Zimbabwe: Unspoiled & Untamed

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Day 1 : Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Upon arrival into Victoria Falls, after completing immigration formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall. Here you will be met by an Alluring Africa representative for your private road transfer to Ilala Lodge Hotel, where you will stay for two nights.

This afternoon, take a Ra-Ikane Sunset Cruise.

The Ra-Ikane, named after the guide who led David Livingstone to the Victoria Falls, was hand-built to resemble a turn-of-the-century riverboat, and is luxuriously finished with teak superstructure, brass fittings, a carpeted deck and club chairs and tables giving guests a taste of Victorian splendor in the heart of Africa. On arrival, you are welcomed with a cocktail and served tea and cakes whilst given a safety talk and a brief history of the river. The cruise takes you through a beautiful area of the Zambezi. Animals such as elephant, hippo and crocodiles are frequently seen, as well as a wide diversity of other game and bird life. The boat has a low profile in the water and you are comfortably seated closer to the water line than on the conventional pontoon cruise boats. The boat is staffed with a captain, guide, hostess and waiter to ensure that all your needs are met.

Included

Cruise includes: River usage fee, snacks, local drinks and return hotel transfer.

Day 2 : Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

The Falls is within walking distance of the hotel so make your own way down there at your leisure, to view the Falls from several vantage points. 

At a time to be advised: You will be collected by an Alluring Africa representative for your Flight of Angels Helicopter Excursion.

To put the Victoria Falls into true perspective, they must really be seen from the air. The sheer size and grandeur of the spectacle becomes all the more clearer from above.  The huge Zambezi River flowing slowly south as the water spreads across the full width of a great rent in the earth before crashing over the lip in a burst of spray and then squeezing into a narrow, foaming, blast of water rushing down the zigzag funnel of the gorges. Hippos and crocodiles are clearly visible in the shallow waters, as well as elephants quietly browsing on bright green islands.  Let the flight tell you the story of how the vegetation disperses itself to share sunlight and water. How the river craned a path across the world and how when the sun bounces off the surface of the water leaving behind a speck of light, so it appears there are a thousand diamonds glittering on the mighty river’s back.

The balance of the day is at leisure for optional activities, explore the market, or simply relax at your hotel. 

Included

Breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, Tourism Levy and 15% Zimbabwe VAT.

Day 3 : Southern Hwange National Park

At a time to be advised: You will be collected from your lodge by an Alluring Africa representative and transferred by road to the Victoria Falls Airport for your scheduled charter flight to Hwange National Park.  Upon arrival you will be met by a camp vehicle and transferred to Little Makalolo Camp, where you will stay for three nights.  Time permitting, enjoy lunch and an afternoon activity.

Included

All meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks.

Days 4 - 5 : Southern Hwange National Park

Enjoy two full days of game viewing activities at Little Makalolo Camp.

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest and most popular national park; our private concession means that sightings of the prolific wildlife are exclusive and private.

Hwange’s mix of different veld and landscape types means that game viewing is productive year-round. Wildlife frequently encountered in our area includes lion, large herds of elephant, buffalo, leopard, spotted hyaena, giraffe, sable, blue wildebeest, impala, waterbuck and reedbuck. In summer, wildebeest, zebra and eland are found in abundance on the open plains, while in winter elephant congregate in enormous numbers around the waterholes. Birdlife in the area is prolific (400+) and varied.

Little Makalolo Camp is situated in the most productive area of Hwange National Park. The varied habitats and vegetation types as well as countless waterholes mean that game drives are exciting with always something new to be seen. Night drives: the Hwange ‘night act’ includes species such as lesser bushbaby, spotted hyaena, leopard, lion, Selous mongoose, pangolin, caracal, porcupine, scrub hare, springhare and even honey badger.

Hwange was proclaimed some 80 years ago and has served as a haven for one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa. There is no better way to experience this park than on foot with an experienced safari guide.

This hide is beautifully placed at the camp’s productive waterhole and is the perfect place to spend your afternoon siesta hours. Elephants are often the star attraction at the hide; just watch out for the sprays of water propelled from their nearby trunks. Situated on a raised platform overlooking Madison Pan, the Star Bed is just a 20-minute drive away from camp and offers a truly secluded, remote wilderness experience – and the opportunity of sleeping under the stars.

Included

All meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks.

Day 6 : Matobo National Park

After a morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip by camp vehicle for the scheduled charter flight to Matobo Hills.  Upon arrival you will be met by a camp vehicle and transferred to Amalinda Lodge, where you will stay for two nights.  Time permitting, enjoy lunch and an afternoon activity.

Included

Local beverages, all meals, all activities in camp, National Parks fees, Monument fees, all shared transfers within a 20km radius of camp as well as airport arrival and departure transfers, Laundry & Wi-Fi, Mother Africa Community Fund to $15.00 pp per night.

Day 7 : Matobo National Park

Enjoy one full day of game viewing activities at Amalinda Lodge. 

Historic trek to Rhodes’ grave and “View of the World”: Drive through the granite hills in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes. Visit his world famous tomb known as “View of the World”, it’s an historical experience not to be forgotten. his “dwala” is known as “the dwelling place of spirits” or rather “Amalindidzimu” and the view will leave you breathless.

Walks to world renowned caves and bushman paintings: Explore the hills where mysterious nomads once held their sacred ceremonies. The rocky granite topography boasts more than 2000 sites of the San (Bushman) tribes and is probably the richest source of San rock art known. This area, and several famous rocks here – known to the Ndebele people – hold spiritual significance of bygone rituals. Here, you can learn about their trials and tribulations, hopes and aspirations.

Game drives into the National Park: The Matopos region has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to the highest concentration of rock art in southern Africa. Some of the prolific species include the black eagle and rock hyrax.

Included

Local beverages, all meals, all activities in camp, National Parks fees, Monument fees, all shared transfers within a 20km radius of camp as well as airport arrival and departure transfers, Laundry & Wi-Fi, Mother Africa Community Fund to $15.00 pp per night.

Day 8 : Gonarezhou National Park

After a morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip by a camp vehicle for your sole use charter flight to  the Gonarezhou National Park. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, where you will stay for three nights. 

Time permitting, enjoy lunch and an afternoon activity.

Included

Meals, drinks, laundry, tea & coffee, 2 Half Day (or 1 Full Day) activity per day, 15% VAT & 2% Tourism Levy.

Days 9 - 10 : Gonarezhou National Park

Enjoy two full days of game viewing activities at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge. 

Cultural Visit:The intimate working relationship between the lodge and the local Shangaan community makes a visit to Mahenye Village a rewarding and educational experience. The Cultural home, built with funds raised by Chilo, provides insight into Shangaan society. At the annual Mahenye Festival, taking place in September, you get a chance to witness a celebration of Shangaan culture, including traditional dancing, local food and drink, and the time-honoured fish drive in the Save River.

Chivilila Falls: For those with a penchant for something a bit more active, the 3km walking trail from the lodge to the beautiful Chivilia Falls is a great way to start or end your day. Trekking through a rugged landscape will lead you to a viewpoint overlooking the falls. As the water cascades over age-old rocks, take in the sights and satisfy your thirst with some well deserved refreshments.

Bird Watching: The three major rivers, the Chilojo cliffs and the vast water pans in the park support a rich variety of birdlife, including kingfishers, hornbills, eagles, and raptors. Over 400 bird species have been recorded here, making Gonarezhou one of Southern Africa's top birding destinations.

Included

Meals, drinks, laundry, tea & coffee, 2 Half Day (or 1 Full Day) activity per day, 15% VAT & 2% Tourism Levy.

Day 11 : End of Itinerary

After a morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip by a camp vehicle for your scheduled charter flight to Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport to connect with your homebound flight. 

Return home, taking with you the sights, sounds, and memories of an incredible African adventure!

Included

Breakfast 

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