Zimbabwe Safaris

“Classic Zimbabwe and Botswana Experience with ”

Destination        : Zimbabwe & Botswana

No. Of Pax          : 10 pax & above

Duration             : 14N/15D

Room                   : Double / Sharing

Accomodation type  :  *4 Stay Accommodation

14 nights itinerary including Matobo Hills , Hwange National Park and  Victoria Falls, Chobe and Okavango Delta (Moremi National Park) 

Let us take you on a journey through Zimbabwe and Botswana.  Zimbabwe is a country renowned for friendliness, iconic scenery and wonderful wildlife. Matobo Hills and Victoria Falls has been been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. Hwange National Park boasts one of the greatest diversity of animals and birdlife in Southern Africa.  It is a safari that you will not forget!

Day 1 – On arrival into Bulawayo airport, you will be met and transferred to Camp Amalinda. 

Matobo National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site with over 3000 San paintings dating back some 2000 years and significant colonial history. It is where some of the most breathtaking granite scenery is found. Huge granite boulders (kopjes) litter the landscape, with giant whalebacks that rise up out of the ground, interspersed with wooded valleys. The park has the highest concentration of Leopard and Black Eagle (now known as Verreaux eagle) in Africa. This park also has a wide variety of animals including zebras, giraffe, leopard, many kinds of antelopes. Adjoining the main park is the intensively protected game park protecting both black and white rhino. This area also has a very rich human history; the San Bushmen lived here 2000 years ago and left behind fine rock paintings. These hills were later considered by the local Ndebele people to be sacred, naming the hills after the “bald rocks” Matobo derives its name from the Matabele word for “bald headed”.  From the colonial era, Cecil Rhodes chose this as his final resting place at what is aptly named “Worlds View” Matobo Hills national park offers the perfect destination to sample the many activities on offer.

Camp Amalindais a unique four-starluxury lodge set in the granite boulders of The Matobo Hills. This exclusive, privately owned & family runsafari lodge is the premieraccommodation in the area. Tucked away in an ancient “San” (bushman) shelter, Camp Amalinda boasts a spa, infinity rock pool, library, wine cellar, sunset lounge, show kitchen and many varied activities. Ranging from game drives to rhino trekking, cultural tours, hikes to the renowned San bushman paintings & a chance to follow in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes at his world famous tomb known as “View of the World.”

Accommodation:

Camp Amalinda offers 9 executive thatched lodges intertwined within the rocks. Each lodge is en-suite and boasts its own uniqueness and individuality. Camp Amalinda has 2 honeymoon suites with sacred historic names, derived from the Ndebele tribe, 2 family rooms with spacious verandahs looking into the wilderness, the remaining 5 rooms comprise of double and twin rooms strategically located to see wonderful views of the plain.

Three nights will be spent at this unique camp situated in a granite kopje – Amalinda Camp

Tarriff is booked on a fully inclusive basis to include all  local drinks, all meals, activities ( game drives, walks from camp, all teas and coffees.   

Guests to settle all Matobo Hills National Parks and Cecil Rhodes grave entry fees direct.

Guests to settle direct for any walking with a scout to see the rhino within the National Park.

In the afternoon you may like to explore the hills where mysterious nomads once held their sacred ceremonies. The rocky granite topography boasts more than 2000 sites of the San (Bushman) tribes and is probably the richest source of San rock art known. This area and several famous rocks here – known to the Ndebele people – hold spiritual significance of bygone rituals. Here, you can learn about their trials and tribulations, hopes and aspirations.

Day 2 Rhino tracking and historical tour of Cecil John Rhodes tomb

This morning why not go Rhino tracking by vehicle and foot? The Matobo Hills is one of the last bastions of both black and white rhino in Africa. The most unforgettable safari experience will be an approach up to this endangered species. This encounter is offered within the skills and knowledge of our experienced guides. Please note: For rhino tracking on foot, guests will need to hire national parks scouts – rates available upon request.

This afternoon drive through the granite hills in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes. Visit his world famous tomb known as “View of the World”, it’s an historical experience not to be forgotten. Leander Starr Jameson is also buried here and together with the spirits of soldiers killed in battle by Matabele warriors, they gather around at sunset, there is a definite spiritual presence. This “dwala” is known as “the dwelling place of spirits” or rather “Amalindidzimu”, the view will leave you breathless…….

Day 3 Cultural tour of the Matabele people

Today you could take a cultural and village tour. Take a tour to an African homestead and get down to earth with the local Matabele people. Enjoy their gracious hospitality as they show you around their “pole and dagga” huts. Use this opportunity to get an insight into the way of life for the local people and to experience their culture. We offer a chance to visit a clinic, traditional healer and local primary school where one begins to understand no matter what adversity children face, one of their basic wants is to learn. Many projects at the school, clinic and orphanage have been completed, and some are ongoing, through our social responsibility program, The Mother Africa Trust.

Day 4 Transfer to Hwange National Park

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before you transfer to Hwange National Park. This transfer will take you  will take approximately 5  hours.   

Hwange National Park is situated in the north western corner of Zimbabwe, adjoining Botswana’s Chobe ecosystem. It is Zimbabwe’s biggest and oldest park, roughly the size of Belgium. The habitat is mainly teak and mopane forest, interspersed with open plains and ancient river systems. This park boasts one of the greatest diversity of mammal species in the world, with well over 108 mammals including “specials: such as roan and sable antelope. Species include 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded in Hwange including around 50 different types of raptor. It is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa. This park is a must on any itinerary!

Four nights will be spent at Somalisa Camp – a camp that can offer spectacular wildlife experiences.

Tarriff: Fully inclusive basis to include all meals, local drinks, park fees and game activities such as walking or game drives.

Somalisa Camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, and is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. Nestled in a stunning location tucked away in acacia woodland, along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, Somalisa provides guests with breathtaking views of the savannah plains across the famous Kennedy Vlei line.

Accommodation

Somalisa Camp offers guests the perfect blend of old African charm and elegance. The décor of Somalisa echoes a bygone era. Its pool and stunning main area have a view of the waterhole, where the game congregates in large herds, offers the chance for complete relaxation, whether it be with a cup of tea or a refreshing cocktail. The use of solar lighting ensures your comfort without interfering with the environment and the area’s natural surroundings.

Somalisa has only six elegantly furnished canvas tents each with en suite bathrooms, with bath tub and inside and outdoor showers and toilet. Wide and well-traversed elephant paths connect your room to the lounge and dining areas located at the fore of the camp under a soaring canopy of acacias. Explore Africa the way she was meant to be explored and get close to nature at this stunning and exclusive camp.

Day 4 Game drive in Hwange National Park

This afternoon you may opt for a game drives. This will give you the chance to explore the diverse habitat of the park, looking for predators who may still be active, or the large herds of elephants, that you will meet at the various waterholes. The grassland plains around camp attract a multitude of animals and so every drive is very productive with great photo opportunities.

Day 5 Walking Safari with professional guides

I would definitely recommend a walking safari with your professional guide. Zimbabwe has some of the most highly trained professional guides in the world. They will track animal spoor, give you medicinal uses on trees and herbs, point out interesting birds and get you close to wildlife on foot. A truly spectacular activity!

Day 6 General relaxation day at the lodge

After spending a few days in camp you can decide which activities appeal to you today. A combination of an early morning walk with an afternoon game drive gives you some of the best opportunities for photography. If you are interested in birding, tell your guide as he will be delighted to point out the various species, which range from the colourful lilac breasted roller and bee-eaters, to the majestic birds of prey

Day 7 Transfer and flight to Victoria Falls Airport

This morning you may just want to relax, enjoy a breakfast overlooking the very busy camp waterhole before you drive to the airstrip (approximately 30mins in duration) to connect to your light aircraft flight to Victoria Falls (duration 45 minutes). Flights are quoted separately based on days of travel

Arrive into Victoria Falls airport. This new modern airport is the new hub for the region, with easy access to Botswana and Zambia.  You will be met by a driver and road transferred to The Victoria Falls Hotel.

Victoria Falls is recognized as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The rain forest surrounding the falls is a unique ecosystem that is endemic to the Falls. The birdlife is also unique to this area and includes some “specials” such as the African Finfoot and the Schalow’s Turaco. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water.

Spend one night at the famous Victoria Falls Hotel in a Deluxe Central wing room.

Tariff is based a bed and breakfast basis only.

Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel was the very first hotel to be built in Victoria Falls. The hotel exudes original colonial Edwardian charm, but recent refurbishments offer guests the modern comforts one would expect from a luxury hotel. The hotel perfectly depicts the era of grand travel; the corridors of the hotel reflect the historical link to the era in which it was created with drawings, paintings and photographs of the major political figures of the day, adorning the walls. The Victoria Falls hotel has a charm and energy like no other.Expect a unique hotel with friendly good service in a world class setting

Accommodation

There are 161 rooms incorporating standard, deluxe, stable rooms and suites. Facilities in the rooms include digital satellite television, safety deposit box, bar fridge (deluxe rooms only), air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, and tea and coffee making facilities.

This afternoon I can recommend the very relaxing high tea served on the terrace (optional), with views over the bridge and the spray of the Falls. I have included a 15 minute helicopter flight over the Falls. The Helicopter flight is included in your safari experience as well as your return transfers to and from your hotel.

Day 8 Victoria Falls tour & transfer to Old drift lodge

Today at 0830hrs I have included a Guided Tour of The Falls (Zimbabwe) and Lookout lunch ( drinks included). I have included the National parks fees for the tour of Falls in the costing.  

The Victoria Falls reaches Its Zenith in about May each year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon. Guests will be accompanied through the Rainforest by a qualified guide.

After your  shared Tour of the  Victoria Falls Falls you are transferred on to by road (5 minutes) to their jetty which is followed by a boat transfer (5 minutes) to Old Drift Lodge.

Tariff: Fully inclusive to include: All meals, local drinks, morning walking safaris within the National Park, morning or afternoon game drives, morning or afternoon cruises on the Zambezi, tour of the Falls and lunch at the Lookout Café ( drinks included)

This afternoon I recommend you taking one of their afternoon sunset cruises.

With the iconic river at your doorstep, it is hard not to be charmed by the calming ebb of the current. Breath taking, complex ecosystems thrive around the lodge, and as the boat bobs on the water, guests can drink in a 360-degree view of this magnificent environment.

Upstream of the iconic Victoria Falls, on the banks of the Zambezi River-  lies Old Drift Lodge. The lodge boasts luxury accommodation overlooking the pristine Zambezi National Park, a mere 7 kilometers from the mighty Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Old Drift Lodge is nestled within a wild paradise frequented by elephant, buffalo, herds of sable, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala.

The main lodge area will have 360 degree views, North facing onto the Zambezi & South facing onto a water hole. A Seven Kilometer stretch of river flows between the camp and the town of Victoria Falls, making Old Drift Lodge the closest lodge within the National Park to Victoria Falls.

The symphony of birdsong and calls of wildlife create a choir that enraptures all listeners and accompanies guests on this idyllic African experience.

The spacious canvas en-suite rooms exhibit and air of elegance that blends in seamlessly with the natural environment. The suites are resplendent with stylish furnishings and fittings, accentuated by an indoor and outdoor shower, private plunge pool and bath with a view.

Old Drift Lodge offers family friendly accommodation with an air of opulence and grace, in a wild and exuberant Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls.

Old Drift – The historic heart of Victoria Falls Town

The soil upon which this lodge is built, has been fertilized by a history of hard work and innovation. Old Drift Lodge is a bush paradise that exudes an old world charm amidst modern luxuries; a symbol of the harmonic existence that can be achieved between man and nature.

Old Drift Lodge is ideally situated within the National Park and offers guests all-inclusive insight into an exquisite natural world. The activities offered emphasize the rich natural environment, focusing on the abundance of wildlife that roam through the Park and swim beneath the surface of the Zambezi.
The Zambezi National park can be explored on a 4 x 4 game drive, river safari and walking safari, satisfying guests needs to experience every aspect this natural utopia.

Day 9  Game Drive and Sunset cruise

This morning I recommend you enjoy one of the lodges game drives, coming back for lunch and then in the afternoon enjoy another cruise to take in the beauty of the sunset on your final night in Victoria Falls.

Day 10 Transfer to Chobe National Park in Botswana

Today you will be transferred by road to Chobe in Botswana. This is a 2 hour transfer including border formalities for both Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. By size, it is the third largest park in the country, after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Gemsbok National Park, and is the most biologically diverse. It is also Botswana’s first national park. Chobe’s diverse wildlife roams in abundance – it is, for instance, home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. During the dry season these large herds, as well as vast herds of buffalo, congregate on the fertile flood plains along the Chobe River to drink, bathe and play.

Two nights will be spent at Chobe Chilwero

Tariff: On a fully inclusive basis to include all meals, local drinks, game drives within the famous  Chobe National park  and boat cruises along the Chobe River.

Accommodation:

Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat sitting above the Chobe River, offering unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and floodplains as far as Namibia. This luxurious lodge boasts just 15 guests cottages, as well as a full spa. The main area commands fabulous views over the Chobe River. Guests can relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for. Each of the 14 thatched guest cottages has two showers, one inside and one outside. The en-suite bathroom also has a large free-standing bath. After a day of game viewing, what better way to relax than in your own private garden with a cocktail? Or if the fancy takes you, why not have your gourmet dinner served right here under the African sky. Coffee stations are now available for guest use in the rooms.

Day 11 Game drive and boat cruise in Chobe National Park

Today you can enjoy a morning or afternoon game drive into the famous Chobe National Park. This park is teeming with wildlife, which are very tolerant of vehicles and so there are fantastic photographic opportunities.

This afternoon you may enjoy an afternoon boat cruise with sundowners on the boat. A cruise will give you the opportunity to experience the marine life such as crocodiles and hippos, and you may also get to see elephants swimming across the river or animals coming to the water to drink

Day 12  Flight to Okavango Delta

This morning you may like to relax at your chalet and have a pampering spa treatment (optional) before heading to the Kasane airport for your onward light aircraft transfer to the Okavango Delta–  Gomoti

Plains camp.   

Tariff: Fully inclusive basis to include all meals, local drinks, activities to include: Game drives, walking, mekoro safaris, Motorized boat safaris. 

This afternoon I recommend you head out on a game drive. Game drives are conducted in the mornings and afternoon/evenings at camp. They usually last about three hours each and are conducted along the river systems and flood plains around the camp. The wildlife in the area is prolific and chances are good to see some of the larger predators, herds of elephant and buffalo and all the plains animals that occur here. Night drives are conducted in the early evening offering one a chance to see the smaller more nocturnal animals with spotlights.

The Gomoti tree is locally known as the water fig and grows alongside waterways in the Okavango delta. It’s a smallish tree which sometimes grows no bigger than a bush. The Gomoti trees line the waterways and provide excellent cover for nesting water birds such as herons and storks.

Situated on the edge of the Gomoti river system is Gomoti Plains Camp. Our new camp has 10 luxury tents which include 2 luxury family tents and 8 luxury double tents, all with en-suite bathroom facilities.

Built in a similar style to our signature Machaba Luxury tents, the Gomoti Plains tents and main area are slightly raised on wooden decks overlooking the Gomoti river system.

The area is known for its large concentrations of wildlife which thrive on the Gomoti plains and waterways. This exclusive area has been a well-kept secret for many years. The Gomoti region has been the local haunt of many of the older guides and Okavango dwellers who refer to it in nostalgic terms when they used to camp along this river system.

Accommodation

Ten luxury safari tents, two of which are family units. These large tents are raised on wooden decks as are the main areas of the lodge. The tents are decorated in a classic safari style incorporating the land and water of the Okavango delta which make up this beautiful land. Luxurious, comfortable, classic. All eight double tents take two guests and the two family rooms can hold four guests. All rooms have hot and cold running water,  inside and outside showers, flush toilets and twin his and her basins. Electricity in the tents is reserved for lighting and charging of batteries, computers.

Day 13 Exploration of the Okavango delta.

Today – This morning I encourage you to enjoy a walking safari, which is conducted generally in the morning with armed guides. The walks are leisurely and time is taken to observe the smaller things in the bush that one normally misses when driving. Walking is weather dependent, or dependent on the condition of the terrain.

In the afternoon – enjoy either a Mekoro safari. This is a dugout canoe poled by an experienced poler in the shallower waters of the Okavango. It is a great way to see the waterways and is tranquil and quiet. These excursions take place in the mornings or longer day trips can be arranged. Explore the islands around camp and come back rested and rejuvenated.

Day 14 Motorised Boat Safari

 Today enjoy your last day on safari enjoying a motorised boat safari which take place in mornings and afternoons coming back to camp after sunset before dark. The boats traverse the deeper channels of the area travelling further afield. Water dependant these trips also offer a different perspective of the Okavango. Returning to camp for lunch. In the afternoon you can chose to possibly go out for your last game drive.

Day 15 Transfer to the airstrip for scheduled flight to Maun Airport

At a prearranged time you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your onward scheduled  flight aircraft transfer to Maun  to connect to your onward regional flight.

Package includes

All meals (except at Victoria Falls Hotel  – bed and breakfast basis only)

Local drinks (except at Victoria Falls Hotel – drinks to be paid direct)

Two lodge activities per day ( Amalinda/ Somalisa + Old Drift and Chobe Chilwero and Gomoti Plains)

Laundry only at Amalinda/ Somlisa and old Drift, Chobe Chilwero and Gomoti Plains

Park fees : Only included at Somalisa and Old Drift ( except rain forest Victoria Falls entry fee)

Package Excludes

International and regional flights (into Bulawayo and out of Maun) :

Visas;

All meals not stated in Victoria Falls – Victoria Falls Hotel all other meals + drinks (except Breakfast)

All touring/activities in Victoria Falls

Premium branded drinks

Gratuities

Items of a personal nature and insurance

Park fees at Amalinda

Cecil Rhodes grave fee at Amalinda

Scout fee at Amalinda when walking to see Rhinos at Amalinda.

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