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Zimbabwe Victoria Falls & Hwange Multi-Adventure Safari

From Thundering Falls to Thrilling Game Drives

 

Experience Zimbabwe's pristine wilderness on this thrilling safari adventure. Marvel at Victoria Falls, the world's largest sheet of cascading water, and board the Elephant Express for a unique game-viewing experience by train. Venture across the waterholes and grassy pans of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest game reserve. See spectacular wildlife, including magnificent elephant herds, on exciting bush walks and game drives. Top off your safari with a cruise on the Zambezi River! Visit local villages, spot beautiful bird species, and unwind at authentic lodges beneath starry African skies.

  • Visit the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and discover Hwange National Park -- Zimbabwe's largest game reserve

  • Get up close to wildlife on game drives, bush walks, canoe rides, and even by rail aboard the Elephant Express

  • Feast on delicious meals and relax at comfortable camps in quiet corners of the savannah!

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Arrive:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Depart:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Price: from $7,995

Duration:

11 Days

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Group Size:

4-10 Guests

Min Age:

13 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

This trip includes game viewing by 4x4 vehicles and an open-air train, guided bush walks, meeting locals, canoe rides, and optional bike rides.
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  • Arrive in Victoria Falls & Cruise the Zambezi

    Day 1

    Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport and transfer to the cozy and authentic Batonka Guest Lodge, overlooking the mighty Zambezi River. In the late afternoon, soak up the splendor of the majestic Zambezi on a memorable sunset cruise. Carrying just 12 passengers Ra-Ikane's stylish period decor and historic memorabilia will evoke images of a bygone era of the great explorers. As you cruise slowly towards Kandahar island look out for hippos, crocodiles, and elephants. Return to your lodge for a welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: Batonka Guest Lodge

    Batonka Guest lodge is a quiet oasis, just over a mile from the mighty Victoria Falls. Set in lush gardens, the main lodge offers indoor and outdoor dining, a cozy lounge, and beautiful verandah opening out onto the surrounding gardens. Its 27 pool- or garden-view rooms are well-appointed with modern amenities, and have both contemporary features and colonial touches. There are two pools at Batonka and an excellent onsite restaurant.

    Transportation: 45-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • See Victoria Falls & Ride the Elephant Express to Hwange

    Day 2

    Rise early for an awe-inspiring tour of Victoria Falls, one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders. With its monumental cascading sheet of water and immense soul-stirring roar, "The Smoke That Thunders" is a real treat for the senses. After this magnificent experience, depart for Dete Railroad station on the edge of Hwange National Park. Here you'll board Imvelo's one-of-a-kind game viewing train, the Elephant Express, for a scenic ride across the savannah. Look out for an array of plains wildlife including wildebeest, buffalo, kudu, waterbuck, and sable — and lions and cheetahs on the prowl! Settle into your camp at Bomani and enjoy a late-afternoon game drive and sundowner before dining under the stars.

    Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge

    This charming camp is located in a private concession bordering Hwange's southeastern corner, where wetlands and savannah support an abundance of wildlife. Experience the thrill of the wild in one of the camp's elegant tents with waterhole or grassland views. Admire the vistas with your group in the dining area, lounge, bar and viewing deck or take a dip in the splash pool. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks around the fire pit and delicious candlelit dinners.

    Accommodation: Camelthorn Lodge

    Located in the southeastern corner of Hwange National Park, Camelthorn Lodge boasts as its centerpiece a huge ancient Camelthorn tree that spans a 35-metre outdoor dining area. The lodge's eight luxurious forest villas each include en-suite baths, feature window overlooking the woodlands, ground level deck and upstairs maisonette with hammock. Less than a kilometer away is an underground hide, perfectly located in view of a beautiful waterhole where Hwange's elephants frolic.

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private vehicle transfer; 2.5-hour Elephant Express train ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Walking Safari in Hwange & Village Visit

    Day 3

    Wake for a remote bush walk with your expert guide, who will provide fascinating insights into Hwange's circle of life. Then, enjoy a cultural experience as you explore community-based tourism in several villages bordering Hwange National Park. Meet with local leaders to learn more about typical Zimbabwean village life and take part in community activities such as painting classroom murals, collecting firewood, or playing soccer with school kids. Visit a village handicraft market. Return to Bomani Tented Camp in the afternoon.

    Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge

    This charming camp is located in a private concession bordering Hwange's southeastern corner, where wetlands and savannah support an abundance of wildlife. Experience the thrill of the wild in one of the camp's elegant tents with waterhole or grassland views. Admire the vistas with your group in the dining area, lounge, bar and viewing deck or take a dip in the splash pool. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks around the fire pit and delicious candlelit dinners.

    Accommodation: Camelthorn Lodge

    Located in the southeastern corner of Hwange National Park, Camelthorn Lodge boasts as its centerpiece a huge ancient Camelthorn tree that spans a 35-metre outdoor dining area. The lodge's eight luxurious forest villas each include en-suite baths, feature window overlooking the woodlands, ground level deck and upstairs maisonette with hammock. Less than a kilometer away is an underground hide, perfectly located in view of a beautiful waterhole where Hwange's elephants frolic.

    Activity: Bush walk

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cobra Headquarters and Game Drive

    Day 4

    Rise early for breakfast and transfer to the COBRA Anti-Poaching Unit's headquarters in the Camelthorn Concession. Watch the COBRAs perform their drills and maybe even have the opportunity to take part in one of their training runs. Learn about the genesis of this unit and the important work they are doing in Hwange. Return to Bomani Tented Camp. Later, set out on a game drive with your expert guide to wherever the game are sited.

    Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge

    This charming camp is located in a private concession bordering Hwange's southeastern corner, where wetlands and savannah support an abundance of wildlife. Experience the thrill of the wild in one of the camp's elegant tents with waterhole or grassland views. Admire the vistas with your group in the dining area, lounge, bar and viewing deck or take a dip in the splash pool. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks around the fire pit and delicious candlelit dinners.

    Accommodation: Camelthorn Lodge

    Located in the southeastern corner of Hwange National Park, Camelthorn Lodge boasts as its centerpiece a huge ancient Camelthorn tree that spans a 35-metre outdoor dining area. The lodge's eight luxurious forest villas each include en-suite baths, feature window overlooking the woodlands, ground level deck and upstairs maisonette with hammock. Less than a kilometer away is an underground hide, perfectly located in view of a beautiful waterhole where Hwange's elephants frolic.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Remote Hwange & Jozibanini Camp

    Day 5

    Journey from Bomani to the exclusive Jozibanini Camp, situated in the remote southwest Hwange. En route to Jozibanini, learn about the fantastic 'Pump Run' initiative which helps provide water to sustain Hwange's wildlife. This afternoon, settle into your exclusive five-tent camp for a unique, untamed wilderness experience. Grab some binoculars and watch the wildlife as it comes to one of the waterholes to drink, then savor dinner under the stars before settling in your tent.

    Accommodation: Jozibanini Camp-Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

    Nestled in the remote southwestern region of Hwange National Park, Jozibanini is an exclusive wilderness camp where guests game-watch and dine out under the African sky. Beneath shepherd and camel thorn trees, tents are elevated on wooden decks with mosquito nets, en-suite toilets, and bucket showers. Open-topped verandas invite guests to sleep out under the stars.

    Transportation: 6-hour private vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Mountain Bike in Hwange

    Day 6

    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. Listen to elephants roaming as you fall asleep in your outdoor 'star bed.'

    Accommodation: Jozibanini Camp-Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

    Nestled in the remote southwestern region of Hwange National Park, Jozibanini is an exclusive wilderness camp where guests game-watch and dine out under the African sky. Beneath shepherd and camel thorn trees, tents are elevated on wooden decks with mosquito nets, en-suite toilets, and bucket showers. Open-topped verandas invite guests to sleep out under the stars.

    Activity: 3-4 hours biking or game drives

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Spot Game on Foot near Jozi

    Day 7

    Set off from Jozibanini camp on a walking safari to a nearby watering hole. Follow your professional guide and tracker. Learn about the different vegetation on either side of the path and different ecosystems within these environments. Track wildlife, spot birds and quietly pass numerous watering holes in search of animals. Return to Jozi and hopefully sundowners at the look up blind amidst the elephants drinking at the watering hole.

    Accommodation: Jozibanini Camp-Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

    Nestled in the remote southwestern region of Hwange National Park, Jozibanini is an exclusive wilderness camp where guests game-watch and dine out under the African sky. Beneath shepherd and camel thorn trees, tents are elevated on wooden decks with mosquito nets, en-suite toilets, and bucket showers. Open-topped verandas invite guests to sleep out under the stars.

    Activity: 3-4 hours walking or game drives

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Experience the Elephant Pool at Nehimba

    Day 8

    Leave the remote wilderness of Jozibanini and set off for Nehimba Lodge, located in a private concession in the game-rich northern region of Hwange. Start the day with a flight from Libuti Airstrip to Giraffe Springs Airstrip, then board safari vehicles for a short drive to your comfortable camp. Nehimba is well-known for having the best pool in Hwange as the elephants that frequent it will testify! Embark on daytime game drives, night drives, and walking safaris led by professional guides.

    Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge

    Feel at home in the heart of the wild at Nehimba Lodge, a charming camp on the edge of mopane woodland. Enjoy a deluxe stay in one of its nine chalet-style safari tents, built on teak decks with thatched roofs and complete with a private balcony, en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, and hot running water (the camp is fully solar). See elephants drink at the waterhole from the traditional open-fronted main lodge and indulge in fresh, delicious fare in the dining area.

    Activity: 3-4 hours game drive

    Transportation: 40-minute flight transfer; 20-minute vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Hwange by Foot

    Day 9

    Get close to nature on a thrilling walking safari. Learn how to track Nehimba's diverse wildlife and learn about the surrounding vegetation, including beautiful mopane woodlands, with your expert guides. Break for a picnic lunch before heading back towards the lodge. Later this evening follow your guide to the Nehimba viewing platform. Situated close to camp, this lovely platform is the perfect spot to marvel at the splendor of an African sunset, providing the perfect backdrop to the abundance of wildlife that sip from the nearby waterhole.

    Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge

    Feel at home in the heart of the wild at Nehimba Lodge, a charming camp on the edge of mopane woodland. Enjoy a deluxe stay in one of its nine chalet-style safari tents, built on teak decks with thatched roofs and complete with a private balcony, en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, and hot running water (the camp is fully solar). See elephants drink at the waterhole from the traditional open-fronted main lodge and indulge in fresh, delicious fare in the dining area.

    Activity: 3-4 hours game drive

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly to Victoria Falls

    Day 10

    Bid farewell to Hwange and head to Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi River! After breakfast, take a scenic flight from Giraffe Springs Airstrip to Victoria Falls and transfer by road to Batonka Lodge. In the afternoon, hop into a canoe to explore Zambezi National Park's islands and inland riverbeds. Keep an eye out for an array of animals mingling by the banks. Take in the sunset from a sand bar and end the day with a farewell dinner at the lodge.

    Accommodation: Batonka Guest Lodge

    Batonka Guest lodge is a quiet oasis, just over a mile from the mighty Victoria Falls. Set in lush gardens, the main lodge offers indoor and outdoor dining, a cozy lounge, and beautiful verandah opening out onto the surrounding gardens. Its 27 pool- or garden-view rooms are well-appointed with modern amenities, and have both contemporary features and colonial touches. There are two pools at Batonka and an excellent onsite restaurant.

    Transportation: 30 minute flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Zimbabwe

    Day 11

    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.

    Transportation: 4.5 hour vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Zimbabwe Victoria Falls & Hwange Multi-Adventure Safari

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

This perfectly paced adventure includes the best of Zimbabwe, from Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park to the mighty Zambezi River.

Reason #02

MT Sobek has been operating adventures in Africa for over 40 years, scouting unique experiences at excellent camps in private concessions.

Reason #03


Our safari adventure includes game drives, canoeing, cycling, walking, scenic flights, and even a train ride — a new way to experience Zimbabwe every day.

Meet your guides

Tyron Hurst

Tyron Hurst

Tyron grew up outside Bulawayo city, Zimbabwe, in a rural area where he spent many days outdoors with his older brother, riding his bicycle, building forts and fishing. After serving as an apprentice guide for several years in the Hwange area, he began guiding professionally at 22. Since then, he has worked in the lower Zambezi valley, Hwange, and Matopos regions. Notably, Tyron developed his concern for protecting rhinos during his time in Matopos after becoming aware of the declining population, and began his conservationist efforts. He is based at Nehimba Lodge in northern Hwange National Park.

Ibahle Sibanda

Ibahle Sibanda

Sibs - our Hwange head guide - has been guiding professionally for over 15 years. Zimbabwe has stringent guide licensing regulations and our pro-guides are widely recognized as some of the best in Africa. Sibs has a world of experience in the region, having worked for several outfitters and operators. He also spent a year in Botswana, working as a cultural guide with the San people of the Kalahari Desert. Sibs' passion and working knowledge of Western Zimbabwe's people, parks and ecosystems adds great value to each MT Sobek adventure in the region.

Harris Mupedzi

Harris Mupedzi

Harris started his career as a boat captain before becoming an assistant guide in Matusadona National Park. He has spent the past 11 years as lead guide in the Mashonaland West province, Matusadona National Park and much of northern Mozambique before taking on the additional role as the assistant manager to two of the area's most popular lodges: Ibo Lodge and Cabo Delgado.

Activities

Thrilling game drives and elephant encounters, open-air-rail safari, guided bush walks, Zambezi River canoeing, and optional bike ride.

Lodging

Comfortable and authentic lodges and camps, located in scenic private concessions and surrounded by majestic wildlife.

Climate

The weather is pleasant throughout the year with warm/hot days and cooler nights. May to August can be chilly at night and in the early morning.

FAQ

What is a typical day like on a safari?

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.

Is it safe to travel in Zimbabwe?

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.

Do I need to worry about malaria or other health concerns?

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.

What are the biking and walking conditions like?

The biking and walking will be on flat trails along inter-dune troughs.

What game can I expect to see on this trip?

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.

Does this trip contribute to any local conservation efforts?

Yes! 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.

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jun 09 - 19, 2022
    $8,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$450 internal airfare+$1,150 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 05 - 15, 2022
    $8,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$450 internal airfare+$1,150 single supplement
    Available

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  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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