Share Zimbabwe's pristine wilderness with those you love on this thrilling family adventure. 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, game drives railway safaris, and mountain biking along elephant paths of Zambezi National Park. Visit local villages, spot beautiful bird variety on canoe rides and marvel at Victoria Falls, the world's largest sheet of cascading water. 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
Bond while mountain biking along elephant paths and riding the Elephant Express rail safari
Marvel at the mighty Victoria Falls, feeling its magical mist on your skin
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 in the pool, and take in the phenomenal views. Before the three-course dinner and traditional Zimbabwean dance show, enjoy happy hour cocktails and mocktails.
After breakfast, set off for an immersive cultural experience at Chisuma village near the Gorges Lodge, the first lodge in Zimbabwe to be built on community land. Enjoy a traditional lunch, meet the local families and learn about their daily lives. Hike back to the Lodge, an easy hour-long walk. In the afternoon, head out for a guided tour of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - Victoria Falls, the world's largest sheet of cascading water.
After breakfast, transfer to Victoria Falls airport for a 1.5-hour scenic flight into the most remote corner of Hwange National Park, in its far southwest. Upon arrival, receive a debriefing on the fascinating Jozibanini story and then settle into the tent before venturing out for a game drive and picnic lunch overlooking the Jozi waterhole. In the afternoon, join a guided walking safari, exploring the region around camp, and tracking elephants and other game which frequent the waterhole. Savor dinner under the stars before settling in your tent.
Today get ready for a safari on two wheels. After breakfast, grab a mountain bike to cycle along elephant paths. (If you want to skip biking, head out for a bush walk or a game drive instead.) Fuel up for the ride back at a shaded picnic lunch, then enjoy game viewing and amazing photo opportunities of the wildlife at the camp's waterhole. Fall asleep to the sounds of hundreds of elephants moving about in a "star bed" outdoors.
Today depart Jozibanini Camp and head out to explore the far-flung southern corner of Hwange National Park on foot. Walk and/or bike approximately 6 to 12 miles, with a siesta in the middle to gather up energy. Join the Cobras anti-poaching team on patrol and visit their camp for lunch, learning firsthand about their role on the front lines. Sleep under the blanket of bright stars in a fly camp, with a comfortable setup of beds under mosquito nets, around a big crackling campfire - harkening back to the early days of safaris.
Embark on another full-day walking safari for the trademark MT Sobek "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, and meet the pump attendants, who are the unsung of wildlife conservation. Enjoy a midday picnic and end the long day by settling in another cozy fly camp.
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. Check in to Bomani Tented Camp, home for the next three nights.
Today explore community-based tourism on a tour of several front-line villages located directly on the border of Hwange National Park. Meet with local leaders, including the village headman and school headmasters, to learn more about typical Zimbabwean village life. Take part in community activities such as painting murals in a classroom, collecting firewood and water to drop off with elderly village widows/widowers, helping local mothers prepare and serve school lunch, or playing soccer with the school kids.
After a sumptuous breakfast, hit the trail for thrilling game drives or explore by horseback. 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. Come evening, relish in campfire dinners beneath the stars.
Enjoy the final early-morning bush walk in Hwange before boarding the Elephant Express for a 2-hour open-air rail safari to Dete Railroad Station. Shuttle over to the luxurious Zambezi Sands River Camp on the wild Zambezi River in the Zambezi National Park, a 3-hour ride away. Settle into a lavish tent and after a tasty snack head out for an afternoon game drive. Unwind with evening sundowner cocktails and game watching as the sun sets. This evening, savor a superb 3-course meal under the stars.
This morning head out to explore Zambezi National Park's spectacular shoreline on foot, learning how to spot signs of poaching activity from the park rangers. Return to camp for lunch, a dip in private splash pools, and a siesta. In the late afternoon, hop into a canoe to explore Zambezi National Park's islands and inland riverbeds. Keep an eye out for game hanging out by the banks. Take in the sunset from a sand bar and 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.
$2,000 discount for children 12 and under
Meticulously scouted, tried, and tested, our uniquely active itinerary takes you further into the remote and untouched reaches of Hwange National Park.
Unique ways to experience Africa's wild bush and epic animals by train, 4x4 vehicle, hikes, and even by bike - all tailored for families.
Our itinerary gives you a hands on opportunity to contribute to wildlife conservation by making a special "pump-run" that provide water access to the famed elephant herds of Hwange National Park and assisting park rangers in important desnaring projects in Zambezie 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, lodges and fly camps 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.
There are usually two game drives or walks each day with one in the morning lasting around three to five hours and one in the late afternoon lasting about three hours.
Yes. Petty theft does happen in the cities so take care to not display any valuables and it's important to be sensible in wilderness areas around wildlife. While on safari, your guide is an expert on wildlife and takes your safety very seriously so you must follow their directions.
We always recommend you speak to your doctor or a health professional about vaccinations and malaria tablets well in advance of your safari. At present, certain areas of Zimbabwe are affected by malaria.
The biking and walking will be on flat trails along inter-dune troughs.
The areas that you will visit are famous for large populations of elephants, cheetahs, lions and wild dogs. You may also encounter sables, giraffes, buffalo, zebras, hippos and a variety of birdlife.
There will always be meal options for children, and all meals with children will be served earlier than is typical on a normal MT Sobek trip.
Yes! MT Sobek makes a community donation for each participant that supports a school lunch program. As western Zimbabwe is an area with erratic rainfall, there can be serious crop failures and hunger is a real concern. Our donations support programs that are providing lunches to over 2,660 school children every day at 11 rural schools near the lodges and camps we visit on this trip. Over 500 million meals were given in 2019! Your travels make a difference!
Additionally, each group has an opportunity to participate in a pump-run to help borehole water pump attendants. To date, this initiative's 19 boreholes inside Hwange National Park pump 700,000 liters of water and help sustain 20-25% of its wildlife.
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$2,000 discount for children 12 and under
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