Southern Africa's Hidden Gem


One of the world’s least-known safari destinations—Zimbabwe—just happens to be one of the best. This stunning country has the most stringent training regime in all Africa for its professional guides. As a result, you enjoy one of the most incomparable safari experiences at its best—getting close to big game while exploring on foot with an incredibly experienced and highly trained guide. Our safari explores Zimbabwe’s phenomenal Hwange National Park, where elephants outnumber annual visitors. Hwange, at 5,657 square miles, has a level of biodiversity matched only by the Serengeti in Tanzania and is full of wildlife. We balance active days with overnights in award-winning lodges, partnering with them to promote wildlife conservation by engaging local villagers in the effort—you’ll meet some of the villagers and see the direct positive impact of your safari on both the wildlife and the people. On this safari, you’ll also take an overnight ride on a restored vintage train, watch elephants and many other animals from a special underground viewing blind, and stay at a lodge where you dine within a few yards of mighty bull elephants who come to drink from the lodge’s pool. Join us in Zimbabwe for the safari of a lifetime.

Itinerary at a Glance

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

From Gorges Lodge, perched dramatically atop the Batoka Gorge 700 feet above the roaring Zambezi, we hike a spectacular trail to the best viewpoints of majestic Victoria Falls. The next day, after high tea on the terrace of the famed Victoria Falls Hotel, we board our vintage sleeper train for an overnight journey to Hwange, with a three-course dinner on board.

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Days 3-5
Hwange National Park / Camelthorn Lodge

Our first game drive is unique—from aboard a vintage open-air railway car that gives us a fantastic view of the Ngamo Plains and a great perspective on wildlife—this is your “Out of Africa” moment! Thrilling game drives and walks bring us close to the phenomenal Hwange wildlife—expect great sightings of lion, zebra, giraffe, and the infamous cheetah clan known as the “Bomani brothers.” On an authentic village visit, we walk to school with the children—and see how we do at learning Ndebele, their “click” language! Our stylish lodge is set on community lands in the game-rich southern end of Hwange, so your presence directly benefits the community and gives them incentive to protect wildlife.

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

A charter flight and game drive bring us to dreamy Nehimba Lodge, surrounded by rock outcrops. Our chalets encircle a waterhole beloved by throngs of elephants—we’ll see them up close from the deck. 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.

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Magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the wonders of the world
Open vehicles, game walks, game drives, night drives—this is 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


Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6095  
Arrive: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Lodging: 8 nights luxury tented camps, chalets, and villas, 1 night vintage railway car
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, game walks, canoeing, cultural explorations

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