Zimbabwe Highlights in Comfort
Zimbabwe Highlights in Comfort 11 days
A deluxe tour starting in the scenic Matobo National Park near Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo, and then taking in iconic Hwange and World Heritage Mana Pools Parks, before a spectacular climax at the mighty Victoria Falls. An unforgettable wildlife, scenery and culture extravaganza.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Spectacular wildlife
- Scenic Matobo National Park
- Rhodes's 'View of the World' tomb
- Iconic Hwange Park
- World Heritage Mana Pools
- Mighty Victoria Falls
- Transfers and flights shown in itinerary
- 10 night's accommodation on full board basis
- Activities and excursions shown in itinerary
- Park fees and charges
ITINERARY10 Nights 11 Days
- Days 1-2 | Matobo National Park
- Day 3-5 | Hwange National Park
- Days 6-8 | Mana Pools
- Days 9-11 | Victoria Falls
Matobo National Park
Arrive at Bulawayo Airport. Met and transfer to Camp Amalinda for two nights. The camp is nestled in the granite domes and 'kopjes' of the Matobo Hills in an ancient bushman's shelter with majestic rock views.
There is prolific wildlife within the park, including breeding colonies of both black and white rhinocerous and high concentrations of leopard and black eagle. At the summit of the hill known as Malindidzimu is the tomb of the explorer Cecil Rhodes: this is known as 'View of the World' and is carved from the solid granite hill.
Hwange National Park
After breakfast, transfer by private vehicle to Halfway House to join a safari vehicle to Camelthorn Lodge for three nights. The lodge is located on a private concession in one of Hwange's last remaining unspoilt acacia woodlands bordering the south eastern corner of the park.
The woodlands are dotted with small water holes attracting an abundance of animals and birds - there is also an underground hide by a waterhole where elephants can be viewed and photographed at toe-level - a breathtaking experience. Hwange Park is Zimbabwe's largest and is especially famous for its massive population of elephant, as well as many other animals and up to 400 species of birds.
Other activities include day and night game drives locally and into the park, game walks, birding and village/school visits.
After breakfast, transfer by road to Bomani airstrip for light aircraft flight to Mana West airstrip. Drive to Ruckomechi Camp for three nights. The camp is on the banks of the Zambezi on the western boundary of the Mana Pools National Park, with long views across the river to the mountains of the Great Rift Valley. Along with its scenic location, the camp has lots of comfortable amenities, including indoor and outdoor showers, bar, lounge, library, decks and an infinity pool.
Activities here include wildlife viewing on foot, from open 4 x4s, canoes and motorised pontoons. The wildlife is prolific with large and small mammals as well as more than 350 species of birds.
After breakfast, return to Mana West airstrip for flight to Victoria Falls and transfer to the Victoria Falls River Lodge for two nights. The lodge is within the Zambezi National Park and right on the banks of the river, with a plethora of animals right on the doorstep. Activity options are river cruises and 4 x 4 day or night excursions into the park - as well as the animals, there are 415 bird species recorded in the park.
The lodge offers complimentary scheduled transfers to and from Victoria Falls town, from which the Falls themselves are within walking distance. There are lots of activities available from the town, including kayaking, bungee, white water rafting, helicopter rides, etc.
On the morning of day 11, transfer by road to Victoria Falls airport for onward or return travel.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools
Situated on the western boundary of Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp lies on the banks of the Zambezi, shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees and with a superb view of the mountains of Africa's Great Rift Valley across the river in Zambia
Ruckomechi Camp accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tented units, including a honeymoon suite, all of which overlook the Zambezi River. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts a favourite amongst guests: its outdoor 'bath-with-a-view' in a secluded, scenic spot. The central dining, bar, library and lounge areas face the escarpment and are connected to the rest of the camp by walk-ways. There is a separate deck with infinity pool for swimming and sun bathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn star gazing deck. The camp is as environmentally friendly as possible - hot water and lighting for each unit is provided by solar power.
The area is renowned for large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland, especially in the winter when they concentrate along the river. Activities include wildlife viewing in open 4x4 vehicles, on motorised pontoon boats, on foot and in canoes
Camp Amalinda, Matobo
Camp Amalinda is situated just outside Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe and is nestled in the granite domes and kopjes of the Matobo Hills and has some of the most majestic rock scenery in the world. This exclusive safari lodge is tucked away in an ancient Bushman’s shelter within the Matobo National Park. Camp Amalinda echoes the essence of tranquillity and the majesty of untamed Africa.
Amalinda consists of nine individually thatched rooms including two honeymoon suites, which are set into the huge boulders and have a panoramic view of the Matobo Hills. The camp has a central area with a library, a chess room located amongst the treetops, and an open-air dining room with a huge teak table. There is a natural cave wine cellar, and a “boma” area with a fireplace. The camp has a swimming pool overlooking a waterhole where resident wildlife comes to drink, and a heritage spa.
Mammal and bird species are prolific and include the highest concentrations of leopard and black eagle in the world, as well as a healthy population of the endangered black rhino. Activities include game viewing by foot or vehicle. You can track the endangered black rhino or drive through the granite hills in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes and visit his world famous tomb known as the “View of the World”. Matabele cultural visits are also on offer.
Camelthorn Lodge, Hwange
Camelthorn is situated in one of Hwange’s last remaining well-protected and un-spoilt acacia woodlands. The lodge is on a private concession bordering the South Eastern corner of Hwange National Park at the edge of Ngamo’s famous Plains.
Accommodation consists of eight villas. Each villa features a fireplace, private ground level deck, upstairs outdoor maisonette with hammock and a day bed. The en-suite bathrooms overlook the surrounding woodland with a bath and shower.
The woodlands surrounding the villas are dotted with small water baths attracting woodland creatures such as bush buck, mongooses and an abundance of interesting and colourful bird life. There is an underground hide by a waterhole less than a kilometre away where elephants can be photographed from toe level. Being at such close proximity to these giants is truly breathtaking!
Activities on offer include day & night game drives on the private concession, game walks, village/school visits, birding & full day game drives into Hwange National Park.
Victoria Falls River Lodge
Victoria Falls River Lodge is the first private game lodge to be set in the Zambezi National Park, the luxury tented lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, just minutes from the Victoria Falls.
The spacious tents, standard, twin and family suites, are set right on the banks of the river. Each en suite tent has been decorated in earthy hues and offers a freestanding bath, sitting area, indoor and outdoor shower and a private viewing deck where one can sit and watch the exceptional wildlife. The main lodge has an open plan design where guests can sit back and relax, under the shade of the thatched roof, as elephants graze along the river line. The Victoria Falls River Lodge takes relaxation one step further offering a selection of in-room massages, pedicures and manicures, the lodge also has a swimming pool and gift shop.
Some of Africa's most amazing animals are right on our doorstep. Elephants, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala and even the occasional big cat can be viewed in the park. The lodge offers two safari options; the first is to take a river cruise along the Zambezi or head out in a land cruiser - day or night - to explore the 150,000 acres that make up the Zambezi National Park. For bird watchers, 415 bird species have been recorded in the park – it's a birders haven!
The lodge offers guests a complimentary return transfers to Victoria Falls town daily.
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