Thanks to the generosity of Extraordinary Journeys, 10% of the purchase price of this trip will be donated directly to the Friends of Hwange Trust’s Hwange Water Project.
Zimbabwe is an ideal and varied safari destination for those who value excellent guiding, amazing wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and committed conservationists.
One of the special elements of this safari is the hands-on introduction to one of Extraordinary Journey’s favorite non-profits, Friends of Hwange Trust. Hwange National Park has no natural water source and can only sustain natural surface water for a few months of the year. In order to keep the animals within the Park borders, water has to be pumped from boreholes. Unfortunately the Park Authorities do not have the resources to carry out this task without assistance. Since its inception in 2005, Friends of Hwange has installed and maintained 10 waterholes and continues to work with park authorities and property owners to create a sustainable environment for Hwange’s wildlife. During the Hwange portion of this itinerary, guests have the privilege of meeting one of FOH’s men on the ground who will educate them about their work, show them the inner workings of the pumps, and exhibit the importance of the Trust for the wellbeing of Hwange’s wildlife.
Days 1 – 3: Mana Pools National Park – Kanga Camp
You will take a scheduled flight from Harare to Mana Pools where you’ll then be transferred to Kanga Camp.
The mighty Zambezi River divides Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia from Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. Riverfront camps in Mana Pools are fabulous and offer river-related activities. However, Kanga Camp is strategically located inland, 15 km from the river, overlooking a waterhole and not too far from the Chitake Springs. With a consistent water source at the camp, wildlife will flock there to drink when the river is too far. With only 6 tents (including a larger honeymoon tent that can be converted into a family tent), Kanga Camp is intimate and offers a really fun and active wilderness experience. Game drives can be done at Kanga, but we particularly love the guided bush walks.
Overnight: Kanga Camp
Days 4 – 5: Mana Pools National Park – Zambezi Life Styles
You will be transferred by road from Kanga Camp to Zambezi Life Styles.
Zambezi Life Styles sits along the banks of the Zambezi River and offers that quintessential Mana Pools safari experience. It’s great to combine Zambezi Life Styles with Kanga because this gives you the chance to get out on the Zambezi and enjoy a water-focused safari. Canoeing, fishing, or sitting ankle-deep in a shallow pan for sundowners are trademark activities at Zambezi Life Styles. Of course game drives and walking safaris will round out your experience here. With only 5 luxury mobile tents, this is a really down-to-earth experience where all of your activities are tailored to your liking.
Overnight: Zambezi Life Styles
Days 6 – 8: Hwange National Park
You will fly from Mana Pools National Park to Hwange National Park where you will be met and transferred to Somalisa Camp.
Somalisa Camp offers an authentic safari experience in Zimbabwe’s largest and most famous national park. Known especially for its teeming elephant population, Hwange National Park has over 100 species of mammals and 400 bird species, so birding, game drives, bush walks, and night drives will be thrilling. From Somalisa is where you will meet with Friends of Hwange Trust to see and learn first-hand the positive impact that this organization is having on Hwange’s wildlife. The camp itself is one of our favorites and beautifully designed without a hint of pretentiousness and amazing staff and guides to match.
Overnight: Somalisa Camp
Days 9 – 10: Victoria Falls
You will fly from Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls where you will be met and transferred to Victoria Falls River Lodge.
Victoria Falls River Lodge is located within the Zambezi National Park on the edge of the Zambezi River. Being only a short drive away from Victoria Falls, it’s easy to cross this iconic waterfall off your bucket list. The area is buzzing with energy and activities like whitewater rafting, elephant interactions, bungee jumping, scenic helicopter or microlight rides, and a sunset cruise cannot be missed. The lodge has a modern African style with a European twist which we find to be very lovely. Being inside the Zambezi National Park, there are other safari activities (like game drives, boating, and birding) available if you need one final fix of the wilderness before heading home.
Overnight: Victoria Falls River Lodge
Day 11: Depart
You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time to connect to your international flight home.