21 day Southern Circle. Johannesburg to Johannesburg

see a huge variety of animals

Experience the highlights of Southern Africa on this 24 day Southern Circle Overland Tour.

Summary of this Southern Circle Overland tour:

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Activities: Water birds, bungi jump, white water rafting or a variety of aircraft flips, canoeing.
  • Destinations: Johannesburg, Hazyview, Kruger National Park, South Africa, Nata, Chobe River Botswana. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Maputo, Inhambane, Vilanculos, Chimoio, Mozambique, Lake Malawi, Mulanje Massive, Malawi.

What you can expect from this 24 day Southern Circle Overland tour:

For those that wish to experience the highlights of Southern Africa with the convenience of flying in and out of Johannesburg. This tour will show you the best parts of 5 countries, and endeavours to highlight the contrasts that make up this region.

From the desert landscapes of Botswana to the lush forests of Zambia, the tea plantations of Malawi to the deserted beaches of Mozambique, you will experience built up cities and rural homesteads, good highways and dirt tracks.

This 24 day Southern Circle Overland Tour also concentrates on some of the finest Game Reserves in Africa, including Chobe, Luangwa and Kruger where you will see a huge variety of animals all in their natural environment.

Please Note:

For this tour, an open and flexible mind is essential to deal with the detours, delays and other inconveniences encountered in developing countries. Visas are required by all nationalities for Mozambique, and by some for Malawi and Zambia; these are the client's responsibility.

Seasonal precautions against malaria are advisable and are locally obtainable. A small daypack is advisable for the hike on Mulanje.  The recommended currency for this tour is the US Dollar, in small denominations.

Day 1: Johannesburg - Nata, Botswana

Departing from Johannesburg, you will head directly to the Botswana border. On completion of immigration formalities you will continue to Nata, an oasis-like camp on the edge of the vast Makgadigadi salt pans. Tonight you will familiarise yourself with the tour procedures over a catered meal (own expense). Camp the night.

Day 2: Chobe River, Botswana

This morning you will travel through the Chobe forest reserves up to the mighty Chobe River and adjoining National Park where huge herds of Elephant gather at the water. After an extensive afternoon game drive within the Chobe National Park, you will cross the border and head for Victoria Falls, to spend 3 nights in comfort at the Drifters Victoria Falls Inn. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 3 & 4 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

During your stay here you will view the spectacular Fall's and the other highlights of this 'Africa's Adventure Capital'. Those seeking adrenaline may wish to try the bungi jump, white water rafting or a variety of aircraft flips (own expense).

One night you will enjoy traditional dancing and a braai (barbeque) at the pool. On the last night you will eat at a local restaurant (own expense). Breakfast. Dinner.

Day 5: Kafue Camp, Zambia

Crossing the original railway bridge, you will have a last view of The Falls before entering Zambia.  Your journey today takes you through southern Zambia and then down into the Lower Zambezi Valley to Kafue, where you will camp the night. In the afternoon you can relax by the pool in preparation for the upcoming days of canoeing. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Days 6 - 8: Zambezi canoe

The Zambezi river needs little introduction, a mighty river winding its way through some of the best wilderness areas in Africa, this provides for what can only be described as the finest canoe adventure in the world.

What better way to see big game at close quarters than from a canoe. You will spend 2 nights camping wild on the banks of the river. On the third day you will be transferred by boat back to Kafue for a welcome shower and a catered meal (own expense). Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 9: Luangwa, Zambia

Reunited with the vehicle you will travel through the capital of Lusaka and then along the Great East Road to your next camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 10 & 11: Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Your next stop is the Luangwa National Park, where you will spend 2 nights camping on the banks of the river, well known for its impressive Hippo population. During your stay here you will partake in an extensive game drive in the park in search of the elusive Leopard and other species that make this park one of Africa's best. Optional night drive available. (own expense) Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 12 & 13: Lake Malawi, Malawi

Crossing into Malawi today, your first stop is Lilongwe, the capital. After stocking up with groceries and curios, you will continue to Lake Malawi, an impressive inland freshwater sea. The snorkeling is a highlight, as are the sandy beaches and friendly locals. You will spend 2 nights here, camping literally on the beach. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 14 & 15: Mulanje Massive, Malawi

Turning south, you will head for Mulanje, an impressive mountain of granite rising some 600 metres (1968.5 feet) above the surrounding forest and lush tea plantations. You will spend 2 nights camping at the base, and will enjoy a hike to the plateau from where the views are exceptional. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 16: Chimoio, Mozambique

Travelling via Blantyre, today you will enter Mozambique. Your journey takes you through the Tete corridor across the Zambezi River and alongside the mountains that form the border with Zimbabwe. You will camp wild tonight in the remote region of Chimoio. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 17: Vilanculos, Mozambique

Leaving the wilderness behind, today you will pass through the many vibrant and bustling villages en route to the coast. Your next stop is Vilanculos - on the shores of the warm azure Indian Ocean, overlooking the idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago. You will spend the night here in casitas, situated literally on the beach. Tonight you will enjoy a meal at a local restaurant (own expense). Breakfast. Lunch.

Days 18 - 20: Inhambane, Mozambique

Moving south along the coast, your next stop is the ancient trading port of  Inhambane. You will spend some time exploring and visiting the bustling local market before continuing to Drifters Barra Beach Camp under the Coconut Palms on the beach. 

You will enjoy 3 nights in relative comfort, staying in casitas at this camp and during your time here you will relax, snorkel, and soak up the sun whilst exploring the deserted beaches that Mozambique is so well known for. On the last night you will enjoy a catered meal (own expense) those who wish to have the options of scuba diving or horse riding on the beach (own expense). Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. 

Day 21: Maputo, Mozambique

Today you will cross vast coastal floodplains and drive through forests of cashew nuts towards the last stop in Mozambique - the capital Maputo. Breakfast. Lunch.

Day 22: Maputo, Mozambique - Kruger National Park, South Africa

Maputo boasts an interesting, almost Latino culture of street cafes and markets, and you will spend time this morning driving through and viewing these and the other attractions of this once grandiose city. This afternoon you will cross back into South Africa and make your way to the Kruger National Park to camp the night. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 23: Kruger National Park, Hazyview, South Africa

No visit to Africa would be complete without a visit to the Kruger National Park. You will spend the entire day viewing animals in this premier National Park, and in the late afternoon travel the short distance to the Drifters Hazyview Inn. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 24: Johannesburg, South Africa

A leisurely start today, after enjoying a walk on the property, you will make your way back to Johannesburg. You will arrive back at the Drifters Inn in the late afternoon. Breakfast.


  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Permits and park entry fees
  • Canoe trip
  • Most meals
  • Group equipment
  • Professional guide
  • Vic Falls Entry

Not Included:

  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Tips, curios and optional extras
  • Visas and taxes
  • Optional excursions

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