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Explore three of Zimbabwe’s top regions in 9 nights: Hwange National Park; Matusadona National Park; and Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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The Hide 3 nights Changa Camp 3 nights
John's Camp 3 nights
Rate from US$5880 per person sharing
Available Dates May - 15 November

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A classic safari experience in Zimbabwe

Explore three of Zimbabwe’s top regions with this unforgettable safari! Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa lying between the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers and known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas.

Hwange National Park, where The Hide is located, is the largest wildlife reserve in Zimbabwe, occupying roughly 14,650 sq. km. Visitors to Hwange are guaranteed to see an incredible range of wildlife, with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded.

Matusadona National Park is situated in the northern region of Zimbabwe on the southern shore of Lake Kariba. Matusadona was proclaimed a non-hunting area in 1958 before being declared a game reserve in 1963. Later, in 1975, it became a national park and today covers an area of 1,400 sq. km of both rugged, mountainous hill tops and flat grass plains and lake frontage, all rich in flora and fauna. Changa Safari Camp is located in a prime area of the park.

Mana Pools National Park is a beautiful 2,196 sq. km wildlife conservation area in northern Zimbabwe. Mana means “four” in Shona, (one of the main vernacular languages in Zimbabwe) and it refers to the number of large permanent pools left by the Zambezi River as it flows into the flood plain, and it is here that you will find John’s Camp.

Itinerary of Classic Zimbabwe day by day

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Day 1 - 3
Day 4 - 6
Day 7 - 9

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Day 1 - 3: The Hide

The Hide is situated on its own private concession, a 5 km square area in Zimbabwe’s largest national park Hwange, meaning the range of activities on offer is wider and more exciting. During the course of your stay, you can do as much or as little as you like! A walking safari in the bush with your guide where you’ll discover it’s less about the Big Five and more about making a connection that’s personal. A game drive into the evening after a well-deserved sundowner gives one the chance to experience wild nocturnal activity that you don’t get the chance to see elsewhere. The scope and scale of Hwange’s wildlife is such that there is generally always something to see. There is no limit on the number of activities you can do, so if you can’t sit still, you could do an early morning walk followed by a morning drive after breakfast. In the afternoon you could head out again, stopping off for a sundowner, followed by a night-drive back to camp.

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Day 4 - 6: Changa Safari Camp

Perfectly set in a remote and secluded part of the Matusadona National Park lies Changa Safari Camp. During your time here, there are several activities on offer. From early morning game walks, fishing for the famed fighting tiger fish and photographing wildlife whilst on a game drive – these are just a few of the adventures you can partake in. For those that want to take some time out to relax, you do not have to venture too far from camp to see wildlife as there are regular visitors including elephants, bush babies, monkeys, squirrels and on the rare occasion, a resident leopard.

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Day 7 - 9: John’s Camp

Mana Pools National Park is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River where you will find John's Camp which is the last stop on your Classic Zimbabwe safari. A typical day on safari at John's Camp starts with a wakeup call just before sunrise for a quick lite breakfast before heading out for your activity, either a walking safari, exploring the magical wonders of Mana Pools or game drive into the wilderness. Once back in camp, and after a hearty meal, you can choose to have a siesta before the next game drive or fish from the banks of the river. Head out again for an afternoon of game viewing as the day cools down, giving you a chance to see the animals unwind as well as the opportunity to see some nocturnal wildlife before your return. Sundowners are always a must and can be enjoyed while out on your afternoon game drive or back in camp.

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What an amazing experience we had on our Zimbabwean Safari! The locations were stunning, the properties, superb and the animals we saw and the experiences were wonderful and we all came away with wonderful memories.
Jean G about Classic Zimbabwe
An unforgettable trip to some of the best spots in Africa. From the welcoming hot towels when you get back from the game drives, to the rooms, the sundowners, and the attentive staff, it was an experience to remember. From start to finish, we were delighted
Simon P about Classic Zimbabwe

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