Epic Zimbabwe

Mana Pools, Lake Kariba, & Hwange National Park
11 nights private tour from $11,000 per person

Make the most of Zimbabwe's diversity, from big game safaris in Mana Pool and Hwange National Park, 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.

Epic Zimbabwe
At a glance
  • A perfect balance of relaxation with activity; from walking safaris, game drives, canoe excursions and fishing

  • Watch elephants walking along the shore of Lake Kariba before taking an afternoon swim

  • Visit the raging Victoria Falls

  • Try your hand at catching one of the famed tiger fish on Lake Kariba

Journey highlights
  • A perfect balance of relaxation with activity; from walking safaris, game drives, canoe excursions and fishing

  • Watch elephants walking along the shore of Lake Kariba before taking an afternoon swim

  • Visit the raging Victoria Falls

  • Try your hand at catching one of the famed tiger fish on Lake Kariba

  • Epic itinerary:Our Epic Journeys offer unforgettable cutting-edge hotels, experiences and restaurants with a focus on design, fashion and innovation
Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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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.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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November $11,000 $2,800 plan your trip
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May $11,000 $2,800 plan your trip
June $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
July $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
August $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
September $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
October $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
  • November
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    $11,000
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    $2,800
  • April
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    $11,000
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    $2,800
  • May
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    $11,000
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    $2,800
  • June
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    $16,500
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    $4,100
  • July
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    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
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    $4,100
  • August
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
    Deposit from*
    $4,100
  • September
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
    Deposit from*
    $4,100
  • October
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
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    $4,100
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Itinerary

Fly into Harare
Day 1-4

Mana Pools National Park

Fly into Harare International Airport and take a light charter to Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for an adventure-filled safari staying on the banks of the Zambezi River. 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 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. Other activities during your three-night stay include canoe trips on the mighty Zambezi or perhaps try your hand at fishing.  

Accommodation: Nyamatusi Camp ( 3 nights )
Day 4-7

Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park

From here you'll fly to Lake Kariba, where you will spend the next three nights on the border of Matusadona National Park at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. This beautiful lodge 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 and leopard and there are plenty of elephants who love to take a dip in the lake in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge ( 3 nights )
Day 7-10

Hwange National Park

From Bumi Hills you will head to Hwange National Park and Somalisa Camp for an experience like no other. Hwange is famous for its elephant, when competition at the waterholes gets too intense, these magnificent animals make their way to Somalisa’s swimming pool to quench their thirst. Sit within yards of this breath-taking spectacle, you’ll have to be persuaded to go out on the afternoon game-drive, but it will be worth it. The area is known for its high densities of big cat and the sightings are truly out of this world. Enjoy some exceptional guiding over your three-night stay and learn everything there is to know about the fauna and flora of Zimbabwe.

Accommodation: Somalisa Camp ( 3 nights )
Day 10-12

Victoria Falls - the Zambia side

The final stop on your Zimbabwe adventure is 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 stunning Thorntree River Lodge, located upstream from the falls, with exceptional views in a truly luxurious setting. Here you can unwind and relax after your safari, 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.

Accommodation: Thorntree River Lodge ( 2 nights )
Fly from Livingstone
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 holiday.

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When to visit

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  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

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.

Epic Zimbabwe
Epic Zimbabwe

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis 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 holiday.

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
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