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Crazy Circle of Life

Prices From: $2201 AUD
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Tour Code: GABZ
Tour Duration: 21
Countries Visited: Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Local Payment will not apply to tours (other than African tours) after December 31st 2012.


Fun animal facts:· The elephant’s closest living relative is a dassie - 70cm long, 3kg heavy and looks somewhat like a hamster.· A honey badger will attack its opponent’s testicles before any other body part.· A cheetah's feet don't touch the ground for more than half the time it’s running.(Was Botswana & Zimbabwe Adventure)

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Pretoria/Johannesburg

Fill in the day at Hatfield Square in Pretoria. Being close to the university means three things: Heaps of pubs, cheap food and drinks, loads of people looking for ways to avoid study.

Day 2-3: Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Maun

Rhinos have been around for 50 million years so they're used to people gawking at them. Then it's off to Maun (pronounced ma-ooon) to stock up on hats, sunscreen and scarves (for both the morning chill and the arvo sun).

Day 4-6: Okavango Delta Excursion - Maun

It's kind of like being in a gondola in Venice. Except you probably won't see hippos in Venice. Enjoy a cold beer back at camp tonight. And is it just us, or are the stars actually bigger out here?

Day 7-8: Chobe National Park (Botswana)

Elephants are the big stars here, and don't they know it. Parading around in big groups, showing off their cute babies and tearing down enormous trees limb by limb, the bloody big show-offs.

Day 9-10: Victoria Falls

The entrance fee is a bit steep, so make sure you've got cash on you. Once you're in, it's nice to get away from the touts and enjoy some peace and quiet. Well, except for the sound of 19 million cubic feet of water throwing itself over the edge every minute.

Day 11-12: Hwange National Park

If you look up 'goosebumps' in the dictionary you'll find a picture of you lying in your tent listening to a pride of lions roaring to one another across the plains in the middle of the night.

Day 13-14: Bulawayo

Big Cave Camp is surrounded by huge, gravity-defying granite boulders that look like they could topple over at any minute. But don't panic, it's just one of Mother Nature's clever little tricks, and it's what makes Matobo National Park so awesome.

Day 15: Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Could you build a 12m high wall using stones that are 6m thick without any mortar? Didn't think so. That's what makes these 11th century ruins so unbelievable. We'll camp nearby so you can hop up early to see the sun rising over them.

Day 16: Musina

Cue some Lion King on the iPod and watch sunrise over the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Head to South Africa for our night at Musina in an eco-tourism park.

Day 17-18: Kruger National Park

Elephant, giraffe, zebra, cape buffalo, antelope, white rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hippo, honey badger, crocodile, kudu, impala, endangered Cape hunting many can you spot?

Day 19-21: Blyde River Canyon - Pilgrim's Rest - Pretoria/Johannesburg

The Gods must've been crazy to come up with the Blyde River Canyon. It's the biggest green canyon in the world, with the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth and home to birds, fish and wildlife. You'll love it.

Tour Grade: Wildlife

Take your pick: hunt for tigers in northern India, listen to monkey chatter and birdsong in the jungles of Costa Rica and Peru or gawp at the Galapagos’ diversity. And of course, there's the big one: Africa. The names alone evoke images of wildlife: the Serengeti, Masai Mara, Kruger. And the reality’s even better. Africa’s got the lot, so go beyond the Big Five by hiking to close encounters with gorillas in Uganda’s forests, walking with lions at Zimbabwe’s Antelope Park, or canoeing past crocs on the Okavango Delta. From the Cape’s loveable penguins to Egypt’s loping camels, Africa’s animals await.

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- Geckos experienced English-speaking local safari leader, professional driver, and camp cook who will prepare all included meals.- Geckos specialist English-speaking local site guides in Hwange National Park, Matopos National Park and Chobe National Park.- Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with large opening windows for unrestricted game viewing (maximum of just 22 clients).- 15 nights camping in dome tents, with mosquito netting and a foam mattress provided. Camp sites include: inside Khama Rhino Sanctuary; in Maun and Kasane; at the Okavango Delta; in Victoria Falls Township; in Hwange National Park; in Kruger National Park; at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins; and at Graskop, on the edge of the highveld escarpment.- 3 nights bush camp inside Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta.- 2 nights in a basic lodge- 1 day in Khama Rhino Sanctuary, 3 days in the Okavango Delta, 1 day in Chobe National Park, 2 days in Hwange National Park, 1 day in Matopos National Park including a Rhino trek and 2 days in Kruger National Park (including all park entrance fees, where applicable).- Game drives in open 4WD vehicles in Matopos National Park, Hwange National Park and Chobe National Park.- 3 day excursion on the Okavango Delta by mokoro (dugout canoe) and on foot, guided by an expert poler from the Okavango Polers Trust.- Sightseeing of Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Blyde River Canyon and Pilgrim’s Rest.


20 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 18 dinners

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Tour Dates

Start DateEnd DatePrice
07 Mar 201327 Mar 2013$2483
11 Apr 201301 May 2013$1613
02 May 201322 May 2013$2738
06 Jun 201326 Jun 2013$2738
18 Jul 201307 Aug 2013$2738
08 Aug 201328 Aug 2013$2738
29 Aug 201318 Sep 2013$2738
19 Sep 201309 Oct 2013$2738
31 Oct 201320 Nov 2013$2738
21 Nov 201311 Dec 2013$2738
12 Dec 201301 Jan 2014$2738
09 Jan 201429 Jan 2014$2738
20 Feb 201412 Mar 2014$2483
13 Mar 201402 Apr 2014$2483
03 Apr 201423 Apr 2014$2738
15 May 201404 Jun 2014$2738
05 Jun 201425 Jun 2014$2738
26 Jun 201416 Jul 2014$2738

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