Itinerary | Family Trip – Johannesburg to Vic Falls
Family Trip – Johannesburg to Vic Falls 11 Days
Kruger National Park, Night Game Drive, Blyde River Canyon, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Entrance to Victoria Falls
DAY 1: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Camp (L/D)
We leave Johannesburg and head through the Panorama Route, with its breathtaking vistas, towards the Kruger National Park. We camp near the park for two nights
Kruger National Park is one of the largest parks in Africa; you should see the big 5 here. On the border of Mozambique. It’s great for day and night game drives, with lots of; elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo and still rhino.
Included Activity: Kruger National Park – Night Game Drive
DAY 2: Nkambeni Camp (B/L/D)
Kruger National Park. We spend the day looking for the game in the park. If you like, you can take an optional evening game drive.
Included Activity: Game Drives
DAY 3: Nkambeni Camp to Polokwane (B/L/D)
We leave Nkambeni and go north to the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window, a long deep canyon on the northern edge of the Drakensberg Mountains. We spend the night in Polokwane, capital of Limpopo. We set up our tents on the lush green grass of our campsite located outside of the city with a swimming pool.
Optional Activity: Blyde River Canyon
DAY 4: Polokwane to Musina (B/L/D)
On to Tshipise and to nearby Musina, with its natural hot water springs resort with warm pools, walking trails and other activities here. The town is beside the border of Zimbabwe; tomorrows destination.
DAY 5: Musina, South Africa to Masvingo, Zimbabwe (B/L/D)
Over the border to Zimbabwe, to the town of Masvingo, which is beside Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The finding of these monuments by European explores caused quite a consternation at the time, as they are the only area of old stone buildings or ruins in southern Africa, bar of those built on the coast by Arabs. It was supposed originally, that the ruins were even built by Phoenician’s, till it was worked out to the palaces of the ancestors of the local Shona tribe. Visit the ruins for great sunset view.
Included Activity: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
DAY 6: Masvingo to Bulawayo (B/L/D)
From Masvingo to Bulawayo; the big towns wide streets and old buildings reflecting its colonial past. It’s Zimbabwe’s second largest city, with wide streets to turn full span ox wagon around. The city also still retains much of its British Colonial character, evident by the many buildings maintained as heritage sites by the Bulawayo City Council. Interesting places to visit are the; Natural History Museum, National Arts Gallery and arts and crafts centres.
DAY 7: Bulawayo (B/L/D)
Here we visit Matobo National Park, (originally Rhodes Matopos). Just outside of Bulawayo town, it’s a series of granite hills; like islands surrounded by wooded valleys. The park has an unusual air about it with distant views combined with the closed valley. Many religious activities and rituals were held here in pre-colonial times. Cecil Rhodes is buried in a granite hill in the park is a place known as World View.
Included: Matobo National Park
Day 8: Bulawayo to Hwange National Park (B/L/D)
To Hwange National Park. Hwange; loads of wildlife including thousands of elephants, Sable and Roan Antelope. We take a late afternoon game drive.
Day 9: Hwange National Park (B/L/D)
We have a day in Hwange, game driving through the park.
Included: Game drive in Hwange National Park
DAY 10: Hwange to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (B/L)
Leaving Bulawayo, we arrive in Victoria Fall in the morning. At the Falls there is plenty to do, with grade 5 rapids to raft over and the spectacular sight of the massive wall of water spilling over the falls, the mist rising 100’s of feet high into the air above. Our campsite is in the centre of town, within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A pleasant walk takes you to the entry point to view the falls, between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls – Mosi-oa-Tunya – Smoke that Thunders. So named by Dr Livingstone on his explorations, is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. At 1,700 metres wide and 100 metres high, it is the largest sheet of falling water in the world. After our adventure activities, relax at the camps swimming pool, and looking at the Falls.
Included: Entry to Victoria Falls
DAYS 11: Victoria Falls (B)
Adventure activities abound – you can bungee jump, white water raft, and go game-viewing on horseback or walking with lions. More sedate excursions include canoeing, light aircraft or helicopter flights over the Falls and the sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Though the Falls themselves are the main attraction, you can walk in the rain forest along the cliff opposite for an excellent view.
We stay beside Victoria Falls in Victoria Falls town, there is a lot to see and do. Adventure activities abound – you can bungee jump, white water raft, and go game-viewing on horseback or walking with lions. More sedate excursions include canoeing, light aircraft or helicopter flights over the Falls and the sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Though the Falls themselves are the main attraction, you can walk in the rainforest along the cliff opposite for an excellent view.
Optional Activities – Bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge, abseil down the Gorge. Fly over the Falls. Whitewater raft down the Zambezi. You can float serenely down the river deep below the cliff topped gorge.