• Zimbabwe Highlights

  • Zimbabwe Highlights

  • Zimbabwe Highlights

The very best of Zimbabwe, from mighty Victoria Falls to incredible wildlife

Days: 11 | From: $7,274/per person

  • Includes accommodation at luxurious safari lodges
  • Safari with expert naturalist guides in a custom game viewing vehicle

Experience the power of Victoria Falls, cruise along the Zambezi River, sit with the elephants as they take a drink from the lodge pool in Hwange National Park, and safari by land and water in magical Mana Pools.

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At a glance

  • Johannesburg
    1 night: Explore the art, history and culture of South Africa's largest city with your private guide
  • Victoria Falls
    3 nights: Experience the mists of mighty Victoria Falls, cruise the Zambezi River
  • Hwange National Park
    3 nights: Safari in Zimbabwe's largest National Park, known for its high concentration of elephants and diversity of wildlife and landscapes
  • Mana Pools National Park
    3 nights: Venture to remote Mana Pools, a UNESCO-World Heritage Park. Experience the abundance of wildlife here on exciting game drives, while out on foot and as you silently drift along the river by boat

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Africa!

Arrive to Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub. This city bursts with art, history, and culture and is a great place to add some extra time to explore. Joburg combines a modern, metropolitan sophistication with historic townships, creating an ambience that has given life to some of South Africa’s greatest icons and creative minds. Your private guide will be waiting to transfer you to your boutique hotel set in the lush, upmarket suburbs of town.

Accommodations: The Peech Hotel

Set within two acres in Johannesburg’s residential suburb of Melrose, The Peech is a boutique hotel with 32 well-appointed guest rooms spread around the property’s verdant gardens. The location feels both private and central, located near the city's main shopping hubs and adjacent to the boutiques, cafés and parks of Melrose. The hotel offers two swimming pools, comfortable outdoor seating areas, and a bistro featuring locally sourced, sustainable and organic ingredients.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 2:

Fly to Victoria Falls

Fly to the mighty Victoria Falls. Known in a local language as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “The Smoke That Thunders,” Victoria Falls straddles the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe and plummets some 354 feet into the gorge below. At over five thousand feet wide, it is the world’s largest falling sheet of water. Here you can observe wildlife along the banks of the river in Zambezi National Park, visit the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, cruise the river at sunset with a drink in hand, or canoe through the shallows looking for birds and wildlife with an expert local guide. Speak with your Vaya specialist about the endless list of adventurous activities on offer here.

Accommodations: Old Drift Lodge, 3 nights

Old Drift Lodge is located upstream from Victoria Falls in Zambezi National Park, right on the bank of the Zambezi River. The pristine national park sprawls over 56,000 hectares, and the lodge's activities capitalize on this rich natural environment, focusing on the abundance of wildlife that roam the park and swim the Zambezi River.

The main lodge area has 360-degree views, overlooking the Zambezi River on one side and an active waterhole on the other. Just a few miles from the town of Victoria Falls, Old Drift Lodge is the closest lodge within the national park to Victoria Falls itself.

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 3:

THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS: VICTORIA FALLS

Experience one of nature’s supreme masterpieces. No photograph can truly prepare you for the immensity of Victoria Falls. Walk through the rainforest with your private guide, who will tell you about the history of Victoria Falls and introduce you to the surrounding flora and fauna.

In the afternoon, enjoy some leisure time at your hotel; indulge in a spa treatment or watch the river flow by from your private plunge pool or outdoor bathtub.

Accommodations: Old Drift Lodge, 3 nights

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 4:

EXPLORE VICTORIA FALLS AND CRUISE THE ZAMBEZI RIVER

African Elephant bull drinking on the Zambezi river at sunset

Get to know this remarkable area with an activity on offer at your lodge, or let us arrange something a little more adventurous, such as rafting, a helicopter ride, or a microlight flight. You may also choose to spend time visiting a local community project, canoeing with a private guide, trying your hand at some catch-and-release tiger fishing, or visiting a local rhino sanctuary. Other options include game drives in neighboring Zambezi National Park, or a leisurely lunch at the Lookout Café perched high above the rapids of Batoka Gorge.

In the evening, set out for a sunset cruise along the mighty Zambezi River, one of Africa’s largest river systems. Watch the sun sink behind the trees as you keep an eye out for the abundant birdlife along the shore and wildlife coming down for a drink. Enjoy canapes and drinks as you celebrate your time in Africa.

Accommodations: Old Drift Lodge, 3 nights

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 5:

HEAD FOR HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Take a short flight from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park. Declared a national park in 1929, Hwange today is Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve. Vast stretches of wilderness extend from horizon to horizon and form part of the ancient migration route towards Northern Botswana for many animals.

This diverse landscape of mopane and teak forests, semi-desert scrubland, and granite hills is inhabited by a wide variety of mammals and birds. A year-round destination, Hwange is particularly appealing during the winter months (April to October), when large concentrations of animals flock to pumped waterholes as the seasonal pans dry out. The park’s network of waterholes sustains life when natural resources are unavailable and is a remarkable story of conservation. Massive herds of elephants make their presence felt during the dry period. Buffalo, zebra, sable and roan antelope, as well as lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs are also widely seen.

Accommodations: Somalisa Camp, 3 nights

Located in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, Somalisa is an intimate bush camp perfect for a relaxing Hwange safari. The camp houses 7 tented suites tucked into the shade of an Acacia grove, along the edge of an ancient seasonal floodplain. Each tent offers a fireplace, spacious copper bathtub, and private viewing deck, and the camp’s main deck and pool area overlooks a waterhole frequented by the local elephant families. Game drives, night drives, and walking safaris are guided by passionate local guides.

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 6:

Safari in Hwange

Set out from your luxurious tented camp, located on a private concession within the national park, to begin your first full day on safari in Hwange.

During the heat of the afternoon, enjoy the amenities of your luxury camp. Spend some time in the pool overlooking the waterhole, a favorite destination for elephants, or relax in your copper bathtub with a sweeping view of the wilderness around you.

Accommodations: Somalisa Camp, 3 nights

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 7:

ANOTHER DAY OF WILDLIFE IN HWANGE

Join your expert ranger guide for morning and afternoon game drives on your final day in the bush. You also have the option to explore on foot with an armed ranger, learning about some of the more overlooked elements of wildlife in the park.

You may also choose to visit a local village with your guide. This is a wonderful way to see the traditional way of life in this area, and learn how local initiatives to empower the community have decreased conflict between humans and wildlife.

Accommodations: Somalisa Camp, 3 nights

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 8:

Fly to Mana Pools

Take a safari flight north to Mana Pools National Park. This superb safari location has held UNESCO World Heritage status since 1984 and is one of the finest wilderness destinations in Africa. Set against a dramatic hilly back drop, the Zambezi River carves its way through the valley and supports an incredible diversity of African wildlife.

Accommodations: Nyamatusi Camp, 3 nights

Situated on the bank of the renowned Zambezi River, Nyamatusi Camp is inspired by nature and reminiscent of the the classic safari experience of bygone days. Nyamatusi comprises of 6 spacious and well-appointed tents, each with its own private deck and plunge pool, offering remote views overlooking the Zambezi.

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 9:

Safari in Mana Pools

Take exciting twice-daily game drives with an expert naturalist guide, set out on foot to experience some of the more remote areas of the park with a highly-trained walking guide, or silently approach animals on the banks of the Zambezi as you drift along the river in a canoe.

This variety of activities and unique ways to view the park’s inhabitants means your safari experience will always be tailored just to you.

Accommodations: Nyamatusi Camp, 3 nights

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 10:

A final day in Mana Pools

Wildlife African leopard in Kruger National Park, South Africa.(shoot nearby the nyamunda dam - kruger national park)

Set out in the hushed early-morning hours one final time, in search of the magnificent wildlife indigenous to this area. The park is famous for its huge elephant herds, which come down to drink at the water’s edge, and for its frequent sightings of lions and leopards. This is also one of the best places in Africa to find endangered wild dogs.

In the afternoon, relax at your lodge or lounge in the pool with a drink in hand as you gaze out across the river and spot animals as they go about their day.

Accommodations: Nyamatusi Camp, 3 nights

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 11:

Farewell to Africa

After your last safari drive and a sumptuous breakfast in camp, it is time to bid farewell to the bush. You will be transferred back to the airstrip to catch your flight to Harare, where you can connect with your international flight home or onward to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

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Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Choose from a selection of carefully curated lodges and hotels to ensure this trip fits your travel style.

  • Add a houseboat experience on Lake Kariba, an incredible way to relax on the lake.

  • Include some downtime for rest and relaxation! Some free time to unwind or have a massage will allow you to feel refreshed and ready for the remainder of your trip. Many of our properties include excellent spas or wellness centers. We can help arrange these services or include properties that offer health & wellness amenities.

  • Engage with locals in a meaningful, authentic, and culturally respectful way with a visit to a community project or village.

  • Add a day at the start or end of this trip to experience the vibrant art and culture of either Johannesburg or Harare, two relatively undiscovered African cities.

  • Spend a few days on the tropical beaches of the the Indian ocean in Mozambique, Mauritius or Seychelles.

  • Combine this trip with the another region in Southern Africa for the ultimate in-depth safari experience.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

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