Starting in Johannesburg, go on the hunt for the Big Five in Kruger and Hwange National Park, relax on the stunning beaches of Mozambique, get up close and personal with the animal residents of Gweru's Antelope Park and finish your adventure at the magnificent Victoria Falls.
FAMILY DEPARTURES - PARENTS WITH CHILDREN ARE WELCOME ON SELECTED DEPARTURES OF THIS TRIP.
Saturday. Welcome to South Africa! Included transfer from Johannesburg Airport, to our accommodation. Tonight there will be a welcome meeting at 17.00pm where you will meet your guide and the rest of your group.
Overnight - Johannesburg
Johannesburg - Kruger National Park. Leaving Johannesburg we head the famous Kruger National Park, passing through the southern section of the picturesque Panorama Route en route – famous for its breathtaking vistas. Our camp for the next two nights is a short drive from the Kruger National Park and has some interesting local residents that include hippo, giraffe, zebra and impala. Tonight we spend a relaxing evening around the camp fire before our early morning game drive tomorrow. On day 3 we explore South Africa's flagship wildlife park, as drive through Kruger in search of the Big Five. Overnight - Greater Kruger National Park (B:1, L:2, D:2)
Wildlife Beach & Falls - 15 days Go Guide : :Check out the go guide for details of the tour, info on visas, climate, money, what to bring and more!
Kruger - Inhambane Region (Mozambique). On day 4 we leave South Africa and head to the warm waters of the Mozambique coastline. Well known as an Ivory and slave trade centre in the colonial years, Inhambane was the centre of trade for the then Portuguese East Africa. Today Maputo is the capital of Mozambique and the centre of its trade industry. We travel along the scenic back route bypassing the capital to Praia de Zavora Bay, one of the finest stretches of coastline in the Inhambane region where we set up our camp and enjoy the fantastic views and scenery.
The next day is spent at leisure enjoying the fantastic sea side activities on offer. These included swimming, snorkelling, fishing and scuba diving the nearby reefs. Alternatively spend the day lazing on the long sandy beach enjoying the lulling sounds of the waves as they lap the shoreline. Overnight - Praia de Zavora Bay (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Day 6: Morrungulu resort
Inhambane Region - Morrungula. Today we take a leisurely drive up the coast to the picturesque Morrungulu resort. Situated in among a coconut palm plantation, this camp offers a truly tropical island feel. Try your hand at deep-sea fishing, or simply enjoy a relaxing walk along this stretch of beach. Overnight - Morrungulu (B, L, D)
Morrungulu - Vilanculous. Vilanculous is the stepping stone to the 3 main islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. We spend 2 nights here to give those who wish, the opportunity to take a boat charter out to the smaller island of Magaruque on day 8. Other activities include Dhow trips, sunset cruises, horse riding, big game fishing, whale watching (seasonal) and more. Overnight - Vilanculos (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Day 9: Bandula
Vilanculous - Bandula. Continuing northward we say farewell to the tropical coastline and head inland to Bandula. Today’s drive takes us through the more rural parts of Mozambique and affords the opportunity to see local Mozambican villages and farmsteads. Arriving in the late afternoon, we set up camp on the banks of the Chicamba Dam. Overnight - Bandula (B, L, D)
Bandula - Gweru (Zimbabwe). On day 10 we enter Zimbabwe - a beautiful country, rich in soul, culture and tradition. We make our way to the town of Gweru, in Zimbabwe’s Midlands. Here we stop over at The Antelope Park where a wide variety of game viewing opportunities are available in this area inhabited by lion, elephant, giraffe and obviously numerous antelope! We have the unique opportunity to walk with lions, ride or swim with elephants, view game from horse back or from the back of a vehicle. The following day is spent at leisure enjoying personal encounters with Africa’s wildlife. Overnight - Gweru (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Gweru - Bulawayo. Leaving Gweru, we head to Bulawayo - Zimbabwe’s second largest city. The city still retains much of its British Colonial character, evident by the many buildings maintained as heritage sites by the Bulawayo City Council. Interesting places to visit are the Natural History Museum, the National Arts Gallery and the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre. Overnight - Bulawayo (B, L, D)
Bulawayo - Hwange NP. We continue north-west to Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest reserve – the Hwange National Park. Hwange is well known for its abundance and variety of wildlife species including thousands of elephant, and rare antelope species such as the Sable and Roan Antelope. We enjoy a game drive (either late afternoon or early morning) to explore the wilderness in search of these, and the other resident wildlife species. Overnight - Hwange N.P. (B, L, D)
Hwange NP - Victoria Falls. Leaving Hwange, we head to Victoria Falls. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of town, and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A 20 minute walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls. The afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town!
Our adventure ends after breakfast on Saturday (day 15). We recommend booking additional days after your trip to take advantage of the exciting optional excursions available at Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls (B:2, L:1)
Family Friendly Departures
Parents with children and teens aged 6 to 17 are welcome on selected Wildlife Beach & Falls departure dates. Children under 12 get 5% off the trip price. See the Prices / Date tab above for details.
FROM USD $1,590
Prices & Departure Dates
Prices shown below are per person travelling, based upon two people sharing a tent. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.
Families with children and teens aged 6 - 17 are welcome on select departures of this safari. Children under 12 get 5% off the trip price (no reduction of the Local Payment). Please note that independent travellers aged 18 and over will also travel on these dates, these departures are not just for families.
Local payment - $465 USD
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
Whether you're a dog or a cat lover, the big African cats are an amazing sight to be seen. Watch prides of lions roam the African plains, spot leopards in trees and speedy cheetahs chasing their prey. As well as the chance to see the big cats in their natural environments, we offer opportunities to have a close encounter with these wonderful animals. Why not opt to Walk with Lions in Zimbabwe, visit the Born Free centres in South Africa - home to rescued lions and leopards and get to know the friendly cheetahs in Cheetah Park, Namibia. A feline adventure awaits!
Found across Asia and Africa, the largest concentration of elephants can be spotted in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and South Africa. Track elephant with us on safari in Africa and India, visit the elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka or ride an elephant on safari in Nepal.
Go in search of the Big Five in some of Africa's greatest game parks, from the wilds of the Masai Mara, to gorillas in Uganda and the open plains of the Serengeti. Or perhaps head to one of India's finest national parks to try to spot the elusive big cat - the Royal Bengal tiger. There is nothing like seeing wildlife in its natural habitat!
Nothing beats a little rest and relaxation by the sea - wind down from an action packed tour with a few days lazing on golden sands or spend your entire holiday soaking up the sun. From the coral rich Red Sea and the azure Aegean and Mediterranean to the crystal clear waters of the Indian ocean, choose from a wide range of idyllic destinations.
Victoria Falls, known in Zambia as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Located between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Zambezi River widens to 1.7 km and then the full width of the river plunges 108m down into the Zambezi Gorge. The force of the tumbling water sends clouds of spray up to 500m into the air, sustaining a lush rainforest all around.
Vic Falls is the adventure capital of Africa and an adrenaline junkies paradise! A wide number of adventure activities are focused on the falls and there are endless ways to experience the mighty Zambezi from microlight/helicopter flights over the falls, white-water rafting, canoeing, jet boating or even bungee jumping.
Highlights & Inclusions
Below is a list of key highlights and what is included on this tour. Further, where appropriate, we have listed the items that are not included in the tour price.
UNESCO Listed Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city
Bandula town, on the banks of the Chicamba Dam.
Inhambane, beautiful beaches and reefs
Kruger National Park, South Africa's flagship game reserve.
Johannesburg - extend your stay to explore the city
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest reserve.
Gweru and wildlife at The Antelope Park
Villanculous, gateway to Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago
Morrungulu, a picturesque beach resort
South Africa's scenic Panorama Route
Arrival transfer from Johannesburg Airport on day 1
Transport in fully equipped expedition truck
All camping fees & appropriate equipment
Park entry - The Antelope Park (Gweru). Park entry & game drive - Kruger NP and Hwange NP.
1st night dormitory accommodation at Mufasa Backpackers Johannesburg (upgrades available), 13 nights camping.
Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners
All road taxes & tolls
What's Not Included
International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Here's what some of our past travellers have written in to us and said about their experiences on this trip.
Wildlife Beach & Falls - 15 days
Firstly I want to say and HUGE, HUGE, HUGE thank-you to yourself, Louise, Emma and everyone else who made my free trip possible. I have just returned from the Wildlife, Beach and Falls and I had the most incredible, fantastic and memorable trip! We only had a small group, but I have met some wonderful people a couple of whom I hope will be life long friends. I am actually catching up with these two for Rio Carnival next year and they are coming to visit me in Chicago!
I didn't catch the surnames of our guide, chef and driver, but I wish to pass on my thanks again and recommendations for all three. Collin our guide was fantastic! His knowledge was incredible. He was considerate to all travellers, answered all questions when and where possible and really went above and beyond!
Calisto our driver kept us amused and entertained at all times. Even when we where bogged in Mozambique you could still hear him chuckling away! Avil our chef made fantastic meals everyday and was always considerate to the vegetarian on board. I am sure I have returned a few kilos heavier, but it was well worth it!!
I honestly can not express enough how fantastic these three where.
Again THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this opportunity. It was truly one of my most memorable holidays and I can not wait to return to Africa and explore it more. The team made us feel part of one big family and I can not stop talking about my trip. FANTASTIC!