Safari Ideas | Zimbabwe Safari IG5B -
Hwange & Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe Safari IG5B
5 Night safari in
Hwange and Victoria
Falls, staying at two popular quality safari lodges both with splendid views and
3 Nights Hwange National Park
2 Nights Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starts Victoria Falls Airport / Ends Victoria Falls Airport
Total Price 5 nights: US$ 2638 (high season) / US$ 1728 (low season) per
Combine some of the best of
Hwange National Park while staying at the private lodge -
The Hide, with one of
Victoria Falls' most highly recommended
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Both places are situated in front of high traffic waterholes which allow you to view both large and small game.
Zimbabwe Safari IG5B Inspired Journey Overview
|Nights 1 to 3 - Deluxe Safari Tent at
|Nights 4 to 5 - Standard Double Room at
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
|Day 1 - Road Transfer: Victoria Falls Airport to The Hide
|Day 4 - Road Transfer: The Hide to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
|Day 6 - Road Transfer: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport
|Award winning safari camp with excellent game viewing on the private
concession in Hwange National Park
|Guided day and night game drives and walking safaris
|Relax and enjoy a view of the very active waterhole at The Hide from your room
or in one of the underground hides
|Sleep under the stars at the lodge's Dove Nest
|View the spectacular and mighty Victoria Falls
|Partake in the multitude of activities available at Victoria Falls
from sedate sunset cruises to adrenaline crazy bungee jumping and
everything in between. At Victoria Falls Safari lodge, the Siduli Hide
gets you closer to the action at the local waterhole.
|Enjoy the view of the waterhole at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, with
the national park in the background
Day 1 to 3
Hwange National Park
National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of
wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It
provides 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. Terrain ranges from desert dunes and savannah lands to rocky
outcrops and sparse forests, and visitors have the choice of game drives, guided
walks or horseback safaris as a means of experiencing the park and its
Overnight: The Hide
Well known and much loved,
The Hide Safari Camp is situated within
Hwange National Park,
Zimbabwe's largest game reserve. ‘The Hide’, into its third decade, accommodates up to 20 guests in well-appointed deluxe tents under thatch, all tents overlook the productive waterhole. Tents have en-suite facilities that include outdoor showers and bath tubs.
Up to 4 game activities per day, bush walks, day and night drives, ‘hide’ sits including our new underground tunnel to one hide. Enjoy a “sleep-out” in the romantic Dove’s Nest.
Notes: Day 1, 2 & 3
On arrival at the airport, you will be picked up and transferred to Hwange National Park. This takes about 2.5 to 3 hours on tarred road and then 30 minutes to an hour on dirt road. You will arrive at The Hide and check into your comfortable deluxe room. You may take some time to rest and take in your surroundings, have some refreshments at the main lodge or go on a night drive. After dinner, gather around the fire pit and exchange stories with some of the other guests at the lodge.
Take an early morning walking safari and then return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, go on a game drive and enjoy some of the best of Hwange National Park. Return to the lodge for lunch and some rest. In the afternoon, relax by the main lodge or go out on an afternoon game drive. On this night, you can opt to sleep under the stars in the "dove's next" in the bush. Dinner will be served there.
On this morning, we recommend an early morning game drive deeper into Hwange National Park. Return to camp for breakfast, and then take a nature walk with a qualified guide around camp. Return to the lodge for lunch and a rest before going for a hideout experience where you can get up close with the animals at the waterhole without being seen, while you enjoy snacks and drinks. End the day with a night drive and dinner back at the main lodge.
Morning and afternoon guided walks are offered at The Hide Safari Camp. The camp is fortunate to have the best of both worlds - while located within the Hwange National Park, it is also surrounded by a private concession which allows us to offer activities not otherwise permitted. Hwange is a vast playground worth exploring so you don’t have to worry about being bored. Early morning walks are there for the thrill of encountering wildlife on its own terms and exploring the little surprises of the bush.
Day and Night Game Drives
Morning and afternoon game drives as well as night drives with a spotlight are offered at The Hide Safari Camp.
Days can be spent further afield on game drives in search of predators and prey alike. Sundowners are an important part of the experience. Enjoy the natural beauty with a cold drink in hand. The guides at The Hide are very much part of the family and have been with the lodge for many years. They have undergone some of the most rigorous training in Africa and their passion for and knowledge of the bush is often what makes a safaris so special.
The Dove's Nest Treehouse
Our little secret, the Dove’s Nest, is just about the best way to get away from it all. There are few things more exciting than spending a night out in a tree house.
Overlooking the open tree-lined vlei and pan, this rustic gem is a perfect vantage point from which to view wildlife safely, quietly. Just the two of you. Kept simple, as a tree house should be, the bedroom of the Dove’s Nest is reached by a wooden stairway and with a closable door. You won’t have to forego your hot shower and warm bed and the location is second to none.
Underground Hide and Wine Cellar
You’re sitting on the deck at The Hide ‘A’ frame. The sun has just set, its residual warmth a soft tinge of pink in the sky. Just then, a family of elephants strolls into the scene and up to the waterhole. You watch, fascinated by their interactions. Now, here’s where you jump into action. Without the need for a guide or host, you can go directly from the deck into the underground hide and observe the elephant family from up-close. Just step off the deck and slip down the steps into a whole new world. Along a tunnel, you’ll walk for about 10 metres under the surface of the earth – and then emerge into a “window on the waterhole”, where you can sit quietly, the unobserved observing. It’s a special new addition and makes the experience of “game viewing” more intense and personal.
Along the same tunnel, guests are delighted to find, hidden away in the wall, a real wine cellar. Perfectly cooled at a steady 17 degrees Celsius, ambient-lit and stocked with a small selection of fine wines from around the world, this is a welcome addition to an already all-sensory experience at The Hide. Guests are invited to choose the wine they’d like with dinner – or suggestions are made based on wine pairing experts’ recommendations.
Day 4 to 6
One of the original natural wonders of
the world, the
Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism
attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, this spectacle is
accessible from both
Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to
combine a game viewing and water sports. There is excellent
fishing, a terrifying
bungee jump and arguably the best commercial
white water rafting in the world.
Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is renowned as a supreme property at “Wonder of the World” destination
Victoria Falls, and is showcased in numerous awards of high repute, including the 2012 Top 10 Resorts & Safari Camps in
Africa as voted by the distinguished international Conde Nast Traveler magazine.
The 72-room Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is rich in ambience and offers sublime hospitality. With views of the waterhole and wild African bush, it's hard to beat this prime setting that is perfectly positioned to enjoy
activities above and below the Falls. The staff are warm and personable providing faultless delivery to guests during their stay.
Notes: Day 4, 5 & 6
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before you are transferred out of Hwange National Park and taken to Victoria Falls. Enjoy the short game drive before the 3-hour drive to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Check into the hotel and have lunch either at the award winning Makuwa-kuwa restaurant, or take the complimentary shuttle into town and have lunch at one of the
restaurants there. You are free to roam around town or enjoy some of the
Victoria Falls activities before taking the shuttle back to the hotel.
Today, soak up the wonderful atmosphere of Victoria Falls, it
is the adventure capital of Africa and there are activities on offer to cater
for everyone’s needs. View the mighty Falls, partake in the many activities on
offer or wander around the streets to do a bit of curio shopping, then finish
off at a café for refreshments and a bite to eat. Please have a look at the
Victoria Falls Activities and
contact us to arrange a
suitable itinerary just for you.
You can end your last day with a
Boma Experience in the evening, which is within walking distance of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.
This is the last day of your tour. After breakfast, you will have time to pack
up and around mid-morning, you will be picked up for your transfer to Victoria
Falls International Airport for your departure flight.
Described as an unforgettable African experience infused with Zimbabwean cuisine, spirited performances and traditional storytelling, The Boma – Place of Eating has firmly established itself as a Victoria Falls highlight. Partially open to the skies, The Boma specialises in a superb selection of Zimbabwean dishes. A four-course meal combines a choice of starters with a barbecue buffet. The adventurous are enticed with local delicacies such as mopani worms and potjiekos (hunter’s game stew), whilst those wishing to enjoy beef, pork, fish and chicken or a variety of vegetarian meals are welcome to do so. The sights and sounds of the evening are accentuated by a feast of nightly entertainment, incorporating traditional dancers, who captivate guests with their vibrant songs and dance. The acclaimed Zambezi Drumbeat provides a wonderful interactive drumming experience.
Total Price for 5 Nights: US$ 2638 (high season) / US$ 1728 (low season)
Per person sharing
Included in this safari
• Accommodation in a deluxe tent with views of the waterhole
• All meals, local drinks, house wine, teas/coffees
• Up to 4 activities per day: Morning and afternoon guided walks; Morning and afternoon game drives; Night drives with a spotlight; ‘Hide sits’ around the pan; An overnight sleep-out in the “Dove’s Nest” tree house for 2 people
VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE
• Accommodation in a comfortable standard room with uninterrupted views of the National park
• Daily breakfast
• Access to the Vulture Culture experience
• Return Victoria Falls Airport transfers
• Road transfers between The Hide and Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE
• All other meals
• All other activities
NATIONAL PARK FEES
• All national park fees in Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls are paid on site
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