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Starting off with a stay at an elegant tented camp on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, this luxury safari takes a well-paced week to showcase not just the 'Smoke that Thunders' but Zimbabwe's best game-viewing destinations as well. You will enjoy two nights in the heavyweight Hwange National Park and another two at Mana Pools, gateway to the wild lower Zambezi. Getting from Hwange to Mana Pools is as simple as boarding a light aircraft for the short flight, meaning you maximise your time in the national parks.

Perfect for those who want to experience a safari away from the crowds and with activities focusing on the beauty and wildlife of the region, a few of the itinerary's highlights include a tour of mighty Victoria Falls, game drives, river cruises, canoe safaris and guided walks.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Experience off-the-beaten path destinations
  • Stay at intimate, authentic camps
  • Explore a riverside location close to the Victoria Falls
  • Spectacular game-viewing opportunities
  • Game drives, walks & boat safaris
  • Ideal for birding enthusiasts
  • Fly between Hwange & Mana Pools

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

Experience the Victoria Falls area

Today your tour starts when you are met by a representative at Victoria Falls Airport for your road transfer to Toka Leya. This luxurious tented camp has a postcard-perfect setting on the Zambian banks of the Zambezi River, lying in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, a short distance from Victoria Falls.  

Spend two days discovering this action-packed region, famous as Africa's adventure capital. Activities on offer at an additional cost include sunset cruises, helicopter flights, micro-light flights, canoeing, jet boating, white-water rafting and fishing. You could also choose to go on game drives, river cruises and guided nature walks

When you are not out exploring, unwind back at the camp’s swimming pool before heading to the tree-canopied bar and dining area, complete with fantastic views of the Zambezi River.

Days 3-4

Transfer to Little Makalolo

Enjoy breakfast before transferring by road to Victoria Falls Airport. After clearing customs and immigration, you will be met by a representative who will assist you with your scheduled light aircraft transfer to Hwange National Park and your next camp – Little Makalolo.

Little Makalolo is one of the very few camps located in the park itself. With only six intimate tents, it offers a secluded getaway with luxurious comforts such as en suite facilities that include a flush toilet, shower, hot and cold running water and a magical outdoor shower.

Explore the Makalolo concession on 4x4 game drives and guided walks with armed guides. You can expect to see a wide variety of animals including buffalo, elephants and all sorts of classic animals like zebra, giraffe and antelope species. Hwange is famous for its predators and bird watchers will be delighted by the rich birdlife.

Little Makalolo also features a hide where you can enjoy waterhole game viewing in between activities. Alternatively, relax in the lounge and bar area or enjoy a refreshing swim in the plunge pool.

Days 5-6

Transfer to Ruckomechi Camp

After your final breakfast at Little Makalolo, you will be transferred to Ruckomechi Camp, a well-established lodge set on the western region of Mana Pools National Park, via light aircraft. Your final camp for this tour is located in a grove of acacia and mahogany trees overlooking the Zambezi River and the mountains of the Great Rift Valley.

Go on daily game walks with armed guides and game drives in 4x4 vehicles. It is classic big game country and you'll be keeping an eye out for predators including lion, wild dog, leopard, cheetah as well as buffalo at the river’s edge while kudu, zebra, impala and waterbuck can be seen on the Zambezi's floodplains. Elephants often splash about in the waterhole in front of the camp as do large numbers of water birds.

Unwind back at the camp in the beautiful infinity pool and central dining, lounge and library area – all connected to the tented rooms by walkways.

Day 7

Return to Victoria Falls

After breakfast you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your scheduled light aircraft transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your own onward arrangements.

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights at Toka Leya on fully inclusive basis
  • Shared light aircraft flights as specified in the itinerary
  • Scheduled road transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Selected park fees and entrance fees
  • Laundry services
  • Applicable tourism levies, value-added tax or government sales tax
  • 2 Nights at Little Makalolo on fully inclusive basis
  • 2 Nights at Ruckomechi Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • Selected activities

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017 $6125
  • 01 Jun 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $7340
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 15 Nov 2017 $6275

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

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Bonita Cronje

Bonita Cronje

Africa Safari Expert

"The roaring sound of the smoke that thunders, elephants drinking at a watering hole 20 metres in front of camp and a variety of activities including catching a tiger fish, canoeing within 5 metres of an elephant and learning an abundance of interesting facts about the little things while doing a bush walk – this is what this tour offers you."

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