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Daily Highlights covered by mandatory Safari Pass
01 Hwange National Park, game drive adjacent to park LD
02 Hwange National Park, 4x4 game drive in the park BLD
03 Bulawayo, Khami Ruins
04 Matobo NP, Rhino game drive/Walk BLD
05 Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana BLD
06 Kasane, Chobe National Park, sunset cruise BD
07 Kasane, Chobe National Park, game drive - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe B
Day 1- 2 Hwange National Park
We leave Victoria Falls and drive south to the worlds famous Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe's largest and best known game reserve, which is home to 400 bird species and 105 species of mammals including the ‘Big Five’. Once the royal hunting grounds to the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi, Hwange was set aside as a National Park in 1929. The park covers an area of over 14,600 sq km and is particularly known for it's elephant populations. We take a night game drive in a game concession area adjacent to the National Park where we search for a variety of nocturnal animals including the ever elusive leopard. The following day we transfer to open safari vehicles and enter the Hwange National Park. There will be a morning game drive, after which we return to camp for lunch and to relax through the heat of the day. Later in the afternoon we head out again for another drive hoping to glimpse wildlife not seen earlier.
Day 3- 4 Bulawayo/Matopos National Park
Toady we visit an important archaeological site: the Khami Ruins, once the capital of the Kingdom of Butua of the Torwa dynasty. Dating back to 1450AD en-route to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city. The following day we head to Matobo National Park which is located a short distance outside of Bulawayo. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special culture and spiritual importance to the indigenous people and providing the conditions are right we can view the game by foot as this reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino.
Leaving Bulawayo we make our way across the border into Botswana and to the Elephant Sands Lodge. We normally arrive sometime in the early/mid afternoon and have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the game wondering at the camps local watering hole. We continue on to the small northern town of Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. We take the famous ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River – a wonderful opportunity to view hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe while we float by in the late afternoon sunshine.The next day we head out to explore the Chobe National Park on an open vehicle game drive, our last opportunity on tour to view elephant and perhaps lion, antelope and buffalo. Eventually we take our leave of the park and Kasane and make the final short drive back to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls. Arrangements end on arrival.
GB £ 615
PLUS mandatory Adventure Pass US $ 515.00 .
Adventure Pass to be paid in the currency listed on the website (usually US dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes) directly to your Tour Leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour, or pre-paid by arrangement.
Optional Activities & Excursions:
Victoria Falls Bungy Jump US$ 170
White water rafting US$190
Helicopter/Microlight flights FROM US$ 155
Included in Price:
Fully equipped safari vehicle, camping and cooking equipment, all road tolls and vehicle taxes, all ground transportation, sleeping mattress, meals as indicated and services of driver/tour leader
Local Payment excursions, visas, travel insurance, flights, departure taxes, airport transfers, sleeping bag, optional activities, tips, drinks and items of a personal nature.