If you are looking for a long mid budget camping safari before you catch a flight home or before your onward travel to another destination, then look no further Zimbabwe its must be for Visit. Highlights: Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Rhodes Matopos National Park, Train ride.During 6 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 outside the park. Meals will be prepared by our cook and tents are being put up by our Camp staff.
The tour starts from Victoria Falls with a quick visit to see the great wonders of the falls and then followed with a romantic visit to Hwange National Park as you will be heading down further to see the famous balancing rocks of the Rhodes Matopos National Park .You will travel back to Victoria falls by an overnight train.
Day 01: Arrival in Victoria Falls
Meet and greet with ANAPA Travel Staff at Victoria Falls International Airport. Transfer to Victoria Falls main camp site. Rest till afternoon when your guide will take you down to explore the famous Victoria Falls. You will walk to the rain forest, visit the statue for David Livingstone, tour the falls view points and you will finish with a visit to the Victoria Falls Bridge. Dinner and overnight at the main Campsite.
Day 02: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
Today we will leave Victoria Falls very early in the morning and drive to Hwange National Park for a full day game drive. After setting our camp at the main camp, we will continue for our adventurous game drive in the park. 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. Dinner and overnight at Hwange Main Camp Site.
Day 03: Hwange National Park
We will remain at Hwange National Park for another amazing game drive with your guide. We will visit various points of interest and tour several watering points within the park. Back to the camp for a hot lunch. Late in the afternoon, you will be joined by an armed Ranger for an afternoon fantastic walking safari in the park. Evening Back to the camp for your lovely dinner and overnight stay.
Day 04: Hwange National Park to Rhodes Matopos National Park.
We will leave Hwange for Bulawayo early in the morning and drive to Rhodes Matopos National Park. Upon arrival in Matopos, we will proceed to the Farmhouse Camp site for dinner and overnight.
Day 05: Matopos Game drive.
We will leave the camp site and drive to see Cecil John Rhodes grave, the bushman cave paintings, the balancing rocks and we will explore the “world view” for fantastic sites and the scenery. Later in the afternoon, we will drive to the game park in search of the black and white rhino. We will visit the Mpompoma dam and the open plains, high chances to see big game and lots of antelopes. Back to our camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 06: Matopos Village Tour – Victoria Falls by night train.
After our leisurely breakfast, we will take you to the bustling village of Matopos for a cultural village tour. You will be able to meet the villagers while they are going about their day today life. We will visit the local orphanage centre within the village and meet the dear children. Back to the camp for lunch. After lunch you will be taken to Bulawayo city and you will be on your own in the city. You will get chance to see the Natural history museum, art gallery, the railway museum or even to do gift shopping. Dinner will be at your own expense. Later on you will be transferred to the railway station to catch your night train to Victoria falls where the trip will end. This will be a fantastic overnight journey where you will be having a sleeper coach.
Day 07: Arrival in Victoria Falls
Upon arrival in Victoria Falls, you will be meeting at the train station and transferred to either airport or to the city for your own ward travel. Our great trip will end in Victoria Falls.
• 4WD Land rover, Mini Bus or Land cruiser with pop-up viewing 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
• Return journey by train to Victoria Falls
• Emergency medical evacuation cover
• 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’re in Victoria Falls for no extra costs.
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.
For a safari on a budget this is the way to go! See a huge variety of wildlife and meet lots of people at the camps. The accommodation may be basic but you will still have the best driver-guides and cooks! This tour takes you to Hwange National Park, famous for its huge numbers of elephants and as well as lots of other resident wildlife. From there you will go to Rhodes Matopos National Park, known for its amazing balancing rocks and Cecil John Rhodes Grave. You may also come across the famous black and white rhino in Matopos before you return to Victoria Falls to extend the trip or to fly back home. The return journey to Victoria Falls will be in another style where you will use an overnight train. Activities in Victoria Falls are so many and the choice is yours.
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.
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 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.
You’re 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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