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19 Day Ultimate African Safari

19 Day Ultimate African Safari

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader who will accompany you throughout the tour. If your trip includes multiple countries, you will be met by a new tour leader in each country and any internal flights included will be unescorted.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group
Small Group Tour
1,159 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Small group safari experiences, up to 14 guests only
✓ Thrilling game drives through Hwange, Chobe, Moremi, Okavango Delta & South Africa’s Kruger
✓ Witness the thundering power of Victoria Falls
✓ 18 nights boutique hotels, lodge accommodation and safari camps with private facilities
✓ Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
✓ Breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 13 dinners
✓ Internal flights from Kruger National Park to Maun, and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg with airport transfers
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transport throughout
✓ Escorted through Botswana and Zimbabwe by expert, English-speaking guides
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport or Similar

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, make your way to the airport shuttle bay located just outside the terminal behind the Intercontinental Hotel to take the free shuttle bus to your hotel where after check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure. 

Arrival airport transfers are included as part of your package. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Please note: if you are arriving early and have made your own arrangements prior to your tour commencing, airport transfers will not be included. However, if you are purchasing pre-nights accommodation as part of your Inspiring Vacations package, airport transfers will still be provided to the starting hotel.

 

Hotel
Maqueda Lodge or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

This morning at 7am you will be met at the hotel by a local representative and transferred by road to your lodge.  Journey time will be approximately 4 ½ hours. 

On arrival, you will be greeted by a lodge representative, checked into your room and be given a briefing of your safari program for the next two days. 

Maqueda Lodge is a small family owned boutique lodge on the outskirts of the park – so close to the world-famous Kruger National Park that guests frequently hear lions and other animals calling. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the African bush, it is not unusual to see giraffe and zebra roaming about the grounds and it is possible to walk unaccompanied to the Kruger fence line where you may see a variety of animals within Kruger come down to the Crocodile River. 

In the afternoon, before the sun sets in the African bushveld, you will meet your expert safari guide in the lodge lobby before heading out into the Kruger National Park. Hopefully you will get to see the great predators like the leopard, cheetah, wild dogs and of course, the mighty lion.

Tonight, enjoy dinner back at your eco lodge.

Hotel
Maqueda Lodge or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

This morning enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before we head out for a full day game drive through Kruger National Park. Visiting waterholes, and with local guides equipped with all the knowledge and experience of travelling the park, you will enjoy another stunning day in one of the best national parks in the country.

Hotel
Thamalakane River Lodge or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer from your safari lodge to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in time to board your flight to Maun.

On arrival into Maun International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your lodge. Thamalakane River Lodge is located on the banks of the Thamalakane River outside of Maun en route to the famous Okavango Delta.  The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available at the Lodge.

Tonight at 6pm, meet your fellow travellers and guide in the hotel lobby to commence the group touring portion of your trip. Your guide will provide a detailed tour briefing and what to expect over the next two weeks.

Hotel
Guma Lagoon Camp or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning after breakfast we head to Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. 

After checking into our safari camp, we enjoy an included dinner before a day of adventure tomorrow.

Hotel
Guma Lagoon Camp or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is spent exploring the network of water pathways through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. We have the opportunity to stop at a secluded island to take an hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise.

Return to safari camp for another included dinner to reflect on a great day of safari.

Hotel
Mogogelo Camp or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we head south travelling via Maun to our camp which is situated in a private concession in the Greater Moremi area. This large area is renowned for its concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during just one game drive. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year you may see different species in different areas. 

Our accommodation for the next three days to experience Botswana’s finest game viewing areas is an unfenced, mobile bush camp closely located to Moremi Game Reserve. Twelve safari tents under Acacia trees, alongside a homely communal dining area is the perfect way to experience the surrounding wildlife.

Hotel
Mogogelo Camp or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, another full day on game drives await. On an open 4x4 vehicle we will explore the Greater Moremi area on both morning and afternoon game drives, including a night drive after dinner in which we hopefully see some rare nocturnal animals.

Hotel
Mogogelo Camp or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve.

Hotel
Nata Lodge or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans, leaving the bush behind us. Once a large river fed lake which has now become saline and empty. This area incorporates a multitude of salt pans and vast grass plains dotted by palm islands and forms the Great Makgadikgadi which comprises the largest area of salt pans in the world, covering some 37,000 square km overall. We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure.

Hotel
Chobe Safari Lodge or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, which offers us the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans. After breakfast, we continue our journey north to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephants found on the African continent. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool.

Hotel
Chobe Safari Lodge or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

First up this morning, we enter Chobe National Park itself for a spectacular game drive. After returning to the lodge for a late breakfast, we enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe River mid afternoon. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up close photo opportunities.

Hotel
Elephant’s Eye Tented Camp or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we depart Botswana and make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and onto our lodge located in a private concession near Hwange National Park, where we will spend the next three nights in this wildlife-rich area. This afternoon you can partake in an optional game drive if time allows.

Hotel
Elephant’s Eye Tented Camp or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Over the following two days, we will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to massive herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffes. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife.

Hotel
Elephant’s Eye Tented Camp or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we enjoy another day of game drives in Hwange National Park. We will also visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect these endangered species. During your stay, you can engage with the anti-poaching unit. Guests will learn what motivates these conservation warriors and can ask them any burning questions.

Hotel
Shearwater Explorer Village or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast we head back towards Victoria Falls. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls.

Hotel
Shearwater Explorer Village or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast today, you can explore Victoria Falls at leisure, including the town itself which hosts a range of activities from adventure to cultural experiences. This afternoon, we enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

Hotel
Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight to Johannesburg. After arriving, take the free shuttle bus to your hotel. Your evening will be at leisure.

Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, take the free airport transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

Departure transfers are included as part of your package. You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport to meet your flight. 

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Inclusions

  • All internal Africa flights in economy class
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Johannesburg
  • 16 nights boutique lodge accommodation
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
  • Daily breakfast, 8 lunches & 13 dinners
  • Game drives through the Hwange, Chobe, Okavango & Kruger National Park
  • Incredible sightseeing including all entry fees as per the the itinerary
  • Independant touring with included game drives in Kruger National Park (days 1-3) 
  • Fully escorted by professional, English-speaking guide through Botswana and Zimbabwe (days 4 - 17)
  • Dedicated 4×4 safari vehicle transportation for all game drives

  • Victoria Falls - Tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - “the smoke that thunders”.
  • Chobe National Park - Travel Chobe which has one of the greatest concentrations of elephants found on the African continent.
  • Chobe National Park - Go on a spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park.
  • Chobe National Park - Cruise on the Chobe River spot game by the river banks.
  • Hwange National Park - Visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect this endangered species.
  • Hwange National Park - Enjoy a full day game drive in this iconic park.
  • Makgadikgadi Pans - Spend time exploring some of the largest saltpans in the world.
  • Makgadikgadi Pans - Search for the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats.
  • Okavango Delta - Travel to the Moremi Reverse. Ranked as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa.
  • Okavango Delta - Experience both night and day game safaris in the Moremi Reserve.
  • Kruger National Park - Game drives in the most famous game park in Africa.

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $1,160.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $2,319.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

If you book pre and/or post-tour accommodation on your own arrangement, and the tour includes transfers, note that these will be forfeited. The transfers are only provided in line with the tour dates and pre and/or post-tour accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations when available.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Travelling in Africa
Travelling by road in Africa can include some long travel days.  Road quality can vary from comfortable sealed roads to rough & bumpy dirt roads.  Distances covered can be in excess of 300 km (180 miles) per day or more than 6 hours journey time, subject to the road conditions.    

Luggage
Due to limited storage capacity of your safari vehicle, we ask that luggage is kept to a manageable amount in a small soft bag – 15kg (33 pounds) max. Hard suitcases are not suitable.  It is also recommended to bring a day pack for use throughout the day.

Fitness Requirements 
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a '3'

3 – Moderate tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

For our guests are above the age of 65 years, we require the medical declaration document to be signed by a medical practitioner confirming that the guests are fit (both physically and emotionally) to travel.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry and is a welcome way to show your appreciation. If you feel that your guide/s and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

The suggested tipping amounts for Africa is AUD$5-7 per person per day for the guide and AUD$3 per person person day for your driver, to be paid in either local currency or USD, so you will need to convert your currency depending on your preference. Please note that this information is to be used as a guideline only and is subject to change based on the recommendations that we receive from our ground operator. Tipping is not compulsory and should be done at your discretion.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional $1,935.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name.

Triple Share
Not available.

Tour Length
The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return.

Inspiring Vacations is not responsible for delays or missed portions of the holiday package resulting from incorrect travel documents or visas, or for denial of entry for not having the appropriate visa or valid passport.

  • South Africa & Botswana - no visa required for most passport holders
  • Zimbabwe - you will be required to obtain a Kaza Visa. This is valid for 30 days. Visa is obtained upon arrival at Livingstone Airport (Zambia) or Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwe) or the Kazungula land border (Botswana), depending on your entry point. The cost of the visa is USD$50 and is valid for 30 days as long as you stay within Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/entry-requirements-country.html for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.

Group Size
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 14

Children
Children must be 12 years old or above (subject to confirmation) and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Age Limits
Due to the physical nature of this trip and the remote locations visited, there is an age limit of 80 years. Every client over the age of 65 is required to submit a medical certificate or self-declaration of medical fitness before the start of the tour (please request this form from your travel consultant). 

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

  • International airfares
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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