10 Day: Zimbabwe Showcase Safari


    This Exploration takes a fresh look at some of Zimbabwe’s most amazing spectacles, with diverse areas, activities and interests.

    • From: $6795pp for 9 nights.

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    Highlights: Matobo Hills - Hwange National Park - Mana Pools - Kariba

     

    10 Day: Zimbabwe Showcase Safari Itinerary

    Days 1-2: Camp Amalinda, Matobo Hills, Bulawayo
    Arrive at Bulawayo Airport; meet your Exploration guide and road transfer to Camp Amalinda (Matobo Hills).

    Days 3-5: Davison’s Camp, Hwange National Park
    After a full breakfast, we travel by road through magnificent teak forests populated by a variety of game, with picnic lunch en route. We arrive at Davison’s Camp late afternoon.

    Days 6-7: Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools
    Transfer by light aircraft to Mana West Airstrip for a short road transfer to the idyllically located Ruckomechi Camp, overlooking the Zambezi River and the mountains in Zambia.

    Days 8-9: Changa Safari Lodge, Kariba
    After a morning activity, depart Ruckomechi for a flight to Fothergill Island on Lake Kariba. From there, transfer by boat to Changa Safari Camp.

    Day 10:
    Depart Changa Safari Lodge for a flight to Victoria Falls, where the journey comes to a close.



    Zimbabwe Showcase Safari - The Details

    Your route:
    This Exploration takes a fresh look at some of Zimbabwe’s most amazing spectacles, with diverse areas, activities and interests. Begin this adventure by exploring the Matobo Hills, Rhodes’ grave and the surrounding National Park – a cultural and historic beginning. From there we head to a remote private corner of Hwange National Park – home to abundant wildlife, such as enormous herds of plains game, and the uncommon sable and roan antelope, magnificent gatherings of elephant around vital waterholes and the sound of lion roaring to fill the evening chorus.

    Mana Pools National Park sits on the last remaining water source to the west: the mighty Zambezi River, with game both great and small and all the interactions of daily life that prevail. Exciting on foot experiences allow us to ‘interact’ with Africa’s magnificent wildlife. A trip to Zimbabwe is not complete without a visit to Lake Kariba, a great way to relax and unwind at the end of an adventure. Enjoy breath taking sunsets, wildlife viewing from the water’s edge and reliving some of your memories from the last ten days. Activities on this Exploration include game drives, nature walks, historic outings, sunset cruises and boating adventures. Experienced, passionate and knowledgeable guides travel with guests through this journey. A combination of air, road and boat transfers showcase the very different landscapes of Zimbabwe.

    Your guide:
    Explorations are led by highly skilled and qualified professional guides with an incredible passion for the natural regions they work in. Sharing the adventure and guiding you on this journey of discovery combined with their vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture are their professions and personal hobby. Many of our guides are also skilled photographers and can assist you in taking amazing wildlife photographs. Your guide will host you for the duration of safari, providing you with a consistent, detailed interpretation that is shaped to your specific interests.

    Did you know?
    • Spectacular views, Bushman paintings and Rhodes’ Grave at Matobo Hills.
    • Abundance of wildlife including unique species such as sable and roan, wild dog and cheetah.
    • Largest man-made Lake in the Southern Hemisphere.
    • Excellent accommodation throughout.
    • Variety of activities.
    • Experienced and knowledgeable Explorations Guide from start to finish.


    Camp Amalinda – Matobo Hills, Bulawayo

    Days 1 - 2:
    Camp Amalinda is nestled in the majestic scenery of the Matobo Hills. Here granite outcrops are laid out in incredible formations as if by some gigantic hand. They are also the last resting place of the empire-building, and controversial, Cecil John Rhodes, after whom Rhodesia was named. Steeped in history, they also contain a multitude of ancient San rock art sites. The camp consists of nine thatched suites nestled among the enormous boulders with commanding views of the surrounding hills. The camp and entertainment area feature a large swimming pool, library and the Heritage Spa, all of which overlook a waterhole where animals regularly come to drink. Activities include rhino tracking, bush walks, abseiling, historical walks, a cultural village tour and of course pampering in the Heritage Spa (at an additional cost). Included: All meals, two activities and local drinks (excluding premium import brands).


    Davison’s Camp - Hwange National Park

    Days 3 - 5:
    Within Zimbabwe’s premier wildlife destination and conservation area lies the beautifully positioned Davison's Camp. As one of the few camps located within the Park boundaries, Davison's will offer you complete privacy, as well as a compelling mix of diverse wildlife. The camp’s nine en-suite tents are hidden in the shade of false mopane trees and from the comfort of your veranda you will be able to watch the continuous procession of game at the waterhole. In between activities, while the hours away in our main area as you observe the thriving life around camp and contemplate the splendour of Hwange. Did you know?
    • We have partnered with the National Park in jointly combating the effects of poaching along Hwange’s southern boundary, an area beyond our concession.
    • The park is predominately Kalahari sandveld supporting teak and mopane woodlands, dry acacia scrub and is interspersed with saltpans and grasslands.
    • We focus on game drives, guided walks may also be arranged on request.
    • You will typically see elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, southern giraffe, blue wildebeest, impala and sometimes even gemsbok. Lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah are regularly sighted.
    • Birdlife is prolific with more than 400 species found here.

    Included: All meals, scheduled game activities, local drinks (excludes premium imports), park fees and laundry.


    Ruckomechi Camp – Mana Pools

    Days 6 - 7:
    Set on the banks of the dominating Zambezi River brimming with hippo, the biodiversity surrounding Ruckomechi Camp is a naturalist’s paradise. A large grove of acacia and mahogany trees with a fabulous mountainous backdrop across in Zambia sets the scene, while large numbers of elephant, buffalo and eland create the excitement. With these stunning views also evident from your spacious en-suite tent, you will be smitten with the secluded outdoor 'bath-with-a-view'. Low-level walkways connect the 10 guest tents to the beautifully designed central dining, bar, library and lounge areas. For your comfort we also have a separate deck with an infinity pool for swimming and sun bathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn star-gazing deck. Did you know?
    • We aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible – hot water and lighting for each unit is provided by solar power.
    • The area is famous for its four main pools which hold water all year round drawing all manner of wildlife during the dry season. Also enjoyed at this time of year are the protein-rich pods produced by the plentiful ana trees that characterise the floodplain.
    • Your activities include game drives (day and night), guided walks (on request), boating, canoeing and fishing.
    • Predators such as lions, leopard, wild dog and cheetah are often seen.
    • Over 350 birds have been recorded including Collared Palm-Thrush, Purple-banded Sunbird and Black-throated Wattle-Eye.

    Included: All meals, daily activities, laundry and drinks (excluding premium import brands).


    Changa Safari Camp, Kariba

    Days 8 – 9:
    This luxury tented camp is situated on the shores of Lake Kariba within a private 5 sq. km concession in the north-eastern section of the Matusadona National Park. It has magnificent views looking out across Hydro Bay towards the Matusadona Mountains. Accommodation is in six large East African-style luxury canvas tents, all overlooking the lake. Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom, with indoor/outdoor shower and outdoor bathtub, all heated by gas, ensuring piping hot water all day. All tents are mosquito-proofed and have fans. The central guest area consists of several thatched structures linked together by raised wooden walkways and decks. Did you know?
    • The camp is powered by inverter and generator electricity (220 volts). There is very limited mobile phone coverage, with no internet or landline telephone services.
    • There is a daily laundry service.
    • Activities are focused on a true wilderness and wildlife experience. The entire area is a walker’s paradise, and an early morning or late afternoon walk in the company of one of the camp's professional guides is a special feature.
    • For those guests who would like to try their hand at fishing, an experienced guide is available to take you out on the lake in a boat for this activity.

    Included: All meals, local drinks, house wine, 3 activities per day, teas/coffee and laundry.



    Additional Safari Notes

    Tour direction:
    Bulawayo to Victoria Falls.

    Private safari options:
    Tailored Explorations are available on flexible dates, accommodation and itineraries, for groups of up to eight guests. These are also ideal for families or for small groups from four guests.

    Exclusivity:
    To ensure as much privacy and exclusivity as possible, some of the areas in which we travel are private concessions in prime locations though all camps relevant air transfers are shared with other guests.

    Transfers:
    To maximise guests’ travel time, a variety of travel modes that bring out the best of each area is used including flying in light aircraft and road transfers. 4x4 tracks in certain wilderness areas are not maintained, take time to traverse and may be bumpy at times. As a result some of the road transfers can take a full day with lunch and ample game viewing opportunities en route.

    International air connection onto the safari:
    If arrival is planned for the day of the safari’s departure, please ensure that this arrival is with the earliest possible flight from Johannesburg. It is important that all guests are ready to depart with the guide by no later than ±13h30. Arrival on a later flight may necessitate additional road transfers (as departure for the first camp/lodge will already have taken place), subject to extra cost.

    International air connections leaving the safari:
    Please ensure that your departure flight is booked for after 13h00 from Victoria Falls Airport. Earlier departures may necessitate additional air transfers, subject to extra cost.

    Flashlights/ torches:
    Please ensure that a minimum 2-D cell flashlight is brought on safari, with spare batteries. Head lamps are also useful. Wilderness Explorations does not supply flashlights.

    Dietary requirements and special occasions:
    Due to remote locality of the camps, please ensure that full dietary requirements and special occasions are advised at the time of your booking confirmation.



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    Tailor-made for you

    •  Your Safari is just that. Each safari we create is built around you and your requirements.

    •  Select your preferred style of accommodation and explore at your own pace.

    •  Co-create your perfect trip with the help of our experts.

    Expert Advice

    •  All of our advisers are well travelled and know their areas inside out.

    •  All calls are answered instantly by a destination expert who will help you from start to finish.

    •  Get the most from your time and budget.

    Personal Service

    •  The details make the difference. All our accommodation, drivers and guides have been carefully selected by location and service as well as their contribution to conservation or the community.

    •  Our business depends on recommendations. We go the extra mile to give you a trip to remember.

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