Visiting Five Countries, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, this tour explores some of the most spectacular natural wonders and highlights of southern Africa. We engage the cultures, enjoy the scenic splendour and witness some of the most unique wildlife in the world. Our tour aims to visit as many of the attractions as possible. We include known highlights like Kruger Park and Victoria Falls but also venture to places seldom visited, often way off of the beaten track.
We explore the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho and meet the Swazi people of this tiny kingdom; we enjoy game walks and relax on the beaches of Mozambique. With a multitude of wildlife experiences in South Africa and Zimbabwe this tour brings new excitement with each day.
Price from: € 2,095
Duration: 16 Days
Type: Camping and accommodated (mix)
CountriesLesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe
HighlightsGolden Gate National Park, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Hwange National Park, Inhambane, Kruger National Park, Maputo, Matobo National Park, Sibebe Rock, Victoria Falls
Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
16 Days Southern Highlights
Duration: 16 Days
Participants: Min 2 - Max 16
Starts: Johannesburg, South Africa
Ends: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Camping / Accommodated (mix)Price From: € 2,095
Day 1: Johannesburg to Lesotho
The tour kicks off early this morning and departs at 6.30am from Johannesburg. We make our way south towards the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, home of the Basotho people. A small landlocked country completely surrounded by South Africa it is the only independent state in the world that lies completely above 1000 m in elevation. What the country lacks in size is made up for by the beautiful views of the mountains that reach up to the sky.
We cross the border in the afternoon and make our way along the mountain roads to our final destination. Our accommodation for the next two nights will be a remote Lodge set high in the mountains of the Tsehlanyane National Park. We spend the night in comfort and fall asleep in the crisp mountain air.
Included activity: Mountain walk
Day 2: Lesotho
After a scrumptious breakfast at the lodge we have the entire day at our disposal for exploring the surrounding mountains and our guide will lead a walk through the mountains that includes several waterfalls and spectacular views of the surrounding valleys. Our guide will also take time to give us an introduction to the rich history of the country that dates back to the early 1800’s.
Returning to our accommodation in the afternoon the more adventurous can choose to go on a guided Basotho horse ride (own account). Negotiating the small mountain footpaths is something that takes time to get used to.
Included activity: Guided mountain walk
Optional activity: Basotho horse ride
Day 3: Lesotho to Swaziland
Waking up to the stark scenery and beauty of this area, we continue our tour and make our way back to South Africa. Once through the border we follow a scenic road of rolling hills and farming lands to our final destination for the day – The Kingdom of Swaziland.
Ruled by King Mswati III, this sovereign state is home to the proud Swazi people, known for their fascinating culture and traditional beehive huts. The country is rich in diversity from savannas in the east to rain forests in the northwest.
We cross the border from South Africa into Swaziland in the late afternoon and drive the short distance through the capital of Mbabane to our accommodation for the night located in the Hlambanyatsi Pine Forest region.
Day 4: Swaziland
It is great excitement that we prepare for our day of exploring. Departing after breakfast we pass through the administrative capital of Mbabane before enjoying a truly unique visit at Sibebe Rock.
Proclaimed to be the second largest monolith in the world, Sibebe certainly is one of the fascinating natural wonders found in Swaziland. We spend some time at the foot of this giant learning more about it history and the beliefs surrounding the area.
From here we depart and slowly make our way back to our accommodation stopping along the way at small markets and crafts shops allowing guests a glimpse into the lives of the Swazi people and their colourful existence.
Included activity: Guided mountain walk
Optional activity: Sibebe Rock
Day 5: Maputo
This morning we travel through Swaziland and follow the main tar road that cuts through the Royal Hlane National Park to cross the border into Mozambique.
Mozambique is a crossroads of civilizations, cultures and landscapes, influenced from the early days by nomadic tribes, Arab traders, British sailors and Portuguese colonials, then torn apart by over 20 years of civil war. With newfound peace, and a fast growing economy recently reopened to tourism, Mozambique offers the explorer a wealth of treasures in the form of untouched wilderness areas, natural beauty, deserted beaches, and unique cultural heritage.
This afternoon we arrive in the capital, Maputo and enjoy a sightseeing tour making use of local transport for an authentic experience. A city with an almost Latino atmosphere it offers a unique experience to visitors.
We overnight in the vibrant Maputo and enjoy and own expense dinner at a local restaurant to get the most out of this city.
Included activity: Local sightseeing tour in Maputo
Days 6-7: Inhambane
Following the coast, we make our way north to the coastal town of Maxixe from where we enjoy a trip with the locals across the bay on a traditional dhow or boat while the guide drives around to meet us in the ancient trading port of Inhambane.
Once back on land we spend some time exploring and visiting the bustling local market before continuing to our accommodation on the beach. We enjoy two nights in relative comfort, staying in accommodation literally on the beach. During our time here we relax, snorkel and soak up the sun whilst exploring the deserted beaches that Mozambique is so well known for.
Inhambane is a diver’s paradise and for those interested in exploring the underwater world scuba diving is a must (own account).
Included activity: Dhow trip
Optional activities: Snorkelling, diving and fishing
Day 8: Xai Xai
We depart after a relaxed morning and drive a short distance along the coastline to the coastal town of Xai Xai. Once a bustling port under the Portuguese rule it has become a peaceful holiday destination.
Our accommodation for the night is at a remote beach resort hidden on the large dune separating the inland fresh water lake system from the pounding ocean. We have a relaxed afternoon to enjoy the surf and to explore the surroundings.
Optional activities: Snorkelling
Day 9: Mozambique to Kruger National Park
Making our way north we depart early in the morning and travel through the Limpopo floodplains and remote areas with scattered villages along the way. Our destination today is the world renowned Kruger National Park, home to a variety of animals including the famous ‘Big 5’.
Once through the border and back in South Africa we spend our time exploring the park in search of animals.
Tonight we setup camp for the first time – and where better than in this wildlife paradise! We enjoy a catered meal prepared over the open fire and fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush.
Included activities: Short drive, Transfrontier Peace Park; Kruger National park entry
Day 10: Kruger National Park
Waking up before sunrise we enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the sunrise over the bush. We then pack up camp and start our day of exploring. We spend majority of the day in search of animals and our guide will explain the behaviour of the animals we encounter. During the day we enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the rest points in the park.
The road will lead us into the most northern part of the park and we hope to find the elusive Cheetah that prefers this section of the park.
Late this afternoon we exit the park via the Pafuri gate and stay in comfortable accommodation in the area.
Included activity: Full day game drive, Kruger National Park including entry; Northern “cheetah country” of Kruger National Park
Day 11: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
After an early start today we make our way north towards Zimbabwe. We arrive at the Beit Bridge border in the morning and after completing the formalities we continue towards the town of Masvingo and on to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.
The mystery surrounding these ruins and the ancient society that lived here will be explained and discussed by our guide. Our guided hike in the late afternoon will showcase these magnificent structures and allow you time to ponder over the mystery surrounding their origin.
Tonight we camp in close vicinity to the ruins.
Included activity: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Day 12: Matobo National Park
After our breakfast we head for the wide streets of Bulawayo, the second biggest city in Zimbabwe and then continue to our camp nestled amongst the precariously balancing boulders of Matobo National Park. This afternoon we enjoy a game drive and the additional highlight of rhino tracking on foot in the National Park. The thrill and enjoyment of spending time with wild rhinos in the bush is an experience that will not be forgotten soon.
We return to our camp in the early evening after our bush experience.
Included activities: Matobo National Park including entry; Rhino tracking on foot
Day 13: Hwange National Park
This morning we travel the short distance to Hwange, well known as one of Africa’s best conservation areas and home to the Royal Herd of Elephant. We will arrive in time for lunch in our camp.
This afternoon we conduct an extensive open-vehicle game drive/walk experience in search of the herds of game that this area is so well known for. Our camp tonight overlooks a water hole that receives frequent visits form the wild animals in the area.
Included activities: Game drive, Hwange National Park including entry
Day 14-15: Victoria Falls
Today we make our way to the adventure capital of Africa to explore the amazing Victoria Falls; “Mosi o Tunya “, meaning “The smoke that Thunders”.
During our stay various other attractions can be visited such as a tribal village or curio market. Victoria Falls is also home to a multitude of adventure activities such as an aircraft flip over the falls or a boat trip on the Zambezi River, white water rafting or bungee jumping, but allowance must be made for the extra expense.
We spend two nights here, thus allowing some time to explore the town and all it has to offer. One dinner and both lunches will be enjoyed in local restaurants (own account). Relax to the sound of the African night and the distant roar of the falls.
Included activity: Victoria Falls National Park entry
Optional activities: Scenic helicopter flight, White water rafting, Bungee jumping
Day 16: Victoria Falls
Our tour comes to an end after breakfast. Our guide will depart and guests can book transfers to the airport for their flights back home via the Drifters office.
14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 14 dinners
Please note: unless otherwise specified, meals will be prepared by the guides and group
– Lesotho – “The Roof of Africa”
– African village culture
– Kingdom of Swaziland
– Sibebe Rock
– Golden Gate
– Mountain walks
– Mozambique beaches
– Kruger National Park
– Great Zimbabwe Ruins
– Victoria Falls national park and entry fee
– Open vehicle game drives
– Historical sites
– Matobo National Park
– Hwange National Park
– Rhino tracking on foot
– White water rafting
– Bungee jumping
– International flights
– Airport departure taxes
– Departure transfer
– Meals unless otherwise stated
– Travel insurance: mandatory
– Sleeping bag