This 9-Day Best of Zimbabwe Safari includes three of the most popular destinations in Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls, a 7th Wonder of the Natural World and renowned adventure capital; Hwange National Park, the jewel of Zimbabwe and its largest national park, home to large herds of elephants and healthy wild dog populations; and Mana Pools, World Heritage Site and pristine wilderness. Explore Mana on foot and by boat along its myriad waterways teeming with wildlife.

Highlights
  • Best of Zimbabwe in nine unforgettable days
  • Two nights at Victoria Falls
  • Three nights in Hwange National Park
  • Three nights at Mana Pools
  • Incredible game viewing opportunities
  • Combination of road and air transfers

Map of 9 Day Best of Zimbabwe Safari

Day 1

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls

You'll be met on arrival at Victoria Falls airport and transferred by road to the majestic Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, overlooking the Zambezi National Park. It's a mere 3 km from the world-famous Victoria Falls. You'll spend the first night of your Zimbabwean adventure here with breakfast included.

The views from the lodge are spectacular, and a great variety of wildlife can be spotted at and around the nearby waterhole, such as large herds of elephants, buffalo, kudu, waterbuck and other smaller animals.

Siduli Hide Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Siduli Hide at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

(Image: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge)

Why not dine at the well-known The Boma – Place of Eating, an open-air restaurant where you'll be immersed in a cultural experience of note? After donning a traditional garment, you'll enjoy customary pre-dinner handwashing, taste the local beer and be entertained by traditional Ndebele dancers and singers.

Days 2 to 4

Somalisa Camp, Hwange National Park

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you'll be transferred by road to Main Camp at Hwange National Park. On arrival, you'll be met by your guide from Somalisa and driven through the park to the camp, game viewing guaranteed along the way. You'll spend the next three nights at Somalisa Camp all-inclusive of meals, local beverages, laundry and two game activities daily.

Somalisa Camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, known as the 'land of giants' for its big elephant herds. It's an authentic bush camp, combining charming old African elegance with an exclusive safari experience.

Its stunning location, tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, gives it breathtaking views of the savannah plains.

Hwange game drive Somalisa Camp

Game viewing in Hwange National Park

(Image: Somalisa Camp)

There are only six elegantly furnished canvas tents, each with an en-suite bathroom, flush toilet and romantic alfresco bush shower. There's a welcoming main area with a pool deck where you can relax and enjoy a cup of tea or a refreshing cocktail – and look out over the pan where game congregates in large herds. Elephants drink from the pool almost daily, so you can expect close-up views of these gentle giants.

Gourmet meals are prepared with imagination, using fresh organic produce and complemented by a selection of South African and Australian wines. Solar lighting ensures your comfort without compromising the area's natural surroundings.

Activities include guided walks led by qualified, passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, game drives in open safari vehicles (using a spotlight at night), as well as game viewing from hides.

On foot or game drives, you'll have the chance to spot lion, elephant, kudu and sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, white rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species.

Days 5 to 8

Kanga Camp, Mana Pools

After breakfast on your last morning at Somalisa, you'll be driven to the airstrip for your charter flight to Mana Pools National Park. A World Heritage site, Mana Pools offers a unique safari experience.

Each day at Kanga Camp, you'll explore different inland river beds, pans and open plains of the National Park by game drive and guided walks with your armed, professional guide, well off the beaten track. Your chances of encountering hippos, crocodiles, lions, wild dogs, leopards, hyenas, elephants, buffalo, waterbuck and many other antelope are good.

Mana Pools Kanga Camp

The waterhole right in front of Kanga Camp in Mana Pools

(Image: Kanga Camp)

You may also have the option to go game viewing by canoe, which involves light paddling for about eight hours along the shoreline. Canoeing is very popular in Mana as it adds a different perspective to your game viewing.

Days 8 to 9

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls

After enjoying your final breakfast at Kanga, you'll be returned to the airstrip for your charter flight to Victoria Falls Airport. On arrival there, you'll be met once more and transferred to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for your last night. Once again, you'll have a superb breakfast and be transferred to the airport to catch your onward flights.

Customize this trip idea:

This 9-Day Best of Zimbabwe Safari is a trip idea, not a fixed itinerary. It's based on a comfortable amount of time at each destination to afford you a full appreciation of the area. You can easily extend this trip idea to include extra nights.

Approximate cost:

The rates below are an estimate only. Contact us for a detailed quote. It costs less to book through us than to book everything direct. Our comprehensive proposals contain all the details about the logistics of your trip, what you can expect from the destination, descriptions of your accommodation with photos of your room(s), all costs, what is included and excluded, and general information about us and how to proceed with the booking.

A proposal is free of charge, and there is no obligation to book.

Rates
Period Price per person (pp)
May 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023
$6,650
£5,325
€6,198
R125,173
July 1, 2023 - October 31, 2023
$8,100
£6,486
€7,549
R152,466
May 1, 2024 - June 30, 2024
$7,450
£5,966
€6,943
R140,231
July 1, 2024 - October 31, 2024
$9,100
£7,287
€8,481
R171,289

This is an estimated price per person based on two people sharing. Your exact quote may differ depending on the number of people in your group and your choice of room type. Kanga Camp is closed during the green season from December to March, but alternatives are possible if you wish to travel during this time. Special offers may apply, so please ask us.

All rates on our website are provided to give a price estimate only and should not be seen as a firm quote. Likewise, our currency converter will give you a rough idea of the price in another currency, but should not be seen as a firm quote. It is only intended as a guideline, based on the daily interbank exchange rate. Please contact us to receive an accurate, free quote with no obligation.

Includes
  • Eight nights accommodation
  • Bed and breakfast at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
  • All meals, drinks and alcoholic beverages (except premium brands) at Somalisa and Kanga Camp
  • Two game activities per day at Somalisa and Kanga Camp
  • All road and air charter transfers between destinations
  • Laundry
Excludes
  • Airport departure taxes
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Additional meals and drinks at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
  • Activities in Victoria Falls
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Staff gratuities (optional)
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