|Destinasjoner :||South Africa|
|Aktivitets nivå :||Camping - Familieturer - Kultur & Tema reiser (standard) - Natur og dyrereiser - Safari|
Visiting three game parks in two countries and finishing in stunning Victoria Falls, this trip features the very best of Southern Africa.
After the arrival of the group flights, we will head due east on good roads to Mpumalanga. We will drive through the scenic landscape of Dullstroom and the Long Tom Pass, stopping at the Long Tom Cannons after which the pass was named to learn more about the Anglo Boer war. From here we will carry on to our overnight accommodation in Graskop on the edge of the escarpment, with a quick visit to the Mac Mac falls en route. Accommodation: Mogodi Lodge or similar.
Today we will drive through some spectacular countryside, punctuated by visits to scenic spots such as Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. There is an excellent interpretation centre at the Bourke's Luck potholes that describes the formation of the potholes and the Blyde River canyon and explains the fauna and flora of this region. We will arrive at our campsite in the late afternoon and there will be time to enjoy setting up camp and having a swim in the resort pool. This evening we enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbeque) over the open fire. Accommodation: Swadini Campsite or similar.
After breakfast and breaking down the camp, we will visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for a guided tour. The animals at the centre include lion, leopard, serval, lynx, Honey badger, eagles, vultures and any baby animals that they may have at the time of our visit. During the tour we will learn more about the influence that man has on the local environment and animals. After lunch we drive into the Kruger National Park and game drive to our camp. We will enter at the Phalaborwa gate and camp at Letaba camp. This is justifiably one of the most famous wildlife parks in the world. It is also one of the oldest, being established by the South African president Paul Kruger in 1898. It has arguably the greatest variety of animals of any park in Africa, with lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, Black and White rhino, as well as cheetah, giraffe, hippo and many species of antelope and smaller plains game. There are 147 species of mammals, 507 species of birds, 114 species of reptiles as well as 336 different trees found in Kruger National Park. Accommodation: Kruger National Park Campsite or similar
This morning we have an early breakfast and break down the camp before game driving north through the Kruger National Park. We will stop for a break and lunch at Shingwedzi camp and, time permitting, have a quick swim in the pool. In the afternoon we will continue north on our game drive and exit the park at the Pafuri gate, just before gate closing time. This game drive takes us through the less busy part of the Kruger National Park; it is also the drier region with the larger herds of animals. Accommodation: Awelani Lodge or similar.
After an early breakfast we will drive to the town of Musina, where we have a short break while the guides resupply all the essentials before crossing the border into Zimbabwe. The border crossing can take between 2 and 4 hours and a lot of calm and patience is required, but it is a uniquely African experience! Once we are through the border we will head north directly to the Great Zimbabwe Monument and our hotel; we will have a picnic style lunch en route. Accommodation: Great Zimbabwe Hotel or similar.
In the morning we will visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins for a guided tour. Great Zimbabwe is the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa. A religious and temporal capital, at its peak it dominated a realm stretching across eastern Zimbabwe and into modern-day Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa. Leaving the Great Zimbabwe Ruins behind, we will drive through the town of Masvingo and Bulawayo as we head for our campsite inside Matobo National Park. We will have a picnic lunch en route with a stop in Bulawayo to resupply. We will arrive in the late afternoon with time to set up camp and enjoy the sunset over this remarkable landscape. Accommodation: Rowallan Campsite or similar.
We depart on an early morning open vehicle game drive in the Matobo National park. During the drive we will stop and take a walk with the hope of seeing rhino on foot. We then visit World’s View and the historical site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave. Unusual rock formations are home to an array of ancient bushman paintings which we visit. We return to our campsite in the afternoon. Accommodation: Rowallan Campsite or similar.
After breakfast we will transfer through Bulawayo, stopping to resupply, before heading north to Hwange National Park. We will have a picnic lunch en route. Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14,650 square kilometres. Hwange is famed for its large elephant population. Our campsite is in the game management area that borders the park and we will arrive in the late afternoon. Accommodation: Miombo Lodge Campsite or similar.
Today we have another early start and enjoy a full day game drive through the Hwange National Park with the lodge vehicle and local guide. Hwange is home to over 400 species of bird and over 100 types of animals, and has one of the largest number of elephants in the world. During the drier season, the wildlife in the park tends to congregate around the various watering holes, which allows us good game viewing opportunities. Accommodation: Miombo Lodge Campsite or similar.
After a more relaxed start we will head for our final destination, the magnificent Victoria Falls. We will arrive in time to have lunch in Victoria Falls town. In the afternoon we enjoy a spectacular guided walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” - Victoria Falls. Accommodation: Rainbow Hotel or similar.
We have a free day in Victoria Falls today. There is a choice of optional activities including one of the world's highest bungy jumps, sunset cruises, take a ‘flight of angels’ and high adrenaline white water rafting. Accommodation: Rainbow Hotel or similar.
Our adventure ends after breakfast in Victoria Falls. Those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport in time for the flight to London.
12 days game drives, sightseeing and wildlife sanctuary visit
6 nights full service camping, 2 nights in chalets and 3 nights in hotels with en suite facilities
Travel by Mercedes Sprinter, and in 4x4 open game viewing vehicle in Matobo N.P. and Hwange N.P.
11 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners included Whilst we will be staying in campsites most nights, included meals are prepared by our crew throughout the tour, apart for hotel nights where breakfasts are included and provided by the hotel. Breakfast is generally cereal or toast with tea and coffee with the occasional fried breakfast/brunch. Lunch is normally a simple picnic of cheese, cold meats, salads, bread or rolls. Dinners are cooked meals such as potjies (stew), braais (barbecue), stir-fries… The trip leaders do all the shopping and meal planning for each group. They will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. Each tour has one cool box for the meats and the fresh produce only and one cool box for cold drinks. The following drinks will be supplied: squash, tea or coffee served with meals. All other beverages will be at your own expense. Please note that on some days where early morning game drives are included lunch may be substituted for a large brunch on return from the game drive - this is customary. Please be aware that we need at least two weeks notice to deal with special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.) For this reason if you did not indicate these on your booking form please advise the Exodus office as soon as possible.
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