Backpackers Africa Tour

For those adventurous travelers wishing to experience Africa ‘without frills’, but still with a high degree of comfort. 14 nights / 15 days

2 nights in Victoria Falls at the Chundukwa River Lodge
4 nights at Oddballs Camp, in the heart of the Okavango Delta (subject to water levels, 2 nights can be spent on a mokoro trail, accompanied by your personal guide)
2 nights at Planet Baobab, with 1 night sleeping under the stars in the Kalahari Desert (dry season only)
1 night at The Safari Club close to Johannesburg Airport
5 nights at Casa Rex in Vilanculos on the tropical Mozambican Coast

14 nights: from US$4169 per person sharing
SAFARI ONLY (8 nights): from US$3071 per person sharing

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Chundukwa River Lodge:
Oddballs Camp:
Planet Baobab:
Casa Rex:

Day 1

Upon your arrival at Johannesburg International Airport you will be met by a member of the team and handed your travel documents. You will then take the connecting flight from Johannesburg to Livingstone in Zambia
On arrival at Livingstone Airport, you will be met by a representative of Chundukwa River Lodge and transferred to the lodge.

Situated about 25km upstream from Victoria Falls on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River, Chundukwa has created unique open-fronted chalets which blend naturally with the Waterberry trees that adorn the riverbanks. Each chalet is complete with a private bathroom and breathtaking views of the Zambezi River, Chundu Island opposite, and the Zambezi National park across the River. The Lodge is in a game area and sightings of hippo, elephant and other game are a common occurrence.

Chundukwa River Lodge accommodates just 10 people in 5 chalets overlooking the Zambezi.

Your stay at Chundukwa is fully inclusive of all meals and drinks, and also includes a sundowner boat cruise and tour of Victoria Falls (including entrance fee).

Day 2

Time for some fun! Enjoy any of the following activities, which can be pre-booked with Falcon-Safari or booked directly through Chundukwa River Lodge: White Water Rafting (Half or Full day), Elephant Back Safari, Full Day Canoeing, Half Day High Wire Adventure, 15 Minute Helicopter Flight, Jet Boat Safari, Horse Riding Safari, Night Drive, Walking Safari or Lion Encounter.

Day 3

After two exhilarating days at Victoria Falls, you will be collected at reception and transferred by car and ferry to Kasane Airport in Botswana (approx. 2 hours), where you will be met by your pilot and flown in a light aircraft to Oddballs Camp, a one hour flight that affords awesome views of the Okavango Delta below (have your camera ready!)

On arrival at the Oddballs airstrip you will be met by your personal guide, who will be looking after you during your stay at Oddballs. At Oddballs you will be accommodated in a 2mx2m domed tent, set on an elevated wooden platform overlooking the river.

After lunch (at Oddballs all your meals, teas and coffees are included in your tour, but you will be required to pay for additional drinks), you will go out with your guide for either a mokoro excursion or a walking safari.

Day 4 & 5

You will collect all your camping equipment and a hamper of food from the store (all included in your tour) and accompanied by your guide, you will go out on mokoro trail (subject to water levels). Your guide will find a suitable camping spot and assist you to set up camp, build a fire and prepare dinner.

An early morning wake-up, and after some coffee, an early morning walk in the Moremi Game Reserve, returning after about three hours for a hearty breakfast. During the heat of the day you can relax, and then after lunch another excursion by mokoro and on foot. Dining by the light of the campfire under the canopy of the ‘African Sky’ completes your day. If you are particularly energetic, you can go out on a longer walking safari, taking a picnic breakfast or lunch with you.

Walking safaris are truly one of the best ways to go out on safari, enabling you to be ‘at one’ with the environment, and obtain stunning views of both the wildlife and birdlife of the Okavango Delta. Your guide will be happy to track and stalk particular animals that you are interested in seeing.

Day 6

Another early morning safari, then return to Oddballs for lunch, and a rest before going out again for a mokoro excursion. You may also be interested in visiting the nearby village, where your guide will be proud to show you his home and introduce you to his family – a unique experience, especially if this is your first visit to Africa!

Day 7 & 8

After your four night stay at Oddballs Camp, you will take a light aircraft flight to Maun. From here you will be transferred by road to Planet Baobab on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the Kalahari Desert.

For the first night you will be accommodated in a rustic traditional Bakalanga hut under a canopy of indigenous trees. Your hut has every comfort, including private hot water showers and flush loos.

On your second night you will sleep outdoors in the salt pans, on a bedroll under the stars. This is always weather dependent, but if you are lucky you will overnight on Ntetwe Pan under the most spectacular night skies in the world!

Planet Baobab offers one of the most intriguing views of Africa, totally different to any other African destination. Your safaris will be on four wheel ‘quad’ motorcycles, and will take you deep into the pans where you will be able to visualize life as it existed tens of thousands of years ago.

Your stay at Planet Baobab is fully inclusive of all your meals, and activities include a baobab bush walk with sundowner drinks, a village visit with traditional lunch, a quad bike activity and overnight trip to Ntwetwe Pan with braai dinner, and a visit to the Meerkats.

Day 9

After breakfast you will return to Maun Airport in time for your scheduled Air Botswana, departing Maun at 15h00 and arriving in Johannesburg at 16h40.

You will spend the night in Johannesburg at the Safari Club, which is conveniently situated alongside the airport. Dinner will be at your own expense tonight, but a delicious breakfast buffet is included in your stay.

Day 10

After breakfast you will be shuttled back to Johannesburg Airport (10 minutes) for your flight to Vilanculos in Mozambique (approx. 2 hours).

You will be met at Vilanculos Airport and transferred to Casa Rex, an intimate hotel with only 13 rooms.

Reminiscent of a gracious era, its buildings encompassed in lush gardens, Casa Rex overlooks the southern-central section of Vilanculos Bay.

Accommodation is charming, decorated in an individual style with an emphasis in the lounge and dining areas on custom-crafted wood furniture and fittings.

With bathroom en-suite, all rooms have a cool breeze & offer a striking view of the bay. For maximum comfort, mosquito nets are hung and windows are fitted with shutters against the occasional rain shower.

Days 11 – 14

The Bazaruto Archipelago is made up of several tropical islands and includes some awesome reefs which are home to a diverse array of marine life. As a result, there are a host of water sports available in the area including world class deep sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling.

The renowned a la carte restaurant offers guests a magnificent array of fresh seafood dishes and both local and imported wines. Sip sundowners on the terrace or refresh yourself in the swimming pool overlooking the harbour – the perfect way to end the day ….or to begin one!

Vilanculos’ prime location as the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago provides access to superb beaches, lagoons and coral reefs, making for perfect diving, goggling and snorkeling, underwater photography, deep sea fishing, surfing, wind-surfing, yachting & dhow excursions.

Day 15

After five nights at Casa Rex, you will be transferred back to Vilanculos Airport in time to catch your return flight at 13h45, arriving in Johannesburg at 16h30.


Included in the Tour Price:

Victoria Falls
Meet and Greet at Johannesburg Airport
Scheduled Flight Johannesburg to Livingstone in Victoria Falls
Road transfer from Livingstone Airport to Chundukwa River Lodge
2 night’s accommodation at Chundukwa River Lodge
All meals and drinks whilst in camp
An evening sundowner boat cruise
A tour of the Victoria Falls, including entrance fee

Oddballs Camp
Road and ferry transport to Kasane Airport in Botswana
Light aircraft flight from Kasane to Oddballs private airstrip
4 night’s accommodation at Oddballs, including 2 nights on Mokoro Trail (subject to water levels)
All meals: Breakfast, Luncheon and Dinner
All camping equipment whilst on Mokoro Trail, except sleeping bags
All excursions into the Moremi Game Reserve by mokoro and walking safaris
Park Fees, Resource Royalty and 10% Botswana VAT

Planet Baobab
Light Aircraft flight to Maun
Road transfer to Planet Baobab
1 night in a traditional bakalanga hut with en-suite shower and toilet
1 night in a ‘scratch camp’ under the stars at Ntetwe Pan

Day 1: baobab bush walk with sundowner drinks
Day 2: village visit with traditional lunch, a quad bike activity and overnight trip to Ntwetwe Pan with braai dinner
Day 3: A visit to the Meerkats

Road transfer to Maun
Air Botswana Flight to Johannesburg

1 night’s accommodation at the Safari Club on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Return Airport shuttle transfers
Scheduled flight from Johannesburg to Vilanculos
Transfer to Casa Rex
5 night’s accommodation in a premium en-suite room on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Transfer to Vilanculos Airport
Scheduled return flight to Johannesburg

NOT included in the Tour Price:

Air transport from your point of debarkation to and return from Johannesburg
Visas and Visa fees that may be in force at the time of travel
Curios and Items of a personal nature

Victoria Falls
National Park Fees (may be applicable depending on activities chosen)

Oddballs Camp
Beverages (other than teas & coffees)
Sleeping Bag for Mokoro Trail (available to hire)

Planet Baobab
Beverages, unless otherwise stated

The Safari Club
Meals and Beverages, other than Breakfast

Casa Rex
Meals and Beverages, other than Breakfast

EMAIL US – for a quotation for your dates