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Explore some of Zimbabwe's top destinations with this safari that combines Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Matusadona National Park & Mana Pools.

Key facts of Zimbabwe Highlights

Ilala Lodge 2 nights The Hide 3 nights
Changa Camp 2 nights John's Camp 3 nights
Number of nights 10
Available dates May - November
Country visited Zimbabwe
National Parks Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba, Mana Pools National Park

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Sundowners on Zimbabwe Highlights
Wildlife encounters on Zimbabwe Highlights

A journey through the wilderness

Zimbabwe is a land full of wonders, with a pristine landscape, matched by a variety and density of wildlife comparable with the world’s best.

Victoria Falls known as the “Smoke that thunders” is the largest single curtain of falling water in the world. Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa, which is also defining the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls is the only waterfall in the world with a length of more than a kilometer and a height of more than hundred meters. It is also considered to be the largest fall in the world. What better place to start your Zimbabwe Highlights Safari than here, at the Ilala Lodge.

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. Change 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 Zimbabwe Highlights day by day

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Day 1 - 2
Day 3 - 5
Day 6 - 7
Day 8 - 10
Ilala Lodge Hotel

Day 1 - 2: Ilala Lodge Hotel

Ilala Lodge, the first stop on the Zimbabwe Highlights is a family-run hotel that offers luxury and comfort in the heart of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Nestled in attractive gardens, the well-appointed hotel is a mere eight-minute walk from Victoria Falls. Ideally located with easy for guests to access all the historical sites, restaurants and activities available in Victoria Falls.

The lush manicured gardens surrounding the lodge are a popular place to see warthogs graze and if you are lucky you may even have a visit from an elephant. Spend you days taking in the sights and sounds as Victoria Falls has a lot to offer the visitor and is known as Africa’s adventure capital. From high adrenaline activities like bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge and white-water rafting down the Zambezi River, to more sedate pastimes like Ra-Ikane river cruises, or fishing, there is something for everyone.

The Hide

Day 3 - 5: The Hide

Hwange National Park is located in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe and is well known for its large herds of elephants which are famous across Africa. It is a haven for over 100 mammal and 400 bird species, the park protects populations of all of Zimbabwe’s endangered species, elephants numbering in excess of 20,000 (up from around 4,000 when the park was proclaimed), and what is thought to be one of the largest populations of African wild dog left in the world. Large prides of lion and buffalo are frequently seen here and you have a good chance of spotting leopard in addition to cheetah and spotted hyena. The wild and woolly brown hyena also occurs here and is something of a rarity.

The Hide is the next stop on the Zimbabwe Highlights safari and is situated on its own private concession, a 5 km square area in Zimbabwe’s largest national park, and being on a private concession means 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. There is no typical day at The Hide as it really depends on you how much or little you would like to do. 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.

Changa Safari Camp

Day 6 - 7: Changa Safari Camp

Matusadona National park is situated on the shores of Lake Kariba. This was one of the last wild sanctuaries of the endangered Black Rhino and was also considered to have one of the highest natural population density of lions in Africa. This stunning park encompasses Lake Kariba's most beautiful southern shorelines, vast flat wilderness cut by numerous riverlines and the wild, wide, 600m-high Matusadona mountain range which divides the Zambezi valley from the upland farmlands behind. The Park is bounded by two spectacularly beautiful rivers, in the west, the Ume,and the Sanyati in the east with its magnificent, steep sided, rocky gorge.

Perfectly set in a remote and secluded part of the Matusadona National Park lies Changa Safari Camp which is the next stop on the Zimbabwe Highlights. 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.

John’s Camp

Day 8 - 10: 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 the Zimbabwe Highlights safari. The Park is a World Heritage Site, is perfectly locatedin the heart of a natural valley on a unique flood plane, rich and diverse in flora, fauna and wildlife. It is home to 4 of the Big 5 (excluding only Rhino). It’s the only National Park in the world where you are allowed to freely walk with the wild animals and get to experience Africa as it should be - on foot! Being one of the least developed National Parks in the whole of Southern Africa, Mana is simply bursting with birdlife and wildlife. It is home to substantial concentrations of big game such big cats, wild dogs, buffalo and elephant, which are abundant in large herds, roaming the floodplains. The river teems with crocodile and hippo in some of the largest concentrations in Zimbabwe!

A typical day on safari at John's Camp starts with a wake up 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. 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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We have just come back from what is our new benchmark for safari experience, Zimbabwe. Our expectations were exceeded beyond measure. The locations of all the properties was amazing and the staff and service was second to none. The different landscapes we saw along the trip tool our breath away and the wildlife was exceptional. We cannot wait to return.
Raymond A about Zimbabwe Highlights
This safari was one of the best experiences we have had. Zimbabwe's untouched beauty was simply phenomenal, and the locations we visited during this trip were nothing short of spectacular. All the staff are very friendly and the guides have some of the best we have ever come across. Such knowledge and make every effort to get you up close to animals while respecting them at same time. Thank you leaving us with such wonderful memories.
Justine S about Zimbabwe Highlights

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