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Essential Zimbabwe

Combining scenery and culture with game viewing in the Matobo, Hwange and Matusadona National Parks and finishing within sight of the spray above Victoria Falls

Camp Amalinda: 2 nights
The Hide: 3 nights
Musango Safari Camp: 3 nights
Ilala Lodge: 2 nights

Including - flights, transfers, most meals, Park fees and safaris activities

From £3878
12 nights

Fly overnight from London via Johannesburg to Bulawayo

DAYS 2 and 3
Some of the most majestic scenery is found in the MATOBO HILLS otherwise known as THE MATOPOS. It is here, with a magnificent view, that Cecil Rhodes chose his burial place and the lives of ancient San Bushman are recorded in the rock art. There is some game in the area – both black and white rhino can be tracked on foot and there is a high concentration of leopard - but a stay in the MATOBO NATIONAL PARK is more a cultural and historical experience.
In a spiritual location amidst the granite outcrops where leopard and baboon calls echo down the valley, Camp Amalinda is cleverly nestled amongst huge boulders. Views from the nine individually thatched rooms, the lounge and dining room are exceptional and even the bar and sun loungers by the large pool have views over a waterhole and down the valley.

DAYS 4 to 6
The journey north will take you through Bulawayo with its wide streets, designed to allow an ox-drawn wagon to turn easily, and on to HWANGE NATIONAL PARK. Justly deserving its reputation for outstanding game viewing, including vast herds of elephant, the variety of the terrain from woodland to open grassy plains attracts an excellent mix of animals.
Situated within the park, The Hide offers the advantage of game viewing straight from your tented room! The camp also has an underground hide close to a nearby water-hole from which you can watch and photograph game which is unaware of your presence.

DAYS 7 to 9
After a short flight, a transfer by boat will take you to Musango Safari Camp on the edge of LAKE KARIBA where a lovely welcome and warm Zimbabwean hospitality await. The accommodation is in comfortable tents with stone-built bathrooms at the rear and a private verandah overlooking the lake.
Lake Kariba is massive - 220 kms long - and the fertile foreshore is visited by a variety of animals which can be viewed from the lake by boat, in a vehicle or on foot. There is fun fishing for amateurs and the purists can get a thrill catching a tiger fish on a fly! Other activities include canoeing, a village visit and the highlight is tracking rare black rhino on foot in the MATUSADONA HILLS NATIONAL PARK.

DAYS 10 and 11
Take a short flight from Kariba.  Within walking distance of the VICTORIA FALLS, Ilala Lodge, a small, family owned hotel, makes the perfect base for exploring all that this area has to offer. The tropical garden overlooks the National Park and animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the Falls in the background. As well as the adrenaline activities such as white water rafting and bungy jumps, helicopter flights over the Falls, elephant back safaris, walking with lions and more sedate river cruises are all easily arranged.

DAY 12
Fly via Johannesburg overnight to London

What About?

MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK with 200 kms of prime ZAMBEZI riverfront, is completely unspoilt and has a large wildlife population as well as fantastic birdlife. It is home to magnificent elephants, buffalo, rhino, hippos, crocodiles, antelope and numerous predators. From Ruckomechi Camp, spend three nights canoeing and walking between MANA POOLS and CHIKWENA on a fully backed up luxury safari on the river.

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Game Viewing Galore In the contrasting environments of Botswana's Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park and Zimbabwe's Hwange and Matobo National Parks with an interlude at Victoria Falls

Pom Pom Camp: 3 nights
Kubu Lodge: 3 nights
Victoria Falls Hotel: 3 nights
Somalisa Camp: 3 nights
Camp Amalinda: 2 nights

Including - flights, transfers, most meals and drinks, Park fees and most safari activities
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