14-day Mozambique and Zimbabwe Explorer - North (Camping)

Tour Code 22NMZE14. Adventure Camping Tours
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Group Size: Maximum 12. Age Group: 18+

Head out on an adventure of a lifetime!


'Big 5' Game viewing experiences in Zimbabwe's and South Africa's premier National Parks 'Hwange' and 'Kruger'. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Mozambique. Wander around the ancient Great Zimbabwe Ruins and enjoy a game drive and walk with the Rhino's at Matobo National Park before arriving to Victoria Falls, one of the nature 7 wonders of the world.

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Day 1. Pretoria to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan Cultural Evening.

From Pretoria - South Africa’s administrative capital - we travel via Mpumalanga with its beautiful scenery and mountainous views to the Panorama Route and South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park.

After settling into our camp just outside of the the park, we immerse ourselves in the local culture and enjoy Shangaan tribal singing and dancing around an open fire - learning more about the local culture and ways of life.

Day 2. Hazyview to Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Camera and binoculars at hand, we board custom-build open 4x4 safari vehicles, ready for our full-day game drive in this magnificent park. Kruger is home to the 'Big 5' - lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and buffalo as well as over 505 bird-species which we enthusiastically search for during the morning and afternoon.

We return to our campsite in the late afternoon and enjoy an evening around the open fire.

Day 3. Hazyview to Bilene, Mozambique Highlights. Bilene, Mozambique.

We’re off to the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Mozambique! Completing formalities at the border post, our first night is at Bilene in the province of Gaza.

Our camp is set on the beach-front where we spend the night - lulled by the sound of the ocean and enjoying the fresh breeze as we unwind from our day.

Day 4. Bilene to Tofo, Inhambane Highlights. Inhambane, Mozambique.

Following the rural coastline, we arrive at our beach resort at Tofo, Inhambane where we will spend the next two nights.

Tofo is a quaint seaside town with lovely open beaches stretching for miles. There are many activities on offer here, such as horse riding, snorkelling and scuba diving. Whale Sharks and Manta Rays inhabit the coastal waters year-round and are in larger numbers in the summer months (November to March).

Day 5. Tofo, Inhambane Highlights. Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique.

Today is at leisure to enjoy the local tropical beaches and the many activities on offer. There are some exciting bars and restaurants in the area - sample the local cuisine and the local beer (called ‘2M’), or simply relax alongside the water's edge with a good book.

Inhambane town has a colourful history and was the base of trade in the region for many years during colonial times. The local market, Catholic Church and harbour are popular for those wishing to head out and explore.

Day 6. Tofo, Inhambane to Vilanculos Highlights. Vilanculos, Mozambique.

From one tropical haven to another! Today we arrive at the quaint town of Vilanculos, which was named after a local tribal chief Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke. This town lays 500km south of Beira and is famously known as the Gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago.

We board a traditional dhow boat and set off to our picturesque camp set in a tranquil setting on the coastal edge.

Day 7. Vilanculos Highlights. Magaruque Island, Vilanculos, Mozambique.

It's time to board a traditional wooden dhow boat and set sail to Magaruque Island, the third Island in the archipelago and the closest to Vilanculos. Here you can enjoy a walk along the white beaches and dunes and enjoy the views, or snorkel in crystal turquoise waters. Alternatively simply enjoy lazing on the powdery-white, deserted beaches.

In the late afternoon, we return to the mainland and our campsite for our last night on the coast.

Day 8. Vilanculos to Bandula Area

Waving 'goodbye' to the coast we head inland to the Bandula area near the Chicamba Dam. Our campsite is located within a 550-hectare conservancy and close by there is a local environmental centre that aims to educate local school children about the importance of conserving the local fauna and flora.

We set up camp close to the dam and enjoy our last night in Mozambique before we cross the border into neighbouring Zimbabwe tomorrow.

Day 9. Bandula Area to Masvingo, Zimbabwe Highlights. Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Zimbabwe.

Leaving Mozambique we enter into Zimbabwe and continue to the small town of Masvingo.

Nearby is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southern Africa and Zimbabwe's namesake historical site - The Great Zimbabwe National Monument. Dating back to 1200 AD, this was once home to an indigenous population of some 10,000 people who lived in an organised civilisation. We explore the area by foot with a local guide and admire the intricate building styles, fortifications and marvellous views from the towering Citadel.

Day 10. Masvingo to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Highlights. Bulawayo.

Next stop is Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city. On arrival, explore the town and local artisan markets and stroll the wide-open jacaranda tree-lined avenues. Our camp in the leafy suburbs just out of the city centre where we prep for our half day's excursion to Matabo National Park the following day.

Day 11. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.

Transferring from our Acacia vehicle into smaller 4x4 game viewing vehicles, we are accompanied by a local guide and head into the nearby Matobo National Park. Here we explore the park and surrounding hills and we may be lucky enough to leave the vehicle and track some of the wild animals on foot.

Matobo National Park is well known for its populations of both black and white rhinoceros and we game drive this morning in the hope of seeing these odd-looking beasts. There are also a number of antelope species, including the majestic Roan and Sable antelope which make for striking pictures.

There is the option to extend this to a full-day which will include a historical tour and a visit to Worlds View - the site of Cecil John Rhode's grave, set high in the granite hills.

Day 12. Bulawayo to Hwange National Park Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

From Bulawayo, we head to Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe's largest National Park.

Hwange is home to large populations of a variety of animals including all the 'Big 5' and it is also known for its success with the conservation of the Painted Dog (African Wild Dog).

We enjoy a late afternoon game drive with a local guide in an open 4x4 game viewing vehicle and seek out the wildlife in this corner of Zimbabwe.

Day 13. Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls Highlights. Victoria Falls National Park.

We embark on the final leg of the journey into the small town of Victoria Falls, nestled on the edge of the Zambezi River. First stop is visiting the Victoria Falls and we explore the paths along the edge of the gorge where the Zambezi plunges some 100 metres - a truly awe-inspiring sight.

The Victoria Falls area is an adventure-lovers paradise with a wide variety of activities on offer. Our ground team here will run through the options and make the necessary arrangements for activities during your stay here.

Day 14. Victoria Falls

After breakfast this morning our journey comes to an end, however we do recommend spending some extra time in the area after your tour - to fully enjoy the sights and many activities on offer.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Court Classique Suite Hotel

Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.

Entrance view of the Curt Classique Hotel Double en-suite room Restaurant Pool area Kipepeo Spa

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

Suggested Post-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.

Huts Twin Room Room Room Twin Room

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

Additional Info

This tour starts on at 7:00am 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.

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.

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.

12-seater custom-built safari vehicle with trailer for luggage is used, 4x4 safari vehicles and dhow sailing boat.

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.

This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the Acacia vehicle tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.

13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners

Camping in 2-person dome tents

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*
Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Dhow Safari, Vilanculos – Magaruque Island snorkelling
Bilene and Tofo Beach, Inhambane
Kruger National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with resident guide

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
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