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Travel from Zimbabwe via the Kruger National Park to Johannesburg.

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Bask in the beauty of the legendary Victoria Falls and watch for wildlife in two national parks.

Over 9 days of pure enjoyment as you bask in the beauty of the legendary Victoria Falls and search for wildlife in two national parks. This extraordinary guided tour leads you through spectacular highlights of Zimbabwe, starting with Victoria Falls, continuing to the splendid Matobo National Park and then ending with one of the biggest and most famous game reserves in Africa, the Kruger National Park in South Africa, which forms the grand finale to this fantastic tour.  Explore the wildlife, nature and beauty of Southern Africa as you journey from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg in an air-conditioned Premium Overland Safari Vehicle (fitted with 12 Ultimate Safari Seats), viewing wildlife and exploring different parks and reserves along the way. Staying in lodges in reserves will ensure that you discover this beautiful natural landscape up close but in comfort, and your experienced guide will make sure you have a comfortable and enriching trip through this fascinating region.

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  • 1
    Victoria Falls
    Day 1
    Victoria Falls

    Tonight, the adventure begins but feel free to explore your surroundings before your welcome meeting tonight. Your time in the little town of Victoria Falls can be filled with a variety of activities. Take a helicopter or microlight flight over the Victoria Falls, and let your breath be stolen away by the sight of the largest sheet of falling water in the world, cascading across two countries into a narrow gorge. Make sure to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. When you stand in front of the Victoria Falls you will understand why the indigenous tribe the Tonga gave it the beautiful and descriptive name of Mosi-Oa-Tunya (The Smoke That Thunders).  Please be back in time to meet your group at 18:00. After introductions, your Tour Leader will review the details of your trip. Your Tour Leader will recommend a good selection of restaurants from which you can choose to experience the cuisine on offer in Victoria Falls. You can also book an extra day or two pre-tour to make the most of your stay.

    • Meals: N/A        
    • Transport: N/A
    • Travel Time: N/A
    • Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
    • Activities Included: Welcome Meeting at 18:00
    • Activities Optional: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Flights, Boat Cruise
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A

    PLEASE BOOK YOUR FLIGHT TO ARRIVE AT VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT (Zimbabwe)

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  • 2
    Victoria Falls to Gwango (Hwange area)
    Day 2
    Victoria Falls to Gwango (Hwange area)

    After breakfast, we will cross the border into Zimbabwe and stop at our Africa4us Kids Project to either help with construction or deliver books and toys. Afterwards we will continue to Gwango Elephant Lodge which is situated just outside Hwange National Park, named after a local chief. This park is the largest park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14,650 square kilometres. Look forward to an included afternoon open vehicle game drive on the Gwango estate. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to go on an optional

    night game drive in this estate which will give you the opportunity to discover nocturnal animals such as porcupines, civet cats, genet and leopard.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch    
    Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    Travel Time: 4 hrs. Drive
    Accommodation: Bungalows/Lodge
    Activities Included: Open Vehicle Afternoon Game Drive
    Activities Optional: Night Game Drive
    Entrance Fees Included: N/A

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  • 3
    Gwango (Hwange area) to Bulawayo
    Day 3
    Gwango (Hwange area) to Bulawayo

    We will head south towards Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second, largest city, and Matobo National Park, which is at the Matobo or Matopos Hills, a scenic area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys. On your way, we visit the Painted Dog Conservation Project. Painted Dogs, also known as African Wild Dogs, are amongst Africa’s most endangered species. This project is involved in various conservation programs such as anti-poaching, rehabilitation, reintroduction and pack monitoring. After the project visit, you continue to Big Cave Camp, also known as” the safari lodge on the rocks” which will be your home for the next two nights. High up on the granite outcrop on which the lodge is built, you will have a magnificent view of Matobo National Park below.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner    
    Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    Travel Time: 6 hrs. Drive
    Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
    Activities Included: Wild Dog Conservation Project
    Activities Optional: N/A
    Entrance Fees Included: N/A

     

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  • 4
    Bulawayo (Matobo National Park)
    Day 4
    Bulawayo (Matobo National Park)

    Enjoy a day filled with the best that Matobo National Park offers, from a game drive to looking for rhino on foot, bringing you as close as possible with these ancient looking giants. Visitors to Matobo National Park regularly spot white and black rhino, sable antelope and impala, among other wildlife. Return to Big Cave Camp after your exciting day and enjoy a sundowner while watching another spectacular African sunset.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner        
    Transport: 4x4 Safari Vehicle
    Travel Time: N/A
    Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
    Activities Included: Rhino Walk and Game Drive in Matobo National Park
    Activities Optional: N/A
    Entrance Fees Included: Matobo National Park

     

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  • 5
    Bulawayo to Tshipise
    Day 5
    Bulawayo to Tshipise

    We cross the Zimbabwe / South African Border today. We will overnight at the Tshipise Forever Resort, “Tshipise” means “something warm”, and the famous Tshipise koppie towers protectively over the resort. Giant Baobab trees dot the landscape and the resort’s camping grounds are barely visible among the mopane, red bushwillow and jakkalsbessie trees. This lush Bushveld retreat enchants jaded city dwellers. Soak your cares away in the healing waters of the mineral pools.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    Travel Time: 7hrs. Drive
    Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
    Activities Included: Hot Springs
    Activities Optional: N/A
    Entrance Fees Included: N/A

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  • 6
    Tshipise to Kruger National Park
    Day 6
    Tshipise to Kruger National Park

    Today you travel to the famous Kruger National Park, now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park which forms with parks in Mozambique and Zimbabwe a natural sanctuary for a huge variety of animals. Here they live a natural life where they must fend for food and territory the same way they did for thousands of years. Here they can start following ancient migratory routes again because fences are coming down between the parks. En route to your campsite, enjoy a game drive in your Premium Overland Safari Vehicle and get ready to spot hippos, giraffes, elephants, zebras, lions, and many other species in one of Africa's greatest wildlife areas. You'll have the option to book an open vehicle night game drive if available.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    Travel Time: 1,5 hrs. Drive to Kruger, Full Day Game Drive
    Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
    Activities Included: Game Drive in Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    Activities Optional: Night Drive
    Entrance Fees Included: Kruger National Park

  • 7
    Kruger National Park
    Day 7 Transfer by car
    Kruger National Park

    Enjoy another full day game drive in Kruger National Park with approximately 2000 plant, 53 fish, 34 amphibian, 118 reptile, 517 bird and 147 mammal species ready for you to discover. You will experience first-hand why Kruger National Park is known as the flagship of South African national parks. Enjoy a game drive en route to the campsite. Sit around a campfire with your sundowner and enjoy the African night sounds drifting into the camping area.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Transport: Mercedes Sprinter
    • Travel Time: Full Day Game Drive
    • Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
    • Activities Included: Game Drive in Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    • Activities Optional: Open Vehicle Game Drive, Night Drive
    • Entrance Fees Included: Kruger National Park
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  • 8
    Kruger National Park to Johannesburg
    Day 8
    Kruger National Park to Johannesburg

    Drive to Johannesburg for your last night of the trip. Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city, and also known as Egoli, or The City of Gold, referring to the gold mining history of this fast-paced city. Book a day or two post tour to explore this fast-paced city. A visit to Gold Reef City, the amusement park and museum built on an old mine shaft will give you the opportunity for a ride on the Shaft of Terror, a vertical-drop roller coaster that is known as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Africa due to its sheer 47-metre drop. For the historically inclined there is the ever-popular Soweto tour or just jump on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to discover Johannesburg at your own pace.   Tonight, you will have the opportunity to have dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants the city has to offer.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Transport: Premium Overland Safari Vehicle
    Travel Time: 9 hrs. Drive
    Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
    Activities Included: N/A
    Activities Optional: N/A
    Entrance Fees Included: N/A

     

  • 9
    Johannesburg
    Day 9
    Johannesburg

    Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another incredible tour.

    Meals: Breakfast
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    Accommodation: N/A
    Activities Included: N/A
    Activities Optional: N/A
    Entrance Fees Included: N/A

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes

    • Meals:8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 2 Dinner
    • Accommodation: Bungalows/ Lodges (8 nts)
    • Entrance fees: Matobo National Park, Kruger National Park
    • Activities:Gwango Game Drive PM, Wild Dog Conservation Project, Rhino Walk & Game Drive Matobo National Park, Aventura Hot Springs, Kruger National Park Game Drives
    • Crew: 1 Tour Leader, 1 Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included

    Price does not include

    • Flights
    • Visas
    • Travel Insurance
    • Optional Activites
    • Drinks
    • Tips
    • Pre and post night accommodation
    • Airport transfers
    • Items of Personal Nature