16 Day Zimbabwe Camping Safari

Dates

Code Start End
ZCS 1 07 Jan 2018 20 Jan 2018
ZCS 2 16 Feb 2018 02 Mar 2018
ZCS 3 30 Mar 2018 14 Apr 2018
ZCS 4 11 May 2018 26 May 2018
ZCS 5 22 Jun 2018 07 Jul 2018
ZCS 6 03 Aug 2018 18 Aug 2018
ZCS 7 14 Sep 2018 29 Sep 2018
ZCS 8 26 Oct 2018 10 Nov 2018
ZCS 9 09 Dec 2018 22 Dec 2018

Client involvement

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

Visitors will see a very different image of the country. From the absolute wilderness of Hwange National Park, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe and the mountains looking over Mozambique in Eastern Zimbabwe, to fine dining in Harare or bungee jumping over Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe offers something for everyone.

Highlights

  • Tuli Block
  • Rhino tracking
  • Mapungubwe National Park
  • Victoria Falls
  • Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Matobo National Park
  • Zambezi National Park
  • Canoe Trip
  • Lake Kariba
  • Hwange National Park
Adventure 2

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Limpopo River Lodge, Camping. 460Km, +/- 5.5Hours

Early morning meet and greet in Jhb and ad 07h00 departure. We head from Johannesburg via Pretoria, Potgietersrus and through the Limpopo Province into Botswana via the the Platjan border post. We set up camp at Limpopo River Lodge, set in the area known as the Tuli Block. This thin strip of land in the south-east of Botswana, borders Zimbabwe to the north and South Africa to the south. It is one of the few areas of commercial farmland as it receives more rain than the rest of Botswana. The land in the extreme east is where the game reserves have been established with huge herds of elephants and hundreds of colourful birds. We will head off for a game drive either in the evening of day 1 or the next morning, depending on the time of arrival. We will enjoy our evening meal prepared by our guide around the campfire before spending our first night in the African wilderness. (L, D)

Day 2-3: Matobo National Park (Rhino tracking Ian Hammer), Camping.350Km,+/-4.5Hours

It is not a long drive to Bulawayo and the Matobo National Park (and also a World Heritage site) where we have a full day of activities. Here we will visit the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, love him or not, he was a big part in Zimbabwe’s history. We will also be taking a game drive in the Matobo National Park, which is home to a very successful breeding program of Black and White Rhino. Ian Hammer will also take us on foot to see the rhino’s close for a live time memory. Dinner will be under the starts in our camp. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Zimbabwe – Hwange National Park, Camping. 270Km,+/-3.5Hours

It is just under 250km from Bulawayo and within hours we arrive in Hwange National Park and begin some spectacular game viewing from an open 4x4 vehicle. At around 14650 square kilometres the Hwange National Park is the largest in Zimbabwe and home to one of Africa’s largest Elephant populations as well as over 100 other mammalian species and 400 different birds. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Victoria Falls,BB. 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 will be own expense.

Day 6: Victoria Falls

Today there is an entire day free to experience some of the exciting adventure activities that are possible from this tourism town. While the White Water Rafting is one of the most popular activities there are many others on offer such as: Walking with Lions, Elephant interactions, Gorge swing, micro lighting and scenic Helicopter flights. (B) Dinner and lunch will be own expense.

Day 7: Zambia - Livingstone and Zambezi River, Camping. 570Km, +/-6.5Hours

Today we cross over the historical railway bridge that links Zimbabwe and Zambia at the Victoria Falls. This bridge was completed in 1905 and was placed, at the request of Cecil John Rhodes, so that the spray from the falls could embrace the railway carriages as they crossed from one side to the other. Once in Zambia we have a scenic drive to reach the camp in the evening. (B, L, D) Bots 025

Day 8: Lower Zambezi National Park Canoe Trip, Camping. On the water

Today we will be beginning our canoe adventure in to the Lower Zambezi National Park. Starting early in the morning we will be taking the minimum of equipment necessary and ‘bush camping’ on an island this evening, surrounded by wildlife, including the hippo. This is a unique experience as we will be a long, long way from any form of civilisation! (B, L, D)

Day 9: Lower Zambezi National Park, Camping. On the water

This is the second day spent on the mighty Zambezi River. As we are travelling downstream with the current the physical effort required to negotiate the river is not extreme and many happy hours can be spent simply drifting and enjoying the beautiful scenery, birdlife and company. At certain times of the year it may not be possible to canoe on the river due to extreme temperatures or water levels. In this instance the 2 days normally spent on the river will be swapped for a 2-night houseboat excursion on Lake Kariba. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Zimbabwe – Chinhoyi Caves, Camping. 360Km, +/-4Hours

In the morning there is a transfer through the Lower Zambezi National Park and back to our vehicle. All together again, we will pass through the Chirundu Border (sometimes a time consuming process) and re-enter Zimbabwe. From Chirundu it is not a long trip to Chinhoyi. Probably best known for cave diving, the Chinhoyi caves system is the largest publicly accessible cave system in Zimbabwe and reputably a ‘mysterious’ area. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Harare and Chimanimani National Park, Camping. 280Km, +/-3.5Hours

After visiting the caves it is a short drive from Chinhoyi to Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe, where we will stop for some shopping, lunch and exploration. Although Harare has not had a lot of positive press in the last 10 years, many will be surprised at just how safe and accessible this small, modern capital is. After lunch we will be travelling to the Eastern Highlands and the Chimanimani National Park. The Mountain range that separates Zimbabwe and Mozambique is the site of some simply spectacular hiking and scenery and with time permitting we will take a short walk to the well-known Bridal Veil Falls in the late afternoon. (B, D)

Day 12: 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 13: Great Zimbabwe Ruins, BB. 259Km, +/-3.5Hours

No visit to Zimbabwe could possibly be complete without visiting the world-famous Great Zimbabwe ruins. Dating from around the 11th century these iron-age ruins have been the source of much speculation and disagreement over the years. Built without any mortar some of the walls are up to 5 metres high and still standing after so many centuries. This site was also home to 8 carved Zimbabwe birds, the image of which is found on the Zimbabwean National Flag. (B, L, D) DSC_0090

Day 14-15: Machete – Kaoxa Bush Camp (Mapungubwe N/Park), Lodge. 357Km, +/-4.5Hours

After breakfast we start the drive back to South Africa. We cross the border at Buitbridge, which can sometimes take a long time. We head for Machete – Kaoxa Bush Camp close to Mapungubwe National Park, approx 350 km from Masvingo nestled right on the Botswana / Zimbabwe border and close to the confluence of the the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. This spectacular National park is South Africa's newest World Heritage site because of its' valuable Archaeological sites, coupled with superb wildlife and tribal history. We will be here for two night’s; we will have a full day in the park the next day. (B, L, D)

Day 16: Johannesburg, BB. 500Km, +/-6Hours

Today we leave early for the journey south along the Great North Road for our final destination in Johannesburg, the City of Gold. We will gradually move up from the Bushveld and Baobabs of the Limpopo Province through citrus and maize fields to the heavily populated and industrialised Highveld and Gauteng Province, the powerhouse of Africa. We will travel through Pretoria, one of South Africa’s capital cities, before arriving in Johannesburg in the late afternoon. We will have dinner at the lodge as a group. (B, D)

All included

All accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), Lodges 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, entry and activities included on itinerary and transport in specialized 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 safaris and flights.