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An affordable 5 Nights at the edge of Hwange National Park and in Victoria Falls

3 Nights Hwange National Park
2 Nights Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
6 Days / 5 Nights
Reference: IB-5B
Starts Victoria Falls Airport / Ends Victoria Falls Airport

Total Price 5 Nights: US$ 1346 high season, US$ 1214 low season
per person sharing

Destination Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe

Destination Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Safari Overview

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.

Map of Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls safari itinerary

Zimbabwe Safari IB5B Inspired Journey Overview

Nights 1, 2 & 3 - Thatched Rondavel at Sable Sands
Nights 4 & 5 - Standard Double Room at Nguni Lodge
Transfers Included
Day 1 - Road Transfer: Victoria Falls Airport to Sable Sands Lodge
Day 4 - Road Transfer: Sable Sands to Nguni Lodge
Day 6 - Road Transfer: Nguni Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport
Excellent Game viewing in Hwange National Park
Visit to the Painted Dog Conservancy
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 (Not included in price)

Destination Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe

Notes: Day 1, 2 & 3

You will be met at Victoria Falls airport by one of our representatives and transferred by air-conditioned minibus to Sable Sands just outside the boundary of Hwange National Park. This is a 180km ride from Victoria Falls. When you arrive at Sable Sands, you will be checked in and then you can relax by the pool or bar and enjoy the surroundings and the waterhole in front of the lodge. You can go on an afternoon safari on the private concession.

DAY 2 & 3
Sable Sands is situated on a private concession 12km from the park and 17 km from the main road and rural communities, in the specially created 'buffer zone'. The National Park is not fenced, therefore, all animals wander freely through the Park and the concession. On a morning or an afternoon safari on the Sable Sands and neighboring concessions, you may encounter and be surrounded by the large population of the very special 'Presidential Elephants' whilst learning about their family structures and behaviours. The area is also home to large herds of up buffalo, which can have up to 800 beasts. Other beautiful sightings include zebra, giraffe, antelope, jackals, warthogs not forgetting vast and stunning species of birds. If you are lucky you might even spot lion, cheetah, African wild dog and sable antelope.

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

Game Drives
The Sable Sand Safari Experience consists of safaris in the Sable Sands private concession, neighbouring estate and into the Famous Hwange National Park; the safari planning is entirely at the expert discretion of the safari guides who decide the best routes to take depending on animal movement and participating guests.

Lion seen on a game drive from Sable Sands in Dete near Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Painted Dog Conservancy
The Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) is a leading model for community-based predator conservation, combining the most advanced modern technology with traditional knowledge of local communities, the PDC has experienced great success – Zimbabwe's African Wild Dog population has increased from 400 to 700 individuals since the project's inception. PDC's model also brings direct benefit to local people with increased employment & unparalleled education opportunities.

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.

Visit the Painted Dog Conservancy in Hwange, Zimbabwe


Destination Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Notes: Day 4, 5 & 6

Today after breakfast and another early morning activity, if you wish, you will be transferred by air-conditioned minibus from Sable Sands to Nguni Lodge in Victoria Falls town, arriving around midday. This gives you time to settle in and relax or do one of the multitude of activities on offer. Although these activities are not included in the package price, please let us help you to arrange an itinerary of activities suitable for you. Have a look at this Victoria Falls activities page to see what is on offer.

You have a full day to 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 cafĂ© for refreshments and a bite to eat. Please have a look at the available Victoria Falls Activities and contact us to arrange a suitable itinerary just for you.

Unfortunately, this is the last day of this trip. You have time to enjoy one last activity before transferring mid-morning to the Victoria Falls Airport to catch your connecting flight.

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: 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
Per person sharing

Included in this safari

• Accommodation in a thatched open-plan rondavel
• All meals and local beverages
• Activities: 2 estate activities per day
• Laundry

• Accommodation in a standard room
• Breakfast daily

• Return Victoria Falls Airport transfers
• Return Hwange - Vic Falls road transfers (based on a minimum of 2 people)


• Premium beverages
• National Park fees

• All other meals and activities not mentioned

More Travel Information

Victoria Falls Travel Information
Victoria Falls Activities
Hwange National Park Information

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