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

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 its extraordinary number of elephants.

In Mana Pools National Park you will 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

    On arrival at Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to your hotel or lodge of choice for an overnight stay.

  3. Days 3-5 : Transfer by road to Hwange National Park

    This morning, transfer by road to your camp in Hwange National Park, four to five hours' drive. Over the next couple of days, enjoy wildlife viewing by vehicle and on foot, as well as night drives.

    Accommodation: Somalisa Camp, 3-nights

  4. Days 6-8 : Fly to Mana Pools National Park

    You will be transferred to the airstrip for a light aircraft flight to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mana Pools, where you will be met and transferred to your luxury mobile tented camp, set on the shores of the Lower Zambezi River. Activities during your stay can include canoeing, fishing, tracking wildlife on foot on the shore, as well as traditional safari drives.

    Accommodation: Zambezi Expeditions Safari Camp, 3-nights 

  5. Days 9-10 : Drive to Kanga Pan

    Today you’ll drive to Kanga Pan, within the Mana Pools National Park, and to your small camp, built around a waterhole.

    The area is very diverse and permanent water source makes it a hub for wildlife year round, attracting large animals such as elephant and buffalo, and where plains game such as kudu, zebra, impala and waterbuck are also found. In addition, Kanga Pan is a predator’s paradise; a resident lion pride lives permanently in the vicinity of the camp, wild dogs and leopards are often sighted. Hyena, cheetah, and crocodile are also present.

    Activities include day and night drives, however the most unique and exciting activity here is tracking wildlife on foot with a professional guide. This is a a rare experience in national parks, and this is one of the best walking territories in Africa.

    Kanga is the only private concession in Mana Pools, so you are unlikely to meet anyone when on wildlife-viewing excursions, and you will get a true sense of privacy.

    Accommodation: Kanga Camp, 2-nights 

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

  7. Day 12: 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: 12 days from £5,425 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 10 days from £4,345 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,875
  • When to go: Apr-Nov: 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 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

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 trip, 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!