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Best of Zimbabwe – Harare to Victoria Falls

Best of Zimbabwe - Harare to Victoria Falls

Tour Code: BZ9
9 Days/8 Nights
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Best of Zimbabwe – Harare to Victoria Falls

Uncover all the great treasures of Zimbabwe

From ancient ruins and incredible wildlife to a natural 7 Wonder of the world; visit only the top spots from a country emerging as a major tourist destination in southern Africa. With a rich history and breathtaking natural scenery, Zimbabwe has plenty to offer even the well-travelled explorer. The tour begins in the great capital city of Harare before continuing to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the only remains of an ancient African civilization. From here, we go on to the historical city of Bulawayo and then the abundant and astounding wildlife of Matobo and Hwange National Park.  Huge herds of elephants, buffalo, zebra and various antelope species make their home here, drawing a wide range of predators. The final stop on the tour is the astounding Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural sites. Enjoy fine luxury accommodation, knowledgeable guides and personal attention as you explore the wild heart of Southern Africa.

 Highlights:

  • Explore Harare, a light-filled city on the central plateau
  • Witness the remnants of a lost civilization at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Spectacular wildlife at Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s premier game reserve
  • See the “Smoke that Thunders” at the world’s largest waterfall

Tour Departs:

Harare, Zimbabwe

Tour Ends:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Tour Notes:

Minimum of 4 guests required

Tour Includes

Breakfast and dinner as per the itinerary

All meals at Sable Sands

Visit to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Visit to Natural History Museum in Bulawayo

Visit to Matobo National Park - including visit to grave of Cecil John Rhodes and King Mzilikazi

Hwange National Park game drive

Sunset cruise on the Zambezi river

Tour of Victoria Falls

Boma Dinner

English speaking tour guide

Accommodation as per itinerary

All entrance fees as per itinerary

Tour Excludes

Flights

Insurance

Personal items

Gratuities

Optional activities

Price Validity

Till 31 October 2013

Day One

Arrive at Harare International airport. The transfer from the airport is a drive through Zimbabwe’s capital, known as the coining the ‘Sunshine City’. Harare is a beautiful, light-filled, open city; high on the country's central plateau. It has an estimated population of 1.6 million with 2.8 million (2006) in its metropolitan area. Harare derives its name from a Shona chieftain, Neharawa, of the Mbare totem whose citadel was located in the area today known as the Harare Kopje. The rooms at Holiday Inn Harare have the best view of the city centre, which is a magnificent site especially at night.

Overnight at Holiday Inn Harare or similar including Breakfast on Day 2

Day Two

Built to resemble an African royal palace on a ridge overlooking the ruins, the architecture and décor of the lodge reflect the themes and images of Great Zimbabwe itself. Here are echoed the legends of these ancient ruins that show evidence of an early African civilization.

Overnight at Lodge at The Ancient City or similar including Dinner & Breakfast

Day Three

Our day begins with a trip to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The Great Zimbabwe Monument are sub-Saharan Africa’s most important and largest stone ruins. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1986, the large towers and structures were built out of millions of stones balanced perfectly on top of one another without the aid of mortar. Great Zimbabwe gave modern Zimbabwe its name as well as its national emblem: an eagle carved stylishly from soapstone, which was found at the ruins. We also visit a Shona Village, before returning to the lodge.

Overnight at Lodge at The Ancient City or similar including Dinner & Breakfast

Day Four

This morning we will travel to Bulawayo, the City of Kings. It’s Zimbabwe’s second largest city and is steeped in the colonial history of the country and the Ndebele people. We visit the Natural History Museum, which was officially opened in 1964. The four-story Bulawayo Museum contains some superb and unique displays, with exhibits illustrating the history, mineral wealth and wildlife of Zimbabwe. After our visit to the Museum, we check in at our hotel for overnight.

Matobo Hills Lodge is situated within a private wildlife reserve bordering Matobo National Park (50km from Bulawayo). Matopos hills are 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

Overnight at Matobo Hills Lodge or similar including Dinner & Breakfast

Day Five

After breakfast, travel through Bulawayo towards Matobo National Park. The Matobo National Park is a World Heritage Site and is home to a broad variety of wild game and unique rock formations. Moulded into the castle kopjes of the Matopo Hills, it’s one of the most dramatic rocks landscapes in the world. A brief climb up one of the many granite heads bring us to the graves of Cecil John Rhodes and King Mzilikazi.

Overnight at Matobo Hills Lodge or similar including Dinner & Breakfast

Day Six

Hwange is world-renowned for its daunting size of 14,650 square kilometers, and for the wide variety of game that call the National Park home including Buffalo, Zebra, Giraffe, all the Big Cats, Hyena, Wild Dog, Rhino and the world's largest concentration of Elephants. Sable Sands Lodge, situated on the magical Dete Vlei just outside Hwange National Park Main Camp, is the perfect safari getaway.

The lodge is located just within the shady tree line. The main lodge building is a stunning thatched structure overlooking the vlei and waterhole, here 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 hyena, 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, have been designed with flexibility in mind.  Enjoy an afternoon game drive at Sable Sands on their private concession

Overnight at Sable Sands Lodge or similar including Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast

Day Seven, Eight & Nine

After a memorable stay in Hwange, we are now en-route to one of the seven natural wonders of the world ... Victoria Falls!

During our time at the Falls we will be staying in the "Best Safari Lodge" in Zimbabwe, as selected on 11 consecutive years and listed on Conde Nast Travellers Gold List.  The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is a place of legend.

Set high on a natural plateau, the westward facing Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and is just 4 kilometers from the thundering Victoria Falls, Southern Africa's foremost attraction.  Enjoying uninterrupted views of spectacular African sunsets and game at its on-site waterhole, the Lodge is ideally positioned to offer the most discerning traveler a taste of Africa at its best.

While visiting this world wonder we will experience the Falls up close by taking part in a guided tour of the Falls and Rainforest.

We will also enjoy a breathtaking Zambezi River cruise. You may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species.

The Sunset cruise is very popular and includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets.

We will spend our final evening at the Boma, place of eating. The Boma provides a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa – together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe and its people.

Overnight at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar including Dinner & Breakfast

Day One: Harare & Zimbabwe

Arrive at Harare International airport. The transfer from the airport is a drive through Zimbabwe’s capital, coined the ‘Sunshine City’. Harare is a beautiful, light-filled, open city; high on the country's central plateau. It has an estimated population of 1.6 million with 2.8 million (2006) in its metropolitan area.

Day One Accommodation

Day One: Harare & Zimbabwe

Arrive at Harare International airport. The transfer from the airport is a drive through Zimbabwe’s capital, coined the ‘Sunshine City’. Harare is a beautiful, light-filled, open city; high on the country's central plateau. It has an estimated population of 1.6 million with 2.8 million (2006) in its metropolitan area.

Holiday Inn Harare

This well laid out 201-roomed hotel is ideally located on the perimeter of the city’s central business district making it an oasis of comfort and tranquility in the busy capital. The rooms at Holiday Inn Harare have the best view of the city centre which is a magnificent site especially at night with all the night lights.

Day Two Accommodation

Day Two: Masvingo & Zimbabwe

Built to resemble an African royal palace on a ridge overlooking the ruins, the architecture and décor of the lodge reflect the themes and images of Great Zimbabwe itself and echo the legends of these ancient ruins with evidence of an early African civilization.

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 Three Accommodation

Day Three: Masvingo & Zimbabwe

Our day begins with a trip to Great Zimbabwe. The Great Zimbabwe Monument is sub-Saharan Africa’s most important and largest stone ruins. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1986, the large towers and structures were built out of millions of stones balanced perfectly on top of one another without the aid of mortar

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: Bulawayo & Zimbabwe

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

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 Accommodation

Day Five: Bulawayo & Zimbabwe

The Matobo National Park is a World Heritage Site, and is home to a broad variety of wild game and boasts unique rock formations. Moulded into the castle kopjes of the Matopo Hills, it’s one of the most dramatic rocks landscapes in the world.

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 Six Accommodation

Day Six: Hwange & Zimbabwe

Hwange is 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.

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, Eight & Nine Accommodation

Day Seven, Eight & Nine: Victoria Falls & Zimbabwe

Set high on a natural plateau, the westward facing Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and is just 4 kilometers from the thundering Victoria Falls, Southern Africa's foremost attraction.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Overlooking the expansive wild plateau of the Zambezi National Park, the luxury Victoria Safari Lodge is just four kilometres from the thundering Victoria Falls. With tasteful African-inspired décor and finishings, the stylish en-suite rooms all have private balconies with spectacular bush views.

Day One

Holiday Inn Harare

This well laid out 201-roomed hotel is ideally located on the perimeter of the city’s central business district making it an oasis of comfort and tranquility in the busy capital. The rooms at Holiday Inn Harare have the best view of the city centre which is a magnificent site especially at night with all the night lights. The facilities in the rooms are of a high standard and ideal for both the business and leisure traveller from the study areas to the wide variety of bathroom and toilet facilities. Facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, two bars, Outdoor swimming pool, room service and WIFI internet connectivity making it ideal for business or leisure travel.


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, 

Day Five

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 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, Eight & Nine

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Overlooking the expansive wild plateau of the Zambezi National Park, the luxury Victoria Safari Lodge is just four kilometres from the thundering Victoria Falls. With tasteful African-inspired décor and finishings, the stylish en-suite rooms all have private balconies with spectacular bush views. Buffalo, elephant, warthogs, antelope and an abundance of birds are easily spotted at the hotel’s waterhole while dining at the hotel’s award-winning Makuwa-Kuwa restaurant or enjoying sundowners at the open-air Buffalo Bar. The Boma Restaurant offers a unique cultural experience that thrills the senses with tastes, textures, sights, sounds and smells of Africa.


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