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Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari

8

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Safari: South Africa, Zimbabwe

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari

Spot the Big Five in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoy the majesty of Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls

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Thornybush Private Reserve is South Africa’s premier private game viewing destination. Extensive wildlife studies, documentaries are various anti-poaching and conservation measures have been implemented at this incredible reserve, making for exceptional game viewing and accomodation. Here, you’ll closely observe elephants, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species. 

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world; the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. 

About two-thirds of the Falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean border and popular activities here include scenic flights over the falls in a helicopter or microlight, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal) and a day trip to the Chobe National Park.

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What to Expect on This Safari

This popular itinerary can be customised to match your budget and travel dates by adding/removing a few days or selecting different lodges

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1

Johannesburg & Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Your journey begins in Johannesburg's O.R Tambo International airport, where you'll be whisked away on a short fight to Hoedspruit near the Kruger National Park. From there you will be transferred to Thornybush Waterside Lodge.

Let the serenity of Thornybush Private Game Reserve sink in on your first night. Hidden under a canopy of trees, this exclusive lodge offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. An ideal place for families, groups or single travellers, Thornybush is all about relaxation and luxury. Spacious, thatched suites with their own private balcony awaits you. 

Meals: Included

Drinks: Included (local brands only)

Transport: Included

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2 to 3 to 4

Thornybush Private Game Reserve

On this leg of your safari you'll be treated to dusk and dawn game drives in the savannah plains of this pristine reserve. With 147 mammals including the Big Five, 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish and 34 amphibians to discover, you'll not want for things to do at this lodge. Get to know the secrets of the bushveld on guided walking tours, and enjoy delicious meals after a long day discovering the wonderful world of Thornybush. 

If a bit of rest and recuperation is on your bucket list, then the Amani Spa is the perfect place to be. With a well-rounded approach to health and wellbeing, this is a great place to recharge. 

Spend your time photographing magical African sunsets, longing by the pool and robust game viewing from the privacy of your suite. 

Meals: Included

Drinks: Included (local brands only)

Transport: Included

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5

Johannesburg

Say goodbye to Thornybush on a transfer back to Hoedspruit and from there to O.R Tambo airport in the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg. 

You'll be transported to the five-star Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel at Emporer's Palace, where the ultimate in luxury and hospitality meet. Located just five minutes from the airport, you'll have the benefit of truly enjoying your stay without worry.  Sip a cocktail while watching the African sunset at Neptune’s Pool Bar at the spectacular pool terrace, or eat at the fine Aurelia restaurant for a taste of contemporary South African cuisine. 

Enjoy one night of wonder in this bustling city. With so much to see and do, your evening promises to be highly enjoyable. 

Meals: Breakfast

Drinks: Not included

Transport: Included

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6 to 7

Victoria Falls

A short transfer to O.R Tambo International Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls International Airport. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Enjoy the luxurious lodge for two nights with breakfast and dinner included as well as a guided tour of the Falls, a sunset cruise on the majestic Zambezi river and a truly African boma dinner experience. 

Built on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park, the lodge is just four kilometres from the majestic Victoria Falls and offers a unique wildlife experience. The rooms all have private balconies, most of which overlook a central waterhole, offering the opportunity to observe herds of buffalo, elephant, kudu, sunset and hyenas.

A view of the Victoria Falls is something you will never forget, and the best way to see them is on a guided tour. Discover how the falls were formed and which local customs and traditions surround them. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and craft centre.

Have your camera ready to capture one of the most amazing sunsets in Africa. The sunset cruise on the Zambezi River is a definite must on any trip to Victoria Falls. Relax with a sundowner and snacks as you gaze out onto the banks of the river. You’ll be sure to spot wildlife as they come down to the river for a drink after a hot day in the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe) and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia). However, there’s always an abundance of hippos and crocodiles. Birdlife is superb and the fish eagles will usually fill the scene with their calls.

Meals: Included 

Drinks: Included (local brands only)

Transport: Included

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8

Departure

Bon voyage! You will be transported to Victoria Falls International Airport for your last flight to O.R Tambo International airport. 

We hope you enjoyed your luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari.

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