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Following the steps of David Livingstone, explore the fourth biggest African river, the Zambezi. After visiting one of the world’s seven natural wonders, Victoria Falls, you will set off to Hwange National Park for a walking safari in a private camp. Then, you will transfer by plane to Mana Pools National Park. Paddling down the Zambezi river along Mana Pools National Parks shoreline, you will be able to observe iconic wildlife including elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and many more animals.
You will have camping accommodation during this safari tour.
You you will be welcomed by your guide at Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) and transferred to the lodge. Besides visiting the Victoria Falls, you can do optional activities such as rafting the Zambezi gorge, bungee jumping, fly over the falls in microlight or helicopter, and horse or elephant back safaris.
You will be transferred to Hwange National Park where you will camp in a private campsite for three nights. Hwange is known as the land of the giants due to its huge elephant population. Led by one of the top Zimbawe guides, you will discover Hwange on foot. There is no better way to explore the bush! You will track big game but your guide will also share with you his deep knowledge of the bush and show you the many things you miss from a vehicle.
You will have a flight transfer to Mana Pools National Park, one of the most magical park of Africa and this is no surprise it was one of the first to be declared a UNESCO site. During the next three days, you will paddle down the Zambezi River in stable Canadian-style canoes. All the camping equipment will be carried in order to be completely autonomous.
You will camp on islands or on the bank and dinners are taken around the campfire, under the stars with the sound of the African bush surrounding you.
It is also possible to do this safari with a backup team (without carrying the equipment in the canoes) and overnight three nights in comfortable tented camps.
This morning, you will paddle for another two hours before your transfer via 4 x 4 vehicle to Kanga Camp. Kanga is located 15 kilometers inland along the Ruckomechi river, on a private concession. This very private camp, with only six ensuite walk-in tents, has a wonderful and very private setting. This section of the park is ideal for walking safari but you will also do game drives in an open 4 x 4 vehicle.
After a last activity in Kanga, you will have a road transfer to Harare where the tour ends.
You will have a canoeing activity on the Zambezi river.
The Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya (the smoke that thunders), is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls on earth. The Falls are 1.7 kilometers wide and nearly 550 million liters of water cascade 70 to 108 meters into the gorge below.
Victoria Falls offer dozens of view points along the tropical forest. According to David Livingtone, the scenes are so lovely (that they) must have been gazed on by angels in their flight. The rainforest boasts magnificent flora such as huge mahogany, wild fig, sausage trees, date palm groves, orchids, and ferns as well as other precious trees. Many species of birds and small mammals may be spotted beneath the protective canopy of the forest.
The falls themselves are not the only attraction. For the visitor seeking adventure or relaxation, many activities are on offer, such as: White-water rafting and river boarding, canoeing, elephant-back safaris, hot-air ballooning, bungee jumping, cruises, gorge-sliding, jet boating, walking safaris, horseback riding and safaris, game drives, cultural tours, village tours, bird watching and birding safaris, fishing, golf, and hunting.
Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying 14,650 square kilometers in the northwest of the country. It is extremely prolific in terms of wildlife. The park has about 90 species of animals (including many predators and 30,000 elephants), 413 species of birds, and approximately 1000 species of trees and shrubs.
The vegetation ranges from savannah grassland and acacia scrub to grassy vleis and mopane woodlands. Thanks to the park’s many roads and viewing platforms close to the waterholes, you are bound to experience the best in terms of a safari experience, whether it is during the day or at night.
Along the shores of the Zambezi River lies Mana Pools National Park, a remote, wild, and fascinating area with 2,196 square kilometers that has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site and is surely the most beautiful park in Zimbabwe. It is home to a wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species, and aquatic wildlife. The word “mana” means four in Shona language and refers to the four pools around the park nurturing crocodiles, hippos, and aquatic birds.
The vegetation consists of beautiful trees growing on the fertile terraces of the park such as the Acacia albida, giving way to dark green mahogany, figs, sausage trees, rain trees, tamarinds, and tawny vetivaria grass. Further away from the water, the valley surface is a harsh environment, especially in the dry season with spiky jesse bush, mopane trees, and baobabs.
Mana is best known for the unique opportunities it offers to get very close to wildlife. Visitors are allowed to explore the park on foot as it is an open terrain and walk through areas hosting wild animals such as elephants, elands, buffaloes, impalas, water-bucks, baboons, monkeys, zebras, warthogs, and hippos.
Predators such as lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, and cheetahs are present in the area, but more difficult to see. It is however rare that a visitor leaves Mana Pools without seeing at least one of these large carnivores. Walking and canoe safaris as well as fishing are the main activities of the park.
You will be provided with three meals per day, nutritious and varied during the journey on the river and tasty in camps. Drinks are included except during the canoeing safari. Your meals, except in Victoria Falls where only breakfast is included, are included in the prices.
Please book your flight to arrive at Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.