Hwange national park to matopos explore-zim-lodge-safari

5 Day Best of Zimbabwe Accommodated Overland Safari

Tour Length5 days
Priced from pps $799 R10650 £592 666 A$998 C$982 NZ$1092 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Accommodated Overland Tour

  • Max. Group Size 20 Travellers
  • Departs from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Ends at Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Accommodation Bungalow or Chalet / Guesthouse / B&B / Standard Camping
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle / Game Viewing - Open 4x4
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

Our 5 Day Explore Zimbabwe Safari begins in Victoria Falls, the adventure capital of Africa, then heads to Hwange National Park for game viewing.

All of Zimbabwe’s endangered species, as well as one of Africa’s biggest elephant populations, reside in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s biggest game reserve.

Then, we move on to Matobo National Park, with its unusual landscape of granite boulders, where we embark on a game drive. From there we visit a World Heritage Site, the spectacular Great Zimbabwe Ruins and marvel at these ancient remains of a once important trading centre.

Moving on, we cross the border into South Africa, take a break to relax at mineral hot springs, before ending our adventure-packed safari in the dynamic city of Johannesburg.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park – Zimbabwe

Our safari departs from Victoria Falls, famous not only for the awe-inspiring falls, but also for the many adventure activities available in this town, which has earned it the title of 'The Adventure Capital of Africa'.

We head south to Hwange, Zimbabwe's flagship national park and spend the afternoon exploring the scenic national park on our first game drive.

Hwange National Park is home to Africa's Big 5, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant, as well as all of Zimbabwe’s endangered species and is renowned for hosting one of the largest elephant populations in Africa. The game park is home to more than 100 mammalian species, including one of the world’s largest populations of endangered wild dog, living alongside cheetah, hyena, zebra and giraffe.

Hwange Park is, at 14650 km², Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve and is a highlight of any safari in Zimbabwe. Tonight we have dinner at camp and spend our first evening around the campfire under the stars.

  • Accommodation: Safari camp inside Hwange National Park (bar & shop)
  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Activity package: Afternoon game drive in Hwange

Please Note:

We recommend spending a day or two at Victoria Falls, before this safari to participate in some of the numerous exciting adventure activities available in the Victoria Falls area. Activities include Zambezi sunset cruises, bungee jumping, helicopter flights, gorge swinging and white water rafting. Pre-tour accommodation can be arranged with us.

Activity Package:

An optional Activity Package is offered with this safari. The extra payment includes highly-recommended activities, considered as "essential activities" on the tour. This itinerary includes these activities. For those that can't afford all of these activities there is the option of doing the basic safari without the Activity Package. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package. See the Full Pricing link above for the cost of the Activity Package.

Day 2: Matobo National Park – Zimbabwe

Heading further south, leaving Hwange Park behind us, we travel to the Matobo National Park, south of Bulawayo. Embarking on an afternoon game drive, we go in search of animals, whilst absorbing the unique scenery. Established in 1953, Matobo Park covers some 44 500 hectares (424 km²).

Black and white rhinos have been introduced to the park and share it with a variety of animals and birds. Highlights of this park are the possible leopard and Black eagle sightings. The park is home to one of the world's highest concentrations of black eagles.

Other interesting features of the park is the prolific amount of traditional San rock art and the grave of Cecil John Rhodes. The Matobo Hills are regarded as a sacred site by the local Shona, who perform rituals in these ancient hills. The rain shrine of the Ndebele, dedicated to the god of the ancestors, is also found in these hills. The culturally important Matobo Hills consist of exposed granite boulders that were formed millions years ago, making for a mysterious and surreal landscape.

After exploring Matobos we head to our overnight camp in Bulawayo.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guest house in Bulawayo (twin share rooms with shared bathrooms / swimming pool)
  • Activity package: Afternoon game drive in Matobo National Park

Day 3: Great Zimbabwe Ruins – Zimbabwe

This fascinating country is home to many treasures, one of which is the world famous Great Zimbabwe Ruins, our next destination.

Once a royal palace and capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, research has shown that this World Heritage Site was once home to Iron Age settlements, but the remains there today date back to the 11th century and later. Legend has it that the ruins were once used by the Queen of Sheba.

There has been much debate and speculation regarding the origins of these ruins, but the general consensus is that the structures were constructed by the forefathers of the Shona. The building was done without the use of mortar, standing testament to the skill of the builders. This extensive complex includes walls that tower up to 11 m high, measuring as much as 5 m in thickness.

The renowned bird carvings, out of soapstone, were found here at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Today these 8 carved birds are featured on the Zimbabwean National Flag and replicas are often carved by locals.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms at lodge overlooking Lake Mutirikwi (bar & internet)
  • Included activity: Visit Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Day 4: Tshipise – South Africa

We cross the border today into South Africa and the Limpopo Province. In Tshipise we spend the afternoon relaxing in the mineral hot springs from which the town derived its name, Tshipise meaning to 'burn, be hot'.

Lying at the foot of Tshipise hill, in a bush landscape dotted with old baobabs and indigenous trees, Tshipise was established in 1936.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Resort at the foot of Tshipise koppie (pool, bar, internet & shop)
  • Included activity: Hot Springs at Tshipise

Day 5: Johannesburg – South Africa

On this the final day of our safari adventure we drive south along the Great North Road as we head to Johannesburg.

This dynamic city is the economic heart of South Africa, as well as being one of the strongest commercial centres in Africa. Johannesburg, commonly known as Jo'burg, is a great place to gain insight into the cultures and history of this colourful nation.

Arriving in Johannesburg late afternoon, our 5 Day Best of Zimbabwe Accommodated Safari comes to a close.

Fellow travellers often get together for a final dinner (celebratory braai/barbecue) at the estate where the tour ends, on the last night.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Optional activity: Dinner in Johannesburg

Tour Accommodation:

Accommodation on this safari is in twin share rooms, with two people sharing a room. These clean and comfortable rooms have en suite bathrooms with hot showers.

Please note:

We recommend arriving in Victoria Falls a day or two before your safari and departing from Johannesburg the day after the tour ends. We can arrange accommodation for before and after your safari on request.

Optional Extras and Excursions

For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.

Zimbabwe Activities:

  • Full day River boarding 
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise
  • Bungee Jump 
  • Dinner Out Victoria Falls
  • Helicopter Flights
  • White Water Rafting 

South Africa Activities:

  • Dinner Out Johannesburg 
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Zimbabwe Activities:

  • Full day River boarding 
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise
  • Bungee Jump 
  • Dinner Out Victoria Falls
  • Helicopter Flights
  • White Water Rafting 

South Africa Activities:

  • Dinner Out Johannesburg 
+Included in the Tour Price
  • Accommodation on safari (twin share rooms)
  • Meals on safari (as per itinerary)
  • Transport
  • Registrered guides
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins visit
+Not Included in the Tour Price
  • Optional activities
  • Activity Package
  • Flights, airport taxes and visas
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  • All drinks and snacks
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