The 10 night Zimbabwe Safari Explorer tour offers four contrasting scenic areas of Zimbabwe.

Start with 2 nights in Victoria Falls, with a day at leisure to enjoy some of the many activities on offer. Continue on to a private concession adjacent to the Zambezi River at Old Drift Lodge. Enjoy game-viewing on foot, by canoe or by boat. Then you transfer south by road to Hwange National Park for 3 nights on safari in this prime game-viewing area. You then continue to Lake Kariba for 3 nights before flying back to Victoria Falls.

During the dry season you can extend your safari to head to Mana Pools National Park for a water and land safari.

Accommodation at a Glance

2 nights Ilala Lodge BB
2 nights Old Drift Lodge, Zambezi River, Full Board & Game Activities
3 nights The Hide, Hwange National Park, Fully Inclusive
3 nights Changa Safari Camp, Lake Kariba, Fully Inclusive

Optional Extension – 3 nights Johns Camp Mana Pools (April to October) 

The 13 night option (shown here) continues to Mana Pools National Park. But this option is only available during April to October. At other times the Mana Pools is too water-logged.

 

Tailor-made options:

It is easy to add extra nights at any of the lodges.  It is also possible to substitute different lodges within the same area if you wish (though this will change the price). For example you can opt to stay at Somaliso Lodge in Hwange, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge on Lake Kariba and Kanga Lodge at Mana Pools…

Contact us for the price of this alternative…

 

See Day by Day
Day 1 & 2

Victoria Falls for 2 nights, Ilala Lodge, Bed and Breakfast

On arrival at Victoria Falls, you are met and transferred to Ilala Lodge. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is a sight not to be missed. When the river is in full flow in April and May, over a mile of unbroken surging water plunges into the Zambezi gorge below. Click here for more on Victoria Falls.

Ilala lodge is within easy walking distance to the Falls. No tours are booked at this stage but can be added at quotation. This is the ideal time to do some of the adventurous activities only available from the town such as the Treetop Canopy tour, Helicopter tri[s, adrenalin activities or even white water rafting.


Accommodation: Ilala Lodge Hotel
Located in: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Day 3

Transfer to Old Drift Lodge for 2 nights on the Zambezi River, Full Board & Game Activities

Today you have a short transfer to Old Drift Lodge which lies in its own private concession along the magnificent Zambezi River.

Old Drift Lodge is a bush paradise that exudes an old world charm, yet with modern luxuries.The lodge lies upstream from the iconic Victoria Falls in the Zambezi National Park. It lies on the banks of the Zambezi River. Accommodation comprises 10 double suites and 4 family suites. The spacious canvas en-suite rooms all have a private lounge, “sleep-out” deck, indoor and outdoor showers, plunge pool. There’s even an outdoor bath overlooking the Zambezi River.

Activities offered at Old Drift Lodge emphasize the rich natural environment. Enjoy exploring the Zambezi National Park with its abundance of wildlife by road, river or on foot.


Accommodation: Old Drift Lodge
Located in: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Day 5

Transfer to Hwange National Park for 3 nights  at The Hide Safari Camp, Full Board & Game Activities

After breakfast, you are transferred by road to Hwange National Park. On arrival at the park, you are met by the camp and enjoy a game-viewing transfer by 4×4 vehicle to The Hide.

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s premier game park. Hwange is big game country with massive herds of elephants, especially visible at the end of the dry season in September, as well as lion, buffalo, hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest sable, roan and other antelope. Game-viewing in Hwange is made easier by the shallow salt pans throughout the park. These natural salt pans offer the perfect cooling mud bath for elephants. Here you take part in early morning and late afternoon game drives in open 4×4 vehicles and game walks.

The Hide is a classic tented safari lodge on the eastern boundary of Hwange which is owner-run. A tented camp is perhaps the definitive African safari experience, as you are able to hear the sounds of the bush all around you in the cool of the night. The small size of The Hide is one of its differentiating features, as this means that you have an intimate atmosphere in camp, as well as a greater feeling of the untrammelled open spaces of the bush when you are on a game drive. The Hide’s main area is a picturesque A-frame thatched lodge with dining room and sun lounge downstairs and a large lounge/viewing area upstairs.

Alternative Option – Opt for Somalisa Camp in Hwange (alongside its sister lodges of Bumi Hills on Lake Kariba and Kanga Camp at Mana Pools)


Accommodation: The Hide
Located in: Hwange - Zimbabwe

Accommodation: Somalisa Camp
Located in: Hwange - Zimbabwe

Day 8 - Fly to Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba for 3 nights, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Full Board & Game Activities

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airstrip for your charter flight to Lake Kariba. On arrival at Lake Kariba, you are met and transferred by 4×4 vehicle to Changa Safari Camp where you stay for 3 nights.

Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe was formed when the middle Zambezi river was dam-flooded in the late 1950’s, bringing not only much needed hydroelectricity but also the pleasures of an inland sea and a glorious ‘coastline’ to the country. This shimmering lake, with its characteristic silhouettes of dead trees, is a paradise for photographers particularly at sunset. The Matusadona mountains provide a fitting backdrop.

Alternative Option – Opt for Bumi Hills on Lake Kariba (alongside its sister lodges of  Somalisa Camp in Hwange and Kanga Camp at Mana Pools)


Accommodation: Changa Safari Camp
Located in: Lake Kariba - Zimbabwe

Accommodation: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
Located in: Lake Kariba - Zimbabwe

OPTIONAL EXTENSION (April to October Only) Day 11 - Fly by charter flight to Mana Pools National Park

 Today you fly onto Mana Pools National Park for 3 nights at John’s Camp.

In the optional 3 night extenson (April to October only), you continue to Mana Pools National Park.

Mana Pools is renowned for its large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, and eland that concentrate along the river when the inland waterholes dry up – especially in the winter months. Leopard and lion are present but are not seen as regularly. This World Heritage Site is one of the least developed national parks in Zimbabwe. It is this overwhelming sense of wilderness, as well as its haunting beauty, which is a large part of the attraction of Mana Pools

Alternative Option – Opt for  Kanga Camp at Mana Pools (alongside its sister lodges of  Somalisa Camp in Hwange and Bumi Hills on Lake Kariba)


Accommodation: Kanga Camp
Located in: Mana Pools - Zimbabwe

Day 14

Today you fly back by seat in charter to Victoria Falls or to Harare (if you prefer).

 


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Includes:
Meals and accommodation as shown in text, charter flights and road transfers between lodges, services of experienced ranger whilst on safari
Excludes:
International flights, visas, items of a personal nature, meals not specified
Health requirements:
Anti-malarial precautions essential
Notes:
You can add extra nights at any of the lodges. It is also possible to substitute different lodges within the same area...
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