7 days – Rediscover Zimbabwe – Matobo, Hwange & Victoria Falls

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7 days
Accommodated Group Tour
Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe
Min Age : 8
Max People : 16
Tour Details

This Rediscover Africa tour showcases Zimbabwe’s famous highlights. Delve into a wildlife safari on game drives in both Hwange and Matobos National Parks. Visit the historical UNESCO Heritage sites of the Khami and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Starting and ending in Victoria Falls. A tour to remember!

 

Included Highlights

Matobo National Park Game Drive and Rhino Tracking, UNESCO Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Hwange National Park Game Drive, Painted Dog Conservation Project Excursion, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Victoria Falls Visit

Note

Group Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 16 

Travel Times and Distance: All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.

It is our intention to adhere to the route described below but a certain amount of flexibility is built into the tour and on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the following as a guide only

Travel Insurance: Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with African Travels. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to us if you require assistance.

Departure & Return

Victoria Falls – Victoria Falls

Departure time

Early morning on day 1

Included

  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • Transport
  • Services of driver/guide
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All tour highlights
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund
  • 24/7 assistance locally

Excluded

  • All flights, bookable by African Travels upon request
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curios and tips
  • Pre & post tour accommodation
  • All drinks
  • Travel- and cancellation insurance
  • Visa
  • Optional activities
Itinerary

Day 1Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Bulawayo

Distance travelled: +/- 450 Km
Approx driving time: 6 Hours

Departing Victoria Falls we drive south for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. The gateway to Matobo National Park. The
afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. Bulawayo is a pleasant city with broad tree-lined avenues and wide-open spaces. There is a fascinating National History Museum, which recounts much of Zimbabwe’s traditional and colonial past; also, near the Old Town Hall there is a lively curio market, Mzilikazi Art and craft centre, a wide array of handicrafts and artwork are on display here made by skilful local craftsmen and women. After an entertaining day exploring, we retire to our accommodation, Travellers Guest House, providing a lush tropical garden ambiance. The establishment offers a sparkling swimming pool, garden terrace with firepit and it is conveniently located to nearby shops and restaurants.

Accommodation: Travellers Guest House or similar – Twin share accommodation with en-suite facilities
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Optional Activities: Nil

Day 2Bulawayo - Matobo National Park - Bulawayo

Approx driving time: Full day with game drives and rhino tracking

Matobo National Park is located a short distance outside Bulawayo and knowledgeable guides will take us to this highlighted park. The wind sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings, and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals. Approaching these huge herbivores in their natural environment is a heart racing, breath-taking and memorable experience. The Park also has the densest population of leopard and black eagle in the world, and we keep our eyes peeled high and low for these creatures. We also keep a look out for giraffe, zebra, ostrich and a variety of antelope and buck species.

Accommodation: Travellers Guest House or similar – Twin share accommodation with en-suite facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Optional Activities: Nil

Day 3Bulawayo - Great Zimbabwe National Monument

Distance travelled: +/- 310 Km
Approx driving time: 5 Hours

Leaving Bulawayo, we cross towards the east of the country to the small town of Masvingo. Nearby is one of the most important
archaeological sites in Southern Africa: The Great Zimbabwe National Monument. Dating back to 1200AD this place was once the home to an indigenous population of some 10,000 people. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area holds special significance to
the country. Legend says this was the city where the Queen of Sheeba resided and archaeological finds uncovered gold, coins, and porcelain from as far afield as Persia and China, highlighting the importance of the city as a trading post. We stay nearby for easy access and ample time to explore the ruins at leisure. Allowing the opportunity to trek to the top of the Hill Enclosure to enjoy a wondrous and spiritual African sunset.

Accommodation: Clevers Lake View Resort or similar – Twin share accommodation with en-suite facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No
Optional Activities: Nil

Day 4Great Zimbabwe National Monument - Antelope Park

Distance travelled: +/- 230km
Approx driving time: 4 Hours

Located on Zimbabwe’s central plateau, we pass through the town of Gweru and make camp at the Antelope Park Premier Private Game Reserve. Set in over 3000 acres of open savannah, this is home to numerous antelope as well as zebra and giraffe. Boasting a swimming pool, coffee café and an open-air thatched restaurant. There is the opportunity to try various (optional) activities here including bush walks, bird viewing walk, horse riding and an on-site spa. End the evening stargazing around an African fire pit.

Accommodation: Antelope Park or similar – Twin share accommodation with en-suite facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Optional Activities: Bush Walks US$5, Bird Viewing Walk US$5, Horse Ride US$15

Day 5Antelope Park - Hwange National Park

Distance travelled: +/- 450 Km
Approx driving time: 6 Hours

We leave the Antelope Park and head for the world-famous Hwange National Park. Zimbabwe’s largest and best-known game
park was (circa 19th century) the royal grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi and in 1929 was set aside as a National Park. The Park covers an area of over 14,600 sq kms and is particularly known for its elephant populations. Hwange National Park is also renowned for its population of Wild Painted Dog. Unfortunately, the numbers of these animals are dwindling but conservation efforts have been stepped up and we will see the work of one of these projects in the afternoon before reaching our accommodation.

Hwange Painted Dog Conservation Project rehabilitates, and releases injured and orphaned wild dogs, as well as guiding the local communities in guardianship. This is extremely valuable work to preserve an endangered species thought to number a mere 3000 remaining individuals in all of Africa. Our accommodation for the night is at Miombo Safari Lodge, nestled among the trees. Offering a thatched main lounge, dining area, bar, social firepit, swimming pool & viewing deck overlooking a private waterhole in a bush setting of natural sounds and African wilderness.

Accommodation: Miombo Lodge or similar – Twin share accommodation with en-suite facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No
Optional Activities: Nil

Day 6Hwange National Park - Victoria Falls

Distance travelled: +/- 120 Km
Approx driving time: Morning game drive + 3 Hours

Today we transfer to 4×4 open safari vehicles and enter the Hwange National Park for a morning game drive. Located in the far
west of the country, Hwange sits in a remarkable belt of Africa, extending into neighbouring Botswana allowing animals,
especially elephant, to roam between Hwange and Chobe National Park. The Park contains over 100 mammal species including
Africa’s “Big 5″ (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo), giraffe, cheetah, gemsbok and the brown hyena. Following our game drive, we head to Victoria Falls where we will enjoy a sunset cruise along the spectacular Zambezi River. Refreshments will be
available on board the cruise while we view birds skimming the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline. There may
even be the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant as well as enjoy the many different
bird species. After the cruise, a dinner on the riverbank may interest you, the establishment has a restaurant with a view like no
other.

Accommodation: Shearwater Explorers Village or similar – Twin share accommodation with en-suite facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
WIFI: Yes
Optional Activities: Nil

Day 7 Victoria Falls - End of Itinerary

On our final day the group will embark on a shuttle to visit the mighty Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls National Park on the
Zimbabwean side offers views of the main Falls and all-year-round water flow. After the Falls visit, our tour comes to an end upon return to Shearwater Explorers Village. We highly recommend adding an additional day or two to take full advantage of the
numerous adventure activities available in this area.

Accommodation: Nil
Meals included: Breakfast
WIFI: Nil
Optional Activities: See Optional Activities table & ask your guide for more information

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