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 Victoria Falls, Hwange, Conservation & Culture     10 days/9 nights


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Costs start at $5,820 pp

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Customizable luxury private safari

From the thundering Victoria Falls to the game-rich Hwange National Parks, immerse yourself in a country that has pioneered some of the most successful sustainable wildlife programs in Africa. It is easy not to notice the tireless work that goes into wildlife conservation, but on this safari you will not only see an abundance of wildlife, but also get a behind the scenes look at vital conservation efforts. This could include meeting the anti-poaching units, assisting with the water pumps or meeting with the local villagers who play an important part of the sustainability equation. You will return with a better understanding of the wildlife/tourism balance and a sense of accomplishment knowing that you played your small part in the protection of Africa's wildlife.
Duration: 10 Days
Departure: Daily
Highlights: Victoria Falls, Nature Walks, Safaris, Behind the Scenes look at Conservation Efforts, Traditional Village visit, Cultural Experiences, Bush Walks, Night Game Drives, Zambezi River activities
Itinerary can be customized to suit individual requirements
Day 1                                                   Victoria Falls
Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport where your Zimbabwean Safari experience begins. You will be met by our shuttle vehicle for your road transfer to Gorges Lodge on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, 200 meters above the mighty Zambezi River (30 mins).
Spend the late afternoon sipping delicious refreshments by the pool enjoying the amazing view and then in the evening head off to Dibu Dibu for sundowners and snacks while you watch the lodge's resident pair of black eagles soar only meters away from you.
After the black eagle viewing take a leisurely stroll back to the main lodge reception area where you will be entertained by our team of talented traditional dancers and then enjoy a tasty 3 course dinner in the main lodge area, overlooking the gorge before retiring to your chalet and falling asleep to the sound of the river rushing below you.
Overnight Gorges Lodge
Includes: All meals, tour of Victoria Falls & transfers
Day 2                                                   Victoria Falls / Hwange National Park
Enjoy early morning tea or coffee and breakfast before being transferred to Victoria Falls town (approx. 30 mins) where you will be taken on a guided tour of Zimbabwe’s foremost attraction – ‘the Victoria Falls’. “The smoke that thunders” remains one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world.
Embark on your road transfer to Victoria Falls Airport  to catch a one-hour charter flight over Hwange National Park down to Camelthorn Lodge where the next few days will be spent filled with community and conservation activities. Camelthorn is built on community land on the edge of the remote and unspoilt south eastern corner of Hwange National Park. Hwange is famed for its huge herds of elephants (they number upwards of 45,000 in the park!) but the Ngamo Plain attracts a variety of other plains game including wildebeest, buffalo, kudu, waterbuck and sable too. Predators are regularly spotted, especially lion, jackal and cheetah.
After settling into your room and freshening up, a tasty 3 course dinner will be served under the stars!
After dinner a night safari will be conducted on our private concession.
Overnight Camelthorn Lodge
Includes: All meals, flight, activities & transfers
Day 3                                                   Hwange National Park
Enjoy an early morning tea or coffee on your veranda before a hot breakfast in the main lodge. Then it’s time to pack up for a full day safari or "pump run" deep into the southern part of Hwange. Before heading down for the pump run, we will make a stop at the Cobras antipoaching station to meet some of the national park rangers who patrol the area and we can even arrange an activity with the rangers such as an early morning run with the troops!
Our trademark pump runs combine game viewing in remote areas of the park with practical hands-on conservation helping to maintain 15+ waterholes and pumps which the wildlife rely on for water during the dry season. Many of these pumps have been converted to solar-hybrid pumps in recent years. We'll learn about the challenges of maintaining this system in conversations and hand-on activities with your guide and the pump attendants who spend the dry season living at the waterholes to keep the pumps running.
Later in the day after enjoying a picnic lunch in the park, guests will make their way back to Camelthorn, watching all the wildlife make its way down to the waterholes enroute back to camp.
Overnight Camelthorn Lodge
Includes: All meals & activities
Day 4                                                   Hwange National Park
After breakfast head to Ngamo Village, for a very special morning that gives guests a chance to experience a real and un-choreographed interaction with local villagers. An early morning run to the school can be arranged and its possible some of the school kids will join in too!
The visit culminates in a tour of the school and a singing performance by some of the children followed by a class interaction where children have an opportunity to meet guests and vice versa. Guests will have the opportunity to also meet the headman of the village and hear about the positive community impact tourism is having in this area of the park.
Return to Camelthorn for lunch before your afternoon game drive on the Ngamo Plains in Hwange National Park ending up at our unique Look Up blind at Stoffie’s Pan for sundowners and canapés and the truly remarkable close encounters with wildlife that are a feature of the Look Up. Night drive back to the lodge and then enjoy a 3-course dinner out under the stars.
Overnight Camelthorn Lodge
Includes: All meals & activities
Day 5                                                   Hwange National Park
Early morning wake up with coffee or tea before departing to Hwange National Park to an area of acacia forests surrounding the Ngamo Plain where guests can leave the vehicle and be guided on foot by a fully licensed armed guide.
Return to Camelthorn to pack up and head to the elephant express for brunch and the rail trip back up to Dete. Introduced in 2015, it is a unique railcar, ingeniously designed and built to re-invent safari transfers to and between camps in Hwange National Park. The journey is between Ngamo Siding, near Bomani and Camelthorn, and Dete Railway Station near Hwange Main Camp and is approximately 2 hours in duration.
From here your game viewing vehicles will game drive you through to Nehimba Lodge – situated in the North-West of Hwange National Park. Situated on a 43,500-acre private concession, Nehimba Lodge is in prime territory for the large migrating herds of elephants during the height of the dry season (July – October). Being on the concession allows for night drives and bush dinners. The lodge itself is comprised of nine large canvas-under-thatch tents – each with an outside shower and lovely private decks to enjoy the view. All rooms and the main areas look out to a large waterhole which is frequented by animals throughout the year – in particular the elephants in dry season.
Late this afternoon, you’ll set off for Nehimba Seeps nearby – a fascinating open plain where elephants dig for water and minerals as it is one of the few natural water points in Hwange - excellent for game viewing. Enjoy sundowners and light snacks in this incredible setting before returning to the lodge for dinner and drinks around the campfire watching the elephants slurp from the waterhole just steps away.
Overnight Nehimba Lodge
Includes: All meals & activities
Day 6                                                   Hwange National Park
Head out with your guide for game drives and walks, exploring this beautiful Northern part of Hwange National Park. The north is distinctly different from the Southern part both in topography, habitats and species of wildlife that can be seen. Stop off at the Nehimba Seeps for a mid-morning tea break. Return to the lodge for a leisurely lunch then a siesta or perhaps relax by the lodge swimming pool, frequented by Hwange’s thirsty herds during the dry season.
In the afternoon, head out on a game drive in the park, ending with cool refreshments and canapés and at sunset over one of this area famed waterholes. Back at camp enjoy a relaxing bath or shower to freshen up before enjoying a three-course dinner in the main lodge area followed by reliving the days' safari around the campfire, later fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush around you.
Overnight Nehimba Lodge
Includes: All meals & activities
Day 7                                                   Hwange National Park
Early morning tea or coffee on your private deck followed by breakfast in the main lodge and then once again pack day packs for a full day game drive and walks. A picnic lunch will be served during the day at one of the beautiful spots in the park.
Return to the lodge in the afternoon and relax on the deck overlooking the waterhole, enjoying an ‘armchair safari’ while a variety of wildlife come down to the lodge waterhole, followed by a final 3 course dinner in northern Hwange.
Overnight Nehimba Lodge
Includes: All meals & activities
Day 8                                                   Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls National Park
Enjoy early morning tea or coffee on your room deck followed by breakfast in the main lodge dining area before transferring by road to Sinamatella (2 - 2.5 hours) for your onward road transfer to Zambezi Sands on the banks of the thundering wild waters of the Zambezi River, inside Zambezi National Park (2.5 hours).
Settle into your luxury tents and enjoy high tea before setting off on an evening sunset 'drift' on the water with refreshments and snacks.
A superb 3 course dinner in the main lodge area out under the stars before retiring to your tent and falling asleep as the river rushes past.
Overnight Zambezi Sands
Includes: All meals & activities
Day 9                                                   Victoria Falls National Park
Enjoy early morning tea or coffee on your private deck followed by a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the river.
The morning will be on foot exploring the shoreline and enjoying its wildlife. Park rangers and our staff routinely patrol this section of Zambezi National Park for illegal snaring or signs of poaching by Zambians from the north bank – our group will provide extra eyes to these teams and get some hands-on experience in detecting cross border poaching activity in support of Park Rangers.
Stop off at one of our picturesque picnic spots for a delicious packed lunch and siesta before taking a slow drive back to the lodge in the afternoon.
Once back in camp relax for an hour or two in your private splash pool watching the game and birdlife on the river’s edge. Refreshments and snacks will be served before a 3-course dinner in the main lodge area.
Overnight Zambezi Sands
Includes: All meals & activities
Day 10                                                 Depart
Enjoy your last morning sipping tea or coffee on your private deck as the sun rises over the river and the mist settles and then head off for a paddle in the canoe exploring the Siansimba Islands around the lodge followed by a sumptuous bush breakfast served on the river’s edge before your road transfer to Victoria Falls Airport to catch your departing flights.
  • V.I.P. Meet & Assist on arrival in Johannesburg
  • Accommodation per the itinerary
  • Private airport transfers
  • Private touring unless only group tours are available
  • Game drives and game viewing activities as offered by each safari camp
  • All meals on safari and breakfast at city hotels
  • Inter-camp light aircraft flights if applicable and specified
  • Park fees
  • Taxes
  • Entrance fees
  • 24/7 local assistance



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