18 days

Kruger & Botswana Explorer

Kruger & Botswana Explorer

The cultural history of South Africa's 'City of Gold' Johannesburg

Wildlife safari in Greater Kruger National Park

Blyde River Canyon - the largest green canyon in the world

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Okavango Delta by 'mokoro'

Moremi Game Reserve's concentration of wildlife

Chobe National Park's river

‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls

Trip rating
  • If you want an in depth look into wildlife-filled Kruger and Botswana, this is a great choice! From the amazing game viewing in Kruger to the majestic power of Victoria Falls, you'll have an exceptional safari.

    Why we love it

    • Meet the locals, including zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, a variety of antelope, elephant, buffalo and hopefully the Big Five!
    • Visit former president Nelson Mandela’s humble house in Orlando West which is now a small museum housing memorabilia, photographs and Mandela’s artwork.
    • A two night excursion into the Okavango Delta where you’ll enjoy walking safaris and mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) excursions into the heart of the Delta.
    • A breathtaking sunset cruise on the mighty Chobe River
    • Finish up at breathtaking Victoria Falls, where you’ll soon learn why the locals call it “The Smoke That Thunders”
    • Share an incredible feast of exotic local meats and traditional African entertainment at renowned Boma Restaurant in Victoria Falls.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Johannesburg

    • On arrival in Johannesburg you’ll be met at the Arrivals Information Desk (at the international terminal) and transferred to your hotel, where you’ll have the rest of the day to settle in and spend at your leisure.
    • Please note, this is just an arrival day, but your accommodation tonight is covered and has already been booked for you.

    Day 2 - Timbavati Game Reserve (Greater Kruger National Park)

    • We’ll meet our guide between 7.00am and 7.30am before we head off on our journey.
    • When we arrive at Timbavati Game Reserve, part of Greater Kruger National Park, we’ll enjoy a late lunch at the delightful bush camp.
    • Once we’ve settled into our accommodation, we’ll go on a late afternoon/early evening game drive for our first chance to glimpse the local wildlife. A pre-dinner drink will await us on our return, served under the stars around a blazing fire in an open-air boma.
    • A sumptuous South African dinner awaits us in the intimate dining area of the camp. This is a private camp and our overnight accommodation is in comfortable chalets, complete with en suite facilities.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3-4 - Timbavati Game Reserve (Greater Kruger National Park)

    • Two full days in the reserve allows for morning and afternoon wildlife activities, with time for relaxing back at camp during the warmer middle hours of the day. As well as game drives, we also offer a walking safari accompanied by a highly experienced, armed guide. This is a fascinating and unique way to experience the African bush.
    • We depart with our local resident guides on morning and afternoon drives in open 4WD vehicles, searching for zebra, giraffe, wildebeest and a variety of antelope. We may see elephant, buffalo and, hopefully, some of the predators too. There’s a good chance of seeing all of the 'Big Five', including the endangered rhinoceros.
    • On the afternoon game drive, a “sundowner” drink is usually served before our return to camp. On the drive back to camp we use spotlights, to try and catch a glimpse of some of the many nocturnal animals that are seldom seen during the day.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Blyde River Canyon - Hazyview

    • This morning we leave Timbavati behind and travel to the nearby Blyde River Canyon area. This is the largest green canyon in the world and our drive offers spectacular views of the breathtaking gorge from different vantage points.
    • We stop at the Three Rondavels viewpoint, explore Bourke's Luck Potholes and peer out through God's Window, before checking into our cosy private guesthouse near Hazyview where we’ll enjoy a delicious sunset dinner.
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 6-7 - Johannesburg

    • After checking out of our guesthouse we make our way back to Johannesburg, stopping for lunch en-route (this is at your own expense. Sample the local cuisine!). We spend two nights in Johannesburg in the affluent suburb of Sandton, with the shopping and restaurant complex of Nelson Mandela Square just a stone’s throw away.
    • On the morning of day 7, we embark on a full day tour to two of South Africa’s most significant sites. Soweto is a cluster of townships on the south-western flank of Johannesburg created in the 1930s, with Orlando the first township established. On the tour we’ll learn about the notorious 1976 student uprising in Soweto, which spread throughout the country resulting in many thousands of deaths in the years leading up to the 1994 election.
    • We visit the Hector Pietersen Museum in Orlando which was built in memory of the people who were killed in the uprising.
    • We’ll also visit former president Nelson Mandela’s humble former home in Orlando West which is now a small museum housing memorabilia, photographs and Mandela’s artwork. We’ll also see the former houses of anti-apartheid leaders Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Walter Sisulu in the same area.
    • In the afternoon we visit the Apartheid Museum which was opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th Century South Africa. The museum’s provocative film footage, photographs, exhibits and artefacts tell the story of apartheid and illuminate the events and human stories of the apartheid era.
    Breakfast

    Day 8 - Marakele National Park

    • This morning you’ll meet with your tour leader and fellow travellers for a pre-tour briefing about your journey into Botswana.
    • Our first stop en route to Botswana is Marakele National Park. From majestic mountains to deep valleys, Marakele is a magnificent example of South Africa's changing landscapes. Set in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, it’s home to large game species including elephant, rhino and the graceful big cats. We'll enjoy a sunset game drive here.
    • Bird lovers take note: Marakele plays host to probably the world's largest colony of endangered Cape vultures, with more than 800 breeding pairs settled here. Close encounters with these enormous birds will leave you breathless.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9-10 - Khama Rhino Sanctuary – Maun

    • Today we leave South Africa, crossing the Limpopo River to enter Botswana. We'll visit the 4300 hectare Khama Rhino Sanctuary at Serowe, which is run by the local community and provides prime habitat for white rhinos.
    • Trained rangers will take us on the early morning Rhino Trail, where we might also see the elusive leopard, several varieties of smaller cats and a host of bird species. We'll then continue to Maun, the safari capital of northern Botswana
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11-12 - Okavango Delta excursion

    • Today we begin one of the highlights of our trip with an early morning flight to our tented camp, situated deep in the Okavango Delta. For the next two days we'll go on game drives, walking safaris and mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) excursions to explore the tranquil waterways of the Delta.
    • There is a fair amount of animal movement throughout this area, so keep your eyes peeled for elephant, buffalo, the rare Cape hunting dog and the elusive sitatunga antelope. At the end of each adventurous day, we'll return to our comfy tented camp in Moremi Game Reserve, overlooking Chief's Island.
    • Please note that our crew will not accompany us on our 2 night excursion into the Delta, we will meet them again in Maun. Specialist lodge guides will conduct the wildlife activities in the Okavango Delta.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 13-14 - Nata – Makgadikgadi Pans

    • Today is a travelling day. We take a morning flight back to Maun where we’ll re-join our crew. From here, we'll drive to our lodge in Nata, which sits among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans.
    • On day 14, we have no activities planned for the morning so you can use this time to read, write in diaries, chat with fellow travellers or catch up on sleep. Once we've recharged the batteries, we'll head out to the Makgadikgadi Pans for an afternoon excursion. This is one of the largest salt flats in the world, and is all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi. Before it dried up several thousand years ago the lake once covered an area larger than Switzerland.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 15-16 - Chobe National Park

    • Animal lovers rejoice. Chobe National Park is the place of your dreams, with everything from elephants, buffaloes, zebras, kudus, rare pukus, hippos, lions and leopards coming out to play. As Botswana's third largest reserve, Chobe is as famous for its wildlife as it is for spectacular sunsets and scenery.
    • Over two days we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, giving us another chance to spot some of Africa’s famed inhabitants including, if we’re lucky, the resident pack of African wild dogs. A breathtaking sunset cruise is ideal for spotting birdlife such as saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles and beautiful bee-eaters as well as hippos, crocodiles and families of elephants drinking at the river’s edge.
    • Chobe is host to some of Africa’s most spectacular sunsets and a fitting end to our time in Botswana.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 17-18 - Victoria Falls

    • What better way to celebrate 17 days of adventure than with a superb feast? Today we'll head to Victoria Falls, and at night we'll share an incredible dinner at the Boma Restaurant. The mouth-watering main course is a buffet of local meats, which may include warthog, buffalo, crocodile, impala and more. Throughout the meal we'll be entertained with local song and dance, where everyone is given an African drum and encouraged to join the party.
    • On day 18 we'll get the chance to see (and hear!) the spectacular Victoria Falls. Optional activities include canoeing, inflatable kayaking along the upper Zambezi, white-water rafting, morning and afternoon game drives or walks in the Zambezi National Park. Or you might choose to enjoy a jaw-dropping helicopter flight over the Falls and the Zambezi Gorges.
    • If you’d like to enjoy the best of what Victoria Falls has to offer, we highly recommend you stay an extra couple of days in this beautiful region!
    Breakfast | Dinner
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • An experienced, English-speaking local Peregrine leader and specialist local guides at some sites.
    • Authentic accommodation including private camp chalets, all with en suite facilities, and a private guesthouse
    • Game drives and entrance fees
    • Most meals including drinks at the Okavango Delta/Moremi lodges.
    • Domestic flights with Moremi Air: Maun to Moremi Crossing and Moremi Crossing back to Maun
    • Arrival transfer

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - but there will be opportunity to do some hand-washing in the camps where we stay for two or more nights.
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip
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Trip Code PFKB
Group size 6 - 10
Start City: Johannesburg
End City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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