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Kruger and Zimbabwe safari

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Tour Highlights

  • Kruger National Park
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Matobo national Park
  • Hwange National Park
  • Victoria Falls

DESCRIPTION 

This trip begins in Johannesburg, South Africa and travels north through South Africa and Zimbabwe ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Heading to South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park, where we go in search of the “big five” and many other wildlife species before crossing into Zimbabwe to explore the Great Zimbabwe ruins – once an ancient ‘city’ in southern Africa. Matobo National Park is a haven for rhinos and is rich in ancient San rock paintings. After this we head to Hwange National Park in search of more wildlife sightings.

We end our adventure at the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world and a base for many optional adventure activities.

   ITINERARY

 DAY 1: Johannesburg

We start our first day in Egoli the place of gold (Johannesburg), Johannesburg is the capital of

Gauteng, which is a province in South Africa.

DAY 2: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Camp (Lunch / Dinner)

Leaving Johannesburg, we head towards the Lowveld and our camp situated within the border of the famous Kruger National Park. On our way we pass through the southern section of the picturesque Panorama Route – famous for its breathtaking vistas. Our camp for the next two nights is a short drive from the Kruger Park Gate and has some interesting residents that include hippo, giraffe, zebra and impala.

Included: Kruger National Park night game drive

DAY 3: Nkambeni Camp (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Today we explore the amazing Kruger National Park. Covering 19 485 sq kms

- 60 km wide and over 350 km long, this conservation area has more than 146 mammals, 500 birds, 114 reptiles, 33 amphibians & 49 fish species. 23 000 different types of plants have been recorded. We spend the day driving around the park keeping an eye out for these. There is the option of doing a night drive looking for a few of the nocturnal inhabitants or upgrading to a small vehicle for the game drive at an additional cost.

Included Activity: Game Drives

DAY 4: Nkambeni Camp to Polokwane (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Today we leave the Lowveld and head on the long, scenic drive to Polokwane. Along the way we stop off at some of the best scenery in South Africa, including the ever striking Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. The many viewpoints of the Canyon afford us excellent photo opportunities.

Polokwane, capital of Limpopo, is the largest metropolitan complex in the north and a major economic centre. Its proximity to the neighbouring countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland, as well as its convenient distance from the Kruger National Park and Magoebaskloof, makes it a perfect getaway and good destination. We set up our tents on the lush green grass of our campsite located outside of the city before enjoying a dip in the lovely swimming pool.

Optional Activity: Blyde River Canyon & God’s Window

DAY 5: Polokwane to Musina (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

After a quick replenishing of our stocks we begin our journey north toward Zimbabwe. We have a long, relaxing drive where we get to sit back and enjoy the ever-changing scenery. Tonight, we’ll camp near one of the hottest towns in South Africa, Musina, at the hot water spring resort – Tshipise. Situated between the rolling hills, the resort is well known for its natural hot water springs. Once we have set up camp, you’re free to enjoy the pools, walking trails or various other activities on offer here.

DAY 6: Musina to Masvingo (Zimbabwe) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Today we enter Zimbabwe - a beautiful country rich in soul, culture, and tradition. We make our way to the town of Masvingo - on the outskirts of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. This was the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa, built by an ancient highly skilled civilization. The name Zimbabwe is derived from this ancient city and means “great stone houses” in Shona. The most notable artefacts found at the ruins were the 8 Statues of stone birds carved out of soapstone. Wander around these amazing ruins, before setting up camp at the foot of the hills.

Included Activity: Great Zimbabwe Ruins

DAY 7: Masvingo to Bulawayo (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Leaving Masvingo, we head to Bulawayo - Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Bulawayo is noted for it's exceptionally wide streets, which were originally designed to accommodate a full span ox wagon. The city also still retains much of its British Colonial character, evident by the many buildings maintained as heritage sites by the Bulawayo City Council. Interesting places to visit are the Natural History Museum, the National Arts Gallery and the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre, which employs over 70 people.

DAY 8: Bulawayo (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Today we visit Matobo National Park, one of the last strongholds of both the black and the white

rhino. This park is also well known for its high concentration of the elusive leopard and majestic black eagle. Optional activities include Bushman rock paintings, providing evidence of the ancient San inhabitants of this area. Cecil John Rhodes (after whom Rhodesia was named) asked to be buried at the top of one of the sacred hills, (although there is some controversy over whether he will stay!) We spend half the day exploring this unique geological, ecological, and historic area.

Included: Visit to Matobo National Park half day

Day 9: Bulawayo to Hwange National Park (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

We continue north-west to Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest reserve – the Hwange National Park.

Hwange is well known for its abundance and variety of wildlife species including thousands of

elephants, and rare antelope species such as the Sable and Roan Antelope.

Day 10: Hwange National Park (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Today we have some time in the Hwange area, and here we partake in a half day game drive through Hwange National Park, in the hope that we spot as many wild animals as possible.

Included: Half day Game drive in Hwange National Park

DAY 11: Hwange to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (Breakfast / Lunch)

Leaving Hwange, we head to Victoria Falls. Named after the famous World Heritage site and WaterFalls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of town, and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A 20-minute walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by David Livingstone on his explorations, and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari!

After our adventure activities briefing, the afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town!

DAY 12: Victoria Falls (Breakfast)

Included: Entrance to Victoria Falls

After breakfast, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

We suggest booking additional days after your trip to take advantage of the optional excursions

available at Victoria Falls.

    Important Information

Meals on tour

Meals and menus vary as food is purchased en-route and is subject to produce that is available

seasonally in the areas we travel through. Our safari driver/cooks are able to offer a wide variety of menus with the ingredients available, even if the produce on offer is not of the same selection as what you may be used to back home.

The breakfast spread consists of bread, spreads and cereals with a hot breakfast every few days.

Lunches are mostly prepared en-route with a supply of ‘build your own’ sandwich ingredients

available. Dinners are cooked in the evenings on arrival at the campsite. A wide array of dinner

menus are on offer during your safari, consisting of curries, stews, pastas, and BBQ’s!

N.B Advise us on any dietary concerns on booking so we can plan our meals accordingly.

Transport on tour

We have vehicles to suit the size of the group or family. The usual  7 seater vehicles we have also can carry the equipment we need for the Tour. On game drives in national parks we use 4x4 open safari vehicles to be able to observe wildlife.

For bigger groups we have custom built Overland Trucks with a seating capacity of 22 passengers designed to carry all equipment needed for the Tour including camping and cooking utensils. Most seats are forward facing, though some models have a combination of forward backward and some inward facing seats with tables. Vehicles have sliding glass windows, and the seating area is raised providing a great advantage for game viewing and photography. Seats are cushioned and there is storage space for personal items like cameras, snacks and day packs in the seating area.

Pick from the hotels/Airport is provided as well as drop off to the airport at the end of the Tour.

Accommodation on Tour

We offer camping Tours and most of the campsites we use have booking rooms. If you wish to be in a room at some of the camping sites or all through the Tour you have to let us know so we book in advance. We can give you a rough guide of pricing for the accommodation.

Included in the Tour

  • Meals as specified
  • Tents and camping equipment
  • Entry fees to national parks
  • Game drives on national parks
  • Transport
  • Pick up from O.R Tambo International airport
  • Drop off at Victoria Falls International Airport

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Meals, water and drinks unless otherwise stated
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Personal Items like sleeping bag and  pillow
  • Tips.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

  • Kruger National Park Night game drive
  • Blyde River canyon and God’s window
  • Game drive in Kruger
  • Great Zimbabwe ruins
  • Matopo national park half day visit
  • Hwange National park Game drive
  • Victoria Falls national park entrance

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Byde River canyon, God’s window and Bourke’s potholes
  • Morning safari walk in kruger national park
  • Sunset cruise in Zambezi River
  • Rafting half day /full day Zambezi river
  • Helicopter rides Victoria Falls
  • Lion encounter Victoria Falls
  • Crocodile cage diving
  • The devil’s pool
  • Livingstone (Zambia) day Tour

 Tour conditions

  • The Tour takes a min of 3 and a max of 7 for smaller groups
  • For bigger groups the Tour takes up to 22 persons.

Schedules

  • Repeat every week on Wednesdays
  • Tour can also start in Victoria Falls ending in Johannesburg.

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