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Tailor-Made Zimbabwe: Wildlife & Victoria Falls

12 days from $13,495

Explore the wilds of Zimbabwe on a private safari adventure that takes you to Hwange National Park, the Lake Kariba area, and Mana Pools National Park. Set out on foot, by boat, and in open 4×4 vehicles, and end your journey with a visit to the breathtaking Victoria Falls. Stay at intimate lodges and camps along the way and experience the thrill of game drives in search of elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and other iconic species in two National Parks, with the option to visit a third. Get up close to the wildlife on a walking safari or by canoe in Mana Pools National Park, and enjoy the adventure of Lake Kariba with game drives, safari cruises, and fishing expeditions. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the beauty of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe at a Glance

Zimbabwe is a stunning travel destination located in southern Africa. It is known for its beautiful natural wonders, including Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, and Mana Pools National Park. The best time to visit Zimbabwe depends on what you want to do during your trip. The weather in Zimbabwe varies depending on the region and the time of year. In general, the country has a subtropical climate with three distinct seasons: a hot, dry season from April to October; a cool, dry season from May to August; and a warm, wet season from November to March. During the hot, dry season, temperatures can reach up to 35°C (95°F) and can be quite humid. This is the peak travel season for safaris as the dry conditions make it easier to spot wildlife. During the warm, wet season, temperatures are hot and humid, with daily highs ranging from 25°C (77°F) to 35°C (95°F). This is the best time to visit Victoria Falls as the falls are at their fullest and most spectacular. It is also a good time to visit if you want to experience the lush, green landscapes of the country. Before travelling to Zimbabwe, it is important to make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccines, including those for hepatitis A and typhoid. While the country is making progress on LGBTQ+ rights, there is still a long way to go. Despite some positive developments, it is important for LGBTQ+ travellers to be aware of the risks and to exercise caution when visiting Zimbabwe. It is recommended to avoid public displays of affection and to be mindful of your surroundings.

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Currency

Zimbabwean dollar (ZWL), has not been in use since 2009; used instead USD

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Language

English, Shona, Ndebele

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Visas

All travelers need a visa for entry to Zimbabwe

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Best Time To Visit

May – September

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Timezone

Central Africa Time (GMT+2)

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Homosexual Activity

Male illegal, female legal

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Photo: Cole Miller

12-day travel itinerary

DAY 1

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Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will be greeted by a driver who will then transfer you to your hotel. Located in the northeastern region of South Africa, Johannesburg is a former mining town that is currently experiencing a revival, with an abundance of theatres, restaurants, cafes, and museums appearing throughout the city. You are free to spend the rest of the day exploring or relaxing at your leisure.

DAYS 2-3

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe | Thundering Cascades

Upon arriving in Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, you will be transferred to your hotel located along the Zambezi River. Victoria Falls are a stunning sight, with a 1.2 mile-wide curtain of water cascading down and creating plumes of mist and rainbows. In the evening, you can go on a sundown cruise on the Zambezi River. The next day, you will go on a guided walking tour of the falls and the surrounding forest, where you may spot a variety of wildlife such as birds, bushbucks, monkeys, baboons, and mongoose. After the tour, you can go on a bike ride along the Zambezi River and see the ancient 3,500 year old baobab tree, take in the breathtaking views of the Batoka Gorge below the falls, and cross the Victoria Falls Bridge.

DAYS 4-6

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Hwange National Park | Thrilling Safaris On Foot

Travel to Hwange National Park, located an hour south of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Hwange is the largest national park in the country and is home to over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, and one of the largest populations of elephants in the world. It is also home to all of Zimbabwe's specially protected animals, including predators, and features vast palm-fringed plains, grasslands, and mopane forests. Spend the remainder of the day and the next two days game viewing in this beautiful region. You can choose to explore by open safari vehicle or go on a walking safari through the park's savanna grassland habitat.

DAYS 7-8

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Lake Kariba | Fiery Sunsets

Fly to Bumi Hills, located on the hilly ground overlooking Lake Kariba. Spend your time here participating in activities such as game drives, safari cruises, and fishing expeditions, or go on walks in nearby Matusadona National Park. The park is home to buffalo herds, endangered black rhinos, elephant herds, and a variety of other wildlife, including lions, hippos, crocodiles, and over 200 species of birds. Don't forget to capture the stunning red sunsets over the petrified trees and shimmering waters.

DAYS 9-11

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Mana Pools National Park | River-Dwelling Wildlife

Fly to Mana Pools National Park this morning and you will be transferred to your intimate camp located on the banks of the Zambezi River in the northern corner of Zimbabwe. The park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including large populations of elephants, hippos, and Nile crocodiles, as well as waterfowl. During your stay, you can choose from a variety of game activities, including game drives in 4x4 vehicles to search for lions and leopards, walking safaris, canoe trips, and fishing. In addition to buffalo, you may also spot kudus, zebras, impalas, elephants, and waterbucks. At sunrise, the Nile crocodiles gather at Long Pool and lions can be found waiting for prey near the waterhole at Chitake Spring.

DAY 12

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Depart Johannesburg, South Africa

Fly to Harare International Airport and then board a connecting flight to Johannesburg. While at the airport, you will have access to the Premier Lounge before boarding your international flight back home.

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Airport meet and greet with private transfers

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