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Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls & Undiscovered National Parks

Easy to Moderate with uneven wilderness terrain and minimal elevation gain or loss: 2-3 hours on walking days

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Whether tracking elephant on foot through pristine grassland or paddling a canoe on the Zambezi River, Zimbabwe offers memorable adventures to last a lifetime. Explore Hwange National Park via 4×4 vehicle, spotting cheetah, hippo, elephant, impala, zebra, and much more as you go. Experience the thrill of walking through the bush with experienced guides, learning to read animal tracks in the dirt and sense changes in wind direction. Ride a section of the historic Cape-to-Cairo Railway through miles of backcountry, watching giraffe and lion cross in front of you from your open railcar. Relax on the Zambezi River—paddling a canoe out to the uninhabited Siansimba Islands or sipping sundowners aboard a speedboat. Stay in perfectly situated camps and lodges, with views of plunging gorges and watering holes from your beautifully appointed rooms. From beginning to end, savor an active and experiential journey into one of Africa’s lesser-known regions.

Create lasting memories as you travel through the wilds of Africa, with exciting animal encounters, idyllic canoe excursions, and everything in between. Wander lush forests bathed in the mist of thundering Victoria Falls, and listen for bird calls as your canoe drifts along the Zambezi River. Follow expert guides on thrilling walking tours of Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest national park, sighting majestic elephants, energetic zebras, and graceful cheetahs. On the historic Cape-to-Cairo Railway, watch for lions and giraffes emerging from the vast wilderness. Take in sweeping views from your deluxe bush camp accommodations, enjoying a sumptuous dinner each night before falling asleep under a sky of infinite stars. This memorable journey showcases the sights and sounds underlying the allure of untamed Africa.

What is a Guided Walking Safari?

Optional guided walks are a feature of CW Safaris, getting you out of your safari vehicle and into the incredible sights, sounds, and smells of Africa. You’ll learn tracking techniques from our expert, naturalist guides and revel in the tiny details that present themselves when you’re out in nature: flowers in bloom, birds on the wing, and newborn antelope foraging in the tall grass. On the days where walks are offered, they range from 1-3 hours, with shorter and longer options when feasible. Our goal is to offer as much walking as possible, but there are some days where due to park restrictions and/or transfers, game drives or water activities are included instead. Walks are in the bush and generally depart directly from the camps and lodges.


Tour Highlights:
  • With expert guides, track wildlife on bush walks and follow trails along the rim of Victoria Falls.
  • Get closer to wild elephants than you ever imagined possible from inside an innovative underground “look up” blind half-buried beside a watering hole.
  • Walk through conserved farmland into a remote village, where you are likely to be joined by local children on their way to school.
  • Discover the fascinating history of Africa’s Cape-to-Cairo Railway, marveling at breathtaking views of Hwange’s vast backcountry from your open rail car.
Flight + Tour Combo

13 days, 12 nights

FROM $8,548 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour Only

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $6,548 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Your Tour Includes:

  • All meals
  • Local wine and/or beer with dinner
  • Exceptional boutique accommodations
  • Local Guide(s) with you 24/7

Flight + Tour Combo Includes:

  • All tour inclusions
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Pre-tour night accommodations
  • Overseas airport transfers
  • Breakfasts
  • Business-class upgrades available

Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls & Undiscovered National Parks tour

Your Country Walkers guide meets you at the Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) upon your arrival. A complimentary transfer to Gorges Lodge will be provided for you regardless of your arrival time and date (and whether or not you have reserved the optional Flight + Tour Combo). Please be sure to inform Country Walkers of your flight arrival date and time at least 60 days prior to the tour start date so that we can confirm this transfer.

Upon arrival in Victoria Falls, relax by the pool at your dramatically situated lodge. Before sundown, stroll through beautiful gardens to watch eagles soaring over Batoka Gorge, followed by a traditional dance performance and dinner.

Accommodation: Gorges Lodge, Victoria Falls

When Gorges Lodge was opened in 1996, it was the largest safari tourism development ever undertaken on communal land. As a starting point for your adventure, it’s a treat. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Victoria Falls, Gorges has a secluded setting, amidst gardens, and offers phenomenal views from its perch on the edge of the Batoka Gorge (the views are considered some of the best in southern Africa). The lodge is comprised of ten thatched chalets, set on stone, and a main lodge with lounge, dining room and bar, all overlooking the gorge.

Day 2

Victoria Falls: Rim walk

2 hours of walking, easy. Free afternoon or optional visit to Chisuma village

Experience Victoria Falls’ majesty first-hand, walking through the rainforest to several awe-inspiring viewpoints. After picnicking by the Zambezi River, spend the afternoon visiting local villagers or relaxing on your deck.

Accommodation: Gorges Lodge, Victoria Falls

When Gorges Lodge was opened in 1996, it was the largest safari tourism development ever undertaken on communal land. As a starting point for your adventure, it’s a treat. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Victoria Falls, Gorges has a secluded setting, amidst gardens, and offers phenomenal views from its perch on the edge of the Batoka Gorge (the views are considered some of the best in southern Africa). The lodge is comprised of ten thatched chalets, set on stone, and a main lodge with lounge, dining room and bar, all overlooking the gorge.

Day 3

Transfer to Hwange National Park with game drive

Game drive

Travel to Hwange, Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest national park. Watch for the park’s 108 mammal species—including hippos, elephants, zebras, and big cats—during visits to waterholes and a morning game drive.

Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge, Hwange National Park

Nehimba Lodge is situated in a remote northwesterly corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge consists of a main guest area and nine private chalets—thatched tents on teak decks—all overlooking a watering hole. Teak furniture, colorful textiles, and white canopies decorate your room, offering a charming respite from the wilderness outdoors. Nehimba’s hospitality is marked by little luxuries—a hot bubble bath drawn on request and ready for you at the return of your game drive, or a cocktail to greet you at the end of an evening walk to a remote watering spot. As Nehimba’s large watering hole dries up considerably in the heat of the dry season, elephants draw even closer to the lodge, to refresh themselves at the freshwater swimming pool that sits right outside the veranda.

Day 4

Hwange National Park: Tracking elephants on foot

1-2 hours of walking, easy

Stride into the world of Africa’s largest elephant herd, enjoying exhilarating encounters as you track these magnificent creatures on foot. This afternoon, relax poolside before a traditional evening braai (cookout).

Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge, Hwange National Park

Nehimba Lodge is situated in a remote northwesterly corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge consists of a main guest area and nine private chalets—thatched tents on teak decks—all overlooking a watering hole. Teak furniture, colorful textiles, and white canopies decorate your room, offering a charming respite from the wilderness outdoors. Nehimba’s hospitality is marked by little luxuries—a hot bubble bath drawn on request and ready for you at the return of your game drive, or a cocktail to greet you at the end of an evening walk to a remote watering spot. As Nehimba’s large watering hole dries up considerably in the heat of the dry season, elephants draw even closer to the lodge, to refresh themselves at the freshwater swimming pool that sits right outside the veranda.

Day 5

Hwange National Park: Nehimba Concession

1 hour of walking, easy. Cape-to-Cairo Railway

Ride the legendary Cape-to-Cairo Railway this morning aboard the open-sided Elephant Express train. This afternoon’s game drive into Hwange National Park culminates with sundowners and the magical sounds of the Zimbabwean night.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange
Day 6

Hwange National Park: Ngamo Plains

2 hours of walking, easy

Learn game-tracking secrets on this morning’s walking safari, and enjoy amazing close-up views of elephants from an ingeniously camouflaged underground blind. After a refreshing siesta, embark on another thrilling game drive.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange
Day 7

Ngamo Plains – Hwange National Park: Village visit and walk

Stroll the paths around Ngunyana Village, joining schoolchildren for a classroom visit, then meeting villagers at work tilling crops or thatching roofs. Later, enjoy sunset over the Ngamo Plains.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange
Day 8

Transfer to Zambezi River: Sunset boat excursion

Optional fishing and boat excursion

Fly over Hwange National Park to your camp on the Zambezi River. This afternoon, explore the river by boat, watching for hippos and stealthy crocodiles or trying your hand at catching the feisty tigerfish.

Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp, Zambezi

Zambezi Sands River Camp is the last of the gracious lodges that you visit on your journey. It is the perfect place to play and relax. Your platform-raised tent has its own river-facing private deck with a splash pool. You also have a chance to experience wildlife during your stay. Elephant can be found loitering on the mainland or in the river, while hippo, waterbuck, and bushbuck frequent the reed banks and islands.  Lions can be heard calling at night, and the birdlife is prolific—African finfoot, African skimmer, pratincoles and Pel’s fishing owl all inhabit the area.

Day 9

Zambezi River: Free day to relax, canoe, or join a guided walk and game drive

Optional canoe paddle or bush walk

Enjoy a leisurely day by the Zambezi—canoeing to the Siansimba Islands, tracking buffalo, fishing, or relaxing—before this afternoon’s final game drive and a celebratory sunset float downriver.

Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp, Zambezi

Zambezi Sands River Camp is the last of the gracious lodges that you visit on your journey. It is the perfect place to play and relax. Your platform-raised tent has its own river-facing private deck with a splash pool. You also have a chance to experience wildlife during your stay. Elephant can be found loitering on the mainland or in the river, while hippo, waterbuck, and bushbuck frequent the reed banks and islands.  Lions can be heard calling at night, and the birdlife is prolific—African finfoot, African skimmer, pratincoles and Pel’s fishing owl all inhabit the area.

Day 10

Your Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls & Undiscovered National Parks tour concludes

Departure

A transfer will be provided to the Victoria Falls airport, where you make onward travel connections.

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Day 1

Join your Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls & Undiscovered National Parks tour

Your Country Walkers guide meets you at the Victoria Falls Airport upon your arrival and shuttle you to your first hotel on tour.

Arrive in Victoria Falls at your secluded bush lodge, perched high above the Batoka Gorge and Zambezi River. After time to relax, tour the property’s gardens with your guide and enjoy a dance performance followed by a celebratory welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Gorges Lodge, Victoria Falls

When Gorges Lodge was opened in 1996, it was the largest safari tourism development ever undertaken on communal land. As a starting point for your adventure, it’s a treat. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Victoria Falls, Gorges has a secluded setting, amidst gardens, and offers phenomenal views from its perch on the edge of the Batoka Gorge (the views are considered some of the best in southern Africa). The lodge is comprised of ten thatched chalets, set on stone, and a main lodge with lounge, dining room and bar, all overlooking the gorge.

Day 2

Victoria Falls: Rim walk

2 hours of walking, easy. Free afternoon or optional visit to Chisuma village

Follow your guide as you stroll misty rainforest paths stopping at awe-inspiring viewpoints on a Victoria Falls walking tour. After a savory lunch, return to your lodge to rest or visit nearby Chisuma Village to learn about daily life in Zimbabwe.

Accommodation: Gorges Lodge, Victoria Falls

When Gorges Lodge was opened in 1996, it was the largest safari tourism development ever undertaken on communal land. As a starting point for your adventure, it’s a treat. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Victoria Falls, Gorges has a secluded setting, amidst gardens, and offers phenomenal views from its perch on the edge of the Batoka Gorge (the views are considered some of the best in southern Africa). The lodge is comprised of ten thatched chalets, set on stone, and a main lodge with lounge, dining room and bar, all overlooking the gorge.

Day 3

Transfer to Hwange National Park with game drive

Travel to Hwange, Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest national park, home to hippos, elephants, zebras, and big cats. Arrive at your charming bush lodge near the edge of a scenic waterhole, perhaps taking a guided late-afternoon bush walk before dinner.

Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge, Hwange National Park

Nehimba Lodge is situated in a remote northwesterly corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge consists of a main guest area and nine private chalets—thatched tents on teak decks—all overlooking a watering hole. Teak furniture, colorful textiles, and white canopies decorate your room, offering a charming respite from the wilderness outdoors. Nehimba’s hospitality is marked by little luxuries—a hot bubble bath drawn on request and ready for you at the return of your game drive, or a cocktail to greet you at the end of an evening walk to a remote watering spot. As Nehimba’s large watering hole dries up considerably in the heat of the dry season, elephants draw even closer to the lodge, to refresh themselves at the freshwater swimming pool that sits right outside the veranda.

Day 4

Hwange National Park: Tracking elephants on foot

1-2 hours of walking, easy

This morning, follow your guide on a walking tour of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, tracking elephants on foot for thrilling up-close encounters with these majestic animals. Afterwards, relax back at your lodge and prepare for this evening’s braai (traditional cookout).

Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge, Hwange National Park

Nehimba Lodge is situated in a remote northwesterly corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge consists of a main guest area and nine private chalets—thatched tents on teak decks—all overlooking a watering hole. Teak furniture, colorful textiles, and white canopies decorate your room, offering a charming respite from the wilderness outdoors. Nehimba’s hospitality is marked by little luxuries—a hot bubble bath drawn on request and ready for you at the return of your game drive, or a cocktail to greet you at the end of an evening walk to a remote watering spot. As Nehimba’s large watering hole dries up considerably in the heat of the dry season, elephants draw even closer to the lodge, to refresh themselves at the freshwater swimming pool that sits right outside the veranda.

Day 5

Hwange National Park: Nehimba Concession, Cape-to-Cairo Railway

1 hour of walking, easy

Take a bush walk, then board the Elephant Express – an open-sided train car – for a ride on the historic Cape-to-Cairo railway. Watch for wildlife as you pass through vast bushlands arriving at the Ngamo Plains for an afternoon game drive.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange
Day 6

Hwange National Park: Ngamo Plains

2 hours of walking, easy

Seek out wildlife, including elephants and zebras on a walking safari, learning game-tracking secrets from your expert guides. Enjoy your lunch, and exhilarating up-close views of elephants, from an ingeniously-camouflaged underground blind.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange
Day 7

Ngamo Plains – Hwange National Park: Village visit and walk

2 hours of walking, easy

Explore the paths around Ngunyana Village, arriving at the local school for a classroom visit. Meet the villagers to learn about day-to-day life in Zimbabwe. Return to your lodge to unwind before an exciting Ngamo Plains game drive.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange
Day 8

Transfer to Zambezi River: Sunset boat excursion

Fly from Hwange to Victoria Falls, arriving at your deluxe bush camp, overlooking the Zambezi River. After a late lunch, explore the river by boat, spotting hippos and crocodiles or perhaps trying your hand at catching the feisty tigerfish.

Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp, Zambezi

Zambezi Sands River Camp is the last of the gracious lodges that you visit on your journey. It is the perfect place to play and relax. Your platform-raised tent has its own river-facing private deck with a splash pool. You also have a chance to experience wildlife during your stay. Elephant can be found loitering on the mainland or in the river, while hippo, waterbuck, and bushbuck frequent the reed banks and islands.  Lions can be heard calling at night, and the birdlife is prolific—African finfoot, African skimmer, pratincoles and Pel’s fishing owl all inhabit the area.

Day 9

Zambezi River: Free day to relax, canoe, or join a guided walk and game drive

Today’s choice of activities includes a final Zimbabwe walking tour, canoeing to the Siansimba Islands, fishing, or simply relaxing while soaking up your surroundings. Tonight, enjoy a sunset cruise followed by a celebratory farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp, Zambezi

Zambezi Sands River Camp is the last of the gracious lodges that you visit on your journey. It is the perfect place to play and relax. Your platform-raised tent has its own river-facing private deck with a splash pool. You also have a chance to experience wildlife during your stay. Elephant can be found loitering on the mainland or in the river, while hippo, waterbuck, and bushbuck frequent the reed banks and islands.  Lions can be heard calling at night, and the birdlife is prolific—African finfoot, African skimmer, pratincoles and Pel’s fishing owl all inhabit the area.

Day 10

Your Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls & Undiscovered National Parks tour concludes

A transfer will be provided to the Victoria Falls airport, where you make onward travel connections.

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Flight

Overnight flight from USA to South Africa

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa

Upon arrival at Johannesburg South Africa International Airport a representative, holding a Country Walkers sign, from the African Rock Hotel will meet you as you exit the baggage-claim area. The transfer to the hotel takes approximately 15 minutes. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: African Rock Hotel, Johannesburg

This hotel in a gated community provides a restful first night in Africa, with nine luxurious rooms, a swimming pool, spa, bar, and the wonderful Blue Hippo Restaurant, presided over by master chef Christine Agumba.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls & Undiscovered National Parks tour

Following breakfast this morning, you are transferred to the airport for your included flight to Victoria Falls (VFA), Zimbabwe to begin your tour.

Your Country Walkers guide meets you at the Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) upon your arrival. A complimentary transfer to Gorges Lodge will be provided for you regardless of your arrival time and date (and whether or not you have reserved the optional Flight + Tour Combo). Please be sure to inform Country Walkers of your flight arrival date and time at least 60 days prior to the tour start date so that we can confirm this transfer.

Upon arrival in Victoria Falls, relax by the pool at your dramatically situated lodge. Before sundown, stroll through beautiful gardens to watch eagles soaring over Batoka Gorge, followed by a traditional dance performance and dinner.

Accommodation: Gorges Lodge, Victoria Falls

When Gorges Lodge was opened in 1996, it was the largest safari tourism development ever undertaken on communal land. As a starting point for your adventure, it’s a treat. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Victoria Falls, Gorges has a secluded setting, amidst gardens, and offers phenomenal views from its perch on the edge of the Batoka Gorge (the views are considered some of the best in southern Africa). The lodge is comprised of ten thatched chalets, set on stone, and a main lodge with lounge, dining room and bar, all overlooking the gorge.

Day 2

Victoria Falls: Rim walk

2 hours of walking, easy. Free afternoon or optional visit to Chisuma village

Experience Victoria Falls’ majesty first-hand, walking through the rainforest to several awe-inspiring viewpoints. After picnicking by the Zambezi River, spend the afternoon visiting local villagers or relaxing on your deck.

Accommodation: Gorges Lodge, Victoria Falls

When Gorges Lodge was opened in 1996, it was the largest safari tourism development ever undertaken on communal land. As a starting point for your adventure, it’s a treat. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Victoria Falls, Gorges has a secluded setting, amidst gardens, and offers phenomenal views from its perch on the edge of the Batoka Gorge (the views are considered some of the best in southern Africa). The lodge is comprised of ten thatched chalets, set on stone, and a main lodge with lounge, dining room and bar, all overlooking the gorge.

Day 3

Transfer to Hwange National Park with game drive

Game drive

Travel to Hwange, Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest national park. Watch for the park’s 108 mammal species—including hippos, elephants, zebras, and big cats—during visits to waterholes and a morning game drive.

Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge, Hwange National Park

Nehimba Lodge is situated in a remote northwesterly corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge consists of a main guest area and nine private chalets—thatched tents on teak decks—all overlooking a watering hole. Teak furniture, colorful textiles, and white canopies decorate your room, offering a charming respite from the wilderness outdoors. Nehimba’s hospitality is marked by little luxuries—a hot bubble bath drawn on request and ready for you at the return of your game drive, or a cocktail to greet you at the end of an evening walk to a remote watering spot. As Nehimba’s large watering hole dries up considerably in the heat of the dry season, elephants draw even closer to the lodge, to refresh themselves at the freshwater swimming pool that sits right outside the veranda.

Day 4

Hwange National Park: Tracking elephants on foot

1-2 hours of walking, easy

Stride into the world of Africa’s largest elephant herd, enjoying exhilarating encounters as you track these magnificent creatures on foot. This afternoon, relax poolside before a traditional evening braai (cookout).

Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge, Hwange National Park

Nehimba Lodge is situated in a remote northwesterly corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge consists of a main guest area and nine private chalets—thatched tents on teak decks—all overlooking a watering hole. Teak furniture, colorful textiles, and white canopies decorate your room, offering a charming respite from the wilderness outdoors. Nehimba’s hospitality is marked by little luxuries—a hot bubble bath drawn on request and ready for you at the return of your game drive, or a cocktail to greet you at the end of an evening walk to a remote watering spot. As Nehimba’s large watering hole dries up considerably in the heat of the dry season, elephants draw even closer to the lodge, to refresh themselves at the freshwater swimming pool that sits right outside the veranda.

Day 5

Hwange National Park: Nehimba Concession

1 hour of walking, easy. Cape-to-Cairo Railway

Ride the legendary Cape-to-Cairo Railway this morning aboard the open-sided Elephant Express train. This afternoon’s game drive into Hwange National Park culminates with sundowners and the magical sounds of the Zimbabwean night.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange
Day 6

Hwange National Park: Ngamo Plains

2 hours of walking, easy

Learn game-tracking secrets on this morning’s walking safari, and enjoy amazing close-up views of elephants from an ingeniously camouflaged underground blind. After a refreshing siesta, embark on another thrilling game drive.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange
Day 7

Ngamo Plains – Hwange National Park: Village visit and walk

Stroll the paths around Ngunyana Village, joining schoolchildren for a classroom visit, then meeting villagers at work tilling crops or thatching roofs. Later, enjoy sunset over the Ngamo Plains.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange
Day 8

Transfer to Zambezi River: Sunset boat excursion

Optional fishing and boat excursion

Fly over Hwange National Park to your camp on the Zambezi River. This afternoon, explore the river by boat, watching for hippos and stealthy crocodiles or trying your hand at catching the feisty tigerfish.

Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp, Zambezi

Zambezi Sands River Camp is the last of the gracious lodges that you visit on your journey. It is the perfect place to play and relax. Your platform-raised tent has its own river-facing private deck with a splash pool. You also have a chance to experience wildlife during your stay. Elephant can be found loitering on the mainland or in the river, while hippo, waterbuck, and bushbuck frequent the reed banks and islands.  Lions can be heard calling at night, and the birdlife is prolific—African finfoot, African skimmer, pratincoles and Pel’s fishing owl all inhabit the area.

Day 9

Zambezi River: Free day to relax, canoe, or join a guided walk and game drive

Optional canoe paddle or bush walk

Enjoy a leisurely day by the Zambezi—canoeing to the Siansimba Islands, tracking buffalo, fishing, or relaxing—before this afternoon’s final game drive and a celebratory sunset float downriver.

Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp, Zambezi

Zambezi Sands River Camp is the last of the gracious lodges that you visit on your journey. It is the perfect place to play and relax. Your platform-raised tent has its own river-facing private deck with a splash pool. You also have a chance to experience wildlife during your stay. Elephant can be found loitering on the mainland or in the river, while hippo, waterbuck, and bushbuck frequent the reed banks and islands.  Lions can be heard calling at night, and the birdlife is prolific—African finfoot, African skimmer, pratincoles and Pel’s fishing owl all inhabit the area.

Day 10

Your Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls & Undiscovered National Parks tour concludes

A transfer will be provided to the Victoria Falls airport for your included return flight home.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Airport and hotel transfers
  • One pre-tour night at a deluxe hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • One breakfast
  • 10 days, 9 nights Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls & Undiscovered National Parks with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

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Flight

Overnight flight from USA to South Africa

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa

Upon arrival at Johannesburg South Africa International Airport, a representative from the African Rock Hotel will meet you as you exit the baggage-claim area holding a Country Walkers sign. The complimentary small-group transfer to the hotel takes approximately 15 minutes. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: African Rock Hotel, Johannesburg

This hotel in a gated community provides a restful first night in Africa, with nine luxurious rooms, a swimming pool, spa, bar, and the wonderful Blue Hippo Restaurant, presided over by master chef Christine Agumba.

Day 1

Join your Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls & Undiscovered National Parks tour

Following breakfast this morning, you are transferred to the airport for your included flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to begin your tour.

Your Country Walkers guide meets you at the Victoria Falls Airport upon your arrival and shuttle you to your first hotel on tour.

Arrive in Victoria Falls at your secluded bush lodge, perched high above the Batoka Gorge and Zambezi River. After time to relax, tour the property’s gardens with your guide and enjoy a dance performance followed by a celebratory welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Gorges Lodge, Victoria Falls

When Gorges Lodge was opened in 1996, it was the largest safari tourism development ever undertaken on communal land. As a starting point for your adventure, it’s a treat. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Victoria Falls, Gorges has a secluded setting, amidst gardens, and offers phenomenal views from its perch on the edge of the Batoka Gorge (the views are considered some of the best in southern Africa). The lodge is comprised of ten thatched chalets, set on stone, and a main lodge with lounge, dining room and bar, all overlooking the gorge.

Day 2

Victoria Falls: Rim walk

2 hours of walking, easy. Free afternoon or optional visit to Chisuma village

Follow your guide as you stroll misty rainforest paths stopping at awe-inspiring viewpoints on a Victoria Falls walking tour. After a savory lunch, return to your lodge to rest or visit nearby Chisuma Village to learn about daily life in Zimbabwe.

Accommodation: Gorges Lodge, Victoria Falls

When Gorges Lodge was opened in 1996, it was the largest safari tourism development ever undertaken on communal land. As a starting point for your adventure, it’s a treat. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Victoria Falls, Gorges has a secluded setting, amidst gardens, and offers phenomenal views from its perch on the edge of the Batoka Gorge (the views are considered some of the best in southern Africa). The lodge is comprised of ten thatched chalets, set on stone, and a main lodge with lounge, dining room and bar, all overlooking the gorge.

Day 3

Transfer to Hwange National Park with game drive

Travel to Hwange, Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest national park, home to hippos, elephants, zebras, and big cats. Arrive at your charming bush lodge near the edge of a scenic waterhole, perhaps taking a guided late-afternoon bush walk before dinner.

Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge, Hwange National Park

Nehimba Lodge is situated in a remote northwesterly corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge consists of a main guest area and nine private chalets—thatched tents on teak decks—all overlooking a watering hole. Teak furniture, colorful textiles, and white canopies decorate your room, offering a charming respite from the wilderness outdoors. Nehimba’s hospitality is marked by little luxuries—a hot bubble bath drawn on request and ready for you at the return of your game drive, or a cocktail to greet you at the end of an evening walk to a remote watering spot. As Nehimba’s large watering hole dries up considerably in the heat of the dry season, elephants draw even closer to the lodge, to refresh themselves at the freshwater swimming pool that sits right outside the veranda.

Day 4

Hwange National Park: Tracking elephants on foot

1-2 hours of walking, easy

This morning, follow your guide on a walking tour of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, tracking elephants on foot for thrilling up-close encounters with these majestic animals. Afterwards, relax back at your lodge and prepare for this evening’s braai (traditional cookout).

Accommodation: Nehimba Lodge, Hwange National Park

Nehimba Lodge is situated in a remote northwesterly corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge consists of a main guest area and nine private chalets—thatched tents on teak decks—all overlooking a watering hole. Teak furniture, colorful textiles, and white canopies decorate your room, offering a charming respite from the wilderness outdoors. Nehimba’s hospitality is marked by little luxuries—a hot bubble bath drawn on request and ready for you at the return of your game drive, or a cocktail to greet you at the end of an evening walk to a remote watering spot. As Nehimba’s large watering hole dries up considerably in the heat of the dry season, elephants draw even closer to the lodge, to refresh themselves at the freshwater swimming pool that sits right outside the veranda.

Day 5

Hwange National Park: Nehimba Concession, Cape-to-Cairo Railway

1 hour of walking, easy

Take a bush walk, then board the Elephant Express – an open-sided train car – for a ride on the historic Cape-to-Cairo railway. Watch for wildlife as you pass through vast bushlands arriving at the Ngamo Plains for an afternoon game drive.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange
Day 6

Hwange National Park: Ngamo Plains

2 hours of walking, easy

Seek out wildlife, including elephants and zebras on a walking safari, learning game-tracking secrets from your expert guides. Enjoy your lunch, and exhilarating up-close views of elephants, from an ingeniously-camouflaged underground blind.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange
Day 7

Ngamo Plains – Hwange National Park: Village visit and walk

2 hours of walking, easy

Explore the paths around Ngunyana Village, arriving at the local school for a classroom visit. Meet the villagers to learn about day-to-day life in Zimbabwe. Return to your lodge to unwind before an exciting Ngamo Plains game drive.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange
Day 8

Transfer to Zambezi River: Sunset boat excursion

Fly from Hwange to Victoria Falls, arriving at your deluxe bush camp, overlooking the Zambezi River. After a late lunch, explore the river by boat, spotting hippos and crocodiles or perhaps trying your hand at catching the feisty tigerfish.

Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp, Zambezi

Zambezi Sands River Camp is the last of the gracious lodges that you visit on your journey. It is the perfect place to play and relax. Your platform-raised tent has its own river-facing private deck with a splash pool. You also have a chance to experience wildlife during your stay. Elephant can be found loitering on the mainland or in the river, while hippo, waterbuck, and bushbuck frequent the reed banks and islands.  Lions can be heard calling at night, and the birdlife is prolific—African finfoot, African skimmer, pratincoles and Pel’s fishing owl all inhabit the area.

Day 9

Zambezi River: Free day to relax, canoe, or join a guided walk and game drive

Today’s choice of activities includes a final Zimbabwe walking tour, canoeing to the Siansimba Islands, fishing, or simply relaxing while soaking up your surroundings. Tonight, enjoy a sunset cruise followed by a celebratory farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Zambezi Sands River Camp, Zambezi

Zambezi Sands River Camp is the last of the gracious lodges that you visit on your journey. It is the perfect place to play and relax. Your platform-raised tent has its own river-facing private deck with a splash pool. You also have a chance to experience wildlife during your stay. Elephant can be found loitering on the mainland or in the river, while hippo, waterbuck, and bushbuck frequent the reed banks and islands.  Lions can be heard calling at night, and the birdlife is prolific—African finfoot, African skimmer, pratincoles and Pel’s fishing owl all inhabit the area.

Day 10

Your Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls & Undiscovered National Parks tour concludes

A transfer will be provided to the Victoria Falls airport for your included return flight home.

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Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Andy-Trivella
Andy Trivella
Andy Trivella was brought up in West Nicholson, Zimbabwe, a rural outpost of Matabeleland, where his father was an executive with an extensive cattle ranching, beef, and canning operation.  Early years were spent on the farm followed by boarding school at Milton Secondary School in Bulawayo. He served his apprenticeship as a tool, jig, and die maker but the day he qualified as a journeyman was the day he quit the workshop to follow a life outdoors in the African bushveld, always his first love! Licensed as a professional safari guide since 1999, he has worked in every big game park in Zimbabwe, as well as to Liuwa Plains and the Lower Zambezi in Zambia, specializing in Hwange National Park, famous for its elephants, and in Matopos National Park, famous for its black rhino.
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Tyron Hurst
Tyron Hurst grew up outside Bulawayo city, Zimbabwe, in a rural area named Lockview, where he spent many days outdoors with his older brother riding bicycles, building forts, and fishing. At primary school he was active in the wildlife club and after graduating from Christian Brothers College, quickly returned to the wilderness, spending his guiding apprenticeship in the Hwange area. He qualified as a full professional guide at the exceptionally early age of 22 and has subsequently worked in the lower the Zambezi, Hwange, and Matopos areas of Zimbabwe. Matopos has a remnant rhino population and it was here Tyron developed his concern for protecting these endangered species. Tyron’s hope is that guests leave with an everlasting impression about the beautiful country that is Zimbabwe.

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