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North Zimbabwe Adventure

Example 7 Day Tour
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This 7-day Zimbabwe tour takes its guests to the lesser-traveled northern region of the country for water and land-based safari activities. Explore the shores of Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park with a stay along the banks of the Zambezi River. Participate in walking safaris, canoeing, and fishing as you spot the wildife including the elusive black rhino. Travel next for a safari in Mana Pools National Park. Stay at Ruckomechi Camp overlooking a popular watering hole and set out on game drives and walking safaris in Mana Pools. Enjoy fishing along the banks of the Zambezi River as well and experience the next best wildlife viewing destination in Zimbabwe after Hwange National Park. This 7-day tour is great for those looking for a more active and unique Africa safari experience.
Paddlers spy on some elephantsCrocodile at Lake KaribaLions spotted in Mana PoolsBeachside diningGuided walking safarisHippos spying on the paddlers
Highlights
  • Travel to Matusadona National Park along the shores of Lake Kariba
  • Enjoy game drives and walking safaris in Mana Pools National Park
  • Tour Victoria Falls and wander the streets in town on the Zimbabwe side
  • Enjoy fishing on Lake Kariba or in the rivers of the mighty Zambezi River
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Day 1: Arrive Victoria Falls

Arrive to Victoria Falls Airport where you are met and transfer to Victoria Falls town and your hotel for the night. This afternoon is free to explore the falls on your own. Experience the thundering sounds of the water pouring over the precipice. Walk along the pathways and get up close as you marvel at the spectacle. If you have time, enjoy some curio shopping in town before retiring for the evening.

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

Day 2: On to Lake Kariba

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today fly on to the shores of Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park in the northern part of Zimbabwe. The mammalas here have had to adapt to a semi-aquatic lifestyle after the flooding of the Zambezi Valley as a result of a dam construction. Wildlife that frequent the area include elephant, leopard, lion, hyena, hippo, and even the rarely-seen endangered black rhino. Birdlife here is also prolific, with over 350 species being identified within the park. Semi-submerged trees have become the habitat and refuge for a great number of waterfowl species as well. Fly to Fothergill Island and take a short boat transfer to Changa Safari Camp today. Settle in and perhaps set out on your first excursion this afternoon.

Day 3: Matusadona National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy your time at Changa with activities everyday that allow you to spot wildlife during the peak of their activity. Set out in the mornings and late afternoon for game drives by vehicle into Matusadona National Park. Or opt to take a safari cruise out on Lake Kariba and spot wildlife and birdlife along the shoreline. For fisherman you may instead opt to try your hand at fishing for tigerfish or tilapia with your experienced guide. This day is yours to plan as you like.

Day 4: Transfer to Ruckomechi Camp

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel today to the heart of the Zambezi Valley along the western boundary of Mana Pools National Park. Fly on to your next camp near Mana Pools Park. Stay at Ruckomechi Camp, overlooking the river to the Zambezi Escarpment.

Day 5-6: Mana Pools National Park Excursions

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The excellent location and views here allow guests the choice between water-based and land-based activities during the stay. Choose two activities each day. Set out with your guide for game drives into the park, or go on an early morning walking safari. Take a pontoon boat out on the river and spot wildlife or try your hand at fishing. Set out on the water in canoes and paddle around spotting wildlife along the shores of the river. The days are yours to plan based on your interests.

Day 7: Fly Harare | Fly Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to the airstrip and fly on to Harare today for your flight on to your next destination.

Accommodations

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls Safari Club's spacious rooms decorated to reflect the culture of Africa.
Victoria Falls Safari Club bathroom
Enjoy breakfast and a view at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Ruckomechi

Ruckomechi Camp
Ruckomechi Camp 'cruise'
Family tent at Ruckomechi Camp

Changa Safari Camp

Beachside dining on shore of Lake Kariba
Changa Safari Camp
Changa Safari Camp

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Rates based on group of 2 people in double occupancy.
Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Internal Flights
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Visa Fees
  • Estimated Hotel in Layover City TBD
  • Airport Departure Tax - Some taxes may be included in international flight fares. $15 domestic Airport tax.
  • Park Entrance Fee: Victoria Falls Entrance Fee $30 pp, Lake Kariba usage fee and park fee $18 pp/day
  • Optional Excursions - Some Lake Kariba excursions and fishing at Ruckomechi have additional fees

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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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