Days 1 - 2: Hwange National Park

Day 1: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park

This morning we leave the rumble and adventure of Victoria Falls behind us as we make the journey south to Hwange National Park.  Hwange is the largest of Zimbabwe’s national parks and offers excellent opportunities for viewing the diversity of wildlife that calls the park home.

  • Accommodation: Hwange Main Camp  or Miombo Safari: Room with En-suite Bathroom
  • Route: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Optional Activities: Victoria Falls National Park Entry, Hwange Sundowner Drive

 

Day 2: Hwange National Park

Home to the big-5, Hwange National Park also offers a wide variety of plains game and birdlife.  We will spend the day game driving (in open 4x4 vehicles) through Hwange in search of the animals.

  • Accommodation: Hwange Main Camp  or Miombo Safari: Room with En-suite Bathroom
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Included Activities: Full day Hwange National Park game drive

Expert tips

Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. The tour departs at  07:00 am from the Shearwater Explorers Village in Victoria Falls

Activities and Services

Included

  • 2 night's accommodation
  • Guide & Vehicle ( group tour )
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary

Excluded

  • Pre-tour accommodation
  • Transfer not stipulated 
  • International & Local flights
  • Drinks
  • Optional activities not included 

Day 3: Bulawayo

Day 3: Matopos National Park

After breakfast, we continue south towards Bulawayo, the second-largest city in Zimbabwe. Our afternoon will be spent exploring the Matopos National Park with a local guide. The park received recognition as a UNESCO natural World Heritage Site in 2003 and includes an intensive protection zone that is home to both Black and White Rhinoceros.

Named after the Ndebele word “Matobo “, whose meaning “bald heads” refers to the rounded granite hills that surround it. We return to Bulawayo and our overnight stop for the night.

  • Accommodation: Banff Lodge: Room with En-suite Bathroom
  • Route: Hwange National Park to Bulawayo to Matopos National Park
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Included Activity: Afternoon game drive in Matopos National Park

  

Activities and Services

Included

  • 1 nights accommodation 
  • Guide & Vehicle 
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary

Excluded

  • Drinks
  • Optional activities not included 

Day 4: Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Day 4: Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Our journey today takes us to Masvingo and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. This afternoon we will enjoy a guided walking tour of this historic site.

Dating back to the Late Iron Age, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. We take time this afternoon to marvel at the intricate stonework and experience the heritage of this monument to early Zimbabwean civilisation.

  • Accommodation: Norma Jeans Lake View Resort: Room with En-suite Bathroom
  • Route: Matopos National Park to Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Included Activity: Visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Activities and Services

Included

  • 1 nights accommodation 
  • Guide & Vehicle 
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary

Excluded

  • Drinks
  • Optional activities not included 

Day 5: Soutpansberg Mountain Range

Day 5: Tshipise

Leaving the sites of Zimbabwe behind we cross the Limpopo River and enter South Africa this afternoon. Our overnight stop allows us an opportunity to end the day with a swim in the hot springs of Tshipise.  

  • Accommodation: Forever Tshipise Resort: Room with En-suite Bathroom
  • Route: Great Zimbabwe Ruins (Masvingo) to Tshipise
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Included Activity: Tshipise Hot Springs

Activities and Services

Included

  • 1 nights accommodation 
  • Guide & Vehicle 
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary

Excluded

  • Drinks
  • Optional activities not included 

Day 6: Gauteng

Day 6: Johannesburg

This morning we take the highway south to Johannesburg, we arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travelers are invited to join us for a traditional meal tonight.

This can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared and tonight is for celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

  • Accommodation: Belvedere Estate or similar: Room with En-suite Bathroom
  • Route: Tshipise to Johannesburg
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Optional Activity: Traditional meal at Belvedere Estate

Included

  • 1 nights accommodation 
  • Guide & Vehicle 
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary

Excluded

  • Drinks
  • Optional activities not included 

Days 7 - 9: Kruger National Park

Day 7: Johannesburg to Great Kruger National Park Area

Please note that during the next few days (while we are visiting Kruger National Park), the order of activities could change without prior notice and a degree of flexibility is needed.  This is to allow for maximum game viewing opportunities and experiences.

Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. We set up camp at our base for the next three nights and enjoy a lovely sundowner drive.

  • Accommodation: Nkambeni Safari Camp: Tent with En-suite bathroom
  • Route: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Optional Activity: Sundowner Game Drive
     

Day 8: Kruger National Park

Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full day of game viewing.

The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings, while the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5. The game drive offers the excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4x4 vehicle

  • Accommodation: Nkambeni Safari Camp: Tent with En-suite bathroom
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Included Activity: Full-Day Kruger Park Game Drive in 4x4 Vehicles

 

Day 9: Panorama Route

This morning we will journey along the scenic Panorama Route where we will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and the Three Rondavels. 

  • Accommodation: Nkambeni Safari Camp: Tent with En-suite bathroom
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Included Activity: Kruger National Park 4x4 game drive
  • Included Activity: The Panorama Route - God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and Three Rondavels

 

Activities and Services

Included

  • 3 night's accommodation
  • Guide & Vehicle ( group tour )
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary

Excluded

  • Drinks
  • Optional activities not included 

Day 10: End of Itinerary

Day 10: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg

We enjoy our last drive through the park before setting off to Belvedere Estate. We arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travelers are invited to join us for a traditional meal tonight. This can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared and tonight is for celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

  • Route: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Included Activity: Half-Day Morning Game Drive in Nomad Truck (4 hours) 
  • Optional Activity: Traditional meal at Belvedere Estate

Expert tips

Your tour ends at the Belvedere Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg

Activities and Services

Included

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Drop off Belvedere Estate in Johannesburg

Excluded

  • International & local flight
  • Dinner & drinks
  • Optional activities not included
  • Post-tour accommodation
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