Surprising Zimbabwe - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

Raw and untamed, Zimbabwe’s vast tracts of wilderness shelter an endless array of the continent’s extraordinary wildlife, including healthy populations of rhino and elephant.

Journey Overview

Raw and untamed, Zimbabwe’s vast tracts of wilderness shelter an endless array of the continent’s extraordinary wildlife, including healthy populations of rhino and elephant. On this two-week safari, you’ll delve into some of the country’s lesser visited areas including Gonarezhou National Park and UNESCO World Heritage listed Matobo Hills where Cecil Rhodes’ grave is famously located. Intimate safari camps and lodges carefully positioned amidst unspoiled landscapes provide a welcome nightly refuge with plenty of time in each for contemplation of nature and Africa’s incomparable sunsets.

Journey Highlights

  • Be amazed by the scenic backdrop of rarely visited Gonarezhou National Park
  • Visit Zimbabwe’s oldest national park, UNESCO World Heritage listed Matobo Hills
  • Track black and white rhino on foot for up-close encounters
  • Admire ancient galleries of San rock art
  • Delve into local history as you follow in the footsteps of Cecil Rhodes
  • Photograph huge herds of buffalo and elephant in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest
  • Surround yourself in Edwardian splendour over lunch at the Victoria Falls Hotel
  • Float down the mighty Zambezi River and toast the sunset on a leisurely sundowner cruise

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Harare, Zimbabwe.

Arrive into Harare where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Meikles Hotel

Day 2: Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe | Rare Wildlife.

This morning, meet with the Resident Tour Director and fellow travellers for a tour briefing before returning to the airport. Fly south to Mahenye Airstrip in Gonarezhou National Park before a short transfer by road to Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge. Soak up the pristine wilderness from your handsome lodge and go in search of wildlife on an afternoon safari drive or watch elephants, hippos and crocodiles cooling off in the waters of the river from the comfort of the lodge’s viewing deck. Tonight, gather for a festive welcome dinner.
Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge | Meals: BD

Days 3-4: Gonarezhou National Park | Place of Elephants.

Explore the park over the next two days on a series of wildlife viewing activities. Against a primeval backdrop of rugged red Chilojo Cliffs and baobabs, marvel at the huge herds of elephant, buffalo gathering at watering holes, big cats on the prowl and their prey, wallowing hippo and the rich birdlife which congregates in the wetland areas.
Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Matobo Hills | Zimbabwe’s Oldest National Park.

Take to the skies on a shared light aircraft flight northwest to Bulawayo where you are met and driven to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Matobo Hills and your lodge nestled amidst granite domes and kopjes. The remainder of your day is at leisure for wildlife viewing or perhaps a rejuvenating Africa aromatherapy treatment at the safari spa.
Amalinda Lodge | Meals: BLD

Days 6-7: Matobo Hills | Track the Endangered Rhino.

Discover this unique and untamed part of Africa famous for its healthy population of the endangered Black and White Rhino. Keep an eye out for leopard and black eagle which are in good numbers and many other bird and mammal species. Choose from an extensive menu of activities including rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle, visits to San rock art galleries, a drive through the granite hills to Cecil Rhodes’ tomb, a gentle bike ride through villages meeting the locals and being welcomed into their homes and a variety of hiking and walking trails.
Amalinda Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Hwange National Park | Elegant Bush Camp.

Return to Bulawayo and continue by shared light aircraft northwest to Hwange National Park. Transfer to intimate Somalisa Camp situated on a stunning island in the heart of the park on the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain. Marvel at the breathtaking savannah from your elegant tent and the herds which congregate at the pan. Head out on a bush walk or 4WD safari outing, or watch wildlife up close from hides. The resident wildlife includes lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard, white rhino, zebra, giraffe and the rare and endangered roan antelope.
Somalisa Camp | Meals: BLD

Days 9-10: Hwange | Land of the Giants.

Encounter Africa’s fiercest predators and most elegant wildlife during two days of exploration in the park which is recognised as one of the few great elephant sanctuaries left in Africa. Head out twice daily on safari by 4WD or on foot in search of myriad mammals including roan and sable antelope, packs of wild dog, giraffe, big cats and much more. Spend your down time by the swimming pool or soaking in your copper bathtub gazing out at the plains beyond.
Somalisa Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Zambezi National Park | Riverside Sanctuary.

Travel by road northwest to the Zambezi National Park, upstream of Victoria Falls, and your lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River. Spend the rest of the day at leisure within this wilderness area frequented by elephant, herds of sable, buffalo, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala.
Old Drift Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 12: Victoria Falls | Smoke that Thunders.

Prepare to be amazed on a walking tour of Victoria Falls. Get up close to the thundering cascades, marvel at the volume of water and admire the dancing rainbows. Sit down for lunch at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel and take a guided heritage walk while you’re there immersing yourself in the Edwardian era surrounds. Toast your Zambezi experience on an unforgettable sundowner cruise as dusk approaches.
Old Drift Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 13: Victoria Falls | Design Your Day.

Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Exploring the vast wilderness of the Zambezi National Park on a game drive, setting off either in the early morning or mid-afternoon.
  • Journey into Zambezi National Park on a walking safari to experience this unique area from a different perspective.

Tonight, celebrate with a special farewell dinner.
Old Drift Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 14: Depart Victoria Falls.

Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Maximum Group Size: 12
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Note: Days 11–12 on Aug 16-29 departure at Victoria Falls River Lodge. Design Your Day inclusions are a Rural Community Visit and a Zambezi River Cruise. Please contact A&K for details.

Tour Inclusions
All accommodation as detailed on a double/ twin share basis with private facilities; meals as specified; bottled water during transfers and touring; airport welcome; assistance with luggage and group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle; services of English speaking A&K Resident Tour Director; economy flights only if specified as included in itinerary, all entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges, all tipping.

Tour Exclusions
International flights not specified as included, visas, insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip; items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, dry cleaning, internet, fax or phone charges; transfers, sightseeing or meals not specified in itinerary; excess baggage charges

 Tailor Made Travel with A&K
If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, talk to your A&K travel specialist or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke journey for your, or a small group.

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Surprising Zimbabwe - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Aug 16, 2020 - Aug 29, 2020
Price AU$19,990pp Single Supplement AU$3,470 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Book

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.


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