Sun, Sea, Safari - 30 days
FROM USD $2,195
Experience the diversity of Africa on a journey encompassing premier game reserves and idyllic beaches. From Johannesburg we explore Kruger, discover Mozambique's spectacular coast and coral reefs, enjoy game spotting in Hwange and Chobe, visit the mighty Victoria Falls and picturesque Lake Malawi, before ending on the tropical shores of Zanzibar.
Please note this itinerary is for travel in 2014. Passengers travelling in 2013 please contact us for your correct Go Guide.
Saturday. Welcome to South Africa! Included transfer from Johannesburg Airport, to our accommodation. Tonight there will be a pre departure 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 ‚Äď famous for its breathtaking vistas. We enter the National Park in the late afternoon and game drive en-route to our campsite within the park. 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. We camp for the night south of the park. Overnight - Kruger N.P.
(B:1, L:2, D:2)
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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 to Bandula. Continuing northward we say farewell to the tropical coastline and head inland to Bandula. Today‚Äôs 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)
Days 10 - 11: The Antelope Park
Bandula to 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs wildlife. Overnight - Gweru (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Day 12: Bulawayo
Gweru - Bulawayo. Leaving Gweru, we head to Bulawayo - Zimbabwe‚Äôs 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‚Äôs oldest and largest reserve ‚Äď 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‚Äôs swimming pool, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town! Enjoy the following two days relaxing or participating in a myriad of optional excursions.
Optional activities include elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, walking with lions, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies can white water raft on the Zambezi, bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge. Overnight - Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls - Chobe NP (Botswana). Today we cross the border into Botswana and travel to the town of Kasane, situated on the banks of the Chobe River. We spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Overnight - Chobe N. P.
(B, L, D)
Chobe NP - Livingstone (Zambia). After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane. We continue our journey to the town of Livingstone. This afternoon we have the opportunity to view The Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia or partake in a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. Another fantastic photo opportunity! Overnight - Livingstone
Days 19 - 21: Luangwa & Chipata
Livingstone - Luangwa - Chipata. An early morning start sees us head north through southern Zambia. As we drive, we pass through a few of the villages and towns of Zambia along the way. Prosperous during the copper boom in the 60‚Äôs, Zambia was able to build infrastructure at the main mining and farming communities. After the fall of the copper industry, the country was left virtually bankrupt and existing infrastructure was left to fall to ruin. Due to foreign investment and a rise in the mining industry, Zambia is today once again starting to prosper. The difference is evident in the cities with the availability of foreign stores, banks and imported cars, while the villages and smaller towns are still to catch up.
On day 20 we head to South Luangwa National Park. This breath taking park is situated on the Luangwa River in the Eastern part of Zambia, and it is the southernmost of three national parks in this region. South Luangwa was founded in 1938 as a game reserve, 1972 was the year it was declared as a national park, and today it covers over 9000 kilometres squared. Animals such as Giraffe, buffalo and Elephants can be found in abundance. The Luangwa river is home to many a hippo and croc.
From Luangwa we head north east on the old ‚ÄėEast Road‚Äô to a beautiful little campsite located just 10 km before the Zambia/Malawi border. In the days of old, the route from Cairo to Cape Town passed through Lusaka and it‚Äôs along this route to Malawi we travel today. While today is mostly spent driving, we do cross the impressive Luangwa River Bridge which is heavily guarded due to its close proximity to the Zimbabwean & Malawian borders. We‚Äôll also stop off to purchase some fresh produce and coal from the local sellers along the way. Overnight - Luangwa (2) Chipata (1) (B:3, L:3, D:3)
Days 22 - 24: Lake Malawi Beaches
Chipata - Lake Malawi Beaches (Malawi). Leaving Zambia we cross into Malawi and stop off in the capital, Lilongwe before travelling to beautiful Lake Malawi, which takes up 20% of Malawi's total area. We camp first at the central lake, and then in the northern area over the next 4 days. Spend the days relaxing on the pristine beaches, swimming in the clear blue fresh-water or partaking in the many optional excursions on offer which include a variety of water sports, horseback rides and a visit to the local village and school. (B:3, L:3, D:3)
Day 25: Iringa
Lake Malawi Beaches - Iringa (Tanzania). After a relaxing 4 days, we leave Malawi, entering Tanzania through the border post at Songwe. Winding our way through the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we head towards Iringa where we spend the night in the beautiful rustic ‚ÄėFarmhouse‚Äô campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers! Overnight - Iringa (B, L, D)
Iringa - Dar es Salaam. This morning we head off early and make our way to Dar es Salaam. We pass through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside. On arrival in Dar es Salaam, we make our way to our lovely seaside campsite and prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning. Overnight - Dar es Salaam
(B, L, D)
Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar (optional). A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the "Spice Island,‚ÄĚ where we have the option to spend the next 3 nights. History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. Today the quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans. The island is famous for its spices and an excursion around a spice plantation is always a fascinating experience. Other options include a trip to the beautiful beaches and giant tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in Nungwe or a fishing trip in a traditional dhow.
PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation and meals are not included whilst on Zanzibar. Your trip leader can arrange your accommodation for you. For those not opting to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next 3 days are spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam. There are various optional excursions available from the camp including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips. Overnight - Dar es Salaam OR Zanzibar (optional) (B:1)
Sunday. Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland and after exchanging addresses, we part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!