11 Days Authentic Safaris and Zambezi Island Escape with The Victoria Falls from US$5,328.-pp

Authentic safari experience in Hwange National Park known for large herds of elephants and plentiful wildlife – a special place amongst Africa lovers. Relax in the middle of the Zambezi River whilst safari-ing in Zambezi National Park. Gaze at the magical Victoria Falls and enjoy the friendly and lively nature of Zimbabweans. Don’t miss to purchase one of their wood carvings, they are very talented carvers.

AccommodationDestinationBasisRoom TypeDuration
Tsowa Safari IslandVictoria Falls (Zimbabwe)FB+1x Twin Safari Tent3 Nights
Victoria Falls Safari LodgeVictoria Falls (Zimbabwe)B&B1x Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms 3 Nights
Elephant’s Eye, HwangeEastern Hwange National ParkFB+1x Chalet4 Nights

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

Price

US$5,328.- per person, sharing occupancy

Valid June-Oct 2021 and 2022

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, all transfers,  safari activities as per package, Guided Tour of Victoria Falls with National Park fees included, Traditional Dinner and Drumming Show, National Park fees;


Tsowa Safari Island: Bottled water, soft drinks, house wines, sparkling wines, local beers and non-premium brand spirits • Laundry, (hand washed, air dried and folded). • Morning game drives in the Zambezi National Park, guided game walks in the Zambezi National Park, sunset cruises, guided canoeing, guided island walks, fishing (basic equipment provided, no fly fishing equipment provided)

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge: Vulture Experience

Elephants Eye: Ciders, beer and South African Wines, laundry, visit to community and Painted Dog Conservation Project.  1x  Sleep out deck under the stars

Excluded

International flight to/from Victoria Falls  visa,, premium drinks where drinks of offered;  optional tours, travel insurance, Covid test if required. 

Day 1:            Tsowa Safari Island, 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.

Day Itinerary

Arrive in Zimbabwe and transfer to  Tsowa Safari Island, a remote islandin the middle of the Zambezi River.  Rest and relax listening to the sounds of the river and the calls of fish eagles.

Overnight: Tsowa Safari Island          View iBrochure

Tsowa Safari Island is located 40km upstream from the Victoria Falls, in the Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe. It is a 12 bed luxury modern day Explorer style tented camp. Guests are transferred in open 4×4 vehicles from a private entrance to the Zambezi National Park to the edge of the Zambezi river and then transferred by boat to the island. Total transfer time from Victoria Falls is approximately 1 hour.

Activities include game drives and guided walks on the mainland through the Zambezi National Park, guided walks around the island home to magnificent Baobab trees and wonderful bird life, guided rafting down the Zambezi river with a picnic lunch and sun downer cruises on the river. Fishing in season will be available at an additional cost. Regrettably no children under 12 years.

Tsowa Island in the Zambezi River

Twin Safari Tent

The large airy safari tents are nestled on the edge of the island on the banks of the Zambezi River under the shade of deep forest. Each tent has a small covered verandah set on the river’s edge and looks directly across to the Zambezi National Park. Indoor bathroom with shower and an outdoor shower.

Basis

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

Day 2:            Tsowa Safari Island, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)       

Activities

Game Drives
Game Walks
Guided Canoeing
Island Walks
River Cruise

Game Drives

Children 12 years + older

Game drives are offered through this scenically beautiful national  older park in the early mornings. The game drives are approximately 3 to  4 hours and include a refreshment stop. The Zambezi National Park is home to large herds of elephant, buffalo, lion, hyena, giraffe and numerous antelope species. A light breakfast is offered before embarking at first light on the game drive. The departure time is determined by sunrise.

Game Walks

*Children 16 years + older 

Game walks are offered on the mainland which is considered a primewalking safari area. A light breakfast is offered before embarking at first light on the walk. Departure time is determined by sunrise.

Guided Canoeing

Available year-round, *Children 16 years + older 

Canoeing is done in two man inflatables and is offered from mid-morning to early afternoon, guests will

 be accompanied by guides also in inflatables. This fun activity is a great way to spend an adventurous afternoon. Guest leave from the island in their boats and have lunch and drinks en-route on the banks of the river. The take out point is approximately 1.5 hrs downstream. Guest are be transported back to the island in an open 4×4 game viewing vehicle

Island Walks

Guided 1 hour walks (or longer if required) are offered daily to the  older magnificent centre of the island, home to century old Baobab trees . Rare gr=round lilies flower early in the year while a tranquil river runs through the island where a pair of breeding Pel’s Fishing owl”s reside in a Mangosteen tree. The bird life along the waters edge includes African Finfoot and Schalow’s Turaco.

River Cruise

The river cruise is offered in the late afternoon to enjoy the  older spectacular sunsets along the Zambezi River. Guest can enjoy drinks and snacks with our guides on our comfortable river

cruiser while keeping an eye out for game coming down to drink.

Basis

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

Day 3:            Tsowa Safari Island, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)       

Basis

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

Day 4:            Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)       

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

As previously described

Day Itinerary

Continue your journey to Victoria Falls where your hotel is overlooking the aArican savannah, yet close enough to town to enjoy all the activities on offer.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge           View iBrochure

Built on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is just 4km from the majestic Victoria Falls and offers a unique wildlife experience.
We’re proud to have been voted Best Safari Lodge/ Resort Hotel in Zimbabwe for 23 consecutive years and look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful destination. Our staff are warm and personable, and will ensure your holiday is hassle-free.

Built of thatch and timber, the lodge rises several levels, giving the impression of a vast open-plan tree house. Our rooms all have private balconies, most of which overlook a central waterhole, offering the opportunity to observe herds of buffalo, elephant and kudu, as the sun goes down, and hyenas later in the evening.

Dining

Dining options include the a la carte MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, the more casual Buffalo Bar and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show.  The Boma Café, set in a tranquil garden setting and located close to the Lokuthula Lodges, offers breakfast and light meals until 4.30pm.

Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms 

The Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms have a balcony with a view overlooking the waterhole and the Zambezi National Park and are sunset facing and have a bathroom with a rain shower and mini bar. Three of the Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms can accommodate a roller bed for a child under 12 years of age. These rooms can be made up into a king or twin configuration.  All rooms are air-conditioned and also have ceiling fans.

Activities

Guided Tour of Victoria Falls
Africa Albida Tourism The Boma Dinner & Drum Show

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.

Africa Albida Tourism The Boma Dinner & Drum Show

Situated within the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge estate, The Boma Dinner & Drum Show is a dining and entertainment experience that offers local dishes, vibrant dance performances, interactive drumming and traditional storytelling. Diners indulge in a four-course meal that includes starters, soup from the campfire, a braai (barbecue) buffet, and a selection of desserts.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 5:            Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)       

Optional

Victoria Falls Bridge Tour
Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls
Microflight over Victoria Falls
Village Tour near Victoria Falls

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.

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.

Microflight over Victoria Falls

Fly like a bird above one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders as the Zambezi River transforms from a gentle meander over the thunderous Victoria Falls and on to the steep and secret Batoka Gorges. The microlight flights offer completely unobstructed viewing of this most majestic of waterfalls.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Any microlight flight is subject to weather conditions and can be cancelled at any time prior to take off.

Weight Limit 100Kg

No cameras or lose items permitted.

Photos from wing mounted camera are available for sale.

Village Tour near Victoria Falls

Prepare to be amazed as you enter a different world, where a way of life continues as it has done for centuries, enabling you to go back in time.

You will be  taken to an authentic African village approximately 20km from Victoria Falls town where you are given the opportunity to watch local villagers going about their daily tasks. The tour enables you to see tribal life first hand, visiting rural homes, watching their fields being tended and possibly getting the chance to help in some of the day-to-day chores.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 6:            Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)       

Day Itinerary

In addition to below optional tours, you could also do some shopping in town at the “Elephant Walk” shopping area as well as visit the historically interesting Victoria Falls Hotel and have  “High Tea” on the Stanley Terrace overlooking the famous bridge and the Falls.

Activities – included

Vulture Culture Experience

Optional

Batoka Hike and Ndbele Village Tour
Elephant Experience in Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Bike Ride

Vulture Culture Experience – included

All guests at the resort, as well as visitors to the Lodge are invited to enjoy this daily educational activity affectionately referred to as the ‘Vulture Culture’ experience. 

This program is for guests at the resort, as well as visitors.  It focuses on the ecological importance of raptors and scavengers in order to maintain and to build an overall awareness of conservations issues these birds face.  By educating about the feeding habits and conservation of vultures, we are not only creating awareness of the conservations issues that faces these birds, but benefiting their living environment within the area. 

The experience occurs daily at 1300hrs in front of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, and lasts approximately 30 minutes.

The activity is great for photography and bird identification, and to date is thoroughly enjoyed by guests and visitors. 

At 1245hrs, our resident guide gathers the guests sitting at the Buffalo Bar to join him to head to down to the feeding area.  Carcasses from The Boma dinner the previous night are thrown out to attract circling vultures.    This is an amazing experience as there is activity in the sky at 1245hrs and by 1300hrs – it is heaving with over 100 vultures and other birds of prey.

Batoka Hike and Ndbele Village Tour

A 40-minute drive through the countryside of Zimbabwe on off-road terrain will offer picturesque scenery.  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.

Includes brunch.

Elephant Experience in Victoria Falls

Have you ever wondered how an elephant sees, hears, smells and feels the world? Or what emotions and intellect we share with these big brained, social mammals? This is a one off adventure into the mind, body and soul of an elephant.

Immerse yourself in the journey our expert elephant carers will take you on. They will educate you, engage you and enthral you. You’ll be able to get up close, meet some of the remarkable personalities in our herd. Discover some of the unique skills and behaviours that make them the amazing creatures they are. Understand first hand some of their super-mammal powers. Then watch them in their natural environment, playing, bathing, rolling in mud and generally putting on a show at the waterhole!

You will also learn about the many challenges that elephants face in the wild and how you can help.  From research projects to elephant conflict mitigation, community engagement and other supported conservation projects.  As a charity, Zambezi Elephant Welfare and Conservation Trust (ZEWACT), puts any surplus it has toward projects that will benefit elephants.

You will get the chance to give them a natural treat, learn a little about their individual personalities and what is required to care for and give them the best possible life. 

Finally just relax with refreshments and view elephants do what they do, play, browse or interact with others in the herd.
Morning activity starts at 9am. Afternoon activity starts at 3.30pm

Victoria Falls Bike Ride

Our Victoria Falls Cycle, showcases the sights and sounds of Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the historic colonial Victoria Falls Hotel. Cycle the banks of the mighty Zambezi river, encounter Africa’s wildlife, enjoy stunning views of the rainbow-covered falls, and to top it all, ride onto the world famous Victoria Falls Bridge with unsurpassed views of the spectacular wonder. – 9 am – 2pm, 3 hours of cycling

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

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

Eastern Hwange National Park

Located in western Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park (formerly Wankie Game Reserve) is the largest natural reserve in the country and is famous for its rich diversity of wildlife. Home to one of the biggest elephant populations in the world, as well as around 100 mammal species, the park is a wonderland for animal lovers. Several protected animals inhabit the awe-inspiring open landscapes, including the endangered wild dog, critically endangered black rhino, and rare roan and sable – along with lion, cheetah, and around 500 bird species. Adventurers can look forward to guided bush hikes, game drives, and horse riding safaris, all of which offer excellent photographic opportunities. Hwange boasts several unique natural features, most notably the natural seeps such as Nehimba and Shakwanki animals dig for water.

Day Itinerary

Today take a 2.5 road transfer to your lodge in Hwange National Park. Enjoy the African landscape and scenery along the way.

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

Day Itinerary

Vehicle or walking safari.

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

Activities

Full-Day Game Drive
Walking Safari
Community Upliftment 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.

Rare Wild Dogs

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 apparent 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 – included

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 9:            Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, Eastern Hwange National Park             

Activities

Full-Day Game Drive – see above
Half-Day Concession Game Drive 
Walking Safari – see above

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.

Basis

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

Day 10:         Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, Eastern Hwange National Park             

Basis

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

Day 11:         End of Itinerary      

Day Itinerary

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

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