From Johannesburg, this varied overland tour heads to South Africa's famous Kruger National Park, where we go in search of the 'big five' and many other wildlife species. We admire the natural splendour of the Blyde River Canyon before crossing into Zimbabwe to explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins - once an ancient 'city' in Southern Africa.
At the Antelope Park there are many opportunities to get up close to wildlife and even walk with a lion cub, while the Matobo National Park is a haven for rhino and rich in ancient San rock paintings. We end our overland adventure at the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world and a base for many optional adventure activities.
Day 1: Johannesburg to Hazyview (L / D)
Leaving Johannesburg we head towards the Lowveld and the famous Kruger National Park. On our way we pass through the southern section of the picturesque Panorama Route - famous for its breathtaking vistas. Our camp for the next two nights is just 8 km from the Kruger's Numbi Gate. We spend a relaxing evening around the camp fire before our game drive tomorrow.
Day 2: Hazyview (B / L / D)
Today we explore the amazing Kruger National Park. Covering 21 497 km2 - 60 km wide and over 350 km long, this conservation area has more than 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species. 23 000 different types of plants have been recorded. We spend the day driving around the park looking for a few of these. There is the option of doing a night drive looking for a few of the nocturnal inhabitants.
Day 3: Hazyview to Graskop (B / L / D)
After a quick replenishing of our stocks we leave the Lowveld and head up to the beautiful small town of Graskop. It is from this gateway in Mpumulanga that we explore some of the best scenery in South Africa, including the ever striking Blyde River Canyon and God's Window. The many viewpoints of the Canyon, afford us excellent photo opportunities. We set up our tents on the lush green grass of our camp before enjoying a dip in the lovely swimming pool. Graskop's night life is something to be enjoyed and those that want will have the opportunity to experience it.
Day 4: Graskop to Musina (B / L / D)
Today we begin our journey to Zimbabwe. We have a long, relaxing drive where we get to sit back and enjoy the ever changing scenery. Tonight we'll camp in one of the hottest towns in South Africa, Musina. Born in the copper mining era, it withered into a ghost town after the closing of these mines. However, the resurgence of the mining industry has seen it flourish once more and today it is an interesting town steeped in history.
Day 5: Musina to Masvingo (Zimbabwe) (B / L / D)
Today we enter Zimbabwe - a beautiful country rich in soul, culture and tradition. We make our way to the town of Masvingo - on the outskirts of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. This was the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa, built by an ancient highly skilled civilization. The name Zimbabwe is derived from this ancient city and means 'great stone houses' in Shona. Wander around these amazing ruins, before setting up camp.
Day 6: Masvingo to Gweru (B / L / D)
Leaving Masvingo, we continue our journey north to Gweru, in Zimbabwe's Midlands. Here we stop over at The Antelope Park. It is said 'you have not been to Zimbabwe until you have visited the Victoria Falls ... and the Antelope Park'. A wide variety of game viewing opportunities are available in this area inhabited by lion, elephant, giraffe and obviously numerous antelope! We have the unique option to walk with lions, ride or swim with elephants, view game from horse back or from the back of a vehicle.
Day 7: Gweru (B / L / D)
Today is spent enjoying personal encounters with Africa's wildlife.
Days 8: Gweru to Bulawayo (B / L / D)
Leaving Gweru, we head to Bulawayo - Zimbabwe's second largest city. Bulawayo is noted for its exceptionally wide streets, which were originally designed to accommodate a full span ox wagon. The city also still retains much of its British Colonial character, evident by the many buildings maintained as heritage sites by the Bulawayo City Council. Interesting places to visit are the Natural History Museum, the National Arts Gallery and the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre, which employs over 70 people.
Day 9: Bulawayo (B / L / D)
Today we visit Matobo National Park, one of the last strongholds of both the black and the white rhino. This park is also well known for its high concentration of the elusive leopard and majestic black eagle. Rock paintings are to be found too, providing evidence of the ancient San inhabitants of this area. Cecil John Rhodes (after whom Rhodesia was named) asked to be buried at the top of one of the sacred hills, (although there is some controversy over whether he will stay!) We spend the day exploring this unique geological, ecological and historic area.
Day 10: Bulawayo to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (B / L)
Leaving Bulawayo, we head to Victoria Falls. Here in Africa's adventure capital, we set up camp in the town's centrally located campsite. Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it's not difficult to see why. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! The Falls can be viewed from the Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia. Each offer fantastic photo opportunities. The afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite's swimming pool or exploring the many sights and delights of this town!
Day 11: Victoria Falls (B)
After breakfast, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced an overland tour of a lifetime!
Optional excursions include trips into the Zambezi or Hwange National Parks, elephant back safaris, horse back safaris, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint hearted! All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class. Beside the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the 'floats', where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
|START: Johannesburg||END: Victoria Falls|
|16 September 2015||26 September 2015|
|30 September 2015||10 October 2015|
|14 October 2015||24 October 2015|
|28 October 2015||07 November 2015|
|11 November 2015||21 November 2015|
|25 November 2015||05 December 2015|
|23 December 2015||02 January 2016|
The following Optional Activities are available on this overland safari.
Please Note: Prices are approximate and can change at any given time. Please use as a guideline only.
|Entry to Vic Falls National Park||USD 35|
|Microlight over the Falls (15 mins)||USD 170|
|Helicopter over the Falls (15 mins)||USD 155|
|Zambezi River Rafting (full day)||USD 140|
|Full Day Adrenaline (min 10 pax)||USD 160|
|Rafting and Boarding Combo||USD 180|
|Bungee Jumping (111m)||USD 150|
|Elephant Back Safari||USD 150|
|Gweru - Game Drive (min 6)||USD 30|
|Gweru - Walk with Lions||USD 90|
|Kruger Park Night Drive||USD 170|
|Kruger Park open vehicle Game Drive||USD 80|
|Soweto Tour (Joburg / Pretoria)||from USD 80|