Experience Africa's most enchanting wildlands in Hwange, Mana Pools, and Matusadona National Parks.
Zimbabwe hosts some of Africa's most enchating wildlands. Clustered in the remote northern part of the country, along the valley of the Zambezi River and the border with Botswana, are three national parks that are celebrated strongholds for Africa's wildlife: Mana Pools on the Zambezi, Matusadona on the shores of Lake Kariba, and Hwange. The parks are at their best during the dry season, when hordes of thristy animals crowd around the permanent rivers and waterholes. And the high point of this spectacular wildlife adventure is an exciting canoe float down a calm stretch of the mighty Zambezi River, a magnet for all the area's game and perhaps the best way to get great views of hippos, elephants, and all the other animals who come to the river to drink. This is truly a not-to-be-missed adventure for any wildlife enthusiast!
11 days of easy to moderate walking safari, canoeing, game drives
- Canoe close to incredible wildlife, including hippo and elephants, in Mana Pools National Park
- Track black rhino in Matusadona and marvel at the thundering waters of Victoria Falls
- Zimbabwean guides are the best in all Africa and we've chosen the best of them
- Explore the great Zambezi River (named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty and diversity), and camp on its banks
Duration: 11 days Start Location: Victoria Falls End Location: Victoria FallsDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Arrive in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe by 2pm today. Take a light aircraft flight to Ruckomechi Camp, located in Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage wildlife area.
Day 2 : Mana Pools National Park
Today we will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives from Ruckomechi Camp in search of resident animals. Mana Pools National Park is one of the most exceptional game reserves in southern Africa.
Day 3 : Begin Canoe Trail
After meeting the canoe guides and going through a thorough safety briefing, we'll begin paddling downstream about 7 miles in sturdy Canadian canoes to our mobile camp in Mana Pools National Park.
Days 4 - 5 : Zambezi River
Each day we walk or canoe about 12 to 16 miles between camps. The exact daily routine will vary depending on wildlife movement and group desires.
Day 6 : Matusadona National Park
After an early morning game drive we take a charter flight to Kariba, then board a boat for the crossing of Lake Kariba to Matusadona National Park.
Day 7 : Explorations at Matusadona National Park
We’ll track game on foot, spending two to three hours at a time. While walking we’ll enjoy intimate contact with the African wild as we learn about all kinds of African animals, from the mighty elephant to the lowly dung beetle. We’ll also take game drives to spot lion, cheetah, bushbuck, waterbuck, kudu, and large herds of impala.
Days 8 - 9 : Hwange National Park
A charter flight brings us to Hwange National Park, one of Africa’s great elephant sanctuaries, where herds of more than 100 animals are often seen together.
Day 10 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
We fly or drive to Victoria Falls this morning and transfer to our group lodge, the Elephant Camp. We’ll enjoy an elephant interaction at the wildlife sanctuary here in the afternoon.
Day 11 : Depart from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
This morning we tour Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side before heading to the airport for afternoon flights home
DATES: Best time to go: June - August Departures: Aug 6 - 16, 2014
$1,000 internal air
Ruckomechi CampMana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Ruckomechi Camp accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tented unit, all of which overlook the Zambezi River. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts a favorite amongst guests: its outdoor "bath-with-a-view" in a secluded, scenic spot. The central dining, bar, library and lounge areas face the escarpment and are connected to the rest of the camp by low-level walkways that minimize our environmental impact. There is a separate deck with infinity pool for swimming and sun bathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn star gazing deck.
The Elephant CampVictoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The Elephant camp is situated only 10 minutes from Victoria Falls in a private concession within the Victoria Falls National Park. With an emphasis on exclusivity, the luxury tented suites all have private decks and plunge pools.
The suites are all equipped with indoor and outdoor showers, huge baths, private lounges, mini bar and tea/coffee stations, overhead fans plus air conditioning and are all mosquito proofed.
Davidson's CampHwange National Park
Davidson's Camp lies deep in Hwange National Park, in the south-eastern Linkwasha Concession - one of the best game viewing areas of the entire Park. It is a classic African tented camp, with the units tastefully hidden beneath a grove of false mopane trees, overlooking a waterhole and open plain.
Named after the founder of Hwange National Park and its first warden, Ted Davison, this camp, with its 8 tents and a family tent, offers a wonderful bush experience. Both the tents and the separate main area, comprising a lounge, dining room, and open campfire area and pool, look out over the productive waterhole.
Changa Safari CampMatusadona National Park
Accommodation at Changa consists of luxury tented suites each individually displaying truly unique African influences, from rustic wood, leather and weavery, against crisp white linen and locally made furniture. Styled with complete comfort in mind each tent has ensuite facilities and “under the stars” outside shower and bath. Whether you choose to relax in the comfort of your tent or enjoy spectacular lake vistas from your own private veranda you will be reminded time and again of the endless beauty around you.
All tents are mosquito proofed and we have fans for your comfort during the hot months. We pride ourselves on exclusivity, getting away from the hustle and bustle deserves nothing less.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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