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Zimbabwe & Kruger Explorer

Explore and experience the wild beauty of South Africa, it’s rugged landscapes and iconic wildlife.
Come discover the incredible diversity and beauty of South Africa on a journey that takes you to the country’s famed regions, and face-to-face with iconic wildlife.  Visit great game reserves and head out on thrilling safari drives to encounter lions, Cape buffalo, elephants, rhinos, leopards, small antelopes and more. Explore regions of quiet beauty, dotted with large green canyons, birdsong, immense waterfalls, and ever-changing skies.
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Quick overview

Duration
9 Days

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Starting From
₹144,255
Per person on twin-sharing basis
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Travel Operator
Encounters Travel

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Why take this trip with us

Experiences

Our experiences and activities are expertly curated with inputs from trusted locals.

Accomodation

Best in class hotels that are conveniently located in city centres.

Safety

Our trips are organized with your safety in mind. We collaborate with local tourism authorities extensively.

Guide

Our trips always have a knowledgeable, friendly and expert guide to show you around.

Transport

Our tranport and transfers are always exclusive, private and in small buses.

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Itinerary

Victoria Falls drive to Hwange National Park

We leave Victoria Falls this morning so we recommend you arrive at least 1 day pre-tour. If you need help in booking extra nights and airport transfers we can assist with this. 
 
We depart Victoria Falls and head towards the Hwange National Park. At around 14,650km2 the Hwange National Park is the largest in Zimbabwe and home to one of Africa's largest elephant populations as well as over 100 other mammalian species and 400 different bird species. Upon arrival in Hwange we will enjoy a game drive through the park.

Matopos National Park

We depart Hwange NP and heads towards the Matopos National Park. The National Park occupies a total area of 44,500 hectares and was established in 1953. The park is situated in the magnificent Matobo Hills, a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion and weathering. We will enjoy an afternoon game drive during our time in the park.

Great Zimbabwe Ruins

No visit to Zimbabwe could possibly be complete without visiting the world-famous Great Zimbabwe ruins. Dating from around the 11th century BC these iron-age ruins have been the source of much speculation and disagreement over the years. Built without any mortar some of the walls are up to 5 metres high and still standing after so many centuries. This site was also home to 8 carved Zimbabwe birds, the image of which is found on the Zimbabwean National Flag.

Tshipise

Today we will depart Zimbabwe and cross the border into the Limpopo province of South Africa. Thipiese was developed in 1936 and was formerly spelt Chipise - the name is said to be derived from chia fisu "burn, be hot" referring to the mineral springs at 65°C. This afternoon you will have time to relax in the warm mineral pool.

Johannesburg

Today we leave early for the journey towards Johannesburg, the City of Gold. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will have the chance to relax, repack and get ready for the next part of your journey. Belvedere Estate offers travellers a wonderful opportunity to spend the evening enjoying a traditional buffet meal served by the Estate. This is an optional meal which you can book via your guide.

Greater Kruger National Park

An early start from Johannesburg, we follow the footsteps of old traderoutes through the Province of Mpumalanga, famous for its coalfields to the Lowveld and on to the breath taking Kruger National Park. This evening we enjoy a sundowner drive before being treated to some local dancing and dinner around the camp fire. 
Note - the order of activities while in Kruger may change without prior notice to allow for the best opportunities for game viewing and experiences, so please allow for some flexibility.

Kruger National Park

Today we have a full day of game viewing planned in an open 4×4 vehicle inside Kruger National Park. This gives you some fantastic photo opportunities so keep your eyes open for elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo, known as Africa's 'Big Five' as well as many other species of animals and birds.

Kruger National Park - Panorama Route

We'll re-visit the park this morning for a game drive in our expedition vehicle. Then, we'll leave the park and drive along the beatifully scenic Panorama Route, visiting God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. In the evening we return back to the park accommodation for dinner.

Kruger National Park to Johannesburg

We rise early this morning to enjoy a guided bush walk in the park. Exploring on foot gives a unique opportunity to appreciate the smaller details of this great wilderness area. We'll then drive back to Johannesburg where your tour ends upon arrival at the welcoming and comfortable Belvedere Estate which is located out of the city but close enough to Johannesburg airport for reasonable airport transfers. We recommend that you book at least 1 more night post-tour rather than flying out this evening in case of any delays. We can help you in organising extra nights if required. A traditional meal is available at the estate tonight, bookable through your guide the day before arrival.

Inclusions

 8 night's accommodation in hotels/lodges/guesthouses

 All transport using our 25-seat expedition vehicle

 All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary

 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)

 Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary

 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners

Not Included

 International Flights (available on request)

 Visa fees if required

 Activity Package and optional activities (see itinerary)

 Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)

 Meals not indicated in the itinerary

 Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)

 Tips for guides & drivers

 Entrance fees and activities not mentioned above

 Any other items not mentioned above

 Additional 5% GST

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Frequently asked questions

Byond Travel is Asia's largest discovery and booking platform for expert-led group tours in over 50 countries. We boast 10,000+ tours by verified experts that offer unique and memorable experiences. We curate expert advice and recommendations from a community of 100k+ travellers, and bring together local operators who offer these services, making the booking of experiences comparable, fast and easy.

We enable travellers to go on group trips all around the world. We also help create customized journeys for private groups.

A comprehensive list of inclusions and exclusions is mentioned on each trip page, but across all our trips, we have these in common: unique experiences, handpicked local experts, comfortable accommodation, and a trip leader who’s there to assist you around the clock.

No. We don't include flights and visa costs in our prices unless specified. We, however, will put you in touch with our partners who can help you.

Our travellers are friendly and open-minded. They come from countries all around the world. At the end of your trip with our multicultural groups, you will return with new friends, memorable experiences and incredible stories.

We have trips for all kinds of travellers. Some are suitable for 18-35 year olds, some may better suit travellers above 50, and others where everyone is welcome.

Yes, you can customize your trips. We help organize solo journeys that are highly personalized.

Our travellers come from all over the world. From India, Bombay, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Calcutta are represented the most.

We believe the early-bird catches the best travel worm :) The early-bird discounts are valid for the first few spots on the group and are not time sensitive. Your travel designer will let you know about the number of spots available.

We have a secure payment gateway that supports payment through credit and debit cards, net-banking and Internet wallets. The payment gateway also supports payment through EMIs. If you are not comfortable with paying online, please let your travel designer know and they'll help you out with alternatives.
We also have a 'Travel now, pay later' programme through which you can book a trip without any immediate payment. You only pay after your trip is over. And you can pay in three monthly installments with 0% interest. Click here for more information.

If you’ve changed your mind about a trip you’ve already registered for, all you need to do is call/email the representative who you’ve been in touch with. Cancellation fees are applicable and are based on the period of notice. All products have their own cancellation and refund policies, although we will always try our best to ensure we get you the maximum refund possible.

Your safety is our number one priority and we design our travel journeys keeping this in mind. We collaborate with tourism boards and there will always be access to emergency contacts and medical support throughout the trip.

Requirement of visas whilst travelling depends on your nationality. You are responsible entirely, for obtaining all the documents that you’re required to produce during your vacation. We will provide you with the visa documents related to your booking.

Visas take varying periods of time – sometimes several weeks – to obtain. Do ensure that you plan an experience with us knowing that you’ll have your documentation under control. Failure to obtain visas could cause delays and cancellation that could cost you unnecessary additional expenses and inconvenience, so do plan ahead.

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