Hwange National Park Safari, Victoria Falls, and Spectacular Lodges

Wild Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

10 Days

From $7,795

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    Overview

    Zimbabwe, one of the world's least-touristed safari destinations, just happens to be one of the best. About the same size as South Africa's vast Kruger National Park, Zimbabwe welcomes just a fraction of the visitors and offers an intimate safari rarely found in other parks. We're unlikely even to see other safari vehicles as we explore Hwange's famed Ngamo Plains, and in Zambezi National Park, we explore by canoe from our riverside camp. We'll safari among Hwange National Park's great elephant herds and big numbers of lion, leopard, and cheetah, all the while enjoying exquisite boutique lodges with superb access to wildlife. Your participation helps support innovative local community conservation projects.

    Arrive: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Highlights

    • Magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world
    • Authentic game walks, open vehicles, game drives, night drives
    • Beautifully situated lodges with amazing access to wildlife
    • Walk with rhinos in the rhino sanctuary
    • Special “look-up” blind for incredible wildlife photography
    • Support the best community conservation projects in the country

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      Mile-wide Victoria Falls plunges 400 feet into the Zambezi River, creating an otherworldly spectacle of swirling mists visible for miles.
      After touring the falls, we fly by to the Giraffe Springs airstrip and head to dreamy Nehimba Lodge, surrounded by rock outcrops in northern Hwange's mopane woodland and sand river environment. Our chalets encircle a waterhole beloved by throngs of elephant—we'll see the “ellies” right from the dining deck during meals—it's a thrilling sight!
      A private open-air railway car called The Elephant Express brings us to Hwange. At 5,657 square miles, Hwange has a level of biodiversity matched only by the Serengeti in Tanzania. Elephants in Hwange actually outnumber visitors! On game drives and game walks at Camelthorn, expect great sightings of lion, zebra, giraffe, and the local cheetah duo known as the “Bomani brothers.” On a village visit, we walk to school with the local children--and see how we do at learning Ndebele, their “click” language. We'll visit the rhino sanctuary built on village land and guarded by the village conservation team. WT is proud to have helped sponsor this community-led project.
      In Zambezi National Park, our riverside camp positions us for canoeing along the Siansimba Islands and a private Zambezi cruise at sunset as crimson colors reflect off the tranquil waters. Depart on Day 10 via Victoria Falls or join one of our extensions.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in luxury tented camps, chalets, and villas
      • All meals
      • Local beer, wine, and spirits
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Internal airfare
      • Park fees
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Ilala Lodge

      Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

      Day 1 (1 night)

      The family-operated Ilala Lodge is a relaxing hotel with an ideal location just minutes from spectacular Victoria Falls. Perfectly manicured gardens and thatched roofs set the scene as you are welcomed into the open-air lobby. Guest rooms have nice beds and all rooms have access...

      Nehimba Lodge

      Hwange, Zimbabwe

      Days 2-3 (2 nights)

      Raised thatched tent chalets arcing around a watering hole make Nehimba Lodge a spectacular place to witness elephants and other animals drink and play in northern Hwange National Park. Whether you come during the green or dry season, Nehimba's location within the park offers fantastic...

      Camelthorn Lodge

      Hwange, Zimbabwe

      Days 4-7 (4 nights)

      Tucked in the forested fringes of southern Hwange National Park and within the Imvelo Ngamo Rhino Sanctuary, Camelthorn Lodge is the perfect place to experience life in the bush without sacrificing comfort. The main lodge has a community dining area and buffet station for breakfast,...

      Victoria Falls River Lodge

      Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

      Days 8-9 (2 nights)

      Set on the banks of the Zambezi River near magnificent Victoria Falls is the elegant Victoria Falls River Lodge. This property is actually the first private game lodge to be built within the Zambezi National Park, and its legacy still stands as one of the best locations for nearby activities...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Mark Butcher

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is Level 2+ (Easy to Moderate) according to our trip grading system. It can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. Optional game walks are available. While we do not see major elevation gain or loss, you need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and feel comfortable on your feet for up to 2 hours a day.

      Average Walking Day
      • 1-2 hours
      • 1-2 miles
      • Flat terrain
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      Generally, Zimbabwe has a mild climate because of its altitude (about 3,000 feet above sea level). In the months of June and July, temperatures are colder (67°-77°F during the day, 40°-45°F at night) so warm jackets and insulating layers are necessary on early morning game drives. In August, the weather warms up a bit (75°-80°F during the day, 45°-55°F at night), and in the months of September and October, temperatures are even warmer (85°-95°F during the day, 60°-77°F at night), so you can pack lighter clothing.
      Each of our safari lodges and camps has been meticulously designed to offer all your home comforts, a splash of luxury and an exciting dash of African charm. On top of this, our locations have been carefully selected for two vital reasons; the local communities' dedication to our conservation partnership and their proximity to some of nature's most impressive wonders, from the famous Victoria Falls, to the mighty Zambezi River and Hwange National Park, famed for its thousands of elephants.
      While on safari, breakfasts and evening meals are served at the lodge you are staying in. Lunches while traveling between destinations will be served picnic-style en route. Bottled water, soft drinks, juice, house wine, and beer are included throughout the trip. All vehicles are equipped with a fridge or cool box stocked with bottled water. Tea and coffee are offered by all accommodations free of charge with meals and at afternoon teatime.

      On safari, there are long driving days over rugged dirt tracks, we can be in and out of the vehicles all day long, usually only driving approximately 2 hours at a time. We will be in a 7-seat open sided 4WD vehicle with a roof for sun protection. We sit 6 people max per vehicle to optimize everyone's view and provide wool blankets for early morning and evening game drives.

      This is a truly unique safari in that we will be traveling by many different forms of transportation—we will take a vintage train car on safari for 2 hours, a sunset boat cruise for 2 hours, and an optional canoe ride for 2 hours.

      During drives and game walks, we can get quite close to wild animals at times. Being very quiet improves everybody's chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, on walks, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no safari can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.

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      Client Testimonials

      "This trip delivered an experience beyond my expectations. The guide, the lodges, meals, community school and village visits, transportation, and the wildlife in the park. Loved the train experience. It was nice to take a charter flight at the end so we spent less time driving."

      Catherine E.

      Stamford, CT

      "Stunningly good trip. Great guides, food, lodges, and total experience. We were very impressed by the organization—the way it works with the community and its commitment to conservation."

      David L.

      Palo Alto, CA

      "This was my third trip to an African country and it exceeded all others. The game viewing, the fabulous lodges and the amazing knowledge, passion, and experience of our guide, Mark Butcher, made this one of the most unforgettable travel experiences I have had to date. All personnel on this trip get five stars!"

      Deborah S.

      Hermosa Beach, CA

      "Everyone in our travel group agreed that this was the BEST trip we've ever experienced! Sibs was an amazing guide—wonderful sense of humor, amazing depth of knowledge regarding all wildlife we encountered, uncanny ability to spot every type of wild creature well before we could even make them out! And a genuinely warm, welcoming host at meals, snacks, and sundowners! He became a friend, not just a guide. The lodges were gorgeous, the food, outstanding, and everyone was friendly and eager to meet our every need. I cannot praise our experience enough—I've become a WT ambassador!"

      Jane D.

      Apple Valley, MN

      "Everything about this trip was fantastic—can't think of any way to improve it. In particular, our Trip Leader's tracking skills, knowledge, and friendliness were outstanding."

      Kurt B.

      Irvine, CA

      "The attention to detail, the quality of the accommodations and cuisine, the attentiveness of all staff, and the five-star quality of Mark Butcher himself combined to create a trip that exceeded all expectations."

      Linda G.

      Copiague, NY

      "The hotels were superb! The best part of trip was the guides who were informed, interesting, organized, and kind; they were also great drivers."

      Margaret F.

      Bend, OR

      "The accommodations were all spectacular. The staff at each of the lodges was incredibly helpful and friendly. We felt extremely welcome at each location. This was our fourth Wilderness Trip and it stood out as definitely one of the best. We were very impressed with the local outfitter is supporting the local communities near their lodges."

      Patricia E.

      Pasadena, CA

      "Attention to detail at every level, consideration of the location of each lodging in relationship to the total trip experience, anticipation of the client's needs as to meals—it was perfection in itself!"

      Peggy H.

      Empire, CO

      "Absolutely loved traveling on the Elephant Train, absolutely in awe every day of what we saw literally in the first few hours of each day! Absolutely blown away by our sundowner locations, every night a different theme and entirely different location! Absolutely in love with the lifestyle of incredibly hard-working people in Zimbabwe!"

      Peggy H.

      Empire, CO

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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He successfully completed the guide training program in 2012 and, after passing the National Parks exam a year later, he became a dedicated, hardworking guide and a positive role model to the youth in his community. Vusa feels a close connection with the surrounding wildlife as well as with his community, and loves to share his keen eye for spotting birds and animals with fellow travelers."},{"GuideID":851266,"First_Name":"Pete","Last_Name":"Ndlovu","BioShort":"Pete Ndlovu is a Hwange specialist, born and raised near Hwange National Park in an area where subsistence farming often comes into conflict with wildlife. A fascination with nature around him became the driving force of his life, and he achieved his first professional Zimbabwe guide&apos;s license in 2016. Pete has a fantastic knowledge of the terrain, typography and wildlife, and in addition to big game, he&apos;s passionate about birds and the medicinal uses of herbs in the Hwange region. He has a favorite animal: the elephant. &ldquo;I love watching them in the water, seeing the youngsters learning how to use their trunks. They are always amazing. Plus, the elephant is my family totem, the Ndlovu!&rdquo;","BioLong":"Pete Ndlovu is a Hwange specialist, born and raised near Hwange National Park in an area where subsistence farming often comes into conflict with wildlife. A fascination with nature around him became the driving force of his life, and he achieved his first professional Zimbabwe guide&apos;s license in 2016. Pete has a fantastic knowledge of the terrain, typography and wildlife, and in addition to big game, he&apos;s passionate about birds and the medicinal uses of herbs in the Hwange region. He has a favorite animal: the elephant. &ldquo;I love watching them in the water, seeing the youngsters learning how to use their trunks. They are always amazing. 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The game viewing, the fabulous lodges and the amazing knowledge, passion, and experience of our guide, Mark Butcher, made this one of the most unforgettable travel experiences I have had to date. All personnel on this trip get five stars!"},{"GuestNames":"Jane D.","GuestLocation":"Apple Valley, MN","GuestReview":"Everyone in our travel group agreed that this was the BEST trip we've ever experienced! Sibs was an amazing guide&#8212;wonderful sense of humor, amazing depth of knowledge regarding all wildlife we encountered, uncanny ability to spot every type of wild creature well before we could even make them out! And a genuinely warm, welcoming host at meals, snacks, and sundowners! He became a friend, not just a guide. The lodges were gorgeous, the food, outstanding, and everyone was friendly and eager to meet our every need. I cannot praise our experience enough&#8212;I've become a WT ambassador!"},{"GuestNames":"Kurt B.","GuestLocation":"Irvine, CA","GuestReview":"Everything about this trip was fantastic&#8212;can't think of any way to improve it. In particular, our Trip Leader's tracking skills, knowledge, and friendliness were outstanding."},{"GuestNames":"Linda G.","GuestLocation":"Copiague, NY","GuestReview":"The attention to detail, the quality of the accommodations and cuisine, the attentiveness of all staff, and the five-star quality of Mark Butcher himself combined to create a trip that exceeded all expectations."},{"GuestNames":"Margaret F.","GuestLocation":"Bend, OR","GuestReview":"The hotels were superb! The best part of trip was the guides who were informed, interesting, organized, and kind;&#160;they were also great drivers."},{"GuestNames":"Patricia E.","GuestLocation":"Pasadena, CA","GuestReview":"The accommodations were all spectacular. 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For those arriving before 2:00 pm, you are invited to join an optional sundowner cruise before the Welcome Dinner. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. 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As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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