Perpetual mist, noise and rainbows all add to the sight. But the falls are not the only breath-taking sights to be found in Zimbabwe. Hwange National Park, for example, offers the opportunity to take a safari to see elephants and buffalos, giraffe, zebra and all sorts of antelopes – as well as the big cats and predators that stalk them.
Mana Pools presents your camera and binoculars with a similarly impressive display, complemented by a huge array of colourful birds.
London – Johannesburg – Victoria Falls
Depart from London Heathrow in the evening to arrive in Johannesburg early the following morning. Your connecting flight will take you north to Victoria Falls where you’ll be met and taken to your five star hotel to relax in luxurious surroundings after your journey. You’ll be staying within Victoria Falls National Park, just a 10 minute walk from the famous falls – appropriately known as Mosi-Oa-Tunya in local dialect; the Smoke That Thunders.
But even that name doesn’t prepare you for the powerful spectacle of hundreds of thousands of gallons of water pouring over the abyss; the noise, the clouds of spray, the dizzying heights and the magical rainbows are simply awe-inspiring. After visiting the falls you can play a round of golf or take a sunset cruise along the mighty Zambesi to see basking hippos and crocodiles.
Stay: Two nights in a deluxe double room in the legendary Victoria Falls Hotel.
Hwange National Park
Today you set off to explore the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. A scenic, two hour journey brings you to the edge of Hwange National Park, and a game drive lasting a further 90 minutes brings you to your camp. From here you will take safaris to see massive herds of Cape buffalo and elephants.
You’ll track big cats including leopards, African wildcats and lions, as well as diverse species like mongoose, honey badgers, jackals, bat-eared foxes, bushbabies, vervet monkeys, baboons, porcupines, aardwolf, and spotted hyena. Not to mention white rhino, giraffe, hippos, warthogs and zebra, plus antelopes like duiker, eland, roan, impala, kudu, sable, waterbuck and blue wildebeest.
Stay: Three nights in a luxurious double tent at Somalisa Camp.
From Somalisa Camp you’ll transfer to a landing strip for your scenic flight over Zimbabwean countryside to the floodplains of the Zambesi at Mana. There are four main lakes and many smaller pools providing a rich, fertile habitat for a great diversity of flora and fauna.
By taking canoe trips and 4×4 vehicle safaris, walking with experienced guides and waiting patiently in waterside hides – your camera and binoculars poised – you can see elephants feasting on the fruits of ana trees. Buffalo, lions, wild dogs, leopards and cheetah are often sighted, along with hippos, kudu, zebra, impala, warthogs and waterbuck. You should also watch out for a multitude of birds, including collared palm-thrush, racket-tailed rollers, purple-banded sunbirds and black-throated wattle-eyes.
Stay: Three nights in a double room at Ruckomechi Camp.
Mana – Harare – Johannesburg – London
Say goodbye to the wildlife as you fly out on your way to Harare. Your next hop takes you to Johannesburg where you’ll connect with your direct flight to London, arriving early the following morning.