(Hwange National Park, Mana Pools, Victoria Falls)
Zimbabwe is a land-locked country blessed with a variety of habitats. Explore the unspoiled and peaceful parks that are legendary in three distinctive areas. Start in Hwange National Park, the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe is home to a plethora of wildlife. Continue on to Mana Pools National Park, an area renowned for large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo, as well as predators. Enjoy the game on land and by water, it is one of the best game experiences in Southern Africa. End your safari in Victoria Falls and experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It is known locally as "Mosi-oa-Tunya" - "the Smoke that Thunders" - a name that accurately depicts the plume of spray caused by the cascading waters of the Zambezi River.
Kensington Tours offers local support in each region you visit, another reason we deliver unbeatable value. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Includes private transfer between the Victoria Falls airport and your lodge.
Upon arrival you will recieve all of your neccessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, maps, and a 24 hour concierge service (for restaurant reservations, spa treatments, child minders, day tours etc).
Enjoy your private vehicle transfer from Victoria falls to Hwange Main Camp. The approximate travel time is three hours.
Home to countless elephant, numerous lion prides and rare antelope such as sable and roan, it offers excellent game spotting opportunities around the many waterholes found throughout the Park. Your stay includes two game drives daily with highly qualified rangers as well as bush walk options.
Once a royal hunting ground of the Zulu warrior King Mzilikazi, the park was proclaimed in 1929. Hwange boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 100 species of trees and shrubs.
This morning you'll fly from Hwange to Mana Pools. Luggage is restricted to 20kg per person.
Game drives generally head out in the early morning and late afternoon when temperatures are cooler. Mana Pools is renowned for large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland, especially in the winter when they concentrate along the river. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog are all found in the area. Birdlife is superb, particularly for both mopane woodland and riverine species with numerous local specials like Collared Palm-Thrush, Racket-tailed Roller, Purple-banded Sunbird and Black-throated Wattle-Eyes.
The mystical Zambezi River forms the northern border of Mana Pools. The river and natural forces have carved their way into the land, creating a wide variety of habitats - open floodplains, mopane woodland and riverine forest with the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment. Head out into the waters today and view game from a whole other persective as you glide through the waters.
Mana means ‘four’ in Shona, which refers to the four large permanent pools formed by the middle Zambezi. These 2,500 square kilometres of river create islands, sandbanks and pools which are bordered by forests. One of the least developed National Parks in Southern Africa, Mana Pools has the country’s biggest concentration of hippopotamuses and crocodiles and in dry season there is a large mammal populations of elephant and buffalo.
This morning you'll fly from Mana Pools to Victoria Falls. Luggage is restricted to 20kg per person.
This evening you are transferred to the jetty, where you board the newest, sleekest and largest cruise boat operating on the Zimbabwe side of the Zambezi River, the Zambezi Explorer. The boat's on-board facilities run exclusively on solar energy. From here you cruise along towards Palm lsland and Kandahar lsland to enjoy a picturesque African sunset on the Zambezi River. This cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River, with the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, elephant and many different bird species. Your cruise includes snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks, framed by many beautiful photo opportunities. Enjoy the nice seating area and professional service. The signature deck has comfortable lounge chairs and sofas, and a wider selection of premium beverages.
Start your day with a guided tour of the Falls by foot, a sight that never fails to impress. Waterproof clothing is provided for the drenching spray as you approach via the Devil’s Cataract, one of the best vantage points. Enjoy a tour where you will have the opportunity to see the falls from several vantage points. This afternoon, you will have the chance to sign up for one of many optional activities that this area has to offer, including helicopter flights over the Falls, elephant back safaris, lion cub encounters, jet boating and a tour of a local village and the craft market.
Sign up for optional activities at your hotel (not included in tour price); helicopter, elephant back or horseback safari, walk with lions, fishing, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, Chobe game park day trip, jet boat, cultural tours, and more.
Davison's Camp is beautifully situated in south-eastern Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's premier wildlife destination and conservation area. As one of the few camps located within park boundaries, Davison's offers total privacy, while the Linkwasha Concession, in which Davison's Camp is found, offers a compelling mix of diverse wildlife, ensuring one of the best nature experiences in Africa.
Situated on the western boundary of Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp is a naturalist's paradise. The mystical Zambezi River forms the northern border of the area with a wide variety of habitats evident - open floodplains, mopane woodland and riverine forest with the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment forming the backdrop in neighbouring Zambia.
The perfect base for exploring all the Victoria Falls has to offer, Ilala Lodge provides distinguished yet affordable accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance.
The Ilala Lodge is located near the thunderous Victoria Falls and the cities town centre. An ideal location to view gracing wildlife, as the lush garden around the lodge area are extremely green due to the waterfalls, mist which moistens the area.
May 11, 2015
"We were a group of 5 to Morocco. We were impressed at how seamless our private guided tour went. Accommodations were five star, the choice of family run hotels, beautifully appointed with Moroccan furnishings and large breakfasts, contributed to our experience. Our guide, Ishmail and driver, Abdul, made us feel like family. Ishmail showed off his country with pride, listened to our needs and was flexible to our style and speed of travel. We couldn't be happier with our Kensington experience beginning with the pre-planning in the US with Lily Baffour. Thank you very much for a memorable experience! "
May 12, 2015
"Our guide, Chakim, was fantastic, and our driver was excellent. We were very pleased with our accommodations. Only negative comments would be the villa in Essaouira (room, food, service not good although people very nice), and, while probably not an issue for other travelers, we were disappointed that we could not relax over a glass of wine at the end of our journey because Hotel Le Doge did not offer alcoholic beverages. We are currently scheduled with Kensington Tours for India in November and we are now planning on scheduling with Kensington for all our trips - right now that would be Thailand to Mynamar, and Egypt with Dubai extension. We are extremely happy with Kensington Tours and their travel agents. We would recommend Lily Balfour to anyone. "
April 08, 2015
"Kensington and its partners did not miss a single deadline, appointment or function to our total satisfaction. The result, no stress and total enjoyment."
April 08, 2015
"Christine was absolutely superb both in helping us frame and develop a custom tour as well as in constant follow up until we left. Inevitably things will change on the ground when trips are planned in advance and Christine was consistently on top of the changes and advised us accordingly. As first time travelers to Kenya and Tanzania Christine's advice and guidance was simply excellent. Rose, in Kensington's Nairobi office was likewise superb. Totally responsive to our needs, she helped make a few final adjustments while we were there. Once again, an exceptional experience made possible by Kensington."
Sachi Gowda ,
December 15, 2014
"We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip."
Ronald Jones ,
December 12, 2014
"I cannot express how fabulous our trip was!! I know it was made that way thanks to ALL the kind, knowledgable, and helpful people that you all placed in our path. Many went above and beyond to make our experience even more positive. From drivers, to guides, to hotel staff---we met some wonderful people that we can now call friends. Thank you Christine and Kensington tours for this once in a lifetime African adventure!"
December 15, 2014
"Christine, our family trip was ALL we wanted it to be. The hotel accommodations in the cities were GREAT. We needed to make some room assignment adjustments but that's to be expected with a large family with children and same names.
I don't know where/how ya'll got those guides but...KEEP'EM! In both Cape Town and Joberg the guys knew their cities and environs excellently. Their English was very good...so good in fact that several got the sarcasm and even joked some. I do apologize if we over-tipped. I relied on each family to tip their own driver but, I wasn't sure of their "sense of what was right" so I followed up with something for each.
Simbavati was "PERFECT". As much as Glenda and I really liked Ngala, I do not think they could have handled a family as well...UNLESS, they had accommodations we did not see.
Please rest assured when ever I plan to travel on a multi-dimensional trip in the future, for sure with a group, or maybe just Glenda and I, I'll be calling Kensington... Christine and Donna specifically. And most definitely, anytime I can recommend a travel professional, your company and you two will be mentioned by name!
Thank you again Christine...you presented us the exact trip we dreamed about for our family and your folks on the ground made it happen! I sincerely hope you, Donna and everyone else involved have a most Blessed Christmas and a wonderful, successful New Year!"
Bruce Lundstrom ,
December 15, 2014
"Morocco has a lot to offer. Food, historic sites, craftsmen (rugs, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, etc.), natural beauty, roads and infrastructure, and a reasonably safe environment. Both Guide (Abdel) and Driver were excellent. Service-oriented, timely and easy going. Abdel was not afraid to speak his mind, offer suggestions and give us feedback on ideas. We enjoyed their company."
December 09, 2014
"A truly wonderful trip......first class accommodations and service in each venue....the guides were knowledgable and went out of their way to insure that we could see and understand Africa. Capetown is a fascinating city, Sabi Sands an extraordinary private game preserve, and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel a once in a lifetime experience. For those who want to visit Africa we enthusiastically recommend Kensington Tours. And Jolene Plant stayed with us in every step during the planning of our trip and itinerary. We saw as much of Africa as much as anyone can during our two weeks vacation."
Belinda Skelton ,
December 12, 2014
"This was one of the most amazing trips that I have ever had. The custom tours and activities exceeded my expectations. I was traveling alone but felt safe and in good hands. The process of booking the trip with Lily Baffour was so easy and personal, especially with the constant communications from her up to my departure. Thank you Kensington Tours for an awesome experience. I will definitely use you for my next adventure!"
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