9 days from $7,569 per person*
  • Embark on game drives in Hwange National Park.
  • Head out along the Zambezi River on a boat safari in Mana.
  • Sail into the sunset on the luxurious Zambezi Explorer cruise.
  • Enjoy a guided talking tour of magnificent Victoria Falls.
  • Enjoy expertly selected hotels.
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Explore the unspoiled and peaceful parks that are home to Zimbabwe's rhinos, lions, zebras and elephants. Start in Hwange National Park, the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe with thrilling game drives and night safaris. Continue on to Mana Pools National Park, an area renowned for large numbers of 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 epic 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.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Victoria Falls
    Victoria Falls
    • Document Package - Documents
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vic Falls Lodges
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
    Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vic Falls Lodges
    • Air - Victoria Falls - Hwange National Park [Direct - 45 mins] - Scheduled Charter (Wilderness Air)
    • Game Viewing - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Inclusive
  • Day 3 Hwange National Park
    Hwange National Park
    • Bomani Activities
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Inclusive
  • Day 4 Hwange National Park
    Hwange National Park
    • Game Viewing 2
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Inclusive
  • Day 5 Hwange National Park to Mana Pools
    Hwange National Park to Mana Pools
    • Air - Hwange National Park - Mana Pools [1 hr 55 mins] - Charter Flight
    • Game Drives
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Mana Pools
    Mana Pools
    • Game Drives
    • Water Game Viewing
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Mana Pools to Victoria Falls
    Mana Pools to Victoria Falls
    • Air - Mana Pools - Victoria Falls [2 hrs 10 mins] - Charter Flight
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vic Falls Lodges
    • Victoria Falls River Lodge Activities
  • Day 8 Victoria Falls
    Victoria Falls
    • Victoria Falls River Lodge - Game Activities
    • Optional activities
  • Day 9 Victoria Falls
    Victoria Falls
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vic Falls Lodges
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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 Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ilala Lodge
Ilala Lodge
Zimbabwe Explorer Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ilala Lodge
Ilala Lodge

Day 2: Victoria Falls - Hwange National Park

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

Board a flight today with service from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park.

Baggage allowance: 20 kg (44 lbs) per person including ALL hand luggage. Soft bags only; dimensions must not exceed 25 cm (10 in) wide, 30 cm (12 in) high and 62 cm (24 in) long. Passengers weighing over 120 kg (264 lbs) must purchase an additional seat.

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.

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 Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sable & Zebra
Sable & Zebra

Day 3: Hwange National Park

At Bomani we do not have rigid schedules and timetables for you. Instead the staff prefer to tailor your time around you – it’s your safari after all! Choose to be woken with coffee in bed, before joining your guide on a sunrise game drive inside the Park or opt for a relaxing lie-in before visiting the nearby village and school for insight into the daily lives of the local people. If you are looking for an exciting safari destination – in a remote and exclusive area – with great game viewing all year round, and one that actually makes a difference to the local communities and wildlife, then you need look no further than Bomani.

  • Morning and Afternoon Game Drives - Game drives are conducted by experienced guides in traditional open safari vehicles. On your morning game drives pause to enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits and in the afternoons cool drinks and cooked snacks will be provided. The land Cruisers seat up to 9 guests and Land Rovers seat up to 7 guests. Game drives in this remote portion of Hwange National Park seldom see another vehicle and are a spectacular insight into the wildlife and environment unique to this part of the park.
  • Game Walks - Game walks are an exciting option for photography of big game on foot. They are usually undertaken in the mornings and are conducted by a fully licensed and highly experienced armed professional guide. In this remote and wild area every walk provides fascinating insights into Hwange’s circle of life; watch Hwange’s elephants shake acacia trees to loosen and then eat the pods while on a smaller scale dung beetles roll up the elephant dung containing acacia seeds into balls. Dung beetles bury these balls and the acacia seed is now ready to germinate and grow into a new tree!
  • Night Drives - It’s well worth joining one of the shorter night drives through our private concession. Trackers operate powerful spotlights to seek out some of the less-seen nocturnal creatures. The light’s red filter lessens the disturbance, thus creating a unique opportunity to watch the fascinating behaviour of the nocturnal world. Unusual highlights include ant bears, porcupines, genets, springhares, lesser bushbabies and pennant winged nightjars.
  • Game Viewing Blinds - For the hard core photographers  head out to the game viewing blinds at some of the waterholes ideal for wildlife photography, and the 'look up photography blind' at Stoffie’s Pan inside the park has been called the best in Hwange.
  • Full Day Drives & Pump Runs - Hwange National Park has no major rivers and for the past 70 years during Hwange's dry seasons wildlife has subsisted here on water originally pumped by windmills, but which were later replaced by diesel engines. In the southern sector of the Park, the camps shoulder the responsibility for 8 pumped waterholes. The engines require diesel, oil and monthly services and the pump attendants who operate them require rations and pay. A popular activity is to take an all day trip into the Park visiting the waterholes to drop off fuel and oil for the motors as well as rations and supplies for the pump attendants. A picnic lunch is then enjoyed near one of the waterholes followed by a leisurely game drive back to the lodge in the afternoon. Finish with sundowners at one of the waterholes close to camp. In the green season all day drives often roam across a huge section of the park and a picnic lunch under a cool tree near a lily-covered pan is a highlight.
  • Village Visits and School Tours - Deeply committed to bringing together local rural communities and safari guests, the camp can arrange a visit with local villages and schools during your stay. Twenty minutes drive from the lodge guests have the opportunity to enjoy an actual and un-orchestrated look at village life in rural Matabeleland. Hosted by one of the local guides, it is a fascinating tour of a variety of typical daily village activities. It is followed by a visit to one of the nearby schools, hosted by the Headmaster, where guests are given the opportunity to hear traditional songs sung by the children and enjoy a ‘class interaction’. This great opportunity is encouraged by teachers as it is a wonderful way for the school kids to meet people from all over the world and learn about different cultures and countries. For both the children and our guests it is always a heart-warming and inspirational morning.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge
Zimbabwe Explorer Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Walking Safari
Walking Safari
Zimbabwe Explorer Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -

Day 4: Hwange National Park

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.

Accommodation: Bomani Tented Lodge
Zimbabwe Explorer Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Leopard in Hwange
Leopard in Hwange

Day 5: Hwange National Park - Mana Pools

This morning you'll fly from Hwange to Mana Pools.

Baggage allowance: 15 kgs per person in a soft bag + 5 kgs hand baggage. Passengers weighing over 100 kgs pay for two seats. Excess baggage must be declared and may attract an extra fee. In order to maximize passenger load the aircraft may land at another airstrip en route to your lodge.

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.

Accommodation: Ruckomechi Camp

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.

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Zimbabwe Explorer Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ruckomechi Camp
Ruckomechi Camp

Day 6: Mana Pools

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.

Accommodation: Ruckomechi Camp
Zimbabwe Explorer Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Pontoon Boat Viewing
Pontoon Boat Viewing

Day 7: Mana Pools - Victoria Falls

This morning you'll fly from Mana Pools to Victoria Falls. 

Baggage allowance: 15 kgs per person in a soft bag + 5 kgs hand baggage. Passengers weighing over 100 kgs pay for two seats. Excess baggage must be declared and may attract an extra fee. In order to maximize passenger load the aircraft may land at another airstrip en route to your lodge.

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

During your stay enjoy the following included activities: a morning guided tour of the Falls (including entrance fee), 2 scheduled safari activities daily (snacks and drinks are included), morning/afternoon game drive in the Zambezi National Park, a sunrise/sunset river cruise, bird watching on Kandahar Island, and access to the Tree Hide.

Aside from these you can also sign up for other optional activities which include: elephant back safaris, the flying fox, the gorge swing, Canopy Tours, Victoria Falls bungee jump, helicopter flights, steam train, tram, Zambezi canoe safari, river rafting, or zip lining. Additional fees apply. You can also sign up for night game drives and guided bush walks at the lodge (additional fees apply). Speak to the lodge or your trip representative for more details.

Accommodation: Victoria Falls River Lodge

Victoria Falls River Lodge is the first private game, luxury lodge to be set in the Zambezi National Park. This luxury tented lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River – so close to Victoria Falls one can see the spray in the distance. The main lodge has an open plan design and has been positioned just back from the river – in view of the elephant's natural evening route. The uninterrupted panoramic views of African sunsets and exceptional wildlife viewing makes this uniquely located lodge the ideal place from which to explore Victoria Falls as it combines the safari experience with one of the world's most famous tourist destinations.

Zimbabwe Explorer Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

Day 8: Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls River Lodge is situated in the Zambezi National Park, home to some of Africa's most fascinating animals. To name but a few - elephant, hippo, crocodile, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, sable, kudu, impala and the occasional big can be viewed in the park. During your stay enjoy a choice of two of the following game activities included in your stay: Morning / Afternoon Game Drive AND Sunrise / Sunset River Cruise.

For the ultimate bush safari experience, head out in a game-viewer early in the morning to explore the 150,000 acres that make up the Zambezi National Park. Armed with hot beverages and a delicious supply of baked 'rusks', be the first to catch the 'bush news' in the morning. Alternatively, track magnificent game in the afternoon - stopping to enjoy the phenomenal sunset with sun-downers and a variety of scrumptious snacks - before returning to Camp for a delicious dinner. You can do the same while relaxing on a river cruise as the sun's rays skip and dance across the shimmering surface of the mighty Zambezi.

Sign up for optional activities at your hotel (not included in tour price); helicopter, horseback safari, walk with lions, fishing, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, Chobe game park day trip, jet boat, cultural tours, and more.

Accommodation: Victoria Falls River Lodge
Zimbabwe Explorer Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hippo!
Hippo!
Zimbabwe Explorer Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Village Tour
Village Tour

Day 9: 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 Safari 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 Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bomani Tented Lodge
Bomani Tented Lodge

Ruckomechi Camp: Mana Pools

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.

Zimbabwe Explorer Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ruckomechi Camp
Ruckomechi Camp

Victoria Falls River Lodge : Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls River Lodge is the first private game, luxury lodge to be set in the Zambezi National Park. This luxury tented lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River – so close to Victoria Falls one can see the spray in the distance. The main lodge has an open plan design and has been positioned just back from the river – in view of the elephant's natural evening route. The uninterrupted panoramic views of African sunsets and exceptional wildlife viewing makes this uniquely located lodge the ideal place from which to explore Victoria Falls as it combines the safari experience with one of the world's most famous tourist destinations.

Zimbabwe Explorer Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  River Lodge Welcome
River Lodge Welcome

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.
  • Sharon M. — December 16, 2018 — Africa

    This was the trip of a lifetime. I would not have gotten as much out of the trip if it were not for Evan, Kensington’s accommodations, and the guides! I had an amazing time on Safari, at Victoria Falls, and in Cape Town. I can’t remember all of the names of my guides but they were all knowledgeable and passionate not only about their respective countries, but passionate about their field. I felt safe and received the best education from all of them which is one of the main goals of my trips. Thank you Kensington!

  • Norah G. — September 05, 2018 — Africa

    I thought the tour was so well planned, the accommodations were amazing, and the guides were so knowledgeable. I just want to go back!

  • Melvina Z. — December 26, 2019 — Africa

    Zo, my guide in Madagascar was not only friendly and prompt, but also incredibly accommodating to do everything I wanted during my stay! It was another amazing trip to this beautiful island

  • Abdel J. — January 18, 2019 — Africa

    Both of my guides were absolutely friendly and knowledgeable and made the experience a lot of fun. May-Asi was my Tanzania guide and George Aburuki was my Kenya guide. This two fellas were the best!

  • Jeanne E. — January 12, 2019 — Africa

    Our guide Youssef was very knowledgeable and taught us so much about Morocco. Everything went smoothly and he executed the plan with expertise. My husband and I were very pleased with the itinerary, the accommodations that had to be made to it, and the surprises that Youssef made happen. He added a personal touch that was above and beyond. Our driver Mohamed is the consummate professional - way beyond expectations.

  • Annemarie R. — September 09, 2018 — Africa

    Amanda was amazing. From Day 1 I felt I was speaking with someone who was well experienced and informed about planning an African Safari experience. She kept my budget in mind without comprising on the experience. Everything exceeded my expectations. She made it a lifetime memory and for the reason we shall return to Africa once again with the support of Kensington Tours. In today's complex world of travel, so much can go wrong but everything went seamlessly. Well done!

  • Susan T. — August 11, 2018 — Africa

    We had a wonderful safari experience and would highly recommend Kensington Tours! The highlight of our trip was our tour guide, Sam. He was highly professional and extremely knowledgeable! His guidance, friendship and professionalism allowed us to completely relax and to learn about incredible Tanzania and its beautiful wildlife and fascinating history. We could not have asked for a better guide!

  • Mark J. — September 13, 2018 — Africa

    The tour guides in Maasai Mara were outstanding!

  • Eric P. — September 11, 2018 — Africa

    One of our best trips ever! We had a phenomenal time and everything went off without a hitch.

  • Stephen B. — August 16, 2018 — Africa

    The trip was spectacular. We managed to view more than 150 animals and birds. Each location was different - guide, accommodation, scenery and food. They were all our favorites but I would make special mention of Zelda North, our guide (and now friend) in South Africa. I recommend that anyone traveling to South Africa, Cape Town, in particular, make certain to request Zelda for your guide. She is just awesome and personalized our visit in a way that was perfectly suited to our particular likes and needs.

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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