Ultimate Zimbabwe Safari - Sample Itinerary

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Ultimate Zimbabwe Safari
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Sample Ultimate Zimbabwe Safari Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1 – Victoria Falls River Lodge – Fully Inclusive – Scheduled flight to Victoria Falls. Evening sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

DAY 2 – Victoria Falls River Lodge – Fully Inclusive – Morning guided tour of the falls and choice of afternoon activities (fishing, birding or guided bush walk).

DAY 3 – Linkwasha Camp/Hwange NP – Fully Inclusive – After breakfast, fly to Hwange NP and game drive to camp. Afternoon/evening game drive.

DAY 4 – Linkwasha Camp/Hwange NP – Fully Inclusive – Morning walking safari followed by brunch out in the bush. Midday siesta, afternoon tea, evening game drive.

DAY 5 – Linkwasha Camp/Hwange NP – Fully Inclusive – Morning visit to a local village and game drive. Afternoon tea and evening game drive.

DAY 6 – Little Ruckomechi Camp/Mana Pools NP – Fully Inclusive – Fly to Mana Pools. Afternoon/evening game drive.

DAY 7 – Little Ruckomechi Camp/Mana Pools NP – Fully Inclusive – After breakfast nature walk in this remote and beautiful place. Afternoon river cruise or canoe excursion. Evening game drive.

DAY 8 – Little Ruckomechi Camp/Mana Pools NP – Fully Inclusive – Morning game drive. Afternoon boat excursion with some birding, catch and release fishing and general game viewing of the plethora of wildlife on the river.

DAY 9 – Singita Pamushana Lodge/Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve – Fully Inclusive – Fly to Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. After a nice massage at the spa, head out for an afternoon/evening game drive.

DAY 10 – Singita Pamushana Lodge/Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve – Fully Inclusive – Morning visit to a local village and rock art site. Afternoon on the dam fishing, wildlife viewing and sundowners.

DAY 11 – Singita Pamushana Lodge/Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve – Fully Inclusive – Morning guided safari walk followed by a bush brunch. Afternoon game drive and night time star gazing at the fire.

DAY 12 – Singita Pamushana Lodge/Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve – Breakfast – After breakfast you will have one last game drive on the way to the airstrip, where you will catch your flight to Johannesburg.

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Victoria Falls River Lodge/Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls River Lodge, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, boasts 13 Luxury Tented Suites (each with private deck and plunge pool), 6 secluded Island Treehouse Suites (sheltered amidst the treetops of the private Kandahar Island), spacious open-plan dining, lounge and bar areas, an onsite fitness center and the indulgent Africology affiliated Toa Spa.

The first privately owned safari lodge to be built within the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe), the Lodge is ideally located for exploring Victoria Falls and combines the African Safari experience with one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World – the iconic Victoria Falls – the spray of which can be seen in the distance!

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travelers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two-thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay.  The town itself offers some excellent restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.

ACTIVITIES

Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or microlights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal). Activities available through Victoria Falls River Lodge include:

  • Morning and afternoon game drives in the Zambezi National Park
  • Sunrise and sunset river cruises on the Zambezi River
  • Guided tour of the falls
  • Bird watching
  • Guided bush walks
  • Fishing

ROOM CONFIGURATION

There are a total of 19 tents as follows:

Luxury tents – accommodating a maximum of two adults, these luxurious 110 square meter thatched tents are fully air-conditioned. Constructed of canvas, glass and wood – each extends out onto a private deck with its own plunge pool and boasts uninterrupted panoramas of the Zambezi River and natural bush. Also included is a larger than king-size bed, comfortable sitting area, open plan bathroom with freestanding bathtub and both indoor and outdoor showers. Twin bedded sleeping configurations are also possible.

Luxury family tent – In addition to the host of amenities available in the Luxury Tent, the 119 square meter Luxury Family Tents offer families an adjoining tented room. Comprising of either one single (¾ sized) bed and one bunk bed, or twin ¾ sized beds, where up to three sharing children younger than 17 years old can sleep comfortably; the adjoining children’s alcove allows parents a bit more privacy whilst keeping their children in close proximity. The expansive en-suite bathrooms are open plan and shared.

Island Treehouse – Set among the trees on the banks of the secluded Kandahar Island, and accessible by boat only, each of the 4 exquisite 95 square meter Island Treehouses accommodates a maximum of two guests and features a host of luxury conveniences, elegantly appointed sitting area, open-plan en-suite bathroom and private deck with plunge pool.

Starbed Treehouse – In addition to the wealth of luxury amenities offered in the Island Treehouses, the 100 square meter double-storey Starbed Treehouses also boast a spacious sitting area, en-suite bathroom with twin vanities and twin rain-showers and a private rooftop sitting area, with its signature starbed. Absolutely perfect for Honeymooners – or anyone wishing to reconnect with Nature and/or self.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Eco Friendly, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Plunge Pool, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Complimentary), Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Travel Desk

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Linkwasha Camp/Hwange National Park

Linkwasha Camp lies in a private concession near the Ngamo Plains in Hwange National Park. Hwange is known for its prolific summer or green season game viewing, and Linkwasha adds an extra dimension during the dry season, when wildlife streams to drink from the pan immediately in front of the camp.

Nine luxurious en-suite tents (eight twin and one family) make this the most exclusive of Hwange’s camps. The multi-level main area shares the same unimpeded views, and day and night safaris in open 4×4 vehicles, walks and village visits let guests get to know their neighbours, both animal and human.

ACTIVITIES

  • Day and night game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles
  • Walking safaris
  • Village visits

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Eight twin-bedded canvas tents each with two three-quarter beds. Each tent comprises of en-suite facilities with double vanity basin, tea and coffee making facilities, and an electronic safe. An air-conditioning unit as well as additional ceiling and pedestal fans are provided in each of the rooms.

One family canvas unit consisting of two rooms (a main bedroom and a living room that can be converted into a second bedroom) each with their own bathroom. On request the main bedroom, with two three-quarter beds (can be converted to a king-size bed on request) while the living room/2nd bedroom can accommodate two beds for children. The main bathroom has a shower and bathtub and the second bathroom has a shower and single vanity basin.

Bathrobes, liquid soap, shampoo & conditioner, body lotion, insect repellent, shower caps, vanity kit with two cotton tipped swabs and cotton balls, tissue dispenser, washing powder,umbrella, room spray and a mosquito coil are supplied in each tent.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Library, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Credit Cards Accepted

ROOM FACILITIES

Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mosquito Nets, Safe, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

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Little Ruckomechi/Mana Pools National Park

Little Ruckomechi offers an intimate Mana Pools experience, in the style of the bygone days of safari, without detracting in any way from the wildlife experience. The shady ana trees and views of the Zambezi River and the Zambian foothills beyond are some of the hallmarks of this region, and Little Ruckomechi provides all of them.

This seasonal camp (winter/dry season only) offers an authentic safari experience through a mix of game drives, boating and guided nature walks, adding to the sense of exploring an untouched wilderness area.

Located in northern Zimbabwe, the life-giving power of the Zambezi River makes Mana Pools National Park one of Zimbabwe’s most lush and flourishing regions. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is known for its natural beauty and as one of the continent’s premier game-viewing areas. Visitors can look forward to an array of activities such as canoe trips which are offered year round and provide a unique and memorable way for visitors to experience the area’s striking scenic beauty and diverse fauna, while guided walks are a great way to take its pristine riverside forests. Other popular activities include: game drives, river cruises, nature walks, bird watching, catch-and-release fishing, and searching for dinosaur tracks.

ACTIVITIES

  • Morning and late afternoon game drives
  • Birding
  • River cruises
  • Nature walks
  • Catch and release fishing

INSIDER’S TIP: A guided nature walk is a thrilling way of exploring the surrounding bush and often heralds many exciting sightings.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Built on low wooden decks, the three handsome en-suite tents are airy and elegant; a reminder of the by-gone explorer era. For sole-use bookings, there are four tents available.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Credit Cards Accepted

ROOM FACILITIES

Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Safe, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

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Singita Pamushana Lodge/Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

The majestic architecture of this intimate lodge has always been a signature of Pamushana Lodge. The detailed stonework and imposing proportions of Great Zimbabwe form the main reference point for the lodge design. Interiors of the lodge reflect original references to the local Shangaan culture, artfully combined with contemporary forms and styles inspired by these African patterns and shapes.

With eight luxury suites, each with its own luxury plunge pool, Singita Pamushana Lodge makes for an unforgettable luxury safari but its work with the non-profit Malilangwe Trust and its enduring purpose to contribute to the conservation of the 130,000-acre wildlife reserve in which it sits sets a new benchmark for meaningful travel experiences.

Located in the beautiful southern reaches of Zimbabwe, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve borders the spectacular Gonarezhou National Park. This remarkably scenic corner of the world stretches over 40,000 hectares of diverse landscapes boasting sandstone outcrops, vast mopane woodlands and majestic baobab trees providing habitats for a wide variety of wildlife including high concentrations of endangered black rhino. Visitors can look forward to spotting over 14 species of eagle, discovering an impressive collection of ancient 2000-year-old rock art, and soaking up awe-inspiring views of this incredible country. Other commonly spotted species include: giraffe, zebra, impala, wildebeest, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, sable antelope, hippo, crocodile, elephant, buffalo, terrapin as well as lion, hyena, and leopard. Malilangwe, meaning ‘ the call of the leopard’, is a private reserve that offers the best of everything for its lucky visitors.

ACTIVITIES

Singita Pamushana Lodge has a large variety of activities to choose from including day and night game drives, guided safari walks, fishing, stargazing safaris, community visits, rock art site visits, sundowner cruises. On site they also offer a world-class spa, gym, swimming, tennis, boutique and gallery.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Pamushana Lodge has a total of eight bedroom suites that include one-bedroom, 2 bedroom, 2 family or 3 bedroom family suites.

All suites offer the ultimate luxury in a truly African setting. All master bedrooms feature en suite bathroom and shower, as well as an outdoor shower, private plunge pool, double-sided fireplace, mini-bar and fridge, room safe, air conditioning, overhead fans, private lounge, direct dial telephones and game viewing deck with Swarovski spotting scope.

Malilangwe House – Set in Zimbabwe’s remote Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, this elegant exclusive-use home is perched alongside Singita Pamushana Lodge on a sandstone ridge and offers inimitable views of the surrounding landscape and beautiful Malilangwe Dam below.

Designed for families and friends, this intimate offering comprises five expansive bedrooms, each with its own private deck, that all flow seamlessly into the home’s convivial living areas, interactive kitchen and chic ‘bar-deli’ – and onto various outdoor decks and a large rim-flow pool with panoramic views.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Gym, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Meal on Request, Pool, Restaurant, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Plunge Pool, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee

SERVICES

Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service

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