Livingstone, Hwange and Lake Kariba

10 days

Livingstone, Hwange and Lake Kariba

Highlights

  • Private boat for sunset cruises on the Zambezi River
  • Stay within excellent proximity to Victoria Falls
  • Walking safaris and night drives in a Hwange private concession
  • ‘Armchair safari’ around an elephant drinking hole
  • Bumi Hills’ breath-taking views over Lake Kariba
  • Sunset boat cruises on Kariba
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Overview

Spend 10 days in three of Southern Africa’s often-overlooked destinations, yet sensational slices of wilderness that pack a huge punch when it comes to luxury and big game viewing far from the madding crowds.

Start your vacation in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park at a luxurious lodge on the banks of the gorgeous Zambezi River. The eco-conscious Thorntree River Lodge is located just upstream from the world’s biggest curtain of falling water, Victoria Falls. With an exclusive-use boat, temperature-controlled wine collection and private plunge pools, it’s one of Zambia’s most indulgent and contemporary lodges.

Then escape to an exquisite acacia-forested island along the edge of an ancient floodplain in Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, Hwange National Park. This immense area is a haven for large numbers of buffalo and elephant. In fact, Hwange’s elephant population is the second largest in the world. Your accommodation - Somalisa Camp - is situated in a private concession which means that you will enjoy walking safaris, night drives and game viewing from secret hides – special safari activities not permitted in the public park.

Cap your safari experience with three nights at the magical Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, nestled in the remote hills that cradle the gorgeous Lake Kariba. Spend your last few days of this trip marvelling at the breath-taking views over the lake and the greater Zambezi River Escarpment. Soak up the sun beside Bumi’s famous infinity-edge swimming pool, and let your soul be stirred by the see-it-to-believe-it sunsets over Lake Kariba.

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Summary

  • Tour Duration: 10 Days

  • Start: Zambia
  • End: Zimbabwe

Accommodations Visited

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Itinerary

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Days 1-4: A river safari beside the Zambezi

Zambia
Detailed breakdown

Days 1-4: A river safari beside the Zambezi | 3 Nights

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Zambia

Welcome to Africa! After landing at Zambia’s Livingstone Airport, you will be transferred to the stunning Thorntree River Lodge. Situated in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, about 20 kilometres or 12 miles upstream from the legendary Victoria Falls, Thorntree is one of the most luxurious and modern lodges on the Zambezi River. Built with an environmentally-conscious design, your suite boasts a gorgeous private pool, and its own indoor and outdoor bathroom. By day you will go on game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya, visit the world’s biggest waterfall, and go on cultural village visits. Cap it with sensational cruises at sunset in Thorntree’s private boat. 

Days 4-7: Discover ‘the land of the giants’ | 3 Nights

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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

After checking out from Thorntree River Lodge, you will enjoy a road transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport for your short-haul flight into Hwange. Also known as ‘the land of the giants’, Hwange is home to the second-largest elephant population in the world. Your accommodation, Somalisa Camp, is tucked away on a gorgeous acacia island on the edge of an ancient floodplain. Your elegant tented suite is equipped with a glass wood-burner fireplace and an en-suite bathroom featuring a copper slipper-style bathtub. Spend your days exploring this beautiful wilderness area on game drives and nature walks with passionate guides. Experience unique activities like night game drives and game viewing from special hides. Or simply sit back, relax with a cold beverage in hand and enjoy an ‘armchair safari’ on Somalisa’s viewing deck overlooking its Elephant Pool – a natural waterhole where a variety of game congregate to drink.

Days 7-10: Discover Big 5 country | 3 Nights

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Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Board a short-haul flight to Lake Kariba, the world’s biggest artificial lake. You will be welcomed at the magical Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, an iconic property offering the kind of panoramic views that will make you pinch yourself in disbelief. Bumi’s blockbuster is its infinity pool, a tranquil space that blends limitlessly into the horizon. Spend your days on private boat cruises while trying your hand at some tiger fishing; scenic walking safaris along the lakeside; and game drives in search of Matusadona National Park’s famed lions. You will be back at the lodge each evening in time for the most magnificent sunsets you have ever witnessed. 

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Inclusions

  • Catch and release Fishing
  • Game drives in the National Park
  • National parks entry fees
  • Return transfers between Livingstone Airport and Thorntree River Lodge
  • Tour of the falls on the Zambian side
  • Two safari activities per day
  • cruises on the Zambezi
  • village visit
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Exclusions

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

Rates

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Dates Price
2018-11-01 — 2018-11-30 $5,140
2018-12-01 — 2018-12-31 $4,585
2019-01-01 — 2019-03-31 $4,260
2019-04-01 — 2019-05-31 $6,040
2019-06-01 — 2019-10-31 $8,605
2019-11-01 — 2019-11-30 $6,040
2019-12-01 — 2019-12-31 $5,045
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.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.