10 Days Luxury Safari South Africa and Zimbabwe

  • Johannesburg - Hwange - Mana Pools - Victoria Falls

Overview

Luxurious Safari in South Africa and Zimbabwe

Wildlife is a mystery. That is why every corner of the field is available for you to explore. Blessed with a variety of habitats, South Africa and Zimbabwe will be your new paradise that you have never thought before. Get your heart pumped and your eyes steady since this adventurous holiday will bring you closer to nature and beings that live alongside with each other. Bushtracks Expeditions will get everything ready for you. Just feel the thrill and enjoy the unforgettable safari experience.

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Game viewing hides
  • Morning walking safaris
  • Evening drives with spotlight
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Uncrowded parks
  • Daily meals
  • 9 activity days
  • English
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54 On Bath

The 75 rooms at 54 on Bath are elegantly styled with views over the garden or over the abundantly green city skyline. Comfortable and spacious, they exude the warmth of fine living. Block out curtains, fluffy duvets, crisp white linens and feather-top beds ensure an unrivaled sleep experience in Rosebank.

Each guest room has everything, and perhaps more, that you would expect to find in a hotel of international standard, including an executive desk, technological connectivity, a sleek and luxurious bathroom with separate bath and shower and the finest amenities.

The suites offer a beautiful, private lounge with en-suite bedroom and bathroom. It’s the simple thing in life that make the difference, and at Level Four Restaurant, you’ll enjoy distinctive classical cuisine with contemporary influences.

From the moment of arrival into the elegant lobby with its delightful lounge to the luxury and comfort of your room, you will enjoy attentive and friendly service. Everything has been designed around your comfort and the stylish interiors reflect a calm tranquility with the use of harmonious colors, sophisticated design, and strong graphic motifs.

Sophisticated and unique, the bar offers an array of champagne, cocktails, and wines accompanied by sumptuous bar snacks. Overlooking the terrace garden, the champagne bar is the perfect meeting spot for business get-togethers, pre-dinner drinks, and evening sundowners.

The hotel features a fitness club and outdoor pool available to all hotel guests. Ideally situated, guests can enjoy the best that this vibrant suburb has to offer. Linked from the 2nd floor to a stylish, there is a retail shopping mall, with its designer shops, boutiques, and entertainment complex. There are facilities such as an air conditioner, cell phone coverage, en-suite bathrooms, hairdryer, pool, recharge facilities, Wi-Fi connection, and workout room.

Little Makalolo

There are 12 beds available here. The camp's six rooms have en-suite facilities, with both indoor and outdoor showers. Solar power is used for electricity ensuring a lighter environmental footprint. The living areas include a dining room, lounge, plunge pool, and an open fire area for those convivial evening fireside tales.

There is a log pile hide overlooking the waterhole in front of the camp where guests can enjoy wildlife viewing during the siesta hours. There is a platform available for guests to have the opportunity to sleep under the stars. The platform is equipped with bed rolls, mosquito nets, and a long drop toilet and can accommodate a maximum of 4 guests at one time. There are also facilities such as en-suite bathroom and laundry.

Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi Camp accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tented units, including a honeymoon suite, all of which overlook the Zambezi River. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts a favorite among guests.

Its outdoor bath-with-a-view is in a secluded, scenic spot. The central dining, bar, library and lounge areas face the escarpment and are connected to the rest of the camp by low-level walkways that minimize the environmental impact.

There is a separate deck with an infinity pool for swimming and sunbathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn star gazing deck. Ruckomechi Camp has aimed to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Hot water and lighting for each unit is provided by solar power.

The Victoria Falls Hotel

Echoing its glorious past, the Victoria Falls Hotel’s traditional rooms and suites are truly a five-star experience. Style and sophistication are trademarks of the hotel’s executive suites, which are luxuriously appointed with décor being warm, inviting, and rich with tradition.

All 161 rooms are air conditioned with every modern amenity including digital satellite television and a personal safe. The old-fashioned bath tubs of the stable wing turn the bathroom into a haven of relaxation.

A large swimming pool, two tennis courts, a library, reading rooms, and chapel are part of the complex. Golfers can enjoy 18 holes on the championship course of the nearby sister hotel, Elephant Hills Resort.

World-class service of food and beverage choice and preparation second to none make the hotel a magnet for international visitors and locals alike. The opulent Livingstone Room for fine dining and dancing, the Jungle Junction with its famous breakfast and dinner buffets, and ethnic entertainment in the evenings offer variety and wide choice.

Stanley’s Terrace, with its clear view of the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, is renowned for its cocktails and afternoon teas. The Victoria Falls Hotel provides facilities such as air conditioning, cell phone coverage, en-suite bathrooms, hairdryer, pool, and Wi-Fi connection.

Day 1

On the first day, you will go to Johannesburg in South Africa and stay at 54 On Bath Hotel.

Day 2 - 4

After you spend your first day in Johannesburg, you will go to Zimbabwe. Your first destination in Zimbabwe is Hwange and you will stay at Little Makalolo Hotel. The scheduled camp activities are waiting for you. There are game drives in open Land Rovers, morning walking safaris, evening drives with a spotlight, game viewing hides, and outdoor dining.

Day 5 - 7

On your fifth until seventh day, you will go to Mana Pools National park where you will stay at Ruckomechi Camp. Along the banks of the river, there are beautiful acacia albida trees under which big bull elephants hang out with herds of buffalo and impala waiting for you. There are scheduled camp activities provided such as game drives, river cruises, nature walks, canoeing, catch and release fishing, birding, stargazing, and game viewing hide.

Day 8 - 9

Victoria Falls will be your last place in Zimbabwe. You will stay at The Victoria Falls Hotel.

Day 10

This is the last day of your safari. You will go back to Johannesburg in South Africa and prepare to go home.

This safari will take place at 54 On Bath in South Africa and Little Makalolo, Ruckomechi, The Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe. 54 On Bath is situated in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank. Johannesburg was built on a gold mining town established in the 1800's, and you can still see the slag heaps within the city limits. If you are focused on a wildlife safari, your time should be kept to a minimum in Johannesburg.

Little Makalolo lies in the heart of Hwange National Park, in one of its best game viewing areas, overlooking a vibrant waterhole. Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe at 5,600 square miles with varied habitats and vegetation types. The park is predominately Kalahari, a sandveld supporting teak and mopane woodlands, dry Acacia scrub, and is interspersed with saltpans and grasslands that support enormous species diversity and provide a true wilderness experience.

Hwange offers classic wildlife landscapes, full of tall grasses and mopane woodlands, pans, and waterholes. It has wonderful herds of elephant, with big tusker bulls, and is excellent habitat for one of the most majestic antelope, the sable. There are plenty of giraffes, as well as the big cats such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. In short, Hwange has some great game viewing, can be visited all year round, is not crowded, and has some excellent lodges located right inside the national park.

Ruckomechi Camp lies on the banks of the Zambezi, shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees and with a superb view of the mountains of Africa's Great Rift Valley across the river in Zambia. On the middle reaches of the Zambezi River, 62 miles below Lake Kariba is the Mana Pools National Park situated in the heart of the Zambezi Valley.

The camp vegetation is dominated by broad-canopied albida trees, much loved by elephants for their rich nutritious pods. These animals often join visitors in camp for a light meal. The area is renowned for large numbers of elephants, buffalo, hippo and eland, especially in the winter when they concentrate along the river. Predators such as lions, leopards, and wild dogs are all found in the area. Birdlife is superb, particularly for both mopane woodland and riverine species with numerous local specials like collared palm thrush, racket-tailed roller, purple-banded sunbird, and black-throated wattle-eyes.

The Victoria Falls Hotel is situated in Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees, and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquility and seclusion that many guests seek. The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten-minute walk away using the hotel’s private pathway, and “the smoke that thunders,” or “Mosi-O-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark. The mighty Zambezi River drops off in spectacular fashion, creating a powerful spectacle that is the most notable of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Daily meals will be served during your stay at Little Makalolo and Ruckomechi Camp while 54 on Bath and The Victoria Falls Hotel will only provide you daily breakfast.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • A fun bike ride in Soweto
  • A Pretoria city tour
  • Fishing
  • Game viewing boat
  • Golf
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot air balloon safari

You can be pampered by a spa service at an extra cost. It's a great way to feel civilized in between wild experiences.

  • 3 items of clothing pressed per day of stay
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • A visit to the Smoke that Thunders
  • Complimentary high-speed internet of 750MB per day at 54 On Bath
  • Daily meals
  • Canoeing, birding, and stargazing
  • Catch and release fishing
  • Complimentary use of hotel iPads
  • Evening drives with spotlight
  • Free wireless internet
  • Game drives in open Land Rovers
  • Game viewing hides
  • House drinks
  • Morning walking safaris and nature walks
  • Outdoor dining
  • Park fees
  • River cruises
  • Shuttle service to a local spa
  • Premium exported brand drinks and champagne

Testimonials

  • Review by Tracy

    "When we were originally planning our trip, we were hesitant about bringing the kids, in part because they were just 5 and 8 years old. Halfway through the trip, we realized that we would have been devastated to have been enjoying these experiences without our kids."

    Bushtracks Expeditions website, edited

  • Review by Shirley Sanderson

    "Seeing a leopard in a tree, an elephant matriarch leading her herd, wild dogs feeding their puppies, or lions enjoying family time gives us a glimpse of what the garden of Eden was like."

    Bushtracks Expeditions website, edited

  • Review by Jim Hooker

    "Both of us love the outdoors. The serenity of the wild. The open expanses and the untold beauty of the deserts, the bush, and the rivers. Just add animals and the wonderful birds of the Okavango Delta to paint a magnificent and lasting tableau in your mind, your heart, and your memory."

    Bushtracks Expeditions website, edited

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