Zimbabwe holidays, tailormade

“Take in the wildlife rich parks and ancient sites of this often overlooked Southern African country, staying in small luxury lodges along the way.”

Highlights

Harare | Victoria Falls | Matopo Hills | Great Zimbabwe | Eastern Highlands

Description of Zimbabwe holidays, tailormade

This wonderful tailor made itinerary to Zimbabwe takes in the highlights of this beautiful country. Zimbabwe offers an outstanding variety of natural beauty and spectacular scenery. The country holds great appeal for adventurous travellers, outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife admirers.

From the majesty of the famous Victoria Falls to the giant marble-like boulders of the Matopo Hills, the verdant mountains of the Eastern Highlands and the national parks teeming with wildlife to the Great Zimbabwe ancient ruins and the capital city Harare.

Your accommodation is small luxury lodges throughout, the majority with all game drives, food and drinks included, making this trip excellent value-for-money. Visit Zimbabwe now, before the crowds!

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive Zimbabwe - please ask us for flight options. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in Harare to freshen up. Additional visit to the Imire rhino breeding programme, situated outside Harare. Evening at leisure and overnight.
Day 2:Today we take a short tour of Harare, visiting the Botanical Gardens, the National Gallery and National Archives before traveling onto Great Zimbabwe. The Great Zimbabwe Ruins are Africa's most important and largest ruins - check-in to your lodge for overnight. Overnight: Lodge at the Ancient City, Great Zimbabwe
Day 3:After breakfast, an expert historical guide will take you through the ancient capital of Zimbabwe. Continue to Gweru and then into the Antelope Park Game Reserve for wildlife spotting and game drives. You can take time to canoe on the tranquil lake. Overnight: Gweru River Tent, Antelope Park
Day 4:Gweru - Walk with Lions Today is very special as you will visit the research, rehabilitation and release programme at Gweru. You can take a horse ride through the game reserve and observe the animals in their own environment. Overnight: Gweru River Tent
Day 5:Leave Antelope Park this morning and travel to Bulawayo in the centre of Zimbabwe. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the sophisticated Bulawayo Club. Enjoy a walking tour of the city, visit the Railway Museum and National Art Gallery. Overnight: Bulawayo Club
Day 6:Matopos - Set off after breakfast for the remarkable Matopo Hills National Park where you can choose a host of activities including rhino tracking on foot, game drives in the park or sundowners against the magnificent boulders. There are some excellent examples of cave paintings here. Overnight: Camp Amalinda
Day 7:Today is free to explore the Matopo National Park with a plethora of options. Overnight: Camp Amalinda
Day 8:Depart this morning after breakfast for Hwange, Zimbabwe's most famous National Park. Your stay includes two game drives daily with highly qualified rangers. Your small intimate lodge has only 7 rooms. Ivory Lodge is a place of elephants and expect herds of elephants here, sometimes over 100 strong. Overnight: Ivory Lodge
Day 9:Today is spent exploring Hwange National Park with game drives and activities included. Overnight: Ivory Lodge
Day 10:Today we visit the splendour of Victoria Falls - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1708 metres wide it is the largest curtain of water in the world. There is a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River this evening, where you can relax witha sundowner and take in the view! Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Day 11:After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the Falls and the traditional village. Visit the spectacular Devil's Cataract, Main Falls as well as the Horseshoe Falls. At the village, you have the option to purchase local handicrafts. Take afternoon tea at the famous Victoria Falls Hotel. Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Day 12:Depart today and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Responsible tourism

Zimbabwe holidays, tailormade

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

On this trip, you will visit the Imire rhino breeding programme on the outskirts of Harare. Serious about conservation and education, the programme runs a black rhino protection and breeding programme. To date 14 births have taken place at Imire. They have returned 9 rhino to the Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe and 1 to Botswana.

The Mother Earth Charity works with 3 of the lodges on this itinerary. They help the environment and community financially and in the following ways:

Mother Africa has assisted financially Friends of Hwange Trust in pumping water for the Parks wildlife. All waste water at the 3 lodges is recycled.
They have launched a variety of projects, including recycling, vermi-culture and tree planting at each lodge, aiming to make them more eco-friendly and minimize their environmental impact.
Mother Earth also supports the Lion researchers in Hwange, buying tranquilisers and other materials and they return the favour by giving talks to guests at Ivory Lodge about the work they are doing.

The Southern Ground Hornbill Research project is dedicated to the long-term conservation of this iconic bird in Zimbabwe, through research on the bird's breeding ecology, education about its importance and sustained action to preserve its habitat. Their key aims are:
To monitor Southern Ground Hornbill breeding and other activity over a period of time not less than five years.
To investigate variables relating to nest choice and construction, nest tenure, diet, territory size, breeding success, interaction with other bird species and human-bird interactions.
To understand how interventions to enhance population breeding success such as providing artificial nests where necessary and collecting and hand-rearing the second chick (which often dies of starvation) for later release into areas where they are currently locally extinct. This is culturally sensitive.
To reestablish woodland areas by encouraging communities to set up indigenous nurseries and managing these woodland areas for recreating nesting habitat for the birds in the long term future.

By staying at the lodges on this itinerary, you are directly contributing to this project.

In the Hwange area, Mother Earth have recently funded the electrification of Mabale Clinic while they conduct regular anti-poaching patrols in Ivory Lodge's 6000-acre concession and assist Zimbabwe National Parks do the same in the game park. Mother Africa has also assisted financially Friends of Hwange Trust in pumping water for Parks wildlife.

We work with local suppliers in Zimbabwe and employ local guides on this itinerary.

Community

For every booking we make to Zimbabwe, we donate USD$50 to the Zimbabwe Aid Fund UK, a registered charity which raises money and sources medical equipment and consumables to support the pensioners in Zimbabwe. The plight of the elderly is one of the less publicised outcomes of Zimbabwe's social, economic and political collapse. For more information - please visit their website:

Three of the properties in this itinerary are involved with the 'Mother Earth' project in Zimbabwe. Each property supports a variety of projects adapted specifically to the needs of the area, ranging from environmental research to community support and development. Projects include: The Haven, a home for abused women and their children in Bulawayo, community support for a girls school in Hwange and supporting a children's home in the Matobo Hills.

We ensure that our local guides and the staff are paid a fair wage for the work they do. All employees at the properties/lodges we feature in this itinerary are from the surrounding communities.

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