The Best of Zimbabwe in Comfort

The Best of Zimbabwe in Comfort 12 Days

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April to November | 11 nights

The Best of Zimbabwe in Comfort 12 Days

Discover the highlights of Zimbabwe in superior style with stays in luxurious lodges where your every comfort is taken care of and where a wealth of unforgettable activities and experiences are included. From the wild and wondrous Victoria Falls where wildlife and spectacular natural sights go hand-in-hand to unforgettable wildlife encounters in 3 diverse, yet equally spectacular regions, this is the ultimate Zimbabwe itinerary. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of 4 incredibly impressive National Parks, enjoying thrilling game drives, walking safaris and river safaris designed to bring you up-close to some of Zimbabwe’s most iconic species. From elephants, zebras and buffaloes, to big cats and an abundance of birdlife, each day will bring something new and exciting to savour forever.

This upgraded itinerary includes stays in luxurious accommodation throughout, on a fully-inclusive basis. Similar itineraries are available with lower standard accommodations and even more luxurious accommodations. Please enquire for full details.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a fully upgraded itinerary with luxury accommodations and a wealth of activities included, such as safari adventures, cultural excursions and tours
  • Visit the Zambian side of the breathtaking Victoria Falls
  • Enjoy a thrilling walking, driving and river safaris in search of the “Big 5” in four incredible National Parks: Hwange, Mosi Oa Tunya, Matusadona and Mana Pools
  • Enjoy spectacular scenery at every turn
  • Search for sightings of an abundance of wildlife including buffalo, lions, zebra, giraffes and elephants to name just a few
  • Explore along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River and witness the iconic sight of the elephants reaching up to the giant Albida trees
  • Fantastic birdwatching opportunities, especially in the beautiful Lake Kariba area
  • Expert guides who will show and tell you all there is to know about these enchanting destinations

What's Included

  • 2 nights at Thorntree River Lodge on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks and activities as per itinerary included
  • 3 nights at Somalisa Camp on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks and activities as per itinerary included
  • 3 nights at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks and activities as per itinerary included
  • 3 nights at Nyamatusi Camp on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks and activities as per itinerary included
  • All road transfers between lodges and domestic airports and airstrips
  • Air Transfers (shared charter): Victoria Falls to Hwange; Hwange to Matusadona; Matusadona to Mana Pools; Mana Pools to Harare

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Victoria Falls (Zambia side) & Mosi Oa Tunya
1 - 2Days

Victoria Falls (Zambia side) & Mosi Oa Tunya

Arrive independently to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone and join your 30 minute transfer to the beautiful Thorntree River Lodge within the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park. Located in close proximity to Victoria Falls, your stay here will offer a wonderful combination of visits to the Falls and wildlife encounters in the National Park.

At Victoria Falls, the earth splits open and swallows one of Africa’s greatest rivers, the mighty Zambezi, creating the largest sheet of falling water on earth. As the water hits the narrow depths of the Batoka Gorge beneath, it blasts a cloud of mist skywards, lending the falls their local name ‘mosi-oa-tunya’ (the smoke that thunders). When the Zambezi is at its fullest, the mist hangs a permanent raincloud above the falls, showering visitors on even the sunniest of days and visible for miles around. As part of your stay here you can enjoy a tour of the Zambian side of the Falls from which you can get a side on view of the falls and the Batoka Gorge. Various additional activities are available for an extra cost including white water rafting, bungee jumping, river cruises, helicopter flights and much more.

With 2 included activities per day, you will want to take advantage of your unique location by joining game drives, walking safaris and boat cruises in search of the enigmatic wildlife that resides here. Romantic sunset river cruises, cultural village visits and museum tours complete the experience.

2 nights’ accommodation at Thorntree River Lodge on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks and 2 activities per day included (game drives, walking safaris, boat cruises, village and museum visits & Victoria Falls Zambian Side Tour)

Hwange National Park
3 - 5Days

Hwange National Park

On the morning of day 3 you will transfer to the Victoria Falls International Airport for your shared charter flight to the Manga Airstrip in Hwange. From here you will transfer by road to the beautiful Somalisa Camp set within the heart of the unfenced and world-famous Hwange National Park. Upon arrival there should be time to settle into your comfortable lodgings before embarking on your first safari through these outstanding surroundings.

Included in your stay, you can enjoy day & night game drives and walking safaris, and each day your guides will choose optimal routes for unforgettable wildlife encounters. Wherever you roam, you can hope for countless sightings of elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, white rhino, lion, leopard and hyena amongst many others. Exploring through Zimbabwe's largest National Park, home to more than 100 mammal species and over 350 bird species, this is sure to be an incredibly impressive wildlife experience accompanied by spectacular vistas of the ever-changing landscapes and habitats.

During your time here there will also be opportunities for dedicated birdwatching, game viewing from the camp’s hides and cultural visits to local communities. Each evening you can return to the comforts of your fantastic lodge to enjoy delicious meals, sunset drinks and a great night’s sleep.

3 nights accommodation at Somalisa Camp on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks, day & night game drives, walking safaris and birdwatching tours included.

Lake Kariba / Matusadona National Park
6 - 8Days

Lake Kariba / Matusadona National Park

On day 6 you will transfer back to the Manga Airstrip for your shared charter flight to Bumi Hills where you will check into the Bumi Hills Safari Lodge.

With stunning views over the atmospheric Lake Kariba, this enchanting lodge boasts an idyllic location where guests can spend their days gazing out over the shoreline where the elephants, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeest, impalas and more graze along one of the largest dams in the world. Around the lake, the healthy populations of hippo and crocodiles dot the waters and the sun-bleached trees that drowned all those years ago are still standing strong, breaking the surface to become birdlife magnets, especially for fish eagles, cormorants and other water birds.

In nearby Matusadona National Park you can enjoy even more wildlife encounters where black rhinos, leopards and lions roam. Walking safaris and game drives in open safari vehicles accompanied by professional guides will see you gain inside knowledge of the best spots for game viewing, and game and sunset cruises will offer another perspective of these wild and wondrous lands.

Night drives, cultural excursions, birding at Lake Kariba and fishing excursions are also on offer here, and we recommend booking the “lunch on Starvation Island” experience.

3 nights’ accommodation at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks and 2 activities per day included (game drives, safari walks, game and sunset boat cruises, fishing and village visits).

Mana Pools National Park
9 - 11Days

Mana Pools National Park

On the morning of day 9 you will transfer back to the airstrip for your shared charter flight to the Mana Pools Airstrip. From here you will transfer to the delightful Nyamatusi Camp which is located on a private concession in the remote and pristine eastern area of Mana Pools National Park, offering you fantastic access to the wonders that the Park holds.

Mana Pools is a designated UNESCO world heritage site and is a unique oasis often described as a ‘garden of Eden’. It is a remote gem that leaves you awed and humbled by the landscape, a landscape that feels both eternal and wonderfully alive. The name Mana means four in the Shona language and comes from a series of four pools, remnants of oxbow lakes that run parallel to the river amongst the ancient floodplains for which Mana is famous.

These floodplains attract wildlife in huge numbers, and on your included walking and driving safaris you will have the chance to get up-close to some of these majestic animals. The area is known for its immense bull elephants and the sight of an elephant standing upon its hind legs to stretch for the seedpods of a giant Albida tree upon the floodplain has become iconic. Yet it’s not only elephants that you’ll be searching for. In the company of your expert guides, you can fully immerse yourself in your unforgettable surroundings, tracking everything from beetles to wild dogs and lions. With over 380 species of birds recorded, birdwatching is also incredible here!

Lying along the tranquil banks of the Zambezi River, canoeing safaris are also a highlight here and offer a great way to get a unique perspective on the incredible scenery and marine wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles, elephants and a wide array of birds. Catch and release fishing tours are also available.

3 nights’ accommodation at Nyamatusi Camp on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks, morning & afternoon game drives, guided walks, bird watching and canoeing safaris included.

Departure
12Day

Departure

As your thrilling Zimbabwe safari comes to an end, this morning you will transfer back to the airstrip for your charter flight to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare. This is where your itinerary will conclude and you can make your way onwards or homewards filled with memories of your unforgettable trip. For extensions to your holiday, or if you wish to see more of southern Africa, please chat to one of our team who will be happy to help you continue your adventures.

A view from Above

Accommodation Options

Somalisa Camp, Hwange

Somalisa Camp is set in the heart of the Hwange National Park which is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. Somalisa is an authentic bush camp, a blend of old African charm and elegance, and offers 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 of the Kennedy Vlei line.

Thorntree River Lodge, Victoria Falls

Offering the best of both worlds, where the wildlife of the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park combines with the splendour of Victoria Falls, this first-class lodge delivers an unforgettable experience. Located within the National Park on the Zambian side of the Falls, the amenities, services and activities on offer here are in a league of their own. Enjoy sumptuous accommodation in one of the 8 luxurious rooms where private plunge pools and viewing decks overlooking the river, plush beds, and indoor and outdoor bathrooms come as standard.

The welcoming central lounge and open dining area are simply beautiful, whilst the gorgeous main infinity pool and sunken boma, and the gym and spa overlooking the river, add to the magnificent experience here. With close proximity to the thunderous Victoria Falls and a wealth of cultural, natural and wildlife activities on offer, including a fantastic kids programme, this excellent lodge is sure to impress

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Lake Kariba

Perched upon a hill with commanding views over the beautiful Lake Kariba, this exceptional safari lodge combines ultimate comfort with an outstanding array of activities and experiences. Stretching out towards the lake, guests should not be surprised to encounter a variety of wildlife including elephants, buffaloes, zebras and wildebeests grazing along the shoreline, and that’s not to mention the big cats and black rhinos that can also be spotted on included game drives and safari walks in the nearby Matusadona National Park.

Accommodation is provided in 10 luxurious lakeview suites which offer en-suite bathrooms, beautiful furnishings and private verandas overlooking the lake and shoreline where the resident wildlife roam free. A two-bedroom Boabab Villa is also on offer, with extra space for groups and families, and even more luxury touches. The main lodge includes a dining room, lounge area, games room, a spa, a terrace bar overlooking the lake and a fantastic infinity swimming pool. From sunset cruises and game drives to cultural excursions and island picnics, each day here is just as memorable as the next

Nyamatusi Camp, Mana Pools

Located within the pristine Mana Pools National Park, along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, this beautiful lodge boasts luxury rooms and a fantastic range of activities. Each of the 6 beautiful tented rooms feature an en-suite bathroom with bathtub, indoor/outdoor shower, a minibar, stylish furnishings, air-conditioning and a private plunge pool with panoramic views of the river and escarpment surroundings.

In the main area of the lodge you will find a welcoming bar and dining area, comfortable relaxation spaces and a boma area for drinks around the fire under the clear African skies. Activities on offer include walking safaris and game drives, canoeing safaris, birdwatching, and catch and release fishing excursions

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Take advantage of our vast experience, passion and expertise to help you hand craft the perfect Zambia, Zimbabwe adventure for you.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike lives and breathes adventure travel and has a wealth of experience in some of the most exciting and inspirational destinations in the world. His expertise and first-hand experience afford him the skills to help build holidays to remember.

Sheena Ogley Travel Specialist

With countless travel experiences and an enduring hunger for adventure, Sheena knows exactly what’s needed to craft a holiday of a lifetime. Her experience and generosity of spirit are legendary and she’ll help you build an itinerary that will make all your dreams come true.

Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

Simon’s deep passion for and first-hand knowledge of a vast range of destinations all over the world gives him the ideal skills to help you create a truly unforgettable wildlife inspired adventure to the most exciting places on the planet.

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