Hwange, Vic Falls, Kariba, Mana Pools & Zimbabwe Ruins
02 to 19 JULY 2019
A TRUE AFRICAN OVERLAND ADVENTURE EXPERIENCING SOME OF THE BEST ZIMBABWE HAS TO OFFER AT VERY AFFORDABLE PRICES
Due to the number of interesting places along the route worth visiting we have increased the number of days we will be spending in Zimbabwe, giving participants enough time to visit these places at leisure. Here is your opportunity to visit a country in Southern Africa so misrepresented throughout the media and discover for yourself the true hospitality of the local people at very competitive and affordable prices.
As the roads are in good condition we can now accommodate vehicles with and without low-range capabilities. The well-stocked stores throughout the country ensure you can replenish supplies in all large towns. Not for one moment on our previous visits to Zimbabwe did anyone feel harassed or intimidated in any way throughout our time spent there. The locals are tourist orientated with positive attitudes, leaving you with a safe feeling and inviting a return visit more than once to this beautiful country. A must-visit destination on any 4x4 enthusiast’s to-do list. Here is your opportunity to make another tick on your 4x4 bucket list.
To view photos taken on our previous Zimbabwe overland adventures go to www.cederberg4x4.co.za/photos/zimphoto.htm
Zimbabwe has become another regular Southern African destination on the Cederberg 4x4 year calendar. On our visit we will be setting camp in close proximity to Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls National Park, giving participant the opportunity to visit and explore these well-known landmarks. We will also be setting camp at two destinations on Lake Kariba, one in Binga and the other at the town of Kariba close to the Kariba Dam wall. No overland adventure to Zimbabwe will be complete without a visit to Mana Pools and the world famous Zimbabwe Ruins. These are must-visit destinations on any 4x4 enthusiast to-do list. The town of Gweru is home to Antelope Park, a world renowned lion project centre offering many activities not often found. Our Zimbabwe visit will end at a camp near to the Zimbabwe Ruins with breath taking views over Lake Kyle. It is here that the Zimbabwe tour officially ends and where we will say our goodbyes before heading home in our own directions. As with all our other tours to Southern Africa, Cederberg 4x4 will endeavour to offer very competitive and affordable packages for the whole family. On this true African adventure, we will be spending 17 days in tourism-orientated Zimbabwe. A country with friendly English speaking people, well stocked supermarkets and competitive fuel prices, good road conditions and home to the world famous Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A must visit country for all overland enthusiasts.
Having cleared the border we head for Big Cave Camp, where we will set camp for two nights, approximately 30km from Bulawayo and close to the Matobo National Park. Enough time will be on hand to visit the Matobo National Park, home to the graves of Cecil John Rhodes and Mzilikazi or visit the Zimbabwe Railway Museum in Bulawayo, the second largest town in Zimbabwe, established in 1872.
Tuskers Camp close to the main gate of Hwange National Park is our next destination where we will set camp for two nights. This is an open camp with no fences, bordering the Hwange National Park, where game roams freely. Participants now have the option of visiting the neighbouring Hwange National Park as many times as they see fit and they can choose the times of their visits.
Hwange National Park has the largest concentration of elephants in the world. Here participants will have the opportunity to do game drives and explore the beauty of the Hwange National Park. Large numbers of different varieties of game were sighted on all our previous visits, ensuring many ticks on the personal sighting list of participants. En-route to the Hwange National Park you will drive past the Spotted Dog Conservation Project. A very informative visit there will be an eye-opener and is sure to change your outlook on the African Spotted Dog forever as loads of information and history will be shared by the local guides and staff.
Departing from Victoria Falls we head for the town of Kariba on the northern shore of the Kariba Lake. This route will take us through some of the most remotely populated parts of eastern shores of Lake Kariba. En-route we will stay one night at the town of Binga, the centre point of an active fishing community (Kapenta Fishing) on the lake.
The distance from Binga to the town of Kariba is approximately 360km. The road condition forces the average speed down to 35km an hour. Although the route is very scenic and we experience the true rural Zimbabwe, it becomes a long day on the road. As per our agenda we do allow for a night to bush camp if required. During our last four visits to Zimbabwe travelling this route we reached Kariba after a long day on the road. Many participants from previous trips confirmed that this day was one of the true highlights of their Zimbabwe overland adventure. If we do not need to spend a night along the road due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, this is planned into the itinerary for just in case, we will enjoy a much needed rest with three nights camping at Kariba, set close to the water’s edge, with a well shaded camp and grass underfoot, where elephants roam the outskirts (electrified fence) of the camp and hippos graze undisturbed in the camp. The restaurant, with a big screen TV, overlooks the lake and serves light meals as well as the very popular Kapenta Bowl, a local fish delicacy. Optional visits are; to the Breem (Tilapia) farm to buy fish, a visit to the chapel on Kariba heights with the memorial to those who lost their lives during the dam’s construction or the Cutty Sark Hotel, a legendary landmark. Another option is a speed boat ride out on the lake. A walk across to the Kariba Dam wall is highly recommended as it is a monumental feat of engineering in Zimbabwe, built by an Italian company between 1955 and 1959, it is one of the largest dam walls in the world at 128 meters tall and 579 meters long.
Our next destination is the world famous Mana Pools National Park. Here we will be setting camp for two nights at Nyamepi camp, situated on the bank of the Zambezi River. The unique Mana Pools National Park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE, based on its wilderness and beauty, together with the wide range of game, large mammals, bird’s species and aquatic wildlife. This camp, surrounded by a true African wilderness, will certainly be one of the highlights of our tour to Zimbabwe. Here elephant, hyena, buffalo, hippo, lion and monkeys roam freely. Resident elephants have visited the camp on regular occasions, ensuring close personal encounters with participants. The local monkey troops ensure many highlights with their sporadic visits to the various campsites. The many game drive options will ensure excellent game viewing, capturing that very special photo.
Departing from our rendezvous at Khama Rhino Sanctuary in Botswana we will enter Zimbabwe at the Plum Tree border post between Francistown and Bulawayo. All the border crossings on previous visits to Zimbabwe have been quick, smooth and without any out of line incidents.
Having reached the most northern point of our Zimbabwe Overland Adventure we will head south via Chinhoyi stopping at the world famous Chinhoyi Caves with crystal clear blue water. This is a must-stop destination as it is compared to the famous Blue Waters of Capri. We will then be setting camp at the well-known Antelope Park near Gweru. This is a very well-known lion rehabilitation and breeding program in Zimbabwe. Here you will have the opportunity to attend the feeding of the lions, walk with the lions, ride on the back of an elephant, canoeing on the river or just relaxing in the camp and enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of the surroundings. The campsite, with a swimming pool, is located in a beautiful shady grassed area right next to a river.
Our last camp in Zimbabwe, overlooking Lake Mutirikwi (also known as Lake Kyle), named Norma Jeans, is situated near Masvingo, in close proximity to the famous Zimbabwe ruins. Our early arrival will ensure that you have enough time to set camp enjoy a light lunch and replenish supplies in Masvingo. A well-stocked Pick A Pay will satisfy your shopping needs. The following morning you will have the opportunity to visit one the most famous destinations in Zimbabwe namely the; Zimbabwe Ruins. This is a must-visit destination where you will experience the enormity of the most amazing ancient city in Southern Africa where more than 6000 people lived in the past as well as the history-filled ruins as we experience them today.
The following morning sees the end to the Zimbabwe overland adventure. Enjoy an early morning coffee or breakfast before departing at your own time or in groups for the Beitbridge Border Post between Zimbabwe and South Africa. Most people have heard nightmare stories about the Beitbridge Border Post. The big problem is heading south-north and not north-south. On all our previous trips we have not spent more than 45min at both sides of the border post back into South Africa.
All information supplied in the agenda is given in good faith by Cederberg 4x4 and compiled from the latest information available at the time. The activity times, as indicated on the agenda, are subject to change without notice and at the sole discretion of the guide.
Vehicle : 4x4 Vehicles WITH & WITHOUT low range capabilities can be accommodated.
Trailers : Off-Road Caravans and Off-Road Trailers can be accommodated.
NB. Contact Coenie should you intend pulling a caravan or trailer.
Contact Coenie should you be driving a vehicle without low-range capabilities.
Nearest Towns : Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Kariba, Gweru and Masvingo.
Guide : Coenie Moll.
PLACE : KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY 28km from Serowe in Botswana.
(Directions to be supplied upon booking).
DATE : TUESDAY 02 JULY 2019.
TIME : ARRIVE any time during the day, but please before 17h00.
DESTINATION 1 – (Arrival Tuesday 02 July – Depart Wednesday 03 July (1 x night)
The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is exactly what the name says. The sanctuary was founded by Sir Seretse Khama, while he was the president of the country, to protect the white and black rhino population in Botswana. Apart from the white and black rhino there are 28 other animal species and 230 bird species to be seen. Here all the game drives are included in the cost for the trip. A further unique feature of Khama Rhino Sanctuary is the fact that it is guarded against poaching and protected 24 hours a day by the Botswana Defence Force. The Mokongwa camp is spacious with good ablution facilities. The camp is named after the large number of Mokongwa trees, found in and around the camp, which look very similar to small Baobab trees, but offer limited shade. Arrive early and allow yourself enough time to go on a game drive through the sanctuary to view the rhino and the many other game species.
The camp offers limited shade and no electricity points in the camp. The ablution facilities have electricity points with hot /cold showers and flush toilets.
DESTINATION 2 – (Arrival Wednesday 03 July – Depart Friday 05 July (2 x nights)
Our first camp in Zimbabwe, the Big Cave Camp, is situated just outside the Matobo National Park. On this day we will travel approximately 330km and negotiate a border crossing at Plumtree into Zimbabwe. We will set camp for two nights at the Big Cave Camp before heading north. The second day will allow enough time to visit the famous Matobo National Park, where the graves of Cecil John Rhodes and King Mzilikazi can be found in the rocky outcrops within the park. You might even consider visiting the Zimbabwe Railway Museum in Bulawayo, the second largest town in Zimbabwe.
The camp offers sufficient shade with electricity points in the camp. Ablution facilities are of a good standard, consisting of Hot/Cold Showers & Flush Toilets. Wood is supplied for the communal evening braai.
DESTINATION 3 – (Arrival Friday 05 July – Depart Sunday 07 July (2 x nights)
Tusker’s Camp, situated in close proximity to the main gate of the Hwange National Park, is our next destination,. The distance we need to travel to reach Tuskers Camp is approximately 350km. Our estimated time of arrival is 13h00, leaving enough time for a short game drive in the Hwange National Park. The following day will give enough time to enjoy maximum game viewing. Hwange National Park covers over 14600 square kilometres and is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. The park hosts 105 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. The largest surviving packs of African wild dogs in Africa are thought to be found in Hwange National Park. Maybe you are lucky and can record a sighting. The largest elephant population in the world is found in Hwange National Park, with the population increasing above the natural support values of the park. Large numbers of gemsbok (Oryx) and spotted hyena are regularly seen on the various games drive options in the park.
The camp offers sufficient shade with electricity points in the camp. Ablution facilities are of a good standard, consisting of Hot/Cold Showers & Flush Toilets. Long electric extension leads will be required.
DESTINATION 4 – (Arrival Sunday 07 July – Depart Tuesday 09 July (2 x nights)
Our next destination is Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Here we will set camp for two nights in the first-class Victoria Falls Rest Camp only two kilometres from Victoria Falls. The distance we are required to travel to Victoria Falls is approximately 100km. This means an early arrival at our camp. All amenities in the town are within walking distance of our camp and Victoria Falls only 2km away. You will have the option of driving in your own vehicle or taking a local taxi to visit the Victoria Falls. Upon completing the Victoria Falls viewing walk you might want to consider walking across the bridge to Zambia. Here you will have the opportunity to bridge swing, zip slide or bungee jump at one of the highest commercial venues in the world. The locals call Victoria Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – the Smoke that Thunders. There is a magical atmosphere manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water over the edge, some 1708 meters wide and dropping between 90 and 107 meters into the Zambezi Gorge. An average of 555 000 cubic meters of water plummets over the edge every minute. You might consider a chopper flight over the falls or an amazing, popular, sunset cruise on the Zambezi River with many game sightings and with snacks and drinks included in the price. The magic of this amazing place will beckon you back time after time.
The campsite offers sufficient shade with grass underfoot and electricity and water points throughout the campsite. The ablution facilities are top class, with Hot/Cold Showers & Flush Toilets. Wood can be purchased at the camp.
DESTINATION 5 (Arrival Tuesday 09 July – Depart Wednesday 10 July (1 x night)
Our next destination is Binga on the eastern bank of the Kariba. Here we will set camp at Masumu River Lodge, an off-the-beaten-track hidden gem, for one night en-route to the town of Kariba on the northern shore of the Kariba Lake. The lodge offers a pub with the most amazing view over Lake Kariba with the ever active Kapenta (a local fish delicacy) boats, with the familiar sound of their two piston engines and lights on the lake at night, adding to the distinct beauty of this camp. You might even consider visiting the town of Binga only 10km away and explore the town. A crocodile farm, a small grocery store and a typical African roadside market are the highlights of this little town. We will be required to make an early start the next morning, ensuring that we cover the maximum distance on slow going gravel roads en-route to Lomagundi Camp on the northern shore of the Kariba Lake. Due to the condition of the roads our average speed on previous visits was 35km per hour. Fortunately, each time this section was travelled it was completed without incident and we reached the town of Kariba late afternoon, eliminating the need to bush camp. The bonus, after having completed a long day on the road, is the extra day we spend in Kariba giving you more time to visit the many places of interest and replenish supplies or you can consider a trip on the lake.
The campsite offers sufficient shade with electricity and water points throughout the camp. Ablution facilities are of good standard and consist of Hot/Cold Showers & Flush Toilets.
DESTINATION 6 – (Arrival Wed/Thursday 10/11 July – Depart Saturday 13 July (2/3 x nights)
Our next destination is the town of Kariba where we will set camp for two/three nights at Lomagundi Camp on the bank of Lake Kariba. This is definitely a 2 x night stop. The reason why we allow a possible extra day is the time it takes from our previous camp to reach Lomagundi Camp. Any delay on the road may necessitate us having to spend and evening en-route. Never in the past was it necessary to spend a night along the road and 3 x nights were enjoyed at Lomagundi Camp. Fishing or hiring a boat to explore the lake or visiting the well-known Kariba Dam wall, will be some of the optional activities available. You might even consider visiting the local Tilapa (bream fish) breeding farm and purchase fish fillets to be enjoyed for dinner around the camp fire. An added bonus is the lapa with a small kitchen where light meals can be ordered while enjoying a drink and watching the big screen TV. When the sun sets the resident hippos visit the camp and enjoy eating the grass underfoot. They normally graze throughout the night and care should be taken when visiting the ablutions at night. A true African experience mixed with modern amenities to which words can do no justice.
The campsite offers sufficient shade with grass underfoot and electricity and water points throughout the campsite. The ablution facilities are of a good standard and consist of Hot/Cold Showers & Flush Toilets.
DESTINATION 7 – (Arrival Saturday 13 July – Depart Monday 15 July (2 x nights)
Our next destination is Nyamepi camp on the bank of the Zambezi River in the Mana Pools National Park. It is sure to be one of the many highlights of the tour. This unique park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, bird species, aquatic wildlife and the numerous wildlife projects. On this day we will be required to drive only 150km through Makuti and Marongora before reaching camp at Nyamepi in the Mana Pools National Park. Here we will set camp for two nights. The distance required to travel means an early arrival at camp, ensuring maximum time to explore and experience the true wild magic of the great African outdoors, with wildlife in abundance. Here encounters with elephant, buffalo, hyena and lions are an everyday occurrence, with many other game species that can be viewed on game drives. The Mana Pools National Park is one of the few remaining places where true African outdoor experiences, surrounded by so many different species of wild animals, can be enjoyed.
The camp offers sufficient shade but with no electricity points in the camp. Water points are available throughout the camp. Ablution facilities consist of Hot/Cold Showers (donkie) & Flush Toilets.
DESTINATION 8 – (Arrival Monday 15 July – Depart Wednesday 17 July (2 x nights)
Our next destination is Antelope Park in the Zimbabwe Midlands, only eight kilometres from Gweru, where we will set camp for two nights on our way south. Antelope Park is home to a very unique lion rehabilitation project. The campsite is grassed and located in a beautiful, shady area right next to a river and there is a swimming pool so you can cool off after your journey. On this day we will drive approximately 500km before reaching the camp late afternoon. En-route we will stop at Chinhoyi Caves, approximately 100km north-west of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. The Chinhoyi Caves are compared to the world famous Blue Waters of Capri. It is definitely a must stop destination on our way south. Antelope Park is a unique destination. Here you will have the opportunity to partake in elephant rides, attend the feeding of the lions, walk with the lions at night or hire a canoe and row on the river. A must visit destination on any visit to Zimbabwe.
The campsite offers sufficient shade with grass underfoot, with electricity and water points throughout the camp. The ablutions facilities are top class consisting of Hot/Cold Showers & Flush Toilets.
DESTINATION 9 – (Arrival Wednesday 17 July – Depart Friday 19 July (2 x nights)
Our next destination is near the town of Masvingo, in close proximity of the Zimbabwe Ruins. We will set camp for two nights at the Norma Jeans Lakeview Resort overlooking Lake Mutirikwe (previously known as Lake Kyle). The lodge is known for its beautiful gardens, home-style cooking, comfortable accommodation and friendly service. On this day we will drive approximately 200km before reaching our last camp and also enjoying our last communal dinner in Zimbabwe. The early arrival gives you enough time to set camp and visit the well-know Zimbabwe Ruins and explore the beautiful shores of Lake Mutirikwe. This is an excellent venue to complete an unforgettable overland adventure through Zimbabwe. The following morning we will say our good-byes before heading for Beitbridge border post and crossing back into South Africa. This can be done in small groups or as individuals, depending on the time you might choose to depart.
The campsite offers sufficient shade with electricity and water points throughout the camp. A communal braai area overlooking the lake will be where our last dinner in Zimbabwe will be enjoyed. The ablution facilities are newly built and are of top class standard and consist of Hot/Cold Showers & Flush Toilets.
Ensure your vehicle is refuelled prior to the rendezvous at Khama Rhino Sanctuary. We require all vehicles be able to complete a maximum distance off 650km of tar and gravel road driving before needing to refuel. Calculate your vehicle’s fuel consumption and requirements and plan accordingly.
Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of the Zimbabwe overland tour. Sufficient stops will be made en-route to replenish food supplies. Further options of eating at some of the lodges will be discussed at the pre-trip meeting.
A pre-trip briefing/meeting will be held on Wednesday 05 June 2019. The venue will be announced closer to the time. Please try and attend this meeting, as it is very informative.
Contact your nearest Home Affairs office for information regarding unabridged birth certificates for children and other information regarding taking children across the border. The inception date for the unabridged birth certificates law will be enforced from 1 June 2014. See this link for information
WATER – it is always advisable to carry your own drinking water.
WATER – is available at all the camp sites.
An awning or umbrella is advisable for this Zimbabwe tour.
The evenings could become cold while the days could be warm. Pack clothing accordingly.
Always advisable to wear closed shoes or boots.
Remember to take along the spare keys for your vehicle.
No wood allowed over the border.
A communal braai area will be determined on arrival at the campsite.
Only one fire permitted for the group.
Consider bringing a portable braai to be used in the communal braai area.
No electric kettles to be used on trips as most camps have limited electricity.
No generators permitted on trips.
All vehicles must be in sound mechanical condition.
Always have your spare keys with you when on tour.
Recovery points fitted to the front and rear on your vehicle are a prerequisite.
Your own Kinetic/recovery strap will be advisable.
A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge will be required to deflate/inflate tyres.
Please ensure that a fire extinguisher is mounted in your vehicle.
All vehicles to carry their own personal medical kit.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed. Loose items become missiles.
29 MHz TWO-WAY RADIOS
Communication between participating vehicles on the Zimbabwe Safari is important for many reasons. It ensures the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on the Safari, where drivers can communicate with one another as regards to their location and situation, not to mention the interesting information that is shared with participants. The fun part is the many interesting stories that are shared among participants taking the boredom out of the long distances we need to travel to enjoy the great outdoors.
We suggest all 4x4 vehicles that don’t have a 29MHz two-way radio, HIRE one from us at a nominal fee of R600-00 for this Zimbabwe Safari.
Should you be hiring a 29MHz radio, please ensure that your lighter socket is working. If you intend running more than one item from the lighter socket, ensure to have double an adapter handy as well as spare fuses.
NB. Should you intend hiring a radio, it is very important to confirm your intent as soon as possible to ensure availability this time of the year are in very high demand.
Should you wish to make a once off investment and purchase a 29MHz. radio, we have negotiated a special deal for all Cederberg 4x4 participants. For more information, contact Marina on 021 910 13632.
NB: If your vehicle is fitted with a 29MHz. radio, please make sure that channels 1, 14 and 23 are open and working for this excursion.
TWO-WAY RADIO REQUIREMENTS for the countries we will be visiting
Should you be hiring or taking your own TWO-WAY RADIO to the countries we will be visiting, please ensure that you have the correct documentation and license on hand. More details will follow upon booking or contact Coenie in this regard.
Any additional or optional activities you might consider.
Two-way radio license for the countries we will be visiting. Talk to Coenie in this regard.
Two-way radio hire from Cederberg 4x4.
Road transportation tax/levy and carbon tax at the borders.
Khama Rhino vehicle daily levy in Botswana. See cost below.
Daily entrance fee to Hwange National Park for optional game viewing drives.
Once-off entry fee at Mana Pools National Park - Vehicle $10 and trailer $10 valid for five days.
Victoria Falls Rest Camp vehicle fee per day.
· Cederberg 4x4 facilitating and coordinating fee.
· Cederberg 4x4 guide fees.
· All camping fees as listed in the agenda.
· Game drives in Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
· Government levy at Khama.
· Game drives in Mana Pools National Park.
· Conservation fees at Mana.
The cost quoted below is based on the exchange rate between the Rand and USD as at December 2017. Changes in the cost of the tour are subject to mayor changes in the exchange rate at date of tour.
Adults: R7950-00 per adult. Anticipated price increase of between 10-12% for 2019
Children 13yrs and older: R7950-00 per child.
Children 6 – 12yrs: R3550-00 per child.
Children 5yrs and younger: FREE.
Radio hire: R600-00 per radio should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29 MHz two-way radio.
Additional cost not included in the cost above.
Khama Rhino Game Reserve in Botswana
Khama Rhino daily vehicle fees: BWP 106.50
Lomagundi Rest Camp
Daily membership and camp fee per person: USD 15-00 NB. Only applicable if we spend the extra day.
Mana Pools National Park
Vehicle fee valid for five days: USD 10-00
Trailer/Caravan valid for five days: USD 10-00
BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS
Should you wish to join us on this excursion, please contact Marina immediately on 021 910 1363 to obtain the booking form for this excursion.
-We can only accommodate a maximum of 12 vehicles on this overland adventure.
-All Cederberg 4x4 excursions are subject to a minimum of 8 x vehicles.
-All bookings are made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
-To secure your place, contact Marina for a Cederberg 4x4 booking form.
-Your completed and signed booking form will confirm your intent to partake in this excursion.
-A 25% deposit is required to confirm your intent to partake in this excursion.
-The balance is payable on or before Wednesday 05 June 2019.
-Your completed and signed booking form binds you to all conditions on page one and two of the booking form.
-Should you wish to cancel or withdraw after booking for this trip, you will be required to find other people to take your place before any refunds will be considered.
PLEASE NOTE: NO PETS ARE ALLOWED
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT COENIE on 083 675 6194 or MARINA on 021 910 1363
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