Matobos rhinos

Cape Town, Kruger Park & Zimbabwe Safari

Tour Length13 days
Priced from pps $2590 R36739 £2038 2273 A$3603 C$3454 NZ$3769 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Max. Group Size 18 Travellers
  • Departs from Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ends at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Accommodation Lodge & Camping Combo
  • Transport Overland Vehicle / Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

Explore South Africa and Zimbabwe - two incredibly beautiful, diverse and game-rich destinations in Southern Africa.

Experience urban South Africa in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Soweto township. Encounter the Big Five in Kruger and Hwange national parks, and embark on a guided rhino walk in the rugged Matobo National Park. Watch traditional dancing, enjoy a home-cooked meal and delve into local culture; see ancient San rock paintings and walk amongst the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.

Top this cultural and wildlife medley off with a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls, where our journey finishes.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Cape Town - South Africa

Welcome to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. This Southern African adventure begins with a group meeting at the hotel in Cape Town, this evening.

You are free to do as you please, before and after the meeting at which your guide goes over the trip details and you meet your fellow travellers. Cape Town is one of the top city destinations worldwide, offering endless things to do and places to visit, so enjoy exploring this beautiful part of South Africa.

  • Accommodation: Hotel in Cape Town

Day 2: Cape Town - South Africa

A whole day to explore Cape Town and its natural wonders, stunning beaches, historic highlights and cultural attractions.

Choose the optional activities that appeal most - from cycling in Cape Point Nature Reserve to heading up Table Mountain or relaxing on one of the pretty beaches. Options include visiting the historic Robben Island where former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, or going to museums, art galleries, or Boulders Beach to see the penguin colony. The V&A Waterfront is a world-class shopping destination and the Cape Wine Route is famous for its fine vintages and idyllic scenery - so pick your choice.

This evening you may like to meet up with the rest of your group for dinner at one of Cape Town's excellent restaurants, with many of the country's best eateries located here.

  • Optional Activities: Robben Island Visit / Table Mountain Cable Car Ride / Table Mountain Abseiling / Stellenbosch Wine Tour / Cape Peninsula Tour and more.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Cape Town (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Cape Town to Johannesburg - South Africa

Day three - fly from the 'Mother City' of Cape Town to Johannesburg, the biggest city in South Africa.

This afternoon we make our way into Soweto, one of the oldest and largest informal settlements in South Africa. Most famous for its significance in the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the riots of the 1970s, today Soweto is a thriving and vibrant township, home to over one million residents.

We do a bicycle tour of Soweto, cycling along the streets of this colourful and dynamic settlement as we gain insight into the violent history of the country. Meet the locals, sample a local beer and tune into the pulsing beat of Soweto - a melting pot of cultures, fashion, music and trends. You can visit Vilakazi Street, where two Nobel Peace Prize winners have lived - Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, stopping in at the museum of Mandela's former home. You can also take a vivid journey through South African history as the Apartheid Museum and stop at the Hector Pieterson Memorial.

  • Plane: Cape Town - Johannesburg (2h), Private Vehicle: Johannesburg - Soweto (45m) & Soweto - Johannesburg (45m)
  • Included Activity: Soweto Bicycle Tour (1h-2h)
  • Accommodation: Lodge / hotel (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger Area - South Africa

Leaving our city adventures, we set off from Johannesburg and head for the leading safari region of South Africa. We drive along the scenic Panorama Route, admiring the beautiful natural features en route to our lodge in the Greater Kruger Park area. Take a dip in the pool and settle in before dinner and time to relax around the campfire.

Tonight we are treated to a traditional dinner and local dance performance at the lodge, getting to know the local culture a bit.

  • Private Vehicle: Johannesburg - Hazyview (Full Day)
  • Accommodation: Safari Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: Kruger National Park - South Africa

On day five we set off on a full-day game drive in the world-renowned Kruger National Park, one of the best game reserves in Africa. Driving through the bush in our tour vehicle we are sure to see a variety of wild animals, such as giraffes, zebras, hippos and antelopes, along with many birds. We may spot one or two (maybe more) of the Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo - all of which are found in Kruger Park.

You also have the option of taking a 4x4 game drive in an open safari vehicle today instead of the tour vehicle (at extra cost).

  • Included Activities: Kruger Wildlife Safari (in tour vehicle)
  • Optional Activities: Kruger Open 4x4 Vehicle Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Safari Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: Greater Kruger to Letaba Ranch - South Africa

Today we drive north to the Letaba Ranch, a Limpopo game reserve forming part of the Greater Kruger Park. Letaba Ranch shares unfenced boundaries with Kruger National Park allowing wildlife to move freely between Kruger and this provincial park.

This afternoon we set off on a guided bush walk in Letaba, walking along the Great Letaba River. The river attracts a host of animals and birds, including hippos and crocodiles which we are sure to see. The Letaba game reserve is best known for its excellent elephant and buffalo sightings with these two Big Five animals sighted most commonly. We may also encounter giraffes, antelopes and various small animals and birds as your guide leads you through the bush on foot.

Sit back and soak up the sounds of the African bush this evening, listening out for animals moving along the river and in our camp.

  • Private Vehicle: Hazyview – Letaba Ranch (3h-4h/215km)
  • Included Activity: Guided bush walk in Letaba
  • Accommodation: Ranch lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Letaba to Morning Sun Nature Reserve - South Africa

This morning you can start the day with an optional game drive in Letaba Ranch. If luck has it, you may spot one or more of the Big Five and endangered African wild dogs.

Later we depart for our next stop, the Morning Sun Nature Reserve in the Soutpansberg Mountains of Limpopo. Located near the town of Louis Trichardt, formerly Makhado, this area forms part of the natural heritage site known as the Vhembe Biosphere Region. The afternoon is free for you to unwind at the lodge and enjoy the pool or explore this scenic area on foot. There are numerous walking trails in the Soutpansberg Mountains area, including waterfall walks and hikes through indigenous forests hosting diverse plant and animal species.

  • Private Vehicle: Letaba Ranch – Morning Sun (3h-4h/200km)
  • Optional Activities: Letaba Ranch Wildlife Safari Drive & Nature Walks near Louis Trichardt
  • Accommodation: Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Morning Sun to Great Zimbabwe Ruins - Zimbabwe

We are up early today and on the road to the border with Zimbabwe. After completing border crossing formalities we drive on to Masvingo and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.

This afternoon you are free to rest at the resort and explore the area around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.

  • Private Vehicle: Morning Sun to Border Crossing at Beitbridge & Great Zimbabwe Ruins (7h-8h / 405km)
  • Accommodation: Resort (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9: Great Zimbabwe Monument to Matobo National Park - Zimbabwe

This morning we visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. One of Africa's most significant archaeological sites the structures remain as evidence of the advanced Bantu civilization. Find out more about the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, built between the 11th and 15th century, climbing the citadel to look out over the ruins.

From the Iron Age city of a lost civilization, we head to Matobo National Park, near the city of Bulawayo.

  • Private Vehicle: Great Zimbabwe Ruins Area - Matobo National Park (4h30m / 5h30m)
  • Included Activity: Great Zimbabwe Ruins Visit
  • Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast in Matopos (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Matobo National Park - Zimbabwe

Time to explore the unique and unusual Matobo National Park, a place of great cultural and historical significance, as well as being an important wildlife haven, especially for endangered rhinos.

This morning you are free to spend time in Matobo or relax at the guesthouse pool. Walk through the rugged Matopos Hills - a surreal landscape of rounded hills and wooded valleys dotted with granite boulders and striking rock formations. You have the option of visiting ancient Bushmen paintings in the caves of Matobo to find out more about the San Bushmen, the original inhabitants of Southern Africa. Learn about the sacred places of the Ndebele, for whom these hills carry special spiritual importance. Or you can go to the burial site of the powerful businessman and imperialist, Cecil John Rhodes, who requested to be buried here at World's View on Malindidzimu Hill.

In the afternoon, we head into the bush on foot, taking a guided walk in search of the healthy rhino population of Matobo National Park. With any luck, we will come across white rhinos and other wildlife on foot - an exhilarating way to encounter Africa's large mammals.

  • Included Activity: Guided Rhino Walk in Matobos
  • Optional Activities: Visit Grave of Rhodes / Ancient Cave Painting Visit
  • Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast at Matopos (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Matobo National Park to Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe

Today we are on our way, travelling further north to Hwange National Park, the oldest game park in Zimbabwe. This evening you can embark on an optional game drive in Hwange, which covers some 14,651km² of wilderness, making it the largest wildlife reserves in the country. Sightings in this massive wildlife park include all of the protected species of Zimbabwe, with over 100 kinds of mammals and some 400 bird species. Giraffes, zebras, buffalos and antelopes are commonly spotted on game drives.

Hwange National Park hosts the Big Five of Africa and is particularly well-known for its large population of elephants. This top African game park is also a stronghold for endangered African wild dogs, along with protecting an array of other animals and birds.

  • Private Vehicle: Matobo National Park - Hwange National Park (6h-7h)
  • Optional Activity: Hwange National Park Sunset Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Hwange Safari Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

On day 12, we drive up to Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side, with the town named after the epic waterfall. We head to Vic Falls to marvel at this natural spectacle, considered the largest sheet of falling water in the world. One of the natural wonders of the world - viewing Victoria Falls is an unforgettable experience.

After seeing the 'Smoke that Thunders' as Victoria Falls is known locally, we continue to our final overnight lodge. In the afternoon, you can either dive straight into an optional adventure activity, explore the town or relax at the lodge.

This evening you are free to relax at the lodge, have a drink in the bar and take a dip in the pool, enjoying your last night on safari.

  • Private Vehicle: Hwange National Park - Victoria Falls (2h-3h)
  • Included Activity: Victoria Falls Visit
  • Accommodation: Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

On the final day of our safari adventure, you are free to continue your travels, departing at any time.

Spending a few extra days (after the safari) at Victoria Falls is highly recommended, as there are numerous exciting activities and beautiful sights here.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Safari Notes:

  • Group Size: Maximum of 18 people per group, average of 14 people
  • Transport: Plane, private van, safari vehicles, walking
  • Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (7 nights), lodges (4 nights), adventure tents (1 night)

Optional Extras and Excursions

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SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town:

  • Table Mountain Cableway
  • Table Mountain Abseiling
  • Township Tour
  • Robben Island Tour
  • Boulders Beach (penguin colony)
  • Cape Peninsula Tour (Cape Point)
  • Shark Cage Diving (incl transport)
  • Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Table Mountain hike up Platteklip
  • City Sightseeing Bus Tour (day pass)
  • Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch

Kruger Park & Limpopo:

  • Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Game Drive (Full-day)
  • Nature Hikes (Soutpansberg Mountains area)
  • Letaba Ranch Wildlife Safari Drive

ZIMBABWE

Matobo National Park:

  • Ancient Cave Painting Visit
  • Grave of Rhodes Visit

Hwange National Park:

  • Hwange National Park Game Drive

Victoria Falls:

  • Vic Falls Tour
  • White Water Rafting
  • Helicopter & Microlight flights
  • Livingstone Island & Devil's Pool
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Village Tours
  • Zambezi River Canoeing
  • Chobe Day Trip
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SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town:

  • Table Mountain Cableway
  • Table Mountain Abseiling
  • Township Tour
  • Robben Island Tour
  • Boulders Beach (penguin colony)
  • Cape Peninsula Tour (Cape Point)
  • Shark Cage Diving (incl transport)
  • Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Table Mountain hike up Platteklip
  • City Sightseeing Bus Tour (day pass)
  • Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch

Kruger Park & Limpopo:

  • Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Game Drive (Full-day)
  • Nature Hikes (Soutpansberg Mountains area)
  • Letaba Ranch Wildlife Safari Drive

ZIMBABWE

Matobo National Park:

  • Ancient Cave Painting Visit
  • Grave of Rhodes Visit

Hwange National Park:

  • Hwange National Park Game Drive

Victoria Falls:

  • Vic Falls Tour
  • White Water Rafting
  • Helicopter & Microlight flights
  • Livingstone Island & Devil's Pool
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Village Tours
  • Zambezi River Canoeing
  • Chobe Day Trip
+Included in the Tour Price
  • Cape Town orientation walk
  • Soweto township tour
  • Panorama Route drive
  • Kruger National Park game drive (half-day)
  • Traditional dance experience
  • Kruger transfer (full-day)
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins visit
  • Rhino walk in Matobo National Park
  • Traditional meal in a local home
  • Victoria Falls visit (Zimbabwe)
  • Border-crossing support
  • All transport between destinations & to/from included activities
  • Meals & accommodation as per itinerary
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  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified
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