See Zimbabwe at its wildest on this nine-night luxury fly-in safari. Travel to one of Africa’s top 10 largest national parks, stay in an award-winning camp in one of the best wildlife-viewing spots, and see a Lion King-worthy sunset as you head for the hills in Lake Kariba.
Suggested route & duration
9 nights from Victoria Falls
• Victoria Falls: 3 nights
• Mana Pools: 2 nights
• Lake Kariba: 2 nights
• Hwange National Park: 2 nights
About this independent tour
Why you'll love this safari
• Stay at an intimate safari lodge on the hills above Lake Kariba
• Travel in style as you fly over national parks
• Look out for bipedal elephants as you wild-walk in Mana Pools
• See the epic landmark of UNESCO-listed Victoria Falls
• Spot the classic Big Five on a game drive in Hwange National Park
Suggested itinerary details
Day 1: Victoria Falls Arrive in Victoria Falls where you’ll spend three nights. Take a sunset cruise along the mighty Zambezi River, visit the village shops and markets in Victoria Falls Town, and take time to explore the world-famous waterfalls; one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Stay 3 nights at The Victoria Falls Hotel.
Day 4: Mana Pools Fly by light aircraft to Mana Pools National Park, one of the last wild-walking national parks in the world. Head out on a game drive or explore the park on foot, looking out for leopards, lions and one of the largest wild dog populations in Africa. As you explore, make sure to keep an eye out for Boswell and Fred Astaire, the park’s celebrity bipedal elephants. Stay 2 nights at Nyamatusi Camp.
Day 6: Lake Kariba Continue by plane to Lake Kariba, the largest manmade lake in the world. Formed by the damming of the Kariba Gorge in the 1950s, it’s home to some of the most magical sunsets in Africa. Go fishing on the lake and join a boat safari for the chance to spot crocodiles and hippo on the banks. Stay 2 nights at Bumi Hills.
Day 8: Hwange National Park Fly towards the golden plains of Hwange National Park, a top 10 in Africa’s largest national parks. This is a Big Five heavyweight so head out on game drives to spot lions, leopards, buffalo and rhino, plus one of the largest elephant populations in the world. Stay 2 nights at Somalisa Camp.
A spectacular explosion of orange, pinks and gold, Lake Kariba at sunset is an unbeatable view
Mana Pool’s celebrity elephants are famous for their extraordinary treetop-reaching abilities
Big Five game drives
Game drives are at their best in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s classic Big Five territory
See more of Victoria Falls with a scenic helicopter flight or a luxury cruise along the Zambezi
Tailor your tour
Make it your own
We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our own experiences and our customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.
Where to stay
We’ve suggested Nyamatusi Camp and Somalisa Camp because they’re indulgent and intimate safari retreats. With award-winning designs, these are luxurious bases in the wild. Then experience classic luxury at Victoria Falls Hotel, a colonial retreat that overlooks the Zambezi River.
Let us know if you want to add on any special experiences to your trip. On this itinerary you could take a ‘Flight of the Angels’ helicopter ride over the Victoria Falls, up your adrenalin levels with a go on the Gorge Swing, or take an intimate sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.
As such an iconic landmark, we think it’s important to spend at least 3 nights in Victoria Falls to give yourself enough time to see it properly. If you have time to spare, adding an extra day or two in Hwange National Park and Mana Pools will give you the chance to experience more of these incredible wildlife regions.
There are plenty of other great places you can include in this itinerary so if you want to stop somewhere else, just say. If you’re looking to extend your time in Africa, why not finish the itinerary in Cape Town – it’s just a 3-hour flight to South Africa’s beautiful coastal city.
Good to know
When to go
• Zimbabwe has a sub-tropical climate so is a great year-round destination
• The dry season lasts from April to October and is the best time to visit the national parks (October can be extremely hot)
• June to September is the peak time to see Vic Falls
• Some safari camps shut during the wet season – access to Mana Pools National Park is limited between December and March