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Great Zimbabwe Tour

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Barbara Plebankiewicz

Safpol Safaris

We are a dedicated safari travel company with a wide range of holiday tours in Southern Africa.

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Great Zimbabwe Tour

Zimbabwe owes its fame mainly to Victoria Falls and national parks with the legendary animal populations. The main attraction here is the phenomenon of almost two kilometer long Victoria Falls, discovered in 1855 by the famous British traveler, David Livingstone. Country known also for the famous Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Lake Kariba – until recently one of the worlds largest artificial lakes and rich in wildlife reserves, like Hwange, Ganarezhou and Mato

DAY 1

Johannesburg - Soweto

Arrival in Johannesburg. Sightseeing of the city - drive through the oldest colonial districts of Johannesburg: Houghton with Nelson Mandela's house, Parktown, the City centre and Soweto. In the afternoon we stop in Sandton - the most modern part of Johannesburg. From there we drive to Lion Park (optional) - a small private reserve where we will see few families of lions, cheetah and African wild dogs. After a short safari opportunity to take photos with lion cubs and to feed the giraffe. Overnight at 4* hotel in Johannesburg. Meals included: none Read more

Johanensburg, 1 night
DAY 2

Johannesburg - Musina

After breakfast we travel towards Zimbabwe. This route, historically called Great North Road linked all former British protectorates. It starts in Durban and continues through Johannesburg, Pretoria, Harare (former Salisbury), Lusaka to Dar es Salaam. On the way we pass small towns that were created next to the non-ferrous metal mines, coal mines and quarries. After driving through the provincial capital of Limpopo: Polokwane, we will stop at the Tropic of Capricorn. On the way we travel over the scenic Venda hills to arrive in Louis Trichard, afterwards we drive over the picturesque Soutpansberg mountain range. Just after the mountains we meet the first baobab trees and stop for the short photo-session next to the famous, lying baobab. Later we drive to Musina. Overnight in the hotel in Musina. Meals included: breakfast Read more

Musina, 1 night
DAY 3

Beitbridge - Great Zimbabwe

After breakfast we cross the border with Zimbabwe on the Limpopo River. Our first stop today is Masvingo - formerly Fort Victoria - one of the first towns founded in Zimbabwe by Europeans. Not far from the Rhodes'es Fort we can see the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, which gave the name to the independent ( 1980 ) country. Extending over 2.7 sq. km this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the oldest and the biggest, highly delveloped stone-built structure in Southern Africa. It was constructed in the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries during the reign of Mutapa dynasty. Dinner and overninght in the hotel in Great Zimbabwe. Meals included: breakfast and dinner Read more

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DAY 4

Bulawayo - Matobo Hills

After an early breakfast we drive through the bush covered hills of central Zimbabwe to the former capital of the Matabele Tribe: Bulawayo. We visit the city centre with well-preserved examples of Victorian architecture. In one of the most interesting Railway Museums (optional) in the world we admire a wonderful collection of steam locomotives, and a private parlour car of Rhodes. In the afternoon we drive to the Matobo Reserve with incredible hills - completely bare rocks shaped like bald heads. We may see wildebeest, tsessebe, impala, kudu, zebra and giraffe. Cecil Rhodes admired the Matobo Hills and often spent time there delighted by unique views from its summits. He renamed it from "Hill of Ghosts" to "View of the World" and exactly there he wanted to be buried. We will visit his grave on top of the highest hill. Overnight at the lodge inside Matobo Park. Meals: breakfast and dinner Read more

Matopbo Hills, 1 night
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DAY 5

Bulawayo - Hwange

Early morning we depart from Bulawayo to the northerly direction, through Matabeleland towards the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe - Hwange. A very interesting part of the route passes through the hills decorated with baobabs. After lunch in Hwange (not included) and a short break we depart for an afternoon safari in 4x4 in Hwange (optional). The reserve is famous for its huge amount of wildlife, particularly large population of elephants, zebras, giraffes and rhinos. Rarely visited, it boasts one of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. After the unforgettable sunset in the bush we drive to the lodge. Overnight in the lodge near Hwange reserve. Meals included: breakfast and dinner Read more

Hwange, 1 night
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DAY 6

Hwange - Victoria Falls

After breakfast we leave the reserve crossing the famous Rhodes railway line from Cape Town to Cairo, but eventually built only to the Copper Belt in Zambia. On the way we pass the town of Hwange which is situated near the coal mine and power plant. We arrive in Victoria Falls around lunch and check in at the hotel. In the early afternoon we see the main purpose of our trip, the legendary Victoria Falls. We visit the reserve and walk to the railway bridge linking Zambia and Zimbabwe. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Victoria Falls. Meals included: breakfast and dinner Read more

Victoria Falls, 2 nights
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DAY 7

Victoria Falls

The day for optional activities. Most of the activities depend on individual choice and are not included in the price of the tour. One of the most popular attractions is the white water rafting over the gorges of mighty Zambezi below the falls. The rafting offers grade 5 rapids most of the way. Other attractions are: bungi jumping, helicopter flights over Vic Falls, elephant back safaris or walks with lions. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Victoria Falls. Meals included:breakfast and dinner Read more

Victoria Falls, 2 nights
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DAY 8

Victoria Falls - Chobe

After an early breakfast we drive through the Matetsi reserve towards the Botswana border. After the border we pass the place where borders of 4 countries cross (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia). After arrival at the lodge we start our 4x4 safari in the famous Chobe National Park. After lunch (not included) and a short break we depart on the boat safari along the Chobe River. We watch herds of elephants and antelopes, giraffes, zebras and warthogs coming out of the bush to the water. Along the riverside we pass families of hippos and crocodiles basking at the water's edge. Great opportunity for unique pictures of animals, as well as the incredible sunset. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Kasane. Meals included: breakfast and dinner Read more

near Chobe, 1 night
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DAY 9

Kasane - Nata - Francistown

A day dedicated to drive through the North Eastern part of the Kalahari Desert to the village of Nata, located on the edge of the salt lake Sowa. Long distance of 580 km. In the afternoon we arrive to Francistown. Overnight at the lodge in Francistown. Meals: breakfast

Francistown, 1 night
DAY 10

Francistown - Martin's Drift - Sun City

Leaving Francistown we drive towards the South African border. We cross the border in Limpopo and afterwards we stop for lunch (not included) in Lephalale. In the afternoon we travel the lands of northern part on South Africa - Limpopo province, covered with endless bush and farms for mainly grazing cattle and breeding wild animals for private reserves. In the evening we arrive at our hotel near famous Sun City. Overnight at the lodge. Read more

Sun City, 1 night
DAY 11

Sun City - Pretoria

In the morning we visit Sun City - the place of entertainment and gambling - African Las Vegas. The Sun City resort is nestled on the border of the Pilanesberg National Park. We will visit the complex and Lost City, surrounded by stunning tropical gardens with romantic waterfalls. Afterwards we drive to Pretoria - sightseeing of the city centre with its historical Church Square, the old Parliament Building, Palace of Justice and the Paul Kruger's statue, City Hall and Melrose House. We also stop at the Union Buildings, the main quarters of the South African Government, situated on top of the hill, surrounded by beautiful gardens with panoramic view of Pretoria. In the afternoon transfer to the Johannesburg airport. Optional accommodation in Johannesburg available (not included in the price). Meals included: breakfast Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Johannesburg
Hotel Misty Hills
Day 2
Location Musina
Hotel Dei Gratia
Day 3
Location near Great Zimbabawe
Hotel Ancient City
Day 4
Location Matobo National Park
Day 5
Location near Hwange National Park
Day 6
Location Victoria Falls
Day 8
Location Kasane
Day 9
Location Francistown
Hotel Dumela Lodge
Day 10
Location near Sun City

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Meals mentioned in the program
  • Engish-speaking Tour guide

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

REVIEWS

8 Reviews

Tony & Meredith, Australia

What a fabulous trip! The guides were so knowledgeable and easy to work with. All arrangements fitted well together and there were very few hiccups. All communications with the tour operators were professional and very knowledgeable. The hotels were all very good and exceeded our expectations. We have already referred several other friends to Safpol and would not hesitate to use them again. Read more

Piotr, Germany

We knew the people behind Safpol through family relations und past travels and we asked them to help us with our Honeymoon Trip to Africa. They scheduled and organized a trip for us based on our flight. We didn't have to worry about a thing. Everything was arranged and ready. Our guide during the trip was familiar with country and customs and had multiple anecdotes and facts that made everything more interesting.​ The Accommodations we had been great and the food delicious. Besides traveling through J’Burg, Pretoria, Krueger National Park and a private game resort we’ve been at a marvellous beach in Mozambique where we were snorkelling with whale sharks and dolphins. Just amazing. It was a very good Honeymoon and we are glad we did it through Safpol. Read more

Karol Kempa, Poland

Very professional, helpful, friendly and trustworthy - the best value for money​. The tour was excellent. It has exceeded our expectations. The tour Guide and driver were very professional, friendly, and so helpful. It was a trip of a lifetime for me. I have recommended Safpol Safaris to all my friends. I am very happy to have dealt with this company. Their reputation is excellent, 6 stars!!! And above all trustworthy: our accommodation, food, vehicles, service - all was better than anywhere else for the price we paid for our holiday. Read more

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THE TEAM

Barbara&Peter Plebankiewicz

Owners

Basia Combrinck

Travel Manager

Roxana Ferreira

Travel Consultant

Wilna Atkinson

Accounts and Administration

Mariola Pawelczyk

Registered Tour Guide

Marek Baranowski

Registered Tour Guide

Bogdan Pabian

Registered Tour Guide

Riaan Tolmay

Registered Tour Guide

Cathy Oosterwyk

Registered Tour Guide

Witold Kozlowski

Registered Tour Guide

We are a dedicated safari travel company with a wide range of holiday tours in Southern Africa.

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