Southern Highlights – Camping

The Details

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

Tour Dates

2020
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From EURO 2195 pp
(Excl. local payment )
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Overview

Southern Highlights Camping Tour

Southern Highlights Camping Tour, Visits 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 splendour 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. 16 Day Tour

Southern Highlights Camping Tour
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)

HIGHLIGHTS:

• Lesotho – “The Roof of Africa”
• African Village Culture
• Swaziland Kingdom
• Sibebe Rock
• Golden Gate
• Mountain Walks
• Maputo
• Mozambique Beaches
• Kruger National Park
• Great Zimbabwe Ruins
• Victoria Falls National Park and Entry Fee
• Open Vehicle Game Drives
• Historical Sites
• Matobo National Park
• Hwange
• Rhino Tracking on Foot

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

• White water rafting
• Bungee jumping

Prices are subject to change.

*2020 EURO 2195.00 per person. Excludes single supplement and any additional activities & meals not set out on the itinerary.

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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 D (Lunch 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 our guide will lead a walk through the mountains that includes several waterfalls and spectacular views of the surrounding valleys. 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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Guided mountain walk, Lesotho landscape

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

We awake to Maloti Mountain vistas and fresh mountain air, then, after breakfast, we make our way back to South Africa to follow scenic roads, through rolling hills and farmland, to our destination for the next two days – the Kingdom of eSwatini, previously known as Swaziland. Ruled by King Mswati III and Queen Mother Ntfombi, this sovereign state is home to the proud Swazi people, known for their fascinating customs, their traditional beehive huts, and for their friendliness to visitors. The country is rich in natural diversity, from grassland savannah in the east to rain forests in the north west.

We cross the border 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

Today we have the opportunity to experience that famed Swazi friendliness and culture. But first we spend the morning exploring one of Swaziland’s unique natural wonders, Sibebe Rock. This is the world’s largest granite batholith, the result of a volcanic up-welling 3 billion years ago. Our guide will explain the geology and history, and the meaning of the rock to the Swazis. We then return to Mbabane to explore the city and its markets and craft shops, and to interact with the friendly people going about their daily lives. In the late afternoon we return to the lodge.

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 own expense)

DAY 6 – 7: INHAMBANE

Distance: 470 km

Following the coast, we make our way north to the town of Maxixe, from where we take a local dhow (traditional sailing vessel) across the bay to Inhambane, a small town founded at the site of an ancient trading port. Our guide drives around the bay to meet us. We spend some time exploring the town and visit the bustling and colourful local market, before continuing to our comfortable accommodation, literally on the beach between large sand dunes and the Indian Ocean.

We spend two nights here, during which time we relax, snorkel and soak up the sun. There are opportunities for long walks on coconut-palm-lined deserted beaches, and for the more adventurous, world class tropical scuba diving, fishing for marlin or tuna from a ski boat, or an ocean safari with the chance to see dolphins, manta rays, whale sharks or whales are options (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

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: 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

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: 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 & Many more

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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