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Unsurpassed Zimbabwe

By Daniel Heatly
Product Executive for Alfred&

Big wildlife sightings and bucket-list sights come thick and fast on this 13-day itinerary. After a stylish stay at Victoria Falls, visit Africa’s largest man-made lake and experience the vast elephant herds of Hwange National Park on safari. Unforgettable light aircraft flights offer thrilling vistas of Zimbabwe from above.

 

Places

Length
13 days
Best months to go
July to October
Guide price range
£7,660 - £11,995pp
including international flights

Top Experiences
Itinerary Highlights

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...

Hwange National Park

Meet the 'gentle giants' of Hwange Park at Somalisa Camp

I like to take guests on nature walks and show them what I learnt from my grandfather – how to identify tracks, or calling insects...

Mana Pools

Enjoy views of the Zambezi from your tented suite at Nyamatusi

I love it here – I get to interact with elephants from my office and at lunch time I can enjoy the incredible birdlife from the river...

Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

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 your comfortable hotel, just a 10-minute walk from the Falls and certainly within earshot. It’s a short stroll into Victoria Falls town for local markets, crafts shopping, cafes and restaurants. Or relax poolside under a thatched gazebo, enjoy high tea on Stanley’s Terrace or sink a sundowner at Stanley’s Bar. Overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel.

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2

Victoria Falls

Today you’ll get to see the star attraction, the UNESCO-listed Victoria Falls, where you’ll follow footpaths for jaw-dropping views and a get a good soaking by clouds of spray. 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 that legendary mist is an unforgettable experience. Overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel.

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3

Victoria Falls

If you’ve an appetite for adventure there’s plenty of 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 indulge at the hotel’s opulent restaurant, The Livingstone Room. Alternatively, tuck into the African fusion menu at Jungle Junction where alfresco dining comes with a side order of stargazing. Overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel.

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4

Victoria Falls & Hwange National Park

This morning, transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight towards the golden plains of Hwange National Park. On arrival you’ll transfer to your base for the next two nights, a luxury tented lodge pitched in a private concession at the heart of the park. Hwange is a Big Five heavyweight populated by lions, leopards, buffalo and rhino, white and black, and is known for its impressive elephant population. In the migration season it’s not unusual to see herds numbering 100 or more, roaming the savannah, forest and mopane woods of this former royal hunting ground. You’ll get your first taste of the park as you head off on safari with one of the camp’s passionate guides. Overnight at Somalisa Camp.

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5

Hwange National Park

Keep your eyes peeled for the Big Five again this morning, on your second game drive. The park is also home to impala, kudu, zebra, giraffe, antelope, wild dogs and the elusive leopard and cheetah. If you wish there’s also an opportunity to gain insight into village life and learn a little about behind the scenes conservation during a guided tour of Somalisa Village. You’ll meet and chat with local inhabitants, then enjoy a traditional meal prepared at a homestead. Overnight at Somalisa Camp.

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6

Hwange National Park

Make the most of your final day in Hwange by heading off on safari or spend the day relaxing in camp. Here you can still observe game from the camp hides, or watch the elephants, buffalo, lions and other wildlife that flocks to the local waterhole. Overnight at Somalisa Camp.

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7

Hwange National Park & Lake Kariba

After breakfast, enjoy a memorable light aircraft flight to Lake Kariba. It’s not every day you get to fly over Africa’s largest man-made lake and get a bird’s-eye view of elephants at the shoreline. This flight across the African bush will be a highlight of your trip. Your base for the next 3 nights is a luxury lodge with spectacular views over Lake Kariba. Overnight at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge.

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8

Lake Kariba

Today is all about wildlife spotting. Set off on a guided walking safari, head off on a boat to spot crocodiles and hippo on the riverbank, or take the opportunity to spot some of the 480 birds in the area with an expert. In between safari activities make the most of your stylish suite and feast your eyes on the expansive views over the ‘inland sea’ in front of you. Overnight at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge.

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9

Lake Kariba

Enjoy further safari activities on another full day around the lake. Bumi’s private concession creates plenty of game-viewing opportunities and you may even spot warthogs, porcupine and mongoose wandering around the camp itself. A night game drive is also possible which is particularly good for seeing lions. As always in the bush, don’t forget to look up at those star-studded skies. Overnight at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge.

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10

Lake Kariba & Mana Pools

Time to say goodbye to Lake Kariba and take off on another unforgettable flight: this time from Lake Kariba to your lodge at Mana Pools. As your light aircraft crosses the plains of the Matusadona National Park towards the Zambezi Valley, keep your eyes peeled for the petrified trees of a drowned forest that stretches for a kilometre, along the lake shore. Look out too for the meandering Zambezi – one of the world’s oldest rivers. You’ll spend the next 3 nights at a remote camp on the banks of the river. Overnight at Nyamatusi Camp.

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11

Mana Pools

The wildlife-rich Mana Pools National Park is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Game drives, canoeing safaris, birding walks and catch-and-release fishing are all on the agenda over the next two days. Keep your binoculars to hand and prepare for some thrilling sightings of hippos, crocodile, elephants, buffalo and an array of aquatic birds. After a busy day exploring, head back to camp for a relaxing dip in your private plunge pool or further wildlife viewing around the lodge’s waterholes. Overnight at Nyamatusi Camp.

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12

Mana Pools

Make the most of your final day in this spectacular park. Head out on another game drive or on a guided walking tour for the chance to spot leopard, lion, hyena, cheetah, wild dogs, impala and baboons. Or try a new activity like canoeing and watch hippos wallowing in the shallows. Spend a relaxing evening on the camp’s deck, enjoy a meal around the campfire, and compare wildlife notes with your guides and fellow guests. Overnight at Nyamatusi Camp.

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13

Mana Pools & Departure

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

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

01 Jan - 05 Jan, 01 Dec - 31 Dec

£7,660

Mid Season

01 Apr - 31 May, 01 Nov - 30 Nov

£8,785

High Season

01 Jun - 31 Oct

£11,995

Seasonal Closures

Some featured camps operate seasonally and will be closed on the following dates: 06 Jan - 31 Mar. Please contact us for alternative options.

Alfred & Daniel Heatly

Upon leaving university, Daniel blindly placed a pin into a map (we kid you not!) to select South Africa as the first destination he ever travelled to. This was the beginning of a 23 year love affair with African travel. Subsequent adventures have taken him to Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, meeting new people and discovering new experiences along the way.

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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