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Zimbabwe Safari IP9C

This luxury 9-night safari offers a bit of everything. From the mighty Victoria Falls to prime game viewing in Hwange National Park and water and land based activities at Matusadona on the shores of Lake Kariba. Of specific interest is the chance to see the rare an elusive Black Rhino at two of these destinations. Charter flights included.

2 Nights Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
3 Nights Hwange National Park
4 Nights Lake Kariba
10 Days / 9 Nights
Reference: IP-9C
Starts Victoria Falls Airport / Ends Victoria Falls Airport

Total Price 9 Nights: US$ 6243 (high season) / US$ 4840 (low season) per person sharing

Destination Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Destination Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Destination Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
 

Safari Overview

This luxury 9-night safari offers a bit of everything. From the mighty Victoria Falls to prime game viewing in Hwange National Park and water and land based activities at Matusadona on the shores of Lake Kariba. Of specific interest is the chance to see the rare an elusive Black Rhino at two of these destinations. Charter flights included.

Start with a couple of nights at the boutique Stanley and Livingstone Hotel, situated on a private game reserve only 15-minutes from the mighty Victoria Falls and all its exciting activities. Here you have a chance to go in search of the endangered black rhino, one of Africa’s Big-5 animals.

Your next 3 nights are spent on a premier wildlife concession in Hwange National Park at Linkwasha Camp, one of Wilderness Safari’s top of the range luxury safari camps. Experience excellent wildlife and highly experienced guides at this very modern camp located on possibly the best private concession in Zimbabwe.

Your final destination is at the owner run Musango Safari Lodge on the shores of Lake Kariba, with its breath-taking scenery. This vast man-made lake and the Matusadona National Park are home to fantastic game, good fishing, incredible birdlife and unforgettable sunsets. Four nights at this exclusive safari camp allows you to experience the large range of activities on offer, including sailing, cultural tours, rhino tracking and bush walks, game drives and boat cruises, fishing, birding and a dinosaur fossil site. It’s an incredible 10-day journey that will leave you with a longing to return.

Itinerary route starting from Victoria Falls to Hwange and Lake Kariba
 

Zimbabwe Safari IP9C Inspired Journey Overview

Accommodation
Nights 1 & 2 - Luxury suite at Stanley & Livingstone Hotel
Nights 3, 4 & 5 - Luxury tent at Linkwasha Camp
Nights 6, 7, 8 & 9 - Luxury safari tent at Musango Safari Camp
 
Transfers Included
Day 1 - Road Transfer: Victoria Falls Airport to Stanley & Livingstone Hotel (30 minutes)
Day 3 - Road Transfer: Stanley & Livingstone Hotel to Victoria Falls Airport (30 minutes)
Day 3 - Road Transfer: Wilderness airstrip to Linkwasha Camp (30 minutes)
Day 6 - Road Transfer: Linkwasha Camp to Wilderness airstrip (30 minutes)
Day 6 - Road & Boat Transfer: Kariba airstrip to Musango Safari Camp (1 hour 15 mins)
Day 10 - Road and Boat transfer: Musango Safari Camp to Kariba airstrip (1 hour 15 mins)
 
Flights Included
Day 3 - Victoria Falls Airport to Wilderness Airstrip (50 minutes)
Day 6 - Wilderness Airstrip to Kariba airstrip (1 hr 20 minutes)
Day 10 - Kariba airstrip to Victoria Falls Airport (1 hr 20 minutes)
 
Highlights
An opportunity to see the endangered black rhino on the Stanley & Livingstone private game reserve and Musango Safari Lodge
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. (Activities not included)
Scenic charter flights between Victoria Falls, Hwange and Lake Kariba.
Premiere game viewing experience at Linkwasha camp in Hwange National Park.
Linkwasha's luxury tented accommodation along the excellent professional guides who will dramatically enhance your overall safari with their in-depth knowledge of the African bush.
Fantastic land and water-based safari activities, fishing, cultural and scenic excursions at Musango
Breath-taking scenery and sunsets on Lake Kariba
Meet the owners of Musango, Steve and Wendy Edwards; larger than life characters that will entertain and enthral you with their passion and incredible knowledge of this corner of the world




Destination Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 1 to 2

Victoria Falls

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 Zambia and 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: Stanley & Livingstone Hotel

The 6000-acre Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve, situated mere minutes from the Victoria Falls rainforest, borders on the Zambezi National Park, offering guests a diverse and unique African experience. This is one of the very few locations where black rhino can be seen. Activities include morning and evening game drives, game walks and rhino interactions

The Game Reserve boasts two lodges - the luxury 5-star Stanley & Livingstone Hotel and the comfortable Ursula's Camp with 4 chalets. Each of the 16 exquisite suites at the hotel consists of a spacious bedroom, en-suite Victorian-style bathroom, gracious lounge and individual secluded patio overlooking tropical gardens and nearby waterholes.

Notes: Day 1 & 2

DAY 1
Upon arrival in Victoria Falls, you will be met at the airport by one of our representatives, and transferred to the Stanley & Livingstone Hotel – a 20-minute drive. Relax and enjoy your surroundings and a sundowner while watching the animals at the waterhole in front of the lodge. Then embark on an afternoon/evening game drive around the private game reserve. A bush dinner will be served at the end of the night game drive.

DAY 2
Wake up for an early morning walking safari or rhino search around the private game reserve. After a hearty late breakfast, you can catch a shuttle bus into Victoria Falls to wander around town - explore the curio markets or you might decide to do a helicopter flight (not included). Lunch is at the Lookout Café with spectacular views of the Batoka gorges and Zambezi River below. After lunch take a leisurely tour of the rainforest and see the majestic Victoria Falls, which is what you have been waiting for. Head back to the reserve in the late afternoon for sundowners and dinner, to complete an action filled day.

Dinner can either be at the hotel again or we can recommend other options in and around town and on activities. A popular choice is to end the last day with a Boma Experience in the evening, situated on the grounds of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

Activities at Stanley & Livingstone

Morning and Afternoon Game Drives
Guests can expect to see the big game during the 3-hour game drive along with a great variety of antelope and exceptional bird life. Game Drives are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles.

Night Game Drives
Similar to the AM and PM Game Drives, the Night Drive departs slightly later to allow for nocturnal animals to become active. After this exciting game drive, guests sit down to a bush dinner.

Walking Safari
Guests can expect to see the big game during the 3-hour game drive along with a great variety of antelope and exceptional bird life. Game Drives are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles.

Rhino Search
The sheer magnitude of these animals will leave you awestruck! Highly endangered, this interactive safari will get you up close to these amazing animals.






Destination Hwange Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe
Day 3 to 5

Hwange National Park

Hwange 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 creatures.

Overnight: Linkwasha Camp

Linkwasha Camp is situated on a private concession in the best location in Hwange National Park. The camp is situated near the famed Ngamo Plains, which offers fantastic summer game viewing – to add to the already excellent winter viewing from the camp itself; Linkwasha overlooks a pan that is a magnet for game in the dry season.

The fresh, open and airy design of the camp is complemented by an eclectic mix of contemporary interiors. The nine luxurious en-suite tents (eight twin and one family) all offer uninterrupted views of the waterhole, while the main area includes various multi-level decks and a cosy winter lounge complete with fireplace and library. Shaded salas surround an inviting pool.

Notes: Day 3, 4 & 5

DAY 3
There is time for breakfast and an early morning activity before transferring to Victoria Falls airport around mid-morning for your charter flight to Linkwasha Camp in Hwange National Park. This scenic flight takes about 50 minutes followed by a short game drive to camp, which is situated on possibly the best private wildlife concession in Zimbabwe. After welcome drinks and settling into your room you might decide to go on an afternoon game activity or simply relax and savour the wonderful vista, as the animals come down to drink at the waterhole in front of the lodge. Dinner will be served at the main lodge dining area followed by drinks and coffee around the campfire.

DAY 4 & 5
Two full days of game viewing and cultural activities at Linkwasha, tailor-made to suit your needs and influenced by what the wildlife at the time of your visit is doing. Typically, guests take part in early morning and late afternoon activities and then relax during the heat of the day. The waterhole in front of the camp is a magnet for animals and watching this wildlife scene unfold in front of you, from your luxurious room or the main area is extremely rewarding. Please see below details of all the activities available at Linkwasha and arrange these with your camp managers to suit your exact requirements.

Meals consist of early morning tea / coffee and continental breakfast, followed by a big brunch after your activity. Afternoon tea consists of something savoury and something sweet as well as hot and iced tea and coffee to wash it all down with. Dinner is a delicious 3 course affair. Drinks and snacks are provided on all activities.

Activities at Linkwasha Camp

Game Drives in Open 4 x 4's
Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe at 14 651 kmĀ² with varied habitats and vegetation types – meaning that game drives are exciting with always something new to be seen. (Wind-resistant ponchos are provided during winter months.)

Walking Safaris
Hwange was proclaimed some 80 years ago and has served as a haven for one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa. There is no better way to experience this park than on foot with one of our experienced safari guides.

Evening Drives
The Hwange ‘night-act’ includes nocturnal species such as lesser bush baby, spotted hyena, leopard, lion, Selous mongoose, pangolin, caracal, porcupine, scrub hare, springhare and even honey badger.

Village Visit
An authentic village experience takes place in a manner that is respectful to all parties. Usually around four hours and guided by one of the local villagers or a Wilderness guide, it often includes a guided tour of the school, meeting the headman or headwoman and enjoying cultural exchanges with the villagers..

 




Destination Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Day 6 to 10

Lake Kariba (and Matusadona National Park)

The planet’s most voluminous man-made lake, Kariba is a popular tourist destination that was created in the 1950’s when the mighty Zambezi was dammed. It stretches for more than 200 kilometres along the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, forming a natural boundary between the two countries. The lake’s waters are home to abundant crocodiles, hippos, fish and aquatic birds, while its shoreline and islands are rich with terrestrial game such as elephant and buffalo. It has become one of Zimbabwe’s main tourist attractions offering houseboat holidays, fishing safaris and wonderful game viewing experiences.

Overnight: Musango Safari Camp

Musango Safari Camp is an exclusive 16 bed camp situated just off the shoreline of the Matusadona National Park. Musango is the only owner run safari camp on Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe.

Just a short flight away from Victoria Falls or Kariba, Musango offers an abundance of wildlife and bird life, with a wide selection of activities available or the option to simply relax.

The Musango activities include walking safaris, Big 5 game drives, boating safaris, cultural tours, sailing trips to Starvation Island and tiger fishing on the famous Lake Kariba. The activities offered are fun, informal and operated by trained and experienced guides.

Walking safaris provide guests the experience of tracking and photographing a wide variety of wildlife. Musango was involved in the re-introduction of black rhino into the Matusadona National Park, and guests can track the wild black rhino on foot within the park.

The Musango game drives are conducted across the water on the mainland in a classic game vehicle where guests can discover the prolific wildlife inhabiting the area. Lake Kariba is a fantastic fishing location, and Musango caters for both novice and experienced fishermen. The famous tiger fish is found in abundance in the lake in addition to a variety of other fish species.

Musango offers cultural visits to the local village, Musampa, where guests can learn about the local culture and lifestyle. Sailing to Starvation Island is a unique way to explore the bird life and wildlife in the area and view the spectacular Kariba sunsets. Musango offers trips to the island on-board a 23-foot catamaran.

Notes: Day 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10

DAY 6
You have a bit of time for an early morning activity at Linkwasha before catching your charter flight to Bumi Hills Airstrip in Kariba. This flight normally takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. From the airstrip, you will be transferred to the harbour where you will catch a speed boat transfer to Musango Safari Camp. After lunch, relax and take in the beautiful views of Lake Kariba before going on an afternoon boat cruise. After the cruise, return to camp for dinner and stories around the campfire.

DAY 7, 8 & 9
Three full days at Musango, which is perfect because the range of activity options is quite something and each day brings with it excitement and adventure. You can read all about what activities are available below, then please chat to the lodge managers onsite and arrange your tailor-made itinerary suited to your specific needs.

Camp owners Steve and Wendy Edwards are in camp most of the time and it’s a delight meeting them. Steve is certainly in the top 5 professional guides in the country, his knowledge is remarkable and his humour is infectious. These larger than life characters that will entertain and enthral you with their passion and incredible knowledge of this corner of the world.

Typically, meals consist of early morning tea / coffee and continental breakfast, followed by a big brunch after your activity. Afternoon tea consists of something savoury and something sweet as well as hot and iced tea and coffee to wash it all down with. Sometimes all day trips are arranged whereby snacks and a packed lunch will be taken along. Dinner is a delicious 3 course affair. Drinks and snacks are provided on all activities.

DAY 10
Sadly, your time at Musango Camp has come to an end. The time will be dependent on flight schedules on the day but at some stage in the morning you will be transferred back to the Bumi Hills Airstrip for your return charter flight to Victoria Falls and your onward arrangements.

Activities at Musango Camp

Safari Walks
With a professional guide, tracking a multitude of animals, including the Big five, for which this area is famous. Our specialty is the rare Black Rhino.

Game Viewing Cruises
In either boats or pontoons. This is simply the most productive way to experience wild life up close.

Canoeing
Along the shoreline and exploring the many wild life rich rivers, which abound in the vicinity. Experience the peace, tranquillity and relaxation whilst gently gliding past the prolific wild life, multitude of birds and stunning scenery. Discretion of guide as to crocodile behaviour.

Game Drives
Game drives are conducted within the private wild life concession. They are always very popular and productive.

Cultural Village Tour
This genuine, non-tourist Fishing Village offers an insight to the Batonka people and their interesting traditions and way of life. Enjoy the Fish Market and net repairs, the village life and the school.

Rhino Tracking
Matusadona National Park is home to the rare Black Rhino. The recent and ongoing onslaught of Rhino in Southern Africa, makes being able to track and hopefully see this prehistoric animal a privilege and challenging adventure.

Dinosaur Fossil Site
Wander around with your guide and see the wide variety of Dinosaur fossils found by Steve. The area boasts fossils of many species of dinosaurs, including some of the oldest fossils in Southern Africa.

Specialist Birding Safaris
The immediate area around Musango Safari Camp boasts more the 400 species of birds. Steve is a bird enthusiast and will delight you with some of the very special birds that this area has, including Pel’s Fishing Owl, Night Herons, Spinetails, Narina Trogon, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Lilian’s Love Birds and many others.

Fishing
Lake Kariba offers many species of fish including the famous fighting Tiger Fish, huge Vundu catfish, as well as the delicious Bream. A world record Tiger Fish caught on a fly rod was landed near Musango. We supply all fishing equipment, including fly fishing tackle.



Price

Total Price for all 9 Nights: US$ 6243 (high season) / US$ 4840 (low season)
Per person sharing

Included in This Safari

STANLEY & LIVINGSTONE HOTEL
• Accommodation in a spacious suite with a private balcony overlooking the gardens and natural bush
• Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Lunch at the Lookout café
• Tour of the Falls including park entrance fee
• One game drive per day
• Emergency medical evacuation

LINKWASHA CAMP
• Accommodation in a generous and luxurious tent with views of the waterhole
• All meals and local beverages
• Laundry
• Hwange National Park fees
• Twice daily scheduled camp activities: Morning and evening game drives, Nature walks, Village visits

MUSANGO SAFARI CAMP
• Accommodation in an east-facing luxurious safari tent with views of Lake Kariba
• All meals, local spirits and drinks
• Laundry
• All Game activities: Walking safaris, Game drives, Boat safari, Fishing, Cultural tour, Sailing to Starvation Island
• National Parks fees

TRANSFERS
• Air transfers between Victoria Falls, Hwange and Kariba
• Airport transfers between airports/airstrips and hotels/lodges
• Daily scheduled transfers to Victoria Falls town at Stanley & Livingstone

Excluded

STANLEY & LIVINGSTONE
• Drinks
• Laundry

LINKWASHA AND MUSANGO SAFARI CAMPS
• Premium imported brands and champagne
• Other activities and meals not mentioned

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