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Southern Africa Encompassed: Bush Camps & Wildlife Spotting

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15 Days

What's included

Food
Meals
13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport
Transport
Lando (overland adventure vehicle), open safari vehicle, mokoro, walking
Accomodation
Accommodation
Simple hotels (2 nts, single or twin-share), participation camping (11 nts), basic bush camp (1 nt).
Staff
Staff
2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, local guides.

You will visit

Johannesburg

Trip Comfort

Basic

Age requirement

18 to 39 years old
Now's the time to explore Africa on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. When it comes to raw, in-your-face wildness, South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe is where it's at — and from the vantage of our rugged Lando, even more spectacular. Witness traditional dancing, explore the Okavango Delta with a wildlife walk and bush camping, track rhinos on foot in Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park, and capture the "big five" (in photo form, of course) in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, while camping keeps you close to the incomparable scenery. This quick tour isn't simply a taste of Africa; it's a full-course meal — with seconds.
Southern Africa Encompassed: Bush Camps & Wildlife Spotting
Starts
Johannesburg
Atoms/Icons/Backpacker
15 Days
Ends
Johannesburg

Itinerary

  • Arrive at any time. Tonight, get to know your group on your first night out together in Johannesburg. After your welcome meeting at the hotel choose to enjoy an Amarula cocktail at the bar or go to Emperors Palace with a wide array of restaurants and bars to choose from. Sit back, relax, eat some grub, sip a cocktail, and get to know your fellow travel buddies as the adventure begins.
  • Get ready to check another country off those travel lists as you and the group pass across the border into Botswana. We’re not going to lie today will be a lot of driving, but use this opportunity to talk with your group, swap stories, and watch as the landscape changes around you from the desolate scenery of central-eastern Botswana to the wild bush within the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The group will stop here for the night to set up camp, enjoy each other's company around a fire, and fall peacefully asleep beneath the stars.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • You didn’t think the group was leaving before taking part in a wildlife drive through the Khama Rhino Sanctuary did you? Good, because there’s not a chance. Get out there in an open air vehicle with a guide to spot some of these beautiful creatures. Bump along as the light turns everything gold before your eyes and be on the lookout for rhinos, zebras, and ostriches before returning to your campsite. Jump in the Lando and continue on to Maun, scroll through your camera roll checking those pictures while the land outside your window becomes more fertile as you approach the area of the Okavango Delta. You might be looking for something adventurous after a day of travel so choose to take a scenic flight over the delta to get those hearts thumping like the beat of African drums.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH
  • Today is going to be busy, but fun and man do we wish we were going with you on this epic adventure. You’ll wake to the sound and smell of the bush around you and then dive right into some nature with a wildlife walk. The cool thing about being on foot is that you will get to learn about tracking the animals and gain insight into their movement patterns and behaviour on a much more intimate level. From there the group will begin an exciting excursion deep into the Okavango delta in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) to do some birdwatching on the way to our basic bush camp for the evening (get ready to completely unplug). Set up camp, sing with the locals, and simply unwind with a sundowner around the campfire… cheers!
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Africa is home to some of the most beautiful sunrises in the world and today (if the weather is just right) you will get to experience the almost too vibrant colours of that quintessential sunrise that we all picture when we think of going on safari to Africa. Then, tip your heads back, take a deep breath, and feel the mokoro cut through the crystal clear channels as you ride out of the Okavango Delta. The group will take some time to freshen up in Maun (showers everyone!) before embarking in the Lando to Gweta where the group will camp under massive baobab trees for the night.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Rise early to the sounds of nature around you and choose to embark on a morning safari or river cruise through Chobe NP (home to the largest elephant population in southern Africa) before travelling north with your group to Kasane. “I bless the rains down in Africaaaaa” ahh we can just hear it now... (and it has never sounded so good!) because surely someone is bound to play this song as you drive through the verdant lands between Gweta and Kasane. Turns out Toto knew what they were talking about because the rains in Africa are no joke. Rain brings life to the pans awakening the dormant fish and aquatic shrimps from the mud. The surrounding grasslands also teem with life and are home to many antelope, which attract a wide variety of predators. Keep your eyes focused as the world passes you by and then reward yourself with a group toast as you camp under the great big African sky.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH
  • Buckle those seat belts and cross the border from Botswana to Zimbabwe; home of epic Victoria falls. All that driving is bound to make you hungry and we have a treat for you today! The group will be having a traditional lunch at the G Adventurers supported Lusumpuko Women's Club. With full bellies and even more full hearts get ready to feel the mist in the air as you enter the town of Victoria Falls. Get up close and personal with one of the largest waterfalls in the world. For the adventurous we recommend going whitewater rafting, taking a scenic helicopter flight over the falls (epic selfies anyone?), or taking the plunge (literally) while bungee jumping with Victoria Falls in sight. (Oh man... just thinking of that makes our heads spin and our palms sweat!) Not looking to turn your hair gray today? That’s okay we understand, you could also enjoy a nice cold beer at a bar overlooking this world wonder. Either way the choice is yours, but remember you’re here now so why not escape those comfort zones?
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH
  • Get close and personal with one of the largest waterfalls in the world on this free day in Victoria Falls. Feel the strength of the water splashing your skin on the observation deck, taking in the sound of tons of water thundering in over the edge of the falls in the distance and make your day as relaxing or hair-raising as you like. For the adventurous we recommend going whitewater rafting, taking a scenic helicopter flight over the falls (epic selfies anyone?), or taking the plunge (literally) while bungee jumping with Victoria Falls in sight. (Oh man... just thinking of that makes our heads spin and our palms sweat!) Not looking to turn your hair gray today? That’s okay you could also enjoy a nice cold beer at a bar overlooking this world wonder. Either way the choice is yours, but remember you’re here now so why not escape those comfort zones?
  • Rise early to the sounds of Victoria Falls thundering in the distance before the group heads out on the long, but scenic drive to Matobo National Park. Take this time to enjoy the scenery, get to know your group more, and reflect on what you hope to gain from taking this trip.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Huge granite masses, land that has been walked on for forty thousand years, and a peaceful quiet that will have you wondering why you would ever want to return to the hustle and bustle of the modern world are what await you on this visit to Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe. Hop aboard an open wildlife safari vehicle and bump along past huge granite masses shaped by time and the elements in search of the stunning wildlife that call this small park home. We recommend keeping those eyes peeled and cameras at the ready to capture the famous White Rhino, the spiritual and almost eerie atmosphere make this park one of the best places in the world to see this creature.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Another day, another slice of adventure! Make the most of your day getting to know the people in your group. Share past travel stories, take backseat bus selfies, and watch as the African scenery passes you by on your way across the border into South Africa. In the evening sit back, relax, tip your head to the sky and bask in the warm water of the mineral pool at our campsite.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Welcome to wildlife country! Kruger is the kind of place that you’ll visit, but still want to return to over and over again. With nearly 5 million acres this park offers some of the best access to wild animals in Africa, so prepare for an epic time… (but you already knew that!) Keep those cameras at the ready and experience your ultimate African safari fantasy become a reality. Search for lions, elephants, rhinos, and many other animals on a full-day wildlife safari drive. Word of advice? Remember that it’s not all about the animals. This sprawling sanctuary is home to much more; think giant baobab, fever, and marula trees towering over the savannah in a place that feels older than time itself. Stop at prime viewing areas like Hippo Pool, the Kruger Tablets, the Red Rocks and simply revel in your primitive surroundings as nature moves around you.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Yesterday, was only a taste of the beauty that resides in the National Parks of South Africa. Today, you will head out into Kruger NP again on another wildlife safari drive in the Lando. (Upgrade alert! You can choose to embark on this experience in a 4x4 safari vehicle instead.) Take your gaze to the sky today and try to search for all of the things you didn’t get to yesterday. In the evening fill your bellies with a traditional dinner together, then grab someone’s hand and work up a sweat with some local dancing as the night settles around you.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • While you may be leaving the bush behind today the memories will stay with you forever so don’t despair, instead look ahead with excitement as you journey back to Johannesburg; South Africa’s largest city and economic heart. Wander this hip town, talk with the locals, grab a cup of coffee, and fall in love with “Jozie” like that old best friend from down the block. Seriously, the resurgence of this area will surprise you, so buckle up, and enjoy the ride!
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH
  • Depart at any time. Alas, it’s time to go home, but not before giving "Jozi" some love! Perhaps you’ll extend for a few days and enjoy this vibrant, up and coming South African city. Wander through museums like the Apartheid Museum and historic properties like the Mandela House soaking in the history that shaped Johannesburg. Sample food, music, and art in the city’s trendy neighbourhoods like Melville and give yourself time to relax and unwind before returning home.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
Trip ID: dajj