South Africa – Zimbabwe – Botswana 12 days
A 12 days medium range safari to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Highlights: Victoria Falls, Kruger Park, Hwange national park, Chobe National Park. Costs from $ 3.300,- per person sharing.
Country: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana
Number of days: 12 Days
Accomodation: Hotel, Lodges (Luxury)
Hippo Hollow Lodge
Hippo Hollow Country Estate is a comfortable, family-friendly hotel situated on the banks of the Sabie River near Hazyview in South Africa. It is an ideal destination from which to access nearby Kruger National Park and the spectacular sights of Mpumalanga Province.
Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
Rainbow Hotel in Victoria Falls is a stylish hotel within walking distance from the Victoria Falls.
Kwalape safari lodge
Kwalape Safari Lodge is situated in the north of Botswana. This lodge has a pool and restaurant.
Kwalape offers airconditioned standard rooms, equipped with a sattelite tv and private bathroom, or safari tents with shared bathrooms. The tents each have a power socket and lightning.
Hwange Safari Lodge
The lodge caters for a diverse range of guests from the lone adventurer to couples, groups, families and tour groups. It offers comfort, modern conveniences and an opportunity to experience the real African wild. Don’t forget, a camera is a must!
- All accommodation
- All meals as mentioned
- Airport transfers
- Park fees, goverment taxes
- Private 4×4 vehicle with driver – guide
- Water in the vehicle
- Regional return flight Johannesburg – Victoria Falls
- International flights
- Visa for Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana
- Personal items
- All other extras not mentioned
Arrival Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
Our Driver/Guide will pick you up in Johannesburg or Pretoria in an air conditioned vehicle and transfer you via the scenic Panorama Route to Kruger Park. En-route we will visit Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window and the Graskop Falls.
We will arrive at Hippo Hollow Lodge in the afternoon where you will have time to check-in and quickly freshen up before we depart to the Kruger, Pabeni or Numbi Gate of Kruger National Park. At 16h30 you will depart on a night game drive (where you will get your first experience on an open 4X4 Safari vehicle.) The Night Drive is a fun experience and allows you to enjoy the African night life and spot night animals which you would not have seen under normal circumstances.
Your night drive will commence into the Kruger Park and will drop you off at one of the Gates once again – Our driver will be waiting for you and transfer you back to your lodge.
* Take note that the Night Game drive might not take place on this evening (due to weather, availability, etc.). If you do not do the night game drive on Day 1, you will do the drive on Day 3.
Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Lodge – Dinner Bed and Breakfast Basis
Days 2 - 3
Day 2: Your Professional Field guide will advise you off your pick-up time for this morning. You will be picked up from your lodge early in the morning on your full day game drive in an Open 4X4 Safari Vehicle.
We will enter Kruger Park at one of the above mentioned Gates and enjoy a full day game drive on this day. We will stop several times during the day for you to freshen up and to stretch your legs. Your Professional Field Guide will ensure that you see the wildlife Kruger Park is renowned for and give you interesting facts and information on all aspects of the African Bush and Wildlife. (With a bit of luck, you will be able to add the Big Five to your “spotting-list”) We will enjoy breakfast at one of the Kruger Park Camps.
We will return in the afternoon to your Lodge where the rest of the evening will be at leisure. Dinner can be enjoyed at the Lodge.
Day 3: Your Professional Field guide will advise you off your pick-up time for this morning. You will be picked up from your lodge early in the morning on your full day game drive in an Open 4X4 Safari Vehicle to explore other parts of the part missed on day 2 and lunch is served in the bush and back at the lodge around sunset time which is around 18h30,
Night game drive is conducted on this day if missed on day 1.
Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Lodge – Lunch Dinner Bed and Breakfast Basis
Days 4 - 6
Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
Day 4: We will once again collect you for an early morning game drive to try and find the illusive animals that you might have missed on your previous drives. After your Early Morning Drive we will return to the lodge for breakfast.
Once you have had breakfast, your Driver/Guide will be waiting to transfer you back to Johannesburg via Pretoria in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle. Your connection flight to Victoria Falls Airport where your guide will meet you and transfer you to The Rainbow Hotel for check-in and lunch served at the hotel.
At 16h00 you will be picked up for a sunset cruise and transfer you for a short distance to the Jetty site, on the banks of the Zambezi River. From here you will board your cruise boat for your sunset cruise. Snacks and drinks are available throughout the cruise and waiters will attend to your every need.
The boat will return to the Jetty as the light fades and you will be transferred back to your Hotel.
At 19h00 dinner is served at the Rainbow Hotel.
Accommodation : The Rainbow Hotel – Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis.
Day 5: 09h30 Your Perusaha Guide will pay entrance fees to the Rainforest and the tour will then begin on foot. It is a two hour guided tour through the Rainforest along a 1.7 km ramble.
After a briefing and explanation of the Falls, the guide accompanies guests along the scenic pathway, stopping at numerous view-points to gaze at the Falls. The Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
David Livingstone was the first European to visit the Falls, and named it after Queen Victoria. To the locals, it is known as ´Mosi- oa Tunya´ – The Smoke that Thunders – an accurate description of what happens when the water of the Zambezi River plunge over the 1700 metre wide and 100 metre deep chasm, creating a shower of spray and a deafening noise. Your guide will then proceed with you to the local craft market in Vic Falls Town.
12h30 Lunch is served at Mama Africa Restaurant which is situated near the Victoria Falls Railway Station.
18:45 You will be collected at your hotel reception by a Perusaha Representative for a short transfer to the Boma. This provides a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa. Together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe, and its people.
It is open for Dinner 365 days of the year. The Boma nestles in a Gusu Forest and is partly open to the spectacular African night skies.
Drumming starts at 9pm, 20 minute show. Buffet Menu, Dress Casual.
Accommodation: The Rainbow Hotel – Bed and Breakfast basis
Day 6: Livingstone Island visit ex Rainbow Hotel for Morning Breezer.
09h30 You will be collected from your hotel reception and transferred across to the Royal Livingstone Hotel; this activity leaves from the jetty next to the sundeck on the front lawn at Royal Livingstone Hotel.
“Dr. David Livingstone was paddled in a dug out canoe through swift rapids towards the roar and rising cloud of mist suspended above a cliff over which the whole of the mile wide Zambezi River plunged. The ‘Mukolo’ (canoe) paddlers skillfully landed him on ‘Goat Island’ (now known as Livingstone Island) right on the lip of the chasm. A few steps through the small rainforest and on 16 November 1855, he gazed upon one of the most spectacular sights in the world – ‘Mosi-o-Tunya’ (the smoke that thunders) which he named in honor of his Queen as The Victoria Falls”.
Today visitors are picked up in a twin engine boat with powerful motors and a skilled skipper retraces Livingstone’s approach to the island to witness the very best view of the Falls that there is. All visits to the island are during the ‘low water’ season which usually begins in mid July and goes through to the end of January.
High water visits are not possible due to the dangerous currents and as the island is continuously covered in the spray/downpour from the Falls.
Pick up is from the jetty adjacent to the Royal Livingstone River Deck by an aluminum 12 seater launch with twin water jet propelled engines which then transfers guests on a 5 minute ride to the island. Drop off is again at the Royal Livingstone jetty one hour later. The trip includes a short guided tour of the island, viewing the Falls and a light snack depending on the time of the visit.
Morning visits of one and a half hours and these visits include tea and coffee, soft drinks and light snacks.
13h00 Lunch is served at The Rainbow Hotel and the whole afternoon at own leisure.
At 19h00 dinner is served at the Rainbow Hotel
Accommodation: The Rainbow Hotel – Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis.
Days 7 - 8
Chobe National Park Botswana
Day 7: 10h00 You will be collected from your hotel reception by a Perusaha representative for your 1 hour transfer to Kazungula Border Post. For most of the journey you will be travelling through Victoria Falls National Park and Matetsi Safari area so make sure you have your cameras handy and look out for wild life.
On arrival at the Zimbabwe Border you will disembark and collect your luggage. Your guide will assist with your luggage, customs and immigration formalities out of Zimbabwe and into Botswana for a further half an hour transfer on to Kasane Town.
Upon arrival at Kwalape Safari Lodge, you are served your lunch and check-in afterwards.
15h00 Your guide will assist with check-in at the jetty site for your afternoon game cruise whereby you embark on your custom built Chobe River cruiser and set sail up the Chobe River in the Chobe National Park. Limited Cool drinks and snacks are served while you can view hippos, crocodiles, amazing bird life and many more animals from the comfort of your boat and this cruise lasts for approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.
19h00 Dinner is served at the Kwalape Safari Lodge.
Day 8: 06h00 You are picked up for an early morning game in the Chobe National Park trailing the roads for elephants, buffaloes, lions, variety of antelopes as this park is renowned for its biggest population of Elephants. Limited cool drinks are served on the drive and it lasts for approximately 2 hour 30 minutes and then back to the lodge for breakfast.
12h30 Lunch is served at the Kwalape Safari Lodge
15h00 You are picked up for an afternoon game drive to track those wild animals that are active during the day with limited cool drinks available on the drive lasting for 3 hours approximately.
19h00 Dinner is served at the Kwalape Safari Lodge.
Accommodation: Kwalape Safari Lodge – Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Days 9 - 11
Hwange National Park Zimbabwe
Day 9: 09h00 Your guide will pick you up for a long transfer to Hwange National Park with the assistance of customs and immigration formalities out of Botswana and into Zimbabwe passing through the Matetsi Area and Victoria Falls Town and lunch is served at Baobab Hotel in Hwange Town which is the largest coal producer in Africa.
The journey proceeds to Hwange Safari Lodge whereby after check-in you start with an afternoon game drive at around 15h00.
The whole journey from Chobe to Hwange including stop-over for lunch is approximately 5 hours.
19h00 Dinner is served at Hwange Safari Lodge.
Day 10: 06h00 Your guide will depart at the hotel with packed breakfast for a Full Day Game Drive in the Hwange National Park and lunch is served in the bush searching all the trails of the BIG FIVE in a open Game Viewing vehicle for your picnic day trip into the Park.
Hwange is one of the largest Parks in Africa and is home to the last great free ranging Elephant populations which move between Hwange and Chobe in Botswana. The park is also home to over 103 other large Mammal species and over 300 species of Birds, included are local beers/soft drinks and back at the hotel after sunset time which is 18h45
19h30 Dinner is served at the Hwange Safari Lodge.
Day 11: 09h00 Your guide will proceed for a 3 hour educational tour at the Painted Dog Project situated in Hwange whereby these rare endangered species are kept and looked after.
12h30 Lunch at Hwange Safari Lodge
15h00 Your guide will take you for a village visit in Dete where you learn the cultural experience of the local people in an authentic environment. The villagers will ensure you participate in other daily chores such as field work.
19h00 Dinner is served at Hwange Safari Lodge
Accommodation: Hwange Safari Lodge – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis
09h00 After breakfast your guide will transfer you to Victoria Falls Airport for your onward flight to Johannesburg departing at 13h15 out of Victoria Falls and arriving in Johannesburg at 15h00.