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Zimbabwe Experience

  • Victoria Falls
  • Mana Pools National Park
  • Matusadona National Park
Zimbabwe Experience Zimbabwe Experience
£ 6750

Zimbabwe is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife-rich parks in all of Africa – and this 13-day itinerary proves it.

Your voyage starts at Victoria Falls which, during the wet season, sees over 5 million cubic metres of water rush over the lip of a narrow ravine every minute. Mana Pools will present your camera with an entirely different, though similarly impressive, display. Fed by the waters of the mighty Zambezi River, this unspoilt wilderness paradise is as wild and picturesque a place as any you will find.
Matusadona National Park, one of the lesser-known but most scenically pleasing game areas, is the finale to your Zimbabwe Experience. It sits on the shores of Lake Kariba – the world’s largest artificial lake – and is home to an abundance of elephants, an impressive lion population and plethora of birds. Early morning walks, boat cruises and photography focused game drives are just a few of the activities you can enjoy whilst here.

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    Day 1-4 London - Victoria Falls
    London - Victoria Falls

    Departing from London, you’ll board a flight to Johannesburg and then onto Victoria Falls Airport. You’ll be taken to your lodge nestled on the banks of the Zambezi just upstream from the iconic Victoria Falls.

    You’ll enjoy a guided tour of this astonishing site with its incredible succession of waterfalls dropping dramatically into a 100m gorge. David Livingstone, who came upon the falls back in 1885, exclaimed that ‘scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by Angels in their flight’. As well as marvelling at the falls – which you can do from a helicopter – you can enjoy a wide range of fun activities in the surrounding area such as fishing, canoeing, zip-lining, bungee-jumping and helicopter flights.

    Stay: Three nights in a luxury tented suite at Old Drift Lodge – full board

    Day 5-6 Kanga Camp, Mana Pools National Park
    Kanga Camp, Mana Pools National Park

    Today you fly to Mana Pools which sits at the heart of the Zambezi Valley. This UNESCO-listed park features four main lakes and many smaller pools which provide a rich, fertile habitat for a great diversity of flora and fauna.

    You’ll be staying at Kanga Camp in one of the most remote corners of the park. The eponymous Kanga Pan offers the wildlife of the region a year-round supply of water, resulting in some fantastic encounters. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy game drives, bird watching and walking excursions, as well as canoeing and fishing in the Zambezi flood plains. Night drives in the concession are also possible and a great way to see the park from a different perspective.

    Two nights in a double room at Kanga Camp – full board

    Day 7-8 Zambezi Expeditions, Mana Pools National Park
    Zambezi Expeditions, Mana Pools National Park

    Staying in Mana Pools, today you will leave Kanga Camp behind and make a game drive transfer to its sister property, Zambezi Expeditions. This area of the park is pristine, undeveloped and incredibly diverse, allowing for a more private safari experience. Buffalo, lion, African wild dog, leopard, hippo, elephant, crocodile and cheetah can all be sighted, but you should also watch out for birds like the collared palm-thrush, racket-tailed roller and purple-banded sunbird.

    At your colonial-style mobile camp on the edge of the Zambezi River you’ll have the opportunity for canoeing and fishing excursions in addition to sensational 4×4 game drives along the flood plain. You’ll be led throughout by qualified and experienced guides whose intimate knowledge of the bush will enrich your own experience of it.

    Stay: Two nights in a double tent at Zambezi Expeditions – full board

    Day 9-11 Matusadona National Park
    Matusadona National Park

    Today you will take a light aircraft to Matusadona National Park on the shores of the world’s largest man-made lake. Earning national park status in 1975, Matusadona boasts an impressive concentration of game which includes the endangered black rhino, an abundance of elephants and a healthy lion population. The park also attracts over 400 bird species, including the majestic African fish eagle, kingfishers, storks and herons. Activities focus on boat trips on Lake Kariba as well as 4×4 game drives. Fishing and bush walks can also be arranged.

    From your luxury lodge you’ll have a stunning lake view, and can spend your evenings relaxing around a fire pit on a white-sanded beach just steps from the main deck.

    Stay: Three nights in a double tent at Changa Safari Camp – full board

    Day 12-13 Fothergill - London

    Today you’ll leave camp and take a road/boat transfer to Fothergill. From here a light aircraft will take you back to Harare in time to catch your connecting flight to Johannesburg. On arrival you will check in for your overnight flight to London.

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    • Gemma took on board all I asked for and arranged a fantastic itinerary. She was always prompt and professional both in planning the holiday and during the very circumstances of Covid. We would not hesitate to come back to The Ultimate Travel Company.

      TS, August 2020