few-days safaris in Hwange / Matopos
Replies: 8 - Last Post: May 1, 2012 9:54 AM Last Post By: CharlieHare
Feb 27, 2012 11:07 AM
few-days safaris in Hwange / MatoposHi everyone,
I'm planning a trip to Zimbabwe in April (first half). I've looked into the possibilities for going on organized two- or three-day safaris in Hwange and Matopos from Vic Falls and Bulawayo respectively. It seems that this is generally possible but these tours are naturally conditional on a minimum number of participants (usually three or four). Does anyone here have any experience whether tours like that tend to fill up? Financing trips like that on your own is kinda pricey...
Feb 27, 2012 4:08 PM
The reason for that is because there are minimum costs in running a trip, such as for fuel, staff wages, vehicle entry fees to national parks, etc. So it is generally not financially viable for the tour operator to run a trip for one or two people unless they pay a premium.
Would suggest you contact the tour operators directly and see what their thoughts are. Perhpas they can advise you if / when they receive other bookings for that same trip?
Feb 29, 2012 3:51 AM
Its pretty easy and affordable to use public transport than going on a booked tour as most tour operators as missmullen09 said will work on a minimum number of peopel to break even.The cost they charge or the number of people should make it viable to have the trip running.
Depending on where you come in from you can break the trip into two.
Arrive Bulawayo , do the matopos as a day trip from Bulawayo, overnight and then take the Pathfinder Luxury coach which goes to Vicfalls from Bulawayo via Hwange. Drop off at Hawnge do your Hwange leg of the trip maybe overnight or two days(advisable to do multidays as that is when you get the best of Hwange).the get on Pathfinder from Hwange to the falls a few days after that.
Your total transport cost from Bulawayo toVicfalls will be about USD50 even if youbreak it into two legs and on an organised tour the bulk of the payment goes to the transport aspect of the trip.
Recommend Sikumi Tree Lodge in Hwange.vey friendly managers and staff and reasonable rates for the service given ....recommend Burkes' Paradise in Bulawayo very friendly and efficient in organising Matopo day trips.
Hope this helpsxx
Feb 29, 2012 1:23 PM
3Thanks a lot. Do you know whether the Pathfinder coach runs daily from Vic Falls to Bulawayo? Can I count on getting a seat or should I try to book that in advance?
Feb 29, 2012 4:13 PM
Mar 9, 2012 12:52 AM
I'm planning a similar trip but in March and was wondering if you'd had any luck with these recommendations? I have emailed with African Wanderer Safaris who seem great but they haven't got a tour going on the day I need at the moment. I can't find many other tour operators...
Mar 14, 2012 12:22 PM
no luck for me either. I would recommend checking with Steph at jj Africa Tours (http://www.jjafricatours.com). Unfortunately, they didn't have a tour at the time I was looking for. It seems that tours rarely fill up with independent travelers.
Enjoy your trip.
Mar 18, 2012 10:26 AM
7See my post of today entitled "Zimbabwe: traveling alone was cheaper than a group tour." Couldn't get into all the details there, but if you want more specifics about any aspect, please either post here or PM me.
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