All Inclusive Overland Tour

8 Day Johannesburg to Victoria Falls Tour

Enter an aquatic wonderland traversing the Kalahari to Southern Africa's iconic waterfalls on our Johannesburg to Victoria Falls Tour, while crossing rivers and inland waterways in the Okavango Delta. An inspiring journey through one of the most recognized wildernesses in Africa, the 9 Day Okavango Experience will give you the full scope of this amazing country, Botswana.

*The Johannesburg to Victoria Falls Tour is available in both accommodated and camping variations.

Leaving behind the city of Johannesburg, we travel to the Kalahari. We venture deeper into the Central Kalahari and here we will spend time getting to know the fascinating San people. We will join our San guides for a guided walk introducing us to the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari Desert.

Then we head off to Maun in Botswana to prepare for our Okavango Delta experience. Exploring the Okavango Delta is a must for any tourist visiting Botswana. Here, you’ll have an endless list of activities to participate in, truly making the most of your time in this paradise. Don’t forget to photograph hippos and crocodiles from your Mokoro (dugout canoe) before heading up to Chobe National Park.

In Chobe, we take a river cruise where you can sip on an ice-cold sundowner while watching elephants playing in and crossing the river only metres away. With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border to Zimbabwe and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls.

Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a scenic flight over the falls below, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls. Join an unforgettable adventure with our Johannesburg to Victoria Falls Tour.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Learn about local life on a village visit
  • Marvel at the sheer expanse of renowned Victoria Falls
  • Moremi Game Reserve full-day excursion (optional)
  • Navigate a mokoro through the Okavango Delta
  • Explore the magnificent Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

For detailed information on this tour:
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Pre and Post-Tour Accommodation: If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers – contact us to make these necessary arrangements.

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Summary

Most Meals Included

8 Days / 7 Nights
Adventure Truck

Botswana

Day 1 – Johannesburg to Palapye
Leaving behind the city of Johannesburg, we travel through the North-West Province to the Botswana border. After completing border formalities we continue on the Trans-Kalahari highway to our overnight stop.
Accommodation: Cresta Palapye
Route: Johannesburg to Palapye
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – Palapye to Maun
Today we head north through the stark yet striking landscapes of the Central Kalahari desert towards the gateway of the Okavango Delta. Along the way, you'll pass by several smaller towns and villages, offering glimpses into everyday life in Botswana. A notable point of interest on our route is the Orapa Diamond Mine, an imposing testament to Botswana's mineral wealth. This mine, which is a collaborative venture between De Beers and the Botswana government, is counted among the world's most extensive diamond mines. It serves as a critical economic pillar, contributing considerably to Botswana's GDP and export earnings. Beyond Orapa, our journey skirts the southern end of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park before reaching our overnight destination in Maun, so keep an eye out for an array of wildlife that moves between the watering holes.
Accommodation: Sedia
Route: Palapye to Maun
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Khwai Conservation Area
You will be separated from your truck for the next 2 nights and it is therefore important that you pack/gather your personal belongings which you may need, before we depart for Maun today as there is limited time in Maun for re-packing and storing.  Please pack lightly and only take what you need for the following two nights.  This morning we rise early and make our way towards Maun, where upon arrival in Maun you will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting). After your optional flight, you will be collected from Maun and will be transferred to the Khwai Conservation area in smaller safari-type vehicles.  This evening our guide will prepare us on what to expect for our mokoro excursion into the Okavango Delta and our game drive in Khwai.
Accommodation: Khwai Tented Camp
Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight
Included Highlight: Sunset Mokoro Excursion

Day 4 – Savuti Game Reserve
The Savuti Game Reserve is a unique area bordered by the Okavango Delta to the west and Chobe National Park to the east. Today is a full-day game drive as we spend most of our day on safari in the Savuti Game Reserve in search of the species that roam the plains. Expect some bumpy roads as we traverse this wilderness area in our 4x4 vehicles. Offering habitats from wetlands, and open water to the grasslands and Savannah woodland, we hope to see as many species of fauna and flora as possible. This evening we arrive back at Khwai to share and compare all the amazing sightings while on safari. Accommodation: Khwai Tented Camp
Route:
Savuti Game Reserve
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight:
Full Day Game Drive Savuti Game Drive

Day 5 – Khwai to Nata
Today’s journey from Khwai to Nata passes the Botswanan salt pans. You will pack up camp and depart at first light on the open 4x4 safari vehicles before meeting the truck in Maun. The scenic drive from Maun to Nata showcases some of Botswana's breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Keep an eye open as there is always a chance of a wildlife encounter or two before reaching your overnight destination near Nata.
Accommodation: Elephant Sands
Route: Khwai Conservation Area to Nata (long day ±6-8 hours)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Included Highlight: Views of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Day 6 – Nata to Kasane - Chobe National Park
We journey from the Kalahari sands of Nata to Kasane and arrive in time for lunch and a quick siesta before we head out in the afternoon to explore the Chobe National Park from the river, enjoying a leisurely boat cruise which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons.
Accommodation: Thebe River Safaris
Route: Nata to Kasane
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Chobe National Park Boat Cruise

Day 7 - Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls
With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller, there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well.
Accommodation: Shearwater Explorers Village
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Activity: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Victoria Falls National Park Entry

Day 8 - Victoria Falls
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast and with the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post-tour accommodation can be booked through Getaway Africa.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

   

8 Day Johannesburg to Victoria Falls Tour

Camping Tour
 In South African Rands Tour Rate Single Supplement
2024 Tour R 34,400 pp sharing R 1,550
Accommodated Tour
In South African Rands Tour Rate Single Supplement
2024 Tour R 41,500 pp sharing R 3,900
Included:
  • All meals mentioned are prepared and served at the overland truck
  • Filtered water in the overland truck
  • Accommodation in lodges, chalets or permanent tents (if Accommodated is booked)
  • Camping Equipment including tents, sleeping mattresses and campsites with shared ablution facilities (if Camping is booked)
  • Qualified crew
  • Filtered water
  • Transport in an overland truck
  • Included highlights as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to National Parks
Please note: A minimum of 4 people are required to operate a tour, except on the guaranteed departure dates. Excluded:
  • Snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, tips
  • Sleeping bag (if Camping is booked)
  • Flights
  • Optional Activities
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel Insurance
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.
 
2024 Tour Departures
Camping Accommodated
January 18 18
February 29 29
March 14, 28 14, 28
April 25 25
May 9, 23 9, 23
June 6, 20 6, 20
July
August 1 1
September 26 26
October 10, 24 10, 24
November 21 21
December 5, 19 5, 19
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Child Policy on Tour on Overland Tours
We do accept children on our tours The following age policies will apply:
8 Years: No children under 8 years of age
8 –9 Years: Children between the ages of 8 –9 years will be accepted to travel on a request basis only.
10 –15 Years: Tours will accept a maximum of four children between the ages of 10 to 15 years on any tour without requesting permission from clients. If more children want to join a tour once the maximum has been reached, this will be allowed on a request basis.
17 –18 Years: Guests of this age may travel with us with a letter of permission from their guardian; they do not require a parent to travel with them.
Any traveler between the ages of 8 –16 must be accompanied by a parent, unless specific authorization had been obtained from Getaway Africa.
Due to our alcohol laws in South Africa –No children under the age of 18 are permitted to partake in activities involving wine tasting.
Age restrictions may apply to certain items listed in the respective tour activities. It is important that you are aware of these restrictions prior to confirming children on tour.

Travelers over 65 yrs of age
65+ Years: Guests 65 and older will be required to complete a medical questionnaire and return to us before we will be able to confirm their participation in the tour.

Accommodation on tour
We have done all that we can to keep our fantastic low prices on these tours so the accommodation is not luxury but you can expect 2 –3 star twin / double accommodation and the majority of it is en-suite. In some places, we also make use of permanent safari tents which are considered "accommodation". We have selected accommodation that is in line with the areas we visit so there is a good variety. It is important to note that general accommodation standards are higher in Southern Africa than they are in East Africa. Please bring along your own towel as these are not always provided.

Single Travelers
If you are interested to share a room with the same-sex guest, we will charge you the single supplement upfront and if successful in pairing you up, will refund your single supplement upon completion of the tour.

Medical Insurance
Medical insurance is compulsory and you will be asked for your policy number before embarking on tour. Please make sure that your travel and medical insurance covers cancellation as well as being airlifted in case of a serious illness or injury as our tours often travel a long way from good hospital facilities. If credit card insurance is taken out, this often does not provide sufficient cover therefore a separate travel insurance policy is recommended

Pre/Post tour Accommodation and Transfers, and Onward Travel
We are more than happy to assist with booking accommodation and transfers for you before and after your tour. The properties that we use are generally at the tour departure point and we offer this service to make life easier for you. We offer a good value for money transit from Vic-Falls to Johannesburg which you can add to your tour.

Do not book your onward travel or flights on the day your tour is scheduled to end (unless the last day of tour does not involve any traveling and ends after breakfast). We could be running late for a number of reasons. This also puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on your fellow travelers and guides and turns the last day of tour into a rush. Getaway Africa will not be held accountable if you have booked flights out on the last day of tour and you are not able to get to the airport on time.

Visas - very important!
As visa requirements vary considerably depending on your nationality, please contact the various embassies or visa service agencies to re-check visa requirements at least four weeks prior to departing for your tour. Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveler and that Getaway Africa will not be held responsible for clients being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas.

Should the adventure tour you are joining be re-entering a country, be sure to have a multiple entry visa that enables you to re-enter the country.

Arranging VISAS is not our specialty and due to this we do not always have the most updated information as these regulations change regularly. We suggest that you contact Relocation Online who will be able to provide accurate information or alternatively check with the local embassy. www.relocation-online.com

Traveling in our purpose built Overland Trucks
The transportation on tour is a major component of all our tours. These tours are road trips and incorporate long drives, bumpy roads and possible mechanical problems, also, digging your truck out of mud is sometimes a considered a highlight.

We have the newest and most modern fleet around. While there are similarities between our vehicles, our camping/accommodated trucks have 24 seats and additional packing space for camping equipment. Ideal for small or large groups, we also have a club area, ideal for playing cards or socializing. Our camping and accommodated tours are not city to city coach liner trip and there is no air-conditioning or toilets on these trucks

Participation and Interaction, what's expected of you
Although we do most of the work, the nature of these tours is not that of a beach holiday. A little assistance from the group can make a real difference as it means that the guides have more time for you and more time to make the tour amazing so getting involved definitely enhances the tour experience. This is an adventure, not a holiday.

All camping & accommodated overland tours are limited participation tours and what we would like your assistance with is:

  • Assist with washing up duties
  • Offer your help with the food preparation if time is pressing
  • Loading and unloading the truck
  • Loading and unloading your own bag
  • Help keeping the truck and cooler box clean (it is your home after all for the next days and weeks)
  • Help setting up camp
  • Putting up and taking down your tent. The first time is a challenge, thereafter it’s a breeze!
Your tent and camping equipment and kitchen utensils are provided on your tour so please take care of our equipment, as anything broken or lost on tour cannot be easily replaced.Our guides do all the cooking, however you are welcome to ask the guides if you are keen to share your culinary skills with the group.

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