Mozambique and Zimbabwe Explorer (Southbound)

Tour Code 17SMZE14. Camping Overland
14 days from
$1'616 USD
USDwas 2155 USD
Plus 250 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Maximum 12

Enjoy the warm waters of Mozambique along with the safari highlights of Kruger and Zimbabwe...

'Big 5' Game viewing experiences in Zimbabwe's and South Africa's premier National Parks 'Hwange' and 'Kruger'. Wander around the ancient Khami Ruins and enjoy a game drive and walk with the Rhino's at Matobo National Park. Take the coastal road in Mozambique to relax on the sun kissed beaches before crossing into South Africa and the city of Johannesburg .

This safari is also available in reverse starting in Johannesburg and ending in Victoria Falls.

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Day 1. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Highlights. Victoria Falls National Park.

We start our adventure with a visit to the falls themselves, walking around the trails provides amazing views of the falls from a variety of different angles, all year round the spray from the falls can make it quite a wet experience!

The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy some of the many different activities that are on offer in the area. The team at camp will be able to help organise everything.

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 5' along with wild dog.

This afternoon, we take an open 4x4 game drive in the park with a local professional guide.

Day 3. Hwange National Park to Bulawayo Highlights. Khami Ruins, Zimbabwe.

Continuing on through Zimbabwe we traverse the edge of Hwange National Park down to the second largest city in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo.

Bulawayo is an open city with wide avenues, apparently wide enough to be able to turn a span of oxen around in. After visiting the curio market in town we head onto our camp a short distance away from the city.

Day 4. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.

Visiting the nearby Matobo National Park in open 4x4 game drive vehicles with a professional guide today we will also have the opportunity to take a walking safari, tracking some of the big game, including rhino, on foot. We will also have an opportunity to explore the wind sculpted hills that give the park its unique experience.

If we wish to do so, we can extend this to a full day experience including an historical and village tour

Day 5. Bulawayo to Tshipise (South Africa) Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.

We leave Bulawayo today making our way further south to the border at Beitbridge crossing the Limpopo river into South Africa. We travel to our camp in the town of Tshipise in the northern Limpopo Province next to the Honnet Nature Reserve.

Day 6. Tshipise to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing .

We make our way today towards South Africa's premier game reserve, Kruger National Park. The park covers an area of around 24,000 sq km with wildlife roaming this entire area. This evening we get to enjoy some Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire.

Day 7. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Today we have a full days game driving in this magnificent park. We meet our guides and board our 4x4 safari vehicles in search of the wildlife in this park with nearly 150 mammals and over bird species living here.

Day 8. Hazyview to Xai-Xai, Mozambique

Today we leave Kruger and South Africa crossing the border into Mozambique and making our way to the Indian Ocean coast. The town of Xai Xai is situated on the banks of the Limpopo River and is the capital of the Gaza Province.

Day 9. Xai Xai to Vilanculos Highlights. Vilanculos, Mozambique.

Leaving Xai Xai we travel north past Inhambane onto Vilanculos where you will have the whole day tomorrow to enjoy this coastal town.

Day 10. Vilanculos Highlights. Magaruque Island, Vilanculos, Mozambique.

This morning we take a Dhow safari to the island of Magaruque. Here you have the opportunity to snorkel, swim, walk, hike or just enjoy relaxing on the beach.

Day 11. Vilanculos to Inhambane Highlights. Inhambane, Mozambique.

Today we now make our way to the coastal town of Inhambane and the nearby Tofo beach. There are optional activities available here include horse riding, snorkelling and diving with Manta Rays and Whale Sharks inhabiting the coastline year round.

Day 12. Tofo Beach Highlights. Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique.

Today is free for you to enjoy relaxing on the beach or taking in some of the optional activities available. Explore the old city and enjoy the fresh fish and seafood that's on sale in this tropical beach town.

Day 13. Tofo to Komatipoort, South Africa

This morning we leave Mozambique and make our way back into South Africa and Komatipoort where we spend the night.

Day 14. Komatipoort to Johannesburg

Packing up camp for a final 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.

We arrive in Johannesburg late this afternoon.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Vic Falls Restcamp

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.
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.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour starts on at 8:00am 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.

Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can also pre-book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Johannesburg area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.

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.

ACCOMMODATION:
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.

TRANSPORT:
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.

Meals
13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 11 Dinners

Accommodation
Camping in 2-person dome tents

Includes.
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:
Victoria Falls Visit
Hwange National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with resident guide*
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with resident guide*
Dhow Safari, Vilanculos – Magaruque Island snorkelling
Khami Ruins
Kruger National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with resident guide
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Excludes.
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
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Adventure Pass

Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

250 USD or 270 USD (If prepaid)

This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.

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