5 Day Best of Zimbabwe Safari



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.

Tour Info

Starts:
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Ends:
Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration:
5 days
Group size:
Maximum 18 passengers
Transport:
Adventure truck
Incl. Meals:
Breakfast x 4, Lunch x 5, Dinner x 4

Brief Itinerary

Day 1:
Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park
Day 2:
Matopos National Park
Day 3:
Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Day 4:
Tshipise
Day 5:
Johannesburg (trip ends on arrival)

Itinerary

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

Included / Excluded

What's Included

  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the overland truck)
  • Accommodation
  • Guides & transport
  • Highlights as indicated on the itinerary

What's Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water & snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Activity package & optional activities (see itinerary for more details)
Dates
START: Victoria Falls END: Johannesburg
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Camping Option
ZAR 7 650
Accommodated Option
ZAR 9 650
Activity Package *
ZAR 1 980

* The Activity Package is an optional payment that covers what we consider to be 'essential activities' on selected tours. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below.

  • Hwange Game Drive (ZAR 990)
  • Matopos Game Drive (ZAR 990)