10% OFF on 9 Days Wild & Remote Safari with Mighty Victoria Falls Adventure from US$3,162.-pp

Gaze at the majestic Victoria Falls whilst walking along the rain forest.  Safari in one of the most authentic game parks in Africa, Hwange National Park.  Your safari lodge is located in a private area that also allows for game walks with armed rangers as well as night game drives to search for nocturnal wildlife. Spend a night in a “star-bed” if you wish. Watch African dancers and drummers whilst enjoying ethnic specialties from the region. Smell, touch and maybe take a bite out of a roasted mopani worm, a feat you will get a formal looking certificate for! Africa awaits in all its glory in this spectacular Journey of a Lifetime

Accommodation Destination Basis Room Type Duration
         
Ilala Lodge Hotel Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe B&B 1x Standard Room (s) 4 Nights
Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Hwange National Park FB+ 1x Chalet 4 Nights

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Price

US$3,162.-  April 1 – June 30, 2020 and Nov 1 to Nov 30, 2020

US$3,495.- July 1 – Oct 31, 2020

Per person, double occupancy.

Journey starts and ends at Victoria Falls airport. Daily departures.

Special Travel Show Offer valid until Feb 29, 2020

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, all transfers, Guided Tour of Victoria Falls,   Dinner with drumming and dancers entertainment,  2 daily safari activities at Elephants Eye Camp. Sleep out on the “Star-Bed”, Visit to Painted Dog conservation Project, alcoholic beverages of South African Wines, beers and ciders at safari lodge. Laundry at safari lodge, Village visit near Safari Lodge.

Excluded

International flight to Victoria Falls, airport taxes,  premium drinks at safari lodge,  optional tours, visa.

Day 1:           Ilala Lodge Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe       

Zimbabwe

A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay. Please check your itinerary for inclusions.

Victoria Falls

Day Itinerary

Arrive in Victoria Falls where our representative will be expecting your and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge Hotel         View iBrochure

Ilala Lodge Hotel is ideally located only 8 minutes away from the spectacular Victoria Falls. A family run hotel, Ilala Lodge has 73 stylish, well-appointed spacious rooms, that offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury. As we are the closest hotel to the beautiful Victoria Falls, the spray makes for a perfect backdrop during your stay.

Experience a culinary journey at the award-winning Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge Hotel. Centrally located only minutes away from the Victoria Falls, The Palm Restaurant offers a magnificent à la carte menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can choose from an extensive list of South Africa’s finest wines, cocktails and artisan gins. We offer an unrivalled al-fresco dining experience under the starlit African sky, with the sound of the Falls in the background. The Palm Restaurant is an adventure for the appetite that is not to be missed.
 
Relive the historical journey embarked by David Livingstone exploring the mighty Zambezi River aboard the Ra-Ikane fleet. Named after his instrumental guide, the boats represent the grace of a bygone era honouring the rich history of Victoria Falls and its explorers, adventurers and heroes. The Ra-Ikane offers a variety of cruises, including breakfast, lunch and sunset, as well as private charters.

Standard Room (s)

26 twins, with 2 large three-quarter beds in each room. 
All rooms have en suite bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV hair dryer, safe and have individual coffee, free WiFi, room service and tea facilities. The rooms are spacious with railway teak furnishings.

All rooms look towards the Victoria Falls, and the National Park. There are often wild animals grazing on the lawn, and the windows and doors rattle from the force of the water from the mighty Victoria Falls.

All rooms have either a private patio or their own seating area on the lawn, facing the Falls.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:           Ilala Lodge Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe       

Day Itinerary

Take a tour of the famous Falls this morning. 

Choose from the optional activities or visit a market near your hotel.

Activities

Guided Tour of Victoria Falls

Guided Tour of Victoria Falls

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and  take you on an unforgettable experience through the Victoria Falls rainforest, a journey that not only affords a view of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World but provides a great deal of interesting facts about the geology, wildlife and history of Africa’s most famous landmark. Listen to magical tales of local legend while you enjoy the constant spray from the “The Smoke that Thunders”.

Your guide will also help ensure the best photographic opportunities of this breathtaking World Heritage Site.

OPTIONAL TOURS (extra charge):

Zambezi Sunset Cruise

The Zambezi Sunset Cruise is a wonderful outing when in Victoria Falls and suitable for the whole family.  It is an ideal way to end an eventful day in Victoria Falls, providing an opportunity to unwind and relax in the timeless environment while enjoying complimentary sundowner drinks and light snacks. The whole trip is a build up to the gracious glow of the African Sunset on this vast body of water. The guides and crew are a font of knowledge about the river wildlife and will entertain you with numerous tales about local culture and historical exploration.

Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls US$150pp

Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls

The “Flight of Angels” is an amazing journey over the 1700m vast curtain of water known locally as the “Mosi oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) and along the Zambezi River and the Zambezi National Park.  Passengers are treated to an unforgettable helicopter journey comprising of 4 circuits (2 on either side) offering unrivalled spectacular views, photographic, and filming opportunities and putting the full breadth and height of The Falls into glorious perspective within the surrounding environment.

Apprximate flight time is 12-13 minutes.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 3:           Ilala Lodge Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe       

Day Itinerary

Choose from the optional tours available.

This evening have dinner with local, traditional drumming entertainment at the Boma Restaurant.

Activities included

The Boma Restaurant

The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show is a “must do” Victoria Falls dining and entertainment experience, specializing in traditional African food, drumming and dancing. The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavish feast, including irresistible desserts.

On arrival, you are dressed in a chitenge (traditional sarong) and welcomed into a vibrant atmosphere in which the tantalizing aromas of local dishes and game meat on the braai (barbecue) fill the restaurant, which is partially open to the star-filled African sky.

Your meal begins with a mouth-watering platter of starters whilst the buffet includes soup from the campfire, a range of salads, game meat cooked on a braai (barbecue), followed by desserts.  Vegetarian options are also available, as well as local dishes such as peanut butter spinach
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You can also look forward to outstanding performances by traditional singers and dancers, and enjoy an energizing interactive drumming show. A face painter, storyteller, hair braider and fortune teller also form part of this festive evening.

Optional – extra charge

Victoria Falls Bridge Tour
Batoka Hike and Ndbele Village Tour

Victoria Falls Bridge Tour

The Victoria Falls Bridge was built in 1905 using revolutionary engineering methods for its day. The Historic Bridge Tour is a journey through 100 years of Victorian engineering to the heart of Cecil John Rhodes’ vision of a Cape to Cairo railway.

The Tour includes a light hearted but informative talk on the history of the bridge, magnificent views of the rapids, rainbows and majesty of the Victoria Falls and Batoka Gorges on the walkways actually underneath the bridge and an opportunity to see a bungee jump up close.

The Historic Bridge Tour is a wonderful family experience full of theatre, facts and adventure set against the glorious backdrop of the Victoria Falls which can be enjoyed by all ages.

Batoka Hike and Ndbele Village Tour

A 40-minute drive through the countryside of Zimbabwe on off-road terrain will offer picturesque scenery on the way to the top of the Gorge.  After the safety and procedural briefing you will take the vertical descent to Rapid 23 and enjoy the hour long walk along the river to rapid 25. Swim and relax in the eddy before the arduous climb out. The hiking continues into an authentic beautiful Ndebele homestead where you will get a chance to interact with the local headman and his family while you have brunch under the thatched shade of their decorated mud huts. The graceful hosts are keen to show off their home, share their cultural way of life in relation to family, education, livestock, diet and anything you may find interesting.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 4:           Ilala Lodge Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe       

Day Itinerary

Free time to explore markets or take a full day safari in Botswanas Chobe National Park or Rhino Encounter Game Drive.

Optional – extra charge

Chobe Full Day Safari
Rhino Encounter

Chobe Full Day Safari

A full day Safari package comprising a Cruise on the Chobe River and a Game Drive in the world famous Chobe National Park. Only an hour’s drive from Victoria Falls, the Chobe National Park in Botswana is home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa. Bordered by the banks of the breath-taking Chobe River, it is famous for its rich elephant and lion population. The tour departs daily from Victoria Falls where guests are transferred by road for 70km to the border where their Botswana guide will meet them after immigration procedures.

Tour last about 10 hours and includes morning and afternoon safari and lunch.

Rhino Encounter

Savour a sunrise Game Drive on the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve, home to over 2,000 head of game and a rich variety of bird life.  The guided safaris will take you through natural African woodland featuring frequent sightings of Wild Dog, Sable, Eland, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile, Hyena, Bushbuck, Impala, Baboon, Kudu and Waterbuck among others.  At least three of the Big Five are sighted on almost all Game Drives with the highly endangered Black Rhino being the most exciting and rare, making this the best place to view game in the Victoria Falls region.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 5:           Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, Hwange National Park          

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. Terrain ranges from savannah lands to rocky outcrops, desert dunes and sparse forests, and visitors have the choice of game drives and guided walks as a means of experiencing the park and its creatures.

Day Itinerary

Take a 2 hour road transfer  through the African countryside to your lodge in Hwange National Park.  Join the safari this afternoon.

Activities

Half-Day Concession Game Drive in afternoon

Half-Day Concession Game Drive

Enjoy a half-day game drive on our private concession with our expertly trained guides and custom-made safari vehicles. The concession shares an unfenced border with Hwange National Park therefore allowing the animals to roam freely between the two areas.

Your safari chalet

Overnight: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange         View iBrochure

The best Zimbabwe has to offer: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange offers an unforgettable experience with the African wilderness.

The camp comprises of 8 tented chalets. Every chalet has a double or twin beds surrounded by mosquito netting, an en-suite bathroom with a bath and basin, a glam outside shower and wrap-around veranda. The Elephant’s Eye, Hwange lodge can host a maximum of 16 people at any given time and all meals and most drinks are included.

Activities at Elephant’s Eye include game viewing, a fully operational spa, guided educational walks, bird watching, night game drives with trained field guides; swimming or enjoying sundowners while relaxing near the pool are also pleasurable activities. Elephant’s Eye has a waterhole which offers unlimited opportunities to view game at close range.

Chalet

The lodge has 8 romantic tree-house style chalets that all face the waterhole. Each chalet has a private wrap-around veranda with a luxurious outside shower as well as lovely bath inside the open plan room (toilets are behind a closed door for privacy). Lodges all have tea and coffee stations, a fireplace, a fan, a mosquito net covered queen bed and an in-room safe for guests’ ultimate convenience. Guests can enjoy panorama-style vistas of the water-hole via floor-to-ceiling ‘windows’ perfect for game viewing from the comfort of their bed.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 6:           Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, Hwange National Park          

Day Itinerary

Vehicle or walking safari, its your choice.

A visit to The Painted Dog Center is possible at times if you are interested.

Activities

Full-Day Game Drive
Walking Safari
Community Up-liftment Experience
The Eye – Sleep Out Deck

Full-Day Game Drive

Experience a full-day game drive in Zimbabwe’s largest national park, Hwange National Park, with our expertly trained guides and custom-made safari vehicles. The park is known for its large elephant population, with herds numbering up to 350 elephants. It is also one of the best places in Africa to see the rare and endangered Painted Dogs. A delicious picnic lunch is included which is packed and prepared by the kitchen staff at the lodge.

Walking Safari

Take part in a 3-hour game walk with our pro-guide on our private concession that shares an unfenced border with Hwange National Park. A walk through the bush allows guests to experience it from a completely different perspective than in a game safari vehicle. Our pro-guide will be sure to point out many interesting things not always visible to the naked eye and will ensure that guests are completely safe.

Community Upliftment Experience

Complete with its charms, difficulties, and traditions, rural life in Zimbabwe is a world apart from living in a developed country.  Our Community Upliftment Experience, organized in collaboration with our Grow Africa Foundation, offers Elephant’s Eye guests the opportunity to learn about local traditions and experience the challenges these communities contend with on a daily basis. As part of the experience, participants visit the local school as well as some of the economic and upliftment enterprises that locals have established to combat these challenges and improve their living conditions.

Take the opportunity to become part of conservation and economic upliftment by interacting with local residents in a natural and non-intrusive manner.  Travellers are presented with the chance to get involved with the Grow Africa Foundation projects. While difficulties are highlighted, the experience focuses on the positives and solutions.

The Eye – Sleep Out Deck

The Eye, our sleep-out deck.

The Eye is a raised star bed about a 15-minute drive from the main lodge. The sleep-out deck, with its luxurious star bed, is right by a watering hole providing the opportunity to view a wide variety of animals coming and going, especially in the early morning. The deck is on 2 levels, with a bathroom underneath and a luxurious queen bed, covered with a mosquito net, up top providing the most amazing views of the waterhole and surrounding bush.

Guests are escorted at sunset to the deck for sundowners, before being left to enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding bushveld as the day turns to night. In the morning, guests are collected and taken back to the main lodge to enjoy a delicious breakfast.

There is no better spot to enjoy wildlife viewing and what better way to take it all in, than from the cozy comfort of an open-air bed.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 7:           Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, Hwange National Park          

Activities

Full-Day Game Drive
 
Walking Safari

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 8:           Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, Hwange National Park          

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 9:           End of Itinerary  

Day Itinerary

Transfer to Victoria Falls airport for you flight back home.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast
E&OE

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