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This short overland safari tour from Livingstone to Johannesburg is ideal for the traveller who has little time to travel, but wants to enjoy varied wildlife experiences. Including some of the best attractions Southern Africa has to offer including the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe, and the Victoria Falls in Zambia.
This tour combines well with some of our longer overland safaris departing from Cape Town, Nairobi and Zanzibar.
Day 1. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.Explore the world renowned Victoria Falls, visit the David Livingstone Museum or spend the day visiting with the locals and learn more about their history and culture. For the adventurous there are a multitude of adrenaline activities on offer including white water rafting the Zambezi, bungee jumping and scenic flights over the falls. 5 images Livingstone Activities, Zambia
Day 2. Livingstone to Bulawayo, ZimbabweLeaving Zambia we cross the famed Victoria Falls bridge and catch a glimpse of the water as it plummets into the Batoka Gorge below. After border formalities, we head into Zimbabwe and drive through the bushveld countryside to the second city, Bulawayo.
Day 3. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.Accompanied by local guides we make our way to Matobo National Park. Spot the magnificent Black and White Rhino, the spectacular leopard in their natural habitat and a multitude of Bushman paintings while on your guided tour.
The Matobo National Park offers a variety of sights to behold, from historic points of interest like Cecil John Rhodes' grave and ancient San rock art sites, to wildlife and birdlife with the rarer species like the Roan and Sable Antelope found here. See if you can spot the black eagles that nest in the high rock outcrops. 4 images Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
Day 4. Matobo National Park to Tshipise, South Africa Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.Crossing the border into South Africa we make our way through the Limpopo countryside to the Tshipise hot springs restort. Enjoy the hot springs and take the time to relax this evening in one of the many pools available.
3 images Tshipise, South Africa
Day 5. Tshipise to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing .Continuing our journey through the South African bushveld, we make our way across the mountains to the northern Drakensburg area and the town of Hazyview. Tonight we enjoy the glimpse into the local culture and delight in the Shangaan Tribal dancing and singing. 2 images Shangaan tribal dancing
Day 6. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.Spot the “Big 5” at the World renowned Kruger National Park. The park is home to an abundance of wildlife, birdlife, reptiles and much more.
We start the day getting acquainted with our resident guides as we board our open 4x4 game viewing vehicles and head into the park. The day is spent in Kruger exploring and seeking out the resident wildlife and in search of the top animals on our list.
We return to our truck in the late afternoon regaling stories of our wildlife adventures!
3 images Kruger National Park, South Africa
Day 7. Hazyview to JohannesburgWe enjoy our last breakfast with our fellow travellers before making our way to Johannesburg and the end of our Southern African adventure. Show more...
The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone
Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, The Zambezi Waterfront has an array of accommodation from pre-erected tents, to private en suite waterfront chalets set in spacious grounds. There is a lively bar with river views and a booking office if there are any additional activities around Victoria Falls that you might want to book. single and double pre-erected tents with shared facilities, twin and family en suite chalets, camping. restaurant, bar, plunge pool, activity booking office, internet. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. MoAfrika Lodge, Johannesburg
MoAfrika literally means 'African People' in the language of the local Sotho populace, the original inhabitants of the Highveld. Your host, Anthony, has skillfully created a unique lodge in which an african theme induces a warm welcome for guests. Set on a 8000 square metre land through which a stream flows, MoAfrika Lodge provides a rustic and tranquil setting where guests can unwind in a relaxed and country atmosphere. Rooms - single, dorm, family and twin/double en-suite rooms available. Breakfast and airport transfer available.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
PRE/POST TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Livingstone; we strongly recommend that you plan to arrive before the tour starts to fully benefit the activities and sights in this region. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.
If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of Johannesburg and the surrounding area.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers and 4 x 4 safari vehicles.
GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.
6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunchs, 5 Dinners
6 nights camping
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew
Kruger NP, Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
Shangaan Cultural Evening
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive and Wilderness Walk with Resident Guide*
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Items of a personal nature