Elephant In Mana Pools

Zimbabwe Encounter

12 nights from £5145pp (flights included)

Victoria Falls  – Hwange  – Lake Kariba  – Mana Pools  – Harare

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A journey through Zimbabwe's most iconic areas including time spent on a houseboat on the seemingly endless waters of Lake Kariba.

Family adventures should be just that, true adventures, with this itinerary fitting that ideal perfectly. From the majestic Victoria Falls with its abundance of activities you head down to the beautiful Hwange National Park for the first of your safaris across the open plains and through the dense Mopane Forest of the park. The next leg takes you by road to the small town of Binga, where you will board a houseboat for a three night crossing of mighty Lake Kariba. Here you can relax, explore river channels by boat and marvel at the wildlife that comes to drink from the water’s edge. After disembarking the boat, it is a short drive to the iconic Mana Pools National Park for a wild, old-time safari that will be a thrill for all concerned. From there you’ll be driven back to Harare for an overnight stop before flying home.

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The itinerary…

Day 1: Zimbabwe awaits

Rainbows Over  Victoria  Falls

See if you can spot a rainbow

Fly overnight from London to Victoria Falls, via Johannesburg.

Day 2: Time to explore The Falls

Victoria  Falls Helicopter Flights

Fly over the Falls

Arrive in to Victoria Falls today for a transfer to the Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, located in the heart of town and very close to the mighty Falls themselves. Your afternoon can be at leisure to relax or, if you are feeling sufficiently rested after the flight you can head out to explore the town and perhaps take a walk along the edge of the Victoria Falls themselves.

Day 3: Explore Zimbabwe's adventure capital

White Water Rafting At  Victoria  Falls

Getting up close and personal with the falls

With so much to see and do around the town, your full day at Victoria Falls will doubtless be an action-packed and adventure-filled day. Early morning helicopter flights are an exhilarating way to start the day and with some fantastic restaurants in town you can be sure of a great spot to have lunch. In the afternoon you may wish to enjoy one of the activities around the bridge, perhaps a bungee jump, gorge swing or white-water rafting trip!

Day 4: Off to the bush

Elephants Eye Bedroom Hwange

Bedroom at Elephants Eye

After breakfast at the hotel you will be collected for a transfer down to the Hwange National Park which will take approximately 3 hours. Your base for exploring the park will be Elephant’s Eye where you will be spending the next 2 nights. The transfer will be timed to ensure that you arrive in time for lunch, after which you will have some time to relax before an afternoon game drive to spot the park’s varied wildlife, including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and wild dog.

Day 5: Elephant, lion and wild dog day

Game Drives In Hwange

Game drives in Hwange

Hwange is such a wonderful spot for your safari and one of the great attractions of staying at Elephant’s Eye is that it offers a huge variety of activities. Your full day here can be spent on game drives, enjoying guided walks and spending time with the local communities that the lodge supports. For those interested, there will also be a chance to visit the interesting Painted Dog Conservation Centre, one of the leading conservation projects in Hwange.

Day 6: Take to the (inland) sea

Game Viewing On Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba game viewing

This morning you will enjoy breakfast in the lodge before an early departure to ensure that you cover the 3 hour drive to Binga on the shores of Lake Kariba in time for the midday sailing of the Zambezi Cruise Safaris Transcruiser which will be your home for the next three nights. The first afternoon will see you sail to the Sengwe Basin and explore the channels of the Sengwe River on small tender boats before heading back to the boat for dinner.

Day 7: Cruising Kariba

Hippos In Lake Kariba

Hippos in Lake Kariba

Your cruise continues early this morning as you depart before first light to cover almost half the length of Lake Kariba to reach the Bumi Basin in the middle of the afternoon. This is a gentle day where you can relax before heading out for afternoon tender boat trips to try and spot elephant in the Matusadona National Park which borders the lake. Return to the boat for evening sundowner drinks and dinner.

Day 8: Explore mainland Matusadona

Landbased Game Viewing Around Lake Kariba

Land-based game viewing around Lake Kariba

After breakfast aboard the boat you will have a choice of how to spend the morning, with boat trips, game drives in the Matusadona National Park and visits to the remote Tonga fishing villages all on the agenda. You will then return to the boat for lunch whilst you cruise to one of the remote bays of the lake. Spend the afternoon exploring by tender boat.

Day 9: Return to the Zambezi

Elephant In Mana Pools

Elephant crossing at Mana Pools

Breakfast will be served early this morning as the boat makes its final approach to Kariba Harbour where you will disembark and be transferred to Chirundu for lunch. When you are ready a boat will take you up to Mana Pools Safari Lodge where you will check-in for a 2 night stay. Some time can be spent enjoying the camp before heading out for an afternoon safari.

Day 10: Magical Mana Pools

Hippos In  Mana  Pools  Zimbabwe

Hippos in Mana Pools

Today will be spent exploring the wild, beautiful and game-rich expanses of the Mana Pools National Park in the company of your highly experienced guide. Game drives are a great way of seeing lion, leopard and elephant which frequent the area around the camp, whilst guided walks are an iconic Mana Pools experience and a great way to learn more about the smaller things that are often missed when you are out on a game drive.

Day 11: Journey to Harare

Harare City Skyline

Harare City Skyline

This morning you will depart Mana Pools by private vehicle to make your way back towards Harare, stopping en-route at the Chinoyi Caves and then lunch nearby. You will be spending the night at Pamuzinda Safari Lodge a charming spot an hour outside of Harare and the perfect place to spend the final night of your trip. They offer game drives in their 13,000 acre private reserve if you haven’t yet had your fill of wildlife or you can simply relax and reflect on your adventure.

Day 12: Time to head home

After breakfast and a leisurely morning at Pamuzinda you will be collected and transferred to Harare for a city tour before heading to the airport to catch your flight to Johannesburg and onward overnight connection to London.

Day 13: Touchdown Heathrow

Early morning arrival into London Heathrow.

Duration: 13 Days

Location: Zimbabwe, Africa

Price: £5145pp

This itinerary is available for £5,145 per person, including all international and domestic flights, pre-paid air taxes, accommodation, transfers by road, car hire, meals and activities as per above itinerary.

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