On arrival you will be met for your schedule lodge transfer to your accommodation. (D)
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.
Accommodation: 3 nights Somalisa Expeditions.
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)
Accommodation: 3 nights Zambezi Expeditions or Kanga Bush Camp.
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)