Group Size: Based on Minimum 2 passengers
If you are in search of unique wildlife encounters, thirst for adventure and want a safari rich with wildlife and culture, then this fly-in safari with African Bush Camps affords you the opportunity to combine the natural wonder of Victoria Falls, with an exploration of two of Zimbabwe’s most famous national parks. Somalisa Expeditions lies in the heart of Hwange National Park and offers one of the most original ways to experience this exceptional wildlife haven. Combine this with the iconic Mana Pools National Park, staying at the exclusive Zambezi Expeditions, overlooking the majestic Zambezi River, and you will truly experience Zimbabwe at its most authentic.
Day 1 – Livingstone
On arrival you will be met for your schedule lodge transfer to your accommodation. (D)
Thorntree River Lodge is set in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short distance from the famous Victoria Falls, Thorntree River Lodge is built with an environmentally-conscious design. Drawing inspiration from local customs and culture, it is a modern contemporary design with tented roof structures to maintain the feel of authentic Africa. The lodge boasts 8 twin rooms and 2 family units comprising of 4 beds each. Each unit will have its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a luxurious private plunge pool. The main lodge consists of a lounge with an open dining area, where the fine dining experience of African cuisine will come to life. The communal deck is set on the edge of the stunning riverside, and is home to a sunken boma area and an infinity pool. Wooden decking floats on the edge of the river, and moves with the water level to create the illusion of sailing a boat, and help to achieve a seamless feel between river and land.
Day 2 – Livingstone
Enjoy the day with scheduled activities provided by the lodge. (BLD)
Day 3 - Hwange National Park
Scheduled lodge transfer to Victoria Falls Airport. Comply with customs enroute at the Livingstone / Victoria Falls border posts. On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met by your pilot for the seat-in charter flight to the Manga airstrip in Hwange. This flight takes approximately 45 minutes. (BLD)
On landing you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.
Somalisa Expeditions is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, and is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. As an exact replica of the original Somalisa Camp, Somalisa Expeditions offers one of the most authentic ways to experience this exceptional wildlife haven. Nestled under an incredible grove of Acacias, along the edge of a seasonal flood plain, and situated in the heart of Zimbabwe’s largest and ‘most loved’ national park. Somalisa Expeditions is an experience of the original, authentic safari experience in this part of the continent.
Somalisa Expeditions’ main area includes a lounge and dining area on raised decking which overlooks a small pool, which elephants have become habituated to drinking out of. Add to this, the water hole is frequently used as a ‘mud-bath’ and a popular rendezvous for the elephants. The up-close elephant encounters and photographic opportunities with these majestic animals is endless.
Consisting of six elegantly furnished, pristine Serengeti-style tents, each tent has en-suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets and running water. Activities include guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, game drives and night drives. Wildlife sighting include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena and many other wildlife species.
Day 4 to Day 5 - Hwange National Park
Spend the next two days taking advantage of the activities provided by your accommodation, these include morning and afternoon game drives, walking safaris, Hwange Main Camp village visits and Mambanje Village visit (private vehicle required for the Mambanje Village visit at associated costs). Somalisa Expeditions is set in the heart of Hwange National Park. Please ensure you are carrying USD cash as there are no credit card facilities at Somalisa Expeditions. (BLD)
Day 6 - Mana Pools
After a delicious breakfast, transfer to the Manga airstrip, where you will catch your seat-in charter flight to the Dandawa airstrip for Kanga or Zambezi Expeditions. This flight takes approximately 1hour/30 minutes. On arrival, you will be met and transferred overland to the lodge. (BLD)
Zambezi Expeditions, situated at the Namyepi/Nkupi camping site, offers one of the best ways to experience Mana Pools on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. The 12-bedded luxury mobile camp is set up prior to your arrival near the Zambezi River, providing you with the opportunity to canoe and fish either from the banks or off an island in the middle of the river. One of the main highlights is a game drive along the flood plain in an open 4 x 4 Land Cruiser that takes you into the heart of an Africa dream abounding with the continent’s unique animals − eland, elephant, African wild dogs, water buck, big herds of buffalo, kudu, lion and leopard.
Kanga Bush Camp has six tents set in the heart of Mana Pools National Park. The main area of the camp is on decking overlooking the pan. A relaxing lounge area under the shade of large trees overlooks the splash pool and pan. There is the choice of taking game drives in open-topped four-wheel drive vehicles or walking with professional guides. The opportunity to leave one’s vehicle and track game on foot is an experience rare in the national parks of Africa and in Mana Pools particularly, provides the visitor with the chance to track game in safety with an experienced professional guide. Other activities include night drives as well as canoeing which is organised on request.
Day 7 to Day 8 - Mana Pools
Enjoy morning and afternoon game activities. (BLD)
Day 9 - End of your Authentic Zimbabwe Safari
After breakfast you will be transferred to Dandawa airstrip to join your charter light aircraft to Harare Airport from where you will continue with your onward travel arrangements. This flight takes approximately 1hour / 30 minutes. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 01 Apr 20 - 31 May 20 $6,525 $6,530
- 01 Jun 20 - 31 Oct 20 $8,540 $11,540
- 01 Nov 20 - 30 Nov 20 $6,525 $6,530
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.