The 9 day overland group tour 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 11 650|
|Single supplement:||ZAR 650|
|Optional activity package||ZAR 6870|
|Hotel/ Lodge option||How much|
|Tour price||ZAR 14 450|
|Single supplement||ZAR 1890|
|Optional activity package||ZAR 15 730|
|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 7|
|Countries||South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe|
Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: Optional activity package, 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
When you book the optional activity package, the tour will run as follows:
Day 1 Johannesburg to Kalahari Gateway
We depart for our Johannesburg to Victoria Falls tour early in the morning as 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 the small village of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari.
Day 2 Kalahari Gateway to Kalahari
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 (Bushmen tribe). After lunch 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.
Activity package: bush walk with San guides
Included activities: evening dance performance by the San people
Day 3 Kalahari to Maun
We bid farewell to the San and make our way to Maun, the gateway to the world famous 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.
Please note: baggage restrictions apply for transfers to our camps, so a small daypack or similar is advisable.
Day 4 Okavango Delta
This morning we embark on our *excursion of the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s great wilderness areas. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant.
Activity package: *Okavango Delta excursion - Accommodated clients fly in with a small airplane and camping clients drive in with a 4x4 truck.
Day 5 Okavango Delta
A full day is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the program of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes in water levels, you will have the opportunity to enjoy amongst other activities traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) rides and natures walks. The Okavango Delta is not only a natural wonder, but represents one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas in the world today.
Day 6 Nata
Our route today takes us across the northern reaches of the Makgadigadi Pans. The road to Nata is lined with majestic examples of the iconic Baobab tree. While we will pause to experience a finger of the pan on our journey from Maun, those who would like to can join an optional excursion to the Pans this afternoon.
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 exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely boat cruise and a meal served around the campfire.
Activity package: Chobe National Park game drive (safari), Chobe National Park boat cruise.
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 the town of Victoria Falls. Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders).
While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. 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
Activity package: Victoria Falls National Park entry fee
Optional activities: Dinner in Victoria Falls, Boma dinner experience, sunset cruise, gorge swing, helicopter flights, bungee jump.
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.
Optional activities: canoe trips, whitewater rafting
Interested in this tour?
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…