Discover the Best of Zimbabwe
This is an eleven night, twelve day safari that starts in Plumtree (Botswana/Zimbabwe Border) and ends in Vic Falls.
During the course of our travels, we will traverse the beautiful country of Zimbabwe and spend time in her National Parks and enjoy her highlights as well as her hiden gems.
Your tour leader is an experienced nature conservationist and adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times and impart a wealth of biological, cultural, historic knowledge.
Three meals a day will be prepared by our experienced bush chef in his mobile kitchen, with fresh salads, potjiekos, braais and many other surprises appearing on the menu. The good old “koffie pot” will be on the fire from six till late.
This trip can be easily done in a 2x4 vehicle with sufficient clearance and 4x4 is not necessary.
We will be staying in formal, en suite accommodation for most of the trip, excepting in Mana Pools where we will be accommodated in an exclusive mobile camp. All meals will be prepared and served by our experienced catering team and enjoyed sitting around the campfire under the African sky. All lodge facilities have cash bars.
Day 1 & 2: Matobos
We meet at the Plumtree border post north of Francistown (Botswana) on the Zimbabwean side between 12:00 and 14:00. The Mpafa crew will help you with the border procedures and formalities.
From the border, it is an easy 80-min drive to our lodge, which is nestled between the magnificent granite rocks of the Matobos. For the next 2 nights, we stay at the same lodge to allow us a visit to World’s View and Cecil John Rhodes’s grave in the Matobo National Park.
The landscape and scenery of the area is fantastic and beautiful. In the afternoon, you can explore the park further, and those who are interested in rock art can visit a few panels.
Day 3: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
It is a lovely drive to the town of Masvingo, formerly known as Fort Vic. After we have settled into our rooms, we visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins a 10-min drive away.
It is a humbling and for some a spiritual experience as you walk in this ancient city. The skill with which the high walls were built is apparent in this world heritage site.
Day 4: North of Harare
We drive past Harare and avoid it if possible. We are en route to Lake Kariba, and this is just an overnight stop for the evening. The drive is scenic, especially when ascending the escarpment near Mvuma.
Day 5,6 & 7: Mana Pools
Mana pool is really one of the last true wilderness areas of Southern Africa. We stay on the banks of the Zambezi River where the lions roam freely and elephants are king. As we enjoy the sunset and sit around the cosy fire, we enjoy the sounds of the African bush.
We spend our time doing game drives looking for sable antelope, the big blue eland, bushbuck and nyala. Elephant, lion and leopard abound, and those interested can go on a guided walk. If lucky, we might encounter wild dog on foot.
At night, the hippos serenade us while the hyenas are crying over lost opportunities. Fishing in the mighty Zambezi is permitted at Mana and licenses are bought from reception and with some luck, you might catch a tiger fish.
If you want to see game, Mana Pools is the place to go.
Day 8 & 9: Lake Kariba
Zimbabwe is a beautiful country, and wherever you drive this is evident. We descend into the Zambezi valley and into the town of Kariba, visit the dam wall (that is moving!) before boarding the houseboat.
We spend 2 nights aboard the houseboat in true Kariba style. Small aluminium boats will take us game viewing along the shore, or we can even try catching tiger fish.
This is a leisurely experience where we sit back, relax and enjoy the serenity, game and sunsets.
Day 10: Zambia
After breakfast and dis-embarking from the boat we cross the border into Zambia over the Kariba Dam wall. The road through Zambia to Victoria Falls is the quickest. It is a good tar road and has many surprises like the farmers pivots between mud huts. We spend the night at a beautiful lodge in Zambia breaking the journey to the Falls.
Day 11: Victoria Falls
We continue heading westward and arrive at one of the seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls. Crossing the border we are able to enjoy views from both sides of the magnificent water falls. The afternoon can be spent doing a number of exciting activities or just simply relaxing and enjoying the spectacular view over the gorge from your chalet.
Sadly, after a hearty breakfast, it is time to say good-bye. It is only for now, as we have already planned the next excursion.
For those who want to stay longer, we can arrange your accommodation and help with booking some of the many activities at the falls like the helicopter flight, or a bungee for the brave.