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Enjoy canoe safaris, walks and game drives in Zimbabwe's two key wildlife locations.

Your first base is a luxury tented camp at the heart of Hwange National Park – often referred as “the Land of the Giants” due to the extraordinary number of elephants. In Mana Pools National Park you get a totally different perspective as you spend three days exploring the river by canoe, with water-level views of birds and wildlife, returning each night to a comfortable tented camp. Finally you see another contrasting aspect of Mana Pools as you explore remote Kanga Pan by vehicle and on foot.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Victoria Falls, 1-night

  3. Days 3-5 : Drive to Hwange National Park, 3-nights Somalisa Camp. Vehicle and foot safaris, night drives, game watching

  4. Days 6-8 : Fly by light aircraft to Mana Pools National Park, 3-nights Zambezi Life Styles Camp. Canoeing on Zambezi River

  5. Days 9-10 : Drive to Kanga Pan, 2-nights Kanga Camp. Vehicle and foot safaris in Mana Pools National Park

  6. Day 11: Fly by light aircraft to Victoria Falls and depart

  7. Day 12: Arrive UK

You should note: Note: The road transfer from Victoria Falls to Hwange operates on a Saturday only

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: 12 days from £6,495 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 10 days from £5,395 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,675
  • When to go: Jun-Oct: Daily
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 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

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Combining perfectly with a safari in Zambia, Botswana, Namibia or Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls are not only a wonderful place from which to begin or end a safari, but offer enough interest to be a safari destination in their own right. The wildlife in the tributaries is active all year round, and the birdlife is superb.

  • Where: Matabeleland North
  • Ideal for viewing: common waterbuck, African elephant, hippo, black eagle, Taita falcon
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, River safaris
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Somalisa Camp

This intimate camp lies in the Somalisa concession in Hwange, Zimbabwe's foremost national park. Tucked away on an island, its location virtually guarantees encounters with African wildlife from the moment you step out of your tent – you may even find elephants drinking from the plunge pool!