• Classic Zimbabwe Wildlife Safari

    Experience Africa's most enchanting wildlands in Hwange, Mana Pools, and Matusadona National Parks.

    NEW FOR 2014! You won't believe the rush you'll get from experiencing Africa's wildest animals up close while tracking them on foot, or in a canoe along the banks of the legendary Zambezi River.

    Special offer available for Jul 12 and Aug 6, 2014 departures. Click here for details.

    best times to go: June - August

    departures: No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availablity. Call us for details.

    pricing: from $6,395 see detailed pricing

    Southern Africa

    Easy to Moderate
Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Experience Africa's most enchanting wildlands in Hwange, Mana Pools, and Matusadona National Parks.

If you love being close to nature, this safari is truly one of the "must do" experiences of a lifetime-one that will leave you thrilled, yet humbled and awed by the richness of Africa's wildlife. On this trip, you and just seven other equally adventurous souls will gain a keen understanding of the complex interactions of the African ecosystem—a real "hands on" safari experience. Our expert guides are excellent game trackers with a keen sense of the natural world and knack for imparting their knowledge of the wilds. And since Zimbabwean guides are the best "bushmen" in Africa, you'll be in safe and capable hands.

You'll experience unique walking adventures at Matusadona National Park, where you'll track endangered black rhinos through the bush. In Hwange National Park, on the eastern edge of the Kalahari Desert, you'll enjoy prime game viewing by vehicle, taking in the park's tremendous variety of mammals, including huge herds of elephants, sable (the most elegant of antelopes), roan, and kudu. And where you find game this rich, you'll find an abundance of predators, and these parks have them all: lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena.

For a truly different take on the safari, you'll take a canoe safari down a calm stretch of the broad Zambezi River in Mana Pools National Park. Silently drifting downstream with the current, you'll paas pods of hippos and giant crocs, and may glide to within a few feet of bathing elephants. Since much of the wildlife comes down to the Zambezi for water, there are excellent opportunitites for other up-close observations as well.


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 Falls

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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DATES: Best time to go: June - August Departures: No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availablity. Call us for details.


2014 Prices
$6,795 per person (4-5 members)
$6,395 per person (6-8 members)

$1,000 internal air
$1,400 single supplement (Requested or Forced)

  • Ruckomechi Camp
    Mana 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 Camp
    Victoria 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 Camp
    Hwange 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 Camp
    Matusadona 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.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way. This trip features local guides in  Zimbabwe and various MTS staff to smooth each transition point along the way. Guide assignments will be given in your Final Bulletin, sent out about 3 weeks before your trip.

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