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Zimbabwe Highlights

Zimbabwe Highlights

Tour Code: ZH9
9 Days/8 Nights

01/12/2016 - 30/11/2017

From US$ 4 750.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate US$ 5 070.00

01/01/2018 - 31/10/2018

From US$ 5 130.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate US$ 5 475.00
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Zimbabwe Highlights

Experience the unforgettable highlights of Zimbabwe with Lake Kariba, Hwange National Park and Matoba National Park

Discover the highlights of Zimbabwe. This unforgettable journey combines the beauty of Lake Kariba and Hwange National Park with the history of the Great Zimbabwe ruins and Matoba National Park.

Highlights

  • Experience spectacular views and dramatic sunsets at Lake Kariba
  • Enjoy the the best game viewing experiences in the largest game park in Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park
  • Immerse yourself in the history of the Great Zimbabwe ruins – a unique historical, cultural and archaeological landmark and world heritage site

Tour Departs:

2017
04/09/2017
04/10/2017
01/11/2017

2018
01/02/2018
01/03/2018
03/04/2018
01/05/2018
01/06/2018
03/07/2018
01/08/2018
04/09/2018
04/10/2018
01/11/2018
04/12/2018

Tour Notes:

Minimum 2 guests.

Optional add-on available: 2 night extension to Victoria Falls (Day 9 - 11)

2017
PerPerson Sharing: USD 445.00
Single Supplement: USD 570.00

2018
PerPerson Sharing: USD 505.00
Single Supplement: USD 135.00

Tour Includes

8 breakfasts, 8 dinners, 8 nights’ accommodation, porterage, transportation, game watching activities and sightseeing as specified.

Day One - Harare Airport

On arrival in Harare, you will be welcomed by your tour guide.

Day One

Travel south-east to the Eastern Highlands, a region of rugged mountains and scenic beauty. You will have the opportunity to experience the Bvumba Mountains, dominated by savannah woodland, offering spectacular views over the highlands and tropical lowlands of Mozambique. Although small in area, the mountains are a botanical paradise and home to some of the rarest butterflies in the region. Overnight in the Mutare region. [D]

Day Two

After breakfast, the journey continues to the home of the architectural magnificence of the Great Zimbabwe ruins. The majestic Lodge at the Ancient City sits spectacularly on a granite ridge, within the shadows of the iconic Great Zimbabwe national monument, offering its guests a royal level of comfort and hospitality upon which the ancestors would surely have nodded in approval. [BD]

Day Three

Our day begins with a tour of the Great Zimbabwe Monument, a World Heritage Site. The Great Zimbabwe Monument is believed to have been fashioned between 1250 and 1450 AD, from regular rectangular granite blocks skillfully placed one upon the other without the use of tools, and gives us an idea of stone masonry few if any could emulate today. This World Heritage Site is a unique historical, cultural and archaeological landmark with many unusual artifacts, including the Zimbabwe bird (a national emblem and the subject of its own myths and legends), to be found there. [BD]

Day Four

This morning we will set off to the Matobo Hills, a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion and weathering. Matobo National Park is also the burial place of Cecil John Rhodes and Mzilikazi, the great Ndebele King. The Park, a World Heritage Site, is home to a broad variety of wild game and bird species. [BD]

Day Five

Enjoy a tour of the Matobo Hills National Park, a unique park with not only animals but some of the most breathtaking granite scenery. Our journey continues to Hwange National Park, world-renowned for its daunting size of 14,650 square kilometers, and for the wide variety of game that call the National Park home; buffalo, zebra, giraffe, all the big cats, hyena, wild dog, rhino and the world's largest concentration of elephants. [BD]

Day Six

Today we embark on a morning and afternoon open vehicle game drive on the Hwange concession. Hwange National 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 the park and it is the only protected area where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers. The population of wild dog to be found thought to be of one of the largest surviving groups in Africa today. [BD]

Day Seven

After breakfast we head towards the Painted Dog Sanctuary, also known as the African Wild Dogs. They are among the continent's most endangered species. At the sanctuary they built on education, community involvement and international support to improve the equality and abundances of the dogs. We make our way to the district of Binga, a fishing, boating and cultural centre towards the western end of Lake Kariba's southern shore. After arriving in the district, we embark on a scenic cruise, where we will have the opportunity to view some of Africa’s wildlife that makes this lake their personal water hole.  [BD]

Day Eight

Enjoy a leisurely day at Lake Kariba, joining a relaxing boat cruise, in search of lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, cheetah, impala, kudu and eland as they make their way to the lake for water. [BD]

Day Nine

Our journey ends with a transfer to Victoria Falls airport for your onward flight. [B]

Day One - Harare Airport

On arrival in Harare, you will be welcomed by your tour guide.

Day One - Harare Airport

Day One - Harare Airport

On arrival in Harare, you will be welcomed by your tour guide.

Day One Accommodation

Day One - Mutare

Travel south-east to the Eastern Highlands, a region of rugged mountains and scenic beauty.

Leopard Rock Hotel

Leopard Rock Hotel

The ultimate holiday resort in Zimbabwe! Located near Mutare, Leopard Rock is a warm and welcoming retreat offering breathtaking scenery and a rich history.

Day Two Day Three Accommodation

Day Two - Masvingo

After breakfast, the journey continues to the home of the architectural magnificence of the Great Zimbabwe ruins.

Day Three - Masvingo

Our day begins with a tour of the Great Zimbabwe Monument, a World Heritage Site.

Lodge at the Ancient City

Lodge at the Ancient City

Step back in time with the Lodge at the Ancient City, located near the famous Great Zimbabwe monument. While the design of the lodge is inspired by the great stone city, no expense is spared in making the luxury chalets fit for a king.

Day Four Accommodation

Day Four - Matobo Hills

This morning we will set off to the Matobo Hills. Matobo National Park is also the burial place of Cecil John Rhodes and Mzilikazi, the great Ndebele King. The Park, a World Heritage Site, is home to a broad variety of wild game and bird species.

Matobo Hills Lodge

Matobo Hills Lodge

Matobo Hills Lodge is situated within a private wildlife reserve bordering Matobo National Park (50km from Bulawayo). Matopos hills is an area of exquisite beauty, the lodge's accommodation units are built upon a granite outcrop with sweeping panoramic views over the surrounding hills.

Day Five Day Six Accommodation

Day Five - Hwange

Enjoy a tour of the Matobo Hills National Park, a unique park with not only animals but some of the most breathtaking granite scenery. Our journey continues to Hwange National Park, world-renowned for its daunting size of 14,650 square kilometers, and for the wide variety of game that call the National Park home; buffalo, zebra, giraffe, all the big cats, hyena, wild dog, rhino and the world's largest concentration of elephants.

Day Six - Hwange

Today we embark on a morning and afternoon open vehicle game drive on the Hwange concession.

Sable Sands Lodge

Sable Sands Lodge

Sable Sands Lodge, situated on the magical Dete Vlei just outside Hwange National Park Main Camp, is the perfect safari getaway within a close range of Victoria Falls only 180 km away on the main road to Bulawayo. The Dete vlei (pronounced “flay”) is a dried up river with multiple waterholes of which a 7 km stretch belongs to the Sable Sand concession, which allows them private game viewing in this area.

Day Seven Day Eight Accommodation

Day Seven - Lake Kariba

After breakfast we head towards the Painted Dog Sanctuary, also known as the African Wild Dogs. We make our way to the district of Binga, a fishing, boating and cultural centre towards the western end of Lake Kariba's southern shore. After arriving in the district, we embark on a scenic cruise, where we will have the opportunity to view some of Africa’s wildlife that makes this lake their personal water hole.

Day Eight - Lake Kariba

Enjoy a leisurely day at Lake Kariba, joining a relaxing boat cruise.

Masumu River Lodge

Masumu River Lodge

Only a few kilometres outside Binga lies Masumu River Lodge. Perched on a hill overlooking the shores of Lake Kariba, this lakeside lodge offers superb views of this flourishing area. The lodge features 6 comfortable air-conditioned chalets and guests can relax in the cosy lounge or at the outdoor bar with its spectacular views of the river and lake. Masumu River Lodge offers sundowner cruises and guests can also be taken out to go fishing.

Day Nine

Day Nine - Victoria Falls

Our journey ends with a transfer to Victoria Falls airport for your onward flight.

Day One

Leopard Rock Hotel

The ultimate holiday resort in Zimbabwe! Located near Mutare, Leopard Rock is a warm and welcoming retreat offering breathtaking scenery and a rich history. All 58 rooms, including the magnificent Honeymoon Suite, are decorated in a French Chateaux style and offer guests all the modern day comforts including DSTV, a mini-bar and Wi-Fi. The resort has a variety of restaurants, bars and dining options, so guests can look forward to a sophisticated menu of choices to suit every taste.


Day Two, 

Day Three

Lodge at the Ancient City

Step back in time with the Lodge at the Ancient City, located near the famous Great Zimbabwe monument. While the design of the lodge is inspired by the great stone city, no expense is spared in making the luxury chalets fit for a king. In the evenings firelight and soft music create an intimate atmosphere and you can enjoy delicious meals in an open air summer house or in the great thatched dining hall. Enjoy expert guided tours of Great Zimbabwe, a remarkable world heritage site as well as sunset cruises on the nearby Lake Mutirikwi.


Day Four

Matobo Hills Lodge

Matobo Hills Lodge is situated within a private wildlife reserve bordering Matobo National Park (50km from Bulawayo). Matopos hills is an area of exquisite beauty, the lodge's accommodation units are built upon a granite outcrop with sweeping panoramic views over the surrounding hills. There is a separate lounge/bar which commands spectacular 360-degree views of Mount Ififi and the Maleme Valley. In an area of exquisite beauty, the lodge's accommodation units are built upon a granite outcrop with outlooks over the surrounding hills. 34 beds in seventeen luxury hilltop lodges; 13 twin bedded and 4 double bedded. All lodges have shower, bath toilet and basin and wall-to-wall carpet. A separate lounge/bar which commands spectacular 360 degree views of Mount Ififi and the Maleme Valley. A swimming pool has been built into the granite dome to resemble a natural rock pool.


Day Five, 

Day Six

Sable Sands Lodge

Sable Sands Lodge, situated on the magical Dete Vlei just outside Hwange National Park Main Camp, is the perfect safari getaway within a close range of Victoria Falls only 180 km away on the main road to Bulawayo. The Dete vlei (pronounced “flay”) is a dried up river with multiple waterholes of which a 7 km stretch belongs to the Sable Sand concession, which allows them private game viewing in this area. Although it positioned outside the boundary of Hwange National Park, it is essentially the same area and game wanders freely through this concession and the park, there is no difference.

The lodge is located just within the shady tree line, with the main lodge building, a stunning thatched structure, overlooking the vlei and waterhole where the patient observer is rewarded by large herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and various antelope species as well as being regularly frequented by lion, cheetah and occasionally leopard, as well as hyeana, wild dog and other predators. The region has a wealth of birdlife with over 400 species recorded. The eleven lodge chalets, or 'rondavels', generously spaced around the lodge’s central swimming pool, , with on-suite bathrooms and shower and complete with small private terrace areas.


Day Seven, 

Day Eight

Masumu River Lodge

Only a few kilometres outside Binga lies Masumu River Lodge. Perched on a hill overlooking the shores of Lake Kariba, this lakeside lodge offers superb views of this flourishing area. The lodge features 6 comfortable air-conditioned chalets and guests can relax in the cosy lounge or at the outdoor bar with its spectacular views of the river and lake. Masumu River Lodge offers sundowner cruises and guests can also be taken out to go fishing.


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