Intimate Zimbabwe Lodge Safari - 13 Days

A small-group Zimbabwe Lodge Safari, no participation, from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls through Zimbabwe.

Matobo National Park and Rhodes Grave, Great Zimbabwe, Mana Pools, Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park, Antelope Park, Painted Dogs Conservation Centre, Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls. 

Group Size: Minimum 4 people, maximum 12 people

Type of Safari: Lodge safari

Accommodation: On 10 nights of this safari, you will be accommodated in typical mid-range African lodge establishments, situated either in the National Parks, on the banks of a river, or other place of interest. Lodge Safaris offer accommodation with a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. All of them have a private bathroom with a shower or bath and a toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas. The remaining two nights of this safari will be in a basic tented camp with communal ablution facilities.

Prices 2016*:

Per person: USD 4140 / EUR 3560
Single Supplement: USD 785 / EUR 675
Local Payment: USD 250

*Prices are subject to change

Includes: Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary, all transport in appropriate vehicle, game drives as mentioned, meals and activities as mentioned in itinerary, park entrance fees, experienced local guide.

Excludes: Travel insurance, flights, pre and post tour accommodation, optional activities, all drinks, tips and curios, all personal expenses.

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Day 1:  Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe
On arrival at Bulawayo Airport, you will be met and transferred to your lodge, Camp Amalinda, set in the majestic Matobo Hills area. The afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying the panoramic views of the granite kopjes or participating in some optional activities. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 18h00 for your pre-departure meeting.

Accommodation: Camp Amalinda or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar, & swimming pool)

Day 2:  Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
Matobo Hills is an area of exquisite beauty, steeped in tribal history, ancient mystery and dramatic rock landscapes. The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope and the world’s densest population of leopard. Birdlife is prolific and includes the highest concentration of black eagles in the world. Once the home of the San (Bushman), this area contains the richest source of the rock art found anywhere. Not only is it here that the Ndebele people buried their great king, Mzilikazi, but Cecil John Rhodes was also laid to rest on the “Hill of the Benevolent Spirit” or “World’s View” as named by him. We spend the day in the national park, starting our morning with tracking rhino spoor by vehicle and foot. In the afternoon we further explore the scenery and wildlife of the park on game drives, ending with a visit to Rhodes’ grave.  [BLD]

Accommodation: Camp Amalinda or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar, & swimming pool)

Day 3:  Matobo Hills to Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
This morning we drive to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins located close to Masvingo.  According to an age-old legend the ruins were built to replicate the palace of the Queen of Sheba in Jerusalem, and are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries. They cover an area of 1800 acres and are some of the oldest and largest structures located in Southern Africa. We have the opportunity to explore these ancient ruins, before checking in to our accommodation for the night. [BLD]

Accommodation:  Lodge at the Ancient City or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant, & bar)

Day 4:  Great Zimbabwe to Bushman Rock, Zimbabwe 
We travel towards Harare to the Bushman Rock Estate, operational since the mid 1900’s it is one of the few estate wineries in the country.  After we have settled into our rooms, we have the option to walk to the Bushman Rock, where we can explore the ancient art adorned caves and granite kopjies. After the walk high tea is served on the veranda. In the late afternoon we take a leisurely guided walk through the vineyards to the pontoon, for a sundowner cruise.  Thereafter we get to sample up to nine of the estates private wines on a tutored wine tasting, followed by 3 course dinner. [BLD]

Accommodation: Bushman Rock or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool and tea garden)

Day 5 & 6:  Bushman Rock to Mana Pools, Zimbabwe        
An early wake-up call to continue our journey to one of Zimbabwe’s greatest national parks – Mana Pools, where we have the whole of the next day available to search for African wildlife on game drives and on canoe excursions. Activities take place in small customised groups offering clients the best game viewing experience possible. Mana means ‘four’ in Shona, in reference to the four large permanent pools formed by the meandering Zambezi River. This World Heritage site has the country's biggest concentration of hippos and crocodiles as well as large populations of elephant and buffalo. En-route we stop at Chinhoyi Caves for lunch. The caves are composed of limestone and dolomite and it is the most extensive cave system in Zimbabwe accessible to tourists. [BLD] [BLD]

Accommodation: Nyamepi Camp or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water)

Day 7 & 8:  Mana Pools to Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe 
Our journey today brings us to the shores of Lake Kariba. It is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes and a place of outstanding beauty.  At over 220 km long and 30 km at its widest point it is no wonder it is referred to as an inland sea! The lake is nested in mountains, guarded by enormous reserves of game and made beautiful and savage by sun and storm, as well as by earth and water.  After lunch and a one and a half hour speedboat trip across the lake we arrive at Rhino Camp, which lies on Elephant Point in the Matusadona National Park, which is home to the Big 5 and where we spend the next two nights. [BLD] [BLD]

Accommodation: Rhino Camp or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, bar area) 

Day 9:  Lake Kariba to Antelope Park, Zimbabwe  
Today we have an early departure as it is one of the longest driving days on our safari. Another speedboat takes us back to Kariba where we meet our vehicle and continue to Antelope Park where we spend the night. Antelope Park is home to the African Lion Environmental Research Trust (ALERT), an organisation encouraging sustainable means to conserve lions. You will have the opportunity to partake in optional activities either in the late afternoon (subject to the time of arrival), or the next morning before departure. [BLD]

Accommodation: Antelope Park or similar (river tent with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant area)

Day 10 & 11:  Antelope Park to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe 
After breakfast we depart and make our way to Hwange National Park. Hwange is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife in Zimbabwe and the park is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra as well as a very large concentration of giraffe. It also hosts many predators and endangered species plus very large and varied birdlife. The whole of the next day is spent exploring this magnificent area.   [BLD,BLD]

Accommodation: Sable Sands or similar (chalets with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool & bar area)   

Day 12:  Hwange to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
We visit the Painted Dogs Conservation Centre in Hwange, to learn about the efforts made to protect these endangered species, before heading off to Victoria Falls. On arrival, your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - “the smoke that thunders”. The rest of the day may be spent at leisure or partaking in one of the many optional activities on offer.  [BL]

Accommodation: A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant) 

Day 13:  End of tour    
Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures!   [B]

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