Zimbabwe in style
Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba & Matusadona, Mana Pools
- 9 nights
- from USD $5900 per person
Make the most of Zimbabwe's diversity, from big game safaris in Mana Pools, fishing on Lake Kariba and enjoying the spectacle of the Victoria Falls on this luxury safari. A perfect blend of dramatic landscapes, wildlife and genuine Zimbabwe hospitality.
At a Glance
A perfect balance of relaxation with activity; choose from walking safaris, helicopter flights, game drives and fishing
Sleep out under the stars at Kanga's sleep out in Mana Pools
See the spray from the Victoria Falls from your lodge in high water season
Watch elephants walking along the shore of Lake Kariba before taking an afternoon swim
Try your hand at catching one of the famed tiger fish on Lake Kariba
Wildlife includes lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, hippo and much more
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This exciting itinerary combines some of the best Zimbabwe has to offer, with awe-inspiring scenery, fantastic wildlife and of course the renowned Zimbabwe guiding that many consider to be the best in Africa.
After years of tourism all but falling off the map, Zimbabwe is undergoing something of a renaissance, with new investment everywhere, a new airport at the Victoria Falls opening up and the high class guides and safari camp operators are once more able to show off their gem of a country. Your journey combines the dramatic Victoria Falls, the eerily beautiful Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park on its shores, and Mana Pools, considered by many to be the holy grail of national parks in this part of the world. You'll have the chance to enjoy helicopter flights over the Falls, watch elephants swim across the Zambezi River from your humble spot in a canoe, explore Matusadona on a walking safari, go on game-drives in search of wild dogs and try your luck at catching a tiger fish on Lake Kariba. With light aircraft flights linking each area, you'll also be afforded some incredible aerial views of Zimbabwe's wonderful scenery and wildlife.
Beginning at the Victoria Falls, known in the local language as Mosi oa Tunya, or "The smoke that thunders" - if you're here when the water is high, you'll soon see why! You are staying at the Victoria Falls River Lodge, located upstream from the falls, with views of the spray in high water season. Here you can unwind and relax into safari mode, indulge in some great food and of course explore the Falls on foot or from the air (by helicopter or microlight, the choice is yours). If adrenaline is something you're not short of, you can also go bungee jumping or white-water rafting here, too. Back at the lodge, things unfold at a more leisurely pace, with relaxing sunset boat cruises looking for birdlife in the waterberry trees, followed by sundowner drinks and delicious dinners served beside the river.
From here you'll fly to Lake Kariba, taking a boat along the shore to Changa Camp, located in the Matusadona National Park. This beautiful camp offers a range of experiences to fill your days with - from walking safaris and boat safaris, bird-watching from the pontoon or trips out fishing in search of the famed tiger fish that are found in these waters. The lake itself is enchanting, with a ghostly forest of petrified and partially submerged trees providing a perfect roosting spot for fish eagles, the rolling Matusadona hills behind, and sandy shores where it's not uncommon to spot a hippo. The wildlife here includes lion, leopard and cheetah, and there are plenty of elephants who love to take a dip in the lake in the afternoon.
Your journey continues from here to Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, for an adventure-filled safari based at Kanga Camp in the remotest part of the park. Spend your days here exploring on foot through the shade of the sprawling mahogany trees, or in a vehicle allowing you to traverse further afield. The area is wild and unspoiled, and the nearby Kanga pan is the only water source for quite a distance, making it a magnet for wildlife. Sightings of leopard, lion and hyena are excellent here, as well as plentiful plains game, elephants and some wonderful birdlife. For a real treat, spend a night under the stars on a starbed platform - an amazing experience and likely to be the highlight of your trip.
Finally you'll fly down to Harare and catch your plane home, filled with tales of adventure and wildlife, memories of the beautiful scenery and not forgetting the warm Zimbabwe hospitality which we're sure will leave you planning your next visit on the flight home.
Location & Directions
Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba & Matusadona, Mana Pools
Victoria Falls River Lodge is located on the edge of the Zambezi River, upstream of the Victoria Falls and within the Zambezi National Park. The Falls, and town, are just minutes away.
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.
Kanga Camp is situated in the heart of the Mana Pools National Park in a wonderfully remote spot, an hour inland from the Lower Zambezi River, and not far from Chitake Springs.
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.
There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 celsius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.