7 days from $3,654 per person*
  • Climb aboard a safari vehicle and traverse the wild expanse of Hwange National Park in search of big game.
  • Feel in awe of ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ as you explore the magnificent Victoria Falls with your private guide.
  • Sail into the sunset in style on board of the Zambezi Explorer cruise.
  • Truly connect with Africa as you venture out into the bush on a walking safari.
  • Featuring a handpicked selection of accommodations.
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Witness nature’s power at its mightiest as you explore the cascading Victoria Falls; and head into the bush for some of Southern Africa’s best wildlife viewing. Embark on fascinating hikes, thrilling game drives and more as you journey across this mysterious and unspoiled land.

Your African getaway begins in Victoria Falls where you will experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. With your private guide by your side head into the rainforest and search for your favorite spot from which to take in their overwhelming grandeur. In the evening board a river cruise taking you down the legendary Zambezi. With a cocktail in your hand, look out for pods of hippos slipping in and out of the water and be treated to one of the most spectacular sunsets over the bush. For an electrifying safari adventure head south to Zimbabwe’s largest natural reserve, Hwange National Park. With hundreds of mammal and bird species freely roaming the park’s limits, opportunities for wildlife encounters are endless! Search for African beasts on a series of day and night game drives and get an intimate knowledge of the bush ecosystem on a walking safari. This handcrafted itinerary allows you to get a true taste of Zimbabwe and its natural splendor.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Victoria Falls
    Victoria Falls
    • Activity - Document Package - Documents
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vic Falls Lodges
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Victoria Falls
    Victoria Falls
    • Private Tour - Victoria Falls Tour (2 hours) - Morning Tour (8:00am)
    • Shared Tour - Ra-Ikane Sunset Cruise (2 hrs) - Ra-Ikane Cruise
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
    Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
    • Private Transfer - Victoria Falls - Hwange National Park [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Activity - Elephant Express - Safari Train - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Inclusive
  • Day 4 Hwange National Park
    Hwange National Park
    • Activity - Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Inclusive
  • Day 5 Hwange National Park
    Hwange National Park
    • Activity - Bush Walk
    • Activity - Night Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Inclusive
  • Day 6 Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls
    Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls
    • Shared Transfer - Main Camp/Bomani Tented Lodge - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Transfer - Hwange National Park - Victoria Falls [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Victoria Falls
    Victoria Falls
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vic Falls Lodges
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Victoria Falls

You will receive all of the necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary with pick up and drop off times. Your document package includes, but is not limited to, a summary itinerary and any relevant e-tickets or vouchers.

Transfer between the Victoria Falls Airport and your lodge with a private driver and vehicle.

Accommodation: Ilala Lodge

The Ilala Lodge is ideally situated on the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Zambezi River; it is the closest hotel to the magnificent Victoria Falls. A secluded setting overlooking green lawns with periodic grazing wildlife and the bordering lush National Park vegetation, Ilala Lodge has views of the “smoke” of Victoria Falls. The Ilala Lodge boasts of its exceptional hospitality, cheerful service and its striking location.

Zimbabwe Explorer  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ilala Lodge
Ilala Lodge
Zimbabwe Explorer  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Outdoor Restaurant
Outdoor Restaurant

Day 2: Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls – Now In Its 150 Millionth Fantastic Year - Reaches Its Zenith In About May Each Year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon. En route, you may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where you may stop and take photos. You will be accompanied through the rainforest by one of our qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist you with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed.

Today enjoy a spectacular sunset as you cruise down the magnificent Zambezi River. After a transfer from your hotel, board the vessel resembling a turn-of-the-century riverboat. Merely skimming the water, it takes up to 14 guests and it is furnished in teak and brass for a taste of Victoria splendor. As you float gently down the river with a beverage in your hand, take in your serene natural surroundings, listen to the sounds of birds and admire the views of the African bush. Snacks are also served. Upon the conclusion of your tour you will be transferred back to your accommodation.  

Accommodation: Ilala Lodge
Zimbabwe Explorer  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe Explorer  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Zambezi Sunset
Zambezi Sunset

Day 3: Victoria Falls - Hwange National Park

A private transfer from Victoria Falls to Hwange Main Camp is provided. The approximate travel time is three hours.

Be transported back in time to an era when safari by rail was part of the adventure. Unique to Hwange, board an old fashioned locomotive and ride through the National Park, stopping to enjoy game viewing along the way as you spot big game, elephants, eland, African buffalo, giraffe and more. The Elephant Express is a shared rail car that seats 22 passengers and the finishes are comfortable and elegant. They include individual coach seating, teak tables, plenty of space for luggage and a large aisle that allows guests to walk around comfortably and provide unrestricted game viewing.

The Elephant Express also provides shorter game viewing trips across the Ngamo Plains to Ingwe Siding or it can be used as an all day activity for guests who want to make the trip to and from Impofu for fun - what a magnificent start or end to a safari in Hwange National Park, gently rattling along in style with a cool drink and enjoying the wildlife and vast wilderness around you.

*Please note that the Elephant Express runs according to daily scheduling specified by the National Railways of Zimbabwe and as such may be subject to delays and cancellations, which are beyond our control.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge

Bomani Tented Lodge is a classic safari camp situated inside the Ngamo Forest area. This luxury safari lodge is located within a 5,000-acre remote private reserve, only 1.5 kilometres away from the gate into Hwange National Park. At one time, rolling Kalahari sand dunes covered the area, but over time the rain turned the desert into an enormous lake. Today, the generally dry and expansive plains are dotted with natural water pans and Ilala Palms, offering a peaceful sanctuary to the countless herds of wildlife that call the area home.

Zimbabwe Explorer  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Elephant Express Train Safari
Elephant Express Train Safari
Zimbabwe Explorer  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bomani Tented Lodge
Bomani Tented Lodge

Day 4: Hwange National Park

Hwange’s diverse landscape is home to a plethora of wildlife that freely roams the park’s limits all year round. Boasting over 100 mammal and 400 bird species, the park is a perfect place to get up close and personal with African beasts. Among others, visitors often get an opportunity to encounter species such as lion, buffalo, cheetah, herds of elephant, giraffe, spotted hyena, sable, and leopard – all in their natural habitat. With numerous waterholes found throughout the park excellent game spotting opportunities are not uncommon. Today, embark on a game drive that will allow you to experience this part of Africa at its finest. From the comfort of your vehicle, take in Hwange’s mesmerizing scenery and look out for its elusive inhabitants as you make your way through the park. Your experienced guide shares interesting facts about the fauna and flora you see on your drive and makes sure that no animal goes unnoticed.  

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge
Zimbabwe Explorer  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Zebras
Zebras

Day 5: Hwange National Park

There is no way of getting closer to wildlife than on a walking safari. This is where you feel the true connection with your natural surroundings and where your dreams of African adventure fully come to life. Accompanied by an experienced guide head out into the wild for a remarkable chance to get an intimate understanding of this fascinating ecosystem. See the smaller bush creatures that may easily be missed from a safari vehicle; a dung beetle rolling up its dung ball, a tiny reed frog hopping through the shrub, or a termite mound being built. You might even spot some bigger animals from a distance – bush walks are an excellent and exciting option for big game photography!    

The bush never fully falls asleep and astounding wildlife viewing opportunities abound under the cloak of darkness. In fact, certain species are rarely seen in the daylight. Venture out into the bush in pursuit of nocturnal species and get closer to their fascinating world; seek out zorillas, selous mangoose, ant bears, porcupines, pangolins, genets, and lesser bush babies. You may even be able to see a hunter on the prowl looking for their prey. Night game drives in Hwange National Park provide for truly thrilling adventures.     

 

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge
Zimbabwe Explorer  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dung Beetle
Dung Beetle
Zimbabwe Explorer  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Leopard
Leopard

Day 6: Hwange National Park - Victoria Falls

A shared transfer between Hwange Main Camp and Bomani Tented Lodge is provided.

Today enjoy your private vehicle transfer from Hwange Main Camp to Victoria Falls. The approximate travel time is three hours.

Accommodation: Ilala Lodge
Zimbabwe Explorer  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

Day 7: Victoria Falls

Transfer between the Victoria Falls Airport and your lodge with a private driver and vehicle.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Ilala Lodge: Victoria Falls

The Ilala Lodge is ideally situated on the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Zambezi River; it is the closest hotel to the magnificent Victoria Falls. A secluded setting overlooking green lawns with periodic grazing wildlife and the bordering lush National Park vegetation, Ilala Lodge has views of the “smoke” of Victoria Falls. The Ilala Lodge boasts of its exceptional hospitality, cheerful service and its striking location.

Zimbabwe Explorer  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ilala Lodge
Ilala Lodge

Bomani Tented Lodge: Hwange National Park

Bomani Tented Lodge is a classic safari camp situated inside the Ngamo Forest area. This luxury safari lodge is located within a 5,000-acre remote private reserve, only 1.5 kilometres away from the gate into Hwange National Park. At one time, rolling Kalahari sand dunes covered the area, but over time the rain turned the desert into an enormous lake. Today, the generally dry and expansive plains are dotted with natural water pans and Ilala Palms, offering a peaceful sanctuary to the countless herds of wildlife that call the area home.

Zimbabwe Explorer  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bomani Tented Lodge
Bomani Tented Lodge

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Angelia M — June 22, 2019 — Africa

    My Kenya trip was seriously the best trip of my life, and I absolutely loved every second of it! It was my dream vacation and the reality far exceeded the dream. Catherine, my trip consultant, answered all of my many questions and made sure everything went super smoothly. Daniel, my guide, was so fun, interesting, and informative. He went out of his way to make sure my trip was special. I really can't put into words how much I loved it other than I'm already thinking about another trip to Africa. I will definitely be using Kensington Tours again!

  • Chris S — May 17, 2019 — Africa

    Our guide Elisha was absolutely incredible! He was friendly, helpful, funny, and remarkably knowledgeable about the area, the animals, and especially the birds! The accommodations were excellent and the staff at those places was wonderful. The Kubu Kubu tent camp in Serengeti was particularly special, and we felt truly appreciated and pampered by the staff. With their smiling help, we even learned some Swahili! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime.

  • Paul E — May 01, 2019 — Africa

    We had no idea what to expect on this trip but exceeded even our wildest imagination. Daniel, with Kensington, laid out a wonderful plan. The upfront quality and detail on the proposal really sold us. The guides and local support crews on the trip, were on time, personable, and knowledgeable. Special shout out to Shamiel with Ilios Travel in Cape Town. He was joy and clearly loved sharing Cape Town with us.

  • Thomas S — June 14, 2019 — Africa

    Karen Johnson was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and very friendly. Karen was readily available during the planning process and took the time to talk with and listen to us to find out about our wants and needs and ultimately designed our perfect vacation. We can not speak highly enough about her abilities.

  • Michael S — June 13, 2019 — Africa

    The trip was the best thing we have ever done. The people we dealt with were professional and made sure every part of our trip was trouble free.

  • Raymond D — March 22, 2019 — Africa

    The guides were friendly and very accommodating throughout my trip. One of the guides took me to the oldest tea house as a bonus on my tour. It was great being with the people and enjoying a cup of tea. My driver invited me to have Turkish coffee which was a very nice touch to my trip. The accommodations were phenomenal, being near the pyramids was outside of this world. The Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo was a wonderful hotel as well. Gesa was great to work with! She was so nice and accommodating throughout the whole planning process. Especially during for the first part of my trip which had nothing to do with my tours with Kensington Tours. She planned everything out perfectly on my trip.

  • Donna M — June 02, 2019 — Africa

    The Kensington Kenya and Tanzania African Safari itinerary and experience exceeded all expectations. From the moment we were met at the airport, we were completely cared for. Our Destination Expert, Erin Cotton, even checked in on us during the trip. Our guides were excellent; Albert and Steve were exceptionally knowledgeable, organized and considerate. The accommodations were all fantastic with friendly staff, comfortable rooms for the family, and great food. Although the balloon trip over the Mara River was a highlight, each game drive was a memorable adventure as or guides toured Amboseli, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and the Masai Mara. We got to spend some time in the local villages and dine with some of the other tourists in the middle of the bush and on a spectacular cliff overlooking the plains of Kenya and Tanzania. Most of all, every morning we looked forward to spending time with our guides searching for animals and learning more about the whole ecosystem.

  • Catherine L — May 05, 2019 — Africa

    Everything was absolutely wonderful - from the planning to the execution. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Will definitely work with Kensington on my next trip! (I'm headed to Hong Kong this December and think I should probably do some exploring while I'm there!)

  • Jennifer W — December 04, 2018 — Africa

    Our trip was amazing! The accommodations were lovely. Our safari guide made the experience memorable! Our only job was to relax and enjoy. The guide for our day in Sawato and to visit the Apartheid museum was extremely knowledgeable. This is our second trip with Kensington Tours. We will definitely use again.

  • Tanya R — February 20, 2019 — Africa

    We left everything to our tour rep, Louise Baer. She did a fantastic job. We had no expectations at all but were absolutely overwhelmed with our accommodations. We were treated so well by everyone. It was an unbelievable trip of a lifetime. Our drivers were fantastic. I felt so safe. Brilliant holiday. Thank you, Kensington!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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