Southern Africa overland holiday
Description of Southern Africa overland holiday
This Southern Africa overland holiday is a small group tour, travelling in a purpose built overland vehicle, and camping along the way in some of the region’s most magnificent landscapes. Starting and ending in Johannesburg, we head into Botswana almost immediately where highlights include paddling a traditional ‘mokoro’ canoe across the Okavango Delta, seeing elephants in Chobe National Park and driving across the extraordinary sight of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. One particular highlight here, and there are many, is wild camping on an island in the heart of the Okavango wilderness.
There are few border crossings like the one into Zimbabwe, where the great Victoria Falls awaits nearby and where we spend a couple of days. Our next wildlife wonder is Hwange National Park, south of the Falls and Zimbabwe’s biggest national park. It is also famous for its prolific elephant population, and where you can spot four out of the Big Five here.
There are several long journeys on this trip, and the one between Hwange and the Matabos National Park is 7-8 hours, although we break it up with a detour through the city of Bulawayo. In Matabos, we get to track rhinoceros on foot with a local expert guide and also take in the magnificence of this ancient place which has particular sacred significance for local people.
Our last leg of this overland itinerary is back in South Africa, and enables us to spend a day with the Hananwa people in Blouberg in the Limpopo region. There are two more big drives after this, one to Kruger National Park where we spend two days, and the final one back to Johannesburg. In Kruger, not only do we get to enjoy a full day game drive in one of South Africa’s most famous national parks, but we also camp within the park itself for one last, superb night under the African stars.
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PlanetThe very ethos of our style of travel is responsible. As a global tour operator, we take our role in tourism very seriously.
We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.
On many of our Africa trips, we visit National Parks and conservations and the entrance fees are always included on the tour price. On this tour, we visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park, Matobos National Park and Kruger National Park. The entrance fees help towards conservation of the Parks and to ensure the safety and welfare of the animals.
We provide most of the meals on this tour and always source our produce locally. This ploughs imperative financial support back into the community and economy and gives our travellers a real ‘taste’ of their destination. We often visit National Parks that have shops or markets nearby and we always encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs made by local people to support their income, rather than going to a bigger chain. Often the greatest, one off souvenir came from that solo shop on the corner.
PeopleAnother way we support the local economy is by taking our travellers to a village tavern to try some local brewed beer.
As company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 11 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
We currently support the Thusanani Children’s Foundation that works to prevent and treat developmental delay in orphaned and vulnerable South African children, aged 0-6 in the children’s homes where they live.
As this tour uses largely camping accommodation, it has some of the least carbon emissions in comparison to accommodated tours.