Rediscover Matobo, Hwange & Victoria Falls (7 Days)

Tour Code 21RMHVF7A. Rediscover Africa
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$1'665 USD
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Group Size: Maximum 16. Age Group: Open Age

This exciting 7 day safari tour highlights Zimbabwe's top destinations - Hwange and Matobos National Park, the historical Ruins, Victoria Falls and more!

This Rediscover Africa tour showcases Zimbabwe's famous highlights. Delve into a wildlife safari on game drives in both Hwange and Matobos National Parks. Visit the historical UNESCO Heritage sites of the Khami and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Starting and ending in Victoria Falls. A tour to remember!

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Day 1. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Bulawayo Highlights. Bulawayo. Accommodation. Travellers Guest House, Bulawayo.

Departing Victoria Falls we drive south for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. The gateway to Matobo National Park. The afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. Bulawayo is a pleasant city with broad tree-lined avenues and wide open spaces.

There is a fascinating National History Museum, which recounts much of Zimbabwe’s traditional and colonial past; also near the Old Town Hall there is a lively curio market, Mzilikazi Art and craft centre, a wide array of handicrafts and artwork are on display here made by skillful local craftsmen and women.

After an entertaining day exploring we retire to our accommodation, Travellers Guest House, providing a lush tropical garden ambiance. The establishment offers a sparkling swimming pool, garden terrace with firepit and it is conveniently located to nearby shops and restaurants.

Day 2. Bulawayo to Matobos National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Travellers Guest House, Bulawayo.

Matobo National Park is located a short distance outside Bulawayo and knowledgeable guides will take us to this highlighted park. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people here.

The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals. Approaching these huge herbivores in their natural environment is a heart racing, breathtaking and memorable experience.

The park also has the densest population of leopard and black eagle in the world and we keep our eyes peeled high and low for these creatures. We also keep a look out for giraffe, zebra, ostrich and a variety of antelope and buck species.

Day 3. Bulawayo to Great Zimbabwe National Monument Highlights. Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Clevers Lake View Resort.

Leaving Bulawayo we cross towards the east of the country to the small town of Masvingo. Nearby is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southern Africa: the Great Zimbabwe National Monument. Dating back to 1200AD this place was once the home to an indigenous population of some 10,000 people.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area holds special significance to the country. Legend says this was the city where the Queen of Sheeba resided and archeological finds uncovered gold, coins and porcelain from as far afield as Persia and China, highlighting the importance of the city as a trading post.

We stay nearby for easy access and ample time to explore the ruins at leisure. Allowing the opportunity to trek to the top of the Hill Enclosure to enjoy a wondrous and spiritual African sunset.

Day 4. Great Zimbabwe National Monument to Antelope Park Highlights. Antelope Park Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Antelope Park Premier Private Game Lodge.

Located on Zimbabwe’s central plateau, we pass through the town of Gweru and make camp at the Antelope Park Premier Private Game Reserve. Set in over 3000 acres of open savannah, this is home to numerous antelope as well as zebra and giraffe.

Boasting a swimming pool, coffee café and an open-air thatched restaurant. There is the opportunity to try various (optional) activities here including bush walks, bird viewing walk, horse riding and an on-site spa. End the evening stargazing around an African fire pit.

Day 5. Antelope Park to Hwange National Park Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Miombo Safari Lodge .

We leave the Antelope Park and head for the world famous Hwange National Park. Zimbabwe’s largest and best known game park was (circa 19th century) the royal grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi and in 1929 was set aside as a National Park. The Park covers an area of over 14,600 sq kms and is particularly known for its elephant populations.

Hwange National Park is also renowned for its population of Wild Painted Dog. Unfortunately the numbers of these animals are dwindling but conservation efforts have been stepped up and we will see the work of one of these projects in the afternoon before reaching our accommodation. Hwange Painted Dog Conservation Project rehabilitates and releases injured and orphaned wild-dogs, as well as guiding the local communities in guardianship. This is extremely valuable work to preserve an endangered species thought to number a mere 3000 remaining individuals in all of Africa.

Our accommodation for the night is at Miombo Safari Lodge, nestled among the trees . Offering a thatched main lounge, dining area, bar, social firepit, swimming pool & viewing deck overlooking a private waterhole in a bush setting of natural sounds and African wilderness.

Day 6. Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Zambezi Sunset Cruise - Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Shearwater Explorers Village.

Today we transfer to 4x4 open safari vehicles and enter the Hwange National Park for a morning game drive. Located in the far west of the country, Hwange sits in a remarkable belt of Africa, extending into neighbouring Botswana allowing animals, especially elephant, to roam between Hwange and Chobe National Park. The park contains over 100 mammal species including Africa’s “Big 5" (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo), giraffe, cheetah, gemsbok and the brown hyena.

Following our game drive, we head to Victoria Falls where we will enjoy a sunset cruise along the spectacular Zambezi River. Refreshments will be available on board the cruise while we view birds skimming the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline. There may even be the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species.

After the cruise, a dinner on the river bank may interest you, the establishment has a restaurant with a view like no other.

Day 7. Victoria Falls Highlights. Victoria Falls National Park.

On our final day the group will embark on a shuttle to visit the mighty Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls National Park on the Zimbabwean side offers views of the main Falls and all-year-round water flow.

After the Falls visit, our tour comes to an end upon return to Shearwater Explorers Village. We highly recommend adding an additional day or two to take full advantage of the numerous adventure activities available in this area.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Shearwater Explorers Village

The Shearwater Explorers Village is located 400m from the thundering Victoria Falls and 100m from the epicenter of the Vic Falls town. Comprising of 42 private rooms, the village represents budget accommodation at its finest. Facilities include: Bar, Swimming pool and a spa for those relaxation moments.

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

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Shearwater Explorers Village

The Shearwater Explorers Village is located 400m from the thundering Victoria Falls and 100m from the epicenter of the Vic Falls town. Comprising of 42 private rooms, the village represents budget accommodation at its finest. Facilities include: Bar, Swimming pool and a spa for those relaxation moments.

* 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 departs fairly early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore 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 suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival, but you can also pre book this with Acacia.

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:
Twin / Double share accommodation with facilities (5 nights), twin share Pre-erected tents (1 night) some may be with bar or swimming pool.

TRANSPORT: Minibus, 4x4 safari vehicle.

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 it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit. These local services are included in the Safari Pass.

TOUR STYLE:
Your help with occasional day to day duties, such as helping with shopping, cooking, dishes and keeping the Acacia vehicle tidy is entirely on a voluntary basis. It’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. It contributes greatly to the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment.

Meals
6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

Accommodation
Twin / Double share accommodation with facilities (5 nights), Twin share Pre-erected tents (1 night)

Includes.
All tour highlights
Transport
Accommodation
Meals as indicated
Services of driver/guide
All road tolls and vehicle taxes

Highlights Include:
Matobo National Park Game Drive and Rhino Tracking
UNESCO Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Hwange National Park Game Drive
Painted Dog Conservation Project Excursion
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Victoria Falls Visit
Excludes.
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature or health related
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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.

270 USD or 270 USD * (If prepaid)

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

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