Southern Circle Camps & Lodges Overland Safari

24dSouthernCir_mapFor those wishing to experience the highlights of Southern Africa with the convenience of flying into and out of Johannesburg, our Southern Circle Camps & Lodges Overland Safari will show you the attractions of several countries and endeavors to reveal the contrasts that make up this region.

From the desert landscapes of Botswana to the lush forests of Zambia, the tea plantations of Malawi to the deserted beaches of Mozambique, you will experience built up cities and rural homesteads, good highways and dirt tracks. This tour also concentrates on some of the nest Game Reserves in Africa, including Chobe, Luangwa and Kruger where you will see a huge variety of animals all in their natural environment. An open and flexible approach is essential for this tour.

 

 

Southern Circle Camps & Lodges Overland Safari Itinerary

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG – FRANCISTOWN
Departing from GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG at 06h30, we head directly to the Botswana border. On completion of immigration formalities we continue to Francistown and our camp for the night. Tonight we familiarise ourselves with the tour procedures over a catered meal. Camp the night. D

DAY 2: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
This morning we travel through the Chobe forest reserves up to the mighty Chobe River and adjoining National Park where huge herds of Elephant gather at the water. After an afternoon boat cruise within the Chobe National Park, we cross the border and head for Victoria Falls, to spend the next few nights in comfort at the GREENFIRE LODGE VICTORIA FALLS. B L D

DAY 3 – 4: VICTORIA FALLS
Green FIre Lodge Victoria Falls poolDuring our stay here we will view the spectacular Falls and the other highlights of this “Africa’s Adventure Capital”. Those seeking adrenaline may wish to try the Bungi jump, White Water Rafting or a variety of aircraft flips (own expense). One night we enjoy traditional dancing and a “braai” at the pool. On the last night we eat at a local restaurant (own expense). On occasion we cross into Zambia and camp on the banks of the Zambezi. B D; B

 

 

DAY 5: KAFUE CAMP
Crossing the original railway bridge, we have a last view of The Falls before entering Zambia. Our journey today takes us through southern Zambia and then down into the Lower Zambezi Valley to Kafue, where we will camp the night. Relax at the pool this afternoon in preparation for the upcoming days of canoeing. B L D

DAY 6 – 8: ZAMBEZI CANOE
Zambezi canoe tripThe Zambezi River needs little introduction, a mighty river winding its way through some of the best wilderness areas in Africa, this provides for what can only be described as the finest canoe adventure in the world. What better way to see big game at close quarters than from a canoe. We will spend two nights camping wild on the banks of the river. On the third day we are transferred by boat back to Kafue for a welcome shower and a catered meal (own expense).
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DAY 9: LUANGWA
Reunited with our vehicle we travel through the capital of Lusaka and then along the “Great East Road” to our next overnight camp. We will cover as much distance as possible today. B L D

DAY 10 – 11: LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Our next stop is the Luangwa National Park, where we spend two nights camping on the banks of the River, well known for its impressive Hippo population. During our stay here we will partake in an extensive game drive in the park in search of the elusive Leopard and other species that make this park one of Africa’s best. Optional night drive (own expense). B L D; B L D

DAY 12 – 13: LAKE MALAWI
Lake MalawiCrossing into Malawi today, our first stop is Lilongwe, the capital. After stocking up with groceries and curios, we continue to Lake Malawi, an impressive inland freshwater sea. The snorkeling is a highlight, as are the sandy beaches and friendly locals. We spend two nights here, camping literally on the beach. One night we enjoy an own expense meal. B L D; B L

 

 

 

DAY 14 – 15: MULANJE MASSIF
Turning south, we head for Mulanje, an impressive mountain of granite rising some 600m above the surrounding forest and lush tea plantations. We will spend two nights camping in the area, and will enjoy a hike to the plateau from where the views are exceptional. B L D; B L D

DAY 16: CHIMOIO
Traveling via Blantyre, today we enter Mozambique. Our journey takes us through the Tete corridor, across the Zambezi River and alongside the mountains that form the border with Zimbabwe. We camp tonight in the region of Chimoio and will enjoy an own expense dinner at a local restaurant. B L

DAY 17: VILANCULOS
Leaving the wilderness behind us, today we pass through the many vibrant and bustling villages en-route to the coast. Our next stop is Vilanculos – on the shores of the warm azure Indian Ocean, overlooking the idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago. We spend the night here in casitas, situated literally on the Beach. Tonight we enjoy a meal at a local restaurant (own expense). B L

DAY 18 – 20: INHAMBANE
Dhow tripMoving south along the coast, we make our way to Maxixe from where we enjoy a trip with the locals across the bay on a traditional Dhow while the guide drives around to meet us in the ancient trading port of Inhambane. We spend some time exploring and visiting the bustling local market before continuing to our camp on the beach. We will enjoy three nights in relative comfort, staying in beach accommodation. During our time here we will relax, snorkel, and soak up the sun whilst exploring the deserted beaches that Mozambique is so well known for. Those who wish to have the option of scuba diving (own expense). B L D; B L D; B L D

DAY 21: MAPUTO
Today we cross vast coastal floodplains and drive through forests of Cashew nuts towards our last stop in Mozambique – the capital, Maputo. (Dinner own expense) B L

DAY 22: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Maputo boasts an interesting, almost Latino culture of street cafes and markets, and we will spend time this morning driving through and viewing these and the other attractions of this once grandiose city. This afternoon we cross back into South Africa and make our way to the Kruger National Park to camp the night. B L D

DAY 23: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK- HAZYVIEW
No visit to Africa would be complete without Kruger. We spend the entire day viewing animals in this premier National Park, and in the late afternoon travel the short distance to the GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW. B L D

DAY 24: JOHANNESBURG
A leisurely start today, after enjoying a walk on the property, we make our way back to Johannesburg. We arrive back at the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG in the late afternoon. B

Southern Circle Camps & Lodges Overland Safari Inclusions

14/15 Nights Camping, 4 Nights Cabin, 4/5 Nights Lodge
Most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, it is highlighted in the tour itinerary. An overland expedition vehicle is used for this tour.