Complete a circuit around Hwange National Park in beautiful Zimbabwe, home to diverse wildlife, stunning landscapes, and the best safari guides in Africa. This itinerary features every form of transportation. View the wildlife from car, train, canoe, bike, plane and your own two feet. The private conservancies around Hwange ensure not only diverse, abundant wildlife, but a private experience. You won't be sharing your animal sightings with 50 other safari jeeps on this trip. End your time in Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls, one of the continent's natural wonders.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Victoria Falls Arrival - Hwange National Park

Victoria Falls Arrival - Hwange National Park
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Arrival Transfer
  • Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge
  • Meals: D

Arrival Transfer

Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport where your Zimbabwean safari experience begins. Here you will embark on your road transfer to Nehimba Lodge via Sinamatella (3.5 - 4 hours, 2 hours of which is a game drive through the park), drinks and snacks will be provided en route.

Nehimba is remotely nestled away on a huge private concession in the Northern part of Hwange National Park and combines luxury living, ultimate elegance and African charm to provide you with an exceptional safari experience.

On arrival enjoy your welcome drinks on the lodge deck overlooking the tranquil waterhole in front of the lodge as the sun sets below the horizon.

On returning to camp, a delectable three course bush dinner will be served out under the stars near the lodge waterhole .

Day 2: Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Full Day Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Full Day Game Drive

After breakfast guests will pack day packs and head out with their 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.

Stop off at the Nehimba Seep for a mid-morning tea break. The seep is an ancient source of water once used by the San Bushmen historically as well as being a place where elephant still dig for water and minerals.

Return to the lodge for a leisurely lunch and then siesta or perhaps relax by the lodge swimming pool, which is frequented by Hwange's thirsty herds during the dry season.

Later in the afternoon, head out on a game drive within the park, ending with cool refreshments and canapés at sunset.

Back at camp our guests can enjoy a relaxing bath or shower to freshen up before a 3-course dinner in the main lodge area followed by reliving the day's safari around the campfire.

Day 3: Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Game Drive and Salt Springs Visit
  • Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Game Drive and Salt Springs Visit

Early morning tea or coffee on your private deck followed by breakfast in the main lodge and then once again pack day packs for your visit to the area's salt springs, game viewing along the way.

This will be followed by a picnic lunch at Mandavu Dam. Situated in a scenic hilly spot only 15-kilometers from Sinamatella Camp, Mandavu Dam is a wonderful location for both bird watching and game viewing.

Return to the lodge in the afternoon and relax on the deck overlooking the waterhole, enjoying the sight of the wildlife that come to quench their thirst before freshening up for a 3 course meal and ending off the day with a night cap or hot chocolate around the campfire.

Day 4: Hwange National Park - Bomani

Hwange National Park - Bomani
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Elephant Express Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Elephant Express Game Drive

Have a leisurely cup of tea or coffee on your room deck followed by breakfast in the main lodge before transferring by road to Impofu Siding to embark on the one of a kind Elephant Express rail car, game viewing all the way down the railway line to Bomani Tented Lodge. (4 hour trip – 2hr by road and 2hr by rail – drinks and snacks will be provided enroute).

This comfortable tented lodge is situated on a private concession on the edge of the remote and unspoiled south eastern corner of Hwange National Park. Bomani is famous for its unique scenery as well as its large herds of elephants and all other animals and birdlife resident in Hwange.

After settling into your tent head out for a late afternoon game drive stopping for sundowners at one of this area's famed waterholes.

Head back to camp and enjoy a 3 course supper out under the stars next to the lodge waterhole.

Day 5: Bomani

Bomani
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Walking Safari & Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Walking Safari & Game Drive

Early morning walk at dawn in our private session in search of the wildlife just starting their day, tracking Buffalo and Elephant on foot is a thrilling experience. Return to the lodge for a leisurely brunch with some time afterwards to catch up on journals or enjoy a few hours of photography of the plains from the lodge deck. After a scrumptious afternoon tea, its back onto the game viewing vehicles for a few hours in the park.

Afternoon game drive from pan to pan, weaving between the throngs of jostling elephant that come pouring in for the fresh water. This makes for a fun and memorable afternoon before returning to camp just after dark searching for nocturnal animals on the way back to camp.

Refreshments will be served around the campfire followed by a 3 course supper in the main lodge dining area.

Day 6: Bomani

Bomani
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Village Visit & Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Village Visit & Game Drive

After breakfast head to Ngamo Village, a 30 minute drive from Bomani, for a very special morning that gives guests a chance to experience a real and un-choreographed interaction with villagers.

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.

Return to Bomani for a late 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 in the lodge dining room.

Day 7: Bomani - Southwestern Hwange

Bomani - Southwestern Hwange
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Pump Run
  • Accommodation: Jozibanini Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Pump Run

After an early morning hearty breakfast, enjoy an all day trip into the park on our one of a kind ‘pump runs’, with a picnic and siesta under the trees at Mfagazaan Pan.

Our pump runs combine game viewing in remote areas of the park with practical hands-on conservation. Guests can assist their guide with day-to-day maintenance at the borehole pumps which are the heartbeat of Hwange National Park and its wildlife.

The pump run will lead all the way down to our remote adventure camp Jozibanini. Arrive in time for hot showers and a wonderful meal under the stars before retiring to your tent to listen to the sounds of nature surrounding you.

Day 8: Southwestern Hwange

Southwestern Hwange
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Game Walk & Underground Blind
  • Accommodation: Jozibanini Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Game Walk & Underground Blind

Enjoy an early morning guided game walk through the area around camp once more experiencing Hwange’s magnificent elephant on ground level and go tracking for the different species to be found in this part of the park such as wild dog.

Near camp, relax and experience a fabulous champagne brunch out in the open at the Jozi pan, enjoying the solitude of being in a completely untouched and isolated spot within the pristine African bush.

In the early evening head into the underground blind for a few hours of spectacular ‘toe nail’ photographic opportunities of the wildlife at the waterhole. Once the sun has set take a quick drive back to camp for a tasty 3 course dinner out under the glorious night sky.

Day 9: Southwestern Hwange

Southwestern Hwange
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Mountain Biking & Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Jozibanini Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Mountain Biking & Game Drive

After breakfast guests will pack day packs and then head off on a 15km guided mountain bike ride through the elephant paths along the inter-dune troughs around Jozibanini.

Your guide will set up a lovely picnic lunch for you under a shady tree where you can have a siesta before the 15km ride back to camp in the afternoon.

Freshen up and then enjoy sundowners and snacks in front of the camp waterhole. Later on enjoy a 3 course dinner before heading to bed and falling asleep with the Hwange bush vibrating around you.

Day 10: Southwestern Hwange - Zambezi

Southwestern Hwange - Zambezi
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Flight Over Hwange
  • Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Flight Over Hwange

After a final breakfast in this remote part of Hwange, embark on a road transfer to Manga airstrip ( 2-3 hours) for your one hour air charter over Hwange National park to Victoria Falls Airport game viewing all the way from the air as you fly over the park. At Victoria Falls airport, you will be met by a shuttle vehicle for your road transfer to Zambezi Sands on the banks of the thundering wild waters of the Zambezi River, inside Zambezi National Park (1.5 hours).

After settling into your luxury tent, enjoy afternoon tea on the main lodge deck while the mighty Zambezi rushes past. Afterwards head out on a game drive, stopping off at a scenic spot to watch the sun set with sundowners and mouthwatering canapés.

Night drive back to the lodge followed by a superb 3 course meal out under the stars before retiring to your tent.

Day 11: Zambezi

Zambezi
Daily Summary
  • Tour: River Canoe Tour
  • Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

River Canoe Tour

Enjoy early morning tea or coffee on your private deck overlooking the river and then head off for a paddle in a canoe exploring the Siansimba Islands around the lodge followed by a sumptuous bush brunch served on the river's edge.

Return to the lodge for a siesta and then a late lunch on the main lodge deck and then in the afternoon head off for for a sunset 'drift' on the water with refreshments and snacks before dinner in the main lodge area.

Day 12: Zambezi

Zambezi
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Victoria Falls Tour
  • Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Victoria Falls Tour

Start the day with a tasty early morning breakfast and then pack a day pack for your morning trip into Victoria Falls town where you will be taken on a guided tour of Zimbabwe's foremost attraction - the Falls (excludes entry fee). “The smoke that thunders” remains one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. This will be followed by curio shopping at the local craft village.

Head back to camp in time for a delicious lunch on the main lodge deck and later in the day enjoy another game drive inside the park stopping along the river banks for evening drinks and nibbles, and to watch the unsurpassed beauty of a Zimbabwean sunset.

Freshen up on returning to camp and enjoy a 3 course dinner on the deck overlooking the gurgling river.

Day 13: Zambezi - Victoria Falls Departure

Daily Summary
  • Tour: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

Airport Transfer

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 breakfast on the main lodge deck, taking in the sights and sounds of your Zimbabwean safari one last time before your road transfer to Victoria Falls Airport to catch your departing flight.

Accommodation

Nehimba Lodge

Nehimba Lodge

Deep inside a private concession, nestled inside the remote northern region of Hwange National Park, hides Nehimba Lodge. By combining luxury living with ultimate elegance and lashings of African charm, this Lodge is designed to create the most exceptional safari experiences. Our Main guest area and 7 spacious guest accommodations are thatched tents built on teak decks, overlooking the magnificent lodge pan – a favoured spot frequented by a variety of wildlife and large numbers of elephants, particularly in the dry season. All the thatched tents have a private balcony, en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, hot running water and electricity by generator.

Bomani Tented Lodge

Bomani Tented Lodge

This luxurious tented lodge is situated in a private concession on the edge of the magnificent Ngamo Plain, in the remote and unspoiled south eastern corner of Hwange National Park. Bomani is famous for its unique scenery as well as its large herds of elephants and all other animals and bird life resident in Hwange. Our fully licensed and knowledgeable guides will treat you to a safari experience you will never forget! Our main lodge overlooks Bomani pan and comprises of an open dining room, bar area and lounge, built on a spectacular viewing platform. You can enjoy your breakfast whilst watching zebra and wildebeest quietly graze, or sip a sundowner as giraffe and elephant soak up the day’s final rays. During the chilly winter evenings, our open fireplaces keep the room warm and cozy. You can even snuggle up under a blanket around the outdoor fire pit and enjoy a glass of red wine with canapés, while listening to the sounds of the African bush.

Jozibanini Camp

Jozibanini Camp

Jozibanini Camp is situated in the remote south west of Hwange National Park in a wilderness unused for nearly 20 years; only the wildlife and the Parks rangers who look after it frequent this area, once roamed by San people. This is a small, truly exclusive camp in a truly wild place, providing a unique, untamed wilderness experience. The ecosystem here is semi-desert akin to the Kalahari in neighboring Botswana. Ancient windblown fossil sand dunes are separated by shallow valleys where elephant paths have compacted the terrain, providing us with the opportunity for a unique experiment of game viewing by mountain bike.

Zambezi Sands River Camp

Zambezi Sands River Camp

Zambezi Sands River Camp provides guests with an unforgettable experience in the wild. Only 45 minutes from the town of Victoria Falls, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the best of both worlds in Zimbabwe; the exotic nature, and the famous city highlights. Accommodations include 8 secluded Bedouin luxury tents offering complete privacy, dotted along the river bank. Rooms have twin double beds, a lounge area, mini-bar, en suite bathroom, outdoor shower, private splash pool and electricity by diesel/solar generator. In-house activities include game drives, game walks, fishing, canoeing and island picnics. In town, a smorgasbord of options include a guided tour of the Falls, river cruises, white water rafting, bungee jumping – or maybe just some relaxed souvenir shopping.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 4,668 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

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