Spend two epic days taking in Victoria Falls, one of Africa's natural wonders. From Gorges Lodge, enjoy beautiful views of the fast flowing Zambezi River, and take tours into the Falls area. Transfer to Hwange National Park for some of the best game driving available anywhere in the world. Safari accessories are at your command, including underground blinds, armed park rangers, open air game viewing vehicles, and even a train line deeper into the park. After days of getting lost in the wilderness, return to Zambezi River, where further up river from the Falls, one can enjoy river wildlife and leisurely activities before returning home.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Victoria Falls Arrival

Victoria Falls Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Arrival Transfer & Cultural Performance
  • Accommodation: Gorges Lodge
  • Meals: D

Arrival Transfer & Cultural Performance

Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport where your Zimbabwean safari experience begins. You will be met by our transfer vehicle for your road transfer to Gorges Lodge on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, 200 meters above the mighty Zambezi River (30 mins).

Gorges Lodge has arguably the most spectacular views in Southern Africa and offers a unique Victoria Falls experience from a peaceful and idyllic base on the edge of the Batoka Gorge.

Spend the 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 (weather permitting).

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.

Day 2: Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Village Visit & Victoria Falls Tour
  • Accommodation: Gorges Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Village Visit & Victoria Falls Tour

Enjoy early morning tea or coffee on your private veranda overlooking the gorge followed by a sumptuous breakfast in the main lodge dining area then head to the nearby Chisuma Village for a village and school tour where you will able to see some of our community initiative projects and then head back to Gorges for a tasty lunch.

In the afternoon you will road transfer into Victoria Falls town where you will be taken on a guided tour of Zimbabwe's foremost attraction - the 'Falls'. “The smoke that thunders” remains one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. This will be followed by curio shopping at the craft village.

Return to Gorges Lodge in the evening for a traditional Zimbabwean 'braai' out under the stars.

Day 3: Victoria Falls - Hwange National Park

Victoria Falls - Hwange National Park
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Game Drive & Underground Blind
  • Accommodation: Camelthorn Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Game Drive & Underground Blind

After a hearty breakfast, you will embark on your road transfer to Camelthorn Lodge situated in the South Eastern corner of Hwange National Park (4 hours) - drinks and snacks will be provided enroute.

After welcome drinks and a short orientation settle in to your beautifully appointed forest villa and enjoy a late alfresco lunch under the Camelthorn tree.

Late afternoon game drive by Land Rover into 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 beneath a blanket of stars under the Camelthorn tree.

Day 4: Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Village Visit & Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Camelthorn Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Village Visit & Game Drive

Wake up to the abundance of bird life in the area while sipping freshly brewed coffee or tea and later enjoy either a light continental or delicious cooked breakfast in the lodge area.

Embark on your game drive vehicles for Ngamo Village 20 minutes from the lodge for a very special morning that gives guests a chance to experience a real and unchoreographed 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 Camelthorn for lunch and a short siesta before a game drive on the Ngamo Plains in Hwange National Park, stopping for sundowners on the plains sipping cold drinks and enjoying snacks while our experienced guides share their love and knowledge of the bush with you.

As the sun goes down head back to the lodge to freshen up before dinner.

Day 5: Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Pump Run
  • Accommodation: Camelthorn Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Pump Run

Wake up to the sounds of the African bush while sipping coffee or tea. After an early breakfast, head off on a full day adventure into the park for a one of a kind ‘Pump Run’ with a picnic and siesta under the trees at Mfagazaan Pan. The trademark Pump Run combines 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. (Pump Runs only happen in the dry season, if this is green season it will be an all-day game drive in the park).

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon game drive back to the lodge going from Pan to Pan, weaving our way between the throngs of jostling elephant that come pouring in for the fresh water. It makes for a fun, memorable and extremely rewarding day.

Freshen up with showers or a bubble bath before your 3 course dinner in the main lodge area followed by campfire nightcaps.

Day 6: Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Elephant Express & Night Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Elephant Express & Night Game Drive

After a delicious cooked breakfast, drive 10 minutes to Ngamo Siding and embark on the Elephant Express rail car for a slow ride up the railway line, game viewing all the way to Impofu Siding. Cool drinks and snacks will be served on board to enjoy en route (about a 2 hour ride).

Disembark from the Elephant Express at Impofu Siding and board game viewing vehicles to take you to Nehimba Lodge (2 hours) in the North-West of Hwange National Park, famed for its large elephant herds and variety of wildlife.

Once at Nehimba, settle in and start to unwind as you take a seat overlooking the tranquil waterhole in front of the lodge and enjoy the African rustic charm that surrounds you.

Relax with sundowners as you watch the game come down to drink in front of the lodge, and the heat starts to subside for the day. A 3-course bush dinner will be served out under the African sky near the lodge waterhole.

After dinner, there will be a night drive on offer around the concession to spot nocturnal species that are just starting their 'day'.

Day 7: Hwange National Park

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

Game Driving

Pack day packs and 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.

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, as well as 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.

Later in the afternoon, head out on a game drive within the park, ending with cool refreshments and canapés at sunset over one of this area's famed waterholes.

Back at camp you 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, and later fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush around you.

Day 8: Hwange National Park

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

Game Driving

Early morning tea or coffee on your private deck followed by a hearty breakfast in the main lodge, and then board a game viewing vehicle to drive to Mandavu Dam for a picnic lunch (2 hours).

Mandavu Dam is situated in a scenic hilly spot only 15-kilometers from Sinamatella Camp and 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 with sundowners.

Day 9: Hwange National Park - Zambezi

Hwange National Park - Zambezi
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Transfer to Zambezi
  • Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Transfer to Zambezi

After a last walk in the Hwange wilderness, enjoy a hearty breakfast and embark on your road transfer to Zambezi Sands on the banks of the thundering wild waters of the Zambezi River, inside Zambezi National Park (5 hours). Three hours of this transfer takes place in the National Parks and is the perfect opportunity to view game along the way. Drinks and snacks will be provided en route.

Settle into your luxury tent and then relax on an evening sundowner drift near camp, watching the game come down to drink and the unsurpassed beauty of the a Zimbabwean sunset.

Later, enjoy a superb 3 course meal on the main lodge deck while listening to the Siansimba Rapids in front of the lodge, before retiring to your tent and falling asleep as the river rushes past.

Day 10: Zambezi

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

River Activities

Start your day with tea or coffee on your private deck followed by a tasty breakfast overlooking the Zambezi on the main deck under the Ebony trees.

Enjoy a drive in the Zambezi National park along the river’s edge returning later for a delicious lunch on the main deck watching the crocodile and hippo wallow close to the lodge.

Relax for an hour or two in your private splash pool watching the game and birdlife on the river’s edge, then head back onto the water to enjoy a few hours fishing, stopping for evening drinks and nibbles as the sun goes down on the banks of the river.

Return to camp to freshen up and enjoy a 3 course feast under the stars while the mighty Zambezi river rushes past next to the lodge.

Day 11: Zambezi

Zambezi
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Paddling & Game Drive
  • Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Paddling & Game Drive

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 a late lunch on the main lodge deck. In the afternoon head off for a game drive and walk, returning to camp in the evening for a sunset 'drift' on the water with refreshments and snacks before dinner in the main lodge area.

Day 12: Zambezi Departure

Zambezi Departure
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Morning Walk & Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

Morning Walk & Airport Transfer

After morning tea or coffee on your private deck, explore the park one more time on foot, taking a guided early morning walk ending with a farewell bush breakfast along the river.

On returning to the lodge, pack your bags. A final road transfer back to Victoria Falls Airport (1 hour) for onward travel.

Accommodation

Gorges Lodge

Gorges Lodge

Gorges Lodge is built on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, some 800 breathtaking feet above the mighty Zambezi. The lodge consists of ten beautiful stone and thatch cottages, dotted along the Gorges edge, in front of luscious landscaped gardens. Each individual en-suite cabin is finished beautifully and boasts a private garden and decked veranda: the ideal place to watch the sunrise – or set – over the Zambezi. Gorges Lodge is home to an incredible population of raptors, as well as a stunning array of butterflies and wild flora. Several tame bushbuck, baboon and vervet monkey also roam the grounds, in the hope of finding a treat. The main lodge is set in the middle of the ten chalets; teetering on the very edge of the gorge, built on a stilted decking of indigenous hard wood. The lodge is close enough to the Falls to enjoy all the activities Victoria Falls is famous for.

Camelthorn Lodge

Camelthorn Lodge

Camelthorn Lodge is nestled in a patch of pristine woodland just west of Ngamo in the South Eastern corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge is unique in its style and design and has as its centerpiece a huge ancient Camelthorn tree. On the edge of the Ngamo Plain, and strategically placed to explore the remote and unspoiled south eastern portion of the park, Camelthorn provides a spectacular wilderness experience. Each of the 16 Forest Villas features a large bedroom (King beds or 2 Double beds) with overhead fans, fireplaces, en-suite bathrooms, and en-suite lounge areas. A spiral staircase leads to an outdoor deck/roof with hammocks ideal for a siesta, private dining or a night ‘under the stars’.

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.

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 $ 4,228 per person

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

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