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Zimbabwe Panorama Tour- Westbound (Can be Done in reverse as Eastbound)
Victoria Falls- Zimbabwe
10 Days
20 Persons
English
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Brief

Visit the 'heart of Africa' and prepare to be spellbound by the drama of Zimbabwe's untamed beauty and diversity.

Tour Detail

Day 1 – Arrival Harare
Meet & Greet by the guide and transfer to the hotel and en-route to the hotel the guide will give clients a brief background of the Harare the capital city of Zimbabwe and the country in general. Zimbabwe is Southern Africa’s most centrally located country with the Capital city Harare formerly Salisbury being within 2 hours by air to the region’s 13 capital cities. The country’s economy is driven by mining, a rebounding agriculture, tourism and manufacturing. This brief background will prepare clients for their trip around Zimbabwe as they will get to experience the country’s diverse attractions ranging from historical, scenic, cultural and wildlife.

 

Upon arrival clients are assisted with check in by the guide and settle in their room where they will meet their guide to discuss their trip and get to understand the tour more. Extra options available are a tour of the City which will take clients to Africa Unity Square formerly Cecil square where they will get the opportunity to get learn more on the country’s history, Parliament buildings where the country’s laws are debated and made and the guide will further explain the system of government in the country and the neighbouring countries, Harare Kopje which gives you a 360’ view of the Sunshine City as it is affectionally known. The country has a very interesting history dating back to the 1880s and the kopje is a very significant feature in the country’s history, Mbare musika the country’s largest fruit & vegetable markets and the local passenger transport service hub, mbare township where clients are taken to the city’s oldest suburb and the guide will further give the country’s political history leading up to the independence in 1980 and finally Epworth balancing rocks if time allows and this is where we will find some of the most astonishing balancing rocks in the world and one can’t imagine the time they have existed in that manner. The balancing rocks are found on the country’s currency the Zimbabwe dollar which was decommissioned in February 2009 after suffering from the effects of the world’s highest inflation at that time.

 

Tour takes approximately 3 hours. The other option will be Domboshava hills, caves and bushman paintings where we drive for 30 minutes to the outskirts of Harare. The views and scenery will give a very different contrast to the busy city barely 30minutes away. We end the day at on both tours by visiting a local pub for a sundowner before returning to the hotel

Overnight in Harare at Cresta Lodge/Rainbow Towers


Day 2 Eastern Highlands North– Nyanga

Breakfast at the hotel followed by 0900hrs departure for Eastern Highlands Nyanga. We take the easterly direction towards Mutare the country’s 3rd capital city and the eastern gateway to Mozambique and Indian Ocean through Beira port. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country and this is a very critical trade and supply route. Fuel is brought into the country through the pipeline and the country exports and imports goods through the port of Beira using the railway line which is the country’s first and the road and the 3 routes run parallel providing the critical and vital link to the economy. The 4th vital link is the fibre optic that links the country with the world through the under-sea cable in the Indian Ocean. En-route the guide will take clients through the smaller farming towns of Marondera, Macheke, headlands and Rusape. In these areas you will find beef and milk production, tobacco farms which is done between October and February and is the country’s major export crop, maize and as we get closer to the eastern highlands tea and timber plantations. In Rusape we take a left turn heading north east on the direct and scenic route with some stops on the way for refreshments, toilet and photos.


1200hrs Arrival and lunch followed by a tour of the surroundings including nyangome & mtarazi falls, pungwe & world’s views, natural swimming pool, hatchery, pardon dam, Rhodes museum, timber and tea plantations. Back at the hotel/lodge after sunset.

Overnight in Nyanga at Troutbeck Resort/Rhodes Nyanga Hotel

Day 3 – Eastern Highlands North- Nyanga
Breakfast at the hotel/lodge followed by 0900hrs departure for a hiking tour of Mount Inyangani which is Africa’s second highest mountain after Mount Kilimanjaro. The tour will be led by a local guide and will take approximately 3 hours return time. The guide will point out some attractive and significant scenery from the mountain. After the hiking tour we will stop for lunch and then proceed and see the rest of the attractions left from day 2.

Overnight in Nyanga at Troutbeck Resort/Rhodes Nyanga Hotel

Day 4 – Eastern Highlands Central - Vumba
Breakfast at the hotel followed by departure for Mutare. The drive takes clients through the scenic route over the mountains with sights of different plantations such as timber, tea and banana. This region is the major supplier of timber, tea, coffee, banana and other fresh fruit and vegetable and the guide will further explain the background of this region. As we approach Mutare city we will drive through the Christmas pass and we will make a stop for the spectacular view of the city from the pass. We will proceed through Mutare CBD and the guide will give a background of the city and the surroundings. The drive will take approximately 2 hours and lunch can be in Mutare town or in Vumba at Tony’s coffee shop which is a further 30km through the mountains with beautiful scenes of the natural vegetation. After lunch clients will be taken on a tour of the botanical garden and the gorge’s point. We will check in at the hotel/lodge after the tour.

Overnight in Vumba at Leopard Rock Hotel

Day 5 – Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Breakfast at the hotel followed by optional horse riding through the park and departure for Great Zimbabwe. The drive takes us back into Mutare CBD and left turn and head south west. The route takes us through the famous Chiadzwa diamond fields, hot springs and the spectacular birchenough bridge and we will make stops on the way for photos and the guide will give detailed background of the eastern highlands, the diamond mining, hot springs and birchenough bridge and the surrounding as well as the sugarcane production in the south east lowveld of the country where you find one of the biggest ethanol processing plants in Africa. We will cross the birchenough bridge where we stop to marvel the engineering on this massive structure and then we proceed on the highway that connects the east and west of the country. We drive through the oldest City in the country Masvingo (formerly Fort Victoria) and it is in this town where you find the oldest hotel in Zimbabwe (Hotel Victoria) where we will stop for lunch and photos. The name Masvingo is the local name for the ruins and the country is named after the Great Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe means the Great houses of stone, after the great stone structures that were built in the 15th century by the famous Munhumutapa Empire. The tour will be conducted by a local guide and it takes clients to visit to hill complex which was built at the top of the hills, valley complex and great enclosure followed by the tour of the local art and craft market and you will be back at the lodge by approximately 1730hrs.


The walls of Great Zimbabwe were constructed from granite blocks gathered from the exposed rock of the surrounding hills. Since this rock naturally splits into even slabs and can be broken into portable sizes, it provided a convenient and readily available building resource. All of Great Zimbabwe's walls were fitted without the use of mortar by laying stones one on top of the other, each layer slightly more recessed than the last to produce a stabilizing inward slope. Early examples were coarsely fitted using rough blocks and incorporated features of the landscape such as boulders into the walls. Over the years the technique was refined, and later walls were fitted together closely and evenly over long, serpentine courses to produce remarkably finished surfaces.
We conclude our tour by visiting the traditional dancers and get the opportunity to understand more on Zimbabwe’s culture.

Dinner & Overnight at the Lodge at Ancient City

Day 6 Antelope Park Gweru
Breakfast at the hotel followed by departure for Antelope Park in Gweru and a stop at the local art and craft market. This part of the country gives a more stone art and craft variety as compared to the western area where there is more of wood art, hence the need for clients to spend a bit of time looking at the market before crossing over to the western part of the country. Zimbabwe is very rich in natural resources and part of which are minerals which are found in the natural feature called the Great Dyke and this stretches for +- 600kms and we drive through this natural feature en-route to Gweru which is the most central city of Zimbabwe and one of the country’s strategic manufacturing and mineral processing centres. En-route in the area is one of the biggest asbestos mines in the world, gold, platinum and emerald mines. We will drive through one of the most spectacular passes called Boterekwa , the Chrome mining town of Shurugwi and the cattle ranches as we approach the country’s 4th Capital. We will join the highway that connects the country’s 2 major cities and turn into the private estate of Antelope Park. In this park is Africa’s most successful lion breeding and conservation projects. Check in and lunch on arrival at Antelope Park. After lunch we will be taken for a tour of the lion project and we conclude the day with a lion walk and interaction.

Dinner and overnight at Antelope Park

Day 7 Antelope Park/ Bulawayo
Early morning wake-up call followed by tea and coffee and go for elephant ride and interaction. Clients will be taught about the background of elephant riding and taken through for an elephant ride. We end the tour with an interaction with the elephants. This is an opportunity to learn how intelligent the largest land mammals can be after undergoing a successful training. We return to the lodge for breakfast followed by departure for Bulawayo. We re-join the main highway to Bulawayo and drive though the open grasslands with massive cattle ranches on either side. Running parallel to the highway is the railway line that connects the major cities as well as the junction at somabhula that connects the line from South Africa and Mozambique.


We arrive at lunch hour followed by check in and lunch. We depart after lunch on tour of Bulawayo. Optional activities in Bulawayo includes the City Tour which takes clients to the following places:

  • Natural history museum; this is the biggest museum in sub-Saharan Africa and gives detailed information on the historical, natural and other relevant features that are found in Zimbabwe and the surrounding areas.
  • Railway museum; this is a museum owned by the National Railways of Zimbabwe and it displays some of the original steam locomotives of the early railway days in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) Bulawayo is Zimbabwe’s railway capital and this is a central strategic link for the region providing the link between Africa’s biggest economy South Africa and the rest of inland Africa.
  • National Art Gallery; the gallery is rich Zimbabwean art. The country has a good number of reputable artists and some of their artwork is found at this gallery.

Drive through the city which will take clients to some of the historical areas of Bulawayo like the oldest townships of Makokoba and Mzilikazi, the pottery, market and view some of the Victorian buildings and the wide streets in the city.

Dinner & Overnight at Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel/ Cresta Churchill Arms Hotel

Day 8 Matopos
0700 Breakfast at the hotel followed by departure for a full day Matopos. The tour will take clients to view the Bushman Paintings, rock formations and scenery in the National Park. Also Visiting Rhodes Grave upon request. (N.B. There is an additional Museum Charge to visit Rhodes Grave). We then leave the National Park and enter the African Villages where we meet some of the local community and visit an African Village. At Lunch time we find a suitable spot for lunch where Cold Meat, salads etc, are supplied. For the afternoon, we enter the Game park section of the National Park where we track Rhino on foot with our guides, as well as looking for other game, chat about some of the different uses of plants etc. We leave the park at approximately 1600hrs and return to the Hotel.

Dinner and overnight at Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel/Cresta Churchill Arms Hotel

Day 9 Hwange National Park
Breakfast at the hotel and checked out followed by departure for Hwange national park. We drive through Bulawayo CBD and take the Victoria Falls road in the north westerly direction. En-route there are huge tracts of farmland where crops such as wheat and vegetables as well as cattle farms. The region is reach in natural resources such as coal, methane gas, timber where you find the best Zimbabwean teak trees that are used for the heavy furniture for export markets and the massive teak forests on the left side of the road and the forests dominate the route. We pass through the Gwayi valley conservancy and then left turn towards Hwange national park main Camp entrance. Check in and lunch on arrival.
Depart for a late afternoon game drive in the private estate. The drive will take us through the early part of the night and on the way back we get the opportunity to spot some nocturnal bird and animal species. We get back to the lodge at 1930hrs and meet for dinner at 2000hrs by the campfire with the company of your guides and clients get the opportunity to interact with their guides.

Overnight at Hwange Safari Lodge/ Sable Sands Lodge

Day 10 Hwange National Park
Early morning wake- up call followed by tea and coffee and depart for a morning game drive in hwange national park. Previously the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19th century, Hwange was designated as a National Park in 1929. Named after a local Nambia chief, Hwange National Park is the largest area set aside exclusively for wildlife in Zimbabwe, occupying roughly 14,650 square kilometres and boasting a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded. Hwange’s elephants of Hwange are world famous for their size and majesty and the park’s population is one of the largest in the world. The safari is conducted in open 4×4 vehicles with expert guides. Lunch is served at a picnic site within the park, usually at one of the many waterholes, while watching game go by.
Late afternoon there will be an opportunity for some a guided walking safari in the park (limited numbers will be accommodated) and the game drive will continue until 1830hrs as the park closes.

Overnight at Hwange Safari Lodge/ Sable Sands Lodge

Day 11 Hwange National Park & Victoria Falls
Early morning wake up call followed by tea and coffee and depart for a game drive in the private game park.


Back at the hotel for breakfast and check out followed by departure for Victoria Falls. we will take the same route back from the lodge to join the main Bulawayo to Victoria Falls highway. En-route are traditional Nambya, Tonga and Ndebele villages and photo stops can be done. We will stop for photos in Hwange where you find the country’s biggest coal mine and thermal power station. This is where coal products are also processed.
We arrive in Victoria Falls around lunch hour where clients will check in and have lunch. After lunch we proceed on a Guided tour of the falls and big tree. A truly awe-inspiring experience the sight, the sound, the smell, the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. Viewing the falls from 16 different spectacular points. En-route clients will be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where they will stop and take photos. Our qualified guide will accompany the guests through the Rainforest for an approximate 2hour walk while giving them a detailed history of the Falls as well as an account of the flora and fauna, bird life and wildlife found there. We end the tour by a visit to the art and craft markets where there will be a great variety of products on offer and clients can enjoy the experience of bargaining for ‘better prices’


We return to the hotel after the tour and settle in our rooms before we depart for Boma Dinner at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. It takes place in an ethnic restaurant with a rather unique cultural experience. Excellent cuisine, including a variety of game meats and traditional Zimbabwean dishes accompanied by entertainment throughout your meal from traditional dancers, the Sangoma (story teller) and a local Traditional healer who is available for fortune telling. The Boma nestles in a Gusu forest and is partly open to the spectacular African night skies. A feast of nightly entertainment incorporates Shangaan dancers and singers. Guests are welcomed with a traditional greeting in Shona and Ndebele, the local languages. They are also invited to take part in a hand washing ceremony before sampling traditional beer and snacks, as a prelude to dinner. After dinner, guests are invited to while away the evening with the restaurant’s very own Sangoma – traditional storyteller to learn more about the country’s folklore, culture and heritage.

Overnight at the Crest Sprayview Hotel/ A’Zambezi River Lodge

Day 12 Victoria Falls & Departures
Morning options include helicopter flights over the falls, elephant ride, lion walk and tram trips to the bridge, white water rafting.

************ END OF TOUR **********


 

Price Detail
Cancellation Policy

You will get

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Zimbabwe Panorama Tour- Westbound (Can be Done in reverse as Eastbound)
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
10 Days
20 Persons
English
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Brief

Visit the 'heart of Africa' and prepare to be spellbound by the drama of Zimbabwe's untamed beauty and diversity.

Tour Detail

Day 1 – Arrival Harare
Meet & Greet by the guide and transfer to the hotel and en-route to the hotel the guide will give clients a brief background of the Harare the capital city of Zimbabwe and the country in general. Zimbabwe is Southern Africa’s most centrally located country with the Capital city Harare formerly Salisbury being within 2 hours by air to the region’s 13 capital cities. The country’s economy is driven by mining, a rebounding agriculture, tourism and manufacturing. This brief background will prepare clients for their trip around Zimbabwe as they will get to experience the country’s diverse attractions ranging from historical, scenic, cultural and wildlife.

 

Upon arrival clients are assisted with check in by the guide and settle in their room where they will meet their guide to discuss their trip and get to understand the tour more. Extra options available are a tour of the City which will take clients to Africa Unity Square formerly Cecil square where they will get the opportunity to get learn more on the country’s history, Parliament buildings where the country’s laws are debated and made and the guide will further explain the system of government in the country and the neighbouring countries, Harare Kopje which gives you a 360’ view of the Sunshine City as it is affectionally known. The country has a very interesting history dating back to the 1880s and the kopje is a very significant feature in the country’s history, Mbare musika the country’s largest fruit & vegetable markets and the local passenger transport service hub, mbare township where clients are taken to the city’s oldest suburb and the guide will further give the country’s political history leading up to the independence in 1980 and finally Epworth balancing rocks if time allows and this is where we will find some of the most astonishing balancing rocks in the world and one can’t imagine the time they have existed in that manner. The balancing rocks are found on the country’s currency the Zimbabwe dollar which was decommissioned in February 2009 after suffering from the effects of the world’s highest inflation at that time.

 

Tour takes approximately 3 hours. The other option will be Domboshava hills, caves and bushman paintings where we drive for 30 minutes to the outskirts of Harare. The views and scenery will give a very different contrast to the busy city barely 30minutes away. We end the day at on both tours by visiting a local pub for a sundowner before returning to the hotel

Overnight in Harare at Cresta Lodge/Rainbow Towers


Day 2 Eastern Highlands North– Nyanga

Breakfast at the hotel followed by 0900hrs departure for Eastern Highlands Nyanga. We take the easterly direction towards Mutare the country’s 3rd capital city and the eastern gateway to Mozambique and Indian Ocean through Beira port. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country and this is a very critical trade and supply route. Fuel is brought into the country through the pipeline and the country exports and imports goods through the port of Beira using the railway line which is the country’s first and the road and the 3 routes run parallel providing the critical and vital link to the economy. The 4th vital link is the fibre optic that links the country with the world through the under-sea cable in the Indian Ocean. En-route the guide will take clients through the smaller farming towns of Marondera, Macheke, headlands and Rusape. In these areas you will find beef and milk production, tobacco farms which is done between October and February and is the country’s major export crop, maize and as we get closer to the eastern highlands tea and timber plantations. In Rusape we take a left turn heading north east on the direct and scenic route with some stops on the way for refreshments, toilet and photos.


1200hrs Arrival and lunch followed by a tour of the surroundings including nyangome & mtarazi falls, pungwe & world’s views, natural swimming pool, hatchery, pardon dam, Rhodes museum, timber and tea plantations. Back at the hotel/lodge after sunset.

Overnight in Nyanga at Troutbeck Resort/Rhodes Nyanga Hotel

Day 3 – Eastern Highlands North- Nyanga
Breakfast at the hotel/lodge followed by 0900hrs departure for a hiking tour of Mount Inyangani which is Africa’s second highest mountain after Mount Kilimanjaro. The tour will be led by a local guide and will take approximately 3 hours return time. The guide will point out some attractive and significant scenery from the mountain. After the hiking tour we will stop for lunch and then proceed and see the rest of the attractions left from day 2.

Overnight in Nyanga at Troutbeck Resort/Rhodes Nyanga Hotel

Day 4 – Eastern Highlands Central - Vumba
Breakfast at the hotel followed by departure for Mutare. The drive takes clients through the scenic route over the mountains with sights of different plantations such as timber, tea and banana. This region is the major supplier of timber, tea, coffee, banana and other fresh fruit and vegetable and the guide will further explain the background of this region. As we approach Mutare city we will drive through the Christmas pass and we will make a stop for the spectacular view of the city from the pass. We will proceed through Mutare CBD and the guide will give a background of the city and the surroundings. The drive will take approximately 2 hours and lunch can be in Mutare town or in Vumba at Tony’s coffee shop which is a further 30km through the mountains with beautiful scenes of the natural vegetation. After lunch clients will be taken on a tour of the botanical garden and the gorge’s point. We will check in at the hotel/lodge after the tour.

Overnight in Vumba at Leopard Rock Hotel

Day 5 – Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Breakfast at the hotel followed by optional horse riding through the park and departure for Great Zimbabwe. The drive takes us back into Mutare CBD and left turn and head south west. The route takes us through the famous Chiadzwa diamond fields, hot springs and the spectacular birchenough bridge and we will make stops on the way for photos and the guide will give detailed background of the eastern highlands, the diamond mining, hot springs and birchenough bridge and the surrounding as well as the sugarcane production in the south east lowveld of the country where you find one of the biggest ethanol processing plants in Africa. We will cross the birchenough bridge where we stop to marvel the engineering on this massive structure and then we proceed on the highway that connects the east and west of the country. We drive through the oldest City in the country Masvingo (formerly Fort Victoria) and it is in this town where you find the oldest hotel in Zimbabwe (Hotel Victoria) where we will stop for lunch and photos. The name Masvingo is the local name for the ruins and the country is named after the Great Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe means the Great houses of stone, after the great stone structures that were built in the 15th century by the famous Munhumutapa Empire. The tour will be conducted by a local guide and it takes clients to visit to hill complex which was built at the top of the hills, valley complex and great enclosure followed by the tour of the local art and craft market and you will be back at the lodge by approximately 1730hrs.


The walls of Great Zimbabwe were constructed from granite blocks gathered from the exposed rock of the surrounding hills. Since this rock naturally splits into even slabs and can be broken into portable sizes, it provided a convenient and readily available building resource. All of Great Zimbabwe's walls were fitted without the use of mortar by laying stones one on top of the other, each layer slightly more recessed than the last to produce a stabilizing inward slope. Early examples were coarsely fitted using rough blocks and incorporated features of the landscape such as boulders into the walls. Over the years the technique was refined, and later walls were fitted together closely and evenly over long, serpentine courses to produce remarkably finished surfaces.
We conclude our tour by visiting the traditional dancers and get the opportunity to understand more on Zimbabwe’s culture.

Dinner & Overnight at the Lodge at Ancient City

Day 6 Antelope Park Gweru
Breakfast at the hotel followed by departure for Antelope Park in Gweru and a stop at the local art and craft market. This part of the country gives a more stone art and craft variety as compared to the western area where there is more of wood art, hence the need for clients to spend a bit of time looking at the market before crossing over to the western part of the country. Zimbabwe is very rich in natural resources and part of which are minerals which are found in the natural feature called the Great Dyke and this stretches for +- 600kms and we drive through this natural feature en-route to Gweru which is the most central city of Zimbabwe and one of the country’s strategic manufacturing and mineral processing centres. En-route in the area is one of the biggest asbestos mines in the world, gold, platinum and emerald mines. We will drive through one of the most spectacular passes called Boterekwa , the Chrome mining town of Shurugwi and the cattle ranches as we approach the country’s 4th Capital. We will join the highway that connects the country’s 2 major cities and turn into the private estate of Antelope Park. In this park is Africa’s most successful lion breeding and conservation projects. Check in and lunch on arrival at Antelope Park. After lunch we will be taken for a tour of the lion project and we conclude the day with a lion walk and interaction.

Dinner and overnight at Antelope Park

Day 7 Antelope Park/ Bulawayo
Early morning wake-up call followed by tea and coffee and go for elephant ride and interaction. Clients will be taught about the background of elephant riding and taken through for an elephant ride. We end the tour with an interaction with the elephants. This is an opportunity to learn how intelligent the largest land mammals can be after undergoing a successful training. We return to the lodge for breakfast followed by departure for Bulawayo. We re-join the main highway to Bulawayo and drive though the open grasslands with massive cattle ranches on either side. Running parallel to the highway is the railway line that connects the major cities as well as the junction at somabhula that connects the line from South Africa and Mozambique.


We arrive at lunch hour followed by check in and lunch. We depart after lunch on tour of Bulawayo. Optional activities in Bulawayo includes the City Tour which takes clients to the following places:

  • Natural history museum; this is the biggest museum in sub-Saharan Africa and gives detailed information on the historical, natural and other relevant features that are found in Zimbabwe and the surrounding areas.
  • Railway museum; this is a museum owned by the National Railways of Zimbabwe and it displays some of the original steam locomotives of the early railway days in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) Bulawayo is Zimbabwe’s railway capital and this is a central strategic link for the region providing the link between Africa’s biggest economy South Africa and the rest of inland Africa.
  • National Art Gallery; the gallery is rich Zimbabwean art. The country has a good number of reputable artists and some of their artwork is found at this gallery.

Drive through the city which will take clients to some of the historical areas of Bulawayo like the oldest townships of Makokoba and Mzilikazi, the pottery, market and view some of the Victorian buildings and the wide streets in the city.

Dinner & Overnight at Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel/ Cresta Churchill Arms Hotel

Day 8 Matopos
0700 Breakfast at the hotel followed by departure for a full day Matopos. The tour will take clients to view the Bushman Paintings, rock formations and scenery in the National Park. Also Visiting Rhodes Grave upon request. (N.B. There is an additional Museum Charge to visit Rhodes Grave). We then leave the National Park and enter the African Villages where we meet some of the local community and visit an African Village. At Lunch time we find a suitable spot for lunch where Cold Meat, salads etc, are supplied. For the afternoon, we enter the Game park section of the National Park where we track Rhino on foot with our guides, as well as looking for other game, chat about some of the different uses of plants etc. We leave the park at approximately 1600hrs and return to the Hotel.

Dinner and overnight at Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel/Cresta Churchill Arms Hotel

Day 9 Hwange National Park
Breakfast at the hotel and checked out followed by departure for Hwange national park. We drive through Bulawayo CBD and take the Victoria Falls road in the north westerly direction. En-route there are huge tracts of farmland where crops such as wheat and vegetables as well as cattle farms. The region is reach in natural resources such as coal, methane gas, timber where you find the best Zimbabwean teak trees that are used for the heavy furniture for export markets and the massive teak forests on the left side of the road and the forests dominate the route. We pass through the Gwayi valley conservancy and then left turn towards Hwange national park main Camp entrance. Check in and lunch on arrival.
Depart for a late afternoon game drive in the private estate. The drive will take us through the early part of the night and on the way back we get the opportunity to spot some nocturnal bird and animal species. We get back to the lodge at 1930hrs and meet for dinner at 2000hrs by the campfire with the company of your guides and clients get the opportunity to interact with their guides.

Overnight at Hwange Safari Lodge/ Sable Sands Lodge

Day 10 Hwange National Park
Early morning wake- up call followed by tea and coffee and depart for a morning game drive in hwange national park. Previously the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19th century, Hwange was designated as a National Park in 1929. Named after a local Nambia chief, Hwange National Park is the largest area set aside exclusively for wildlife in Zimbabwe, occupying roughly 14,650 square kilometres and boasting a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded. Hwange’s elephants of Hwange are world famous for their size and majesty and the park’s population is one of the largest in the world. The safari is conducted in open 4×4 vehicles with expert guides. Lunch is served at a picnic site within the park, usually at one of the many waterholes, while watching game go by.
Late afternoon there will be an opportunity for some a guided walking safari in the park (limited numbers will be accommodated) and the game drive will continue until 1830hrs as the park closes.

Overnight at Hwange Safari Lodge/ Sable Sands Lodge

Day 11 Hwange National Park & Victoria Falls
Early morning wake up call followed by tea and coffee and depart for a game drive in the private game park.


Back at the hotel for breakfast and check out followed by departure for Victoria Falls. we will take the same route back from the lodge to join the main Bulawayo to Victoria Falls highway. En-route are traditional Nambya, Tonga and Ndebele villages and photo stops can be done. We will stop for photos in Hwange where you find the country’s biggest coal mine and thermal power station. This is where coal products are also processed.
We arrive in Victoria Falls around lunch hour where clients will check in and have lunch. After lunch we proceed on a Guided tour of the falls and big tree. A truly awe-inspiring experience the sight, the sound, the smell, the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. Viewing the falls from 16 different spectacular points. En-route clients will be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where they will stop and take photos. Our qualified guide will accompany the guests through the Rainforest for an approximate 2hour walk while giving them a detailed history of the Falls as well as an account of the flora and fauna, bird life and wildlife found there. We end the tour by a visit to the art and craft markets where there will be a great variety of products on offer and clients can enjoy the experience of bargaining for ‘better prices’


We return to the hotel after the tour and settle in our rooms before we depart for Boma Dinner at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. It takes place in an ethnic restaurant with a rather unique cultural experience. Excellent cuisine, including a variety of game meats and traditional Zimbabwean dishes accompanied by entertainment throughout your meal from traditional dancers, the Sangoma (story teller) and a local Traditional healer who is available for fortune telling. The Boma nestles in a Gusu forest and is partly open to the spectacular African night skies. A feast of nightly entertainment incorporates Shangaan dancers and singers. Guests are welcomed with a traditional greeting in Shona and Ndebele, the local languages. They are also invited to take part in a hand washing ceremony before sampling traditional beer and snacks, as a prelude to dinner. After dinner, guests are invited to while away the evening with the restaurant’s very own Sangoma – traditional storyteller to learn more about the country’s folklore, culture and heritage.

Overnight at the Crest Sprayview Hotel/ A’Zambezi River Lodge

Day 12 Victoria Falls & Departures
Morning options include helicopter flights over the falls, elephant ride, lion walk and tram trips to the bridge, white water rafting.

************ END OF TOUR **********


 

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Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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