The 9 day overland group tour and safari from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls includes highlights such as the Okavango Delta, safaris in Chobe National Park and of course the world famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
The tour conveniently starts in Johannesburg in South Africa and quickly crosses the border into Botswana. We travel through parts of the Kalahari to Maun - the gateway of the Okavango Delta. After the Delta excursion we continue our journey North to Chobe for some safari experiences on land and on the water.
The group tour ends at one of the 7 wonders of the world - the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
This tour is offered in two travel styles:
1. Camping: Clients mostly overnight in comfortable two-man dome tents, with built in mosquito nets and of course a mattress… and a couple of nights are upgraded to budget rooms.
2. Accommodated (hotels/ lodges): Clients overnight in a comfortable twin rooms or permanent safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms.
|Camping option||How much|
|Tour price||ZAR 19 250|
|Single supplement:||ZAR 750|
|Hotel/ Lodge option||How much|
|Tour price||ZAR 24 750|
|Single supplement||ZAR 3500|
|*Okavango Delta upgrade (optional, see day 4)||ZAR 15 460 (accommodated only)|
|How long||9 days|
|Group size||20 clients max|
|Start point||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|End point||Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe|
|Meals||Breakfast x 8, Lunch x 8, Dinner x 8|
|Countries||South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe|
Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: flights, all items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities etc.
Day to day description l Johannesburg to Victoria Falls Tour
Day 1: Johannesburg, South Africa to Kalahari Gateway
Our group tour and safari from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls begins as we leave the city of Johannesburg. On day one we travel through the North-West Province to the Botswana border. After completing border formalities we continue on the Trans-Kalahari highway to our overnight stop in Botswana.
Day 2: Kalahari Gateway to Ghanzi
After breakfast we venture deeper into the Central Kalahari and our camp in the Ghanzi district, here we will spend time getting to know the fascinating San people (aka Bushmen). This afternoon we will join our San guides for a guided walk that will introduce us to the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari Desert. The nomadic San are hunter-gatherers that have passed down a rich knowledge of the plants and animals that play such an important part in their lifestyle. This evening we will get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling.
Day 3: Maun - the gateway to the Okavango Delta
This morning we bid farewell to the San and make our way to Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta. There will be time this afternoon for those who wish to enjoy an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Your guides will brief you this evening on what you will need for the upcoming Delta excursions.
Day 4: Okavango Delta
The most rewarding and enjoyable way to explore and experience the beauty and serenity of this intricate system of lily covered channels and lagoons, is by mokoro (dugout canoe). Heading out early, we will be transferred by safari vehicle to the poling station (approximately 1 hour transfer) where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta. The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed lined channels which open out onto beautiful lagoons. Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your poler. After the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the mooring station. While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game (wildlife) viewing activity, a variety of game may be encountered in this pristine wilderness area including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.
Please note: Those guests who have pre-purchased the Okavango Delta upgrade package will be transferred into the Delta this morning and will re-join the group on the morning of day 6. For all the details, click here.
Day 5: Maun (Moremi Game Reserve)
For those guests who have purchased the activity package, you will be collected from the hotel before first light and we will drive to the South gate to enter Moremi Game Reserve. As the lagoons and channels form a vital section of the Okavango Delta eco-system, sightings of bird and animal populations become more frequent as the day progresses. The game viewing routes chosen on the day by the professional guide may vary especially when high floods are experienced as certain roads may be closed or impassable. Those guests who have not purchased the activity package have the day to relax at the accommodation establishment.
Day 6: Nata and the Makgadikgadi Pans
Our journey today takes us across the northern reaches of the Makgadikgadi Pans, lined with majestic examples of the iconic Baobab tree. Our activity package will afford us the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon guided excursion to the Pans and Nata Sanctuary to appreciate the spectacular view and sundowner (having a drink while enjoying the sunset).
Day 7: Chobe National Park
We rise early this morning as we continue north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our safari in 4x4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoon. Our day ends with a leisurely boat cruise and a meal served around the campfire.
Day 8: Kasane - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border to Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. The bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline and upon arrival you will have the chance to book these various activities. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets to explore and a delicious high tea is on offer at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out, your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available.
Day 9: Victoria Falls
With the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a scenic flight over the falls below, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls. Your tour officially ends after breakfast.
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How do I get back home after this tour?
- Option 1: The day after the tour ends, the overland truck will start a 2 day long Transfer from Victoria Falls, through Botswana, back to Johannesburg. You can then book your international flight back home from Johannesburg.
- Option 2: Book a flight from Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) to Johannesburg (South Africa). This flight takes around 2 hours. From Johannesburg it should be easy to get an international flight back home.
Before and after the tour services
To help with the planning of your trip, you are more than welcome to book these hotels before and/ or after your tour through us. These hotels are either the starting or end point of your tour, or it will be conveniently close to it. These hotels also offer airport transfers. For information on prices, just click "Hotels and Transfers" at the bottom of this page.
The Belvedere Estate is located close to Johannesburg and the OR Tambo International Airport. This 4 star hotel/ lodge is set on 2.5 hectares of lush gardens with 15 en-suite, fully equipped, self-catering rooms, a sparkling swimming pool, braai (BBQ) boma, bar, lounge…
The Rainbow Hotel is situated 4km from the town centre of Victoria Falls, far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of the bush, but close enough to get into town quite easily if required. There is a complimentary shuttle that operates between the hotel and the town of Vic Falls…