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Zimbabwe Safari

Victoria Falls and Hwange Package - 6 Days

Small group Lodge Safari - 5 nights / 6 days

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Victoria Falls and Hwange Package Victoria Falls and Hwange Package Victoria Falls and Hwange Package Victoria Falls and Hwange Package
Tour code: VFH

A 6-day safari experience starting and ending in Victoria Falls: Discover the untamed wildlife of the Hwange National Park, the friendliness of the Zimbabwean locals and spectacular sunsets that will not be forgotten.

Note that this safari is available as a Driving or Fly-in safari (between Vic Falls and Hwange).

Departs: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Ends: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Group size: Minimum 1 person.
Departures: Daily, subject to availability.

Summary
A small-group lodge safari, from / to Victoria Falls through Zimbabwe.

Highlights
Victoria Falls, Zambezi River cruise, Tour of the Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park.

Meals
5x Breakfast, 3x Lunch, 4x Dinner. Meals included in your safari will be taken in the restaurants at the various accommodation establishments. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

2017
SAFARI COST
Low Season (01-Jan to 31-May /
01-15 Dec)
Per person sharing: $1,950 per person.
Single Supplement: $400

Shoulder Season (01-30 Jun / 01-30 Nov / 16-Dec to 02-Jan)
Per person sharing: $2,140 per person.
Single Supplement: $400

High Season (01-Jul to 31-Oct)
Per person sharing: $2,550 per person.
Single Supplement: $425


Victoria Falls and Hwange Map


DAY 1; (1 Night)
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe  [Lodge]

Victoria Falls, ZimbabweOn arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met and transferred to your accommodation, where you will spend the next two nights. The rest of the day will be at your leisure, to relax beside the pool or participate in in some of the optional activities available, such as a helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls. This first night you will have the pleasure of enjoying a tasteful and satisfying dinner at Ilala Lodge.


Overnight: Ilala Lodge or similar (Room with private bathroom, pool, restaurant and bar area).
Meals: Dinner included.


DAYS 2; (1 Night)
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe
  [Lodge]

Victoria Falls, ZimbabweToday you will take a guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls and have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to explore the town or participate in the various optional activities available. In the late afternoon you will enjoy a spectacular sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.


Overnight: Ilala Lodge or similar (Room with private bathroom, pool, restaurant and bar area).
Meals:
Breakfast included.

DAY 3; (1 Night)
VICTORIA FALLS TO HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, Zimbabwe
  [Chalets]

Hwange national Park, Zimbabwe After breakfast a road transfer will take you to Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Eco-Lodge, which is situated 13 km from the main camp of Hwange National Park. After arrival, you can either relax on your private veranda or in the pool area, before your first activity. Choose between a game drive in the Hwange National Park or in the Elephant’s Eye private concession. Alternatively you can join a visit to a traditional homestead, where the locals will host you and share some information on their lifestyle.


Overnight: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange (Chalets with open-plan bathroom, double basins and outdoor shower, private veranda, fireplace, pool, restaurant and bar area, viewing deck).
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 4; (1 Night)
VICTORIA FALLS TO HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, Zimbabwe
  [Chalets]

LeopardToday is spent on a game drive in the Hwange National Park, the largest national park in Zimbabwe, covering an area of approx. 14 650 km2. Named after a local chief, Hwange is situated in the northwest corner of the country about one hour south of the Victoria Falls. Due to its close proximity to the Falls, Hwange boasts an incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna, and a plethora of African wildlife. There are over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded here. Specifically, the elephant population in Hwange is considered world famous, as it is one of the largest in the world. Experience parts of this national park on game drives and you will discover a variety of animals, including some predators among them.


Overnight: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange (Chalets with open-plan bathroom, double basins and outdoor shower, private veranda, fireplace, pool, restaurant and bar area, viewing deck).
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 5; (1 Night)
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, Zimbabwe
  [Chalets]

Game Drive, Hwange National Park, ZimbabweThis morning you will go on a game drive to continue your search for the African wildlife. The afternoon is at your leisure, either beside the swimming pool, having sundowners on the viewing deck or participating in some of the optional activities available.


Overnight: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange (Chalets with open-plan bathroom, double basins and outdoor shower, private veranda, fireplace, pool, restaurant and bar area, viewing deck).
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

DAY 6; (Departure)
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, Zimbabwe
  [TOUR ENDS]

Enjoy your last breakfast at the lodge before your 2½ hour drive back to Victoria Falls Airport, where you embark on your onward journey.


Meals: Breakfast included.



Note: The accommodation specified in the itinerary is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be nearby and of a similar standard.

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Included
Return airport transfers; 2 nights’ accommodation at Ilala Lodge, including breakfast daily; 1 dinner at Ilala Lodge; Ra-Ikane sunset cruise on the Zambezi River (includes drinks, high tea & snacks, transfers & river usage fees); guided tour of Victoria Falls (excl. park fees); road transfer to Hwange; 3 nights’ accommodation at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, including all meals, drinks, laundry and game activities.

Excluded
Flights, visa fees, optional activities, travel insurance, items of personal nature such as souvenirs, tips etc., park fees unless stipulated, meals & drinks not stipulated.

Departure
The Victoria Falls & Hwange Package departs from Victoria Falls. 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
You will be picked up at Victoria Falls International Airport. For transfers between Victoria Falls and Hwange (or vice versa), 2x4 vehicles may be utilised. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle. Some game drives may be conducted in open-sided safari vehicles. Airport transfers are usually conducted in sedan vehicles or minibuses. The game drives take place in open 4x4 vehicles.

Accommodation
We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms.

Pre and Post Tour Arrangements
Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers can be arranged on request.

Visas
The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Zimbabwe prior to departure.

Information on Areas Visited
ZIMBABWE
This is a country blessed with great natural beauty, game reserves and mineral wealth. The diverse landscape changes from mountainous to wilderness to typical Bushveld. The country is also home to large animals and a large bird population. Zimbabwe is a country located in the southern part of the continent of Africa, between the Victoria Falls,Zambezi River, Kariba Dam and the Limpopo river. Zimbabwe is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the west, Zambia to the north and Mozambique to the east.

Victoria Falls
'So lovely it must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight' said David Livingstone of the supreme Mosi-oa-Tunya ('The smoke that thunders'). This legendary traveler first saw the Falls from the Zambian side and his memory is enshrined in the nearby town of Livingstone. The views from the Zimbabwean & Zambian side are quite different, varying dramatically depending on the season and water flow. The Falls are over a mile in length and boast the largest curtain of water in the world - over 500 million litres of water per minute cascade over the falls and drop 100m at Rainbow Falls on the Zambian side. Not surprisingly is it the seventh natural wonder of the world and fast becoming one of the top adventure destinations in the world.

The river is divided into a series of braided channels that descend in many separate falls. Below the Falls the river enters a narrow series of gorges, which represent locations successively occupied by the falls earlier in their history. Since the uplifting of the Makgadikgadi Pan area some two million years ago, the Zambezi River has been cutting through the basalt base rock, exploiting weak fissures, and forming a series of retreating gorges. Seven previous waterfalls occupied the seven gorges below the present falls, and Devil's Cataract in Zimbabwe is where the next cut back will form a new waterfall that will eventually leave the present falls lip high above the river in the gorge below.

Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast 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 very large and varied birdlife.

The park is situated on the main road between Bulawayo and the world famous Victoria Falls. Hwange National Park covers just over 14 600 square kilometres. The Park carries 105 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. Elephant make up the largest proportion of the biomass. All Zimbabwe's specially protected animals are to be found in Hwange and it is the only protected area where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers. The population of wild dog to be found in Hwange is thought to be of one of the largest surviving groups in Africa today. The landscape includes desert sand to sparse woodland as well as grasslands and granite outcrops. Due to the lack of water, man-made waterholes were introduced to sustain the animals through the dry season. The park has an interesting variety of landscapes with one part running alongside the North-eastern end of the Kalahari Desert. The south is sandy with extensive forests and open grassland. A feature of the area is ancient fossil dunes - ancient sand dunes held together by vegetation.

 

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