Tailor-made Zimbabwe Safaris
1 - Harare to Kariba
Arrive in Harare off flight from Johannesburg.
you will be met by a representative and a driver. Transfer
by road in an air-conditioned vehicle and you will be
transferred approx. 4 hours to Kariba.
You will board your houseboat Charisma
(or similar) and enjoy the next
4 nights cruising the great Lake Kariba. The Charisma is
a 48ft Dolphin Cruiser which is moored at Kariba Breezes
Harbour. She sleeps 6 guests but has cabin capacity for 4
guests. It has one air conditioner servicing the interior of
the boat and mattresses and mosquito nets are provided for
the top deck should you wish to sleep under the stars. The
boat also comes with its own tender boat and generator. This
is, by the way, the ONLY way to enjoy the nights on lake
Kariba – it is bliss!! The boat comes with its own captain,
cook and deckhand.
Rates included do NOT INCLUDE FUEL or
drinks. Both are purchased at the harbour. Drinks are
usually done on sale and return basis and based on a
pre-order system. Ice is available at the harbour as well.
We recommend your order 4 – 5 blocks of ice per day.
2, 3 & 4 - Lake Kariba and Matusadona
Lake Kariba, the second largest man-made lake in the
world, was built over a period of 5 years. Construction
began in 1954 for the building of a town to house the 10,000
workers, which were involved in the building of this 128
metre-high dam wall.
Conditions were not easy and during
appallingly hot summer months, huge thunderstorms thundered
– twice, the coffer dam was damaged by floods which also
took with them many human lives. More than 70 people died
during the building of the dam wall, which was finally
officially opened on 3rd December 1958.
During the filling
of the dam, an incredible rescue programme known as
“Operation Noah” was undertaken by the Rhodesian
conservationists. In total, over 5,000 animals were ferried
to safety from their traps on rapidly disappearing islands.
Covering more then 5,000 square kilometres, the lake is 281
km long and at its widest point more than 40km across. Not
only does it provide Zimbabwe with vital hydro-electric
power – the reason for its construction – but it has also
become an incredibly popular tourist destination. The vast
lake, fringed by mountains, has dramatic scenery, which
seems to stretch forever as well as some of the best
wildlife in Africa. On a 4 night charter the boat is allowed
to go up to Elephant Point. Enjoy the game viewing, sunset
cruises and fishing activities on Lake Kariba.
Day 5 Kariba - Mana Pools
This morning after fishing and breakfast your captain
will return you to Kariba harbour where you will be met and
transferred to Kariba airport. Here you will meet your pilot
who will fly you into Mana Pools and to the Ruckomechi
airstrip. Your guide will be waiting for you on the strip
and will assist with baggage and from here you enjoy a
wonderful game drive into camp. Ruckomechi Camp – is set on
the shores of the Zambezi River below lake Kariba in the
Mana Pools National Park. This very remote lodge offers some
of the best wildlife opportunities in Zimbabwe.
The lodge has recently been completely rebuilt and has
eight spacious tented lodges, all overlooking the Zambezi
River. The lodges are connected to the main living area by
low level walkways. There is an infinity swimming pool,
sunbathing deck and cushion-strewn star-gazing deck. Meals
are served (weather permitting) under the stars, in the
company of other guests, your guides and lodge managers.
Walking at Ruckomechi with armed professional guides is
an exceptionally rewarding experience. The guides at
Ruckomechi are of a very high standard and do not miss the
smallest detail, which they will share with their guests
giving you a wonderful insight into the wonders of the
African bush. Drives allow you to get deeper into the bush
affording an opportunity to see the four of Africa’s Big
Five (there are no longer Black rhino in Mana Pools), as
well as a host of other
Other activities include canoeing and fishing on the
river. Another highlight of this camp is that you have a
great chance of spotting and spending time with Wild Dogs of
the area. Obviously not guaranteed but some amazing
photographic opportunities here! Overnight Ruckomechi
– Terms: All inclusive
6 and 7 - Mana Pools
Mana Pools National Park, situated on the southern bank
of the Zambezi River, is without doubt one of the finest
game reserves on the sub-continent. It covers more than 280
000 hectares between the Zambezi River and the Zambezi
escarpment further south, and is part of a wild area, which
stretches from Kariba in the west to Kanyemba on the
Mozambique border in the east.
Along the banks of the
mighty river, and around the four large pools which give the
area its name, huge trees such as Natal Mahoganies,
Apple-Ring Trees, Sausage Trees and Tamarinds, provide not
only shade but food and shelter for the many animals and
birds which inhabit this tract. Four of the Big Five (all
except Black Rhino), can be found in Mana Pools, as well as
a plethora of other game. Not only is game viewing
exceptional in Mana Pools, but the scenery is astounding.
There are very few places on earth as wild as this
incredibly special National Park. Overnight at
Ruckomechi – Terms: All inclusive
Day 8 - Mana Pools - Harare
This morning after breakfast and early morning game drive
OR lie-in, you will be transferred to the air-strip where
you will board your light aircraft plane and your pilot will
fly you back to Harare. You will land in Harare in time to
meet up with your outbound flight returning to Johannesburg.
Cost:- USD4,457 per person sharing - Based on 4 persons
Boat trip and meals as quoted
Road transfer from
Harare to Kariba
Air charters from Kariba - Mana - Harare
Accommodation on fully inclusive basis at
Game activities at Ruckomechi
Whats not included:
Fuel for the houseboat - fuel is paid for when return to
harbour on last day
Drinks and ice - this is done on sale
and return basis. A drinks list will be given to the boat
company and you take all drinks onboard but only pay for
what you drink
Fishing equipment & Worms - please bring
your own OR advise and we can source a hire company to
supply rods and tackle for you.
National Parks fees and
river usage fee. This needs to be paid directly to National
Parks on arrival in Kariba.
Tips and gratuities for
staff and guides
Visas and airport taxes