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An offroad-outdoor expedition with its main focus on culture, history and wildlife in Africa.

Aren´t you attracted to see with your own eyes what up to now you only know from documentaries or the zoo? Waterholes being visited by herds of elephant, antelopes, giraffes with lion prides and hyena packs. In between the giant legs of African giants, mongoose and screeching guinea fowl tiptoe around…and you just sit there with a coffee or a cold beer in your hand and experience how life is going under acacia trees.

In the towns and villages life is vibrant, locals sell their products, either grown on the field or collected in the bush. With lots of enthusiasm and interest they explain you which powder, potion or dried root is used for what and they will always pick the best piece of meat for you from their pots.

Would you like to know what these mopani worms taste like? Or how tobacco is grown and processed? This and many more things are waiting for you in Zimbabwe…and this is not all: How would an expedition be without a safari and falling asleep in a tent under the shining Southern Crossm accompanied by the wild sounds of the African bush.

Join us on- and offroad, feel like an early explorer while looking for thousands of years old rock paintings. Under the hot African sun we will enjoy the picturesque scenery and friendly, smiling locals.

Zimbabwe has grown to our hearts and we would like to show you its beauty.

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Information

Destination:

Zimbabwe

Date:

July 2022

Duration:

21 days

Participants:

min. 8 – max. 12

Expedition Type:

offroad, camping, exploring, culture,

Base Price:

600 USD

*General info about expeditions and sign up you can find in our FAQs

The base price needs to be paid when signing up with us, either in full or as a deposit and after confirmation in full.

The base price includes

  • guiding services for the whole duration of the expedition in your language
  • planning and organizing a basic itinerary for the trip
  • assistance and help with preparations before the trip and during the expedition
  • full knowledge and experience of your guides
  • 5% of this goes to a selected wildife protection project in the country

The base price doesn´t include

(prices are in USD)

  • expenses for transport – flights can be between 550 to 700 USD, if you book them well in advance you can get a good price.
  • visa to Zimbabwe – 30 USD for a single entry.
  • expenses for rental car – the price per person for a full car is 580 USD (3 weeks)
  • fuel costs – maximum 180 USD
  • food costs – depending on how we do it (cooking, restaurants) – max 250 USD
  • accommodation costs – camps – max 300 USD
  • entry to national parks – 200 USD
  • alternative activities – 860 USD (helicopter flight Vic Falls, bungee jumping, flying fox, skydive, house boat kariba, canoe Zambezi etc)
  • personal expenses – that depends on you, if you buy souvenirs, chips, sweets etc. – 200 USD

Rough expenses for a 3 week expedition in Zimbabwe and South Africa, incl. all activities = 3900 USD – without activities 3000 USD (unrivaled price!)

The above mentioned expenses are counted on a maximum basis, according to our experience with these kinds of trips and according to price lists for activities. Prices for fuel, food and accommodation depend on the exact itinerary, camping possibilities and driven kilometers.

We always check prices for different services and update them. The detailed expenses will be sent to each team member after signing up, together with our itinerary, a map and more info.

All services will be ordered on the spot, some expenses (like camping) will be paid directly by the traveller to the service provider. Since our first expedition with a group through Africa we have always used a simple system for group related expenses – a “group kitty” (expedition fund) – where every participant puts in a certain amount at the beginning of the trip and that money is used to pay for all group-related expenses (like fuel, fees, food etc.) Every expense is meticulously written down. Any other, not group-related expenses have to be paid for by the participant alone.

You can find more information about prices and expenses in Africa below, in our „IN AFRICA“ section and also in + RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES where you can find out what else to do during the trip and get an idea, what costs what.

Have you decided on becoming an expedition member to explore the unknown?

Fill in your sign up with us, that is your first step into the adventure. This is where the preparations start.

Information about the itinerary

The detailed info about each expedition containing info about the car, equipment, what to take with you, what not to bring and much more will be sent out to you in our “information for team members”.

Visa

For Zimbabwe you will get a single entry visa for 30 days which costs 30 USD, we will get this at the border. South Africa doesn´t need a visa for most European nationalities. Double check before, please.

Personal meeting

After signing up of all team members we would like to have a personal meeting with the whole group, where we can get to know each other a bit and where we talk about the itinerary (you can have your say in this also!) If a personal meeting is not possible, we can organize an online meeting (skype, zoom) and we can talk about any questions you may have.

Consulting and advice

While you are preparing for your trip, we are at your disposition with hints, advice and recommendations.

You will receive an information pack after your sign up.

What and how to pack

Travel light and comfortable. Best is to have collapsible bags, not a suitcase. It should be resilient to dust and general traveling. What proved ideal is a normal backpack and a small day pack. Weight wise it should not be more than 20kg plus tent. You won´t need too many clothes, just the basics, light but also a sweater.

More info will be sent out to you after your sign up.

Passport

will have to be valid for at least 6 months after the trip and not contain an Israelian visa.

Vaccination

it is not in our competence to recommend you vaccinations or to make a plan for you, you will need to talk to professionals about it. Your GP is your first point, otherwise some health or travel medical centres will be able to help you. What we can recommend is that we think it´s a good idea to be vaccinated against some of the major diseases. It may happen that you will be asked to prove a yellow fever vaccination upon arrival. What we can also do is telling you what WE are vaccinated against and what is written in our international vaccination pass:

  • Hepathitis A, B
  • Meningitis
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus
  • Yellow fever
  • Rabies

Travel insurance

travel insurance is something very important and a must-have. If you want to join one of our expeditions, you MUST have a travel insurance. This protects yourself and us.

In general – some countries, that you need visas for will ask about a travel insurance as well, for example Namibia for Czech citizens.

You will find some more info on each country in our online guide, which we prepared for you on our website.
Online guide zimbabwe

Base itinerary and recommended activities

Main points of our itinerary we shouldn´t miss in Zimbabwe

  • Victoria Falls – kwho doesn´t know Mosi-oa-Tunya (The smoke that thunders) and who wouldn´t want to visit them. It is one of the 7 natural wonders of the Earth and was already documented by Sir David Livingstone in the 19th century. You don´t only need to look at the water falling down a 140m high cliff, but you can also stroll through the rain forest there, do some bungee jumping into the gorge or fly over in a helicopter. It will be a breathtaking experience.
  • Mana Pools national park – it is on the UNESCO list and as such a specially protected piece of land. No asphalt, camps without fences, the wonderful Zambezi , lots of animals and a minimum of tourists – what else would you want? Now we are only missing the crackling fire and a delicious steak.
  • Kariba – this huge dam on the Zambezi river forms the natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and offers a lot of activities, like a house boat ride, fishing, canoeing and much more. The climate is warm all year round.
  • Great Zimbabwe ruins – a national monument from the 11th century. A stone complex built with dry walls, without mortar. It used to be something like a metropolis, an economic center in its heyday up until the 16th century. Those well preserved ruins offer you a different side of Zimbabwe.
  • Matopos Hills most of the country are situated on a high plateau. The scenery is made up from granite hills, called “kopje”, and in between these hills, one can find thousands of rock paintings. The Matopos NP as the heart of the Matopos Hills is an art gallery, whispering to its visitor, telling countless stories of its original inhabitants from thousands of years ago. You will need hiking shoes here.
  • Blyde River Canyon – Another natural wonder, this time in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, Blyde is a breathtaking scenery and one of the biggest canyons on Earth.
  • Kruger Národní park – the most known, the oldest and one of the biggest national parks. To finish our trip we will relax and enjoy its asphalt infrastructure. It is very likely that here we see those animals, we haven´t encountered yet.

Our itinerary is filled with a lot of known and unknown places. Into each expedition we include places, which we discovered by ourselves and all places have been visited by us many times. Here, you will be an explorer and adventurer – so you have something to look forward to

Enrich your trip with some unforgettable outdoor or culture experience.

  • Canoe trip on the Zambezi 3 days/2 nights – 150 USD
  • Special activity on Kariba dam – 2 days – 220 USD
  • Fun evening with drums, dance and all-you-can-eat – 50 USD (drinks not included)
  • Helicopter Flight above Vic Falls – 15 min 165 USD
  • Bungee jump into the canyon at Vic Falls – 160 USD
  • ZipLine or Flying fox – 77 USD
  • Trek in Blyde River Canyon – 45 USD

In Africa

The start of the expedition is in our city of arrival, in this case Johannesburg or Vic Falls. It depends on our team and how we all will get to the meeting point. Just find yourself the right carrier, like Qatar, Turkish, Ethiopians or others. The flight price depends on your departure airport, it is wise to play around with different airports to fly from.

It is not necessary that the whole group is flying together, if someone wants, he/she can fly to Africa individually and extend their stay, either before or after our expedition. Just be reminded that then you are on your own, we just require you to be on our meeting point in time. Mostly, our meeting point will be at the international airport.

On our expeditions, we always choose a 4×4 vehicle, equipped for offroad and camping. Into the desert or bush one shouldn´t go with a different car, often we may be far away from civilization and need to rely on the car. An offroad car in this case is required. There are many different types, we often use a VW Transporter Syncro, which from the financial side and a travel in style we often use. We talk about driving when meeting and preparing for the expedition. You would need an international driver´s license.

What adds to the rental price is the fuel, expenses for fuel will be cheaper than in Europe, mostly a litre of petrol in South Africa, for example, costs around 90 cents, but in neighbouring Zimbabwe it is 1,40 USD already. (it depends on the seller, some petrol stations are closed, sometimes we may have to use the black market…)

The maximum costs for the rent of an offroad vehicle with a full car will roughly come to 548 USD per person (example for a full VW Syncro with 8 pax). Rental price includes all equipment for camping, cooking and offroad driving. Our itinerary will roughly be around 4-4.500km long, so the maximum fuel price per person should be around 120-140 USD.

We will mostly sleep in tents, which are part of the rental car. You will only need to bring a sleeping bag and a matress. We will mostly have classical ground tents, when we stay anywhere for a few days we don´t need to pack or unpack the tent every day.

We will camp in official camp grounds, sometimes at a lodge and when off the beaten track we will use community camps or villages.

Prices for camping are anything between 5 to 15 USD, depending on the place and the season. In our budget, we count 15 USD per person and per day, this way we have a reserve if we decide to camp in THAT beautiful prime wildlife spot in Mana Pools for 35-50 USD per night, for example in Chitake or the Nyamepi area.

The expenses for our camping should not be more than 300 USD

Mostly we will either cook ourselves or visit local restaurants and snack shops, if possible. On our rough itinerary, we will often be in the bush or little settlements where there are no restaurants. There, we will depend on ourselves and cook together from supplies we bought. If possible, we will cook on an open fire and use local products, antelope steaks etc. In general, meat in Africa is tastier than in Europe, often cattle spends its time outside, not locked up in sheds. When possible, we will always try to get you acquainted with local food culture and specialties for each country.

Vegetarians will be able to go meat free, we can always make a plan together. We have had vegetarians with us in the past and it worked just fine.

Expenses for a full stomach will come to a maximum of 250 USD

Zimbabwe doesn´t have any special limitations but one should be aware that this beautiful country has huge economic problems and this means there may be a lack of things, materials, sometimes petrol. This also means cash in circulation, so be aware that you can´t use ATMs, but you need to bring cash with you. Best in USD. We will also watch and make sure that no ones takes advantage of the miserable economic situation of its locals. When buying souvenirs we will pay reasonable prices and not bargain too low. People are desperate and will trade a beautiful carving for a tin of baked beans. We will not only give them that tin! Zimbabwe´s locals are beautiful, smiling and friendly people. Respect, honour and politeness are their characteristics. Adn we will give the same back. It may make you sad to see how they are and what they got. This is also a reason we want to take you into Zimbabwe, not only to Vic Falls (like 90% of tour operators), because the locals need our support, they are worht it. We will use their services, buy their goods and souvenirs, even alongside the road, and eat their foods!

Weather

The expedition takes place in the African autumn time (our spring), but don´t be scared, winter in Zimbabwe is not like our winter. Temperatures will be around 20-25°C during the day and nights will be cooler, some areas warmer, some colder. In the Kariba area, nights will be pleasantly warm, up on the plateau nights can be cooler. Take light clothes and don´t forget a sweater. Best is to layer up. We don´t expect rain as it´s the beginning of the dry season.

Internet and communication

It may happen that your European sim card doesn´t work in Zimbabwe. Close to borders you may catch a signal from operators across the border. The best way is to buy a local sim card. The prices in Africa are not too expensive, you can get 1GB for about 15 USD, but we have to stress that signal can be very limited.

Safety

Zimbabwe is a safe country. Just be aware, like everywhere else, that there are thieves and opportunists, so use your commonsense and make sure you always watch your belongings, especially on markets. We have been travelling in Zim for at least 12 years now and have never had any problems, but as the economic situation gets worse, people may become desperate.

The roads are half empty to empty, not much traffic, which makes travelling by car safe. Other than that you just need to follow the local rules and use your head. When it comes to wildlife you need to adhere to safety rules. We will brief you!

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