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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
Reference: IG-5C
Starts Victoria Falls Airport / Ends Victoria Falls Airport

Total Price 5 Nights: US$ 2231 high season, US$ 1848 low season
per person sharing

Destination Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe

Destination Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Safari Overview

This classic short getaway safari takes you from the Upper Zambezi River to Victoria Falls, 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 Victoria Falls rainforest. Finish off with two nights at the luxurious Elephant Camp, situated on a private wildlife estate on the outskirts of town - far enough to be serenely peaceful but close enough to partake in any Victoria Falls activities.

Luxury safari route starting from Zambezi National Park and ending in Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe Safari IG5C Inspired Journey Overview

Nights 1, 2 & 3 - Safari Chalet at Imbabala Safari Lodge
Nights 4 & 5 - Tented suite at Elephant Camp
Transfers Included
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 trip 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).

Destination Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe

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.

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: Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge

Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is situated on a riverine fringe of the mighty Zambezi River where Zimbabwe, Botswana, 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.

Activities 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.

River Safaris
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.

Spa Treatments
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

Destination Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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. 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 and 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:-

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 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 gorges, The Elephant Camp has breath-taking views of the Victoria Falls' spray and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and 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.

Activities at Elephant Camp

Spa Treatments
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.

Village Tour
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$ 2231 high season, US$ 1848 low season
Per person sharing

Included in this safari

• Accommodation in a safari chalet
• All meals and local brand beverages
• Conservation fees
• All Game drives am or pm, River safari am or pm, Night drive, Chobe Day Trip (including Chobe National Park fee)

• Accommodation in luxury tented rooms
• All meals and local brand drinks and house wines, complimentary mini bar
• Laundry
• Emergency Medical Evacuation cover
• Conservation fees
• Activities: Meeting the Wild Horizons elephants, Sundowners at the Batoka Gorge, Birding & Nature walks on the concession, Lunch at the Lookout Cafe, Tour of the Victoria Falls (including National Parks fees), Zambezi Royal Sunset Cruise (including River usage fees), Canopy Tour (including Highwire park fees)

• Two transfers to and from Victoria Falls town per day
• Return Victoria Falls Airport transfers
• One inter-lodge transfer


• Fishing and game walks are optional extras
• Premium brand drinks

More Travel Information

Victoria Falls Travel Information
Victoria Falls Activities
Zambezi National Park

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