Day 1 Johannesburg
to Louis Trichardt (500km).
Our tour begins with a morning (08h00) departure from Johannesburg (we
will pick you up at your home address) and head north in a leisurely
fashion to Louis Trichardt where we will spend the night at Clouds End
Hotel or Ingwe Ranch Motel just north of the town with superb views
of the Soutpansberg. An alternative is to overnight at Tshipise hot
mineral springs depending on client preference.
Day 2 Louis Trichardt to Masvingo (400km).
After a leisurely breakfast we will continue on our journey through
the border post at Beitbridge and on to great Zimbabwe Ruins with a
stop along the way at the Lion and Elephant Motel for refreshments.
Accommodation is at Great Zimbabwe Hotel and after settling in, the
rest of the day will be spent sight seeing and a visit to the ruins
while pondering over the mystery surrounding their origin.
Day 3 Masvingo to Chimanimani (250km).
A mid morning departure
for Chimanimani mountains on the eastern border of Zimbabwe. On route
we cross the Save River by way of the Birchenough Bridge, built in 1935
and at that time it was the third largest suspension bridge in the world.
It commemorates the memory of Sir Henry Birchenough, President of the
British South Africa Company 1925 to 1937. Chimanimani is a beautiful
area and we will spend time taking in the scenery and visiting the National
Park and Bridal Veil Falls. The night is spent at the Chimanimani Hotel.
Day 4 Chimanimani to Mutare (150km),
We continue after breakfast and make our way northward over the short
distance to Mutare from where we will climb up into the Vumba (The Mountains
of Mist) area, world renowned for its breath-taking scenery, arriving
at Leopard Rock Hotel around lunch time. A visit to the nearby Vumba
Botanical Gardens is a must with the rest of the day sight seeing and
getting in some birding!
Day 5 Vumba
One cannot do justice to this area in half a day so we spend today just
exploring and enjoying it.
Day 6 Mutare to Nyanga National Park (150km)
A visit to the eastern highlands would simply not be complete without
also taking in the Inyanga mountains where a drive down into the Honde
Valley passed the tea estates may be included if requested. The night
will be spent at Rhodes Hotel.
Day 7 Nyanga
National Park to Kariba (550km).
With an early start
after breakfast we head off to Lake Kariba via Harare getting to our
hotel, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge or Caribbea Bay Resort & Casino by mid
afternoon. The rest of the day is spent just relaxing.
Day 8 Kariba.
Today we will spend at leisure but will explore the area and learn something
of this awesome lake (third largest man-made lake in the world) which
contributes in many different ways to the well being of the local people
and to Zimbabwe as a whole. Apart from the beauty of its surrounding
landscapes, Kariba offers a variety of activities including water skiing,
sailing, fishing (the most exciting in the world) and scuba diving.
The profusion of wildlife including elephant, buffalo, rhino and smaller
animals and birds as a result of the lush shoreline vegetation is truly
spectacular and has few, if any, equals.
Day 9 Kariba to Vic Falls (550km)
An early start is necessary as we have a fairly long distance to cover
over questionable road conditions and two border crossings to negotiate.
We leave Kariba and drive over the dam wall into Zambia and then re-enter
Zimbabwe by driving across the original steel railway bridge at Vic
Falls. Here we will book into the Victoria Falls Hotel for two nights.
Day 10 Vic Falls.
The day will be spent simply enjoying the spectacular falls, a mighty
wall of water over one kilometer wide plunging 100 meters into the gorge
below, and doing some sight seeing in the area. A few of the popular
excursions, for those that wish to do so at their own expense, include
white water rafting (full or half day), canoeing, boat trips and, of
course, bungie jumping off the bridge over the gorge. Also great for
bird watching – a good place to get Taita Falcon!
Day 11 Vic Falls to Hwange National Park (150km).
After a relatively
short run from Vic Falls we arrive at Hwange Safari Lodge just outside
the Park. The day will be spent on game drives in one of the world’s
last great elephant sanctuaries.
Day 12 Hwange National Park to Matobo National Park (350km).
Our journey continues southward to Bulawayo and then on to Matobo National
Park not far out of town where we stay at the Royal Kingdom Lodge. The
precariously balancing granite boulders are a fascinating sight and
other sight seeing will include a game drive and a visit to Worlds View,
the site of Cecil Rhodes’s grave and other monuments.
Day 13 Matobo National Park to Beitbridge (500km).
After a leisurely
breakfast we continue southward to Beitbridge where we will spend the
night at the Beit Bridge Inn.
Day 14 Beitbridge to Johannesburg (550km).
An early morning
start to our journey back home arriving at approximately 18h00.