14 DAY SOUTH AFRICA // BOTSWANA // ZIMBABWE OVERLAND SAFARI COMBO

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South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe Safari Tours
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14 DAY SOUTH AFRICA // BOTSWANA // ZIMBABWE OVERLAND SAFARI COMBO

3 EPIC COUNTRIES IN ONE DELICIOUSLY ENTICING HOLIDAY ADVENTURE!

See the big 5 in Kruger National Park, South Africa before overlanding to one of the greatest wildlife destinations in the world – Chobe National Park, Botswana home to massive elephants herds & more than 440 bird species. Continue to Zimbabwe and experience the iconic Victoria Falls.

Next small group departure: 6 May 2018

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Expect to see Africa’s iconic Big 5 – lion, cape buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhinos
  • Multiple game drives through Kruger National Park
  • Stay in a traditional African tree house
  • Enjoy the township culture on your Soweto tour – home of Nelson Mandela
  • Unique up-close encounters at Elephant Sands
  • Panorama Route tour – visit the Blyde River Canyon & the Three Rondavels
  • Visit community-based wildlife project Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • River Safari in Chobe National Park
  • See the iconic Victoria Falls from the best vantage point
  • Enjoy sundowners on a river cruise on the Zambezi River
Rhino
Victoria Falls
Lions
Botswana Sunset Cruise
Day 1

Welcome to Johannesburg

Spend the afternoon at rest, relax, chill out and get a good nights rest before the action begins tomorrow.

Overnight at Blue Mango Lodge or similar.

Meals: as per airline.

Day 2

Game Drive & Traditional Braai Dinner

Pick up from accommodation and travel via farmlands and stunning scenery to Kruger National Park. Stop off for lunch and to stretch the legs in the quaint town of Dulstroom. After lunch continue your journey to the game lodge in the Balule Section of the Kruger Park.

Freshen up with a swim or simply relax before a 3 hour sunset wildlife game drive. Your guide has eyes like a hawk and but as the night falls, will use spotlights to find nocturnal species.  Your welcome on safari is completed with an unforgettable traditional African braai/bbq.

Overnight at Tremisana Lodge in an air conditioned ensuite thatch roofed chalet. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Adrenaline Fuelled Walking Safari & Game Drive

Up early with the sun to prepare for an adrenaline fuelled 4 hour walking safari in a remote area of the Balule Game Reserve. Feel the exhilaration as your experienced armed field guide tracks some of Africa’s largest animals at ground level.

It’s back to the bush lodge for brunch and a freshen up before out head out for an afternoon game drive. As the afternoon cools, the animals become active again. Be on the lookout for zebra, elephants, giraffe, lions and the elusive leopard or cheetah.

Tonight you get to stay in a fascinating treehouse. There are a few original treehouses that do not have ensuites but do have private bathrooms designated. The other tree houses are built on stilts within the canopy of the trees.  Some of the treehouses overlook a waterhole on the property so we hope to catch animals as they frequent the area to drink.

Overnight Marc’s Treehouse Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 4

Full Day in Kruger National Park.

After early morning breakfast, it’s out on a full day’s open-vehicle game drive with a Kruger Park guide.

We head to the Orpen area in the Kruger National Park where you will enjoy a full day of exciting game viewing. The open air 4wd safari jeep gives an elevated position allowing excellent photographic opportunities. Remember to move from behind the camera to simply listen and smell the African bushveld.  Enjoy lunch and rest stop at one of the restaurants in a Kruger rest camp (at own expense).

After lunch, it’s back on safari. Your experienced ranger will explain various interesting facts about the wildlife, birds, and fauna. The Orpen Satara region in Kruger boasts open plains and supports large herds of zebra, giraffe and antelope and you know what that brings… numerous predators! Some of the zones we visit have the highest concentration of lions in Africa!

Overnight Marc’s Treehouse Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 5

Blyde River Canyon & The Three Rondavels

Up early and grab a cup of coffee or tea before you take an early morning nature walk accompanied by your guide. After your walk enjoy a hearty breakfast before departing Greater Kruger and drive to the spectacular Three Rondavels and the Blyde River Canyon.

This is the 3rd largest Canyon in the world and you will have time to take photos from various viewing points. Enjoy lunch in Dullstroom on the way back to Johannesburg, arriving late afternoon.

Overnight Blue Mango Lodge. Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6

Khama Rhino Sanctuary + Sunset Game Drive

On the road early this morning as we travel towards the Botswana border. After border formalities, your Botswana guide will meet you and guide you on your journey through Botswana.

Once across the border, you will have the opportunity to exchange currencies. Then we road trip north to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary centre on Serwe Pan, a large grass-covered depression with several natural water holes. The Serwe Pan is home to 30 white rhino, 230 bird species and 30 other species of animals and is home to the endangered Black Rhino. This is a community based wildlife project that endeavours to protect the endangered rhinos as well as other species. The project also supports the local community through tourism and sustainable land use. The camp is set beautifully under large Manketti trees and is superbly maintained.

On your afternoon sunset game drive, we expect to see an array of animals and bird species, topped with another magical African sunset.

Overnight in the lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 7

Sunset River Safari in Chobe National Park

(Khama Rhino Rest Camp to Chobe NP in Kasane: Distance 700 km)

Today travels further north through the Kasane forest where you will see rare antelope, wild dogs, hyena, large herds of elephants and lions. We should arrive at Kasane around mid-afternoon where you’ll check in at the lodge. You will have time to chill out before a late afternoon sunset river safari that will take you into Chobe National Park, super rich in wildlife.

Overnight Chobe River Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 8

Visit Victoria Falls + Zambezi Sunset Cruise with Drinks

After breakfast depart towards the Zimbabwe border post. We pass back through the Kasane forest on our way to the vibrant town of Victoria Falls where we will be spending the next two nights. The accommodation is situated in the middle of town, within 10 minutes walking distance of just about everything.

In the afternoon we will visit the spectacular Victoria Falls (entry fee at own expense). Late afternoon sit back and relax as you enjoy a memorable sunset cruise on the beautiful Zambezi River where you have the opportunity to see animals coming down to the river for a drink. We often see elephants, zebra, blue wildebeest, rhino, buffalo and a variety of antelope species. Hippo, crocodile, and birdlife are abundant in this region. All soft drinks, wine, beer and some snacks are included in the river cruise.

Overnight at Bridge Town Resort. Meals: Breakfast.  Restaurant on site at the accommodation.

Day 9

Free Day to Explore Victoria Falls on Your Own

Victoria Falls is the adventure captial and offers a great variety of things to see and do. You have plenty of time to explore the town, meet the locals, visit the local markets with a wide variety of very affordable arts and crafts made from wood, stone, and beads. Or you could simply relax by the pool and chill out in the heat of the day.

In the evening get ready for a taste sensation as you enjoy a traditional Boma dinner. Expect a night of fun, dance and the opportunity to try some local delicacies!

Overnight at Bridge Town Resort. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 10

Elephant Sands Botswana - A Truly Unique Experience!

(Victoria Falls to Elephant Sands in Nata: Distance 320km)

We leave the Vic Falls behind and make our way over the border and back into Botswana. We head south towards Nata and the Elephant Sands Rest Camp. This place is amazing and it’s not unusual to view the elephants at the natural waterhole right in front of the lodge. Watch these impressive creatures whilst they drink at only a couple of metres away from you, a truly unique experience! There is plenty of other wildlife around as well on the unfenced 16000 ha private conservancy. The lack of fences allows all animals to roam freely so expect nothing short of a spectacular experience.

Overnight at Elephant Sands. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 11

Overnight close to the Botswana/South Africa Border

(Nata to South Africa Border (Martins Drift):  Distance 450 km)

After breakfast, we depart and make our way to a location close to the South African border. We will spend the last night of our tour in a lodge camp and enjoy our last dinner together.

Overnight lodge camp. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 12

Return to Johannesburg, South Africa

After breakfast, we make our way back to the place where it all began – Johannesburg. Spend the afternoon and evening at rest, catch up on that book you thought you’d read on holidays or mingle with fellow travelers at the bar.

Overnight at Blue Mango Lodge or similar. Breakfast.

Day 13

Visit Soweto with a Local

A half day tour in Soweto with your local guide. Your guide will take you past all the hotspots in Soweto and will take you deep into the township culture, so you can enjoy a personal experience of how vibrant and lively this part of Johannesburg really is.  In Orlando West we visit Vilakazi Street- drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela (optional museum visit at own expense) and past the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will have an opportunity to hear about the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976. On that tragic day, an innocent little boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa.  Continue our Soweto tour driving into one of the shanty towns where you get to interact with some of the locals.  Return about

Visit the famous Vilakazi Street in Orlanda West and see the former home of Nelson Mandela (optional museum visit at own expense) and the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu is just down the street. Hear about the Soweto uprising on a tragic day in June 1976 when an innocent boy Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa, a truly moving story.  Continue our Soweto tour driving into one of the shanty towns where you get to interact with some of the locals.

Return to your accommodation around 2 pm to pick up luggage and transfer to the airport with ample time for international departure.  Depending on flight departure your arrival in Australia could be +1 day.

Meals: Breakfast and meals as per airline.

Day 14

Welcome Home

Welcome home!  We hope you have enjoyed your amazing adventure and look forward to lots of bragging, epic photo shares and hearing all about it!

Thank you for traveling with Trailblazers Travel and supporting responsible tourism.

BLUE MANGO LODGE:

Offering an outdoor gym, Blue Mango Lodge is located in Bredell, Kempton Park. O.R. Tambo International Airport is within 10 km of the property.

Each room is decorated in a rustic style and is fitted with a TV, heating and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. Towels are provided.

The lodge offers barbecue facilities and a bar. Packed lunches are available on request. A variety of restaurants serving local and international cuisine can be found within 6 km.

At Blue Mango Lodge offers a 24-hour front desk and an extensive garden. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, luggage storage and a children’s playground. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including darts.

If you feel like visiting the surroundings, check out the Kempton Park Golf Club, which is 13 km away or Emperor Palace Casino, which is 15 km from the property.

  • No 1 rated lodge as on Tripadvisor.com
  • Free WIFI
  • Full cooked breakfast
  • Satellite TV in all rooms
  • Stay in supreme comfort – Sample great lunches and dinners in their award winning restaurant
  • Full bar
  • 3 acres of Park like gardens
  • 56 species of bird, including some rare species

MARC’S TREEHOUSE LODGE:

Inhale the fresh balmy air of African Bushveld. Fall asleep to the gurgling of the river, interrupted by the eerie whoops of hyena, wails of jackals and the cry of the thick-tailed bushbaby. Awaken to the melodious chorus of birdsong and watch the activity of wildlife drinking at the river or at the waterhole. Walk along the pristine banks of the perennial Klaserie River amongst huge Sycamore Figs and giant Matumi trees…this is Marc’s Treehouse Lodge.

In South Africa, as in the rest of our world, as human populations grow, so indigenous, pristine habitats are vanishing, along with their associated plant and animal species.

This lodge is for nature enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the bush, affording a fleeting chance to relax and let nature remove the everyday strains of life.

Marc’s Treehouse Lodge offers rustic but comfortable accommodation geared to put one in close contact with the sights, sounds and scents of the wild. The treehouses are made of wood and reeds under thatch and blend harmoniously into the dense riverine vegetation.

Creature comforts include electric fans, mosquito nets and comfortable beds, with linen, towels and soap provided. Each treehouse has its own private ablutions and has a viewing deck overlooking the perennial Klaserie River or the “Breakfast” Dam, where animals often come to drink.

Accommodation at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge is secure, comfortable and relaxed. There is a choice of  12 reed and thatch treehouses, 7 tented units and 2 brick and mortar chalets. There are 3 original treehouses that are not en suite but have private designated ablutions. These are built in trees or have trees as supports. The remaining 9 treehouses are not in trees per se but are built on stilts within the tree canopy and are located in the gallery forest.

Three treehouses overlook an illuminated waterhole, often frequented by our resident buffalo herd while nine treehouses are discreetly nestled in gallery forest along the river. Each treehouse is equipped with beds and linen, soap and towels, overhead fan, mosquito nets and wooden viewing deck. In addition there are two brick and mortar guest houses as well as seven equipped canvas tents for those of our clients that prefer these types of accommodation. Each tented unit has bed and bedding, electric light, fan and plugs and has its own deck. There are mosquito nets above the beds or on windows and door openings. The tented units share 3 showers and 3 toilets.

Marc’s Treehouse Lodge has a swimming pool, a bush bar and a rustic boma where 3 course meals are served. After your evening meal, which always has a typical African flavour, you can relax around the crackling campfire and share your impressions of the day’s wildlife highlights and adventures.

TREMISANA LODGE:

Upgrade to all nights at Tremisana Lodge = fr. $4990 p/p twin share.​

Tremisana has a total of 15 chalets plus a two-bedroomed guesthouse and can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests. Every unit is en suite ( shower, toilet, basin ) and all units are air-conditioned. Every bed has its own Mosquito net.  24 hour WIFI is available to all Tremisana guests.

The lodge is serviced by two excellent boreholes. Tremisana is easily accessible all year round, including the rainy season. The presence of lions, elephant and buffalo necessitates the maintaining of an electric fence around the camp.

The staff at Tremisana are from the local villages. The supervisor, Delina Mnisi, has been here since 1996 and has worked her way up from general assistant. Delina is a talented chef and her home-made bread and mouth-watering soups have made her internationally remembered!

KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY:

There are eight chalets located in different areas. Bedding & towels, braai facilities, bar fridge and electric kettle will be provided for all the chalets. Electric kettle and bar fridge is not available in the A-frame chalet since it does not have power. Basic cooking utensils are no longer provided. Clients can bring their own or use The Restaurant to buy meals. The chalets are A, B, C, D, E, F, G and A-frame.

  • A & B accommodates two people each. They each sleep one couple, holding one double bed.
  • C & D are located at Makongwa Camp, accommodates four people each and have two rooms and two beds in each room.
  • F & G chalets are next to the restaurant area. Each chalet has two rooms and two beds in each room.
  • A-Frame Chalet is situated on the edge of Serwe pan. This is a two storey chalet which sleeps up to six people. A- Frame has a separate bush toilet and a hot shower. This chalet was designed to give an African way bush life. This chalet does not have electricity, but lantern lamps are provided for lighting.

ELEPHANT SANDS:

Elephant Sands is a bush lodge & campsite in the north-eastern part of Botswana. Enjoy viewing the elephants at their natural waterhole right in front of the lodge. Watch these impressive creatures whilst they drink at only a couple of meters away from you, a unique experience! There is plenty of other wildlife around as well on our unfenced 16000 ha private conservancy. The lack of fences allows all animals to roam freely. We are ideally located in the centre of Botswana’s highlights, such

There is plenty of other wildlife around as well on the unfenced 16000 ha private conservancy. The lack of fences allows all animals to roam freely. Ideally located in the centre of Botswana’s highlights, such as Chobe National Park. Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park are not too far away.

Upgrade accommodation on South Africa to all nights while on safari at Tremisana Lodge = + $600 p/p twin share.

Discounts for children <12 years old.

EXCLUSIONS

– Visa fees and requirements

– Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary

– Gratuities/tipping

– Entrance fees and tourism tax

– Optional activities/tours

– Personal expenses

– Travel insurance (Mandatory)

* Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with Trailblazers Travel.

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Single supplement +$750 for advertised itinerary.

Itinerary is subject to change based on availability at time of booking. All prices are per person twin share and the lowest available at the time of printing and subject to change based on availability and currency exchange rates at the time of booking. Other departure cities available on request and may change the price. Inclusions as listed in the itinerary. Personal expenses, gratuities, visas, insurance not included and at own expense.

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    Trailblazers Travel is an independent Tour & Travel Agency offering small group travel.  In addition, any itinerary can be taken independently, at any time of the year.

    Our tours are always responsible, sustainable, ethical and where possible, also incorporate ecotourism into our itineraries.

    When choosing our partners, we like to ensure we are helping in the following ways…

    Creating jobs and opportunity for locals;

    Ensuring the money you spend stays local;

    All interactions with people, communities, and animals are a positive experience and not an exploitation of resources;

    Showing respect to people who live in the places visited and engage with them in a dignified way.

    Our travelers arrive as new friends and often leave like family.  They are from all walks of life, uniting them is where they are going.

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodation in Lodges, B&B’s and a real African built Treehouse
  • Enjoy 11 breakfasts and 8 dinners
  • Soweto Tour
  • Panorama Route Tour
  • All Game Drives in Kruger National Park
  • River Safari in Chobe National Park
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls
  • Traditional Boma Dinner
  • Sundowner Zambezi River Cruise
  • Qualified local guides
  • All transfers
  • Supporting responsible tourism
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* Exact pricing is subject to change and determined on the day of deposit based on currency conversion rates.

Why Trailblazers Travel

By choosing South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe combo tour travel with Trailblazers Travel, you are aligning yourself with an organisation that gives our guests real, authentic and life changing experiences, works with responsible travel operators to leave a social impact, and gives you the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself.

We believe in contributing to change and making a difference, whether through the use of local staff and guides, or by donating to charities we believe in on behalf of every person who travels with us.

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