Southern Africa Safari

Tour Code 17SAS7. Small Group Safaris
7 days from
$895 USD
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Plus 515 USD mandatory Safari Pass
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Group Size: Minimum 2, Maximum 12

See the top highlights of south-west Zimbabwe and the Chobe National Park

This exciting Zimbabwe & Botswana small group tour provides the opportunity to encounter wild dogs, walk with lions and rhinos, and visit the ancient Khami Ruins and enjoy the wildlife of the magnificent Chobe National Park.

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Day 1. Victoria Falls to Hwange

Departing Victoria Falls we make our way to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest and best known game park. In the early 19th century this area was part of the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi, and it was only in 1929 that the land was set aside as a National Park. Today Hwange covers an area of over 14,600 sq kms and is known particularly for its populations of elephant. On our first night we game drive in a concession area adjacent to the National Park in search of the nocturnal wildlife of the area, including the ever elusive leopard.

Day 2. Hwange National Park Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

Today we transfer to open safari vehicles and enter the Hwange National Park. Located in Zimbabwe’s far west, Hwange sits in a remarkable belt of Africa which extends across into neighbouring Botswana and allows wildlife and in particular elephant, to roam a huge area between Hwange and the nearby Chobe national park. In addition to elephant Hwange contains over 100 mammals including the other four members of Africa’s “Big 5" (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo). The park is also known for its giraffe, cheetah, gemsbok, hyena and for the Wild (Painted) Dog. Unfortunately the numbers of the Wild Dog are dwindling but conservation efforts in recent years have helped renew populations and we will see the work of one of these projects during our stay. Normally the day’s routine is to begin with a morning game drive, before we return to camp for lunch and relax through the heat of the day. Later in the afternoon we head out once again to take advantage of the more active time of day for most of the large mammals. Finally we return to camp at dusk for overnight.

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

Leaving Hwange, we drive south to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city. This pleasant city tree-lined city boasts a fascinating National History Museum with displays showing much of Zimbabwe’s traditional and colonial past, and a lively curio market. Test your bartering skills for some of the local crafts. Not far outside the city we visit an important archaeological site: the Khami Ruins, once the capital of the Kingdom of Butua of the Torwa dynasty. Dating back to 1450AD Khami was the site of the capital following the abandonment of Great Zimbabwe some 300km to the east. Granted UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1996, Khami holds special significance to the people of this area.

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

Matobo National Park is located a short distance outside Bulawayo. We visit the park accompanied by knowledgeable local guides. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and hold a special cultural and spiritual significance to the indigenous people here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and provided conditions are suitable guides will lead us on foot in search of these magnificent animals. Matobo also has highly concentrated populations of leopard and black eagle and it is worth keeping eyes peeled high and low for a glimpse of these beautiful animals. We would hope also to see giraffe, zebra, ostrich and a variety of antelope. At the end of the day we return to Bulawayo for overnight and the option of venturing into town to sample some of the local nightlife.

Day 5. Bulawayo to Nata, Botswana Highlights. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana.

Leaving Bulawayo we make our way across the border into Botswana and to the Elephant Sands Lodge. We normally arrive sometime in the early/mid afternoon and have the rest of the day at leisure. You wont have to go far to see wildlife - the camp has no boundary fences and wildlife can (and does) roam freely between waterholes and we may see elephant sometimes at remarkably close proximity, wander by during our stay.

Day 6. Nata to Chobe Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Botswana.

We continue on to the small northern town of Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. By size, Chobe is the third largest park in the country yet has the most diverse wildlife, including elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and prolific birdlife. We take the famous ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River – a wonderful opportunity to view hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe while we float by in the late afternoon sunshine.

The Chobe River is a major watering point for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and the cape buffalo. The park’s flood plains are also the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope is seen. Birding is also excellent here. When the river is in flood spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork and other waterfowl flock to the area.

Day 7. Chobe to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Highlights. Victoria Falls National Park.

This morning we head out to explore the Chobe National Park on an open vehicle game drive, our last opportunity on tour to view elephant and perhaps lion, antelope and buffalo. Eventually we take our leave of the park and Kasane and make the final short drive back to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls. Arrangements end on arrival.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls

A lovely hotel right in Victoria Falls town is the perfect place from which to start or finish your holiday. Recently refurbished, the hotel is set on spacious grounds with views of the spray off the Victoria Falls. Facilities include a large swimming pool, al fresco dining, bar, and in room tv and Wi-Fi. Rooms include double, twin or family configurations

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

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls

A lovely hotel right in Victoria Falls town is the perfect place from which to start or finish your holiday. Recently refurbished, the hotel is set on spacious grounds with views of the spray off the Victoria Falls. Facilities include a large swimming pool, al fresco dining, bar, and in room tv and Wi-Fi. Rooms include double, twin or family configurations

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

Additional Info

ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation is camping in twin share tents, with shared facilities.

COMFORT LEVEL:
This is a full participation safari. You are asked to play your part in (for instance) pitching and striking camp each day and helping prepare meals.

TRANSPORT:
Open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, minivan/truck, river boat. (Maximum group size: 12 passengers)

Meals
6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Accommodation
Camping in 2-person dome tents

Includes.
All tour highlights
Transport
Accommodation
Sleeping mat
Meals as indicated
Camping and cooking equipment
Driver/guide on excursions
Excludes.
Visas
Travel insurance
Flights
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Drinks
Tips
Sleeping bag
Optional activities and items of a personal nature
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Safari Pass

Each small group tour, Short Safari & Trek, Short Break and City Stay has a Safari 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.

515 USD or 580 USD * (If prepaid)

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

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