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Escape to Africa and explore the wonders of the mighty Zambezi River, the Victoria Falls and the world-renowned Hwange National Park home to great herds of elephant, big cats and a myriad of plains game.

This 5 nights Classic Zimbabwe Safari will showcase the best of this iconic region while indulging in warm hospitality at Old Drift Lodge & Machaba’s Verney’s Camp.
This idyllic African experience begins upstream of the iconic Victoria Falls in the Zambezi National Park on a pristine, wild paradise on the banks of the Zambezi River which is frequented by elephant, buffalo, hippo, zebra, giraffe, lion and many other animals. Indulge in sublime dining and gracious hospitality, relax in your private plunge pool watching the cavalcade of wildlife from your room, or explore the park on a 4×4 game drive, river safari or walking safari experiencing every aspect this breathtaking utopia.
Your safari ends with 3 nights in the Hwange National Park which boasts over 100 species of mammals and more than 400 birds (with a supporting cast of innumerable insects, spiders amphibians and reptiles – including the world famous Presidential elephants.
The game viewing is superb and the teeming herds of sable, elephant, giraffe, impala, zebra and wildebeest give a hint of the richness of southern Africa’s wildlife in bygone days.

This safari experience begins upstream of Victoria Falls, where you can explore the wilds by 4x4, boat or foot.

The safari then moves to Hwange National Park and its giant herds of elephant.

See the mighty Victoria Falls: One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the locals call Victoria Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, which means "smoke that thunders" in honour of the roar of the water plunging into the Zambezi River below. You will now be able to tick Victoria Falls off your life’s bucket list.

Visit Hwange National Park: An hour’s drive from Victoria Falls, this package takes in the largest Park in Zimbabwe. At 14,600km2 in size, Hwange National Park is home to the “Presidential Herd” of elephants and is the only place in the country to see giraffe. The vast space the ideal way in which to immerse yourself in the authentic spirit of a safari.

Meet the local people:  A traditional safari is not limited to spotting animals. It is about embracing new cultures too. Which is why this package includes an outing to one of the many schools and communities that we have formed relationships with where you can experience the warm hospitality that the people of Africa are known for.

Visit the endangered African wild dogs: The African wild dog – also known as the “painted dog” for its attractive colouring – is one of the most endangered animals in the continent. This package includes an outing to Zimbabwe’s Painted Dog Conservation Centre to meet with the volunteers who are working hard to save these fascinating social creatures from extinction.

 

Itineraries

Day 1 - 3

Old Drift Lodge

Upstream of the iconic Victoria Falls, on the banks of the Zambezi River, lies Old Drift Lodge. The lodge boasts luxury accommodation overlooking the pristine Zambezi National Park, a mere 7 kilometers from the mighty Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Old Drift Lodge is nestled within a wild paradise frequented by elephant, buffalo, herds of sable, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala.

Day 3 -6

Verney’s Camp - Hwange National Park

Inspired by safaris of the past, Verney’s Camp is situated in a teak forest that is synonymous with Hwange. With views over a waterhole, the animals put on a daily parade as they come down for their evening drink.

Road transfer from Vic Falls Airport to Old Drift Lodge (±3 min).

Road transfer from Old Drift Lodge to Hwange Main Camp (±2.5hrs).

Flight from Manga to Vic Falls Airport (±45min).

Accommodation

All meals

Alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages

Laundry

Lodge activities

Return vehicle airstrip transfers

Taxes

Machaba Safaris Conservation & Community Levy
(CCL) of US% 15 per person per night.
Complimentary mini bars in rooms

Shuttle to Victoria Falls town

Gym in a bag

Emergency medical evacuation cover

2% Tourism levy

VAT

Morning & afternoon river safaris and game drives in the Zambezi National Park.

Rates *exclude premium imported drinks

International flights

Travel insurance

Visas and discretionary tips.