23 Day Southern Escape (Johannesburg to Johannesburg)

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This trip begins in Johannesburg, South Africa and travels north through South Africa and Zimbabwe then south through Botswana before ending in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This trip departs from Johannesburg early on Wednesday morning. Should you wish to explore Johannesburg, ATC or your travel agent can assist you, in booking your activities as well as
accommodation. However, costs due to earlier arrival will be for your own account.

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All about the 23 Day Southern Escape (Johannesburg to Johannesburg).

This trip begins in Johannesburg, South Africa and travels north through South Africa and Zimbabwe then south through Botswana before ending in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Trip Code: JJ23
Departure Point: Doves Nest, 78 Gladiator St, Rhodesfield, Kempton Park
Check-In: 7:00AM
Trip Type: Camping
Pre-Departure Meeting: Held at the Departure point at 17h00 on Day 1 of the tour

*All ATC trips include an arrival airport transfer. Please notify us should you not be using this so we can plan accordingly. Should you choose not to make use of this, or in the event that ATC was not updated with your arrival details, no refund will be paid for services not used.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Kruger National Park
  • Night Game Drives
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Matobo National Park
  • Hwange National Park
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • Chobe National Park
  • Okavango Delta & Chobe Boat Cruise
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International flights
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Departure transfer
  • Visas
  • Meals (unless otherwise stated)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Personal Items
  • Sleeping Bag & Pillow
  • Tips
  1. Day 1 - 4 Johannesburg, Nkambeni Camp, Polokwane

    DAY 1: Johannesburg 

    We spend day one in the hustle and bustle of the Johannesburg area.

    DAY 2: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Camp (Lunch / Dinner)

    Leaving Johannesburg, we head towards the Lowveld and our camp is situated in the famous Kruger National Park.  On our way we pass through the southern section of the picturesque Panorama Route – famous for its breathtaking vistas. 

    Included Activity: Night Game Drive

    DAY 3: Nkambeni Camp (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Today we explore the amazing Kruger National Park.  Covering 19 485 km2 – 60 km wide and over 350 km long, this conservation area has more than 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species.  23 000 different types of plants have been recorded. We spend the day driving around the park keeping an eye out for these. There is the option of doing a night drive looking for a few of the nocturnal inhabitants or upgrading to a small vehicle for the game drive at an additional cost. 

    Included Activity: Game drives 

    DAY 4: Nkambeni Camp to Polokwane (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Today we leave the Lowveld and head on the long, scenic drive to Polokwane. Along the way we stop off at some of the best scenery in South Africa, including the ever striking Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. The many viewpoints of the Canyon, afford us excellent photo opportunities. Polokwane, capital of Limpopo, is the largest metropolitan complex in the north and a major economic centre. Its proximity to the neighbouring countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland, as well as its convenient distance from the Kruger National Park and Magoebaskloof, makes it a perfect gateway and good destination in itself. We set up our tents on the lush green grass of our campsite located outside of the city before enjoying a dip in the lovely swimming pool.  

    Optional activity: Blyde River Canyon & God’s window

  2. Day 5 - 9 Polokwane, Musina, Masvingo, Bulawayo, Hwange National Park

    DAY 5: Polokwane to Musina (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    After a quick replenishing of our stocks we begin our journey north toward Zimbabwe.  We have a long, relaxing drive where we get to sit back and enjoy the ever-changing scenery.  Tonight, we’ll camp near to one of the hottest towns in South Africa, Musina, at the hot water spring resort – Tshipise. Situated between the rolling hills, the resort is well known for its natural hot water springs. Once we’ve set up camp, you’re free to enjoy the pools, walking trails or various other activities on offer here.

    DAY 6: Musina to Masvingo (Zimbabwe) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Today we enter Zimbabwe – a beautiful country rich in soul, culture and tradition.  We make our way to the town of Masvingo – on the outskirts of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.  This was the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa, built by an ancient highly skilled civilization.  The name Zimbabwe is derived from this ancient city and means “great stone houses” in Shona. The most notable artefacts found at the ruins were the 8 Statues of stone birds carved out of soapstone. Wander around these amazing ruins, before setting up camp at the foot of the hills. 

    Included Activity: Visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins

    DAY 7: Masvingo to Bulawayo (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Leaving Msavingo, we head to Bulawayo – Zimbabwe’s second largest city.  Bulawayo is noted for its exceptionally wide streets, which were originally designed to accommodate a full span ox wagon.  The city also still retains much of its British Colonial character, evident by the many buildings maintained as heritage sites by the Bulawayo City Council.  Interesting places to visit are the Natural History Museum, the National Arts Gallery and the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre, which employs over 70 people.

    DAY 8: Bulawayo (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Today we visit Matobo National Park, one of the last strongholds of both the black and the white rhino.  This park is also well known for its high concentration of the elusive leopard and majestic black eagle. Rock paintings are to be found too, providing evidence of the ancient San inhabitants of this area.  Cecil John Rhodes (after whom Rhodesia was named) asked to be buried at the top of one of the sacred hills, (although there is some controversy over whether he will stay!) We spend half the day exploring this unique geological, ecological and historic area.

    Included: Visit to Matobo National Park half day

    DAY 9: Bulawayo to Hwange National Park (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    We continue north-west to Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest reserve – the Hwange National Park. Hwange is well known for its abundance and variety of wildlife species including thousands of elephants, and rare antelope species such as the Sable and Roan Antelope. 

  3. Day 10 - 13 Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

    DAY 10: Hwange National Park

    Today we have some time in the Hwange area, and here we partake in a half day game drive through Hwange National Park, in the hope that we spot as many wild animals as possible. 

    Included: Half day Game drive in Hwange National Park

    DAY 11: Hwange to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (Breakfast / Lunch)

    Leaving Bulawayo, we head to Victoria Falls.  Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of town, and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A 20-minute walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by David Livingstone on his explorations, and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world’s largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! After our adventure activities briefing, the afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town! 

    Included: Entrance to Victoria Falls

    DAY 12 & 13: Victoria Falls (Breakfast on both days)

    The next 2 days are spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions.  Some of our fellow passengers will leave us in Vic Falls, to be replaced by new passengers joining us for the next leg of our trek.

  4. Day 14 - 17 Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park (Botswana), Kasane, Nata Region, Maun, Okavango Delta

    DAY 14: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park (Botswana) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    After breakfast, we cross the border into Botswana and head to Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River.  The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned its large elephant herds.  Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be viewed from the campsite while we watch another glorious African sunset.

    Included Activity: Boat cruise on the Chobe River

    DAY 15: Kasane to Nata Region

    We leave this beautiful part of Botswana behind us this morning as we depart to the lush campsite called Elephant Sands. The drive will take you through a very unpopulated landscape where the donkeys roam freely. Once we have arrived at our campsite you will have the option of partaking in a game drive or a bushwalk (time dependant). Your crew will provide you with more information.

    Optional Activity: Game Drive / Bush Walk

    DAY 16: Nata Region to Maun (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Maun is the starting point for travel into the Delta and it is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Tonight, we prepare our provisions and packs for our overnight excursion. We suggest bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip which can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion. Your trip leader will brief you fully on what is needed, and what to expect prior to your trip into the Delta.

    DAY 17: Maun to Okavango Delta (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Included Activity: Overnight Delta excursion

    Here we have the opportunity to take the included overnight excursion into the Delta.  After an early rise, we pack our expedition vehicle and from Maun we drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station.  The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro. Mokoros are dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. At the Mokoro station, we meet our “Polers” and pack our supplies before heading out into the waterways. After a couple of hours along the waterways, we arrive at our mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango.  

    On arrival, you will meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay.  A brief introduction to the camp will show you your dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom – long drop toilet and a bucket shower.  Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking.

  5. Day 18 - 20 Okavango Delta, Maun, Palapye, Polokwane

    DAY 18: Okavango Delta to Maun (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back around lunch time and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).

    DAY 19: Maun to Palapye (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Heading out early, we have a fairly long (450kms) drive today to the small town of Palapye, situated about halfway between Francistown and Gaborone (Botswana’s Capitol).  This popular ‘stopover’ town for those en route to South Africa, is well known for the Morupule Colliery coal mines which supplies Morupule Power Station, Botswana’s principal domestic source of electricity.  

    DAY 20: Palapye to Polokwane (South Africa) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    This morning we cross into South Africa, and stop to sightsee at the impressive Blyde River Canyon. Named for the Blyde River that runs through it, the canyon is 26km long, and averages 800m deep and forms the northern edge of the impressive Drakensberg Mountain Range. It is classified as a ‘green canyon’ due to the uncommon occurrence of vegetation that lines it (uncommon as most canyons are in desert areas and are fairly barren). The main viewpoints along the canyon are the 3 Rondavels, named for the shape of the traditional huts or houses the indigenous people of the area used to live in; and Gods Window that affords a breathtaking view across the canyon and surrounding area. 

    Please note that there is a small entry fee at each of these attractions that will need to be paid upon arrival. The money generated goes toward the support of the local communities. There are also many locals you sell their local crafts in this area.

    Optional activity: Blyderiver canyon & God’s window

  6. Day 21 - 23 Polokwane, Nkambeni Camp, Johannesburg

    DAY 21: Polokwane to Nkambeni Camp (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Heading through the breathtaking Panorama Route, we stop off at various viewpoints today including scenic God’s Window. We pass through the small town of Graskop, and head toward the Kruger National Park and our campsite in the park. 

    Included Activity: Night Game Drive

    DAY 22:  Nkambeni Camp (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Today we visit the amazing Kruger National Park (19 485 km²) in search of some of the 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species that make this park their home. We travel in our truck along the main game viewing routes within the park and stop off at some of the camps along the way. For those who wish to upgrade to an open vehicle game drive, this can be arranged with the trip leader at an additional cost. 

    Included Activity: Game drives through Kruger National Park in ATC vehicle.

    DAY 23: Nkambeni Camp to Johannesburg (Breakfast)

    After breakfast, we begin our journey to our final destination; Egoli the place of gold (Johannesburg), Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng, which is a province in South Africa.  On arrival in Johannesburg we unload the truck for the final time, exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime! 

    We suggest you extend your stay by a few days to participate in some of the exciting activities available here.  Post tour accommodation can be booked through your agent or the Africa Travel Co office.

Meals and menus vary as food is purchased en-route, and is subject to produce that is available seasonally in the areas we travel through. Our safari cooks are able to offer a wide variety of menus with the ingredients available, even if the produce on offer is not of the same selection as what you may be used to back home.

The breakfast spread consists of bread (toast when time allows), spreads and cereals with a hot breakfast every few days. Lunches are mostly prepared en-route with a supply of ‘build your own’ sandwich ingredients available. Dinners are cooked in the evenings on arrival at the campsite. A wide array of dinner menus is on offer during your safari, consisting of curries, stews, pastas, and BBQ’s.

Our overland vehicles are custom built converted trucks that have seating space for our passengers and a storage area for luggage and all trip equipment. The trucks seat between 27-30 passengers on our camping trips. Most seats are forward facing, though some models have a combination of forward, backward and some inward facing seats with tables. Vehicles have sliding glass windows, and the seating area is raised providing a great advantage for game viewing and photography. Seats are cushioned and there is storage space for personal items like cameras, snacks and day packs in the seating area.

All of the tours operated by ATC are participation trips meaning that all passengers are expected to help out around camp. The crew members running the trip will set up a rota system that will be followed. One day you may be on cleaning duty, the next day you may be on cooking duty and so forth. This is not only to make the trip easier for all involved but also for you as the passengers to get to know one another while on trip.


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