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Zimbabwe Safari IB5B
An affordable 5 Nights at the edge of Hwange National Park and in Victoria Falls
3 Nights Hwange National Park
This safari takes you from the wonderful and game rich Hwange National Park, to the ever impressive Victoria Falls, on a budget. Spend a few nights at Sable Sands on a private concession just outside the border of Hwange National Park, and then at Nguni Lodge, a stylish and cosy lodge in the quiet side of Victoria Falls town, while you enjoy exciting safari experiences and activities.
Zimbabwe Safari IB5B Inspired Journey Overview
Notes: Day 1, 2 & 3
DAY 2 & 3
The safari in the Hwange National Park also starts with a drive through private concessions so it may take longer than an hour to get to the Park entrance (12 km) where you will need to register and pay entrance fees. The Park is dappled with waterholes and has hidden picnic spots and viewing platforms. Dirt roads meander through the ever-changing landscape, from dense teak forests to jaw-dropping open vleis and acacia groves. The Park is Wild & Beautiful, safaris here offer an incredible and unique opportunity to connect with vast expanses of pure unspoilt nature.
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: Sable Sands
This ‘off the grid’ eco-friendly safari lodge is owner and family managed and has steadily established a great reputation for their personalised and bespoke experience complete with a passionate team, homely food and exceptional elephant encounters. Sable Sands Lodge overlooks the ancient riverbed of the famous "Dete Vlei" and is located within a private Forestry Concession on the outskirts of the unfenced and world-famous Hwange National Park.
Comprising of sixteen spacious and open-plan thatched ‘rondavels’, simply yet elegantly furnished to create a blend of traditional culture, nature and modern convenience, this African Forest "home-away-from-home" welcomes guests to an exquisite safari setting in unspoilt surroundings. The main area holds the restaurant, lounge, library and bar with full views of the ‘Dete Vlei’ and the Sable Sands solar pumped "wildlife water- hole". In addition, a quaint tree house and solar powered pool allow for guest to cool off during the heat of the day.
The Dete Vlei is frequented by herds of sable antelope, elephant, buffalo and other plains' game species. Lucky sightings include lions, cheetah, painted dog, jackal and on the rare occasion leopard. Add to this the incredible selection of an estimated 350 bird species and you have one the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth.
In the evenings, guests can either enjoy a delicious three course dinner inside the main dining area or a cosy dinner under a blanket of the starry African night sky while the flames of the nightly camp-fire flicker in the wind.
Activities at Sable Sands
Painted Dog Conservancy
Residents of PDC’s neighbouring communities not only benefit from its programs but also actively contribute to them. For example, community members are employed in anti-poaching units & in addition produce beautiful, unique art from the confiscated snare wire. They assist in systematic monitoring of the African Painted Dog population & teach environmental educational. The active engagement of local residents empowers communities, strengthens conservation & unreservedly raises environmental awareness.
Notes: Day 4, 5 & 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 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: Nguni Lodge
Nguni Lodge is a small boutique garden lodge with just 14 rooms, nestled in the quiet residential suburbs just 3.5kms from the entrance of the Victoria Falls rainforest. It is a comfortable base from which to explore the Victoria Falls area and all that it has to offer.
Completely rebuilt and opened in March 2018, this thatched lodge has 8 standard rooms, one of which is a family room and 6 deluxe rooms all centred around an inviting swimming pool. Pleasant well manicured gardens and plenty of trees provide a calm setting with a few hanging pod and garden chairs. The central dining area, lounge and bar are very cleverly and tastefully decorated, with African inspired artwork.
Each of the rooms at Nguni are individually styled with modern luxurious bedding, sturdy teak furniture and unique ornaments. Deluxe rooms all face directly onto the pool and are slightly larger than the standard rooms. Standard rooms have views of either the garden or of the pool.
Total Price 5 Nights: US$ 1346 high season, US$ 1214 low season
Included in this safari
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