Tour Summary 2 Nights Victoria Falls, 2 Nights Hwange National Park Package 5 Days / 4 Nights Key: Bed and Breakfast Itinerary Day 1: The Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to […]
2 Nights Victoria Falls, 2 Nights Hwange National Park Package
5 Days / 4 Nights
Key: Bed and Breakfast
Day 1: The Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two-thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or microlights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.
Overnight: The Kingdom Hotel
Quatermains, The Rapid Pool, The Wild Thing and The Pit sound like titles of movies or books not quite suitable for all ages. They are in fact the names of the four bars in African Sun’s closest hotel to the Victoria Falls, The Kingdom at Victoria Falls. This is a fun-filled resort hotel aimed unashamedly at the tourist who wants to take in the majesty and excitement of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Complete with its own food court offering a wide choice of relaxing or quick meals, suiting all ages, The Kingdom at Victoria Falls also offers three swimming pools and a toddlers pool, a children’s play area and, for the ladies, planning a “night on the town” or a visit to the resort’s spa and beauty parlour.
The architecture draws on the ancient Kingdom of Munhumutapa, with great domes, pillars, and bridges over the many water features, The Kingdom’s fun-filled atmosphere gives guests a unique blend of African tradition and Western leisure.
Activities: Wild Horizons Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Zambezi Sunset Cruise is a superb way for guests to relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. Guests have the opportunity to see a variety of game including hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and many different bird species. The cruise is a very popular activity with great opportunities for extraordinary pictures against the African sunset. The trip includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks.
Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Day 2: The Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Activities: Morning Guided tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe)
Dinner: The Boma Restaurant
Guided tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe)
A view of the Victoria Falls is something you will never forget and the best way to see them is on a guided tour. Discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre.
The Boma Restaurant
The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show is a “must do” Victoria Falls dining and entertainment experience, specializing in traditional African food, drumming and dancing. The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavish feast, including irresistible desserts.
On arrival, you are dressed in a chitenge (traditional sarong) and welcomed into a vibrant atmosphere in which the tantalizing aromas of local dishes and game meat on the braai (barbecue) fill the restaurant, which is partially open to the star-filled African sky.
Your meal begins with a mouth-watering platter of starters whilst the buffet includes soup from the campfire, a range of salads, game meat cooked on a braai (barbecue), followed by desserts. Vegetarian options are also available, as well as local dishes such as peanut butter spinach.
You can also look forward to outstanding performances by traditional singers and dancers, and enjoy an energizing interactive drumming show. A face painter, storyteller, hair braider and fortune teller also form part of this festive evening.
Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Day 3: Ivory Lodge, Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park
Situated in western Zimbabwe, the Hwange National Park is the country’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides a sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. The park’s magnificent terrain ranges from desert dunes, savannah lands and mopane woodlands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests. Visitors can look forward to game drives, guided walks or horse riding safaris. Other highlights include: the Bumbusi National Monument and the Nyamandhlovu Pan.
Overnight: Ivory Lodge
A small intimate lodge featuring 7 luxurious tree houses and 2 Presidential Elephant Suites set on elevated platforms amongst the indigenous flora of Hwange Game Park.
Deep in the mystical teak forests of Hwange is this unobtrusive camp, bathed in the tales of pioneering hunters and explorers such as Fredrick Courtney Selous. Lumbering giants drift around your stilted platforms, their tusks glinting in salute to the sanctuary of shade offered up by these massive trees.
This is Ivory Lodge – place of elephants. It is here that great herds of elephants are found – sometimes over 100 strong.
Hwange is renowned for its huge tuskers – big old bulls with magnificent tusks. It is also here that the famous Presidential Herd drinks – these elephants’ home-range is amongst the dense feeding areas of the Sikumi Vlei and where they find refuge from the scorching heat at Ivory’s water hole.
Silently, elegantly, the lodge stands over the waterhole…. watch by flood light under a star spangled African night sky – the elephants in their play-fighting….their display of instinctive rituals, their caressing and murmurings…all which speak of years gone by.
Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Day 4: Ivory Lodge, Hwange National Park
Activities: Morning Game Drive , Afternoon Game Drive
The diversity of the vegetation at Hwange National Park supports a wide range of wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, sable, impala and predators such as leopard, cheetah, wildcat and others. One of the many highlights for many visitors is the sighting of one or more of the endangered rhino.
Day 5: Departure
Basis: Bed & Breakfast
End of Tour.
-Arrival & Departure airport transfers
-Transportation in air-conditioned minivan/coach
-4×4 for game drives
-Accommodation per itinerary or similar
-Excursions & activities as per itinerary
-National park & game reserve entrance fees as per itinerary
-Meals as per itinerary B-Breakfast, L-Lunch and D-Dinner
-Services of an English speaking driver/guide
-All meet and greet services
-Visas and related costs
-Personal Border Taxes
-Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls and other items of a personal nature
-International flights and arrival and departure taxes
-Meals not listed on the itinerary
-Travel and personal accident insurance
-Optional excursions and activities
A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.