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Waterways of Zimbabwe

FURTHER JOURNEYS IN ZIMBABWE  brown-arrow-right.png

Day 1 - Arrive Victoria Falls
Your first day starts at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls, one of the most outstanding geographical sights in Africa, famously discovered by David Livingstone in 1855. The spray from the falls can be seen up to 20km away, explaining its local name, 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - the 'smoke that thunders'. The falls can be viewed from 16 viewing spots along a trail through the rainforest.

The popular town of Victoria Falls is situated in the west of the falls on the southern bank of the Zambezi River. The area offers plenty of activities in and around the town such as wild white water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant safaris and helicopter flips. For the less adventurous, the town has an impressive choice of art and craft shops, an open air market and various galleries.

Only four kilometres from the Victoria Falls is the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Set on a high natural plateau, the lodge looks out over the Zambezi National Park and an active waterhole frequented by an abundance of wildlife. The bar, lounge and dining areas are constructed from local wood and set over three levels. All rooms and suites are air conditioned and look out over either the National Park or the waterhole.           

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Day 2 - Victoria Falls

Today you have the whole day free to enjoy the activities on offer at Victoria Falls. Highly recommended is a visit to the hide, where you can watch the waterhole for game with a professional guide. Sundowners poolside is also an African safari tradition not to be missed. 

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Day 3 - Victoria Falls - Lake Kariba
From the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge a scheduled transfer will bring you to the airport and the journey continues to Rokari by a light aircraft transfer. After arriving at Rhokari/Kiplings Airstrip a shared boat take you to the Rhino Safari Camp where you will spend your third night.

Lake Kariba was created by the damming of the Zambezi River in the 1950's, a project that required the relocation of 57,000 Batonga people and over 6,000 wild animals. Today, the lake stretches for 220km on Zimbabwe's northern border.

Rhino Safari Camp is located in the Matusadona National Park surrounded by wildlife moving freely around the camp. The camp has just seven thatched rooms, each set on a wooden platform with magnificent lake views. Each has an open-air, en-suite bathroom with hot water showers.

All meals, snacks, tea/coffee, wine with dinner and two scheduled safari activities are included each day.

Overnight: Rhino Safari Camp

Days 4 - 5 - Lake Kariba
Early in the morning you will receive a wake-up call followed by light breakfast before a game drive. Before the heat of midday you will return to the camp to enjoy brunch, a siesta and perhaps a spot of game viewing from the privacy of your deck. Late afternoon as the temperature cools, head out on a cruise or another game drive before enjoying sundowners, dinner and conversations around the campfire.

Overnight: Rhino Safari Camp

Day 6 - Lake Kariba - Mana Pools National Park
Leaving the Rhino Safari Camp you will return to the Kiplings Airport by shared boat and fly to Mana Pools airstrip by a light aircraft.  On the spectacular drive to Mana Pools you will pass through the magnificent floodplain with one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the country.

On arrival, you will settle in for your first night's camp, as well as receiving a full safety briefing and an introduction to your canoe. Settled in, enjoy sundowners and a three course bush dinner. The next two days are spent on a mobile canoeing safari following the Zambezi River through the Mana Pools National Park from camp to camp, watching as elephant cross the river and other wildlife come to drink from the water.

Overnight: Mana Shoreline Canoe Safari

Day 7 - Mana Pools National Park
Muffins and coffee await you in the morning before you head out, equipped with your personal items and camera, to your canoes watching the sunrise and seeing wildlife come down the river to drink. Breakfast will be enjoyed under the shade of acacia trees, followed by a bush walk and a further canoe trip. Enjoy lunch back on dry land and then relax for an hour or two or head out on another walk. Late afternoon, arrive at camp and another bush dinner.

Overnight: Mana Shoreline Canoe Safari

Day 8 - Mana Pools National Park
Today will follow a similar pattern, though heading into some of the more remote tributaries of the Zambezi before returning to the main river. Lunch will be enjoyed on a sandbank sitting in ankle deep water surrounded by the river. Return to camp this afternoon for your last night in the wilderness.

Overnight: Mana Shoreline Canoe Safari 

Day 9 - Depart 
Depending on your flight schedule you can still enjoy a few hours relaxing at the camp or take one last walk through the bush. Depart camp for your transfer to Harare International Airport and your onward flight home.

 

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From £2,835 / $4,753 per person for land arrangements only, based on two people sharing.

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

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