Up your game and experience the vast landscapes and incredible wildlife of Southern Africa.

Explore the epic game parks of Southern Africa, but not before taking in the magnitude of wondrous Victoria Falls. Spend time in Hwange National Park, known for its elephant population, then travel to Matobo to track rhinos and learn about the San people and, finally, visit famous Kruger National Park in search of the Big Five.


Start
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Finish
Johannesburg, South Africa
Destinations
South Africa, Zimbabwe
Style
Comfort
Theme
Wildlife
Code
UBKK
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Check out the large elephant populations of Hwange National Park on a 4WD game drive. Hwange also boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals.

  • Track rhinos on foot with an expert local guide in Matobos National Park – an exhilarating way to experience the wildlife of Zimbabwe - then witness ancient rock paintings and learn about the San people.

  • Experience Kruger with game drives in open-top 4x4 vehicles in both private game reserves and Kruger National Park.

  • Stay in comfortable lodges and hotels for the duration of the journey.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The African wild comes alive at sunrise, so there will be some early starts. The thrill of spotting your first lion or rhino will be well worth any loss of sleep.

Itinerary

Mhoro! Welcome to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls, known traditionally as Mosi-oa-Tunya or the Smoke that Thunders. On arrival in Victoria Falls, you will be met by an Intrepid representative and transferred to your hotel. Your adventure begins at 6 pm with a welcome meeting at the hotel but you're free to arrive at any time today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place.

If you arrive early we recommend checking out this incredible natural wonder from the Zimbabwe. Alternatively, visit the Wild Horizons activity centre to book an optional activity. Please note that we have not risk assessed all activities on offer and can only recommend, and help book, those listed in our itinerary. Another memorable option is to book a scenic helicopter flight over the falls, but if you do opt for one, choose Zambezi Helicopter company (CAA Zimbabwe), the only operator Intrepid endorses. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer (shared)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
You may notice businesses offering an optional 'Walk with the Lions' experience. We ask all Intrepid travellers to avoid this activity as it is contrary to our Responsible Travel policy. While wildlife viewing is a big part of many of our itineraries, we strive to only view animals in their natural habitats and to do so with the greatest level of respect. The lion walking industry directly contributes to the captive breeding and banned hunting of lions.

Read more about animal welfare and our ‘Born to Live Wild’ pledge here:
http://www.intrepidtravel.com/animal-welfare
Depart Victoria Falls and hit the road to Hwange National Park, which is approximately four hours away. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive within the National Park. Your vehicle of choice here is an open 4x4 vehicle that'll have you feeling like you're part of the action. Hwange, the largest park in Zimbabwe, was designated as a national park in 1929 after acting as the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19th century. The park is particularly famous for its elephants and is home to one of the largest populations in the world, as well as a huge variety of wildlife including over 100 mammals and nearly 400 bird species.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hwange National Park - Game Drive
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Hwange in your dust as you make tracks for Matobo National Park, but first you'll pull in at Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city. Take a stroll through the streets lined with old colonial buildings and stop in at a local resturant for lunch. Continue on to Matobo where you'll spend the next two nights. This area has great significance, both culturally and spiritually, to the local people and the rocks balanced in Matobo Hills are thought to be the seats of god and ancestral spirits. The park is home to the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, founder of Rhodesia and the De Beers diamond company, and is especially known for its rhino population.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today you'll enjoy an unforgettable day tracking rhinos on foot with your local guides. You'll learn about the local plants and trees and their traditional uses, and there'll also be plenty of chances to spot wildlife other than rhinos. The park is home to leopards, hippos, antelope and more, and you'll also learn about the San people who have called this area home for thousands of years. Visit their rock paintings in the hills and spend some time in the nearby villages to meet some of the local community before returning to your lodge for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Matobo National Park - Guided Walking Safari & Paintings
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning the group will transfer to Bulwayo Airport and fly to Johannesburg. The afternoon Johannesburg walking tour is a great way to get under the skin of this changing city. With the help of a local guide this tour side skips the usual spots and embraces art, architecture, culture, history, and a traditional healers market. Afterwards your leader will be happy to show the best place to purchase a local dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Johannesburg - Jozi by Foot City Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Wake early and drive to your lodge located in the Greater Kruger National Park. Arrive in time for lunch, setttle in, then head off for a late afternoon game drive through a private reserve. You'll be in open 4WD vehicles once again and searching for the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo. Enjoy a couple of sunset drinks by one of the waterholes then the game drive will continue into the night. Dinner will be a traditional meal around a fire at the lodge, and the evening is free for you to enjoy a book, chat with your fellow travellers or take a dip in the lodge's swimming pool. 
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Private Game Reserve - Big 5 Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Start the day early and head into Kruger National Park itself, one of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa. Here are some stats: over 500 bird species, 100 species of reptile and 150 mammal species including, of course, the Big Five. Your wildlife experience begins as soon as you enter the park as you're taken into prime viewing areas. Enjoy a picnic breakfast before spending the rest of the day in this incredible park, with time spent watching game, birds and stopping at various waterholes as you go. The group will leave the park in the late afternoon and return to the lodge for another relaxed evening.


Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kruger National Park - Full Day Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Another early start will see the group heading out on a bush walk within the property. You'll learn about this region's finer details, including bird, tree and spoor identification from a qualified nature guide. Afterwards, transfer back to Johannesburg. It's a long drive (approx. 9-10 hours) but will be broken up with a visit to the spectacular God's Window viewpoint & Bourke's Luck Potholes. On arrival in Jojannesburg, there'll be time to freshen up at the hotel before heading out with your leader for an optional local dinner to farewell your group.  
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guernsey Private Game Reserve - Morning nature walk
  • Panorama Route - God's Window Viewpoint
  • Panorama Route - Bourke's Luck Potholes
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end in Johannesburg today. There are no activities planned and you're free to depart at any point in the morning.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Transport

4x4 Safari Vehicle, Private vehicle, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights), Lodge (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer (shared)
  • Hwange National Park - Game Drive
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit
  • Matobo National Park - Guided Walking Safari & Paintings
  • Johannesburg - Jozi by Foot City Tour
  • Private Game Reserve - Big 5 Game Drive
  • Kruger National Park - Full Day Game Drive
  • Guernsey Private Game Reserve - Morning nature walk
  • Panorama Route - God's Window Viewpoint
  • Panorama Route - Bourke's Luck Potholes

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available for all nights on this trip, subject to availability.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel.

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