If it’s wildlife you seek, look no further than this brand-new adventure to Zimbabwe with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). You’ll spend two full days in Save Valley Conservancy, home to the Big Five, as well as one of Africa’s largest populations of black and white rhino; and search for hippos and crocodiles during a Zambezi River cruise.
Zimbabwe with the Zambezi River & Victoria Falls
- Day 1 Harare, Zimbabwe Sep 7 2021Arrive in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, and transfer to the Amanzi Lodge surrounded by gardens. Meet your AWF safari leader and gather with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. D
- Day 2-4 Savé Valley Conservancy Sep 8 2021 to Sep 10 2021After breakfast, depart on a private charter flight to the Savé Valley Conservancy. Located in Zimbabwe’s southeastern lowveld, the conservancy comprises 750,000 acres of diverse wildlife habitat. Home to the Big Five — elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino — Savé Valley also boasts one of Africa’s largest populations of black and white rhino along with a healthy population of rare wild dogs. Here, critically endangered species are carefully monitored and protected. Learn about AWF’s work with the Savé Valley Rhino Conservancy and the anti-poaching measures in place here. On the banks of the seasonal Msaise River, our tented camp’s location puts us in the heart of the action. The intimate Sango Tented Camp is augmented with classic Meru mobile tents, to accommodate our group size. All are large and well-appointed with en suite bathrooms, traditional furnishings, and comfortable beds. B,L,D
- Day 5-7 Mana Pools Sep 11 2021 to Sep 13 2021This morning, board a private flight back to Harare and connect with a scheduled flight to Mana Pools, Zimbabwe’s legendary park on the Zambezi River. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is known for its natural beauty and as a premier game-viewing area. Over the next three days, explore the area’s diverse flora and fauna on guided walks, game drives, and river cruises. Learn about AWF’s antipoaching efforts here and the work to protect the park’s incredible biodiversity. Ruckomechi Camp is situated in a large private concession and looks out across the Zambezi River banks to the Rift Valley escarpment on the Zambian side. Each en suite tent offers comfort and bush luxury. B,L,D daily
- Day 8-9 Victoria Falls Sep 14 2021 to Sep 15 2021This morning, a private charter flight takes you to Victoria Falls to explore Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park and the “best view of the Falls” before crossing Cecil Rhodes’ famous bridge over the Zambezi River and moving on to the Royal Livingstone Hotel. Later, enjoy a Zambezi river safari, ending your day with an incredible African sunset. The next morning, visit Lupani Primary School, rebuilt as an initiative of AWF’s Classroom Africa program, and later enjoy an afternoon of tracking rhinos that were reintroduced into Mosi-oa-tunya National Park, as part of another AWF project. B,L,D daily
- Day 10 Livingstone, Zambia / Depart Sep 16 2021Transfer to the airport in Livingstone, Zambia for your independent homeward flight. B
Things to Know
What’s included in the cost of this safari expedition?
- Intra-tour airfare
- Accommodations on group dates
- Excursions, activities, and meals as listed in the itinerary
- Services of experienced English-speaking guides
- Arrival and departure transfers between the group hotel and airport regardless of day or time
- Selected beverages included with lunch and dinner
- Potable water
- Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance
- Game drives in 4×4 safari cruisers, with guaranteed window seat and no more than six people per vehicle
This five-star boutique hotel in the heart of Harare boasts stunning waterfalls and spectacular landscaped gardens. The Lodge has 16 luxury rooms all set separately in the gardens. Each room is themed in the style of a different African country, with an exceptional collection of African antiquities and contemporary art.
Situated in a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. It is a remote, beautiful place with spectacular views of the broad flowing river, the adjacent woodland and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment. Ten spacious and beautifully decorated en suite tents lie beneath the ana trees, best-beloved of local elephant for their nutritious seeds. The camp’s central living space includes an inviting firepit for pleasant evenings beneath the African night skies. Other unique features include a pool which overlooks a broad sweep of river, an outdoor “bath with a view” in a secluded, scenic spot, and a romantic Star Bed by a busy waterhole.
Sango Tented Camp
With its open-air showers, handcrafted furnishings and classic styling Sango Safari Camp aims to rekindle the atmosphere of the luxury mobile safari camp, successfully blending the rustic with the luxurious. With six en suite Meru tents Sango Safari Camp is designed in the style of the classic tented safari camp of days gone by. Common areas include Open air dining area, lounge, bar, plunge pool and viewing deck.
The Royal Livingstone is located on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, overlooking the Zambezi River and with direct access to the Victoria Falls. Among the various facilities of this property are a casino, restaurant, bar, and an outdoor swimming pool. Guest rooms are decorated in a colonial style, offer verandas overlooking the river, and are fitted with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, and coffee machine.
Duration 10 Days, 9 Nights Guest Capacity 10 Guests