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RHODESIA TRAIL SAFARI

17 days

DEPARTS ZIMBABWE

Zambia: “The real Africa", beckons to the intrepid and to the adventurous. On this ulendo (trip) we will explore the adrenaline raising Victoria Falls, follow in the footsteps of the most famous of explorers, David Livingstone, whose exploration heralded the establishment of missions promoting the spread of Christianity. We will stand in awe at one of man’s greatest feats; Lake Kariba. Then, crossing the mighty Zambezi River, we continue to follow Livingstone’s route as we embark on a journey through a land of mighty contrast, unsurpassed hospitality and unique wildlife, taking in the astounding wildlife and birdlife we will cross into Botswana.  Despite its natural bounty with magnificent landscapes trampled by some of Africa’s finest wild herds, Botswana remains all but unvisited by independent travellers. The endless miles of untouched wilderness invite unparalleled and safe adventure.

Unlike most trips between South Luangwa National Park and Victoria Falls, this journey gives you something that other trips miss; TIME to get off the beaten track. If you’ve got a weeks to spare, you can experience in-depth the very best of Zambia and Zimbabwe. For the wildlife lovers we take you through the waving grasslands and brachystegia woodland, followed by broken acacia grassland, the Zambia and Zimbabwe have. But how about canoeing down the Zambezi Valley, surrounded by elephants and camping on river islands away from all the tourists? And, rather than driving directly down the tarmac road from Harare to Lusaka, why not join us to meander off to South Luangwa National Park, the adrenaline rushes at Victoria Falls and you get the idea that this itinerary will need to take 16 days. This trip follows the old adage that travelling is the journey not the arriving!

Grading:  Anyone in good health with a sense of adventure and humour should be able to take part.  There is no real physical difficulty involved, and the hikes are in the scope of most; but as in much of Africa, where we go off the beaten track, there will be rough roads, limited facilities, some basic accommodation, and permanent campsites, which may require you to adjust your level of expectations.

         

Prices below are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote.

From £2834.44 - Price is per person based on four travelling

Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

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Day 01 - 02: Vic Falls – Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe)

Distance / Time:185km, ± 2hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing

Border Information: Welcome to Victoria Falls and the largest waterfalls in Africa! If start the trip in Victoria Falls, you will most likely enter Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport.

After all immigrations needs we head south towards Hwange National Park. A landscape characterised by rivers, forests, shallow pans, salt-licks (sodium and lime) which attract game animals from the adjoining Kalahari wilderness. Most of these pans are 20-30m in diameter.

There will be a group meeting at dinner time at the Lodge. Your leader will leave a note on the reception with the details of this important meeting - when you arrive you will easily spot the our  Crew.

Overnight:Ganda Lodge or similar on half  board basic

 

Day 03 – 04: Rhodes Matopo National Park

Distance / Time:329km, ± 4hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing

The Matopos Hills are another World Heritage Site, declared as such for its magnificent collection of San Rock Art, pre-dating the ruined city of Zimbabwe by several thousand years. Matobo National Park , the nature reserve protecting the petroglyphs, is also an excellent safari destination offering walking safaris and game drives with a chance to see some of Zimbabwe’s and indeed Africa's rarer plains game including leopard, rhino, black eagle, roan and sable. The chorus is well attended too with appearances from a variety of antelope, smaller predators as well as lion, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest.

Above and beyond the fascinating rock paintings and the great game viewing, your abiding memory of the Matopos Hills will be the singular beauty and tranquility of the place. Giant granite boulders tumbled out of the sky, dotted with trees form part of the larger rolling terrain in all directions. Historically, the Matopos is place of deep spiritual significance and you'll understand why when you experience the magic yourself.

tour includes rhino walks, game viewing, Rhodes tour, Science Museum overnight at Farm House, Matobo Lodge or similar on full board basic

 

Day 05: Great Zimbabwe Monuments

Distance / Time:312km, ± 4hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing

From the mountains it's a short, scenic drive to the centre of Zimbabwe and the centre of an ancient empire where 18,000 people lived, worked, traded, fought, thrived and perished over a thousand years ago.

Great Zimbabwe is a World Heritage Site that is not only an extraordinary record of this ancient country but a rather scenic place to spend exploring.

The ruined city takes most of your day to explore and you'll be well ready for a sundowner beside the large lake nearby followed by a good meal overnight at Norma Jeane’s Lodge / Great Zimbabwe Lodge on full board basic

 

Day 06: Harare, Sunshine City

Distance / Time: 329km, ± 4hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing

Tour of the Heroes Acre, Mbare Musika,Harare is a sunshine city with streets canopied by jacaranda tree and looks seductive in the month of October.

Zimbabwe’s capital city - Harare has something for everyone – you just have to know where to look. The city centre does have its tourist attractions, but many of the must-see sights are in the suburbs or on the outskirts of Harare.

On your last day, drive to the airport about 20 minutes away, and fly out with one last view of the Sunshine City and this magnificent country receding into a fond memory and dreams of your next visit.

Overnight at Oasis Cresta Lodge or similar on full board basic

 

Day 07 – 08: Mana Pools National Park

Distance / Time:246km, ± 3hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing

The game reserve is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River and covers 375 square kilometers. The actual pools consist of a cluster of lake lets on the flood plain of the Zambezi. Lower Zambezi Landscape characterized by mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, forests. We will camp the nights in the virgin wilderness of all time, big game country – exciting game drives provide us with excellent game viewing. Spot lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and other animals in one of the last African wilderness. Early morning and afternoon game drives get us close to the wildlife.

dinner and overnight at Campsite – good bush facilities of real Africa on full board basic

 

Day 09: Lusaka - Zambia

206km, ± 2hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing

Leaving behind the natural wonder of Victoria Falls we begin our expedition. After Livingstone we journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka. You will notice the vegetation becoming sub-tropical and the roads a little rougher.

overnight at Eureka Lodge or Similar on half board basic

Lusaka

Lusaka has seen a bout of incredible development in the past few decades which has resulted in it becoming the capital and largest city in Zambia. Being one the fastest developing cities in the Southern part of Africa means that it is also the centre of commerce and government which means it is a hub of commercial activity.

There are plenty of shopping malls in the area as well as upmarket clubs and restaurants. However, those in search of a more cultural shopping experience will find it at Kabatwata Cultural Village where locals vie for tourist’s attention with crafted and carved curios.

 

Day 10: Petauke - Zambia

Distance / Time:410km, ± 5hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing

Today is a long drive through lush country, crossing rivers en-route to Petauke, the gateway to the South Luangwa National Park.Zambia is truly African and an adjustment from the more Western ways of Southern Africa.

dinner and overnight at Chimwemwe Executive Lodge

 

Day 11 – 12: South Luangwa National Park -Zambia

Distance  330km, ± 4hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing

Early in the morning we drive from Petauke to the border of the South Luangwa National Park where we will spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy a sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP.

Dinner and overnight at Wildlife Camp

 

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park situated in the Luangwa river valley in Zambia, it is the most southern national park in the region and the most popular destination for visitors to the region. South Luangwa National Park provides unparalleled game viewing as it is a wildlife haven, supporting herds of buffalo, giraffe and the elusive leopard. The river that gives the valley its’ name and which runs through the park is a habitat for both hippopotamuses and crocodiles.

South Luangwa national park is well known for the fact that they offer safaris on foot, walking tours are a fantastic way to see experience the wildlife and the natural habitat that they live in. The game reserve was founded in 1938 and was declared a National Park in 1972, the total area now covers 9050 square kilometres

Note: The Tribal textile production factory is closed annually from December to March, we will therefore not be able to view the fabric production, and however the textile shop is open all year round

 

Day 13: Lusaka –Zambia

Distance / Time: 590km, ± 7hrs

After breakfast, we leave as soon as the time permit and do a long day drive to the capital city of Zambia, Lusaka. Your accommodation for the night is at Eureka Lodge situated along Kariba / Vic Falls road.

ovenight at Eureka Lodge

 

Day 14 - 15: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Distance / Time: 480km, ± 5hrs, excluding stops for sightseeing

Today is an average drive but interesting ulendo to one of the seven natural wonders of the world; the Victoria Falls.  These are the greatest curtain of falling water on earth.  The clouds of spray and tremendous roar produced by this immense amount of water crashing down into a narrow chasm, gave rise to its more evocative African Name, Mosi-O-Tunya, “Smoke that Thunders”.  About 1,708 metres wide and 103 metres deep at the highest point; the Victoria Falls is in fact divided into six waterfalls:  Devils Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, Armchair Falls and Eastern Cataract.

For centuries, these dazzling waterfalls were considered to be sacred and local people came here to pray and make their offerings.  Only following the visit of David Livingstone on 16th November 1855 did they come to the attention of the western world.  Soon they became an integral part of the grand African tour for the adventurous and wealthy.  However, only with the explosion of air travel have more people been able to view them.  After settling into our lodge we head for a visit to the falls.  There can be few experiences on earth as gratifying as watching the gushing white waters of the magnificent Victoria Falls.  The experience is enhanced by the fact that it is possible to walk in front of them, unlike many other waterfalls, which are seen from the side.  Well-kept paths lead to different points for the views of the falls.  But the most astonishing view is from the Knife Edge Bridge.  This is as close as you will ever get to the falls

dinner and overnight at Pamusha Lodge  on full board basic

 

Day 16: Victoria falls – Zimbabwe - Airport transfer

I Will Leave Africa, But Africa Will Never Leave Me!

Tour ends at 08:00 after breakfast. Transfers to local airports are available

Safari Inclusions

Itinerary as specified, fully equipped safari vehicle, arrival and departure transfers, services of Professional Safari Guide and camp assistant, lodges accommodation as per itinerary. Breakfast (B) Lunch (L) Dinner (D), No Meal (NM) where specified. Meals not shown will be to the clients account. Occasionally breakfast and lunch may be combined into a brunch where necessary e.g. mornings with early game drives, entrance to the Victoria Falls, and entrance fee for all Zambia and Zimbabwe park fees for game drives, drinking water

 

Safari Exclusions

Restaurant meals (Victoria Falls), International airfares, travel and medical insurance, personal spending money, visas, passports, vaccinations, personal taxes (including departure and border taxes) all optional activities, unscheduled or optional National Parks / Reserves entrance fees, gratuities, restaurant meals and all other items of a personal nature. All drinks, even on days with full board basis, Any increase in National Park fees.

 

You only need to pay a 20% deposit

Full payment is due 8 weeks before departure

Vehicle

Safari Minibus / Safari Vehicle on game drives

 

Climate

The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 2 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route.

 

Arrival / Departure

Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. As the activities on your tour can be moved to any day during your tour, we also highly recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends.

 

Departure Point

Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time 8:00 am from Pamusha Lodge.

 

Insurance (Compulsory)

All clients require adequate Medical Travel Insurance. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Medical Insurance is not provided.

 

Currency and Banking

As your tour may pass through multiple countries, we have prepared information on the use of local and foreign currencies, ATMs and Credit Cards for each country. We will provide the info 2 months before we depart the trip.

 

Health

Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

 

Vaccinations

A Yellow Fever Certificate might be required for this tour. (Please)

 

Visas

As visa requirements vary considerably from country to country and nationality to nationality, please contact the various embassies or a visa service agent in your home country to re-check your visa requirements at least 4 weeks prior to travelling. Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and that Dapitapi will not be held responsible for guests being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas.

All travellers must be in possession of a valid onward/return air ticket or proof of other means of transport enabling the traveller to leave the country in which your adventure tour passes or terminates. You should also have proof of sufficient funds (e.g. credit card) to see you through your time in the country. Should the adventure tour you are joining be re-entering a country, be sure to have a multiple entry visa that enables you to re-enter the country.

In some cases visas are available on entry into a country and may be cheaper to do so, however for peace of mind and

to speed up the border crossing process, Dapitapi will always advise you to get your visas prior to your trip if possible.

 

Malaria

Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.

 

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