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Best of Zimbabwe – Premier

Itinerary
Overview
Countries Visited:
Zimbabwe
Regions Visited:
Victoria Falls, Hwange, Mana Pools
Length of Trip:
10 days

itinerary
highlights

  • Victoria Falls - "the Smoke that Thunders"!
  • Exciting Falls Activities
  • Game Viewing in 3 of Zimbabwe's Top Parks
  • Elephant Watching at Hwange Waterholes
  • More than 470 Bird Species
  • Excellent Lodges & Professional Guiding
  • Wildlife Rich Floodplains and Magnificent Zambezi Views
  • Mana Pools - Wild Dog Sightings & Bull Elephants

Safari Itinerary Summary

Days 1 to 3

On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be transferred by road to The Elephant Camp set on its own private reserve. This award winning, intimate lodge under canvas has breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls' spray and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Activities at The Elephant Camp include sundowners at Batoka Gorge, interaction with Sylvester the Cheetah Ambassador, birding and nature walks on the concession and village tour. There are daily complimentary shuttles into Victoria Falls to take part in the many activities based there, including Zambezi River Cruises, Flight of Angels over the Falls, White Water Rafting, Canoeing and Guided Tours of the Falls. For pachyderm lovers we recommend the elephant interaction experience at the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Days 4 to 6

Depart camp by road to Victoria Falls Airport for your light aircraft flight to the exclusive Little Makalolo, set within a private concession deep inside Zimbabwe’s premier wildlife park - Hwange. The camp is surrounded by large open plains where large quantities of animals can be seen, particularly in winter where the waterholes are magnets for huge herds of elephants. Activities at Little Makalolo Camp centre on game drives twice daily in the morning and afternoon into evening. There is an open fire area, swimming pool and a raised deck and “log pile” hide with waterhole views.

Days 7 to 9

Depart Hwange by light aircraft for your flight to Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site, lying at the heart of the Zambezi Valley. Your destination is the remote Ruckomechi Camp on the banks of the Zambezi River set in its own private concession.
The wildlife viewing is excellent. The park attracts vast numbers of game, among them enormous bull elephants, large herds of zebra and buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena and African wild dog packs. Walking safaris with expert guides are very much a part of the Mana Pools experience. Speak to us about the romantic star-bed option situated close to camp that will add another dimension to your stay in this paradise.

Day 10

Depart Mana Pools by light aircraft to Harare and your onward journey.

This itinerary includes the following Camps:

The Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp in Victoria Falls

The Elephant Camp is situated on a private concession within, and bounded by, the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, just 10kms ...Read More

The Elephant Camp is situated on a private concession within, and bounded by, the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, just 10kms outside Victoria Falls.  

Located within the Victoria Falls National Park, the camp is close enough to the Falls that guests can enjoy the many optional activities available. Depending on the season, the spray can sometimes be seen in the far distance.

Twelve luxury canvas units are constructed using solid interior walls and concrete floors, but retain the romantic feel of a safari tent. Attractively appointed using earthy tones, each unit has glass windows and private decks with plunge pools. Elegant central areas feature a traditional colonial ambiance. As the colour fades from endless skies, sip sundowners on the wide viewing decks, before savouring the delicious dinners presented in style.

Elephant Camp guests get to meet the Wild Horizon elephants, and perhaps have lunch at the Lookout Café (on request). Selected in-room spa treatments (additional cost) and a complimentary Victoria Falls shuttle are available.

 

Little Makalolo

Little Makalolo in Hwange

Little Makalolo Camp lies in the heart of Hwange National Park, in one of its best game viewing areas, overlooking a vibrant ...Read More

Little Makalolo Camp lies in the heart of Hwange National Park, in one of its best game viewing areas, overlooking a vibrant waterhole.

Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe at 14 500 km² with varied habitats and vegetation types.

The park is predominately Kalahari sandveld supporting teak and mopane woodlands, dry Acacia scrub.

It is interspersed with saltpans and grasslands that support enormous species diversity and provide a true wilderness experience.

The camp’s six rooms have en-suite facilities, with both indoor and outdoor showers.

The living areas include a dining room, lounge, plunge pool and an open fire area for those convivial evening fireside tales.

There is a log pile hide overlooking the waterhole in front of camp where guests can enjoy wildlife viewing during the siesta hours.

Activities at Little Makalolo Camp centre on open 4 x 4 Land Rover game drives and guided nature walks throughout the Makalolo concession.

The area’s large number of waterholes attracts game in both quantity and variety.

In the winter months Hwange is literally home to a Noah’s Ark parade of animals as they come down to quench their thirst.

Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi Camp in Mana Pools

Ruckomechi is situated in a private concession on the western boundary of the Mana Pools National Park.  This exclusive ...Read More

Ruckomechi is situated in a private concession on the western boundary of the Mana Pools National Park.  This exclusive tented camp overlooks the Zambezi River, and is shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees.  

The camp vegetation is dominated by broad canopied albida trees, much loved by elephants for their rich nutritious pods; these animals often join visitors in camp for a light meal!

Ten luxury tents (including 2 family tents) have classic interiors decorated using natural materials, and small verandas from which to appreciate the panoramas. Aimed to be as environmentally friendly as possible, Ruckomechi’s hot water and lighting is provided by solar power. Central areas are reached via a low-level walkway and include dining and lounge spaces as well as a star-gazing deck. Unwind beside the pool in hammocks, making the most of the exclusive setting. A privately located bush bath is set on the river banks, for that truly wild and romantic evening under the stars.

Activities include motor boat safaris, canoeing, day and night game drives as the lodge is located outside the park and safari walks, as well as catch and release fishing.

 

 

 

 

This premier itinerary includes the following Camps:

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