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12 Days Walking Safari South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe

  • Polokwane - Bulawayo - Victoria Falls - Kasane - Gweta - Maun - Okavango Delta

Guided Safari in South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe

Are you stuck in a rut and thinking that there's more to life than traffic jams and overpriced flat rent? Then, ditch the humdrum and head overland. Acacia Africa will provide you with a bunch of adventures for you to explore. This 12-day tour is set for you to enjoy the spiritual Matobo National Park, the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, huge elephant herds at Chobe National Park, or marvel at sunsets over the Kalahari Desert. See Africa at its best on this small group safari tour!

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Walking safari
  • Sunset cruise in Victoria Falls
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary game drive
  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 11 activity days
  • English
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You will stay 1 night at Boma in the Bush, 2 nights at Travellers Guest House, 2 nights at Sprayview Hotel, 1 night at Thebe Safari Lodge, 1 night at Gweta Lodge, 2 nights at Sitatunga Camp, 1 night at Elephant Camp, and 1 night at Kwa Nokeng Lodge.

Boma in the Bush

You will stay in a shared twin room with en suite facilities at Boma in the Bush. The facilities are ablutions with hot and cold water, braai facilities, laundry, recreations room or hall, stands with 220-volt mains, swimming pool, and television room.

Travelers Guest House

You will stay in a shared twin room with en suite facilities Travellers Guest House. The rooms have fans, a work desk with Wi-Fi, and piping hot showers. In addition, suites and family rooms are spacious, have full DSTV, bath, and tea / coffee station. The house also offers self-catering facilities, power, and water backup, sparkling pool, and 24 hours security.

Sprayview Hotel

You will stay in shared twin room at Sprayview Hotel. The hotel has 65 rooms, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, and 3 conference rooms and reception available 24 hours. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning to combat the high summer temperatures the region can experience. In-room tea and coffee-making facilities, personal safes, hairdryers, and universal plugs are available.

Thebe Safari Lodge

You will stay in shared twin room at Thebe Safari Lodge. All rooms are en-suite and are fitted with shower supplying ample near-instant piping hot water. All beds are mosquito netted ensuring a peaceful nights’ sleep and all units are fully air-conditioned. All rooms are serviced daily.

Gweta lodge

You will stay in shared twin room at Gweta Lodge. The lodge has 15 rooms, a bar, swimming pool, and relaxed seating areas. There are also facilities such as free Wi-Fi, towel and bedding, guest PC, and locker.

Sitatunga Camp

The campsite offers large well-shaded areas with some powered sites and barbecue / braai facilities. Bar and bistro and laundry service are provided.

Kwa Nokeng

You will stay in shared twin room at Kwa Nokeng Lodge. The lodge offers a range of accommodation such as cottage, chalets, and tent.

This tour starts from Johannesburg at 10:00 by shuttle transfer and ends in Johannesburg on day 12. The pre-departure meeting is held either in the afternoon on day 1 before the walk or after dinner. Departure from Johannesburg is at 10:00 by shuttle transfer.

Itinerary

Day 1

You will be departed by shuttle via the bustling city and on to the beautiful scenic bushveld of the Limpopo Province. Arriving in Polokwane, you will head to your lodge to meet up with your guide and the rest of the group before entering the nearby game reserve and set out on foot to explore. There are over 21 species of mammals, in this reserve including white rhino and some 200 species of birds. Being on foot may allow you closer views of some of the gentler animals of the reserve. You will eventually make your way to the accommodations nearby.

Day 2

This morning, you will make your way north crossing out of South Africa and into Zimbabwe. Immigration formalities at the busy Beitbridge border may be lengthy, as this is South Africa’s busiest land border. But once completed, you will continue to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree-lined avenues and wide open spaces. The area around the city offers much in the way of historical, geological, and natural interest. Several national parks are nearby including the well-known Matobo (sometimes written Matopos) which you will visit. Your accommodation for the evening is in a quiet garden setting on the outskirts of town.

Day 3

You will rise early to meet your guides for your visit and game drive into Matobo. The reserve has the largest concentration of black and white rhino in Africa and if conditions are suitable, guides will lead you on foot to some of the more concealed places for a close view of these magnificent animals.

Day 4

Departing Bulawayo, you will continue north to Victoria Falls. This can be a frustrating day on the road because there is little of interest en route and at a time of print, the road has multiple police checks. Your patience is much appreciated while your tour leader deals with the formalities each time. You will usually arrive at Victoria Falls by early afternoon.

Your tour leader will arrange a briefing to explain the numerous optional excursions typically available here, and you will have some free time to wander around. Later on the day, you will visit the Victoria Falls National Park to witness one of Africa’s most enduring sights. Depending on time available, you may do this on the following morning.

Please take care when wandering along the pathways inside the reserve since the falls are almost 100 meters deep and the drops are sheer.

You will end your day joining a peaceful sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Soak up the African ambiance with a drink in hand as you cruise slowly up and down and look out for elephant, buffalo, buck, hippo, and birdlife along the shallow muddy banks of one of Africa’s great rivers. Eventually, you will return to your accommodation for overnight or to try some of the local nightlife.

Day 5

On the fifth day, you will have some leisure giving you the opportunity to explore Victoria Falls. Alternative options including canoeing, scenic flights, bungee, or afternoon tea at the colonial-style Victoria Falls Hotel are available at an extra cost.

Day 6

From Victoria Falls, you will travel the short distance to the Botswana border and cross into the small town of Kasane, and on to your lodge. This afternoon, you will head out to a game drive and boat cruise in the Chobe National Park. You will take the afternoon cruise for a unique perspective of riverside wildlife. In the evening, you will relax and overnight at the lodge.

Day 7

Following breakfast, you will depart for Gweta. Driving south, you may be lucky to encounter an elephant or buffalo alongside or on the road. They often stray to the migratory herds which roam freely throughout the area in search of pasture and water. You will stop in the small settlement of Nata for lunch or snack before continuing to Gweta where you will have the opportunity of exploring the Salt Pans in an optional 4x4 safari. Alternatively, try the (also optional) Baobab Forest tour. The night will be spent at the lodge.

Day 8

After an early breakfast, you will join a guided walk through a local Tswana village to learn something from the life of the community, from schools and doctors to trading and traditions. You will then depart and head west to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Options here include scenic flights but your first priority is to prepare for the excursion into the Okavango Delta. Your accommodation in Maun is simple guesthouse / lodge / hotel. The afternoon will be at leisure to relax with a cool beverage and pack for the Delta excursion for the following day.

Day 9

Heading out early after breakfast, you will begin your excursion into the Okavango Delta. The first part of the journey will be by 4x4 over rough sandy paths to the mokoro station, where the river level reaches. Here, you will be introduced to the local Tswana polers, your guides for the excursion, and transfer your luggage and equipment to the mokoros. You will travel by these shallow canoes amongst giant lily pads, tall grasses, and labyrinthine channels to your camp on the edge of the Okavango. From your camp, you will venture out on a guided walk in search of some of the prolific birdlife and larger mammals that inhabit the reserve. You will enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience.

Day 10

This morning, you will explore the surrounds on a nature walk where you have the thrilling experience of being out in the natural wilderness. This is a great way to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the wilderness and enjoy nature as it wakes for the day. After the bush, you will enjoy breakfast and then pack up again onto your mokoros. Returning to your 4x4 and bidding your polers farewell, you will return to Maun. The afternoon offers the opportunity to join the guide for a trip into town for a little shopping. Another popular activity here is an optional scenic flight over the Delta for a bird’s eye view of the wilderness you have just explored by mokoro and on foot. You will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 11

Another early rise for your long journey skirting the greater Kalahari, where you may take a glimpse in the distance at the vast salt pans of central Botswana to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary which you will normally reach by late afternoon. You will go for a game drive to catch sight of some of the rhino with guides often pointing up interesting facts about the local fauna and flora. Your last night on safari will be spent at a nearby hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 12

Your last morning will be spent on the main route along Martin’s Drift border post. Crossing the mighty Limpopo River into South Africa, you will take in the scenic views and notice changes to vegetation, infrastructure, and populated areas. You will then arrive in Johannesburg where your tour ends normally by mid to late afternoon.

  • Peter Wambua

    Peter is one of the tour leaders at Acacia Africa. He has been joining Acacia Africa since 2012.

  • Samuel Mutuku

    Samuel is a tour guide in Acacia Africa. He has been working for Acacia since May 2006.

  • Elton Fetinandi

    After many years in overlanding, Elton joined the Acacia team in October 2013. He is one of the tour leaders in Acacia.

  • Peter Wambua

    Peter is a tour leader from Kenya in Acacia Africa.

  • Crispen Zimbiru

    Crispen is one of the tour leaders from Zimbabwe. He has been working for Acacia since 2014.

This safari will take place in Polokwane Game Reserve, Matobo National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Gweta Villag, and Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

Polokwane Game Reserve

Polokwane Game Reserve is located in South Africa. There are over 21 species of mammals, in this reserve including white rhino and some 200 species of birds.

Motobo National Park

Motobo National Park is located in Zimbabwe. The park has the largest concentration of black and white rhino in Africa. It also has dense populations of the elusive leopard and black eagle.The Matobo hills are also the location of the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, the 19th-century colonialist.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is located in Zimbabwe. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world standing at 1,708 meters wide with a drop between 90 and 107 meters. An average of 550,000 cubic meters of water per minute plunge over the gorge and at high water times the spray can be seen from 20 - 30 kilometers away.

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is located in Botswana. It is widely known for its populations of elephant, but the park also contains lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, and a host of antelope and birdlife. The Chobe floodplains and Chobe River provide a sensitive ecosystem which attracts much of the wildlife of the region, especially in the dry season when it is not uncommon to see between 500 and 2000 elephants on the floodplains at one time. One highlight of Chobe is the combination of wildlife, birdlife, and reptiles seen along the banks of the Chobe River.

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is located in Botswana. It is the largest inland delta in the world covering an area of 1.6 million hectares as well as being a world heritage site. Okavango Delta is very good for birders as huge numbers of waterfowl and raptors reside there, but you can also find an elephant, zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, lion, and kudu.

  • Bike tours
  • Bridge tours
  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Gorge swing
  • Helicopter flights
  • White water rafting
  • Zambezi jet boat and cable car
  • 6 lunches, 10 dinners, and 11 breakfasts
  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • A visit to Victoria Falls
  • An excursion to Okavango Delta
  • Chobe National Park sunset cruise
  • Game drive at Chobe National Park
  • Game drive at Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • Game drive at Matobo National Park open vehicle
  • Game walk at Polokwane Game Reserve
  • Gweta Village walk
  • Park fees
  • Safari pass
  • Services of driver / wildlife guide
  • Victoria Falls sunset cruise
  • Airport transfers
  • Drinks
  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "Trip of a lifetime! Our group of 3 women traveled with Acacia Africa in August 2016 on their small group safari, Southern African Magic Accommodated. We cannot say enough good things about our tour. Our tour leader, Lawrence, was attentive, knowledgeable, and had a good command of the English language. Our safety was his main concern and we were thankful for that. Our tour group consisted of 12 travelers, ranging in age from 25 to 67 and women outnumbering men 9 to 3. Our tour began at the cozy Safari Club SA in Johannesburg. The Safari Club is located in an industrial area very close to the airport. We found all accommodation on the tour to be comfortable with some lodges even having pools. The food served at the lodges was delicious and plentiful and gave us the opportunity to sample some local cuisine. Thank you for selecting lodges with local colour and flair. It brought us closer to the African people. Our itinerary included the main game parks and tourist sights in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Yes, there were long days on the road but it gave us an opportunity to get to know our fellow travelers better. It was the perfect balance of travel, sightseeing and downtime. My only recommendation to Acacia would be to upgrade their minibuses. Ours broke down twice which resulted in 4 hour delays each time hence the very good rating as opposed to excellent. Thank you for your informative website which helped us select the perfect tour. I have no hesitation in recommending Acacia Africa to other travelers."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "I just finished the overland camping trip from Cape Town to Victoria Falls / Livingstone. It was amazing! The guide and driver, Big Sam, were great, nothing was too much trouble and they really worked hard to make sure we all had an incredible time. The itinerary was perfect. We got to see and do so many amazing things, the Okavango Delta, dune 45, sandboarding, skydiving, Chobe National Park, and Victoria Falls. I could name so much more. The campsites were also incredible. Think of watching shooting stars on a huge rock in the middle of nowhere, or camping literally next to an elephant watering hole with no fences around. If you have doubts about camping, please don't. The mattresses were a lot more comfortable than i expected. The tents were huge and I had hot showers most of the time. The food was also good. I definitely put on a few kilograms. Overall, it was an incredible experience with an amazing group of people that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Thanks, Acacia Africa!"

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  • Review by David R
    9 out of 10

    "The highlight of our tour to Victoria Falls was our excellent guide, Simon. He really went above and beyond to keep us happy and safe. Simon's enthusiasm is infectious. He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about showing what Southern Africa has to offer. We had an unavoidable change of itinerary due to the political situation in Zimbabwe, and Simon was able to keep us well informed and make alternate arrangements. The tour itself was a great way for us to see Kruger, Botswana, and Victoria Falls. There are some long days driving but the spectacular views of Victoria Falls are worth it. The accommodation is adequate, with the first 2 nights at Nsele Lodge as a highlight. The hosts are very welcoming and the food was amazing. We would recommend Acacia Africa to anyone looking for a guided tour in Africa."

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  • Review by Lori from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "I camped all the way from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg. I had so much fun and it was a good experience. They have a great guide. It's a beautiful place to visit. The highlight of the safari was the Elephant Sands."

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