Africa Explored

Highlights: 
Geoff grew up in Zimbabwe and spent many years there working within the tourism industry. This tour offers you an opportunity to travel across the country with him, exploring well known and many lesser known sights. Meet local people in an authentic environment that has not been affected by mass tourism.

26 April to 09 May 2016

Geoff grew up in Zimbabwe and spent many years there working within the tourism industry. This tour offers you an opportunity totravel across the country with him, exploring well known and many lesser known sights. Meet local people in an authenticenvironment that has not been affected by mass tourism.
Your holiday will include three nights on a luxurious houseboat chartered especially for our group on the Chobe River on theBotswana / Namibia border. This unique wildlife environment will show you just how rich and diverse Africa really is.
You will travel as a small group of not more than 8 guests, hosted personally by Geoff. This is no ordinary African safari, but abespoke tour that is diverse, exciting and very different.

Day 1. Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Arrive at Victoria Falls airport in Zimbabwe. Transfer to your hotel in Victoria Falls for an afternoon at leisure. Overnight: The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Dinner included.

 

Day 2. Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Spend today exploring the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Geoff will be on hand to guide you around the Rain Forest and the Victoria Falls as well as to the markets and town. It is also possible to across the famous rail / road bridge to Zambia to see the other side of the ‘Falls. Various activities that include elephant back rides and helicopter flights can be booked later when personal interests are known. Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Breakfast and dinner.

 

Day 3. Thursday, 28 April 2016

Transfer from Victoria Falls to Kasane, you will clear Namibian immigration and board a power boat for your scenic transfer to the Pangolin Voyager, our chartered houseboat that will be moored on the Chobe River. After lunch, enjoy a boat trip looking for animals and birds before returning to the houseboat for sundowners, dinner and a restful night in your en-suite cabin. The Chobe will be in flood, making it a vibrant and exciting wildlife viewing area. The Pangolin Voyager has five double en-suite cabins, determining the maximum size of our group as 8 guests and Geoff Cooke as the tour manager. Accommodation on the houseboat will be on an all-inclusive basis, including accommodation, meals, drinks and boat activities.

 

Day 4. Friday, 29 April 2016

On the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat. You will have use of small motor boats with guides to take you wildlife viewing or fishing.

 

Day 5. Saturday, 30 April 2016

Another day on the Pangolin Voyager houseboat. During your stay the houseboat will move sedately up the Chobe River and back down again, but most of the time it will be stationary and you will make use of the smaller tender boats. You may wish to take a trip downriver to the point where the Chobe meets its big brother, the mighty Zambezi River. The Zambezi is three times the size of the Chobe, at 2,640 km long, the forth longest river in Africa. Stop in the middle of the river where these two arteries meet and you will be in the spot where four countries come together. Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia share this point, Angola sneaks in a few kilometres further upstream.

 

Day 6. Sunday, 01 May 2016 - May day

This morning, transfer by air conditioned private vehicle to a mobile tented camp in a private concession adjacent to the Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe. This exclusive camp, operated by Forever African Safaris, features Hemingway style tents with en-suite facilities, hot showers and comfortable beds. A central area offers lounge and dining facilities. Later this afternoon, enjoy a game drive in a private conservancy that is home to the well-known Presidential Herd of elephant as well as a variety of other animals and birds. All of your Hwange game drives will be in open 4x4 safari vehicles, with refreshments included. Overnight at a tented camp in Hwange. Full board including game activities.

 

Day 7. Monday, 02 May 2016

Enjoy a full day game drive in Hwange. On the way, stop of at the African Painted Dog conservation project to find out about this much misunderstood animal. Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest national park and one of the best in Africa. Overnight at a tented camp in Hwange. Full board including game activities.

 

Day 8. Tuesday, 03 May 2016

Enjoy another day in Hwange. Overnight at a tented camp in Hwange. Full board including game activities.

 

Day 9. Wednesday, 04 May 2016

Motor to the city of Bulawayo this morning in our air conditioned mini-bus, with a trailer for luggage. On arrival there will be a city tour, including a walking tour of the town centre, the Natural History Museum and the Railway Museum. Lunch will be an included buffet at the railway museum. Geoff will be your host, he grew up in Bulawayo and will share his intimate knowledge of the area with you. This afternoon, travel to the nearby Matobo National Park, where you will enjoy a luxury tented camp for the next two nights. This permanent camp on the edge of the World Heritage site offers an opportunity to get close to one of Africa’s most enigmatic locations. Your tent will once more be to the East African ‘Hemingway’ style, well-appointed with comfortable beds, en-suite hot showers and running water. Overnight: Matobo Park. Full board with activities in a luxury tented camp.

 

Day 10. Thursday, 05 May 2016

Today we explore the Matobo Hills. Amazing balancing rock formations, historic San bushman cave paintings, interesting wildlife and much more make this a very special national park. Look for rhino on a walk and visit Malindidzimu Hill, also known as View of the World, where Cecil Rhodes is buried. You will be hosted by a local guide and Geoff. Overnight: Matobo Park. Full board with activities in a luxury tented camp.

 

Day 11. Friday, 06 May 2016

This morning, drive to the Great Zimbabwe monument. Great Zimbabwe is the largest archaeological site in Africa south of the Sahara, a fascinating place linked to the kingdom of Monomotapa and King Solomon’s Mines. After lunch, visit the monument with a local guide who will show you the museum, great enclosure, valley of ruins and the hill ruins where the Zimbabwe bird sculptures were found. Spend tonight at Norma Jeans, an owner run lodge with a lovely atmosphere and simple but well run en-suite accommodation. Overnight at Norma Jeans lodge near Great Zimbabwe. Breakfast and dinner.

 

Day 12. Saturday, 07 May 2016

This morning, drive to the capital city of Harare. This afternoon, join Geoff for a tour of the city, visiting African Freedom Square, the famous Chipungu stone carvers and some local markets. Overnight at Armadale Lodge in Harare. Breakfast and dinner.

 

Day 13. Sunday, 08 May 2016

Today is Mother’s Day in Zimbabwe. The Railway is planning a special steam train trip for mums to be spoiled, and dads to have fun. You are invited to climb aboard as your Garratt articulated locomotive steams out of the city and, later in the day, returns. He steam train normally visits Harare just once every year, a great opportunity to ride behind one of the world’s largest working steam locomotives, to meet the locals and have some fun. More information on this trip will be added as it is received from the Railway. Overnight Armadale Lodge in Harare. Breakfast, dinner.

 

Day 14. Monday, 09 May 2016

Your journey across Zimbabwe ends this morning after breakfast. Either transfer to the airport for homeward flights, or to the station to join the Garratts to Victoria Falls tour.

Tour Categories: 
Trains & Railways
Special Interest Tours
This Tour Explores: 
Victoria Falls
Bulawayo
Hwange
The Victoria Falls