Join us on this epic adventure into Zimbabwe and come see for yourself why this was the nr. 1 travel destination for many years. Come live the old stories while making your own new ones under the guidance of a very knowledgeable tour guide. This wonderful country has done so much to bring tourism back to life and we owe them that much to give them a chance. You will experience the glamour of old colonial hospitality in places that seems to be captured in time.
We will start the tour near Louis Trichardt from where we will be en-route to cross the border at Beitbridge. We will help and guide you through all the border formalities to make the border crossing easy and painless.
From here we move on to The Great Zimbabwe ruins where the largest collection of ruins in Africa, south of the Sahara, are found. Located in the heart of southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, they are testament to a culture of great wealth and great architectural skill.
Built between the 11th and 15th centuries, Great Zimbabwe was home to a cattle-herding people who also became adept at metal-working. The ruins are the largest of their kind on the Zimbabwe Plateau, but they are by no means unique. Other, smaller sites were ransacked by European treasure-hunters in the 19th century. These smaller ruins are called Zimbabwes and can be found as far as Mozambique.
The soapstone birds are one of Zimbabwe’s symbols. There’s eight birds, carved in soapstone, that were found in the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. These eight sculptures combine both human and bird elements. For instance, the bird’s beak is substituted by lips while its claws are changed to feet. It is unsure what the birds symbolized. The most prevalent theory is that they were the emblems of the royalty. Today, the soapstone birds can be found on Zimbabwe’s flag.
Next on our itinerary will be the greatest Zimbabwe secret, Bvumba mountains and the botanical gardens. The Bvumba Mountains, in the Eastern Highlands, is overflowing with life all year round. The lush botanical gardens and luxuriant forests are fantastic for walks, especially for those interested in botany and bird watching. The mountains offer some spectacular views over the highlands and tropical lowlands of Mozambique. With plenty of activities to choose from, the mists of Bvumba mountains make it a great escape from the lowland heat.
Optional things to do:
- Bunga Forest Botanical Reserve
- Manchester Gardens – a landscaped garden with the Reserve arranged about a series of artificially created streams and dams
- Elim Mission Memorial – a plaque at the beginning of the Eagle school Road – to the memory of the innocent victims of the Elim Mission Massacre 1978
- Leopard Rock Hotel, Golf Course and Casino
- The Refuge or Castle – now a guest house originally the managers house for Leopard Rock Hotel
- Chinziwa Scout Park
- Cripps Family Burial Plot
- White Horse Inn – at the end of the tar on White Horse Inn Road
- Tony’s – for the best cake in the world
A definite to do and highly recommended by Trans Africa is a guided bird walk at Seldom Seen. This is a well known site for bird watchers who want to glimpse some of the rarer and more secretive of the Southern African forest birds. The name is a pun: you seldom see the birds but you often hear them! So bird watching here can be hard work – but very rewarding if you are patient. Seldom Seen offers the services of an extremely good guide for those that need help.
From Bvumba we move North to the Eastern Highlands Plantations which are located in the beautiful Honde Valley at the foot of Mount Nyangani in eastern Zimbabwe. The tea, surrounded by natural forest, is processed through the Wamba factory.
The estate, which borders the National Park, has two perennial rivers flowing through it. These rivers are used to both provide irrigation for the tea and to generate hydro-electric power.
Optional things to do in the Honde Valley:
- Guided Bird Watching
- Tea Factory Tour
- Mermaids Pool
- Spice Garden
- Mountain Biking
- Mutarazi Fall Sky Walk and Sky Line
From the lush green tea plantations in the Honde Valley we make our way to Chimanimani National Park and the Bridal Veil Falls. This is another hidden gem in Zimbabwe. Bridal Veil Falls is simply awe inspiring beautiful, not only for the falls itself but also the whole ambiance of the fairy tale setting. The falls are set within a narrow kloof and plunge 50 metres down black, narrow layers of rock into a dark pool about 10 meters wide. Its downdraught wafts spray onto luxuriant vegetation, dotted with broad leafed banana palms. There is a picnic site and a campsite under majestic trees of which the Umbrella thorn trees (Acacia species) are spectacular.
5 – 14 August 2019
R6 900 per person sharing. (33% for single supplement)
*R350 extra for border fees if you tow
Complete itinerary will be send upon deposit payment
Kids 12 and under – less 50%,
- All cross border fees and taxes except 3rd party insurance
- Tour Guide and Camping fees
- Conservation fees
- Park entry fees
- 2 dinners prepared by tour leader
- 2 way radios
- 4×4 vehicle hire
- 3rd party border insurance
- Daily activities
- Transfer fees
- Game drives