14-Day Mozambique and Zim Explorer Adventure Camping Tour from Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Overview

Enjoy Big Five Game viewing experiences in both Hwange and Kruger National Park. Marvel at the ancient Zimbabwe Ruins and enjoy a game drive and walk to see the Rhinos at Matobo National Park. Take the coastal route in Mozambique to relax on the sun-kissed beaches and explore the amazing marine life of the warm Indian Ocean. A terrific way to experience both wildlife and the seaside!

Please note: Due to weather conditions in Mozambique, an alternative itinerary has been put in place for April and May bookings.

Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew
Victoria Falls Visit
Hwange National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with resident guide*
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with resident guide*
Bilene and Tofo Beach, Inhambane
Dhow Safari, Vilanculos – Magaruque Island snorkelling
Zimbabwe Ruins
Kruger National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with resident guide
Lunch (12)
Dinner (12)
Breakfast (13)
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional/ USD 220pp)*
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature

Departure Point

Victoria Falls Rest Camp, Park Way, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Court Classique Suite Hotel, Cnr Francis Baard & Beckett Streets, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0007, South Africa
Itinerary
Victoria Falls
This morning we enjoy the spectacular Victoria Falls themselves and the mighty Zambezi River. Please be ready to get wet when you visit – the spray from the Falls can be seen from up to 20 miles away – hence the local name Mosi oa Tunya (Smoke That Thunders) and many people find they get thoroughly soaked on their visit! After our visit time is at leisure – try one of the optional activities or visit the local markets or old colonial Victoria Falls Hotel that provides an in-depth historical insight, including information on the discovery of the Falls; or explore the colonial town on foot and visit the local trading markets. From bungee jumping to admiring the view, Victoria Falls is an enduring sight that has captured the imagination of visitors for generations.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Meals:
  Not Included
Hwange National Park
Today we head for the world-famous Hwange National Park. This is Zimbabwe’s largest and best-known park and was (in the early 19th century) the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi. In 1929 it was set aside as a National Park for the benefit of all Zimbabwe’s peoples. The park covers an area of over 14,600 sq kms and is particularly known for its elephant but contains over 100 mammal species including Africa’s “Big 5" (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo), as well as giraffe, cheetah, gemsbok and the brown hyena and abundant bird species. Hwange is also known for its population of the Wild (Painted) Dog. Late in the day we take a locally guided open vehicle game drive and hope to glimpse some of the wildlife in the park before returning to camp for overnight.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
  Overnight at Hwange Rest Camp or similar, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Bulawayo
Departing Hwange, we drive south to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city. The afternoon is at leisure. Bulawayo is a pleasant city with broad tree-lined avenues and wide-open spaces. There is a fascinating National History Museum, which recounts much of Zimbabwe’s traditional and colonial past, and near the Old Town Hall there is a lively curio market where you can test your bartering skills. A wide range of handicrafts and artwork are on display here most made locally by skilful craftsmen and women
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Overnight at Burke's Paradise, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Matobo National Park - The Matopos
guided tour. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people. The reserve also has a large concentration of the Black and White Rhino and providing it’s safe to do so our guides will lead us on foot to search for these magnificent animals. Approaching these massive beasts is a heart racing, breath-taking and memorable experience. At such times it may be comforting to remember that rhinos are herbivores. The park also has a dense population of leopard and black eagle and we hope to catch sight of either (or both) of these creatures. We also keep a look out for giraffe, zebra, ostrich and a variety of antelope and buck species. Note: There is an option to upgrade to a full day Matobo tour to include various historical sites. The price is listed in the optional excursions and can be arranged with your crew on the day.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Overnight at Burke's Paradise, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Great Zimbabwe National Monument
Leaving Bulawayo, we cross towards 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. Dating back to 1200AD this place was once the home to an indigenous population of some 10,000 people. A UNESCO World Heritage Site the area holds special significance to the country which took its name. Legend says this was the city where the Queen of Sheeba resided and archaeological finds uncovered gold, coins and porcelain from as far afield as Persia and China, highlighting the importance of the city as a trading post. We camp nearby for easy access and 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 sunset.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Norma Jean's Resort, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Manica
Today, we leave early and stop off in Mutare and if time allows stop at the spectacular Birchenough Bridge (named after Sir Henry Birchenough). The bridge spans the Save River on its 400 km journey through Zimbabwe and Mozambique and is one of many scenic features of eastern Zimbabwe. Once we have stocked up on supplies we make our way to the border point to leave Zimbabwe and enter Mozambique. Once formalities are complete we make our way to the Bandula area near the Chicamba Dam where our campsite is located within a 550-hectare conservancy. Most people notice immediate differences upon entering Mozambique. Travelling is generally slower and road conditions more demanding. Campsites are not as well appointed. Towns and shops may have fewer goods or less variety. While this can sometimes be frustrating many people find after a few days they find this one of the more appealing and attractive aspects of their adventure tour. We are sure you will enjoy Mozambique but do try to warn you not to expect things to be the same as elsewhere in Africa.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Overnight at Casa Msika lodge, Bandula area, Mozambique
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Vilanculos
This morning, we leave early and make our way to the spectacular Indian Ocean coast. We arrive at Vilankulo (or Vilanculos), the Gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. Named after a local tribal chief Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke, the town itself is only 5km long yet is a hive of activity, has a lively atmosphere and friendly people. On arrival, we gather our luggage and snorkels for the following day’s island trip and board our traditional dhow boat 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. We arrive in the late afternoon and settle in to our beach camp for the next 2 nights.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Chiggmane Camp or similar, Vilanculos, Mozambique
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Magaruque Island
After breakfast we take our dhow boat to Magaruque Island, the third Island in the archipelago and the closest to Vilanculos. Here you can enjoy the island at leisure, snorkelling, swimming, walking or simply enjoy lazing on the pristine beach. A delicious seafood lunch is included in our Dhow Safari. With its powdery-white beaches, turquoise waters, and superb all-year-round climate, Magaruque is perfect to relax, unwind and explore the local marine life. We return to our beach camp in the late afternoon to overnight.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Chiggmane Camp or similar, Vilanculos, Mozambique
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Tofo
We bid our seaside camp farewell and head further down the scenic coast via Inhambane to Tofo where we will spend the next 2 nights. Tofo is a small beach town with lovely open beaches, where the pace of life slows allowing you to relax and soak up the atmosphere. There are many activities on offer such as horse riding, snorkelling and scuba. Whale Sharks and Manta Rays inhabit the coastline all year round but are in larger numbers in the summer months (November to March). Humpback whales usually arrive around mid-June and are present until mid-October. The natural vegetation of the coastal plain is dune forest, but this has largely been replaced by coconut palms, planted by the Portuguese and local Bitonga people to supply the thriving copra trade. There are some exciting bars and restaurants in the area - sample the local seafood, the area is famous for it - and the local beer (called ‘2M’) or else simply relax and enjoy a good read. You could also take a trip into Inhambane, the second oldest town in Mozambique to explore the local market.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Fatima's Nest or similar, Inhambane, Mozambique
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Tofo
Today is a free day at leisure to enjoy the local tropical beaches and the many activities on offer. Nearby Inhambane has a rich history and offers a great opportunity to go out and explore the old city. Climb the ladder at the Cathedral of our lady of Conception Inhambane for fantastic 360-degree views of the surrounds. The local markets are also a highlight with fresh fish, seafood and farm produce on sale. You’ll soon see the mix of Arabic and African cultures that create a vibrant, eclectic style of its own. If the delights of the ocean are your forte, then head out and explore the reefs and colourful marine life found in this warm watery haven.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Fatima's Nest or similar, Inhambane, Mozambique
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Bilene
We leave Tofo and head south to Bilene and our last coastal stop in Mozambique. Bilene, also known as Praia do Bilene and was once called San Marthino is located 180km from Mozambique and famous for the Uembje Lagoon (or San Marthino lake) where you can try out one of the best loved activities in Bilene – snorkelling! Our camp for the evening is located on top of the dunes overlooking the stunning lagoon itself. It’s here we spend the night lulled by the sound of the ocean and enjoy the fresh breeze as we unwind from our day.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Laguna Camp, Bilene, Mozambique
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Hazyview
From Bilene we cross the border into South Africa, where we head for southern Africa’s premier game reserve, ‘Kruger’ and spend the night outside the reserve. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form the Greater Kruger, an area of some 24000 sq km. Wildlife is free to roam the whole enormous area and it has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal mammal (148 species) is present. There is also prolific birdlife (over 505 species) and over 330 varieties of trees. This evening we immerse ourselves in the local culture and enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire to learn more about these fascinating people.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South Africa
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Kruger National Park
Waking early, we board our 4x4 game viewing vehicles with a resident guide for an intense but rewarding day in Kruger National Park. The impressive atmosphere of the park enables you to see why it is held in such high esteem amongst visitors from all over the world. We game drive in the morning and afternoon in search for the abundance of wildlife including the ‘Big 5’ – Rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion together with a high density of other mammals and diverse bird species such as eagles, hornbills, vultures and bee eaters. We break during the middle of the day to enjoy the peace of the rest camp and wait out the hottest part of the day (when wildlife is usually less active). We then continue our game drive through the park exiting in the late afternoon and continue to our accommodation for the night.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview,South Africa
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Pretoria
We leave the Kruger behind and make our way to South Africa’s administrative city, Pretoria, where our tour ends late afternoon / early evening on day 14.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Each adventure tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income. The (Optional) Adventure Pass is USD 220.00 per person
  • Minimum age is 18 years, Maximum age is 39'ish years.
  • You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveller.
  • Please note: Due to weather conditions in Mozambique, an alternative itinerary has been put in place for April and May bookings.
  • *Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

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