Mozambique and Zimbabwe Explorer (Northbound) (14 Days)

Tour Code 19NMZE14. Camping Overland Tours
14 days from
$2'335 USD
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Plus 190 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Maximum 12

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 Khami 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.

Please note: Due to weather conditions in Mozambique, an alternative intinerary has been put in place. Please contact Acacia for further information.

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Day 1. Pretoria – Komatipoort

From Pretoria - South Africa’s Administrative capital - we travel to the far east of the country (to the town of Komatipoort and our campsite on the banks of the Crocodile River) for our first night on tour.

Day 2. Komatipoort - Tofo, Inhambane

Rising early, we drive north and cross the border into Mozambique. Our first stop is the tropical beaches of Tofo. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the beaches, or partake on the optional activities typically available. Inhambane itself has a rich history and a fascinating ‘old city’. You’ll notice the mix of Arabic and African cultures here (which come together to form a vibrant, eclectic style of its own).

Day 3. 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 else simply relax alongside the water's edge with a good book.

Inhambane town itself 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 4. Tofo, Inhambane to Vilanculos Highlights. Vilanculos, Mozambique.

Leaving Inhambane we take the scenic coastal route arriving at Vilankulo (or Vilanculos), some 500km south of Beira and the Gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago.

The town was named after a local tribal chief (Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke) and hosts numerous activities. We board a traditional dhow boat and set off to our accommodation for the evening, which lays 10 kilometres from the town itself.

Day 5. Vilanculos Highlights. Magaruque Island, Vilanculos, Mozambique.

Rising early, we 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 and then 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 6. Vilanculos - Bilene Highlights. Bilene, Mozambique.

We drive south to the town of Bilene, also known as (Praia do Bilene) and famous for the Uembje Lagoon (or San Marthino lake) where you can try out one of the best-loved activities in Bilene – snorkelling! Our camp for the evening is located on top of the dunes overlooking the stunning lagoon itself.

Day 7. Bilene – Hazyview

We continue south and cross back into South Africa. We spend the next two nights at Hazyview near southern Africa’s most well-known wildlife area. Fences between the Kruger National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed some years ago to form an area called the ‘Greater Kruger’. Comprising an area of some 24000 sq km, where wildlife is free to roam, this has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora.

Day 8. Hazyview – Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Rising early, we board our open 4x4 safari vehicles ready for our full day game drive. Kruger is home to the 'Big 5' - lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and buffalo, as well as over 505 species of birds which we enthusiastically search for during the morning and afternoon.

The day is spent on game drive seeking out wild animals - including dazzling zebra, towering giraffe and many other interesting, quirky and beautiful creatures.

We return to our camp for the evening and enjoy a Shangaan culture tribal experience around an open fire.

Day 9. Hazyview – Tshipise Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.

Leaving the Greater Kruger behind, we travel north through South Africa’s lush countryside to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our campsite is located at Forever Resorts at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies set adjacent to the Honnet Nature Reserve. There are hot springs in the resort offering a variety of swimming pools to enjoy.

Day 10. Tshipise – Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) Highlights. Bulawayo.

Today, we make our way across the border to Zimbabwe and on to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree-lined avenues and wide-open spaces. Our camp is located on the outskirts of the city and set in a tranquil garden setting.

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

Transferring from our truck into smaller 4x4 game viewing vehicles, we are accompanied by a local guide 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 today 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 a striking picture.

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. Khami Ruins, Zimbabwe.

From Bulawayo, we head to the Khami Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before arriving in Zimbabwe's oldest national Park - Hwange.

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

We enjoy a late afternoon game drive with a local guide in open 4x4 game viewing vehicles 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 themselves and we explore the paths along the edge of the gorge where the Zambezi plunges some 100 metres. Its truly an awe inspiring site.

The Victoria Falls area is an adventure lovers paradise with a wide variety of activities on offer. Our team here will be able to 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, but we recommend spending some extra time in the area to enjoy some of what is on offer.

We recommend staying in Victoria Falls for a few days after your tour to fully enjoy the sights and activities on offer.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Sentinel Hotel, Pretoria

Situated in the heart of Pretoria's diplomatic district, this hotel offers twin/double en-suite rooms, a fully stocked restaurant/bar and a swimming pool for those chilled days.

* 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.

* 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 truck 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 truck 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*
Dhow Safari, Vilanculos – Magaruque Island snorkelling
Khami Ruins
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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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.

190 USD or 210 USD (If prepaid)

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

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