6 Day Dreaming East Africa Safaris in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

  • Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls - Canoe Safari Camp, Zambezi River banks - The Elephant Camp, Victoria Falls

Safari in Zimbabwe

Wild Horizons invites you to join them in this unique Zimbabwe safaris to explore the breathtaking views of East Africa natures and its wildlife! During your stay, you will enjoy daily day game drives, optional night game drives, and not to forget canoeing safaris. Discover everything Victoria Falls has to offer and be in awe of its amazing wildlife and natures! It will be an unforgettable safari you will ever experience.

Highlights

  • Daily game drives
  • River safaris at Imbabala
  • Canoeing safari trip to Victoria falls
  • Imbabala National Park and rainforest entry fees
  • Exploring the scenery, channels, and rapids
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 6 activity days
  • English
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Canoe Safari

At this camping site, you will be provided with camping equipment, drinks, and dinner.

Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge

The Imbabala main lodge is a charming thatched structure, consisting of a lounge, dining room, and bar area. This offers fantastic views of both the river and a nearby waterhole, which attracts game throughout the year. A swimming pool and al fresco eating area nestle under ancient trees. There are no fences to prevent animal movement, so expect to see a game and wonderful birdlife along the river bank as well as in and around the lodge.

Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge offers exclusive accommodation for only 20 guests in nine individual stone and thatch lodges with en-suite facilities. Each lodge is beautifully positioned with spacious verandas opening onto sweeping views of the Zambezi River. Imbabala has one family lodge - double (sleeps up to four people), two double, and six twin-bedded lodges.

Each room has no air conditioner, a ceiling fan, universal adaptors that fit American and European adaptors, tea and coffee station, electronic safe, mosquito nets, a hammock, and Veranda furniture on deck including two chairs, one side table with an ash tray. There are seven rooms with showers, two rooms with showers and bath tubs, and regrettably to inform you that smoking is not allowed in the rooms.

The Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp is nestled on a ridge between the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, giving guests an uninterrupted view of the breath-taking spray that swells above the Victoria Falls rainforest.Set against a backdrop of indigenous teak woodland, the imaginative use of eco-friendly canvas tents allows this unique camp to live in harmony with the surrounding environment.

Two camps flow from the African landscape. The Elephant Camp Main which consists of 12 luxury suites and The Elephant Camp West consisting of only four suites.

The Elephant Camp’s suites display their own unique elegance, with a picturesque view spilling before them. Each tent adorns a spacious deck, a private plunge pool, and an outside shower, all of which are ideal locations for relaxation and appreciation of the surrounding landscape.

Even the bath offers an unparalleled view of the horizon. The rooms have been deliberately sculpted to celebrate the openness of the African bush, and there is an easy flow from the bathroom to bedroom to private lounging area that spreads onto the spacious deck through glass French doors.

The stylish furnishing and décor has been specifically selected to capture the beauty of the natural environment, retaining the authenticity of the African wilderness.

Please be informed that no children under the age of seven will be accepted at Imbabala Zambezi Safari lodge and the Elephant Camp unless you book the whole lodge. As Wild Horizons lodges are in wildlife areas, children should be under the supervision of their parents or a guardian at all times.

The two family suites at the Elephant Camp are equipped with one king-sized bed and one fold-out sleeper bed (double bed). The family suite at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is equipped with one queen-sized bed and two single beds.

Day 1

Upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport (VFA), you will meet Wild Horizons and be transferred to Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge. Imbabala is a small unpretentious safari lodge offering a true "African Safari Experience" on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River.

On this day, there will be a game drive or sunset cruise. Overnight will be at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge on a full board basis including scheduled activities.

Day 2

You will have early morning game drive. Brunch will be at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge. You will have afternoon high tea before departing on a river safari. There will be an optional night drive on this day. Overnight will be at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge on a full board basis including scheduled activities.

Day 3

You will have early morning game drive. Brunch will be at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge. After brunch, you will be transferred to Victoria Falls town for a tour of the falls. Time at your own leisure in Victoria Falls Town. Lunch will be at The Lookout Cafe.

Wild Horizons will pick you up for Upper Zambezi Canoeing Safari at 4:00 p.m. After a game drive through the Zambezi National Park, you will arrive at the riverside camp. The guide will give a thorough briefing, which will cover; conditions of the river and rapids, canoeing instruction, safety, and general information.

You will be asked to sign an indemnity form. The afternoon will be spent with canoeing the Zambezi Rapids. Overnight camping will be on the banks of the Zambezi River, and meals, limited drinks, and camping equipment will be included.

Day 4

A full English breakfast will be served in the morning before an hour game drive upstream to the put-in point. Today, you will spend the day canoeing 18 kilometers downstream, running small grade one and two rapids, exploring channels, and bird and game viewing.

This day includes the Sansimba rapids. A picnic lunch is served on the mainland or an island. Overnight camping will be on the banks of the Zambezi River, and meals, limited drinks, and camping equipment will be included.

Day 5

A delightful English breakfast will be served in the morning. After breakfast, you will board your canoes and spend the day canoeing another 18 kilometers downstream to the mighty Victoria Falls Falls. Rapids canoed today include the “Kandahar Rapids”. The scenery, channels, and the rapids on both respective days are very different.

Cold minerals water and beers will be served at the end of the canoe safari. After your canoe safari, you will be transferred back to Victoria Falls and will arrive at The Elephant Camp in the late afternoon. This afternoon, you will enjoy an elephant interaction with Wild Horizons. Overnight will be at The Elephant Camp on a full board basis.

Day 6

You will enjoy your breakfast at The Elephant Camp followed by a morning tour of the falls. After the tour, you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport (VFA).

This safari will take you to the Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, and their surroundings.

During this safari, you will be served daily meals as well as non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, such as local brand drinks and house wines. You can have lunch including drinks at the Lookout Cafe at an extra cost. At Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge, there will be a relaxed African-style spread at the dining area under the trees, an intimate affair served under the stars, or a bush dinner on the banks of the Zambezi. Menus will feature fresh, seasonal foods, with most of the salad ingredients and vegetables, are grown organically from their large veggie garden.

Coffee, tea, and rusks will be served before the early morning game drive, and a full brunch on guests return to the lodge. High tea will be served before you depart on your afternoon activity. On return from your exciting game drive or Zambezi cruise, you will freshen up and join them for a delicious dinner around the swimming pool area.

On canoeing safari, all meals, drinks, and camping equipment will be provided for you. Limited beers and minerals are also provided approximately two per person per night and one bottle of wine per two people. If you want other alcoholic or imported drinks, you must supply your own.

At The Elephant Camp, their chefs will prepare a fine dining experience using fresh seasonal ingredients and herbs grown in the lodge gardens. Traditional African dishes and accompaniments, such as sadza (African-style polenta) and chakalaka (a hot, spicy relish) will further enhance your game lodge experience by giving a taste of the real Africa. Vegetarians, vegans, and various other dietary requirements are readily catered for at The Elephant Camp. You may choose to take your meals at the main lodge, offering sweeping views across the savanna with the spray of the falls as a backdrop.

Fishing and game walks are available at additional cost.

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • A tour of the Victoria falls
  • Airport transfers
  • All game drives and river safaris at Imbabala
  • Camping equipment
  • Canoe safari fee
  • Canoeing trip
  • Daily meals
  • Drinks as specified in the itinerary
  • Imbabala National Park fees
  • Rainforest entry fee
  • Additional permits
  • Airfare
  • Fishing
  • Game walks
  • Other excursions not mentioned in itinerary
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Victoria Falls Airport (VFA). Wild Horizons will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Neha P
    10 out of 10

    "Excellent Activity. Rigorous 3-4 hour raft along the Zambezi river covering 19 rapids from Grade 5-1. Fantastic tour guides. Fundis (our lifeguard) was fantastic. Great instruction throughout the raft and great customer service. Highly Recommend."

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  • Review by El Dorado
    10 out of 10

    "The river had just opened back up for rafting due to high water (May 21 2016). We didn't have enough paddlers so they picked up a couple crew members to paddle with us. The river was wild and fun. We all felt safe with the very knowledgeable and friendly crew. The hike back up the gorge os steep but short enough. The crew was always there to help if needed. I highly recommend this activity with Wild Horizons."

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  • Review by A Guest
    10 out of 10

    "What a fun adventure!!! We started the day getting detailed instructions then hit the rapids. Hippo was our guide who kept us having a great day. I'm not incredibly fit, but felt comfortable all day. ... except for the walk back up the ravine at the end of the day. I was not ready for that. The staff were amazing though. They stayed with me and ensured I was ok and supported me up the steep incline"

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  • Review by A Guest
    10 out of 10

    "An absolute must for the bucket list. Stunning experience on one of the great rivers of the world. Exhilaration journey of thrills and spills (literally) through many Rapids up to grade 5. As other people have said you need to be reasonably fit to not only enjoy the rafting but to climb out of the gorge at the end of the journey."

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  • Review by Manj G.
    10 out of 10

    "Wow - what a rush! well organized and professional. Beautiful views from the adjacent restaurant as well."

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  • Review by Fay O. from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
    10 out of 10

    "Wow this had to be one of the best things I have experienced. It was very exhilarating and such a rush. I would recommend it for anyone not just thrill seekers. We felt safe and the team was very professional."

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  • Review by Jennifer McCarthy from Reno, Nevada
    10 out of 10

    "I cant lie. I was very afraid, very very afraid. I kept telling myself that they don't want to kill Americans though because it wouldn't be good for tourism :) I went on a tandem zipline with my husband. We are both over 6' tall and not skinny folks. We asked them a few times if there was a weight limit and they assured us we would be just fine. The guy that hooked us up to the line was funny and patient...well patient until he pushed us off the edge. It was so much fun! I would absolutely recommend I to anyone and one day I may go back and do it again myself."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "We had such a great time, and the staff was amazing! The price was very reasonable for what we got in return."

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  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "What an incredible experience! The guides and photographers made our day so great! The paddle was not easy, nor was the steep hill. It certainly made me realize how unfit I am. Don't forget to wear loads of sunscreen and get ready for the time of your life. They are a super company."

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  • Review by a traveler from Edinburgh, UK
    9 out of 10

    "I had done rafting before, but nothing like this. To raft the Zambezi was a terrific experience and the Wild Horizons team was great. Our expert guide, Colgate, really got the whole raft excited and pumped. I was absolutely knackered by the end of it, but the lunch and beer at the top fixed me right up. It is an absolutely wonderful, definite must do while in Victoria Falls."

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  • Review by David B.
    9 out of 10

    "I had a great day rafting down the Zambezi. Simon was our captain and he was great, always shouting encouragement and getting us through the rapids. We were a bit slow to get going as a team but Simon got us working together. I suggest wearing long sleeves and long shorts as it is tough to keep sun cream on when you are powering through the rapids. The walk up the hill at the end was tough as the day was exhausting paddling but I think that added to the sense of achievement after. The Wild Horizons team was very professional. They wanted you to have fun and we always felt safe. It can be a little scary when you get knocked out and you go under water but then it is exhilarating getting washed down the Zambezi and having the guys in kayaks to rescue you. Thank you Wild Horizons and Simon."

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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6 days / 5 nights

Availability

This safari is available from April to November.

Pricing information

Children aged 7 to 12 years will be charged 50% of the adults sharing rate. For more information on children pricing, please send an inquiry to Wild Horizons.

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