This superb tour really is the very best of Zimbabwe in a nutshell. Starting at the magnificent Victoria Falls and continuing on by road to iconic Hwange National Park, famed for its elephants and lions. Then on to Matusadona National Park and the World Heritage Mana Pools - a true wildlife and scenery spectacular.
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
Arrive at Victoria Falls airport. Met and transferred by road to Gorges Lodge, located on a natural outcrop overlooking the Batoka Gorge and the Zambezi River, just 111 metres downstream from the Victoria Falls.
The stay at Gorges includes a tour of the Falls with entry fee. There are also many other activity options, such as white water rafting, bungee jumps, kayaking, river cruises,helicopter rides, etc. Birders can watch a pair of Verreaux eagles, which nest in the gorge opposite the hotel, along with lanner and peregrine falcons, auger buzzards and more. There are guided walks around the area of the lodge and spectacular sunsets to be enjoyed from Peregrine Point.
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After breakfast, travel by road to Hwange National Park. On arrival, transfer to safari vehicle and on to Somalisa Expeditions camp for three nights. This authentic bush camp is located on an acacia island with superb views of the savannah plains of the Kennedy Vlei Line. The camp also overlooks a pan where large numbers of game congregate.
Activities here include guided walks, game drives, spotlighting and game viewing from hides. The park is home to over 100 species of mammals and 400 of birds. There is one of the largest concentrations of elephant in the whole of Africa in the park, plus regular sightings of all the Big Five and many more.
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After breakfast, drive to Manga airstrip for light aircraft flight to Bumi airstrip in Matusadona National Park. Transfer by road and boat to Musango Safari camp for two nights.
This privately run camp is an island on Lake Kariba, overlooking the Ume River and Matusadona Mountains. The guide here is an experienced photographer and ornithologist who will ensure guests make the most of their wildlife encounters. Activities here include walking safaris, game drives, boat cruises, canoeing, birding, cultural visits, fishing and dinosaur fossil trips. There are lots of animals to be seen, including black rhino, this being one of the few remaining sanctuaries for this animal.
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After breakfast, return to Bumi airstrip for flight to Mana Pools. Transfer to Zambezi Lifestyles Camp for three nights. This tented camp is right on the shore of the Lower Zambezi River, part of the Mana Pools Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage area.
There are extensive game viewing opportunities here, with hundreds of mammals and over 350 species of birds. A highlight is game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles along the floodplain.
After breakfast, transfer to Mana Pools airstrip for flight to Harare for onward or return travel.See All Itinerary