Lake Kariba – One of Africa’s most underestimated attractions. When the Zambezi River was dammed to construct a hydro-electric power station, an immense inland sea was created, 270km in length. Take a houseboat to explore the wildlife-laden shores or angle for bream or tiger fish. Petrified forests add mystery to some of the most intense sunsets you will see anywhere. Want a place to chill out? You can’t go wrong with Kariba.
Mana Pools National Park, a stunningly beautiful wilderness sitting between the Zambezi escarpment and the river, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a favorite park for wildlife lovers, famous for both canoeing and walking safaris. Close-up encounters with its abundant wildlife are commonplace, and its forested floodplains, sandy riverbanks and the four main pools that give the park its name (Mana means ‘four’ in the Shona language) make this a particularly dramatic park.
Victoria Falls International Airport
Land and Lake Experiences, Wildlife & Wilderness, Culture & Community
2 Nights Victoria Falls, 1 Night Masumu River Lodge, 3 Nights Binga to Kariba Cruise, 1 Night Kariba Safari Lodge, 3 Nights Mana Pools Safari Lodge, 1 Night Chengeta Safari Lodge
.All taxes & tourism levies
.Ground transfers between destinations and speed boat transfers where ever applicable (Mana Pools).
.Meals, local drinks & selected South African wines
.Activities (cruises are boat based activities such as game viewing, birding, sunset cruises & fishing from tender boats, Mana Pools game walks and drives).
.Drinks are EXCLUDED at Pamuzinda Safari Lodge, Kariba Safari Lodge, Crowned Eagle Boutique Hotel, Masumu River Lodge and Shashani Matobo Hills
.National Parks Conservation Fees, Fishing Permits and River / Lake Usage Fees
Day 1 – Arrive Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe is home to the Victoria Falls, where the locals are warm and friendly and offer any guest to this beautiful country, an excellent level of service and hospitality!
Depending on the time of arrival, after check-in, we will have the rest of the afternoon at our leisure. Our host will assist us with booking any one of the myriad of optional Victoria Falls activities on offer for the following day.
In the evening – transport will take us to The Boma Dinner and Drum Show where we’ll reveal in a ‘feast of fun’ – a buffet dinner, spirited dance performance and interactive drum show.
Day 2 – Victoria Falls:
A relaxing breakfast followed by a tour with our guide to the Victoria Falls is scheduled. One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and part of everyone’s ‘Bucket List’ and Zimbabwe safari tours. We wander the walkways and view points through the rainforest to a scene as described by the famous explorer David Livingstone, ‘Scenes so lovely, must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight’.
After our tour of the Falls, we head back for some curio shopping and lunch either in town or at one of the restaurants on the banks of the Zambezi River.
This afternoon is free to either relax around the hotel pool or partake in the vast list of activities available which can be booked with the help of our guide.
Dinner will be at a boutique restaurant in town before heading back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep, in preparation for our onward journey to Binga in the morning.
Day 3 – Depart for Binga | Overnight Masumu River Lodge:
After an early breakfast, it is time we say good-bye to the legendary Victoria Falls. After a five and a half hour scenic drive through remote rural lands with ever-changing scenery, we will arrive at Masumu River Lodge or Kalizwe Marina Lodge near the small town of Binga.
Check-in and settle into our overnight stay, on the western end of Lake Kariba’s shores.
The lodges all have air-conditioning, mosquito nets, a minibar and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.
Enjoy a sundowner beverage from the bar, which offers wide panoramic views of Lake Kariba.
Day 4, 5 & 6 – Board your Lake Kariba Cruise, Binga to Kariba
We will set off on a morning tour of Binga, which includes visiting a quaint museum dedicated to the Tonga people, a basket weaving craft market and a local rural school or Tonga village.
Later, we will make our way to the harbour where we will embark on a 3-day cruise to up the Lake to Kariba town. We will cast off and begin our four hour cruise through to the remote Chete Safari Area for our first evening of mooring.
Relax and enjoy the beginning of our 270km cruise on this iconic Lake, built on the mighty Zambezi River. There will be beautiful ever changing scenery and wildlife sightings during our journey. Morning and afternoon activities of game viewing and birding, or try fishing for the famed Tiger Fish or the indigenous Bream (tilapia) whilst listening out for the Fish Eagle’s cry.
Day 7 – Disembark your Cruise at Kariba | Overnight Kariba Safari Lodge:
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before our final cruise into the harbour. We will arrive at the stunning Kariba Safari Lodge, in time for lunch, all the while taking in the incredible view of the lake and the majestic Matusadona mountain range from the elevated deck.
After lunch we will set off to explore Kariba town – visiting the impressive dam wall, the church of St Barbara – a memorial to those workers and engineers who lost their lives building the wall and the heights viewing point – 600m above the lake.
We return to the Kariba lodge for sundowners on the deck, whilst reminiscing about the time spent traversing this magnificent body of water, before dinner in the open-air dining area or on the lodges private beach.
Day 8, 9 & 10 -Depart for Mana Pools Safari Lodge
After an early breakfast we will set off for Mana Pools Safari Lodge. Together with our guide we will descend the Zambezi Escarpment to Chirundu, approximately a 2 hour journey. There, a boat will take us on an exciting trip down the famed Zambezi River into Mana Pools National Park.
Elephants, hippos, crocodiles and incredible birdlife sightings abound on this part of our Zimbabwe safari tours. On arrival at Mana Pools, 4×4 game drive vehicles will meet us for a late afternoon game viewing activity and a sundowner on the banks of the river.
Game drive vehicles will take us on morning and afternoon excursions in this UNESCO World Heritage Site where we will find abundant photographic opportunities. Lunch will be served back at the Lodge
Day 11 – Depart for Selous | Overnight Chengeta Safari Lodge:
Today, we bid farewell to Mana Pools Safari Lodge and travel to Pamuzinda Safari Lodge near Selous.
After an early breakfast, we will depart via speedboat out of the Zambezi Valley to Chirundu and continue our Zimbabwe safari tours back through the twists and turns of the escarpment, passing through the towns of Makuti and Karoi, with a short visit to the Chinhoyi Caves. These limestone and dolomite caves and tunnels branch out from the Wonder Hole and Sleeping Pool, a natural sinkhole with striking cobalt blue crystal-clear water believed to be at least 90 metres deep.
A final two-hour drive will see us arriving at Pamuzinda Safari Lodge in the late afternoon.
Day 12 – Depart Harare International Airport:
After a restful night’s sleep, enjoy a leisurely breakfast depending on the time of your return flight, there may be an opportunity for a last (optional) activity, either a game drive or a visit to the children at Chengeta Primary and Secondary Schools (where the Zambezi Cruise & Safaris educates over 700 pupils as part of our responsibility and commitment for the local community).
We end our Zimbabwe safari tours as we bid farewell to Pamuzinda Safari Lodge with an hour and a half transfer to Harare International Airport for the start of your onward journey home.