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A Classic Zimbabwe Safari

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Day 1 - Arrive Bulwayo
Begin your Classic Zimbabwe Safari in Bulawayo where you will be met and transferred to Matobo National Park. Situated on a small estate within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matobo Hills, 45km from Bulawayo and 10 minutes from the National Park entrance is Camp Amalinda, a stunning, privately owned lodge. Tucked away in an ancient Bushman shelter the extraordinary architecture embraces the strong sculptural designs of the surrounding rock kopjes of Matobo Hills.

Accommodation consists of nine stunning rock "suites", three of which are perfect for families as they are simply massive. Set within granite boulders each suite has a distinctive look and feel. The main lodge offers panoramic views of the Matobo Hills and features a lounge, a covered dining area, a wine cellar and a cosy library. There is also a secluded chess room amongst the tree tops, a fire lit boma and at the base of the camp, a large swimming pool with comfortable loungers and a bar with views over the waterhole.

Overnight: Camp Amalinda

Day 2 - Camp Amalinda
Spend the day at leisure enjoying the extensive activities including bush walks, game drives, rhino tracking on foot, a visit to Rhodes grave, San Bushman paintings, birding and cultural tours.  A full day hike is available on request.

Overnight: Camp Amalinda

Day 3 - Matobo Hills - Hwange National Park
The well-known and much loved Hide Safari Camp is situated in a private concession within Hwange National Park. Nestled under dense, shady African bushveld, The Hide lies on the edge of an active waterhole which is the only water source for miles, thus offering a great wildlife experience.

Accommodation at The Hide consists of 11 extremely comfortable and spacious standard, deluxe or honeymoon tented suites (there is one family tent). Classically styled and tastefully furnished with solid Zimbabwean teak furniture, all tents include a private verandah from where guests may be entertained by the comings and goings of zebra, kudu, giraffe and elephant. The more adventurous guest may enjoy getting away from it all by spending a night sleeping out under the stars in the romantic Dove Nest.  This rustic tree house is the perfect vantage point from which to view wildlife safely and quietly, just the two of you! The hub of the camp is a majestic "A" frame which has the dining room and sun lounge downstairs and a large comfortable sitting room and viewing area upstairs. Breakfast is served al fresco and lunch and dinner are served around a magnificent 22-seater teak dining table. Private and peaceful with no TV or internet to distract guests the emphasis at The Hide is on great game and bird viewing. There is also a plunge pool.

Overnight: The Hide

Days 4 - 5 - Hwange National Park
Spend the next two days at leisure exploring Hwange National Park with your highly experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides. The activities on offer at The Hide are extensive and include: morning, afternoon and evening game drives, walking with a professional guide, bird watching and excursions to the resident animal hide where guests can view game at extremely close quarters.

Overnight: The Hide

Day 6 - Hwange National Park - Victoria Falls
Today you will transfer by road from Hwange Main Camp to Victoria Falls River Lodge. Victoria Falls River Lodge is a luxury tented lodge about 10 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls, inside the 60,000 hectare Zambezi National Park. The lodge is spaciously laid out along the banks of the Zambezi River, with uninterrupted panoramic views across the river towards Zambia.

Accommodation is in seven, spacious open-plan air-conditioned tents. Strong on glass, wood and space, with clean lines, Scandinavian floors, hanging chairs, Nguni cushions and hammocks, River Lodge has a modern African feel with a European twist. Tents are tastefully decorated; enjoy a fresh feel in earthy hues with a mix of tree trunks, canvas and light fabrics. The fresh natural tones are carried through to the main guest areas with a spacious open plan lounge, dining and business desk area set slightly back from the river. There is a separate swimming pool, shaded deck and a viewing platform high amongst the trees offering birding, game viewing and Zambezi tranquillity.

Overnight: Victoria Falls River Lodge

Day 7 - Victoria Falls
Spend the day at leisure exploring the world famous Victoria falls, known locally as the 'smoke that thunders'.

Overnight: Victoria Falls River Lodge

Day 8 - Victoria Falls - Lake Kariba
Today you will transfer to Victoria Falls Airport before continuing via light aircraft to Fothergill Island where you will then be transferred by boat to Changa Safari Camp.

Changa has been designed to blend in with the environment as much as possible and the natural materials, thatched roofs, wooden decks and walkways merge beautifully with the surrounding bush. The main lounge and library is comfortably furnished in an eclectic style, beautifully integrating leather, linen and cane to create a relaxed, homely vibe. The lounge is completely open to the gentle breeze, shaded by a thatch roof with sprawling views of the main deck, beach and lakeshore.

The main deck with its sweeping curved stairway leading onto a lower deck, fire pit and wide beach of glittery white sand, is the perfect spot to sit and relax whilst enjoying a refreshing drink.  The swimming pool is a wonderfully shaded haven equipped with sun loungers and private seating areas, a place where you can revel in the stunning scenery overlooking the bay.

Meals are relaxed and laid back, set around a large table in the dining room or under a canopy of trees on the vast wooden deck overlooking the lake.  Scrumptious food is freshly prepared in camp everyday by the imaginative and friendly chef.

Overnight: Changa Safari Camp

Days 9 - 10 - Lake Kariba
Spend your last two days enjoying the spectacular scenery and wide range of activities on offer from Changa Safari Camp.

Overnight: Changa Safari Camp

Day 11 - Depart
Today you will transfer by boat from Changa Safari Camp to Fothergill Island, where you will then board your light aircraft flight to Harare. On arrival you will then continue your journey to Johannesburg before catching your international flight home.

 

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PRICING

From £4,515 / $7,043 per person for land arrangements only, based on two people sharing a room.

All of our itineraries are tailor-made according to the interests of our clients and the above itinerary is an example only. Please contact our Africa specialist, Chris Evans, for your own tailor-made Zimbabwe safari on +44 (0)1242 787806.

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