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4 Corners of Zimbabwe

Duration:
17 DAYS
Location:
Zimbabwe
From:

$6 040.00

$6 040.00*

17 DAYS
ZIMBABWE
Overview

Why not see it all? This grand tour criss-crossed Zimbabwe, giving you a truly deep experience of the country.

Explore this beautiful country in detail and at your leisure when you join this all-encompassing tour. You’ll cover everything from Victoria Falls to Kariba, Great Zimbabwe, Matobo, and multiple national parks making sure you have the most exciting safari experience of your life. *This rate is per person sharing and it excludes park entry fees where applicable (Kariba National Park / Great Zimbabwe Monument / Matobo Hills / Hwange / Victoria Falls) Minimum of 10 guests for this package.

ITINERARY 17 DAYS

DAY 01

HARARE

After you arrive at Harare international Airport, you’ll be met by a Batoka Safaris team member, and then transferred to Rainbow Towers Hotel to check in.

Harare City Tour

Although relatively young as cities go, the city has tremendous diversity in its historical and cultural composition.
The tour takes in some important buildings in the city (e.g. Parliament House and the High Court), before proceeding to the Queen Victoria Museum, with its fascinating permanent and temporary exhibits of the country’s past and natural history.

From the Museum, we’ll move on to the colorful Mbare People’s Market, crammed with handcrafted souvenirs of Africa. Abuzz with activity, here guests have the opportunity to bargain with vendors for their collectible handicrafts. The tour ends at the Harare Kopje, where it all began so to speak. When the Pioneer Column sent by Britain’s Charter Company first reached the site of the present day Harare, they hoisted the Union Jack on the Kopje “Hill” (small hill). From this vantage point, the participants will be able to reflect on the city fabric, and the impact of past racial divisions, which even today have an influence on the planning and physical composition of Harare. The tour takes approximately 3 hours.

After a busy first day, you’ll return to the hotel for dinner and good rest.

Day 02

HARARE TO KARIBA

After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll make the trip up to Lake Kariba, north of Harare.
The journey is approximately 366km and takes a maximum of 5 hours.

After the trip, we’ll check you in at Caribbea Bay Resort, situated right on the shores of the lake.
Caribbea Bay Resort is located on the shore of the lake Kariba, a sight more in keeping with the blue waters of the Mediterranean than the heart of Southern Africa. Caribbea Bay Resort, with its Sardinian-style architecture and feel, great climate all year round, and a host of water sports on hand, is a favorite playground for Zimbabweans as well as visitors to the country.
Deliberately fashioned with a Mediterranean coast ambience, Caribbea Bay Resort is an ideal base from which to explore this unique part of Zimbabwe and enjoy a sun-filled holiday in relaxed comfort. This well-appointed resort with its 83 rooms, seven of which are suites, has so much to offer. Tours to the nearby Kariba Dam are a big attraction with guests who wish to get to know the history and traditions of the local Tonga people and the mysteries of the Nyaminyami, the Zambezi River god, and his ‘influence’ over the locals.

At 16h00 we’ll pick you up from hotel for a sunset cruise on Lake Kariba (the biggest man-made lake in the world at the time of its construction in the late 1950s).

The cruise takes 2 hours and snacks and a cash bar are onboard. Sunsets on Lake Kariba are legendary, with the famous, but very brief, green flash before the sun finally disappears, a sight always to be remembered.

After the cruise we’ll return you to the Hotel for dinner.

Day 03

A DAY ON KARIBA

After a fresh, delicious breakfast, you’ll embark on a full-day tour of Lake Kariba, starting with a 30km boat transfer across the lake to Matusadona National Park.

Originally built to generate hydroelectric power, Lake Kariba is Africa’s largest man-made lake, fed by the Zambezi River. It’s about halfway between the river’s source and mouth, around 1300km upstream from the Indian Ocean. Coming from the hustle and bustle of Harare, Lake Kariba is an oasis of tranquility.

The dam was built between 1958 and 1963 across the Kariba Gorge to harness the river’s flow to generate hydroelectric power. This endeavour displaced about 57,000 local tribes-people and over 5,000 wild animals, it is also believed to have caused over 20 earthquakes in the region – these were blamed on the river god Nyami Nyami who was separated from his wife by the dam wall. Still, Lake Kariba remains a beautiful place with a lot of activities on offer such as game fishing, including Tiger Fish which thrive in its waters. Fish Eagle, cormorant and other water animals such as elephant, crocodile and hippo are regularly spotted. Game viewing and fishing is done by boat which makes an interesting change from open-top safari vehicles.

The tour includes a game drive and game walk, as well as lunch.

After the tour you’ll be transferred back by lake and dropped off at your hotel for dinner.

Day 04

KARIBA AND MANA POOLS

Your Kariba highlights tour gets an early start at 07h30. We’ll pick up from the hotel and on to visit the Lake’s dam Wall and the Kariba observation point.

After the tour, we’ll depart for Vundu Camp, at first heading 100km north to Chirundu by road. The journey takes a maximum of 2 hours.

Upon arrival, we’ll check in to the all-inclusive Vundu Camp.

Day 05

MANA POOLS

A full day to relax and enjoy the facilities and activities at Vundu Camp.
Game activities include game drives, bird watching, fishing, and boat safari.

Mana Pools National Park offers rich and spectacular wildlife viewing. The area covered by game drives depends on the amount of rain that the park has received, with drives in the dry season concentrating on the riverine areas, as water sources dry up elsewhere and animals are attracted to the banks of the Zambezi.

Large herds of elephant and buffalo can be seen on the wide floodplains, as can zebra, kudu, eland, impala and many other antelope species. Mana Pools is particularly well known for its large bull elephants and the expert guides leading your game drive will know where to find individual animals. Towards the end of the dry season, as foliage becomes more scarce, many of these gather in the open woodlands that flank the river, where they can sometimes be seen standing on their hind legs beneath the albida trees, straining to reach the last remaining seed pods. This can be a spectacular sight to behold, particularly in the surreal light that filters through the trees, unimpeded by the scant undergrowth.

With a wide variety of prey species found within the park, the area is also home to a number of predators and game drives are likely to seek these out. Several prides of lion have made this their territory and they are regularly spotted. The park is also particularly well known for sightings of the endangered wild dog. Leopard, cheetah and hyena are also occasionally encountered, although they are shy and far less readily spotted.

Day 06

MANA POOLS/HARARE

After breakfast we’ll depart Vundu Camp for Chirundu by boat. The trip will take about an hour.

From Chirundu, we’ll transfer to Harare, 355km south-east. This leg of the journey takes about 5 hours.

When we arrive, we’ll check in at the Rainbow Towers for an overnight stay, including bed and breakfast.

Day 07

HARARE/NYANGA

After breakfast, we’ll depart for Nyanga by road. Nyanga is 272km east of Harare and the trip takes approximately 4 hours.

Upon arrival in Nyanga, we’ll check in at Troutbeck Inn, a bed and breakfast stay.

From the Troutbeck Inn website:
“The hotel was built and founded by Major Herbert Macllwaine in 1947 and has undergone considerable changes over the years. However, its famous log fire has never been put out since it was lit at the hotel opening. The hotel is 6 500 feet (2 200m] above sea level with the surrounding mountains climbing to 8 508 feet (2 593ml above sea level. This inviting hotel is perfectly positioned to explore the scenic beauty of Nyanga and savour the crisp mountain air. Troutbeck Resort provides friendly and efficient service in one of Africa’s finest countryside locations.”

Day 08

NYANGA

After a couple of travel-heavy days, you’ll be able to relax in Nyanga. Activities include:

  • Horse Riding, children’s playground, tennis, squash, bowling, snooker, trout fishing, volleyball and swimming pool (inclusive)
  • World’s View, Sky Walk Bridge, and Zip Lining (on your own account)

Day 09

NYANGA/MASVINGO

At 07h30, we’ll depart Nyanga for Great Zimbabwe. We’ll cover a massive 387km, so this trip takes about 5hrs 30min.

We’ll check in at the Lodge At The Ancient City, close to the ruins. After that, we’ll take a tour of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, which lasts about 3hrs. We’ll explore the Hill Complex, the museum, and the Great Enclosure. 

After a long, adventurous day, we’ll return to the hotel for dinner, a peaceful night’s sleep, and delicious breakfast in the morning.

Day 10

MASVINGO/MATOBO

After breakfast, we’ll depart by road to Matobo Hills via Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe after Harare. The journey is approx. 320km and takes 4hrs 30min or less. 

When we arrive, we’ll have time to tour the city. 

After our visit to the city, we’ll proceed to Matobo Hills and check in at the Matobo Hills Lodge for the night, including dinner and breakfast the next morning.

Day 11

MATOBO

We’ll spend a full day in the Matobo hills, including lunch and dinner. 

We’ll go on a game drive in the Matobo Game Park and rhino trail, and you can choose to visit the Recreational park. Please note that entrance to the grave of Cecil John Rhodes Grave entry is $10).

We’ll spend another night at the Matobo Hills Lodge.

Day 12

MATOBO/HWANGE

After breakfast at the lodge, we’ll depart by road to Hwange National Park via Bulawayo city. The trip is 321km, and will take about 4hrs 30min.

Upon arrival in Hwange we’ll check in at Hwange Safari Lodge, which is a full-board experience.

Day 13

HWANGE

At 06h00 we’ll go for a bright and early morning game drive through Hwange National Park. The drive takes 3hrs and includes morning tea and biscuits.

Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest National Park. The park encapsulates 14,600 square kilometers of unspoiled wilderness. Affectionately referred to by many as a “wildlife wonderland”, Hwange National Park is home to 107 species of animals and over 400 species of birds. It supports a large number of rhino, antelope, buffalo, zebra and giraffe, some of which are a veritable feast for the big cats and scavengers who roam the area in a ceaseless search for prey. It is also one of the world’s largest elephant sanctuaries – elephant can be seen in herds of one hundred or more, following the ancient migration routes from one waterhole to the next. During the morning and afternoon game drives into the reserve you might
See the lion, leopard, kudu, and wildebeest amongst a huge variety of Wildlife.

We’ll return to the Lodge for Lunch, and then head out again for an afternoon game drive.

After a day of exciting game viewing, we’ll return to the Hwange Safari Lodge for Dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day 14

HWANGE/VICTORIA FALLS

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Victoria Falls by road, a trip of 185km that takes about 2hrs.
When we arrive in Victoria Falls we’ll check in at the Azambezi River Lodge. Then it’s time to relax until the afternoon.

At 16h00, we’ll pick you up and set out on a Sunset Cruise. The cruise takes 2 hours and drinks and snacks are served onboard.

After the cruise we’ll drop you off at the hotel.

Day 15

VICTORIA FALLS

At 08h30, after breakfast, we’ll take you on a guided tour of Victoria Falls!

Our first stop will be at the “Big Tree”, an ancient Baobab some 16 meters in girth. The tour proper will kick with an explanation of the geology of the Victoria Falls. We’ll then take you on an extensive tour, from Livingstone View to the Devil’s Cataract, on to the Main Falls, past the Rainbow Falls and finally to Danger Point. We’ll cover about 2km of ground during the tour.

After the tour we’ll drop you at your hotel and there are several optional tours available in the afternoon.

At 19h00 we’ll meet to experience food in a festive and traditional setting – Boma Dinner at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

After the Boma Dinner, we’ll return you to your hotel.

VICTORIA FALLS/BOTSWANA

After early breakfast, we’ll depart at 07h30 for our Chobe day trip.

Not only does the Zambezi River form the borders of 4 countries here (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia) but this is also the location of one of Africa’s finest natural game reserves – the Chobe National Park. The added presence of the equally intriguing Chobe River (in one season the water flows downstream and in the other it flows upstream) brings a myriad of game and rare bird species to this natural wilderness. The Park boasts the Big Five and the river teems with hippos and crocodiles which can be viewed both from boats and safari vehicles. It is to this “animal paradise” that participants will be taken after an early breakfast at the hotel. After an hour’s drive through the Zambezi National Park, quick border formalities are carried out into Botswana before proceeding into the national park. Chobe River cruises and Game drives have to be one of the finest game viewing experiences in Africa. With over 80 000 elephant in the park alone they are a very frequent sighting. Hippo, water birds, buffalo, crocodile and puku are also viewed from the river. Lunch is served at Chobe Safari Lodge.

After a big day of safari adventure, you’ll be transferred back to Victoria Falls and dropped off at the Azambezi River Lodge for another restful night.

Day 17

DEPARTURE

Sadly, our journey has come to an end, but we hope you’ve enjoyed every moment of it. You’ll be transferred from the hotel to Victoria Falls Airport for your home-bound flight.

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Lion cubs
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HIGHLIGHTS

EACH DESTINATION IS
DIFFERENT, THAT MAKES THEM UNIQUE.

Harare City Tour

Visit the historic buildings and bustling markets of Zimbabwe’s capital city.

Mana Pools

Mana Pools National Park offers spectacular wildlife viewing and is particularly well known for its large bull elephants and predator species.

Hwange National Park

Zimbabwe’s largest National Park, a “wildlife wonderland” that is home to 107 species of animals and over 400 species of birds.

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