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Great Guiding in Southern Africa

Victoria Falls, Mana Pools, Hwange and the Quirimbas Archipelago

Great guiding can make or break a safari, at Scott Dunn we believe this extends beyond the bush, to the beach. Let some of the best guides in Southern Africa bring their unique environments alive and give you an unforgettable vacation experience.

At a Glance

  • Zimbabwean guiding throughout - the best in the business!

  • An extraordinary diversity of experiences and activities

  • Excellent and authentic hotels and lodges

  • The UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Victoria Falls and Mana Pools, Hwange and the Quirimbas National Parks

  • Witness the direct benefit of your tourism to local communities and conservation projects

Adventure, Couples, Eco/ethical tourism, Wildlife

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.


We know that everyone is different, we don't believe in the one-size-fits-all approach to our vacations. Let us begin by speaking to you and finding out exactly what it is that makes you tick, we will then do our best to put together your vacation of a lifetime.

One thing we are sure about is that guiding is important, nowhere is this more the case than in Africa. Get this element of a vacation right, and we've made a big step in the right direction.

Zimbabwe is renowned for the quality of guiding. Quite simply, they are the best, you'd have to look hard for someone to challenge that. A ridiculously intensive apprentice system and rigorous examination means only the best qualify.

Incorporate great guiding with some of the most iconic locations in Africa and you are on to a winning formula. Zimbabwe is a country blessed with some beautiful national parks, rich in game and with luxurious but authentic safari camps. Whether you are a first timer to Africa, or an old hand, you will find something very special here.

Consider combining the safari with some time in the remote and beautiful Quirimbas Archipelago, of the northern coast of Mozambique. Why should the guiding stop here? Zimbabwean owner of Ibo Island Lodge, Kevin Record, brings this area alive with his team of specialist guides. Take your pick from a dawn bird-walk, cultural tour of the old colonial town of Ibo, or afternoon ocean kayaking in the tidal mangrove forest.

Combine Ibo Island with its stunning neighbor Quilalea Island and stay at the exclusive Azura. Fish for the hard fighting Giant trevally in the morning, scuba dive on one of the many wrecks of the Quirimbas in the afternoon, and before dinner experience a guided torch-lit snorkel on the house reef.

If you feel inspired to plan your own great Guiding experience in Southern Africa by this glance at what is possible, give one of our specialists a call to find out more. We always start with a blank page when planning your vacation, so it really is your ultimate trip!





Fly to Victoria Falls
1 night

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls Hotel
Victoria Falls - Kanga
3 nights

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Kanga Camp
3 nights

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Zambezi Expeditions
Mana Pools - Hwange National Park
3 nights

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Somalisa Camp
Hwange - Victoria Falls
2 nights

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls River Lodge
Victoria Falls - Johannesburg
1 night

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Residence Houghton
Johannesburg - Ibo Island
3 nights

Ibo Island, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique

Ibo Island Lodge
Ibo Island - Quilalea Island
4 nights

Quirimbas and the north coast, Mozambique

Azura at Quilalea
Fly home from Quilalea (via Pemba & Johannesburg)

Location & Directions

Victoria Falls, Mana Pools, Hwange and the Quirimbas Archipelago

When to go

Zimbabwe has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zimbabwe's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.

Northern Mozambique enjoys perfect blue skies from May through until late November. This specific itinerary is obviously limited to the dates that Mana Pools is open, however, there are other great options across southern Africa which combine well with Ibo Island Lodge.

Zambezi Life Styles and Kanga Camp open from May until the end of October.

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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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