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Southern Adventure - 11 Days

Victoria Falls to Johannesburg
£535 (plus local payment)

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This exciting overland tour offers the traveller the chance to visit three African countries - Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.  It begins at the majestic Victoria Falls - one of the seven wonders of the world - and then heads into Botswana to explore the Chobe National Park which is home to vast herds of elephant which may be seen whilst enjoying a peaceful boat ride on the Chobe River.  Then there is the chance to camp out under the stars in the Okavango Delta before visiting Africa's largest National Park, home to the "big five" as well as many other species of animal and birdlife.  The adventure finishes in the vibrant city of Johannesburg.

Who can join: Anyone over the age of 18
Accommodation: Camping
Transfer time: Approx 30 mins
Pick up Point: Explorers Village, Stand 1756, Victoria Falls
Meals: Meals Included as Indicated
Volunteer numbers: Approximately 25

Duration & Fees

11 days£535

USD 690 - Local Payment

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Start Dates

2019 Start Dates:

27 Jan | 24 Feb| 24 Mar | 21 Apr | 19 May | 16 Jun | 30 Jun | 14 Jul | 28 Jul | 11 Aug | 25 Aug | 8 Sep | 6 Oct | 3 Nov | 1 Dec | 29 Dec

2020 Start Dates:

26 Jan | 23 Feb | 22 Mar | 19 Apr | 17 May | 14 Jun | 28 Jun | 12 Jul | 26 Jul | 9 Aug | 23 Aug | 6 Sep | 4 Oct | 1 Nov | 29 Nov | 27 Dec

Please note a portion of this trip may coincide with a family departure (6 years and over). For more information please contact Amanzi Travel.

Payment

£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure

What's Included

  • Airport transfer on arrival into Victoria Falls
  • Pre-trip night dorm room accommodation
  • Fully equipped expedition vehicle
  • Cooking and camping equipment (sleeping bags not provided)
  • Meals as indicated
  • Park fees and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-departure pack and support and advice from Amanzi Travel staff and trip leaders

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • International Flights
  • Airport Departure Tax
  • Departure Transfer
  • Visas
  • Laundry
  • Sleeping bag and pillows
  • Personal items and tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Restaurant meals and drinks
  • Bottled Water

Click here to enlargeStart and Finish Points: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Johannesburg, South Africa
Countries visted: Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa
Departure Point:  Explorers Village, Stand 1756,  Victoria Falls
Check-in time:  08.45 am
Departure time:  To be advised at the pre-departure meeting
Pre-Departure Meeting:  5.00 pm the day before at the departure point

The tour starts on a Sunday morning and departs from Victoria Falls on Monday morning, giving everyone a day to explore.   Anyone wishing to spend more time in Victoria Falls should contact Amanzi Travel who will be able to advise on accommodation and activities, which will be at an additional cost.

ITINERARY

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
Entrance to Victoria Falls; Chobe Boat Cruise; Chobe National Park; Delta Excursion, Kruger National Park; and Night Game Drive.

ZIMBABWE
This land-locked country is situated in the southern part of Africa, between the mighty Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers. The word Zimbabwe is believed to have two meanings:  1) it is believed the word Zimbabwe is derived from dzimba-dza-mabwe, which means "large house of stone" in the Shona (Karanga Dialect) language.  2) it is also believed to be derived from the word dzimba-hwe which means "venerated houses" in the Zezuru dialect of Shona. 

Day 1:  Victoria Falls (No Meals)
To-day is spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions and Activities.  Named after the famous World Heritage Site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park.  The campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of the town and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops.

A short walk down the main road leads to the entry point to view the Falls which lie between Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) was named by David Livingstone on his exploration and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.  At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari. 

After the adventure activities briefing (see price guide under "Extra Information") the afternoon can be spent relaxing at the campsite's swimming pool, viewing the Victoria Falls or exploring the many sights and delights of the town.  White water rafting in the Batoka Gorge is considered to be world class. 

Included Activity:  Entrance to Victoria Falls

Optional Activities:  Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge that connects Zimbabwe with Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint-hearted.  All year round flights in fixed wing, microlight and ultralight aircraft, or helicopters provide an aerial perspective of this magnificent World Heritage Site.  Besides the excitement of the grade 5 rapids there are the "floats" where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.

BOTSWANA
The size of this successful country can be compared with countries such as Kenya or France, but smaller than Texas. Botswana is a land-locked country with borders with South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe which can all be crossed overland.  For such a small country it boasts an array of spectacular game viewing opportunities such as hundreds of elephants splashing in the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta and its maze of lagoons.

Day 2:  Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park (Botswana)  (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After breakfast the border into Botswana will be crossed and the tour will head to Kasane where camp will be set up on the banks of the Chobe River.  The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia.  Chobe is one of Botswana's premier game parks renowned for its large elephant herds. Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be viewed from the campsite while another glorious African sunset can be enjoyed. 

Included Activity:  Boat Cruise on the Chobe River

Day 3:  Kasane to Nata Region (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
This beautiful part of Botswana will be left this morning as the tour departs for the lush campsite of Elephant Sands.  The drive will be through a very unpopulated landscape where the donkeys roam freely.  On arrival at the campsite there will be the chance to take a game drive or a bushwalk if time allows.  The crew will provide more information.

Optional Activity:  Game Drive/Bush Walk

Day 4:  Nata Region to Maun (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Maun is the starting point for travel into the Delta and it is from here that the group will set off to explore the Okavango Delta.  Tonight provisions will be prepared and packed for the overnight excursion.  It is suggested that travellers take a smaller daypack with them on this trip as it can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion.  The trip leader will give a full briefing on what is needed and what to expect prior to the trip to the Delta.

OKAVANGO DELTA
The Okavango Delta  is a huge expanse of water that has travelled from the Angolan highlands spreading out to form the largest inland delta in the world.  Studded with exotic islands it is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life and animals and is unique to Southern Africa.

Day 5:  Maun to Okavango Delta (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Included Activity:  Overnight Delta Excursion

Here there is the opportunity to take the included overnight excursion into the Delta.  After rising early, the expedition vehicle will be packed from from Maun the group will drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro polers' station.  The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way.  Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport - the mokoro.  Mokoros are dug out canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who "pole" them through the reeds.  At the mokoro station the Polers are met and supplies packed before heading out onto the waterways.  After a couple of hours along the waterways the group will arrive at the mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango.

On arrival at the camp the local staff will be met who will host the visit.  A brief introduction to the camp will show everyone to their dome tent with twin beds and a bush-en-suite-bathroom - long drop toilet and a bucket shower.  Then there will be time to relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe.  The activities at the camp will include mokoro trails and guided walking.

Day 6:  Okavango Delta to Maun (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After the mokoro ride and vehicle transfer arrival will be back around lunch time with the chance to complete the picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over the Delta (dependent on weather conditions and availability).

Day 7:  Maun to Palapye (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Heading out early there will be a fairly long drive (450 km) to the small town of Palapye, situated about halfway between Francistown and Gaborone (Botswana's capital).  This popular stopover town for those en route to South Africa is well known for the Morupule Colliery coal mines which supply Morupule Power Station, Botswana's principal domestic source of electricity.

SOUTH AFRICA
With nine different provinces, eleven official languages and three capital cities, South Africa will most definitely make everyone stop in their tracks - WOW!

Day 8:  Palapye to Blyde River Canyon Area (South Africa) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
This morning the tour will cross into South Africa and continue to the camp overlooking the impressive Blyde River Canyon.  Named for the Blyde River than runs through it the canyon is 26 km long and averages 800 m deep and forms the northern edge of the impressive Drakensberg Mountain Range.  It is classified as a "green" canyon due to the uncommon occurrence of vegetation that lines it.  This is uncommon as most canyons are in desert areas and are fairly barren.  The main viewpoints along the canyon at the three Rondavels, named for the shape of the traditional huts or houses in which the indigenous peoples of the area used to live, and God's Window that affords a breathtaking view across the canyon and surrounding areas.

Please note that there is a small entry fee for each of these attractions that will need to be paid upon arrival.  The money generated goes to support the local communities.  There are also many locals selling their crafts in this area.

Day 9:  Blyde River Canyon Area to Nkambeni Camp (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Heading through the breathtaking Panorama Route there will be a stop off at various viewpoints, including God's Window.  The tour will pass through the small town of Graskop and head towards the Kruger National Park and the campsite in the park.

Included Activity:  Night Game Drive

Day 10:  Nkambeni Camp (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

To-day the amazing Kruger National Park ( 19,485 metres squared) will be explored in search of some of the 146 mammal, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian and 49 fish species that make this park their home.  The truck will travel along the main game viewing routes within the park and stop off at some of the camps along the way.  There is the option to upgrade to an open vehicle game drive which can be arranged with the trip leader at an additional cost. 

Included Activity:  Game Drives through Kruger National Park  in tour vehicle

Day 11:  Nkambeni Camp to Johannesburg (Breakfast)
After breakfast the journey to the final destination will commence.  Egoli - the place of gold (Johannesburg) - which is the capital of Gauteng Province in South Africa.  On arrival the truck will be unloaded for the last time and addresses will be exchanged before parting ways having experienced the trip of a lifetime.  Anyone who wishes to extend their stay in Johannesburg to explore the exciting city and the surrounding areas should contact Amanzi Travel who will be able to suggest possible accommodation and activities in the city. 

Please Note:  This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road and weather conditions, political situations and group decisions.  All prices and local payments are subject to change.  Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries visited there may be a truck and crew change during the trip. 

Extra Information

VICTORIA FALLS
White Water Rafting Full Day (low water) - US$ 150
River Boarding Combo Raft and Board (low water only) - US$ 210
Bungee Jump Solo (111 m) - US$ 160
Helicopter Flight over the Falls - 15 mins - US$ 165
Microlight Flight over the Falls - 25 mins - US$ 180
Horse Riding - 3 hours - US$ 90

Activities at Victoria Falls must be paid for in US$ cash.

BOTSWANA
Scenic Flight Over Delta - 5 persons - from  US$ 140 each

SOUTH AFRICA
Johannesburg City Tour - from US$ 100
Surfing lessons CPT - US$ 50
Abseiling Table Mountain - US$ 110
Cape Point Day Trip - US$ 100
Winelands Day Trip - US$ 180
Whale Viewing (seasonal) - US$ 100
Township Tour - Cape Town half day - from US$ 85
Soweto Tour - Joburg/Pretoria - from US$ 80

Please note that this is not a full list of the activities available.  There are many more to choose from.  Prices are approximate and can change at any given time. They should only be used as a guideline.

Getting There

Flights should be arranged to arrive into Victoria Falls Airport.   Please make sure to arrive in plenty of time for the trip departure.  Travellers are recommended to arrive the day before their start date and depart the day after their end date to allow for any delays.  Airport transfer on arrival and one night's pre-trip accommodation in a dormitory bed are included in the tour price.   Full details will be in provided in the pre-departure pack.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence and can arrange any flight requirements upon request.

Support and Orientation

Support and advice is available from Amanzi Travel office staff and project/trip leaders. Upon booking, you will receive a comprehensive pre-departure pack that provides all the details you will need to prepare for your trip.  This document includes information on accommodation, staff, visas, optional activities, packing checklist and medical advice and if you have any questions that are not answered in the pack we are always on hand to help and advise. We will do all we can to ensure that you are well prepared and looking forward to your trip. You will also receive an in country orientation on arrival.

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact number is provided for everyone who travels with us.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence (9401) and is able to arrange your flights on request giving you financial protection for your flight and trip costs. We also offer advice on personal travel insurance for your trip.

Victoria Falls to Johannesburg, Southern Adventure - 11 DaysVictoria Falls to Johannesburg, Southern Adventure - 11 DaysMeals on tour
Meals and menus vary as food is purchased en-route and is subject to what is available seasonally in the areas travelled through. As the aim is to support the local communities along the way, fresh produce is mainly purchased directly from the local grower and sometimes has an organic appearance.  The safari cooks are able to offer a wide variety of menus with the ingredients available, even if the produce on offer is not the same as that at home. Breakfast spread consists of bread (toast when time permits), spreads and cereals with a hot breakfast every few days. Lunches are mainly prepared en-route with a supply of "build your own" sandwich ingredients available.  Dinners are cooked in the evenings on arrival at the campsite and a wide array of dinner menus is on offer during the safari including curries, stews, pastas, BBQs and even roasts.

Transport on tour
The overland vehicles are custom bult converted Mercedes Benz or MAN trucks that have seating space for all passengers and a storage area for luggage and all trip equipment. The trucks seat between 27 - 30 passengers on the camping trips.  Most seats are forward facing, although some models have a combination of forward, backward and some inward facing seats with tables.  Vehicles have sliding glass windows and the seating area is raised giving great game viewing and photographic opportunities.  Seats are cushioned and there is storage space for personal items such as cameras, snacks and day packs in the seating area.

Participation on tour
These are participation tours and all passengers are expected to help out around the camp. The crew members will set up a rota system and passengers will help with cleaning duties, cooking duties and so on.  This makes it easier for everyone and is a good chance for the passengers to get to know each other.

Click here to view the full interactive mapBotswana - Book Your Experience of a Lifetime

Why visit Botswana?

Botswana is a land of dramatic contrasts, from the crystal clear waters of the Okavango Delta, to the large elephant herds in the Chobe National Park, the abundant birdlife in Moremi Game Reserve and the vast savannah of the Kalahari desert, which covers over 70% of the country. It is no wonder that Botswana has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

Surrounded by the sands of the Kalahari Desert is the magical oasis of the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta, formed by ancient seismic shifting of the earth's surface. Wide grassy floodplains are host to a magnificent array of wild animals. Within this lacework of channels, game viewing and bird watching is frequently guided from mokoro (dugout canoes) or more commonly, environmentally-friendly fibreglass replicas. In these slender flat-bottomed craft, visitors are propelled by expert polers.

Chobe National Park, approximately 62 miles due west of Victoria Falls, is abundant with wildlife all year round, and features the beautiful Chobe River on its northern boundary. Throughout the area numerous clay-bottomed pans hold water during the short rainy season. During the rainy season, from November, one can witness the zebra migration from the north-western area of Linyanti heading south through the Savute plains to the salt pans around Makgadikgadi, where the foals are born. The herds then return to Linyanti between February and April.

The Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the most remote and unspoiled parts of Africa. At certain times of the year, usually during the summer rains, the northern section of the Park is one of the prime game viewing areas of Botswana, not to mention the breathtaking landscapes that await discovery.

Highlights of Botswana

  • Seventeen percent of Botswana is comprised of pristine national reserves, featuring some of Africa's most beautiful subtropical wilderness, generally teeming with wildlife.
  • A land of awesome contrasts - from the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert to the crystal clear waters of the world's largest inland delta, the Okavango Delta.
  • Game viewing by mokoro (dugout canoe) in the Delta is unforgettable.
  • Sunshine totals are high all year round, although winter is still the sunniest period.
  • Chobe National Park is home to the mighty Chobe River and what is arguably the world's largest concentration of elephants.
  • View Botswana’s annual zebra migration in the Linyanti and Savute areas.
  • Moremi Game Reserve is renowned for its superb birdlife.
  • The game-filled Central Kalahari Game Reserve, at 54,600 km2, is Botswana's largest reserve.

Climate

Seasons Max Min
Summer/wet (October -April) 45 °C 25 °C
Winter/dry ( May - September) 26 °C 0 °C
Rainfall: November - March

Botswana is semi-arid, due to the short rain season. It experiences extremes in both temperature and weather.

In the winter (late May through September), days are normally clear, warm and sunny, and nights are cool to cold, with average temperatures of around 14 °C. The whole country is windy and dusty during the dry season. Wildlife never wanders far from water sources, so sightings are more predictable than in the wetter summer season. This is also the time of school holidays, so some areas can be busy, especially between mid-July and mid-September.

In summer (October to April), Botswana has hot summers with average temperatures around 26 °C. Wildlife can be harder to spot and rains can render sandy roads impassable. This is also the time of the highest humidity and the most stifling heat, where daytime temperatures of over 40°C are common, so the magnificent afternoon showers can be a welcome relief.

The main rains fall between December and March, but often just in the form of brief thundershowers that last an hour or two before the sun re-emerges. The sunlight after an African storm is incredibly intense and superb for wildlife photography. The summer rains also bring spectacular migrant birds to Botswana.

Key Facts

Population – 2 million
Capital - Gaborone
Currency –pula (BWP)
Official Language(s) – English and Setswana

Time difference – GMT +2 hours
Telephone – country code 267, international access code 00

Click here to view the full interactive mapSouth Africa - Help Local Communities Get Started

Why visit South Africa?

Every country in the world displays some diversity, but South Africa, stretching from the hippos in the Limpopo River to the penguins waddling on the Cape, takes some beating. There’s the deserted Kalahari, Namakwa’s springtime symphony of wildflowers, iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, Africa’s biggest game reserve - Kruger National Park - boasting the most mammal species of any game reserve, and the magnificent peaks and plunging valleys of the escarpment of Drakensberg.

Cape Town is widely described as one of the world's most beautiful cities. Some of its more famous landmarks include Table Mountain, Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades), Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak, Kirstenbosch Gardens and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. A combination of historical coastal charm and urbane sophistication, Cape Town has some of the finest beaches and is also the gateway to the lush Cape Winelands, famous for world-renowned wines. From here, it is an easy journey to the Whale Route, where Southern Right whales can be seen (June - November) and humpback whales, Bryde's whales, Minke whales and bottlenose dolpins can be viewed year round.

The Garden Route is renowned for its beaches, indigenous forests, nature reserves, lakes, mountain ranges, adventure opportunities and hiking trails. Plettenberg Bay is a relaxed beach paradise with spectacular walks and hikes where one can watch dolphins and whales on eco-marine cruises. With some of the world's finest beaches, the Eastern Cape's untouched and pristine coastline also has a rich social, cultural and political history. Port Elizabeth is the gateway to the Eastern Cape, and the perfect complement to the Garden Route. Cape St Francis is situated on the Indian Ocean coastline, in and around Africa's largest man made web of canals and waterways, and is renowned for its long, sandy beaches, surfing, rock fishing and tranquil lifestyle.

Kruger National Park is the flagship of South Africa's game reserves, offering an unrivalled wildlife experience over two million-hectares. Private concessions operating within and alongside Kruger National Park feature luxurious, exclusive game lodges with many exciting safari activities. Some of these lodges are unfenced, allowing for the free movement of wildlife. Madikwe Game Reserve, in the North West province, is one of South Africa's largest private Big Five game reserves and features numerous lodges and camps. The Waterberg area in the northwest is also malaria-free and is aptly named for its strong streams that flow even in dry seasons, making for excellent game viewing. Both reserves are great for those seeking an accessible malaria-free wilderness experience.

Durban is a sub-tropical city and the gateway to KwaZulu-Natal. It offers a unique mix of Zulu, Indian and colonial cultures. Visit the Anglo-Zulu battlefields, take a fascinating glimpse into Zulu culture, hike in the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains, dive the reefs, marine and coastal reserves of Maputaland, as well as experience Big Five game reserves. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is renowned for saving the white rhino from the brink of extinction, and Phinda Private Game Reserve is well known for its award-winning lodges and conservation initiatives.

Johannesburg meaning "Place of Gold", is South Africa's economic powerhouse. This vibrant and cosmopolitan city is home to many attractions including the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, and also offers shopping from world-class to atmospheric curio markets. Known as the "Jacaranda City", the state capital of Pretoria features beautiful blossoming trees, significant old buildings and fascinating museums, including the Transvaal Museum, home of Mrs Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at the Cradle of Humankind.

Highlights of South Africa

  • Breathtaking scenery, quaint coastal villages, cosmopolitan cities, wine routes and exclusive bush lodges.
  • Exciting Big Five safaris in unspoilt wilderness areas.
  • Malaria-free game viewing and sunshine all year round.
  • See Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held in prison for 27 years.
  • Go up Table Mountain by cable car for stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful Cape Town.
  • Whale watching and great white shark cage diving.
  • Beautiful, pristine beaches perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
  • The Cradle of Humankind: Sterkfontein is one of the world's most productive and important palaeoanthropological sites.

Climate

For Johannesburg:

Seasons Max Min
Summer (September - April) 25 °C 10 °C
Winter (May - August) 19 °C 4 °C
Rainfall: October to March, with November to January heaviest


South Africa has typical seasons of weather for the southern hemisphere, with the coldest days in July-August. The Benguela Current, a cold motion that moves from the lower South Atlantic Ocean, causes moderate temperatures on the West Coast. On the central plateau, which includes Free State and Gauteng provinces, the altitude keeps the average temperatures below 30 °C.In winter, also due to altitude, temperatures drop to freezing point, and in some places, even lower. Heavy snows have fallen recently for the first time in decades in Johannesburg. During winter, it is warmest in the coastal regions, especially on the Eastern Indian Ocean coast and Garden Route, where it has year round mild weather with occasional rain. As winter is cooler and drier, it is more suitable for hiking and outdoor pursuits, and is also a good time for game viewing as vegetation is less dense and thirsty animals congregate around rivers and other permanent water sources.

In summer, South Africa experiences the hottest temperatures and this is generally when most rain falls, October – March. However, there is one exception -  the Western Cape, which is a winter-rain area that enjoys a Mediterranean climate (average 26°C).

Christmas to mid-January, and Easter are the height of the peak season for visitors.
Autumn (April/May) and Spring (mid-Sept to November) are ideal almost everywhere.

Key Facts

Population – 50 million

Capital – Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial), Cape Town (legislative)
Currency – Rand (ZAR)

Official Language(s) – Afrikaans, English (South African English), Southern Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Time difference – GMT +2 hours

Telephone – country code 27, international access code 00

Click here to view the full interactive mapZimbabwe - From Mana Pools National Park to Victoria Falls

Why visit Zimbabwe?

The beautiful country of Zimbabwe offers something for everyone; from the absolute wilderness of Mana Pools National Park, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe and the mountains overlooking Mozambique, to fine dining in Harare or bunjee jumping over Victoria Falls.  It is rich in culture and colour and the Zimbabweans have not lost their humour and resolve.

Victoria Falls is one of the worlds’ biggest and most spectacular waterfalls, with a network of trails leading through the rain forest surrounding the “smoke that thunders”. Take an umbrella and raincoat and gaze at the incredible vistas of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Victoria Falls village is home to a seemingly endless variety of adventure sports from bungee jumping to canoeing and white-water rafting. Apart from its appeal to adventure enthusiasts the village still has a gracious, pioneering and colonial atmosphere.

Hwange Park is one of the finest conservation areas in Africa and is said to contain the widest variety and greatest density of wildlife in the world. Game viewing is generally restricted to the Hwange Park road network, but it has private concession areas allowing off-road safaris and nature walks. Mana Pools is an unspoiled, remote Park in the Zambezi Valley, a subtropical region, with the terrain and vegetation varied from the river up to the Zambezi Plateau. Walking is allowed (at visitor's own risk) and can be exhilarating and rewarding, if caution is taken.

Lake Kariba is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, with abundant game-sightings and excellent angling for bream and tiger fish. The Lake provides pleasure to locals and visitors alike with fishing, canoeing, sailing or drifting along on a houseboat. The Matopo Hills is an area of incredible beauty with a mythical history and a proud people, the Matebele. The Matobo Hills were so named because they looked like the bald heads of indunas (chiefs). The entire region is a complex of bizarre and exposed granitic formations. Once inhabited by the bushman, today one can find magnificent examples of rock art in and amongst the caves. The Matobo National Park is one of Zimbabwe's prime wildlife sanctuaries with a large population of white rhino, the elusive black rhino, a variety of antelope species, baboon, rock hyraxes and a large population of leopard and black eagle.

Highlights of Zimbabwe

  • The magnificent Victoria Falls are classed as one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World.
  • Zimbabwe is home to four World Heritage Sites - Victoria Falls, Mana Pools National Park, the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and the Khame Ruins.
  • Lake Kariba is one of the world's largest man-made lakes, with abundant game and excellent angling for bream and tiger fish.
  • Magnificent national parks include Hwange, Mana Pools, Matusadona and Chizarira.
  • Adventure activities abound and include canoeing on the lower Zambezi, kayaking and rafting on the upper Zambezi, and bungee jumping at Victoria Falls.
  • For high adventure enthusiasts, white-water rafting is most exciting when the Zambezi waters are low (generally from August to December) and is often referred to as the best one-day white-water rafting in the world.
  • Canoeing down the Lower Zambezi affords an ideal opportunity to get close to Africa's wildlife.
  • Magnificent scenic areas in the Eastern Highlands Highlights of Zimbabwe.

Climate

Seasons Max Min
Summer/wet (November - April) 30 °C 14 °C
Winter/dry ( May - October) 20 °C 5 °C
Rainfall: November – March

Zimbabwe offers excellent game-viewing opportunities throughout the year. Due to Zimbabwe’s high altitudes, it has a beautiful and moderate climate, where temperatures are never very extreme.  It has warm summers, November to April, where days are generally sunny in the morning with possible dramatic afternoon/evening thunderstorms. Temperatures of 35°C in summer are considered boiling.

Winter occurs from May to October and days are sunny and cool to warm while evening temperatures drop sharply. Temperatures of 7°C in winter are considered freezing. The end of the cool, dry season, around September/October, is the top time for wildlife viewing.

The main rains fall between November and March, although the Eastern Highlands are damp for most of the year. The Victoria Falls are spectacular in April and May after the rainy season.

Key Facts

Population – 12.5 million
Capital - Harare
Currency – none. The Zimbabwean dollar was suspended by the government due to hyper-inflation. The US dollar, South African rand, Botswanan pula, pound sterling and Euro are used instead. The US dollar has been adopted as the official currency for all government transactions with the new power-sharing regime.
Language – English is the official language, with Shona and Ndebele being recognised regional languages

Time difference – GMT +2 hours
Telephone – country code 263, international access code 00

Southern Adventure - 11 Days

I had a wonderful time on the overland tour. I have met some incredible people and seen such wonderful things. Everything was perfect

Lavinia, UK, aged 36

Southern Adventure - 11 Days

Amanzi travel were truly amazing when myself and two friends wanted to book a trip to Africa. We were recommended to Amanzi travel by a friend who had previously done a volunteer project through them. We went on the Southbound 21 day overland tour... and what a trip it was, we loved every single minute. Amanzi travel were very accommodating and very helpful with everything from sorting flights, payments etc, even replying to emails on the same day, if not the next, and only a phone call away. A fabulous service with extremely helpful staff, that I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to book a once in a life time experience. I will certainly be using Amanzi travel for my future trips to Africa!

Kerrie, UK, aged 30

Southern Adventure - 11 Days

Excellent - Long drives but made worth it by absolutely amazing experiences!!

Bethany, UK, aged 21

Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, 32 and 34

The overland trip was excellent - really well run. The guides were fantastic, the campsites great, and the food excellent. This has got to be the best way to see Africa in a short period of time ...   

Amanzi Travel are excellent - professional, informative but with a real personal service ...     The cheetah volunteer project was an absolutely fantastic experience, and the Overland trip was brilliant.

Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, 32 and 34 (Cheetah Volunteer Project and Overland Trip)

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