With no fewer than five UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the superb natural wonders of the Victoria Falls and the Mana Pools and Matobo national parks, and the fascinating ruined cities of Great Zimbabwe and Khami – Zimbabwe offers an extraordinary safari experience for adventurous and active travellers. This adventure-filled safari takes you to three of Zimbabwe’s most thrilling destinations.

Start off at the iconic Victoria Falls, which straddles the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. These breathtaking waterfalls plunge 108 metres down in a thundering cataract that throws off a misty veil, resulting in its local name of ‘Mosi oa Tunya’, the smoke that thunders. When you’ve seen your fill, there are plenty of both high- and low-adrenaline activities to keep you busy, from bungee jumping and white water rafting on the Zambezi River to sundowner cruises or helicopter flips.

From busy, buzzing Vic Falls, head to ‘elephant central’: Hwange National Park. Here you are guaranteed exceptional elephant interactions, with the park being home to about 40 000 elephants, as well as the rest of the Big Five — lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo — and big cats. As well as richly rewarding safari game viewing, you can explore Hwange’s archaeological and cultural treasures, including rock carvings and ruins similar to those at Great Zimbabwe.

Round off your safari at Mana Pools, a justifiably famous safari destination for those in the know. Zimbabwe’s northernmost park has, with Sapi and Chewoe safari areas, been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site of outstanding universal value for its wildness, natural beauty and the extraordinary spectacle of wildlife massing along the Zambezi’s banks in the dry season.

Itinerary overview

Duration9 days/8 nights
CountryZimbabwe
AccommodationVictoria Falls River LodgeRuckomechi CampSomalisa Camp
Suited ForFamily & friends; adventure; romance; wildlife
HighlightsVictoria Falls; Big Five safari; natural wonders; high-adrenaline activities; elephant viewing

Itinerary in detail

Image of Victoria Falls River Lodge, Victoria Falls

Set on the banks of the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls River Lodge is at the heart of the action – so close to the mighty falls that you can see the spray rising. The first private game lodge to be built in the Zambezi National Park, it combines high-end luxury and the romance of Africa with off-the-beaten-track exclusivity. This is your base for discovering Victoria Falls’ myriad pleasures, from bungee jumping to canoe safaris to game-viewing or bush walks in the park.

Image of Somalisa Camp, Hwange National Park

Explore the epic wilderness of Hwange from Somalisa, in an exceptional shady location along the edge of an ancient seasonal floodplain. This authentic yet luxe unfenced safari camp has timeless appeal, with romantic and elegant canvas tents with en-suite bathrooms, flush toilets and outdoor bush showers. After exciting game viewing from safari vehicles or hides, relax beside the pool and soak up the views of the pan and its wild visitors from the gorgeous communal areas.

Image of Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools National Park

Ruckomechi Camp is the perfect place to soak up the wild beauty of Mana Pools, which teems with game. The views, wildlife and atmosphere here are astounding. Luxurious safari tents strung out along the banks of the Zambezi River immerse you in all the surrounding wild action, sights and sounds, while the view from the deck across the hippo-filled Zambezi to the mountains over in Zambia are hard to beat. And of course, phenomenal game viewing comes standard!

Accommodation in Zimbabwe

Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi, elegantly refurbished in 2016, is ideally located for an unforgettable safari experience, extending over a kilometre of river frontage with breathtaking views of the broad river and the Zambezi escarpment beyond. There are large concentrations of game along the river and on the wide floodplain behind the camp, which is located in the large, private Ruckomechi Concession in the north-west of Mana Pools, the only concession in the park. Ten spacious en-suite tented chalets overlook the river and offer all the amenities one could ask for – electricity, fans, hot and cold running water and indoor and outdoor showers…

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Somalisa Camp

Recently rebuilt and upgraded, the marquees and sails of award-winning Somalisa Camp evoke Arabian nights in the heart of the southern African bush. Two waterholes flanking the camp attract Hwange’s famous elephants as well as lion, buffalo, rhino, giraffe and a rich variety of smaller game. At Somalisa, every attention is paid to excellent hosting and guiding, contributing to an unforgettable safari experience. The camp’s focus on environmental sustainability is evident in its use of solar power and recycled building materials, and the recycling of 80% of its water. Seven sumptuous Sail Tents accommodate 14 guests in elegant style, with…

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Victoria Falls River Lodge

Victoria Falls River Lodge is a luxury tented camp with 13 well-appointed tents perched on raised decks right on the banks of the river. Guests at the lodge are in the enviable position of being close enough to Victoria Falls to easily access the many activities on offer in the town while relishing the peace, wildlife and natural splendour of the Zambezi National Park. Elephant and other game often visit the unfenced camp, which also provides a range of tempting activities. Make the most of its location with game drives and walks led by expert guides in the park, sunrise…

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"Ashworth Africa worked with us to make the trip personal to our tastes and at a pace we enjoyed. Thanks to their help and planning, we had a great and memorable trip."

Mrs M. Hosaka

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