Hippos in the Zambezi River

Zimbabwe, the Wild Zambezi & Victoria Falls with AWF

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Wildlife
Suitable for:
Age 18+
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
AZIZ
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Safaris
Group size:
6–10
Min age:
18

If it's wildlife you seek, look no further than this brand-new adventure to Zimbabwe with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). You'll spend two full days in Savé Valley Conservancy, a vast private reserve home to plains game and one of Africa's largest populations of black and white rhino as well as searching for hippos and crocodiles during a Zambezi River cruise.

Highlights

  • Join this special departure with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and experience an anti-poaching unit in action; track rhinos in populations supported by AWF; and visit Lupani, an AWF Classroom Africa school.
  • Travel by private charters and scenic bush flights into three diverse and wild destinations: Savé Valley — one of Africa’s largest private reserves; the wildlife-rich flood plains of the Zambezi River; and mighty Victoria Falls.
  • Enjoy lantern-lit bush dinners, exclusive game drives and night drives, and track wildlife on foot with expert trackers and a professional Zimbabwean guide.
  • Take an exciting river cruise on pontoon boats to get up close to elephants, buffalos, and hippos.
  • Stay in a luxurious safari lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River, with spectacular views of the Rift Valley escarpment.

Key information

  • Travel by 4WD safari vehicle and private charter flight
  • 9 nights accommodation in premium safari lodges and tented camps

 

  • Countries visited: Zimbabwe, Zambia

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners.
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for private group 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.

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Harare, Zimbabwe

    Arrive in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, and transfer to the Amanzi Lodge surrounded by gardens. Meet your AWF safari leader and gather with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. 

    Accommodation: Amanzi Lodge or similar.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-4

    Savé Valley Conservancy

    After breakfast, depart on a private charter flight to the Savé Valley Conservancy. Located in Zimbabwe’s southeastern lowveld, the conservancy comprises 750,000 acres of diverse wildlife habitat. Home to elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino, Savé Valley also boasts one of Africa’s largest populations of black and white rhino along with a healthy population of rare wild dogs. Here, critically endangered species are carefully monitored and protected. Learn about AWF’s work with the Savé Valley Rhino Conservancy and the anti-poaching measures in place here. On the banks of the seasonal Msaise River, our tented camp’s location puts us in the heart of the action. The intimate Sango Tented Camp is augmented with classic Meru mobile tents, to accommodate our group size. All are large and well-appointed with en suite bathrooms, traditional furnishings, and comfortable beds. 

    Accommodation: Sango Tented Camp or similar.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 5-7

    Mana Pools

    This morning, board a private flight back to Harare and connect with a scheduled flight to Mana Pools, Zimbabwe’s legendary park on the Zambezi River. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is known for its natural beauty and as a premier game-viewing area. Over the next three days, explore the area’s diverse flora and fauna on guided walks, game drives, and river cruises. Learn about AWF’s antipoaching efforts here and the work to protect the park’s incredible biodiversity. Ruckomechi Camp is situated in a large private concession and looks out across the Zambezi River banks to the Rift Valley escarpment on the Zambian side. Each en suite tent offers comfort and bush luxury.

    Accommodation: Ruckomechi Camp or similar.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 8-9

    Victoria Falls

    This morning, a private charter flight takes you to Victoria Falls to explore Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park and the “best view of the Falls” before crossing Cecil Rhodes’ famous bridge over the Zambezi River and moving on to the Royal Livingstone Hotel. Later, enjoy a Zambezi river safari, ending your day with an incredible African sunset. The next morning, visit Lupani Primary School, rebuilt as an initiative of AWF’s Classroom Africa program, and later enjoy an afternoon of tracking rhinos that were reintroduced into Mosi-oa-tunya National Park, as part of another AWF project. 

    Accommodation: Royal Livingstone or similar.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Livingstone, Zambia / Depart

    Transfer to the airport in Livingstone, Zambia for your independent homeward flight.

    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

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.

Vaccinations

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.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners included

For early game drives and in order to maximise the time spent in the parks, a packed breakfast or lunch may be provided in some instances.

It is possible to cater for vegetarians or clients with special requirements, however please make sure you will advise your Sales Consultant at time of booking or our Customer Operations department before departure.

Weather

With its exceptionally mild winters Zambia is best enjoyed during the dry season. This period extends from May to early November. The days are generally dry, hot and sunny with day time highs around 25ºC, however nights can be cool (down to 10ºC). From June to August it can be exceptionally cold. September and October are the hottest months where daytime highs are regularly 35º+ and temperatures at night can be in the low to mid 20s. Rainfall is generally confined between the months of November and April. Rains normally occur as heavy showers, but they tend to clear rapidly with sunshine still predominant.

Is this trip for you?

This tour has been graded 1: Leisurely with a Safari Rating of 5 

This is a busy and active trip with some early starts as we explore as much as we can in wilderness areas.  We maximise our time and chances of wildlife sightings by travelling using scenic bush flights and comfortable 4WD vehicles.

Please note that a baggage restriction of 20kgs per person is applicable on all flights in small, soft-sided bags. Larger bags will not fit in the aircraft.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for private group 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

Safari Camps and Lodges

Amanzi Lodge

This five-star boutique lodge in the heart of Harare boasts stunning waterfalls and spectacular landscaped gardens. The lodge has 16 luxury rooms all set separately in the gardens. Each room is themed in the style of a different African country, with an exceptional collection of African antiquities and contemporary art. 

Sango Tented Camp

With its open-air showers, handcrafted furnishings and classic styling Sango Safari Camp aims to rekindle the atmosphere of the luxury mobile safari camp, successfully blending the rustic with the luxurious. With six en suite Meru tents Sango Safari Camp is designed in the style of the classic tented safari camp of days gone by. Common areas include open air dining area, lounge, bar, plunge pool and viewing deck. 

Ruckomechi Camp

Situated in a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. It is a remote, beautiful place with spectacular views of the broad flowing river, the adjacent woodland and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment. Ten spacious and beautifully decorated en suite tents lie beneath the ana trees, best-beloved of local elephant for their nutritious seeds. The camp's central living space includes an inviting  firepit for pleasant evenings beneath the African night skies. Other unique features include a pool which overlooks a broad sweep of river, an outdoor “bath with a view” in a secluded, scenic spot, and a romantic Star Bed by a busy waterhole.

Royal Livingstone

The Royal Livingstone is located on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, overlooking the Zambezi River and with direct access to the Victoria Falls. Among the various facilities of this property are a casino, restaurant, bar, and an outdoor swimming pool. Guest rooms are decorated in a colonial style, with verandas overlooking the river, and are fitted with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom and coffee machine. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3859
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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

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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]

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