(Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Bulawayo, Matobo National Park)
Go far beyond the conventional safari experience with this private guided tour showcasing the rich cultural heritage and colourful wildlife of one of southern Africa’s most dazzling countries. Led by an expert guide and driver, travellers will tour the magnificent Victoria Falls, wildlife filled Hwange National Park, the colourful city of Bulawayo and the hills and valleys of Matobo National Park. Enjoy bush walks, go on game drives, trek rhinos by foot, cruise along the mighty Zambezi River, visit a Matabele village, come face to face with a traditional healer, tour local museums & see ancient San’s rock paintings. Adventurers will be thrilled with the endless parade of wildlife this exotic land has to offer. See lions, zebras, rhinos, hippos, elephants, crocodiles, antelope and much more. Featuring elegant safari camps & colonial hotels, delicious cuisine, private expert guides, driver, vehicle, 24/7 Kensington support & more. Customize your tour with a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls, elephant back safaris or even lion cub encounters.
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).
This Zambezi River dinner cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River. In the summer months, you start off under the darkening pink and orange skies of the sunset and you may well see the hippo and crocodile returning to the river banks for the night. Watch as the surrounding trees fill with birds, as they settle to rest. While you cruise along, you can enjoy a light dinner of salads, fresh bread rolls, chicken, beef and vegetables, as well as deserts, tea, coffee, beer, wine and soft drinks.There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets.
For almost 100 years, visiting members of Royal families, international and local statesmen, and celebrities worldwide, have preferred to stay at The Victoria Falls Hotel, where they are assured of privacy and care. An atmosphere steeped in history, combining the charm of the old with the comfort and convenience of today. It is one hotel that can truly claim to be unique.
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, ultralight, Gypsy Moth flights, elephantback or horseback safari, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, Chobe game park day trip, jet boat, cultural tours, and more.
Depart this morning after breakfast for Hwange, Zimbabwe’s most famous National Park.
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.
Somalisa Acacia Camp is situated on the eastern side of Hwange National Park. Somalisa Camp is an authentic bush camp which consists of just six elegant canvas tents each of which lies hidden amongst a grove of camelthorn acacias (Acacia erioloba).
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.
Head out today with your expert guide for another game experience - this time by foot! Hwange is great for guided bush walks accompanied by qualified and professional guides. The park is littered with colours from all its seasonal wild flowers that emerge as the first rains begin, and as the grass dries out, the large herds of buffalo, zebra and elephant are in abundance.
A final game drive this morning before setting off for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city.
On arrival, join a walking tour of the city, including a visit to the superb Railway museum and the National Art Gallery. Opened in 1972, the Museum displays a wealth of small exhibits and models as well as steam and diesel electric locomotives. The Museum is owned by the National Railways of Zimbabwe and is managed by the NRZ Historical Committee, made up of railwaymen from various departments.
Bulawayo Club is a century-old, grand building devoted to colonial endeavours, with photos and paintings of Cecil Rhodes throughout the property. The hotel is the place to stay in order to get a sense of how colonial Zim operated and is ideally located in the centre of Bulawayo. A very interesting property for history lovers and has been restored to near pristine conditions.
Set off after breakfast for the remarkable Matobo Hills National Park, where you will spend three days with your highly qualified guides.
Choose between a host of included activities, such as rhino tracking on foot, game drives in the Matobos National Park, walks to the numerous rock formations and remarkably well preserved San paintings, as well as sundowner options amongst the boulders. A highlight will be a walk the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, the founder of Rhodesia and an important colonial figure regionally. His grave site boasts some of the finest views in this National Park.
Camp Amalinda is situated just outside Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. This exclusive safari lodge is tucked away in an ancient Bushman’s shelter, in the Matobo Hills and is within the Matobo National Park. The granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills, echo the essence of tranquility and the majesty of untamed Africa. Amalinda’s charm will leave an indelible impression on even the most intrepid traveller.
Enjoy a morning walking safari with your expert guide. You could bump into warthog, zebra, klipspringer, kudu, impala, wildebeest, reedbuck, duiker, steenbok, hyrax and a vast variety of bird life. Watch out for the exclusive leopard, although he’ll see you first!
Take a tour to an African homestead and get down to earth with the local Matabele people. Enjoy their gracious hospitality as they show you around their “pole and dagga” huts. Then move on to the rural clinic and come face to face with a Traditional Healer. With the offer of a few Zim dollars, she may even heal your ailment. The primary school which we move on to next will bring you to understand that no matter what adversity children face, one of their basic wants is to learn.
Transfer between your lodge in Matobo National Park and Bulawayo airport.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport, visa, return ticket, and adequate funds are required. U.S. and Canadian citizens traveling to Zimbabwe for tourism, business, or transit can obtain a visa at the airports and border ports-of-entry, or in advance by contacting the Embassy of Zimbabwe. Processing generally takes 8 working days along with a visa processing fee of approximately $100 for a Single Entry Visa and $150 for a Double Entry Visa. Prices will fluctuate and range from $50 for US citizens to $110 for Canadian citizens.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of Zimbabwe for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Medical facilities are poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/zimbabwe.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Harare. Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1980. Language: The official language is English, with Shona and Sindebele dialects. Religion: Christianity, with traditional beliefs in rural areas, and some Hindu, Muslim and Jewish minorities. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 220/230 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +263. Mobile Telephone: Coverage is limited to a few urban areas. Internet: There are Internet cafes in Harare and in Mashonaland.
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