Days
3
Price from
FR1,837CHF

Step inside one of Africa’s richest wildlife oases on this short independent trip. Travel to Hwange National Park via Victoria Falls and discover Zimbabwe’s largest game park. You’re sure to encounter many of its beasts and birds, from hyenas and cheetahs to leopards and lions – not to mention the gemsbok, native to the dry regions of Southern Africa.

Independent Experiences
Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short packages that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, depart daily and offer the back-up of Peregrine, our local offices and expert resident guides.


Start
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Finish
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Country
Zimbabwe
Style
Peregrine
Code
PFZHX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • Discover Zimbabwe's biggest and most biodiverse game reserve, home to hundreds of species including zebra, buffalo, lions, and one of Africa’s largest elephant populations.

  • Enjoy the chance to spot the endangered African wild dog, with Hwange one of the few places they still call home.

  • Undertake game drives with the experience, expertise, and knowledge of a local guide.

  • Escape the midday heat by relaxing in a lodge with a prime position overlooking Hwange's wildlife-filled waterholes.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although this is an Independent Experience, your game drives within the Hwange National Park will be shared game drives. Other guests from the lodge will accompany you.

  • This is an ‘independent’ tour with a max of three travellers. You will travel independently and be met by a specialist Peregrine guide in each destination. This allows you to enjoy the benefits of a fully comprehensive itinerary, but with the freedom and intimacy of a private tour.

Itinerary

This Independent Experience begins with a transfer to your lodge in Hwange National Park. A Peregrine representative can meet you at Victoria Falls International Airport or, if you have accommodation booked, at your hotel lobby. Please advise Peregrine no later than 15 days prior to departure where you need to be collected from. Your driver will provide you with some information about your Independent Experience before departing for Hwange National Park. The park became the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19th century and was set aside as a national park in 1929. Today, Hwange is the largest of Zimbabwe’s national parks and boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species. The elephants of Hwange are world famous, and the park's population is one of the largest in Africa. Your accommodation is Ivory Lodge in the park, set on stilts high in the canopy of the surrounding teak trees to provide exhilarating viewing of the game that gathers at the nearby waterholes.
Accommodation
  • Ivory Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Today is a full day of wildlife exploration. You’ll begin with a morning game drive to see the animals at their most active, followed by some time back at the lodge for relaxation during the hottest part of the day. Then, in the late afternoon, you’ll head out again into the park as the wildlife returns to the landscape. The creation of numerous waterholes in Hwange, an area low on water sources and rainfall, has brought a great amount of biodiversity to the park, with opportunities to see the ‘Big Five’ as well as less common creatures such as African Wild Cat, White-Tailed Mongoose and Bat-eared Fox. Along with the big name carnivores, giraffe and plains game, the Kalahari sands of the park are also home to the endangered black rhino and African wild dog, thought to be one of the largest surviving packs in Africa today. Tonight return to the lodge for your final evening and perhaps enjoy a drink as you look out over the private waterholes.

Notes: Your game drives within Hwange National Park will be shared game drives. You will be accompanied by other guests of the lodge.
Accommodation
  • Ivory Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast at the lodge you will be collected at approximately 8am for a transfer back to either Victoria Falls township or Victoria Falls Airport, where your tour will end on arrival at around 12pm (approximately 4 hours drive). Additional accommodation and transfers can be pre-booked (at additional cost) if you would like to extend your stay in Victoria Falls.

Notes: Please do not book a flight departing from Victoria Falls before 3pm.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Open 4WD vehicles, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Safari lodge

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Important notes

Important: Please note that lodge based activities on your Independent Experience will be on a join in basis. This means that these activities may be shared with other guests at the property.

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