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Essential Zimbabwe

By Pam James
Travel Expert for Alfred&

Whether it’s coming eye-to-eye with an elephant in Hwange National Park, feeling the spray of the Seventh Wonder of the Natural World on your face or flinging yourself into the mouth of a gorge on a white-knuckle swing ride, Zimbabwe offers an enticing mix of wildlife, bush, thrilling activities and unforgettable one-off sights. On safari, opportunities for hands-on experiences will give you a fresh perspective into local life and round off this introduction to one of Africa’s most captivating countries.


8 days
Best months to go
July to October
Guide price range
£3,225 - £3,760pp
including international flights

Top Experiences
Itinerary Highlights

Hwange National Park

Safari on the Elephant Express across Hwange National Park

Breezing over the plains in this open-sided railcar feels like no ordinary transfer...

Hwange National Park

Help sustain the wildlife in Hwange National Park

It's satisfying to support the wildlife in Zimbabwe’s most famous and largest park...

Victoria Falls

Face to face with 'The Smoke That Thunders'

When you experience Victoria Falls for yourself, you can really appreciate its power in a way you don't from watching a film...

Day by day
Itinerary in detail


Arrival in Victoria Falls

Welcome to Zimbabwe. Upon arrival in Victoria Falls, a local representative will be waiting for you at the airport. You’ll transfer to the family-run Ilala Lodge, your base for the next two nights. Bordering the Victoria Falls National Park, on the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Zambezi River, the lodge is perfectly placed for an afternoon visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls. Overnight at Ilala Lodge.

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Victoria Falls

Relax in the hotel’s impressive garden and unwind by the pool, to the constant soundtrack of the ‘Smoke that Thunders’. You’ll hear the pounding-drum like force of the nearby water and see the spray from the hotel grounds. It’s a short stroll to Victoria Falls town for local markets, crafts shopping, cafes and restaurants. Don’t miss the optional ‘Flight of the Angels’ helicopter trip over the Falls. Watching the world’s largest body of water cascading over the edge of a plateau and flying through the legendary mist is an unforgettable experience. Overnight at Ilala Lodge.

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Victoria Falls & Hwange National Park

Today is ‘elephant day’. Hwange National Park is known for its impressive elephant herds and spotting them will be memorable. But the fun starts before you even get to the park. After a transfer to the railway station at Dete you’ll board the Elephant Express, an elegant 24-seater open-sided train that passes right through the park. Look out for giraffes, baboons and elephant en route, before disembarking the train at Ngamo. You’ll spend the next 3 nights at Bomani Tented Lodge, an intimate safari lodge within a private concession on the dramatic Ngamo Plains. A natural water hole in front of the camp offers great wildlife spotting opportunities. Overnight at Bomani Tented Lodge.

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Hwange National Park

This morning you’ll head off on a guided Big Five safari in Hwange National Park, where you might spot lion, water buffalo, leopards, cheetahs and of course the park’s iconic elephants. You might also want to explore Bomani’s private concession on foot, with an expert safari guide. After lunch there’s the option of visiting a local school, where visitors are encouraged to join in some traditional songs. The tour of village and school offer a unique insight into local life. Overnight at Bomani Tented Lodge.

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Hwange National Park

Relax on your private deck or watch elephants drinking at Bomani Pan from the lodge’s viewing platform. You’re welcome to explore on another game drive, or in the dry season you can head off on the ‘Pump Run’, helping to deliver fresh food and technical supplies to pump attendants manning Hwange National Park’s numerous waterholes. The pump project is one of many local initiatives aimed at sustaining the wildlife in Zimbabwe’s most famous park. Overnight at Bomani Tented Lodge.

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Hwange National Park & Victoria Falls

After breakfast, drive for 4-hours back to Victoria Falls where you’ll return to Ilala Lodge. If you’re keen to explore some more, there’s plenty of adventurous fun to be had in and around the Falls. Optional activities range from ziplining and white-water rafting to a dare-devil free-fall gorge swing - how brave are you feeling? This evening you may want to sample the lodge’s fine-dining restaurant, The Palm, where you can dine alfresco under the stars. Overnight at Ilala Lodge.

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Victoria Falls

Today is yours to spend as you wish. Enjoy a lazy breakfast, soak up some sunshine by the pool, head into Victoria Falls town for some last-minute shopping and maybe re-visit the UNESCO-listed Victoria Falls for one final look. Or join a local family for an optional home cooked meal and fascinating insight into day-to-day culture. Overnight at Ilala Lodge.

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Victoria Falls & Departure

Your trip comes to an end today. After breakfast you’ll transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your return flight to the UK or onward travel.

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

01 Jan - 30 Apr, 01 Dec - 30 Dec


High Season

01 May - 30 Nov


Alfred & Pam James

Keen to discover new experiences and cultures beyond Europe and North America, Pam set out to gain an in-depth knowledge of East Africa. Her most recent journeys through Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, have brought her into close contact with both the local people, as well as the wildlife. One of her fondest memories was of a curious young elephant who she met, literally face to face, through the window of her safari jeep.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Andy, who's travelled extensively in Zimbabwe. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember – the ranger who can show you the best game viewing and fishing spots on the Zambezi, the guide who’ll introduce you to ‘moonbows’ at Victoria Falls and the locals who’ll share their dinner with you.

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