Wild Zimbabwe

Exploring Zimbabwe is a unique experience, sure to fulfill the wanderlust of any traveler. Your journey begins at the Matobo National Park, known incredible balancing rock formations, followed by an iconic wildlife safari within the wonders of Hwange National Park. Marvel at the impressive Falls, experience some of the best game driving available anywhere in the world and get lost in the wilderness, you will have a taste of it all! So, pack you bags and get ready for the memories of a lifetime, as you make your way through Zimbabwe's secluded and spectacular wild!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Bulawayo Arrive

Bulawayo Arrive
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation: Amalinda Lodge
  • Meals: D

Welcome to Zimbabwe! Upon arrival at the Bulawayo Airport, the gateway to Matobo National Park, you will be greeted by a local lodge representative. You will then be transferred directly to your the Amalinda Lodge nestled among the mysterious Matobo Hills, for a smooth and easy start to your adventure! (This service is on a group basis.)

Matobo Hills

Matobo Hills features an unparalleled landscape, comprised of ancient granite kopjes, wooded valleys and weirdly balanced rock formations. Mysterious and beautiful, this World Heritage Site is located 40 kms south of Bulawayo, in an area of massive spiritual and cultural significance. Millions of years of erosion and weathering has hewn shapes from granite rock. These gravity-defying formations point to the skies above, as though in communion with the elements responsible for sculpting them. In many cases, they seem to have been strategically placed by supernatural beings – or artistically coughed up from deep within the earth!

Days 2 - 3: Bulawayo

Bulawayo
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Lodge Activities
  • Accommodation: Amalinda Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Lodge Activities

Amalinda Lodge is a privately owned safari lodge located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Matobo Hills. Tucked away into an ancient Bushman’s shelter, this exclusive property is nestled among some of the most fascinating rock formations in the world. The granite domes echo the essence of tranquility and the majesty of untamed Africa, where wildlife and bird life species thrive in prolific numbers. This area is home to a healthy population of the endangered Black and White Rhino, making it one of the most sought after destinations in Zimbabwe.

Your experience at Amalinda Lodge will be driven by the region's rich culture and exciting adventures. Enjoy a leisurely walk to the nearby San rock art attractions, or a more strenuous full day trek to Nanke Cave. Go rhino tracking in the company of a professional guide and visit the "View of the World", Rhodes’ final resting place. Full day mountain biking excursions feature the camp's latest new activity. For an an additional cost, tours can even be booked with resident archaeologist and historian, Paul Hubbard!

Your fully inclusive stay at Amalinda Lodge covers all meals, local brand drinks, laundry services and 2 scheduled daily activities. Choose between nature drives, rhino tracking by vehicle and on foot, a visit to Cecil John Rhodes grave, half and full day mountain biking tours, an African homestead exploration, rock art discovery tours and hiking excursions. Please note that entrance fees may be required for certain activities.

Day 4: Bulawayo - Hwange

Bulawayo - Hwange
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Accommodation: Khulu Bush Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Following an incredible start to your adventure, the wildlife wonders are now calling! After breakfast at Amalinda Lodge, you will be transferred to Khulu Bush Camp in the beautiful Hwange National Park. The drive time should be about three hours. (This service is on a private basis.)

Once you are settled into your tent you will have plenty of time to explore the property and check out the safari activities!

Hwange National Park

From what used to be royal hunting grounds before it was declared a National Park in 1929, Hwange is now Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve. This diverse landscape of mopane and teak forests, semi-desert scrubland and granite hills, is teeming with a wide variety of mammals and birds. Although it is a year round destination, Hwange is particularly appealing during the winter months of April to October, when large concentrations of animals flock to artificially pumped waterholes, as the seasonal pans dry out. The park’s network of waterholes sustains life when natural resources are unavailable. Massive herds of elephant make their presence felt during the dry period. Everything from buffalo, zebra, sable and roan antelope, to lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog, can be seen.

Days 5 - 6: Hwange

Hwange
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Camp Activities
  • Accommodation: Khulu Bush Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Camp Activities

Khulu Bush Camp is an intimate, family-owned camp, located on a private concession of 2,400 hectares adjoining the Hwange National Park. It is situated near indigenous flora and overlooks of an ancient vlei and waterhole, which attracts game and excellent bird life. Private balconies allow you to appreciate the vistas whilst watching for animals. The camp’s beautifully designed communal areas are an eclectic mix of local flavor and colonial era antiques. Cool off during the summer months in the plunge pool, and star gaze around the fire pit at night. Enjoy day game drives through the private concession and Hwange. The area is the long-standing home range of the frequently seen Presidential Herd of elephants.

Your fully inclusive stay at Khulu Bush Camp covers all meals, local brand drinks, laundry services and 2 scheduled daily activities. Choose between nature drives, rhino tracking by vehicle and on foot, a visit to Cecil John Rhodes grave, half and full day mountain biking tours, an African homestead exploration, rock art discovery tours and hiking excursions. Please note that entrance fees may be required for certain activities.

Day 7: Hwange - Victoria Falls

Hwange - Victoria Falls
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Accommodation: Batonka Guest Lodge
  • Meals: B

After breakfast, you will be picked up at Khulu Bush Camp and transferred to Batonka Guest Lodge in Victoria Falls. (This service is on a private basis.)

Victoria Falls

The enchanting Victoria Falls features the largest sheet of falling water on earth. This mesmerizing spectacle is something that simply cannot be missed on an authentic discovery of Africa. The sheer mass of water cascading down the 100 meter drop across nearly 2 kilometers, generates a thunderous roar and a magnificent spray of water that can be seen for miles. This world renowned attraction promises to captivate you from your very first glimpse of the "smoke that thunders".

Day 8: Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Free Day
  • Accommodation: Batonka Guest Lodge
  • Meals: B

Free Day

The lovely Batonka Guest Lodge offers an intimate and quality experience in Victoria Falls. Dine on the outdoor terrace, soak up some sun poolside, or get lost in a good book from the privacy of your own veranda overlooking the garden. Batonka presents peace and tranquility, for the idyllic Zimbabwean escape. Whether you spend your time relaxing on property, exploring the Victoria Falls town center, or wandering through the wonders of cascading falls, your experience is sure to be memorable.

The reception also serves as the information and activities booking desk, and a curio shop offers a selection of Zimbabwean arts, craft and local memorabilia. Your stay at the lodge covers breakfast, tea and coffee, and twice daily shuttle transfers into Victoria Falls town.

Day 9: Victoria Falls Departure

Victoria Falls Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Meals: B

Sadly, your epic adventure through Zimbabwe must come to an end; however, you will be leaving with unforgettable memories and the experience of a lifetime!

After checking out of your lodge, you will be picked up for a road transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport in good time to board your departing flight home. We hope you had an incredible trip and we wish you safe and pleasant travels onward! (This service is on a private basis.)

Accommodation

Amalinda Lodge

Amalinda Lodge

Amalinda Lodge is an architectural gem, tucked away in an ancient Bushman shelter, in the mysterious Matobo Hills. Surrounded by an impressive granite wilderness, this quirky camp, crafted into the side of a hill, spills out over a number of different levels. Nine secluded rock suites are uniquely designed with natural stone and thatch, and feature comfortable furnishings. Central areas imaginatively reflect the Matobo Hills World Heritage Site and the spa and infinity pool overlook a scenic waterhole. Please note that Amalinda Lodge has a number of steps and is not suitable for those with mobility challenges.

Khulu Bush Camp

Khulu Bush Camp

Khulu Bush Camp is a gorgeous new lodge featuring two large main suites, which allow you to become one with nature. Peer through tall glass pane windows with the best views from the comfort of your bed. An open plan dining, kitchen and lounge area create a tranquil flow throughout the lodge. Enjoy a peaceful and memorable stay, assured through friendly companions; a private chef and private guide with a private game drive vehicle, allowing a unique experience in one of the most beautiful locations in Africa.

Batonka Guest Lodge

Batonka Guest Lodge

Located in a quiet residential suburb of Victoria Falls, Batonka Guest House is just a short distance from the Victoria Falls rainforest entrance and the town center. The property features 22 en suite rooms that offer quality comforts, modern amenities and boast their own verandas overlooking beautiful gardens. Attractive central spaces include a dining area, lounge and bar, and delectable meals can either be enjoyed indoors or outside on the lovely terrace overlooking the pool. In between sightseeing adventures, Batonka Guest Lodge is the idyllic place to unwind, kick back and relax.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 2,638 per person

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

Price Includes

  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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