View our latest travel disruption updates due to Coronavirus here

Iconic Africa: Zimbabwe & Kenya with Victoria Falls

12 days
from
£11,610
Loading...
Wildlife
Suitable for:
Age 17+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
ZWZ
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Multi-Country Wildlife Holidays
Group size:
6–12
Min age:
17

If it's wildlife you seek, look no further than this adventure

Travel will be mostly by small charter aircraft and game-drive vehicles. Game drives can be long and strenuous and over bumpy surfaces. For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. Travelers on this expedition should be aware that most of the nights spent on safari will be in tented accommodations. These tents are en suite, are designed to the highest standards, and are quite comfortable, with hot and cold water and shower outlets in the adjoining bathroom area. Participants will find the tents spacious with plenty of headroom. All of the safari lodges we visit have separate lounge and bar areas that often overlook scenic vistas or waterways, which adds to the excitement and ambiance of being on safari. It should be noted, however, that there are no fences around the camps, and animals of all sizes are sometimes encountered within the camp boundaries.

Highlights

  • Explore the legendary Maasai Mara and stay at an exclusive camp set in a 70,000-acre private concession.
  • Feel the spray of Victoria Falls and spot hippos and crocodiles during a sunset Zambezi River cruise. 
  • Spend two full days in Zimbabwe’s diverse Hwange National Park, home to 100 mammal and 400 bird species.   
  • Watch hundreds of elephants and buffalo at a popular waterhole just outside your tent’s porch. 
  • Experience authentic interactions with local villagers while meeting schoolchildren and tribal elders.

What's included

  • Air transportation within Kenya and Zimbabwe
  • All excursions in the company of a world-class expedition leader and local guides
  • All gratuities
  • All accommodations
  • All group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

What's not included

  • Airfare from your home city/Johannesburg/Livingstone and Nairobi/home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Johannesburg
to
Nairobi
  • Day 1

    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to the InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: The InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Hwange National Park

    Take an early morning flight to Victoria Falls, then board our charter flight to Hwange National Park. Zimbabwe’s largest national park hosts one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in all of Africa, including tens of thousands of elephants. Located in a coveted private concession on the park’s southeastern corner, the chic Linkwasha Camp sits at the doorstep of the game-rich Ngamo Plains and overlooks a pan that’s a hub of animal activity. Hop in a 4X4 for an overview drive, then return to your colossal tent with eclectic décor and an oh-so-comfy bed.

    Accommodation: Linkwasha Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 3-4

    Hwange National Park

    A mix of desert, grassland, and woodland habitats invites a diverse range of wildlife to Hwange, including 400 bird species and more than 100 mammal species. Two full days of game drives and walking safaris offer ample opportunity to encounter lion, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, and a variety of antelope; a speeding cheetah or elusive leopard are also occasionally spotted. Night drives bring out bushbaby, spotted hyaena, mongoose, and honey badger. In between, you meet exuberant schoolchildren in a nearby village or learn about the camp’s conservation and anti-poaching efforts. Take a dip in the pool, curl up with a book from the library, or sit back on your deck and watch hundreds of elephants and buffalo drinking from the waterhole.  

    Accommodation: Linkwasha Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Hwange National Park / Livingstone, Zambia

    Board our morning flight to Livingstone, then transfer to Toka Leya Camp in Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Africa’s most popular tourist attraction, Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”), dramatically plummets over 300-foot cliffs, spraying fountains of mist that can be seen from your camp a few miles away. The falls’ constant spray creates a unique rainforest ecosystem of plant species, and an afternoon drive introduces its resident birds along with buffalo, bushbuck, vervet monkey, and baboon. The park also hosts a small but growing population of endangered white rhino. Return for cocktails by the infinity pool or convivial fire pit. 

    Accommodation: Toka Leya Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Victoria Falls

    Don a rain poncho for a mist-soaked tour of Victoria Falls. Flowing from the Zambezi River and forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, this 5,603-foot-wide curtain of water is truly one of nature’s most humbling sites. Toka Leya’s en-suite tents feature expansive decks overlooking the mighty river, and guests often spot hippos, elephants, and crocodiles. Search for more species during a sunset wildlife cruise. Anglers are able to catch and release a variety of tilapia, and rhino tracking tours with a park scout can be arranged. You also might wish to visit the nearby Mukuni village or one of the colorful markets in Livingstone.  

    Accommodation: Toka Leya Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Livingstone / Nairobi, Kenya

    After a final game drive and lunch, transfer to the airport for our flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival, transfer to the Tamarind Tree Hotel for overnight. 

    Accommodation: Tamarind Tree Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Nairobi / Maasai Mara

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a charter flight to the Maasai Mara, home to the semi-nomadic Maasai people and the highest concentration of wildlife on earth. Set out for Elephant Pepper Camp, set within the private 70,000-acre Mara North Conservancy, situated on the northern border of the Maasai Mara. After settling in to your luxurious tent, embark on an afternoon game drive.

    Accommodation: Elephant Pepper Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 9-10

    Maasai Mara

    Days begin at dawn with a hot cup of Kenyan coffee and morning game drives. Elephant Pepper Camp sits in one of the best viewing areas of the entire Mara, and your driver will stop frequently for prime game viewing and photography. For an entirely different perspective, take an optional hot-air balloon safari. Return to the camp for lunch, and after a chance to relax, there will be opportunities to join a Maasai warrior for a guided bush walk, as well as visits to traditional Maasai homesteads nearby to learn more about a number of community and conservation projects that the camp supports. After your afternoon game drive, enjoy sundowners with fellow travelers, or unwind in the hammock on your private veranda.

    Accommodation: Elephant Pepper Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Maasai Mara / Nairobi

    There is time for one last game drive in the Mara before an afternoon flight back to Nairobi. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Sheraton Nairobi Hotel.  

    Accommodation: Sheraton Nairobi Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Nairobi / Home

    Board your independent homeward flight, this tour ends here.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

South Africa

British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued.

Please note that new regulations from the 1 June 2015 mean that any child under 18 travelling to South Africa needs to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate with the names of both parents.

If a child under 18 is only travelling with a single parent, they will also have to have an affidavit, no less than 3 months old, from the absent parent confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.

Zimbabwe

Most nationalities, including British require a visa to visit Zimbabwe.  This can be obtained from the Zimbabwean Embassy in London but it is a lot easier to get it on arrival in Zimbabwe.  The current charge for a single entry visit visa issued on arrival in Zimbabwe is £35.00 or US$55.00, although this could change. If you have not obtained a visa before travelling, you should bring enough cash with you to pay for your visa on arrival. You should ensure you have small notes as immigration officers may not be able to provide change.

For this itinerary we recommend the double entry visa for Zimbabwe (US$70.00).  However, if you plan on visiting Zambia as well then there is the UNIVISA (a shared visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia) that will allow you multiple entries into Zimbabwe.

Please note that if flying via South Africa you will probably have to pass immigration there. New regulations, as of the 1 Oct 2014, mean that children under 18 will have to have an unabridged birth certificate showing the names of both parents. If the child is travelling with only one parent they will need to have an affidavit from the other parent, of no more than 3 months, confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.

Zambia

British, European, N. American, Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa to enter Zambia. Single entry visas are available at all ports of entry. The visa fee for British nationals is currently USD50 for a single entry visa.

Kenya

Most nationalities do now require a visa for Kenya, including Britons, most EU nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians.  At present single entry and transit visas are available online (see below) and soon all visas will have to be obtained online. Alternatively visas are available in advance or on arrival. The Kenyan government are planning for all visas to be obtained online and may stop delivering visas on arrival on short notice. For the latest information please contact your local Kenyan High Commission or Consulate.  
For information about the online application process please visit http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html.
The cost of the visa is US$50 for a single entry visa and US$100 for an East Africa visa (valid to travel in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda – if the website still says coming soon please check with the Kenyan High Commission) (https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/index.php?id=7)
You will need to first register to the ecitizens website (including needing a photo 500px x 500px) before you can start applying.
For the application process itself you will need details of the accommodation used (which we will send you) and itinerary as well as a photo 5.5cm x 5.5cm and a scanned or photographed copy of your passport’s bio/photo page.
If after visiting Kenya you will also travel to Uganda and Rwanda, you may apply for East African Visa that will cover all three countries. This  visa is currently available upon arrival in Nairobi. Please contact the Kenyan High Commission to obtain more information about the combined visa from Kenya.

Vaccinations

South Africa

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential if travelling in the greater Kruger area and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. The rest of South Africa, including the Garden Route, has a low risk of Malaria.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zimbabwe

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Zambia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Kenya

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrahm Expeditions, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Zegrahm Expeditions operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Premium Quality Accommodations

It is our policy to always use premium quality accommodations, when available, in the regions we visit. Since each destination is different, lodging can range from elegant hotels in cities to rustic inns in more remote areas. You will receive specific accommodation details closer to the time of departure.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

Have you been on this adventure? Tell others what it’s like by writing a review.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]