This 6-day Budget Lodge Safari combines the top natural wonder and premier game park of Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park, two of Africa's finest destinations.
Stand up close to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls to feel the power of the world's largest curtain of falling water. Take a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi River to catch an incredible African sunset while sipping on sundowners and watching for wild animals and birds. Then, we drive to an authentic eco-lodge, located inside a private wildlife concession bordering on the famous Hwange National Park. Explore the wildlife concession and Hwange Park on 4x4 game drives, encountering mammals, reptiles, birds and other creatures of Africa, in all shapes and sizes.
Both destinations offer exciting optional activities that can be enjoyed in addition to the included activities, from scenic flights over Vic Falls and white water rafting on the Zambezi River to bush walks and night drives in the wildlife concession at Hwange.
Arriving at the Victoria Falls Airport, your driver is there to welcome you to Zimbabwe. From the airport you are transferred to your hotel in the historic town of Victoria Falls, where you spend the first two nights of this safari.
The remainder of day one is free for you to relax at the historic hotel with its rambling grounds, or to embark on optional activities in and around Victoria Falls. Unwind and have a rest after your travels, enjoying the manicured gardens, swimming pool and excellent facilities. Victoria Falls is renowned for its thrilling adventure activities - from bungee jumping and white water rafting to helicopter flights and gorge swinging.
Tonight we enjoy a delicious dinner at the grand colonial-style hotel in Victoria Falls.
This morning we visit the mighty Victoria Falls waterfall - one of the natural wonders of the world. A truly spectacular sight - standing before the largest curtain of falling water on the planet is an unforgettable experience!
After visiting Victoria Falls, known as the Smoke that Thunders, there is free time to participate in optional activities and explore the bustling town of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side of Vic Falls. Do some sightseeing in the historic town and go to the local markets. Take the Flight of Angels - as flights over Vic Falls are called - in a fixed-wing plane, micro-light or helicopter. Plunge off Victoria Falls Bridge on a bungee rope, zipline ride across Batoka Gorge or abseil into the narrow gorge, or go kayaking or white water rafting on the Zambezi River.
Late this afternoon we set off on a laid-back boat cruise along the Zambezi River. Enjoy sundowners and watch a beautiful sunset from the boat, keeping an eye out for animals and birds along the river and admiring the spray of Vic Falls in the distance.
On day three we have breakfast at the luxurious old hotel, before leaving Victoria Falls. Driving south-east through rural Zimbabwe we make our way towards Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's premier game viewing destination.
Our destination for today is an eco-lodge located in a private wildlife concession, bordering on Hwange National Park. Arriving at the exclusive lodge you have time to unwind and settle in before we head out on our first activity. Take a nap in your comfortable tented chalet, relax on your own veranda or take a dip in the pool.
Then we take a game drive or visit a local homestead. If you opt for a game drive, you can choose between exploring the private concession area or the Hwange National Park (only 13km from the lodge). Alternatively, we visit a traditional homestead to meet the locals and gain insight into their culture and way of life in this part of Zimbabwe. This evening we return to the eco-lodge for dinner and a leisurely evening, watching for wildlife at the waterhole.
The whole of day four is set aside for game viewing in Hwange National Park, the oldest game park in Zimbabwe. We go in search of the diverse wildlife inhabiting Hwange in healthy numbers, encountering a range of local flora and fauna.
Hwange is best known for its massive elephant herds, hosting one of the largest elephant populations in Africa. Hwange is also a stronghold for endangered African wild dogs and home to more than 100 species of other mammals. In addition to boasting a high diversity of other animals and plants, the park hosts some 400 species of birds.
Exploring parts of this 14 650 km² game park - the largest reserve in Zimbabwe, we are sure to come across predators and herbivores aplenty. Then we return to the private lodge to rest and enjoy the natural surroundings in comfort.
We venture back out into the bush this morning to search for wildlife and birds, and soak up the wild scenery. Keep an eye out for any animals we may have missed so far and possibly catch some exciting wildlife action.
There are no activities planned for this afternoon, leaving you free to embark on an optional activity (extra cost) or take it easy at the comfortable lodge. You can laze at the pool, watch for wildlife at the waterhole, enjoy drinks on the viewing deck and relax in the spacious guest areas or your private chalet. Optional activities include bush walks and night game drives in the private concession area, and trips to the Painted Dog Conservation Centre at Hwange Park (with a complimentary transfer).
Wake up to the sounds of nature surrounded by the African bush and tuck into your final breakfast at the lodge. Then we leave our eco-friendly hideaway behind, returning to Victoria Falls where our Zimbabwe Lodge Safari began.
The two and a half hour drive takes us back to Victoria Falls Airport, where we wrap-up our Victoria Falls & Hwange National Park Safari.
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