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Zimbabwe Safari IG5C
This classic short getaway safari takes you from the Upper Zambezi to Victoria Falls, combing both game viewing opportunities and a visit to a
world Natural Wonder
3 Nights Zambezi National Park
2 Nights Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starts Victoria Falls Airport / Ends Victoria Falls Airport
Total Price 5 nights: US$ 1848 (high season) / US$ 1736 (low season)
This classic short getaway safari takes you from the Upper
Zambezi River to
combining both game viewing opportunities and a visit to a Natural Wonder of the
World. Starting off with a three nights, enjoying the Zambezi River and its excellent wildlife at
Imbabala Safari Lodge,
situated on a 5000 acre private game concession only 80kms from the
Finish off with two nights at the luxurious
situated on a private wildlife estate on the outskirts of town - far enough to
be serenely peaceful but close enough to partake in any
Zimbabwe Safari IG5C Inspired Journey Overview
|Nights 1, 2 & 3 - Safari Chalet
Imbabala Safari Lodge
|Nights 4 & 5 - Tented suite at
|Day 1 - Road Transfer: Victoria Falls Airport to Imbabala Safari Lodge
|Day 4 - Road Transfer: Imbabala Safari Lodge to Elephant Camp
|Day 6 - Road Transfer: Elephant Camp to Victoria Falls Airport
|Imbabala on the banks of the Zambezi offers comfort, good game viewing and river cruises
|Lots of activities including day and night game drives, boat
cruises, walking safaris, Chobe day trips and fishing
|Beautiful luxurious accommodation at Elephant camp with lovely views
of the rising spray
|Batoka gorge sundowners, lunch at the Lookout Cafe, Guided tour of
the Victoria Falls
|Elephant interaction on the Wild Horizons' estate
|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 (activities not included).
Day 1 to 3
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
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
Overnight: Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge
Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is situated on a riverine fringe of the mighty
Zambezi River where
Zambia and Namibia converge. Imbabala offers the chance to unwind but also some of the most amazing game viewing and bird watching in the region, in the seclusion of a private National Parks concession. The 5,000-acre concession has 14 kilometres of private Zambezi
River frontage and borders the
Chobe Forest Reserve, which is renowned for its massive Elephant population.
Imbabala Lodge offers exclusive accommodation for only 20 guests in 9 individual thatch lodges with en-suite facilities. Experienced guides are on hand for all activities. Exploring the Zambezi River by boat affords guests an exclusive river experience. Game drives in the private concession area are popular and often provide fantastic game sightings including lion, painted dog, elephant, giraffe and kudu. The area has approximately 420 bird species sighted making it an exciting venue for birders.
Notes: Day 1, 2 & 3
You will be met at Victoria Falls International Airport by one of our representatives and transferred to Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge, which takes just over an hour. After high tea, join an afternoon boat cruise on the Zambezi River, which is a great and relaxing way to start your safari.
Qualified guides educate and illuminate your game viewing experience and reveal the natural beauty of the Zambezi. Return to the lodge and freshen up before dinner, which will be served under the stars, overlooking the Zambezi River.
After dinner guests gather in the bar or around the camp fire to share the day’s experiences.
Wake up for early morning tea/coffee and rusks and an early morning game drive.
Snacks will also be served during the game drive along with more tea and coffee. Return to the lodge for a full brunch and relaxation.
You can enjoy the hammock in your room, socialize at the main lounge or bar, relax or cool off in the swimming pool, enjoy a massage or any of the other optional activities before lunch is served in the cool shade in the main lodge's dining area.
After lunch, you can take a siesta, or go on an optional walking safari with a licensed guide. Return to the lodge for high tea and then go on an afternoon and evening game drive.
Return to the lodge for dinner, which for a change is sometimes served on the flood plains next to the Zambezi River.
Another full day at Imbabala allows you the opportunity to take part in the many activities available, details of which can be seen below. If you’ve already done an afternoon cruise, then you should today try a morning cruise.
The Chobe National Park is a short drive away so a day trip is even on the cards if you choose, at an additional cost.
You can have dinner with the other guests, or organise a private dinner for your final night at Imbabala.
Game drives (Morning, Afternoon & Night)
Experienced guides are on hand for all activities. These centre around tracking game on morning, afternoon and night game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles on the Imbabala Private Concession Area.
Exploring the Zambezi River by boat affords guests an exclusive river experience. Bird-watching is exceptional, as birdlife is prolific and varied, ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers.
Selected Spa Treatments are available at an additional charge
Optional Extra Activities
Chobe day trips, walking safaris and fishing excursions for the renowned Tiger Fish, are available by prior arrangement and at an extra charge
Day 4 to 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
Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to
combine a game viewing and water sports. There is a terrifying
bungee jump and arguably the best commercial
white water rafting in the world.
Overnight: Elephant Camp
Situated on a private concession within and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi
The Elephant Camp has breath-taking views of the
Victoria Falls' spray and the spectacular gorges which separate
Zambia. The Elephant Camp is a luxury, intimate lodge under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls (approximately 10km) and all its attractions and activities, yet secluded in its own private game reserve. The Elephant Camp offers exclusive suite accommodation for only 24 guests in 12 luxury tents.
All suites are gorge facing and boast a private viewing deck and plunge pool, private lounge area, air-conditioning and fans, bath (with a view), inside and outside shower, mini bar and tea/coffee stations. The lounge, bar and dining area lead out to a sun kissed pool from where the roar of the water rushing over gorges becomes a constant beat and soon settles into the background like an old friend. It is calming and therapeutic to sit back, watch and listen to "the smoke that thunders".
Select Spa Treatments are available in the privacy of your suite (subject to availability, on request at an additional charge). Access is by road transfer from Victoria Falls (15 km from Victoria Falls Airport and 10 km from
Victoria Falls town), Livingstone and Kasane.
Notes: Day 4, 5 & 6
On this final morning at Imbabala you will have time for another early activity.
Return to the lodge for breakfast and then get ready for your transfer to
Elephant Camp. After lunch it’s time to see one of the seven natural wonders of
the world; the mighty Victoria Falls. The tour normally takes around 2.5 hours. Enjoy sundowners at the main tent, or out in the bush at the Batoka Gorges. Dinner will be served in the dining room or on the deck under the stars.
A popular, inclusive activity at
Elephant Camp is meeting the Wild Horizon’s elephants down at the wallow on the
lodge’s estate. Sylvester the Cheetah is also often brought to the wallow on his
daily walks and training and guests get to see and interact with the royal
animal, which is often a highlight of their trip. Spending time relaxing at the
lodge is recommended, as it’s such a fabulous setting but there are also a
multitude of activities available in Victoria Falls. It
is the adventure capital of Africa and there are activities on offer to cater
for everyone’s needs. Although these activities are not included in your
package, please have a look at the available
Victoria Falls Activities
contact us to help
arrange a suitable itinerary just for you.
Sadly this is the last day of your safari but there is time for one more early
morning activity if you are feeling up to it. Return to camp for breakfast and get ready for your transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your departure flight.
A couple of worthwhile specific activities are available at the Elephant Camp,
please see details below:-
Activities at Elephant Camp
Selected Spa Treatments are available in the privacy of your suite (subject to availability, on request at an additional charge).
Walking Safaris - Nature & Birding Walks
Explore the beautiful concession, part of the Victoria Falls National Park,
with experienced guides who will bring the landscape to life. This activity is
included, but must be scheduled on arrival and is subject to availability.
Interaction with Sylvester, Ambassador Cheetah (at manager's discretion)
Five years ago, the Wild Horizons family was extended by the arrival of a very special member. Having tragically lost his mother and four siblings after a fatal attack of a male lion, Sylvester is unfortunately unable to hunt or provide for himself. Yet Sylvester was never destined to become a pet, and being a specially protected animal on the endangered species list, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management were involved from the outset with Sylvester’s welfare. A plan was needed for a future permanent home for Sylvester, and the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust (VFWT) became involved.
Despite numerous release attempts, cheetah, do not survive in the wild without experiencing the maternal care of a mother for the initial twenty-two months of their lives. A plan was formulated by which Sylvester acts as an ‘Ambassador Cheetah’. Sylvester interacts with the public to raise awareness of the cheetah’s peril as a species and the challenges they face being on the endangered species list.
Guests will be transferred to a rural village where they will see local villagers going about their daily tasks and interact with them. The tour enables them to see rural Zimbabwean life first hand.
Visiting the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust
Guests visit the
Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust (VFWT), a non-proﬁt whose mission is to advance environmental conservation through hands-on wildlife research, the management of a veterinary laboratory and rehabilitation facility and the education of local peoples in the sustainable usage of natural resources. This activity is included but must be scheduled on arrival and is subject to availability.
Total Price for 5 Nights: US$ 1848 (high season) / US$ 1736 (low season)
Per person sharing
Included in this safari
IMBABALA ZAMBEZI SAFARI LODGE
• Accommodation in a safari chalet
• All meals and local brand beverages
• All Game drives am or pm, River safari am or pm, Night drive
• Accommodation in luxury tented rooms
• All meals and local brand drinks and house wines, complimentary mini bar
• Emergency Medical Evacuation cover
• Activities: Meeting the Wild Horizons elephants, Sundowners at the Batoka Gorge, Birding & Nature walks on the concession, Lunch at the Lookout Cafe (On Request),
Tour of the Falls (excluding park fee)
• Two transfers to and from Victoria Falls town per day
• Return Victoria Falls Airport transfers
• One inter-lodge transfer
• Park fees at Imbabala Lodge is paid on entry per person per day
• Chobe day trips, fishing and game walks are optional extras
• Victoria Falls Rainforest park entrance fee is paid on entry
• Premium brand drinks
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