4Day/ 3Night African budget camping safari, Zimbabwe destinations, Rhodes Matopos National Park, Hwange National Park, &Victoria Falls.

TOUR OVERVIEW:

Zimbabwe budget African safariIf you are looking for a short budget safari before you catch a flight home or before your onward travel to another destination, then look no further. The tour starts from Bulawayo with a quick visit to see Rhodes Matopos National Park which will be followed with another quick visit to Hwange National Park as you will be heading to Victoria Falls to end your trip.  The Accommodation: During 3 nights of your safari, you will stay in campsites sharing toilets and bathrooms with other campers. Some Campsites will be located in the parks and some will be out side the park. Meals will be prepared by our cook and tents are being put up by our Camp staff.

Day 01:  Matopos National Park

Meet and greets with ANAPA Travel staff at Bulawayo International Airport or at Inter cape bus terminus/ GreyHound, drive to Matopos for a half day tour in the recreational park. Visit the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, explore the bushman cave paintings and visit the worldview to see the famous balancing rocks of Matopos National Park. Later after lunch, drive to Hwange National Park. Your lovely Dinner will be ready served and overnight stay at Hwange main camp.

Day 02:  Hwange National Park

We will start the day with an early morning game drive in Hwange National Park with your Guide. Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra as well as a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus very large and varied birdlife.  The whole of the next day is spent exploring this magnificent area. The dinner and overnight stay at Hwange Main Camp Site.

Day 03:  Hwange to Victoria Falls

After breakfast, we will depart Hwange and drive to Victoria Falls. Arrive in Victoria Falls in the early hours of the afternoon and we will proceed to the main camp site to set up our camp. After lunch, our guide will take you down to see the falls. Visit the rain forest; explore the stature for David Livingstone, visit the strategically viewing points and we will finish by a visit to the famous Victoria Falls Bridge. Late evening  back to the camp for a fare well dinner and overnight.

Day 04: Tour end in Victoria Falls

After the breakfast, the tour  end in Victoria Falls by a drop off at the Airport or just in the city for your onward travel. Your driver will drive back to Bulawayo or he will join another tour.

Accommodation/Travel

You will be picked up from Bulawayo International Airport or Grey Hound/ Inter cape bus terminus and you will be dropped off at Victoria Falls International Airport or in Victoria Falls town. If you will be arriving in Bulawayo on another different way, then we will contact you to find out where we can pick you up to start the tour.

Included/Excluded

Cost includes:
• 4WD Land rover, Mini Bus or Land cruiser with an open roof & radio communication system
• Guaranteed window seat per person
• In-car battery charger
• Unlimited mileage on safari ensuring the best possible animal sightings
• Highly experienced, English speaking driver-guide
• All park fees & village fees.
• All camping equipment including all weather tents, 5cm thick foam mattresses with covers, pillows, sleeping bags, side table with warm water & face towel, mirror & torch
• Highly experienced private cook (all dietary requirements catered for)
• All meals throughout safari plus tea, coffee, juice
• Unlimited bottled mineral water
• Provision of cooler box & ice for clients own supply of drinks
• First Aid Kit in car
• Emergency medical evacuation cover

Cost excludes:

• International flights
• Zimbabwe entry visas
• Travel & Health insurance
• Accommodation before and after safari
• Breakfast on day 1
• Alcoholic drinks & sodas
• Tips for driver-guide and cook

Options & Upgrades

The same itinerary can be either mixed with camping and basic accommodation. We will be also happy to run it on basic accommodation only. We are also happy to book some optional activities for you in Victoria falls for no extra costs.

Essential Information

Is this safari for me? This is for you if you are happy with basic camping comforts and enjoy meeting other people!

Tipping the Crew
It is very common to tip your driver-guide and cook. Of course tips are discretionary and are a reward for good service. The question ‘how much to tip….’ is asked more and more frequently. Perhaps the best way to address this is to give a general average as a guideline to help you make your decision. The amounts suggested are from the group as a whole. Driver-Guide $15 – $20 per day, Cooks $8 – $10 per day For other essential information please refer to our Travel Tips sections

Logistics

Your camping equipment and luggage is stored inside the car and securely fastened to the roof. However you will leave the cook and the equipment at the camps and then go off on your game drive. When you return you will find your tent set up for you and some refreshments ready and waiting!

Our Camping Facilities

In your tent you will find thick, foam mattresses with mattress covers, pillows with pillow cases and sleeping bags. Your tent also has mosquito nets on the inner doors at both ends of the tent and space between the inner and outer doors for storage of bags.
Outside your tent you will be provided with a small table on which there will be a mirror, a torch and a bowl of warm water for washing in the mornings and evenings. All meals, mineral water, tea and coffee are included in the price of the safari. Hot drinks and mineral water are unlimited and made available to you throughout your stay at each campsite.

Public Campsites

The public campsites we use are chosen for their location and the standard of their facilities. Your driver-guide may choose a different one if we hear of any last minute information such as overcrowded or poor cleanliness. Each campsite has a dining area where you will be served your meals. Your private cook will have prepared your meal and will serve you.The campsites will also have a shower block with toilets & showers. Be warned… there will be a mix of western style toilets and African style ‘long-drop’ toilets. The camps all provide hot water but you may find that it is limited particularly if the site is busy or if there is a general drought.

Our Vehicles

Our safari vehicles are all 4X4 Land rovers, Mini Bus or Land cruisers. They have roof hatches for game viewing and are equipped with in-car battery chargers for camera/phone batteries.

Your Safari Crew

You will have a Driver-guide and a cook with you. All of our driver-guides have years of experience and are some of the best in the business. They have extensive knowledge of the wildlife as well as the flora and cultures of Southern Africa. We have chosen our guides for their passion for the job. They love to share their knowledge with you and take pride in finding you what you came to see as far as is possible at the time. They will talk to you about the program for each day and agree on wake-up times and game drive times. We do not limit your guide on mileage or time so he is free to discuss with you what you want from the day. Of course he will advise where necessary about distances that need to be covered to the next camp. He will also have the latest information on the whereabouts of the wildlife and can advise of the best places to go within the parks. Our cooks are also highly experienced and constantly amaze us all with their skill and ability to produce lovely food out in the bush!

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