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   South Africa Safari

Beach and Wildlife Voyager Safari - 15 Days

Small group half-accommodated, adventure Safari - 14 nights / 15 Days

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Lioness with cub Cape Town, South Africa Tsitsikamma Zebras in Kruger Park
Tour code: BE

This safari has it all: Exciting wildlife, breath-taking scenery and insights into culture and history of South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland.

Departs: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Ends: Johannesburg, South Africa.
Group size: Guaranteed from 4 guests; 12 guests maximum. *Guaranteed departures with no minimum pax available, please enquire.

Summary
A small-group half-accommodated, adventure safari from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg through Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.

Highlights
Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and visit to the Painted Dogs Centre, scenic hills in the Matopos area, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Eastern Highlands, beaches of Vilanculos and Inhambane, Massingir Dam and Limpopo Transfrontier National Park and the Kruger National Park.

Meals
14x Breakfast, 11x Lunch, 9x Dinner. Some meals will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments, however on certain nights the guide will provide an authentic meal for the group. All other meals are organized by the guide and are prepared by him/her with the help of the group. These meals will be enjoyed together in the evening, often around a camp fire. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

2017
SAFARI COST:
$3,320 per person sharing, plus local payment of US$280 (in cash).
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $1,165

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Beach and Wildlife Voyager Safari Map


DAY 1; (1 Night)
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe  [Lodge]

Victoria FallsOn arrival at Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe you will be met and transferred to your Lodge. This afternoon you will explore the mighty Victoria Falls on a guided tour. In the evening you will meet with your guide and the rest of your group at your lodge at 18h00 for your pre-departure meeting.


Overnight: A ’Zambezi River Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar).
Meals: Lunch and Dinner at your own account.


DAYS 2 - 3; (2 Nights)
VICTORIA FALLS to HWANGE NP, Zimbabwe  [Camping]

Elephants - HwangeThis morning we depart Victoria Falls and make our way to Hwange National Park where we spend the next two nights. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife. This afternoon we visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect these endangered species. The next day is spent on a full day’s game drive in the park.


Departure:
8:00am
Distance:
200 kms (Day 2)
Overnight:
Camping at Ivory Lodge or similar (Tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool & bar area).
Meals Day 2: Breakfast at A ‘Zambezi River Lodge, Ivory Lodge or similar; Lunch prepared by the guide; Dinner prepared by the guide.
Meals Day 3: Breakfast prepared by the guide; Lunch pack on the game drive; Dinner prepared by the guide


DAY 4; (1 Night)
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK to MATOPOS, Zimbabwe
  [Camping]

Matopos, ZimbabweWe leave the beauty of the Hwange National Park behind us and head to Big Cave Camp in the Matopos area. The Matopos Hills comprise of an extraordinary collection of huge bare granite hills, with gravity-defying boulders scattered all over the countryside, to create a truly unique and rather mysterious landscape. The national park is famous for its outstanding views, San (bushman) painted caves, wildlife (especially the Black Eagle) and as the chosen burial place of Cecil John Rhodes, who named his favourite spot. We visit his grave site in the afternoon.


Departure:
8am
Distance:
215 kms
Overnight:
Camping at Big Cave Camp or similar (Tents, communal ablutions with hot water).
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner prepared by the guide.

DAY 5; (1 Night)
MATOPOS to GREAT ZIMBABWE, Zimbabwe  [Lodge]

BaboonsAfter breakfast this morning we drive to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins via Gweru. We visit the ruins, before checking into our accommodation for the evening. The ruins, which are also known as the capital of the Queen of Sheba, according to an age-old legend, are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries. The city, which covers an area of nearly 80 ha, was renowned as an important trading centre from the Middle Ages onwards.


Departure: 7am
Distance Day 5: 370 kms
Overnight:
Lodge at the Ancient City or similar (Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar & restaurant).
Meals:
Breakfast prepared by the guide; Lunch prepared by the guide en-route; Dinner: at the Lodge at the Ancient City.


DAY 6; (1 Night)
GREAT ZIMBABWE to MUTARE, Zimbabwe
  [Inn / Rooms]

Mutare, ZimbabweToday we leave Great Zimbabwe and drive via Mutare to the Bvumbu Mountains located in the east of the country bordering on Mozambique. This area is Zimbabwe's gateway to the sea and is known as the Eastern Highlands. The region is adorned with cool green forests, rolling hills, trout filled streams and rugged mountain peaks, making it reminiscent of the English countryside.


Departure: 8am
Distance Day 7
: 315 kms
Overnight: Inn on The Vumba or similar (Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Meals:
Breakfast at the Lodge at the Ancient City or similar; Lunch prepared by the guide en-route; Dinner at Inn on the Vumba or similar.

DAYS 7 - 8; (2 Nights)
MUTARE to VILANCULOS, Mozambique
  [Chalets]

Vilanculos, MozambiqueWe have to get up early, as today is the longest drive on our safari. We cross the border into Mozambique and head southwards to the coastal town of Vilanculos, which is the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. The village of Vilanculos is close to the beach and just about halfway between Maputo and Beira. Here you’ll find buzzing markets, restaurants, public phones, banks and quaint supermarkets. The next day is at leisure to explore the village or just to relax on the beach.


Departure: 6am
Distance:
575 kms (Day 7)
Overnight:
Archipelago Resort or similar (Two bedroom Chalet – each room with private bathroom).
Meals Day 7:
Breakfast at Inn on the Vumba or similar; Lunch prepared by the guide en-route; Dinner for your own account.
Meals Day 8: Breakfast prepared by the guide; Lunch for your own account; Dinner prepared by the guide.


DAYS 9 - 10; (2 Nights)
VILANCULOS to INHAMBANE, Mozambique
  [Camping]

Inhambane, MozambiqueAfter breakfast we drive along the coast to the sleepy and neat town of Tofo where graceful dhows on the usually tranquil water are one of the most obvious features. We spend the next two nights at White Sands with its breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy walking on the pristine beach or partake in the various watersports on offer. Scuba diving is among the best in the world with regular sightings of manta rays, whale sharks and turtles. (All activities are optional and for own expense.)


Departure: 8am
Distance:
325 kms (Day 9)
Overnight:
Camping at White Sands or similar (Tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Meals Day 9:
Breakfast prepared by the guide; Lunch prepared by the guide en-route; Dinner for your own account.
Meals Day 10: Breakfast prepared by the guide; Lunch for your own account; Dinner for your own account.


DAY 11; (1 Night)
INHAMBANE to MASSINGIR, Mozambique
  [Chalets]

Massingir, MozambiqueWe leave the Mozambican coastline paradise behind us and drive west towards Massingir which is close to the South African border. We settle down for the night at Albufeira Camp in the Limpopo Transfrontier Park, close to the Massingir Dam wall.


Departure: 7am
Distance:
520 kms
Overnight:
Albufeira Camp or similar (Chalets with en-suite bathrooms).
Meals:
Breakfast prepared by the guide; Lunch prepared by the guide en-route; Dinner prepared by the guide.

DAYS 12 - 13; (2 Nights)
MASSINGIR to KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa   [Day 12: Chalets / Day 13: Camping]

Giraffes - Kruger National ParkAn early morning getaway takes us back into South Africa through the Giriyondo gate into the world-renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa’s most famous and biggest game reserve. Kruger National Park has nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms that fuses with historical and archaeological sites - this is real Africa. Truly the flagship of the South African National Parks, Kruger offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa and it is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. The following day we depart the camp at sunrise for a full day of game viewing in the park with the chance of spotting the ‘Big 5’ again, whilst making our way to one of the southern camps. Our last night in the park will be enjoyed around the campfire and we will enjoy a typical South African Braai (BBQ).


Departure/ Distance Day 12: 7am / 120 kms
Overnight Day 12:
Letaba Rest Camp or similar (Chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant, shop).
Meals Day 12:
Breakfast prepared by the guide; Lunch prepared by the guide en-route; Dinner prepared by the guide.

Departure/ Distance Day 13: 8am / 170 kms
Overnight Day 13: Camping at Skukuza Rest Camps or similar (Tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, bar & restaurant, shop).
Meals Day 13:
Breakfast prepared by the guide; Lunch prepared by the guide en-route; Dinner prepared by the guide.

DAY 14; (1 Night)
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK to JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
   [Inn / Rooms]

Lion at Kruger National Park, South AfricaAfter a leisurely breakfast, we head back to Johannesburg via the Abel Erasmus pass and the small towns of Lydenburg and Dullstroom.


Departure: 8am
Distance:
450 kms
Overnight:
Safari Club or similar (Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Meals:
Breakfast prepared by the guide; Lunch prepared by the guide en-route; Dinner for your account.

DAY 15;
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
   [TOUR ENDS]

Johannesburg, South AfricaThe tour ends after breakfast this morning, when your guide will bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you on one of our African adventures again soon.

A complimentary airport shuttle is provided by the hotel to OR Tambo Airport


Overnight: N/A
Meals:
Breakfast at Safari Club.


Note: The accommodation specified in the itinerary is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be nearby and of a similar standard.

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Included
Eight (8) nights in fixed accommodation and 6 nights camping, all transport in fully kitted 4x4 safari vehicle, use of full camping equipment, game drives and activities as mentioned, meals as detailed in the itinerary, park entrance fees, experienced local guide.

Excluded
Travel insurance, flights, pre and post tour accommodation, optional activities, all drinks, telephone calls, gratuities, curios and all personal expenses.

Departure
The Beach and Wildlife Voyager departs from A’Zambezi River Lodge in Victoria Falls.

Please note that the daily departure times are a guideline only and are subject to change due to seasonal variations, as well as unforeseen circumstances. The final decision rests with your guide who will advise you at what time you will be departing each day.

On Day 1 meet at 14h00 for the guided tour of the Victoria Falls. In the evening, there will be a meeting presented by your guide, at 18h00, at your lodge. It is imperative that all clients attend this meeting so as not to miss out on any critical information.

Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical. Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.

Transport
Fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, 12-seater 4x4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing, a music and PA system and air -conditioning. An off-road trailer is fitted with a field kitchen. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle. For transfers between Victoria Falls and Hwange (or vice versa), 2x4 vehicles may be utilised.

Local Payment
A local payment is required on your safari and will be collected by your guide on the day of departure. The local payment is part of the overall tour cost and is used to pay some of the day to day operational costs that are incurred while we are on the road.

We try to prepay as many of the costs as possible however in some cases cash payment on arrival is the only option as some of the attractions we visit on safari only accept cash. Examples include park fees at most of the national parks, a few accommodations or camp sites and any local food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour as well as local guides.

The local payment also ensures that a portion of your tour cost actually goes directly to the countries you visit, thus benefiting local communities as well as contributing to conservation of the areas we visit. Essentially having a local payment means your tour price is a bit lower and give you a more inclusive experience.

Travelling Times and Distances
All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.

Accommodation
For clients seeking a little comfort during their adventure safari, we offer halfaccommodated safaris. This type of tour offers two different levels of accommodation. Travellers will spend some of the nights camping and others will be spent in lodges, chalets or tented chalets.

Camping nights: We make use of 3-person dome tents with the following measurements: 2.5 m x 2. 5 m x 1.8 m. We accommodate two clients per tent. You will overnight on designated campsites either within a national park, on the banks of a river, or other places of interest. All campsites have shared ablution facilities with showers, flushing toilets and running water (unless otherwise specified in your detailed itinerary). We try to avoid crowded campsites and brings you to the secluded spots, often supported by the local community. All tents are fitted with mosquito-screed windows and doors. In addition, we provide 5 cm thick sleeping mattresses. Sleeping bags can be hired at an additional fee.

Accommodated nights: We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms.

Participation
The Beach and Wildlife Voyager safari requires some participation from clients. This means, that the clients will be responsible for performing and helping with certain tasks, such as setting up and breaking down of overnight camps (tents, chairs, tables), packing and unpacking the vehicle, assisting with preparation of meals and cleaning dishes.

Visas
The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa prior to departure. ** NB!! All clients are advised to obtain their visa before traveling to Mozambique **.

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