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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.

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 than you ever imagined possible to wild elephants inside an innovative underground “look-up” blind
  • 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 as you ride along a stretch of it through Hwange’s backcountry
Flight + Tour Combo

13 days, 12 nights

FROM $7,648 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour Only

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $5,998 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Why Walk With Us

  • Trust our expertise with 39 years in active travel.
  • Immersive experiences with our local guides.
  • Virtually everything is included, even beer and wine with dinner.
  • Your departure is always guaranteed.
  • We take care of our solo travelers.
  • Past guests and referrals always save.

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 upon your arrival and shuttle you to your first hotel on tour.

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 Botoka 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

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

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

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

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

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: Camelthorn Lodge, Hwange

Nestled in the shaded forest, Camelthorn Lodge’s eight luxuriously furnished villas stay cool in the hot months and warm in the winter. The star attraction here is the immense camelthorn tree, which forms the centerpiece of the patio and curved main lodge. The camelthorn gets its name from the long-necked giraffe and camels who seek out its high-branched foliage. Each villa has a private en-suite bathroom with bath and large shower, a fireplace, a private deck, and  a hammock and daybed that are perfect for relaxing. The surrounding woodlands are dotted with small water baths that attract smaller woodland creatures such as mongoose, bushbuck, squirrels, and abundant, colorful birdlife. This lodge lies on community land and was constructed in tandem with the village elders, who requested buildings made of stone, so they would have something that would last—with or without tourism.

Day 6

Ngamo Plains – Hwange National Park

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: Camelthorn Lodge, Hwange

Nestled in the shaded forest, Camelthorn Lodge’s eight luxuriously furnished villas stay cool in the hot months and warm in the winter. The star attraction here is the immense camelthorn tree, which forms the centerpiece of the patio and curved main lodge. The camelthorn gets its name from the long-necked giraffe and camels who seek out its high-branched foliage. Each villa has a private en-suite bathroom with bath and large shower, a fireplace, a private deck, and  a hammock and daybed that are perfect for relaxing. The surrounding woodlands are dotted with small water baths that attract smaller woodland creatures such as mongoose, bushbuck, squirrels, and abundant, colorful birdlife. This lodge lies on community land and was constructed in tandem with the village elders, who requested buildings made of stone, so they would have something that would last—with or without tourism.

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: Camelthorn Lodge, Hwange

Nestled in the shaded forest, Camelthorn Lodge’s eight luxuriously furnished villas stay cool in the hot months and warm in the winter. The star attraction here is the immense camelthorn tree, which forms the centerpiece of the patio and curved main lodge. The camelthorn gets its name from the long-necked giraffe and camels who seek out its high-branched foliage. Each villa has a private en-suite bathroom with bath and large shower, a fireplace, a private deck, and  a hammock and daybed that are perfect for relaxing. The surrounding woodlands are dotted with small water baths that attract smaller woodland creatures such as mongoose, bushbuck, squirrels, and abundant, colorful birdlife. This lodge lies on community land and was constructed in tandem with the village elders, who requested buildings made of stone, so they would have something that would last—with or without tourism.

Day 8

Transfer to Zambezi River: Sunset 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

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

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, 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, 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.

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 Botoka 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

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

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

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

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

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: Camelthorn Lodge, Hwange

Nestled in the shaded forest, Camelthorn Lodge’s eight luxuriously furnished villas stay cool in the hot months and warm in the winter. The star attraction here is the immense camelthorn tree, which forms the centerpiece of the patio and curved main lodge. The camelthorn gets its name from the long-necked giraffe and camels who seek out its high-branched foliage. Each villa has a private en-suite bathroom with bath and large shower, a fireplace, a private deck, and  a hammock and daybed that are perfect for relaxing. The surrounding woodlands are dotted with small water baths that attract smaller woodland creatures such as mongoose, bushbuck, squirrels, and abundant, colorful birdlife. This lodge lies on community land and was constructed in tandem with the village elders, who requested buildings made of stone, so they would have something that would last—with or without tourism.

Day 6

Ngamo Plains – Hwange National Park

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: Camelthorn Lodge, Hwange

Nestled in the shaded forest, Camelthorn Lodge’s eight luxuriously furnished villas stay cool in the hot months and warm in the winter. The star attraction here is the immense camelthorn tree, which forms the centerpiece of the patio and curved main lodge. The camelthorn gets its name from the long-necked giraffe and camels who seek out its high-branched foliage. Each villa has a private en-suite bathroom with bath and large shower, a fireplace, a private deck, and  a hammock and daybed that are perfect for relaxing. The surrounding woodlands are dotted with small water baths that attract smaller woodland creatures such as mongoose, bushbuck, squirrels, and abundant, colorful birdlife. This lodge lies on community land and was constructed in tandem with the village elders, who requested buildings made of stone, so they would have something that would last—with or without tourism.

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: Camelthorn Lodge, Hwange

Nestled in the shaded forest, Camelthorn Lodge’s eight luxuriously furnished villas stay cool in the hot months and warm in the winter. The star attraction here is the immense camelthorn tree, which forms the centerpiece of the patio and curved main lodge. The camelthorn gets its name from the long-necked giraffe and camels who seek out its high-branched foliage. Each villa has a private en-suite bathroom with bath and large shower, a fireplace, a private deck, and  a hammock and daybed that are perfect for relaxing. The surrounding woodlands are dotted with small water baths that attract smaller woodland creatures such as mongoose, bushbuck, squirrels, and abundant, colorful birdlife. This lodge lies on community land and was constructed in tandem with the village elders, who requested buildings made of stone, so they would have something that would last—with or without tourism.

Day 8

Transfer to Zambezi River: Sunset 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

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

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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Dates & Prices

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2018 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jun 6 - Jun 15 $5,998 -
Oct 2 - Oct 11 $5,998 -

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2018 Dates WASHINGTON (DULLES) Change Departure Airport
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Single Supplement
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Jun 4 - Jun 16 $8,648
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Sep 30 - Oct 12 $7,648 -
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