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

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South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe Safari Tours
Responsible, Sustainable EcoTourism

13 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 departures: 5 May 2019

Or select your own dates and travel privately

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Expect to see Africa’s iconic Big 5 – lion, cape buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhinos
  • Multiple game drives through Kruger National Park
  • Panorama Route tour – visit the Blyde River Canyon & the Three Rondavels
  • Unique up-close encounters at Elephant Sands
  • Enjoy the township culture on your Soweto tour – home of Nelson Mandela
  • 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 with Ox Peckers on his back
Victoria Falls with rainbow
Hippos and warthogs grazing
Female lions
Botswana Sunset Cruise
River safari spotting elephants
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

Afternoon Game Drive

Pick up from accommodation and travel by coach via farmlands and stunning scenery to Hazyview on the doorstep of Kruger National Park. Stop off for lunch and to stretch the legs along the way.

After check-in, get excited as you embark on a sunset wildlife game drive. Your guide has eyes like a hawk but as the night falls, will use spotlights to find nocturnal species.

Enjoy a traditional African braai dinner meal tonight.

Overnight Kruger Adventure Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 3

Full Day in famous Kruger National Park

Breakfast is packed up to go this morning, as you rise with the sun for an early morning game drive.  Animals rest in the hottest part of the day and so will you with a relaxed lunch at one of the restaurants within the park.

As the afternoon cools, the animals become active again and so do we as we head out on the afternoon game drive! Be on the lookout for zebra, elephants, giraffe, lions and the elusive leopard or cheetah.

Overnight Kruger Adventure Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 4

The Panorama Route - Blyde River Canyon

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before departing Hazyview and be guided along the breathtaking Panorama Route on a group tour to visit Three Rondavels and the Blyde River Canyon.

This is the 3rd largest Canyon in the world and you will have time to explore and take photos from various viewing points. Enjoy lunch along the way before returning to your accommodation arriving late afternoon.

Overnight Kruger Adventure Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 5

Game Viewing in Kruger National Park

Rise early and head off with a packed breakfast for our last game drive in Kruger National Park. This is the last opportunity to catch sight of the elusive wildlife you’ve yet to see before we make our way back to Johannesburg with a swag full of incredible memories and stories to share.

Overnight Safari Manor 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 Khama Rhino Sanctuary. 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 Travel Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 8

Chobe Game Drive + Zambezi Sunset Cruise

A last early morning game drive before we make our way to 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.

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 Cresta Spray View Hotel. Meals: Breakfast.  Restaurant on site at the accommodation.

Day 9

Victoria Falls & Traditional Boma Dinner

After breakfast we will visit the spectacular Victoria Falls (entry fee at own expense).  Your guide will show you the best vantage points and be sure to throw in your spray jacket – you’ll need it!

After your tour of Victoria Falls you have time to explore on your own.  You’re in one of the worlds adventure capitals and have a great variety of things to see and do. Meet the locals, visit the 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 Cresta Spray View Hotel. 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.

Visit the famous Vilakazi Street in Orlando 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.

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.

Accommodation upgrades always available.

Discounts for children <12 years old.

EXCLUSIONS

– Airfares

– 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 purchased.

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Single supplement +$750 for the advertised itinerary.

The 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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  • About Us

    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 and B&B’s
  • 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
  • Accommodation upgrades available
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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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