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Thrilling Game Walks, Abundant Wildlife, Enchanting Lodges with John Laing

Overview

Discover the secret season of safari—an extraordinary time when the bush is emerald green with recent rains, the wildlife abundant with dramatic predator-prey activity due to the recent calving season, the light is absolutely magical for photography, and yet there are remarkably few other travelers! Victoria Falls adds to the drama, with the mighty Zambezi River flowing at its fullest and the towering plumes of the Falls visible up to 30 miles away. We love the "secret" season, when the grasslands are lush and brimming with foals, calves, and cubs—all of which attract an abundance of predators, from painted dogs to leopards and lions. We’ve created a wonderfully active adventure for you at this special time with our expert naturalist leader—Zim guides are the most highly trained in all of Africa. You’ll set out game viewing by open-sided vehicle and vintage open-air rail car, have thrillingly spontaneous game walks when wildlife is spotted, canoe on the Zambezi, and observe elephants close-up from a special “look up” hide. And, you experience all this at a savings of $1,000 per person compared with high season safaris, as well as significant savings on airfare. Join us for Zimbabwe’s green season and enjoy the safari of a lifetime.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Victoria Falls / Batoka Gorge

From Gorges Lodge, perched dramatically atop the Batoka Gorge 700 feet above the roaring Zambezi, we hike a spectacular trail right across from the face of Victoria Falls, with its lush, indigenous vegetation watered by the perpetual swirling mists of the magnificent Falls.

Gorges Lodge
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights)
Days 3-6
Hwange National Park / Bomani Tented Lodge

Hwange is home to some of the highest concentrations of elephants in the world along with lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino. We enter Hwange a unique way—aboard a vintage open-air railway car called the Elephant Express. From Bomani Tented Lodge, set around an active waterhole on the magnificent Ngamo Plains, our days area filled with game viewing by open-sided vehicle and thrilling game walks that brings us close to wildlife. On an authentic village visit, we walk to school with the children (and see how we do at learning Ndebele, their “click” language!).  One day we have the option of game viewing on horseback, and we also view game from a specially built underground game-viewing blind—a unique place for sundowners and snout-level viewing of elephants.

Bomani Tented Lodge
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Days 3 to 6 (4 nights)
Days 7-10
Nehimba Lodge / Zambezi National Park / Zambezi Sands

Crossing the Ngamo Plains to Nehimba Lodge, we’ll have northern Hwange’s lion-rich territory to ourselves as we explore its mopane woodland and sand river environment. Dinner on the deck here, with elephants gathering just a few yards away, is one of the most unique dining setting imaginable. In Zambezi National Park, our camp positions us for canoeing amid the Siansimba Islands and a private Zambezi cruise at sunset (with tasty sundowners, of course). Depart on Day 10 via Victoria Falls or join one of our extensions.

Nehimba Lodge
Hwange, Zimbabwe
Day 7 (1 night)
Zambezi Sands
Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Lush green landscapes, calving season, extraordinary light for photography
Open vehicles, game walks, game drives, night drives—the freedom of safari in Zimbabwe!
Beautiful tented camps and lodges with amazing access to wildlife
Support the work of the best community conservation projects in the country
Magnificent Victoria Falls, at its fullest in this season

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $5095  
Arrive: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Lodging: 9 nights luxury tented camps, chalets, and villas
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Trip Level:

Game viewing by 4WD vehicle and rail car, bush walks, canoeing, cultural explorations