Perpetual mist, noise and rainbows all add to the sight of one of the largest drapes of falling water on the earth. But the falls are not the only breath-taking scenes to be found in Zimbabwe. In Hwange National Park, for example, you can take a safari to see elephants, buffalos, giraffe, zebra and all sorts of antelopes – as well as the predators that stalk them.
Matusadona National Park will present your camera and binoculars with a similarly impressive display, whilst Mana Pools is as wild and beautiful a place as any you will find. Fed by the waters of the mighty Zambezi River, this unspoilt wilderness paradise is the finale to your ultimate Zimbabwe vacation.
London – Johannesburg – Victoria Falls
Your flight from London Heathrow arrives in Johannesburg in the early morning. A connecting flight will take you north to Victoria Falls where you’ll be met and taken to your five-star hotel in the Victoria Falls National Park. You’ll be a 10 minute walk away from the famous falls – known as Mosi-Oa-Tunya in local dialect; the Smoke Which 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. After visiting the falls you can play a round of golf or take a sunset cruise along the mighty Zambezi to see basking hippos and crocodiles.
Stay: Two nights in a double deluxe room at The Victoria Falls Hotel – breakfast included
Hwange National Park
Today you set off to explore the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. Hwange is diverse in both habitat and wildlife, and boasts one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa, which includes staggering numbers of Cape buffalo and elephant.
Game drives led by knowledgeable guides will also show you big cats like leopards, African wildcats and lions, as well as diverse species like mongoose, honey badgers, jackals, bat-eared foxes, vervet monkeys, baboons, aardwolf, and spotted hyena. But you don’t have to go far for wildlife encounters – your camp overlooks a natural waterhole where herds of game congregate to drink.
Stay: Three nights in a double tent at Somalisa Camp – full board
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 include game walks and drives, boat cruises on the lake and fishing for the famed fighting tiger fish.
Stay: Three nights in a double tent at Changa Safari Camp – full board
Zambezi Expeditions, Mana Pools
From one wildlife haven to the next – 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.
Buffalo, lions, African wild dogs, leopards and cheetah are often sighted, but you should also watch out for a multitude of birds, including collared palm-thrush, racket-tailed rollers and purple-banded sunbirds.
At your luxury mobile camp on the edge of the Zambezi River you have the opportunity for canoeing and fishing excursions in addition to sensational 4×4 game drives along the flood plain.
Stay: Two nights in a double tent at Zambezi Expeditions – full board
Kanga Camp, Mana Pools
Staying in Mana Pools, today you will leave Zambezi Expeditions and be transferred by road to Kanga Camp. This area of the park is pristine, undeveloped and incredibly diverse, which allows for a more private safari experience.
The Kanga Pan offers the regions wildlife a year-round supply of water, which results in superb game viewing. You’ll enjoy game drives, bird watching and walking excursions, as well as fishing in the Zambezi flood plains. What’s more, your camp has a fantastic, and uninterrupted, view of a very active waterhole.
Stay: Two nights in a double tent at Kanga Camp – full board
Mana – Harare – Johannesburg – London
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.