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15 Days - Intimate Zimbabwe Lodge Safari [IZL]
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
Hwange National Park
Matobo National Park and surrounds
Nyanga National Park
Mana Pools National Park
Lake Kariba - Zimbabwe
Matusadona National Park
Chizarira National Park
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
Intimate Zimbabwe Lodge Safari
This intimate Zimbabwe Lodge Safari is a 15 day journey through the best areas and attractions that Zimbabwe has to offer! Travel around Zimbabwe while staying in the luxury of lodges in the evenings. A small-group Lodge Safari, no participation, from/ to Victoria Falls through Zimbabwe
Highlights: Victoria Falls, Painted Dogs Conservation Centre, Hwange National Park, Rhodes Grave and Matobo National Park, Great Zimbabwe, Nyanga National Park, Mana Pools, Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park, Antelope Park.
Group Size: Minimum 4 people, maximum 12 people Type of Safari: Lodge safari Duration: 15 day(s)
Accommodation: On 12 nights of this safari, you will be accommodated in typical mid-range African lodge establishments, situated either in the National Parks, on the banks of a river, or other place of interest. Lodge Safaris offer accommodation with a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. All of them have a private bathroom with a shower or bath and a toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas. The remaining two nights of this safari will be in a basic tented camp with communal ablution facilities.
Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe you will be met and transferred to your lodge. Meet your guide and the rest of the group at the hotel at 14h00 for a guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls. Upon your return to the lodge a pre-departure meeting will be held at 18h00. Accommodation: A’Zambezi River Lodge, Ilala Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 2 & 3: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe [BLD, BLD] After breakfast we depart Victoria Falls and make our way to Hwange National Park. The afternoon is spent with a visit to the Painted Dogs Conservation Centre to learn about the efforts made to protect these endangered species. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra as well as a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus very large and varied birdlife. The whole of the next day is spent exploring this magnificent area. Accommodation: Sable Sands or similar (chalets with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool & bar area)
Day 4: Hwange National Park to Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe [BLD] We leave the beauty of the Hwange National Park behind us and head to Camp Amalinda in the Matobo area. Matobo Hills is 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 visit the National Park and Rhodes’ grave. Accommodation: Camp Amalinda or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar, & swimming pool)
Day 5: Matobo Hills to Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe [BLD] This morning we drive to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins located close to Masvingo. According to an age-old legend the ruins were built to replicate the palace of the Queen of Sheba in Jerusalem, and are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries. They cover an area of 1800 acres and are some of the oldest and largest structures located in Southern Africa. We have the opportunity to explore these ancient ruins, before checking in to our accommodation for the night, which overlooks Lake Mutirikwe. Accommodation: Norma Jeane’s Lake View Resort or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar & restaurant)
Day 6: Great Zimbabwe to Nyanga National Park, Zimbabwe [BLD] Today we head off to the Nyanga National Park and have this afternoon to enjoy nature drives in the area. Wildlife to look out for are wildebeest, kudu, zebra, waterbuck, impala, sable and eland as well as smaller mammals such as the blue duiker and Samango monkey, neither of which is found outside this area. Nyanga National Park is situated in one of the most scenic areas of Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands. Rolling green hills and perennial rivers transverse the 47 000 hectare park, which is also home to the country’s highest mountain – Mount Nyangani as well as Africa’s second highest waterfall, Mtarazi Falls. Accommodation: Pine Tree Inn or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar & restaurant)
Day 7: Nyanga National Park to Bushman Rock, Zimbabwe [BLD] We travel towards Harare to the Bushman Rock Estate, operational since the mid 1900’s it is one of the few estate wineries in the country. After we have settled into our rooms, high tea is served on the veranda. We take a leisurely guided walk through the vineyards to the pontoon, for a sundowner cruise. Thereafter we get to sample up to nine of the estates private wines on a tutored wine tasting, followed by 3 course dinner. Accommodation: Bushman Rock or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool and tea garden)
Day 8 & 9: Von Bushman Rock nach Mana Pools, Zimbabwe [BLD, BLD] An early wake-up call to continue our journey to one of Zimbabwe’s greatest national parks – Mana Pools, where we have the whole of the next day available to search for African wildlife on game drives and on canoe excursions. Mana means ‘four’ in Shona, in reference to the four large permanent pools formed by the meandering Zambezi River. This World Heritage site has the country's biggest concentration of hippos and crocodiles as well as large populations of elephant and buffalo. En-route we stop at Chinhoyi Caves for lunch. The caves are composed of limestone and dolomite and it is the most extensive cave system in Zimbabwe accessible to tourists. Accommodation: Nyamepi Camp or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water)
Day 10 & 11: Mana Pools to Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe [BLD, BLD] Our journey today brings us to the shores of Lake Kariba. It is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes and a place of outstanding beauty. At over 220 km long and 30 km at its widest point it is no wonder it is referred to as an inland sea! The lake is nested in mountains, guarded by enormous reserves of game and made beautiful and savage by sun and storm, as well as by earth and water. After lunch and a one and a half hour speedboat trip across the lake we arrive at Rhino Camp, which lies on Elephant Point in the Matusadona National Park, which is home to the Big 5 and where we spend the next two nights. Accommodation: Rhino Camp or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, bar area)
Day 12 & 13: Lake Kariba to Antelope Park, Zimbabwe [BLD, B] Today we have an early departure as it is one of the longest driving days on our safari. Another speedboat takes us back to Kariba where we meet our vehicle and continue to Antelope Park where we spend the next two nights. Antelope Park is home to the African Lion Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) and you will have the opportunity to partake in the numerous activities on offer, such as lion walks, night encounters with lions and elephant swimming! (All optional and for own expense). Accommodation: Antelope Park or similar (river tent with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant area)
Day 14: Antelope Park to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe [BL] After breakfast we drive back to where our adventure started – Victoria Falls. Accommodation: A’Zambezi River Lodge or Ilala Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 15: End of tour [B] Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.
Inclusions & Exclusions
**Please note all rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations
Included in the price: Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary, all transport in fully kitted 4x4 safari 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.
Meal Key B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Pre and Post Tour Arrangements Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers can be arranged on request.
Should you require alternative accommodation or transfers to different points, please contact our reservation office, who will gladly assist you.
Insurance It is compulsory for all travelers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. SA Tours and Safaris can assist you with your travel insurance, please enquire with our consultants for further information.
Departure The Intimate Zimbabwe Safari departs from A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar in Victoria Falls.
Please note that the daily departure times are a guideline only and are subject to change due to seasonal variations, as well as unforeseen circumstances. The final decision rests with your guide who will advise you at what time you will be departing each day.
On Day 1 meet at 14h00 for the guided tour of the Victoria Falls. In the evening, there will be a meeting presented by your guide, at 18h00, at your lodge. It is imperative that all clients attend this meeting so as not to miss out on any critical information.
Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical. Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.
Transport Fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, 12-seater 4x4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing, a music and PA system and air-conditioning are being used. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle, trailer or roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle. For transfers between Victoria Falls and Hwange (or vice versa), 2x4 vehicles may be utilised.
Travelling Times and Distances All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.
Accommodation On 12 nights of this safari, you will be accommodated in typical mid-range African lodge establishments, situated either in the National Parks, on the banks of a river, or other place of interest. Lodge Safaris offer accommodation with a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. All of them have a private bathroom with a shower or bath and a toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas. The remaining two nights of this safari will be in a basic tented camp with communal ablution facilities.
Spending money Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips, alcoholic drinks and additional entertainment. US Dollars and South African Rands are the most practical and convenient currencies.
Local Payment A local payment is required on your Jenman Safari and will be collected by your Jenman guide on the day of departure. The local payment is part of the overall tour cost and is used to pay some of the day to day operational costs that are incurred while we are on the road. We try to prepay as many of the costs as possible however in some cases cash payment on arrival is the only option as some of the attractions we visit on safari only accept cash. Examples include park fees at most of the national parks, a few accommodations or camp sites and any local food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour as well as local guides. Your tour guide is given a garage card to pay for fuel, however this is only valid for use in South Africa and certain parts of Namibia therefore any other fuel purchases also need to be paid for in cash. The local payment also ensures that a portion of your tour cost actually goes directly to the countries you visit, thus benefiting local communities as well as contributing to conservation of the areas we visit. Essentially having a local payment means your tour price is a bit lower and give you a more inclusive experience!
Meals Where included most breakfasts and dinners will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments, however on certain nights the guide will provide an authentic meal for the group, which will be enjoyed together in the evening, often around a camp fire. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.
First Aid Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a comprehensive medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration. It is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.
Luggage Maximum baggage allowance: 15 kg. Jenman Safaris stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don't bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited
Participation The Intimate Zimbabwe Lodge Safari is a non-participation safari
Visas The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Zimbabwe prior to departure.