Prepare yourself for an Experience of a Lifetime!
This tour departs from Victoria Falls every 2nd Wednesday starting from the 11 October 2017 and ends on a Sunday at our Post Tour Accommodation point Belvedere Estate in Johannesburg.
Pre - Accommodation:
We leave the rumble and adventure of Victoria Falls behind us as we make the journey south to Zimbabwe’s largest National Park: Hwange National Park.
Hwange which is home to Africa’s largest herds of elephant. We travel to Matopos National Park marvel at the magnificent precariously balanced granite boulders before setting off on a game drive. On we go to visit the iron age ruins of the Royal Palace of Great Zimbabwe with walls 5 meters high and no mortar in sight – Sub-Saharan’s largest and most important stone ruins and a very special archaeological site. Eight soapstone carved birds were found here, depicted on Zimbabwe’s national flag. Our tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg.
Day 1 - This morning we leave the rumble and adventure of Victoria Falls behind us as we make the journey south to Hwange National Park. After lunch we spend the afternoon exploring Hwange National Park in open game-viewing vehicles. Hwange is the largest of Zimbabwe’s national parks and offers excellent opportunities for viewing the diversity of wildlife that calls the park home. We return to camp this evening and enjoy dinner around our campfire.
Route - Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
Activity package - Afternoon game drive Hwange National Park
Places - Hwange National Park
Day 2 - After breakfast we continue south towards Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. Our afternoon will be spent exploring the Matopos National Park with a local guide. The park received recognition as a UNESCO natural World Heritage Site in 2003 and includes an intensive protection zone that is home to both Black and White Rhinoceros. Named after the Ndebele word “Matobo “, whose meaning “bald heads” refers to the rounded granite hills that surround it. We return to Bulawayo and our overnight stop for the night.
Route - Hwange National Park to Matopos National Park
Activity package - Afternoon game drive Matopos National Park
Day 3 - Our journey today takes us to Masvingo and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. This afternoon we will enjoy a guided walking tour of this historic site. Dating back to the Late Iron Age, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. We take time this afternoon to marvel at the intricate stone work and experience the heritage of this monument to early Zimbabwean civilisation.
Route - Matopos National Park to Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Included activities - Visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Day 4 - Leaving the sites of Zimbabwe behind we cross the Limpopo River and enter South Africa this afternoon. Our overnight stop allows us an opportunity to end the day with a swim in the hot springs of Tshipise.
Route - Great Zimbabwe Ruins to Tshipise
Included activities - Hot Springs Tshipise
Day 5 - This morning we take the highway south to Johannesburg, we arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travellers are invited to join us for a traditional Braai tonight, this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared around the braai fires and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel.
Route - Tshipise to Johannesburg
Optional activities - Farewell Braai at Belvedere Estate