This 9-day Zimbabwean safari includes 3 of the most popular destinations in Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls, a 7th Wonder of the Natural World and renowned adventure capital; Hwange National Park, jewel of Zimbabwe and its largest national park, home to huge 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.
- Best of Zimbabwe in 9 unforgettable days
- 1 Night at Victoria Falls
- 3 Nights in Hwange National Park
- 3 Nights at Mana Pools
- 1 More night at Victoria Falls
- Incredible game viewing opportunities
- Combination of road and air transfers
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 to 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: especially large herds of elephant and buffalo as well as kudu, waterbuck and various other smaller animals.
Why not dine at the well-known The Boma – Place of Eating, an open-air restaurant where you’ll be immersed into a cultural experience of note. After donning a traditional garment you’ll enjoy customary pre-dinner hand washing, taste the local beer and be entertained by traditional Ndebele dancers and singers.
Day 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 all the way. You’ll spend the next 3 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 breath-taking views of the surrounding savannah plains.
There are only 6 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 simply 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 choice of South African and Australian wines. The use of solar lighting ensures your comfort without stressing the area's natural surrounds.
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 spotlight at night) as well as game viewing from hides.
On foot or on 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.
Day 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, 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. You’re likely to see hippos, crocodiles, lions, wild dogs, leopard, hyenas, elephant, buffalo, waterbuck and many other antelope.
You may also have the option to go game viewing by canoe, which involves light paddling for about 8 hours along the shoreline. Canoeing is very popular in Mana as it adds a totally different perspective to your game viewing.
Day 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 is a trip idea, not a fixed itinerary. It’s based on a comfortable amount of time at each destination to get a full appreciation of the area. You can easily extend this trip idea to include extra nights, for example, to take in extra shopping and activities at Victoria Falls.
The rates below are an estimate only. Please contact us for a detailed quote. It costs less to book through us than to book everything direct. Our proposals are quite lengthy and contain full details about your trip, destination and accommodation descriptions, pictures of the rooms, 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.
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|April 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019 and Nov 2019||
|June 1, 2019 - October 31, 2019||
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 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, please ask us.
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- 8 Nights Accommodation
- Bed and Breakfast at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
- All meals, drinks and alcoholic beverages (except premium brands) at Somalisa and Canga Camp
- Two game activities per day at Somalisa and Kanga Camp
- All road and air charter transfers between destinations
- Airport departure taxes
- International flights
- Travel Insurance
- 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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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, adjacent to the Zambezi National Park, forms a large open-plan tree house among the indigenous trees. From here, guests can enjoy luxury accommodation, as well as a spectacular view of the African bushveld and wildlife. In addition to this wonderful African experience, the lodge is only 4km away from the Victoria Falls rainforest.
Somalisa Camp is reminiscent of bygone heydays ... luxury and elegance coupled with untamed, pristine Africa. It offers sweeping views out over the grassy plains and overlooks an ancient, seasonal floodplain with a perennial pan where animals often congregate. As part of a concession, flexible game viewing activities are allowed, including night drives with huge spotlights and bush walks with a knowledgeable, expert ranger.
Kanga Camp is in one of the most remote sections of the pristine Mana Pools area, a World Heritage Site not far from Chitake Springs. This vast, untouched wilderness is a veritable eden, offering excellent and varied safari experiences. Closed mid-December until 1 April each year.