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Best of Zimbabwe

Best of Zimbabwe

6 Days
Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

Overview


Zimbabwe derives it’s name from the historic stone structures of the Great Zimbabwe ruins. This beautiful region of Africa is best known for the powerful spectacle that is Victoria Falls. Join us on this exciting 6-day Best of Zimbabwe safari, showcasing excellent game densities in the wilderness areas of both Hwange and Matobo National Parks. As we depart the rumble and adventure of Victoria Falls, we make the journey south to Hwange, Zimbabwe’s largest national park. Home to some of Africa’s largest herds of elephants, we enjoy a game drive in open 4×4 safari-type vehicles. From here, we travel south to Matopos National Park (also commonly referred to as Matobo National Park), situated in southwest Zimbabwe. As you enter the park, large granite outcrops surround the area, known as the Matobo Hills. With a local guide, spend time exploring the park and marvel at the towering granite boulders, which are precariously balanced throughout the park. In the afternoon, enjoy a game drive to view the wildlife activity in the park. We continue on the journey and visit the Iron Age ruins of the Royal Palace of Great Zimbabwe, one of 5 World Heritage Sites in the country. It is Sub-Sahara’s largest and most important stone ruin, with 5-metre high walls constructed dry; with no mortar or clay. Eight soapstone-carved birds were found here, depicted on Zimbabwe’s national flag. A guided walking tour of this historic site will give us a better understanding of the important archaeological history of the area. Marvel at the intricate stonework and experience the heritage of this monument to early Zimbabwean civilisation. Crossing over the Limpopo River and entering South Africa, we have time to splash around in the hot springs of Tshipise (meaning something warm), in the natural hot mineral springs before we head towards the city of gold, Johannesburg – the finale to this amazing African safari.

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Itinerary


Day 1: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
This morning we leave the rumble and adventure of Victoria Falls behind us as we make the journey south to Hwange National Park. Hwange is the largest of Zimbabwe’s national parks and offers excellent opportunities for viewing the diversity of wildlife that calls the park home.

Accommodation: Hwange Main Camp OR Miombo Safari
Facilities Accommodated: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Victoria Falls National Park Entry, Hwange Sundowner Drive

Day 2: Hwange National Park
Home to the Big-5, Hwange National Park also offers a wide variety of plains game and birdlife. We will spend the day game driving (in open 4×4 vehicles) through Hwange in search of the animals.

Accommodation: Hwange Main Camp OR Miombo Safari
Facilities Accommodated: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Full day Hwange National Park game drive

Day 3: Matopos National Park
After breakfast we continue south towards Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. Our afternoon will be spent exploring the Matopos National Park with a local guide. The park received recognition as a UNESCO natural World Heritage Site in 2003 and includes an intensive protection zone that is home to both Black and White Rhinoceros. Named after the Ndebele word “Matobo”, whose meaning “bald heads” refers to the rounded granite hills that surround it. We return to Bulawayo and our overnight stop for the night.

Accommodation: Banff Lodge
Facilities Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Matopos National Park

Day 4: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Our journey today takes us to Masvingo and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. This afternoon we will enjoy a guided walking tour of this historic site. Dating back to the Late Iron Age, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. We take time this afternoon to marvel at the intricate stone work and experience the heritage of this monument to early Zimbabwean civilisation.

Accommodation: Norma Jeans Lake View Resort
Facilities Accommodated: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Day 5: Tshipise
Leaving the sites of Zimbabwe behind we cross the Limpopo River and enter South Africa this afternoon. Our overnight stop allows us an opportunity to end the day with a swim in the hot springs of Tshipise.

Accommodation: Forever Tshipise Resort
Facilities Accommodated: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Tshipise Hot Springs

Day 6: Johannesburg
This morning we take the highway south to Johannesburg, we arrive in Johannesburg in the late afternoon were your tour ends upon arrival.

Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Price + Inclusions

Best of ZimbabwePrice per person
26 September – 01 October 2022$1,750

Includes:

  • All meals which are prepared and served at the Nomad truck
  • Accommodation
  • Qualified crew
  • Filtered water
  • Transport in the Nomad truck
  • Included highlights as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to National Parks

Excludes:

  • Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, soft drinks)
  • Entrance fees (associated with optional activities)
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips

Departures:

  • 26 September – 01 October 2022

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