Wild Zimbabwe

A Thrilling Safari and Spectacular Lodges

What Makes WT’s Zimbabwe Safaris Special?

Phenomenal Wildlife Viewing Without the Crowds — Zimbabwe is renowned for its thriving elephant population and biodiversity—but without the crowds of other safari destinations!

Exquisite Lodges, Exclusive Access — Our accommodations take you to four enchanting and varied locations and provide the ultimate luxury—exclusivity.

Africa’s Best Safari Guides — With the most rigorous training program in all of Africa, ‘Zim’ guides are renowned, and we work with the absolute best of the best.

The Most Active and Varied Safari — Encounter Africa up-close and in unique ways: from a ‘look-up blind’, in an open-air rail car, on a sunset cruise, and the ultimate thrill—on foot!

Small Groups with the Same Expert Leader Throughout — Our small group size—never more than 10—ensures great wildlife encounters and close access to your guide.

Our Safaris Give Back — Our lodges actively partner with the local communities, providing employment, income, and promoting wildlife conservation.

Overview

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 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 1-5
Victoria Falls / Hwange National Park / Camelthorn Lodge

Mile-wide Victoria Falls plunges 400 feet into the Zambezi River, casting rainbows in every direction and creating an otherworldly spectacle of swirling mists visible for miles. We’ll have breathtaking views as we walk a riverside trail, then board the Elephant Express, a private open-air railway car that takes the scenic route to Hwange National Park with game viewing en route. Hwange, at 5,657 square miles, has a level of biodiversity matched only by the Serengeti in Tanzania, and elephants in Hwange actually outnumber visitors! From Camelthorn Lodge, our active game drives and game walks bring us close to phenomenal wildlife. Expect great sightings of lion, zebra, giraffe, and the cheetah clan known as the “Bomani Brothers.” On a village visit, we walk to school with the children—and see how we do at learning Ndebele, their “click” language. Our lodge is set on community lands in game-rich southern Hwange, so your presence directly benefits the community and gives them incentive to protect wildlife.

Gorges Lodge
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 1 (1 night)
Camelthorn Lodge
Hwange, Zimbabwe
Days 2 to 5 (4 nights)
Days 6-10
Nehimba Lodge / Zambezi National Park / Zambezi Sands

Back again on the Elephant Express, we enjoy a fantastic view of the Ngamo Plains as we 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 them up close right from the dining deck. Flying to the savannas of Zambezi National Park, our riverside camp positions us for canoeing amid the Siansimba Islands and a private Zambezi cruise at sunset as gold and crimson colors reflect off the tranquil waters. Depart on Day 10 via majestic Victoria Falls or join one of our extensions.

Nehimba Lodge
Hwange, Zimbabwe
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Zambezi Sands
Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the wonders of the world
Authentic game walks, open vehicles, game drives, night drives
Beautiful tented camps and lodges with amazing access to wildlife
Special “look up” blind for incredible wildlife photography
Support the best community conservation projects in the country

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6595  
Arrive: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Lodging: 9 nights luxury tented camps, chalets, and villas
Meals: All meals included as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (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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