Zimbabwe Classic Safari - Sample Itinerary

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Zimbabwe Classic Safari
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Sample Zimbabwe Classic Safari Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1 – Victoria Falls Hotel/Victoria Falls – Bed & Breakfast – Scheduled flight into Victoria Falls.

DAY 2 – Victoria Falls Hotel/Victoria Falls – Bed & Breakfast – Private tour of the falls in the am and Sunset Cruise down the Zambezi River in the pm.

DAY 3 – Little Makalolo Camp/Hwange NP – Full Board – Fly to Hwange NP and afternoon game drive.

DAY 4 -Little Makalolo Camp/Hwange NP – Full Board – Morning walking safari, afternoon at the log-pile hide and waterhole. Evening game drive.

DAY 5 -Little Makalolo Camp/Hwange NP – Full Board – Morning game drive, afternoon by the log-pile hide and waterhole. Sleep out in star bed on a raised platform overlooking Madison Pan.

DAY 6 – Chikwenya Camp/Mana Pools NP – Full Board – Fly to Mana Pools NP, afternoon/evening game drive.

DAY 7 – Chikwenya Camp/Mana Pools NP – Full Board – Morning nature walk along Zambezi River, afternoon/evening boat trip and fishing.

DAY 8 – Chikwenya Camp/Mana Pools NP – Full Board – Morning canoeing excursion. Afternoon at waterhole and hide. Afternoon/evening game drive.

DAY 9 – Changa Safari Camp/Matusadona NP – Full Board – Charter flight to Matusadona NP. Afternoon/evening game drive with photographic guide.

DAY 10 – Changa Safari Camp/Matusadona NP – Full Board – Early morning bush walk and game drive. Afternoon bird watching excursion on the pontoon boat through the mayriad of bays and river inlets.

DAY 11 – Changa Safari Camp/Matusadona NP – Full Board – Morning game drive. Afternoon boat ride across the lake to the scenic Sanyati Gorge. Try your hand at catching the exciting tiger fish.

DAY 12 – Changa Safari Camp/Matusadona NP – Breakfast – After breakfast and one last game drive you will head to the airstrip and fly to Victoria Falls or Harare for your onward connection.

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Victoria Falls Hotel/Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. It is one of only three IS0-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe. The Edwardian-style five-star hotel combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquillity and seclusion that many guests seek. The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten-minute walk away using the hotel’s private pathway, and “the smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-O-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark.

ACTIVITIES

As the Adventure Capital of Southern Africa numerous adrenalin-inducing activities are available on the Zambezi River, such as river rafting, bungee jumping, abselining and canoeing. We normally organize for our clients a private tour of the falls, a swim in Devils Pool and a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

There are 161 rooms in this elegant, english style hotel that offer a large variety of rooms types and sizes from the standard room, executive suites all way up to the presidential suite. Standard rooms are graced with traditional colours and fine-wood furnishings that provide an elegant and comfortable finish. The 64 bedrooms are available with single, twin or double beds. All rooms have bathrooms with bath/shower combination and are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities. Some bedrooms are inter-leading and eminently suitable for families.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Business Centre, Chapel, Conference Centre, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Detached Private Bathroom, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Available), Mini Bar, Mosquito Nets, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service (24 hours)

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Little Makalolo/Hwange National Park

A charming, intimate camp in the south-east of Hwange, “Little Mak” features prominently on the mental maps of local wildlife, all drawn to its reliable waterhole. A log-pile hide affords unique, thrilling close-up views of elephants, and habitat diversity ensures year-round wildlife.

Activities focus on game drives and morning nature walks. The many waterholes produce amazing sightings, or guests can relax in camp and wait for wildlife to come to them. The six spacious en-suite tents (including a family tent) are only surpassed in the experience stakes by the opportunity to sleep out at the Madison Pan star bed.

ACTIVITIES

  • Morning and evening game drives
  • Log-pile hide
  • Star bed
  • Village visits

ROOM CONFIGURATION

There are five standard tents which are made up of four twin-bedded tents and one double-bedded tent. The twins may be converted into doubles on request.

The family luxury canvas tented unit has two three quarter beds in each bedroom. It consists of two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and entrance with inter-leading door between the two rooms.

The stylish tents are spacious and include en-suite bathrooms with double vanities, and indoor and outdoor showers. Solar power is used for tent lights and to heat water, ensuring a lighter environmental footprint.

PROPERTY FACILITIES/SERVICES

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

ROOM FACILITIES

Verandah, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Outside Shower, Safe, Tea/Coffee

 

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Chikwenya Camp/Mana Pools National Park

Chikwenya overlooks a beautiful stretch of the Zambezi River in the eastern section of Mana Pools National Park, one of the most remote and beautiful areas in Zimbabwe. Views extend over open floodplains down to the legendary river and across to the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment, while stretching inland behind Chikwenya are the dense woodlands so characteristic of the area. The canvas tents are set on low wooden decks and linked to the raised main area by pine walkways.

A lounge, dining and bar area offer a sanctuary of hospitality and relaxation, while a pool deck and fire place offer alternate spaces to take in the scenery and passing wildlife. The area is renowned for its large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland, especially in winter when they concentrate along the river – these and a variety of predators can be seen from camp.

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

  • Day and night game drives
  • Nature walks
  • Canoeing
  • Boating

ROOM CONFIGURATION/FACILITIES

There are 7 tented suites and 2 family suites. En-suite facilities include an indoor shower, outdoor shower, indoor bath, single basin vanity and separate toilet, canvas blinds that roll up and down for all weather conditions, luggage rack, electronic safe, ceiling fan, mosquito net, indoor lounge area, during winter months hot water bottles and extra blankets are provided, tea and coffee making facilities, veranda with a private outdoor sunken deck/seating area, electrical outlets, and multi-plug adaptor charging facilities for mobile devices with USB ports.  Laundry service is also provided at no additional charge.

The two tented family suites include a private plunge pool, one king size and one twin-bedded room with en-suite facilities.

PROPERTY FACILITIES/SERVICES

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

 

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Changa Safari Camp/Matusadona National Park

Set on the shores of Lake Kariba, with views of the Matusadona mountains, Changa Safari Camp is a place that captures the essence of natural beauty, with peace, seclusion and an unusual blend of landscapes. It was founded by a team who share a passion for the wild and the magnificent African wildlife, and the proximity to nature and true wilderness is unparalleled; here, you’ll find yourselves in awe of the majestic and gentle elephants that you share the land with. Changa’s hospitality is warm, welcoming and personal, and the team will be delighted to get to know you and ensure you get the most out of your safari experience.

This rich wilderness area offers exceptional game drives as well as walking and fishing safaris, all in the company of highly trained professional guides. Healthy populations of predators, including lion, leopard, hyena, and cheetah as well as elephant, buffalo, and antelope frequent the shoreline. Hippos and crocodiles are abundant in the cool waters. Birdlife is prolific, with 350 species having been identified in the area.

Situated in northern Zimbabwe on the shores of Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park comprises a large expanse of pristine wilderness characterised by flat grassy plains and dramatic rugged mountains. From the vast woody escarpment to the dense bush of the Zambezi valley floor, the park features a diverse range of landscapes inhabited by abundant wildlife species. These include, among others: elephant, cape buffalo, black rhinoceros, hippopotamus, crocodiles and an impressive variety of birdlife. The entire northern boundary of the park is created by the lake’s grassy shoreline, providing excellent opportunities for boat cruise safaris. Other popular activities include walking safaris, tiger fishing, and camping at some of the park’s many small rustic bushcamps.

ACTIVITIES

  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • Sanyati Gorge Excursions
  • Boat cruises
  • Photographic guide instruction with professional photographer Neil Farlie

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Accommodation at Changa consists of 6 luxury tented suites each individually displaying truly unique African influences, from rustic wood, leather and weavery, against crisp white linen and locally made furniture. Styled with complete comfort in mind each tent has ensuite facilities and “under the stars” outside shower and bath. Whether you choose to relax in the comfort of your tent or enjoy spectacular lake vistas from your own private veranda you will be reminded time and again of the endless beauty around you.

There are 2 Family Luxury Tents which consist of 2 Standard Luxury Tents joined by an inter-leading passageway. Both tents are decorated tastefully and with unique African influences, from rustic wood to leather and woven basketry, crisp white linen to locally crafted furniture. Each tent is en-suite with the main tent having an out-door “under the stars” bathroom as well.

All tents are mosquito proofed and we have fans for your comfort during the hot months.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Disability Services, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant

ROOM FACILITIES

Balcony / Deck, Bath, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Outside Shower, Safe, Shower, Verandah, Wheelchair Friendly

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