Venture across the waterholes and grassy pans of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest game reserve brimming with spectacular wildlife. Head out for exciting bush walks, railway safaris, and mountain biking along elephant paths of Zambezi National Park. Visit local villages, spot elephant, gemsbok, lion, and beautiful bird variety on canoe rides and game drives. Experience the mist of the Victoria Falls, the world's largest sheet of cascading water - on your skin. End evenings with delicious campfire dinners and snuggle up in your "star bed" beneath the African sky.
Discover the pristine landscapes of Zimbabwe's largest game reserve, Hwange National Park
Feel the magical mist of the mighty Victoria Falls on your skin
Mountain bike along elephant paths and ride the Elephant Express rail safari
Arrive at Victoria Falls airport and transfer to the luxurious Gorges Lodge, perched on the Batoka Gorge overlooking the mighty Zambezi River. Use the afternoon to rest, swim, and take in the phenomenal views. Before the three-course dinner and traditional Zimbabwean dance show, enjoy happy hour cocktails.
Set off for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - Victoria Falls, the world's largest sheet of cascading water. Enter Hwange National Park at Dete Railroad Station to board the Elephant Express for a 2.5-hour open-air rail safari to Bomani Tented Lodge, where a delicious three-course dinner awaits outdoors.
Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, back in the 19th century Hwange was a royal hunting ground of Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi; it became a national park in 1929. Head out for an easy walk through the park's native acacia forests, enjoy guided bush talks by licensed local experts, and look out for some of the area's 100 mammal and 400 bird species.
After a sumptuous breakfast, hit the trail for thrilling game drives. Look out for elephants - Hwange National Park boasts one of the world's largest elephant populations, over 45,000 of these giants. Spot lions, cheetah, wild dogs, giraffe, and hippo. Meet locals at the nearby Ngamo village, tour the school, and check out the community projects. Come evening, relish in campfire dinners beneath the stars.
Embark on a full-day safari for the trademark MTS "pump run," a one-of-a-kind experience that pairs remote-area game viewing with hands-on conservation fun. Take part in day-to-day maintenance at borehole pumps, the heartbeat of Hwange's wildlife. Enjoy a midday picnic and rest in Mfagazaan Pan's shade. End the long day by settling in at the rustic Jozibanini Camp.
Sleep in and enjoy an open-air champagne breakfast, relaxing in the isolation of the pristine African bush. Head out for an easy guided game walk through the camp area to see Hwange's magnificent elephants up close. Cocktails and snacks await by the waterhole before the alfresco dinner.
Today get ready for a safari on two wheels. Grab a mountain bike to cycle along elephant paths. Fuel up for the ride back at a shaded picnic lunch, then enjoy game viewing and amazing photo opportunities at the camp. Fall asleep to the sounds of hundreds of elephants moving about in a "star bed" outdoors.
After breakfast, take a charter flight back to Victoria Falls airport, and look out for game from above. Shuttle over to the luxurious Zambezi Sands River Camp on the wild Zambezi River in the Zambezi National Park. Unwind with evening cocktails and game watching as the sun sets.
Hop into a canoe to explore Zambezi National Park's beautiful islands and inland riverbeds. Keep an eye out for game hanging out by the banks. Stop for an island picnic lunch and siesta, then continue back to camp to relax in private splash pools. End the day with a farewell dinner after the last game drive in the park.
Take in the final sights and sounds of the African bush over a hearty goodbye breakfast. Pack up and hit the road to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home.
Fall asleep to the sounds of hundreds of elephants moving around the camp in Hwange National Park.
Dynamic activities with unique ways to experience Africa's wild bush and epic animals by train, 4x4 vehicle, hikes, and even by bike!
Join conservation efforts by helping maintain borehole pumps that support the wildlife of Hwange National Park.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Elephant encounters, game-watching, open-air rail safari and hikes. Guided bush walks, meeting locals, and canoeing down the Zambezi River with picnics alfresco.
Landscape-inspired campsites and lodges mostly nestled in remote wilderness, with opportunities to sleep beneath the African sky.
The weather is pleasant throughout the year - warm/hot days and cooler nights. May to August can be chilly at night and in the early morning.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel and have two blank pages available. American passport-holders need a visa for Zimbabwe which can be easily purchased on arrival.
Each camp and lodge varies with its exact schedule. There are usually two game drives or walks per day: one in the morning lasting about 3-5 hours and one in late afternoon which lasts about 3 hours.
Yes. In cities, petty theft does exist, so take care not to display any valuables. Whilst on safari, you must listen to your guide who will take your safety as paramount. In wilderness areas and around wildlife, be sensible with your decisions.
You might see game such as sable, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, and birdlife plus a huge variety of other species. The big cats are ever-popular, but our main feature is the elephants. Every day is new, and you can never be sure what you'll see next.
Cases of malaria in Zimbabwe have been reported, and we therefore recommend you speak to your doctor or a health professional about vaccinations and malaria tablets well in advance of your safari. You will have mosquito nets or mosquito proof tents to sleep in.
Yes, the water we provide is boiled and chemically treated. There is also bottled water available if you prefer.
We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.
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