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Zimbabwe Water Wilderness, Kariba and Mana Pools

  Zimbabwe Safaris are custom designed to match the exact requirements of clients. Your choice of camps and duration. 

Elephant Bedroom Camp, Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.

Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve surrounded by Doum palms and other beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs.

Elephant Bull, Jao Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Jao offers an excellent all round Okavango experience, with game drives, mokoro excursions, short guided walks and boating available.

Chongwe River House wins The Good Safari Award for the Best Safari House in Africa AGAIN!

Game viewing is done from a vehicle in either the Lower Zambezi National Park or from a boat on the Zambezi. Canoeing, walking and fishing are also offered.

African Lion - The predator everybody wants to see on Safari!

The African lion is one of the most popular group of cats in the Wild. Its popularly known as the King of the jungle due to impressive mane

Ngerende Island Lodge (Olchoro – Oirogua Conservation Ranch, Masai Mara, Kenya.)

The lodge is surrounded on all sides by water, but for a 100 yard wide section where the river has not quite joined up, to become a true island.

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa.

Cape Town is a city of culture, built on a history that reflects in the architecture, cuisine, music and dance. An ideal holiday destination throughout the year.

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Day 1 - Harare to Kariba

Arrive in Harare off flight from Johannesburg.
Here 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.


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



Day 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 traveling 

Whats included:

Boat trip and meals as quoted
Road transfer from Harare to Kariba
Air charters from Kariba - Mana - Harare
Accommodation on fully inclusive basis at Ruckomechi
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
Travel insurance

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