Overview

The Best of Zimbabwe & Mozambique Adventure Tour starts when we depart from Victoria Falls. We visit Zimbabwe’s largest National Park, Hwange, which is home to Africa’s largest herds of elephants and offers excellent opportunities for viewing the diversity of wildlife. We travel to Matopos National Park marvel at the magnificent precariously balanced granite boulders before visiting the iron age ruins of the Royal Palace of Great Zimbabwe. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. We then whisk you away from Johannesburg to tick off the Big Five in Kruger National Park. Experience the thrill of being on safari in one of Africa’s largest game reserves. The sights of the Panorama route offer us a day of scenic delights. We will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window. We pass through emerald-hilled Swaziland before enter the the tropical mecca of Mozambique. Setting out for the Inhambane District for two days of beach time and the opportunity to relax and enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The more adventurous can sign up for a variety of optional activities. You can swim with whale sharks or dive with manta rays. Our final road trip takes us back to Johannesburg.

 

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Some of the activities listed above form part of an "Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.  We do recommend that you prebook your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Nomad can book accommodation before and after your tour.

Pre Tour Accommodation - Victoria Falls

From R2,790
  Airport Transfer Available A’Zambezi Hotel

A’Zambezi River Lodge is located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 25km from the airport, nestling on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river within the periphery of the Zambezi National Park. The imaginative architecture with its sweeping curve of grass thatch blends well with the lash green lawns. Azambezi is the … Read More

Post Tour Accommodation - Johannesburg

From R900
  Airport Transfer Available Belvedere Estate

Belvedere Estate is situated in the upmarket suburb of Midrand, with 15 en-suite, fully equipped, self-catering rooms, a sparkling swimming pool, braai boma, two lounges, dining area, snooker room, bar and friendly, welcoming staff. With a range of snacks, lunch and dining options, we welcome you as part of the Nomad … Read More

Itinerary

Our tours come with an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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  Camping     Accommodated
Day 01

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. After lunch we spend the afternoon exploring Hwange National Park in open game-viewing vehicles. Hwange is the largest of Zimbabwe’s national parks and offers excellent opportunities for viewing the diversity of wildlife that calls the park home. We return to camp this evening and enjoy dinner around our campfire.

Route
Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
Activity Package
Afternoon game drive Hwange National Park
Day 02

Hwange National Park to 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.

Route
Hwange National Park to Matopos National Park
Activity Package
Afternoon game drive Matopos National Park
Day 03

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.

Route
Matopos National Park to Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Included Activities
Visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Day 04

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.

Route
Great Zimbabwe Ruins to Tshipise
Included Activities
Hot Springs Tshipise
Day 05

Johannesburg

This morning we take the highway south to Johannesburg, we arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travellers are invited to join us for a traditional Braai tonight, this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared around the braai fires and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Route
Tshipise to Johannesburg
Optional Activities
Traditional Braai at Belvedere Estate
Day 06

Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

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. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to join an optional Sundowner Drive, booking is essential and your guide can assist on departure this morning.

Route
Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
Optional Activities
Sundowner Drive (Subject to Availability)
Day 07

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. Our activity package offers the added excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4×4 vehicle. This evening there is a second opportunity for the optional Sundowner Drive.

Activity Package
4×4 Game drive in Kruger National Park
Included Activities
Kruger Park Full-Day Game Drive in Nomad truck (Clients not doing the Activity Package)
Optional Activities
Sundowner Drive (Subject to Availability)
Day 08

Panorama Route

While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start, we set out a little later today and travel the short distance to the Panorama Route. Strung along the escarpment that divides the central plateau and low-lying bushveld of the Kruger, the sights of the Panorama route offer us a day of scenic delights. We will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon.

Included Activities
Panorama Route
Optional Activities
Morning Bush Walk (Subject to Availability)
Day 09

Kruger National Park to Swaziland

We set out early this morning for as we re-enter the Kruger National Park, our Nomad truck offers an excellent platform as we game drive our way to the south. Exiting the park in the afternoon, we cross the border into Swaziland and set up for the night.

Route
Kruger National Park to Swaziland
Included Activities
Full-Day Kruger Game Drive in Nomad Truck
Day 10

Swaziland

Our stay in Swaziland presents us with an opportunity to enjoy one of the optional morning game drive activities in Hlane Game Reserve. Hlane offers a selection of activities and the Rhino Game Drive is highly recommended. No visit to Swaziland would be complete without an introduction to the rich culture of the Swazi people, this afternoon we are invited by the Chief to visit his village and learn more about the traditions of this proud nation.

Included Activities
Umphakatsi Cultural Experience
Optional Activities
Rhino Game Drive in Hlane Game Reserve
Day 11

Swaziland to Maputo

With the beaches of the Indian Ocean beckoning we enter Mozambique and make our first stop in Maputo, the capital city offers a vibrant and eclectic mix of cultures. After checking-in at our hotel and enjoying a lunch out at a popular local restaurant, we explore the city sights on a walking tour with our guide. Maputo offers interesting and varied architecture and no visit to the city would be complete without a browse through a market. Tonight we eat out and get a chance to experience the night-life of this intriguing city.

Route
Swaziland to Maputo
Included Activities
Explore Maputo on Foot (self-guided walk)
Optional Activities
Dinner out
Day 12

Inhambane – Barra Beach

Setting out for the Inhambane District we travel the northern road along the coast. While it is a long day on the road there is much to see as we pass the many villages and plantations of coconuts, cashews and sugar cane. Our journey will bring us to the palm lined beaches for two days of relaxation and ocean fun. Tonight we are welcomed with a traditional Mozambique dinner.

Route
Maputo to Inhambane
Included Activities
Traditional Mozambique dinner
Day 13

Inhambane

With two days of beach time we have an opportunity to relax and enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the more adventurous can sign up for a variety of optional activities. While the beaches at Barra are safe for swimming, the reefs on this stretch of coast offer excellent opportunities for diving or snorkelling.

Optional Activities
Snorkelling
Scuba Diving
Quad Biking
Ocean Safaris
Day 14

Inhambane

Today we make the short drive to Tofo to spend the day enjoying yet another of Mozambique’s iconic beach destination. With safe swimming, a charming market and a number of popular beach bars, Tofo is perfect for a day’s outing. A second day not only ensures that you have the opportunity to make the most of the activities on offer, it also allows us some flexibility to adapt to the weather.

Included Activities
Visit to Tofo
Optional Activities
Snorkelling
Scuba Diving
Quad Biking
Ocean Safaris
Day 15

Vilanculos

This morning we make a stop in Inhambane where you will have the opportunity to explore the market and the historic streets of this former slave trading port. For those who enjoy a good adventure, your guide will arrange one of the famous Dhow ferries to sail you across the bay. These sturdy old boats have plied the East Coast of Africa for centuries and the trip across the bay is a truly local experience. Should you prefer, you may remain with the truck for the trip to Maxixe on the far side of the bay. Reunited with our truck we travel north to our next stop at Vilanculos.

Route
Inhambane to Vilanculos
Included Activities
Traditional Dhow trip to Maxixe (Not Compulsory)
Explore Inhambane on foot (self-guided walk)
Day 16

Bazaruto Excursion

We board a traditional Dhow this morning and set sail to the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago, one of the largest Marine reserves in Southern Africa. We spend the day exploring the islands, snorkelling and enjoying the beaches of this island paradise. Be sure to keep your sunblock handy as today is filled with sun, sea, sand and exploration. We return in the afternoon and enjoy a well-earned night of rest.

Route
Inhambane to Vilanculos
Activity Package
Bazaruto Island day excursion
Day 17

Xai Xai District

Well rested we set course for the Xai-Xai district, arriving in the late afternoon we have time for a walk on the beach or a sundowner to bid farewell to the Indian Ocean and the pristine beaches of Mozambique.

Route
Bazaruto to Xai Xai District
Day 18

Malelane Region

Early risers can enjoy the sunrise in the beach this morning before we depart today. We pass through Maputo and continue to the border, returning to South Africa and our final night near the town Malelane.

Route
Xai Xai District to Malelane
Day 19

Johannesburg

Our final road trip takes us back to Johannesburg as we reflect on the wildlife and beaches that have filled our days. All travellers are invited to join us for a traditional Braai tonight, this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared around the braai fires and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Route
Malelane to Johannesburg
Optional Activities
Farewell Braai at Belvedere Estate

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

  • Afternoon game drive Hwange National Park
  • Afternoon game drive Matopos National Park
  • 4×4 Game drive in Kruger National Park
  • Bazaruto Island day excursion

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