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19 Days Best of Zimbabwe & Mozambique [NAZJM]

Route:

Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Hwange National Park - Great Zimbabwe Ruins - Tshipise - Johannesburg - Swaziland - Hlane Royal National Park - Mozambique - Praia do Tofo - Vilanculos (or Vilankulo) - Bazaruto Archipelago - Inhambane - Maputo - South Africa - Greater Kruger National Park and Surrounds - Moholoholo - Panorama Route - Johannesburg

Best of Zimbabwe & Mozambique 2014

Highlights: Victoria Falls, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Swazi Nation, Bazaruto Island, Kruger National Park

Countries Visited: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique

TOUR CODE: NAZJM

Accommodation: Twin Share Accommodation
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 19 Nights: 18

Meals:
Breakfast:17
Lunch:17
Dinner:17

Departure Point
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am from Elephant Hills Hotel, Park Way Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Tel: +26 31 344 793/9 www.africansunhotels.com

End Point
Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport, 2 Hulley Road, Isando Ext. 3, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa.
Tel: +27 11 392 1062 www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx

*All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travellers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 18.

 

Itinerary:

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. Just outside the park, we will have the opportunity to visit the Wild Dog Project.

Optional Activity: Visit Wild dog project.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Camping: Two per room: Main Camp: www.zimparks.org/index.php/parks-overview/national/hwange
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop
Route: Victoria Falls to Hwange NP ±230km
Travel time: ±4-5hrs
Activity package: Afternoon game drive

Day 2 Matopos National Park
We depart Hwange NP and heads towards the Matopos National Park. The National Park occupies a total area of 44,500 hectares and was established in 1953. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camping: Two per room: Big Cave Camp: www.bigcave.co.za
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, drinkable water
Route: Hwange NP to Matopos NP ±315km
Travel time: ±6-7hrs
Activity package: Afternoon game drive

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camping: Two per room: Norma Jeans Lake View Resort: www.normajeanslakeview.com
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, internet
Route: Matopos NP to Great Zimbabwe Ruins ±350km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Included activity: Visit 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camping: Two per room: Forever Tshipise Resort: www.forevertshipise.co.za
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Great Zimbabwe Ruins to Tshipise ±450km
Travel time: ±8-9 hrs

Day 5 Johannesburg
Today we leave early for the journey south along the Great North Road for Johannesburg, the City of Gold. We will travel past Pretoria, one of South Africa’s capital cities, before arriving in Johannesburg in the late afternoon. Most people choose to get together for a meal out at one of Johannesburg’s many excellent restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Garden Court OR Tambo - www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx
Route: Tshipise to Johannesburg ±580km
Travel time: ±10-11hrs (long day)

Day 6 South Africa - Swaziland - Hlane Royal National Park
Leaving Johannesburg early, we travel through the Mpumalanga province to Swaziland. After crossing the border we enter Hlane Royal NP, a huge nature reserve, home to lion, elephant and white rhino. Optional Activities: Guided game walk, mountain biking, game drive.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Hlane NP: www.biggameparks.org/hlane/
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, water not drinkable, bar, shop
Route: Johannesburg to Hlane NP ±510 km
Travel time: ±9-10 hrs and a border crossing
Border posts: South Africa: Mananga, Tel: +27 (0) 13 793 7075, Open: 07h00-18h00
Swaziland: Tel: +268 323 2137, Open: 07h00-18h00

Day 7 Hlane Royal National Park
At over 30000 hectares Hlane is Swaziland’s largest protected area. Originally the private hunting area of the Swazi Royal family the area is now held in a trust and managed by Big Game Parks. As the lions are housed in a fenced enclosure it is possible to hike inside the park.

Optional Activities: Guided game walk, mountain biking, game drive.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Hlane NP: www.biggameparks.org/hlane
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, water not drinkable, bar

Day 8 Mozambique – Praia do Tofo
We cross into Mozambique. Travelling north you can’t help but be captivated by the beautiful coastal scenery before arriving in Praia do Tofo and our accommodation for the next two nights. Whether you just want to relax on the white sandy beaches or take on some of Africa’s most amazing diving and snorkelling spots, there’s plenty on offer in Tofo.

Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Scuba Diving and Surfing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Bamboozi Beach Lodge: http://www.barraresorts.com/bamboozi-home-of-bamboozi-lodge/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet, swimming pool
Route: Hlane NP to Praia Do Tofo ±785 km
Travel time: ±10-11 hrs and a border crossing (long day)
Border posts: Swaziland: Lomahasha, Tel: +268 323 6026, Open: 07h00-20h00,
Mozambique: Namaacha, Tel: not available, Open: 07h00-20h00

Day 9 Praia do Tofo
In season Tofo is one of the world’s best sites for the viewing of the world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark. This entire day is free so that you can go snorkelling, scuba diving or just relax on the beautiful white sandy beach.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Two per room: Bamboozi Beach Lodge: http://www.barraresorts.com/bamboozi-home-of-bamboozi-lodge/
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, internet, swimming pool

Day 10 Vilanculos
The Bazaruto Archipelago is Mozambique’s premier destination and it’s not hard to understand why. A protected area, the sea-life here is spectacular and snorkelling at one of the reefs is one of the best ways to enjoy it. On the way to Vilanculos we will be stopping at a local craft market for a little souvenir shopping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Smugglers www.mozcon.com/Smugglers_Vilanculo.html
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, bar, laundry, swimming pool, shop
Route: Praia Do Tofo to Vilanculos ±300 km
Travel time: ±7 hrs

Day 11 Bazaruto Archipelago National Park Excursion
The Bazaruto excursion is taken on the traditional sailing vessel of the African East Coast, the Dhow. We sail out to the islands and have the opportunity to snorkel, swim and relax over these 2 days. The Bazaruto is one of Southern Africa’s largest marine parks.

Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Vilanculos for the following 2 days.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per permanent room: Villas do Índico: http://villasdoindico.com
Facilities: En-suite Room, hot showers, bar, laundry, drinkable water, internet, swimming pool
Activity Package (Day 11-12): Bazaruto Accommodated Excursion

Day 12 Bazaruto Archipelago National Park Excursion
The second day of this oceanic excursion is again spent exploring the crystal clear waters of the Indian ocean and the abundant sea-life it supports. On rare occasions the weather may be unfavourable and in this case the Dhow will be replaced with a more conventional vessel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Smugglers www.mozcon.com/Smugglers_Vilanculo.html
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, bar, laundry, swimming pool, shop

Day 13/14 Inhambane
Today we travel through coconut plantations to the old Portuguese settlement of Inhambane. This coastal region is very relaxing and boasts incredible beaches. There are many optional activities available here from fishing to horse riding.

Optional Activities: Scuba Diving, Quad Biking, Snorkelling
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Palm Grove Lodge: http://www.palmgrovelodge.co.za/
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, bar
Route: Vilanculos to Inhambane ±285 km
Travel time: ±6 hrs

Day 15 Maputo area
Today we return south towards the direction of Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. Mozambique gained full independence from the Portuguese in 1975, but only gained political stability in more recent times and is undergoing a major upgrade as the country’s economy grows.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Casa Lisa: http://casalisa.co.za
Facilities: En-suite room, hot showers, restaurant, bar, swimming pool
Route: Inhambane to Maputo ±570 km
Travel time: ±7-8 hrs

Day 16/17 South Africa – Greater Kruger National Park
Today we drive through Maputo’s capital and return to South Africa to the world famous Kruger National Park, where we hope to spot Africa’s Big 5. The Kruger Park is the most famous nature conservation area in the world. Informative dawn game walks and night drives (accompanied by a ranger) are offered as an optional extra.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 11 only), Dinner
Accommodation: Two per permanent tent: Nkambeni Reserve: www.nkambeni.co.za
Facilities: En-suite, bar, swimming pool, hot showers, drinkable water, internet, shop
Route: Maputo to Kruger NP ±240 km
Travel time: ±3 hrs
Included highlight: Full day game drive in our Nomad truck
Border posts: Mozambique: Lebombo: Tel: +27 13 793 7201, Open 24 hrs
South Africa: Komati Poort: Tel: +27 13 793 7201, Open 24 hrs

Day 18 Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Today we visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where animals are being re-habilitated before being released back in to the wild. In the evening we enjoy a traditional song and dance evening along with a typical South African meal.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Timbavati Safari Lodge www.timbavatisafarilodge.com
Facilities: En-suite room, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, swimming pool, shop
Route: Kruger NP to Timbavati Area ±195 km
Travel time: ±2-3 hrs
Activity package: Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation visit,
Included highlight: Evening song and dance with traditional South African cuisine

Day 19 Panorama Route - Johannesburg
Travelling along the Panorama Route we stop at Blyde River Canyon and Bourkes Luck Potholes. The tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg. Johannesburg has many excellent restaurants and the group often spends this evening together.

Optional Activities: Dinner out
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Own arrangements/ post-tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris
Route: Timbavati Area to Johannesburg ±540 km
Travel time: ±9 hrs
Included highlight: Panorama
Route: God's Window, Blyde River Canyon, Bourkes Luck Potholes

Tour Ends
Your tour will end at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport www.tsogosunhotels.com/garden-court/or-tambo-international-airport/pages/overview.aspx . We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening through your travel agent or Nomad. If you choose to stay elsewhere you will need to arrange a transfer. Garden Court O.R. Tambo International is about 10 min drive from O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport. If you are flying out the following evening we highly recommend the day tour of Johannesburg city and Soweto as an informative and enjoyable way to spend the day.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Activity Package
This is an optional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased prior to your arrival or through your guide on day 1 of your tour.

Activity & Price
-Afternoon Game Drive in Hwange NP R 895
-Afternoon Game Drive in Matopos NP R 855
-Bazaruto accommodated excursion R4050
-Moholoholo rehabilitation centre R200
TOTAL: R 6000

This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.

What’s included
Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the Nomad truck), accommodation, registered guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights. These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”.

What’s excluded
All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips, optional activity package and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).

 

Extra information

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation
If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers – contact your travel agent, SA Tours and Safaris, to make these bookings.

Arrival / Departure
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. We also recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.

MEALS ON TOUR
Breakfast: As breakfast is served very early in the morning (if there is driving or activities to be done) it is a simple but filling breakfast: Tea and coffee, breads and spreads, cereals, yoghurts, fruits and on occasion, when there is time for a later breakfast, guides will serve a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, porridge, bacon or beans.

Lunch: Lunch is generally served at a picnic spot next to the road en route to a destination. As the guides only have approximately 45 minutes to get everyone off the truck, prepare lunch and then get everyone back on the truck again, lunches consist of sandwiches and salads (rice salad, pasta salad, tuna salad and green salad) which are quick and easy to prepare but which are quite filling. They do have meal plans which they should stick to, to ensure that there is variety on a day to day basis.

Dinner: This is when the guides get time to prepare a delicious meal and they focus on a substantial protein, vegetable and carbohydrate dinner. We serve traditional cuisine consisting of braais (BBQ), potjie (stew), bobotie (mince), spaghetti and fish and chicken dishes.

All meals (on both accommodated and camping tours) that are included as per the dossier are prepared at the full service adventure truck. This is a unique adventure in itself where you get to dine under the stars with your new found friends and experience the real sights and sounds of Africa!

Onward Travel
This tour can be linked to the Classic Kruger Big-5, South African Explorer or the Cape to Victoria Falls tour beforehand.

Insurance (Compulsory)
All clients require adequate Travel Insurance. Medical Insurance is not sufficient. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Travel Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased via SA Tours and Safaris. Please enquire with our consultants.

Currency and Banking
South African Rand and US Dollars are the most widely used currency on this route. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. USD Notes printed before 2004 (i.e. the old style notes) will not be accepted and many places will not accept USD100 notes, so make sure to bring small notes. In Botswana, the Pula is the local currency. You can change your Rand or Dollars to Pula when you enter Botswana. ATM’s do not always work in Botswana. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.

Health
Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

Visas
Please note that these are your responsibility. Most nationalities will require visas for Zimbabwe. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

Malaria
Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.