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Experience some of the best game viewing in all of Zimbabwe on this 10-day tour. Go on safari in Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park as you spot the Big 5 in open top safari vehicles. Add to your Zimbabwe travel some time to tour Victoria Falls and explore the Zambezi River. This 10-day trip in Zimbabwe is a great introduction for the wildlife enthusiast eager to get a good taste of the Zimbabwe safari experience.
Watching a cheetah huntViewing wildlifeBaby and mamaDrinks at sunsetLions spotted at Mana PoolsAerial view of Somalisa CampTented accommodations
  • Get up close to elephant herds while on game drives in Hwange National Park
  • Experience game drives while on safari in Mana Pools National Park
  • Tour Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side and explore the sights of town
  • Cruise the waters and shorelines of the Zambezi River in Mana Pools Park
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Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.

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Day 1: Arrive Harare | Transfer to Mana Pools

Arrive to Harare airport and connect with your flight on to Mana Main airstrip. From here transfer to your lodge, Zambezi Expeditions, also known as Zambezi Lifestyles Camp, located along the banks of the lower Zambezi River in the west part of Mana Pools National Park. The more 'adventurous' camp is set in an area known for its wildlife-rich flood plains and views of the Zambezi Escarpment on the other side of the river. Settle in for the evening.

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

Day 2: Zambezi River Adventures

Experience the legendary Mana Pools Park with a day of wildlife viewing today. Mana Pools National Park boasts some of Africa's best canoe safari adventures where guests can paddle among elephants, hippo, buffalo, and see prolific birdlife. Combine your canoe safari with a walking safari as well. If you are a fisherman, you can try your hand at fishing these waters from the river's edge or from islands in the middle of the river. Enjoy two guided safari activities today.

Day 3: Transfer to Kanga Camp in Mana Pools

Transfer on to Kanga Camp today, which is nestled along a seasonal floodplain in a private concession along the west border of Mana Pools National Park. The camp overlooks the region's only year-round water source, which attracts wildlife from all over the area during the dry season. Settle in to your Meru-tent-style safari camp this evening.

Day 4: Mana Pools National Park

Enjoy amazing arm-chair game viewing on safari inside Mana Pools National Park, or go on a walking safari around the private concession. Early in the dry season, canoe safaris, full-day excursions on the Zambezi River, and a visit to Chitake Springs can be arranged as well. The day is yours to plan how you like.

Day 5: Transfer to Hwange National Park

Transfer today to the Dandawa airstrip nearby for your short flight on to the Manga airstrip. This comfortable camp offers more luxuries and is situated on a private concession in the heart of Hwange National Park. Resting near an acacia forest and on the edge of a seasonal floodplain, Somalisa looks out over savannah grasslands and offers amazing wildlife viewing, particularly of the giant elephant herds well known in Hwange. Seven sail tents are charmingly furnished with fireplaces and vintage baths with a view. 

Day 6-7: Hwange National Park Safari

Enjoy your days at Somalisa Camp to explore Hwange National Park any way you like. Set out on game drives inside the park, or go on a guided walk around the immediate lodge area. Enjoy night drives as well to spot a different kind of wildlife who are active when you sleep. Wildlife sightings include elephant, kudu, sable-antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, buffalo, the rare roan-antelope, giraffe, leopard, lion, hyena, and many others. 

Day 8: Transfer to Elephant Camp

Today transfer out of Hwange National Park and on to Victoria Falls town, where you finish up your Zimbabwe tour with a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls. Fly from Manga airstrip on to Victoria Falls Town, and transfer to an area just outside the city and settle in to your new hotel, Elephant Camp. Located inside the Victoria Falls National Park, this camp consists of 12 canvas luxury tents constructed with views out over the sweeping bush. The open decks and plunge pools allow for a truly relaxing experience in the region. Included in your stay is the opportunity to enjoy sundowners overlooking the scenic Batoka Gorge.

Day 9: Victoria Falls Tour

Visit the famous Victoria Falls today with a guide from the Zimbabwe side. Walk along the boardwalks and take in this thunderous site. Enjoy lunch at the Lookout Cafe today perched high above the Zambezi River rapids and the Gorge  (available upon request). Opt to take part in a zip-line canopy tour or other blood-pumping excursions here. Return to Elephant Camp this afternoon. You may participate in some on-site activiites such as interacting with the resident elephants, or possibly meeting Sylvester the cheetah on site.

Day 10: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to Victoria Falls Airport this morning in time for your flight home.


The Elephant Camp

Elephants roam in sight of Elephant Camp

Somalisa Camp

Spacious tents
Viewing wildlife

Kanga Camp

Splash pool
Main dining and lounge area
Main lounge area

Zambezi Expeditions

Guided canoe safaris
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Splash in the river at sunset

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