For you who love to travel, to discover, to have fun, to take a break, to sleep under the stars, to cook around a camp fire after sunset, to immerse yourselves in a vast and inspiring nature, this camping safari is a great way to experience the African wilderness. This can be empowering, especially when it is your first time. You will also go to Painted Dog Conservation to enrich your safari experience.
You will stay in a tent during your safari. In order to have the most positive experience camping, African Tour Link suggests first approaching it with an attitude of humility and open-mindedness. Everything else is simply learning the ropes, such as setting up your tent, etc.
With the exception of the sleeping bag and pillow (optional), African Tour Link will provide all camping equipment. The tents have mosquito netting so you will only need a net if you think you will sleep out under the stars a lot of the time.
Along the itineraries, you will have the opportunity to devote significant part of your time immersing yourselves in the local culture. You will walk around the local markets where life boasts a myriad of colors, sounds, and aromas. You will meet and talk with local people, and engage in social activities.
You will also shop locally for your food and prepare it at night while camping under the stars with wild calls all around you. This is the quintessential African experience.
You will be picked up by your guides from your accommodation in Victoria Falls between 08:00 and 09:00. You will then travel out of the Zimbabwe’s tourist capital along the scenic roads on your way to one of Zimbabwe’s premier national park. You will be stopping en-route at the Painted Dog Conservation project. After lunch, you will be arriving at your camp and spend the rest of the afternoon on a game drive in the park. Lunch and dinner will be provided for you on this day.
Painted Dog Conservation was founded in 1992 by Dr. Greg Rasmussen for the protection of the painted dogs (Lycaon pictus) and their habitat. Painted Dog Conservation works to engage and incorporate local communities in protecting painted dogs in Zimbabwe. The painted dog, or African wild dog, was once common in Africa with estimates of over half a million spread among 39 countries.
Current estimates put their numbers at about 3,000 only found in Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa. Since PDC's creation, Zimbabwe's wild dog population has increased from 400 to 700 individuals. Painted Dog Conservation is partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Network. Painted Dog Conservation, also known as African wild dogs, are unique to Africa and they are among this continent’s most endangered species. It is estimated that less than 7000 remain in the wild.
You will spend your day on a safari in Zimbabwe’s largest national park occupying nearly 14,650 square kilometers. Hwange National Park was once a royal hunting ground of the Zulu warrior King Mzilikazi, the park was proclaimed in 1929. Hwange National Park is named after a local chief and it boasts of a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, and over 100 species of trees and shrubs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for you on this day.
After breakfast, start your journey back to Victoria Falls stopping en-route at the local craft market. You are due back in Victoria Falls at 14:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on your return. You will also have lunch on this day.
You will go to Hwange National Park to have wildlife experience on this safari. On the way to the park, you will stop at Painted Dog Conservation to see the painted dogs (Lycaon pictus) and their habitat.
This safari will take you from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park.