A Thrilling Safari and Spectacular Lodges

Special Event!

A special variation of this itinerary is part of our Namibia: A Vision for Wildlife Symposium and Safari Program in April 2019.

Overview

Experience a safari like no other—brimming with activities and phenomenal wildlife. Zimbabwe, renowned for having the most highly trained safari guides in all of Africa, is where we can leave the safari vehicle behind and follow the wildlife on foot—it’s thrilling! As we explore Hwange National Park, with its world-famous herds of elephants and great numbers of lion, leopard, and cheetah, we stay in award-winning lodges that support local communities and are set in the most game-rich areas. Unique safari activities abound, from arriving in the park by vintage train to a safari by canoe and watching elephants up-close from a special “look up” hide right at water hole level (perfect for photography!).

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Victoria Falls / Batoka Gorge / Vintage Rail Car

We’ll hike to the best viewpoints of thundering Victoria Falls on a spectacular trail and enjoy panoramic vistas from our lodge, set 600 feet above the Zambezi River’s Batoka Gorge. After high tea on the terrace of the famed Victoria Falls Hotel, we board our private vintage sleeper train for an unforgettable overnight journey to Hwange National Park, with a three-course dinner on board.

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Days 3-5
Hwange National Park / Camelthorn Lodge

Stylish Camelthorn Lodge is set on community lands in the untouched and game-rich southern end of Hwange, Zimbabwe’s first and largest national park. With private gate access, we’ll explore the Ngamo Plains, known for lion, leopard, zebra, giraffe, and the infamous cheetah clan known as the “Bomani brothers.” We’ll also view elephant from a below-ground blind and walk to school with the local children—and see how we do at learning their click language!

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

A bush flight brings us to dreamy Nehimba Lodge, surrounded by rock outcrops and sand rivers. Here our thatched chalets encircle a waterhole beloved by throngs of elephants—we’ll see them up close right from the deck. In Zambezi National Park, our award-winning Zambezi Sands lodge positions us for canoeing amid the Siansimba Islands and a private Zambezi cruise at sunset (with sundowners!). Depart on Day 10 via Victoria Falls or join one of our extensions.

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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 Zimbabwe!
Enjoy beautiful tented camps and lodges with amazing access to wildlife
Special “look up” blind for incredible wildlife photography
Overnight journey to Hwange in style aboard a vintage railway car
Support the work of the best community conservation projects in the country

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $5795  
Arrive: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Lodging: 8 nights luxury tented camps, chalets, and villas, 1 night Stimela Star vintage train
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Safaris, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

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

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