16 Day Zimbabwe and Mozambique Safari

Dates

Code Start End
ZMS-1 16 Jun 2015 01 Jul 2015
ZMS - 2 10 Oct 2015 25 Oct 2015
ZMS - 3 01 Nov 2015 16 Nov 2015

Client involvement

Kamp The degree of satisfaction and enjoyment you feel at the end of each day and the end of the trip will depend on you and your capacity to enjoy yourself. This capacity, combined with an active and enquiring mind and a willingness to participate, is essential for all our tours. If you wish to be pampered and amused with minimal effort on your part, then our tours are not for you. Participation is essential on all trips and everyone is expected to help with chores to ensure the smooth running of the tour. A degree of flexibility is also essential because of the nature of the parameters in which we have to operate.

Overview

Zimbabwe is a country blessed with great natural beauty, amazing safari and game reserves as well as mineral wealth. The diverse landscape changes from mountainous to wilderness to typical Bushveld. The Zimbabwean area is also home to large animals and a large bird population, making this area a great place for a safari – yet a relatively untouched and unknown magical paradise…. Zimbabwe is a country located in the southern part of the continent of Africa, between the Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River, Kariba Dam and the Limpopo River.

Highlights

  • Victoria Falls
  • Hwange National Park
  • Painted Dogs Centre
  • Matopos National park, UNESCO World Culture heritage
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins, UNESCO World Culture heritage
  • Eastern Highlands
  • Vilaculos
  • Inhambane
  • Massinger dam
  • Limpopo Transfrontier National Park
  • Kruger National Park.
ea  Wacthing sunrise at isl de moz

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1-2 Kruger National Park, Camping. 480Km, +/-5.5Hours

After breakfast at our Lodge in JHB we will depart at 07:30. An early morning getaway takes us to the world-renowned Kruger National Park - South Africa’s most famous and biggest game reserve. Kruger National Park has nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms that fuses with historical and archaeological sites - this is real Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Truly the flagship of the South African National Parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. The following day we depart the camp at sunrise for a full day of game viewing in the park with the chance of spotting the ‘Big 5’ again, whilst making our way to one of the southern camps. Our last night in the park will be enjoyed around the campfire and typical South African Braai. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Limpopo Trans frontier Park - Massinger, Camping. 340Km, +/-5Hours

We leave the Kruger paradise behind us and drive in a north-east direction towards Massinger. The Great Limpopo Trans frontier Park is a massive Trans frontier national park. It links Mozambique's Limpopo National Park (formerly Coutada 16), South Africa's Kruger National Park, and three Zimbabwean conservation areas to form a protected area of 35,000 km2. The relocation of some 1000 elephants from the overcrowded Kruger to the Limpopo National Park began in 2001, and in March 2004 a plan was executed that should increase the size of the peace park to all of 99,800 km2. We set up camp at Albufeira Camp, which is situated close to the Massinger Dam. (B, L, D)

Day 4-5 Inhambane- Banda’s. 259km, +/-4.5Hours

After breakfast we move south and then north along the coast, our next stop is the ancient trading port of Inhambane. Clients will enjoy a trip across the bay on a traditional Dhow while the guide drives around to meet them in town. We spend some time exploring and visiting the bustling local market before continuing to our beach camp under the Coconut Palms on the beach. We will enjoy three nights in relative comfort, staying in Casitas at this camp. During our time here we will relax, snorkel, and soak up the sun whilst exploring the deserted beaches that Mozambique is so well known for. On the last night we enjoy a catered meal (own expense). Those who wish to have the options of scuba diving or horse riding on the beach (own expense). (B, L, D)

Day 6-7 Vilanculous- Banda’s. 250Km, +/-3.5Hours

Today we pass through the many vibrant and bustling villages en route to the north coast. Our next stop is Vilanculos - on the shores of the warm azure Indian Ocean, overlooking the Idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago. We spend two nights here in Casitas, situated literally on the beach. We will enjoy a traditional Dhow trip to the islands and will have the opportunity to snorkel along a reef in this marine reserve (this trip is dependent on weather conditions). One night we will enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. (B, L) One dinner included.

Day 8: Mutare. Camping, 466Km, +/-5.5Hours

We have to get up early, as today is the longest drive on our safari. We cross the border into Zimbabwe and head southwards to the town of Mutare, which is the gateway to the Zimbabwe. In this area known as the Eastern Highlands one enjoys rigorous mountain terrain and lush green forests. While sightseeing in the area you'll find vista views and rushing mountain streams teaming with fresh mountain trout. Here you’ll find buzzing markets, restaurants, public phones, banks and quaint supermarket. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Chirinda Forest, Camping. 200Km, +/-2.5Hours

It is possible to spend another full day hiking in the Chimanimani, or take a day trip to Zimbabwe’s only rain forest on the Mozambique Border. Chirinda is the southernmost rain forest in Africa and home to some spectacular large mahogany trees. A short hike to ‘the big tree’ is a lovely outing and a fantastic spot for a picnic lunch. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Great Zimbabwe, Lodge 334 km, +/-4Hours (UNESCO World culture heritage)

After breakfast this morning we drive to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins via Gweru. We visit the ruins, before checking into our accommodation for the evening. The ruins, which according to an age-old legend were built to replicate the palace of the Queen of Sheba in Jerusalem, are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries. The ruins, which cover an area of 1800 acres, are some of the oldest and largest structures located in Southern Africa. (B, L, D)

Day 11-12: Matopos, Big Cave camp, 312 km, +/-4Hours

We leave the beauty of the ruins behind us and head to Big Cave Camp in the Matopos area. The Matopos Hills which are UNESCO World heritage since 2003 comprise an extraordinary collection of huge bare granite hills with gravity-defying boulders scattered all over the countryside to create a quite unique and rather mysterious landscape. The national park is famous for its outstanding views, San (bushman) painted caves, wildlife (especially the Black Eagle) and as the chosen burial place of Cecil Rhodes who named his favourite spot. Matopos National park is as well very famous for its black & white Rhino conservation. We join Ian Hammer on a Rhino track for half a day, this will be something not to miss. (B, L, D)

Day 13-14 Hwange National Park, Camping 290 km, +/- 3.5Hours

After breakfast we depart and make our way to Hwange National Park. The afternoon is spent on a game drive with a visit to the Painted Dogs Centre. Painted Dog Conservation's mission is to protect and increase the range and numbers of painted dogs (also called African Wild Dogs) through hands on conservation, education, community involvement and international support. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus very large and varied birdlife. The whole of the next day is spent exploring this magnificent area. (B, L, D) p203339-Mozambique-Vilanculos_from_the_air[1]

Day 15-16 Vic Falls, Lodge. 180Km, +/-2.5Hours

In the early morning there we will enjoy another game drive in the Hwange NP. After lunch we drive north to Victoria Falls where we will visit the Victoria Falls National Park in order to experience this magnificent natural wonder. The local people wisely use the expression ‘the smoke that thunders’, or Musi-o-tunya, to describe the unforgettable waterfall in the Zambezi River. We will also visit a local adventure operator to book activities for the next day. In the evening there are many excellent restaurants to choose from. (B,L) Dinner and 1 lunch will be own expense.

All included

All accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), Lodges, Game drives, all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a professional guide, park entry and activities included on itinerary and transport in specialized 4x4 safari vehicles.

Not included

Restaurant meals, visa, tips, curios, optional excursions beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping sectors, Flights.