Our exceptional journey, “Zimbabwe & Kruger: An Expedition of Spectacular Sights,” launches from the pulsating heart of Victoria Falls town. Just a stone’s throw from the awe-inspiring waterfall that thunders with power and majesty, we’re immersed in the raw beauty of Africa from the outset. Departing this roaring spectacle behind, our route takes us southwards, towards the grand expanses of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s unrivaled natural playground. Here, we’ll witness a grand spectacle of biodiversity, home to the continent’s most majestic elephants, roaming in thunderous herds under the African sun.
Our safari adventure continues aboard open-topped 4×4 vehicles, from where we’ll hunt, with cameras and binoculars, for the park’s residents. The day spent navigating Hwange’s mosaic of landscapes promises a memory-filled treasure trove of wildlife encounters. Our journey then escorts us towards the mysterious Matopos, a place of bewitching beauty, where enormous marble-like rocks have been sculpted by the hands of time, earning it the local Ndebele title, “Matobo”, which translates to “bald heads”, a fitting homage to the granite sentinels that stand guard.
We then step back in time at the historic ruins of the Great Zimbabwe Royal Palace. Our guided exploration will let us peel back layers of history and delve into the rich tapestry of Zimbabwe’s early epochs. From there, our path takes us southwards to the bustling cityscape of Johannesburg, where we spend the night resting before launching into the next exciting phase of our adventure.
As dawn breaks, we chart our course from Johannesburg towards South Africa’s crown jewel, the expansive Kruger National Park. Renowned as the country’s largest game reserve, it draws in over half a million nature enthusiasts each year with its lure of the “Big Five”, and a wealth of other fauna including zebras, giraffes, and rhinos. Immerse yourself in the intoxicating thrill of an authentic safari, explore the park from the comfort of our truck or aboard a 4×4 safari vehicle, and optionally, tread the wilderness on guided nature walks or during enchanting evening game drives.
The grand finale of our journey lies in the exploration of the visually stunning Panorama Route. Marvel at the divine vistas from God’s Window, explore the geological wonders at Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and gaze at the triad of round, grass-covered hilltops, the Three Rondavels. We’ll culminate our tour at the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, the world’s third-largest canyon, a must-see spectacle that’s etched in everyone’s travel bucket list.
Day 1 – Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
This morning we leave the rumble and adventure of Victoria Falls behind us as we make the journey south to Hwange National Park. Hwange is the largest of Zimbabwe’s national parks and offers excellent opportunities for viewing the diversity of wildlife that calls the park home.
Day 2 – Hwange National Park
Home to the big-5, Hwange National Park also offers a wide variety of plains game and birdlife. We will spend the day game driving (in open 4×4 vehicles) through Hwange in search of the animals.
Day 3 – Matopos National Park
After breakfast we continue south towards Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. Our afternoon will be spent exploring the Matopos National Park with a local guide. The park received recognition as a UNESCO natural World Heritage Site in 2003 and includes an intensive protection zone that is home to both Black and White Rhinoceros. Named after the Ndebele word “Matobo “, whose meaning “bald heads” refers to the rounded granite hills that surround it. We return to Bulawayo and our overnight stop for the night.
Day 4 – Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Our journey today takes us to Masvingo and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. This afternoon we will enjoy a guided walking tour of this historic site. Dating back to the Late Iron Age, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. We take time this afternoon to marvel at the intricate stone work and experience the heritage of this monument to early Zimbabwean civilisation.
Day 5 – Tshipise
Leaving the sites of Zimbabwe behind we cross the Limpopo River and enter South Africa this afternoon. Our overnight stop allows us an opportunity to end the day with a swim in the hot springs of Tshipise.
Day 6 – Johannesburg
This morning we take the highway south to Johannesburg, we arrive in Johannesburg in the late afternoon.
Day 7 – Johannesburg to Great Kruger National Park Area
Please note that during the next few days (while we are visiting Kruger National Park), the order of activities could change without prior notice and a degree of flexibility is needed. This is to allow for maximum game viewing opportunities and experiences. It is possible on certain departures that a different vehicle type could be used at either the start or the end of your tour. This means that on either day 7 (from Johannesburg to the Greater Kruger National Park) or day 10 (Kruger National Park to Johannesburg, your journey may be conducted in shuttle (minivan) vehicles to meet up with and/or depart from the Nomad truck in the Greater Kruger National Park. If your selected date involves such a shuttle, we will inform you accordingly.
Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. We set up camp at our base for the next three nights and enjoy a lovely sundowner drive.
Day 8 – Kruger National Park
Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full-day of game viewing. The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings, while the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5. The game drive offers the excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4×4 vehicle.
Day 9 – Panorama Route
This morning we will journey along the scenic Panorama Route where we will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels.
Day 10 – Kruger National Park to Johannesburg
We enjoy our last drive through the park before setting off for Johannesburg. We arrive in the late afternoon where your tour ends upon arrival.
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Pre & Post Tour
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