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Zimbabwe is a country of contrasts: from the golden savannah and Big 5 game of Hwange National Park, you and your family will move to shimmering waters of Lake Kariba and then end your African vacation with action-packed days at Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most impressive and awe-inspiring waterfalls.

Your trip of a lifetime begins in Victoria Falls Town from where you are driven to The Hide, a luxurious safari camp in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s premier reserve. Your time here is spent on classic game drives that give you the chance to see Hwange’s huge elephant herds.

You and your loved ones will then fly by light aircraft to Lake Kariba, the world’s largest artificial dam that borders Matsudona National Park and Zambia. Dotted with boats and popular with anglers, Kariba is great fun. Your accommodation will be at Changa Safari Camp, an intimate lodge set right on the water’s edge, and a trip to Fothergill Island is part of your stay.

Bring your holiday to a thrilling close with three nights in Victoria Falls, where you will check into Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, which has plenty of activities to appeal to the whole family. A tour of the Falls – which are in full, thunderous flood between February and May – and an unforgettable elephant-back safari are included in your itinerary.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Big 5 game viewing in Hwange
  • Fishing & boating on Lake Kariba
  • Cruise to Fothergill Island
  • Elephant-back safari
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls
  • Family-friendly accommodation

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

See Hwange’s elephants

On touching down at Victoria Falls International Airport, you and your family will be meet by your driver for your road transfer to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s biggest park and one of the top places to see predators like lions, African wild dogs and ever sought-after leopards. In less than two hours, you should be pulling up in front of The Hide, a small and intimate camp with spacious tented suites that are covered by A-frame thatched roofs. Set in a semi-circle but far enough apart to afford plenty of privacy (and peace of mind when you are enjoying the outdoor showers!), all the tents overlook the park’s golden plains.

Your early mornings and late afternoons at The Hide will be filled with game drives on 4x4 vehicles, with night drives and guided walks also possible. This is Big 5 country so be on the watch for elephants, buffalo and rhino although giraffe and zebra are often seen, too. Birders will delight in having 400 different species to tick off.

When you are not out in the bush tracking a black-backed jackal or watching the antics of a troupe of baboons, indulge in some ‘armchair game viewing’ or ‘bush TV’ on the shady verandah or at the swimming pool. Of course, keen photographers will want to spend time in the hide that overlooks the popular waterhole, waiting patiently to get the perfect shot of a giraffe performing its engineering feats to have a drink or a thick herd of impala slaking their thirst.

Days 3-6

Set sail on Lake Kariba

On Day 3, it is time to pack your bags, have a last breakfast at The Hide and be driven to the Manga airstrip for your short flight in a light aircraft to Lake Kariba. The world’s largest artificial lake, Kariba borders Zambia and Matsudona National Park in Zimbabwe. It is a popular holiday destination and its surface is dotted with houseboats.

Built right on the water’s edge, Changa Safari Camp will be your home for the next three nights. Boasting very comfortable luxury tents that all have private verandahs, Changa is known for its laidback atmosphere, the peace being only occasionally broken by the iconic call of a passing African fish eagle. Although Kariba is literally on your doorstep, the lodge has a swimming pool to avoid unexpected encounters with hippos or water monitors!

The skipper will welcome you on a fishing expedition as well as ride to Fothergill Island, where many of the animals displaced by the building of the lake in the 1960s found a welcome sanctuary.

End each day with an iced drink, watching the water turn ever deeper shades of orange as the sun sets over the horizon.

Days 6-9

The thunder of Victoria Falls

From a tranquil lake to a mighty waterfall: the last leg of your trip sees you flying once again in a light aircraft from Kariba back to Victoria Falls Town, where you check into Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. An expansive property ideal for families, the lodge has plenty to see and do, including watching vultures and other raptors like tawny eagles being fed at lunchtime, spending time in the photographers’ hide that overlooks the waterhole or having dinner in The Boma, an on-site African restaurant that is one of the most popular at the Falls (be sure to try their mopane worms, a local delicacy with a buttery taste).

Of course, the biggest attraction are Victoria Falls themselves. The water levels vary throughout the year and are dependent on the rains that fall over the far-off Angolan highlands. The Falls are at their fullest between February and May when the noise and mist can be overwhelming. Views are most reliable on the Zimbabwean side, especially of the Devil’s Pool and Angel Falls. Part of your itinerary includes a guided tour of the Falls, which includes sections of rainforest and views of Batoka Gorge and the hot-rivet bridge built in the early 20th century.

On your penultimate day in Zimbabwe, you will be driven to the Wild Horizons Animal Sanctuary for an elephant-back safari. The elephants who have make their home here are orphaned, abandoned or injured and while every attempt is made to rehabilitate them back into the wild, some cannot unfortunately never return. Their handlers use humane methods to habituate them to humans and there is plenty of ‘elephant time’ built into their day: rides only take place in the coolness of dawn and dusk. If he feels like it, you may also encounter Sylvester, an orphaned cheetah who lives at Wild Horizons and cannot survive on his own in the wild. A beautiful creature, he will renew your appreciation for cheetahs’ unique physiques.

On your last day, enjoy a final delicious breakfast out on the deck at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge as you watch the animals coming down to drink at the waterhole. Your driver will collect you for departing flight at Victoria Falls International Airport, your African adventure drawing to a very satisfactory and memorable close.

Inclusions

  • 3 Nights at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge on bed and breakfast basis
  • Shared light aircraft flights as specified in the itinerary
  • Elephant Back Safari whilst staying at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
  • Selected fees and levies
  • 3 Nights at Changa Safari Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • 2 Nights at The Private Hide on fully inclusive basis
  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Fishing on Lake Kariba whilst staying at Changa Safari Camp

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 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $5340

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

"This trip is perfect for families looking for adventure and a good combination of experiences. You will have the opportunity to see the Hwange Elephants, go fishing on Lake Kariba, visit one of the orignal natural wonders of the world and even ride an elephant. This is what memories are made of!"

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