Southern Highlights Adventure

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Johannesburg South Africa
Length: 14 - 28 Days
End: Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: South Africa Zimbabwe Mozambique

Tour Dates

2020
  • 2020
April
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  • February
  • March
  • April
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  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From EURO 2195 pp
(Excl. local payment )
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Overview

Southern Highlights Camping Adventure

In the Southern Highlights Camping Adventure you will be visiting Five Countries, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, this tour explores some of the most spectacular natural wonders and highlights of southern Africa. We engage the cultures, enjoy the scenic splendor and witness some of the most unique wildlife in the world. Our tour aims to visit as many of the attractions as possible. We make sure to include known highlights like Kruger Park and Victoria Falls but also venture to places seldom visited, often way off of the beaten track.We explore the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho and meet the Swazi people of this tiny Kingdom, We enjoy game walks and we relax on the beaches of Mozambique. With a multitude of wildlife experiences in South Africa and Zimbabwe this tour brings new excitement with each day.

Departures guaranteed with minimum of 2 – 4 people.
Excludes single supplement. However, if you are happy to share – no single supplement will apply.

ROUTE : Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
DEPARTURES : Every Third Saturday
VEHICLE : Custom 17-seater adventure truck
DURATION : 16 Days (11 Nights Lodges and Camps / 4 Nights Camping)

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

• Lesotho – “The Roof of Africa”
• African village culture
• Mountain walks
• Golden Gate
• Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland)
• Sibebe Rock
• Maputo
• Mozambique beaches
• Kruger National Park
• Great Zimbabwe
• Victoria Falls National Park and entry fee
• Hwange National Park
• Open vehicle game drives
• Matobo National Park
• Rhino tracking on foot
• Historical sites

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

• White water rafting
• Bungee jumping

***Prices are subject to changes. Prices are person sharing and excludes single supplement and any activities and meals not set out in the itinerary
Tour price *2020 – €2195 (no local payment)

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Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG TO LESOTHO

Distance: 385 km

The tour kicks off early this morning and departs at 06h30 from the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg. We make our way south towards the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, home of the Basotho people. A small land locked country completely surrounded by South Africa it is the only independent state in the world that lies completely above 1000 m in elevation. What the country lacks in size is made up for by the beautiful views of the mountains that reach up to the sky. We cross the border in the afternoon and make our way along the mountain roads to our final destination. Our accommodation for the next two nights will be a remote Lodge set high in the mountains of the Tsehlanyane National Park. We spend the night in comfort and fall asleep in the crisp mountain air.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Lesotho/ - Mountain walk

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Maliba Lodge - riverside huts

Meals

Meals:

Dinner (Lunch at own expense)

DAY 2: LESOTHO

After a scrumptious breakfast at the lodge we have the entire day at our disposal for exploring the surrounding mountains and meeting the local people that carve a living out of this treacherous terrain. Our guide will lead a walk through the mountains that includes several waterfalls and spectacular views of the surrounding valleys. With scattered villages all along our route our guide will also take time to give us an introduction to the rich history of the country that dates back to the early 1800’s. Returning to our accommodation in the afternoon the more adventurous can choose to go on a guided Basotho horse ride. (Own Expense) Negotiating the small mountain footpaths is something that takes time to get use to. With a local village close by guests are also free to visit the local people in the afternoon or to simply relax at our accommodation to enjoy the serenity of the area.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Guided Mountain Walk - Basotho Culture

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Maliba Lodge - riverside huts

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Basotho pony Ride

DAY 3: LESOTHO to SWAZILAND

Distance: 580 km

Waking up to the stark scenery and beauty of this area, we continue our tour and make our way back to South Africa. Once through the border we follow a scenic road of rolling hills and farming lands to our final destination for the day – The Kingdom of Swaziland. Ruled by King Mswati III, this sovereign state is home to the proud Swazi people, known for their fascinating culture and traditional beehive huts. The country is rich in diversity from savannas in the east to rain forests in the northwest. We cross the border from South Africa into Swaziland in the late afternoon and drive the short distance through the capital of Mbabane to our accommodation for the night located in the Hlambanyatsi Pine Forest region.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Swaziland

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Foresters Arms

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: SWAZILAND

Distance: 100 km

It is great excitement that we prepare for our day of exploring. Departing after breakfast we pass through the administrative capital of Mbabane before enjoying a truly unique visit at Sibebe Rock. Proclaimed to be the second largest monolith in the world, Sibebe certainly is one of the fascinating natural wonders found in Swaziland. We spend some time at the foot of this giant learning more about it history and the beliefs surrounding the area. After our lunch at the foot of the mountain, we depart and slowly make our way back to our accommodation stopping along the way at small markets and crafts shops allowing guests a glimpse into the lives of the Swazi people and their colourful existence.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Swaziland landscape, Sibebe Rock, Swaziland culture, local markets and craft shops

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Foresters Arms

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: MAPUTO

Distance: 250 km

This morning we travel through Swaziland and follow the main tar road that cuts through the Royal Hlane National Park to cross the border into Mozambique. A crossroads of civilizations, cultures and landscapes, influenced from the early days by nomadic tribes, Arab traders, British sailors and Portuguese colonials, then torn apart by over 20 years of civil war. With newfound peace, and a fast growing economy recently reopened to tourism, Mozambique offers the explorer a wealth of treasures in the form of untouched wilderness areas, natural beauty, deserted beaches, and unique cultural heritage. This afternoon we arrive in the capital, Maputo and enjoy a sightseeing tour making use of local transport for an authentic experience. A city with an almost Latino atmosphere it offers a unique experience to visitors. We overnight in the vibrant Maputo and enjoy and own expense dinner at a local restaurant to get the most out of this city.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic drive through Swaziland, Maputo, City tour in Maputo

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Villa Das Mangas

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch (Dinner at own expense)

DAY 6 - 7: INHAMBANE

Distance: 470 km

Following the coast, we make our way north to the coastal town of Maxixe from where we enjoy a trip with the locals across the bay on a traditional Dhow or boat while the guide drives around to meet us in the ancient trading port of Inhambane. Once back on land we spend some time exploring and visiting the bustling local market before continuing to our accommodation on the beach. We enjoy two nights in relative comfort, staying in accommodation literally on the beach. During our time here we relax, snorkel and soak up the sun whilst exploring the deserted beaches that Mozambique is so well known for. Inhambane is a diver’s paradise and for those interested in exploring the underwater world scuba diving is a must. (Own expense).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

White sandy beaches, Dhow Trip/ - 2 nights on the beach

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Ngumula Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Day 6 & 7: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Diving, Fishing, Ocean safari

DAY 8: XAI XAI

Distance: 260 km

We depart after a relaxed morning and drive a short distance along the coastline to the coastal town of Xai Xai. Once a bustling port under the Portuguese rule it has become a peaceful holiday destination. Our accommodation for the night is at a remote beach resort hidden on the large dune separating the inland fresh water lake system from the pounding ocean. We have a relaxed afternoon to enjoy the surf and to explore the surroundings.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

White sandy beaches

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: East Africa / Sunset Beach

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Snorkelling

DAY 9: MOZAMBIQUE - KRUGER PARK

Distance: 380 km

We start early today, leaving the beaches behind us, travelling north west through the Limpopo floodplains and remote, scattered villages, on our way to the world renowned Kruger National Park. We pass Lake Massingir and enter the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Peace Park, before crossing the South African border directly into Kruger Park. We spend the rest of the afternoon game driving, before setting up camp at one of the park’s rest camps. Tonight, we fall asleep to the sounds of the wild African bush.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic drive through Mozambique, Short drive through Transfrontier Peace Park, Kruger National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Kruger Park Rest Camp - Camping (2 person dome tent)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: KRUGER PARK

Distance: 180 km

Today is all about game driving, so we get up early, have coffee with the sunrise, and then quickly strike camp and head off on our first drive of the day. It is worth aiming to get out of the camp as soon as the gates open. We will drive northwards, covering a lot of ground in search of animals. Those paying attention will notice the changing ecology as we go, and these changes will be attended by changes in the mix of animals we can expect to see. For example, the drier northern parts of the park provide a good opportunity to find cheetah. We will stop for meals and to stretch our legs when it suits us, at some of the park’s rest camps or picnic sites. We will exit the park in the late afternoon, at Pafuri Gate, the park’s northern-most entrance. Our accommodation for the night is not far from the gate.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Kruger National Park, Full day game drive in the park, Northern “Cheetah Country” of the park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: GREAT ZIMBABWE RUINS

Distance: 450 km

Another early start today, we head for Beit Bridge Border Post, Zimbabwe’s busiest port of entry. Once through the border, we continue on to the town of Masvingo, and then to Great Zimbabwe, modern Zimbabwe’s namesake and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A local guide will take us on a tour of these magnificent historical structures and explain their origins, and the controversy fostered by a previous generation of historians. Tonight, we camp in the vicinity of the ruins.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Norma Jeans - Camping (2 person dome tent)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: MATOBO

Distance: 355 km

This morning, after breakfast, we leave for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city, and the capital of Matabeleland Province. Bulawayo was founded in 1840 by the Ndebele King, Mzilikazi, who was a lieutenant of King Shaka Zulu, but who escaped Zululand following a dispute with Shaka to find his own kingdom in Matabeleland. We don’t stop here for long but continue to our camp nestled amongst the precarious boulders of Matobo. This afternoon we are collected at our camp by a local expert guide, and taken in open vehicles to Matobo National Park, where we will track rhino on foot. The thrill of getting close to wild rhinos in the bush is an experience that will not be soon forgotten.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Matobo National Park, Rhino tracking on foot

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Big Cave - Camping (2 person dome tent)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: HWANGE

Distance: 310 km

In the morning we travel the relatively short distance to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest park, famous for its large herds of elephant. We will arrive in time to set up camp and have lunch, before departing on an extensive open-vehicle game drive. We will return to the camp for dinner, and then go out again on a night drive to try and find some of the nocturnal species we can’t easily see during the day.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Game drive, night drive

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Hwange Main Camp - Camping (2 person dome tent)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 – 15: VICTORIA FALLS

Distance: 180 km on Day 14

We leave Hwange in the morning and head for Victoria Falls, known to the locals as “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, or “The smoke that thunders”. The falls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are regarded as the biggest in the world if both breadth and height are considered. Your entry fee to the falls is included in the tour price, and you are free to spend as much time as you like viewing the falls and exploring the surrounding rain forest.

Various other attractions can be visited here, including the tribal village and curio market. Victoria Falls is also home to a multitude of adventure activities, such as an aircraft flip over the falls, a boat trip on the Zambezi River, white water rafting or bungee jumping, but allowance must be made for the extra expense of these optional activities – these are just a few suggestions among a plethora of options.

We spend two nights here, allowing you some time to explore the town and all it has to offer, with the freedom to choose the sights and activities that interest you. One dinner and both lunches will be eaten at local restaurants (own expense). On the last night we celebrate at a local nightspot and thrill to the vibe of Africa’s adventure playground.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Victoria Falls National Park & Victoria Falls Entry Fee

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation

Meals

Meals:

DAY 14: Breakfast, Dinner (lunch own expense) DAY 15: Breakfast (lunch, dinner own expense)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Scenic Helicopter Flight, White water rafting, Bungee jump

DAY 16: VICTORIA FALLS

Our tour ends after breakfast and the guide will depart shortly thereafter. Post tour accommodation and airport transfers can be booked via our offices.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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