Southern Africa Safari (Accommodated)

Tour Code 21SAS7A. Small Group Safaris
7 days from
$1'725 USD
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Plus 595 USD mandatory Safari Pass
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Group Size: Minimum 2, Maximum 12. Age Group: 8+

Discover the wilds of Hwange, Matobo and Chobe along with the ancient Khami Ruins...

This accommodated tour visits the top highlights of Zimbabwe and the Chobe National Park in Botswana. It includes visiting a wild dog conservation project; game viewing in a game concession area adjacent to Zimbabwe's famous Hwange National Park; nature drives and walks with the rhinos at Matobo National Park; wandering the Khami Ruins and drifting along the Chobe River while watching the sunset and prolific wildlife.

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Day 1. Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Sable Sands Lodge, Hwange.

On the first day of this tour, we leave Victoria Falls and make our way to Hwange National Park. Covering an area of over 14,000 sq km Hwange is home to and famous for its populations of Elephant.

After settling in for our first night, we game drive in a concession area adjacent to the National Park in search of the nocturnal wildlife of the area, including the ever-elusive leopard.

Day 2. Hwange National Park Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

Hwange contains over 100 mammals and is home of the 'big 5'(leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo). The park is also known for its giraffe, cheetah, gemsbok, hyena and for the Wild (Painted) Dogs. Today we use open safari vehicle in the park to enhance our game viewing experience for a morning and afternoon drive.

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

We head south out of Hwange to Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo. Just outside of the city we visit the Khami Ruins, the capital of the Kalanga Kingdom of Butwa of the Torwa dynasty. It is now a national monument and became a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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

Today we enter Matobo National Park which forms the core of the Matobo or Matopos Hills. These hills were formed over 2 billion years ago with granite being forced to the surface, this has eroded to produce smooth circular boulders. Mzilikazi, founder of the Ndebele nation, gave the area its name, meaning 'Bald Heads'.

Home to the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa, local guides will lead us on foot through the thickets of grass and wooded valleys in search of these majestic creatures.

Day 5. Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana Highlights. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Sands, Nata.

Leaving Bulawayo we make our way across the border into Botswana and to the Elephant Sands Lodge. We normally arrive sometime in the early/mid-afternoon and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Elephant Sands offers a watering hole in the middle of the camp and bar area where wildlife roams freely. Keep your eyes peeled for the resident elephants coming in for a drink. In the dry months, this waterhole can be home to over 50 elephants at a time.

Day 6. Elephant Sands, Nata to Kasane Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.

Today we make our way to the town Kasane in northern Botswana. This is where we get to Chobe National Park and take a 'Fish Eagle' cruise on the Chobe river – a wonderful opportunity to view hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe while we float by in the late afternoon sunshine.

Day 7. Kasane to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Botswana.

On our final day, we head back into the Chobe National Park in search of all the wildlife we may have missed the day before on an open vehicle game drive. After our time in the park we cross the border back into Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls.

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

TOUR STYLE:
Acacia Small Groups Safari; we operate this tour in conjunction with a specialized Zimbabwe
ground handler.

ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation is in twin share rooms or chalets, with en suite facilities.

COMFORT LEVEL:
This is a full participation safari. You are asked to play your part in (for instance) pitching and striking camp each day and helping prepare meals.

TRANSPORT:
Open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, minivan/vehicle, river boat. (Maximum group size: 12 passengers)

Meals
6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Accommodation
Twin share lodge with private facilities (2 nts), twin share B&B with shared facilities (2 nts), Safari tents with en-suite (1 nt), private hotel with private facilities (1 nt)

Includes.
Transport
Accommodation
Meals as indicated
Driver/guide on excursions

Included Highlights:

Hwange National Park, Game Drives
Painted (Wild) Dog Conservation Project
Matobo National Park, Game Drive/Walk
Khami Ruins, Unesco World Heritage site
Chobe National Park, Fish Eagle Boat Cruise and Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
Excludes.
Visas
Travel insurance
Flights
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Drinks
Tips
Optional activities
Items of a personal nature
Single Supplements apply - contact Acacia for rates
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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.

595 USD or 595 USD * (If prepaid)

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

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