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. Visit nearby sites like some of the fascinating museums devoted to subjects as diverse as apartheid, Nelson Mandela and traditional African medicine, or visit Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, healers at Mai Mai Market and Soweto Township.

Day 2-4: Leave South Africa temporarily and go to Swaziland, Mlilwane Wildlife Santuary. Mlilwane will be your base for you to while you explore the surrounding areas for the next two days. Explore Swaziland by bike tour, visit Mantenga Cultural Village (Africa’s best traditional cultural song and dance performances!). Do some ziplining or take a canopy tour in the Malolotja Reserve, visit Phophonyane Falls, Maguga Dam, Ngwempisis Rock Art, and old mining town of Bulembu.

Day 5-8: Hazyview via the Blyde Dam Loop, see world-renowned Blyde River Canyon and Lisbon Falls. Kruger National Park, where you begin your search for the Big Five: lion, leopard, African buffalo, African elephant and white rhino. Head to Musina, a small town close to the border of Zimbabwe.

Day 9-13: Leave South Africa for Zimbabwe, and end in town of Bulawayo, your base for exploring Matobo National Park. Depart Bulawayo and drive north to see spectacular Victoria Falls. Visit the Zambia side of the falls for another perspective and arrive at Livingstone. You can river-board, white-water raft, canoe, horseback ride, abseil, quad bike, kayak, or take a 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

Full version:

  • Length/Departs:  14 days / see site or call for current departs
  • Accommodation: Hotel, rondavel, tented camp
  • Price: approx. US$2,339
  • Difficulty: Easy

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

Condensed version:

  • Length/Departs:  13 days / see site or call for current departs
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Price: approx. US$1,199
  • Difficulty: Easy

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

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