Travel and adventure don’t get much better than this—multiple exciting destinations, a robust and thrilling itinerary and a bucket-list safari experience. On this tour, take in four iconic southern African countries—South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia—in almost two weeks of wildlife viewing on a fantastic overland adventure.

Highlights include (but are not limited to) exploring the city of Pretoria and Kruger National Park in South Africa, where you’ll look for the Big Five—lions, elephants, leopards, cape buffalo and rhino—and the Mantenga Cultural Village and Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Swaziland, where your visit assists conservation efforts that have already ensured the survival of 22 species. Track rhinos in Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park, a UNESCO heritage site that provides protection for the black and white rhino. And you can encounter any number of other wild species along the route—hippos, cheetahs, giraffes, zebra—all before heading to Africa’s spectacular Victoria Falls.

Alternatively, If you are the more adventurous sort, uninterested in hotel stay and comfortable living, then there is another trip that you can consider.  There’s a more rugged version of the same tour, although this version involves only wild camping and primarily targets people between the ages of 20 and 39. For more info, see the details below.

Itinerary Highlights

Day 1: Arrive at Pretoria. Take time to settle and relax before you start your long trip. Alternatively, you can visit some nearby sites like some of the fascinating museums devoted to subjects as diverse as apartheid, Nelson Mandela, gold, beer and traditional African medicine, or visit the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. You can also visit the healers at Mai Mai Market or take a professionally guided tour to the Soweto Township.

Day 2-4: Leave South Africa Temporarily and reach Swaziland. Make your way towards Mlilwane Wildlife Santuary located in the Ezulwini Valley and pass through the stunning countryside and small villages. Here you spend two nights. Mlilwane will be your base for you to while you explore the surrounding areas for the next two days.

You can take your time to explore Swaziland. Take a cycle tour or walk through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary where you can check out herds of relaxed wild animals and maybe even take a dip in on of its streams after which you can visit the Mantenga Cultural Village where you can enjoy Africa’s best traditional cultural song and dance performances. For the adventure sorts, participate in some zip-lining or take a canopy tour in the Malolotja Reseerve located in the North West of the Country where you can visit the Phophonyane Falls, Maguga Dam, Ngwempisis Rock Art and the old mining town of Bulembu.

Day 5-8: On day 5, make your way  to Hazyview via the Blyde Dam Loop where you can enjoy a number of scenic wonders such as God’s Window, the world renowned Blyde River Canyon, as well as the Lisbon Falls. Next you make your way to Kruger National Park, where you begin your search for the big five. Explore and experience the vast diversity of wildlife here and keep your eyes open for the big five game animals of Africa, which are richly represented here – lion, leopard, African buffalo, African elephant and the white rhino in large numbers.  Next make your way out of Kruger NP and head towards Musina, a small town close to the border of Zimbabwe.

Day 9-13: Leave South Africa and cross the border into Zimbabwe and reach the town of Bulawayo which will be your base for exploring Matobo National Park, which you can explore for the rest of the day. Next day, depart the town of Bulawayo and drive north towards Victoria Falls. Depending on the wind direction you can hear the roar of the falls from 40 kms away.  Stay close to action on this day and spend the night in town of “Victoria Falls”. Next day visit the Zambia side of the falls to check out the falls from that perspective and arrive at Livingstone. There are many things that can be done while you are here like riverboarding, white water rafting, canoeing, horse riding, abseiling, quad biking, kayaking, helicopter or microlight flights over the falls.

Day 14:  Depart Livingstone.

Virginia falls

Photo by iStockphoto/Adamphotography

Booking Info

Tucan Travel

Phone: 855.566.8660

The full version:

Length/Departs:  14 days / 7 departs Mar-Dec 2017; 9 departs Jan-Dec 2018

Accommodation: Hotel, rondavel, tented camp

Price: $1,871 USD (normally $2,339; on sale until May 31, 2017)

Difficulty: Easy

To learn more about this trip or to book it now, click here.

The condensed version:

Length/Departs:  13 days / Feb., Mar., May-July., Sept.-Nov.

Accommodation: Camping

Price: $839 USD (normally $1,199; on sale until May 31, 2017)

Difficulty: Easy

To learn more about this trip or to book it now, click here.

This trip is part of our 2017 Global Travel Guide, 81 trips hand-picked by the editors at Outpost. You can buy the issue here

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