Highlights of Zimbabwe

Explore the true highlights of the fascinating country of Zimbabwe. Over 9 days, experience the majesty of the mighty Victoria Falls, the quality game viewing along the Lake Kariba, the UNESCO World Heritage site in Mana Pools National Park and the vast wilderness of the Hwange National Park.

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Victoria Falls – Victoria Falls has been called “the greatest known curtain of falling water”. The Falls borders on Zambia and Zimbabwe, and can be viewed from vast distances from both sides. Columns of spray can be felt from miles away as 546 million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge.

Zambezi Sunset Boat Cruise – The Zambezi River sunset cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of this majestic River.  You may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, elephant and sometimes even rhino in their natural environment, as well as enjoy the many different bird species.

Lake Kariba – Lake Kariba was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam. The dam wall was built across the Kariba Gorge to harness the river’s flow to generate hydroelectric power. This endeavour displaced about 57,000 local tribes-people, and over 5,000 wild animals.

Mana Pools National Park – Mana Pools is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the pools draw a variety of game for magnificent game viewing opportunities.

Hwange National Park – Hwange carries 105 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. The big five can all be found in Hwange, as well as many other predators. The populations of wild dog and elephant are thought to be among the largest surviving groups in the world. Large concentrations of zebra and giraffe can also be found.

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Day 1: Arrive in Victoria Falls

On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation, where you will spend the next two nights. The rest of the day will be at your leisure, to relax beside the pool or participate in some of the optional activities available.

Day 2: Guided Tour of Victoria Falls

Today you will take a guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls and have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to explore the town or participate in the various optional activities available. In the late afternoon, you will enjoy a spectacular sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

Day 3 & 4: See the Natural Spectacle of Lake Kariba

After breakfast, you will depart to Victoria Falls Airport, where you will embark on your flight to the Bumi Hills Airstrip. The next two nights will be spent at Bumi Hills where you may enjoy scheduled activities at your leisure. Immerse yourself in this unspoilt part of Africa, and experience a unique, natural spectacle on Lake Kariba which will remain long in the memory.

Day 5 & 6: Discover Mana Pools National Park

This morning you will have an air transfer to Mana Airstrip, where you will be met by a guide and transferred to Kanga Camp, set in the most remote part of the World Heritage Site in Mana Pools is the Kanga Pan. The next two nights will be spent at Kanga Camp where you can enjoy morning & afternoon game drives, walking safaris and armchair safari.

Day 7: Experience Hwange National Park

This morning you will have an air transfer to Hwange Airstrip, where you will be met by a guide and transferred to Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Eco-Lodge, which is situated on a private concession in close proximity to Hwange National Park. After lunch and a siesta you will have the option of going on an afternoon game drive, or visit a traditional homestead where the locals will welcome you into their home, and you may experience their lifestyle.

Day 8: Game Drive in Hwange National Park

Today is spent on a game drive in the Hwange National Park, the largest national park in Zimbabwe, covering an area of approx. 14 650 km2. Named after a local chief, Hwange is situated in the northwest corner of the country about one hour south of the Victoria Falls. There are over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded here. Specifically, the elephant population in Hwange is considered world famous, as it is one of the largest in the world.

Day 9: Transfer to Victoria Falls Where Tour Ends

Enjoy your last breakfast at the lodge before your 2½ hour drive back to Victoria Falls Airport, where you embark on your onward journey.

Day 1 & 2

Victoria Falls Hotel or similar

Day 3 & 4

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge or similar

Day 5 & 6

Kanga Camp or similar

Day 7 & 8

Elephant’s Eye, Hwange or similar

Included
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Game drives and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Experienced local guide
Excluded
  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curios and tips
  • Travel insurance and visas

Departure:

The Highlights of Zimbabwe Package departs from Victoria Falls. Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical. Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.

Transport:

Jenman Safaris uses fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, Sprinters and 12-seater 4×4 Safari vehicles (Chosen vehicle determined by Jenman African Safaris).

Meals:

Meals included in your safari will be taken in the restaurants at the various accommodation establishments. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

Visas:

The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit the countries stated on the itinerary.

Travel Insurance:

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman African Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.

Making Your Travels Meaningful:

The Grow Africa Foundation (163-738 NPO) is the responsible tourism initiative started by Jenman African Safaris and Hideaways. The focus of Grow Africa is to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy in the places we travel to. We do this by instigating and supporting local social and environmental projects.

Your booking makes a difference: With every booking to the value of R10,000 / US$1,000 / EUR1,000 or more a donation of R50 / US$5 / EUR5 will go to the Grow Africa Foundation. Click here to see the projects your booking is supporting.

We are also proud members of Pack for a Purpose, a global initiative that allows you to make a lasting impact on the communities you visit. Use your excess luggage allowance to pack supplies needed by the Dingani Primary School in Zimbabwe and Masongora Primary School in Uganda. We’ll then make sure it gets delivered to them. Click here to view the schools current needs list.

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