Thrilling Safari and Spectacular Lodges

Overview

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. 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. This is adventure—Zimbabwe style!

Itinerary at a Glance

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

From our lodge perched above the Zambezi’s Batoka Gorge, watch black eagles soar on the evening thermals and hike the mile-long trail facing Victoria Falls. A charter flight to Hwange gives us bird’s-eye views of some of the park’s more than 40,000 elephants. Our lodge is front row to the game-rich Ngamo Plains, with the highest densities of lion in all Hwange, as well as zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, jackal, leopard, wild dog, and cheetah, including two famous males called the “Bomani Boys.” Game drives, thrilling walks, night drives, and a unique “look up” blind at a waterhole are among our adventures here, as well as visiting a local village.

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

A wonderful game viewing ride aboard our vintage railway car brings us to dreamy Nehimba Lodge, where our raised tented chalets circle a waterhole that is very popular with elephants! Wildlife abounds at award-winning Zambezi Sands on the banks of the upper Zambezi, and includes hippo, croc, elephant, and buffalo. We paddle canoes to the nearby Siansimba islands and enjoy an elegant brunch in the bush. Depart on Day 10.

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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

Victoria Falls, a World Heritage Site
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 drives 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: $5295  
Arrive: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Lodging: 9 nights luxury tented camps and chalets
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