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Mozambique & Zimbabwe Explorer (ex. Victoria Falls) 2018/19 (14 Days, Victoria Falls to Johannesburg)

Get ready for an awesome exploration of two amazing African destinations! After a spot of game viewing in the mighty Kruger National Park, don your swimsuit and sprawl out on Mozambique's dreamy white sand beaches the perfect complement to days spent checking out Zimbabwe's world-renowned animal reserves. Forget choosing between sea and safari on this wild adventure, you'll get the best of both worlds.

Inclusions

Mosi Oa Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls)
Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Kruger National Park
Matobo National Park
Hwange National Park
Dhow sailing safari from Vilanculos
14 Breakfasts
14 Lunches
14 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $2,886
Start Location
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
End Location
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
We start our trip in the town of Victoria Falls, aptly named after Africa's most scenic waterfall. You won't be running out of options here with bungy jumping, gorge swinging, whitewater rafting and sunset cruises on the Zambezi River on offer. Meals: -Breakfast Included today: -Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls) Optional activities: -Victoria Falls bungy jump -Gorge swing -Sunset cruise
Day 2: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
Today we leave Victoria Falls and head for the world-famous Hwange National Park. Zimbabwe's largest and best known game park covers an area of over 14,600 square kilometres and is particularly known for its elephant population as well as over 100 mammal species including Africa's Big Five (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo). Later in the afternoon, we head out for a game drive in the hope of spotting an abundance of wildlife in the park before returning to our camp at dusk. Included today: -Hwange National Park game drive Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 3: Hwange National Park to Bulawayo
Departing Hwange National Park we drive south for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city. Stroll the tree-lined avenues, brimming with colonial architecture and wide open spaces, and be sure to check out the city's fascinating National History Museum, which recounts much of Zimbabwe's traditional and colonial past. Near the Old Town Hall, there's a lively curio market where you can test your bartering skills and admire the local handicrafts and artwork on display. Included today: -Khami Ruins visit Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 4: Bulawayo to Matobo National Park
Channel your inner explorer today as we head into the impressive Matobo National Park with our local guides. The wind-sculpted Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings, so it's no surprise that the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people. The reserve has the largest concentration of black and white rhinos in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals. Included today: -Half day Matobo National Park game drive & wilderness walk Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Matobo National Park full day tour upgrade
Day 5: Matobo National Park to Masvingo
Travelling further east, we set a course for Masvingo. From here, we'll pay a visit to the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe, the place which gave the country its name. Tonight we camp out in the foothills and explore the ancient nooks and crannies of this intriguing city. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 6: Masvingo to Bandula
Ready for a drive day? Today we make our way to Bandula, whizzing past some amazing scenery as we go. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 7: Bandula to Vilanculos, Mozambique
Hello, Indian Ocean! Mozambique has grown out of its chequered past and now offers heaps of relaxing resorts. Think: hammocks strung among the palm trees, golden, near-deserted beaches and warm azure waters teeming with life. You could totally get used to this place. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 8: Vilanculos
Today we take a traditional dhow boat safari to Magaruque Island, the third island in the archipelago and the closest to stunning Vilanculos. Enjoy this captivating spot your own way, with bucketloads of activities on offer like snorkelling, swimming and nature walking. Catch some African rays as you hike to the ruins of a 19th century fort, and indulge in a mouth-watering local seafood lunch under the shady palm fringes. Included today: -Dhow boat safari Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 9: Vilanculos to Inhambane
Cruise down to the dramatically beautiful region of Inhambane, know for its world-class scuba diving. This place packs some spectacular reefs and (almost) guaranteed manta ray sightings. Add the haunting songs of humpback whales coming close to shore in winter and the chance to get face-to-face with whale sharks, and you'll see why everyone raves about this place. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Scuba diving -Horse riding -Kayaking -Windsurfing
Day 10: Inhambane
Take advantage of Inhambane's naturally stunning surrounds by setting out on a jam-packed day of optional horse riding, snorkelling and scuba diving. The natural vegetation of the coastal plain is dune forest, which has mostly been replaced by millions of coconut palms, planted by the Portuguese and local Bitonga to supply the thriving copra trade. Tofo is home to loads of fun-loving bars and restaurants, where you can sample the local seafood and throw back bottles of 2M (the local beer) which the area is famous for. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Scuba diving -Horse riding -Kayaking -Windsurfing
Day 11: Inhambane to Xai Xai
The town of Xai Xai is situated on the banks of the stunning Limpopo River, which flows in a wide, fertile plain where rice is predominantly cultivated. Our accommodation is situated on the stretch of the Xai Xai beach, which has a coral reef running parallel to the shore, offering superb snorkelling and swimming opportunities. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 12: Xai Xai to Kruger National Park, South Africa
You came to see animals, right? Today it's all about the famed Kruger National Park, passing panoramic scenery and dramatic escarpment views. From the dwarf mongoose to the 'Big Five', almost every major African mammal (over 145 species) is free to roam the enormous area of the park, which also boasts prolific birdlife and over 330 varieties of trees. Over two nights within the Kruger area, we have the chance to enjoy the spectacle of Shangaan tribal dancing and singing, as well as a full day's game drive in the park itself to spot as many animals as possible. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 13: Kruger National Park
Keep watch for as many of Africa's diverse wildlife as you can. Lions, elephants, buffals and giraffes are a pretty safe bet, while cheetahs and leopards are a bit harder to find. Will you be the one to spot these speedy big cats? Make sure you have a list of some of the animals that you can tick off during the full day's game drive (think: wildlife bingo). You'll be the toast of the campsite if you manage to spot an elusive honey badger. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Scuba diving -Horse riding -Kayaking -Windsurfing
Day 14: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg
From the Kruger area we head west to the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg, where our adventure ends. Not done exploring? You could always stay a couple more days... Meals -Breakfast