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Safari Guides are the backbone of Africa’s safari industry and the best ones skillfully impart their bush knowledge and enthusiasm for wildlife to their enthralled guests. On this 13-day journey across Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls and into the Lower Zambezi region of Zambia, you will be in the hands of private guide Alistair Kilpin who will take you on walking excursions, lead you tracking and seamlessly navigate all your travel arrangements and cross-border transactions.

Your first port of call will be in Zimbabwe’s Matabo National Park where you will enjoy a walking tour of the ancient rock art and the grave of empire-builder Cecil John Rhodes. You will also undertake a walk of Big Cave Camp’s extensive property as well as track endangered rhinos. Your second home in Zimbabwe is the renowned Hwange National Park – known for its elephant population – where Alistair will explore the bush with you on thrilling game drives.

Victoria Falls then beckons, where you will stay just outside the bustling town centre on an elephant sanctuary. You can meet the resident herd of orphaned or injured elephants that are cared for in the sanctuary as well as enjoy serene sundowners overlooking Batoka Gorge.

From there, Alistair takes you across the Zambezi River and into Zambia for four nights of luxury camping. The Lower Zambezi is a lush environment filled with birds and game, making it a fitting end to 13 days in Southern Africa.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Private guide Alistair Kilpin accompanies you throughout
  • Family-friendly accommodation
  • Plenty of walking
  • Rock art, birding & Big 5 game drives
  • Stay in a World Heritage Site
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Tour Duration: 13 Days
Start: Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
End: Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Accommodations visited


Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe

Big Cave Camp
3 Nights

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

The Hide Lodge
2 Nights


The Elephant Camp
3 Nights

Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Chiawa Camp
2 Nights

Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Old Mondoro
2 Nights


Day to day

You will jet into Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. Your dedicated and knowledgeable guide Alistair Kilpin will meet you in Bulwayo for the drive to Big Cave Camp in Matabo National Park – think of it as your first game drive!

Although considered one of Zimbabwe’s lesser-known national parks, Matabo is replete with history. The Ndebele people named it Matobo, which means ‘bald heads’, after the massive boulders and granite outcrops that punctuate the landscape. The rocks are the perfect surface for ancient artworks from the nomadic Khoi and there is evidence of Stone Age settlements. Look out for flocks of black vultures and plenty of other game, especially a healthy leopard population that prowls this World Heritage Site.

Your home for three nights will be Big Cave Camp, which has stone-and-thatch chalets built into the massive boulders. This is a great park for walking and Alistair will lead you on foot to see the more than 3 000 rock paintings, Cecil John Rhodes’s tomb and the landscape around Big Cave Camp. In addition, you will have exciting game drives and a once-in-a-lifetime rhino-tracking excursion – your guide will help you find these prehistoric beasts as they graze gently on Zimbabwe’s sweet grasses.

Expert Opinion

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Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

This is a goody for those wanting an active safari. To learn about Africa with one of the continent's most experienced guides, Alastair Kilpin, is definitely going to be one of your highlights. It's a journey ideally positioned for those wanting to enjoy everything that Africa has to offer: guided walks, game drives, rhino tracking, canoe safaris and much more, all packed into this adventure. Highly, highly recommended for travellers wanting to enjoy a truly personalised experience.

What's Included?

  • Flight from Johannesburg to Bulawayo
  • Flight from Lusaka to Johannesburg
  • Inter-camp transfers and flights as specified in the itinerary
  • Private guide throughout the itinerary
  • Selected park and conservation fees

What's Excluded?

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

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