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14 Day Self-Drive Highlights of Zimbabwe’s National Parks (Camping & Lodging)

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Duration

14 days, 13 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

This 14 day Self drive itineraries gives you Mana Pools, Kariba Ferry, Hwange & Vic Falls without the hassle. An unforgettable Zimbabwe journey at an affordable price to get you deep inside Zimbabwe’s unspoiled National parks. Arrive & Drive includes 4×4 Rental, Campsite, Guesthouse & Transfer Fees. This will give you a life time experience.

  • DEPARTURE: This tour departs from Harare
  • COUNTRY(‘S): Zimbabwe
  • DESTINATIONS: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Hwange National Park – Lake Kariba – Mana Pools National Park – Harare
  • TOUR CODE: 14SCA-ZIM-HGH-1
  • RETURN: Back to Harare in the Afternoon
  • PASSENGERS: Minimum 1 Traveler and a Maximum of 14 Travelers per group
  • STYLE: Camping and Lodging
  • MEALS: DBB: Breakfast & 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

Self-Drive Information

Emergency Services: Emergency evacuation services are included.

Drivers: A valid and unendorsed license must be produced by all drivers. The minimum age for authorised drivers is 23 years.

Fuel: The renter will receive the vehicle with a full tank of fuel. Upon the return of the vehicle/termination of the hire, the vehicle will be refilled at the renter’s expense.

Insurances: The rental vehicle includes Zero Excess.

Rental Agreement: Upon renting the vehicle the renter and additional drivers will be required to complete a standard rental agreement with the car rental company. A valid credit card is required for the rental deposit.

Health: It is the client’s own responsibility to ensure that he/she is medically fit and able to embark on the tour.

Force Majeure: It goes without saying that we do our utmost to conduct the tour as described in the programme; however, we cannot guarantee it. Unfavourable weather conditions, rivers in flood, organisational problems, unforeseen events or other factors may force us to change the course of the tour. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Trip Facts

Accommodation Destination Basis Duration
Shearwater Explorers Village Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe B&B 2 Nights
Robins Camp Hwange National Park SC 3 Nights
Tuskers Camp Site & Mlibizi Resort Lake Kariba SC 2 Nights
Kariba Ferry Lake Kariba FB 1 Night
Mana Pools Camp Mana Pools National Park SC 3 Nights
Chitake Springs Mana Pools National Park SC 1 Night
Meikles Hotel Harare SC 1 Night

Key
B&B: 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 21.9 km
Day 1: Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls 21.9 km

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

Guest will be transferred to their accommodation and fully kitted 4×4 will be waiting for you on site and our representative will handover and go through with the procedures and demonstrate the use of the kit. 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.

Recommended 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

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

Day 3: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park 180.4 km
Day 3: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park 180.4 km

Accommodated: Robins campsite, Hwange National Park / Similar Campsite

Today guest will self-drive to Camps, deep in the heart of Hwange National Park. Stock up on groceries & brim the fuel and water tanks in Vic Falls before you head off through the Matetsi safari area. The camp has been renovated to pristine condition and you will camp in a very well-equipped campsite with excellent facilities. You can either cook for yourself or eat at the camp restaurant. Upon arrival guest can go on an afternoon game drive.

Recommended Activities: Afternoon Game Drive

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

Accommodated: Robins campsite, 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

Day 5: Hwange National Park Area
Day 5: Hwange National Park Area

Accommodated: Robins campsite, Hwange National Park / Similar

Guest will Self-drive through the Hwange National park to a Zimparks campsite (e.g Sinamatela, Masuma Dam, Shumba – Subj. availability). You will wild-camp at one of these remote Zimparks sites deep within Hwange. You may need to use the water tanks on the vehicle roof for drinking water as this is remote Africa.

Recommended Activity: Game Drive

Overnight: Robin Camp

At Robin Hill RV Resort, our goal is to make your stay as comfortable, convenient and fun as possible. Nestled between the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Robin Hill will quickly fill your days and nights with local area attractions such as the Crayola Factory, Crystal Cave, Hershey Park, Knoebel’s Amusement Park, Pat Garret Amphitheater, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. Other popular attractions near our RV park in Pennsylvania Dutch

Day 6: Hwange National Park to Lake Kariba 98.4 km
Day 6: Hwange National Park to Lake Kariba 98.4 km

Accommodation: Tuskers Camp Site, Lake Kariba / Similar

Guest will have breakfast and today drive through the rest of Hwange National park towards the Sikumi Forest area bordering the park (un-fenced). On the way you may stop in at the Wild Dog Conservation Center and see these amazing and endangered animals up close. You will be heading for Tuskers campsite, on the edge of the park where you will camp for the night.

Recommended Activity: Afternoon Game drive

Day 7: Mlibizi area
Day 7: Mlibizi area

Accommodation: Tuskers Camp Site Lake Kariba / Similar

Guest will Self-drive via Hwange town to Mlibizi on the edge of Lake Kariba’s upper reaches. Here you will camp at the Mlibizi Zambezi resort and can use their facilities and even take organize a guided fishing trip with them if you feel so inclined. There is a basic shop and they can arrange a cooed meal for you if you wish.

Recommended Activity: Full day Game Drive

Overnight: Tuskers Camp Site

unfenced and untamed, Tuskers Camp Site offers the ultimate African Safari wildlife experience. This beautifully grassed area offers guests the opportunity to become one with nature. Ideal for wildlife viewing, the camp site also contains the perfect lookout deck, built high into the trees. Become one with nature and the wilderness that surrounds Tuskers.

Day 8: Mlibizi area to Kariba Town 536.6km

Accommodation: Kariba ferry, Lake Kariba / Similar

Guest will go for the Kariba Ferry departs Mlibizi 10:30 am for Kariba Town. Their experienced team will park your vehicle below-ships whilst you retire to the decks above to sip G&T and survey the 360-Degree panoramic horizons as the Ferry makes its 22-hour, 300km journey across the lake. You are served 3 meals and the experience is reminiscent of the “African Queen”. Sleep on the decks in traditional Kariba Houseboat style or in the salon on fold-down beds. The Kariba Ferry is a highlight of this trip and will never be forgotten.

Recommended Activity: Full day Trip

Lake Kariba

As previously described

Overnight: Kariba Ferry

You and your family can relax in the spacious panoramic windowed saloon, laze on the partially shaded deck or enjoy the upper shaded deck whilst someone else does the driving.

The Voyage takes approximately 22 hours in each direction, during which time you will be served with three nourishing meals together with the morning and afternoon tea or coffee which is included in the tariff. There is a fully stocked cash bar aboard

Day 9: Karabi lake to Mana Pool National Park 174.5km

Accommodated: Mana Pools Camp, Mana Pools National Park / Similar

Guest can start, get up, enjoy a delicious breakfast, then depart to Mana pool Following the GPS directions to Chinhoyi where we have a refueling depot. Brim the fuel tanks and proceed to Marongora Zimparks check-in, present entry permits which we have prepared for you. You will need to pay Zimparks conservation (USD20 pppd) & vehicle entry fees (USD10 once-off). Reduce tire pressure to 1,7 bars at the dust road (corrugations) proceed approx 70km through the bush to Nyamepi Campsite Mana Pools National Park. Mana pool is Located in northern Zimbabwe, the life-giving power of the Zambezi River makes Mana Pools National Park one of Zimbabwe’s most lush and flourishing regions. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is known for its natural beauty and as one of the continent’s premier game-viewing areas

Set up your campsite at Mana. You are responsible for all camp chores from cooking to cleaning and keeping your food safely stowed in the vehicle. No fresh fruit allowed.

Recommended Activities: Afternoon Game Drive

Day 10: Mana pool National Park Area

Accommodated: Mana Pools Camp, Mana Pools National Park / Similar

Guest will wake up on your second day at Mana to a cacophony of birdsong and animal sounds. Hippo grunts, lion roars, hyena howls. You are in paradise. We suggest you book a Zimparks ranger at reception to take you on guided walks along the Mana floodplain every morning and evening because walking is what sets Mana apart from other African parks. Don’t wast the opportunity and freedom allowed to walk at Mana by driving randomly along Mana’s rather limited road network, get out there in the bush with an armed Zimparks ranger and walk, yo will be immersed in the bugs and birds and live a totally different experience to the standard African Game-Drive.

Recommended Activities: Morning and Afternoon Game Drive

Day 11: Mana Pool National Park Area

Accommodated: Mana Pools Camp, Mana Pools National Park / Similar

Guest will get into Mana routine and go Book a morning and afternoon walks with Zimparks rangers. Lie up during the heat of the day and see more animals walk through your campsite than you saw on your walk. You are no starting to become used to the Mana lifestyle now. Self-Drive to Chitake Springs

Recommended Activities: Guided Walk

Overnight: Mana Pools Camp

Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, elephants, lions, remoteness and wilderness. This unique park is a world heritage site based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife.

The name “Mana” means “four” in the local Shona language. This applies to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. These pools are the remnant ox-bow lakes that the Zambezi River carved out thousands of years ago as it changed its course northwards. Hippopotamus, crocodiles and a wide variety of aquatic birds are associated with the pools. ”Long Pool”, is the largest of the four pools, extending some 6 km in a west-east direction. This pool has a large population of hippo and crocodiles and is a favorite for the large herds of elephant that come out of the thickly vegetated areas in the south to drink.

Day 12: Hwange National Park Area 52km

Accommodated: Chitake Springs Mana Pools National Park / Similar

Guest will Break up the camps after breakfast, fill the roof-mounted water tank on the vehicle with drinking water at Reception, today guest is going to Chitake Springs. Drive approximately 60km inland from the river to set up camp at Chitake camping site. Here the Chitake river rises out of the sand and flows on the surface for up to 1km before sinking back into the earth. This is the only source of water for miles around in mid dry season and animals flock to Chitake to drink and hunt. You camp amongst them.

Recommended Activities: Game Drive

Mana Pools National Park

As previously described

Overnight: Chitake Springs

Day 13

Accommodated: Meikles Hotel, Harare / Similar

Guest will have breakfast and a morning walk and come break camp tents and check-out at Mana Reception before 10:00 am and drive slowly back towards the tar road. Remember to re-inflate tires to 2,5 bar at the last boom gate at the tar road, checkout at Marongora. Refuel at Chinhoyi and return vehicle to Sunbird Guest House in the daylight for road safety reasons. Habnd-back 4×4 and complete vehicle return paperwork with Costa. Then have a farewell barbeque at sunbird or go out for dinner nearby restaurant.

Recommended Activity: Morning Walk

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 14

Accommodated: Meikles Hotel, Harare / Similar Guest will have breakfast and a morning walk and come break camp tents and check-out at Mana Reception before 10:00 am and drive slowly back towards the tar road. Remember to re-inflate tires to 2,5 bar at the last boom gate at the tar road, checkout at Marongora. Refuel at Chinhoyi and return vehicle to Sunbird Guest House in the daylight for road safety reasons. Habnd-back 4x4 and complete vehicle return paperwork with Costa. Then have a farewell barbeque at sunbird or go out for dinner nearby restaurant. Recommended Activity: Morning Walk 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.
Clients will be transferred to the airport to return trip back home.

Included/Excluded

  • • Vehicle 4x4 Renault Duster (2-4 Pax)
  • • Vehicle Toyota Quantum Mini Bus (5-10 Pax)
  • • GPS
  • • 1 Extra Spare Tyre
  • • On Road Assistance
  • • Passenger liability 15%
  • • VAT 2% tourism levy
  • • Airport transfers
  • • Breakfast for the Client
  • • Upgrade to 4x4 Pick-Up Toyata Hilux
  • • Expenses of personal nature
  • • Fuel Cost for Duration of Tour
  • • Vehicle Rental Deposit
  • • 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
  • • Lunch and Dinner will be on clients cost. All accommodations serve dinner and lunch. but Client will have the right to choose where to have lunch and dinner.
  • • Porterage and Gratitudes
  • • International/National Flights and Airport Taxes
  • • Travel/Medical Insurance

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