Transport: 4WD safari vehicles; minibus, light aircraft
Availability: Nov 20 – Oct 21
Your journey begins…
View Zimbabwe’s contrasting landscapes from a bird’s eye view, combining the tranquillity of Lake Kariba with the wild beauty of Mana Pools. Fly in to remote and exclusive destinations where prolific wildlife and luxury lodges await.
- Walking safaris in Hwange National Park
- Boating on Lake Kariba
- Tick off a natural wonder of the world, Victoria Falls
- Predator sightings in Mana Pools
Day 1 – 2
MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK
Upon arrival at Harare Airport, guests will be met by a representative and transferred by light aircraft to Nyamatusi Camp in the heart of Mana Pools National Park.
Embracing comfort, this property embodies sustainable design. Fully solar-powered and built from all-natural materials it encompasses its wilderness location in the most elegant way. Consisting of 6 luxury tented suites with uninterrupted views of the river and escarpment beyond, this Mana Pools safari lodge invites a blissful escape to nature. Each tent is adorned with soft drapery and is replete with air-conditioning, indoor and outdoor shower plus a private viewing deck and plunge pool. Thoughtfully located charging points are placed in each tent for those all-important cameras.
Mana Pools National Park is in the far north of Zimbabwe. It includes the south bank and islands of the Zambezi River, which forms the border with Zambia. The park is known for wildlife visibility beside the river and in the flood plains. Large populations of elephant, hippo and Nile crocodiles gather at sunrise in the Long Pool. In the park’s south, lions wait for prey around the waterhole at Chitake Spring.
Overnight at Nyamatusi Camp – Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 3 – 4
After breakfast guests depart via scheduled light aircraft flight to Bumi Hills, set overlooking the magnificent Lake Kariba.
Set on a range of remote hills in one of Zimbabwe’s finest wilderness locations, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is utterly captivating. With the Zambezi escarpment as its backdrop, this haven of serenity overlooks the eternal shimmering waters of Lake Kariba below. Not only is Kariba’s shoreline wildlife-rich, but the lodge’s proximity to Matusadona allows for the wildlife to freely move between the national park and Bumi Hill’s private concession, creating endless game-viewing opportunities, led by a passionate team of guides.
10 spacious suites are thoughtfully appointed, each with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, mini-bar and a private viewing deck extending spectacular views of the lake and its surrounds.
Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. It lies 1 300km upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Fish eagles, cormorants and other water birds patrol the shorelines, as do large numbers of elephants and other big game species including lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo and a myriad of smaller plains game species.
Overnight at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge – Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 5 – 7
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
After an early morning activity guests will be transferred by scheduled light aircraft to Hwange National Park where Somalisa Camp will be home for the next 3 nights.
Somalisa provides guests with breathtaking views of the golden savannah plains of Hwange. A place where, one moment guests are sipping on their gin and tonic listening to the distant baritone roar of a lion coalition on the hunt and the next, they are gazing over at a congregation of elephant mere meters away, peacefully sharing a sundowner. Hwange National Park is a land of contrasts from dense teak and acacia forest to vast open savannah, offering guests an exhibition of raw and diverse Africa.
Hwange is known as “the land of the giants” for its big elephant herds. Somalisa is famous for its up-close encounters with elephants. At the edge of the expansive deck in the main camp area, sits an elephant pool which is frequented by elephant families, a real highlight at the beautiful camp.
Overnight at Somalisa Camp – Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 8 – 9
VICTORIA FALLS – ZAMBIA
After breakfast guests depart via scheduled light aircraft transfer to Livingstone, Zambia.
Beautifully designed, Thorntree River Lodge graces the banks of Zambia’s glorious Zambezi River in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.
Just 20 minutes upstream from Victoria Falls and accessed via the international airports of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or Livingstone, Zambia Thorntree River Lodge is the perfectly positioned lodge from which to enjoy the cascading spectacle, of the Victoria Falls nearby.
Thorntree River Lodge offers a tranquil base from which to explore a plethora of awe-inspiring activities, all within easy access of the lodge. Showcasing incredible river panoramas from its unique vantage, the shared areas are fluid hubs of relaxation; the lounge flows seamlessly into the dining area. The communal deck is set on the edge of the stunning riverside and is home to a sunken boma area and an infinity pool.
First discovered by Dr David Livingstone in November 1855, this legendary explorer said of Victoria Falls, ‘Mosi-Oa-Tunya’, “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”There are many ways to encounter the world’s largest waterfall. Take a gentle walk along the rainforest boardwalk to enjoy up-close views of this impressive cataract. Plunge headlong into an adrenaline-surged encounter by ziplining, gorge-swinging or bungee jumping the cataract ravine. Enjoy a thrilling scenic helicopter flight offering unrivalled picture opportunities of the Zambezi River, Livingstone Island and the curtain of water that is The Falls. Whichever way you choose to experience ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, this is an experience not to be missed.
After breakfast guests will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for their onward arrangements.
Accommodation: As per itinerary
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
Meet and greet: Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (Harare)
Drinks: Selected local brand drinks
Transfers: Scheduled road transfers and light aircraft
Activities: Game drives, water-based activities, nature walks, bird watching, fishing, Victoria Falls tour
Entrance fees: National park fees
Guide: Registered guide per game lodge/boat, other language guides are subject to availability
International and regional scheduled flights and visas
Travel, medical and personal accident insurance
Gratuities and items of personal nature
Excursions not detailed in the itinerary
Private charters/transfers or specialised guides
Premium brand drinks