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Victoria Falls, Hwange, Lake Kariba
Zimbabwe Safari IG7B
Victoria Falls, Hwange and Kariba, often referred to as the golden triangle. This 7-night safari offers a perfect combination of game viewing, leisure and excitement.
2 Nights Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
3 Nights Hwange National Park
2 Nights Lake Kariba
8 Days / 7 Nights
Starts Victoria Falls Airport / Ends Victoria Falls Airport
Total Price 7 nights: US$ 5117 (high season) / US$ 3232 (low season)
per person sharing
Hwange National Park and Kariba, often referred to as the golden triangle, offer a perfect combination of game viewing, leisure and excitement. Starting with 2 nights at the upmarket
Ilala Lodge allows you to see the magnificent
Falls and enjoy some of the exciting
Victoria Falls activities on offer. Followed by 3 nights at
Somalisa Camp, which is situated on a premier wildlife concession deep within the Hwange National park, offering outstanding game viewing opportunities. Finally wind down and relax at Bumi Hills Safari
Lodge on Lake Kariba with views that will take your breath away along with some land and water based activities. Charter flights are included throughout. This classic Zimbabwe safari will without doubt leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
Zimbabwe Safari IG7B Inspired Journey Overview
|Nights 1 & 2 - Deluxe room at
|Nights 3, 4 & 5 - Luxury tented room
at Somalisa Camp
|Nights 6 & 7 - Standard room at
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
|Day 1 - Road Transfer: Victoria Falls Airport to Ilala Lodge (30 mins)
|Day 3 - Road Transfer: Ilala Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport (30 mins)
|Day 3 - Road Transfer: Hwange airstrip to Somalisa Camp (30 mins)
|Day 6 - Road Transfer: Somalisa Camp to Hwange airstrip (30 mins)
|Day 6 - Road Transfer: Bumi airstrip to Bumi Hills Safari Lodge (20 mins)
|Day 8 - Road Transfer: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge to Bumi airstrip (20 mins)
|Day 3 - Victoria Falls to Hwange (50 mins)
|Day 6 - Hwange to Kariba (1 hr)
|Day 8 - Kariba to Victoria Falls (1 hr 30 mins)
|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)
|Outstanding and personalised game viewing on a private concession in Hwange National Park
|Beautiful spacious en-suite tents with comfortably furnished private decks, overlooking Somalisa's waterhole
|Fantastic relaxing getaway on Lake Kariba, with breath-taking views of the lake
|Various activities while at Bumi Hills including game viewing, fishing, and cultural tours
Day 1 to 2
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 excellent
fishing, a terrifying
bungee jump and arguably the best commercial
white water rafting in the world.
Overnight: Ilala Lodge
The warmest of welcomes awaits you at Ilala Lodge Hotel. A gracefully distinguished ambiance. Attentive yet discrete service that always comes with a smile. The sublime surroundings of this boutique hotel will reawaken your senses while the power of the majestic Victoria Falls renews your spirit.
Relax in luxurious style. Listen to the meditative rhythm of the great
Zambezi River as you drift off to sleep. As morning comes, gently awake and lift your head to see the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls across the unspoiled horizon – and let your soul sigh.
Feel at ease in the elegant and spacious rooms with African Teak furniture, soft, crisp linen – all en-suite facilities, bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi and a safe. The view from your room looks across the lawns to the National Parks where elephant, warthog, impala or the occasional buffalo might be passing by or simply grazing on the lawn or in the tree line.
Experience new tastes, indulge in unusual flavours and enjoy delectable dishes at our award winning restaurant "The Palm”; dine in view of the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls! Lodge also has a spa, where you can spoil yourself after that long safari!
Notes: Day 1 & 2
You will be met at Victoria Falls airport by one of our representatives and transferred by air-conditioned minibus to Ilala Lodge arriving by mid-afternoon. This gives you time to settle in and relax or we recommend a sunset cruise or helicopter flight on this first afternoon. Dinner can either be at the Ilala’s
The Palm restaurant, which is excellent, or we can recommend other
options in and around town. Although 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 1 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 cafe 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.
Day 3 to 5
Hwange National Park
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
Overnight: Somalisa Camp
Somalisa Camp is set in the heart of
Hwange National Park, and is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. Nestled in a stunning location tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, Somalisa provides guests with breath-taking views of the savannah plains across the famous Kennedy Vlei line. Recently re-built, Somalisa Camp has upgraded its level of accommodation to that of complete comfort and luxury whilst still maintaining its focus on the guiding and hosting of guests to ensure the ultimate guest experience.
Consisting of seven elegantly furnished Sail Tents with gauze sliding doors, a glass wood-burner fireplace for the cold winter nights, and an overhead fan for the hot summer days, each tent has en-suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets, an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a copper slipper-style bathtub. The main decking area includes split level decking with a separate lounge and dining area, as well as a small splash pool for guests overlooking the “Elephant Pool” and a natural waterhole where herds of game congregate to drink and where guests can relax whilst soaking in the African bush.
Activities include guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, game drives and night drives. Wildlife sightings include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species.
Notes: Day 3, 4 & 5
Today, you will be picked up after breakfast for your charter flight to Hwange. Your flight takes about 50 minutes, then it is a 30-minute game drive to Somalisa Camp. After lunch it’s siesta time during the heat of the day, so take time to relax in your room or the main lodge area and watch animals as they come down to drink at the waterhole. Then it’s your chance to see some fantastic wildlife on an afternoon and evening game drive with your experienced guide. Return to the lodge after sunset, freshen up and enjoy a delicious dinner and evening around the campfire, recounting stories of the afternoons wildlife sightings.
No two days are the same at Somalisa, game viewing experiences are tailor-made to guest’s preferences, please see details below of the activities available and arrange these with the lodge managers onsite to suit your individual needs. Whether you choose to track a herd of elephant on foot with your highly trained guide at dawn or spend the afternoon relaxing overlooking the waterhole on the deck by the pool, this wild and unspoilt bush paradise will guarantee you leave with memories to last a lifetime!
Another day of game viewing activities at Somalisa, tailor-made to suit your needs and influenced by what the wildlife at the time of your visit is doing. Hwange offers some of the best wildlife sightings available in Africa without the congestion of numerous tourists.
Activities at Somalisa Camp
Game drives are by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you.
The open land cruisers will accommodate six passengers on tiered seating so that views are not blocked and photographic opportunities are enhanced. Each of
the vehicles are fitted with permanent canvas roofing to protect you from the varying weather elements, whilst still allowing an optimised up close and personal experience of wildlife.
Guests who have booked a private vehicle can request for the roofing to be removed in advance of their safari.
Walking safaris are lead by armed and qualified guides. Because there is much more to an African safari than being driven around in a vehicle while passively viewing animals, Somalisa combines the ultimate itinerary with an expert guide, creating the complete journey, where experiences, knowledge and passions are shared and whereby a standard
safari is transformed into an extra-ordinary one.
Hwange National Park is known to have one of the highest diversities of wildlife and bird-life species than
most National Parks in Southern Africa. There are over 470 birdlife species in the area.
Evening Game Drives
Evening Drives on Somalisa’s Private Concession within the Hwange National Park are done in open land cruisers that will accommodate six passengers on tiered seating so that views are not blocked and photographic opportunities are enhanced. Each of the vehicles are fitted with permanent canvas roofing to protect you from the varying weather elements, whilst still allowing an optimised up close and personal experience of wildlife.
Guests who have booked a private vehicle can request for the roofing to be removed in advance of their safari.
Day 6 to 8
The planet’s most voluminous man-made lake, Kariba is a popular tourist destination that was created in the 1950s when the mighty
Zambezi River was dammed. It stretches for more than 200 kilometres along the border between
Zambia, forming a natural boundary between the two countries. The lake’s waters are home to abundant crocodiles, hippos, fish and aquatic birds, while its shoreline and islands are rich with terrestrial game such as elephant and buffalo. It has become one of Zimbabwe’s main tourist attractions offering houseboat holidays, fishing safaris and wonderful game viewing experiences.
Overnight: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and Spa boasts one of Africa’s finest wilderness locations with an elevated position on a range of remote hills overlooking the vastness of Lake Kariba. Bumi is easily accessible by light aircraft and boat, allowing you to be swiftly transported into paradise without the stress of a long journey. Guests are welcomed into luxurious comfort by a team of staff that are unfailingly passionate and committed to ensuring your stay will forever be etched in a treasured part of your memory.
The lodge has a total of 20 rooms, all with views over the lake. Ten of the rooms are premium rooms with balconies and uninhibited views. The other ten are garden rooms with slated terraces, set a little way back behind and on a level above the premium rooms. All rooms are air conditioned at night and during the day upon request.
Taking centre stage is the beautiful infinity pool that seems to blend endlessly into the lake horizon. The pool is surrounded by intimate wine and dining terraces on different levels. The lodge interiors have been beautifully finished in a fusion of contemporary western and African styles. At the Spa you will have the opportunity to indulge yourself with a visual sensory experience like no other - overlooking Lake Kariba.
The Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is situated on an extensive private wildlife conservation area. Bumi Hills is home to lion, leopard, big herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as a multitude of different plains game. Guests can indulge in superb fishing in the lake waters surrounding the lodge with bream and the fighting tiger fish in abundance. Birding and cultural experiences also abound. Bumi Hills is a dream wedding destination - an incredible setting for a wedding whilst enjoying special time with family and friends surrounded by the lake and a myriad of wildlife!
Notes: Day 6, 7 & 8
Enjoy another early morning activity, then after breakfast prepare for your transfer out of Hwange National Park. The flight to Bumi Hills Airstrip takes about 1 hour and then it’s a short 20-minute drive up to the hotel. Check into your room and then enjoy a lunch on the terrace, the view is breath-taking so just sit back and relax. Cool off in the infinity pool, or enjoy a spa treatment (optional extra) to wind down the day, or go on a boat cruise on Lake Kariba where you will spot the various animals that visit the shorelines to quench their thirst. Head back to the lodge for some drinks and prepare for dinner at the lodge's restaurant.
Go for a morning game drive with an experienced and knowledgeable guide out on the concession in an open 4×4 game viewer where you are likely to spot a wide variety of game, over 300 bird species as well as numerous insects, reptiles and trees! Return to the hotel for lunch and then if you wish take part in a cultural village tour to the sprawling mud-hut Tonga village under Chief Mola. A visit is both humbling and life-enriching to witness how these friendly, spiritual people survive under such harsh conditions and how they keep their centuries-old traditions alive along the length of the Zambezi River.
Sadly, this is the last day of your safari. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for the 1 hour 30-minute flight back to Victoria Falls airport in time for your onward flight.
Activities at Bumi Hills
Wildlife Game Viewing
Bumi is unique among luxury safari lodges because of the exquisite added dimension of the water - Kariba is among the world’s largest man-made lakes and a genuine African wilderness with far more animals than people. This allows for glorious game-viewing by boat as well as the traditional open 4 x 4 vehicles and walking in the wild with an armed professional guide.
Bumi Hills has recently introduced sailing to its list of exciting activities. The lake waters around Bumi Hills are ideal to explore from spacious 30-foot catamaran.
Their fully qualified skipper is on hand to take you on a special cruise through beautiful archipelagos, bays, creeks and inlets to discover sandy beaches, birding havens and game rich ecosystems. As a special treat arrange with
the Bumi Hills activities team to take a packed picnic lunch and stop off on an island for a unique private dining experience.
The Bumi area offers truly incredible birdlife, especially water birds, and hundreds of species have been recorded. It is a thrilling location for photography of the majestic scenery and wildlife, but also the prolific bird life for enthusiasts.
Bumi is the prime fishing region of Kariba and is a major attraction that sets it apart from any traditional luxury safari lodge. Here it is rated one of Africa’s Top 20 adventures. You’ll thrill to catching the razor toothed tiger, pound-for-pound one of the world’s most powerful freshwater species.
The Bumi Hills Wildlife Area is bordered in the north west by the Chalala and Mola communities, which are home to the Tonga, a delightful and very spiritual people who have resided in this area and along the length of the Zambezi River for centuries. They have preserved ancient traditions and still live a largely subsistence lifestyle that is reliant on fishing, livestock and small scale farming. In the village of Chalala these customs have melted together with the inevitable infiltration of modern ways of life. However, the luxuries of a permanent electricity and water supply to homes are still absent, leaving the communities still largely reliant on the surrounding environment for their livelihood.
Bumi Hills has its own private game area, which extends below the lodge and includes a long stretch of lakeshore. Note that this is outside Matusadona National Park itself, to the west of it, and is more limited than the park’s vast area. Guests can use game hides, below the lodge, for closer views of the wildlife.
Total Price for 7 Nights: US$ 5117 (high season) / US$ 3232 (low season)
Per person sharing
Included in this safari
• Accommodation in a beautiful classy deluxe room
• Daily breakfast
• Accommodation in a large, elegantly furnished tented suite
• All meals and non-premium drinks
• All game viewing activities
• Hwange National Parks Fees
BUMI HILLS SAFARI LODGE
• Accommodation in a standard room
• All meals and non-premium drinks
• Two activities per day: choice of game drive, boat cruise, guided walk, fishing, cultural village tour
• Air transfers between Victoria Falls, Hwange and Bumi Hills
• All road transfers between lodges and airports/airstrips
• Meals and beverages not mentioned
• Premium and imported brand drinks
• Gratuities and items of a personal nature
• $10 pppn conservation fee
• Premium and imported brand drinks
• Lake fees for water-based activities
• BHAPU fees for land-based activities
• Spa Treatments
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