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The Great Zimbabwe Experience

7 Nights & 8 Days Zimbabwe Experience

Day 1: Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe
Arrive either on BA6285 @ 13:05
BA6287 @ 14:10
SA040 @ 12:40
SW140 @ 13:50
Air Zimbabwe from Harare arrival on UM228 13:00

Zimbabwe is without a doubt, Africa's "Jewel" with so many breathtaking attractions, from the mighty Zambezi River to the majestic Victoria Falls, to the vast expanse of man-made Lake Kariba. Zimbabwe is a must see destination!!

Visa Information
Visa Fees are NOT included in the transfer rates and are always for the clients' account. Most nationalities are now required to pay for a visa in order to enter Zimbabwe. For most passport holders, this can be purchased at the airport or border post. However some nationalities are required to obtain a Zimbabwean visa before they travel. Please check with the relevant Consular Service. A double entry visa is required if you are planning a Chobe Day trip or Tour of the Eastern Cataract of the Falls in Zambia.

The transfer time from Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls Town is approximately 25 minutes.

The Victoria Falls Hotel
The Edwardian-style five-star hotel, built in 1904, was recently redecorated and refurbished and now combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquillity 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.

Any visit to Southern Africa would not be complete without a stay in Victoria Falls to view the majestic waterfall and experience the thrilling activities that go with it. The Falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world as defined by UNESCO and Zimbabwe boasts the most spectacular views .

15:00 - Depart hotel for a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls.

To discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them, it is well worth taking a guided tour. These tours are informative and last for 2½ hours. Tours may be booked in the morning or afternoon and times are flexible. Guests are collected from their hotel for a short drive to the Falls. The Tour includes National Park Fees, the services of a qualified guide and bottled mineral water.

17h30 After the Tour of the Falls you will depart for a classic Sundowner on the train.

This beautifully restored steam train has a 1954 class 14a steam locomotive, dining cars and first class coaches. Journey back in time on the 106 year old Victoria Falls Bridge.

Enjoy a leisurely dinner at the hotel upon your return.

Day 2: White Water Rafting
07:00 - Breakfast is served.
08:00 - You will be collected for your White Water Rafting excursion

Commercial rafting first commenced on the Zambezi River in 1981 and since then this activity has grown in popularity to the point where a rafting trip on the Zambezi is now a regular feature in most tourists’ itineraries. In 1997, approximately 50 000 people enjoyed white water rafting on the Zambezi on a stretch of water that is now internationally acclaimed as the best white water rafting trip available in the world.

The ONE-DAY trip runs year round subject to river levels and Adventure Zone operates from both sides of the Zambezi River.
High Water run - approximately 20 January to 10 July (stopping in between if river too high).
Low Water run - approximately 10 July to 20 January.

Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise

Day 3: Chobe Day Trip, Botswana
07:00 - Breakfast is served
07:30 - Meet your Bushtracks Representative at reception for your departure to Botswana for your Chobe Day Trip.

The best game viewing in the region is across the border in Chobe National Park in Botswana which is only a 2 hour drive from Victoria Falls. It is one of the greatest game reserves in southern Africa and famous for the number of elephant that live there. The Chobe River flows lazily through the Caprivi flood plains and provides a haven for huge herds of buffalo and elephant, zebra, wildebeest, lechwe and impala which are followed closely by predators including lion, hyena, the elusive leopard and the odd pack of the now rare wild dog. The bird life in particular is exceptional.

The Safari starts with a morning game viewing cruise on the Chobe River with tea, coffee, drinks and light snacks being served on board. Large flocks of birds, big pods of hippo and very large crocodiles are all around. After disembarking, lunch is then taken at the Chobe Safari Lodge, which overlooks the Chobe River and the flood plains beyond. In the afternoon, open safari vehicles are used for a game drive into the park. The game drive meanders its way back to Customs and Immigration, before crossing the border and then transferring back to Victoria Falls at approximately 18:30

* Please note that there are visa implications for some nationalities.

19:00 - Dinner at The Boma Restaurant

This provides a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa. The Boma nestles in a Gusu Forest and is partly open to the spectacular African night skies. Advance reservations are necessary Open from 7 pm, Drumming starts at 9pm, 20 minute show. Buffet Menu, Dress Casual.

Day 4: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
08:00 - Breakfast on the terrace of the Victoria Falls Hotel.
09:00 - Depending on your charter flight departure time you may have time for a Helicopter flight over the falls.

HELICOPTER "FLIGHT OF ANGELS": approx. 12-13 minutes
An unrivalled view of the Victoria Falls and surrounding National Parks area "...scenes so lovely, must have been gazed upon by Angels in their Flight"

10:00 - Transfer from Victoria Falls Hotel to Victoria Falls Airport to connect with your charter flight on Solenta Air www.solenta.com to The Hide - Hwange

The Hide in Hwange National Park
Located in a large private concession on the eastern boundary of Hwange National Park, The Hide is also regarded as one of the most well situated safari camps in Hwange - offering simple access to the main park and in itself being well endowed with healthy wildlife populations.

13:00 - Lunch at The Hide.
15:30 - Afternoon tea.
16:00 - Afternoon game drive.
19:00 - Return to the lodge for a scrumptious feast.

Day 5
06:00 - Wake Up with early morning tea/coffee/snacks.
07:00 - Depart for early morning Game drive. While out on your drive you will enjoy mid-morning tea/coffee and snacks in the bush.
11:00 - Return to The Hide for lunch.

PM: known as “Siesta time” where guests are given time to catch up on sleep due to the early morning start or relax by the pool watching the game at the waterhole in front of the lodge.

15:00 - Afternoon tea and snacks are served before departing for your evening game drive.
19:30 - Return to the lodge and freshen up for dinner on the deck at 20:00.

Day 6: The Hide to Bumi Hills in Lake Kariba
06:30 - Wake up with early morning tea/coffee.
07:00 - Depart for morning bush walk.
08:00 - Return to the lodge for breakfast.

After breakfast get ready to depart for Charter flight to Bumi Hills - Lake Kariba

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge - Lake Kariba
Bumi is unique among luxury safari lodges because of the exquisite added dimension of the water - Kariba is among the world’s largest man-made lakes and a genuine African wilderness with far more animals than people. This allows for glorious game viewing by boat as well as the traditional open 4 x 4 vehicles and walking in the wild with an armed professional guide.

After checking in at Bumi Hills join us for a bite to eat.

15:00 - Afternoon tea.
15:30 - Afternoon Game and sunset cruise on Lake Kariba.
18h30: Return to the lodge and freshen up for dinner on the deck at 20h00

Day 7
08:00 - Breakfast.
09:00 - Depart for a visit to a local village.

The Bumi Hills Wildlife Area is bordered in the North West by the Chalala and Mola communities, which are home to the Tonga, a delightful and very spiritual people who have resided in this area and along the length of the Zambezi River for centuries. They have preserved ancient traditions and still live a largely subsistence lifestyle that is reliant on fishing, livestock and small scale farming. In the village of Chalala these customs have melted together with the inevitable infiltration of modern ways of life. However the luxuries of a permanent electricity and water supply to homes are still absent, leaving the communities still largely reliant on the surrounding environment for their livelihood. The staff at Bumi Hills is predominantly Tongan and have their homes in these surrounding areas.

12:00 - Return to the lodge.
13:00 - Lunch on the deck.
15:00 - Afternoon tea.
15:30 - This afternoon there is opportunity for the adventurous to do some fishing on Lake Kariba or there is the opportunity to go sailing. For the ones that just want to enjoy the swimming pool on the deck or visit the spa –this is the time to do so.
18h30: Return to the lodge and freshen up for dinner on the deck at 20h00.

Day 8
08:00 - Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing on your charter flight to Harare to connect to your International Flight.

For booking information please contact us.