DAY 1 - 2
From Johannesburg - South Africa’s commercial capital - we travel via the Panoramic region of Mpumalanga with its beautiful scenery and dramatic escarpment views, to South Africa’s most famed national park - Kruger.
The fences between the park’s borders and private game reserves on the fringes of Kruger have been taken down to form Greater Kruger and the park’s animals are free to roam the whole area. Kruger and Greater Kruger cover over 24,000 sq km and is home to an incredible wealth of African animals from the dwarf mongoose to Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo). There is also an incredible diversity of birdlife and flora to be discovered. We spend two nights within the Kruger area and take game drives across the savannah to glimpse some of the wildlife that inhabits the park.
Kruger National Park to Botswana
From Kruger we travel through South Africa to the Border and into Botswana to Nata on the edge of the Magkadikgadi National park where we spend 2 nights. This region was once a vast super-lake - today it is a shimmering expanse of white dry saltpans. Occasionally it fills with seasonal rains and then is transformed into a large flat lake, attracting birds and animals which enjoy the brief harvest of algae and plant life. It is not uncommon to see elephant wandering through camp at night.
We drive from Nata northerly to Kasane and then on to the Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side. The Victoria Falls (local name: ‘Mosi o a Tunya’ - ‘the smoke that thunders’) referring to the spray that rises from the falling water when the river is in full flood. We have two days at our campsite on the banks of the Zambezi river. There are many activities here – eg scenic flights, white-water rafting, canoeing, bungy, gorge swinging, jet boating, game drives and river cruises – but spare some time to visit the ‘Falls’ themselves to see the spectacle and the cavernous Batoka Gorge. Our accommodation also has small pool, bar, restaurant and riverside deck allowing ample opportunity to relax and enjoy the tranquil surrounds.
.We will travel back towards Gaborone with a stopover at Palapye for refreshing break from the long drive.
We drive to Gaborone, the capital, our last stop on the tour and enjoy some down time and some cultural activities! We stay at a lodge outside of Gaborone and we also have a chance to do some shopping and a bit of partying before our drive home!
Early drive to South Africa Joburg where we catch the evening flight back home!
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