Southern Africa overland holiday

“An 18 day overland holiday, travelling by bespoke truck with a small group, through South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Camping along the way. Long dusty journeys to vast, dramatic landscapes. ”

Highlights

South Africa: Johannesburg | Bluberg | Kruger National Park | Meet Hanawa community | Botswana: Kalahari Desert | Khama Rhino Sanctuary | Maun | Okavango Delta | Makgadikgadi Salt Pans | Chobe National Park | Moremi Gorge | Zimbabwe | Victoria Falls | Hwange National Park | Bulawayo | Matobos National Park

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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What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travellers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travellers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your holiday.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travellers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Southern Africa overland holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

The 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.

Another 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.

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