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Zimbabwe Kaleidoscope Experience

Duration:
14 Days
Location:
Zimbabwe
From:

$4 320.00

$4 320.00*

14 Days
ZIMBABWE
Overview

This convenient two-week itinerary offers a wide selection of the best wildlife, landscapes, and adventures Zimbabwe has to offer.

Take a perfect two-week adventure across Zimbabwe’s national parks, lakes, and cities. Covering multiple game parks, rivers, ancient ruins, and Zimbabwean cities, this is truly a kaleidoscopic view of what Zimbabwe has to offer. One of our most popular experiences.

ITINERARY 14 DAYS

DAY 01

WELCOME TO ZIMBABWE

On arrival at the Victoria Falls airport, you will be met by a Batoka Safaris representative and transferred to the Azambezi Lodge, where an escort will assist with check in.

Sunset Cruise

In the afternoon, we’ll take you on a Sundowner Cruise along the Zambezi River. There is no better way to end the day than to watch the African Sun slip down beneath the horizon, while sipping drinks and enjoying light snacks. Birds, hippos and crocodiles abound in their natural habitat.

After a relaxing cruise, we’ll return you to Azambezi River Lodge.

Day 02

GUIDED TOUR OF THE FALLS

After an early start, our first stop will be at the “Big Tree”, an ancient Baobab some 16 meters in girth. The tour proper will kick off 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.

19h00 Boma dinner

Partially open to the African skies and sheltered by the indigenous Gusu forest lies the award-winning Boma restaurant. This offers a unique African experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa – together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe and its people. Specializing in a superb selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes, fish, a variety of game meat and potjiekos (hunter’s stew) – as well as vegetarian meals – diners are invited to sample such ethnic delicacies as deep fried kapenta, famous mopani worms, and groundnuts.

Traditional customs such as local beer tasting and pre-dinner hand washing are observed, and Ndebele performers will captivate diners with their vibrant and energetic songs and dances.

Steeped in mystery, a witchdoctor adds a touch of drama and after dinner guests are invited to while away the evening with the restaurant’s sangoma – a traditional storyteller – to learn more about the country’s folklore, culture and heritage.

Day 03

CHOBE DAY TRIP

The Caprivi Strip, just 70kms west of Victoria Falls, is a very interesting area. 

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.

Day 04

HWANGE

After a delicious breakfast, we’ll transfer you from Victoria Falls Rainbow to the all-inclusive Hwange Safari Lodge. The trip is 185km and takes about 2hrs.

Hwange Safari Lodge is situated just outside the borders of the well-known Hwange National Park, and essentially forms part of the Park. At Hwange Safari Lodge, guests are accommodated in 100 tastefully decorated rooms and suites, all en-suite and with air-conditioning, fan and heating. All rooms overlook either the waterhole, savanna bush or swimming pool. Guests shouldn’t be too surprised if they can spot a curious elephant from their window.

After arrival you’ll have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Day 05

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 06

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 07

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 08

NYANGA/MASVINGO

We’ll depart Matobo for Great Zimbabwe. We’ll cover 340km, so this trip takes about 4hrs 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 09

MASVINGO/HARARE

After breakfast we’ll depart Great Zimbabwe and travel to Harare. This is a 4hr 30 min journey, approx. 352km.

When we arrive in Harare, we’ll check in to the Rainbow Towers Hotel

Day 10

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.

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.

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

Day 11

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.

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 12

KARIBA/HARARE

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 Harare via road. The trip is approx 366lm, and takes a maximum of 5hrs.

Upon our return to Harare, we’ll check back in to Rainbow Towers Hotel.

Day 13

HARARE

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.

Day 14

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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HIGHLIGHTS

EACH DESTINATION IS
DIFFERENT, THAT MAKES THEM UNIQUE.

Chobe Day Trip

Explore Chobe’s varied terrains, and search for its massive elephant herds.

Lake Kariba

There’s a huge amount to see and do on the world’s largest man-made lake

Harare City Tour

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

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