Kruger National Park & Highlights of Zimbabwe
9 Day Overland Tour, Camping
To: Victoria Falls
Number of Participants: 4-12
Tour Price: 1,360 EUR
Local Payment Supplement: 200 USD
Single Supplement: 60 EUR
This 9-day overland camping tour takes you to the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa where you search for the ‘Big Five’. The trip continues to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and the breath-taking Victoria Falls. Although it’s only a short trip, it offers a bit of everything – wildlife, history and culture.
Day 1-2 | South Africa
- Kruger National Park: Game drives
Day 3-4 | Zimbabwe
- Masvingo: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
- Matobo National Park: Matopos Hills, Bushmen paintings, Cecil Rhodes´s grave, game walk
Day 5-9 | Zimbabwe
- Hwange National Park: Game drives
- Victoria Falls: Sunset boat cruise, white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, elephant back ride, scenic flights (all optional)
Day 1-2 | Johannesburg, South Africa - Kruger National Park, South Africa
Distance on day 1 approx. 550 km; driving time approx. 7h
Departing from Johannesburg you head north-east to South Africa’s largest reserve, the Kruger National Park. You visit the remote northern part of the park from Satara to Pufuri. This region with its rivers, baobab and fever tree forests and open savannah is famous for elephant and buffalo herds and birdlife. You enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in our safari vehicle and might also see the rare antelope such as Sharp’s grysbok and sable antelope.
1 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner
Day 3 | Kruger National Park, South Africa - Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 7h
Entering Zimbabwe at the Beit Bridge border post, you travel to the town of Masvingo and the Great Zimbabwe ruins. The vast complex of well-preserved ruins has some of the oldest and largest stone structures in Southern Africa and was built during the 11th century by an unknown civilization. You explore these ancient stone structures on foot.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 4 | Masvingo, Zimbabwe - Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5h
Driving to Bulawayo and the Matobo National Park, you visit the Matopos Hills, an area of round granite hills and wooded valleys. You camp on the edge of the park. This afternoon you explore the area on foot to see Bushman rock paintings. The following morning you visit World's View and colonialist Cecil John Rhodes’ grave. He was the founder of the colonial state of Rhodesia. You will see the unusual rock formations and might be able to spot a white rhino on a guided walk in this national park.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 5-6 | Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe - Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Distance on day 5 approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5h
Named after a local chief, Hwange National Park in the north-west is the largest park in Zimbabwe and home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations. There are over 100 mammal species (including African wild dogs and brown hyena) and 400 bird species. You explore the park on a full day game drive with a local guide in an open 4x4 vehicle.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner
Day 7-8 | Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Distance on day 7 approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3h
You camp for two nights in the town of Victoria Falls and take a spectacular walk through tropical vegetation to the edge of the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ - Victoria Falls. You will be energised by the power of the rushing water. Adventure abound: go white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi River, bungee jump from the 111m high bridge or take a “flight of angels” over the falls. (Optional activities, not included in the rate).
2 x Breakfast
Day 9 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The tour ends after breakfast in the town of Victoria Falls. Transfers to the airports in Victoria Falls or Livingstone are available on request or you can join another tour to further explore Africa.
- Overland tour according to the itinerary
- 8 nights camping
- Transport in an overland truck and a 4x4 safari vehicle
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Coffee and tea with breakfast
- National parks fees
- Camping equipment
- Flights (international and domestic)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
- Optional activities
- Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
- Sleeping bag
How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?
- Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 travellers per group.
- Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.
Is there an age limit on tour?
- Generally the age limit is 18 to 65 years. But if you are a youngster of 12 years and older travelling with your parents or if you are over the age of 65 years and can provide a doctors note confirming that you are fit enough to take part, you’re welcome on tour as well.
Where does the group overnight while on tour?
- 8 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) on campsites with good ablution and other facilities.
What vehicle is used on tour?
- We make use of safari trucks that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Big windows guarantee first-class game and nature viewing and a spacious interior with comfortable seats offer a high travel comfort. The back part of the vehicle is used for luggage, food and camping equipment.
What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?
- Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary.
- Breakfast usually consists of cereals, toast and jam. Light lunches like salads and sandwiches are prepared en-route while for dinner the guide prepares stews, BBQs, vegetables and different pasta or rice dishes.
How much extra money do I have to take along?
- We recommend that you take along some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs. 10-15 USD per day is usually sufficient (depending on your spending habits). In addition you should allow some extra money for the optional activities you might want to participate in.
Do I need visa for this tour?
- Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
- In general European citizens do not require a visa for Namibia. For Zimbabwe a visa is usually required.
- It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.
Do I need vaccinations for this tour?
- As the Kruger Park and Zimbabwe are situated within a malaria area, we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
- Although none of the countries visited on tour require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.