Experience the sheer beauty of three major national Parks that Zimbabwe has to offer when you chose a Classic Zimbabwe Safari. You'll start your journey off in Victoria Falls where you het to experience the mighty Zambezi upfront at the Most-Oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls). Then you'll move onto the open plains of Hwange in the Private concession of Camp Hwange, look our for those elusive cheetah(regularly spotted on this concession). Fly out to the calmer, slow moving waters of Lake Kariba to the tear drop island Musango. Musango safari camp gives you an array of activities to choose from, including a walking safari with Steve Edwards, who was ranked best Safari guide in the world. A charter flight to Ingwe Pan in Mana Pools allows you to view the Zambezi from the air where the animal numbers flourish, the Zambezi flood plain in Mana Pools is rich in fauna and flora. A favourite to keen animal and bird seekers. Here you'll have three nights to view the lower zambezi until you fly out to Harare and connect to your other flights home.
Explore 3 major National Parks
Experience some of the best game viewing there is
See the Victoria Falls and environs
Travel the mighty Zambezi River
Best Time to GO
The dry season, July to September is an excellent time to visit and for game viewing. October would be the peak time to go game viewing however, the heat may be quite unbearable. The lack of water in Hwange means animals need to visit the watering holes in the dry season. The foliage is also less dense than the wet season (November to March) making game viewing easier. April- May is the peak of the waterfall, however as the flow gets less you get to see more of the falls itself.
Estimated cost per person sharing for a safari like this, depending on the season. Can be customised based on your budget and requirements. Please note that prices are subject to change. International flights not included. All prices are USD (United States Dollar). "PPS" - Per Person Sharing.
Ilala Lodge - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Camp Hwange - Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Musango Safari Camp- Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
Ingwe Pan Camp - Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
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Johannesburg (JNB) - Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg (JNB) - Johannesburg, South Africa
On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met by your transfer bus and transferred to Ilala Lodge.
Ilala Lodge is a small 4 star privately owned hotel, and is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls - a 10-minute walk away.
You can walk on your own to the Victoria Falls and spend as much time as you like there, viewing the Victoria Falls. There is a lovely open air restaurant
with excellent food at the entrance, as well as an interpretive center, explaining the history and geology of the Victoria Falls. The paths in the rainforest are well signposted and there are over 10 different viewpoints along the 1-mile length of the Victoria Falls.
After breakfast, transfer by road at 0800hrs to Mbala Gate, the northern entrance to Hwange National Park, in an air-conditioned Minibus.
(Transfer time is about 1 1/2 hours from Ilala Lodge).
The transfer is very scenic and you pass tribal villages, traditional farms and also wildlife estate.
At Mbala gate you will be met by your guide and transferred, game viewing en route through the Hwange National Park to Camp Hwange.
This transfer is a game viewing drive, with plenty of photographic opportunities, and you will arrive in camp well in time for lunch.
Camp Hwange situated in the remote and private Shumba and Shapi area within the vast Hwange National Park, is one of the few camps built within the park.
Hwange is legendary for its wonderful array of wildlife, particularly the massive herds of elephant and buffalo, and summer sees the large antelope herds migrate onto the plains, closely followed by large predators.
After an early morning drive and brunch, transfer to Giraffe Springs Airstrip nearby for your air charter flight to Bumi Hills, Lake Kariba.
The flight takes 1 hour and 30 minutes and is very scenic, taking you across the western length of Lake Kariba.
On arrival at Bumi Hills you will be met and transferred by boat to Musango Safari Camp – Lake Kariba.
Musango is situated on its own island on Lake Kariba overlooking the Matusadona National Park.
Here you will be accommodated in large Safari tents, under thatch, with en suite facilities. Each tent overlooks the lake and the Matusadona Mountains.
The bird life on the lake is abundant. Game viewing is by powerboat, motorised pontoon, open vehicle and on foot with an armed professional guide.
After breakfast, transfer by boat and road to Bumi Hills Airstrip.
Connect to your air charter flight to Mana Pools airstrip.
The flight takes 50 minutes and is very scenic; taking you across the Eastern Basin of Lake Kariba, over the Kariba Dam Wall and the Kaburi hills and down the Zambezi River to Mana Pools, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Your pilot will fly you low level down the Zambezi, and you will have great game viewing opportunities.
On arrival in Mana Pools airstrip, you will be met by your Professional Guide and driven to Ingwe Pan Camp, situated in the central part of Mana Pools National Park.
On the middle reaches of the Zambezi River, a hundred kilometres below Lake Kariba is the Mana Pools National Park situated in the heart of the Zambezi Valley. Ingwe Pan Camp lies on the edge of as natural pan, shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees and with a superb view of the mountains of Africa's Great Rift Valley across the river in Zambia.
After a morning walk and brunch, connect to your air charter flight to Harare Airport.
Connect to your flight to Johannesburg.
Clear immigration, collect your bags and transfer to you onward flight home.
The cost includes:
British Airways flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and Harare to Johannesburg.
All internal air charters and ground transfers.
Accommodation at all safari camps inclusive of all meals, snacks, drinks, laundry and unlimited game viewing activities by open 4x4 vehicle, boat and on foot, with an armed Professional Guide.
Bed and breakfast accommodation in Victoria Falls.
Sunset cruise on the Zambezi above the Victoria Falls
1 x 3 course dinner at the Palm restaurant at Ilala Lodge.
The cost does not include:
International flight to Johannesburg and home.
Visa fee for Zimbabwe, obtainable with ease and simplicity on arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, a simple passport stamp.
Optional activities in Victoria Falls.
2 x Lunch and 2 x Dinner and Drinks in Victoria Falls.
Gratuities and items of a personal nature.