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Zimbabwe Safari IB5D

Self drivers can enjoy this super budget safari at their own leisure, combining Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls at a ridiculous price

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

Total Price 5 Nights: US$ 397 high season, US$ 328 low season
per person sharing

Safari Overview

This super affordable self-drive safari, offers a great bush experience in Hwange National Park at a well-equipped and high quality self-catering lodge in the heart of the park in a very good game viewing area. Then drive to Victoria Falls and spend two nights at a stylish B&B, exploring Victoria Falls town, sights and activities at your own leisure.

Safari itinerary map through Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe Safari IB5D Inspired Journey Overview

Nights 1, 2 & 3 - Tented Room at Kapula South Camp
Nights 4 & 5 - Standard Double Room at Nguni Lodge
Day 1 - Self-Drive to Kapula South Camp
Day 4 - Self-Drive: Kapula South Camp to Nguni Lodge
Day 6 - Self-Drive: Nguni Lodge to onward destination
Excellent Game viewing in the heart of Hwange National Park
Very well equipped and comfortable self-catering lodge allowing for a very affordable safari at your own pace
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)

Notes: Day 1, 2 & 3

DAY 1 to 3
Make your way to Kapula Camp (South) in Hwange National Park, either via the Main Camp or Sinamatella entrance gates, depending on the direction of your journey. Kapula is a fully equipped tented camp, all you need to do is bring in your food and drinks.

Kapula is situated in a private concession only a few kilometres from Masuma dam in the heart of Hwange National Park. An open vlei and small waterhole in front of the lodge attracts an abundance of wildlife, which you can enjoy watching from the elevated central entertainment area. The whole area is rich in bird and wildlife and this spot makes for an excellent safari.

A licensed guide can be booked in advance to assist during game drives, otherwise game drives through Hwange National Park are done completely on your own. No shops are located inside the National park so ensure that you stock up with your supplies before entering.

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: Kapula Camp

Situated adjacent to the famous Masuma dam picnic site in the heart of Hwange National Park, the largest park in Zimbabwe, Kapula is a stone’s throw away from the Victoria Falls/Kasane/Kariba tourist hub.

The park occupies roughly 15 000km2 in the North West corner of the country and can be easily accessed from Botswana, South Africa and Zambia. Game sighting is excellent in the dry winter months from June to October.

During the full moon you can expect spectacular moonlit game viewing from your tent deck. With over 400 bird species, the summer months from November to May are a special treat for the avid bird watcher.

Kapula's north and south camps both consist of four extravagant, safari-style tented suites with en-suite facilities. These may be booked per pair, or altogether. All four tents come with a choice of sleeping arrangement, namely two 3/4 beds or one king-sized bed.

All tents are positioned with privacy in mind, and are built upon elevated timber decking, that provides a spectacular, open-fielded view of the surrounding land and wildlife.

Decorated with a distinct African flavour, the tents exude both comfort and style.

In addition to the lodging tents, Kapula's north camp boasts a large main building that overlooks a waterhole in the Kapula Vlei area, the perfect place to enjoy sundowners, whilst telling the day's tales around the adjacent camp fire.

The building comes equipped with a full kitchen suite, including two fridges, a deep freezer, a gas stove and both lounge and dining room, each with seating for twelve. The south camp also has a campfire, kitchen tent and specially built game-viewing platform.

Notes: Day 4, 5 & 6

DAY 4 & 5
Possibly do another early morning game drive, then pack up and drive up to Victoria Falls and check into Nguni Lodge. The drive should take no longer than 3 hrs. You have one and a half 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 café for refreshments and a bite to eat. Please have a look at the Victoria Falls Activities and contact us to arrange a suitable itinerary just for you.

Unfortunately, this is the final day of your safari. After breakfast, pack up your gear and head to your next destination.

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.

Directions - Kapula South Camp to Nguni Lodge

• Head north until you get to the main gravel road
• Continue up to Sinamatella Camp
• From Sinamatella Camp, head northeast up to the Bulawayo -Vic Falls Highway (A8)
• Turn left onto A8 towards Victoria Falls
• Travel about 105kms to Victoria Falls town
• Turn left onto Reynard Rd and go for about 570m
• Turn left into Syringa Road and drive for 710m
• Turn right into Manyika Road
• Turn left into Ngugwuma Crescent and go up 200m. Destination will be on the right


Total Price 5 Nights: US$ 397 high season, US$ 328 low season
Per person sharing

Included in this safari

• Accommodation only, in a simple but comfortable en-suite tents.
• Use of all the camps cooking facilities, which include all pots pans and crockery, stoves, fridges and deep freezers

• Accommodation in a stylish and comfortable room
• Daily breakfast


• Road transfers – trip is totally self-drive and self-catering at Kapula Camp in Hwange PARK FEES
• National Park fees to be paid on entry into Hwange National Park

More Travel Information

Victoria Falls Travel Information
Victoria Falls Activities
Hwange National Park Information

Safari around Zimbabwe Safari in Botswana and Zimbabwe

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