11 days

Zimbabwe Revealed

Zimbabwe Revealed

‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Matobo Hills

Hwange National Park - home to the second largest population of elephants in the world

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  • As a visitor to Zimbabwe, you'll receive a warm, if not royal, welcome and you'll see a different Zimbabwe to that you've witnessed in the media. From the absolute wilderness of Hwange National Park to the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, your time here is full of unforgettable moments.

    Why we love it

    • Take in the majestic Vic Falls
    • Visit Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage
    • Meet the locals, including rhinos, lion and elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, tsessebe, waterbuck, blesbok, red hartebeest, impala, duiker, steenbuck and over 150 species of birds!
    • See the granite domes and castle kopjes of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Matobo Hills
    • Enjoy an incredible sunset experience on the Zambezi River.
    • Enjoy sweeping views of a waterhole frequented by the presidential herd of elephants sometimes over 100 strong, from your boutique lodge accommodation.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Victoria Falls

    • On arrival at Victoria Falls you’ll be met and transferred to our boutique lodge. Ideally situated in the centre of town, the lodge is also one of the closest to the falls. The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure to settle in, stroll around town and book any optional tours or activities through local agents.
    • Tonight we'll share a sunset cruise on the infamous Zambezi River.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Dinner

    Day 2-3 - Hwange National Park

    • This morning we make our way to Hwange, Zimbabwe’s premier wildlife sanctuary. Covering a huge 14,650 square kilometres, Hwange is home to large breeding herds of elephant, Cape buffalo and most antelope species, as well as the predators such as lions, cheetahs and the endangered African wild dog.
    • Two days at Hwange gives us the opportunity to fully-explore the park in open safari vehicles. One of the unique features of the park is the waterholes dotted around the landscape where we’ll have the chance to climb the viewing platform and enjoy a drink and watch as families of elephants, giraffes and many species of antelope congregate around the waterhole to quench their thirst.
    • Our base in Hwange is an intimate 8 -room lodge, set in a private conservancy that borders Hwange National Park. Thatched Chalets overlooking the large waterhole. Its here that the famous presidential herd of elephants sometimes over 100 strong, come to drink.
    • Hwange is famous for its huge tuskers - big old bulls with magnificent tusks. You won't require a large tele-photo lens to get some incredible close-ups of the wildlife that frequents the pan! The lodge also features a central dining area, bar and a large 'boma' area with a log fire which is the perfect place for star-gazing and recounting stories of the African bush.
    Sikumi Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4-5 - Matobo National Park

    • The granite domes and castle kopjes of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Matobo Hills are among the most majestic rock sceneries in the world. Here, amid the impressive boulders, lies an astounding collection of Bushmen art, with thousands of paintings still visible. Matobo is also rich in wildlife, particularly bird life, and is home to the world’s greatest concentration of nesting sites for black eagles. Rainbow lizards and rock daisies are common sights amid the jungle of boulders, whilst zebra and antelope graze at the foot of the hills.
    • The park is also well known for its white rhino and elusive black rhino population and we embark on an unforgettable safari on foot to get a closer look at these prehistoric-looking giants.
    • Whilst here we’ll learn of one of the greatest warriors of southern Africa - King Mzilikazi, chief of the Ndebele people, who split from King Shaka and led his people across the Limpopo and into Zimbabwe where he formed Matabeleland. We’ll also learn about the colonial history of the region, with a short hike along the trail to where Cecil John Rhodes is buried.
    • Set high on a hill in one of the park’s signature rocky outcrops, Rhodes' burial site is known as ''World's View'' - with spectacular sweeping views across the horizon. Our base at Matobo is a unique lodge, nestled amid the boulders of Matobo Hills, with only 9 individually thatched rooms. Meals are served in the open-air dining room, while a cosy library located amongst the tree tops guarantees peace and tranquillity. At the base of the camp is a large swimming pool with comfortable lounge chairs and a sun-downer bar offering panoramic views over a waterhole.
    Camp Amalinda or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6-7 - Masvingo

    • Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage was established in 1973 by ex game ranger Vivian Wilson and is home to orphaned, abandoned and sick wild animals. Wherever possible, rescued animals and birds are rehabilitated and returned to the wild.
    • The Great Zimbabwe ruins were once the capital of the Kingdom Zimbabwe built in the 11th century and acted like a royal palace. Its most prominent features were the walls which were constructed over five metres high and are mortarless.
    Lodge at Ancient City or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Musina

    • This morning we will cross over the border into South Africa.
    • San rock art by local bushmen dating back as far as 800 to 950 AD. Archaeological evidence suggests that the inhabitants were part of a small chiefdom, with a pottery tradition known as Zhizo.
    • Mapungubwe is a world heritage site and yielded one of the most richest archaeolological discoveries in Africa.
    • Wildlife includes Elephant, giraffe, white rhino, eland, gemsbok and over 400 species of birdlife can be found including tropical boubous and kori bustard. Lion, leopard and hyena are generally spotted in the Mopane woodlands.
    • Accommodation in secluded chalet with its own view of the surrounding bush with a swimming pool and outdoor area.
    Mopane Bush Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9-10 - Greater Kruger National Park

    • We arrive at Timbavati Game Reserve, part of Greater Kruger National Park.
    • Once we’ve settled into our accommodation, we’ll go on a late afternoon/early evening game drives and for our first chance to glimpse the local wildlife. We may even get lucky and see a glimpse of the infamous white lion. Enjoy dinners served under the stars around a blazing bon fire and lanterns in the boma.
    • This is a private camp and our overnight accommodation is in 8 comfortable chalets, complete with en suite facilities.
    Mopane Bush Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11 - Johannesburg

    • This morning we will depart Hoedspruit and travel back to Johannesburg where our tour ends on arrival. (Friday)
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • An experienced, English-speaking local Peregrine lodge-based leader
    • Arrival transfer
    • Transport
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Game activities and entrance fees

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - but there will be opportunity to do some hand-washing in the camps where we stay for two or more nights.
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip
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Trip Code PFZR
Group size 6 - 10
Start City: Victoria Falls
End City: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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