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Zimbabwe Safari IB5C

Enjoy the tranquility of the upper Zambezi River, plus the Victoria Falls in this 5 Night itinerary

2 Nights Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe
3 Nights Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
6 Days / 5 Nights
Reference: IB-5C
Starts Victoria Falls Airport / Ends Victoria Falls Airport
Total Price 5 nights: US$952 (high season) / US$817 (low season) per person sharing

Destination Zambezi National Park

Destination Victoria Falls

Safari Overview

This package gives you some of the best of Victoria Falls, both upstream and downstream, on a budget. Stay at the eco-friendly Pioneers Camp and experience the upper Zambezi River while enjoying the tranquil surroundings within Zambezi National Park, and then spend a couple of days in Africa's adventure capital exploring Victoria Falls town, sights and activities at your own leisure.

Route map for Zimbabwe safari from Zambezi National Park to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Safari IB5C Inspired Journey Overview

Nights 1 to 2 - Tented Room at Pioneers Camp
Nights 3 to 5 - Standard Double Room at Lorries B & B
Transfers Included
Day 1 - Road Transfer: Victoria Falls Airport to Pioneers Camp
Day 3 - Road Transfer: Pioneers Camp to Lorries B & B
Day 6 - Road Transfer: Lorries B & B to Victoria Falls Airport
Semi-luxury tented lodge right on the banks of the Zambezi River with outstanding views
Activities available at Pioneers Camp include, game drives, boat cruises, canoeing, fishing and walking safaris
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

Destination Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe
Day 1 to 2

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 Zimbabwe and 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 tiger fish.

Overnight: Pioneers Camp

Pioneers Camp is an intimate, beautifully appointed, tented camp. It is located inside the Zambezi National Park, on a lovely quiet stretch of Zambezi River shoreline with a natural spring-line, Mpala Jena, running through the site. This spring-line attracts an abundance of wildlife throughout the year. It’s conveniently located close to Victoria Falls – for easy access – but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the busy town.

This area has a healthy, and increasing, game count and with the Zambezi River along the park’s boundary. There are many other activities available such as fishing, canoeing, sunset cruises as well as guided walking along the Mpala Jena spring line. It is so close to Vic Falls you can easily go into town to enjoy some ‘adventure’, a game of golf, high tea at the Vic Falls Hotel or anything equally decadent! In the park we will offer game drives, walking, bird-watching, and of course, ‘river’ activities too. The camp is open all year round.

Phase one of the camp includes six luxury tents, well-appointed and nestled under shady trees – each bragging breath-taking views of the river. There is a central dining and lounge area to mingle and relax in. The camp is eco-friendly, with modern solar lighting, solar geysers for showers, flushing toilets and efficient and correct waste disposal.

Meals are prepared from a selection of fresh produce, and are served either al fresco, or in our shady dining tent overlooking the river.

Pioneers Camp - Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Pioneers Camp - Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Pioneers Camp - Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Notes: Day 1 & 2

You will be met at Victoria Falls International airport by one of our representatives and transferred Pioneers Camp in the Zambezi National Park, a 1.5 hour drive. The drive from the airport is on tarred road up to the park entrance gate. From there, you will drive into the park following the Zambezi River upstream, this is a game drive in itself. After checking in, you will have short time to relax before enjoying an evening boat cruise on the Zambezi River, accompanied by a qualified guide and snacks and drinks. You may want to try a bit of fishing, or just relax and watch the world float by. After your cruise, return to camp for drinks and dinner served either al fresco, or under the dining tent. You may go for a late evening drive with a spotlight, looking for nocturnal species coming out in the early evenings. Otherwise, a guide will escort you to your tent where you will retire for the night and listen to the sounds of Africa and the Zambezi river flowing by.

You have a full day at Pioneers Camp to enjoy some of the many activities that are available (details below). Please arrange these with the camp managers onsite to suit your exact needs. The beauty of this camp is its position on the Zambezi River and therefore the canoeing safari’s would be highly recommended.

Activities Info

For the serious fisherman (or lady!) Pioneers will organise a dedicated boat and skipper so that you may enjoy a full day out on the river, for maximum fishing time! Meals, drinks etc will be coordinated – if you would prefer to stay out all day. Whilst they have a selection of fishing tackle and rods, you are recommended to bring your own if you plan to fish seriously when at the camp. (Fishing is not a scheduled activity as specific guides are brought in, therefore an additional cost is charged and pre-booking is necessary).

Fishing on the Zambezi River with Pioneers Camp - Zimbabwe

Walking Safaris
The Zambezi National Park offers a great many walks, following spring lines where game often congregates in the drier months, looking for both mammal and birdlife along the way. There is access to a number of fantastic Professional Walking Guides based in the area, and will happily set up a walking safari for you. (walking is not a scheduled activity as specific guides are brought in, therefore an additional cost is charged and pre-booking is necessary)

Bush walk at Pioneers Camp, Zambezi National Park near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Walking Safari at Pioneers Camp, Zambezi National Park near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Walking safaris at Pioneers Camp

From the camp we operate half day and multi-day canoeing safaris in the camp’s inflatable ‘crocodiles’ which are perfect for this stretch of the Zambezi River. Typically, you will be taken by vehicle upstream, and following a comprehensive briefing by your Canoeing Guide, the next few hours will be spent paddling downstream (or rather steering, as the gently flowing water current generally means little actual paddling is needed) – looking for game along the shoreline, as well as birds and just enjoying the scenery.

On some stretches of the river there are some small rapids, which are great fun - nothing serious like the White water rafting below the Falls, this is fun, easy stuff!

You will take a cooler box for drinks along the way, and of course you are provided with proper life-jackets and a full safety briefing before you get into the boats. The canoes are two-man inflatables, quite sturdy and are lightweight and very easy to paddle.

For this activity it is recommended that you wear shorts, sandals or closed shoes (for when you get out of the canoe), a hat and bring a kikoi or something to cover your legs etc if its gets too hot in the sun. As the game is generally active early mornings and late afternoons, canoeing is generally done at that time of day too.

Canoe safari on the Zambezi River, Zimbabwe Canoe safari on the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Zambezi River Canoeing at Pioneers Camp

Game Drives
There are a good variety of game drive routes in this park – some along the river, some up the ridges to the teak forest. The terrain is varied and quite scenic. During your stay you may enjoy a variety of game drives, including the odd late evening drive with a spotlight, looking for nocturnal species coming out in the early evenings.

Game often seen in the area includes large herds of elephant, buffalo, plus zebra, giraffe, sable, warthog, porcupine, lion, leopard, impala, waterbuck and kudu to name but a few. The bird-life in the area is excellent, and if you are a keen birder – we recommend the summer months (Sept-April) as you may also get to see some of the migratory species passing through.

Boat Cruises
There are two boats moored at Pioneers Camp, and offer morning and afternoon-sunset boat cruises on the Zambezi – an incredibly relaxed way to enjoy this National park. Drinks and snacks are included and enjoyed along the way. Bring your binoculars, camera and a shady hat! If you feel like some fishing while on the cruise, organise some fishing rods and tackle at the camp.

Destination Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 3 to 6

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: Lorries B & B

Lorrie B&B is family run with the focus on personal attention to detail and guest satisfaction. Lorries B&B is a short walk from the mighty Victoria Falls and all that this amazing destination has to offer. All rooms are well appointed en-suite with own verandas set in a quiet tropical garden. Recently converted to Solar Geysers and Air Conditioning available in all rooms on request.

The main veranda at Lorries B & B in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe The pool area at Lorries B & B in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Inside a double room at Lorries B & B in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Notes: Day 3, 4, 5 & 6

Today after breakfast and another early morning activity if you wish, you will be transferred from Pioneers Camp to Lorries B&B 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 page Victoria Falls activities to see what is on offer.

DAY 4 & 5
You have 2 full days 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 activities available Victoria Falls Activities and contact us to arrange a suitable itinerary just for you.

Sadly, 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.


Total Price 5 Nights US$952 (high season) / US$817 (low season)
Per person sharing

Included in this safari

• Accommodation in an intimate tented lodge facing the Zambezi River
• All meals and non-premium drinks
• Laundry
• Activities: Game Drives, Night Drives, Boat Cruises, Canoeing

• Accommodation in an en-suite comfortable room with veranda and garden view
• Daily breakfast

• Return Victoria Falls Airport transfers
• All road transfers between lodges
• Scheduled transfers from Vic Falls town to/from the camp


• All National Park fees
• Pioneers camp - Fishing and walking activities are additional, and must be pre-booked in advance
• Premium imported beverages
• Gratuities

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