Your Zimbabwe holiday begins with an overnight flight to Johannesburg. On arrival, you’ll take a connecting flight to Victoria Falls. Enjoy staying in your first lodge at Old Drift Lodge. Nestled on the river banks, you’ll be here for two nights, with your first sunset cruise on the Zambezi River taking place this evening.
Today is a full-day itinerary letting you get right up close to the mighty ‘Smoke that Thunders’. The wonderful Old Drift Lodge offers activities including a guided tour of the falls, morning and afternoon river safari, guided walking safari and lunch at the Lookout Café. Perched 120 metres above the rapids of the Zambezi, the café overhangs the spectacular chasm of the Batoka Gorge. It is just a little way down from the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge, which forms part of its beautiful backdrop.
Take your first flight over the African bush as you are travelling to Hwange, Zimbabwe’s largest national park. This will be your home for the next three nights, staying at the Linkwasha private concession in the park’s south-eastern corner. Situated on the edge of the famed Ngamo Plains, which offer fantastic summer wildlife viewing, the camp looks over a magnificent plain and a pan that is a magnet for wildlife all year round. This afternoon enjoy your first game drive in the reserve and see what animals you can spot.
Covering an expanse of over 14,000sqkm, Hwange National Park is your entrancing home for the next two days. There are over 100 animal species in the park and 400 species of bird. For many visitors, the park’s main attraction is big and grey because this is home to one of Africa’s last great elephant sanctuaries. Spend your time here on game drives, walking (seasonal), sleeping out under the stars and wildlife viewing from a hide.
Travel in luxury today when you take a scenic light aircraft flight over to Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and Spa. This lodge is conveniently located on the shores of Lake Kariba, a place of outstanding natural beauty. It’s the perfect place to reconnect with nature and completely slow down. This evening’s entertainment is a trip on the lake to view the amazing aquatic wildlife.
Lake Kariba is a genuine African wilderness, allowing for amazing game viewing by boat, 4x4 vehicle or on foot. On any given safari you can expect to be wowed by elephant, buffalo, the Nile crocodile, lion, hippo, impala and zebra. You may be lucky enough to spot the occasional elusive leopard. Choose how you pass your time with activities ranging from game drives, boating, walking. The ultimate experience here is the star gazing, so don’t miss out on the late-night views.
Today, you will take your penultimate flight, which delivers you to the wonderful Mana Pools. Spend your next three nights at Chikwenya. This idyllic hotel is located in one of the most remote locations in Mana Pools and is ideal for animal observation. The area is home to large concentrations of buffalo and elephant, so photo opportunities abound. With only seven tents this is an intimate haven, blessed with spectacular views.
With two full days to explore this spectacular area, you will not be disappointed. The area offers large concentrations of buffalo and elephant, while predators such as lion, wild dog, leopard and cheetah are also often sighted. Your time can be divided between activities including game drives, sunset cruises, viewing wildlife by boat and walking. Reconnecting with nature is guaranteed.
Bid farewell to Mana Pools as your Zimbabwe adventure winds down. You’ll transfer to the airport, flying back to Johannesburg. Here you’ll take your connecting overnight return flight to the UK.