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$16,558 to $23,575 pp (USD)
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Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

  • You'll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1

Arrive in Zimbabwe and Connect to Hwange National Park

Arrive in Zimbabwe and Connect to Hwange National Park

After arriving at Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe, your breathtaking safari trip begins! Your adventure begins with your short light aircraft flight from Victoria Falls through to Hwange National Park, one of the largest and most famous national parks. It is known for its large elephant, lion and wild dog population. Once you have landed, you will be met by your friendly and experienced Somalisa Camp guide and taken by a game vehicle to the camp itself.

Somalisa Camp is a luxurious property built and decorated with the romantic, turn-of-the-century exploration design in mind. Every luxury suite has been designed to take advantage of the incredible views over the wild land and nearby waterhole, but with privacy in mind. Each suite is decorated with canvas, natural wood, copper and leather to enhance the blending of luxury and safari.

Main Destination:
Hwange National Park
Best Time To Visit July to October (Middle and end of the Dry season)
High Season June to October (Hwange’s main area can become busy)
Best Weather April to September (It hardly ever rains)

Wildlife in Hwange NP

ElephantAbundant
GiraffeCommon
LionCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
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HippoCommon
HyenaCommon
CheetahOccasional
Wild DogOccasional
White RhinoVery Rare
Black RhinoVery Rare
Accommodation:
Somalisa Camp
  • Luxury tented camp located inside Hwange NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included)
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 2-3

Safari in Hwange National Park

Safari in Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is renowned for its large open spaces with pockets of bush and forest areas. The park is especially famous for their large and growing populations of elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs.

Your average day on safari at Somalisa Camp will include an early start with your guide, either on a game drive or walking safari. In the late morning, you will return to camp after a successful morning out and you can relax in camp either on your private verandah or in the main lounge area. There is a swimming pool that is guarded against animals but it does have a section where animals, including elephants, can come to drink. This is an amazing experience to have wild elephants so close and will make for some exquisite photos. Mid to late afternoon will include another safari experience before ending back at the camp. All meals are planned, prepared and served by the wonderful chefs and staff who are highly rated.

Main Destination:
Hwange National Park
Accommodation:
Somalisa Camp
  • Luxury tented camp located inside Hwange NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 4

Depart Hwange and Fly to Lake Kariba

Depart Hwange and Fly to Lake Kariba

Today you will enjoy a great breakfast in camp and a morning safari activity before checking out. You will then be taken by the game vehicle to the local airstrip and board a plane transfer to Bumi Hills on Lake Kariba. Bumi Hills is a luxury property built on the very top of an escarpment overlooking one of the world's largest man-made lakes. This really is the very best view of the lake and the sunsets are jaw-dropping. On landing at Bumi Hills Airstrip, you will be met by your guide and travel by game vehicle a short distance up the back end of the escarpment to the lodge. A complimentary 30-minute massage is included on arrival after check-in.

After a hearty lunch, you will be transferred down the front of the escarpment to the private jetty and board a river boat. You will experience what many describe as the best sunset destination in the world. Sunset drinks and canapes are served on the boat. A wonderful dinner will be ready on your arrival back at the lodge.

Main Destination:
Lake Kariba
Accommodation:
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
  • Luxury lodge bordering Matusadona NP without fences
Meals & Drinks:
  • Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 5-6

Explore Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park

Explore Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park

With several safari activities to choose from, including game drives, boat trips, bird and fishing trips and walking safaris, your next two full days will be spent exploring this amazing and unique national park. We recommend experiencing a variety of activities throughout the day with your experienced and friendly guide to get the very best out of your experience. Each day will end with sunset drinks either on the water or shore before having dinner back at the lodge while watching the twinkling of Kapenta night fishing boats out in the distance on the lake.

Main Destination:
Matusadona National Park
Best Time To Visit May to October (Best wildlife viewing)
High Season August to September (The park is never crowded)
Best Weather April to September (Sunny days)

Wildlife in Matusadona NP

ElephantAbundant
BuffaloCommon
HippoAbundant
LionOccasional
ZebraOccasional
HyenaOccasional
Show more
Wild DogVery Rare
Accommodation:
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
  • Luxury lodge bordering Matusadona NP without fences
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 7

Transfer to Mana Pools National Park

Transfer to Mana Pools National Park

This morning, after your final Kariba breakfast and morning activity, you will fly by light aircraft from the Bumi Hills Airstrip through to the magical wild frontier known as Mana Pools. Regarded as one of the last wild and fairly untouched safari landscapes in Africa, Mana Pools is a safari enthusiast and safari guide's dream.

Your time in Mana Pools will be spent at one of the best luxury camps in the park, Ruckomechi Camp. Located right on the banks of the Zambezi River and surrounded by open plains and woodland behind the camp, enjoy views across the river to Zambia and the Rift Valley escarpment.

Main Destination:
Mana Pools National Park
Best Time To Visit June to October (Best wildlife viewing)
High Season July to September
Best Weather April to September (Rains rarely fall)

Wildlife in Mana Pools NP

ElephantAbundant
LionCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
HippoCommon
HyenaCommon
Show more
LeopardOccasional
Wild DogOccasional
Accommodation:
Ruckomechi Camp
  • Luxury+ tented camp located inside Mana Pools NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 8-9

Safari in Mana Pools National Park

Safari in Mana Pools National Park

Your next two days and nights will be spent exploring Mana Pools. The landscape varies from dense bush to open spaces and large sandbanks around the Zambezi River that runs through it. This national park is a mecca for photographers and wildlife filmmakers as hunts by leopards, lions and wild dogs are often witnessed. You'll also see animals crossing the river from Mana Pools National Park to the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia.

You can choose from several great safari activities including game drives, nature walks, river cruises, fishing and bird watching with experienced and knowledgeable guides.

Main Destination:
Mana Pools National Park
Accommodation:
Ruckomechi Camp
  • Luxury+ tented camp located inside Mana Pools NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 10

Depart Mana Pools and Fly to Victoria Falls

Depart Mana Pools and Fly to Victoria Falls

Today you will travel to your final destination on this safari circuit. After breakfast and your morning activity, you will fly from the local airstrip to Victoria Falls town. Once you have landed, you will be met by your guide and taken on a scenic game drive transfer to your final amazing luxury accommodation on this trip, Matetsi.

Matetsi is situated along the banks of the Zambezi River, downstream from Victoria Falls. You will be far enough downstream to enjoy the serenity and sounds of the African bush but close enough for a short transfer to the bustling town of Victoria Falls with its markets, activities and indeed the Victoria Falls themselves.

Matetsi is a beautifully designed luxury property that takes its contemporary design and use of space and natural light to take advantage of the stunning views over the river. Each room has ample space plus its own private plunge pool for hot days and nights. The dining experience is incredible and the personal service is unrivalled.

Main Destination:
Victoria Falls
Accommodation:
Matetsi Victoria Falls
  • Luxury lodge located at Victoria Falls
Meals & Drinks:
  • Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 11-12

Explore Victoria Falls and the Surrounds with Matetsi

Explore Victoria Falls and the Surrounds with Matetsi

Each day is brimming with new experiences. Matetsi is situated on its own private wildlife reserve so you can take advantage of more private safari experiences should you wish, either on foot, by game vehicle or on water.

As you are only 40km downstream from the mighty Victoria Falls, a visit to the Falls, town and surrounding areas is highly recommended. There are so many sights and sounds to enjoy, from the natural beauty of the falls to the culture and history of the people and area. There is a myriad of adrenalin-fuelled activities to enjoy such as helicopter flights over the falls, boat cruises close to the falls, white water rafting, bungee jumping and more! These additional activities can be booked and paid for either through Matetsi or the third-party suppliers themselves on arrival.

Main Destination:
Victoria Falls
Accommodation:
Matetsi Victoria Falls
  • Luxury lodge located at Victoria Falls
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 13

Return to Victoria Falls for Departure Flights

Return to Victoria Falls for Departure Flights

Sadly your amazing Zimbabwean adventure must come to an end and today is your final one in this beautiful country. Depending on the time for your international departure flights, you may be able to enjoy one final morning activity and breakfast before heading back to Victoria Falls Airport.

Zimbabwe always makes a mark on each and every person that visits and hopefully the bug will bite and you will return to visit the other beautiful parts of this stunning and welcoming country.

Main Destination:
Victoria Falls
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You'll be dropped off at the airport.

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