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Return of Zimbabwe

Trip Length 13 days

From $7,395

  • Explore three must-see national parks—Mana Pools, Hwange, and Chizarira—as well as legendary Victoria Falls, on this MTS-exclusive itinerary
  • Paddle the amazing Mana Canoe Trail and experience the thrill of authentic bush camping along the Zambezi
  • Discover the scenic mountains and canyons of remote Chizarira National Park, Zimbabwe’s most remote and least visited park, by foot– with renowned guide Leon Varley

Step back in time on this unique Zimbabwean safari experience, and explore the famous Zambezi River by canoe and 4x4 all-terrain vehicles with our expert naturalist guides. Heralding a return of Zimbabwe to Africa's top safari circuits, we've carefully crafted this 13-day adventure to cover the country's best game-viewing locations, including Mana Pools, Hwange, and Chizarira National Parks. These incredible parks teem with wildlife, and offer a rare opportunity to see vast herds of elephants, hippos, southern giraffes, impalas, and wildebeest. By night, comfortable and well-appointed tented camps offer you cool sundowners (a.k.a. cocktails), real mattresses, fresh running water, and (yes!) laundry services to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. You’ll see Chizarira through the eyes of one of Africa’s best guides and cap off your visit with a private tour of Victoria Falls—one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Day 1: Arrive Harare & Fly to Mana Pools

Welcome to Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe! An MTS representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the deluxe Ruckomechi Camp, where you’ll have the day to acclimate to the weather with a dip in the camp’s exquisite infinity pool on the banks of the Zambezi River. Set amid a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees, the camp affords stunning views and excellent wildlife viewing from the well-appointed tents and inviting, cushion-strewn decks.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ruckomechi Camp

Days 2-4: Mana Canoe Trail

We’ll head out today for a 240-mile drive to the Mana Pools National Park for our three-day canoeing and luxurious mobile camping safari down the Zambezi. We’ll paddle and glide past bathing elephants and hippos, big game and possibly buffalos and crocodiles coming to the fresh water to drink. We’ll enjoy an authentic bush camping experience, like the safaris of long ago, while safely tracking and viewing outstanding wildlife. Mana Pools is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its wide range of big game and 350 species of birds and aquatic life. Every night, we’ll pull into our comfortable dome tent camps, where our crew will have dinner and sundowners waiting for us.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Days 5-7: Hwange National Park

We’ll depart Mana Pools and fly to Davison’s Camp, one of the few camps within Hwange National Park’s southeastern Linkwasha Concession—famous for over 400 different species of birds and 100 different species of mammals–including enormous herds of elephants, southern giraffes, impalas, and buffalo. Hwange is on the edge of the Kalihari Desert and is the largest game park in Zimbabwe! We’ll relax in comfort in our tented camp, sipping on cool sundowners at the end of the day.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Davison's Camp

Days 8-11: Chizarira National Park

From Davison’s Camp we’ll head to Hwange Main Lodge and transfer to our mobile camp in Chizarira National Park, a three-hour drive to the northern part of Zimbabwe. While Chizarira is one of Zimbabwe’s largest parks, it is less well known to tourists due to its remote location along the Zambezi Escarpment. You’ll see this isolated and scenic park through the eyes of our talented guide, Leon Varley, a renowned former tracker, park ranger and game ranger. Each day, we’ll head into Chizarira’s jagged mountains, canyons and ravines to track large herds of impalas, antelope, and kudu.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 12: Victoria Falls

Today, we’ll leave Chizarira and fly to Victoria Falls around mid-afternoon and transfer to our historic hotel, the first one built at the falls in 1904. The hotel, fondly known as the “Grand Old Lady of the Falls,” offers easy access to the falls and its beautiful Edwardian-style guest rooms evoke a bygone era. With top-of-the-line amenities and incredible views, this hotel has it all! Tonight, we’ll enjoy a spectacular sunset cruise on the Zambezi River before our farewell tomorrow.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Victoria Falls Hotel

Day 13: Victoria Falls & Depart

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll head out for a private tour of Victoria Falls—one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The falls are more locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, Tonga for “the smoke that thunders.” Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world in terms of its sheet of falling water, and nearly twice as large as Niagara Falls. Experiencing the mighty Victoria Falls is a bucket-list must and a wonderful way to cap off this amazing adventure in Zimbabwe.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Jun 18 - 30, 2017

Aug 03 - 15, 2017

pricing

2016 Prices, per person:

Land price: $7,395 (4-7 members)
Small group surcharge: $600 (4-5 members)
Internal Air: $1,300
Single supplement: $850 single supplement

2017 Prices, per person:

Land price: $7,895 (4-7 members)
Small group surcharge: $600 (4-5 members)
Internal Air: $1,500
Single supplement: $900 single supplement

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Davison's Camp — Hwange National Park

Davison's Camp lies deep in Hwange National Park, in one of the most prolific wildlife areas in Hwange—the Linkwasha Concession. A classic African tented camp with eight tents and one family unit, the property is cleverly hidden beneath a grove of false mopane trees, all overlooking an open plain and a productive waterhole where you'll see a variety of game. Rooms offer sophisticated safari accommodations that are simple yet refined. The common area is amde up of an elegant lounge and dining room which leads out onto a beautiful pine deck and an open campfire area. The refreshing pool also looks out over the waterhole, while a small upper deck is an ideal location from which to watch wildlife by day and gaze at the stars by night.

Ruckomechi Camp — Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Ruckomechi Camp accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tented units, all of which overlook the Zambezi River. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts a favorite amenity amongst guests: the outdoor "bath-with-a-view" in a secluded, scenic spot. The dining, bar, library and lounge areas face the escarpment and are connected to the rest of the camp by low-level walkways that minimize the property's environmental impact. Guests can lounge swim in the infinity pool or sun bath on the deck, and in the evening, curl up on the cushion-strewn, star-gazing deck and prepare to be awed by the seemingly endless night sky.

Victoria Falls Hotel — Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe's oldest hotel is also its grandest. With a distinctly Edwardian-style design and decor, the 1904 Victoria Falls Hotel offers stunning views both inside and out—it is situated on a natural heritage site and overlooks breathtaking Victoria Falls. Style and glamour inform every aspect of the hotel, from the 180 rooms' four-poster or canopied beds and antique furniture to the elegant dining room's opulent décor and cheerful staff. All of this five-star luxury is set in lush tropical gardens, and is only a 10-minute walk to the roaring falls, which can be heard—if not seen—from every corner of the grounds.

  • Explore three must-see national parks—Mana Pools, Hwange, and Chizarira—as well as legendary Victoria Falls, on this MTS-exclusive itinerary
  • Paddle the amazing Mana Canoe Trail and experience the thrill of authentic bush camping along the Zambezi
  • Discover the scenic mountains and canyons of remote Chizarira National Park, Zimbabwe’s most remote and least visited park, by foot– with renowned guide Leon Varley

Step back in time on this unique Zimbabwean safari experience, and explore the famous Zambezi River by canoe and 4x4 all-terrain vehicles with our expert naturalist guides. Heralding a return of Zimbabwe to Africa's top safari circuits, we've carefully crafted this 13-day adventure to cover the country's best game-viewing locations, including Mana Pools, Hwange, and Chizarira National Parks. These incredible parks teem with wildlife, and offer a rare opportunity to see vast herds of elephants, hippos, southern giraffes, impalas, and wildebeest. By night, comfortable and well-appointed tented camps offer you cool sundowners (a.k.a. cocktails), real mattresses, fresh running water, and (yes!) laundry services to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. You’ll see Chizarira through the eyes of one of Africa’s best guides and cap off your visit with a private tour of Victoria Falls—one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Harare & Fly to Mana Pools

Welcome to Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe! An MTS representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the deluxe Ruckomechi Camp, where you’ll have the day to acclimate to the weather with a dip in the camp’s exquisite infinity pool on the banks of the Zambezi River. Set amid a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees, the camp affords stunning views and excellent wildlife viewing from the well-appointed tents and inviting, cushion-strewn decks.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ruckomechi Camp

Days 2-4: Mana Canoe Trail

We’ll head out today for a 240-mile drive to the Mana Pools National Park for our three-day canoeing and luxurious mobile camping safari down the Zambezi. We’ll paddle and glide past bathing elephants and hippos, big game and possibly buffalos and crocodiles coming to the fresh water to drink. We’ll enjoy an authentic bush camping experience, like the safaris of long ago, while safely tracking and viewing outstanding wildlife. Mana Pools is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its wide range of big game and 350 species of birds and aquatic life. Every night, we’ll pull into our comfortable dome tent camps, where our crew will have dinner and sundowners waiting for us.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Days 5-7: Hwange National Park

We’ll depart Mana Pools and fly to Davison’s Camp, one of the few camps within Hwange National Park’s southeastern Linkwasha Concession—famous for over 400 different species of birds and 100 different species of mammals–including enormous herds of elephants, southern giraffes, impalas, and buffalo. Hwange is on the edge of the Kalihari Desert and is the largest game park in Zimbabwe! We’ll relax in comfort in our tented camp, sipping on cool sundowners at the end of the day.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Davison's Camp

Days 8-11: Chizarira National Park

From Davison’s Camp we’ll head to Hwange Main Lodge and transfer to our mobile camp in Chizarira National Park, a three-hour drive to the northern part of Zimbabwe. While Chizarira is one of Zimbabwe’s largest parks, it is less well known to tourists due to its remote location along the Zambezi Escarpment. You’ll see this isolated and scenic park through the eyes of our talented guide, Leon Varley, a renowned former tracker, park ranger and game ranger. Each day, we’ll head into Chizarira’s jagged mountains, canyons and ravines to track large herds of impalas, antelope, and kudu.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 12: Victoria Falls

Today, we’ll leave Chizarira and fly to Victoria Falls around mid-afternoon and transfer to our historic hotel, the first one built at the falls in 1904. The hotel, fondly known as the “Grand Old Lady of the Falls,” offers easy access to the falls and its beautiful Edwardian-style guest rooms evoke a bygone era. With top-of-the-line amenities and incredible views, this hotel has it all! Tonight, we’ll enjoy a spectacular sunset cruise on the Zambezi River before our farewell tomorrow.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Victoria Falls Hotel

Day 13: Victoria Falls & Depart

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll head out for a private tour of Victoria Falls—one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The falls are more locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, Tonga for “the smoke that thunders.” Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world in terms of its sheet of falling water, and nearly twice as large as Niagara Falls. Experiencing the mighty Victoria Falls is a bucket-list must and a wonderful way to cap off this amazing adventure in Zimbabwe.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
lodgings

Davison's Camp — Hwange National Park

Davison's Camp lies deep in Hwange National Park, in one of the most prolific wildlife areas in Hwange—the Linkwasha Concession. A classic African tented camp with eight tents and one family unit, the property is cleverly hidden beneath a grove of false mopane trees, all overlooking an open plain and a productive waterhole where you'll see a variety of game. Rooms offer sophisticated safari accommodations that are simple yet refined. The common area is amde up of an elegant lounge and dining room which leads out onto a beautiful pine deck and an open campfire area. The refreshing pool also looks out over the waterhole, while a small upper deck is an ideal location from which to watch wildlife by day and gaze at the stars by night.

Ruckomechi Camp — Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Ruckomechi Camp accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tented units, all of which overlook the Zambezi River. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts a favorite amenity amongst guests: the outdoor "bath-with-a-view" in a secluded, scenic spot. The dining, bar, library and lounge areas face the escarpment and are connected to the rest of the camp by low-level walkways that minimize the property's environmental impact. Guests can lounge swim in the infinity pool or sun bath on the deck, and in the evening, curl up on the cushion-strewn, star-gazing deck and prepare to be awed by the seemingly endless night sky.

Victoria Falls Hotel — Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe's oldest hotel is also its grandest. With a distinctly Edwardian-style design and decor, the 1904 Victoria Falls Hotel offers stunning views both inside and out—it is situated on a natural heritage site and overlooks breathtaking Victoria Falls. Style and glamour inform every aspect of the hotel, from the 180 rooms' four-poster or canopied beds and antique furniture to the elegant dining room's opulent décor and cheerful staff. All of this five-star luxury is set in lush tropical gardens, and is only a 10-minute walk to the roaring falls, which can be heard—if not seen—from every corner of the grounds.

Dates and Pricing

Jun 18 - 30, 2017

Aug 03 - 15, 2017

pricing

2016 Prices, per person:

Land price: $7,395 (4-7 members)
Small group surcharge: $600 (4-5 members)
Internal Air: $1,300
Single supplement: $850 single supplement

2017 Prices, per person:

Land price: $7,895 (4-7 members)
Small group surcharge: $600 (4-5 members)
Internal Air: $1,500
Single supplement: $900 single supplement

Activity Level Strenuous
Trip Length 13 days

From $7,395

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