SUNROCK GUEST COTTAGE, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: 17th – 19th MAY
Day 1: Sunday 17th May
Arrive in Johannesburg, proceed to Sunrock
Day 2: Monday 18th May
In the morning experience life in the township and local history on a Soweto visit. See the home of Nelson Mandela, visit the Apartheid Museum, and visit the only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu.
In the afternoon, visit the Capital City of Pretoria. See the houses of Parliament and other places of interest, and learn of the history of the early Boer settlers on a visit to the Voortrekker Monument
Day 3: Tuesday 19th May
Tour the Cullinan Diamond Mine, where the world’s largest diamond was discovered. The diamond was donated to the Royal Family, and forms part of the Crown Jewels.
You can choose to go on an underground tour, or else enjoy a surface tour with opportunity afterwards to explore the fascinating historical town of Cullinan
BAYETE GUEST LODGE, VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
One of the original ‘Seven Wonders of the World’, the spectacular Falls, known by the locals as ‘the smoke that thunders’, is even more impressive in real life than in photos. Victoria Falls is also one of the world’s major adventure tourism destinations, offering a host of adventure activities. Bayete Guest Lodge is run by former Zimbabwe Farmers, enjoy beautiful surroundings and personal friendly service
BAYETE GUEST LODGE, VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE: 20th – 23rd MAY
Day 4: Wednesday 20th May
On arrival, we will be collected from the airport and transferred to our Lodge.
In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River above the Falls, and sip your cocktails whilst watching the beautiful sunset over the river
Dinner will be at the Lodge
Day 5: Thursday 21st May
Enjoy wildlife viewing and an overnight camping experience in the Chobe National Park, Botswana, one of the top wildlife destinations in Africa. The trip will start with a cruise on the Chobe River, where you will see hippopotamus, crocodiles and a great variety of birdlife, as well as wildlife along the shores. This will be followed by lunch, and an afternoon game drive. In the evening arrive at the bush camp for dinner and a night in the African bush.
Day 6: Friday 22nd May
Return to Victoria Falls, with game viewing along the way.
Dinner at Bayete
Day 7: Saturday 23rd May
In the morning tour the Victoria Falls, an amazing experience, it certainly lives up to its status as one of the original seven wonders of the world
In the afternoon, there will be opportunity to view the Falls and surrounding area from above on a scenic Helicopter Flight. It provides a perspective not seen from the ground, a must do according to previous guests on tour
Dinner will be at the Jungle Junction Restaurant at the Victoria Falls Hotel, with an excellent meal accompanied by Tribal Dancing
ROBINS CAMP, HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE
Robins Camp is situated in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve. Now under private management, the revival of this iconic camp provides opportunity to explore this amazing area. Home to some of Africa’s last mega buffalo herds, and given the abundance of prey animals, this area is also home to the largest concentration of Lions in Hwange. Leopard, Cheetah and the Painted Dog are also found in the area, as well large Elephant herds, and species such as the Sable Antelope and the rare Roan Antelope. Enjoy a taste of wild Africa off the main tourist grid
ROBINS CAMP, HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE: 24th – 27th MAY
Day 8: Sunday 24th May
Transfer to Robins Camp, Hwange National Park.
In the afternoon, experience game viewing in the true wilds of Africa on a guided game drive
Day 9: Monday 25th May
Explore the area with morning and afternoon game drives
Day 10: Tuesday 26th May
Game Viewing activities
Day 11: Wednesday 27th May
Game viewing activities
GUEST LODGE, HARARE, ZIMBABWE: 28th MAY
Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe, and the major industrial hub of the country. The city is also known for its leafy residential areas with lush vegetation and gardens. We will stay at a Lodge in the residential area
Day 12: Thursday 28th May
In the morning, we will proceed to Victoria Falls, and board a flight to Harare
On arrival proceed to the Lodge
In the evening we will eat out at in a restaurant in town, and enjoy the night life in Harare
LEOPARD ROCK HOTEL, VUMBA MOUNTAINS, MUTARE
Situated in the picturesque Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, Leopard Rock boasts one of the most scenic golf courses in the world, designed by the renowned Gary Player. With scenic views all round, this is a stunningly beautiful area to explore and enjoy
LEOPARD ROCK HOTEL, VUMBA MOUNTAINS, MUTARE: 29th – 30th MAY
Day 13: Friday 29th May
We have an early start and the first stop will be at Marondera, where we lived when in Zimbabwe. Out daughter and family live there, she is involved with an orphanage, and there will be a visit arranged to the orphanage. This will be followed by a farm visit, our son in law has an agency for Case Tractors, and he will arrange the farm visit.
After lunch we will proceed to our destination in what must surely be one of the most scenic places in the world
Day 14: Saturday 30th May
This will be a rest day, with activities of choice at Leopard Rock. Activities on offer include a forest walk, a walk in their game park, where you will see giraffe, zebra and many species of antelope. For the sports minded golf, tennis and other activities can be arranged.
Highly recommended is sundowners on the platform at game feeding time.
We will also arrange for afternoon tea at Tony’s Tea Gardens in the Vumba, world renowned for its decadent cakes and pure chocolate drinks, as well as a selection of coffee and teas.
LODGE AT THE ANCIENT CITY, MASVINGO, ZIMBABWE:
The Great Zimbabwe Ruins is one of the hidden gems of the world. The largest ruins in Africa after the great Pyramids of Egypt, this impressive structure bears evidence of a great civilization that existed in ancient times. The Inn on the Ancient City is built to match the style of the ruins
INN ON THE GREAT ZIMBABWE, MASVINGO, ZIMBABWE: 31st MAY – 1st JUNE
Day 15: Sunday 31st May
Proceed to the Inn at the Ancient City
Day 16: Monday 1st June
Experience a touch of the mystical as you visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, an amazing structure, with informative commentary by an experienced guide. The fascinating and impressive ruins speak of an impressive ancient civilization who once inhabited this part of Zimbabwe
GUEST LODGE, HARARE, ZIMBABWE: 2nd JUNE
Day 17: Tuesday 2nd June
After breakfast, we will proceed to Harare
Dinner will be at a restaurant in town
DEPARTURE OR DO TOUR EXTENSIONS
Depart for New Zealand or proceed to tour extension
We will discuss options for tour extensions.
We have some great suggestions, which we will discuss with those of you wanting to extend the tour.