Thrilling Safari and Spectacular Lodges

Overview

Zimbabwe is a phenomenal safari destination, with its luxurious lodges, abundance of big game, and community-based ecotourism that benefits the local villages as well as the wildlife. We’ll begin by experiencing the wonder of Victoria Falls (including an optional heli-ride), then fill our days with amazing wildlife adventures in magnificent Hwange National Park, the third largest national park in Africa and home to some 40,000 elephants along with lion, hippo, cheetah, and more. Come along and savor lantern-lit dinners in the bush, sundowners aboard a vintage railway car, walks to school with the local kids (you’ll even learn a few words of their click language), game drives with the flexibility to get out and walk, and game viewing by canoe on the great Zambezi. This is adventure—WT style!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Victoria Falls / Batoka Gorge / Hwange National Park / Camelthorn Lodge

We hike the spectacular mile-long trail facing Victoria Falls, fly over it by helicopter (optional), and enjoy panoramic views from our sumptuous lodge above the Zambezi River’s Batoka Gorge. In Hwange, we explore by open-sided 4WD vehicle along the game-rich Ngamo Plains. We’ll be on the lookout for zebra, giraffe, ildebeest, jackal, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, and more. Game viewing by vintage rail car, night drives, a unique “look up” blind at a waterhole, and village visits are among our delights at Hwange.

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Days 6-10
Hwange / Nehimba Lodge / Zambezi National Park / Zambezi Sands

A game drive amid northern Hwange’s wildlife brings us to dreamy Nehimba Lodge, with its woodland and sand river environment. We enjoy a game walk here. Our thatched chalets circle a waterhole beloved by elephants—you’ll see them up close! In Zambezi National Park, our award-winning Zambezi Sands lodge positions us well for a canoe safari on the river at sunset, looking for elephant, hippo, crocodile, and a great variety of birdlife as crimson colors reflect off the waters. Depart on Day 10 via Victoria Falls.

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Check out our Webinar!

This special webinar introduces our Zimbabwe Safari, with Trip Leader Mark “Butch” Butcher as guest presenter. A superb safari guide, Butch holds the highly coveted Zimbabwe guide license and was a winner of Guardian Travel’s prestigious Ethical award for 2014. Deeply committed to wildlife conservation and the surrounding communities, Butch has been at the forefront of the most innovative conservation programs in the country, involving villagers in the protection of wildlife, and ensuring that they benefit from safaris. Endlessly energetic, hugely entertaining, and limitless in his knowledge of Africa’s wildlife, Butch is a force of nature and an absolute delight to travel with.

Come along and savor lantern-lit dinners in the bush, sundowners aboard a vintage railway car, visits with local schoolkids (you’ll even learn a few words of their click language), game drives with the flexibility to get out and hike, and paddling canoes on the Zambezi. Zimbabwe is the ultimate safari destination—wonderfully wild and still utterly uncrowded. Our exciting—and active—adventure brings you to an extraordinary array of environments, with phenomenal wildlife experiences throughout. From an exclusive lodge set high above the Batoka Gorge to gorgeous tented camps in the great elephant refuge of Hwange National Park and the riverine bush of Zambezi National Park, we explore the realm of lion, hippo, cheetah, and more.

Highlights

Highlights

Magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the wonders of the world
Open vehicles, game drives, night drives, game walks—the freedom of safari in Southern Africa!
Exclusive “look up” blind for incredible wildlife photography
Sundowners and game viewing aboard a vintage railway car
Support the work of the best community conservation projects in the country
Enjoy beautiful tented camps and lodges with amazing access to the wildlife

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $5595  
Arrive: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Lodging: 9 nights luxury tented camps, chalets, and villas
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Walking
Trip Level:

Game viewing by 4WD vehicle and rail car, bush walks, canoeing, cultural explorations
Published on Jan 24, 2017