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Begin this 10-day Zimbabwean safari in Victoria Falls before your transfer to Somalisa Camp in Hwange National Park. This flagship reserve is renowned for its large elephant herds and from this tented camp overlooking a pan you are well positioned to watch big game as they come to the water to drink.

Your next destination is the World Heritage Site of Mana Pools National Park where you are accommodated at Zambezi Life Styles Camp, which is idyllically set along the lush banks of the Zambezi River. The waters surrounding this camp offer excellent canoeing while exploring the floodplains on foot is an equally rewarding experience.

You are then transferred to Kanga Camp, which is situated in one of the most remote areas of Mana Pools overlooking the Kanga Pan – the area’s only permanent water source – which attracts big game such as lion and buffalo. The camp’s resident lion prides are legendary and encounters with wild dog occur regularly. Kanga has permission to conduct night drives on their concession, which is not possible at any other camp in Mana Pools.

Heading back to where you began your adventure in Victoria Falls, Ilala Lodge is an intimate boutique hotel situated on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River within walking distance of the Falls. Enjoy adrenalin activities such as white-water rafting and micro lighting or take in your surroundings at a gentle pace on a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Enjoy the only night drives in Mana Pools National Park
  • Explore the Zambezi Valley floodplains by canoe
  • Stay at a tented camp overlooking Kanga Pan
  • Boost your adrenalin at Victoria Falls
  • Seek out Hwange’s elephant population
  • Sleep out under the stars at Kanga

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

Wave hello to Hwange

On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you are transferred to Hwange Main Camp where you are met by your guide and escorted to Somalisa Camp in the heart of Hwange National Park. Positioned along the edge of an ancient seasonal floodplain among a dense grove of camelthorn acacias, this classic tented camp is an immaculately managed bush retreat in Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve that is famous for its hugely impressive elephant herds. All the country’s protected species are found in Hwange and its population of African wild dog is one of the largest surviving groups existing in Africa today. Other major predators include lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah, whose distribution and hunting in Hwange is closely related to the pans and waterholes scattered around the camp.

Enjoy twice-daily 4x4 game drives through the game-rich park with experienced guides excellently equipped to interpret their natural surroundings and share a wealth of knowledge. Game can also be viewed from well-positioned hides where photographic opportunities are second to none. Spotlit night drives are a real privilege and provide a fantastic introduction to the reserve’s nocturnal life, while walking safaris present the opportunity to see the smaller animals as well as the flora and fauna of the reserve.

Your beautifully furnished canvas home opens up onto the surrounding savannah plains where wild flowers erupt in a symphony of colour with the first seasonal rains. Built on low teak decking in a horseshoe formation, these en suite tents have a rigid A-frame structure supporting a canvas roof and walls with vast mesh windows. Dark teak furniture and varnished floors lend a timeless feel to the space, which is softly lit by lanterns at night.

Well-traversed elephant paths connect your room to the lounge and dining areas located at the fore of the camp under a soaring canopy of acacias. The communal areas overlook the pan where game congregate in large herds throughout the day. The camelthorn trees around the camp are a favourite with giraffe and other herbivores, which means that wildlife encounters in and around camp are both intimate and commonplace. The camp’s plunge pool is as much a place to cool off as watch the elephants coming down for a drink which is a most glorious spectacle to observe in the soft light of dusk.

Days 4-6

Dive into Mana Pools

After breakfast this morning you are transferred to the Somalisa airstrip where you board a light airplane to Mana Pools. On your arrival in this national park you are chauffeured to Zambezi Life Styles Camp idyllically set along the lush banks of the Zambezi River. With some of the most rewarding canoeing found anywhere in Africa, this magnificent World Heritage Site offers an array of activities which set out from the camp each day.

Explore the floodplains of the Zambezi Valley by foot, accompanied by an experienced guide and discover hippos and crocodiles as well as a variety of antelope. Spend another day paddling the glistening channels of the river, the stealthy nature of your canoe allowing you to stalk all manner of wildlife, from dragonflies and weavers, to lions dozing under the speckled shade of an acacia tree.

Your mobile en suite tent – one of only five in this semi-permanent camp – is set up prior to your arrival and is equipped with a flush toilet, hot bucket shower and plug points. Adjoining your canvas home is a well-serviced mess tent with dining and comfortable lounging areas set directly alongside the mighty Zambezi.

Days 7-8

Lazy days at Kanga

After breakfast you are transferred to Kanga Camp, which is situated in one of the most remote areas of Mana Pools. The camp overlooks the Kanga Pan, which lies inland from the Lower Zambezi River. The pan is the only permanent water source available throughout the year and a magnet for big game such as elephant and buffalo. The camp’s resident lion prides never stray too far and, in addition to superb Big 5 sightings, encounters with wild dog are a regular feature of the Kanga wildlife experience. The camp specialises in tracking wildlife on 4x4 vehicles and foot using passionate and professional guides who take guests out to explore the untamed wilderness both day and night. As an added bonus, Kanga has recently been granted permission to conduct night drives on their concession, which is not possible at any other camp within the park.

Your meru-style tent, set on a raised deck, offers an elevated view of the Kanga Pan and is adjoined by the camp’s split-level communal area which houses the elegantly designed bar and lounge area. Steps lead down to another deck where there is a dining table and a fire pit surrounded by camp chairs – the ideal place to enjoy a sundowner before dinner and relive your wildlife experiences of the day. During dinner your guide will light up the pool with a red spotlight which illuminates the camp’s nocturnal visitors, including leopard, hyena and civet. Completing the facilities at Kanga is a small plunge pool surrounded by sun loungers and umbrellas that makes an ideal location for bird watching. A truly unique experience is 'Kanga under the Stars' for which you sleep on an open platform under the brilliant incandescence of the star-studded night sky.

Day 9

The smoke that thunders

So close to Victoria Falls you feel its spray on your face when the flow is in full force, Ilala Lodge is an intimate boutique hotel situated on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River. This charming stayover within walking distance of the Falls is ideal for those who wish to experience all this exquisite natural wonder has to offer. Enjoy adrenalin activities such as white-water rafting on the Zambezi. Tranquil boat cruises are an idyllic experience for the whole family and when you clink glasses as the fiery sun dips below the horizon, this magical place is imprinted in your heart forever.

With classic and understated décor, Ilala Lodge evokes an era of discovery and adventure in its gracious surrounds. Watch animals graze on the hotel lawns and, while dining at either of the lodge’s two fine restaurants, you are never far from the unmistakable presence of ‘the smoke that thunders’. The activity centre near reception is where you can book thrilling adventures at Victoria Falls and you are greeted by the traditional dancing ritual of the local Shona as they welcome your return to your home on the water.

Day 10

Leave your heart in Africa...

Check out of the lodge this morning and make your way to Victoria Falls Airport where you connect with your onwards flight home. 

Inclusions

  • Laundry Services
  • All road transfers whilst in Zimbabwe
  • All air charter transfers whilst in Zimbabwe
  • Accommodation
  • Meals & Drinks and alcoholic beverages, except premium brands

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 Jul 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $5585
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 30 Nov 2014 $4450

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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Anja Naude

Anja Naude

Africa Safari Expert

"This fantastic all round trip takes you through four untouched and remote highlights of Zimbabwe. Be fascinated by the unique rock formations of” A Wilderness of Granite” in the Matobo Hills, enjoy water and land activities in one of Southern Africa’s best kept secrets: Mana Pools National Park. Add to this the largest National Park in Zimbabwe: Hwange; a hidden gem and haven for wildlife and top it all with a trip to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World: The Victoria Falls!"

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