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The Best of Zimbabwe and Zambia (11 Days)

This safari seamlessly blends three of southern Africa’s most fruitful game areas - Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, with the vast Kafue National Park in the west of Zambia. Located within the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe, our concession in Hwange National Park is ecologically diverse and this means that there are large numbers of animals (inclusive of elephants) all year round. Mana Pools National Park is in the heart of the Zambezi Valley and with the variety of habitat ranging from woodland to floodplain to the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment, abundant wildlife and bird sightings are consistently enjoyed. The seasonally inundated grasslands with tree-islands on the Busanga Plains offer concentrations of plains game as well as a rare antelope (including roan and oribi) and a high density of lion. Lastly, a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - is a wonderful and exhilarating end to this journey.

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Little Makalolo Camp
Little Makalolo Camp is located in the Southeastern corner of the Park - an exclusive concession area of about 500km2. The Makalolo Concession, in which this camp is found, is ecologically diverse, with large flat grasslands, vast palm-spotted plains, acacia woodlands and teak forests. This lends itself well to the vast number of plains game that move in the area together with attendant predators.
Little Makalolo has six well-appointed units, including one honeymoon suite and a family unit, all with indoor and outdoor showers. This camp ensures maximum privacy with an intimate main area, dining room, and plunge pool. Guests are offered a unique game viewing experience from behind a log pile overlooking the waterhole, an area where animals come to drink.

Little Makalolo Camp

Ruckomechi Camp
Ruckomechi Camp is situated in an exclusive concession of Mana Pools National Park, in the heart of the Zambezi Valley. The setting of Ruckomechi, located amongst a large grove of acacia and ebony trees, allows for exploration of the rich and varied wildlife.
Ten spacious en-suite tents, including a honeymoon suite and family room, maximize views of the Zambezi River and the escarpment beyond. Each has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts an outdoor ”bath-with-a-view” in a secluded, scenic spot. A central dining, bar, library and main area complete the camp offerings. There is a separate deck with infinity pool for swimming and sun bathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn sundowner and stargazing deck.

Ruckomechi Camp

Shumba Camp
The amazing landscapes of the Busanga Plains comprise a web of estuaries, grassy plains and island thickets. 750km2 (290 sq. Miles) of untouched Africa, our massive private concession is centrally located on the Plains - ensuring seclusion and optimal wildlife viewing in a truly remote setting.
Situated in the centre of the Busanga Plains close to permanent water and within easy access of the teeming floodplains, Shumba is named after the large prides of lion in the area. Shumba Camp comprises six spacious luxury safari tents, all on raised platforms with spectacular views. The dining area is elevated so that guests can enjoy the amazing views as well as relish the sunrise. Dinner is served here or in a charming and welcoming boma.

Shumba Camp

Toka Leya Camp
Mosi-oa-Tunya is directly translated as ‘the smoke that thunders’, the local name for the Victoria Falls which is found 12km (7.5 miles) from camp and forms one of the main activities. This small but very important national park of the same name is 63km2 (24 sq. miles) and is host to a wonderful variety of habitat types from mopane woodland to a rich riverine fringe.
This contemporary but warm camp consists of 12 climate-controlled units on elevated wooden decks. Each unit has inside and outside showers as well as sweeping views of the Zambezi River from a comfortable balcony. Extending out onto the Zambezi River is the main area with novel pizza oven, bar and infinity pool and spa area. The camp also has a lovely shop selling arts and crafts made by local villagers.

Shumba Camp

The River Club
On a bend in the Zambezi River, the River Club and its 10 well-appointed, air-conditioned chalets have commanding views over the river. The main area is an attractive Edwardian house with lounge, dining room, library, shop and verandah on which breakfasts and teas are taken. For the energetic the gym, running track and all-weather tennis court are perfect. The swimming pool, with its infinity aspect, provides a magnificent view of the Zambezi.

The River Club

Victoria Falls Airport – Hwange National Park
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Upon arrival at Victoria Falls, connect by scheduled charter flight to Hwange for 3 nights accommodation at Little Makalolo on a fully inclusive basis.
Located on the border with Botswana, Hwange was proclaimed some 75 years ago and has served as a haven for one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa. Hwange further has some of the highest mammal diversity in the world, with over 100-recorded species. This is greatly due to the varied habitats and vegetation types.
Wildlife: Big game such as elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, southern giraffe, zebra and blue wildebeest are the most common mammals. The Park’s waterholes and seasonal pans attract game in both quantity and variety - notably in the dry season. The high occurrence of plains game also results in some first-class predator sightings such as lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah, spotted hyaena, along with the smaller African wildcat, serval, honey badger, bateared fox and civet. The park is also home to a varied bird community of over 420-recorded species. Kalahari-type birds include red-billed spurfowl, crimson-breasted shrike, Kalahari scrub-robin, cut-throat finch, red-eyed bulbul and southern pied babbler. In the summer months, migratory species like southern carmine bee-eater, broad-billed roller, Abdim’s stork and various cuckoo species arrive.

Hwange National Park

Activities: Morning, afternoon-into-evening game drives together with guided walks through the concession maximize wildlife-viewing opportunities here.

Little Makalolo Camp

Accommodation: Little Makalolo Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hwange National Park - Mana Pools National Park
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Light aircraft transfer from Hwange to the Lower Zambezi for 3 nights accommodation at Ruckomechi Camp on a fully inclusive basis. This camp is idyllically located, overlooking the Zambezi River in Mana Pools National Park and the imposing Great African Rift Valley. Comprising 14,600 km2 (5,600 sq. miles) this park is located in the heart of the Zambezi Valley and is famed for the rich and varied mammal life.
Wildlife: An intoxicating blend of wildlife and bird species abound. The dry season sees large herds of elephant and buffalo together with hippo, waterbuck, kudu, nyala and eland all seeking to slake their thirst along the banks of this mighty river. Predators follow with lions frequenting the floodplains and adjacent woodland, while leopard stalk the thickets and cheetah and endangered wild dog are also often seen. The area is equally famous for its superb birdlife offering over 350 species including collared palm-thrush, African skimmer, racket-tailed roller, and the purple-banded sunbird.

Mana Pools National Park

Activities: Early morning walks with an experienced guide, morning and afternoon game drives, night drives and canoeing.

Zambezi Valley

Accommodation: Ruckomechi Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Mana Pools National Park - Kafue National Park
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Depart Ruckomechi on a boat transfer to Chirundu, followed by a road transfer to Lusaka and onward scheduled flight to the Kafue National Park for 3 nights accommodation at Shumba Camp on a fully inclusive basis.
At 22,500km2 (8 600 sq. miles), Kafue National Park is one of the largest protected expanses in Africa. The Busanga Plains is one of Zambia’s most important wetland and grassland resources and is untouched by development and human activity - the jewel in the Kafue crown. The landscape here is in complete contrast to that of Mana Pools, thereby providing a complementary experience.
Wildlife: Owing to the diverse ecology, this area of the Kafue offers fantastic opportunities to see plains game, predators and water-loving animals. This camp is perfectly situated to see large numbers of puku and red lechwe as well as herds of buffalo and wildebeest. The most notable predators in the area are lions, with up to four prides moving around the Busanga area. Their tree-climbing antics are quite unique and allow for amazing photographic opportunities. Cheetah and side-striped jackal also roam the grassy areas, as do the rare roan antelope. For birders, Busanga boasts over 400 species, including over half the world’s wattled crane population. Other notable species are black-backed barbet, rosy-throated longclaw and red-throated twinspot. 

Kafue National Park

Activities: Morning and afternoon-into-evening game drives as well as early season (June and July) boat trips. Included on a complimentary basis from August through October, magnificent hot air balloon rides provide a very different perspective of the Plains. The giant 8-person balloon floats for approximately an hour above this unique landscape with uninterrupted views of the floodplains and its game. 

Busanga area

Accommodation: Shumba Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Kafue National Park - Livingstone
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Depart Kafue on your flight to Livingstone Airport. On arrival, you will be transferred by road to The River Club or Toka Leya Camp to enjoy overnight accommodation on a fully inclusive basis.
Toka Leya and The River Club are both located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River and on the outskirts of Livingstone, the former in the secluded Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. This historical town was founded by the first European explorers to ‘discover’ the impressive Victoria Falls, and is today the tourism capital of Zambia.
Wildlife: The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is home to a variety of herbivores such as impala, giraffe, white rhino and buffalo. In the drier season, herds of elephant come down through the camp to drink from the river and even swim across to the other side. The camp dawn chorus includes the comical ‘laughter’ of hippo, often seen from the various camp vantages during the day. The bird life along the Zambezi is just wonderful - African finfoot, half-collared kingfisher and Schalow’s turaco are some special finds.

Livingstone

Activities: Guided tours of Victoria Falls, cultural, museum and market tours, morning or evening game drives in Mosioa - Tunya and morning or evening boat cruises on the Zambezi River. Livingstone is also rated as one of the world’s top destinations for adrenaline and river activities. The most popular of these (at additional cost) include seasonal white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge swing, microlighting over the Victoria Falls, brunch and breakfast canoe trips on the Zambezi and falls-edge dining.

Victoria Falls

Safari Tip: Due to the range and variety of activities, we recommend additional nights at this camp.

Accommodation: Toka Leya Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Livingstone
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After a relaxing start to the day (or morning activity), transfer by road to Livingstone Airport for outbound flight or continuing arrangements

*Depending on nationality, visas may be required to enter Zambia and/or Zimbabwe, and will either need to be obtained in advance or at the border/airport. Costs are for guests’ own account.
Luggage, including camera equipment and hand luggage, is restricted per person travelling on seat rates, to 20 kg (44 lb) in Zimbabwe. Only soft bags will be accepted.
Departs on a Friday from Victoria Falls and ends in Livingstone on a Monday.

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Rate(Valid from 1 June2013 to 31 October 2013):
RMB 64,000 per person sharing a twin room
RMB 14,000 for Single Supplement

Inclusive:
• Accommodation, all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, laundry, park fees and local drinks (premium imported brands excluded)
• Access between camps is by air for most part.Travel between Ruckomechi and the camps in the Kafue is a combination of boat, road and air transfers.

Exclusive:
• Prices are applicable to a minimum of 2 guests. For a single guest travelling alone, a flying and road transfer surcharge applies in addition to the accommodation single supplement.
• Airport departure taxes