BEST OF ZIMBABWE
A fully inclusive 11 day luxury lodge safari visiting the highlights of Zimbabwe. This safari includes the best wilderness destinations in Zimbabwe, and arguably on the African continent, and offers a truly remarkable wildlife experience in one of the great wildlife havens in Africa. You will stay in some of the most intimate and unique luxury lodges in Zimbabwe. A truly once in a lifetime holiday.
Day 1 & 2: MATOBO NATIONAL PARK (Camp Amalinda)
Camp Amalinda, an African inspired refuge, is a world-class camp in the beautiful Matobo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to over 3000 registered San rock art sites.
The granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills are among the most majestic rock vistas in the world. Camp Amalinda sits amidst these intriguing gigantic boulders, and is situated only 45kms from Bulawayo.
Amalinda consists of nine individually thatched rooms including three honeymoon suites, three family rooms, two double rooms and one single room, which are all set into huge boulders.
Each room is steeped in African historical artefacts of a bygone era and tucked away in ancient San Bushman shelters. Camp Amalinda’s charm will leave an indelible impression on every visitor.
Day 3 – 5: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK (Somalisa Camp)
Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a variety of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra, a huge elephant population, and a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. Terrain ranges from desert dunes and savannah, to rocky outcrops and sparse forests. You’ll have the choice of game drives, guided walks or horseback safaris.
Somalisa Camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, and is known for its big elephant herds. Nestled in a remote location, on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, Somalisa provides guests with breathtaking views of savannah plains. Recently re-built, Somalisa Camp has upgraded its level of accommodation to that of utter comfort and luxury, with absolute focus on customer service.
Consisting of seven elegantly furnished ‘sail tents’ with gauze sliding doors, a glass wood-burner fireplace for the cold winter nights, and an overhead fan for the hot summer days, each tent has en suite bathroom facilities, including flush toilets, an indoor and outdoor shower, and copper slipper-style bathtub. The main decking area includes split level decking with a separate lounge and dining area, as well as a small splash pool for guests overlooking the natural waterhole where herds of game congregate to drink.
Activities include guided walks lead by qualified and knowledgeable guides, game drives and night drives.
Day 6 – 8: MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK (Zambezi Life Styles Camp)
The life-giving power of the Zambezi River makes Mana Pools National Park one of Zimbabwe’s most lush areas. This area is the country’s second World Heritage Site and is known as one of the continent’s greatest game-viewing regions. Canoe trips 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 in its pristine riverside forests.
Zambezi Life Styles offers one of the best ways to experience Mana Pools, nestled on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. The eight-bed luxury mobile camp is set up prior to your arrival. Comprising of four twin bedded mini-meru style tents, with en-suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets and al fresco bucket showers, the camp gives luxury camping a new standard! A 12-bedded camp consisting of six tents can be set up for a single group on special request.
The camp has a minimum stay of two nights for a minimum of two people and is the perfect combination to include with Kanga Camp for a riverside and inland Zimbabwe experience.
Activities include game drives, walking safaris, canoeing safaris, fishing and bird watching.
Day 9 & 10: VICTORIA FALLS (Thorntree River Lodge)
One of the original natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe, and is an ideal place to combine game viewing and adrenalin-surging water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.
Unique, romantic and environmentally-conscious, Thorntree River Lodge draws inspiration from local customs and culture, and the lodge balances contemporary design with tented roof structures to maintain the feel of authentic Africa. Nestled under a canopy of trees on the banks of the Zambezi River within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Thorntree River Lodge offers a secluded view over some of the most pristine areas along the Zambezi.
The lodge boasts eight double suites and two family suites, comprising four beds each. Each suite, overlooking its own stretch of pristine river, has indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a luxurious private plunge pool. The main lodge consists of a lounge with an open dining area, and the dining room flows into a private, temperature controlled wine cellar stocked with the finest wines. There is a gym, spa and a small library with WIFI for our guests’ convenience.
The communal deck is set on the edge of the stunning riverside, and is home to a sunken boma area and an infinity pool. Wooden decking floats on the edge of the river, and moves with the water level to create the illusion of sailing a boat, helping to achieve a seamless flow between river and land.
Day 11: SAFARI ENDS
Your safari ends on day 11 with a transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport.
US$ 6 740.00 per person sharing (01Apr17 – 30Jun17 & Nov17)
US$ 9 760.00 per person sharing (01Jul17 – 31Oct17)
US$ 6 440.00 per person sharing (01Dec17 – 31Dec17)
$6 440 pps
Fully inclusive lodge safari
Matobos National Park – open 4WD morning, afternoon & night game drives
Hwange National Park – open 4WD game drives and exciting bush walks in Big Five country
Mana Pools National Park – excellent wildlife viewing on game drives, bush walks & Zambezi River canoe safari
Victoria Falls – a natural wonder of the world – need we say more!
Drinks and alcoholic beverages (except premium brands)
Two game activities per day – game drive (morning or afternoon), river safari (morning or afternoon) & night drive
All road and air transfers while in Zimbabwe
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