Enjoy Big Five Game viewing experiences in both Hwange and Kruger National Park. Marvel at the ancient Zimbabwe Ruins and enjoy a game drive and walk to see the Rhinos at Matobo National Park. Take the coastal route in Mozambique to relax on the sun-kissed beaches and explore the amazing marine life of the warm Indian Ocean. A terrific way to experience both wildlife and the seaside!
This safari is also available in reverse starting in Johannesburg and ending in Victoria Falls.
Day 1. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Highlights. Victoria Falls National Park.We start our adventure with a visit to the Victoria Falls themselves, and walking around the trails provides amazing views from a variety of different angles. Falling 100m down into the Batoka gorge, the spray from the falls can make it quite a wet experience!
Day 2. Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.Formed in 1929, Hwange is Zimbabwe's largest park and probably the most well known. Covering an area of over 14,600 sq km its home to over 100 animal species notably Africa's Big Five along with wild dog and cheetah.
Day 3. Hwange National Park to Bulawayo Highlights. Bulawayo.Continuing on through Zimbabwe we traverse the edge of Hwange National Park down to the second largest city in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo.
Day 4. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.This morning we head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Matobo National Park. This remarkable area has a large mass of granite boulders scattered throughout the park seeming as if giants had made this their playground. These rocks and overhangs allow for plenty of caves which made this area ideal for settlement and a number of cave art sites are located within the hills.
Day 5. Bulawayo to Masvingo Highlights. Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Zimbabwe.Leaving Bulawayo we cross towards the east of the country to the small town of Masvingo. Nearby our camp is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southern Africa: the Great Zimbabwe National Monument which we explore in the afternoon.
Day 6. Masvingo to Bandula area, MozambiqueToday, we travel via Mutare and if time allows we stop at the spectacular Birchenough Bridge (named after Sir Henry Birchenough) and one of many scenic features of eastern Zimbabwe.
Day 7. Bandula area to VilanculosRising early today, we pack up camp and make our way to the spectacular Indian Ocean coast. Our first coastal stop is at Vilankulo (or Vilanculos) some 500km south of Beira and the Gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. After setting up camp, the late afternoon and evening is yours at leisure to enjoy the town and its vibrant beach nightlife.
Day 8. Vilcanculos Highlights. Magaruque Island, Vilanculos, Mozambique.Packed and ready, we take a dhow boat safari to Magaruque Island, the third Island in the archipelago and the closest to Vilanculos. Here you can enjoy the island at leisure, snorkelling, swimming, walking or simply enjoy lazing on the beach. A delicious lunch will be served before setting sail back to the mainland in the late afternoon.
Day 9. Vilanculos to Tofo, InhambaneMoving on, we travel the coastal road past villages and via Inhambane to Tofo where we will spend the next 2 nights. Tofo is a small beach town with lovely open beaches and resorts dotting the shoreline.
Day 10. Tofo, Inhambane Highlights. Inhambane, Mozambique. Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique.Sit back and relax on this free day and enjoy the local tropical beaches and the many optional activities on offer. If the delights of the ocean are your forte, then head out and explore the reefs and colourful marine life on a scuba dive or head to Inhambane to soak up its rich history.
Day 11. Tofo, Inhambane to Xai-Xai Highlights. Xai-Xai, Mozambique.We continue south to Xai Xai (pronounced Shy-shy) for our last night along Mozambique’s rugged coastline. The town of Xai Xai is the capital of Gaza Province and is situated on the banks of the Limpopo River.
Day 12. Xai Xai to Hazyview, South Africa Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing .From Xai Xai we cross the border into South Africa, where we head for southern Africa’s premier game reserve, The Kruger National Park. We spend the night outside the reserve in the town of Hazyview.
Day 13. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.Today we have a full days game driving in this magnificent park. We meet our local guides and board the 4x4 safari vehicles in search of the wildlife in this park with nearly 150 mammals and over bird species living here.
Day 14. Hazyview to JohannesburgPacking up camp one last time we head towards the beating heart of South Africa, Johannesburg. Our journey takes us through scenic countryside and up to the highveld with big open skies.
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.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. Saba Lodge, Johannesburg
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.
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, 12 Lunches, 11 Dinners
Camping in 2-person dome tents