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Family Victoria Falls and Safari Adventure

By Helen Austin
Purchasing Manager for Alfred&

Perfect for teens, this itinerary explores Zimbabwe, a renowned adventurous safari destination. This family holiday stops at the mighty Victoria Falls for hair-raising natural spectacles and soothing sunset cruises followed by close animal encounters in the enormous and unspoilt Hwange National Park. Think out-of-the-box safari; lunches by the waterhole, game spotting from an open-sided railcar and bush walks with guides at the top of their game. Not to mention a dedicated local community helping sustain the thriving wildlife.

Places

Length
8 days
Best months to go
July to October
Guide price range
£3,875 - £4,850pp
Price for family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children over 12) including international flights

Top Experiences
Itinerary Highlights

Hwange National Park

Safari in a private slice of Hwange National Park

You have that feeling of empty space, few people and animals as far as the eye can see...

Hwange National Park

Safari on the Elephant Express across Hwange National Park

Breezing over the plains in this open-sided railcar feels like no ordinary transfer...

Victoria Falls

Face to face with 'The Smoke That Thunders'

When you experience Victoria Falls for yourself, you can really appreciate its power in a way you don't from watching a film...

Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Victoria Falls

Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport where a representative will meet you and help you transfer to your hotel featuring interconnecting rooms.The falls are never out of sight or mind whether you’re watching the powerful spray escape the earth like steam or listening to its distant rumble. Your hotel is perfectly positioned for a saunter into town – or even an optional segway tour! But most importantly you’re only a 15-minute walk away from the iconic falls themselves. Head out on a series of walkways to viewpoints with great names such as Rainbow Falls and Danger Point where you can gawp in awe at formidable cascades plunging 100 metres below. Overnight at Ilala Lodge.

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Victoria Falls

Wake up for a full day of adventure ahead. Teens will no doubt love optional activities such as white-water rafting in the churning rapids (minimum age is 15 years old), ziplining over the forest canopy or freefalling 70 metres into the mouth of a gorge on an adrenaline-pumping rope swing. For something a little tamer, you could enjoy lunch at a local home for insight into the culture – a unique experience. The pièce de résistance for most is a helicopter ride over the falls for unrivalled perspectives and bragworthy Instagram shots. Overnight at Ilala Lodge.

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3

Victoria Falls & Hwange National Park

Transfer around two hours to Hwange National Park and the village of Dete where the remarkable Elephant Express, a traditional open-sided railcar, will transport you over the grassland to your remotely located lodge.Trundling along at 25 miles per hour on a colonial-era track you may spot plains game or if you’re lucky, cheetah that often use the tracks as a vantage point. For families, your lodge features a huge, elevated two-bedroom tent complete with two bathtubs, a spacious lounge (with space for a couple of extra beds) and a panoramic deck. Watch the wildlife come to drink at the neighbouring waterhole – there’s no need for televisions - or take a dip in the plunge pool to recover from the journey. Stories by the campfire and dinners alfresco add to the adventurous vibe. Overnight at Bomani Lodge.

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Hwange National Park

Your lodge offers convenient access to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve with countless activities meaning even teenagers are never short on entertainment. Daily game drives plunge you into Hwange’s vast space alive with compelling wildlife from screeching baboons and big cats to the record high numbers of elephants – especially engrossing when seen on a walking safari (minimum age is 13 years old). Zimbabwe’s walking guides are often cited as the best in the business due to the extensive training which can take approximately four years to complete. This means you and your brood are in the safest hands when tracking animals on foot and investigating nature up close. If you’d rather see them without the hair-raising experience, Bomani have built a number of discreet elephant hides right next to active waterholes bringing you only steps away from all the action. Overnight at Bomani Tented Camp.

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5

Hwange National Park

On your last day in the bush, you may want to delve deeper into the park’s inner workings for greater context. Budding conservationists should not miss meeting Hwange’s two white rhinos, or rather the local celebrities, and a success story in sustainability. Not only can you enjoy some riveting safari experiences but activities that expose your clan to the local community. The 'pump run' is one such optional activity which can involve delivering supplies to pump attendants who spend hours manning the waterholes. A fun and humbling day out with a picnic lunch to restore you. Overnight at Bomani Tented Camp.

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Hwange National Park & Victoria Falls

Transfer back to Victoria Falls where you can take the rest of the day to recalibrate and bunk down in a garden-level, ample-sized Deluxe Suite. This time, your hotel is located a little further out of town for extra serenity along the Zambezi River although there’s a ten-minute shuttle to take guests to and from the falls. After early wake up calls and days in the bush, you may feel like some downtime by the swimming pool watching the warthogs wander by. If you missed one of the adventurous optional activities the first time around, the rapids and gorges are only a transfer away – perhaps one for the teens. Adults may choose this moment to enquire about a private candle-lit dinner or a massage to knead out any lingering tension. Overnight at The Palm River Hotel.

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7

Victoria Falls

Spend your final day as you please. In the evening as the amber light recedes, enjoy a river cruise en famille drifting you around the forested islands perhaps spotting snorting hippo, grazing zebra and elephants plodding through the greenery. Your captain has a wealth of wildlife knowledge which sets this boat ride apart from the rest. Sipping a gin and tonic while nibbling on canapes with the sun on the cusp of the water, a sunset cruise couldn’t feel more valedictory. Overnight at The Palm River Hotel.

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Victoria Falls & Departure

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Another stop?

If you want to extend your safari adventure, we recommend including a trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana

Extensions

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

01 Jan - 30 Apr, 01 Dec - 15 Dec

Family of 4 price - 2 adults and two teenagers (12 years old or above)

£3,875

Mid Season

01 May - 30 Jun, 01 Sep - 30 Nov

Family of 4 price - 2 adults and two teenagers (12 years old or above)

£4,625

High Season

01 Jul - 31 Aug, 16 Dec - 31 Dec

Family of 4 price - 2 adults and two teenagers (12 years old or above)

£4,850

Other family options

Please contact us for prices for families of other sizes and other ages.

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2 adults sharing

Travel without children on the same itinerary, with prices starting at:

£4,595

Alfred & Helen Austin

Helen was fascinated by travel from an early age, avidly watching holiday programmes and dreaming of future travel plans. Fantasy became reality when she joined Kuoni just over 20 years ago, and she has continued to explore ever since. She fell in love with Africa on her first safari experience in Zambia, watching an elephant herd meander across a dusty track as the sun set dramatically. Subsequent trips to South Africa, Namibia, and Kenya have further fuelled her passion for the wildlife, diverse cultures, and beautiful landscapes of her favourite continent.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Adele, who's travelled extensively in Zimbabwe. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember – the ranger who can show you the best game viewing and fishing spots on the Zambezi, the guide who’ll introduce you to ‘moonbows’ at Victoria Falls and the locals who’ll share their dinner with you.

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