Departing Victoria Falls we visit Zimbabwe's largest National Park, Hwange. Hwange is home to some of Africa's largest herds of elephant.
We travel to Matopos National Park where we 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.
Please Note: This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.
Day 1: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
We depart Victoria Falls and head towards the Hwange National Park. At around 14650 square kilometres the Hwange National Park is the largest in Zimbabwe and home to one of Africa's largest elephant populations as well as over 100 other mammalian species and 400 different bird species. Upon arrival in Hwange we will enjoy a game drive through the park. As we depart Victoria Falls this morning, we recommend that you arrive one day early to enjoy the many optional activities available here.
Activity Package: Afternoon game drive in Hwange National Park
Day 2: Matopos National Park
We depart Hwange National Park and head towards the Matopos National Park. The park is situated in the magnificent Matobo Hills, a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion and weathering. We will enjoy an afternoon game drive during our time in the park. Our accommodation for the evening is located near the town of Bulawayo.
Activity Package: Afternoon game drive in Matopos National Park
Day 3: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
No visit to Zimbabwe could possibly be complete without visiting the world-famous Great Zimbabwe ruins. Dating from around the 11th century these iron-age ruins have been the source of much speculation and disagreement over the years. Built without any mortar some of the walls are up to 5 metres high and still standing after so many centuries. This site was also home to 8 carved Zimbabwe birds, the image of which is found on the Zimbabwean National Flag.
Included Activity: Visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Day 4: Tshipise
Today we will depart Zimbabwe and cross the border into the Limpopo province of South Africa. Tshipise was developed in 1936 and was formerly spelt Chipise - the name is said to be derived from chia fisu "burn, be hot" referring to the mineral springs at 65°C. This afternoon you will have time to relax in the warm mineral pool.
Day 5: Johannesburg
Today we leave early for Johannesburg, the City of Gold and also the heartbeat of the country. Within a century, the city has been rebuilt four times: from a tented camp, it evolved into a town of tin shanties, followed by four-storey Edwardian brick buildings, before morphing into a city of modern skyscrapers. Your tour ends upon arrival in Johannesburg at Belvedere Estate. Belvedere Estate offers travellers a wonderful opportunity to spend the last evening in South Africa, enjoying a traditional "braai", served by the Estate. This is an optional meal which you can book via your guide.
Included Activity: Dinner out in Johannesburg
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