Project Description

Zimbabwe Explorer SAFARI

14 Days

Victoria Falls to Harare


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Explore the best of Zimbabwe – from Victoria Falls to four of the country’s most pristine national parks. Engage in ancient traditions, delight in bush walks and game drives whilst indulging in the romance of Africa’s wild ways and wide open spaces.

Languages English
Departures Selected Sundays
Transport 4WD safari vehicles; light aircraft; minibus
Luggage Soft sided duffel bag / 20kg maximum inclusive of hand luggage
Pax 4-6 guests

Entrance Fees
Hwange National Park, Matobo National Park, Mana Pools National Park, Matusadona National Park

Accommodation As per itinerary
Meals 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 11 dinners
Meet and Greet Victoria Falls International Airport
Drinks Selected local brand drinks
Scheduled air and road transfers
Activities Guided tour of the falls, Zambezi sunset cruise, game drives, Bushman paintings, Rhodes’ grave site, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, water based activities, nature walks,
Guide Registered guide

International and regional scheduled flights and visas • Travel, medical and personal accident insurance • Gratuities and items of personal nature • Excursions not detailed in the itinerary • Private charters/transfers or specialised guides • Premium brand drinks • Porterage

Note: Classic Zimbabwe Explorer Safari can be booked on a modular basis:
Module 1 – TIRR-VH1 itinerary from day 1 to 9
Module 2 – TIRR-VH2 itinerary from day 8 to 14

  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls
  • Cecil John Rhodes’ grave site
  • Great Zimbabwe Monument

Day 1


On arrival at the airport, guests are met and transferred to the hotel. Guests enjoy the afternoon at leisure before the sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River, taking in the views of the river, returning to the hotel for dinner afterwards.
Overnight at Ilala Lodge or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 2-4


After breakfast, the guide will collect the guests for a guided tour of the world-famous Victoria Falls. Depart on a 3-hour journey by road through rural Zimbabwe passing Ndebele villages to a luxury mobile tented camp in Hwange National Park.

Accommodation is in fully-furnished East African safari tents with en-suite bathrooms (flush toilets and hot water bucket showers). Hwange is a ‘Big  5’ wildlife sanctuary and famous for large concentrations of elephants and diverse wild life and bird species.

The camp facilities, with a private guide and vehicle, are exclusive to guests. They have complete flexibility to do as much or as little game driving or walking as they choose, or to simply relax in camp.

On safari guests can look forward to bush walks and animal tracking, game drives, sundowners at waterholes, traditional dancing, visiting the Painted Wild Dog Centre or Mtoa ruins, as well as special activities to teach guests about Zimbabwe and African culture.
Overnight at tented camp in Hwange – Lunch, dinner, and breakfast.

Day 5-6


Guests enjoy the last morning in the wilds of Hwange. After a hearty breakfast, guests drive through Hwange and rural Zimbabwe to Matobo National Park (approximately 3.5 hours).

A scenic paradise, Matopos is famous for its dramatic rock and granite whale back. On arrival, the guide will escort the guests to their camp situated close to the Maleme Dam inside the national park.

Guests enjoy time exploring on foot or on a game drive, visiting the famous rock formations of Matobo Hills – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, climbing to World’s View, to the gravesite of Cecil John Rhodes, and learning about Khoisan rock art and the history of Zimbabwe. Time permitting, guests can also choose to see a local cultural village and participate in white rhino tracking.
Overnight at tented camp in Matopos – Dinner, lunch, and breakfast.

Day 7


After an early morning activity and breakfast at the Matopos camp, the tour travels through Bulawayo town, en route to Masvingo to see the ancient city – Great Zimbabwe.

The hotel is set in the foothills of Great Zimbabwe, with magnificent views of Lake Muturikwi. After lunch (own account), guests visit the Great Zimbabwe Monument to explore the secrets of the ancient ruins. The Great Zimbabwe Ruins is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important archaeological sites in Africa, giving testimony to the lost civilization of the Shona tribe.

Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner (own account).
Overnight at Norma Jean’s Lakeview Resort or similar – Breakfast.

Day 8


After breakfast, guests depart for Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. Touring the art gallery or national archives on the day of arrival, time permitting (own account). Lunch and dinner are served at the lodge (own account).
Overnight at Armadale Lodge or similar – Breakfast.

Day 9-11


After an early breakfast, guests  will depart for a scheduled transfer by light aircraft to a luxury mobile camp in Mana Pools National Park, enjoying 2 and half days to explore this pristine wilderness on foot and in specially adapted game drive vehicles.

Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, the elephants, lions, and unspoiled wilderness. This unique park is a World Heritage Site, renowned for its wide-range of wildlife which includes over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife.

The name Mana means “four” in the local Shona language – referring to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. Hippo and crocodiles are associated with the pools, along with large herds of elephant.
Overnight in dome or A-frame style tents – Lunch, dinner, and breakfast.

Day 12-13


After breakfast, the guide will take the guests on a final game drive as they head out of Mana Pools National Park to the airstrip.

Guests are transferred by light aircraft to Rokari Airstrip in Matusadona National Park. Here they are met by a guide from Rhino Island Safari Camp. Guests are transferred across the estuary to Rhino Island Safari Camp, where the last 2 nights of the safari are spent.

Rhino Island, a rustic but comfortable safari camp with thatched chalets built on stilts, is situated on the shoreline of Lake Kariba and on the edge of Matusadona National Park. Guests can look forward to rhino tracking, game drives, and bush walks. Boating and fishing can be arranged on request.
Overnight at Rhino Island Safari Camp or similar – Lunch, dinner, and breakfast.

Day 14


After breakfast the guide will escort guests across the estuary to Rokari Airstrip. Guests are transferred by light aircraft to Harare International Airport where the tour ends and guests continue with their own arrangements.

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