Here is the home of the most concentrated combination of natural and human history. From the vast natural heritage of Botswana and Namibia to the extraordinarily well preserved heritage sites of South Africa, and the form the beaches of Mozambique to the great inland waters of Kariba and the Zambezi, southern Africa offers all of the very best of African travel.
Arrival at Victoria Falls International Airport. After an evening orientation and early night, we spend a the morning taking in the sights and sounds, in particular the Victoria Falls themselves, although by arrangement such activities as bungi jumping, whitewater rafting and micro-lite/helicopter flights over the falls are available.
After a light we take an afternoon drive through to Botswana, and the Chobe National Park. Expect to spend two to three hours on the road.
Chobe, among other things, is one of the great birdwatching destination of Africa, but also a superb safari and wildlife destination. Evening booze/cruise and game viewing on the water before dinner. After an early morning game drive into the national park, we drive on to Maun, from where we will fly to a remote wilderness camp on the Okavango Delta
An easy day spent relaxing in between game walks and drives in the company of local field guide. Storytelling by the fire before an early night, and an early flight out. From Maun we drive to Zimbabwe’s second capital, Bulawayo
We spend a full day in Bulawayo visiting various sites of interest, including the Matopos and Khami Ruins, with an intensive day of history lectures detailing the history of the amaNdebele, the early colonization of the territory and some of the formative conflicts. From Bulawayo we drive on the Harare, pausing briefly at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins for a deeper insight into pre-colonial Zimbabwean history.
In Harare we take a breather, visiting local galleries and craft centers and absorbing some of the sites and sounds of the city before taking a road trip to Mana Pools. This internationally renowned international heritage site and wildlife reserve offers an unparallelled experience of wild Africa.
Two nights in Mana Pools offers an opportunity to get completely under the skin of this extraordinary destination on the south bank of the Zambezi River.
Returning to Harare, we overnight in a city lodge before catching a flight to the coast of Mozambique and the paradise Islands, a sensitively developed idyll on the Indian ocean coast that will be the perfect way to round of our tour. Two evenings will be spend in lectures and discussions on the subject of Portuguese colonial history and elements of the later wars and conflicts that brought about an end to European rule in the sub-continent.
From Vilanculos we will return to Johannesburg for a farewell dinner before the trip winds up.