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New! Victoria Falls & Hwange Safari Adventure

Trip Length 10 days

From $6,895

  • Feel the spray of thunderous Victoria Falls on a private tour before setting off into Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve, Hwange National Park
  • Take part in local conservation efforts and enjoy one-of-a-kind safari experiences including mountain biking along elephant paths and riding the rails on the Elephant Express!
  • After wildlife viewing and adventure-filled days, rest well in luxury tent camps—or in a “star bed” under the endless African sky

This fantastic safari adventure goes deep into Hwange National Park—Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve, home to waterholes and grassy pans teeming with spectacular wildlife. You’ll spend 10 days exploring this pristine landscape, spotting everything from majestic elephants to graceful gemsbok to crouching (or just sun-bathing) lions. Unique aspects of this exceptional safari include bush walks, mountain biking on elephant paths, a railway safari, canoeing through Zambezi National Park, visiting local villages, and helping park guides with ongoing conservation efforts. All this is bookended with a private tour of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and relaxing on the mighty Zambezi River. Adventure lovers of all activity levels will agree—this is the ultimate Zimbabwe safari!

Day 1: Welcome to Zimbabwe!

Your ultimate Zimbabwe safari adventure begins today! After arriving in Victoria Falls Airport, you transfer to the luxurious Gorges Lodge, perched on the edge of the Batoka Gorge high above the mighty Zambezi River. Here you can rest up after your long journey, spending the afternoon swimming and taking in the stunning views. Come evening, enjoy happy hour cocktails and snacks with your fellow travelers while you watch the lodge’s resident pair of black eagles soar just above you. Then it’s time for a festive welcome dinner, replete with a traditional Zimbabwean dance performance and three delicious courses of regional cuisine. Retire to your private chalet and drift into sleep to the sounds of the rushing river beneath you.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Gorges Lodge

Day 2: Mighty Victoria Falls to wild Hwange National Park

After an early morning coffee or tea on your private verandah, you move into the main lodge’s dining room for a sumptuous breakfast with the group. Together you head into Victoria Falls town for a guided tour of Zimbabwe’s foremost attraction: Victoria Falls. Known locally as “the smoke that thunders,” this spectacular waterfall claims the prize for the world’s largest sheet of cascading water. (In height and width, it is second only to Brazil and Argentina’s Iguazu Falls). This up-close experience of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is truly awesome.

From Victoria Falls, the adventure continues as you transfer to Dete Railroad Station, on the edge of Hwange National Park. Here you climb aboard the Elephant Express, a unique game-viewing rail safari through the park that allows passengers to view game freely. You’ll spot elephant, kudu, wildebeest, various bird species, and much more from the comfort of an open-air railcar. It’s a truly one-of-a-kind way to safari!

This is only the beginning of three unforgettable days in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve. You see more of the park as you continue on the railway about 2½ hours to Bomani Tented Lodge, enjoying more game viewing and refreshments along the way. Once at Bomani, settle into your safari tent before a late-afternoon game drive into the park—with a stop for cocktails and canapés, of course. Back at the lodge, a delectable three-course dinner under the stars awaits you.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bomani Tented Lodge

Days 3-4: Explore Hwange on game drives and bush walks

These two days are packed with exciting game drives and easy walks through native acacia forests, all with informative bush talks by local licensed, expert guides. The park is home to over 100 mammal and 400 bird species, including eight large carnivores. You’ll spot elephant, lion, cheetah, wild dogs, sable, giraffe, hippo, and more. In fact, the park’s elephant population is one of the world’s largest with an estimated 45,000+ elephants! Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange became the royal hunting grounds to the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19th century, and was designated a National Park in 1929.

You’ll also visit nearby Ngamo Village for a village and school tour, where you’ll see some of the community initiative projects. In evenings you’ll relish delectable dinners under the stars and nightcaps around the campfire.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bomani Tented Lodge

Day 5: Safari to Jozibanini Camp

After an early-morning breakfast, embark on a full-day journey into the park for our trademark “pump run.” This one-of-a-kind experience combines remote-area game viewing with practical hands-on conservation. You assist your park guide with day-to-day maintenance at borehole pumps, which are the heartbeat of Hwange and its wildlife. Midday you take a picnic and siesta under the trees at Mfagazaan Pan, and you end the day at rustic and wild Jozibanini Camp.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Jozibanini Camp

Day 6: Delve into remote Southern Hwange

This morning is at your leisure, so feel free to sleep in, then saunter over to your open-air Champagne breakfast whenever it suits you. Relax and rest in the solitude of this isolated, untouched spot in the pristine African bush.

After lunch, take an easy guided game walk through the area round the camp, once again experiencing Hwange’s magnificent elephant up close. In the evening, return to camp for cocktails and snacks in front of the active waterhole, then dinner under the night sky.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Jozibanini Camp

Day 7: Mountain bike safari in Hwange

Today you safari in another unique way: on two wheels! Hop on your mountain bike for easy ride along elephant paths and troughs—a spectacular and unique way to safari. A lovely, shady picnic lunch provides fuel for your ride back to camp, where there’s more game viewing and amazing photographic opportunities at the waterhole.

Thirsty for more adventure? Tonight you have the opportunity to listen to the sounds of hundreds of elephants vibrating around you as you fall asleep in a “star bed” under the glorious night sky!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Jozibanini Camp

Day 8: Enter Zambezi National Park

After breakfast in this remote corner of Hwange National Park, you transfer by charter flight back to Victoria Falls Airport. (Another unique safari experience: spotting game from above!) From the airport, shuttle over to luxurious Zambezi Sands River Camp, right on the wild Zambezi River, inside Zambezi National Park. Settle into your luxury tent, and then relax with a cocktail as you watch game come down for an evening drink in front of a beautiful Zimbabwean sunset. Listen to the roaring Siansimba Rapids during a superb three-course dinner on the main lodge deck, then retire to your tent and drift to sleep while the mighty Zambezi rushes past.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Zambezi Sands River Camp

Day 9: Canoe the Zambezi Islands

Awake to a morning coffee or tea on your deck followed by breakfast in the main lodge. Then grab your daypack and your requisite sense of adventure, as it’s time to hop into canoes and paddle through the beautiful islands and inland riverbeds of Zambezi National Park. Keep an eye out for a variety of game hanging out on the banks!

Stop off at one of the islands for a picnic lunch, then have a little siesta before taking a slow paddle back to the lodge in the afternoon. Back at camp, enjoy a few hours in your private splash pool, watching game and birds on the river’s edge. Come evening, head out for another game drive in the park, stopping for evening drinks and nibbles. Back at the lodge, indulge in an elegant farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Zambezi Sands River Camp

Day 10: Bid farewell to Zimbabwe

During your final hours at Zambezi Sands, take in the sights and sounds of the African bush as you share a hearty farewell breakfast with the group on the banks of the Zambezi River. Then it’s time to pack up and head out for your transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home.

  • Breakfast

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

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Bomani Tented Lodge — Hwange National Park

Part of the Imvelo Safari Lodges family, Bomani offers a memorable safari accommodations experience. The main lodge, with its vaulted open-air dining and bar area, overlooks Bomani Pan and is spectacular for wildlife viewing. The safari tents overlook the Ngamo Plain, and have private en-suite bathrooms with hot running water.  Suites and the one family bungalow overlook the lodge waterhole, which teems with wildlife day and night. The lodge’s location—at the entrance to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve—is ideal for game drives and other adventures in the park.

Gorges Lodge — Victoria Falls

The stunning views and proximity to magnificent Victoria Falls make this lodge an ideal place to stay while exploring this gorgeous (no pun intended!) part of Zimbabwe. Everything—from the level of comfort and service to the lush grounds and awe-inspiring views—are just as you’d want and expect from a luxury accommodation. Rooms are beyond comfortable and well appointed, replete with private baths, mosquito nets, and private decks overlooking the gorge and mighty Zambezi River. Bonus: Gorges is part of Zimbabwe’s CAMPFIRE Project, a community-based natural resource management project aimed at local community involvement in tourism and wildlife conservation. Their shared goal is conservation and non-consumptive utilization of wildlife and other natural resources for the benefit of local communities.

Jozibanini Camp — Hwange National Park

This private safari camp offers the creature comforts and respected service of its sister Imvelo Safari Lodge properties. Nestled in the remote southwestern region of Hwange National Park, Jozibanini is an exclusive wilderness oasis in an otherwise virtually untouched, unvisited part of the park. The accommodations overlook Jozinanini Pan, so guests can spot game right from the property, and dining is out under the vast African sky. Safari tents are on raised wooden decks beneath Shepherd and camel thorn trees, and include mosquito nets, en-suite toilets, and bucket showers. And the open-topped verandahs are wide enough to fit beds for those who want the unique experience of sleeping under the stars.

Zambezi Sands River Camp — Zambezi National Park

This Imvelo Safari Lodge camp pulls out all the stops in incredibly pristine surroundings in Zambezi National Park. Situated right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, guests at Zambezi Sands can spot elephant, hippo, waterbuck, and more from their very own deck splash pools. The main lodge and all rooms are built on raised platforms and have sweeping views of the river. The private Bedouin-style luxury tents, dotted along the river bank, include comfortable beds and furnishings, mosquito nets, ceiling fans, lounge areas, en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, and private splash pools.

  • Feel the spray of thunderous Victoria Falls on a private tour before setting off into Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve, Hwange National Park
  • Take part in local conservation efforts and enjoy one-of-a-kind safari experiences including mountain biking along elephant paths and riding the rails on the Elephant Express!
  • After wildlife viewing and adventure-filled days, rest well in luxury tent camps—or in a “star bed” under the endless African sky

This fantastic safari adventure goes deep into Hwange National Park—Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve, home to waterholes and grassy pans teeming with spectacular wildlife. You’ll spend 10 days exploring this pristine landscape, spotting everything from majestic elephants to graceful gemsbok to crouching (or just sun-bathing) lions. Unique aspects of this exceptional safari include bush walks, mountain biking on elephant paths, a railway safari, canoeing through Zambezi National Park, visiting local villages, and helping park guides with ongoing conservation efforts. All this is bookended with a private tour of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and relaxing on the mighty Zambezi River. Adventure lovers of all activity levels will agree—this is the ultimate Zimbabwe safari!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Zimbabwe!

Your ultimate Zimbabwe safari adventure begins today! After arriving in Victoria Falls Airport, you transfer to the luxurious Gorges Lodge, perched on the edge of the Batoka Gorge high above the mighty Zambezi River. Here you can rest up after your long journey, spending the afternoon swimming and taking in the stunning views. Come evening, enjoy happy hour cocktails and snacks with your fellow travelers while you watch the lodge’s resident pair of black eagles soar just above you. Then it’s time for a festive welcome dinner, replete with a traditional Zimbabwean dance performance and three delicious courses of regional cuisine. Retire to your private chalet and drift into sleep to the sounds of the rushing river beneath you.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Gorges Lodge

Day 2: Mighty Victoria Falls to wild Hwange National Park

After an early morning coffee or tea on your private verandah, you move into the main lodge’s dining room for a sumptuous breakfast with the group. Together you head into Victoria Falls town for a guided tour of Zimbabwe’s foremost attraction: Victoria Falls. Known locally as “the smoke that thunders,” this spectacular waterfall claims the prize for the world’s largest sheet of cascading water. (In height and width, it is second only to Brazil and Argentina’s Iguazu Falls). This up-close experience of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is truly awesome.

From Victoria Falls, the adventure continues as you transfer to Dete Railroad Station, on the edge of Hwange National Park. Here you climb aboard the Elephant Express, a unique game-viewing rail safari through the park that allows passengers to view game freely. You’ll spot elephant, kudu, wildebeest, various bird species, and much more from the comfort of an open-air railcar. It’s a truly one-of-a-kind way to safari!

This is only the beginning of three unforgettable days in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve. You see more of the park as you continue on the railway about 2½ hours to Bomani Tented Lodge, enjoying more game viewing and refreshments along the way. Once at Bomani, settle into your safari tent before a late-afternoon game drive into the park—with a stop for cocktails and canapés, of course. Back at the lodge, a delectable three-course dinner under the stars awaits you.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bomani Tented Lodge

Days 3-4: Explore Hwange on game drives and bush walks

These two days are packed with exciting game drives and easy walks through native acacia forests, all with informative bush talks by local licensed, expert guides. The park is home to over 100 mammal and 400 bird species, including eight large carnivores. You’ll spot elephant, lion, cheetah, wild dogs, sable, giraffe, hippo, and more. In fact, the park’s elephant population is one of the world’s largest with an estimated 45,000+ elephants! Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange became the royal hunting grounds to the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19th century, and was designated a National Park in 1929.

You’ll also visit nearby Ngamo Village for a village and school tour, where you’ll see some of the community initiative projects. In evenings you’ll relish delectable dinners under the stars and nightcaps around the campfire.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bomani Tented Lodge

Day 5: Safari to Jozibanini Camp

After an early-morning breakfast, embark on a full-day journey into the park for our trademark “pump run.” This one-of-a-kind experience combines remote-area game viewing with practical hands-on conservation. You assist your park guide with day-to-day maintenance at borehole pumps, which are the heartbeat of Hwange and its wildlife. Midday you take a picnic and siesta under the trees at Mfagazaan Pan, and you end the day at rustic and wild Jozibanini Camp.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Jozibanini Camp

Day 6: Delve into remote Southern Hwange

This morning is at your leisure, so feel free to sleep in, then saunter over to your open-air Champagne breakfast whenever it suits you. Relax and rest in the solitude of this isolated, untouched spot in the pristine African bush.

After lunch, take an easy guided game walk through the area round the camp, once again experiencing Hwange’s magnificent elephant up close. In the evening, return to camp for cocktails and snacks in front of the active waterhole, then dinner under the night sky.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Jozibanini Camp

Day 7: Mountain bike safari in Hwange

Today you safari in another unique way: on two wheels! Hop on your mountain bike for easy ride along elephant paths and troughs—a spectacular and unique way to safari. A lovely, shady picnic lunch provides fuel for your ride back to camp, where there’s more game viewing and amazing photographic opportunities at the waterhole.

Thirsty for more adventure? Tonight you have the opportunity to listen to the sounds of hundreds of elephants vibrating around you as you fall asleep in a “star bed” under the glorious night sky!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Jozibanini Camp

Day 8: Enter Zambezi National Park

After breakfast in this remote corner of Hwange National Park, you transfer by charter flight back to Victoria Falls Airport. (Another unique safari experience: spotting game from above!) From the airport, shuttle over to luxurious Zambezi Sands River Camp, right on the wild Zambezi River, inside Zambezi National Park. Settle into your luxury tent, and then relax with a cocktail as you watch game come down for an evening drink in front of a beautiful Zimbabwean sunset. Listen to the roaring Siansimba Rapids during a superb three-course dinner on the main lodge deck, then retire to your tent and drift to sleep while the mighty Zambezi rushes past.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Zambezi Sands River Camp

Day 9: Canoe the Zambezi Islands

Awake to a morning coffee or tea on your deck followed by breakfast in the main lodge. Then grab your daypack and your requisite sense of adventure, as it’s time to hop into canoes and paddle through the beautiful islands and inland riverbeds of Zambezi National Park. Keep an eye out for a variety of game hanging out on the banks!

Stop off at one of the islands for a picnic lunch, then have a little siesta before taking a slow paddle back to the lodge in the afternoon. Back at camp, enjoy a few hours in your private splash pool, watching game and birds on the river’s edge. Come evening, head out for another game drive in the park, stopping for evening drinks and nibbles. Back at the lodge, indulge in an elegant farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Zambezi Sands River Camp

Day 10: Bid farewell to Zimbabwe

During your final hours at Zambezi Sands, take in the sights and sounds of the African bush as you share a hearty farewell breakfast with the group on the banks of the Zambezi River. Then it’s time to pack up and head out for your transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Bomani Tented Lodge — Hwange National Park

Part of the Imvelo Safari Lodges family, Bomani offers a memorable safari accommodations experience. The main lodge, with its vaulted open-air dining and bar area, overlooks Bomani Pan and is spectacular for wildlife viewing. The safari tents overlook the Ngamo Plain, and have private en-suite bathrooms with hot running water.  Suites and the one family bungalow overlook the lodge waterhole, which teems with wildlife day and night. The lodge’s location—at the entrance to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve—is ideal for game drives and other adventures in the park.

Gorges Lodge — Victoria Falls

The stunning views and proximity to magnificent Victoria Falls make this lodge an ideal place to stay while exploring this gorgeous (no pun intended!) part of Zimbabwe. Everything—from the level of comfort and service to the lush grounds and awe-inspiring views—are just as you’d want and expect from a luxury accommodation. Rooms are beyond comfortable and well appointed, replete with private baths, mosquito nets, and private decks overlooking the gorge and mighty Zambezi River. Bonus: Gorges is part of Zimbabwe’s CAMPFIRE Project, a community-based natural resource management project aimed at local community involvement in tourism and wildlife conservation. Their shared goal is conservation and non-consumptive utilization of wildlife and other natural resources for the benefit of local communities.

Jozibanini Camp — Hwange National Park

This private safari camp offers the creature comforts and respected service of its sister Imvelo Safari Lodge properties. Nestled in the remote southwestern region of Hwange National Park, Jozibanini is an exclusive wilderness oasis in an otherwise virtually untouched, unvisited part of the park. The accommodations overlook Jozinanini Pan, so guests can spot game right from the property, and dining is out under the vast African sky. Safari tents are on raised wooden decks beneath Shepherd and camel thorn trees, and include mosquito nets, en-suite toilets, and bucket showers. And the open-topped verandahs are wide enough to fit beds for those who want the unique experience of sleeping under the stars.

Zambezi Sands River Camp — Zambezi National Park

This Imvelo Safari Lodge camp pulls out all the stops in incredibly pristine surroundings in Zambezi National Park. Situated right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, guests at Zambezi Sands can spot elephant, hippo, waterbuck, and more from their very own deck splash pools. The main lodge and all rooms are built on raised platforms and have sweeping views of the river. The private Bedouin-style luxury tents, dotted along the river bank, include comfortable beds and furnishings, mosquito nets, ceiling fans, lounge areas, en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, and private splash pools.

Dates and Pricing

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

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 10 days

From $6,895

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