Conservation, Culture & Community
FURTHER JOURNEYS IN ZIMBABWE
Days 1 - 3 - Gonarezhou National Park
Arrive into Johannesburg from your international flight and catch a connecting flight to Harare, where you will be met and driven to Chilo Gorge in the remote south-east of the country.
Chilo Gorge is cocooned by dense foliage on the edge of Zimbabwe's second largest national park, Gonarezhou. Located on a gorge of the life-giving Save River, Chilo affords spectacular views over the river and plains. Game drives reveal a diverse array of wildlife, including multifarious bird species, big cats, painted impala, buffalo and hippo to name just a few. The park is renowned for large herds of elephant (Gonarezhou means place of the elephant). There's also the opportunity to explore by boat (water levels permitting) or on foot, explore local communities or venture further afield to visit the beautiful Chilojo Cliffs.
At Chilo there are just 10 luxurious rooms, all of which have balconies for you to enjoy the outlook. The buildings blend beautifully with the surroundings, built of stone, timber and thatch, while interiors are simple and elegant with locally crafted art and furnishings. The central area also has panoramic views, and there is a lounge bar, infinity pool and library.
Overnight: Chilo Gorge, Gonarezhou National Park
Days 4 - 5 - Matopos National Park
After breakfast, you will be driven to Matopos (six hours), with the chance to break the journey and explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins en route, which is not to be missed. The atmospheric World Heritage site, said to have been the capital of the Queen of Sheba, gives a fascinating insight into the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th Centuries.
Amalinda is a safari circuit favourite, situated within the Matopos National Park - known for its distinctive scenery and the grave of Cecil Rhodes - where leopard, black eagle and rhino (black and white) are just some of the animals you may spot on your game drives; but it's also a must if you're looking for more than a wildlife experience. The various activities on offer include tracking rhino on foot with an expert guide, visiting San rock art sites to learn more about the ancient history of the area, visiting a local village, and hiking into the beautiful surrounding hills.
The lodge itself is full of character, built into the side of a hill overlooking an active water-hole. In between your explorations, you can enjoy a swim in the pool or a spa treatment overlooking the plains.
Overnight: Camp Amalinda, Matopos National Park
Days 6 - 7 - Hwange National Park
A two and a half hour journey will take you to the 2,400 hectare private concession home to Khulu Ivory, where one of only three suites will be your home for the next two nights. The concession borders the Hwange National Park, and the lodge itself overlooks an ancient river bed and watering hole that attracts birds and wildlife throughout the day and night. Morning and afternoon game drives can be taken both in the concession and the neighbouring national park.
Out on safari you might spot elephant, lion, giraffe, cheetah, zebra, sable, wild dog and leopard; while other activities include walking safaris, night drives, and visits to Painted Dog Conservation, which aims to protect the small number of wild dogs that still survive in Africa and have their stronghold in Zimbabwe. In between your safaris and activities, the lodge's lounge areas and open-air plunge pool provide peaceful places to relax and shelter from the heat of the day.
Overnight: Khulu Ivory, Hwange National Park
Days 8 - 9 - Victoria Falls
It's time to leave Khulu Ivory and head two hours north to Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls Safari Club lies just four kilometres from the falls, bordering Zambezi National Park and overlooking a waterhole with uninterrupted views. The lodge is part of a larger resort with lots of facilities that operates complimentary shuttles to and from the falls and town, so you will be free to explore as much as you wish.
The area around Victoria Falls has lots to offer - from exhilarating bunji jumps, white water rafting and river cruises to guided jeep and walking safaris and hide-sits (which allow you to get even closer to animals). As one of the most sophisticated areas of Zimbabwe, this is also the place to indulge in spa days, golf and dining in some of the country's best restaurants.
Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Club, Zambezi National Park
Day 10 - Depart
You will be collected from the lodge and driven to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg and your onward flight home.
From £4,490 / $7,125 per person, based on two people sharing and including internal flights, meals and two activities per day at safari camps.
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 holidays to Zimbabwe on +44 (0)1242 787806.