|from $5,160* per person||10 Days||January-November
Exertion level: 3
|Operator: African Portfolio
12 people max
Explore Zimbabwe’s most remote wildlife reserves on foot, by boat and in open safari vehicles on this exclusive safari. With a focus on game viewing and wilderness walks, you’ll discover special places forgotten by time, where nature has been left to work her own mysterious ways. Your safari begins at Makalolo Plains, one of the few camps located within the environs of Hwange National Park. The Makalolo area is ecologically diverse, including vast, open, palm fringed plains, grasslands, acacia woodlands, and mopane forests, thereby attracting game in large concentrations. Game drives, walks and night drives are all part of the experience. By charter flight you proceed to the dramatic wildlife sanctuary of the Zambezi Valley - Mana Pools. Ruckomechi Camp, is a setting that captures the heart and soul of every African traveler. Explore the game rich flood plains and forests around the camp by Land Rover, canoe, boat, and on foot. Your tour concludes with a stay at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel which has earned international acclaim for its Edwardian elegance and charm. This tour is the adventurous encounter with nature you’ve always dreamed about.
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- This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
Day 1 - Day 4
Meet our local representative on arrival in Victoria Falls
Sefofane shared charter flight Victoria Falls Airport – Makalolo Plains
Makalolo Plains is situated in a remote area within the vast Hwange National Park and is one of the few camps built within the park. Hwange is legendary for its wonderful array of wildlife and massive herds of elephant and buffalo. Makalolo is regarded as the best wildlife viewing area in the park. There are excellent opportunities to view game over the next four days, from open 4x4 Land Rovers during the early morning and late afternoon when game is most active. Walking safaris are also offered, and are accompanied by an armed professional guide. The camp is set in a unique location, overlooking the Samavundhla Pan that attracts game in good concentrations. The entire camp is raised up on wooden boardwalks and platforms, providing you with excellent views over the waterhole and floodplain in front of the camp. Accommodation consists of nine large, comfortable tented rooms with en-suite shower, toilet and basin all with hot and cold running water. There is an outdoor shower too for those who enjoy showering under the stars! The lighting in the rooms is battery powered so there is peace and quiet in camp. Meals are enjoyed in the separate raised dining area. There is also a lounge, pub and plunge pool. The camp has hides overlooking the waterhole from which you can enjoy close up game viewing. In the evenings you can enjoy home cooked meals around a campfire in the company of your fellow guests and safari guides.
You stay at Makalolo Plains Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Day 7
Sefofane shared charter flight Makalolo Plains - Ruckomechi Airstrip
On arrival at Ruckomechi Airstrip, you are transferred to Ruckomechi Camp located on the western boundary of the Mana Pools National Park (a world heritage site). It is situated in a large grove of Acacia and Mahogany trees overlooking the Zambezi River with a superb view of the mountains of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. The camp sleeps a maximum of 20 guests in 10 thatched chalets. Facilities are en suite and include a shower, toilet and basin. There is one honeymoon suite overlooking the Zambezi River with an outside “bath with a view”. The central dining, pub and lounge area is under cool thatch, on the river’s edge, facing the escarpment. Ruckomechi offers diverse game activities, including game drives in 4x4 vehicles, boats, canoes, and fishing. Daily game walks are available with an armed guide. The predators including lion, wild dog, leopard, and cheetah, are often sighted, and large concentrations of buffalo can be found along the river’s edges. Kudu, zebra, impala and waterbuck can be seen on the surrounding plains, and elephant take advantage of the plentiful Albida trees in the area. Bird watching tends to be good, with the river attracting large numbers of waterfowl.
You stay at Ruckomechi Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Day 10
Sefofane shared charter flight Ruckomechi - Victoria Falls Airport
Road transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls Hotel
In a corner of Africa, where three countries meet at the banks of a mighty river, you will find the Victoria Falls, truly one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The mighty Victoria Falls plummets 350 feet straight down, her mists soaring 1,200 feet straight up! Zimbabweans call her “Mosi-Oa-Tunya” or “The Smoke That Thunders”. On arrival you are met by your driver/guide and transferred to your hotel. The Victoria Falls Hotel has earned international acclaim for its Edwardian elegance and charm. The hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Zimbabwe, established around the turn of the century and has recently been refurbished. There are 132 rooms and 7 suites, all with bath, shower, radio and air-conditioning. The hotel is situated in a prime location overlooking the Victoria Falls bridge and gorge in acres of spectacular gardens. The breathtaking falls and its tropical rainforest are only a short walk away from the hotel. Your days are at your leisure to explore this area, which has come to be known as the adventure capital of Southern Africa. The following are just some of the optional additional activities available: White water rafting or canoeing, Flight of Angels’- a light aircraft or helicopter flight over the Falls, Elephant back safari or horse back safari, Guided tours of The Craft Village and Zambezi Nature Sanctuary, or a Meet the People tour. In the evening you may wish to watch a performance of traditional African tribal dancing and then have dinner at the award winning Boma Restaurant at Lokuthula Lodge, for a more traditional African setting. It is advisable to pre-book a table due to popularity.
You stay at Victoria Falls Hotel Breakfast
Road transfer from Victoria Falls Hotel to Victoria Falls Airport
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