Itinerary Example

12 DAY ‘SPLENDORS OF ZIMBABWE’ SAFARI

DAYS 1-3

Arrive in Kariba, transfer to Rhino Island in the Matusadona National Park. The schedule for the next two days includes bush walks, boating, and game drives in open 4WD vehicles. This is one of the best places in Africa to track the elusive black rhino and get within whispering distance of bull elephants.

Rhino Island Safari Lodge is the only lodge of its kind in Matusadona. It has everything; remoteness, lake views, and stunning wildlife in a fantastically abundant game area. Elephant, leopard, hippo, lion, and even rhino call Matusadona home. The lodge is simple, authentic and exciting. There are six thatched cottages, each set on a raised platform about 10 feet off the ground with en suite bathrooms.

The magnificent thatched dining room and bar overlook the lake. The stunning scenery is the perfect backdrop for your evening meal.

DAY 4

Charter flight to Mana Pools. The afternoon is spent on a game drive along the flood plains of the Zambezi.

Overnights in a tented camp with hot showers and three-course meals served under the canopy of trees on the banks of the river.

DAYS 5-7

Early morning walks exploring the area on foot. After some basic instruction in the art of paddling and a general safety talk, board the 18 foot, 2- or 3-person canoes and meander down the mighty Zambezi past an abundance of hippos and other interesting wildlife. No previous canoeing experience is required. On your canoe safari through the Mana Pools National Park, you quietly paddle and drift with the current. These winding channels often have herds of buffalo on the banks and you may get a chance to canoe right up to elephants crossing the river.

Overnights in a tented camp with hot showers and three-course meals served under the canopy of trees on the banks of the river.

DAYS 8-9

A charter flight takes us from Mana Pools to Hwange, Zimbabwe’s largest national park, located on the extreme eastern edge of the great Kalahari Desert. Hwange is remarkable for its wide variety of mammals, more, perhaps, than in any other game reserve in Africa.
The area boasts good grazing which attracts a number of different antelope species and big herds of buffalo. Elephant seasonal migration routes go through the area, and lion and leopard sightings are plentiful. Settle into your comfortable tented camp, Somalisa, a private concession in the heart of the Hwange National Park.

Daily “walks on the wild side”, plus explore the park by open Land Rover on day & night drives.

DAYS 10-11

From Hwange, a three-hour drive to the Victoria Falls, the adrenaline capital of Africa! There are many optional activities to choose from: the ” Flight of Angels” over the Falls, a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi, authentic Shangaan and Mukwishi tribal dancing, or the most exciting one-day whitewater rafting trip in the world.

Overnight in the fabulous Victoria Falls Hotel.

DAY 11

Flight home.

Customize your trip

We can create a customized safari itinerary to match your availability or your budget – just ask! And the safari can be done individually, with a group of friends or family and with your own Tour Leader if you’d prefer.

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