Intimate Zimbabwe Lodge Safari Lodge

Safari tour package:
A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Price per person*:
$4000
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
15 days
Best months:
May - October
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Active - Hiking, horse riding
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Cultural safaris Cultural
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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Highlights
• Victoria Falls
• Painted Dogs Conservation Centre
• Hwange National Park
• Rhodes Grave and Matobo National Park
• Great Zimbabwe
• Nyanga National Park
• Mana Pools
• Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park
• Antelope Park

DAY 1; (1 Night) 
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe  [Guest House]

Victoria Falls, ZimbabweOn arrival at Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe you will be met and transferred to Ilala Lodge. This afternoon we explore the mighty Victoria Falls on a guided tour.


Distance / Time: N/A
Overnight: Ilala Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Overnight Revised 2014: Ilala Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant) or Cliff Top Lodge (Permanent tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant). 
Meals: All meals at your own account.


DAYS 2 - 3; (2 Nights) 
VICTORIA FALLS TO HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, Zimbabwe  [Chalets]

Visit at Painted Dogs Conservation CentreAfter breakfast we depart Victoria Falls and make our way to Hwange National Park. The afternoon is spent with a visit to the Painted Dogs Conservation Centre to learn about the efforts made to protect these endangered species. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra as well as a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus very large and varied birdlife. The whole of the next day is spent exploring this magnificent area.


Departure: 8am 
Distance / Time: 190kms 
Overnight: Ivory Lodge or similar (Chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar area).
Overnight Revised 2014: Elephant's Eye, Hwange or similar (Tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar area).
Meals Day 2: Breakfast at Ilala Lodge or similar, Lunch prepared by guide, Dinner at Ivory Lodge or similar.
Meals Day 2 Revised 2014: Breakfast at Ilala Lodge or similar, Lunch Elephant's Eye, Hwange or similar, Dinner at Elephant's Eye, Hwange or similar. 
Meals Day 3: Breakfast at Ivory Lodge or similar, Lunchpack on game drive, Dinner at Ivory Lodge or similar. 
Meals Day 3 Revised 2014: Breakfast at Elephant's Eye, Hwange or similar, Lunchpack on game drive, Dinner at Elephant's Eye, Hwange or similar.

DAY 4; (1 Night) 
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK TO MATOBO HILLS, Zimbabwe  [Lodge]

Matopos Rhodes Grave, ZimbabweWe leave the beauty of the Hwange National Park behind us and head to Camp Amalinda in the Matobo area. Matobo Hills is an area of exquisite beauty, steeped in tribal history, ancient mystery and dramatic rock landscapes. The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope and the world's densest population of leopard. Birdlife is prolific and includes the highest concentration of black eagles in the world. Once the home of the San (Bushman), this area contains the richest source of the rock art found anywhere. Not only is it here that the Ndebele people buried their great king, Mzilikazi, but Cecil John Rhodes was also laid to rest on the "Hill of the Benevolent Spirit" or "Worlds View" as named by him. We visit the National Park and Rhodes grave.


Departure: 8am 
Distance / Time: 320kms
Overnight: Camp Amalinda or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar, & swimming pool).
Meals Day 4: Breakfast at Ivory Lodge or similar, Lunch prepared by guide en-route, Dinner at Camp Amalinda or similar.
Meals Day 4 Revised 2104: Breakfast at Elephant's Eye, Hwange or similar, Lunch prepared by guide en-route, Dinner at Camp Amalinda or similar.

DAY 5; (1 Night) 
MATOBO HILLS TO GREAT ZIMBABWE, Zimbabwe  [Chalets]

Visit to the Great Zimbabwe RuinsThis morning we drive to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins located close to Masvingo. According to an age-old legend the ruins were built to replicate the palace of the Queen of Sheba in Jerusalem, and are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries. They cover an area of 1800 acres and are some of the oldest and largest structures located in Southern Africa. We have the opportunity to explore these ancient ruins, before checking in to our accommodation for the night, which overlooks Lake Mutirikwe.


Departure: 7am
Distance / Time: 420kms
Overnight: Norma Jeane's Lake View Resort or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant & bar).
Meals: Breakfast at Camp Amalinda or similar, Lunch prepared by te guide en-route, Dinner at Norma Jeane's Lake View Resort or similar.

DAYS 6; (1 Night) 
GREAT ZIMBABWE TO NYANGA NATIONAL PARK, Zimbabwe  [Chalets]

Game Drive in Nyanga National ParkToday we head off to the Nyanga National Park and have this afternoon and the following day to enjoy nature drives in the area. Wildlife to look out for are wildebeest, kudu, zebra, waterbuck, impala, sable and eland as well as smaller mammals such as the blue duiker and Samango monkey, neither of which is found outside this area. Nyanga National Park is situated in one of the most scenic areas of Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands. Rolling green hills and perennial rivers transverse the 47 000 hectare park, which is also home to the country's highest mountain – Mount Nyangani as well as Africa's second highest waterfall, Mtarazi Falls.


Departure: 8am
Distance / Time: 395kms
Overnight: Pine Tree Inn or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant & bar).
Meals: Breakfast at Norma Jeane's Lake View Resort or similar, Lunch prepared by guide en-route, Dinner at Pine Tree Inn or similar.


DAY 7; (1 Night) 
NYANGA NATIONAL PARK TO BUSHMAN ROCK, Zimbabwe  [Guest House]

Sundowner Cruise at Bushman Rock, ZimbabweWe travel towards Harare to the Bushman Rock Estate, operational since the mid 1900's it is one of the few estate wineries in the country. After we have settled in to our rooms, high tea is served on the veranda. We take a leisurely guided walk through the vineyards to the pontoon, for a sundowner cruise. Thereafter we get to sample up to nine of the estates private wines on a tutored wine tasting, followed by 3 course dinner.


Departure: 8am
Distance / Time: 260kms
Overnight: Bushman Rock or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool and tea garden).
Meals: Breakfast at Pine Tree Inn or similar, Lunch prepared by guide en route, Dinner at Bushman Rock or similar.

DAYS 8 - 9; (2 Nights) 
BUSHMAN ROCK TO MANA POOLS, Zimbabwe  [Tented Camp]

Visit to Chinhoyi CavesAn early wake up call, leads us on a walk to the Bushman Rock, where we explore the ancient art adorned caves and granite kopjies. After breakfast at the lodge we continue our journey to one of Zimbabwe's greatest national parks – Mana Pools, where we have the whole of the next day available to search for African wildlife in the park on game drives and on canoe excursions. Mana means 'four' in Shona, in reference to the four large permanent pools formed by the meandering Zambezi River. This World Heritage site has the country's biggest concentration of hippos and crocodiles as well as large populations of elephant and buffalo. En-route we stop at Chinhoyi Caves for lunch. The caves are composed of limestone and dolomite and are the most extensive cave system in Zimbabwe that is accessible to tourists.


Departure: 7am
Distance / Time: 385kms
Overnight: Nyamepi Camp or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water).
Meals Day 8: Breakfast at Bushman Rock or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide en-route, Dinner prepared by guide.
Meals Day 8 Revised 2014: Breakfast at Bushman Rock or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide en-route, Dinner at Nyamepi Camp or similar.
Meals Day 9: Breakfast prepared by guide, Lunch prepared by guide, Dinner prepared by guide. 
Meals Day 9 Revised 2014: Breakfast at Nyamepi Camp or similar, Lunch at Nyamepi Camp or similar, Dinner at Nyamepi Camp or similar.

DAYS 10 - 11; (2 Nights)
MANA POOLS TO LAKE KARIBA, Zimbabwe   [Chalets]

View of Rhino Camp, ZimbabweOur journey today brings us to the shores of Lake Kariba. It is one of the world's largest man-made lakes and a place of outstanding beauty. At over 220 km long and 30 km at its widest point it is no wonder it is referred to as an inland sea! The lake is nested in mountains, guarded by enormous reserves of game and made beautiful and savage by sun and storm, as well as by earth and water. After lunch a one and a half hour speedboat trip across the lake we arrive at Rhino Camp, which lies on Elephant Point in the Matusadona National Park, which is home to the Big 5 and where we spend the next two nights.


Departure: 7am
Distance / Time: 170kms
Overnight: Rhino Camp or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, bar area).
Meals Day 10: Breakfast prepared by guide, Lunch prepared by the guide en-route, Dinner at Rhino Camp or similar.
Meals Day 10 Revised 2014: Breakfast at Nyamepi Camp or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide en-route, Dinner at Rhino Camp or similar.
Meals Day 11: Breakfast at Rhino Camp or similar, Lunch Rhino Camp or similar, Dinner at Rhino Camp or similar.


DAY 12 - 13; (2 Nights)
LAKE KARIBA TO ANTELOPE PARK, Zimbabwe   [Tented Camp]

Elephant at Lake KaribaToday we have an early departure as it is one of the longest driving days on our safari, another speedboat takes us back to Kariba where we meet our vehicle and continue to Antelope Park where we spend the next two nights. Antelope Park is home to the African Lion Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) and you will have the opportunity to partake in the numerous activities on offer, such as lion walks, night encounters with lions and elephant swimming! (All optional and for own expense).


Departure: 7am
Distance / Time: 525kms
Overnight: Antelope Park or similar (river tent with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant area).
Meals Day 12: Breakfast at Rhino Camp or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide en-route, Dinner at Antelope Park or similar.
Meals Day 13: Breakfast at Antelope Park or similar, Lunch at your own account, Dinner at your own account.

DAY 14; (1 Night)
ANTELOPE PARK TO VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe   [Chalets]

Victoria Falls, ZimbabweAfter breakfast we drive back to where our adventure started – Victoria Falls.


Departure: 7am
Distance / Time: 600kms
Overnight: Ilala Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant).
Overnight Revised 2014: Cliff Top Lodge (Permanent tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant) or Ilala Lodge (Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant). 
Meals: Breakfast at Antelope Park or similar, Lunch prepared by the guide en-route, Dinner at your own account.

DAY 15;   
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe   [TOUR ENDS]

Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.


Departure: N/A
Distance / Time: N/A
Overnight: N/A
Meals: Breakfast at Ilala Lodge or similar.
Optional Activities: Sunset Cruise, Bungi Jump, Full Day Canoeing, Full Day Rafting, Flying Fox, Gorge Swing, Zip Line, Half Day Lion Walk, Lion Cub Interaction

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Since: Mar 2013

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Animals you will see

Aardvark
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African buffalo
African buffalo
African caracal
African caracal
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Baboon
Bat-eared fox
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Rhinoceros
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Horseback riding
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