Experience Southern Africa

Botswana
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Explore Southern Africa, embarking from Johannesburg and journeying through the Kruger National Park, and Victoria Falls, before circling back to South Africa via the Okavango Delta, and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This adventure promises golden sunsets, remote wilderness camping, thrilling safaris, and serene river cruises teeming with iconic wildlife. Traverse South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe and be amazed by powerful waterfalls, enchanted by encounters with endangered species and inspired by the resilience of local communities. Immerse yourself in Southern Africa and depart with newfound inspiration and cherished memories to last a lifetime.

Availability

From 17/03/2024 to 04/01/2027

Departure dates & prices

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  • Mar Sun 17 2024 to Apr Mon 01 2024
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    $5,308*
  • Apr Sun 07 2024 to Apr Mon 22 2024
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    $5,257*
  • Apr Sun 28 2024 to May Mon 13 2024
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    $6,370*
  • May Sun 19 2024 to Jun Mon 03 2024
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    $6,370*
  • Jun Sun 02 2024 to Jun Mon 17 2024
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    $6,625*
  • Jun Sun 23 2024 to Jul Mon 08 2024
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    $6,560*
  • Jul Sun 07 2024 to Jul Mon 22 2024
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    $6,745*
  • Jul Sun 21 2024 to Aug Mon 05 2024
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    $6,680*
  • Aug Sun 04 2024 to Aug Mon 19 2024
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    $6,745*
  • Aug Sun 18 2024 to Sep Mon 02 2024
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    $6,745*
  • Sep Sun 01 2024 to Sep Mon 16 2024
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    $7,340*
  • Sep Sun 15 2024 to Sep Mon 30 2024
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    $7,010*
  • Sep Sun 22 2024 to Oct Mon 07 2024
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    $6,430*
  • Oct Sun 06 2024 to Oct Mon 21 2024
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    $6,495*
  • Oct Sun 20 2024 to Nov Mon 04 2024
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    $6,495*
  • Nov Sun 17 2024 to Dec Mon 02 2024
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    $6,185*
  • Dec Sun 08 2024 to Dec Mon 23 2024
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    $6,185*
  • Dec Sun 22 2024 to Jan Mon 06 2025
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    $6,185*
  • Jan Sun 12 2025 to Jan Mon 27 2025
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    $6,495*
  • Feb Sun 09 2025 to Feb Mon 24 2025
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    $6,495*

What's included

Head out on a very special bush walk with members of the world's first all-female anti-poaching unit, the Black Mambas.
During this exclusive experience, learn how they're deterring poachers and patrolling 20,000 hectares of nature reserve, then spend the evening listening to their stories by the campfire.
Go in search of Africa’s Big Five on full-day 4WD game drive in Kruger National Park.
Spot wildlife in Chobe National Park during a sunset river cruise.
This is when many animals – such as elephants, cheetahs and lions – come to drink, so get your cameras ready!.
Experience the untouched wilderness of Botswana's Okavango Delta by staying on a remote island bush camp.
At night, the sounds of the African bush are the only things you will hear.
Visit the only place in Botswana where both the white and black rhinos still remain: the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
Cycle through the colourful streets of Soweto with a local and hear firsthand about the townships’ rough but inspired history.
Breakfasts Included: 15.
Lunches Included: 8.
Dinners Included: 11.
Hotel (2 night),Lodge (1 night),Meru Tent (1 night),Permanent Tented Overland Camp (2 night),Camping with facilities (5 nights),Basic Camping with no facilities (2 nights),Guesthouse (1 night).
Overland vehicle,Boat,Mokoro,Bicycle,Open Safari Vehicle.
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 16.
Black Mambas HQ - Dinner by Lantern Light.
Black Mambas HQ - Campfire Story Time.
Black Mambas HQ - Snare Walk.
Kruger National Park - Night 4x4 Game Drive.
Kruger National Park - Full Day 4x4 Game Drive.
Goo Moremi Gorge - Waterfall Three Hike.
Nata - 4x4 Pan Excursion.
Victoria Falls - Brewery Tour.
Chobe National Park - River cruise.
Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit.
Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari.
Okavango Delta - Sunrise Walk.
Okavango Delta - Brewery Tour.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Sunset Game Drive Open Vehicle.
Soweto - Cycle tour.
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Itinerary

  • 1 - Johannesburg Sawubona - welcome to South Africa! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive early, we recommend visiting the eye-opening Apartheid Museum to start your journey with some crucial history before meeting up with your group. After your important meeting this evening, why not head out for an optional group dinner and get to know your newfound travel companions? Your leader can point you in the right direction with bar and restaurant recommendations.
  • 2 - Greater Kruger National Park - Black Mambas HQ Rise and shine for a long day's drive to the outskirts of Kruger National Park where you'll be lucky enough to camp for the evening at the Black Mambas headquarters. The Intrepid Foundation is proudly partnered with Helping Rhinos, who directly support the work of the Black Mambas - the world's first all-female anti-poaching unit. Made up of a team of 36 young African women, the Mambas patrol 20,000 hectares of the Balule Nature Reserve, part of Greater Kruger National Park. Turning a traditionally male-dominated industry on its head, they're putting their female prowess to work protecting the wildlife of Kruger National Park in an unconventional kind of way. You'll join them on a bush walk to learn how they find and destroy snares firsthand. Enjoy a special dinner by lantern light and later, relax by the campfire with the Mambas as they share stories about their path to becoming a Black Mamba and conservation work.
  • 3 - Kruger National Park Say farewell to The Black Mambas and embark on a full-day 4x4 game drive through Kruger National Park. One of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa, Kruger National Park is home to over 500 bird species, 100 species of reptile and 150 mammal species, including the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog. The day will be spent game viewing, birdwatching and stopping at various waterholes and viewpoints. Later on, take a night drive with the park guide for a chance to spot nocturnal animals and perhaps even a night-time predator or two - catch a lion or hyena out hunting, or an impala out in search of a late-night feed. Your camp tonight will be within Kruger National Park.
  • 4 - Limpopo River Head out on one last game drive in our overland vehicle as we leave Kruger National Park for a chance to spot any animals you may have missed yesterday. Settle into your overland vehicle for the drive to our bush camp located on the edge of the Limpopo River, the natural border between South Africa and Botswana and take in the abundance of birdlife surrounding the site.
  • 5 - Goo Moremi Gorge This morning you cross the border and travel towards Goo Moremi Gorge. At Goo Moremi Gorge, enjoy a guided hike through this beautiful national heritage site where perennial streams have carved deep gorges into the hills. Along our hike, we'll stop at beautiful waterfalls cascading into deep pools surrounded by lush vegetation. The gorges are home to many birds that feed on fish and small crabs in the pools and are breeding grounds for the endangered Cape vulture. Baboons and rock rabbits live on the cliffs above the gorge and, though very elusive, leopards, hyenas and kudu can also be found here.
  • 6 - Nata Today, you'll journey from Palapye to Nata. Your lodge is situated on the edge of the amazing Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, covering some 12,000 square kilometres, this is one of the largest salt flats in the world. On arrival, take a 3-hour excursion in an open vehicle to explore these seemingly endless plains in the Nata Bird Sanctuary. Surrounded by the Kalahari Desert, the pans are naturally dry and salty for a large part of the year. During this time the arid landscape has an eerie feel to it as heat mirages disorientate the senses. Then, after the rains hit, it becomes a grassy refuge for migratory birds and animals. Tonight, enjoy a good nights rest in a comfortable lodge.
  • 7 - Victoria Falls Today you'll travel on to Victoria Falls, crossing the border into Zimbabwe in time to have lunch on the banks of the Zambezi. Continue to your permanent tent, set within a large rest camp. After settling in, you may want to set out on a highly recommended optional trip to visit Victoria Falls. Spanning about a mile wide and falling 108 metres into a narrow gorge below, the spray from the falls can sometimes be seen from kilometres away. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray, and it's possible to see little islets in the river below. Otherwise, a range of other activities are available through the local activity centre. After visiting the falls or enjoying a relaxing afternoon, meet up with your group for an included brewery tour and beer to say cheers to the journey so far.
  • 8 - Victoria Falls Guess what? You're at the edge of the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. Enjoy a day of free time to take up one of many activities on offer in the area! There are many ways to take in the sights and sounds of the falls. As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group will likely change at this location. There will be a group meeting this evening to discuss the next stage of your itinerary. We suggest you attend, as this is also a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
  • 9 - Chobe National Park Travel to Chobe National Park in Botswana (approximately 3 hours) via the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, one of The Intrepid Foundation projects. Here you can learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, human-wildlife conflict and their role in anti-poaching. There may also be a chance to meet any rescued or orphaned wildlife currently in their care. Chobe, the first national park to be established in the country, is perhaps best known for its high concentration of elephants, which can often be seen swimming in the Chobe River. The river also attracts wallowing hippos, a variety of birdlife, and crocodiles which like to sun themselves by the water's edge. Cheetahs and lions also come down to drink. In the late afternoon you will embark on a scenic sunset cruise on the Chobe River guided by an expert local guide - a relaxing way to spend the afternoon. Your camp, located outside of the park, has flush toilets, showers, intermittent WiFi and optional accommodation upgrades.
  • 10 - Maun There's time for a morning game drive for those who would like to further explore this beautiful park (this is optional). As well as elephants, you might see some of Chobe's other noble creatures - from giraffe and zebra to impala and tsessebe. Then it's time to head to Maun (approximately 10-11 hours). This town is the gateway to one of the world's most famous and most complex ecosystems, the Okavango Delta.
  • 11 - Okavango Delta Travel into the unspoiled wilderness for an adventurous camping experience. The Okavango Delta is unlike anything in the world - a 16,000 square kilometre maze of wetlands made up of meandering waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife. The delta is filled with a diversity of flora and fauna that includes hippos, crocodiles, elephants and big cats. But it's not the animals that are the main attraction - it's the incredible ecosystem. You'll explore the waterways by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe navigated by friendly local 'polers'. You'll also spend some time exploring on foot with your experienced and knowledgeable guides. Camp on a remote island in the heart of the wild. Toilets will be dug and there are no showers. Hear the nocturnal creatures of the African bush come to life as the sun goes down.
  • 12 - Okavango Delta It's an early start this morning as you venture out for a sunrise walk, hoping to catch a glimpse of some elephants and perhaps the fascinating and rather noble-looking Cape buffalo. Return to camp to enjoy some breakfast and reflect on the morning's viewing with your fellow travellers. As it warms up, you'll have the rest of the day to relax. You might like to take a refreshing swim. There is also the option of an afternoon walk or another mokoro trip. You may notice that the mokoros of today are made with fibreglass but retain their original shape - this strikes a balance between tradition and sustainability.
  • 13 - Maun After taking down your camp, it's time to return the mokoro to the poling station and board the vehicle once again. Travel back to Maun (approximately 2-3 hours). Today, we will tour a local brewery that uses millet grown by small-scale farmers in their beer production. By doing so, they support these farmers' efforts to coexist with elephants and promote an inclusive economy. This initiative not only promotes sustainable farming practices but also contributes to the region's wildlife economy, adding to the benefits.
  • 14 - Khama Rhino Sanctuary Travel to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary (approximately 9-10 hours). On the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a community-based conservation project staffed by local village residents. Built in a former hunting area to protect Botswana's only remaining populations of both black and white rhinos, the sanctuary is also home to other wildlife including zebras, giraffes, leopards, ostriches and wildebeest, all of which can be seen around the many natural waterholes. Visiting this project benefits local communities and contributes to the protection of the highly endangered white rhinoceros. In the evening, head out on a dusk game drive in an open safari vehicle with an expert local ranger to see the rhinos (this will be replaced by a dawn game drive if the group arrives at the sanctuary too late). Your camp tonight has shared facilities and optional upgrades.
  • 15 - Soweto Cross the border into South Africa and travel on to Soweto, which is located in the Johannesburg area (approximately 10-11 hours). Johannesburg is a sprawling city of remarkable contrasts. As you come into town you'll likely see opulent mansions alongside tin-roof shacks, and verdant city parks alongside the concrete. About half of Jo'burg's 3 million residents live in Soweto and its surrounding areas. Enjoy a relaxing evening upon arrival.
  • 16 - Soweto Take to the streets of Soweto on a bicycle and learn about the Soweto uprising and the resistance against apartheid. It's interesting to see how the community has changed and developed into what it is today. You'll also visit a former migrant workers' hostel and stop at many other local landmarks. Your cycling adventure should finish up at around 3 pm today. With no further activities planned, your trip comes to an end at this point. No accommodation is provided for tonight, but this can be arranged when you book this trip. If you are departing, it's best to book a flight for 8 pm or later.
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