Southern Africa budget holiday
Description of Southern Africa budget holiday
This Southern Africa budget holiday follows the iconic route from Johannesburg in South Africa to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. There is only one day in Johannesburg, as we prepare to hit the road for the big beauty in between – Botswana. Which is where we spend most of this wildlife watching and adventure holiday.
This overland tour is categorised as budget because we travel as a small group, in a bespoke truck with a few long road trips, and camp along the way albeit in some stunning locations. Most camps have great facilities, but we do spend two nights in wilder bush camps, where everything is a bit more ‘au naturel’. Which is all part of the adventure.
Our wildlife watching journey in Botswana starts at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a stunning conservation project where we take an evening game drive to see their protected white and black rhino as well as many other wild animals on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. Our next wildlife wonder spot is the Okavango Delta, where we spend three days taking in this giant inland delta, home to zebra and lion, elephant and giraffe, to name but a few. See hippo from a trip across the delta in a traditional mokoro canoe and camp on a lagoon island, one of the wildest spots on the trip.
Your next campsite is on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, an extraordinary sight to behold, before moving further north to Chobe National Park which is all about the elephants. With up to 100,000 in the park, this is ele heaven. Last stop, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Talk about going out with a splash.
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3 Reviews of Southern Africa budget holiday
Reviewed on 14 Jul 2018 by Orna FlanneryThe most memorable part of the holiday was...The group on the tour, the guide and driver and the numerous elephants we encountered. Okavango delta experience was awesome. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Oct 2017 by Janet StewartIt was all truly wonderful. I was most worried about creature comforts during the primitive stay in the Delta but it was great - no hardship whatsoever. I could never begin to capture how incredible the wildlife viewing is - and it just keeps coming! Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Jan 2016 by John MunroeSo many fantastic memories. One of the best we have ever been on. Read full review
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We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.
This tour not only gives you the opportunity to experience the wondrous nature and the environmental projects that preserve them and their habitat but also the opportunity to meet the noble tribes and communities that live in these vibrant and culturally rich countries. We also encourage clients to purchase locally produced cotton shopping bags for the duration of the tour to avoid plastic shopping bags and to stop unwanted rubbish being left behind.