Jo'burg - Kruger. Leaving Johannesburg we head towards the Lowveld and our camp situated within 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. On day 2 we take a night game drive.
The following day we further explore the amazing Kruger National Park in the truck. Covering 19 485 km2 - 60 km wide and over 350 km long, this conservation area has more than 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species. 23 000 different types of plants have been recorded. We spend the day driving around the park keeping an eye out for these.
Overnight: Greater Kruger National Park | Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
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
Inhambane & Great Limpopo
Inhambane Region - Great Limpopo. Day 6 is a further day at leisure in Inhambane. With an early morning start we head back inland towards the Great Limpopo Transfrontier park which includes the Kruger National Park, Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe. We will reach our camp in the late afternoon. On the way there, as well as in camp you will be able to see a wide variety of birdlife.
Overnight: Inhambane (1) Great Limpopo (1) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Entering Kruger National Park again today, we do a short game drive to get through the park and back into South Africa. Tonight we’ll camp near to one of the hottest towns in South Africa, Musina, at the hot water spring resort – Tshipise. Situated between the rolling hills, the resort is well known for its natural hot water springs. Once we’ve set up camp, you’re free to enjoy the pools, walking trails or various other activities on offer here.
Overnight: Musina | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we enter Zimbabwe - a beautiful country, rich in soul, culture and tradition. We make our way to the town of Masvingo - on the outskirts of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. This was the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa, built by an ancient highly skilled civilization. The name Zimbabwe is derived from this ancient city and means “great stone houses” in Shona. The most notable artefacts found at the ruins were the 8 Statues of stone birds carved out of soapstone. Wander around these amazing ruins,
before setting up camp at the foot of the hills.
Overnight: Masvingo | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Matobo National Park
Leaving Masvingo, we head to Bulawayo - Zimbabwe’s second largest city.
Bulawayo is noted for its exceptionally wide streets, which were originally designed to accommodate a full span ox wagon. The city also 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, which employs over 70 people.
On day 11 we visit Matobo National Park, one of the last strongholds of both the black and the white rhino. This park is also well known for its high concentration of the elusive leopard and majestic black eagle. Rock paintings are to be found too, providing evidence of the ancient San inhabitants of this area. Cecil John Rhodes (after whom Rhodesia was named) asked to be buried at the top of one of the sacred hills, (although there is some controversy over whether he will stay!) We spend the day exploring this unique geological, ecological and historic area.
Overnight: Bulawayo (2) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Hwange National Park
Bulawayo - Hwange National Park. 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. On day 13 we have a full day in the Hwange area, and we partake in another game drive through Hwange National Park, in the hope that we spot as many wild animals as possible.
Overnight: Hwange NP | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
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! 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 | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 1
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 National Park | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 | Breakfast, Dinner
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’s, 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 ‘East Road’ 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’s 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’ll also stop off to purchase some fresh produce and coal from the local sellers along the way.
Overnight: Luangwa (2) Chipata (1) | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
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.
Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
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 ‘Farmhouse’ campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!
Overnight: Iringa | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar (optional). A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the "Spice Island,” 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) | Breakfast x 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!
Please note that there is a reroute in place on this tour until further notice. Please see Mozambique Reroute in the Trip Notes for more details.