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9 Days Classic Zimbabwe

OUR SAFARIS9 Days Classic Zimbabwe

9 Days

From $On Request

Places Covered

Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba in Matusadona National Park, and Mana Pools National Park

Highlights

  •     Explore three of Zimbabwe’s top Wildlife Areas
  •     Game Viewing in Hwange National Park
  •     Lake Kariba in Matusadona National Park
  •     The Great Mana Pools National Park

Explore three of Zimbabwe’s top area s at a great offering! An 8-night set in three independent safari camps in Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba in Matusadona National Park, and the World Heritage site Mana Pools National Park.

Zimbabwe is a country in southern Africa occupying among the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers and appreciated for its dramatic scenery and various wildlife, much of it in parks, stores, and safari areas. A variety matches the wonders of the scene, and stolidity of wildlife similar to the world’s best, and the country has no less than four World Heritage Sites, as recorded by UNESCO; the legendary Victoria Falls, beautiful Mana Pools National Park, Matobo Hills and the majestic medieval African cities of Khami and Great Zimbabwe.

  • Some activities on offer:
  • Some activities on offer: 
  • 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 visit

Day 1 - 4: The Hide Safari Camp in Hwange National Park

The Hide has set a bar of excellence and luxury for Hwange National Park accommodation and is consistently voted as one of the “Best Safari Lodges” in Zimbabwe. Located in a prime position in the Park, The Hide offers a life-enriching safari experience for its guests, from its fantastic game viewing right on your doorstep, to a variety of daily activities to suit everyone and the warm and welcoming staff, who make you feel like family from the minute you arrive.

The Main Lodge overlooks a wildlife-rich waterhole and offers spacious deluxe, family and honeymoon tents. If you’re looking for a more intimate safari, then the Private Hide offers the perfect setting for couples and individual groups, accommodating up to eight people. It comes complete with a private dining and lounge area, private pool with sun lounges and deck, and wildlife right on your doorstep.

Offering a range of accommodation to suit all travelers, The Hide, combines nature with luxury at its best. From an exclusive getaway to a private family home, there is something for everyone visiting Hwange, from families to honeymooners, small groups to business travelers.

Activities

You can choose up to four activities a day when staying at The Hide. Experience wild animals from a unique vantage point at the Private Hide, go on a professional guided walking safari, spend the morning/afternoon on a game drive or venture out on night drive to find that elusive leopard you’ve been searching for.

Day 4 - 6: Changa Safari Camp on Lake Kariba in Matusadona National Park

Perfectly set in a remote and secluded part of the Matusadona National Park located in the heart of Lake Kariba. Boasting nearly 4km of lakeshore frontage, Changa Safari Camp offers a unique and authentic safari experience.  There is a varied range of exciting and relaxing activities to choose from including both morning and afternoon game drives, fishing for the famed fighting Tigerfish, and stunning game walks on the concession with an experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Day 6 to 9: John’s Camp in World Heritage site Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River where you will find John's Camp nestled amongst canopies of Trichelia and Mahogany trees, it is a truly natural wilderness. Across the vast floodplain one can walk with the giants - our African Bull elephants, dine amidst herds of buffalo, gaze upon prides of lion, enjoy sundowners with hippos on the banks of the Zambezi River and bird watch over 400 species of birds.

The camp comprises of 12 beds, made up of 6 twin or double en-suite Meru style tents, a common dining area and a star gazing sleep-out platform for the more adventurous safari traveler.

6 Meru style canvas tents under a double fly sheet make up the complement of 12 beds. Each tent has en-suite bathroom facilities with flush loo and overhanging safari-style bucket showers. Inside the tent is a lit changing area complete with a running water basin. With privacy in mind, the tents are generously spaced out along the floodplain adjacent to the Zambezi River. The dining area is centrally located between the tents, positioned in the thick shade, and there is a campfire overlooking the floodplain for evening cocktails and snacks before dinner.

Activities

Game drives - All conducted from Toyota Landcruisers, 9-seater bench arrangements on a 3-tier frame with an overhead shade for comfort, a ‘window’ seat (i.e. two people per row) for everyone.

Walking - All walks are lead by professional, armed, and licensed Guides who are passionate and knowledgeable. Fly/Platform Night

Guests can be truly wowed with a night under the stars sleeping in a 'mozzi dome' tent, away from the main camp, or spending the night under the wild and magical African skies on our fully furnished star-deck.

Bush lunch -Enjoy a delicious meal prepared in the main camp and set up in a remote and beautiful part of the park, overlooking either the Zambezi River, one of the many inland pans, a gully or the majestic floodplain itself.

Fishing -Land-based fishing. Catch a variety of species from the great African Tiger Fish to the tasty Tilapia (bream).

All Tiger are strictly caught and release and we have a bag limit of 5 Tilapia per day.

Day 1: The Hide

Arriving at Victoria Falls Airport, you will go by departure customs and onto your scheduled charter flight from  Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park a short trip of 45 minutes. At Umtishibi Airstrip or Hwange Main Airport, in Hwange National Park a spokesperson from The Hide Safari Lodge will meet you. The road into the camp game seeing course will take about 40 minutes from Umtishibi Airstrip, or 1hr30m from Hwange Main.

The Hide is a family owned, and run safari camp that was built in 1992 by the Prestons’ and situated on a private concession on the Eastern boundary of Hwange National Park. The waterhole, just meters from The Hide, brings such a diversity of life that you may not require to roam far from your terrace to be a part of the action. Comfort at the Hideis made up of 10 Deluxe Tents and a  Safari House. With en-suite bathrooms and individual verandas overlooking the busy waterhole. There is a, two underground hides, an underground wine cellar,  swimming pool, lounge, bar, upstairs viewing deck, mini-museum and a complimentary treehouse sleep out. Wi-Fi is available.

 

Day 2 – 3: The Hide

Morning hikes are there for the excitement of meeting wildlife on its terms and exploring the little surprises of the bush. Alternatively, the day can be consumed additional afield on game drives in search of wild animals. We like to do things correctly, so cocktails are an essential part of the experience. Hwange National Park is the biggest park in Zimbabwe. Renowned for its strong elephant population. The attraction of this area is in its diversity vast, palm-fringed plains and grasslands interspersed with acacia woodlands and teak woods and this variety guarantees the sighting of significant numbers of animals all year round. Of course, enthusiastic photographers will want to spend time in the famous waterhole.

 

Day 4: Changa Safari Camp

Today you are off onto your next station and will catch your 1hr30m flight to Lake Kariba. Arriving at Lake Kariba, you will be joined by a Changa spokesperson and transported to the stunning Changa Safari Camp.

Lapped by] Lake Kariba, overshadowed by Mopane woodland and secluded from the world, Changa Safari Camp is an oasis of peace and an excellent retreat from the stress and bustle of modern life. Changa has been composed to blend in with the surroundings using natural materials. The cottage furniture has been made using Zimbabwe’s most beautiful teak, and the bar has been constructed around the frame of an old boat. You will experience a lunch watching out over the lake, and then you can pick to either unwind by the pool, hop on the afternoon or evening game drive or try out at fishing for the famous fighting tiger fish.

 

Day 5: Changa Safari Camp

An average day in the camp begins early to match with the best times to view animals. Awoken by the age-old “knock knock” at your door, accompanied by your choice of tea and coffee. You will then leave for your morning venture; either a game drives or walk or a fishing safari. The competition in the area is excellent, home to a wide variety of mammals, and above 350 bird species. Then, just before it is too hot, we’ll have you back at camp for a gratifying full meal set up. After lunch why not jump on a short boat ride over the lake to the beautiful Sanyati Gorge, where you can drift tranquility through the cliffs for up to 10 km. The Sanyati Gorge is both perfect and undisturbed with plenty of birdlife, the random sighting of antelope and great fishing.

 

Day 6: John’s Camp

After an early meal, you will be taken back to the airstrip to get your 30 min flight to Mana Pools, and the John’s Camp team will find you. The title ‘Mana’ implies ‘four’ in the local Shona language; this pertains to the four large ponds inland from the Zambezi River. Mana Pools is habitat to a wide variety of mammals and over 350 bird species.

 

Day 7 – 8: John’s Camp

A typical day on safari has visitors woken before sunrise for a cup of tea or coffee. Heading out on either a game walk or drive returning to camp for a late morning brunch. Midday siesta time is spent in the field and afternoon tea served at 3.30pm and out again for an afternoon of game watching. Fishing at the banks of the river is also an opportunity. Cocktails can be enjoyed while out on your afternoon game drive or back in camp. All guests will be back in the field by 6.30pm.  Warm bucket baths will be ready on your arrival. Huddle around the campfire to share your tales from the day before experiencing a three-course dinner.

 

Day 9: Transit

On the final day, you will be transported back to Mana Main Airstrip in time for your Harare charter then your onward connection.

Includes;

All safari activities, meals, bar (premium drinks extra), laundry, road transfers + flights starting Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and ending Harare, Zimbabwe.

Excludes;

International flights, airport taxes, visa fees, gratuities and items of a personal nature

Valid: May to October.

Minimum: 2 pax.

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