Best of Zimbabwe - 12 night safari experience

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Start your 'Best of... Zimbabwe' safari experience at the incredible, colonial, Victoria Falls Hotel - a member of 'Leading Hotels of the World'. This iconic hotel has played host to Royals, statesmen and celebrities for over a 100 years.

Enjoy relaxing poolside, go for a wander or take a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, which sits on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, or maybe consider something more energetic - from white water rafting, micro-light or helicopter flights, canoeing, elephant-back safaris or even go for a bungee jump! (activities will be at additional cost).

After the luxury and splendour of Victoria Falls, you will move on to a private game concession in Hwange, where your safari experience will be taken to new levels. Viewing activities include 4x4 game drives and guided bush walks. The camp here overlooks an active waterhole and there is a log pile hide outside camp.

Moving to Lake Kariba, you add to your game viewing opportunities with birding and lake cruise opportunities. Add in canoes, a good chance of seeing rhino plus cultural village trips and relaxing at the camp's plunge pool.

Finally you will head to UNESCO World Heritage site Mana Pools where again you can enjoy 4x4 game drives, canoeing, bush walks (a speciality of the area) and birding, or you could even catch dinner with a spot of fishing!

Sample itinerary

Your international flights are included in the package shown - with departures from London Heathrow via Amsterdam, Paris or Johannesburg. Flights generally depart from the UK in the afternoon, arriving around lunchtime locally.

The itinerary shown below excludes the flight portion of your experience, starting from your local arrival for the start of your Zimbabwe Safari.

Day 1: On arrival at Victoria Falls airport you will be transferred by road to the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel. This 5 star luxury hotel will be your home for 2 nights on a B&B basis.

Day 2: As well as tours of the falls, activities available include white water rafting, sundownder cruises, micro-light or helicopter flights, canoeing, elephant-back safari and more. Experiences at additional cost.

Day 3: Take a light aircraft transfer to Hwange National Park and Little Makalolo Camp, set in its own private concession.

Day 4 & 5: Game viewing activities centre around 4x4 game drives and guided bush walks. The camp overlooks an active waterhole and also a log pile hide is just outside the camp.

Day 6: Depart Hwange by light aircraft for the Matusadona National Park and the shores of Lake Kariba where you will spend 4 nights at Musango Safari Camp.

Day 7, 8 & 9: Musango camp activities include game drives, bird watching, boat safaris, canoeing, fishing and tracking black rhino on foot. There are also cultural village trips and the opportunity to relax in camp around the plunge pool.

Day 10: Take a light aircraft fto Mana Pools National Park where you will check in to Ruckomechi Camp, your base for the next 3 nights.

Day 11 & 12: Choose from canoeing, game drives in open 4x4s, walking safari as well as birding and fishing opportunities.

Day 13: After a morning game activity, air transfer from the camp to Harare and your onward journey.

Package and Price

Your package will include

  • Return international flights from London Heathrow
  • 12 nights' accommodation (Victoria Falls Hotel - B&B. Safari camps - full board, includes most local-brand drinks)
  • Game drives and other safari activities, as described in the itinerary, at Hwange, Lake Kariba and Mana Pools.

Price, per person: from £5900
Prices based on two people sharing a double room.

Accommodation

Victoria Falls Hotel (nights 1 & 2, bed & breakfast)

bedroom at the Victoria Falls hotelFor over 100 years, visiting members of Royal families, international and local statesmen, and celebrities worldwide, have preferred to stay at The Victoria Falls Hotel, where they are assured of privacy and care. An atmosphere steeped in history, combining the charm of the old with the comfort and convenience of today.

The historic Victoria Falls Hotel overlooks the Victoria Falls Bridge and the gorges below. Situated in acres of private garden, the charm and tranquil atmosphere of the hotel has earned international acclaim. The elegant decor and the old world charm of this gracious hotel is reflected in the wide colonial verandahs and the Livingstone room with its superb cuisine.

dining at Victoria Falls HotelA walk along the hotel's private pathway will bring guests out atop the gorge and provides a magnificent view of the bridge crossing into Zambia. From here one can watch in awe as bungi jumpers fall 111 metres down the world's longest natural bungi jump, towards the mighty Zambezi below.

The hotel's 180 rooms are decorated in a manner that recaptures the comfortable charm of a bygone age, with colonial prints, four-poster and canopied beds, antique furniture and well-chosen artifacts. Modern facilities and amenities mingle well with the old-fashioned ambience, including such 21st century travellers' necessities as personal safes, minibars, bathrobes, digital satellite television and even umbrellas for the convenience of guests visiting the Rain Forest surrounding the Falls. Deluxe Rooms and Suites in the original section of the hotel offer breathtaking views across the deep Zambezi River gorge to the Victoria Falls Bridge and the spray of the Falls.

stunning vistasThe main lounge with its old-fashioned traditional elegance and décor has a warm welcoming style, providing a perfect backdrop for relaxing with friends. The Bulawayo Room offers serenity and seclusion in surroundings of exceptional comfort and luxury, going back to the turn of the century. The hotel has two beautifully appointed curio shops, one specialising in colonial memorabilia.

The Livingstone Room

Elegant dinner and dancing with a classic á la carte menu. As a result of many requests from visitors, The Victoria Falls Hotel has decided to relax aspects of the long-standing dress code in force in its premier dining venue, The Livingstone Room. This is in recognition of the fact that many travellers do not bring with them the more formal clothes that have until now been mandatory in this restaurant. Smart casual wear is now acceptable in The Livingstone Room at dinner each evening. The fine silver-service dining experience that visitors have come to expect will continue to be the order of the day, however.

Stanley's Terrace

Victoria Falls Hotel - probably the finest in ZimbabweA la Carte lunch, afternoon tea, sundowners, light dinner and á la carte menu. Traditional high tea is served every afternoon on the Terrace, with spectacular views of the Victoria Falls bridge down the Batoka Gorge with the spray rising from The Falls. Later, enjoy one of the hotel's famous Livingstone cocktails or a gin and tonic whilst listening to the mighty roar of the Falls.

The Jungle Junction 

During the late 1940's, the Solent Flying Boat service, offered by Imperial Airways, became one of the more interesting ways to travel to Africa. This service flew from Southampton, England to Johannesburg, South Africa. The Solents landed and were serviced on a reach of the Zambezi above the Victoria Falls. This stopover became known as the "Jungle Junction" and was soon the favourite stop on the route, as all passengers disembarked and stayed at The Victoria Falls Hotel.

Little Makalolo Camp (nights 3-5)

Little Makalolo camp bedroom, HwangeLittle Makalolo Camp lies in the heart of Hwange National Park, in one of its best game viewing areas, overlooking a vibrant waterhole.

The camp’s six rooms have en-suite facilities, with both indoor and outdoor showers.

The guest areas include a dining room, lounge, plunge pool and an open fire area for those convivial evening fireside tales.

Little Makalolo camp dining areaThere is a log pile hide overlooking the waterhole in front of camp where guests can enjoy wildlife viewing during the siesta hours.

Activities at Little Makalolo Camp centre on open 4×4 Land Rover game drives and guided nature walks throughout the Makalolo concession.

The area’s large number of waterholes attracts game in both quantity and variety. In the winter months Hwange is literally home to a Noah’s Ark parade of animals as they come down to quench their thirst.

Musango Safari Camp (nights 6-9)

Musango camp accommodationOn Lake Kariba situated just off the shoreline of the Matusadona National Park is Musango Safari Camp, an exclusive 16 bed, owner-run camp. Just a short flight away from Victoria Falls or Kariba, Musango offers an abundance of both wildlife and bird life, with the largest selection of activities available anywhere, or the option to simply relax.

From walking safaris and big 5 game drives, to tiger fishing on Lake Kariba; our guests can encounter the abundant wildlife in a multitude of ways. Activities are fun, informal and operated by trained and experienced guides. Whether you choose to fill your day exploring the area, or simply relaxing and soaking up the ambiance of wild Africa, staff are happy to accommodate your every wish. Guests can also track wild black rhino in the adjacent rhino sanctuary.

Stunning Zimbabwe sunsetThe accommodation at Musango consists of 6 large twin luxurious safari tents, each with an en-suite bathroom built of natural stone. These tented rooms are set in thick forest, and all face east over the lake, towards the rising sun.

There is also a honeymoon suite that has been uniquely designed and built of natural stone, under thatch. Special canvas interiors ensure total privacy. The honeymoon suite also has a private verandah and secluded intimate plunge pool.

Ruckomechi Camp (nights 10-12)

Elephants approaching Ruckomechi campRuckomechi Camp accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tents, including a honeymoon suite, all of which overlook the Zambezi River. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers. 

The central dining, bar, library and lounge areas face the escarpment; our environmental impact is lowered by low-level walkways and solar power for the whole camp. There is a separate deck with an infinity pool for swimming and sunbathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn star gazing deck.

Bedroom at Ruckomechi campThe camp vegetation is dominated by broad canopied albida trees, much loved by elephants for their rich nutritious pods; these animals often join visitors in camp for a light meal!

Activities at Ruckomechi Camp include wildlife viewing in open 4×4 vehicles, on motorised pontoon boats, on foot and in canoes.

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Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Hotel
Victoria Falls hotel, pool
Stunning Victoria Falls
Zambezi River
Open 4x4 game drives
Sundowners by the river
Elephants beside the Zambezi