Safari Ideas | Zimbabwe Safari IG5C - Zambezi
& Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe Safari IG5C
Zambezi National Park
and the Victoria Falls in five wonderful fun-filled nights, while staying in
award-winning luxury accommodation
3 Nights Zambezi National Park
2 Nights Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starts Victoria Falls Airport / Ends Victoria Falls Airport
Total Price 5 nights: US$ 2409 (high season) / US$ 2003 (low season) per
This is luxury getaway safari takes you from the upper
Zambezi in the Matetsi Safari Area to the Batoka
gorges just a few kilometres downstream from the
Victoria Falls. You will stay at two award-winning safari lodges, starting off with a few days enjoying the Zambezi River and excellent wildlife at
Imbabala Safari Lodge, and then a couple of days in the luxurious tented camp -
Zimbabwe Safari IG5C Inspired Journey Overview
|Nights 1 to 3 - Safari Chalet
Imbabala Safari Lodge
|Nights 4 to 5 - Tented suite at
|Day 1 - Road Transfer: Victoria Falls Airport to Imbabala Safari Lodge
|Day 4 - Road Transfer: Imbabala Safari Lodge to Elephant Camp
|Day 6 - Road Transfer: Elephant Camp to Victoria Falls Airport
|Imbabala on the banks of the Zambezi offers comfort, good game viewing and river cruises
|Guided day and night game drives, walking safaris or fishing
|Batoka gorge sundowners, lunch at the Lookout Cafe,
|Elephant interaction on the Wild Horizon‘s estate
|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.
Day 1 to 3
Zambezi National Park
Zambezi National Park together with Victoria Falls National Park cover an area of 56,000 hectares. The northern border of the Park is formed by the great
Zambezi River which also forms the border between
Zambia for much of its length. A wide variety of larger mammals may be found within the Zambezi National Park including elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard. In addition, herds of sable antelope, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala as well as many of the smaller species of game can be viewed. The Zambezi River is home to over is 75 species of fish and is famous for its bream and fighting
Overnight: Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge
Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is situated on a riverine fringe of the mighty
Zambezi River where
Zambia and Namibia converge. Imbabala offers the chance to unwind but also some of the most amazing game viewing and bird watching in the region, in the seclusion of a private National Parks concession. The 5,000-acre concession has 14 kilometres of private Zambezi river frontage and borders the
Chobe Forest Reserve, which is renowned for its massive Elephant population.
Imbabala offers exclusive accommodation for only 20 guests in 9 individual thatch lodges with en-suite facilities. Experienced guides are on hand for all activities. Exploring the Zambezi River by boat affords guests an exclusive river experience. Game drives in the private concession area are popular and often provide fantastic game sightings including lion, painted dog, elephant, giraffe and kudu. The area has approximately 420 bird species sighted making it an exciting venue for birders.
Imbabala is located 80 kilometres west of
Victoria Falls, access is by transfer from Victoria Falls,
Livingstone or Kasane.
Notes: Day 1, 2 & 3
You will be picked up from Victoria Falls International Airport and driven about 1.5 hours to Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge. The drive is mostly on tarred road from the airport to the Matetsi Safari Area. Once you are checked in, you are free to familiarise yourself with your surroundings. After high tea, you will go on an evening sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River, on the lodge's pontoon boat, with a qualified guide to educate and illuminate your game viewing experience and reveal the natural beauty of the Zambezi. You will see elephants drinking, playing or crossing the river, hippos in the river, and some of the smaller animals along the banks. Return to the lodge and freshen up before dinner, which will be served under the stars, overlooking the Zambezi River. After dinner, you are free to join other guests in the bar or around the camp fire before retiring to your room.
Wake up for an early morning tea/coffee and rusks, and an early morning game drive. Snacks will also be served during the game drive along with tea and coffee. Return to the lodge for a full brunch and relaxation. You may enjoy the hammock in your room, socialize at the main lounge or bar, relax or cool off in the swimming pool, or enjoy a massage or any of the other optional treatments before lunch is served in the cool shade in the main lodge's dining area. After lunch, you can take a siesta, or go on an optional walking safari with a licensed guide. Return to the lodge for high tea and then go on an evening game drive in search of the active nocturnal bush inhabitants. Snacks and drinks will be served during the drive. Return to camp for a bush dinner which is served on the flood plains next to the Zambezi River.
Wake up early on this morning for a sunrise river cruise on the Zambezi River. Enjoy the cool cruise, take in the fresh air and watch the river and bush come to life. Return to the lodge for a full brunch. Take part in a walking safari or enjoy fishing on the Zambezi. Return to the lodge for lunch and a breather. Take a siesta, cool off in the swimming pool, or pamper yourself in the bush spa. After that, it is time for high tea, and then an evening game drive. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the night bush before heading back to the lodge. You may have dinner with the other guests, or organise a private dinner for your final night at Imbabala.
Game drives (Morning, Afternoon & Night)
Experienced guides are on hand for all activities. These centre around tracking game on morning, afternoon and night game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles on the Imbabala Private Concession Area.
Exploring the Zambezi River by boat affords guests an exclusive river experience. Bird-watching is exceptional, as birdlife is prolific and varied, ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers.
Selected Spa Treatments are available at an additional charge
Optional Extra Activities
Walking Safaris and fishing excursions for the renowned Tiger Fish, are available by prior arrangement, and at an extra charge
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: Elephant Camp
Situated on a private concession within and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi
The Elephant Camp has breath-taking views of the
Victoria Falls' spray and the spectacular gorges which separate
Zambia. The Elephant Camp is a luxury, intimate lodge under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls (approximately 10km) and all its attractions and activities, yet secluded in its own private game reserve. The Elephant Camp offers exclusive suite accommodation for only 24 guests in 12 luxury tents.
All suites are gorge facing and boast a private viewing deck and plunge pool, private lounge area, air-conditioning and fans, bath (with a view), inside and outside shower, mini bar and tea/coffee stations. The lounge, bar and dining area lead out to a sun kissed pool from where the roar of the water rushing over gorges becomes a constant beat and soon settles into the background like an old friend. It is calming and therapeutic to sit back, watch and listen to "the smoke that thunders".
Select Spa Treatments are available in the privacy of your suite (subject to availability, on request at an additional charge). Access is by road transfer from Victoria Falls (15 km from Victoria Falls Airport and 10 km from
Victoria Falls town), Livingstone and Kasane.
Notes: Day 4, 5 & 6
You are free to take either an early morning game drive or river cruise on your last morning at Imbabala. Return to the lodge for brunch and then pack up for your transfer to Elephant Camp. After your check-in at Elephant Camp, you may take some time to familiarise yourself with your surroundings. Then enjoy sundowners at the Batoka Gorge. Return to camp for dinner and then retire to your room.
After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to meet the Wild Horizons Elephants that reside near camp and visit the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust. Then head back to the camp where you take a shuttle to Victoria Falls town, have lunch at the Lookout Cafe, and then take a leisurely tour of the Victoria Falls. Afterwards, you will be taken back to Elephant Camp, where you may go for sundowners at the Batoka Gorge, indulge in a spa treatment, relax in your room or cool off in your private plunge pool. You may have a private dinner at your own deck or at the main lodge with sweeping views of the gorges.
Wake up early on this morning and take a walking and birding safari with a qualified guide around the Elephant Camp's private concession. Return to camp for breakfast and get ready for your transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your departure flight.
A couple of worthwhile specific activities are available at the Elephant Camp,
please see details below:-
Selected Spa Treatments are available in the privacy of your suite (subject to availability, on request at an additional charge).
Walking Safaris - Nature & Birding Walks
Explore our beautiful concession, part of the Victoria Falls National Park, with experienced guides who will bring the landscape to life. This activity is included in our rates but must be scheduled on arrival and is subject to availability.
Interaction with Sylvester, Ambassador Cheetah
Interaction with Sylvester, Ambassador Cheetah (At management’s discretion). Five years ago, the Wild Horizons family was extended by the arrival of a very special member. Having tragically lost his mother and four siblings after a fatal attack of a male lion, Sylvester is unfortunately unable to hunt or provide for himself. Yet Sylvester was never destined to become a pet, and being a specially protected animal on the endangered species list, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management were involved from the outset with Sylvester’s welfare. A plan was needed for a future permanent home for Sylvester, and the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust (VFWT) became involved.
Despite numerous release attempts, cheetah, do not survive in the wild without experiencing the maternal care of a mother for the initial twenty-two months of their lives. A plan was formulated by which Sylvester acts as an ‘Ambassador Cheetah’. Sylvester interacts with the public to raise awareness of the cheetah’s peril as a species and the challenges they face being on the endangered species list.
Guests will be transferred to a rural village where they will see local villagers going about their daily tasks and interact with them. The tour enables them to see rural Zimbabwean life first hand.
Visiting the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust
Guests visit the
Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust (VFWT), a non-proﬁt whose mission is to advance environmental conservation through hands-on wildlife research, the management of a veterinary laboratory and rehabilitation facility and the education of local peoples in the sustainable usage of natural resources. This activity is included but must be scheduled on arrival and is subject to availability.
Total Price for 5 Nights: US$ 2409 (high season) / US$ 2003 (low season)
Per person sharing
Included in this safari
IMBABALA ZAMBEZI SAFARI LODGE
• Accommodation in a safari chalet
• All meals and local brand beverages
• Activities: Game drive am or pm, River safari am or pm, Night drive
• Accommodation in luxury tented rooms
• All meals and local brand drinks and house wines, complimentary mini bar
• Emergency Medical Evacuation cover
• Activities: Meeting the Wild Horizons elephants, Sundowners at the Batoka Gorge, Birding & Nature walks on the concession, Lunch at the Lookout Cafe (On Request)
• Two transfers to and from Victoria Falls town per day
• Return Victoria Falls Airport transfers
• One inter-lodge transfer
• Park fees at Imbabala is paid on entry per person per day
• Fishing and game walks are optional extras
• Victoria Falls Rainforest park entrance fee is paid on entry
• Premium brand drinks
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