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Highlights of Zimbabwe Holiday

Inspirational safari to Zambia and Zimbabwe

This highlight of Zimbabwe holiday takes in 4 of the region's best areas, showcasing the country's diverse scenery and incredible wildlife. You will be accommodated in luxury lodges and camps offering expert guides, exceptional cuisine, and personalized service. Expect thrilling activities from game drives and safari walks to Zambezi River canoeing and lake fishing.

The adventure begins at the legendary Victoria Falls where you will enjoy the sights, sounds and activities on offer, before moving onto the famous Hwange National Park, an arid park, known as the 'land of the giants', for its big elephant herds.

After becoming accustomed to the dry landscape at Hwange dotted with watering holes, your next destination, Mana Pools National Park is a total contrast. Bisected by the Mighty Zambezi River this park is lush, and the banks of the river provide ideal camping spots. As you idly canoe down the river you will be treated to sights such as swimming elephants, a host of aquatic birds and of course plenty of hippos and crocodiles. However, the river is only half of the story in Mana Pools, so your camping adventure is complimented by a stay at Kanga Camp for wildlife viewing from dry land. Particularly good in the dry season, large concentrations of buffalo and elephant are to be found along the river's edges, while predators such as lion, wild dog, leopard, and cheetah are often sighted.

Round off your trip with a stay at Lake Kariba and its surrounds. Spend your time cruising the lake in a private boat, taking in the gorgeous vistas and try your hand at catching a tiger fish. Go on a scenic lakeside walking safari or go on a game drive in search of the Matusadona lions.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Livingstone
  • 2 nights - Thorntree River Lodge, Livingstone & Victoria Falls, Zambia
  • 3 nights - Somalisa Acacia, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
  • 2 nights - Kanga Camp, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
  • 2 nights - Zambezi Expeditions, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
  • 3 nights - Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Lake Kariba and Matusadona, Zimbabwe
  • Ends - Transfer to Harare for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Zimbabwe, Zambia
  • Nights Icon 12 Nights
  • Safari Icon Safari

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Every Mahlatini trip is custom created to your exact travel wishes – no readymade tours or set departures. Get in touch with our experts to start creating your bespoke itinerary.

Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Itinerary Details

Day-by-day

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Livingstone

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Day 1 - 3

Arrive at Livingstone Airport where you will be met and driven to your lodge at Victoria Falls.

  • 2 nights

Thorntree River Lodge
All Inclusive | Standard Suite
Zambia

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Day 3 - 6

Today you will transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for a light aircraft flight to Hwange National Park. A guide will be waiting at the airstrip to game drive you to your camp.

  • 3 nights

Somalisa Acacia
All Inclusive | Safari Tent
Zimbabwe

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Day 6 - 8

Fly today by light aircraft to the Mana Pools National Park where a guide will meet you and escort you to your next camp.

  • 2 nights

Kanga Camp
All Inclusive | Safari Tent
Zimbabwe

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Day 8 - 10

Today your guide will take you to your next camp at Mana Pools, situated with unique access to the Zambezi River for your river activities.

  • 2 nights

Zambezi Expeditions Safari Camp
All Inclusive | Safari Tent
Zimbabwe

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Day 10 - 13

Today you will be flown by light aircraft to Bumi Hills Airstrip at Lake Kariba.

  • 3 nights

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
All Inclusive | Lake View Room
Zimbabwe

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Day 13

Fly by light aircraft today to Harare Airport to catch your international flight home.

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Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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Includes

  • International flights as detailed
  • Meals and accommodation as detailed
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands)
  • Road transfers as detailed
  • Light aircraft transfers as detailed
  • Twice daily scheduled safari activities
  • National Park Fees
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Excludes

  • Entry visas and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Additional activities or options on offer
Indulge in your passions

ACTIVITIES

This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • White Water Rafting Icon White Water Rafting
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Photographic Safari Icon Photographic Safari
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
Enriching encounters

ICONIC WILDLIFE

Whether you want to tick off the Big Five or encounter specific safari species and sea creatures on your safari and coastal stay, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Wild Dog
    Wild Dog
  • Zebra
    Zebra
  • Wildebeest
    Wildebeest
  • Southern Giraffe
    Southern Giraffe
  • Pels Fishing Owl
    Pels Fishing Owl
  • Lion
    Lion
  • Leopard
    Leopard
  • Kudu
    Kudu
  • Hippo
    Hippo
  • Flamingo
    Flamingo
  • Elephant
    Elephant
  • Crocodile
    Crocodile
  • Cheetah
    Cheetah
  • Buffalo
    Buffalo
  • Baboon
    Baboon
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
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