'Big 5' Game viewing experiences in Zimbabwe's and South Africa's premier National Parks 'Hwange' and 'Kruger'. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Mozambique. Wander around the ancient Zimbabwe Ruins and enjoy a game drive and walk with the Rhino's at Matobo National Park before arriving to Victoria Falls, one of the nature 7 wonders of the world.
This safari is also available in reverse starting in Victoria Falls and ending in Johannesburg.
Day 1. Johannesburg to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing .From Johannesburg - South Africa’s commercial capital - we travel via Mpumalanga with its beautiful scenery and mountainous views to the Panorama Route and South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park.
Day 2. Hazyview to Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.Rising early, we board our open 4x4 safari vehicles ready for our full day game drive. Kruger is home to the 'Big 5' - lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and buffalo as well as over 505 species of birds which we enthusiastically search for during the morning and afternoon.
Day 3. Hazyview to Xai Xai, MozambiqueToday we head for Mozambique! Completing formalities at the border post we enter into Mozambique and make our way to Xai Xai, the capital of Gaza Province and situated on the banks of the Limpopo River.
Day 4. Xai Xai to Tofo, InhambaneFollowing the rural coastline, we arrive at our beach resort at Tofo, Inhambane where we will spend the next two nights.
Day 5. Tofo, Inhambane Highlights. Inhambane, Mozambique.Today is at leisure to enjoy the local tropical beaches and the many activities on offer. There are some exciting bars and restaurants in the area - sample the local cuisine and the local beer (called ‘2M’) or else simply relax alongside the water's edge with a good book.
Day 6. Tofo, Inhambane to Vilanculos Highlights. Vilanculos, Mozambique.Leaving Inhambane we take the scenic coastal route arriving at Vilankulo (or Vilanculos), some 500km south of Beira and the Gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago.
Day 7. Vilanculos Highlights. Magaruque Island, Vilanculos, Mozambique.Rising early, we board a traditional wooden dhow boat and set sail to Magaruque Island, the third Island in the archipelago and the closest to Vilanculos. Here you can enjoy a walk along the white beaches and dunes and enjoy the views and then snorkel in crystal turquoise waters. Alternatively simply enjoy lazing on the powdery-white, deserted beaches.
Day 8. Vilanculos to Bandula AreaToday we leave the coast and head inland to the Bandula area near the Chicamba Dam. Our campsite is located within a 550-hectare conservancy. Closeby there is a local environmental centre that aims to educate the local school children about the importance of conserving the local fauna and flora.
Day 9. Bandula Area to Masvingo, Zimbabawe Highlights. Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Zimbabwe.Departing early in the morning and cross the border into Zimbabwe and continue to the small town of Masvingo where we set up camp.
Day 10. Masvingo to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Highlights. Bulawayo.We continue our adventure through beautiful Zimbabwe travelling to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city.
Day 11. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.Transferring from our truck into smaller 4x4 game viewing vehicles we are accompanied by a local guide into the nearby Matobo National Park. Here we explore the park and surrounding hills and we may be lucky enough to leave the vehicle and track some of the wild animals on foot.
Day 12. Bulawayo to Hwange National Park Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.From Bulawayo we head to Zimbawe's oldest national Park - Hwange.
Day 13. Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls Highlights. Victoria Falls National Park.We embark on the final leg of the journey into the small town of Victoria Falls nestled on the edge of the Zambezi River. First stop is visiting the Victoria Falls themselves and we explore the paths along the edge of the gorge where the Zambezi plunges some 100 metres. Its truly an awe inspiring site.
Day 14. Victoria FallsAfter breakfast this morning our journey comes to an end but we recommend spending some extra time in the area to enjoy some of what is on offer.
Saba Lodge is selectively chosen as it boasts of quality and comfort as well as being conveniently located. Within 15 minutes drive of O.R Tambo Airport, this establishment offers clients a taste of what their African adventure will entail. Set on 8000 square metres of land, with a tranquil rustic theme, a large deck and swimming pool, free uncapped fibre optic wifi, guests are sure to enjoy their stay. Rooms - single, dorm, family and twin/double en-suite rooms available. Breakfast and airport transfer available.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. Vic Falls Restcamp
Vic Falls Restcamp is situated right in town within walking distance of the shops, markets, restaurants and activity booking centre. Single and twin rooms are available with shared facilities at tis accommodation along with a swimming pool to relax at.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour starts on at 7:00am on day 1; we strongly recommend that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings. If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. The facilities on this tour may be more rustic than other destinations.
12-seater custom-built safari truck with trailer for luggage is used, 4x4 safari vehicles and dhow sailing boat.
GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.
13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
Camping in 2-person dome tents
Are you keen on water activities? Then why not to combine photographing with an enjoyable ride on the river making your vacation even more exciting! The Chobe River is known for its peaceful turquoise waters that create the atmosphere of tranquility and sedate you. No severe currents or rapids are to be expected, so even those not good at swimming should not be afraid of waters, you are guaranteed complete safety.