ZIMBABWE

ITINERARY
B = Breakfast       L = Lunch      D = Dinner

DAY 1: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE                                       
On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 18h00 for your pre-departure meeting.

Accommodation:    Ilala Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)    

Lunch:    For your own account
Dinner:    For your own account

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN VICTORIA FALLS

Below is a list of some of the most popular optional activities on offer in Victoria Falls. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.  The rates are per person and are quoted in US Dollars. All activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Certain activities only operate at specific times of the year. Please contact our reservation office for further information.  Should you wish to partake in an activity that is not listed below, we will gladly assist you with rates and reservations.

15 Minute Helicopter Flight    Flying Fox (Cable Slide)
22 Minute Helicopter Flight    Gorge Swing
Boma Dinner incl. transfers    Zip Line
Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls    Horse Back Safaris (novice)
Dinner Cruise    Canoeing (full day)
Bungee Jump    Rafting (full day, low water)
Bridge Swing    Rafting (full day, high water)
Bridge Slide    Batoka Gorge Hike and Ndebele Village Tour
Historical Bridge Tour    Traditional Village Tour
Canopy Tour

DAY 2: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE             BD
Today you will have at leisure to explore Victoria Falls, the town and all of its unique offerings, from adventure activities to cultural experiences. In the afternoon we embark on a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day. 

Accommodation:    Ilala Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)    

Breakfast:    At Ilala Lodge or similar
Lunch:    For your own account
Dinner:    At Zambezi House


DAY 3: VICTORIA FALLS TO LAKE KARIBA, ZIMBABWE                    BLD
Our journey today brings us to the shores of Lake Kariba. It is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes and a place of outstanding beauty.  At over 220 km long and 30 km at its widest point it is no wonder it is referred to as an inland sea! The lake is nested in mountains, guarded by enormous reserves of game and made beautiful and savage by sun and storm, as well as by earth and water.  After lunch we arrive at Masumu River Lodge, which is in a spectacular location with magnificent views over the islands and waters of Lake Kariba’s western side.   
Distance:    290 km        Departure: 08h00 

 

Accommodation:    Masumu River Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Breakfast:    At Ilala Lodge or similar
Lunch:    Prepared by the guide en-route
Dinner:    At Masumu River Lodge or similar

DAY 4: LAKE KARIBA, ZIMBABWE            BLD
Spend the day relaxing at the pool, or option to partake in many of the optional activities. Afternoon sunset cruise on Lake Kariba with game-viewing opportunities.


Accommodation:    Masumu River Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Breakfast:    At Masumu River Lodge or similar
Lunch:        At Masumu River Lodge or similar
Dinner:    At Masumu River Lodge or similar


DAYS 5 & 6: LAKE KARIBA TO HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE       BLD, BLD
This morning we make our way to the Northern Section of Hwange National Park. Over the following two days, we will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to great herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife. 
The whole of the next day is spent exploring this magnificent area on a full day game drive in Hwange National Park. 
 
Distance:    300 km            Departure:    08h00

Accommodation:    Nantwich or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar area)
Day 5
Breakfast:    At Masumu River Lodge or similar
Lunch:    At Nantwich or similar
Dinner:    At Nantwich or similar

Day 6
Breakfast:    At Nantwich or similar
Lunch:    Lunch pack on game drive
Dinner:    At Nantwich or similar


DAYS 7 & 8: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE                 BLD, BLD
Today we head off to our lodge situated in a private concession near Hwange National Park.
On the next day we will visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect this endangered species. If time allows, you can partake in an open vehicle game drive on the concession in the afternoon. 


Distance:    180 km    Departure:  08h00

Accommodation:    Sable Sands or similar (cabins with en-suite bathrooms, plunge pool & dining room area)
Day 7
Breakfast:        At Nantwich or similar
Lunch:        Lunch Pack from Nantwich
Dinner:         At Sable Sands or similar    

Day 8
Breakfast:    At Sable Sands or similar
Lunch:    At Sable Sands or similar
Dinner:    At Sable Sands or similar

DAYS 9-10: MATOBO HILLS, ZIMBABWE     BLD, BLD
After breakfast we travel southwards to the majestic Matobo Hills, an area of exquisite beauty, steeped in tribal history, ancient mystery and dramatic rock landscapes. The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope and the world’s densest population of leopard. Birdlife is prolific and includes the highest concentration of black eagles in the world. Once the home of the San (Bushman), this area contains the richest source of the rock art found anywhere. Not only is it here that the Ndebele people buried their great king, Mzilikazi, but Cecil John Rhodes was also laid to rest on the “Hill of the Benevolent Spirit” or “World’s View” as named by him. 
We spend the next day in the national park, starting our morning with tracking rhino spoor by vehicle and foot. In the afternoon we further explore the scenery and wildlife of the park on game drives, ending with a visit to Rhodes’ grave. 

Distance                                             340 km                Departure:  08h00

Accommodation:    Camp Amalinda or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar, & swimming pool)
Day 9
Breakfast:    At Sable Sands or similar
Lunch:    Prepared by the guide en-route
Dinner:    At Camp Amalinda or similar

Day 10
Breakfast:    At Camp Amalinda or similar
Lunch:    Lunch pack on game drive
Dinner:    At Camp Amalinda or similar

DAY 11:  MATOBO HILLS TO GREAT ZIMBABWE, ZIMBABWE        BLD
This morning we drive to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins located close to Masvingo.  According to an age-old legend the ruins were built to replicate the palace of the Queen of Sheba in Jerusalem, and are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries. They cover an area of 1800 acres and are some of the oldest and largest structures located in Southern Africa. We have the opportunity to explore these ancient ruins, before checking in to our accommodation for the night.

Distance:    360 km                Departure:    07h00    

Accommodation:    Lodge at the Ancient City or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant, & bar)
Meals:
Breakfast:    At Camp Amalinda or similar
Lunch:    Prepared by guide en-route
Dinner:    At Lodge of the Ancient City or similar


DAY 12:  GREAT ZIMBABWE TO BUSHMAN ROCK, ZIMBABWE        BLD
We travel towards Harare to the Bushman Rock Estate, operational since the mid 1900’s it is one of the few estate wineries in the country.  After we have settled into our rooms, we have the option to walk to the Bushman Rock, where we can explore the ancient art adorned caves and granite kopjies. After the walk high tea is served on the veranda. In the late afternoon we take a leisurely guided walk through the vineyards to the pontoon, for a sundowner cruise.  Thereafter we get to sample up to nine of the estates private wines on a tutored wine tasting, followed by 3 course dinner.

Distance:    370 km                 Departure:    08h00
 
Accommodation:    Bushman Rock or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool and tea garden)
Meals:
Breakfast:    At Lodge of the Ancient City or similar
Lunch:    Prepared by guide en-route
Dinner:    At Bushman Rock or similar


DAY 13:  HARARE, END OF TOUR         B
Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Harare International Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures!

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