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Best of Zimbabwe

Break Available: April to Mid November
9 Night Break

Price per person: From £4,685 (Excluding International Flights)

The Best of Zimbabwe break starts with a 3 night stay at the iconic 5 star luxury Victoria Falls Hotel.  Fabulously located within walking distance of the Falls through it’s beautifully manicured lawned gardens.  Enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace, a sunset Zambezi River cruise, visit curio markets or get an adrenaline rush from the many water activities.

Then take a light aircraft to Hwange, Zimbabwe’s premier National Park to your remote camp in a private concession to enjoy the thrills of game drives and bush walks.  Next stop is Mana Pools, a startlingly beautiful National Park. This wilderness is home to packs of endangered african wild dogs, where walking safaris are a highlight as well as boat safaris on the Zambezi River.

Highlights

  • Victoria Falls – “the Smoke that Thunders”!
  • Adventure Activities at The Falls
  • 4×4 Game Drives & Bush Walks
  • Elephant Watching at Hwange Waterholes
  • More than 470 Bird Species
  • Excellent Lodges & Professional Guiding
  • Off the beaten track Safaris
  • Top Predator Action
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Days 1 to 3 - Arrive Victoria Falls Airport to spend 3 Nights at Iconic Victoria Falls Hotel with Adventure Pass for Two Zambezi Activities

Days 1 to 3 - Arrive Victoria Falls Airport to spend 3 Nights at Iconic Victoria Falls Hotel with Adventure Pass for Two Zambezi Activities

On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport you will be transferred by private road transport to The Victoria Falls Hotel to spend 3 nights in a Deluxe Room, b&b.

This “Grand Dame” of Victoria Falls has long been a favourite with discerning travellers from all corners of the world. Built during the Edwardian period in 1904 the Victoria Falls Hotel has an iconic backdrop of the Victoria Falls Bridge that spans the gorge between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Waking up each day in the comfort of this luxury hotel, set in its exquisitely manicured gardens, there are lots of tempting activities to indulge in.  A must do is to take the short walk through the hotel gardens to the magnificent Victoria Falls to enjoy a guided tour.  We are including an Adventure Pass that will give you a choice of the amazing activities to enjoy at Victoria Falls.  Apart from that take a stroll through the local markets to pick up a wooden carved souvenir or simply relaxing in the splendid surroundings of the hotel and enjoy an elegant afternoon tea on the hotel’s terrace.

The Adventure Pass includes a choice of two of the following activities as well as a sunset cruise and hotel transfers:  White water rafting, ‘Big 5’ Night Drive & Dinner, Zambezi Canoeing, Adrenaline Highwire package, 13 minute Flight of the Angels by Helicopter and Horse Riding within the National Park.

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Days 4 to 6 - Light Aircraft Flight to Hwange National Park to spend 3 Nights on Safari in a Private Concession

Days 4 to 6 - Light Aircraft Flight to Hwange National Park to spend 3 Nights on Safari in a Private Concession

Depart camp by road to Victoria Falls Airport for your light aircraft flight to the exclusive Little Makalolo, set within a private concession deep inside Hwange, Zimbabwe’s premier wildlife park.  You will spend 3 nights in a spacious traditional-style tent, ensuite with indoor and outdoor showers.

The camp is surrounded by open plains where impressive herds of buffalo and elephant are often attracted to the many waterholes in the area, especially during the hot, dry winter months.  The camp is one of our favourites as its remote location within a private concession allows for exciting game drives and walking safaris without the crowds!

Activities at Little Makalolo Camp centre on game drives twice daily in the morning and afternoon.  The drives continue after sundowners when nocturnal species appear out of the bush and predators start their night’s hunting.

Camp has an open fire pit which is the venue for evening drinks, a swimming pool to cool off in the heat of the day and a raised deck and “log pile” hide with waterhole views which is great for photographic opportunities.  To make your stay extra special, ask us about spending a night star gazing in camp’s romantic star bed!

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Days 7 to 9 - Light Aircraft Flight to Mana Pools for 3 Nights on Safari with Game Drives, Bush Walks and Boat Safaris

Days 7 to 9 - Light Aircraft Flight to Mana Pools for 3 Nights on Safari with Game Drives, Bush Walks and Boat Safaris

Depart Hwange by light aircraft for your flight to Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site, lying at the heart of the Zambezi Valley. Your destination is the remote Ruckomechi Camp on the banks of the Zambezi River set in its own private concession with spectacular views of the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment over the border in Zambia.  You will spend 3 nights in a spacious and beautifully decorated  ensuite tent overlooking the river.

The wildlife viewing is really excellent. The park attracts vast numbers of game, among them enormous bull elephants, large herds of zebra and buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena and African wild dog packs.

Walking safaris with expert guides are very much a part of the Mana Pools experience. Speak to us about the romantic star-bed option situated close to camp that will add another dimension to your stay in this paradise.

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Day 10 - After Morning Safari, Light Aircraft Flight to Harare

Day 10 - After Morning Safari, Light Aircraft Flight to Harare

Bid farewell to camp and your guide will drive you to the airstrip to meet with your light aircraft flight to Harare.

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Hotel
Victoria Falls Hotel
Victoria Falls Hotel bathroom
Victoria Falls Hotel pool

Victoria Falls Hotel

The Victoria Falls Hotel is an African classic, built during the Edwardian period in 1904. With its iconic backdrop of the Victoria Falls Bridge the "Grand Dame" of Victoria Falls has long been a favourite with discerning travellers from all corners of the world.

With its distinctive white walls and red roof it provides a perfect balance of modern comfort combined with Edwardian elegance and old world charm. Echoing its glorious past the long carpeted corridors of the main building are lined with drawings of maps and photographs of pioneers and famous explorers. Here one finds 119 front facing deluxe rooms, suites and standard rooms which have courtyard or garden view. The adjacent Stable Wing houses two honeymoon suites and a further 42 spacious deluxe rooms.

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Little Makalolo Camp

Little Makalolo
Little Makalolo
Fire Pit at Little Makalolo
Little Makalolo

Little Makalolo Camp

Little Makalolo Camp lies in the heart of Hwange National Park, in one of its best game viewing areas, overlooking a vibrant waterhole.

Little Makalolo sits in a private concession allowing for exciting game drives and walking safaris without the crowds.  It offers privacy for guests who enjoy small camps and a sense of remoteness. The camp’s six traditional-style tents – including a family unit – are spacious and ensuite, with indoor and outdoor showers. Solar power is used for tent lights and to heat water, ensuring a lighter environmental footprint.

The plunge pool is a fantastic addition especially for those hot summer days. The log-pile hide at the waterhole in front of camp offers thrilling game viewing to literally a Noah’s Ark parade of animals as they come down to quench their thirst.

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Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi
Ruckomechi
Ruckomechi
Ruckomechi

Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi is situated in a private concession on the western boundary of the Mana Pools National Park.  This exclusive tented camp overlooks the Zambezi River, and is shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees.

Ten luxury tents have classic interiors decorated using natural materials, and small verandas from which to appreciate the panoramas. Aimed to be as environmentally friendly as possible, Ruckomechi’s hot water and lighting is provided by solar power. Central areas are reached via a low-level walkway and include dining and lounge spaces as well as a star-gazing deck. Unwind beside the pool in hammocks, making the most of the exclusive setting. A privately located bush bath is set on the river banks, for that truly wild and romantic evening under the stars.

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Reviews & Feedback

Reviews & Feedback

What an amazing trip to Zimbabwe!! I loved every minute from start to finish. We had a great safari experience, saw a huge range of wildlife and 3 of the Big 5! And Victoria Falls is simply breathtaking isn’t it? I can’t imagine how much more ferocious it is during the high season.
Thank you so much for helping me plan the trip, it really was a great experience! If I ever do anything like this again I’ll be sure to come straight back to you.

Nick & Kellie Marie

The Victoria Falls was the perfect place to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Having high tea on the balcony of the Victoria Falls Hotel really transported us back to a bygone era! Little Makalolo and Ruckomechi were both magnificent camps, especially as we had our own guides whose knowledge was encyclopaedic!
We were a little nervous going to Zimbabwe, but loved it! Everyone is so friendly and delighted to share their beautiful country with you. We will be back.

Nick & Sue
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Price per person: From £4,685 (Excluding International Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

3 nights Accommodation Victoria Falls Hotel, Deluxe Room, b&b

3 nights Little Makalolo Camp, fully inclusive of all meals, local brand drinks, laundry, park fees and 2 scheduled safari activities each day

3 nights Ruckomechi Camp, fully inclusive of all meals, local brand drinks, laundry, park fees and 2 scheduled safari activities each day

*Adventure Pass at Victoria Falls *Park fees, river usage fees, gov fees paid locally

Private Return Road Transfers Victoria Airport to Victoria Falls Hotel

Flights:  Victoria Falls to Little Makalolo to Ruckomechi to Harare. *Airport taxes paid locally.

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