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Zimbabwe Luxury Safari

Victoria Falls & Hwange Park - Example 10 Day Tour
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Experience the best of Zimbabwe on this 10-day luxury safari tour visiting Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls. Witness the Ngamo Plains come to life during dry season, as the waterholes dry up and the herds flock to artificially-pumped holes maintained by safari camps. Tour Victoria Falls and hear its thundering waters from the Zimbabwe side. Set out on game drives in Hwange National Park, observing the herds of elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, antelope and other wildlife that frequent the area. Stay in upscale safari camps as you explore the best that Zimbabwe has to offer!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Zimbabwe | South Hwange National Park
Day 2 : Hwange National Park
Day 3 : Ngamo Village | Acacia Forest Walk
Day 4 : Elephant Express Train
Day 5 : North Hwange National Park
Day 6 : Salt Springs | Mandayu Dam
Day 7 : Zambezi National Park
Day 8 : Canoe the Siansimba Islands | Game Drive
Day 9 : Victoria Falls Tour
Day 10 : Return Home


  • Tour Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and stay in Zambezi National Park
  • Explore Hwange National Park with game drives and local village visits
  • Stay in luxurious safari camps designed to maximize your comfort
  • Help resupply water pumps and observe wildlife on the Ngamo Plains

Places Visited

  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Camelthorn Lodge
  • Hwange National Park
  • Nehimba Lodge
  • Ngamo Plains
  • Victoria Falls
  • Victoria Falls Airport
  • Zambezi National Park
  • Zambezi Sands
  • Zimbabwean Victoria Falls


Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Easy Active

Trip Snapshots

Cheetah sighing in south Hwange Aerial view of Victoria Falls Impala and a Croc at Masumo Zambezi Sands canoeing Spotting Elephants on safari Mandevu the male lion Zambezi Sands inflatable canoes Enjoying a sundowner overlooking the Zambezi River

Day 1 Arrive Zimbabwe | South Hwange National Park

Arrive to Victoria Falls airport today where you are met and transfer 4 hours into South Hwange National Park and your first safari camp, Camelthorn Lodge, situated in an indigenous forest on the edge of the Ngamo Plains. Considered one of the best game-viewing destinations inside of Hwange Park, the Ngamo Plains attracts a variety of wildlife including wildebeest, buffalo, kudu, waterbuck, and sable. Predators are also regularly spotted including jackal, lion, and cheetah. Upon arrival enjoy lunch outside under the giant camelthorn tree after which the lodge was named before setting out for your first game drive in Hwange National Park this afternoon. Stop at the camp's own underground blind at Stoffie's Pan and enjoy sundowners and canapes as you witness wildlife from a unique perspective. Return to the lodge for a delectable three course meal under the starlit sky.

Contact us to arrange additional hotel nights during layovers en route.

Day 2 Hwange National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake early this morning to the sounds of the bush before you head out for your first full-day of adventure in Hwange National Park. Take part in a pump run, a unique experience if you are visiting in the dry season*. Assist your guide with maintenance of man-made watering holes which have been providing water to the wildlife for years during dry season. Enjoy a picnic and siesta under the trees at Mfagazaan Pan. Go on a leisurely game drive the rest of the afternoon from Pan to Pan and freshen up with a shower at the end of the day and a three course dinner back at the camp. 

*Pump Runs are only possible in dry season (typically June - October). Guests go on a full-day game drive if visiting during other times of the year. 

Day 3 Ngamo Village | Acacia Forest Walk

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up this morning to the warmth of your fireplace. Set out today to the nearby Ngamo Village for a school visit and the chance to learn about some of the conservation projects Camelthorn supports in the local commuinity. Return in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive and walk in the acacia forests near the edge of the Ngamo Plains. Stop at a watering hole and watch the sunset as you enjoy snacks. Return to the lodge for dinner before retiring to bed for the evening.

Day 4 Elephant Express Train

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy your last morning at Camelthorn, listening to the singing birds or setting out for an early walk in the area before morning brunch. Next pack your bags and set out to the Ngamo Siding to catch the Elephant Express, the rail car that offers a slow ride towards Impofu Siding, allowing you to spot game the entire way. Drinks and snacks are served on board during the two-hour ride. Disembark and meet your vehicles to drive you the two hours to Nehimba Lodge, located in the northwest part of Hwange National Park. This lodge was built strategically in front of a watering hole and attracts large herds of elephants and a plethora of other wildlife. Enjoy sundowners and dinner before setting out for an optional night drive to spot species just starting their 'day'.

Day 5 North Hwange National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Prepare your daypack for the day and set out to explore northern Hwange National Park, which is distinctly different from its southern counterpart in topography, habitat, and species. Stop first at Nehimba Seep, an ancient source of water and historic watering hole for the San Bushmen. Return to the lodge mid-day for lunch and set out again on an afternoon game drive within the park. Finish the adventure with refreshments and canapés at sunset overlooking a famed watering hole. Enjoy dinner and a campfire back at the lodge this evening.

Day 6 Salt Springs | Mandayu Dam

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set out today to visit the area's salt springs and enjoy game viewing along the way. Follow the morning's outing with lunch at the Mandayu Dam, situated on a scenic hill and offering great bird watching and game viewing. Return to the lodge in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 7 Zambezi National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy coffee or tea this morning before the 2-2.5 hour drive back to Hwange Main Camp where you connect with the vehicle that takes you the 3 hours to Zambezi Sands camp. Nestled along the shores of the mighty Zambezi River one hour outside of Victoria Falls and inside Zambezi National Park, this location offers a picturesque view and ample game viewing opportunities, combined wih the accessibility for activites along the water. Find a scenic sunset spot for sundowners to celebrate the first day on your Zimbabwe safari. Dinner is served as a three course meal on the open air deck as you take in the views overlooking the mighty Zambezi River.

Day 8 Canoe the Siansimba Islands | Game Drive

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning set out for a paddle in a canoe to explore the Siansimba Islands located around the lodge. Enjoy a 'bush brunch' on the river's edge during your excursion before returning to the lodge for a siesta and late lunch. This afternoon set out for a game drive and walking safari, spotting wildlife and taking advantage of photography opportunities. Enjoy a sunset drift on the water this evening before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Day 9 Victoria Falls Tour

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Eat an early breakfast today before packing a day pack for your full-day guided tour of Victoria Falls. The "smoke that thunders" remains one of the world's foremost natural spectacles and draws visitors from all over the globe. Stroll along the walkways to observe the falls today and enjoy some of the curio shopping at the local craft village. Have lunch back at the lodge before you set out for a game drive inside Zambezi National Park this afternoon. 

Day 10 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy your last breakfast along the shores of the Zambezi River before driving the hour transfer to Victoria Falls airport for your flight home.

Camelthorn Lodge

Nehimba Lodge

Zambezi Sands

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Rates based on 2 travelers in double occupancy.


  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
    • 9 Nights Lodge
  • 10 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.

Recommended Budgeting

  • $40 Meals not Included
  • $50 Airport Departure Tax
    • Some taxes may be included in international flight fares.
  • $30 Park Entrance Fee
    • Victoria Falls Entrance Fee $30 pp/day
  • $80 Estimated Hotel in Layover City TBD
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