Zimbabwe
12 Days/ 11 Nights
Small Group Tour

Experience Zimbabwe! From the thundering Victoria Falls - a natural spectacle in which the Zambezi river falls more than 110 m into a narrow gorge - we continue to Hwange National Park to get close to a vast number of African wildlife. We cross Lake Kariba in a spectacular 3 day cruise and visit the remote Mana Pools National Park, nearly untouched by humans. Our journey ends in the surrounds of Harare where we will a stay at a private game reserve.

Itinerary

Tour Code VH18-12

Day 1 & 2 Victoria Falls

Day 1 & 2 Victoria Falls

Classified as the largest waterfall, based on its combined width of 1,700 metres and height of 110 metres, resulting in the world's largest sheet of falling water – the Victoria Falls are named after David Livingstone, a Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the falls on 16 November 1855. Livingstone named his discovery in honour of Queen Victoria of Britain, but the indigenous Tonga name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means "The Smoke That Thunders" continues in common usage as well.

On arrival at Victoria Falls Int. Airport you will be meet and transferred to your accommodation nearby the Victoria Falls. Once settled in to your room, you can peruse the many optional activities available in Zimbabwe’s thriving tourism hub. The famed Boma Dinner and Drum Show or Sunset Dinner Cruise is worth considering, with regular bus shuttles to the venues from the hotel.

Being one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and part of everyone’s “Bucket List”, on the second day the Falls & Rainforest Tour with lunch at a Café overlooking the gorge and Victoria Falls Bridge is highly recommend. The afternoon can be spent negotiating prices for a handmade curio with the vendors or visiting the various shops in this charming town, small enough to navigate by foot. For the more adventurous there is bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge or gorge swings or an unforgettable helicopter flight over the falls.

Day 3 & 4 Hwange National Park

Day 3 & 4 Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is the largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe with more than 14000 square kilometres. Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest and is famous for its prolific wildlife and a huge elephant population estimated to be to 50,000 animals. All Zimbabwe's specially protected animals are to be found in Hwange.

After breakfast, we say farewell to the Victoria Falls and go on a bus for a two and a half hour drive to you Hwange accommodation, the Msasa Camp, arriving in time for lunch. Settle in and after lunch choose one of the optional game viewing activities or just relax by the pool viewing deck and watch the rich diversity of wildlife that passes by.

On day four various optional game viewing activities are available, including a full day excursion into Hwange National Park with picnic lunch, after visiting the Painted Dog Conservation’s Rehabilitation Centre to learn about the efforts being made to protect these animals that are unique to Africa and one of the continents most endangered species.

Day 5, 6 & 7 Lake Kariba Sea Cruise

Day 5, 6 & 7 Lake Kariba Sea Cruise

After breakfast a transfer takes you to the main vessel and an hour cruise to Ume Basin, while settling in to your cabin. Enjoy lunch and siesta time before embarking on the tender boats exploring the Ume shoreline among the drowned petrified forests so unique to Lake Kariba. Sundowners with great photographic opportunities. Return to the boat for dinner on board.

On day six the boat will cast off just before dawn and begin its thirteen hour cruise through the Kota Kota narrows into the expansive Sengwa Basin. Breakfast and lunch on board, with time to relax as you cross half of this vast expanse of inland ocean, on route to the Sengwe River system. On arrival at our mooring spot the tender boats will take you out to explore this strikingly beautiful riverine area, cruising amongst the drowned mopane trees encountering crocodiles, hippos and other wildlife. Indulge in some delicious snacks and the ultimate relaxation of cruising in this serene and secluded area with your favourite beverage watching another majestic sunset.

Day seven will start with a continental breakfast on the tender boat, whilst exploring more of the Sengwe River, returning to the main vessel for lunch and siesta during the three hour cruise to the final night’s stop at Elephant Bay. Mooring on the beach, there will be an opportunity to do some fishing and watch the local fishermen in their “dugout” canoes going about their daily lives amongst the islands and inlets of the area. Weather and lake conditions permitting, dinner will be a beach braai (barbeque) enjoyed around a camp fire under the canopy of the stars. Return to the boat to overnight.

Day 8 & 9 Mana Pools National Park

Day 8 & 9 Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park is a 220,000 ha wildlife conservation area and national park. Mana means ‘four’ in Shona, in reference to the four large permanent pools formed by the Zambezi River.

It has the country’s biggest population of hippos and crocodiles as well a large dry season populations of the zebra, elephant and Cape buffalo.

After breakfast a two and a half hour journey takes you to Greater Mana Tented Camp, situated on the floodplain overlooking the Zambezi River. After check-in you will meet for a late afternoon game viewing activity with a sundowner on the banks of the river. Dinner is served on return to camp.

The next day enter a tender boat for one and half to two hour trip down the mighty Zambezi River to the tributary with the Nyakasanga River, the border of Mana Pools National Park, where 4x4 game drive vehicles will be waiting to take you on a full day excursion around this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A picnic lunch will be served in a scenic location, where photographic opportunities will abound before being dropped by at the Nyakasanga River for a sunset cruise back to camp. For those keen on encountering the nocturnal animals, a night drive is possible on the concession after dinner.

Day 10, 11 & 12 Harare - Area

Day 10,11 & 12 Harare - Area

After an early breakfast a two hour journey, passing through the towns of Karoi and Makuti takes you to Chinhoyi Caves. These limestone and dolomite caves and tunnels branch out from the Wonder Hole and Sleeping Pool, a natural sinkhole with striking cobalt blue crystal clear water believed to be at least 90 metres deep. After touring this IUCN Category II Protected Area, a short drive bring us to near restaurants where a selection of freshly prepared food will be waiting for you to be enjoyed. The road journey continues for a further two hours which will bring you to Pamuzinda Safari Lodge nearby Harare.

Relaxing or take the option of a variety of activities including a visit to the Chengeta Primary School, elephant interaction, guided canoe excursion, horseback safari or a game drive on the 13,000 acre pristine wildlife habitat before a “Welcome to Africa”barbeque dinner.

Start the last day with a relaxing morning before you will be transferred to Harare International Airport for your flight home.



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