Inspiration Itinerary | Wildlife in Style

Zimbabwe

with Wilderness Safaris

The Zimbabwe Classic

Your safari begins in Victoria Falls where you can follow in Dr Livingstone’s footsteps and discover the stunning Falls themselves. There is also time to walk around the town’s markets and to take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Stay at the Grand Dame of the Falls, the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel with its stunning views over the bridge to Zambia and the spray of the Falls.

From the Falls you fly south to the incredible Hwange National Park. There is so much to see in this park. From your glamorous camp, on its private concession, you can go for great nature walks with your Ranger and also head out on spotlighting drives looking for elephant, hyaenas, leopards, porcupine and spring hares – all out and about at night time. During the day there are areas of the Park that get wonderful sable and eland antelope on palm-dotted plains, plus there are very good lion populations here and if you are very lucky you might find the endangered painted dogs.

From Hwange you will fly north, over Lake Kariba, to Mana Pools National Park. Mana is known for being full of wildlife, right on the Zambezi River and with wonderful views across to the blue mountains of Zambia. Your luxury safari camp is on a private concession and is well known for the quality of its Rangers, the adventure-full game drives, the chance to canoe the mighty Zambezi, fish for the fighting Tiger fish and of course to get out and walk with your armed Ranger and learn not only about the wildlife but the trees, birds and whole eco-system. Elephants, buffalo, and waterbuck come down to the shoreline to drink and of course the birdlife here is wonderful. All camps and hotels have a high level of service and cuisine to match the quality of guiding and wildlife.

You will love

  • The view of spray from Victoria Falls from your hotel
  • Small, private concession safari camps
  • Canoeing, guided walking & 4WD safaris
  • Stylish luxury safari accommodation
  • Dining under the stars

9 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS

Please Note:

This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a spectacular journey, but it is an example only. All journeys will be individually designed and quoted on a case by case basis.

DAYS 1-2 | VICTORIA FALLS | 2 NIGHTS

Arrive in Victoria Falls and spend time exploring the Falls. There is plenty of time to take a bird’s eye helicopter flight over the Falls, enjoy drinks on a sunset cruise up the Zambezi River and enjoy High Tea at Stanley’s Terrace at the impeccable Victoria Falls Hotel.

DAYS 3-5 | HWANGE NATIONAL PARK | 3 NIGHTS

A short charter flight to Hwange National Park to stay 3 nights at your luxury safari camp on a private concession. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives and take an adventure-filled nature walk with your Ranger. This is a wonderful park for elephants and large lion prides. Enjoy a night drive to look for those nocturnal species such as leopard, owls, bush-babies and porcupines.

DAYS 6-8 | MANA POOLS | 3 NIGHTS

A scenic flight across Lake Kariba to land at your super stylish safari camp on a private concession in Mana Pools National Park. This is an incredibly productive area for walking with your Ranger along the floodplains of the Zambezi River. Take a short canoe trip to look for hippos, crocodiles, and animals bathing. Head out on a game drive to look for a variety of antelopes, birds, lions and many other species that live here.

DAY 9 | END OF SAFARI

Your safari ends today either with a flight back to Victoria Falls or Harare to connect with your onward international flight.

ACCOMMODATION

A handpicked selection

The Victoria Falls Hotel

Known as the “Grand Old Lady of the Falls” The Victoria Falls Hotel is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World portfolio. This Edwardian-style five-star hotel, built in 1904, combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. The hotel is steeped in history with all 161 suites decorated in the gracious Edwardian style of Zimbabwe’s colonial era. The Victoria Falls Hotel offers authentic colonial luxury and service within walking distance to the falls. Read More

Little Makalolo

Little Makalolo Camp lies in the heart of Hwange National Park, in one of its best game viewing areas, overlooking a vibrant waterhole which attracts game in both quantity and variety, especially in the winter months when Hwange is literally home to a Noah's Ark parade of animals. Read More

Ruckomechi Camp

The ten beautifully decorated tents at Ruckomechi Camp, all overlook the Zambezi River. This stretch of the river is famous for its four main pools which hold water all year round, drawing all manner of wildlife. Wildlife viewing is excellent with large concentrations of buffalo and elephant and predators such as lion, wild dog and leopard often sighted. Ruckomechi Camp provides a spectacularly scenic safari experience in style with some of the best wildlife viewing and birding in the region. Read More

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