Mozambique & Zimbabwe Explorer
Beautiful African beaches and wildlife!
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Group Size: Max. 12
Trip code: NMZE
Duration: 14 days
Spend two weeks journeying through Mozambique and Zimbabwe and discover spectacular white-sand beaches and stunning National Parks. See wildlife on game drives, soak up the sun on beautiful coastlines, and camp under beautiful African skies. You’ll also get cultural with a tribal evening and time spent in towns where Arabic and African cultures blend. This is a fantastic overland adventure that reveals the beauty of this enchanting continent!
This trip also runs in reverse, from Victoria Falls to Pretoria. Select the travel direction you prefer in the booking section to see start dates.
- Soak up the sun on perfect white-sand beaches in Mozambique
- Get cultural with a Shangaan tribesmen evening
- See wonderful wildlife in Kruger National Park
- Feel the rush of the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
- Book the optional Adventure Pass for epic game drives in Matobo and Hwange!
Please note: This tour also runs in reverse, starting in Victoria Falls and ending in Pretoria. All the same inclusions and exclusions apply. Select the travel direction you prefer in the booking section to see start dates. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
Optional Adventure Pass: If you wish you can book an optional Adventure Pass for this trip, which includes awesome extra activities and excursions, which you can purchase at the time of booking for £160 by speaking with a Travel Advisor or purchase it in country for approximately USD 220. Please contact our travel advisors for more details. The Adventure Pass entitles you to awesome game drives in Matobo and Hwange National Parks. Please note, the price of the adventure pass is subject to change.
Day 1: Pretoria - Hazyview, South Africa. Journey down to Hazyview, a charming town on the borders of Kruger National Park. Tonight, enjoy a cultural evening of singing and dancing around the fire with local Shangaan tribesmen. Dinner included.
Day 2: Kruger NP, South Africa. Enjoy a full day’s game drive in this incredible National Park. Driving in an open-topped 4x4 vehicle, you’ll spot diverse wildlife such as lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and possibly leopard, and up to 500 species of bird! Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 3: Kruger NP - Praia do Bilene, Mozambique. Drive across the border to Praia do Bilene on the tropical coast. Arrive and settle into your accommodation: tents on a beautiful beach beside a colourful coral reef. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 4-5: Xai Xai - Inhambane/Tofo, Mozambique. Follow the dramatic coastal road to the small seaside town of Tofo. Enjoy the slower pace of life here as you soak up the sun and splash about in the warm waters. You may even spot whale sharks and manta rays off the golden coast! Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.
Day 6: Inhambane - Vilanculos, Mozambique. Drive along the scenic coastline to Vilanculos, which is named after a local tribe’s chief: Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke. Spend the evening relaxing on the white sand beach or enjoying the buzz of the town’s awesome nightlife. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 7: Vilanculos, Mozambique. Climb aboard a traditional sailing boat, known as a Dhow, and cruise across to Magaruque Island. Spend the day snorkelling, swimming and exploring the island’s 19thCentury ruins, before enjoying a delicious included seafood lunch. Enjoy an afternoon of chilling out on the sugary beaches. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 8: Vilanculos - Bandula, Mozambique. Drive northwest from the coast towards the Zimbabwean border, passing across forested plains and meandering rivers. Spend the night in Bandula, an hour away from the border. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 9: Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Hop across the border and head south towards the Masvingo region, where the stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe are located, the largest ruins in sub-Saharan Africa! You will camp close to the monument, allowing plenty of time to explore with a local guide. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Journey to Bulawayo, a gorgeous tree-lined colonial city. Camp on the outskirts of the city among beautiful trees and fishponds. Explore the local handicraft stalls and perhaps pick up a souvenir. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11: Bulawayo - Matobo NP, Zimbabwe. Explore beautiful Matobo National Park, where you can spot some incredible wildlife. If you have booked the Adventure Pass you will go on a guided game walk, seeking out Black and White Rhino in their natural habitat. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12: Matobo - Hwange NP, Zimbabwe. Journey on to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s world-famous wildlife reserve. If you have booked the Adventure Pass, you will enjoy a guided game drive through the area, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife! Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 13: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Discover the mighty Victoria Falls, a giant sheet of water plummeting to the earth below. Sometimes the spray from the falls can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away! Spend the rest of the day enjoying the activities on offer in the area. You could go white water rafting down the Zambezi River, or even do a bungee jump at the falls! Celebrate your final night with the rest of your group before settling into camp for the night. Breakfast included.
Day 14: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Your tour ends today. Why not stick around and get involved with some of the incredible adventure activities on offer here, including bungee jumping, gorge swinging, jet boating, and white-water rafting! Breakfast included.
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You will need to fly into Johannesburg airport the day before your tour begins in order to attend a compulsory 6pm pre-tour welcome meeting. Accommodation for this night is at your own cost. Airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange. The starting point of the tour is a hotel in Pretoria which is a short 30-40 minute taxi ride from OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg.
The tour ends at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on day 14 after breakfast however we recommend you book an extra night of accommodation (extra cost) and fly home the following day to make the most of Victoria Falls.
Alternatively, if you choose the Southbound route, the tour will start at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The tour will begin early on day 1, so we advise you to book an extra night of accommodation before the tour starts (extra cost). Please note on the Southbound route, you will not arrive into Pretoria until early evening so you will need to book an extra night of accommodation for that night and fly out the day after your tour ends. Johannesburg airport is a short 30-40 minute taxi ride from the finishing point in Pretoria. Your travel advisor advise you on how to do this.
13 nights of camping accommodation are included. All camping and cooking equipment is provided, including 2-person dome tents with zip up insect screens and foam sleeping mattresses. Campsites will usually have shower facilities and power points. You should bring your own sleeping bag.
13 breakfasts, 11 lunches (12 lunches if travelling in reverse) and 11 dinners are included on this tour. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to discover some African culture by sampling delicious local delicacies and interacting with local people!
The minimum age to join this group tour is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.
All countries require travellers to have a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity), and you are required to acquire the entry visas for each of the countries visited. For UK citizens, visas are not required for entry to South Africa, but will need a visa to enter Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Visas should be arranged with the relevant embassy before you travel. If you show up at a border and should you not have the required visa you will be denied entry to the country and be sent back to the closest embassy/high commission to get the visa. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation.
Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.