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Limited Edition Small Group Journeys

Surprising Zimbabwe 2020


14 days from $12,995

Limited to 12 guests

This journey is a unique opportunity to travel with other international guests on a limited-edition itinerary operated by A&K Australia.

Raw and untamed, Zimbabwe’s vast tracts of wilderness shelter an endless array of the continent’s extraordinary wildlife, including healthy populations of rhino and elephant. On this two-week safari, you’ll delve into some of the country’s lesser-visited areas such as Gonarezhou National Park and UNESCO-listed Matobo Hills, where Cecil Rhodes’s grave is famously located. Intimate safari camps and lodges carefully positioned amid unspoiled landscapes provide a welcome nightly refuge with plenty of time in each for contemplation of nature and Africa’s incomparable sunsets.

A&K Advantages

Be amazed by the scenic backdrop of rarely visited Gonarezhou National Park

Visit Zimbabwe’s oldest national park, UNESCO World Heritage listed Matobo Hills

Track black and white rhino on foot for up-close encounters

Admire ancient galleries of San rock art

Delve into local history as you follow in the footsteps of Cecil Rhodes

Photograph huge herds of buffalo and elephant in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest

Surround yourself in Edwardian splendour over lunch at the Victoria Falls Hotel

Float down the mighty Zambezi River and toast the sunset on a leisurely sundowner cruise

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
ARRIVE HARARE, ZIMBABWE
Day 2
GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK
Days 3–4
GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK
Day 5
MATOBO HILLS
Days 6–7
MATOBO HILLS
Day 8
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
Days 9–10
Hwange
Day 11
Zambezi National Park
Day 12
Victoria Falls
Day 13
Victoria Falls
Day 14
DEPART VICTORIA FALLS
Day 1
ARRIVE HARARE, ZIMBABWE

Arrive in Harare, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Meikles Hotel
Day 2
GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK

This morning, meet with your Resident Tour Director and fellow travellers for a tour briefing before returning to the airport. Fly south to Mahenye Airstrip in Gonarezhou National Park before a short transfer by road to Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge. Soak up the pristine wilderness from your handsome lodge and search for wildlife on an afternoon safari drive, or watch elephants, hippos and crocodiles cooling off in the waters of the river from the comfort of the lodge’s viewing deck. Tonight, gather for a festive welcome dinner.

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3–4
GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK

Explore the park over the next two days on a series of wildlife-viewing activities. Against a primeval backdrop of the rugged red Chilojo Cliffs and baobabs, marvel at the huge herds of elephants, buffalos gathering at watering holes, big cats on the prowl and their prey, wallowing hippos and the rich birdlife that congregates in the wetland areas.

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
MATOBO HILLS

Take to the skies on a shared light aircraft flight northwest to Bulawayo, where you are met and driven to the UNESCO-listed Matobo Hills and your lodge nestled amid granite domes and kopjes (small hills in flat areas). The remainder of your day is at leisure for wildlife viewing or perhaps a rejuvenating African aromatherapy treatment at the safari spa.

Amalinda Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6–7
MATOBO HILLS

Discover this unique and untamed part of Africa famous for its healthy population of endangered black and white rhinos. Keep an eye out for leopards and black eagles,, which are in good numbers, along with many other species of birds and mammals. Choose from an extensive array of activities, including rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle; visits to San rock art galleries; a drive through the granite hills to Cecil Rhodes’s tomb; a gentle bike ride through villages, where you meet the locals and are welcomed into their homes; and a variety of hiking and walking trails.

Amalinda Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Return to Bulawayo, and continue by shared light aircraft northwest to Hwange National Park. Transfer to intimate Somalisa Camp, situated on a stunning island in the heart of the park on the edge of an ancient seasonal floodplain. Marvel at the breathtaking savanna from your elegant tent and the herds which congregate at the pan. Head out on a bush walk or 4x4 safari outing, or watch wildlife up close from hides. The resident wildlife includes lions, buffalos, elephants, leopards, white rhinos, zebras, giraffes and the rare and endangered roan antelope.

Somalisa Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 9–10
Hwange

Encounter Africa’s fiercest predators and most elegant wildlife during two days of exploration in the park, which is recognized as one of the few great elephant sanctuaries left in Africa. Head out twice daily on safari by 4x4 or on foot in search of myriad mammals, including roan and sable antelope, packs of wild dogs, giraffes, big cats and much more. Spend your downtime by the swimming pool or soaking in your copper bathtub as you gaze out at the plains beyond.

Somalisa Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Zambezi National Park

Travel by road northwest to Zambezi National Park, upstream of Victoria Falls and your lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River. Spend the rest of the day at leisure within this wilderness area frequented by elephants, along with herds of sable, buffalo, elands, zebras, giraffes, kudus, waterbucks and impalas.

Old Drift Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Victoria Falls

Prepare to be amazed on a walking tour of Victoria Falls. Get up close to the thundering cascades, marvel at the volume of water and admire the dancing rainbows. Sit down for lunch at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel, and take a guided heritage walk while you’re there immersing yourself in the Edwardian-era surrounds. Toast your Zambezi experience on an unforgettable sundowner cruise as dusk approaches.

Old Drift Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Victoria Falls

Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day® activities.

Explore the vast wilderness of Zambezi National Park on a game drive, setting off either in the early morning or midafternoon.

Journey into Zambezi National Park on a walking safari to experience this unique area from a different perspective.

Tonight, celebrate with a special farewell dinner.

Old Drift Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14
DEPART VICTORIA FALLS

Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • May 29 - Jun 11
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    Single Supplement
    Internal air from
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    $12,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,595
    Internal air from
    $1,850
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  • Aug 16 - Aug 29
    Available
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal air from
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    Price
    $12,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,595
    Internal air from
    $1,850
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    Design Your Day activities will be slightly revised. Please contact A&K for more details.

    Days 11-13 at Victoria Falls River Lodge

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Journey Details

Minimum number of guests to guarantee operation: Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Maximum number of guests: Limited to 12 guests.

Note: Days 11–12 on Aug 16–29 departure at Victoria Falls River Lodge.

First group event: Welcome briefing at 9:00 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: Farewell dinner at 7:30 a.m. on Day 13.

Tour inclusions: All accommodations as detailed on a double/twin-share basis with private facilities; meals as specified; bottled water during transfers and touring; airport welcome; assistance with luggage and group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle; services of English-speaking A&K Resident Tour Director; economy flights only if specified as included in itinerary; all entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges; and all tipping.

Tour exclusions: International flights not specified as included; visas; insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip; items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, dry cleaning, Internet, fax or phone charges; transfers, sightseeing or meals not specified in itinerary; and excess baggage charges.


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