South Africa & Zimbabwe

  • days: 16
  • from $14,495

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Countries Visited:

  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

Description

★ NEW TOUR!

From cosmopolitan Cape Town to the spectacular Hwange National Park, South Africa and Zimbabwe have so much to offer. Treat your tastebuds in Franschhoek, explore Soweto, experience Lake Kariba and take in the amazing views at Victoria Falls.

Discover the magic of Cape Town 

We begin our journey in cosmopolitan Cape Town, where we'll explore the iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting) and Bay Harbour Market. Nestled at the eastern foot of majestic Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardenis one of Cape Town's treasures. We'll also explore the stunning landscapes. Making our way to the quaint town of Franschhoek, we'll enjoy lunch and a farm tour at the award-winning Boschendal Wine Estate.

Amazing Hwange 

See amazing wildlife in Hwange National Park, the largest nature reserve in Zimbabwe. Hwange's grasslands and mopane woods are home to elephants, lions and African dogs.

Thunderous waterfalls

Cruise along Lake Kariba, the world's largest man-made lake, and enjoy the spectacular views across these beautiful waters. Witness the mighty Victoria Falls, a truly beautiful and spectacular sight. They form the natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and we promise you will not be disappointed! Explore the trails and take in the amazing view from the 16 viewing points!

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Cape Town

‘Welkom’ to Cape Town! Meet your tour guide and fellow travellers for a welcome drink this evening.

Day 3. Cape Town

We discover this cosmopolitan city on a sightseeing tour this morning. Highlights include the iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting) and the Bay Harbour Market, said to be the most vibrant market in Cape Town.We'll then stop for lunch at Groot Constantia. Dating back to 1685, this is the oldest wine producing estate in South Africa. Nestled at the eastern foot of majestic Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of Cape Town's treasures. We'll explore the stunning landscapes this afternoon. [B]

Day 4. Cape Town - Franschhoek 

Today we travel to Franschhoek, a town located in the beautiful Cape Winelands region. En route we'll stop at L'Ormarins to enjoy a MCC wine and artisanal nougat pairing.

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Special Experience: Enjoy lunch and a farm tour at the award-winning Boschendal Wine Estate. We'll learn about the estate's food production processes and pick fresh herbs from the garden to be used in our lunch.  [B,L]

Day 5. Franschhoek - Johannesburg 

We'll transfer to Cape Town Airport this morning for our flight to Johannesburg. Tonight, we'll enjoy a modern African dinner. [B,D]

Day 6. Johannesburg 

We'll begin today by exploring Soweto, the Apartheid Museum and the former houses of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. We'll then enjoy a traditional South African lunch before having some time at leisure. [B,L]

Day 7. Johannesburg - Bulawayo 

This morning we'll fly to Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe.

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Special Experience: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Khami Ruins, located just outside of Bulawayo.  [B]

Day 8. Bulawayo 

Our day is spent discovering more about Bulawayo. Our first stop is the resting place of Cecil John Rhodes, founder of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe and Zambia). We'll also visit the Amagugu International Heritage Centre before enjoying a traditional Zimbabwean lunch prepared by the locals and accompanied by dancers and drummers. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Bulawayo - Hwange 

We'll transfer to Hwange National Park, the largest nature reserve in Zimbabwe. This afternoon, we'll enjoy our first game drive. Hwange's grasslands and mopane woods are home to elephants, lions and African dogs. [B,L,D]

Day 10. Hwange National Park 

Our day is spent discovering more of spectacular Hwange on morning and afternoon game safaris. This evening we'll enjoy a boma dinner back at the lodge. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Hwange - Binga 

We'll enjoy breakfast before travelling to Lake Kariba, the world's largest man-made lake. This afternoon we board our houseboat. 

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Special Experience: Spend two nights travelling in a houseboat along the beautiful waters of Lake Kariba. [B,L,D]

Day 12. Cruising Lake Kariba 

We'll experience a full day of cruising around Lake Kariba. You can sit back and admire the spectacular views, participate in fishing or enjoy a water-based game activity. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Binga - Victoria Falls 

After an early breakfast, we'll disembark and travel to Victoria Falls, one of the world's largest waterfalls. After some time for lunch, we'll take a guided walk through the lush rainforest to the spectacular thundering falls. Explore the trails and take in the amazing view from the 16 viewing points! This evening we'll enjoy a boma dinner, including traditional dancing and drumming. [B,D]

Day 14. Victoria Falls 

With some time at leisure this morning, we can relax or explore more of the local Victoria Falls area.

 

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Special Experience: Tour and travel along part of the famous Cape to Cairo line, on board the opulent Bustracks Express. Farewell Zimbabwe whilst enjoying a 5-course meal within the dining car.  [B,D]

Day 15. Depart Victoria Falls 

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 16. Arrive Australia 

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Africa. Taxes included
  • 2 economy-class flights within Africa
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding shared lodge open safari 4WD)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $330pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 9 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 2 nights in a bush chalet in Hwange National Park
  • 2 nights on board a houseboat on Lake Kariba, en suite cabin
  • 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based driver/guides 

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves

Sightseeing

Discover the many sides of South Africa

  • Enjoy a traditional African themed welcome dinner.
  • Discover the second most populous city in South Africa, picturesque Cape Town, including majestic Table Mountain. 
  • Explore Bay Harbour Market, Cape Town's most vibrant.
  • Visit and enjoy lunch (at your own expense) at Groot Constantia, Cape Town's first ever wine estate, dating back to 1685.
  • Visit the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and Rhodes memorial viewpoint.
  • En-route to Franschhoek, stop at L'Ormarins for MCC wine and artisanal nougat pairing.
  • Enjoy an engaging tour and lunch at Boschendal Wine Estate, located between the Simonsberg and Drakenstein mountains. Learn about the processes of wine making and farming within South Africa and their commitment to sustainability. 
  • Discover Johannesburg’s vibrant Soweto district and visit the former houses of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi.
  • Visit the moving Apartheid Museum.
  • Savour an authentic South African meal within an eclectic township restaurant whilst in Soweto.

Zimbabwe

  • Visit the UNESCO World-Heritage listed Khami Ruins, located just outside of Bulawayo.
  • Discover the resting place of Cecil John Rhodes, founder of former Rhodesia.
  • Visit the Amagugu International Heritage Centre and enjoy a traditional Zimbabwean lunch prepared by the locals, accompanied by dancers and drummers.
  • Spend two nights in Hwange National Park. 
  • Discover the wildlife within Hwange National Park on multiple game drives.
  • Spend two nights on board a houseboat and cruise the waters of Lake Kariba.
  • Enjoy a full day on Lake Kariba, either relaxing within the comfort of your houseboat or enjoying fishing and game excursions via tender boat.
  • Spend 2 nights at amazing Victoria Falls with plenty of free time to relax and explore the local surrounds.
  • Enjoy a guided excursion of the Falls including all 16 view points to see this natural phenomenon.
  • Experience a traditional Boma Dinner, complete with dancing, singing and drumming!
  • Tour and travel along part of the famous Cape to Cairo line, on-board the opulent Bushtracks Express. Farewell Zimbabwe whilst enjoying a 5-course meal within the dining cart. 

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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19/05/20 03/06/20 $500 $14,495 Available book now
16/06/20 01/07/20 $500 $14,495 Available book now
14/07/20 29/07/20 $500 $15,395 Available book now
11/08/20 26/08/20 $500 $15,395 Available book now
22/09/20 07/10/20 $500 $15,395 Available book now
Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Tips: Tipping Made Easy, $330pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $1,050pp
Single supplement: from $2,550
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
Our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

President Hotel, Cape Town

President Hotel provides panoramic views of Lion's Head Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Located 6 kilometres from Cape Town's city centre, the hotel provides luxury service,  casual dining options and stunning outdoor pool. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; outdoor swimming pool; free wifi; bar/restaurant; safe deposit box

Protea Hotel, Franschhoek

This charming hotel has a rich history, dating back to the 1880s. Overlooking the mountains and vineyards of Franschhoek, Protea Hotel is just a short walk from the town centre and boasts a renowned restaurant and swimming pool. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; safe deposit box; swimming pool; fitness centre; outdoor furniture 

Garden Court Sandton City Hotel, Johannesburg

Located in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, the Garden Court Sandton City offers a central and convenient location with many top attractions within easy reach - from the best shopping malls to the most popular restaurants and entertainment options.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge (on request); safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Cresta Churchill, Bulawayo

Perfectly situated near many of Bulawayo’s historical and cultural landmarks is the Cresta Churchill hotel. The rooms are elegant and comfortable, air-conditioned and fully serviced. There is also a swimming pool and cocktail bar on site. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; free wifi 

Camp Hwange

In the north west of Hwange National Park, lies Camp Hwange. Owned by top Zimbabwean professional guide, David Carson, the camp provides a unique 'bush' feel with an emphasis on safari experiences. 

Sovereign Houseboat, Lake Kariba

Sovereign is a five star luxury catamaran cruiser that boasts 10 fully air conditioned en suite cabins. Designed and built by Mr Tony Turner, his many years of experience in boat building and attention to detail has resulted in a vessel that never fails to impress. (Similar houseboat may be used alternatively) 

Facilities: air-conditioning; swimming pool; mosquito nets; veranda; lounge/bar 

Cresta Sprayview, Victoria Falls

Cresta Sprayview is a stylish hotel located 1.4 kilometres from the entrance to the Victoria Falls Rainforest. Set on eight acres of manicured grounds in the heart of Victoria Falls, each room at Cresta Sprayview is equipped with air conditioning, a satellite TV and tea-and-coffee-making facilities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; safe deposit box; bar/restaurant; swimming pool; sun terrace 

Weather

Weather

Cape Town

Summer: December to February

Autumn: March to May

Winter: June to August

Spring: September to November

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Summer: December to February

Autumn: March to May

Winter: June to August

Spring: September to November

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Wet Season: November to February

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Currency

Currency

Rand

The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR; R).

  • 1 Rand = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of R200, 100, 50, 20 and 10
  • Coins are in denominations of R5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents

Zimbabwe Dollar

The official currency of Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwe Dollar (ZWD$).

  • We recommend to take US Dollars which can be exchanged locally
  • Local shops will only accept cash in Zimbabwe dollars
  • Visa payments can be made in US dollars
  • Foreign credit cards are accepted in hotels, shops, and restaurants with the applicable rate of exchange
  • Please ensure that you carry cash as there is limited access to ATM's

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A visa for Zimbabwe needs to be purchased upon arrival in Bulawayo for approx $30pp US.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

Luggage Info

Luggage Information

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Because of the limited storage space in light aircraft and safari vehicles in Africa, please note the following luggage restrictions for this tour.

  • A soft bag is required
  • There is a maximum weight of 15kg per person

If you have any other questions about luggage requirements, please feel free to call one of our consultants on 1800 286 645 or email us.

Tour Extensions

These optional extras can be included in your tour.

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Special Experiences!

  • Enjoy lunch and a farm tour at the award-winning Boschendal Wine Estate.
  • Visit the UNESCO World-Heritage listed Khami Ruins, located just outside of Bulawayo.
  • Spend two nights travelling in a houseboat around the beautiful waters of Lake Kariba.
  • Tour and travel along part of the famous Cape to Cairo line, on board the opulent Bushtracks Express. Farewell Zimbabwe whilst enjoying a 5-course meal within the dining car.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 12

Transportation

Coach, 4WD safari vehicle, train, houseboat, plane & cable car

Tips

Tipping Made Easy, $330pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Discover the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town • Explore the quaint town of Franschhoek • Cruise around the beautiful waters of Lake Kariba • Admire spectacular Victoria Falls

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