BootsnAll World Adventures is hosting a unique Southern African overland trip to compliment and celebrate the FIFA 2010 World Cup Soccer Tournament. The trip will be divided into two parts:
From Johannesburg on the day after the final that takes us east through the South African lowveld to Mozambique, up the coast of Mozambique, and west to the adrenalin capital of Victoria Falls.
From Victoria Falls south through Botswana to South Africa.
You can do the whole 21-days, or 14-days from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, catching a flight back to Johannesburg, or join us from Victoria Falls on the 7-day last leg through Botswana back to Johannesburg.
Transit Cape Town Johannesburg
9 July: Early Morning Pick up in downtown Cape Town, head out towards Paarl on the scenic N1 that meanders through the Cape Winelands before climbing up towards the famous wine town of Worcester, and then the southern Reaches of the Great Karoo. This is the signature heartland of South Africa, dry, expansive and starkly beautiful. Our first night is spent in historic Britstown in the mid-Karoo.
10 July: Another early start as we drive out onto the wide expanse of the Karoo, and via the diamond mining town of Kimberly we merge into the Gauteng Metropolis for hotel drop-offs.
11 July: World Cup Final Johannesburg
July 12: After an early muster and collection we set of east towards Kruger National Park. Evening will be spent in the Marloth Park Private Game Park on the borders of Kruger National Park. Dinner will be sundowners and a traditional South African barbecue, or braai.
July 13: Today will be spent in Kruger National Park with premier local South African wildlife guide Genie Retief. Expect to see most, if not all of the Big Five. In the company of a local expert like Genie you can expect to see so much more besides.
In the evening we will return to Marloth Park for dinner and drinks around the fire.
July 14: Today we leave South Africa and make our way into Mozambique. This is one of Africa’s premier travel destinations, with some 2000 miles of prime beaches, and with no more than a handful of muted resort destinations that offer an excellent insight in to the intoxicating Afro/Latino vibe of this particular corner of Africa.
Our first night will be spent in the capital city of Maputo where we visit a city restaurant for a taste of the local wine and seafood, and perhaps a little of the indigenous nightlife.
July 15: Today we head north away from Maputo and along the coast to the historic 15th century port town of Inhambane, where we will stay at a beach campsite in the small town of Tofu.
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July 16: We will spend the day today either relaxing on the expansive beaches of Tofu, snorkling along the reef, with the possibility of a dive charter for those interested.
July 17: Further northwards we arrive at the famous Mozambique beach town of Vilanculos. This is the jump off point for the Paradise Islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. We will check into the local campsite, with fine lodge accommodation available for those who would like it.
July 18: Today we take one of the most unique trips that southern Africa has to offer. Embarking on a traditional wooden dhow, and under the guidance of an authentic local dhow captain, we sail out across the bay to the first of the Archipelago Islands. The day is spent exploring the islands, snorkeling among the reefs and strolling along miles of white sandy beaches.
There is an option of lodge, cabana or camp accommodation, depending on your preference.
July 19: After a day drifting among the islands we make our way back to Vilanculos and a seafood barbeque before a visit to one or two of the local bars.
July 20: Today is a long day on the road as we travel north and enter Zimbabwe to overnight in the Vumba Mountains and a private country hotel in the quiet uplands of this beautiful highland quarter of Zimbabwe.
July 21: A drive from the eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe to the midlands takes us through the heartland of this fascinating country. Our destination is the private wildlife sanctuary of Antelope Park situated just outside the small midlands town of Gweru.
The focus of Antelope Park is lion research, breeding and integration.
July 22: A day spent at Antelope Park. Activities include evening and daytime game drives and walks, an afternoon stroll in the company of a family of young lions, or a ride on a young African Elephant.
The option of luxury tented accommodation is available for those who would like it.
July 23: leaving Gweru we make our way to Victoria Falls, the adrenalin capital of the world, with the iconic natural phenomenon of the Falls being overshadowed sometimes by the many peripheral activities. These include white-water rafting that is widely acknowledged to be the most extreme on the planet, one of the highest and most dramatic bungi jumps in the world, and a variety of other options including microlite or helicopter flights opver the falls, and of course the obligatory evening sundowner ‘booze’ cruise.
July 24: The day spend getting your adrenalin fix in Victoria Falls.
This is the end of the road for those flying south to Johannesburg, and the beginning for those embarking on the overland leg through Botswana.
July 25: For those leaving the trip the next stop is Victoria Falls International Airport and Johannesburg, but for the rest the journey continues with a short morning’s drive from Victoria Falls into Botswana and the Chobe National Park. Afternoon game/sundowner cruise.
Evening spent at camp with the option of lodge accommodation available for those who would like it.
July 26: From Chobe/Kasane we make our way south towards the Okavango Delta, and one of the most prolific regions for the African elephant and a ecological zone of magnificent beauty and great importance. The Okavango Delta is one of a handful of inland deltas, and is an oasis in the Kalahari Desert providing sanctuary for an astonishing diversity of indigenous bird and wildlife.
The evening will be spent at the Crocodile Camp situated outside the small town of Maun.
July 27: Activities can include an authentic dugout canoe, or makoro safari through the Delta, camping overnight on an island, or an overnight camp safari to the Moremi National Park situated on the northeast fringes of the delta.
July 28: Day spend in the Delta or in Moremi National Park. Evening return to Crocodile Camp.
July 30: We head east towards the Makadikadi Pans and the quirky and offbeat bush resort of Planet Baobab. Afternoon spent exploring the vast salt pans that make up this unusual complex of landscapes.
July 31: From Plant Baobab we begin to make our way back towards Johannesburg, with a night spent at the lovely Tati River Lodge.
August 1: Tati River Lodge to Johannesburg
Transit will be in a fully equipped overland safari vehicle set up for mobile camping. Included as basic is all camp food, transport and mobile camp accommodation. The trip will be hosted by BWA Africa expert and guide Peter Baxter, assited by a driver and camp courier. Expect a high quality overland travel experience in the company of experts in the region.
Available will be lodge and hotel accommodation booked either in advance on your behalf or upon arrival for those that would prefer.
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Excursion and Activities.
Restaurant and outside meals