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Family Vacation Off the Beaten Track in Zimbabwe

Singita Pamushana, Gonarezhou, Lake Kariba & Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe is a fantastic country for a family adventure this itinerary combines some of the most comfortable lodges in the country at Changa and Singita Pamushana with the more wild and adventurous Gonarezhou Bush Camps and ending in The Victoria Falls.

At a Glance

  • Fantastic wildlife viewing Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve and Gonarezhou National Park

  • Stunning suites with 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms and a plunge pool and an amazing view at Singita Pamushana

  • Incredible wildlife itinerary

  • Take an early morning helicopter flight over Victoria Falls to really see why it’s called the ‘Smoke that Thunders’

  • Explore Gonarezhou on foot with one of the most fabulous guides to bring the safari experience to life

  • Fish for Tiger fish on Lake Kariba

Adventure, Family, Wildlife, Eco/ethical tourism

Insider's View

Taking a speed boat across Lake Kariba makes you feel as though you are on the sea.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

There is so much to do in Victoria Falls from white water rafting to heli flips and micro lighting over the Falls.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.

Description

Singita Pamushana is the perfect spot to start an exploration or Zimbabwe. Singita Pamushana is a beautiful lodge perched on a hill within the game rich exclusive Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Southern Zimbabwe. The lodge has a very African feel as the designers incorporated local trial design. All the extensive suites have fabulous views over the reserve. Each day guests are given the opportunity to go on game drives and guided walks with an expert guide and tracker. For the adventurous, a guide and tracker will accompany you on a mountain bike ride through the rugged reserve and its possible to take lessons on how to shoot with a bow and arrow.

It is a lovely drive from Malilangwe into Gonarezhou and to the Gonarezhou Bush Camps. The camps are mobile tented camps, which can be set up at several locations within Gonarezhou National Park depending on the time of year and wildlife movements. The aim is not to provide a luxury hotel in the bush, but a comfortable base from which to appreciate the wild character of Gonarezhou. It is a chance to get into a authentic safari experience with comfortable dome tents and bucket showers. Each day is a new adventure mornings are usually spent exploring Gonarezhou with a fantastic and informative guide by foot after a light breakfast whilst the afternoons are often spent exploring a little further a field and finding a scenic spot to watch the world go by and have a sundowner!

Changa Safari Camp is found within a private concession of Zimbabwe's Matusadona National Park, on the shore of Lake Kariba. Changa has the real feeling of being a safari camp on the sea so you arrive by speed boat. Activities here include traditional safari game drives and walks but they also offer include game viewing by boat as well as fishing for tilapia and tiger fish. Have dinner on the beach with sand beneath your toes or sun downers on a sand bank on the lake shore.

End your Zimbabwean adventure at Elephant Camp, it’s within sight and sound of the waterfall itself, only 10-minutes away by car. Here you are perfectly positioned to explore all that is on offer both on the Zambezi and in the surrounding area, whilst being able to easily retreat to relax by the pool and watch game come to the waterhole in front of camp. There are so many activities on offer close to Victoria Falls from the gorge swing, to white water rafting and afternoon tea at The Victoria Falls Hotel.

Please see our itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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Fly to Singita Pamushana (via Johannesburg)
2 nights

Southern Zimbabwe

Singita Pamushana
4 nights

Southern Zimbabwe

Gonarezhou Bushcamp
3 nights

Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park

Changa Safari Camp
2 nights

Victoria Falls

The Elephant Camp
Fly home from Victoria Falls (via Johannesburg)

Location & Directions

Singita Pamushana, Gonarezhou, Lake Kariba & Victoria Falls

Singita Pamushana is set within the pristine Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in South Eastern Zimbabwe, bordering the Gonarezhou National Park.

There are few truly wild places in Africa that remain unspoiled by mass tourism and for the time being, Gonarezhou is one of them, and this is where Gonarezhou bush camp is found. Located far from the busy northern circuit, Gonarezhou is an absolute jewel of a wilderness area. Situated in the south eastern corner of Zimbabwe, Gonarezhou covers an area in excess of 5 000 square kilometers, which to put this into perspective, is about the same size as Mana Pools, Matusadona and Chizarira National Parks put together.

Changa Camp is located in a private concession area within the Matusadona National park. This luxury tented camp on the shores of Lake Kariba with fantastic views across the Lake towards the magnificent Matusadona mountains.

Elephant Camp is located about a 10 minute drive just outside Victoria Falls Town with wonderful views.

When to go

From mid May through to early August the days are warm and clear but the night time temperatures can drop below freezing. September through to May is generally hot in the day and warm at night, Hwange sees rain from late November to April.

The best time for game viewing is from August to October, water is scarce, the bush has died back and game congregates around the pumped waterholes. Birdlife is prolific during the rainy season, and although the game has dispersed due to readily available surface water, this is still a great time to experience game viewing in the National Parks as they hum with life.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.

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