The Top THREE in Zimbabwe (9 Nights)
Hello and welcome to your Zimbabwe safari! You will begin in Matobo NP as this unique area offers fantastic hikes with the knowledgeable guides, drives in the national park and even rhino tracking. After a busy day on foot you can treat yourself to a spa treatment and a dip in the beautiful rock pool at the lodge.
Next up is Hwange National Park, with diverse landscape you can enjoy walks with the experienced guides in the savannah plains.
Finally you will end with two nights in Victoria Falls at, Ilala Lodge. Centrally located it is the closest hotel to the falls themselves, in easy walking distance.
Day 1 - Amalinda Lodge, Matobo National Park
You will be met at Bulawayo Airport by Amalinda and have a transfer of 1 hour to Matobo NP and the beautiful Amalinda Lodge.
Matobo National Park is in southwest Zimbabwe. It’s known for the Matobo Hills, a range of balancing rock formations created by erosion of the granite plateau. The walls of Nswatugi Cave feature Stone Age rock art. The park has significant populations of black eagles and both black and white rhinos. The grave of Cecil Rhodes, founder of former British colony Rhodesia, is carved into the summit of Malindidzimu.
Here you can go on hikes through the scenic hills, track rhino on foot in the national park, have guided walks to see rock paintings and Cecil Rhodes grave as well as game drives in the park.
Amalinda Lodge, an African inspired refuge, where world-class facilities combine with the spiritual energy, allure and unique beauty, for which the Matobo Hills is so celebrated. The granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe, are among the most majestic rock sceneries in the world. Nestled in this unique range of hills is Amalinda Lodge, situated only 45kms from Bulawayo.
Amalinda consists of nine individually thatched rooms including 3 honeymoon suites, 3 family rooms, 2 double rooms & 1 single room, which are all set into the huge boulders. Each room is steeped in African historical artefacts of a bygone era and tucked away into an ancient bushman’s shelter, Amalinda Lodge’s charm will leave an indelible impression on every visitor.
Days 2 and 3 - Amalinda Lodge, Matobo National Park
For those who wish to partake, there are many other varied activities available:
Game drives into the Matobo Park. Tracking Black and White Rhino. Horse riding from the camp. Elephant back trails. Bushman caves and paintings. Walking and hiking the majestic rock formations. African village, Traditional Healer, Rural School & Clinic Tours. Cecil John Rhodes' Grave and The View of the World. Highest concentration of Black Eagle and Leopard in the World.
Natural rock pool overlooking the Matobo Hills and a water hole below. Visit to Cyrene Mission. Bird watching. Night drives for nocturnal wildlife. Curio hunting. An option to overnight in a Traditional African Village. Other activities can be arranged upon request.
Day 4 - Amalinda Lodge, Matobo National Park / Nehimba Safari Lodge, Hwange National Park
Today you will depart for your next destination in Hwange National Park, a lovely drive beautiful countryside. Accommodation at Nehimba Safari Lodge.
A luxury safari Lodge remotely nestled away in one of the largest private concessions in the renowned Hwange National Park lies Nehimba. Ideally situated in the central game rich section of the park, offering an all inclusive, privately guided authentic African Safaris.
Centrally situated is the spacious and tastefully decorated lounge / dining area comprising a lower deck for intimate and romantic meals under the stars, overlooking a swimming pool frequented by elephants trying to quench their thirst. Evenings can be spend around a warm fire where tales of the days events are unravelled while the chef prepares a tasteful array of dishes.
The lodge boasts nine luxurious raised chalets under traditional thatch unobtrusively positioned around a waterhole. Each chalet has its own en suite slipper bath and adjoining outside shower. Decor is subtle yet elegant, furnishings are soft, cozy and tasteful. The rooms are designed to be spacious, airy, intimate and safe. Each chalet has its own private balcony that allows an un-obscured view of the waterhole and its thirsty visitors.
4 Nights - Fully Inclusive - Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities. All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included
Day 8 - Hwange / Victoria Falls
Depart from Hwange to Victoria Falls. Accommdation at Ilala Lodge.
Ilala Lodge Hotel is ideally located only 8 minutes away from the spectacular Victoria Falls. A n hotel, Ilala Lodge has 73 stylish, well-appointed spacious rooms, that offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury. As we are the closest hotel to the beautiful Victoria Falls, the spray makes for a perfect backdrop during your stay.
Experience a culinary journey at the award-winning Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge Hotel. Centrally located only minutes away from the Victoria Falls, The Palm Restaurant offers a magnificent à la carte menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can choose from an extensive list of South Africa’s finest wines, cocktails and artisan gins. We offer an unrivalled al-fresco dining experience under the starlit African sky, with the sound of the Falls in the background. The Palm Restaurant is an adventure for the appetite that is not to be missed.
Relive the historical journey embarked by David Livingstone exploring the mighty Zambezi River aboard the Ra-Ikane fleet. Named after his instrumental guide, the boats represent the grace of a bygone era honouring the rich history of Victoria Falls and its explorers, adventurers and heroes. The Ra-Ikane offers a variety of cruises, including breakfast, lunch and sunset, as well as private charters.Day 9 - Victoria FallsThere are many activities available in Victoria Falls and we are happy to provide you with details and book these. We recommend a sunset river cruise, helicopter flight over the falls and of course seeing the falls themselves. You do not need a guide to do so as the paths are clear and well signposted but we are happy to arrange one for you, lunch at The Lookout Cafe is a great way to finish as it has spectacular views over the gorge.
Day 10 - Depart
Sadly your last day has arrived and you will have a transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport to connect with your onward flight back home
Transfer from Bulawayo Airport
to Matobo NP
Amalinda Camp - 3 nights, all meals, non premium drinks, scheduled activities, national parks and laundry
Transfer to Hwange NP
Nehimba - 4 nights, all meals, non premium drinks, scheduled activities, national parks fees and laundry and Flight to Victoria Falls
Road Transfer to Victoria Falls
Ilala Lodge - Deluxe Room - 2 nights, breakfast
Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport
National Parks fees in Matopos
of $15 per person per day
Monument Fee of $10 per person per day
Rhino Ranger Fee $35 per person
Tips and items of a personal nature