Zambia & Zimbabwe

Experience safari life in private camps and discover wildlife rich Lower Zambezi and Hwange National Parks.

Country Information

Zambia & Zimbabwe

Zambia & Zimbabwe Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Zambia & Zimbabwe

(Interest Type(s))
(Tour Length)

13 Days

Tour Highlights

Starting at: $11,290
  • Discover Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest and oldest game park and home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hyena, giraffe, zebra and some 400 species of birds
  • Witness the power of Victoria Falls and the beauty of the storied Zambezi River
  • Explore the wildlife rich Lower Zambezi National Park on foot, in open vehicles and by canoe
  • Delve into the world of South Luangwa National Park, one of Africa’s premier wildlife sanctuaries and a place of primeval forest and lush savannah
  • Experience safari life in small, private tented camps in spectacular settings

Day 1:  Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa
Welcome to Africa.  You are met by a Big Five representative who will privately transfer you to your hotel set on a ridge overlooking the leafy, northern suburbs and zoological gardens of Johannesburg.  The Westcliff Hotel

Day 2:  Johannesburg / Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
After breakfast, you are transferred back to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls airport.  You are greeted by a Big Five representative, and privately transferred by road to Hwange Main Camp.  On arrival at Main Camp, you take one last transfer by 4x4 to your private lodge, scouting for animals along the way.  Your lodge is a classic tented safari lodge on the eastern boundary of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.  With just ten large luxurious tents under thatch, the lodge offers an intimate bush experience.  Each tent is beautifully furnished with solid Zimbabwe teak furniture and en suite bathroom.  Two of the tents have outside baths where you can relax and enjoy the views over the waterhole.  The Hide Safari Lodge - Deluxe Tent (B,L,D)

Days 3:  Hwange National Park
Today you explore the park during morning and evening game drivers in the company of an expert ranger.  This park is Zimbabwe's largest and oldest, and encompasses varied habitats, from the dry southern acacia scrubland bordering the Kalahari to the northern mopane woodlands, valleys and granite hills characteristic of the north.  This is big game country with massive herds of elephants, especially visible at the end of the dry season in September, as well as lion, buffalo, hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest sable, roan and other antelope.  On the camp’s private concession, you can set out to explore on foot with a professional guide; an excellent opportunity for a close up encounter with the African bush.  The area is also rich in bird life with more than 400 recorded species; many can be spotted around the underground hide at the camp waterhole.  The Hide Safari Lodge - Deluxe Tent (B,L,D)

Day 4:  Hwange National Park / Victoria Falls
This morning, return by private road transfer to Hwange Main Camp, where you meet your driver for the road transfer to Victoria Falls to your hotel.  Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s iconic wonders, with its thick clouds of spray and the lavish rain forest setting.  Activities are centered on the falls, the magnificent Zambezi River and the surrounding Zambezi National Park.  You can opt for a helicopter or micro light flight over the falls for incomparable views of the falls, the river, and the dramatic gorge.  Other activities range from languorous sunset boat cruises or gentle canoeing, to the more adventurous white-water rafting, jet-boating and bungee jumping.  Game drives and horse riding are offered in the Zambezi National Park to view elephant and buffalo.  Your camp offers close interaction with wildlife, especially the elephants at their wildlife sanctuary.  As African elephants are rarely encountered outside the wild, this is special opportunity to enjoy these magnificent creatures.  A short elephant interaction, where you can feed the elephants, is included during your stay.  You can also opt for an elephant back safari.  The Elephant Camp - Tented Suite (B,L,D)

Day 5:  Victoria Falls
Your half-day tour focuses on Africa's historical and cultural legacy.  You will be accompanied by Russell Gammon, a specialist guide with 19 years experience.  Russell's family has been living in Africa since 1870, and his specialty is African heritage.  He offers you unique insights into southern Africa's past, present and future.  See the dramatic Victoria Falls, and visit the nearby African village.  Along the way, Russell shares stories of earlier explorers, indigenous people, adventurers, missionaries and some of the many colorful characters who have shaped the destiny of this extraordinary continent.  Later, enjoy a sunset cruise as it meanders slowly up the fabled Zambezi River.  Watch for game along the banks.  A number of animals and plenty of bird species can be viewed from comfortable chairs on cool wooden decks.  The Elephant Camp - Tented Suite (B,L,D)

Day 6:  Victoria Falls / South Luangwa, Zambia
Today, transfer by road across the Zambian border to Livingstone Airport in time for your onward charter flight to Mfuwe.  On arrival at Mfuwe Airport, you are greeted and driven to your lodge on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River, with views of the river and a terraced area where animals graze during the day.  Nsefu Camp – Tent (B,L,D)

Days 7 & 8:  South Luangwa
The South Luangwa National Park is one of Africa's premier wildlife sanctuaries; a place of primeval forest and lush savannah stretching for hundreds of miles.  The brooding Luangwa River meanders through the luxuriant valley, supporting thousands of hippo and crocodile and one of the greatest game concentrations in Africa.  Elephant, a wide variety of antelope, buffalo, kudu, zebra, Thornycroft's giraffe and wildebeest occur in great numbers, as well as more than 400 bird species.  Lion, wild dog and hyena are also common and the park is famed for its excellent leopard sightings.  In the dry winter months from June to September, you stay at small seasonal safari camps in glorious seclusion.  The more sophisticated lodges, close to the main gate at Mfuwe Bridge, remain open longer.  The camps occupy prime sites on ancient oxbow lakes, amidst shady ebony groves.  They offer day and night game drives in open vehicles.  This is where walking safaris were pioneered.  Expert guides lead you through the bush, giving you the opportunity to observe the game at close quarters and gain fascinating insights into the ways of the wild.  Nsefu Camp – Tent (B,L,D)

Day 9:  South Luangwa / Lower Zambezi National Park
Today you return to Mfuwe Airport for your short charter flight to the Lower Zambezi.  On arrival, a representative of the lodge welcomes you and transfers you by road/boat to a private game lodge.  Enjoy game viewing along the way.  Your camp sits on the northern bank of the Zambezi River in the remote Lower Zambezi National Park.  It is in a beautiful river setting under the shade of ancient mahogany trees.  Eight spacious, shaded safari tents are elevated on timber decks, each with twin beds with spring mattresses, en suite facilities, insect screens, mosquito nets and solar-powered lighting.  The honeymoon suite offers Old Africa comfort and style with a double bed, ball and claw bath with a view as well as a large shower.  The superior tents are spacious with a king-size bed, pure cotton linen, Molton Brown products, indoor and outdoor shower, double basins and ball and claw bath with a glorious view.  The thatched lounge and bar area, with observation deck, and dining room overlooks the river.  The camp also has a carefully positioned viewing hide, overlooking the confluence of the Zambezi and Chowe rivers, affording excellent, peaceful viewing of birds and the large mammals.  Chiawa Camp - Superior Safari Tent (B,L,D)

Days 10 & 11:  Lower Zambezi
You spend the next two days savoring safari life on morning and night drives in open 4x4 vehicles and by pontoon boat.  The park is a rich and beautiful water sanctuary for wildlife, including great herds of elephant, buffalo and impala, and small groups of warthog, zebra and baboon are drawn to the river, which attracts lion and hyena.  Behind the floodplain’s grasslands rises the wooded escarpment.  Other activities include nature walks with professional, armed rangers, fishing for the infamous tiger fish on a catch and release basis, sunset boat cruises, and, the highlight, canoeing that brings you close to the animals, especially elephants.  Chiawa Camp - Superior Safari Tent (B,L,D)

Day 12:  Lower Zambezi / Lusaka / Johannesburg
Today you are transferred by 4x4 vehicle back to the Lower Zambezi airstrip, where you board your charter flight to Lusaka Airport.  Then, you connect with your onward flight to Johannesburg.  On arrival at the airport, a representative meets you and transfers you to your hotel.  The Westcliff Hotel - Luxury Room (B,L,D)

Day 13:  Johannesburg / Depart
This morning, enjoy a private half-day of Soweto and Johannesburg.  Delve into the history and culture the city, including an in-depth look at the history of apartheid and its impact on Johannesburg.  See Illovo, Rosebank and Houghton; pass by Nelson Mandela's residence en route to Soweto (SOuth WEstern TOwnship), the largest black residential area in South Africa.  This sprawling 'city within a city' is home to approximately two million people.  You also see Freedom Square, Hector Pieterson Memorial and Nelson Mandela's former home.  Return to the hotel in late morning.  Later, your driver transfers you to the international airport for your flight home.  (B)

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  Starting from $11290

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