Smiley’s Mingle with the People Adventure (to Zimbabwe by local transport)

11 Days Port Elizabeth/Cape Town  – Johannesburg/ Soweto – Bulawayo – Victoria Falls return

What?!

Addo Elephant tourSmiley Face Tours is particularly proud to present to you a travel hard but stay comfortable adventure. This means that you will travel like a local but you will enjoy all the benefits of luxury self-catering accommodation at the magnificent Victoria Falls. We have also thrown in some exciting activities like a bicycle tour in Soweto and a cruise on the Zambezi river. Do you want to meet locals on the ground and experience the day-to-day African bustle? Do you need more dinner time conversation starters? Join us, mingle with the people, and you won’t be short of any!

Who?!

Every open-minded and relaxed traveller with a love for people (and a bit of luxury).

How?!

Your guide will organise transport to your next destination at the local taxi ranks, train stations and metros. You will be able to meet and communicate with local people who use these transport systems every day.

Getting through the border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe and later Zambia is an adventure in itself. You will need to make sure that visa requirements for these borders have been met. Please do so well in advance of your trip so you don’t take the risk of not being allowed to pass through border posts.

Where?!

Are departure points are in Port Elizabeth or Cape Town and spend the next few days making our way to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. You will board a train for the first part of the trip which takes you from Port Elizabeth or Cape Town to Johannesburg overnight. From there you take the metro and overnight in the Johannesburg township Soweto. Here you embark on your first activity: an early bicycle tour through the township – you’ll pass many historical landmarks. Back at Johannesburg Park Station your guide organises you a kwela-kwela (South African minibus taxi) to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. The trip from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls is a 12-hour journey and once again we travel overnight by train.

At Victoria Falls we stay at Lokuthula Lodge, an extremely comfortable, self-catering lodge, surrounded by beautiful gardens. During our 5 day stay in luxury we get to experience the magnificent Victoria Falls and all of its affiliated activities (Smiley Face Tours can recommend the white water rafting for those who are adventurous). You will be able to see the Falls from the Zimbabwean and Zambian side, enjoy a high tea at the Victoria Hotel, spot wildlife from the lodge and take a cruise above the waterfall. We head back to Port Elizabeth with the same mode of transport as we came up with.

If you wish, the adventure can start and end in Cape Town or Johannesburg instead of Port Elizabeth. Just note that joining from Johannesburg would mean missing out on a great deal of the atmosphere and local flavour.

When?!

This adventure is not scheduled and can be booked at any time. If trains are full during high season we make a plan. It’s all about getting there and back with local transport.

Smiley’s Mingle with the People Adventure includes:

– all train tickets, all minibus taxi fares, all metro tickets and transport to and from Lokuthula Lodge at Victoria Falls

– train sleeper accommodation x4, standard accommodation x1, luxurious self-catering accommodation x5

– a bicycle tour through Soweto, high tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel, entrance to the Falls from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian side, a cruise on the Zambezi river

– your own tour guide.

Group size: minimum 5 to maximum 8

target group age 18 – 55
Number of Days 11
Number of nights accommodation 10
Minimum number of Persons 5
Maximum number of persons 8
Costs per person POA

We are heading through Zimbabwe, Zambia and south Africa you will need to make sure that your visia will be applicable at the borders.  If not you will need to make sure you have the correct visas.

Do you want to meet locals on the ground and see the normal African Bustle.  This trip is a travel hard stay comfortable trip.

vicfallsA guide will organise transport with our group at our local taxi ranks, train stations and metros.  Get involved with the everyday locals using the everyday transport systems.

Starting in Port Elizabeth you will spend the next few days days making your way to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Taking the train for the first part of the trip.  This over night train ride to Johannesburg.  In Johannesburg we take the metro and overnight in Sowetho.

A bicycle tour through this famous township and an early rise.  return by metro to Johannesburg Park station and organising a Quella (South African minibus Taxi to Bulawayo.

Getting through the border post of South Africa and Zimbabwe is an adventure in itself.

We will stay at Locutula lodge for 5 days seeing the magnificent falls and all the activities that surround it.  Getting the falls from the Zimbabwe and Zambian side having high tea,  Looking over animals from  our accommodation  and a cruise above the waterfall is what is expected on this relaxing part of your holiday..

For those who are adventurous the white water rafting is a must or some of the other adventurous activities that are available at the falls.

returning will be the same transport as coming up.

This trip can start and end in Cape town and may end in Johannesburg.

Included: Transport (trains, mini taxis, metros to and from Locutula lodge) Accommodation: premium accommodation x 5 Standard accommodation x 1, Train accommodation x 4, Bicycle tour, High tea at Victoria falls Hotel, entrance to Falls Zimbabwe and Zambia, Cruise on Zambezi, Guide


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