FLEXIBLE BOOKINGS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Flexible postponement till December 2022
Book now and travel in 2023
TOUR DEPARTS: Johannesburg TOUR ENDS: Victoria Falls
Local payment: $300
Flight from: 850,-€
Panorama Route – Mogodi Lodge x 2 nights
Kruger National Park – Punda Maria x 2 nights
Limpopo – Tshipise Forever Resort x 1 night
Zimambwe-Bulawayo – Matobo Hills Lodge x 2 nights
Hwange National Park – Whange Safari Lodge x 2 nights
Day 1 & 2 Blyde River Canyon
We depart at 07h00, just after breakfast, heading to Mpumalanga province. (Mpumalanga means a place where the sun rises.) From the Gauteng province, the high plateau grasslands of Mpumalanga stretch eastwards for hundreds of kilometres, offering outstanding attractions especially for those who seek tranquillity or very scenic landscapes with panoramic views. We will spend our next two days exploring and hiking this beautiful area. We will visit Pilgrim’s rest, Mac Mac falls, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Blyde River Canyon (Three Rondavels). 2xB, 2xD.
Day 3 & 4 Kruger National Park
We leave Mpumalanga heading to the northern part of the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park is one of the most famous national parks in the world and the second oldest in Africa following Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. We will spend two days in the park enjoying game drives. Our first short game drive starts late afternoon and the following day, we will spend the whole day in the park exploring nature in our vehicle. Kruger offers optional sunset and night game drives in open vehicles, which can be booked at the reception, or organised with the guide. 2xB & 2xD
Day 5 Limpopo
Today is our last day in the park. We start the day early with a slow drive (for animal spotting) and we depart from the park in the late afternoon. We have a long but fascinating drive inside the park heading up to Pafuri gate, the most northern entrance or exit of the park, where we will exit in order to get to our next destination. Tshipise Forever resort will be our stop-over before we cross into Zimbabwe on the following day. 1xB, 1xL
Day 6 & 7 Matopos National Park
Crossing out of South Africa, we enter Zimbabwe, formerly known as Southern Rhodesia. It is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa, rich in history and agriculture. Our first stop is in Bulawayo, Matebeleland. We will spend the following day visiting the Big Cave (San rock painting) and the Chief Pondo homestead to learn a bit about their culture. Finally, we will enter Matopos for rhino tracking in the late afternoon, before we head back to the lodge. 2xB & 2xD
Day 8 & 9 Whange National Park
With a leisurely start, after enjoying the beautiful sunrise over the rocks and breakfast, we pack our vehicle and leave for Hwange National Park. Hwange is famous for its big herds of elephant and packs of wild dogs; they roam freely in and out of Zimbabwe to Botswana or the other way round. This will be our last opportunity to see some of the Big 5 in the wild before our tour ends in Victoria Falls. We will spend our afternoon and the following morning spotting animals in the park. 2xB, 2xL, 2xD
Day 10 Victoria Falls
Today we have a short drive to Victoria town, which wa named after Queen Victoria by the explorer David Livingstone. The local people call it Mosi-ao-Tunya (the smoke that thunders). After we arrive at the lodge, we will check in, go to the activity centre to book optional activities for the following day and visit the Victoria Falls, spending our time there until the sun goes down. 2xB
Day 11 Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls. Free day-optional activities day. 1xB
Day 12 Tour end
Tour Ends. After breakfast 8:30 1xB
Flight from: 850,-€
|TRIP STARTS||TRIP ENDS||TRIP CODE||TRIP STATUS||PRICES FROM||AVAILABILITY|
|06 Nov 2022||17 Nov 2022||KVBa12||4 pax minimum||€2500||Available|
Zimbabwe is a country full of friendly smiling people, green lush landscapes, ruins, rock art of the Matobo region, baobab trees and game reserves rich in birdlife with a variety of game. Zimbabwe offers both cultural and natural attractions.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: April to October. August is a peak season because of blue skies, pleasant temperature, best time for white water rafting, wildlife watching and it is better to explore the mighty Victoria Falls.
VICTORIA FALLS – Discovered by David Livingstone in 1855, the Victoria Falls were named after Queen Victoria. Known as “The Smoke that Thunders”, due to the falling water that sends spray clouds high into the air, the falls are one of the seven natural wonders in the world and also the largest and perhaps most beautiful. Here the Zambezi River is over a mile wide and plunges into a vertical abyss across its entire width.
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK – This is Zimbabwe’s biggest National Park with the largest amount of wildlife including over 400 species of birds. Hwange is known for its large herds of elephant. Scattered throughout the park are private lodges and camps. Game drives in open safari vehicles as well as walks with professional naturalist guides are the main activities.
MATOPOS NATIONAL PARK – The massive rock formations give the Matopos National Park its unique atmosphere. The Matobo Hills are home to the white rhino, sable antelope, leopard, klipspringer, as well as the greatest concentration of black eagles in the world.
Activities include game viewing by vehicle or on foot, visiting a local tribal village and expeditions to historical and scenic sites among the hills. Some of the finest examples of ancient art and Bushman paintings can be found in the caves of the Matobo Hills.
LAKE KARIBA – is the world’s largest artificial lake and reservoir by volume. It lies 1300 kilometers upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Lake Kariba was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam at its northeaster end. Lake Kariba is over 220 kilometres long and up to 40 kilometres in width. It covers an area of 5,580 square kilometres and its storage capacity is an immense 185 cubic kilometres. It is the world’s largest human-made reservoir.
The Matusadona National Park offers large herds of elephant, buffalo and hippo. Watching the incredible sunrises and sunsets together with the fantastic wildlife make Lake Kariba a truly African experience.
MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK – is situated in northern Zimbabwe. A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, extending over an area of 2,196 square kilometres. As the lakes gradually dry up and recede, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa’s most renowned game-viewing regions. In Shona language, ‘Mana’ means “four” referring to the four large permanent pools formed by the meandering ox-bow lakes of the middle Zambezi River. The wildlife is spectacular. The Mana Pools National Park supports one of the highest wildlife concentrations in Zimbabwe. Elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard are among the large mammals that can be found meandering along the river banks. The forest bordering the river contains ebony and mahogany these, making this a bird haven.
CHIMANIMANI NATIONAL PARK. The Eastern Highlands range forms Zimbabwe’s eastern border with Mozambique and comprises three main mountain groups – Nyanga (to the north) which contains Zimbabwe’s highest mountain Mount Nyangani, Africa’s second-longest waterfall Mutarazi Falls and the Honde Valley which leads into Mozambique; Bvumba Mountains (centrally situated near the city of Mutare); and Chimanimani (to the south). These regions are all sparsely populated, highland country and are covered in rich grassland and forests.
Chimnanimani NP is a mountainous terrain with peak heights of 2,436 metres and is the source of many streams and springs enriching the beauty of the park with natural falls such as in the Bridal Veil Falls in the Eland Sanctuary. It is approachable only by trekking along hill tracks. The village of Chimanimani was founded by Thomas Moodie in 1892.