Charting the Mighty Zambezi

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Experience Zimbabwe on this extraordinary, all-inclusive safari by road and river. Ply the length of Lake Kariba aboard a 4-star cruiser to see the petrified trees of Matusadona National Park, and navigate the Sengwa river in search of hippo and crocodiles.

Whilst on land, visit Pamuzinda Game Reserve and Mana Pools National Park, and head out in 4x4s to view elephants, lions and other plains game. End your tour with a stay upstream from Victoria Falls, with an included guided walk to see the falls in all their beauty.

Tour Types
  • Wildlife
  • Seniors
  • Cruise
  • 50 plus
Departure Points
  • London Heathrow

<p class="p1">After taking your included VIP door-to-door service to the airport fly to Harare via Addis Ababa.</p> <p class="p1">Transfer to the 3-star <strong>Pamuzinda Safari Lodge</strong>&nbsp;(3Q) on the banks of the Serui River&nbsp;(61 miles, two hours), in 13,000 acres of pristine bush and savannah, for a two-night stay.</p> <p class="p1">Relax after your journey or get stuck into the experience of a lifetime with a range of activities, before a complementary &lsquo;Welcome to Africa&rsquo; barbecue and traditional dance performance. D</p>

Accommodation Name: Pamuzinda Safari Lodge

<p>Savour the first morning in Zimbabwe from the luxury of a private balcony overlooking the Serui River.</p> <p>After breakfast, canoe the gentle waters of the Serui River or go out game spotting in the Pamuzinda Game Reserve by 4x4 or on foot or, for the truly adventurous, experience the beauty of this immaculate reserve on horseback.</p> <p>After lunch and a siesta set out on an afternoon game drive to see the abundant plains game and end the day with sunset drinks at &lsquo;Ayres Rock&rsquo;. B, L, D</p>

Accommodation Name: Pamuzinda Safari Lodge

<p class="p1">After an early breakfast, travel by road Maka Pools (261 miles, 7 hours), via one of Zimbabwe&rsquo;s best-kept secrets, the eerily beautiful Chinhoyi Caves.</p> <p class="p1">The jewel in the crown of this network of caves, tunnels and sink holes is the Wonder Hole and its cobalt blue Sleeping Pool. Visibility in its cool depths can exceed 160 feet and it is popular with technical divers and sightseers alike. After lunch in Chirundu, take a 90-minute boat ride into Mana National Park, scouting the banks for wildlife.</p> <p class="p1">Arrive early evening at the 4-star <strong>Mana Pools Safari Lodge</strong> (3Q+), for a two-night stay. Enjoy a sundowner drink on a sand bank on the banks of the Zambezi River before supper and bed. B, L, D</p>

Accommodation Name: Mana Pools Safari Lodge

<p class="p1">After breakfast, relax in camp or head out on fishing and walking excursions, boat trips or guided game drives around one of the most remote and unspoilt parks in Africa.</p> <p class="p1">After lunch, board safari 4x4s and set out in search of the abundant wildlife of this Mana Pools concession, including plains game, rhinos, elephants, crocodile, hippo and lions.</p> <p class="p1">Night-time wildlife dives are also available after dinner. B, L, D</p>

Accommodation Name: Mana Pools Safari Lodge

<p class="p1">After some more early morning animal exploration, return by boat to Chirundu and after lunch take a scenic two-hour drive through the Zambezi Escarpments to the 3-star <strong>Kariba Lodge </strong>(3Q+), for a two-night stay&nbsp;(92 miles, three hours and 30 minutes).</p> <p class="p1">Relax and enjoy welcome snacks and drinks on the elevated Kariba Safari Lodge deck, which boasts outstanding views of Lake Kariba, this afternoon before sipping a sundowner in front of an open air barbecue on the beach on the lake shore. B, L, D</p>

Accommodation Name: Kariba Lodge

<p>Spend the day getting to know Kariba, including a visit to the 400-foot dam and Santa Barbara church, which was built for project workers and dedicated to those who lost their lives during the build. Perched 2000 feet above the lake, on Kariba Heights, the church provides stunning panoramic views of the lake and surrounding countryside.</p> <p>After, venture into the suburb of Mahombekombe for a spot of shopping in its bustling flea market and colourful local shops. End your day with more breathtaking sunset views across the lake. B, L, D</p>

Accommodation Name: Kariba Lodge

<p class="p1">After a leisurely breakfast board your 4-star cruiser and sail along Lake Kariba to a secluded inlet in Three Finger Bay. Lunch is served on board before setting out on a unique safari experience to discover the abundant wildlife and emblematic submerged forests of Lake Kariba and the Matusadona National Park. As the sun sets drinks and snacks are served before dinner on the cruiser.&nbsp; B, L, D</p>

<p>After breakfast, transfer by tender boats to the mainland for a combined walk and drive safari around a private concession and Matusadona National Park, including a visit to a forest of 220-million-year-old petrified trees. After lunch, return to the vessel to relax as it sails on to Crocodile Creek. Marvel at the quintessential Kariba sunset while you enjoy drinks and snacks before dinner. B, L, D</p>

<p class="p1">Your cruiser leaves its mooring before dawn, embarking on a 13-hour voyage into the Sengwe Basin, through the Kota Kota Narrows. Relax and take in the immensity of the lake and its breathtaking vistas. Once the cruiser has reached the Sengwa River System, board tender boats to explore the remote wilderness of the Sengwe Basin, with its rich bird life and stunning scenery.&nbsp; B, L, D</p>

<p class="p1">Continental breakfast is served on board tender boats as they navigate the Sengwe river in search of hippo and crocodiles. Back on the cruiser, lunch is served while the boat completes its voyage to Binga, the heart of Tonga tribal land.</p> <p class="p1">Check into the 3-star <strong>Masumu River Lodge</strong>&nbsp;(3Q+) for one night, then go exploring Binga town and its quaint Tonga tribe museum, hot springs and geyser and school (during term time). After lunch, there&rsquo;s time to relax before the spectacle of a stunning Lake Kariba sunset over the islands and bays of Binga, accompanied by sundowner drinks. B, L, D</p>

Accommodation Name: Masumu River Lodge

<p>After breakfast, embark on a drive through the wilds of Matabeleland, passing the Gwaai and Kamativi river gorges&nbsp;(193 miles, four hours).</p> <p>Check into the 4-star <strong>Bayette Collection Guest Lodges</strong> (4Q), where you'll stay in one of the three guest lodges: Beyete, Nkosi, Phezulu for two nights. Local wines, beers, soft drinks, tea, coffee and filtered water are included. B, L, D</p>

Accommodation Name: Bayette Collection Guest Lodges

<p class="p1">After breakfast, join a guided walk of Victoria Falls, taking time to marvel at the raw beauty of the falls from the best viewpoints. A sundowner cruise in the afternoon provides the opportunity to spot hippo and other wildlife before returning to the hotel and dinner. B, L, D</p>

Accommodation Name: Bayette Collection Guest Lodges

<p class="p1">After breakfast transfer to Victoria Falls airport for your overnight return flight to the UK via Addis Ababa. B</p>

<p>Arrive in the UK for your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.</p>

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed12 nights in lodges, tented camps and on a 4-star Cruiser, 2 in flight

Dinner plate35 meals: 12 breakfasts (B), 11 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)

CocktailFree bar on the Lake Kariba cruise and at all hotels

PersonLocal expert guide


  • Return flights and transfers
  • Sundowner drink at a memorable location
  • Porterage at all accommodation

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • Traditional dance performance
  • Pamuzinda safari
  • Visit to Chinhoyi Caves, including the Wonder Hole and Sleeping Pool
  • Game drives in the Zambezi Valley
  • Three-night cruise of Lake Kariba
  • Game spotting on the banks of Lake Kariba and the Zambezi River
  • Game drives in Greater Mana Pools
  • Visit Kariba Dam, the Church of Santa Barbara on Kariba Heights and the Flea market in Mahombekombe
  • Matusadona National Park combined walk and drive game safari
  • Tender boat exploration of Sengwa Basin
  • Binga town excursion, including Tonga tribe museum, hot springs and geyser and school (during term time)
  • Matabeleland North road trip
  • Guided walk of Victoria Falls
  • Victoria Falls sundowner cruise

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