Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries on the sub-continent, Zimbabwe can boast of spectacular features including ancient ruins from an unknown past, one of the largest rivers in Africa and an abundance of game and wildlife reserves, an efficient tourism infrastructure and a vibrant – friendly local population. Our tour is primarily a camping safari with limited comforts but unlimited adventure. Flexibility and an open mind are essential.

Day 1: Great Zimbabwe

We depart from the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg at 06h30 and travel north to cross the border at Beit Bridge around noon. Continue northward towards Masvingo and on to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, where we spend our first night in relative comfort.

Day 2 - 3: Save River Game Reserve

Rising with the sun, we visit the Ruins to view the magnificent structures, and to ponder over the mystery surrounding their origin. Thereafter we continue east to the Save River Game Reserve, an area offering some of the finest wilderness in Zimbabwe. We will spend two nights here in our private rustic bush camp, and will explore the area both on foot and in an open vehicle.

Day 4: Eastern Highlands

Leaving the Lowveld, we travel though Mutare, and into the Eastern Highlands, an area of spectacular scenery, forests, mountains and waterfalls. This afternoon we will conduct a short hike in the surrounding mountains. Camp the night.

Day 5: Chinhoyi

An early start, we travel westward along the winding descent into the capital city, Harare, where we enjoy a short stop for lunch (own expense). Leaving Harare, we continue to our overnight stop near Chinhoyi, where we spend the remainder of the day enjoying a walk in the wilderness surrounding our camp.

Day 6: Lake Kariba

A short drive today before we descend into the Zambezi Valley on a road that follows ancestral Elephant paths. Then it’s on to Lake Kariba, third largest man-made lake in the world. In the afternoon we enjoy a boat cruise on the lake, return to camp the night on the shores.

Day 7: Gwabi

After exploring the town of Kariba, we cross the dam wall to enter Zambia. Our next stop is Gwabi, at the confluence of the Kafue and mighty Zambezi rivers. The afternoon is spent preparing for the upcoming canoe trip. We camp the night.

Day 8 - 10: Lower Zambezi

A mighty river literally boiling with hippo and crocodiles, and luring every imaginable animal to drink from its sandy banks, the Zambezi needs very little introduction – and justifiably so. We start the adventure from Gwabi and then continue down the River, past Mana Pools, at our own pace. Paddling with the strong current, we spend two days on the water, game viewing and bird watching, camping wild on islands each night. The trip ends at the Chongwe River. We transfer back by boat to overnight once again at Gwabi camp where we enjoy a welcome restaurant meal. (own expense).

Day 11 - 12: Victoria Falls

An early start this morning, we travel though Zambia, via Livingstone, and then view the phenomenal Victoria Falls before crossing the original steel Railway Bridge to Zimbabwe. Here you are able to wander around, exploring the multitude of curio stalls and the other attractions that this bustling town has to offer. We spend two nights here in the Greenfire Lodge Victoria Falls, giving those who wish to do so the opportunity of participating in a day’s white-water rafting below the Fall’s (own expense). We will eat at a restaurant on one of these two nights (own expense).

Day 13: Hwange

Leaving the vibrant town of Victoria Falls, we head for our private bush camp in Hwange. This afternoon / evening we will conduct an extensive open-vehicle game drive / walk in search of the herds of game that this area is so well known for. Camp the night.

Day 14: Matobo Hills

An early start, after breakfast we head for the wide streets of Bulawayo, and then on to our camp nestled amongst the precariously balancing boulders of Matobo. This afternoon we enjoy a game drive and rhino tracking on foot – in the National Park, before returning to camp for a celebratory meal at the local restaurant. (own expense).

Day 15: Limpopo

Starting the homeward journey, we cross the border back into South Africa, and then travel the short distance to our camp within a private game reserve in Kalahari sandveld. We will spend the afternoon here simply relaxing, and viewing bushman paintings and animals on the property.

Departure Day

A leisurely start this morning, we pack up camp and continue south to arrive in Johannesburg in the early afternoon.

Start Date:End Date:Price Sharing:
07 Aug 201922 Aug 2019 €1995
04 Sep 201919 Sep 2019 €1995
02 Oct 201917 Oct 2019 €1995
30 Oct 201914 Nov 2019 €1995
27 Nov 201912 Dec 2019 €1995
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Price Includes:

All transport, camping equipment, food, coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast etc, group equipment, permits and entry fees and professional guides.

Price Excludes:

Airfare, visas, alcohol and soft drinks, meals where stipulated, curios, tips and optional excursions.

Drifters Camping

During your African Adventure Drifters will provide you with all the camping equipment you will need. Tents, chairs, camp beds and much more. We use custom build safari dome tents on our camping tours that can comfortably accommodate two guests. The tents are made of durable canvas and have mosquito netting already build in. Each guest will get their own camp bed for their tour which offers comfortable sleeping while camping in the middle of nowhere.

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Great Zimbabwe Camping

Save River Game Reserve Camping

Eastern Highlands Camping

Chinhoyi Camping

Lake Kariba Camping

Gwabi Camping

Lower Zambezi Camping

Greenfire Lodge Victoria Falls

LOCATED IN “Africa’s Adventure Capital” this Lodge provides the ideal location from which to explore and enjoy the many attractions on offer in and around “The Falls” or to simply relax. ...
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Hwange Camping

Matobo Camping

Limpopo Camping