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9 days
Harare, Zimbabwe
Livingstone, Zambia
Max People : 6

Community and conservation form the basis of all our trips, but on this safari you’ll get a real insight on what goes on behind the scenes. Our partners in Zimbabwe work closely with local communities to improve their quality of life and achieve long-term conservation. Donations included in your tour price contribute to programmes which focus on education, conservation and community empowerment. On this immersive safari one of your days at each camp will be spent visiting some the projects in communities bordering the national parks. You’ll visit schools, conservation projects, health clinics as well as community projects such as beading and sewing which allow women to support their families and earn an income from tourism.

You’ll enjoy exceptional wildlife sightings too, in open 4×4 safari vehicles which are perfect for game viewing and photography.

Your accommodation at Lake Kariba is a stunning lodge overlooking this vast man-made lake. On game drives around the lake shore you’ll see elephants, gazelles, warthogs, hippos and many other creatures drinking and playing in the water. As well as game drives you’ll visit a health clinic, schools and learn about the anti-poaching unit.

Your luxury camp in Hwange National Park is one of my favourite camps! With a waterhole right in front of the lounge area you can watch big herds of elephants and other game while enjoying a cold drink on the deck. Hwange is the place to see lions and you’ll get some great sightings while staying here. Community and conservation visits here include a remote school, the Lion Guardian project which helps mitigate human-wildlife conflict by monitoring lion movement, and beading and sewing projects providing income for the community.

For your last stop you’ll cross the border into Zambia to a fabulous lodge on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. As well as game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and joining rangers to track rhinos on foot, you’ll visit a health clinic, a school and the local blacksmith – truly a step back in time!

  • Visit community and conservation projects
  • Lake Kariba, Hwange National Park & Victoria Falls
  • Fantastic game viewing in open safari vehicles
  • Beautiful small tented camps, all with en-suite

Arrival & Departure

Arrival: Harare, Zimbabwe

Departure: Livingstone, Zambia

Price Includes

  • Quality accommodation in luxury tented camps.
  • All meals on safari
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages, except premium imported spirits and champagne
  • Internal flights Harare - Lake Kariba, Lake Kariba - Hwange, Hwange - Victoria Falls
  • Return airport transfers
  • All Park and Private Concession fees
  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle 
  • Morning & afternoon game drives, walking safaris, village visits, rhino tracking, bush walks, sunrise & sunset boat cruises, a visit to the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, a visit to the Zimbabwean side of the Falls in low water season (excludes visa fees), visit to the Livingstone Museum, canoe trips, visit Maramba & Makuni Markets, catch & release fishing
  • For every night of this safari, we contribute USD10 to the ABC Foundation, which covers operational costs. This means that every dollar of donations made goes to the intended project.
  • An additional donation of USD50 (included in tour price) goes to Community Focus Projects our suppliers are fundraising for.
  • USD20 for each bed night is included and goes towards Conservation & Wildlife Fund (CWF) in Hwange National Park and towards Foundation projects in the Bumi Hills Area.
  • Private vehicle is included for ONE day at each destination to visit community projects.
  • Escorted from Harare by African Encounters founder and director Karen Platzer and local guides.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Any Personal Expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • PCR tests

Day 1Harare

Independent arrival in Harare, Zimbabwe. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you will meet your guide and fellow travellers.

Days 2 - 4Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Fly from Harare to Lake Kariba. Stay at a stunning lodge overlooking Lake Kariba for 3 nights. Enjoy game drives around the lakeshore where elephants, gazelles and warthogs are frequent visitors. Community visits include remote schools and a rural health centre as well as a  presentation from the Anti-Poaching Unit which will highlight its challenges in conservation.

Days 5 - 7Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Fly to Hwange National Park, where you’ll experience close viewing of lions, elephants and much more from your open safari vehicle. Elephants are frequent visitors to the waterhole right in front of your luxury camp, providing incredible photo opportunities right from the lounge deck! Community visits here include schools, a cattle boma project and women’s craft projects which provide income for the community. Stay 3 nights at this luxury camp.

Days 8 - 10Livingstone, Zambia

Cross the border into Zambia where you’ll spend 3 nights at your luxury lodge on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Activities here include game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, one of the few places you can see rhino. Enjoy boat trips on the Zambezi River and track rhino on foot as well as visiting the school, health centre and the local blacksmith.

Day 11Departure

After breakfast transfer to Livingstone International Airport to join your flight home.

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Robyn Dann

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I have recently returned from the Zimbabwe and Zambia Tour with Karen. The trip was amazing and every little need was catered for, as the camps could not do enough for you with wonderful accommodation (we normally stayed 3 or 4 nights which gave you time to settle in), sundowners, food (out of this world) and the surprise meals in the bush. The game drives gave us a chance to get close to the animals, plus we were also able to go canoeing with the hippos and crocodiles and walking with the animals. The only draw back I had was the early starts at the beginning, but after a couple of days I just wanted to see as much of the animals as I could, so it was not a problem. I have been to Africa a number of times and say it is my last, but I think I might have to go back again. Thank You Karen, a great experience.