You will then join a light aircraft flight to the incredible Hwange National Park. There is so much to see in this park. You will enjoy great safari walks with your trained guide, as well as heading out on night safaris looking for hyena, leopard, porcupine, and spring hare – 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 is a very good lion population here and if you are very lucky you might find painted dogs. The star of the show however is Hwange’s huge elephant herds, which you are likely to see daily.
Next you will enjoy a lovely flight over Lake Kariba to Mana Pool National Park. Mana is known for its abundance of wildlife, right on the Zambezi River with wonderful views across to the blue mountains of Zambia. Your camp is right on the banks of the Zambezi with fabulous views over the rivers flood plains. This safari destination includes 4WD game drives, thrilling safari walks and canoeing on the mighty Zambezi itself.
From Mana it is a short flight to Lake Kariba and the perfect way to end a safari. Set high on a ridge overlooking the Lake there are spectacular views. There are also plenty of activities offered, such as cruises on the lake, game walks, fishing, and game drives. There are some very large herds of buffalo in this area, and you will get the chance to see pods of hippos on the lake and crocodiles on sandbanks.
You will love
- Iconic Victoria Falls
- Intimate safari camps
- Abundance of wildlife and birds
- Game drives, night drives, guided walks & canoeing
- Spectacular scenery
12 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS
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 and the local craft markets. 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 or an early morning canoeing expedition along the banks of the river.
DAYS 3-5 | HWANGE NATIONAL PARK | 3 NIGHTS
A short charter flight to Hwange National Park to spend 3 nights at your safari camp, enjoying morning and afternoon game drives as well as special nature walks with your trained safari guide. This is a wonderful park for elephants and large lion prides.
DAYS 6-8 | MANA POOLS | 3 NIGHTS
Enjoy a scenic flight across Lake Kariba to your next safari camp at Mana Pools, right on the banks of the Zambezi River. Take a short canoe trip to look for hippos, crocodiles and animals bathing. This is a great environment for walking with your armed safari guide and enjoy 4WD game drives to look for a variety of antelopes, birds, lions and many other species.
DAY 9-11 | LAKE KARIBA | 3 NIGHTS
Your final stop is a short flight away; Lake Kariba, with your safari lodge perched high on the hills overlooking the lake. There are large herds of buffalo, lions, elephants, giraffe, zebra and kudu, to name but a few species. Head out on a walk, a lake cruise and a game drive. If you feel like it you can also go fishing for the fighting Tiger fish, or head to a local village to explore.
DAY 12 | END OF SAFARI
Your safari ends today either at Victoria Falls or Harare, where you will connect to you onward international flight.
A handpicked selection
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Somalisa Expeditions – Hwange National Park
At Somalisa Expeditions sit in your armchair and let nature venture to you. It is a place of bonfires, where stories and laughter are shared, and where senses are awakened on game drives, bush walks and cultural visits. Experience the romance of top notch bush luxury in one of the most wildlife-rich natural environments in Africa. Read More
Zambezi Expeditions – Mana Pools
The legendary Mana Pools is known for its wildlife rich floodplains and magnificent views of the Zambezi River. As a fully mobile operation, Zambezi Expeditions offers one of the best ways to experience Mana Pools on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, placing you wherever the action is! Read More
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge – Lake Kariba
Perched high above a range of remote hills overlooking the vastness of Lake Kariba, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is the ultimate place to escape from reality. Game drives, tiger fishing and private boat trips are all on offer here, and you’ll find total relaxation laying by the beautiful inﬁnity pool with a cocktail in hand. Read More
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