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Duration: 1 week
Location: Zimbabwe & Botswana
Price: 2018 Rates from ZAR 11,995 plus USD 520 pp  mandatory Safari Pass paid on the day of departure.
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Starts:Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Ends: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Group size: Max 12

Safari Vehicle Type: Open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, minivan/truck, river boat. (Maximum group size: 12 passengers)

Tour Code : AA06

Rates: ZAR 11,995 plus USD 520 pp  mandatory Safari Pass paid on the day of departure

Single Supplement : Applicable

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This short tour offers a comprehensive insight into Zimbabwe and Botswana’s best gameparks and visitor attractions. Departing from the renowned Victoria Falls, our journey takes us to three of Southern Africa’s best game-reserves: Hwange, Matobo (sometimes written as Matopos) and Chobe National Parks offering a huge range of wildlife. We also visit the little known ruins at Khami before bringing you back to Zimbabwe’s major tourist attraction at Victoria Falls. We hope our Southern Africa Safari gives you a taste of Africa and whets your appetite to visit more of this marvellously varied and adventurous continent.
  • Highlights of this popular tour includes:
    Hwange National Par – Game Drives
    Painted (Wild) Dog Conservation Project
    Matobo National Park – Game Drive/Walk
    Khami Ruins – Unesco World Heritage site
    Chobe National Park – Fish Eagle Boat Cruise and Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide

     

  • 7 Days Southern African Budget Camping Safari:

    Day 1 – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Hwange National Park
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 100km
    Approx driving time:
    1.5 Hours

    Departing from South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, we drive across the scenic Mpumalanga province and enjoy the spectacular mountain vistas. We stop at the Blyde River Canyon to view the odd looking Three Rondavels rock formations and enjoy the crisp air and picturesque views. The Blyde River Canyon is revered as an unusual sight owing to the fact that it is a ‘wet’ canyon, making itdifferent from the wind-carved dry canyons found in desert regions elsewhere. After lunch we continue our journey making our way to accommodations, set in attractive gardens situated an hour or so drive from Kruger National Park. After dinner relax and enjoy the first night on tour.
    Accommodation: Hwange National Park Main Camp or similar – Camping twin share dome tents with shared facilities
    Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

    Day 2 – Hwange National Park
    Distance travelled: 
    0km
    Approx driving time:
    Morning and afternoon game drives

    Today we transfer to open safari vehicles and enter the Hwange National Park. Located in Zimbabwe’s far west, Hwange sits in a remarkable belt of natural wilderness which extends across into neighbouring Botswana and allows wildlife and in particular elephant, to roam along ancient migration routes between Hwange and the neighbouring Chobe National Park. In addition to elephant Hwange contains over 100 mammals including the other four members of Africa’s “Big 5″ (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo). The park is also known for its giraffe, cheetah, gemsbok, hyena and for the Wild (Painted) Dog. Unfortunately the numbers of the Wild Dog are dwindling but conservation efforts in recent years have helped renew populations and we will see the work of one of these projects during our stay. Normally the day’s routine is to begin with a morning game drive, before we return to camp for lunch and relax through the heat of the day. Later in the afternoon we head out once again to take advantage of the more active time of day for most of the large mammals. Finally we return to camp at dusk for overnight.
    Accommodation: Hwange National Park Main Camp or similar – Camping twin share dome tents with shared facilities
    Meals included:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 3 – Hwange National Park – Bulawayo
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 350 Km
    Approx driving time:
    6 Hours

    Leaving Hwange, we drive south to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city. This pleasant city tree-lined city boasts a fascinating National History Museum with displays showing much of Zimbabwe’s traditional and colonial past, and a lively curio market. Test your bartering skills for some of the local crafts. Not far outside the city we visit an important archaeological site: the Khami Ruins, once the capital of the Kingdom of Butua of the Torwa dynasty. Dating back to 1450AD, Khami was the site of the capital following the abandonment of Great Zimbabwe some 300km to the east. Granted UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1996, Khami holds special significance to the people of this area.
    Accommodation:
    Burke’s Paradise Backpackers Lodge or similar – camping twin share dome tents with shared facilities
    Meals included:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 4 – Bulawayo – Matobo National Park – Bulawayo
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 100 km
    Approx driving time:
    2 Hours

    Matobo National Park is located a short distance outside Bulawayo. We visit the park accompanied by knowledgeable local guides. The wind-sculpted Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and hold a special cultural and spiritual significance to the indigenous people here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and provided conditions are suitable, our guides will lead us on foot in search of these magnificent animals. Matobo also has highly concentrated populations of leopard and black eagle and it is worth keeping eyes peeled high and low for a glimpse of these beautiful animals. We would hope also to see giraffe, zebra, ostrich and a variety of antelope. At the end of the day we return to Bulawayo for overnight and the option of venturing into town to sample some of the local nightlife.
    Accommodation:
    Burke’s paradise Backpackers Lodge or similar – camping twin share dome tents with shared facilities
    Meals included:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 5 – Bulawayo – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 420km
    Approx driving time:
    8 Hours

    Leaving Bulawayo we make our way across the border into Botswana and to the Elephant Sands Lodge. We normally arrive sometime in the early/mid afternoon and have the rest of the day at leisure. You won’t have to go far to see wildlife – the camp has no boundary fences and wildlife can (and does) roam freely between waterholes and we may (with some luck) see elephant at remarkably close proximity, wander by during our stay.
    Accommodation:
    Elephant Sands Lodge – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
    Meals included:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    WIFI:
    Yes

    Day 6 – Elephant Sands, Nata – Kasane
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 270 Km
    Approx driving time:
    5 Hours

    We continue on to the small northern town of Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. By size, Chobe is the third largest park in the country yet has the most diverse wildlife, including elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and prolific birdlife. We take the famous ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River – a wonderful opportunity to view hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe while we float by in the late afternoon sunshine. The Chobe River is a major water source for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and buffalo. The park’s flood plains are also the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. Birding is also excellent here. When the river is in flood spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork and other waterfowl flock to the area.
    Accommodation:Thebe River Lodge – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
    Meals included:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    WIFI:
    Yes

    Day 7 – Kasane – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
    Distance travelled: +/-80 Km
    Approx. driving time: Morning game drive and 1.5 Hours
    Distance travelled: +/-80 Km

    Tour ends after breakfast today. We do, however, recommend that spend a few extra days to explore the Victoria Falls area. The Zambezi boasts one of the world’s highest rated rivers for pure white river rafting through its many challenging and novice rapids. From game walks, Micro-light flight or white water rafting to name a few, Victoria Falls will capture and fullfil your imagination, validating the myths of the African spirit. view elephant and perhaps lion, antelope and buffalo. We take our leave of the park and Kasane and make the final short drive back to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls. Arrangements end on arrival. NB: we recommend allowing some extra time afterwards to enjoy the spectacular ‘Falls’ themselves and the mighty Zambezi River. Numerous optional activities are typically available, including adrenaline pumping adventures such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge swinging; and more tranquil activities like canoeing and game boat cruises depending on your preference. See below for booking pre or post tour accommodation and speak to your agent or to Acacia for ideas on how to plan your holiday in this part of Africa.
    Accommodation: None
    Meals included: Breakfast

    Optional Activities:
    In order to give you maximum flexibility on tour we offer a number of optional activities on the tour. To help budget, approximate prices are listed below (in US$ unless otherwise stated. All prices subject to change and availability).

    Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls:
    Sunset Cruise – USD 55
    Helicopter 12 Min – USD 170
    Matobo Upgrade to full day -tour and village tour – USD 40

    Victoria Falls:
    Vic Falls bungi (single/tandem) – USD 160
    Gorge Swing – USD 95
    White water rafting – USD 160

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
    TOUR STYLE: Acacia Small Groups Safari; we operate this tour in conjunction with a specialized Zimbabwe ground handler.

    WHAT’S INCLUDED: Tour highlights, transport, accommodation, meals as indicated, tent, mattress, and services of an English speaking guide / tour leader.

    WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED: Visas, travel insurance, flights, airport transfers, sleeping bags, optional activities, laundry, gratuities, passport & visa fees, items of a personal nature, drinks including mineral water.

    ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation is camping in twin share tents, with shared facilities.

    COMFORT LEVEL: This is a full participation safari. You are asked to play your part in (for instance) pitching and striking camp each day and helping prepare meals.

    SAFARI PASS: The mandatory Safari Pass is paid to your tour leader at the beginning of the tour in USD cash (or pre-paid by arrangement). It is separate and in addition to the Tour Price and pays selected park entries, activities and excursions as well as some accommodation along the way. The purpose of the separate payment is to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from your visit at the time of travel.

    TRANSPORT: Open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, minivan/truck, river boat. (Maximum group size: 12 passengers. Please note vehicles are not air conditioned).

  • DATES:

    2018 Dates:

    Starts Victoria Falls on Thursdays End Victoria Falls on Wednesdays
     04/01/18 10/01/18
    11/01/18 17/01/18
    18/01/18 24/01/18
    25/01/18 31/01/18
    01/02/18 07/02/18
    08/02/18 14/02/18
    15/02/18 21/02/18
    22/02/18 28/02/18
    01/03/18 07/03/18
    08/03/18 14/03/18
    15/03/18 21/03/18
    22/03/18 28/03/18
    29/03/18 04/04/18
    05/04/18 11/04/18
    12/04/18 18/04/18
    19/04/18 25/04/18
    26/04/18 02/05/18
    03/05/18 09/05/18
    10/05/18 16/05/18
    17/05/18  23/05/18
    24/05/18 30/05/18
    31/05/18 06/06/18
    07/06/18 13/06/18
    14/06/18 20/06/18
    21/06/18 27/06/18
    28/06/18 04/07/18
    05/07/18 11/07/18
    12/07/18 18/07/18
    19/07/18 25/07/18
    26/07/18 01/08/18
    02/08/18 08/08/18
    09/08/18 15/08/18
    16/08/18 22/08/18
    23/08/18 29/08/18
    30/08/18 05/09/18
    06/09/18 12/09/18
    13/09/18 19/09/18
    20/09/18 26/09/18
     27/09/18 03/10/18
    04/10/18 10/10/18
    11/10/18 17/10/18
    18/10/18 24/10/18
    25/10/18 31/10/18
    01/11/18 07/11/18
    08/11/18 14/11/18
    15/11/18 21/11/18
    22/11/18 28/11/18
    29/11/18 05/12/18
    06/12/18 12/12/18
    13/12/18 19/12/18
    20/12/18 26/12/18
    27/12/18 02/01/19

    RATES:

    2018 Rates from ZAR 11,995 plus USD 520 mandatory Safari Pass paid local on the day in USD cash.
    Single supplement: Applicable

  • This tour departs Victoria Falls at 08h00 (8am) on day 1. We strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and acclimatise to Africa.

    Meeting point in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Sprayview Hotel
    Tour start time: 08:00 on day 1
    Tour end point: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe:
    Tour end time: Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls – Late afternoon/early evening on day 7