Game Parks , Zanzibar and Mozambique

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Nairobi Kenya
Length: 28 - 42 Days
End: Johannesburg South Africa
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: South Africa Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Kenya Mozambique

Tour Dates

2020
  • 2020
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October
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From ZAR 65520 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 1540)
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Overview

Zanzibar & Mozambique Game Parks

Zanzibar & Mozambique Game Parks, this exciting holiday offers you a comprehensive insight into some of Eastern and Southern Africa’s best adventure attractions. Our unique itinerary has been carefully designed to maximize your experiences in the time you have exploring this incredible continent with us. From the undulating Maasai Mara, to the flat plains of the Serengeti, the majestic Ngorongoro Crater, sun kissed beaches on the tropical island of Zanzibar and the coastline of Mozambique to Victoria Falls, one of nature’s wonders of the world. Finishing with two great game parks – Hwange and Kruger to add a fitting finale to this comprehensive and memorable tour.

Excludes Gorilla permit. Max age 18-39 only. 

Tour price excludes local payment. 

Included Highlights in the Zanzibar & Mozambique Game Parks

Maasai Mara Excursion with small vehicle*
Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles, Game Drives with Resident Guide*
Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
Hwange NP, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Matobo NP, Open Vehicle Drive and Wilderness Walk with Resident Guide*
Dhow Safari, Vilanculos – Magaruque Island snorkelling
Bilene and Tofo beach, Inhambane
Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Kruger NP, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass

INCLUDED:

  1. All tour highlights
  2. 2-person dome tents
  3. Fully equipped safari vehicles
  4. Camping and cooking equipment, mattresses
  5. Service of two crew
  6. All road and vehicle taxes
  7. All ground transportation
  8. Meals as indicated.

EXCLUDED:

  1. Adventure Pass activities
  2. Visas and travel insurance
  3. Flight departure taxes
  4. Airport transfers
  5. Optional activities
  6. Tips
  7. Drinks
  8. Sleeping bag and items of personal nature
  9. NB Lunches and dinners in Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Nairobi, and on Zanzibar are not included

Prices are subject to change

*** Price is per person sharing. Excludes single supplement and any additional activities or meals not set out in the itinerary

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Nairobi – Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Distance travelled: +/- 300 Km
Approx driving time: 5 hours

We depart the city early and make our way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, enjoying views of the vast vista en route. We travel in small specialized safari vehicles that enable us to have a more intimate view of wildlife. We spend two nights camping on the edge of the Reserve with time to explore the park on morning and afternoon game drives.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Maasai Mara: Chronicle Tented Camp

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Approx driving time: Full day including game drives

We have the day to explore the Reserve in search for wildlife including the ‘big 5’ – lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. We stop for a lunch before returning to our tented camp for the evening.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Game Drive

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chronicle Tented Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya - Nairobi

Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya – Nairobi
Distance travelled: +/- 300 Km
Approx driving time: 5 Hours

From the Mara we make our way back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, where we overnight. Tonight, you have the opportunity to head out and explore Nairobi’s bustling night life or dine at the famed Carnivore Restaurant.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Karen Camp - Camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania

Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania
Distance travelled: +/- 270 Km
Approx driving time: 5 Hours

After crossing the border into Tanzania at the busy Namanga frontier we arrive at our destination, Arusha, in the late afternoon. Situated mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo, this is very much Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’ – a bustling city with colourful markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556m).

After exploring the curio markets, we head to our camp just outside Arusha on the open plains to the west of the city. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three-day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

This afternoon, if time allows, we enjoy a walk to one of the local Maasai villages to enjoy an insight into everyday life and traditions of this colourful culture.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Meserani Snake Park - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Camel Ride US$5

Day 5: Arusha - Serengeti National Park

Arusha – Serengeti National Park
Distance Travelled: +/- 250 Km
Approx driving time: Full day including game drives

This morning we transfer to smaller, more ‘game park friendly’ vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We enter the park and drive around the ‘Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry, this is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara the Serengeti is simply huge – indeed the name derives from the Maasai word Siringitu – ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby, for an unforgettable experience.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Serengeti National Park: Bush Camp - Camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

We drive out of the plains, game driving en route, and after lunch ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the night camping on the rim (you may need a jacket; it can be cold at night due to the altitude), where wildlife also roams free. At 326 square kilometres, the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site. If the view from the rim (2400 metres above sea level) is spectacular, the site from the Crater floor (some 600 metres below) is equally enjoyable.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Simba Camp - Camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha, Meserani Snake Park

Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha, Meserani Snake Park
Distance Travelled: +/- 250 Km
Approx driving time: Full days including morning game drive

We wake early and descend the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven. All the large mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down onto the Crater floor). After our game drive we ascend to our campsite on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, pack up our camp and have lunch before retracing our steps to Arusha and our campsite at the Meserani Snake Park.

Note: We may enjoy the Maasai walk on this day if we were unable to make this on day 4.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Meserani Snake Park - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Arusha – Bagamoyo

Arusha – Bagamoyo
Distance travelled: +/- 560 Km
Approx driving time: 11 Hours

This morning we wake early and head south via Moshi to Bagamoyo. If the weather is clear we will be afforded a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895m). The quaint town of Bagamoyo was founded at the end of the 18th century and was one of the most significant trading ports along the East African coast. Our camp for the evening is situated close by to the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Fire Fly Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Bagamoyo – Dar es Salaam

Bagamoyo – Dar es Salaam
Distance travelled: +/- 60 Km
Approx driving time: 2 – 3 Hours

Leaving Bagamoyo we make our way south to Dar es Salaam. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s main port and is a hub of commerce and industry – a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast, accessing one of the most important sea routes in the world. To a majority of travellers, this city is the port of entry to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other archipelago islands. We set up camp on the beach just outside of the city, take in the balmy Indian Ocean sea breeze, and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kipepeo Beach Resort - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar Island

Dar es Salaam – Zanzibar Island
Distance Travelled: Ferry crossing

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringed beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here – and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices. Indeed the spice trade here is centuries old: Zanzibarians have traded with the people of the Arabian peninsula for many generations, navigating the ocean in simple dhow sailboats, relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries. Our time on the island over the next 3 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, fabrics and wooden carvings, or visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it’s white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer – head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Stone Town – Mazon’s or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Spice Tour US$35, Slave Markets US$15, Arabic Fort US$5, Palace Museum US$10

Day 11: Zanzibar Island

Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, in the northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kendwa Northern beaches – Sunset Bungalows or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Spice Tour US$35, Scuba Diving local US$150, Yacht Trip US$120, Snorkelling Safaris from US$40, Massages from US$20

Day 12: Zanzibar Island

Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kendwa Northern beaches – Sunset Bungalows or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Spice Tour US$35, Scuba Diving local US$150, Yacht Trip US$120, Snorkelling Safaris from US$40, Massages from US$20

Day 13: Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam

Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam
Distance Travelled: Ferry crossing

We have the morning to do any last-minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland and Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast for the evening.

Please note that some group members may be ending their tour in Dar es Salaam. Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kipepeo Village - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National park area

Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National park area
Distance travelled: +/- 290 Km
Approx driving time: 4 Hours

Leaving the bustling city and warm Atlantic coast, we drive inland through the Mikumi National Park where we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. Our campsite is located a short stone’s throw from the park and we enjoy sundowners at the local bar/ restaurant followed by the evening around the open fire under the blanket of stars. If time allows we can go on an optional game drive in the late afternoon.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Tan-Swiss Lodge - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Mikumi Game Drive US$150

Day 15: Mikumi – Iringa

Mikumi – Iringa
Distance travelled: +/- 220 Km
Approx driving time: 4 Hours

We continue our journey heading to the town of Iringa and the Kisolanza Farm. At an altitude of 1600m Kisolanza ensures a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm providing organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as Dar es Salaam. The farm house is a well-known spot to camp and is the overnight near our mid-way point for our journey from the ocean to the Malawi border.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kisolanza Farm House - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi

Iringa – Chitimba Beach, Malawi
Distance travelled: +/- 550 Km
Approx driving time: 11 Hours

After our last night in Tanzania, we head through lush mountain passes, rich grazing land, and banana and tea plantations to the Songwe border post into Malawi. Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’ covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawi people. Fishermen, fish traders, canoe and net makers all ply their trade, and a common sight is that of a fisherman in his Bwato, (dugout canoe made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day. The lake also has the highest number of endemic fresh water fish species of any in the world.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chitimba Beach Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Chitimba Beach, Malawi

Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where after 11km of hiking you can cool off in a natural bath. The surrounding hills are home to the Livingstonia Mission where David Livingstone worked from for a time while staying in Malawi. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking to. For those staying at the campsite, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of woodcarving your own souvenir, or learn to play the game of Bao, haggle for some souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing day admiring the shimmering waters on the beach.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chitimba Beach Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Livingstonia Day Hike US$10

Day 18: Kande Beach

Chitimba Beach – Kande Beach
Distance travelled: +/- 240 Km
Approx driving time: 5 Hours

Today we take a nice scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu – the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi – where we stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets, before arriving to Kande Beach. Try some of the optional water sports typically available, horse riding or else simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as some of the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kande Beach Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Horse Riding US$55, Village Walk US$10, Snorkelling Day Trip from US$15, Fresh Water Scuba Diving from US$45, Canoe Hire from US$15

Day 19: Kande Beach

Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving, snorkelling, and horse riding along the beach. Or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, by tradition very friendly, on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kande Beach Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Horse Riding US$55, Village Walk US$10, Snorkelling Day Trip from US$15, Fresh Water Scuba Diving from US$45, Canoe Hire from US$15

Day 20: Kande Beach – Chipata, Zambia

Kande Beach – Chipata, Zambia
Distance travelled +/- 440 Km
Approx driving time: 9 Hours

Saying our goodbye’s to ‘the Lake’, we head for the border crossing into Zambia to Chipata. Formally named Fort Jamerson, the border town has a population of approx 98,000, and is the capital of Zambia’s Eastern Province. The town has colourful fruit and vegetable markets and an unexpected number of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community. If time allows, we will stop in Chipata before arriving to our campsite situated a short distance from the town centre.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Mama Rula’s Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Chipata - Lusaka

Chipata – Lusaka
Distance travelled: +/- 620 Km
Approx driving time: 12 Hours

Today we leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush country and small villages, cross the Luangwa River to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7m inhabitants. It is located on Zambia’s southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Eureka Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Lusaka - Livingstone

Lusaka – Livingstone
Distance travelled: +/- 520 Km
Approx driving time: 10 Hours

We head south to Livingstone and set up camp at the Waterfront campsite on the banks of the Zambezi River, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls. At various times of year, the spray from the ‘Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi oa Tunya – the ‘Smoke that Thunders’. Don’t forget your raincoat to keep you and your camera dry!

Accommodation

Accommodation:

The Victoria Falls Waterfront - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Bungee Jumping US$160, Full Day Abseil US$190, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park Game Walk US$110, Chief Mukumi Village Tour US$50, Gorge Swing US$95, Zambezi Jet Boat & Cable Car from US$215, Half Day Canoe US$115, Zambezi Sunset Cruise US$70, Full Day White-water Rafting US$180, Helicopter/Microlight Flights from US$195, Half Day Fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65

Day 23: Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia

We have a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town, pop over to neighbouring Zimbabwe or enjoy the many optional activities on offer such as rafting, bungee jumping, river cruises, flights over the falls, just to name a few.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

The Victoria Falls Waterfront - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Bungee Jumping US$160, Full Day Abseil US$190, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park Game Walk US$110, Chief Mukumi Village Tour US$50, Gorge Swing US$95, Zambezi Jet Boat & Cable Car from US$215, Half Day Canoe US$115, Zambezi Sunset Cruise US$70, Full Day White-water Rafting US$180, Helicopter/Microlight Flights from US$195, Half Day Fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65

Day 24: Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia

Today we have a free day to enjoy the many optional activities on offer or spend your day at leisure by the poolside at the Victoria Falls Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences.

Please note that some group members may be finishing their tour in Livingstone today.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

The Victoria Falls Waterfront - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Bungee Jumping US$160, Full Day Abseil US$190, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park Game Walk US$110, Chief Mukumi Village Tour US$50, Gorge Swing US$95, Zambezi Jet Boat & Cable Car from US$215, Half Day Canoe US$115, Zambezi Sunset Cruise US$70, Full Day White-water Rafting US$180, Helicopter/Microlight Flights from US$195, Half Day Fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65

Day 25: Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone, Zambia
Distance travelled: +/- 10 Km
Approx driving day: 1 Hour

Today is a free day to explore Victoria Falls. Why not enjoy a guided tour of the ‘Falls’ for a different perspective to watch the spectacle and see the enormous Batoka Gorge of which the Zambezi plunges or enjoy the popular activities include scenic flights for a birds-eye view of the falls, bungee jumping off the Livingstone Bridge, gorge swinging, jet boating, game drives, horse safaris, cultural excursions and river cruises to name a few.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

The Victoria falls Waterfront - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Bungee Jumping US$160, Full Day Abseil US$190, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park Game Walk US$110, Chief Mukumi Village Tour US$50, Gorge Swing US$95, Zambezi Jet Boat & Cable Car from US$215, Half Day Canoe US$115, Zambezi Sunset Cruise US$70, Full Day White-water Rafting US$180, Helicopter/Microlight Flights from US$195, Half Day Fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65

Day 26: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today we will be transferred across the border into Zimbabwe to meet the new group and tour leader. Once we settle in, the rest of the day is yours at leisure. Here you have the opportunity to choose more activities or simply relax in the beautiful surroundings.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Victoria Falls Rest Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities (prices are guide only): Bungee Jumping US$170, Gorge Swing $100, Helicopter Flights from US$150 White water rafting $130, Full day canoe $150, Game walk $120, Jet boating $100, Birding ½ day $160, Bike tour – 3 hours $65

Day 27: Victoria Falls – Hwange National Park

Victoria Falls – Hwange National Park
Distance travelled: +/- 200 Km
Approx driving day: 3 Hours

Today we head for the world-famous Hwange National Park. This is Zimbabwe’s largest and best-known park and was (in the early 19th century) the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi. In 1929 it was set aside as a National Park for the benefit of all Zimbabwe’s peoples. The park covers an area of over 14,600 sq kms and is particularly known for its elephant but contains over 100 mammal species including Africa’s “Big 5″ (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo), as well as giraffe, cheetah, gemsbok and the brown hyena and abundant bird species. Hwange is also known for its population of the Wild (Painted) Dog. Late in the day we take a locally guided open vehicle game drive and hope to glimpse some of the wildlife in the park before returning to camp for overnight.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Hwange Rest Camp or similar– Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28: Hwange National Park - Bulawayo

Hwange National Park – Bulawayo
Distance travelled: +/- 330 Km
Approx driving time: 4 Hours

Departing Hwange we drive south to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city. Before reaching the city we visit the Khami Ruins, an important archaeological site and former trading centre dating from the 16th century. 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, and near the Old Town Hall a lively curio market. A wide range of handicrafts and artwork are on display here most made by local craftsmen and women.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Burke’s Paradise – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29: Bulawayo – Matobos National Park - Bulawayo

Matobo National Park is located a short distance outside Bulawayo and knowledgeable guides will take us to this very impressive park. This 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. 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. This half day tour will end after the walk and a vehicle will transfer you back to the camp for an afternoon at leisure.

Optional Full Day: The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are home to numerous Bushman paintings of which we get to visit on this optional full day tour. The hills are also home to the grave site of Cecil John Rhodes who chose this as his burial place owing to the intense natural beauty and startling views from the hills. His grave can be visited at World’s View – a place of continual debate owing to his involvement in claiming the land and its people for Queen & Country in colonial times.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Nature Drive and Wilderness Walk - half day

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Burke’s Paradise – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Upgrade to full day tour including Bushman paintings, historical tour and Cecil Rhodes Grave US$55

Day 30: Bulawayo – Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Masvingo

Bulawayo – Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Masvingo
Distance travelled: +/- 430 Km
Approx driving time: 8 Hours

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 which took its name. Legend says this was the city where the Queen of Sheeba resided and archaeological 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 camp nearby for easy access and ample time to explore the ruins at leisure and with a local guide who will give you basic information of the area. If you have the energy there is the opportunity to trek to the top of the Hill Enclosure to enjoy a wondrous African sunset

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Norma Jean’s - Camping twin share dome tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 31: Mazvingo - Bandula Area, Mozambique

Mazvingo – Bandula Area, Mozambique
Distance travelled: +/- 380 Km
Approx driving time: 7 Hours

Today, we leave early and stop off in Mutare and if time allows stop at the spectacular Birchenough Bridge (named after Sir Henry Birchenough). The bridge spans the Save River on its 400 km journey through Zimbabwe and Mozambique and is one of many scenic features of eastern Zimbabwe.

Once we have stocked up on supplies, we make our way to the border point to leave Zimbabwe and enter Mozambique.

NB: Border formalities entering Mozambique can be time consuming and we may be held here for several hours while the paperwork is completed. Your patience at such times is greatly appreciated. We find the best way to proceed is to let officials work at their own pace and wait patiently. Your tour leader will do most of the work but he (she) will be grateful for your understanding if things seem to be taking longer than they should.

Once formalities are complete, we make our way to the Bandula area near the Chicamba Dam where our campsite is located within a 550-hectare conservancy. Most people notice immediate differences upon entering Mozambique. Travelling is generally slower and road conditions more demanding. Campsites are not as well appointed. Towns and shops may have fewer goods or less variety. While this can sometimes be frustrating most travellers find they’ve settled into the surroundings and realise this is one of the more appealing and attractive aspects of their African adventure tour. We are sure you will enjoy Mozambique but do try to warn you not to expect things to be the same as elsewhere in Africa.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Casa Msika or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32: Bandula – Vilanculos area

Bandula – Vilanculos area
Distance travelled: +/- 510 Km
Approx driving time: 10 Hours + Boat trip to camp

This morning, we leave early and make our way to the spectacular Indian Ocean coast. We arrive at Vilankulo (or Vilanculos), the Gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. Named after a local tribal chief Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke, the town itself is only 5km long yet is a hive of activity, has a lively atmosphere and friendly people. On arrival, we gather our luggage and snorkels for the following day’s island trip and board our traditional dhow boat to our ‘rustic ‘bush camp. The beach camp is located on a remote stretch of the coast approximately 90 minutes sail from Vilanculos town itself. We arrive in the late afternoon and settle into our beach camp for the next 2 nights.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chigamane Camp or similar – Camping in pre-erected twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 33: Vilanculos

After breakfast we take our dhow boat 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 pristine beach. A delicious seafood lunch is included in our Dhow Safari. With its powdery-white beaches, turquoise waters, and superb all-year round climate, Magaruque is perfect to relax, unwind and explore the local marine life. We return to our beach camp in the late afternoon to overnight.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chigamane or similar – Camping in twin share pre-erected tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 34: Vilanculos - Inhambane

Vilanculos area – Inhambane
Distance travelled: +/- 320km
Approx driving time: 6 Hours

We bid our seaside camp farewell and head further down the scenic coast via Inhambane to Tofo where we will spend the next 2 nights. Tofo is a small beach town with lovely open beaches, where the pace of life slows allowing you to relax and soak up the atmosphere. There are many activities on offer such as horse riding, snorkelling and scuba. Whale Sharks and Manta Rays inhabit the coastline all year round but are in larger numbers in the summer months (November to March). Humpback whales usually arrive around mid-June and are present until mid-October. The natural vegetation of the coastal plain is dune forest, but this has largely been replaced by coconut palms, planted by the Portuguese and local Bitonga people to supply the thriving copra trade. There are some exciting bars and restaurants in the area – sample the local seafood, the area is famous for it – and the local beer (called ‘2M’) or else simply relax and enjoy a good read. You could also take a trip into Inhambane, the second oldest town in Mozambique to explore the local market.

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Accommodation

Accommodation:

Fatima’s Nest or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 35:Inhambane

Today is a free day at leisure to enjoy the local tropical beaches and the many activities on offer. Nearby Inhambane has a rich history and offers a great opportunity to go out and explore the old city. Climb the ladder at the Cathedral of our lady of Conception Inhambane for fantastic 360-degree views of the surrounds. The local markets are also a highlight with fresh fish, seafood and farm produce on sale. You’ll soon see the mix of Arabic and African cultures that create a vibrant, eclectic style of its own.

If the delights of the ocean are your forte, then head out and explore the reefs and colourful marine life found in this warm watery haven.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Fatima’s Nest or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Scuba Diving US$80 - US$120, Snorkelling Trips from US$40, Quad Biking US$50

Day 36: Inhambane – Praia do Bilene

Inhambane – Praia do Bilene
Distance travelled: +/- 360 Km
Approx driving time: 6 – 7 Hours

We leave Tofo and head south to Bilene and our last coastal stop in Mozambique. Bilene, also known as Praia do Bilene and was once called San Marthino is located 180km from Mozambique and famous for the Uembje Lagoon (or San Marthino lake) where you can try out one of the best loved activities in Bilene – snorkelling! Our camp for the evening is located on top of the dunes overlooking the stunning lagoon itself. It’s here we spend the night lulled by the sound of the ocean and enjoy the fresh breeze as we unwind from our day.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Laguna Camp or similar – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 37: Praia do Bilene - Hazyview – Kruger National Park, South Africa

Praia do Bilene – Hazyview – Kruger National Park, South Africa
Distance travelled: +/- 410 Km
Approx driving time: 10 Hours

From Bilene we cross the border into South Africa, where we head for southern Africa’s premier game reserve, ‘Kruger’ and spend the night outside the reserve. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form the Greater Kruger, an area of some 24000 sq km. Wildlife is free to roam the whole enormous area and it has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal (148 species) is present. There is also prolific birdlife (over 505 species) and over 330 varieties of trees.
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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Hotel Numbi – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 38: Hazyview – Kruger National Park

Approx driving time: Full day with game drives

Waking early, we board our 4×4 game viewing vehicles with a resident guide for an intense but rewarding day in Kruger National Park. The impressive atmosphere of the park enables you to see why it is held in such high esteem amongst visitors from all over the world. We game drive in the morning and afternoon in search for the abundance of wildlife including the ‘Big 5’ – Rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion together with a high density of other mammals and diverse bird species such as eagles, hornbills, vultures and bee eaters. We break during the middle of the day to enjoy the peace of the rest camp and wait out the hottest part of the day (when wildlife is usually less active). We then continue our game drive through the park exiting in the late afternoon and continue to our accommodation for the night.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Hotel Numbi – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Night game drive US$60

Day 39: Hazyview - Greater Kruger - Johannesburg

Hazyview – Greater Kruger – Pretoria
Distance travelled: +/- 390 Km
Approx driving time: 7 Hours

We leave the Kruger behind and make our way to South Africa’s administrative city, Pretoria, where our tour ends late afternoon / early evening on day 14 (we recommend that you plan to say that evening in Pretoria)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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