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Zimbabwe Victoria Falls & Hwange Multi-Adventure Safari

From Thundering Falls to Thrilling Big Five

 

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 species 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.

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  • 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:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Depart:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Price: from $7,995

Duration:

12 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-10 Guests

Min Age:

13 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

This trip includes game viewing by 4x4 vehicles, guided walks and optional bike rides which vary in length and are suitable for nearly all ages.
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  • Arrive in Victoria Falls

    Day 1

    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.

    Accommodation: Gorges Lodge

    Located close to the majestic Victoria Falls, Gorges Lodge is ideal for exploring western Zimbabwe's dazzling nature. The lodge's deluxe thatched-hut rooms each include en-suite baths, mosquito nets, and private decks overlooking the gorge and the Zambezi River. The lodge participates in Zimbabwe's "Campfire" Project, aimed at conserving wildlife and joining local communities in tourism.

    Transportation: 45-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Marvel at Victoria Falls & Meet Local Villagers

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: Gorges Lodge

    Located close to the majestic Victoria Falls, Gorges Lodge is ideal for exploring western Zimbabwe's dazzling nature. The lodge's deluxe thatched-hut rooms each include en-suite baths, mosquito nets, and private decks overlooking the gorge and the Zambezi River. The lodge participates in Zimbabwe's "Campfire" Project, aimed at conserving wildlife and joining local communities in tourism.

    Activity: Cultural encounter and optional zip-lining

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Scenic Flight to Hwange National Park

    Day 3

    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.

    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: Bush walks and game drives

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Mountain Bike in Hwange

    Day 4

    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.

    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

  • Explore Hwange by Foot or Bike

    Day 5

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Zimbabwe

    Enjoy simple, authentic camping on your Zimbabwe Adventure! Go back to the early days of safari and feel immersed in the wonders of the bush. Sleep under a blanket of bright stars with comfortable bed rolls (including a 2-inch foam mattress with sheets and blankets, a pillow, and mosquito net) - all around a crackling camp fire. Trained scouts will stand guard and keep the fire stoked through the night. It's an incredible wilderness camping experience.

    Activity: 3-6 hours/6-12 miles walking, biking, or driving

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Take Part in a Pump Run at Southern Hwange

    Day 6

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Zimbabwe

    Enjoy simple, authentic camping on your Zimbabwe Adventure! Go back to the early days of safari and feel immersed in the wonders of the bush. Sleep under a blanket of bright stars with comfortable bed rolls (including a 2-inch foam mattress with sheets and blankets, a pillow, and mosquito net) - all around a crackling camp fire. Trained scouts will stand guard and keep the fire stoked through the night. It's an incredible wilderness camping experience.

    Activity: 3-6 hours/6-12 miles walking, biking, or driving

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover More of Hwange

    Day 7

    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.

    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: Game drives by open 4X4 vehicle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit Local Villages Bordering Hwange

    Day 8

    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.

    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: Tour villages and participate in community activities

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Spot Game at Hwange

    Day 9

    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.

    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: Game drives by open 4X4 vehicle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Reach Zambezi National Park via Elephant Express Rail Safari

    Day 10

    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.

    Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp-Zambezi NatioNal Park, Zimbabwe

    Situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, the Zambezi Sands River Camp offers guests elephant, hippo and waterbuck views from private deck splash pools. The main lodge and all private Bedouin-style luxury tents are raised on platforms. Tents come with comfortable beds and furnishings, mosquito nets, ceiling fans, lounge areas, en-suite bathrooms, and outdoor showers.

    Activity: Game drives by open 4X4 vehicle

    Transportation: 2-hour train ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Canoe to the Zambezi River Islands

    Day 11

    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.

    Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp-Zambezi NatioNal Park, Zimbabwe

    Situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, the Zambezi Sands River Camp offers guests elephant, hippo and waterbuck views from private deck splash pools. The main lodge and all private Bedouin-style luxury tents are raised on platforms. Tents come with comfortable beds and furnishings, mosquito nets, ceiling fans, lounge areas, en-suite bathrooms, and outdoor showers.

    Activity: 2-3 hours walking and game drives by open 4X4 vehicle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Zimbabwe

    Day 12

    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: 1-hour private flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Zimbabwe Victoria Falls & Hwange Multi-Adventure Safari

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

Meticulously scouted, tried, and tested, our uniquely active itinerary takes you further into the remote and untouched reaches of Hwange National Park.

Reason #02

Unique ways to experience Africa's wild bush and epic animals by train, 4x4 vehicle, hikes, and even by bike.

Reason #03

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.

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

Elephant encounters, game-watching, open-air rail safari, and hikes. Guided bush walks, meeting locals, and canoeing down the Zambezi River with picnics alfresco.

Lodging

Landscape-inspired campsites, lodges and fly camps nestled in remote wilderness, with opportunities to sleep beneath the African sky.

Climate

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.

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.

  • 2021
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2021

Scheduled Dates

Additional costs

  • $450 Internal Airfare
  • $1,150 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary biking gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • One arrival day and one departure day group airport transfer

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

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2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jul 06 - 15, 2022
    $7,995 Price per person
    Available
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  • Sep 07 - 16, 2022
    $7,995 Price per person
    Available
    New 10-day Itinerary

Additional costs

  • $450 Internal Airfare
  • $1,150 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary biking gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • One arrival day and one departure day group airport transfer

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

888.831.7526

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Private Trip Pricing:

6 to 7 guests from $9,295 per person double occupancy

8 to 10 guests from $8,595 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $8,695 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $8,395 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $8,195 per person double occupancy

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Additional costs

  • $450 Internal Airfare
  • $1,150 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary biking gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • One arrival day and one departure day group airport transfer

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

888.831.7526

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Create Your Very Own Adventure

Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.