Zimbabwe Safari Tours

Zimbabwe Safari Packages

Encountering Zimbabwe (13 Days)

(Victoria Falls, Hwange, Lake Kariba Cruise, Mana Pools)

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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Encountering Zimbabwe (13 Days)

 
Day 1 // Victoria Falls

On arrival at the Victoria Falls airport, you will be transferred by private vehicle to the Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel for check in.

This afternoon, transfer to the jetty for a luxury sunset cruise on board the Zambezi Royal.

 

On water, nature speaks with a different voice: bush sounds have a distinctive tone, softened by the warmth of the setting sun and the scented caress of the air. Cruising on the Zambezi, you hear that voice in the deep-throated laugh of a hippo bobbing in the water, and the faint splash made by a croc as it ploughs off banks, into dark depths. It is in the chatter of birds, carried to you on river breezes, from lush vegetation. The single level vessel, the Zambezi Royal, departs daily from the Wild Horizons jetty site for a two hour guided sunset cruise. Gourmet snacks, wines and spirits, may be enjoyed in a leisurely fashion on board. Seating a maximum of 28 guests, the Zambezi Royal is a spacious, contemporary cruise boat, custom-built for comfort. (Note: please settle the river usage fee directly.)

Return to your hotel for overnight.

The Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel is situated just a short walk from the town itself. One of the original hotels in the region, its space is filled with rolling gardens and archways softening buildings, angled around an inviting swimming pool. Two accommodation wings, link to the main building by paved and flower-lined pathways. 85 twin, double and family rooms and suites, are neat and clean, with cool tiled floors and wood and wrought iron furnishings.

All have air-conditioning, and en-suite bathrooms with good vanity space and shower and bath combos. Most rooms open out onto verandas with views over lush gardens. Central guest spaces include a double volume reception leading off to the Simujinga Restaurant.

It has a distinctive African aura, blended with Western cuisine. Tall windows and glass doors open out to the sunny pool patio, where you can enjoy an assortment of cold beverages and complimentary bar snacks. The hotel's rooftop is designed for vantage point panorama views over the majestic spray of the Victoria Falls, while sipping cocktails. When not out exploring all the wonders of Victoria Falls town, relax, enjoy meals and be entertained with traditional shows at the Rainbow Kraal Shop & Dine.

· 85 comfortable rooms & suites
· Long-standing, original Vic Falls hotel
· Pool with 'swim & sip' bar
· Roof-top panorama: Falls spray

Overnight Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis

Day 2 // Victoria Falls

Today you will be collected from your hotel for your private Tour of the Falls.

The Victoria Falls reaches its zenith in about May each year. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience - the sight, the sound, the smell and the humbling feeling that here indeed, is Natures Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality, and nothing prepares you for your first sight. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon and is 2 hours in duration. You will be accompanied through the Rainforest by a qualified Guide, who gives a brief history of the Falls and the surrounding flora, fauna, bird and wildlife. Raincoats and camera protective bags are provided when needed. (Note: Please pay Park fees directly.)

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You will be returned to the Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel for overnight.

Overnight Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis

A little about...Victoria Falls

When you wander through the lush rainforests above the Victoria Falls, newly baptised in the mist, your ears holding the echo of thundering waters, it isn't hard to imagine that this is where it all began. Eden.

As the land cuts away beneath the ancient Zambezi River, the waters plummet dramatically into the Batoka Gorge, over 100 metres below. The angrily churned up spray shoots skyward, painting the landscape in billowing clouds. This striking 'smoke that thunders' can be seen for miles, a geographic pointer summoning visitors into its presence.

The vibrant town of Victoria Falls is known as the adventure capital of the world, and if your eyes light up at the thought of conquering the 'Stairway to Heaven' or 'The Terminator' in a raft, then this is the place for you. While the notorious Nyaminyami (Zambezi River God) watches from its mythical depths, and the majestic basalt cliffs allow your passage through the canyon's exquisite landscape, adventure seekers are assured of a good time. From Grade 5 white-water rafting, bungee jumping and abseiling the amusement never ends.

What makes this destination so memorable is the fact that it is perfectly combined with warmly hospitable people, exquisite scenery and an array of accommodation. Excellent game, historic ruins, fishing and luxury train travel are easily accessible from Victoria Falls, as are the neighbouring countries which border this fascinating town.

Day 3 // Victoria Falls / Hwange

After breakfast and check out, transfer by private vehicle from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park, where you check in at the Elephant's Eye Camp. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure before its time for your afternoon game experience. Dinner and overnight at Elephant's Eye Camp.

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On the eastern border of Hwange National Park in a private 6000-acre concession is the eco-friendly tented camp, Elephant's Eye. With views across the African plains and an active waterhole in front of camp, guests have unlimited close-up opportunities to see game from this exclusive and authentic camp. 8 spacious tented canvas and thatch chalets are raised and have balconies with fantastic vistas.

Guests are escorted to the main camp where they have access to a dining and bar area, outdoor boma and natural eco-swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas. The camp runs with electricity and solar power. Activities at Elephant's Eye include game drives in Hwange National Park, guided educational walks within the concession, bird watching, night drives and waterhole sundowners. Visits to the Painted Dog Centre, a Wild Dog conservation project, can also be arranged. Enjoy pampering spa treatments or experience a night under the stars at the sleep-out deck.

· 8 canvas & thatch chalets
· Active waterhole & plains views
· Natural eco-pool
· Simple & authentic camp
· Private concession bordering Hwange
· Sleep-out deck (pre-book)

Overnight Elephant's Eye Camp on a fully inclusive basis + activities

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Day 4 and 5 // Hwange

Spend the day on game drives and walks, with visits to the local community upliftment experience and the Painted Dog Conservation Centre.

Overnight Elephant's Eye Camp on a fully inclusive basis + activities

A little about...Hwange

Royal hunting grounds in the 19th century and declared a national park in 1929, today, Hwange is Zimbabwe's largest game reserve. Vast stretches of wilderness extend from horizon to horizon and form part of the ancient migration route towards Northern Botswana's Chobe and the Linyanti.

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This diverse landscape of mopane and teak forests, semi-desert scrubland and granite hills is inhabited by a wide variety of mammals and birds. Although a year-round destination, Hwange is particularly appealing during the winter months (April to October) when large concentrations of animals' flock to artificially pumped waterholes as the seasonal pans dry out. The park's network of waterholes sustains life when natural resources are unavailable. Massive herds of elephant make their presence felt during the dry period. Buffalo, zebra, sable and roan antelope, as well as lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog may be seen.

Cool mornings warm up to comfortable sunny days, and chilly night drives reveal the exciting nocturnal species which make Hwange home. Between November and February/March summer thunderstorms blanket the earth with life, filling up the waterholes and dispersing the animals throughout the park. Game can be located on the open southern plains during summer, but the scenic north is a renewed landscape of hills, floating lily-pads and full pans. Brightly coloured birds dot the trees, bringing movement to endless skies.

Day 6 // Hwange / Kariba Cruise

Transfer by private vehicle from Hwange, to Binga, travelling through the extremely remote and rural part of the southern Zambezi Escarpment. Watch the ever-changing scenery of the Manjolo Communal Lands and the distant territory of Chizarira National Park, before you reach the town of Binga - this is a 3 hour journey in total.

Board the Zambezi Cruise & Safaris Transcruiser vessel for your 3 night (Binga to Kariba) Lake Kariba cruise, and check in to a Mid-Deck Cabin.

Set sail at midday enjoying lunch whilst cruising to the Sengwe Basin. On arriving in the late afternoon, the main vessel will moor on the shoreline allowing the use of the smaller tender boats to explore the remote Sengwe River system. Enjoy stunning scenery, resident hippo and crocodile populations, great birding and possible game sightings before returning to the main vessel over sundowners. Dinner is a relaxed beach braai around the camp fire.

The Zambezi Adventurer (Transcruiser), is an 18 cabin vessel, 37 m long and 11 m wide, fully-equipped for Lake Kariba cruises and with a speedboat, tender boats and security features. The captain and his 8 - 12 man crew are on board to see to the safety and comfort of guests and further staff include a wildlife guide and experienced hosts. 18 guest cabins are en-suite and air-conditioned with stunning full glass views of the lake. The first deck has 10 twin cabins with an additional 2 Pullman bunks (to sleep a max of 4 guests) and the second deck has 8 twin/king cabins. Mid-deck cabins are charged at a premium rate. The plunge pool and galley are located on the second deck and the large bar, dining and lounge area, as well as the captain's wheelhouse and game viewing sundeck are on the third deck.

The boat moors for overnight, activities and sundowners, during which tender boats are used. Boat activities include sunrise and sunset cruises, game viewing by tender boat, beach barbecue, birding, fishing and a visit to a fishing village. Some activities may not be applicable depending on the boat's location on the lake. For those interested, there are optional talks and documentary film viewings of the lake, wildlife and history of Zimbabwe. Meals are served on board, and local brand drinks and selected South African wines are paired with the tasty offerings.

· 18 comfortable en-suite guest cabins
· Fully equipped & crewed Transcruiser vessel
· Iconic scenery, stunning sunsets & painted skies
· Tender boats: fishing, game viewing, sunset cruises
· Tranquillity, peace & relaxation
· Superb birding, hippo, crocs

Overnight on board the Zambezi Adventurer (Transcruiser) in a mid-deck cabin, on a fully inclusive basis + activities

Day 7 // Kariba Cruise

Depart before dawn through the expansive Sengwe Basin, cruising almost half the length of this iconic lake which borders both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Arrive in the Bumi basin in the Matusadona National Park for afternoon tender boat activities and evening sundowners.

Overnight on board the Zambezi Adventurer (Transcruiser) in a mid-deck cabin, on a fully inclusive basis + activities

A little about...Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba's waters capture the reflection of iconic painted skies, the blazing sunset colours echoing across waters. Nature's unrestrained palette balances water and sky. In many places Kariba's vastness gives the impression of endless oceans, while closer to shore, tree stumps pierce through the lake surface, graveyard evidence of land claimed by water. One of the four largest man-made lakes in the world, Kariba stretches 220kms by 40 kms wide, positioned on Zimbabwe's northern border with Zambia. Covering approximately 5500km² of what was once the Zambezi valley, the lake is studded with islands and flanked by the rugged Matuzviadonha Mountains. The dam's genesis provides an almost biblical history of vengeful gods, displaced people and epic relocation plans.

Lake Kariba was created in the late 1950's by damming the Zambezi River and flooding the land behind the dam. Before the project could begin, 57,000 Batonga people and their villages had to be relocated causing much unhappiness and resentment. Today there are still Tonga people who believe the river god, Nyaminyami, was responsible for the death of 86 workers who perished whilst building Kariba dam. At the same time, Operation Noah, a massive wildlife rescue project was launched in a bid to relocate the animals affected by the rising waters. The five year long programme caught the attention of the world as over 6000 animals were moved to safety.

Day 8 // Kariba Cruise

Start the day with a light continental breakfast followed by morning activities from the tender boats or optional extra of a Game Drive/Game Walk or a visit to the remote Tonga fishing community. Lunch while we cruise to Palm or Gordons Bay and moor in a secluded inlet.

Spend the afternoon exploring the lakeshores and bays for wildlife followed by evening sundowners and snacks while appreciating the incredible Kariba sunsets.

Overnight on board the Zambezi Adventurer (Transcruiser) in a mid-deck cabin, on a fully inclusive basis + activities

Day 9 // Kariba Cruise / Mana Pools

Early this morning, depart for Kariba Harbour, breakfast will be served as we cruise across the lake.

After disembarkation, transfer by private vehicle from Kariba to the Chirundu village and border, where you have lunch, before taking a boat transfer to Mana Pools Safari Lodge and checking in.


Mana Pools Safari Lodge nestles close to Mana Pools National Park's eastern boundary at the Ruckomeshi River. Set amongst verdant riverine vegetation, figs and albidas, 12 thatched chalets enjoy commanding views of the sweeping flood plains and mighty Zambezi River. The lodge has been tastefully built around many wild and ancient trees with a giant African Mango taking centre stage in the main dining, lounge and reception area. The lodge is frequented daily by majestic elephant, secretive kudu, buffalo, painted dogs and even lion - all of which often pass through the camp. Activities include guided game drives and walks.

· 12 thatched chalets
· Unspoilt, natural wilderness
· Open, unfenced camp
· Guided game drives and walks
· Variety of terrain & scenery
· Superb photographic opportunities

Overnight Mana Pools Safari Lodge on a fully inclusive basis + activities

Day 10 and 11 // Mana Pools

Spend the day appreciating all that Mana Pools has on offer through guided game drives and walks, and simply relaxing in the magnificent setting.

Overnight Mana Pools Safari Lodge on a fully inclusive basis + activities

A little about...Mana Pools

Wild, untouched and beautiful, Mana Pools National Park, is a World Heritage Site, located on the floodplains of the Great Rift Valley. Ranging from Kariba Dam to Mozambique, this is one of Africa's most remote reserves, a lack of borders providing freedom of space for the inhabitants. Prime Zambezi river frontage and lush vegetation sustain a wide variety of game species and birdlife. Dominating the scenery are the four large, permanent pools - 'mana' translates as four - as well as seasonal smaller pools. Remnant ox-bow lakes, the pools were created by ancient changes in the river's meanderings and are fringed by foliage and forests of mahogany, wild fig, ebony and baobab. The islands, sandbanks and waters are ideal for substantial hippo pods and crocodiles - these 'generalist' hunters, having earned their sinister reputation by being one of the few species that actually view mankind as legitimate prey.

As the abundance of water recedes in the dry months (June to October), Mana Pools draws large herds of elephant and buffalo to its vicinity, the giants appearing - silent as shadows - from out of dense bush. Lion, leopard and wild dog may be sighted as kudu, impala, zebra and waterbuck graze invitingly on open plains. The iconic reserve is a prime walking safari destination with highly professional guides. Fishing is done from the banks of the river and canoeing is available.

Day 12  // Mana Pools - Harare / Pamuzinda Lodge

Transfer by private vehicle, from Mana Pools Safari Lodge to Pamuzinda Safari Lodge, stopping en-route to visit the Chinoyi Caves.

Chinoyi Caves is a fascinating system of caverns and tunnels which have been historically used as a serial killer's dumping grounds, a hide-out during tribal skirmishes, and even a grain silo. The site consists of a large main cavern with a collapsed roof, 'The Wonder Hole', which drops down 150 feet to the sunlit and crystal blue 'Sleeping Pool' and the 'Dark Cave'.

Stop for lunch at Lion's Den, before you continue to the Pamuzinda Safari Lodge for check in and overnight.

Pamuzinda Safari Lodge lies in the midst of a 13 000 acre private game reserve approximately 1 hr from Harare. 13 lodges have en-suite bathrooms, private gardens with day beds, an outdoor shower and a private veranda as well as lovely views of the river and surrounding wilderness. The two-bedroom Royal Lodge Suite and has a lounge with 2 days beds, a pool, Jacuzzi and a barbecue area (it sleeps 6 people). The Gate House is a large, private, three-bedroomed lodge with 2 double bedrooms and one twin, each with en-suite bathrooms. It also has its own kitchen, and 3 day beds, and is ideal for families or small groups of up to 9 people.


Pamuzinda's main guest lodge has a comfortable dining room and lounge with a bar and a fireplace providing warmth on chilly evenings and indoor and outdoor seating. It opens out onto a large swimming pool. Optional activities may be enjoyed here, including game drives, walks, fishing, canoeing and visits to the local school. Pamuzinda is a convenient stop over.

· 13 lodges (including 2 bedroom Royal Lodge Suite)
· 3 bedroom Gate House Lodge
· Restaurant, curio shop
· Pool & river deck
· Optional activities: canoe, horse ride, game drive, fish
· Local school tour (own expense)

Overnight Pamuzinda Safari Lodge, in a Garden Suite, on a fully inclusive basis + activities

Day 13 // Harare - Depart

After check-out, board your private vehicle for a tour of Harare. Get a feel for what makes this city tick on your outing, and stop for lunch, en-route.

On completion of the tour, you will be dropped at the Harare Airport in time for your departure flight.

 
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