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Destinations: Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Tshipise, Matobo National Park, Bulawayo
Type of adventure: icon-01.png Jeeping
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 1065
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Discover the top highlights of northern SA and Zimbabwe on this epic tour...

Take in the excitement of Big 5 game viewing in Kruger National Park, walk on the wild side at Matobo National Park, go wild with adrenaline activities in Livingstone, and marvel at the thunderous Victoria Falls on this 7-day overland safari tour.

This tour combines with our north-bound routes to Zanzibar or Nairobi and our south-bound route via Botswana and Namibia to Cape Town.

Day 1. Johannesburg to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing .

On the first day of our overland group tour, we head out of the city of gold to the picturesque Panorama Route in South Africa's Mpumalanga Province. 2 images Shangaan tribal dancing

Day 2. Hazyview - Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Today we explore South Africa's famed Kruger National Park on an open vehicle game drive with an expert resident guide. With over 500 species of birds and 150 species of Mammal, you'll understand why this reserve is so revered. 3 images Kruger National Park, South Africa

Day 3. Hazyview to Tsiphise Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.

Winding our way across the mountainous countryside we make our way north to the resort of Tshipise. With a natural hot spring supplying the warm water, we can enjoy a relaxing swim in the heated pools. 3 images Tshipise, South Africa

Day 4. Tshipise to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Today we hop into the overland truck and cross into Zimbabwe via the bustling Beitbridge border post; the busiest of all South African land borders- you'll soon see why. After completing border formalities, we continue on to Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo, where we stop off in town before heading to our campsite on the outskirts of town.

Day 5. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.

This morning we head out to explore the lesser known, but totally rewarding, Matobo National Park. With both natural and historical highlights, the area is a valued site and a delight to explore.

The opportunity for walking in the wild with an expert guide is also on the cards and we eagerly keep our eyes peeled in search of wildlife on foot today. 4 images Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe

Day 6. Bulawayo to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.

Heading toward Victoria Falls, we journey through the Zimbabwean countryside and make our way across the border to the town of Livingstone in Zambia. Here we'll spend our last night together. 2 images Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia

Day 7. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.

Explore the world renowned Victoria Falls, visit the David Livingstone Museum, or spend the day visiting the locals and learning about their history and culture, before your African overland adventure comes to an end. 5 images Livingstone Activities, Zambia

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Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.
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. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone

Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, The Zambezi Waterfront has an array of accommodation from pre-erected tents, to private en suite waterfront chalets set in spacious grounds. There is a lively bar with river views and a booking office if there are any additional activities around Victoria Falls that you might want to book. single and double pre-erected tents with shared facilities, twin and family en suite chalets, camping. restaurant, bar, plunge pool, activity booking office, internet. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

This tour departs Johannesburg early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and 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 Livingstone and the surrounding area.

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.

24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers and 4 x 4 safari vehicles.

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 it 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.

6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners

6 Nights Camping

Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Included Highlights:
Kruger NP, Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
Shangaan Cultural Evening
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive and Wilderness Walk with Resident Guide*
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Acacia is Africa
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