Zimbabwe

Discover the legendary Victoria Falls and Zambezi River. Go on safari in Hwange National Park to track wildlife including large herds of elephant as well as buffalo, leopard, white rhino, spotted hyena, southern giraffe, sable, blue wildebeest, impala, common waterbuck and reedbuck. Try bird watching at Lake Kariba where more than 350 species have been recorded. Travel to Mana Pools National Park in the heart of the Zambezi Valley.

Country Information

Zambia & Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Zambia & Zimbabwe


(Interest Type(s))

Sustainable Travel

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Safari Tours

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Adventure Travel


(Tour Length)

11 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $7,265
  • Experience Victoria Falls, the natural wonder that is part of Victoria Falls National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Savor a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River as it makes its way upstream towards Zambezi National Park
  • Explore Hwange National Park, one of Zimbabwe’s premier wildlife destinations
  • At Lake Kariba, go on enjoy early morning or late afternoon bush walks in the company of professional guides
  • Travel to a remote camp in the heart of the Zambezi Valley to see large numbers of elephant, buffalo and eland as well as lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and some of the 350 species of birds

Day 1: Johannesburg, South Africa
On arrival, you will be met by our representative, who will present you with your travel documents before providing a private transfer to your hotel, a lovely four-star hotel set in the heart of Kempton Park, minutes from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport.  Fashioned after an aircraft hangar, the industrial ambiance of the hotel is felt in the polished concrete floors, steel finishes, chrome lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the air field as planes take off and land. Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo – Standard Room

Day 2: Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Return to the terminal for your flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival, you clear Immigration and Customs.  You are welcomed and privately transferred to your hotel.  Luggage, including camera equipment and hand luggage, is restricted to (44 lbs) per person. Take a step back in time at The Victoria Falls Hotel, the “grand old lady of the Falls.” Situated perfectly in the fabulous Victoria Falls National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers easy access to the breathtaking curtain of water. This afternoon, you will enjoy a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. The boat gently makes its way upstream towards Zambezi National Park, usually accompanied by a brief talk about the river and its wildlife by your skipper. You relax and enjoy the riverine vegetation and spot the excellent birdlife as well as hippo and occasional crocodile. In the drier months, wildlife such as elephant and a variety of antelope species graze on the riverbanks or swimg across to the smaller islands. This iconic river is the fourth largest in Africa, and its source is in northwestern Zambia.  This wide river is dotted with islands and sandbanks and is bordered on the Zimbabwean side by the Zambezi National Park. The two-hour cruise offers comfortable safari chairs, tables, and bar service.  Victoria Falls Hotel – Stable Wing Room (B) 

Day 3: Victoria Falls
Today you witness the power and grandeur of Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone was famous as the first European to visit the falls, naming it after Queen Victoria.  It’s indigenous name is “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – The Smoke that Thunders, an accurate description of what happens when the Zambezi River plunges over the deep chasm, creating a shower of spray and that thunderous sound.  From February to May, the falls are in full flood, and 500 million liters/113,510,372 gallons of water tumble over the edge into a series of gorges each minute! After a briefing and explanation of the falls, your guide accompanies you along the scenic pathways of the rainforest, stopping at numerous dramatic viewpoints. Victoria Falls Hotel – Stable Wing Room (B)

Day 4: Victoria Falls / Hwange National Park
A private road transfer takes you to Victoria Falls Airport, where you board your charter flight to Hwange airstrip for Davisons Camp. Within Zimbabwe’s premier wildlife and conservation area, your camp is one of the few located within the park boundaries.  The camp’s nine en-suite tents offer complete privacy as well as a compelling mix of diverse wildlife. From the comfort of your veranda, you will be able to watch the continuous procession of game at the waterhole. Davisons Camp – Tented Room (B,L,D) 

Day 5: Hwange National Park
Davisons Camp is situated in the Linkwasha Concession, a remote northeastern corner of Hwange National Park. Named after the founder of the park and its first warden, Ted Davison, the camp overlooks an active waterhole that attracts a variety of plains game and predators. Game viewing is excellent year-round in the concession, including lion, large herds of elephant, buffalo, leopard, white rhino, spotted hyaena, southern giraffe, sable, blue wildebeest, impala, common waterbuck and reedbuck.  Open plains areas make for excellent game viewing.  In summer, wildebeest, zebra and eland are found in abundance here; while in winter, the waterholes are magnets around which elephant in enormous numbers congregate. Birdlife in the area is prolific and varied, with over 400 species to be seen. Game activities include game drives or guided walks in the early mornings and evenings when the animals are most active. Davisons Camp – Tented room (B,L,D)

Day 6: Hwange National Park / Lake Kariba
Depart Hwange on your charter flight to Lake Kariba, where you will be met by a Changa Safari Camp representative. A 20-minute boat transfer takes you across the lake to your luxury tented camp on the shores of Lake Kariba. The camp is within a small, private concession in the northeastern section of the Matusadona National Park that offers magnificent views looking out across Hydro Bay towards the Matusadona Mountains. The camp has just six large, East African-style luxury canvas tents, all overlooking the lake. Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom, with indoor/outdoor shower and outdoor bathtub, all heated by gas that allows for hot water all day. All tents are mosquito-proofed and have fans. The central guest area consists of several thatched structures linked together by raised wooden walkways and decks, and includes a lounge library, dining room, bar, beautiful deck and swimming pool overlooking Lake Kariba.  Changa Camp – Deluxe Tent (B,L,D)

Day 7: Lake Kariba
Leopard, lion, hyena and cheetah are found in the area as well as elephant, hippo and a multitude of antelope species. The birdlife here is prolific, with more than 350 species have been recorded. This is also a walker’s paradise. Early morning or late afternoon walks in the company of one of the camp’s professional guides are a special feature of this camp. You also have opportunities for game drives or cruises and fishing in the lake. Changa Camp – Deluxe Tent (B,L,D) 

Day 8: Lake Kariba / Mana Pools National Park
Today you fly via charter flight to Mana West Airstrip.  A short road transfer takes you to your remote camp on the banks of the Zambezi River with the imposing Great African Rift Valley within view. Large numbers of elephant, buffalo and eland come to the river as do lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. Enjoy stunning views from your spacious en-suite tent.  Your secluded outdoor 'bath-with-a-view' will be an experience you will long cherish.  Low-level walkways connect the ten guest tents to the beautifully designed central dining, bar, library and lounge areas. A separate deck sports an infinity pool for swimming and sunbathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn star-gazing deck. Ruckomechi Camp – Tented R (B,L,D) 

Days 9/10: Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools National Park is in the heart of the Zambezi Valley. The camp is set among a large grove of acacia and ebony trees that is rich with birds and varied wildlife. In the dry season, large herds of elephant and buffalo together with hippo, waterbuck, kudu, nyala and eland all gather along the riverbanks. Cheetah and endangered wild dog are also often seen. The area is equally famous for some 350 species of birds including collared palm thrush and African skimmer, purple-banded sunbird and racket-tailed roller. Activities include early morning walks with an experienced guide, morning and afternoon game drives, night drives, canoeing and catch-and-release fishing. Ruckomechi Camp – Tented R (B,L,D) 

Day 11:  Mana Pools / Harare / Johannesburg / Depart
Your final morning game drive ends at the airstrip where you board your flight to Harare, and connect with your scheduled flight to Johannesburg. On arrival you check in for your onward flight home. (B)

Land price, per person, double occupancy: April/May/June & November: From $7265 per person.  July/August/September/October: From $8245 per person.  Internal air: From $795.

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