Best of Zimbabwe

Best of Zimbabwe
AT A GLANCE
This 11 day safari visits four of the best tourist areas in Zimbabwe. The safari starts off in Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – and is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Our next stop is Hwange National Park, known for its huge herds of elephants. Our next adventure includes a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park – this will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.
ITINERARY – BEST OF ZIMBABWE SAFARI: Victoria Falls – Hwange National Park – Mana Pools National Park – Matusadona National Park
DAY 1 & 2:
Victoria Falls

You will be met at Victoria Falls Airport by the transfer company who will have your name on a sign board and be waiting in the arrivals area. You will be transferred to your accommodation. There are many activities available in the area of the falls and we are happy to provide details and book these. We recommend a sunset cruise, helicopter flight over the falls and a canopy tour. You do not need a guide to see the falls as the paths are clear and well signposted, however if you prefer we can arrange one for you.
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two-thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or microlights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.

DAY 3,4 & 5:
Hwange National Park

Today you will be collected from your accommodation and transferred 2 and a half hours to Hwange National Park and then a further 2 hours on a game drive through the park to the camp, your safari home for the next three nights. Hwange is a unique national park offering diverse environments which in turn bring a variety of wildlife and bird life. You are able to explore this park by game vehicle or on foot with expert guides.
Situated in western Zimbabwe, the Hwange National Park is the country’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including Giraffe, Lion, Plains Zebra and approximately 40 000 African Elephants. It provides a sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of African Wild Dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. The park’s magnificent terrain ranges from desert dunes, savannah lands and mopane woodlands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests. Visitors can look forward to game drives, guided walks or horse riding safaris. Other highlights include the Bumbusi National Monument and the Nyamandhlovu Pan.

DAY 6,7 & 8:
Mana Pools National Park

Today you will have a transfer to the airstrip and a flight to Mana Pools, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to the camp where you will be staying for the next two nights. You can enjoy game drives as well as walks, Mana Pools is known for excellent walking opportunities. The camp is located on the Zambezi river so you can also enjoy relaxing in the shade and watching the wildlife and birdlife drawn in by this incredible water source.
Located in northern Zimbabwe, the life-giving power of the Zambezi River makes Mana Pools National Park one of Zimbabwe’s most lush and flourishing regions. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is known for its natural beauty and as one of the continent’s premier game-viewing areas. Visitors can look forward to an array of activities such as canoe trips which are offered year round and provide a unique and memorable way for visitors to experience the area’s striking scenic beauty and diverse fauna, while guided walks are a great way to take its pristine riverside forests. Other popular activities include game drives, river cruises, nature walks, birdwatching, catch-and-release fishing, and searching for dinosaur tracks.

DAY 9 & 10:
Matusadona National Park

Today you will have a short flight to Lake Kariba in the Matusadona National Park where you will be met and transferred to camp where you will spend the next two nights.
Here you are able to go on game drives, walks, boat cruises, fishing and just sit back and enjoy the view or have a cooling dip in the pool.
Situated in northern Zimbabwe on the shores of Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park comprises a large expanse of pristine wilderness characterised by flat grassy plains and dramatic rugged mountains. From the vast woody escarpment to the dense bush of the Zambezi valley floor, the park features a diverse range of landscapes inhabited by abundant wildlife species. These include, among others: African Elephant, African Buffalo, Black Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus, Nile Crocodiles and an impressive variety of birdlife. The entire northern boundary of the park is created by the lake’s grassy shoreline, providing excellent opportunities for boat cruise safaris. Other popular activities include walking safaris, tiger fishing, and camping at some of the park’s many small rustic bush camps.

DAY 11:
End of safari

Sadly your final day has arrived and you will have a flight to Victoria Falls to connect with your onward international flight.

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