Topdeck Travel's African Insight Southbound Trip visiting some of the most spectacular National Parks in Zambia, Botswana and South Africa
Enjoy a tasty little serving of the best Africa has to offer on this week-long safari between Pretoria and Livingstone. Along the way, you’ll test your wildlife knowledge in South Africa's famous Kruger National Park, be at one with nature in Zimbabwe's Matobo National Park and channel your inner daredevil with a few thrill-seeking activities at Victoria Falls in Zambia. This short but jam-packed trip will provide you with the full African safari experience – without taking you away from your creature comforts for too long.
- South Africa
Day 1: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger, South Africa
From South Africa’s commercial capital, Johannesburg, we travel to South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park, passing panoramic scenery and dramatic escarpment views. From the dwarf mongoose to the Big Five, almost every major African mammal (over 145 species) is is free to roam the enormous area of the park, which also boasts prolific birdlife and over 330 varieties of trees. Over two nights within the Kruger area, we have the chance to enjoy the spectacle of Shangaan tribal dancing and singing, as well as a full day game drive in the park itself to spot as many animals as possible.
-Shangaan cultural evening
Day 2: Greater Kruger to Kruger National Park
Keep watch for as many of Africa’s diverse wildlife as you can. Lion, elephant, buffalo and giraffe are a pretty safe bet, whilst cheetah and leopard are a bit harder to find. Will you be the one to spot these speedy big cats? Make sure you have a list of some of the animals that you can tick off during the full day's game drive (think: wildlife bingo). You'll be the toast of the campsite after spotting an elusive honey badger, you can be guaranteed.
-Kruger National Park game drive
Day 3: Kruger National Park to Tshipise
Leaving the Greater Kruger area we travel north through South Africa’s lush countryside to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our campsite is located at Forever Resorts at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies set adjacent to the Honnet Nature Reserve.
Day 4: Tshipise to Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
After a refreshing night’s sleep we make our way across the border to Zimbabwe and on to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and wide open spaces. Our campsite is located in the Matopos area, a historical, geological and natural heritage site which is surrounded by interesting hills and rock formations.
Day 5: Matobo National Park
Channel your inner explorer today as we head into the impressive Matobo National Park with our knowledgeable guides. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings, so there's no surprise the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people. The reserve has the largest concentration of black and white rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals.
-Half day Matobo National Park game drive & wilderness walk
-Matobo National Park full day tour upgrade
Day 6: Matobo National Park to Livingstone , Zambia
Moving on from Matobo National Park we continue north, passing through the town of Victoria Falls, before crossing the border into Zambia. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, our campsite makes for the perfect base in between heart-racing optional activities including rafting, canoeing, bungy jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises. Head out for a thrilling adventure, or simply relax and enjoy the mighty Zambezi as it flows past your vantage point.
-Mosi oa Tunya - Victoria Falls
-Victoria Falls bungy jump
-Mosi oa Tunya National Park game walk
-Chief Mukumi Village tour
-Zambezi Jetboating & cable car
-Half day canoe safari
-Zambezi sunset cruise
-White water rafting
-Full day abseil
Day 7: Livingstone
Make the most of the breathtaking barren landscapes and diverse wildlife in front of you this morning, before your African adventure comes to an end. If you’re keen to stay on longer (and honestly, who wouldn’t?) your trusty guide can help you sort out post-trip accommodation to enjoy even more of Africa's adventure capital.
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