Contact No:+27 (0)82 497 5330 USA : 18442283527 UK : 03308083851 Email: Info@live4africa.com
Duration: 2 weeks
Location: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana
Price: 2018 Rates from ZAR 26,500 plus USD 1,420 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on day of departure.
Book Now!

Starts: Johannesburg, South Africa

Ends: Johannesburg, South Africa

Group size: Max 12

Tour Code: AA09

Duration: 14 days

2018 Rates: ZAR 26,500 plus USD 1,420 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on day of departure

Single Supplement :  Applicable

Safari Vehicle Type: Minibus, overland vehicle, 4×4 open safari vehicle, river cruise boat, Mokoro. Maximum group size: 12 passengers

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The Southern African Magic offers an adventure holiday taking in some of southern Africa’s most popular and memorable highlights. Tried and tested over many years the tour offers very good value for money with new and exciting experiences each day, connecting you to the grass roots of Africa. Following your arrival in the City of Gold, (Johannesburg), the journey includes breath-taking scenery views and wildlife of Kruger, Matobo and Chobe National Parks, to the feeling of Zambezi river spray thundering out of the Batoka Gorge at Victoria Falls, to the quiet tranquillity of the Okavango Delta. This two week adventure covers a range of landscapes, a variety of game-parks and a breadth of experiences to introduce you to Africa’s depth and variety, showing you the ‘magic’ of southern Africa – an area rich in culture, beauty and background. This is one of our most popular open age Small Group tours, with departures all year round. It is an excellent introduction to this wonderful continent.

  • Highlights of this popular tour includes:
    Blyde River Canyon
    Kruger NP, Game Drives
    Polokwane Game Reserve Game Walk
    Motobo National Park Game Drive
    Victoria Falls Visit
    Victoria Falls Zambezi Sunset Cruise
    Chobe National Park Sunset Cruise
    Chobe National Park Game Drive
    Okavango Delta Excursion – Mokoro/Walking Safari
    Gweta Village Walk
    Khama Rhino Sanctuary Game Drive

     

  • 14 Days Southern Magic Budget Accommodated Adventure:

    Day 1 – Johannesburg – Hoedspruit – Kruger National Park
    Distance travelled:
    +/-460 km
    Approx driving time:
    10-11 Hours

    Departing from South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, we drive across the scenic Mpumalanga province and enjoy the spectacular mountain vistas. We stop at the Blyde River Canyon to view the odd looking Three Rondavels rock formations and enjoy the crisp air and picturesque views. The Blyde River Canyon is revered as an unusual sight owing to the fact that it is a ‘wet’ canyon, making it different from the wind-carved dry canyons found in desert regions elsewhere. After lunch we continue our journey making our way to accommodations, set in attractive gardens situated an hour or so drive from Kruger National Park. After dinner relax and enjoy the first night on tour.
    Accommodation: Nsele Lodge or similar (Twin share room with en-suite facilities)
    Meals included:
    Dinner
    WIFI:
    No
    Optional Activities: Nil

    Day 2 – Hoedspruit – Kruger National Park
    Approx driving time:
    Full day with game drives

    Waking early we board 4×4 game viewing vehicles for an intense but rewarding day in Kruger National Park. Your professional guide will point out items or interest as we go and we hope will help the day to be a wonderful opportunity to learn something of the varied and world renowned Kruger. The park is home to over 505 species of birds and 148 species of mammals as well as good numbers of reptiles and abundant flora. The park has a good network of roads allowing relatively easy access – essential given its size – but has clear rules about encroaching on the animals’ space ensuring conservation is given a high priority, which perhaps helps explain why Kruger is held in such high regard amongst travellers worldwide. We game drive morning and afternoon with a break during the middle of the day to enjoy the peace of the rest camp and wait out the hottest part of the day (when wildlife is usually less active). If you have questions about the wildlife you see, or about the park itself, please feel free to ask your resident guide who will be happy to explain the ins and outs of animal behaviour and other interesting sights in Kruger. Eventually we leave the park to return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation: Nsele Lodge (Twin share room with ensuite facilities)
    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
    WIFI: No
    Optional Activities: Nil

    Day 3 – Hoedspruit – Polokwane
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 320 km
    Approx driving time:
    7-8 Hours

    After breakfast we leave the Kruger area and travel across undulating country-side to the northern town of Polokwane. The journey takes us over some beautiful scenic mountain passes and through flourishing citrus plantations of nestled along the valleys of the Limpopo Province. Previously known as the Northern Province, this is a land of myths and legends and is also highly rated as a Southern Africa Eco-tourism destination. Arriving in Polokwane, we enter the nearby Game Reserve and set out on foot to explore (we recommend sensible footwear). There are over 21 species of mammals, in this reserve including white rhino and some 200 species of birds. It is a very different game viewing experience to Kruger equally rewarding. Being on foot may allow us closer views of some of the gentler animals of the reserve. We eventually make our way to our accommodations nearby.
    Accommodation: Boma in the bush or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)
    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
    WIFI: No
    Optional Activities: Nil

    Day 4 – Polokwane – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 600 km
    Approx driving time:
    10 Hours

    This morning we make our way north crossing out of South Africa and into Zimbabwe. Immigration formalities at the busy Beitbridge border may be lengthy, as this is South Africa’s busiest land border, but once completed we continue to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and wide open spaces. The area around the city offers much in the way of historical, geological and natural interest. Several national parks are nearby including the well known Matobo (sometimes written Matopos) which we shall visit. Our accommodation for the evening is in a quiet garden setting on the outskirts of town.
    Accommodation: Travellers Guest House or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)
    Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
    WIFI: Yes

    Day 5 – Bulawayo – Matobo National Park
    Approx driving time:
    Game Drives & Wilderness Walk – halfday

    We rise early to meet our guides for our visit and game drive into Matobo. Situated a short distance outside of Bulawayo, the wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual significance to the indigenous people here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and if conditions are suitable, guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places for a close view of these magnificent animals. The park also has dense populations of the elusive leopard and black eagle and we shall hope to glimpse either (or both) at some point during the day. The Matobo hills are also the location of the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, the 19th century colonialist. The grave is not visited as part of the half day park visit but can be seen on the full day upgrade (arranged locally).
    Accommodation: Travellers Guest House or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    WIFI: Yes
    Optional Activities: Upgrade to full day tour including historical tour and village tour for USD 40

    Day 6 – Bulawayo – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 450 km
    Approx driving time:
    8 Hours

    Departing Bulawayo, we continue north to Victoria Falls. This can be a frustrating day ‘on the road’ because there is little of interest en route and at time of print (July 2016) the road has multiple police checks. Your patience while your tour leader deals with the formalities each time is much appreciated. We usually arrive to Victoria Falls by early afternoon. This is a relatively small town built along the southern banks of the Zambezi River and is Zimbabwe’s primary tourist centre. The Victoria Falls themselves are only a short walk and the town has a variety of markets, shops, cafes within easy distance. Your tour leader will arrange a briefing to explain the numerous optional excursions typically available here and you will have some free time to wander around. Later we visit the Victoria Falls National Park itself to witness one of Africa’s most enduring sights (NB: depending on time available, we may do this the following morning). Please take care when wandering along the pathways inside the reserve – the Falls are almost 100 metres deep and the drops are sheer! We end our day joining a peaceful sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Soak up the African ambience with drink in hand as you cruise slowly up and down and look out for elephant, buffalo, buck, hippo and birdlife along the shallow muddy banks of one of Africa’s great rivers. Eventually we return to our accommodation for overnight or to try some of the local nightlife.
    Accommodation: Sprayview Hotel or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    WIFI: Yes
    Optional Activities (prices are guide only): Bungy jumping USD 160, Full day abseil USD 180,  Gorge swing USD 95, Zambezi jet boat and cable car USD 120, Full day canoe US$110, Full day white water rafting USD 160, Helicopter flights From USD 170, half day fishing USD 145, Bridge Tour USD 65, Bike Tour USD 65.

    Day 7 – Chobe National Park – Gweta

    Today is at leisure giving you the opportunity to explore and Victoria Falls. The Zambezi boasts one of the world’s highest rated rivers for white river rafting with its many challenging rapids. Alternative options include canoeing, scenic flights, bungi or (more relaxed) afternoon tea at the colonial styled Victoria Falls Hotel.
    Accommodation:
    Sprayview Hotel or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)
    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    WIFI:
    Yes
    Optional Activities:
    See list on day 6

    Day 8 – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Chobe National Park, Botswana
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 90 km
    Approx driving time:
    2 Hours

    From Victoria Falls we travel the short distance to the Botswana border and cross into the small town of Kasane, and on to our lodge. This afternoon we head out onto a game drive and boat cruise in the Chobe National Park. Chobe is widely known for its populations of elephant, but the park also contains lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe and a host of antelope and birdlife. The Chobe floodplains and Chobe River provide a sensitive eco system which attracts much of the wildlife of the region especially in the dry season when it is not uncommon to see between 500 and 2000 elephants on the floodplains at one time. One highlight of Chobe is the combination of wildlife, birdlife and reptiles seen along the banks of the Chobe River. We take the afternoon cruise for a unique perspective of riverside wildlife. This evening we relax and overnight at the lodge.
    Accommodation: Thebe Safari Lodge or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)
    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
    WIFI: Yes
    Optional Activities: Nil

    Day 9 – Chobe National Park – Gweta
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 450 km
    Approx driving time:
    6.5 Hours

    Following breakfast, we depart for Gweta. Driving south we may be lucky to encounter elephant or buffalo alongside (or on) the road, often strays to the migratory herds which roam freely throughout the area in search of pasture and water. We stop in the small settlement of Nata for lunch or snack before continuing to Gweta where you have the opportunity to explore the Salt Pans in an optional 4×4 safari. Alternatively try the (also optional) Baobab Forest tour. The night is spent at the lodge.
    Accommodation: Gweta Lodge or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)
    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
    WIFI: No
    Optional Activities: Nxai Pans Sundowner 4×4 trip USD 60, Baobab Forest Sundowners USD 35

    Day 10 – Gweta – Maun
    Distance travelled:
    +/-250 Km
    Approx driving time:
    4 Hours

    After an early breakfast we join a guided walk through a local Tswana village to learn something of the life of the community, from schools and doctors to trading and traditions. We then depart and head west to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun has experienced rapid growth in recent years and is a bustling provincial centre. Options here include scenic flights but our first priority is to prepare for our excursion into the Okavango Delta. Our accommodation in Maun is simple guesthouse/lodge/hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to relax with a cool beverage and pack for the Delta excursion for the following day.
    Accommodation: Delta Rain’s Sitatunga Camp or similar (Twin share rooms with en-suite facilities)
    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
    WIFI: No
    Optional Activities: Nil

    Day 11 – Maun –Okavango Delta
    Distance travelled:
    +/-60 km
    Approximate driving time:
    2 Hours

    Heading out early after breakfast we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta. The first part of the journey is by 4×4 over rough sandy paths to the ‘mokoro’ station, where the river level reaches. Here we are introduced to the local Tswana ‘polers’, our guides for the excursion and transfer our luggage and equipment to the mokoros (dug-out canoes). We travel by these shallow canoes amongst giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels to our camp on the edge of the Okavango. From our camp we venture out on guided walk in search of some of the prolific birdlife and larger mammals that inhabit the reserve. The whole area is a natural wetland spreading over some 1,600,000ha of northern Botswana offering a perfect habitat for the wildlife that roams here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (far to the north) and flows south dividing repeatedly to form an intricate floodplain of channels and swamps which then spreads out into a broad flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and for many people the feeling of being at camp overnight is an unforgettable experience.
    Accommodation: Elephant Camp – Twin share pre-erected tents with en-suite facilities (basic-style bucket shower & toilet)
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    WIFI: No
    Optional Activities: Nil

    Day 12 – Okavango Delta – Maun
    Distance Travelled:
    +/-60 km
    Approximate driving time:
    2 Hours

    This morning we explore the surrounds on a nature walk where you have the thrilling experience of being out in the natural wilderness. This is a great way to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness and enjoy nature as it wakes for the day. After the bush we enjoy breakfast and then pack up again onto our mokoros, leaving nothing behind but footprints. Returning to our 4×4 and bidding our polers farewell, we return to Maun. The afternoon offers the opportunity to join the guide for a trip into town for a little shopping. Another popular activity here is an optional scenic flight over the ‘Delta’ for a bird’s eye view of th wilderness you have just explored by mokoro and on foot. Prices depend on number of people interested but seeing the vastness of the Okavango from the air gives a further appreciation of the beauty of this part of Africa. We return to our lodge for dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation: Delta Rain’s Sitatunga Camp or similar (Twin share rooms with en-suite facilities)
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    WIFI: No
    Optional Activities: Okavango Delta scenic flight per 5-seater plane – (45 min flight time) USD 500

    Day 13 – Maun – Khama Rhino Sanctuary
    Distance travelled:
    +/-700 km
    Approx driving time:
    11-12 Hours

    Another early rise for our long journey skirting the greater Kalahari, where we may glimpse in the distance the vast salt pans of central Botswana to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary which we normally reach by late afternoon. In 1989 a group of local people wished to convert the Serowe Pan, previously a hunting area, into a conservation region for the rhino that inhabited the area. The ‘Pan’ was chosen because of its rhino-friendly habitat (and for its proximity to the Botswana Defence Force base for 24 hour protection against poachers). Khama is a prime habitat for white rhino, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe and with its community based wildlife project, allows the local people to benefit fro tourism. We take a game drive to catch sight of some of the rhino with guides often pointing up interesting facts about the local fauna and flora. Our last night on safari is spent at a nearby hotel for dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation: Kwa nokeng or similar (Twin share room with en-suite facilities)
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    WIFI: Yes
    Optional Activities: Nil

    Day 14 – Martins Drift – Johannesburg, South Africa
    Distance travelled: +/- 400 Km
    Approx driving time: 6 Hours

    Our last morning sees us joining the main route along Martin’s Drift border post. Crossing the mighty Limpopo River into South Africa, we take in the scenic views and notice changes to vegetation, infrastructure and populated areas. We arrive in Johannesburg where our tour ends normally by mid to late afternoon
    Accommodation: Not Included
    Meals included: Breakfast
    Wifi: Nil
    Optional Activities: Nil

    Optional Activities:
    In order to give you maximum flexibility on tour we offer a number of optional activities on the tour. To help budget, approximate prices are listed below (in USD unless otherwise stated. All prices subject to change and availability).

    Botswana:
    Okavango Delta Flight (5-7 Seated plane and 45 gameflight time) – price is per plane – from USD 500
    Nxai pans 4×4 sundowners trip – USD 60
    Baobab Forest Sundowners – USD 35

    Zimbabwe:
    Matobo National Park full day tour upgrade  – USD 40
    Gorge Swing – USD 95
    White water rafting – USD 160
    Full day canoe – USD 150
    Helicopter 13 Min – USD 165
    3 Hour Bike Tour – USD 65
    Half Day Adrenaline – USD 135

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
    TOUR STYLE: Small Group – Twin Share Accommodated

    WHAT’S INCLUDED: Tour highlights, transport, accommodation, meals as indicated, services of an English speaking driver tour leader.

    WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED: Visas, travel insurance, flights, airport transfers, optional activities, laundry, gratuities, passport & visa fees, items of a personal nature.

    SAFARI PASS: This small group tour has a Safari Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour) and forms part of your overall tour cost. This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, which is paid before travel, and is paid in the currency listed on the website (usually US dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes). The Safari Pass covers selected park entries, activities and excursions and some accommodation along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier. The purpose of the separate payment is to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

    ACCOMMODATION: Selected lodges with en-suite facilities and one night at a tented camp with basic en suite facilities in the Okavango Delta. Most lodges are situated in comfortable and picturesque locations with a pool, restaurant and bar.

    TRANSPORT: Minibus, overland vehicle, 4×4 open safari vehicle, river cruise boat, Mokoro. Maximum group size: 12 passengers (please note vehicles are not air conditioned).

  • DATES:                                                                                             

    January 2018:

         Start      Johannesburg on Fridays           End               Johannesburg on Fridays
    Departure Date: End Date:
    06/01/18 19/01/18
    20/01/18 02/02/18

    February 2018:

    Departure Date: End Date:
    03/02/18 16/02/18
    17/02/18 02/03/18

    March 2018:

    Departure Date: End Date:
    03/03/18 16/03/18
    17/03/18 30/03/18
    31/03/18 13/04/18

    April 2018:

    Departure Date: End Date:
    14/04/18 27/04/18
    28/04/18 11/05/18

     May 2018:

     Departure Date: End Date:
     12/05/18 25/05/18
     26/05/18  08/06/18

    June 2018:

    Departure Date: End Date:
    09/06/18 22/06/18
    16/06/18 29/06/18
    23/06/18 06/07/18
    30/06/18 13/07/18

     July 2018:

    Departure Date: End Date:
     07/07/18 20/07/18
     14/07/18 27/07/18
     21/07/18 03/08/18
     28/07/18 10/08/18

    August 2018:

    Departure Date: End Date:
    04/08/18 17/08/18
    11/08/18 24/08/18
    18/08/18 31/08/18
    25/08/18 07/09/18

    September 2018:

     Departure Date: End Date:
     01/09/18  14/09/18
     08/09/18  21/09/18
     15/09/18 28/09/18
     22/09/18  05/10/18
    29/09/18 12/10/18

    October 2018:

    Departure Date: End Date:
    06/10/18 19/10/18
    13/10/18 26/10/18
    20/10/18 02/11/18
    27/10/18 09/11/18

    November 2018:

    Departure Date: End Date:
    03/11/18 16/11/18
    10/11/18 23/11/18
    17/11/18 30/11/18
    24/11/18 07/12/18

    December 2018:

    Departure Date: End Date:
    08/12/18 21/12/18
    22/12/18 04/01/19

    RATES:
    2018 Rates from ZAR 26,500 plus USD 1,420 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on day of departure
    Single supplement: Applicable

  • This tour starts in Johannesburg. The pre-departure meeting is held at 18:00 on the evening prior to departure. The tour departs at 07:00 on day 1 and ends in Johannesburg on day 14.

    Meeting point in Johannesburg, South Africa: Safari Club SA
    Tour start time: 07:00 on day 1
    Tour Finish point: Johannesburg, South Africa
    Tour end time: Late afternoon/early evening on day 14