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This 10-day luxury community and wildlife safari takes you into the heart of Africa, where you will spend your days immersing yourself into local African culture, learning about what is being done to empower the people of the continent, and enjoying big game viewing.

Your safari sojourn begins by staying at a luxurious eco-conscious lodge in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, upstream from the world’s biggest curtain of falling water, Victoria Falls. Thorntree River Lodge is one of Zambia’s most contemporary lodges and where you will be introduced to behind-the-scenes community development work that makes travel meaningful.

Then escape to Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, Hwange National Park, an immense area that is home to large numbers of elephant and buffalo. Somalisa Camp is within a private concession which means you will enjoy walking safaris, night drives and game viewing from secret hides. You will also visit local communities and leave inspired by the creative spirit of the locals and their entrepreneurial endeavours.

The last leg of your community and wildlife tour will take you to Lake Kariba, to the magical Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. The lodge is nestled into the remote hills that cradle the lake and you can spend your last few days soaking up the sun beside Bumi’s celebrated infinity-edge swimming pool or watching the sun set on a boat cruise.


Why Is This a Trip with a Purpose?

  • African Bush Camps is one of a handful of companies that established their Foundation on the day they started their business. Every single bed night bought goes to these projects. They also contribute far more – over and above to communities, wildlife and conservation – behind the scenes. A really wonderful opportunity to meet people on the ground who are benefiting from tourism.
  • Visit Maunga Village, including the clinic and school.
  • Full day in Hwange National Park is assigned to visiting community projects – local primary schools, sewing groups run by women who re-purpose old items into something beautiful.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Game drives and guided bush walks – superb wildlife viewing
  • Stay at exquisite African lodges in breath-taking locations
  • Immersive cultural experiences showcasing community upliftment projects
  • Marvel at incredible Victoria Falls on the Zambian side
  • Visit Lake Kariba, Zambia’s undiscovered riviera
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Tour Duration: 10 Days
Start: Victoria Falls, Zambia
End: Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe

Accommodations visited


Victoria Falls, Zambia

Thorntree River Lodge
3 Nights

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Somalisa Camp
3 Nights

Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
3 Nights


Day to day

Situated along the southern border of Zambia, Victoria Falls is a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring grandeur and where your community and wildlife journey begins. You will spend three nights at Thorntree River Lodge, set in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, a short distance from the Falls. The lodge has been built with an environmentally-conscious design, leaving a feather-light footprint on the pristine natural environment surrounding it.

While staying at Thorntree River Lodge you will visit Maunga Village, an inspiring community upliftment project. Access to quality and affordable healthcare facilities and services is a challenge for many rural communities in Zambia. Maunga Clinic and Maunga Primary School are undergoing tangible changes that make travel spending matter. You will not only be immersed in the local culture but be an active contributor to positive educational opportunities for local school children.

Your days will be spent engaging with the local community as well as tracking rhinos on bush walks, enjoying sunset boat cruises, and visiting the lively Maramba & Markuni markets – when you aren’t witnessing the sheer power of one of the World’s most iconic attractions. Wildlife viewing and community visits are perfectly paired with experiencing authentic Africa at Thorntree River Lodge.


Competitive rates for unforgettable experiences
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Date Price
2023-11-01 - 2023-11-30 $9,085
2023-12-01 - 2023-12-31 $7,880

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What's Included?

  • Complimentary Inclusions
  • Meals
  • Private vehicle at Somalisa to visit the local community
  • Transfers as stated

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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