Wildlife and Beaches:
15-Days of exploring the spectacular wildlife of Zimbabwe and the Kruger Park, combined with the tropical beaches of Mozambique.
> From Victoria Falls to Johannesburg.
> Semi-participation, mix camping and lodge safari.
> Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls.
> Zimbabwe: Game Viewing in Hwange National Park and Painted Dogs Centre, scenic hills in the Matopos area, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Eastern Highlands.
> Mozambique: Beaches of Vilaculos and Inhambane, Massingir Dam and Limpopo Trans-frontier National Park.
> South Africa: Big 5 Wildlife experiences of the Kruger National
Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe you will be met and transferred to Lokuthula Lodges. This afternoon we explore the mighty Victoria Falls on a guided tour.
Day 2 & 3: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
After breakfast we depart Victoria Falls and make our way to Hwange National Park. The afternoon is spent on a game drive with a visit to the Painted Dogs Centre. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus very large and varied birdlife. The whole of the next day is spent exploring this magnificent area. [BLD/BLD]
Day 4: Hwange National Park to Matopos, Zimbabwe
We leave the beauty of the Hwange National Park behind us and head to Big Cave Camp in the Matopos area. The Matopos Hills comprise an extraordinary collection of huge bare granite hills with gravity-defying boulders scattered all over the countryside to create a quite unique and rather mysterious landscape. The national park is famous for its outstanding views, San (bushman) painted caves, wildlife (especially the Black Eagle) and as the chosen burial place of Cecil Rhodes who named his favourite spot. We visit the grave of Cecil John Rhodes on our way. [BLD]
Day 5: Matopos to Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
After breakfast this morning we drive to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. We visit the ruins, before checking into our accommodation for the evening. The ruins, which according to an age-old legend were built to replicate the palace of the Queen of Sheba in Jerusalem, are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries. The ruins, which cover an area of 1800 acres, are some of the oldest and largest structures located in Southern Africa. [BLD]
Day 6: Great Zimbabwe to Mutare, Zimbabwe
Today we leave Great Zimbabwe and drive to Mutare. Located high in the mountains of the Eastern Highlands, Mutare is on the border of Mozambique and is Zimbabwe's gateway to the sea. In this area known as the Eastern Highlands one enjoys rigorous mountain terrain and lush green forests. While sightseeing in the area you'll find vista views and rushing mountain streams teaming with fresh mountain trout. [BLD]
Day 7 & 8: Mutare to Vilanculous, Mozambique
We have to get up early, as today is the longest drive on our safari. We cross the border into Mozambique and head southwards to the coastal town of Vilanculous, which is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. The village Vilanculous is close to the beach and just about halfway between Maputo and Beira. Here you’ll find buzzing markets, restaurants, public phones, banks and quaint supermarkets. The next day is at leisure to explore the village or just to relax on the beach. [BLD/B]
Day 9 & 10: Vilanculous to Inhambane, Mozambique
After breakfast we drive along the coast to the sleepy and neat town of Inhambane. Hundreds of graceful dhows on the usually tranquil water are one of Inhambane's most obvious features. The town probably has the largest working fleet of Dhows on the East African coastline. We’ll spend the afternoon relaxing on one of these dhows. Inhambane also offers several points of interest for sight seeing, that you will have time for the next day. [BL/B]
Day 11: Inhambane to Massingir, Mozambique
We leave the Mozambiquan coastline paradise behind us and drive in a north-westerly direction towards Massingir. We set up camp at Albufeira Camp, which is situated close to the Massingir Dam. [BLD]
Day 12 & 13: Massingir to Kruger National Park, South Africa
An early morning getaway takes us back into South Africa through the Giriyondo gate into the world-renowned Kruger National Park - South Africa’s most famous and biggest game reserve. Kruger National Park has nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms that fuses with historical and archaeological sights - this is real Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.
Being the flagship of
the South African National Parks, the Kruger is home to an impressive
number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles,
507 birds and 147 mammals. The following day we depart the camp at
sunrise for a full day of game viewing in the park with the chance
of spotting the ‘Big 5’ again, while making our way to one of the
southern camps. Our last night in the park will be enjoyed around
the campfire and typical South African bbq. (BBQ). [BLD/BLD]
Day 14: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg, South Africa
Today is our last day of this incredible safari. We end our journey in Johannesburg. [BL]
Day 15: End of Tour
The tour ends after breakfast this morning, when you guide will bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you on one of our adventures again soon. [B]