Classic Zimbabwe Safari

10 Days
Zimbabwe
Classic

Embark on an extraordinary Zimbabwe adventure with our exceptional 9-night package, offering you the chance to explore three of the country’s top regions. Immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of Hwange National Park with a 3-night stay at The Hide Safari Camp. Then, experience the captivating wonders of Matusadona National Park at Changa Safari Camp on Lake Kariba for another 3 nights. Finally, indulge in the untouched splendor of World Heritage site Mana Pools with a 3-night stay at John’s Camp.

Zimbabwe, located in southern Africa, is a remarkable landlocked country known for its stunning landscape and diverse wildlife. With an array of parks, reserves, and safari areas, Zimbabwe offers an unparalleled experience. Its remarkable natural beauty is complemented by an impressive variety of wildlife, comparable to the best in the world. The country proudly boasts four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the renowned Victoria Falls, the picturesque Mana Pools National Park, the majestic Matobo Hills, and the historic African cities of Khami and Great Zimbabwe. Get ready to be captivated by the wonders that Zimbabwe has to offer.

Highlights

  • The Hide: Game drives, walking safaris, viewing hides
  • Changa Safari Camp: Game drives, walking safaris, tiger fishing, Sanyati Gorge trip
  • John's Camp: Game drives, walking safaris, land fishing, National Parks Headquarters office tour, village visits.

Inclusions

  • 9 Nights Ensuite Accommodation
  • All Scheduled safari activities
  • All Meals
  • Bar (premium drinks extra)
  • Laundry Services
  • Road transfers + Flights Starting Victoria Falls Zimbabwe and Ending Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Itinerary

Day 1

The Hide, Hwange National Park

On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will go through departure formalities and onto your scheduled charter flight from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park, just a short flight of 45 minutes. At Umtishibi Airstrip/Hwange Main Airport, in Hwange National Park a representative from The Hide Safari Lodge will meet you. The drive into camp game viewing en route will take approximately 40 minutes from Umtishibi Airstrip, or 1hr30m from Hwange Main.

The Hide is a family owned and family run safari camp that was built in 1992 by the Prestons’ and is situated on a private concession on the Eastern boundary of Hwange National Park. The waterhole, just metres from The Hide, attracts such a variety of life that you may not need to roam far from your veranda to be a part of the action.

Accommodation at the Hide consists of 10 Deluxe Tents and a Private Safari House. All boasting en-suite bathrooms and private verandas overlooking the busy waterhole. There is a swimming pool, lounge, bar, upstairs viewing deck, mini museum, 2 underground hides, an underground wine cellar and a complimentary treehouse sleep out. Wi-Fi is available.

Day 2 - 3

The Hide , Hwange National Park

Early morning walks are there for the thrill of encountering wildlife on its own terms and exploring the little surprises of the bush. Alternatively, the day can be spent further afield on game drives in search of predators and prey alike. We like to do things properly so sundowners are an important part of the experience.

Hwange National Park is the largest park in Zimbabwe. Famous for its healthy elephant population. The beauty of this area is in its diversity — vast, palm-fringed plains and classic grasslands are interspersed with acacia woodlands and teak forests and this diversity ensures the sighting of great numbers of animals all year round. Of course, keen photographers will want to spend time in the hide that overlooks the popular waterhole.

Day 4

Hwange NP to Changa Safari Camp, Lake Kariba

Today you are off onto your next stop and will catch your 1hr30m flight to Lake Kariba. On arrival at Lake Kariba, you will be met by a Changa representative and transferred to the stunning Changa Safari Camp.

Lapped by the waters of Lake Kariba, shaded by Mopane woodland and hidden from the world, Changa Safari Camp is an oasis of tranquillity and an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Changa has been designed to blend in with the environment using natural materials.

The camp furniture has been built using Zimbabwe’s finest teak and the bar has been fashioned around the hull of an old boat. You will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lake and then you can choose to either relax by the pool, hop on the afternoon/evening game drive or try your hand at fishing for the famed fighting tiger fish.

Day 5 & 6

Changa Safari Camp, Lake Kariba

A typical day in the camp starts early to coincide with the best times to view animals. You will be awoken by the age old “knock knock” at your door, accompanied by your choice of tea and coffee. You will then depart for your morning activity; either a game drive or walk or a fishing safari.

The game in the area is excellent, home to a wide range of mammals, and over 350 bird species. Then, just before it gets too hot, we’ll have you back in camp for a delicious full breakfast set up. After lunch why not hop on a short boat ride across the lake to the scenic Sanyati Gorge, where you can meander peacefully through the steep cliffs for up to 10 km. The Sanyati Gorge is both unspoilt and undisturbed with an abundance of birdlife, the occasional sighting of antelope and great fishing.

Day 7

Lake Kariba to John's Camp - Mana Pools NP

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip to catch your 30 minute flight to Mana Pools where the John’s Camp team will meet you.

The name ‘Mana’ means’ four’ in the local Shona language. This applies to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. Mana Pools is home to a wide range of mammals and over 350 bird species.

Day 8 - 9

John's Camp - Mana Pools NP

A typical day on safari has guests woken just before sunrise for a quick cup of tea or coffee, a bowl of porridge or a muffin. You will head out on either a game walk or drive returning to camp for a late morning brunch. Midday siesta time is spent in camp and afternoon tea is served at 3.30pm.

Head out again for an afternoon of game viewing as the day cools. Fishing from the banks of the river is also an option. Sundowners can be enjoyed while out on your afternoon game drive or back in camp. All guests will be back in camp by 6.30pm. Warm bucket showers will be ready on your return. Gather around the campfire to share your stories from the day before enjoying a three-course dinner.

Day 10

Departure

On the final day you will be transferred back to Mana Main Airstrip in time for your Harare charter then your onward connection from Harare International Airport.

What's not included

Visa fees, Personal Insurances, Regional & International flights - Airport departure taxes ( USD 15.00 PP Each Way) - Private Safari Activities - Gratuities and items of a personal nature - Flights options available at extra cost from Mana Pools to Victoria Falls ($723 per seat). - Costs resulting in diversion or inability to fly due to bad weather or aircraft mechanical problems, which could affect safety of the aircraft and/or its occupants.

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Feedback From Our Previous Clients

Gary V
Gary V
2023-12-19
Another perfect holiday We were a party of eight, most of us on a return trip (last one in 2020 - also with Absolute Zambia Safaris) under the expert guidance of Robert. It was again a holiday without a single complaint. Pickups were reliable and punctual, the David Livingstone resort is perfectly located on the banks of the Zambezi with comfortable beds, sumptuous food, an infinity pool, and an unlimited supply of food and drinks on the silent but spacious sunset cruise. Robert (from Absolute Zambia Safaris) dealt with all our changes, additions, amendments, and cancellations with endless patience and understanding. It was a perfect holiday, we will be back. Thank you Absolute Zambia Safaris.
Lisa A
Lisa A
2023-11-24
Amazing five-day trip Absolute Safari organised an amazing five-day trip for us which included 2 nights in Mwanfushi safari lodge and 2 nights by Victoria falls. Everything worked out perfectly and Robert was quick on the email, answering and organising according to our wishes. Our driver Brian was excellent and always on time and the price very reasonable. Can highly recommend.
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Sunshine25775779985
2023-10-10
exciting trip at the Lower zambeji National Park It was a wonderful experience. I came to know about absolute Zambia safari from TripAdvisor only. I contacted them and Robert was very nice and every time he answered my email very promptly. It was my solo trip and good that I decided to be a client of the absolute Zambia safari because they arranged everything for me. I just dropped into the plan. In my game drive, I saw almost every animals available in the lower Zambezi national park. it was my three day two night trip. The place named Kianbi safari challet where I stayed during the trip was very peaceful and lovely. I again wish to visit Zambia and if I go, I will choose the same absolute Zambia Safari group.
Florencia S
Florencia S
2023-08-01
Amazing experience!! Robert is very professional and his organization and arrangements exceeded every hope we had with our trip. It was just fabulous!!! We did a 2-week trip around Zambia, what a beautiful country!! Thank you again Robert, you did a wonderful work!!
marys
marys
2022-12-07
More than I could have hoped for! I didn't know much about Zambia when we were planning our trip, but I had heard wonderful things about South Luangwa National Park. After reading some reviews, I contacted a few agencies in Zambia to plan our trip. Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris was truly amazing -- the entire experience was so much more than we had expected and everything worked out beautifully. Great properties, unbelievable safaris with knowledgeable guides, excellent and almost too plentiful food, I don't have enough superlatives to describe our visit, but I will certainly call on Robert again when I go back to Zambia!
Litote
Litote
2022-10-08
Véritable Afrique Difficile d'imaginer les éléphants qui passent à coté de votre chalet la nuit? Les hippopotames qui broutent l'herbe devant votre chambre? Les singes qui prennent votre dentrifice si la porte est ouverte? Après plusieurs decennies consacrées à la protection des animaux sauvages (période de braconnage de 1970-1990), la Zambie se met à l'écotourisme avec d' excellents standards de services, nourriture, eau potable et confort de chambre. Des simples comprimés contre le paludisme sont conseillés. Les lodges que nous avons visités prennent soin de supprimer le maximum d'insectes possibles pour que les soirées soient bien sans souci. Robert Zgozi nous a organisé un voyage époustouflant (15j) pendant lequel nous avons vu une bonne dizaine de léopards, une vingtaine de lions et lionnes ainsi que d'innombrables d'autres espèces. Notre voyage a traversé quatre parcs (Kafué, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi et Mosi Oa Tunya ) avec des guides qui étaient de véritables encylopédies de faune et de flore locaux. Nous avons choisi la saison sèche (septembre) pour voir le maximum d'animaux. Ce parcours nous a permis de faire un crochet à Victoria Falls où nous étions suspendus au dessus des chutes dans le Devils Pool. Adrénaline garantie. Par ailleurs, tous les Zambiens que nous avons rencontrés étaient accueillants et souriants. Ce voyage n'était pas donné mais nous le referions bien un jour. Notre groupe familial de 4 adultes partagent plein de souvenirs ensemble grâce à ce voyage. Beaucoup de transits se font en avion car le pays est très grand. Je déconseille vivement les transits entre parc par voiture. Robert Zgozi est Zambien ; il sait communiquer l'amour et la connaissance approfondie qu'il a de son pays. Nous l'avons trouvé sur le site national "Zambian Tourism", Nous vous conseillons ses service si vous souhaitez un voyage clé en main. Merci Robert Zgozi :) Rob NB: La Zambie est un pays anglophone
Sunderland2
Sunderland2
2022-09-28
Fabulous trip to Sth Luangwa We’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to South Luangwa all organised by Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris. I contacted this company as I read it was Zambian owned and I was very impressed by Robert’s speedy replies to my queries. We stayed in 2 different camps which Robert recommended to suit our budget and we weren’t disappointed. Both camps were everything we’d hoped for. We did a combination of chalets and tents with all meals, game drives and transfers included. Robert actually surprised us twice by meeting us at our Lusaka hotel on arrival in Zambia and our return after the trip. We found Robert to be a very friendly, likeable and professional guy who went above and beyond to make sure our trip went smoothly. You can’t go wrong with this company, we will definitely use them again on our next trip to Zambia.
Mubita M
Mubita M
2022-09-08
Experiencing South Luangwa I didn’t know what to expect it being my first time in South Luangwa, it was lovely, all of it (the entire experience!). We stayed at Mfuwe lodge and opted for 3 game drives a day, this doesn’t give you a lot of time for sleeping in but all the fresh air and being in the bush, watching all the animals made us feel so refreshed. And don’t get me started on the food!! Absolute Zambia Safaris gave us exactly what we needed and we enjoyed everything bit of it. Their staff is patient and friendly; they take care of every last detail including a range of options to suit your budget. All in all, it was the true definition of a holiday carefree and stress-free and we most certainly will be going back.
Silent639
Silent639
2022-09-02
The real zambian agency My family and I have just returned from a trip to Zambia. Before booking, as always, I searched for all the best local travel agencies. My choice was Absolute Zambia Safaris. First of all it is one of the few, if not the only one, that is Zambian-owned. So all the staff know perfectly every single area of the country, from the most aware to the most remote. The owner, Mr. Robert Zgozi, has over ten years of experience in the Zambian tourism industry, having worked for top-tier tourism companies, as well as being a lover of unspoiled nature. Before defining the various stages of the journey, Mr. Robert, like a true friend, advised us both the best areas of the country, the best lodges and resorts, and all flight connections. Having traveled extensively in Africa for more than 10 years, I know perfectly well the difficulties of organizing transfers, of finding the best accommodations for the budget available. Robert and his staff have been able to organize any type of activity with extreme professionalism. The organization has always been perfect. All the staff interested in our trip were always present as soon as we reached an airport, a lodge. We didn't have to think about anything but enjoying the beautiful nature and the people of Zambia. Although our international flight (from Italy) was canceled and rescheduled two days later, putting the entire trip at risk, Mr. Robert was able to help us change the itinerary without missing a single scheduled activity. Incredible! While we were in Lower Zambezi, we suddenly decided to go three days to Victoria Falls. Robert, within two hours, organized all the transfers and the resort, taking care in the meantime to get us refund for the two nights lost in Lusaka. Never before have I been assisted in such a professional and friendly way in my previous travels. Among other things, he could also have organized trips in combination with neighboring countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana), having direct contacts. The surprise? While we were in South Luangwa, he came in person to meet us and find out how the journey was progressing. Incredible! Briefly a note on Zambia. it is truly an incredible country. Its people are so friendly and hospitable that you immediately feel like a genuine Zambian. I never felt any sense of danger. In fact, the country is considered among the safest in the world for travel. Landscapes take your breath away. Nature is majestic. Here you can really see anything: wildogs (herd of 20 specimens with cubs), dozens of leopards and cubs, lions and lionesses, different scenes of lions and leopards hunting, huge herds of hippos, huge herds of elephants, birds of extraordinary beauty, including the crowned crane and secretary bird. One negative note: unfortunately having had to go home and leave this extraordinary country that has given me unforgettable moments that will remain forever etched in my mind and in my heart. So I would recommend both visiting Zambia and doing it with Absolute Zambia Safaris. Have a good trip!
Irena12
Irena12
2022-08-02
One of the best safari operators Absolute Safaris is one of the best operators I have ever encountered - Robert managed to do an incredible thing and organise my custom 11 days Luangwa trip in Zambia at the shortest possible notice ( literally few days before arrival)! My trip was absolutely wonderful, everything worked perfectly and I loved every moment on the safari. I have had so many wonderful wildlife sightings, and all the camps were in beautiful locations, very comfortable with great service and very professional guiding. Truly one of the best safaris of my life ( I have spent most of it in Africa). My big thanks to Absolute Safaris, for their professionalism and outstanding customer service. Will definitely be back.

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