11 days

Zimbabwe Unveiled

Zimbabwe Unveiled

‘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

    • Upon arrival in Zimbabwe, you will meet for a group meeting at 10am. Check at reception for details of the meeting.
    • When the meeting has finished you will depart for the magnificent Victoria Falls, possibly the highlight of your trip. The falls are a veritable wall of water, they span one and half kilometres and fall 108 metres into a narrow chasm below.
    • In the wet season, the spray alone can rise 400 metres and the falls are wild. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray.
    • You will finish the day with a cruise on the Zambezi River.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Dinner

    Day 2 - Hwange National Park

    • Today you will visit the Painted Dog Conservation Group for an insight into the plight of the African Wild Dog before entering Hwange National Park.
    • As 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. This Park became the royal hunting grounds to the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19th century and was set aside as a National Park in 1929.
    • Hwange boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded. The elephants of Hwange are world famous and the Park’s elephant population is one of the largest in the world. You will explore the Park in open 4x4 vehicles.
    Sable Sands or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3-4 - Lake Kariba

    • Departing Hwange, you will head for Mlibizi where you'll board a houseboat on Lake Kariba.
    • Kariba is an artificial inland sea that covers 282km2 of the Zambezi Valley. Your time will be spent exploring the Lake between Mlibizi and Binga aboard a houseboat for two nights. This will allow you the opportunity to spot vast quantities of game, both big and small along the shores of Lake Kariba.
    Lake Kariba Houseboat
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Bulawayo

    • Today you will head for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city.
    • You'll spend the afternoon exploring the city and its diverse history. Spend your day visiting unique craft markets and talking to the friendly locals.
    • You can enjoy dinner at a local restaurant (at your own expense).
    Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 6-7 - Bvumba Mountains

    • You will leave Bulawayo and travel east towards the Bvumba Mountains today.
    • This area of rugged mountain grandeur, enhanced by many spectacular gorges and high peaks is one of Zimbabwe's finest mountain wilderness areas and a very popular hiking destination. Explore the Bvumba Botanical Gardens and Reserve, perhaps enjoying tea and cake at a local cafe.
    • You will spend the day discovering the Chimanimani Mountain Range on hikes guided by local guides. There are no roads in this wild area and only footpaths and narrow tracks lead to the various places of interest. This adds to the fun and wild and unspoilt character of the area.
    • You will return to the hotel in time to freshen up and enjoy dinner.
    Leopard Rock Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Masvingo

    • Your journey will take you to the town of Masvingo and the sight of the Great Zimbabwe Monument today, where you'll take a guided walking tour of this mysterious archaeological site.
    • 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 that were constructed over five metres high and without any mortar.
    Great Zimbabwe Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 9-10 - Matobo National Park

    • You will rise early today and venture out to explore the world famous 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, while zebra and antelope graze at the foot of the hills.
    • It is also home to a large population of black and white rhinoceros. Matobo National Park is also the site of the grave of Cecil John Rhodes. The Matobo area has great spiritual and cultural significance to the local people, and there are many sites within the park where important ceremonies still take place. You will also experience tracking a rhino up close on foot.
    Big Cave Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11 - Victoria Falls

    • You will depart Bulawayo and head to Victoria Falls where your trip will come to an end.
    • Please ensure flights are not booked to depart Victoria Falls prior to 10.00pm.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • An experienced, English-speaking local Peregrine lodge-based leader
    • Arrival transfer
    • Game activities and entrance fees at all National Parks (except Victoria Falls)
    • Accommodation
    • Transport by custom-built safari vehicle with large windows ensuring exceptional game viewing.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay 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

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS:
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS:
    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES:
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

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Trip Code PFZU
Group size 6 - 15
Start City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
End City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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