Intimate Zimbabwe Lodge Safari (15 days)

Our Intimate Zimbabwe Lodge Safari is a 15-day journey through the highlights of Zimbabwe – visit well-known attractions, explore the history & feel the thrill that Zimbabwe boasts. While you travel around Zimbabwe, you will stay in luxury lodges – lodges that we recommend & love.

This is a small-group lodge safari, giving you that intimate experience & feeling. The tour starts in Bulawayo & ends in Victoria Falls & includes all the highlights that we feel are the best in this colourful & interesting country.

Intimate Zimbabwe Lodge Safari highlights include; Matobo National Park and Rhodes Grave, Great Zimbabwe, Mana Pools, Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park, Antelope Park, Painted Dogs Conservation Centre, Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls.

  • Zimbabwe & Botswana Lodge Safari
    Prices 20178*

    USD 4719 / EUR 4530
    (per person sharing)
    Single Supplement: USD 1630 / EUR 1565
    Local Payment: USD 250 / EUR 240

*All rates are per person rates
*If you are a single traveller, a single supplement may apply
* Prices may vary due to exchange rate fluctuations
**Please note there are limited singles available on this tour due to the size of lodges used, there is a discounted single supplement available for clients willing to share when limited single rooms available for certain nights**

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the Zimbabwe Lodge Safari itinerary
  • All transport in appropriate vehicle
  • Game drives as mentioned
  • Meals and activities as mentioned in itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Experienced local guide.

Not Included in the price:

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks, tips and curios
  • All personal expenses.
  • Day 1
    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 18h00 for your pre-departure meeting.

    Accommodation:  A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

  • Day 2
    Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana

    After breakfast your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya – “the smoke that thunders”. We then travel to Kasane in Botswana, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool.

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    Accommodation:  Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

  • Day 3
    Chobe National Park, Botswana

    Start your morning with a hopefully spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park. You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and relaxation until our boat cruise on the Chobe River starts around 3pm. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up close photo opportunities.

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    Accommodation:  Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

  • Day 4-5
    Chobe, Botswana to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

    This morning we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and to our lodge situated in a private concession near Hwange National Park. Over the following two days, we will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to great herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife.

    On arrival, we will visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect this endangered species. If time allows, you can partake in an optional game drive on the concession in the afternoon. The whole of the next day is spent exploring this magnificent area on a full day game drive in Hwange National Park.

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    Accommodation: Sable Sands or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar area)

  • Day 6-7
    Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

    Today we head off to Binga located on the south eastern shore of Lake Kariba, where we will board a luxury houseboat for a relaxing two-night trip. Nested in mountains, Lake Kariba is a man-made inland sea guarded by enormous reserves of game and made beautiful and savage by sun and storm, earth and water.

    Our voyage takes us to the Sengwe River for afternoon wildlife activities and sunset, followed by drinks and dinner on board.  In the morning we set out early for some leisurely fishing, guided walks or game viewing depending on your preference. When we return, brunch will be served whilst cruising to Elephant Bay where we will moor at one of the islands with a sandy beach. Watch the sunset over lake, relaxing around a camp fire and enjoying a beach barbecue under the starry sky.

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    Accommodation: Umbozha Houseboats or similar (cabins with en-suite bathrooms, plunge pool & dining room area)

  • Day 8-9
    Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe

    We end our houseboat experience with some morning game viewing activities on Lake Kariba and cruise back to Binga where our voyage started. After disembarking we travel southwards to the majestic Matobo Hills, an area of exquisite beauty, steeped in tribal history, ancient mystery and dramatic rock landscapes. The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope and the world’s densest population of leopard. Birdlife is prolific and includes the highest concentration of black eagles in the world. Once the home of the San (Bushman), this area contains the richest source of the rock art found anywhere. Not only is it here that the Ndebele people buried their great king, Mzilikazi, but Cecil John Rhodes was also laid to rest on the “Hill of the Benevolent Spirit” or “World’s View” as named by him.

    We spend the next day in the national park, starting our morning with tracking rhino spoor by vehicle and foot. In the afternoon we further explore the scenery and wildlife of the park on game drives, ending with a visit to Rhodes’ grave.

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    Accommodation: Camp Amalinda or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar, & swimming pool)

  • Day 10
    Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe to Nata, Botswana

    We leave Matobo Hills and drive through the savannas of southern Matebeleland en-route to Botswana. In the afternoon we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we will have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans. (Please note a visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels as well as time constraints.) We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon.

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    Accommodation: Nata Lodge or similar (permanent safari tents with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar)

  • Day 11
    Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

    A very early morning departure leads us to Planet Baobab near Gweta, from where we embark on an expedition to Ntwetwe Pan to encounter some of Botswana’s distinctive landscapes and extraordinary creatures.

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    Accommodation: Planet Baobab or similar (Bakalanga huts with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar)

  • Day 12
    Maun, Botswana

    Today we travel to Maun, a bustling safari town which serves as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book an optional scenic flight over the delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and truly glorious oasis.

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    Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

     

  • Day 13
    Khwai River, Botswana

    After breakfast we take a short drive to the mokoro station. From here, we will float in dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion and lunch, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in the Khwai River region. After settling into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive in the concession – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.

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    Accommodation: Hyena Pan Tented Camp or similar (tented camp with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool and dining area)

  • Day 14
    Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

    Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve.

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    Accommodation: Hyena Pan Tented Camp or similar (tented camp with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool and dining area)

  • Day 15
    End of Tour

    Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Maun Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures!

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