Sunset at Mana Pools National Park

Luxury in the African Wild: Exclusive Zimbabwe Safari

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Countries Visited

Zimbabwe

Places Visited

Victoria Falls, Mana Pools National Park, Hwange National Park

Suggested Duration

10 Days

Embrace wonder on your 10-day Zimbabwe safari to find natural wonders and very few visitors. Wild dogs pass lion prides on the Hwange plains while elephants and buffalo cover the Zambezi riverbank. The spectacle of Victoria Falls pours to its basin with an unmatched grandeur. Here, you can have an incredible big-game safari all to yourself for authentic luxury and unique experiences that will have you reminiscing for a lifetime.

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Trip Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the rugged, big-game wilderness during three days in Hwange National Park
  • Marvel at Victoria Falls and feel the power of its roaring water
  • Admire wildlife from photography hides and find elephants drinking from your swimming pool
  • Enjoy multiple game walks during your six-day safari with a chance to spot rare and endangered species from up close
  • Fly between Zimbabwe’s safari destinations in light aircraft, savoring the changing vistas down below
  • Game drive at night, a thrilling complement to the twice-daily daytime drives
  • Canoe along the Zambezi River, amid elephants and hippos in Mana Pools National Park
  • Search for wild dogs and track lions across the savanna
  • Feel the tranquility of the Zambezi with a Victoria Falls lodge along the riverfront

Detailed Description

The best thing about a safari through Zimbabwe is that there are so few other visitors. In this vast Southern African wilderness, you will find lions roaming the savanna, elephants barreling across the bush, and hippos so abundant that they become neighbors. For all of the country’s well-publicized political problems, conservation has not been impacted. Visit Zimbabwe, and you get some of the finest safari experiences in Africa, specifically in terms of the wildlife, range of activities, and exclusivity of encounters.

Three standout destinations fill this ten-day luxury safari. Victoria Falls rarely needs an introduction, especially when it is known by its local name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, which translates as The Smoke That Thunders. Mana Pools is a UNESCO World Heritage wetland and a lush retreat for roving wildlife. Here, you will witness the bounty of nature, including animals that swim across the Zambezi from Zambia. Hwange is rugged and wild savanna and a dusty landscape of giants and dramatic scenes. It is here where you experience nature’s most evocative stories with great mammals that fight for survival and predatory scenes being a part of every day.

You will have three nights in each of these iconic destinations. Short safari flights connect the wildernesses, meaning you spend almost every moment in a national park. Accommodation is sublime, and in Victoria Falls, you are on the riverfront, barely three miles from the falls, and within earshot of hippos and elephants. For Mana Pools, you are also on the Zambezi, which is a prime spot to watch wildlife coming to drink throughout the day and night. The Hwange accommodation is a boutique and rustic bush camp where there is plenty of comfort that does not interrupt the calls of nature. Wildlife roams around the camp and elephants drink from the swimming pool, which will prove an indication of how close you are to Africa’s wildlife.

Along with exclusivity, the other big highlight to a Zimbabwean safari is the range of activities. Here, you can explore from every angle. Game drives can go off trail so you may get closer. Nighttime drives provide drama while photography hides offer stunning close-ups. In Mana Pools, you will spend a day in a canoe, being paddled along the river and looking up at wildlife. Both Mana Pools and Hwange offer daily walking safaris, enhancing your connection with the bush. So, on this luxury safari, you will not just encounter wildlife, but you will discover all its beauty and complexity from a complete range of angles. Don’t take just our word for it - consider reading some of our travelers’ reviews of Africa.

Starting Price

$9,095 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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