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Wildlife Beach & Falls

15 days  |  Johannesburg to Victoria Falls  |  from USD $1,749  |   Guaranteed Departure 

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 Available

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FAMILY DEPARTURES - PARENTS WITH CHILDREN ARE WELCOME ON SELECTED DEPARTURES OF THIS TRIP. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ITINERARY BELOW RELATES TO TRAVEL IN 2015. DAYS 10 - 12 WILL FOLLOW A DIFFERENT ITINERARY IN 2016, PLEASE SEE THE TRIP NOTES FOR DETAILS.

Day 1

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

Days 2-3

Johannesburg - Kruger National Park. Leaving Johannesburg we head towards the Lowveld and our camp situated on the border of the famous Kruger National Park. On our way we pass through the southern section of the picturesque Panorama Route – famous for its breathtaking vistas. Our camp for the next two nights is a short drive from the Kruger Park Gate 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 we drive through Kruger in search of the Big Five. In the evening we camp in the Southern Kruger Region.
Overnight: Greater Kruger National Park  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 4-5

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  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 7-8

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  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 10-11

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. Please note: We will not be visiting Gweru and the Antelope Park in 2016. Days 10 - 12 will follow a different itinerary, visiting the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Matobo National Park and spending an extra night in Hwange National Park. Please see the trip notes for details.
Overnight: Gweru  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 12

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

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.  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 14-15

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.
Overnight: Victoria Falls  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Family Friendly Departures & Budget Accommodation Upgrade

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.

If you're interested in our adventurous Overland Safaris but don't fancy camping, there is the option to upgrade to budget accommodation (subject to availability). You will be travelling with our overland camping passengers, sharing a truck, equipment and chores with them and enjoying your meals together as a group. Accommodation is in basic twin share rooms and a single supplement applies for solo travellers if we're unable to match you up or you would prefer the privacy of your own room. For more details please refer to the tour Trip Notes.

Trip Highlights

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

Included

Arrival transfer from Johannesburg Airport on day 1
A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
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 (upgrade available) and 13 nights camping (option to upgrade to budget accommodation at time of booking - subject to availability)
Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners
All road taxes & tolls

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Optional activities

Hi Sarah, I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic time I had and to say thank you for all your help and advise beforehand! As an individual traveller I was put at ease by the fantastic, professional and friendly crew. I can honesty say it was the best holiday I have ever had!

I have recently returned from an excursion which I booked with On The Go Tours and yourselves. Johannesburg to Victoria Falls ( start date: 16th Aug 2014).

I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic time I had! As an individual traveller I was put at ease by the fantastic, professional and friendly crew.

I can honesty say it was the best holiday I have ever had!

It has come to my attention that a couple on the trip have complained to yourselves about the crew leader, which I feel is a great shame as they took an instant dislike to Colin and complained about him before the tour had even started!

They were lovely people, but unfortunately have a habit of complaining to see if they can get money back - they did this several times over the course of the holiday to the point were it was embarrassing! The problem was that they had been traveling for almost a year by themselves, so suddenly having to comply with other peoples ideas and timetables did not work for them - and boy did they let us know about it!!!

When things happened and the crew took charge and organised things, they would stand aside and complain instead of help!

I feel it a great shame that Colin would take the brunt of theirs complaints and that he would be punished for what the remaining 11 of us feel was a fantastic, well organised and professionally run holiday!

Katie Houghton

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Hey Kell,

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!

Prices shown are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.

Local payment - 2015: US$465 / 2016: $565
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
Local Payment
This trip has a local payment. It is this payment which covers entrance fees, camping fees and meals as detailed for this itinerary. The local payment is in addition to the prices specified and is to be paid directly to the tour leader on Day 1 of the trip. The payment should be made in cash, in the currency specified.

Please note that due to exchange rate fluctuations, as well as potential changes to park entrance fees, the local payment amount may be subject to change. We will however inform you of any such changes as soon as we are aware of them.
Families are welcome on this departure.
Families Welcome
2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
Families are welcome on this departure.
USD $1749
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Families are welcome on this departure.
USD $1749
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USD $1749
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USD $1749
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2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $2099
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Families are welcome on this departure.
USD $2099
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Families are welcome on this departure.
USD $2099
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Families are welcome on this departure.
USD $2099
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USD $2099
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USD $2099
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USD $2099
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Budget Accommodation Upgrade Supplement
USD $740
USD $1010
Budget Accommodation Upgrade Supplement 2016
USD $860
USD $510

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.

BUDGET ACCOMMODATION UPGRADE: There is the option to upgrade from camping to budget accommodation on this trip - the upgrade supplement can be found under the dates and prices below. The accommodation upgrade is available on a first come first serve basis, please contact us to check availability. A single supplement will apply for solo travellers if we're unable to match you up or you would prefer the privacy of your own room. For more details please refer to the tour Trip Notes.

Tour Details
Starts
Johannesburg
Ends
Victoria Falls
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
Camping (Budget accommodation upgrade available)
Local Payment
2015: US$465 / 2016: $565
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 13, Dinner: 12
Extra Tour Info
About Overland Safaris
Information on travelling through Africa on a overland safari
Tourist Visas
Visa requirements for Africa and info on getting your visa

Hi Sarah, I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic time I had and to say thank you for all your help and advise beforehand! As an individual traveller I was put at ease by the fantastic, professional and friendly crew. I can honesty say it was the best holiday I have ever had!

Katie Houghton
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.