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Departure: Every Monday

Price per person (South African Rand - ZAR)
(Valid until 31 December 2009):

R 11 500 : Camping
R 12 250 : Camping & Bedded accommodation

Depart from: Johannesburg, Pretoria
Any Backpackers lodge, hotel

End in: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Nelspruit
Any Backpackers lodge, hotel

All transport
All accommodation
Qualified and registered guide
All camping and other equipment
Meals as specified below
Entrance & conservation fees to Chobe national park
2 x Chobe national park game drives (open vehicles)
Entrance fees to Victoria Falls waterfall
Sunset cruise on Zambezi river (drinks & snacks incl)
Blyde River Canyon (Three Rondawels view point)
Bourke Luck Potholes
God's Window
Entrance & conservation fees to Kruger national park
Game drives in Kruger national park (open vehicles)
Night drive inside Kruger National Park

All drinks (except coffee & tea with meals)
Meals not specified below
Optional activities in Victoria Falls (Book on tour)
Optional game walk inside Kruger national park
Visas if required

Sleeping bag hire:
R60 (once off) per person, if you do not have a sleeping bag of your own.

Discount for this tour
R 500 if booked through this website

Payment for this tour
You have to pay the guide on the day of tour departure, in cash or by credit card. An additional 5% will be added to all credit card payments.

Accommodation on this tour
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Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe or Zambia side?
This tour includes Victoria Falls. Which side is the best to visit, the Zimbabwe or Zambia side?
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Day 1: Nata (Botswana)
We depart early morning from Johannesburg & Pretoria, heading north towards the Botswana border. Your guide will stop en-route for breakfast (own cost), banks and last minute shopping while still on the South African side of the border. The guide will assist you with changing money after you have crossed the border into Botswana. From where we head further north to Nata, where we camp the night.
Accommodation: Camping with the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation.
Included meals: Dinner

Day 2: Chobe National Park (Botswana)
An early morning start gets us off heading further north through the Kasane forest where we always see herds of elephants and often see a variety of antelopes and sometimes lion, hyena and wild dog. We arrive mid-day in Kasane where we will be staying at a campsite on the shores of the Chobe River, that is close to the gate of Chobe National Park. You will have the opportunity to change money or / and relax at the swimming pool. This afternoon we do a game drive in an open vehicle inside Chobe national park, which is well known for its large variety and numbers of wildlife. These game drives are always very successful with spotting large numbers of wildlife.

Dinner will be served on return to camp.
Accommodation: Camping with the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
We depart early morning (at sunrise) on another game drive into Chobe national park, searching for the animals that we have not seen on the previous game drive.  Livingstone Trails is the only budget overland tour operator to include two game drives into Chobe national park on a scheduled tour departure. After breakfast we take a short drive to the border where we cross into Zimbabwe. From here we drive another hour to Victoria Falls where we will be staying the next three nights. The camp is situated in the middle of town, within 10 minutes walking distance of just about everything. Your guide will assist you with the bookings of optional activities and changing money. During one of these three days we visit the magnificent Victoria Falls waterfall (included in the tour price), which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and 1700 meters (1,1 mile) wide, making it the largest sheet of falling water in the world.

Later this afternoon we depart for a sunset cruise on Zambezi river. The river forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, with national parks on either side of the river. This creates a great opportunity to see animals coming down to the river for a drink, as well as a reasonable variety of bird life. We often see elephants, zebra, blue wildebeest, rhino, buffalo and a variety of antelope species. Obviously hippo and crocodile are plenty-full in this region. All soft drinks, wine and beer is included while on the boat. Most days you will have fantastic photo opportunities of the sunset, depending on the weather.
Accommodation: Camping with the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Days 4 & 5: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Victoria Falls and the surrounding areas offer a great variety of things to see and do. You will have plenty of free time to explore the town, meet the locals, visit the African markets with its wide variety of very affordable arts and crafts made from wood, stone and beads, or to relax by the pool in the heat of the day.
The Victoria Falls region is nicknamed the adventure capital of Africa for a reason. It is well known for the large variety of fantastic activities (optional excursions) such as the best one day white water rafting in the word, the 111 meters bungi jump off the bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia, elephant back and horse safaris, flights over the waterfall, canoe safaris, day trips to national parks, fishing safaris, game walks and much more. On day 5 is dinner out at a local restaurant (own cost).
Accommodation: Camping with the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation.
Included meals - Day 4: Breakfast, Dinner
Included meals - Day 5:

Day 6: Palapye (Botswana)
We leave Victoria Falls after a light breakfast, crossing back into Botswana and driving south to Palapye, where we stay the night. You will stop for lunch (own cost) on the way.
Accommodation: Camping with the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Hartbeespoort (South Africa)
We depart early morning driving further south crossing the border into South Africa where we stay the night at a backpackers lodge in the valley below the Magaliesberg mountains, just outside Hartbeespoort town. Your guide will stop en-route for breakfast and lunch (own cost).
Included meals: No meals included

Day 8: Panoramic route - Blyde river canyon (South Africa)
The tour departs early morning from Hartbeespoort. We will stop en-route for breakfast (own cost), after which we continue to Nelspruit (if there are clients to pick up) or alternatively through Dullstroom and Lydenburg to Graskop where we stop for lunch (own cost). After lunch we drive through the panoramic route in the northern Drakensberg mountains, where we stop at God's Window, Bourke Luck Potholes and the third largest canyon in the world - the Blyde River Canyon, where we stop at the Three Rondawels view point.
Accommodation (Camping): Camping at a private lodge
Accommodation (Bedded): Private lodge
Included meals: Dinner

Day 9: Kruger National Park (South Africa)
A very short drive takes us to Orpen gate which is the most central gate to Kruger national park, where we arrive as the gates open. Kruger is home to 147 mammal (including the Big 5), 114 reptile and 502 bird species. You will be transferred to open sided 4 x 4 game viewing vehicles (on arrival at the park) in which we will do game drives. Kruger national park is the same size as Israel, Wales or Netherlands and contains different vegetation types, that attracts different animals to different areas of the park. Therefore we spend as much time on game drives as possible, so that we give ourselves a better chance of seeing different animal and bird species. We concentrate the game drives around the central region of the park, where we have a better chance of seeing the big cats and a large variety of other animals.
Breakfast and lunch will be prepared by your guide and enjoyed at one of the many picnic sites inside Kruger national park. The guides will also stop at various view points and hides inside the park.
At sunset you will start with a 3 hour night drive, done in a Kruger national park open sided game viewing vehicle with a Kruger guide.
Accommodation (Camping): Camping inside Kruger national park
Accommodation (Bedded): Private lodge
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Return to Johannesburg & Pretoria (South Africa)
This is our final morning in Kruger national park. This morning you have the opportunity of doing an optional game walk inside Kruger national park with two Kruger park armed guides. Game walks is not about seeing the animals, as you are guaranteed to see much more animals and much closer on a game drive than on a game walk. Game walks are about the smaller things normally not seen from the vehicles.
The clients who are not doing a game walk, will head out on a final short game drive (done in a closed vehicle), searching for the animals not yet seen or photographed.
We then head for a private lodge just outside Kruger national park, where we will enjoy a home cooked breakfast. From here we drive to Johannesburg, Pretoria and Nelspruit where the guide / driver will drop you at any backpackers hostel, hotel, guest house or the airport in Johannesburg.
Included meals: Breakfast

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Ten 10 Day Budget cheap affordable adventure camping or bedded lodge accommodation tour safari done by Livingstone Trails start from Johannesburg Pretoria to Chobe national park Botswana and Victoria Falls Zambia and Kruger national park South Africa for students backpackers international travel. Satara, Timbavati Safari lodge, Orpen gate, Maroela camp, 4x4 four by four open sided vehicle game drives, night drive, game walk, panoramic route, scenic route, gods window, bourke luck potholes, blyde river canyon, three 3 rondawels, Graskop, Klaserie, big five 5, animals, bird viewing watching, photographic, Thebe river safaris Kasane, Nata lodge, Zambezi river waterfront lodge, Livingstone Zambia, Camp Itumela Palapye, bookings made with Safari Par Excellence Saf Par, sunset river dinner cruise, Victoria Falls waterfall, seven 7 natural wonders of the world, river ferry between Zambia and Botswana, border crossing, activities, white water rafting, gorge swing, bungi jump, flights of angels, microlight, helicopter, walk with lions, elephant ride, tiger fishing, lodges, canoe safaris