Best of Zimbabwe

8 Days from US$4,995 per person

Overview

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What's Included

Airport transfers
Scheduled Flights: Livingstone – Mfuwe via Lusaka, Mfuwe – Lower
Zambezi, Lower Zambezi – Lusaka
National Park fees
2 wildlife shared activities a day
Bottled water, Sodas, Beer, wine and spirits, excluding premium wines, liquors and champagnes
Laundry services while in camps
Emergency Medical, Medical Transportation Insurance

Highlights

Victoria Falls  |  Davidson’s Camp |  Ruckomechi Camp

Victoria Falls

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Davidson’s Camp

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Ruckomechi Camp

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

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Camps & Lodges

Victoria Falls Hotel  |  Davidson’s Camp | Ruckomechi Camp

Victoria Falls Hotel

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Davidson’s Camp

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Ruckomechi Camp

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

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Day 1 | Victoria Falls

 

Transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to The Victoria Falls Hotel where you step back in time. Situated perfectly in the fabulous Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site, we offer easy access to the breathtaking Falls. World-class service, culinary delights and incredible views make our hotel a magnet for international visitors and locals alike. You can dine and dance in the Livingstone Room, savor our famous breakfast and buffet and ethnic entertainment at the Jungle Junction and sip cocktails on Stanley’s Terrace. The Terrace has been a rendezvous for adventurers for over a century. Our 161 gracious Edwardian-style guest rooms include standard and deluxe rooms, honeymoon deluxe suites and executive suites, as well as the glamorous Royal and Livingstone Suites.

You will be collected from The Victoria Falls Hotel and taken on a Ra-Ikane Sunset cruise, including drinks and snacks. The Ra-Ikane, named after the guide who led David Livingstone to the Victoria Falls, was hand-built to resemble a turn-of-the-century riverboat, and is luxuriously finished with teak superstructure, brass fittings, a carpeted deck and club chairs and tables giving guests a taste of Victorian splendor in the heart of Africa. On arrival, you are welcomed with a cocktail and served tea and cakes whilst given a safety talk and a brief history of the river. The cruise takes you through a scenically beautiful area of the Zambezi. Large animals such as elephant, hippo and crocodiles are frequently seen, as well as a wide diversity of other game and bird life. Being a mono hull, the boat has a low profile in the water and you are comfortably seated closer to the water line than on the conventional pontoon cruise boats. The boat is staffed with a captain, guide, hostess and waiter to ensure that all your needs are met. A flat deck allows for plenty of room to get up and move around during the cruise and maximize the experience.

     Victoria Falls Hotel 
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     Meals: None

 


Days 2, 3 and 4 | Victoria Falls and Davison’s Camp

 

You will be collected from The Victoria Falls Hotel and taken on a scheduled tour of the Falls. Explore the rainforests of the Victoria Falls with its abundance of birdlife. Learn about the geographical formation of the Falls and amble along the scenic pathway, stopping at spectacular vantage points along the way.

The Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone was the first European to visit the Falls, and named it after Queen Victoria. To the locals, it is known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – The Smoke that Thunders – an accurate description of what happens when the waters of the Zambezi River plunge over the 1700 meter wide and 100-meter deep chasm, creating a shower of spray and a deafening noise. From February to May each year, the Victoria Falls are in full flood and 500 million liters of water tumble over the edge into a series of gorges each minute! After a briefing and explanation of the Falls, your guide accompanies you along the 1.7 kilometer scenic pathways of the rainforest, stopping at numerous viewpoints to gaze at the Falls.

After you tour, you will be transferred to the Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to the Davison’s Airstrip for Davison’s Camp. 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 splendor of Hwange.

The park is predominately Kalahari sandveld supporting teak and mopane woodlands, dry acacia scrub and is interspersed with saltpans and grasslands.

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.

     Davidson’s Camp 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Days 5, 6 and 7 | Ruckomechi Camp

 

Today we depart from the Davison Airstrip and fly to Ruckomechi Camp. 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 sunbathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn star-gazing deck.

The area is famous for its four main pools which hold water all year round drawing all manner of wildlife during the dry season. 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.

     Ruckomechi Camp
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 8 | Harare Airport

 

Depart from Ruckomechi Airstrip and arrive at Harare Airport.

     Meals: Breakfast

INCLUSIONS

Airport transfers

Scheduled Flights: Livingstone – Mfuwe via Lusaka, Mfuwe – Lower
Zambezi, Lower Zambezi – Lusaka

National Park fees

2 wildlife shared activities a day

Bottled water, Sodas, Beer, wine and spirits, excluding premium wines, liquors and champagnes

Laundry services while in camps

Emergency Medical, Medical Transportation Insurance

EXCLUSIONS

International & Intercontinental Airfare & Flights

Gratuities for guides and camp/lodge staff

All items of a personal nature

Travel Insurance (Emergency Medical and Medical Transportation Insurance is included)

Visas and Visa fees

Entry Fees For Victoria Falls

Airport departure taxes

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