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.
African Rock Hotel
The African Rock Hotels is an exclusive boutique hotel, located 6 miles from the Johannesburg International Airport, in a quiet suburb of Kempton Park away from the flight path of arriving and departing planes. Enjoy the lovely individually decorated rooms, a swimming pool, gracious hosts, and the Blue Hippo Restaurant.
Bomani Tented Lodge
Located on a 5000-acre private reserve in the Ngamo Forest Area, the Bomani Tented Lodge is equally designed for comfort and an immersive experience. Comprised of tents and bungalows, each room is beautifully furnished and equipped with safari essentials. This establishment boasts spectacular year-round game-viewing and a main lodge overlooking the Bomani Pan. Stop for a drink in the main lodge’s bar area and lounge built on a raised viewing platform.lWiFil
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.
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 athe 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.
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.
2020 Post-Tour Extension - Cape Town
3 Nights From $1,098
per person, double occupancy
On the final day of your Zimbabwe Safari: Victoria Falls & Undiscovered National Parks adventure, fly from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, to Cape Town, South Africa. Upon arrival, a representative greets you and transfers you approximately 30 minutes to your elegant home for the next three nights.
If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.
Upon arrival, you have time to settle in and venture out for some exploration. Head to the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, South Africa’s oldest working harbor and now a lively promenade with an array of shops and restaurants. The oldest urban area in South Africa, this vibrant and diverse city was founded by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for that country’s ships sailing on to points east. Visit some of the city’s beaches, art galleries, and museums. Cultural and historic treasures are on display at the National Library, SA Museum, National Art Gallery, and Jewish Museum.
Dinner options abound. Many favorite restaurants are just minutes away on Kloof Street. Enjoy the local cuisine at the Kloof Street House, Café Paradiso, The Black Sheep Restaurant, or Mana Epicure (reservations recommended). While walking during the day is generally considered safe in this area, we recommend using a taxi or Uber after dark or if venturing out alone.
Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town
After breakfast, spend the day as you wish exploring the diverse cultures and rewarding sights of Cape Town. Ascend the iconic Table Mountain, towering 3,300 feet above sea level. The “Rotair” cable car to the summit rotates 360 degrees, providing spectacular views of the city and its astonishing natural surroundings. At the top, you can select from a number of walking paths that provide more splendid vistas and an orientation to the city below.
After lunch, perhaps along the V&A Waterfront, you may explore the city on foot. The hotel can assist you with tour arrangements if you wish. Walk past the 17th-century water reservoir, the historic Grand Parade adjacent to the Castle, the old Drill Hall, City Hall, the flower market, and the impressive Standard Bank Building. Pause to learn about the Greenmarket Square, the Groote Kerk, and the original Slave Lodge. Walk through history when you pass St. George Cathedral and enter the former Dutch East India Company Garden in the middle of town —founded in early trading days and a green oasis. A drive through the Bo-Kaap will introduce you to the historical Muslim section with its quaint, colorful houses.
Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town
Today you may choose to experience the Cape Peninsula’s myriad natural and cultural wonders. The hotel can assist you with tour arrangements if you wish. Set out on a panoramic tour to magnificent beaches, quaint fishing harbors, the Boulders Beach penguin colony, and Cape Point, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans dramatically converge. Browse the dazzling indigenous plants and birds of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the world’s first botanical garden founded with the idea of protecting endemic flora. Or venture to the Western Cape Winelands, where celebrated vintages are produced.
Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town
Today you bid farewell to Cape Town. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg and onward travels.
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|One extra night in Johannesburg|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
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. Matopos has a remnant rhino population and it was here he developed his concern for protecting these endangered species. Tyron’s main hope is that guests leave with an everlasting impression about the beautiful country that is Zimbabwe. (Please note that depending on group size and ability, naturalist safari guides may join you on the walks at each lodge.)
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