The stunning Tofo beach near Inhambane in Mozambique
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Zimbabwe & Mozambique Discovery - 14 Days map

CAMPING SAFARI: Embark on a 14-day overland camping safari travelling from Victoria Falls to Pretoria, taking in the highlights of Zimbabwe and Mozambique en route. Go in search of wildlife on game drives in Hwange, Matabo and Kruger National Park. Visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, relax by pristine Indian Ocean beaches and enjoy an idyllic dhow safari to Magaruque Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Victoria Falls- Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and choose from a myriad of optional excursions
Matobo National Park - Enjoy a game drive and exhilarating walking safari in search of rhinos and elusive leopards
Magaruque Island - Sail on a dhow boat to this beautiful island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, with its powdery-white beaches and turquoise waters
Tofo - Spend two nights in this small Mozambique beach town where you can opt to snorkel, scuba dive, horse ride or visit nearby Inhambane
Hwange National Park - Game drive through the private concession of Zimbabwe's best game reserve, home to a healthy population of elephants
Masvingo - Visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, a historic World Heritage Site
Kruger National Park - Go in search of the Big Five in South Africa's premier wildlife reserve
Bilene - Snorkel in the stunning Uembje Lagoon and camp on top of the dunes

Included

13 breakfast, 11 lunch & 12 dinner
Escorted by a licensed 2-person crew
Victoria Falls visit
Hwange National Park game drive in a 4x4 open vehicle with resident guide
Matobo National Park, open vehicle game drive and wilderness walk with resident guide
Sleeping mattress (you will need to bring your own sleeping bag)
13 nights camping in 2-person dome tents
Transportation in a 24-seater overland truck with camping and cooking equipment
Dhow Safari, Vilanculos - Magaruque Island snorkelling
Visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Game Drive in Kruger national park in a 4x4 open vehicle with resident guide
All road tolls and vehicle taxes

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Local Payment: $185pp, paid in USD
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Optional activities (prices listed in Trip Notes)

Itinerary

Day 1

Victoria Falls

Our incredible African adventure starts in Victoria Falls town. This morning we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls. Be prepared to get wet and dressed accordingly as the spray from the falls can be seen up to 20 miles away! The rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure or consider one of the optional activities that are on offer. From bungee jumping to admiring the view, Victoria Falls has it all.

Please note: Please arrive in Victoria Falls at least one night before your tour. There will be a pre-departure meeting at 18:00 on the evening prior to departure and the tour starts at 8am on day 1. Refer to the Joining Instructions in the Trip Notes for more information. We can book a an airport arrival transfer and pre-tour accommodation upon request.
Overnight: Victoria Falls

Day 2

Hwange National Park

Victoria Falls - Hwange National Park. Today we head to Zimbabwe’s largest and best-known park, Hwange National Park. In the early 19th century, it was the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi. Spanning across 14,600 square kilometres, Hwange is known for its population of African wild dogs and over 100 mammal species including Africa’s Big Five and abundant bird species. In the afternoon, we take a guided open vehicle game drive with the hope to spot some of the park's wildlife before returning to camp the night.
Overnight: Hwange National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 3-4

Bulawayo & Matabo National Park

Hwange National Park – Bulawayo. Our journey continues on day 3 as we head south to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city. The rest of the afternoon is free to spend at leisure exploring this pleasant city with its broad tree-lined avenues and wide-open spaces.

The next morning we take a short drive to Matabo National Park. Here, we enjoy a half day tour of the park with our local guides. Matabo is a remarkable park and has the largest number of Black and White Rhinos, leopards and black eagles. Our tour guide will take us on a nature drive and a wilderness walk, where we can experience some of the more secluded places in search of these incredible animals.

The afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure. Alternatively, you can book an optional extension to today's tour. Head into the Matobo Hills to see some of the ancient Bushmen paintings in the area, and visit the grave of Cecil Rhodes.
Overnight: Bulawayo (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 5

Masvingo

Bulawayo – Masvingo. Today we journey toward 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. We camp nearby with ample time to explore the ruins at leisure and with a local guide who will give you basic information of the area. If you have the energy there is the opportunity to trek to the top of the Hill Enclosure to enjoy a wondrous African sunset.
Overnight: Masvingo  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Into Mozambique

Masvingo – Bandula area (Mozambique). Our day starts very early as we begin our 400 km journey into Mozambique. Our first stop along the way is Mutare and if time permits, we will stop at the spectacular Birchenough Bridge. Crossing the border into Mozambique we make our way to the Bandula area near the Chicamba Dam. We’ll settle in our campsite that is located within a 550-hectare conservancy.
Overnight: Bandula  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 7-8

Vilanculos & Magaruque Island

Bandula – Vilanculos area. We leave Bandula and head to the spectacular Indian Ocean coast. We stop in the small town of Vilanculos, gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. Here we gather our luggage and snorkels for tomorrow’s island trip and board our traditional dhow boat to sail to our ‘rustic ‘bush camp. The beach camp is located on a remote stretch of the coast approximately 90 minutes sail from Vilanculos town itself. Arriving in the late afternoon and settle into our beach camp for the next 2 nights.

On day 8 we board our dhow boat to Magaruque Island, the third island in the archipelago and the closest to Vilanculos. Magaruque is the perfect place to relax and unwind. You're free to explore this beautiful island at leisure, snorkel and swim in the turquoise water, soak up the sun on the powdery-white beach. A delicious seafood lunch is included and we return to our campsite late afternoon.
Overnight: Campsite near Chimoio  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 9-10

Tofo

Vilanculos area – Tofo. The morning of day 9 we head further down the scenic coast through Inhambane to Tofo, our base for the next 2 nights. Tofo is a beautiful little beach town with open beaches, the slow-paced atmosphere is a great place for us to relax. Check out the local bars and restaurants, sample the local seafood as you take in the resident culture. If you wish, you can also take a trip into Inhambane, the second oldest town in Mozambique.

Day 10 is free to spend at leisure, discover the local tropical beaches or the many optional activities on offer. Why not climb the ladder at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Conception in Inhambane or head out to explore the reefs and the colourful marine life found in this warm watery haven.
Overnight: Tofo  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 11

Bilene & Uembje Lagoon

Tofo - Bilene. Today we journey south of Tofo to Bilene, our last coastal stop in Mozambique. Bilene is famous for the Uembje Lagoon (or San Marthino lake) where you can try out one of the best loved activities in Bilene - snorkelling! Our campsite for the evening is located on top of the dunes overlooking the stunning lagoon.
Overnight: Bilene  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 12-13

Kruger National Park

Praia do Bilene - Hazyview - Kruger National Park (South Africa). From Bilene we cross the border into South Africa and head for our camp in Hazyview, just outside Kruger National Park, southern Africa’s game reserve. The national park and the surrounding reserves are unfenced allowing abundance of wildlife to roam free. Kruger has every major Africa mammal including all the Big Five and over 500 species of birdlife. In the evening we relax and enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire.

On the morning of day 10 we board our specialised 4x4 game drive vehicles for a rewarding day in Kruger National Park. Going in search of the Big Five and other resident wildlife on a morning and afternoon game drive. We will break for lunch and wait for the hottest part of the day to pass allowing the animal to be more active for our afternoon game drive.
Overnight: Hazyview  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 14

Pretoria

Hazyview – Pretoria. We leave Kruger behind and make our way to Pretoria where our incredible African adventure comes to an end late afternoon/ early evening, as we bid farewell to our guide and our fellow travellers.

Please note: We recommend that you spend the night in Pretoria. Pretoria accommodation and a transfer to Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport can be booked locally or in advance.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a tent/room. Solo travellers will be matched up and share a tent/room with another solo traveller of the same gender.

Local payment - $185pp, paid in USD

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
CAD $5,165
N/A
CAD $5,165
N/A
CAD $5,165
N/A
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
20 Mar - 02 Apr 15% off
CAD $5,165
CAD $4,390
N/A
17 Apr - 30 Apr 15% off
CAD $5,165
CAD $4,390
N/A
15 May - 28 May 15% off
CAD $5,165
CAD $4,390
N/A
12 Jun - 25 Jun 15% off
CAD $5,165
CAD $4,390
N/A
10 Jul - 23 Jul 15% off
CAD $5,165
CAD $4,390
N/A
07 Aug - 20 Aug 15% off
CAD $5,165
CAD $4,390
N/A
04 Sep - 17 Sep 15% off
CAD $5,165
CAD $4,390
N/A
02 Oct - 15 Oct 15% off
CAD $5,165
CAD $4,390
N/A
30 Oct - 12 Nov 15% off
CAD $5,165
CAD $4,390
N/A

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation Cape Town, Ashanti Lodge Guesthouse, en suite room
CAD $105
CAD $165

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Shearwater Explorers Village, Victoria Falls

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Tented Camp

Situated in the bohemian town of Victoria Falls, and 400m from the Falls themselves, the affordable accommodation at the Shearwater Explorers Village consists of 5 campsites with modern bathroom facilities, and 16 chalets with en-suite showers and A/C. Shearwater operates a range of activities at the Falls, from bungee jumping to river rafting - and when the day is over, guests can wind down with Wi-Fi in the lounge areas, a drink by the pool, or even a back rub in the massage tent.

Burkes' Paradise (campsite), Bulawayo

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Burkes' Paradise is a hostel and campsite set on an attractive 12 acre plot of land, comprised of natural bush and well maintained lawns. There are camping pitches around the garden, with shared facilities and hot showers. WiFi internet access is available in the communal lounge area and there's a swimming pool with sun loungers, so you can enjoy a refreshing swim and relax after a busy day. The property is located ten minute drive from the centre of Bulawayo.

Hotel Numbi (campsite), Hazyview

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Conveniently located in the town of Hazyview, less than a 10 minutes' drive from South Africa's flagship Kruger National Park, this property has a campsite which is set within beautiful tropical gardens, with communal bathrooms and a restaurant on site. After a busy day spotting wildlife in Kruger, you can cool off in the outdoor pool, relax on the sundeck and enjoy the surrounding birdlife.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Victoria Falls
Ends
Pretoria
Departs
Thursday
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Camping
Local Payment
$185pp, paid in USD
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 12, Dinner: 11
Countries
Minimum Age
18
Arr. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Dep. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Aerial view of the dazzling blue water of Victoria Falls
Herd of elephants drinking at a water hole at Hwange National Park
Leopard staring majestically at the camera in Kruger National Park
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