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Southern Africa Unplugged tour
Nature & Wildlife Wildlife viewing Southern Africa Unplugged package

Southern Africa Unplugged

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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
16 days
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Snooze the night away in traditional Swazi huts in Milwane National Park
  • Discover the European feel of Maputo
  • Relish the fresh sea air and delicious seafood of Tofo
  • See which of Africa's Big Five you can spy in Kruger National Park
  • Trundle through Matobos National Park by 4x4 in search of black and white rhinos
  • Be amazed by the sheer scale of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

Short Description

Get to know southern Africa like a local on this unique adventure that utilises public transport to see the highlights of South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Head out on safari in Milwane, Hlane and Kruger national parks, clock up some coastal lounging in Tofo and visit a rehabilitation centre for rescued wildlife. Walk among the ruins of Masvingo, see rare rhinos in Matobo and feel the might of Victoria Falls. This is one wild ride through south-east Africa.

Style Small group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Attractions & Cities Visited

N/A

Activities & Interests

Wildlife viewing

No single supplement
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Itinerary

Day 1 Johannesburg

Arrive in Joburg and prepare for the adventure-filled days to come.

Day 2 Milwane National Park

Enjoy a guided bike ride through Milwane National Park, keeping an eye out for the abundant wildlife that lives here. Spend the night in traditional Swazi huts called beehives, one of the more unique modes of accommodation on the trip.

Day 3 Hlane National Park

Jump in an express taxi and make tracks to Hlane Royal National Park. Stay in the heart of the bush and go on a game walk to track elephants and rhinos on foot - a very cool experience.

Day 4 Maputo

Hop aboard a bus and then a chapa truck to get to Mozambique's attractive capital, Maputo. Check out this city at your own pace, perhaps indulging in its renowned seafood.

Day 5-6 Tofo

Continue on to Praia de Tofo a small town on the Indian Ocean Coast with a friendly laid-back vibe. Here we spend 2 nights in 'casitas' full of rustic charm.

Day 7 Maputo

Return to Maputo for another night in Mozambique’s vibrant capital.

Day 8-9 Kruger National Park

Travel to the South African border and push onwards to the incredible Kruger National Park. Embark on afternoon and morning game drives to spot Africa's remarkable animals, including the iconic Big Five.

Day 10 Louise Trichardt

En route to Louis Trichardt, stop in at the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre to meet some rescued animals.

Day 11 Masvingo

Catch a kombi to Masvingo, Zimbabwe's oldest colonial settlement. Visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, which are thought to be the ruins of a royal palace that dates back to the 11th century.

Day 12-13 Bulawayo

Following a fairly long travel day across the Zimbabwean landscape, reach Matobos National Park. Learn a little of the area’s distinguished local history, then set out in search of black and white rhinos on a 4x4 game drive.

Day 14-16 Victoria Falls

Travel on to Zimbabwe's adventure capital, Victoria Falls. With no shortage of activities and outings on offer, perhaps stick around for an extra day after the trip finishes up to try abseiling, canoeing or witness the rumble of the continent's biggest waterfall.

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I provided feedback from my recent intrepid trip & Hannah within customer services looked into all the suggestions I made & provided an update after speaking to locals on the ground. Very satisfied with the updates provided & discount for another trip.
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Amazing trip with the most phenomenal guides. Had not booked with Intrepid before but had been on other cycle tours before. Intrepid was exceptional... because of the personal touches of the guide team. Direct experience with communities and expert knowledge is all done with a light touch on top of the challenge of moving around the country safely and with great enthusiasm and happiness.
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I requested a booking for a trip on the 17th January, and in the same day I was informed that there was no available places on that trip.
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Details

Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport Bus, 4x4, Bicycle, Taxi

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 12

Maximum of 12 travellers per group.

Accommodations

Fatima's Backpackers or similar (2 nts), Burke's Paradise Hostel or similar (2 nts), Victoria Falls Rest Camp or similar (2 nts), Kruger National Park Safari Tents or similar (2 nts), Casa Barry Lodge or similar (2 nts), Vhavenda Hills Guesthouse or similar (1 nt), Milwane National Park Beehive Huts or similar (1 nt), Chalet (1 nt), Inn on Great Zimbabwe or similar (1 nt)

OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances. TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own. CHECK-IN TIME Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination. PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area,generally these will be a twin room with private facilities. Sometimes you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. We use a variety of accommodation on most trips; chosen for their value for money, location and atmosphere. We also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.

Guides

All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

Additional Information

Style descriptions

Our Original style trips have a great balance of included activities with your group and free time to explore independently. Where we stay ensures we keep our travellers firmly entrenched in a region’s people and culture, and provides them with unique local experiences that benefits the community too. In most locations we stay in simple tourist-class hotels (i.e. 2-3 stars), plus on many trips you'll also get to experience a night with a local family on a homestay or something a little different like a Bedouin camp in the Sahara. Original style trips come with all manner of transport modes and use a mixture of local and private transport. You might find yourself sailing in a dhow in Zanzibar, jumping on a rickshaw in Sri Lanka or sailing on a yacht through the Galapagos. No matter the mode, it's all about minimising our environmental impact and making getting around part of the adventure.

Finish point

  • Vic Falls Rest Camp
  • Victoria falls
  • Victoria Falls
  • ZIMBABWE

Physical Requirements

This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.

Trip ID#:

intrepid-UBSM

Meals Included

Meals

5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

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