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11-Day Zimbabwe Highlights Safari SS (Lodging)

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Duration

11 days, 10 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

This 11 Day Safari is in Zimbabwe which includes Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Hwange National Park which boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded plus one of the largest elephant populations in the world. Matopos Hills where Cecil John Rhodes’ grave is, the extensive stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe and onto the “Little Scotland” of Zimbabwe, the Eastern Highlands with the last night in the vibrant capital Harare. This safari will give you a life time experience.

  • DEPARTURE: This tour departs from
  • COUNTRY(‘S): Zimbabwe
  • TOUR CODE: 11A-ZIM-HGH
  • RETURN: Back to Victoria falls in the Afternoon
  • PASSENGERS: Minimum 1 Traveler and a Maximum of 24 Travelers per group
  • STYLE: Accommodated
  • MEALS: BB: Breakfast and D: Dinner
  • VEHICLE: 2-3: Double Cab 4×4/ SUV

4 – 7 guests: Toyota Quantum/Landcruiser with a purpose-built trailer

8-14 guests: Toyota Dyna truck (a modified safari vehicle) / Iveco Daily 24-Seater

Trip Facts

Accommodation Destination Basis Duration
Shearwater Explorers Village Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe D,B&B 2 Nights
Ivory Lodge Hwange National Park D,B&B 2 Nights
Big Cave Camp Matobo National Park D,B&B 2 Nights
Norma Jeane’s Lake View Resort Great Zimbabwe Ruins D,B&B 1 Night
Musangano Lodge Mutare D,B&B 2 Nights
Meikles Hotel Harare B&B 1 Night

Key
D,B&B: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls 20.9 km
Day 1: Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls 20.9 km

Accommodation: Shearwater Explorers Village, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Similar

Guest will be picked up at the airport and depart their accommodation in Victoria Falls. Victoria falls is in the largest water Fall in the world Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls. After arrival at the hotel guest will relax as and get ready to be picked up for a Sunset Cruise on the mighty Zambezi, this is your first River Safari as you get to see scores of Elephants, Hippos, Crocodiles and other animals quenching their thirst in this Savannah heat.

Meal: Dinner

Included Activity: Sunset Cruise

Day 2: Victoria Falls area
Day 2: Victoria Falls area

Accommodation: Shearwater Explorers Village, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Similar

Guest will wake up to a nice breakfast at the hotel and get ready to be picked up for the Guided Tour of the Falls. The Tour Starts at ‘the Big Tree’, an old Baobab located in Victoria Falls National Park. Botanists believe the tree is over 1,000 years old. Guest will be blown away by this magnificent wonder as you walk for 2km viewing all the 16 points that take you closer to the edge as you view the mighty Zambezi dropping for more than 100m at the Falls. After lunch guest will have leisure time to do extra activities or enjoy around the hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Included Activity: Guided Tour of falls

Overnight: Shearwater Explorers Village

Located merely 400m from the Victoria Falls, 100m from the epicenter of the Victoria Falls town with its craft and craft & curio markets, bohemian cafes and overlooking a natural African bush panorama the Shearwater Explorers Village is the perfect “Base Camp”.

Comprising of 5 bespoke Overland camping sites modern ablution facilities and 16 private chalets, the Village represents affordable accommodation at its finest – clean, cool, relaxing, elegant, excellent traditional food, ice cold drinks and exceptionally friendly hosts ready to welcome you and guide you through your Victoria Falls experience.

Day 3: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park 180 km
Day 3: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park 180 km

Accommodated: Ivory Lodge, Hwange National Park / Similar

Guest will wake up and depart in the morning In Victoria Falls at their accommodation to Hwange national park. Guest will Make a stopover in Hwange Town (100km from Victoria Falls) for a bathroom break (Baobab Hotel) and then proceed to their accommodation (Hwange Safari Lodge). Upon arrival guest will have leisure time and go on an afternoon game drive before dinner.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Included Activities: Afternoon Game Drive

Day 4: Hwange National Park Area
Day 4: Hwange National Park Area

Accommodated: Ivory Lodge, Hwange National Park / Similar

Guest will wake up and go on an early morning game drive to experience the wilderness. Guest will Experience the African Sunrise in the park and might witness the cats soon after a kill or coming from a hunt. They will enjoy a mid-morning Breakfast after and relax by the pool or terrace and watch wildlife at the watering hole. Guest will get ready after lunch for an afternoon game drive which will focus more on water holes and most animals

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Included Activities: Morning and Afternoon Game Drive

Overnight: Ivory Lodge

A small intimate lodge featuring 7 luxurious tree houses and 2 Presidential Elephant Suites set on elevated platforms amongst the indigenous flora of Hwange Game Park.

Deep in the mystical teak forests of Hwange is this unobtrusive camp, bathed in the tales of pioneering hunters and explorers such as Fredrick Courtney Selous. Lumbering giants drift around your stilted platforms , their tusks glinting in salute to the sanctuary of shade offered up by these massive trees.

This is Ivory Lodge – place of elephants. It is here that great herds of elephants are found – sometimes over 100 strong.

Hwange is renowned for its huge tuskers – big old bulls with magnificent tusks. It is also here that the famous Presidential Herd drinks – these elephants’ home-range is amongst the dense feeding areas of the Sikumi Vlei and where they find refuge from the scorching heat at Ivory’s water hole.

Silently, elegantly, the lodge stands over the waterhole…. watch by flood light under a star spangled African night sky – the elephants in their play-fighting….their display of instinctive rituals, their caressing and murmurings…all which speak of years gone by.

Day 5: Hwange National Park to Matobo National Park 316.8 km
Day 5: Hwange National Park to Matobo National Park 316.8 km

Accommodation: Big Cave Camp, Matobo National Park / Similar

Guest will have breakfast and depart to Matobo National park driving through Bulawayo city, which is about a 20-minute drive with a stop if you need a stop for snacks or toilet. The guest will then depart to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Matobo Hills, the oldest National Park in Zimbabwe.

upon arrival guest will have time to check in, unpack and then re assemble for an afternoon game drive through the park looking for the rare Rhino.

Meal: Dinner

Included Activity: Afternoon Game drive

Day 6: Matobo National Park area
Day 6: Matobo National Park area

Accommodation: Big Cave Camp, Matobo National Park / Similar

Guest will freshen up early and go on a sunrise to enjoy the spectacular colour change of the surrounding granite boulders as they get hit by the suns first rays. they will enjoy breakfast and then go on the game drive to see numerous species of animals and birds. Matobo National Park and its surrounds are known to have one of the highest of leopard populations in Zimbabwe, hopefully we can catch a glimpse of this elusive Big Cat. Guest will have their lunch on the game drive where they will stop to enjoy the view and have a picnic lunch. On the return ride to their accommodation they will visit the grave of a man well known for his exploits throughout South Africa and Zimbabwe, Cecil John Rhodes. Guest will be back at camp just before sunset and enjoy the awesome views with a traditional sundowner.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Included Activity: Full day Game Drive

Overnight: Big Cave Camp

Big Cave Camp reposes atop an enormous granite whaleback commanding inspirational views across the famous Matobo National Park. Sophisticated African architecture incorporates colossal boulders into a comfortably appointed thatched lodge positioned amidst ancient Khoisan rock art.

Retire at a day’s end to the natural rock-pool and sundeck, the Leopard`s Lair lounge and bar, a cave-style boma for pre-dinner drinks or the popular lodge library. The eight thatched A-frame cottages, each with en-suite bathroom and private balcony, resonate African creative flair.

Find solitude within an intimate retreat as secluded as the original Kalanga grain bins that nestle amongst the rocks.

Day 7: Matobo National Park to Great Zimbabwe Ruins 339.5 km

Accommodated: Norma Jeane’s Lake View Resort, Great Zimbabwe Ruins / Similar

Guest will depart early morning to the great Zimbabwe. Once Zimbabwe’s capital, the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe is the biggest and most significant stone archaeological complex in sub-Saharan Africa. It is also one of its oldest – thought to date back to the 11th century and second only to South Africa’s Mapungwe. Composed entirely of rectangular granite blocks stacked on top of one another without the use of mortar, the walls and towers of the city measure up to 12 metres in places, and it is unsurprising that Great Zimbabwe was designated a World Heritage Site in 1986

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Included Activities: Afternoon Game Drive

Overnight: Norma Jeane’s Lake View Resort

We are 30km from Masvingo, set in the granite hills and Msasa woodland overlooking Lake Kyle (Lake Mutirikwe), ten minutes away from Great Zimbabwe.

What we offer:

We cater for all. A first rate Campsite and budget accommodation, also well appointed hotel rooms for our more discerning Guests. Dining room (campers welcome) providing good, home cooked meals. Wifi.

Our Campsite has 2 covered boma’s, for meal preparation with hot and cold running water and electricity guaranteed. Spotless ablutions with flush toilets, of course, and a choice of showers and a bath. Plenty of space – even with other campers around, the Campsite is so big and naturally partitioned by granite boulders, you’ll hardly notice anybody else.

What to see and do

The megalithic stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe are a bit like Stonehenge or Carnac, in that nobody’s really sure exactly who built it and why. A must to see.

For game viewing, the 17 000 hectare Kyle Recreational Park, not being widely known or visited, is well worth a trip if you like seeing animals rather than tourists. White rhinoceros, buffalo, giraffe, hippopotami and many more .

Day 8: Great Zimbabwe Ruins to Musangano Lodge, Mutare 335.8 km

Accommodation: Musangano Lodge, Mutare / Similar

Guest will depart after breakfast and head to the most beautiful area of Zimbabwe, the Eastern Highlands. Guest will can make a stop at the famous Birchenough Bridge. This lodge has a spectacular view over the Eastern Highlands, their homely exterior inviting you to indulge in the comforts inside. You will feel completely at ease in the large living/dining area, tastefully furnished in an ethnic style with a fully equipped kitchen

Meal: breakfast and Dinner

Included Activity: Afternoon Hiking Trial

Day 9

Accommodation: Musangano Lodge, Mutare / Similar

Guest will freshen up early and can book Extra optional activities that are available to be booked directly at the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Musangano Lodge

If you are looking for the ultimate getaway in the Eastern Highlands, with the promise of complete tranquillity and spectacular scenery, Musangano Lodge is the ideal location. Visitors soon fall under its spell because of its serene and peaceful atmosphere, charming accommodation, superb cuisine and stunning views, which invite to linger and unwind.

Spaced well apart for privacy, our tastefully furnished, very comfortable and spacious units are set on the lower slopes of a tree-covered hillside, blending well into the surrounding Miombo mountain woodland and offering magnificent views into valleys and towards mountains. Guests may choose between the larger, fully equipped self catering lodges for families and friends or smaller chalets for two with kitchenette and kettle.

Our PaMuchakata Restaurant has acquired an enviable reputation for serving delicious food, a blend of Central European and Southern African cooking – the best of the culinary arts of two worlds. Musangano Lodge is ideally located for exploring the attractions of the Eastern Highlands like the Vumba Mountains, Nyanga National Park and Honde Valley. When you feel like stretching your legs, there are a variety of activities at hand on site and nearby to suit all ages and interests.

Our outreach community project ‘Nurturing Communities. Shaping Lives’ offers exciting insights into the lives of ordinary – and not so ordinary Zimbabweans with the rare opportunity of firsthand experiences and lasting memories to take home. Finally, we are proud to announce that Cuckoo Nature Camp is finally open. The picturesque campsite is an ideal stopover en route to Mozambique, Masvingo, Gonarezhou, the Save Conservancy. Embedded in miombo woodlands and surrounded by lovely views towards hilly mountains, this rustic camp guarantees a true bush experience for all outdoor lovers. There are 4 sites available for individual campers as well as a larger site with space for more than 8 tents. Our solar powered thatched ablution blocks are spacious, light and airy. We furthermore offer a separate wash basin for dishes as well as braai facilities and a campfire setup for the cooler evenings.

Finally – referring to the meaning of Musangano Lodge and our vision of ‘the place where people meet’ – we would be very happy to welcome you at our little paradise

Day 10: Great Zimbabwe Ruins to Musangano Lodge, Mutare 335.8 km

Accommodation: Meikles Hotel, Harare / Similar

Today guest will drive after breakfast and have a relaxed scenic drive through the Eastern Highlands to Harare, the “Sunshine City”, capital of Harare. Guest will spend their last night in the luxurious Meikles Hotel. including a City Tour of Harare and a visit to one of the biggest and oldest markets in Zimbabwe, Mbare Musika.

Meal: breakfast and Dinner

Included Activity: City tour and visit to Mbare Musika



Overnight: Meikles Hotel

For nearly 100 years, Meikles Hotel has been acknowledged as Zimbabwe’s premier hotel, hosting discerning travelers in the luxury of a five-star hotel. Situated in the center of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, it offers guests a chance to enjoy the city close up and provides a staging post for travel to the attractions of the country and region, including world-famous Victoria Falls. Top restaurants, exquisite suites and rooms, convivial bars, a variety of banqueting facilities, helpful and competent staff and amenities such as a spa, gym, rooftop swimming pool and shops are all part of this historic hotel. With all the charm and delight of a hotel with nearly a century’s tradition of excellence and the services and facilities expected of a 21st century venue, Meikles is traveler’s first choice in Harare.

Day 11: Harare to Harare International Airport 19 km

Guest wake up and freshen up and drive to Harare international Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

End of Tour

Included/Excluded

  • Qualified professional driver guide
  • Vehicle / fuel
  • Park entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Passenger liability 15%
  • VAT 2% tourism levy
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and Dinner for the Client
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks at lodges and on road
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Tips for tour guides
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Items not mentioned in the itinerary

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