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'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.
After settling in to our camp outside the park, we immerse ourselves in the local culture and enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire to learn more about the local culture and ways of life. 2 images Shangaan tribal dancing
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.
The day is spent on game drive seeking out wild animals - including dazzling zebra, towering giraffe and many other interesting, quirky and beautiful creatures.
We return to our campsite in the late afternoon and enjoy an evening around the open fire 6 images Kruger National Park, South Africa
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.
Our accommodation is set on the beach front where we spend the night lulled by the sound of the ocean and enjoy the fresh breeze as we unwind from our day.
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.
Tofo is a quaint seaside town with lovely open beaches stretching for miles. There are many activities on offer such as horse riding, snorkelling and scuba diving. Whale Sharks and Manta Rays inhabit the coastline all year round but are in larger numbers in the summer months (November to March).
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.
Inhambane town itself has a colourful history and was the base of trade in the region for many years during colonial times. The local market, Catholic Church and harbour are popular for those wishing to head out and explore. 3 images Inhambane, Mozambique
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.
The town was named after a local tribal chief Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke and hosts numerous activities. The evening is at leisure to enjoy the town and nightlife. 3 images Vilanculos, Mozambique
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.
In the late afternoon we return to the mainland and our campsite for our last night on the coast. 6 images Magaruque Island, Vilanculos, Mozambique
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.
We set up camp close to the dam and enjoy our last night in Mozambique before we cross the border into neighbouring Zimbabwe tomorrow.
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.
Nearby is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southern Africa and Zimbabwe's namesake historical site: the Great Zimbabwe National Monument. Dating back to 1200 AD this was once the home to an indigenous population of some 10,000 people who lived in an organised civilasation. We explore the area by foot with a local guide and admire the intricate building styles, fortifications and marvelous views from the towering Citadel. 5 images Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Zimbabwe
Day 10. Masvingo to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Highlights. Bulawayo.We continue our adventure through beautiful Zimbabwe travelling to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city.
We stop to stock up on supplies and explore the markets before continuing to our camp in the leafy suburbs of Bulawayo.
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.
Matobo National Park is well known for its populations of both black and white rhinocerous and we game drive today in the hope of seeing these odd-looking beasts. There are also a number of antelope species, including the majestic Roan and Sable antelope which make for a striking picture.
There is the option to extend this to a full day which will include a historical tour and a visit to Worlds View - the site of Cecil John Rhodes grave set high in the granite hills. 4 images Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
Day 12. Bulawayo to Hwange National Park Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.From Bulawayo we head to Zimbawe's oldest national Park - Hwange.
Hwange is home to large populations of a variety of animals including all the 'Big 5'. It is also known for its success with the conservation of the Painted Dog, the African Wild Dog.
We enjoy a late afternoon game drive with a local guide in open 4x4 game viewing vehicles and seek out the wildlife in this corner of Zimbabwe. 3 images Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
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.
The Victoria Falls area is an adventure lovers paradise with a wide variety of activities on offer. Our team here will be able to run through the options and make the necessary arrangements for activities during your stay here. 2 images Victoria Falls National Park
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.
We recommend staying in Victoria Falls for a few days after your tour to fully enjoy the sights and activities on offer. Show more...
MoAfrika Lodge, Johannesburg
MoAfrika literally means 'African People' in the language of the local Sotho populace, the original inhabitants of the Highveld. Your host, Anthony, has skillfully created a unique lodge in which an african theme induces a warm welcome for guests. Set on a 8000 square metre land through which a stream flows, MoAfrika Lodge provides a rustic and tranquil setting where guests can unwind in a relaxed and country atmosphere. 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
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew
Victoria Falls Visit
Hwange National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with resident guide*
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with resident guide*
Dhow Safari, Vilanculos – Magaruque Island snorkelling
Xai-Xai and Tofo Beach, Inhambane
Kruger National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with resident guide
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass Excludes.
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Items of a personal nature