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Combine three of southern Africa’s most fruitful wildlife areas on this luxury flying safari. Spend time in Hwange and Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, before experiencing the vast landscapes and wildlife of Kafue in western Zambia.

Staying on an ecologically diverse concession within Hwange National Park virtually guarantees fantastic sightings year round, including a multitude of elephant. In the Zambezi Valley the varied habitats of Mana Pools National Park range from woodland and floodplain to the Rift Valley escarpment, all of which provide rich sightings of mammals and birdlife.

The seasonally-inundated grasslands of Zambia's Busanga Plains, dotted with tree-islands, offer concentrations of plains game including rarer antelope such as roan and oribi, plus a high density of lion. 

Last, but by no means least, the mighty Victoria Falls – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – make a fitting end to this varied itinerary.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Days 2-4 : Arrive Victoria Falls & fly to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

    On arrival at Victoria Falls, fly by scheduled light aircraft to your camp in Hwange National Park. 

    During your stay at Hwange, there will be morning and and afternoon/evening safaris, together with guided walks through the concession to maximise the opportunities to see wildlife.

    Accommodation: Little Makalolo Camp, 3-nights

  3. Days 5-7 : Fly to Mana Pools National Park

    Leave Hwange today and fly by scheduled light aircraft from to Mana Pools in the Lower Zambezi.  Over the next couple of days, enjoy early morning walks in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, accompanied by an experienced guide, as well as morning and afternoon vehicle safaris, night drives and canoeing.

    Accommodation: Ruckomechi Camp, 3-nights

  4. Days 8-10 : Boat & flight to Kafue National Park, Zambia

    Depart early this morning by boat to Chirundu on the Zambian border – a scenic trip of around one hour – followed by a four hour drive to Lusaka. You will then continue on a scheduled flight by light aircraft to the Busanga Plains area of Kafue National Park, where you can enjoy morning and afternoon/evening safaris, as well as boat trips in the early part of the season (June and July). 

    Accommodation: Shumba Camp, 3-nights

  5. Day 11: Fly to Toka Leya, Livingstone; visit Victoria Falls

    Fly by scheduled light aircraft flight to Livingstone. On arrival, transfer the short distance by road to your overnight accommodation in Mosi-oa-Tuna National Park on the outskirts of town.

    Activities on offer here include guided tours of Victoria Falls, cultural, museum & market tours, safaris in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, and cruises on the Zambezi River. 

    Accommodation: Toka Leya Camp, 1-night

  6. Day 12: Depart Livingstone

    Transfer by road to Livingstone Airport for your return flights to the UK.

  7. Day 13: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 13 days from £9,295 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 days from £8,195 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,635
  • When to go: Jun-Oct: Friday departures from mid June to end October
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Hot-air ballooning
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Walking
Featured locations:

Hwange National Park

Bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe’s largest park is a haven for over 100 mammal and 400 bird species. Formerly occupied by San bushmen, it became a national park in 1928. The diverse landscapes of teak forests, sandveld, ilala palm islands, savannah and woodland offer a rewarding and interesting wildlife safari.

  • Where: Matabeleland North Province
  • Ideal for viewing: African wildcat, honey badger, leopard, sable, wild dog
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris

Mana Pools National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site beside the Zambezi has fine views towards Zambia’s Lower Zambezi and the Rift Valley escarpment. Its woodland and open plains contain a huge variety of wildlife, including large herds of elephant. It is famed for walking and canoe safaris, and offers a secluded experience.

  • Where: Mashonaland West Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, lion, Nile crocodile, roan
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris

Kafue National Park

Kafue is one of the world’s largest national parks. It’s has a rich variety of wildlife and a profusion of game who are attracted by the diverse habitats, which range from woodland opening onto wide, grassy dambos. The vast, rolling Busanga Plain, fed by the Lufupa River, attracts large herds of red lechwe and buffalo.

  • Where: North Western Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, defassa waterbuck, lion, red lechwe, sable
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Combining perfectly with a safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Namibia as well as Zambia, the Zambian side of the falls was once considered to be the ‘poor cousin’, by comparison with the views of the river and the falls from Zimbabwe. The two countries are linked by a spectacular iron bridge above the raging waters.

  • Where: Southern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, hippo, trumpeter hornbill, common waterbuck
  • Excellent for: River safaris
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Little Makalolo Camp

This small camp lies in a grove of teak trees at the heart of Hwange National Park, overlooking a busy waterhole. Activities centre on guided day and night game drives in the Makalolo Concession, one of the best areas to see herds of buffalo and elephant, as well as lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah.

Ruckomechi Camp

This camp nestles in a grove of acacia and mahogany trees on the western boundary of Mana Pools. Ten spacious tents with full en suite facilities include a honeymoon suite and a family room, all with views of the Zambezi River and the mountainous escarpment of the Great Rift Valley beyond.

Shumba Camp

Located on a huge private concession in the centre of the Busanga Plains, Shumba is a luxurious camp named after the area’s large prides of lion. It comprises six spacious safari tents raised on platforms with spectacular views of the varied landscape of estuaries, grassy plains and island thickets.

Toka Leya Camp

This camp is located beside the Zambezi River, and consists of 12 spacious safari tents. There is a lovely verandah from which to soak up the views and sound of birds, elephant and grunting pods of hippo, and activities on offer include tours to Victoria Falls (Zambian side), river cruises and guided nature walks.