Mozambique & Zimbabwe safari adventure tour, 14 days

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USD 630-670 Local Payment Required

Tours Depart: Thursdays

Transport: Overland Safari Vehicle

Group Size: Average - 16, Max - 24


Game Drives Sailing Trip Victoria Falls
Kruger National Park

Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa
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Mozambique & Zimbabwe safari adventure tour, 14 days

Zebras on Safari Tour in ZimbabwePrices

R11550 per person  

 

USD $635-670 is also required as local payment. This is paid directly to your trip leader at the start of your trip to cover the cash only costs of the trip to ensure you pay current local prices at the time of travel.

 

Prices include 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 11 dinners, 13 nights in campsite or hostel accommodation, a 2 person dome tent and mattress, camping and cooking equipment, a Kruger National Park Safari, a trip to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, a game drive in Hwange National Park, a foot safari in Matobo National Park, entry to Victoria Falls, a walk with White Rhinos in the Matobo Hill and a full day dhow sailing trip from Vilanculos.

 

 

Departure Dates:

Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

 

Upcoming dates: 29th May, 26th Jun, 24th Jul, 21st Aug, 18th Sep, 17th Oct, 13th Nov, 11 Dec

 

 

Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

 

Upcoming dates: 12th Jun, 10 Jul, 7th Aug, 4th Sep, 2nd Oct, 30th Oct, 27th Nov

 

 

Itinerary - Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

Victoria Falls Safari TourDay 1: Victoria Falls

 

Welcome to your African adventure, which kicks off from Victoria Falls. This beautiful spot is home to the spectacular ‘Falls’ themselves and the mighty Zambezi River, which is world-famous for its death-defying white river rafting. We'll get up close with the rather impressive falls and you'll have the chance to get your pulse racing with the many optional activities on offer here. You may want to explore the colonial town by foot and check out the local markets for unique souvenirs, or head to the David Livingstone Museum which provides a fascinating historical insight dating back to the discovery of the falls. There is also the option for us to cross the border for a day visit to Zambia's neighbouring town; Livingstone, take a leap of faith and bungy jump to the foot of the Victoria Falls, get up close with the wild locals on an elephant back safari, game walks, helicopter flights or jet boating to name a few! Trust us, you will be far from bored here.

 

Day 2: Hwange National Park

 

Today we leave Victoria Falls and head for the world-famous Hwange National Park. Zimbabwe's largest and best known game park was (in early 19th century) the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi and in 1929 was set aside as a National Park. The Park covers an area of over 14,600 sq kms and is particularly known for its elephant populations as well as over 100 mammal species including Africa's "Big 5" (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo), giraffe, cheetah, gemsbok and the brown hyena. The park is also renowned for its population of Wild (Painted) Dog. Later in the afternoon we head out for a game drive in hope of spotting an abundance of wildlife in the park before returning to our camp at dusk for overnight.

 

Day 3: Bulawayo

 

Departing Hwange National Park we drive south for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city. Get to grips with Bulawayo later as the afternoon is yours to explore at your own pace. Stroll this pleasant city which brims with broad tree?lined avenues, colonial architecture and wide open spaces. Be sure to check out its fascinating National History Museum, which recounts much of Zimbabwe’s traditional and colonial past. Near the Old Town Hall there is a lively curio market where you can test your bartering skills as well as admiring a local handicrafts and artwork that are on display.

 

Day 4: Matobo NP

 

Matopos National Park is located just a short distance outside of Bulawayo and we'll get the low-down on this breathtaking area with our knowledgeable local guides. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area is home to a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people that live here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and provided conditions are right our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more off-the-beaten-track places in search of these magnificent animals. Approaching these huge herbivores is a heart racing, breathtaking and memorable experience. The park also has the densest population of leopard and black eagle in the world, so be sure to keep your eyes well and truly peeled! We also keep a look out for giraffe, zebra, ostrich and a variety of antelope and buck species that frequently roam free in this area. Later on we head back to colonial Bulawayo where we have the chance of going into town and checking out the local nightlife.

 

Day 5: Masvingo

 

As we bid farewell to the tree-lined avenues of Bulawayo we travel east to the small town of Masvingo. Nearby is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southern Africa: the Great Zimbabwe National Monument. Dating back to 1200AD this place was once the home to an indigenous population of some 10,000 people. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area holds special significance to the country which took its name. Legend says this was the city where the Queen of Sheeba resided and archaeological finds uncovered gold, coins and porcelain from as far afield as Persia and China, highlighting the importance of the city as a trading post. Tonight we camp nearby for easy access and ample time to explore the ruins at leisure. If you have the energy there is the opportunity to trek to the top of the Hill Enclosure to enjoy a wondrous and spiritual African sunset.

 

Day 6: Bandula area

 

Swapping the mind-blowing wilderness of Zimbabwe for one of Africa's up and coming hotspots; Mozambique, which is home to idyllic islands, crystal-clear waters, fantastic diving and postcard-perfect beaches. Bliss. Tonight we rest up in the Bandula area, near the Chicamba Dam in a 550-hectare conservancy in the Manica Province of Mozambique, just 40 km across the Zimbabwe border. Mozambique has boldly emerged through its chequered past including the Guerrilla War, but now offers endless tranquil resorts where hammocks are strung among the palm trees and there are golden near-deserted beaches and warm azure waters alive with tropical marine-life.

 

bird watching on a south african safariDay 7: Vilanculos

 

Next destination: Vilankulo (or Vilanculos) situated on the beautiful Indian Ocean Coast, just 500km south of Beira and the Gateway to the outstanding natural beauty of the Bazaruto Archipelago. This is every snorkelers paradise and is named after a local tribal chief Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke. The town itself is only 5km long and also hosts numerous activities, an electric atmosphere and friendly locals.

 

Day 8: Vilanculos

 

Today we take a traditional Dhow boat safari to Magaruque Island, the third Island in the archipelago and the closest to stunning Vilanculos. Here you have the opportunity to enjoy the island your own way with bucket loads of activities on offer like snorkelling, swimming, walking, catching some African rays and hiking to the ruins of a 19th Century fort. A mouth-watering local seafood lunch will be served under the shady palm fringes as well as snack and drinks en route on the Dhow sail boat. All snorkelling equipment and park fees are also included allowing you to enjoy your day in full. With its powder-white beaches, coconut fringed palms, crystal turquoise waters, and superb all year round temperate climate this place is an absolute dream in every sense of the word.

 

Day 9: Inhambane Tofu

 

Today we leave paradise behind us and travel down this dramatic scenic coast via Inhambane to Tofo where we will spend the next 2 nights. Tofo is a small beach town with gorgeous open beaches, where you can slow down your pace of life, relax and leave only your footprints.

 

Day 10: Inhambane Tofu

 

There are many activities on offer here like horse riding, snorkelling and notably scuba diving. Whale Sharks and Manta Rays inhabit the coastline all year round but the larger numbers arrive in the summer around November to March. Humpback whales usually arrive around mid June and are present until mid October. The natural vegetation of the coastal plain is dune forest, which has mostly been replaced by millions of coconut palms, planted by the Portuguese and local Bitonga to supply the thriving copra trade. Tofo also is home to heaps of fun-loving bars and restaurants where you can sample the local seafood and 2M (the local beer) which the area is famous for. If all that sounds too much for you, the other alternative is to kick back, find a hammock and simply enjoy a good read. You could also take a trip into Inhambane, the second oldest town in Mozambique to enjoy its local market or a Dhow ride.

 

Day 11: Xai-Xai

 

Goodbye Tofo and prepare to head south to say hello to Xai Xai for our last night along the lush coast line of Mozambique. The town of Xai Xai is the capital of Gaza Province and is situated on the banks of the stunning Limpopo River. The Limpopo River flows to the south of the town in a wide, fertile plain where predominantly rice is cultivated. Our accommodation is situated on the stretch of The Xai Xai beach which has a coral reef running parallel to the shore. This protects the area and offers superb snorkelling and swimming opportunities.

 

Day 12: Kruger area

 

Day 13: Kruger area

 

Day 14: Johannesburg

 

We leave the Kruger behind today and make our way to South Africa’s biggest city and commercial centre, Johannesburg, where sadly our fabulous Africa adventure comes to an end late afternoon.

 

Itinerary Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

Hippo on a safari tourDay 1: Kruger area

 

From Johannesburg - South Africa's biggest city and commercial centre - we travel via the panoramic region of Mpumalanga, with its beautiful scenery and dramatic escarpment views, towards South Africa's most famed national park: Kruger. The fences between the park's borders and surrounding private game reserves have been taken down to form Greater Kruger and the park's animals are free to roam the whole area. Kruger and Greater Kruger cover over 24,000 square kilometres and are home to an incredible wealth of African animals from the dwarf mongoose to Africa's 'Big Five' (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and buffalo). There is also an incredible diversity of birdlife and flora to be discovered.

 

We spend two nights within the Kruger area. On our first night we are treated to a display of tribal Shangaan dancing and singing followed by a full day game drive in the National Park itself to spot as many animals as possible the next day.

 

Day 2: Kruger area

 

Day 3: Xai-Xai

 

Leaving the unparalleled wilderness of Kruger behind us we cross the border to Mozambique, home to idyllic islands, crystal-clear waters, fantastic diving and postcard-perfect beaches. Bliss. Mozambique has come through a chequered past, including the Guerrilla War, but now offers some wonderfully relaxing resorts where hammocks are strung among the palm trees and there are golden near-deserted beaches and warm azure waters alive with tropical marine-life. We make our way to Xai Xai for our first night along the lush coast line. The town of Xai Xai is the capital of Gaza Province and is situated on the banks of the beautiful Limpopo River. The Limpopo River flows to the south of the town in a wide, fertile plain where predominantly rice is cultivated. Our accommodation is situated on the stretch of The Xai Xai beach which has a coral reef running parallel to the shore. This protects the area and offers superb snorkelling and swimming opportunities. Sounds like heaven to us!

 

Day 4: Inhambane Tofu

 

Today we travel up the dramatic scenic coast via Inhambane to Tofo where we will spend the next 2 nights. Tofo is an endearing beach town with lovely open beaches, where you can slow down your pace of life, relax and leave nothing but your footprints.

 

Day 5: Inhambane Tofu

 

There are many activities on offer here like horse riding, snorkelling and notably scuba diving. Whale Sharks and Manta Rays inhabit the coastline all year round but the larger numbers arrive in the summer around November to March. Humpback whales usually arrive around mid June and are present until mid October. The natural vegetation of the coastal plain is dune forest, which has mostly been replaced by millions of coconut palms, planted by the Portuguese and local Bitonga to supply the thriving copra trade. Tofo also is home to heaps of fun-loving bars and restaurants where you can sample the local seafood and 2M (the local beer) which the area is famous for. If all that sounds too much for you, the other alternative is to kick back, find a hammock and simply enjoy a good read. You could also take a trip into Inhambane, the second oldest town in Mozambique to enjoy its local market or a Dhow ride.

 

Day 6: Vilanculos

 

Leaving picturesque Inhambane behind we take the scenic coastal route arriving at Vilankulo (or Vilanculos) which is the gateway to the out-of-this-world Bazaruto Archipelago. Named after a local tribal chief Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke, the town itself is only 5km long and is host numerous adventure activities and boasts a lively atmosphere along with friendly people. The afternoon is yours at leisure to enjoy any of the activities on offer, snorkelling, kite surfing, horse riding, scuba diving, just to name a few.

 

Day 7: Vilanculos

 Victoria falls Tour

Today we take a traditional Dhow boat safari to Magaruque Island, the third Island in the archipelago and the closest to stunning Vilanculos. Here you have the opportunity to enjoy the island your own way with bucket loads of activities on offer like snorkelling, swimming, walking, catching some African rays and hiking to the ruins of a 19th Century fort. A mouth-watering local seafood lunch will be served under the shady palm fringes as well as snack and drinks en route on the Dhow sail boat. All snorkelling equipment and park fees are also included allowing you to enjoy your day in full. With its powder-white beaches, coconut fringed palms, crystal turquoise waters, and superb all year round temperate climate this place is an absolute dream in every sense of the word.

 

Day 8: Bandula area

 

Today we leave the coast and stop for the night in the Bandula area near the Chicamba Dam in a 550-hectare conservancy in the Manica Province of Mozambique, just 40 km from the Zimbabwe border. The following day we cross the border into Zimbabwe and onto the small town of Masvingo. Nearby is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southern Africa: the Great Zimbabwe National Monument. Dating back to 1200AD this place was once the home to an indigenous population of some 10,000 people. A UNESCO World Heritage Site the area holds special significance to the country which took its name. Legend says this was the city where the Queen of Sheeba resided and archaeological finds uncovered gold, coins and porcelain from as far afield as Persia and China, highlighting the importance of the city as a trading post. We camp nearby for easy access and ample time to explore the ruins at leisure. If you have the energy there is the opportunity to trek to the top of the Hill Enclosure to enjoy a wondrous and spiritual African sunset.

 

Day 9: Masvingo

 

Today we cross the border and meet Zimbabwe, it's then onto the small town of Masvingo. Nearby is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southern Africa: the Great Zimbabwe National Monument. Dating back to 1200AD this place was once the home to an indigenous population of some 10,000 people. A UNESCO World Heritage Site the area holds special significance to the country which took its name. Legend says this was the city where the Queen of Sheeba resided and archaeological finds uncovered gold, coins and porcelain from as far afield as Persia and China, highlighting the importance of the city as a trading post. We camp nearby for easy access and ample time to explore the ruins at leisure. If you have the energy there is the opportunity to trek to the top of the Hill Enclosure to enjoy a wondrous and spiritual African sunset.

 

Day 10: Bulawayo

 

Departing Masvingo, we drive to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. The afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. Bulawayo is a pleasant city with broad tree?lined avenues and wide open spaces. There is a fascinating National History Museum, which recounts much of Zimbabwe’s traditional and colonial past; also near the Old Town Hall there is a lively curio market where you can test your bartering skills to see if you can get a bargain. A wide array of handicrafts and artwork are on display here made by skilful local craftsmen and women.

 

Day 11: Matobo NP

 

Matopos National Park is located just a short distance outside of Bulawayo and we'll get the low-down on this breathtaking area with our knowledgeable local guides. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area is home to a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people that live here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and provided conditions are right our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more off-the-beaten-track places in search of these magnificent animals. Approaching these huge herbivores is a heart racing, breathtaking and memorable experience. The park also has the densest population of leopard and black eagle in the world, so be sure to keep your eyes well and truly peeled! We also keep a look out for giraffe, zebra, ostrich and a variety of antelope and buck species that frequently roam free in this area. Later on we head back to colonial Bulawayo where we have the chance of going into town and checking out the local nightlife.

 

Day 12: Hwange NP

 

Today we leave Bulawayo and head for the world famous Hwange National Park. Zimbabwe's largest and best known game park was (in early 19th century) the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi and in 1929 was set aside as a National Park. The Park covers an area of over 14,600 sq kms and is particularly known for its elephant populations as well as over 100 mammal species including Africa's "Big 5" (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo), giraffe, cheetah, gemsbok and the brown hyena. The park is also renowned for its population of Wild (Painted) Dog. Later in the afternoon we head out for a game drive hoping to glimpse the abundance of wildlife in the park before returning to our camp at dusk for overnight.

 

Day 13: Victoria Falls

 

Leaving Hwange National park, we make our way to Victoria Falls, where we have the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular 'Falls' themselves and the mighty Zambezi River. The Zambezi boasts one of the world's highest rated rivers for pure white river rafting with its many challenging as well as novice rapids. After our visit to the falls there are many optional activities to do and you will have the opportunity to enjoy these at leisure: the David Livingstone museum is easily accessible and provides in-depth historical insight dating back including the discovery of the falls; or explores the colonial town on foot and visits the local trading markets. Some choose to cross the border for a day to visit into the neighbouring Zambia's town, Livingstone; or take a leap of faith bungee jumping to the foot of the falls. Doing an elephant back safari is a stunning way to get close to these animals and enjoy a guided trail riding these majestic mammals. From game walks, helicopter flights or jet boating to name a few, Victoria Falls will capture and fulfil your imagination, validating the myths of the African spirit.

 

Day 14: Victoria Falls

 

Bid farewell to your new trip mates and reminisce on your incredible African adventure as you're trip sadly comes to an end just after breakfast this morning.