HighlightsEnjoy the only night drives in Mana Pools National ParkExplore the Zambezi Valley floodplains by canoeStay at a tented camp overlooking Kanga PanBoost your adrenalin at Victoria FallsSeek out Hwange’s elephant populationSleep out under the stars at KangaOverviewZimbabwe boasts some of the best and friendliest guides in Southern Africa, incredibly diverse scenery and plenty of game to boot. This 11-day adventure will take you through some of the country’s most popular but also least-visited reserves, balancing the thrills of mecca like Victoria Falls with the peace and serenity of Matobo National Park.
You start at Matabo, which is centred on rocky outcrops known as the Matopos Hills outside Bulawayo. This is a World Heritage Site and your guides at Amalinda Camp will be able to show you varied sights like Cecil John Rhodes’s grave, ancient San rock art and, if your luck is in, elusive leopards and black eagles.
Then it is on to Hwange National Park and laidback Somalisa Camp, which is in a low-traffic private concession. Do not be surprised if elephants come down to drink at the plunge pool while you are enjoying an ice-cold drink on one of elevated viewing decks.
Your next port of call is Mana Pools, one of Zimbabwe’s loveliest national parks, where Kanga Bush Camp occupies a remote section an hour away from the Lower Zambezi River and there are reliable sightings of lion and wild dog.
The last days of your trip are spent in Southern Africa’s adrenaline capital: Victoria Falls. Your home here will be The Elephant Camp, which is only 10 minutes away from the falls and overlooks a popular waterhole. A heart-warming moment here will be a visit to the Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary, where caretakers look after orphaned, injured or abandoned elephants.
SummaryTour Duration: 11 DaysStart: BulawayoEnd: Victoria FallsDestinations Visited
Matobo National Park
Hwange National Park
Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
The Elephant Camp
This fantastic all round trip takes you through four untouched and remote highlights of Zimbabwe. Be fascinated by the unique rock formations of” A Wilderness of Granite” in the Matobo Hills, enjoy water and land activities in one of Southern Africa’s best kept secrets: Mana Pools National Park. Add to this the largest National Park in Zimbabwe: Hwange; a hidden gem and haven for wildlife and top it all with a trip to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World: The Victoria Falls!Anja NaudeAfrica Safari Expert
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Day to dayItineraryarrowBack to MapDays 1-3: Discover Matobo National ParkMatobo National Park, ZimbabweDetailed breakdownDays 1-3: Discover Matobo National Park | 2 NightsUp arrowMatobo National Park, ZimbabweFrom Bulawayo, which is the second largest city in Zimbabwe after the capital Harare, you have a road transfer from Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport to Matobo National Park, where you will be collected for the drive to Camp Amalinda.
For two nights, this thatch-and-stone lodge perched a rocky outcrop in the Matopos Hills will be your sanctuary. Although there is plenty of game to track on morning and afternoon game drives, you can also be enthralled by the more than 2 000 ancient San rock art sites here and learn more about Zimbabwe’s colonial-era history, especially the part played by Cecil John Rhodes.
Between outdoor activities, relax in the spa, sauna, steam room or the ‘rock pool’. Bookworms will enjoy curling up in the library with something from the bar...
Days 3-6: Venture into Hwange | 3 NightsUp arrowHwange National Park, ZimbabweHwange National Park is rightfully known as Zimbabwe's biggest and most famous reserve, which impressive herds of buffalo and elephant - as well as a sizable predator population - call home. Your home here will be Somalisa Camp, set in the warm heart of Hwange. You will have a road transfer from Matabos to Hwange.
Lying near the game-rich Kennedy Vlei, Somalisa is an initimate camp that maintains an authentic safari atmosphere. There are only half a dozen tents, each decorated to reflect Zimbabwe's African and colonial histories. When you are not enjoying tracking hyena and white rhino in a game-drive vehicle, follow your experienced guide on a walking safari across the golden savannah, pausing occasionally to shelter under a shady acacia tree. After sunset, bundle up warmly for a night drive to seek out the country's little-seen nocturnal animals like civet cats and bat-eared foxes.
Days 6-9: Uncover Mana Pools | 3 NightsUp arrowMana Pools National Park, ZimbabweIn a country full of gems, Mana Pools is surely one of the most precious: a national park that is wrought from the Zambezi River and the Rift Valley Escarpment. This coming together of water and mountains makes for incredible scenery and some of Africa's best canoe safaris, which is a great way to see hippos, crocs and elephants. Fly in a light aircraft from Hwange, giving you a bird's-eye view of the undulating landscape.
Kanga Bush Camp has the privilege of being in one of Mana Pools' most remote and wildest areas, on the Kanga Pan, known for sightings of African wild dogs. Kanga also has only six tents, making for a cosy and intimate safari experience. One of the umissable activities here is a cruise at sunset on the Zambezi, the air turning a soft coral as birds come home to roost for the night and plains game take their last drinks from the grassy banks.
Days 9-11: Fun in Africa’s adventure capital | 2 NightsUp arrowZimbabweZimbabwe's most famous destination is undoubtedly Victoria Falls, that massive sheet of water that plunges to earth from the fast-flowing Zambezi River. You will once again fly from Mana Pools to the Falls, allowing you to enjoy more time on the ground. The Elephant Camp is located on 10 minutes' away from the Falls - in fact, you can admire the spray as you enjoy breakfast or lunch out on the deck. A small but perfectly formed luxury lodge, The Elephant Camp is connected to the Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary, where you can make the acquaintance of orphaned, injured or rescued ellies from the region. Herds regularly visit the popular waterhole to slake their thirst - you can quench yours with a tall drink from the bar while watching their endearing antics.
The Falls are known as Southern Africa's 'adventure capital' and, if you are in the mood for a heart-stopping adrenalin rush, look no further than a white-water rafting expedition, bungee jumping or a flip in a micro-light. If you prefer to relax, then settle into a comfortable chair in the lounge and savour the views of Batoka Gorge.
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