Zimbabwe Rediscovered

Zimbabwe is back on the list of ‘must visit’ destinations in Africa! On this safari you’ll explore three of the most remote wilderness areas in Zimbabwe – Mana Pools and the mighty Zambezi River, Matusadona National Park on Lake Kariba and Hwange National Park. You’ll stay in very comfortable accommodation in exclusive safari camps and enjoy wildlife encounters on game drives, as well as walking and canoeing safaris. Staying three nights in each camp allows a relaxed journey and plenty of time to explore each of these stunning landscapes and their prolific wildlife. In Kanga Camp, in Mana Pools National Park, you can even enjoy an Armchair Safari – just sit on the deck with a cold drink and wait for the animals to come to you!

Tour Highlights:

  • Kanga Camp’s famous Armchair Safari – relax in camp and let the wildlife come to you!
  • Matusadona National Park on the shores of Lake Kariba is habitat for the endangered Black Rhino.
  • Learn about wildlife and culture on walks with local tribesmen and professional guides.
  • Stay in small luxury tented camps and lodges.
  • Track rhino on foot in Mosi-ao-Tunya National Park in Zambia.
  • End your incredible safari with a few days at a stunning lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia.
  • Escorted from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe by African Encounters tour director Karen Platzer and local guides.

Itinerary

2 – 4 September:

World Heritage site Mana Pools is known for its wildlife-rich floodplains and magnificent views of the Zambezi River, with the Zambezi Escarpment in Zambia as a dramatic backdrop. 

Set in the most remote part of Mana Pools is the Kanga Pan. The camp has 6 tents with en-suite bathroom facilities with outdoor showers overlooking the water hole. The main area has a comfortable lounge and dining area with views of a very active waterhole. Relax on the deck near the splash poolwith a cold drink and wait for the animals to come to you – known as an Armchair Safari!

5 – 7 September:

Located on the shores of Lake Kariba is Matusadona National Park. 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. Birdlife is prolific, with 350 species having been identified in the area.

8 – 10 September:

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be one of the largest surviving groups in Africa. 

Our luxurious camp enjoys its own private views of a small water hole, frequented by large herds of big game including buffalo, elephant, kudu, zebra, giraffe and lion. Activities include game drives and walking excursions with the camp’s professional guides.

11 – 13 September:

Road transfer across the border to our lodge on the Zambezi river in Zambia. Set in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park this newly renovated lodge is just a short distance from the famous Victoria Falls.

Activities here include visits to the Zambia side of Victoria Falls, rhino trekking on foot & game drives in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, a cultural village visit, sunset river cruise (on our own private boat), fishing, and a visit to the Livingstone Museum.

14 September: Transfer to Livingstone Airport to connect with your onward flight.

Tour includes

  • Quality accommodation in luxury tented camps and small lodges.
  • Meals and drinks as per itinerary
  • All transport as per itinerary
  • Domestic flights as per itinerary
  • Laundry in safari camps
  • All park fees and conservancy fees.
  • All game drives in open 4×4 vehicles.
  • Sundowners, guided bush walks and night game drives.
  • One entry to Victoria Falls (Zambia side)
  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
  • Qualified and knowledgeable safari guides

Not included:

  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Tips and gratuities. Your guide will run a tip kitty if the group requests.

Extensions available

Zambia Safari & Lake Malawi

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What our clients have to say...

Apart from the fact that Africa is THE destination we want to go to, travel with Karen is the only way we would do it. We have traveled to Africa with Karen 3 times now and just love the small intimate groups sizes and the feeling that the whole trip is planned with just us in mind. And the daily surprises!! We stayed in some amazing places and so varied. Meals excellent and the drivers are a part of the incredible experience that is Africa. We love Karen’s philosophy about travel and her intimate knowledge of and love for Africa. We can’t wait for the next adventure!!”

Helen & Patti Ranson – joining African Encounters for their 6th safari this year!

At a glance

  • Destination(s)

  • Tour Pricing

    Priced from: NZD13,695.00 per person
  • Travel Date(s)

    2 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
  • Tour Length

    13 days
  • Tour Highlights

    • Kanga Camp’s famous Armchair Safari – relax in camp and let the wildlife come to you!
    • Matusadona National Park on the shores of Lake Kariba is Black Rhino habitat.
    • Learn about wildlife and culture on walks with local tribesmen and professional guides.
    • Stay in small luxury tented camps & lodges.
    • Track rhino on foot in Mosi-ao-Tunya National Park in Zambia.
    • End your incredible safari with a few relaxing days on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia.

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