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Zimbabwe, the Wild Zambezi & Victoria Falls with AWF

Trip CodeAZIZ
Duration10 Days
ActivitySafaris
Group Size6-10
Minimum Age16
Leisurely
Leisurely
Prices (excl. flights & transfers) from

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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 Savé Valley Conservancy, a vast private reserve home to plains game and one of Africa's largest populations of black and white rhino as well as searching for hippos and crocodiles during a Zambezi River cruise.

Highlights

  • Join this special departure with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and experience an anti-poaching unit in action; track rhinos in populations supported by AWF; and visit Lupani, an AWF Classroom Africa school.
  • Travel by private charters and scenic bush flights into three diverse and wild destinations: Savé Valley — one of Africa’s largest private reserves; the wildlife-rich flood plains of the Zambezi River; and mighty Victoria Falls.
  • Enjoy lantern-lit bush dinners, exclusive game drives and night drives, and track wildlife on foot with expert trackers and a professional Zimbabwean guide.
  • Take an exciting river cruise on pontoon boats to get up close to elephants, buffalos, and hippos.
  • Stay in a luxurious safari lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River, with spectacular views of the Rift Valley escarpment.

Key Information

  • Travel by 4WD safari vehicle and private charter flight
  • 9 nights accommodation in premium safari lodges and tented camps  

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners.
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Day 1

Arrive in Harare, Zimbabwe

Arrive in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, and transfer to the Amanzi Lodge surrounded by gardens. Meet your African Wildlife Foundation leader – Carter Smith or Craig R. Sholley – and fellow travelers for a briefing on your journey ahead.  Carter Smith and Craig R. Sholley share a passion for wildlife conservation in Africa which has spanned decades. From Carter’s years living in the bush rehabilitating birds of prey and working closely with Sir Iain Douglas-Hamilton on Save the Elephants, to Craig’s work studying Mountain gorillas with Dian Fossey at Rwanda’s celebrated Karisoke Research Centre, acting as scientific advisor for the award-winning IMAX film, Mountain Gorilla, and most recently, serving as senior vice president of AWF, they each have a long-standing love affair with this spectacular continent making them the perfect guides for your adventure.
  • Accommodation: Amanzi Lodge or similar.

Meals included: dinner

Day 2-4

Savé Valley Conservancy

After 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 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. 
  • Accommodation: Sango Tented Camp or similar.

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 5-7

Mana Pools

This 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.
  • Accommodation: Ruckomechi Camp or similar.

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 8-9

Victoria Falls

This 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. 
  • Accommodation: Royal Livingstone or similar.

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 10

Livingstone, Zambia / Depart

Transfer to the airport in Livingstone, Zambia for your independent homeward flight.

Meals included: breakfast

Trip for You

This tour has been graded 1: Leisurely with a Safari Rating of 5  This is a busy and active trip with some early starts as we explore as much as we can in wilderness areas.  We maximise our time and chances of wildlife sightings by travelling using scenic bush flights and comfortable 4WD vehicles. Please note that a baggage restriction of 20kgs per person is applicable on all flights in small, soft-sided bags. Larger bags will not fit in the aircraft.

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners included For early game drives and in order to maximise the time spent in the parks, a packed breakfast or lunch may be provided in some instances. It is possible to cater for vegetarians or clients with special requirements, however please make sure you will advise your Sales Consultant at time of booking or our Customer Operations department before departure.

Transportation

Transport on this trip will be private transfers, 4WD safari vehicles and small aircraft.

Weather Info

With its exceptionally mild winters Zambia is best enjoyed during the dry season. This period extends from May to early November. The days are generally dry, hot and sunny with day time highs around 25ºC, however nights can be cool (down to 10ºC). From June to August it can be exceptionally cold. September and October are the hottest months where daytime highs are regularly 35º+ and temperatures at night can be in the low to mid 20s. Rainfall is generally confined between the months of November and April. Rains normally occur as heavy showers, but they tend to clear rapidly with sunshine still predominant.

(Please note, visa information cannot be guaranteed and should be checked with the relevant country's embassy prior to departure.)

Zimbabwe

Office Hours

08h30 to 12h30

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Zambia

Office Hours

09h00-13h00

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Safari Camps and Lodges


Amanzi Lodge
This five-star boutique lodge 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. 
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. 
Ruckomechi Camp
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.
Royal Livingstone
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, with verandas overlooking the river, and are fitted with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom and coffee machine. 


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