DAYS 18 – 24: ZIMBABWE
Your first stop in Zimbabwe will be Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo. You will have the afternoon free to explore the city, giving you plenty of opportunity to explore local markets, chat with a local or perhaps find a game of football or rugby to watch! While in Bulawayo you will also have an included day trip to explore the Mataobo National Park, home to a large population of black and white rhinoceros. You have an incredible safari to track them on foot, and also have the chance to visit the grave of Cecil Rhodes and learn all about Zimbabwe’s past.
From Bulawayo you head towards Hwange National Park, stopping en route to visit the Painted Dog Conservation Group for an insight into the plight of the African Wild Dog. You will take an included afternoon game drive in local 4×4 safari trucks through Hwange National Park. The park boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species. The elephants of Hwange are world famous and the park elephant population is one of the largest in Africa.
After a morning game drive through the park, you will head to the town of Victoria Falls where you will have an included visit to the main viewpoints over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.
The falls themselves are an enormous curtain of water about a mile wide, falling 108m into a narrow chasm below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise an incredible 400m, the falls create an impressive raging torrent and the spray can be seen from miles away. The locals call the falls “Mosi oa Tunya” which means “smoke that thunders”, a good description of this magnificent sight. In the dry season the view of the falls is less obstructed by spray and it’s also possible to see the little islets in the river below. If you have time, it is also possible to jet boat down the gorges and rapids under the falls. Or take an adventurous plunge and dive down the waters on a bungee jump.