant back and/or horse safaris, helicopter flights over the waterfall, canoe safaris, day trips to Hwange National Park, fishing safaris, game walks, superfast jet boat trips, ferry trips, abseiling, gorge swings, train trip on the bridge to halfway between Zimbabwe and Zambia, and much more. This evening we enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants of your own choice, at your own cost. This is normally the group’s festive outing.

Accommodation: Camping, with optional upgrade to bedded accommodation (if available) at own cost

Meals included: Light Breakfast

Friday: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park (Botswana)

After a full breakfast we head back to the Kazungula Border Post into Botswana. While en-route we often see herds of elephants, sable antelope, buffalo and many other different animal species.
We arrive late morning in Kasane where we will be staying for the next two nights at Thebe River Safaris campsite on the shores of the Chobe River, close to Chobe National Park gate. Here we often see hippo and large herds of animals. You will have the opportunity to exchange currencies and buy provisions in Kasane and thereafter relax at the bar & swimming pool or at the river shore. Later this afternoon we do a game drive with an open 4×4 vehicle in the Chobe National Park, well known for its large variety and numbers of wildlife, where we always are very successful with spotting of large numbers of wildlife, including lion and leopard. Dinner will be prepared and served by your guide this evening..

Meals included: Full Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping, with the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation at own cost

Saturday: Chobe National Park

After a full breakfast you will have most of the day to relax at the swimming pool or river shore with refreshments available at the bar and restaurant. Late afternoon we board a river boat for an unforgettable sunset cruise on the Chobe River, around the Sedudu Island which lies adjacent to the border of Namibia. Experience unique up-close and personal game viewing and bird watching – herds of Elephant, Buffalo and Lechwe and some 350 different bird species are to be found on the island and on the river banks.
A short stop on the river, watching a glorious sunset dipping behind the water-horizon, is an exhilarating highlight of this cruise. Dinner will be prepared and served by your guide on return to camp

Meals included: Full Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping, with optional upgrade to bedded accommodation (if available) at own cost

Sunday: Chobe National Park to Baobab Planet (Botswana)

After a full breakfast we first stop in the town of Kasane for shopping – stocking up our supplies of refreshments and provisions for meals, as no other proper facilities would be available en-route. We head south to Nata and from there west to Baobab Planet, a delightful campsite with a beautiful swimming pool, bar and restaurant, right on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, where we will overnight. Late afternoon we go for a Sundowner on the Makgadikgadi Pans (one of the largest salt pans in the world – uninhabited by humans, stark, flat, featureless terrain, stretching over some 12 000 sq kms). Dinner will be prepared and served by your guide on return.

Meals included: Full Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping only – no upgraded accommodation available

Monday: Baobab Planet to Camp Itumela (Botswana)

After a light breakfast we head east back to Nata, and from there further south. We stop in Francistown for lunch (at your own cost) and a last bit of shopping. We arrive late afternoon at Itumela Camp in Palapye where we will be setting up camp for the night. Here you can enjoy the pool and bar, and later a local cuisine dinner is served by the venue.

Meals included: Light Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping, with optional upgrade to bedded accommodation (if available) at own cost

Tuesday: Camp Itumela to Oppikoppi Farm (South Africa)

After a light breakfast we head for the small local village Moremi for a short hiking trail in the Goo-Moremi Gorge which lies within the Tswapong Hills of Botswana, where endangered Cape Vultures breed on the outcrops above the ancestral waterfalls. Equiped with a walking stick, we criss-cross a mountain steam several times amongst the shaded, bushy and rocky canyon, passing two small waterfalls to end up at the third which is approximately 12 meters high in a beautiful surround-setting. The brave can spend a little extra time in climbing the rocky outcrop to the top from where they will have a magnificent view of the gorge.
After spending about two hours here, we head south-east towards South African, entering via Martins Drift Border Post.
Then on to Lepelale where we stop for lunch (at your own cost) and then on to Oppikoppi Hunters Farm where we will overnight. The farm has a very beautiful setting on top of a hill, with a pool, bar and boma to relax in. Before sunset we are collected from our campsite, taken to a spot on the hill to watch the sunset whilst enjoying a Sundowner. Afterwards we go on a short game drive searching for nocturnal species, and then back to the Boma where dinner is served by the venue.

Meals included: Light Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping, with optional upgrade to bedded accommodation (if available) at own cost

Wednesday: Return to Johannesburg & Pretoria (South Africa)

After a full breakfast we depart driving south. We will stop en-route for refreshments and take-aways at your own cost, and should arrive late afternoon at your drop-off destinations in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Meals included: Full Breakfast

Tailor Made or Group Tours

  • Minimum 6 people

Selous Safaris & Tours will help design and put together tailor made tours to Chobe National Park (Botswana), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Kruger National Park (South Africa), for groups with a minimum of 6 people.  Please provide all your prerequisites and requirements to enable us to get back to you with a quote.

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