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Day 1: Arrive in Victoria falls, Zimbabwe
Met on arrival in Victoria Falls and transfer to the famous Victoria Falls Hotel, a classic, historic hotel and made famous by the Royal British visit in 1947. The hotel overlooks the Victoria Falls bridge and private pathways along the gorge overlook Mosi-oa-Tunya, "the smoke that thunders", a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, we will meet for dinner. Overnight in Victoria Falls.
Day 2: Victoria Falls - Elephant Safari, Helicopter Tour of Falls, the Falls Up Close
Our first day of activities is nothing short of tremendous! We start the day off with a safari which we can enjoy from the vantage point of an elephant's back. After our safari, we take to the sky for a bird's eye view over magnificent Victoria Falls. The aerial view is unforgettable and is the only viewpoint where you can visually take in all of Victoria Falls. After lunch we explore the falls up close and on foot. Feel the thunder, be touched by the mist and enjoy endless great views as you walk the path hovering up close to the falls. Our late afternoon activities are filled with cultural highlights from a market and village visit to meeting with a sangoma, a traditional healer and fortune teller. Overnight in Victoria Falls.
Day 3: Walking With Lions, Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Today we will have a unique wildlife encounter as we visit a reserve where we can actually walk alongside 'young' lions. The lions are under the watchful eyes of the lion keepers.
Day 4: To Hwange National Park
Today we depart Victoria falls and head out to Hwange National Park, arguably Zimbabwe's best game reserve. Enjoy a relaxing lunch overlooking the watering hole, which often attracts wildlife visitors. In late afternoon, we set out on our first game drive to search for the "Big Five" - lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard - as well as eland, the largest antelope and also the elusive Sable and much, much more. Overnight in Hwange.
Day 5: Hwange National Park Game Drives
Today we enjoy 2 games drives to explore the superb wildlife in the park. We set out very early morning and late afternoon as these are the best times for wildlife viewing as the animals are most active during the cooler times and often rest during the heat of midday. Overnight in Hwange National Park.
Day 6: Matobo National Park, Khami Ruins
Today we depart for Zimbabwe's oldest national park, Matobo (UNESCO). En route, we pass through Zimbabwe's second capital, Bulawayo, where we have lunch followed by a visit to nearby Khami ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once the capital of the kingdom of Butua, the ruins include pavement and decorated stone walls of the royal enclosure dating from the 13th century. We complete our journey to Matobo, with it's beautiful rock formations. Dinner and overnight in Matobo.
Day 7: Matobo - Bushman Paintings, Rhodes Grave, Rhino Hike
Matobo park is 423 square kilometers and has approximately 3,000 San (bushman) art paintings, some more than 15,000 years old. Today's excitement starts with a morning hike to see some of these impressive, ancient San paintings, We later visit the grave of Cecil John Rhodes. Zimbabwe, known as Rhodesia up until 1979, was named after Rhodes. In the afternoon, we enjoy a game drive and search on foot for resident black and white rhinos with your knowledgeable tracker. Overnight in Matobo.
Day 8: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
We depart for the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa. The Great Zimbabwe ruins (UNESCO) are impressive, built over hundreds of years between the 11th and 14th centuries. The site is massive, covering almost 1800 acres, and includes some incredible architectural details in the staircases, interlocking walls, granite boulders and mortar-less walls. The site also includes a small museum with houses, artifacts, displays of building techniques and a history of the site. The modern state takes it's present name, Zimbabwe, from this national monument. The beautiful setting also has resident impala and eland. Overnight at Great Zimbabwe Lodge near the ruins.
Day 9: To the Eastern Highlands
This morning we depart for Nyanga, in the Eastern Highlands, which are Zimbabwe's highest mountains. As scenery becomes more mountainous we pass tea, coffee and sugar plantations. In the afternoon, we have a guided tour of the falls. Overnight in Nyanga.
Day 10: Relaxing or Hiking in the Eastern Highlands
Our day in the Eastern Highlands allows time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings or enjoy as much hiking as desired. Morning and afternoon hikes will be offered. You may do one or two hikes or instead choose a day of relaxation, as your heart (and legs) desire. Overnight in Eastern Highlands.
Day 11: To Harare, City Tour
After breakfast, we leave the highlands and drive towards the capital city of Harare. The metropolitan area is home to over 3 million inhabitants. Our guided city tour includes the cities' Kopje history,
Day 12: To Lake Kariba
We leave our urban setting for the laid back beauty of Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe's largest lake. We will enjoy a boat transfer to Spurgwig Island. In the afternoon we will explore the Matusadona National Park with a spectacular game drive. Keep an eye open for lions, cheetahs and leopards and if you're lucky the endangered black rhino. Overnight on Spurwig Island.
Day 13: Explore Lake Kariba
Today we explore Matusadona National Park on foot. This walking safari provides an excellent opportunity to study nature at a "grassroots level" with insects, plants, trees, birds, spoor as well as close encounters with wildlife. In the afternoon you will enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Kariba, have your cameras ready for hippos and crocodiles. Overnight on Spurgwig Island.
Day 14: Game Drives in Matusadona National Park
Enjoy a morning game drive with the afternoon option to relax or enjoy a fishing safari taking on the Tiger or the Kariba beam fish in Lake Kariba. Overnight on Spurgwig Island.
Day 15: To Harare
Today we transfer by speedboat to our vehicle and return to Harare. We enjoy our farewell dinner in the capital. Overnight in Harare.
Day 16: Depart Zimbabwe
Today we fly from Harare, Zimababwe to Johannesburg, South Africa.
Day 17: Depart Johannesburg, South Africa
Today we say goodbye to Africa and transfer to the airport to connect with our international flights homeward.
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