Mozambique and Zimbabwe Explorer (Southbound)

Tour Code 18SMZE14. Camping Overland
14 days from
$1'828 USD
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Plus 170 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!

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 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.

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 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 to Masvingo Highlights. Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Zimbabwe.

Leaving Bulawayo we cross towards the east of the country to the small town of Masvingo. Nearby our camp is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southern Africa: the Great Zimbabwe National Monument which we explore in the afternoon.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to 1200AD and was once the home to an indigenous population of some 10,000 people. Rumoured to be the city of the Queen of Sheba, it was an important trading centre and evidence of trades with Persians and Chinese have been found at the site despite it's remote, inland location.

Take a walk around the ancient site and climb the steep route to the fortress on the mountainside for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

Day 6. Masvingo to Bandula area, Mozambique

Today, we travel via Mutare and if time allows we stop at the spectacular Birchenough Bridge (named after Sir Henry Birchenough) and one of many scenic features of eastern Zimbabwe.

We then head on to the border post where we leave Zimbabwe and enter Mozambique. After formalities are done, we make our way to the Bandula area which is located alongside the Chicamba Dam where our campsite is located within a 550-hectare conservancy.

Day 7. Bandula area to Vilanculos

Rising early today, we pack up camp and make our way to the spectacular Indian Ocean coast. Our first coastal stop is at Vilankulo (or Vilanculos) some 500km south of Beira and the Gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. After setting up camp, the late afternoon and evening is yours at leisure to enjoy the town and its vibrant beach nightlife.

Day 8. Vilcanculos 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 9. 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 10. Tofo, Inhambane Highlights. Inhambane, Mozambique. Tofo, 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 11. Tofo, Inhambane to Xai-Xai Highlights. Xai-Xai, Mozambique.

We continue south to Xai Xai (pronounced Shy-shy) for our last night along Mozambique’s rugged coastline. The town of Xai Xai is the capital of Gaza Province and is situated on the banks of the Limpopo River.

Our accommodation is on the stretch of the beach near the coral reef (which runs parallel to the shore). We spend the night lulled by the sound of the ocean and enjoy the fresh breeze as we unwind from our day.

Day 12. Xai Xai to Hazyview, South Africa Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing .

From Xai Xai we cross the border into South Africa, where we head for southern Africa’s premier game reserve, The Kruger National Park. We spend the night outside the reserve in the town of Hazyview.

After settling in, 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 13. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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 terrain 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.

For those seeking an unusual game drive experience, there is an option for a night game drive in the park - chat to your guide for details.

Day 14. Hazyview to Johannesburg

Packing up camp one last 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.
Saba Lodge, Johannesburg

Saba Lodge is selectively chosen as it boasts of quality and comfort as well as being conveniently located. Within 15 minutes drive of O.R Tambo Airport, this establishment offers clients a taste of what their African adventure will entail. Set on 8000 square metres of land, with a tranquil rustic theme, a large deck and swimming pool, free uncapped fibre optic wifi, guests are sure to enjoy their stay. 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 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.

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.

TOUR STYLE:
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.

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*
Xai-Xai and Tofo Beach, Inhambane
Dhow Safari, Vilanculos – Magaruque Island snorkelling
Zimbabwe 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.

170 USD or 190 USD (If prepaid)

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