Mozambique and Zimbabwe Explorer (Southbound) (14 Days)

Tour Code 19SMZE14. Camping Overland Tours
14 days from
$2'076 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

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

Enjoy Big Five Game viewing experiences in both Hwange and Kruger National Park. Marvel at the ancient Zimbabwe Ruins and enjoy a game drive and walk to see the Rhinos at Matobo National Park. Take the coastal route in Mozambique to relax on the sun-kissed beaches and explore the amazing marine life of the warm Indian Ocean. A terrific way to experience both wildlife and the seaside!

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

We start our adventure with a visit to the Victoria Falls themselves, and walking around the trails provides amazing views from a variety of different angles. Falling 100m down into the Batoka gorge, 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 excursions and activities.

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 Five along with wild dog and cheetah.

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

Home to over 40,000 elephants, Hwange is home to some of the largest herds where up to 100 individuals can be seen together. 106 Different species of animals can be found around the reserve with more than 400 species of birds. Whichever way you look at it, you're in for a treat when visiting this fantastic National Park!

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

Continuing on through Zimbabwe we traverse the edge of Hwange National Park down to the second largest city in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo. Before reaching the city, we visit the Khami Ruins, an important archaeological site and former trading centre dating from the 16th century.

Bulawayo is an open city with wide avenues owing to being wide enough to be able to turn a span of oxen around in. After visiting the curio market and stocking up on supplies in town we head on to our camp located in the leafy suburbs of Bulawayo.

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

This morning we head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Matobo National Park. This remarkable area has a large mass of granite boulders scattered throughout the park seeming as if giants had made this their playground. These rocks and overhangs allow for plenty of caves which made this area ideal for settlement and a number of cave art sites are located within the hills.

We visit the nearby Matobo National Park in open 4x4 game drive vehicles with a professional guide and have the opportunity to take a walking safari, tracking some of the big game, including rhino, on foot.

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

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

Leaving Bulawayo, we continue south to the border at Beitbridge. Completing formalities, we cross the Limpopo River -the second largest in South Africa and an important water source for this arid region to Tshipise. Our campsite is located at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve. There are hot springs in the area which we enjoy in the late afternoon.

Day 6. Tshipise – Hazyview

We continue south and head for southern Africa’s premier game reserve, The Kruger National Park. We spend the night outside the reserve in the town of Hazyview.

Day 7. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Shangaan tribal dancing .

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

Kruger National Park itself is a little larger than the country of Belgium so there is a lot of terrains to cover today. Our guides will choose the route dependent on local game movements and sightings and the day is spent exploring the magnificent park. We take a break at a rest camp over the hotter hours of the day and continue on our drive again in the afternoon before heading back to camp in the later hours of the day.

This evening we immerse ourselves in the local culture and enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire to learn more about these fascinating people and their culture.

Day 8. Hazyview- Bilene (Mozambique) Highlights. Bilene, Mozambique.

Today we leave Kruger for Mozambique. After formalities at the border, we continue towards the Indian Ocean coast and our first stop breach stop for the night at Bilene, also known as Praia do Bilene. Our camp for the evening is located on top of the dunes overlooking the stunning Uembje Lagoon (or San Marthino lake) itself.

Day 9. Bilene –Vilanculos Highlights. Vilanculos, Mozambique.

Rising early today, we pack up camp and make our way to Vilankulo (or Vilanculos), the Gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. On arrival, we board the dhow boat and set sail to our camp for two nights. The late afternoon and evening is yours at leisure to enjoy the tranquillity of this beautiful area.

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

Packed and ready, we take a dhow boat safari to Magaruque Island, the third Island in the archipelago and the closest to Vilanculos. Here you can enjoy the island at leisure, snorkelling, swimming, walking or simply enjoy lazing on the beach. A delicious lunch will be served before setting sail back to the mainland in the late afternoon.

The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are home to a number of magnificent marine species and Mozambique is well known as a prime location to explore these. The highly endangered Dugong can be found in the surrounding waters of the Archipelago which contains the rich seagrasses these strange looking creatures feed on.

Day 11. Vilanculos to Tofo, Inhambane

Moving on, we travel the coastal road past villages and via Inhambane to Tofo where we will spend the next 2 nights. Tofo is a small beach town with lovely open beaches and resorts dotting the shoreline.

Optional activities such as horse riding, snorkelling and scuba are on offer as well as exciting bars and restaurants to sample some of the local drinks and cuisine.

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

Sit back and relax on this free day and enjoy the local tropical beaches and the many optional activities on offer. If the delights of the ocean are your forte, then head out and explore the reefs and colourful marine life on a scuba dive or head to Inhambane to soak up its rich history.

Climb the ladder at the Cathedral of our lady of Conception Inhambane for fantastic views of the surrounds. The local markets are also a highlight with fresh fish, seafood and farm produce on sale.

Day 13. Tofo – Komatipoort (South Africa)

Reluctantly we must leave. An early start for the long drive back into South Africa. We aim to cross the border at the end of the day and camp overnight at Komatipoort.

Day 14. Komatipoort - Pretoria

Packing up camp one last time we head towards the beating heart of South Africa's, Pretoria. Our journey takes us through scenic countryside and up to the highveld with big open skies.

We arrive in Pretoria in 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.
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.

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, 12 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*
Bilene and Tofo Beach, Inhambane
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
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)

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