Zimbabwe’s wildlife &
Victoria Falls

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  • 11 Nights
  • April – October
  • Zimbabwe
  • From £6,100 pp
  • Authentic

Trip Overview

Firmly back on the safari menu and thankfully over the years Zimbabwe has continued to nurture its magical safari recipe of brilliant guides and superb wildlife in some of the best wilderness spots in Southern Africa.

It’s easy to forget that Zimbabwe was once the bread basket of Africa, not to mention the country that set the bar on guiding standards for the rest of Africa. Amazingly, despite years of economic hardship it’s still blessed with some of the most rewarding parks on the continent.

To experience the best of Zimbabwe’s game-rich wilderness areas far from other tourists, combine three of Zimbabwe’s stunning parks with the chance for some exceptional walking.

Begin with a couple of nights at Victoria Falls then strike out for Hwange National Park, Mana Pools and finally Gonarezhou National Park. By using a mixture of traditional tented camps and mobile safari camps, this itinerary will deliver on location, wildlife and comfort.

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Unexpected Highlights of this itinerary

Often the best safaris involve looking beyond the obvious highlights. It’s about the myriad exhilarating encounters that will make your heart sing. These are encounters that nobody could ever predict, but that make your safari genuinely unique.

Trip Itinerary

Zimbabwe’s wildlife & Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls (2 Nights)
2 Nights

Victoria Falls

Fly in to the iconic Victoria Falls spending two nights at a quaint guest lodge – the perfect base to explore the natural wonder of Victoria Falls. A couple of days here should be sufficient to explore the falls but there is also the extreme possibility of riding the rapids or bungee from the bridge which can be built in to the adventure should you so wish.

Accommodation

Batonka Guest Lodge is just a stones throw from the falls and set in lush green gardens. This is a tranquil haven away for the hubbub of Victoria Falls town but it is in walking distance of most of the local attractions.

Batonka Guest House

Modern, clean, quiet, safe and very well run by a friendly and efficient team; Batonka is a comfortable base to explore the Falls and surrounds.

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Parks & Areas

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Hwange National Park (3 Nights)
3 Nights

Hwange National Park

Zimbabwe’s largest National Park is arguably the best location if you want to see the Big 5. Only two-hours drive from Victoria Falls means Hwange is a smooth dove-tail into any Zimbabwean itinerary in the north of the country.

Known for its expansive plains and wide horizons, Hwange carries a sizeable reputation that it whole-heartedly deserves.

Accommodation: Hwange Bush Camp

Under the canopy of trees sits Hwange Bush Camp and is an intimate camp that caters for a maximum of only twelve guests in six spacious and tastefully decorated twin bedded Meru tents, all with private en-suite bathrooms.

Hwange Bush Camp has a really authentic bush camp feel with all meals cooked from a wood-burning stove by talented chefs. The lounge and dining area offer guests a comfortable spot to retire and spend evenings around the camp fire. Deep in the wilderness, there is no Wifi and no mobile at Hwange Bush Camp.

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Mana Pools National Park (3 Nights)
3 Nights

Mana Pools National Park

The high canopy of acacia albida trees and wide floodplains of the Zambezi make this prime walking territory. Expect to find the wildlife gathering en-masse at the rich alluvial feast on the banks of the Zambezi.

Mana Pools is one of the few true wildernesses in the world where you can encounter elephant, lion and wild dog in such close proximity, and on foot.

Accommodation: Zambezi Expeditions

Zambezi Expeditions camp is an exclusive mobile camp overlooking the majestic Zambezi River. The camp has an authentic safari feel but is very comfortable and in this case, luxury comes with the location. Sleeping under canvas each tent has an en-suite bathroom and hot bucket shower – all under one roof.

The Zambezi plays an enormous part in any stay here, with days spent out on the river on canoeing safaris or tracking game along the shoreline or perhaps fishing for the iconic tiger fish. You’ll head out by 4×4 for game drives along the flood plains of Mana Pools.

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Gonarezhou National Park (3 Nights)
3 Nights

Gonarezhou National Park

In the far south of the country, Gonarezhou offers probably the wildest and least visited National Park in Zimbabwe. Auspiciously named ‘place of elephants’ in Shona, the park is true to the word in this respect with incredible scenes of frolicking elephants a regular occurence.

The park is relatively inaccessible with only a few roads but the best way to it is on foot along the many ancient elephant tracks. So, if what you are looking for is a great big chunk of wild Africa to yourself, this is your place.

Accommodation: Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Chilo Gorge is a luxury safari lodge on the edge of the National Park. Each lodge is light, spacious and beautifully designed.

The lodge has a shaded swimming pool, communal dining area and sumptuous lounge for relaxing of an evening. From the viewing deck, you look over resident elephants cooling off in the river and regular processions of big herds.

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