Active Safari Adventures in Hwange and Mana Pools

Overview

Zimbabwe’s renowned national parks absolutely teem with wildlife. On this Private Journey, start your adventures at sublime Victoria Falls, where you’ll take in the sheer visual drama of the “Smoke that Thunders.” You’ll then head to Hwange National Park, home to a full cast of predators and one of Africa’s greatest elephant sanctuaries, where game drives, optional walking safaris, and night drives showcase all the magic of Africa. At wild and remote Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site in the Lower Zambezi Valley, you’ll have the chance to explore on foot, go birdwatching, boating, and canoeing—all in search of terrific birding and some of Africa’s legendary big game.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Victoria Falls

The huge Zambezi River stretches more than a mile wide when it drops 300 feet into a sheer chasm to create thundering Victoria Falls—the largest single curtain of cascading water on earth and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. From the stately Victoria Falls Hotel (or upgrade to Elephant Camp) you'll enjoy an afternoon guided tour of the falls and other fun-fulled options to explore this World Heritage Site, including a sunset cruise, scenic overflight, canoeing a peaceful stretch of the Zambezi, and thrill-seekers' opportunities for bungee jumping and whitewater rafting.

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Days 3-5
Hwange National Park

On the extreme eastern edge of the great Kalahari Desert lies Hwange, Zimbabwe’s largest national park.  Hwange is remarkable for its wide variety of mammals, including buffalo, zebra, and a very large concentration of giraffe—more, perhaps, than in any other game reserve in Africa—that are attracted to the park’s scarce, dry-season water sources. Hwange is also home to many predators, including wild dog and lion, and is one of Africa’s great elephant sanctuaries, home to some 50,000 animals. Your days here offer unforgettable wildlife viewing by 4WD vehicle, night drives, and an early morning “walk on the wild side,” a chance to discover some of the secrets of Hwange (encounters with elephant, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe are not unusual). By night, enjoy fine wines and innovative cuisine in a stunning location at Somalisa Camp (or upgrade to The Hide).

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Days 6-8
Mana Pools National Park

At Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll explore this wildlife paradise on foot, a chance to get really close to the wildlife. The park is renowned for its number of elephants, and many bull elephants can stand on their back legs and stretch 25-30 feet up into the tree canopy to feed—a unique sight! Lion and leopard are often spotted close to camp, and on bush walks at Mana Pools, elephant, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, and baboons are the regulars! If you’re lucky, you may see lion, leopard, and even wild dog. Other activities here include 4WD gameviewing, night drives, boating, birdwatching, and optional canoeing on the Zambezi. You'll toast the the day's adventures at exclusive Kanga Camp (or upgrade to Ruckomechi Camp).

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Day 9
Depart

Fly from Mana Pools to Harare for departure on homeward-bound flights.

Highlights

Highlights

See thunderous Victoria Falls, one of the world’s great natural spectacles and a World Heritage Site
Walk on the wild side, tracking game on foot
Enjoy the amenities of luxury lodges in the heart of the African wilderness

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $4895  
Arrive: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Depart: Harare, Zimbabwe
Lodging: 8 nights hotels, lodges, or permanent tented camps
Meals: All meals as noted in Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Trip Level:

4WD gameviewing, moderate walks, 2-4 hours a day, optional canoeing

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