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Zimbabwe Summer Special Tour Package

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Zimbabwe Summer Special Package This safari is a seamless combination of two of the most outstanding and spectacular areas in Zimbabwe. Beginning in eastern Hwange National Park, the largest park in Zimbabwe and renowned for . .
Country: Zimbabwe
City: Hwange National Park
Duration: 7 Day(s) - 6 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
Package Itinerary

Zimbabwe Summer Special Package

This safari is a seamless combination of two of the most outstanding and spectacular areas in Zimbabwe. Beginning in eastern Hwange National Park, the largest park in Zimbabwe and renowned for its incredible concentrations of wildlife, we then move on to Changa Safari Camp. Built on the shores of Lake Kariba with stunning views of the mysterious Matusadona Mountains, activities on offer include game drives as well as walking and fishing safaris.

Days 1, 2 & 3: Fly from Victoria Falls Airport to Little Makalolo Camp or Davison’s Camp, Hwange National Park

Days 4, 5 & 6: Fly to Changa Camp, Lake Kariba

Day 7: Return to Victoria Falls Airport by light aircraft for onward arrangements

Days 1 , 2 , 3 : Little Makalolo or Davison’s Camp, Hwange National Park cont. . .

On arrival at Victoria Falls, connect by scheduled charter flight to Hwange for three nights’ accommodation at Little Makalolo or Davison’s Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

Wildlife: Summer rainfall brings the plains of Hwange to life, practically guaranteeing concentrations of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, impala, kudu and even herds of eland.

The plethora of game, especially young antelope, attracts a variety of predators and can include lion, cheetah, wild dog and leopard. Its’ great herds of buffalo and elephant (estimated at 30 000 in Hwange) can be seen year round. Birding here is spectacular particularly in the summer months when the migrants arrive - boosting the already prolific numbers with over 400 species to be seen.

Little Makalolo Camp

Area and Location: Little Makalolo Camp is situated in the remote Makalolo Concession in the north-eastern corner of Hwange National Park.

The Camp: Intimate and exclusive, Little Makalolo looks out at a waterhole to which animals are drawn in their numbers. The dining and lounge area provide guests with shaded relaxation while the plunge pool offers a place to cool off in the midday sun. Only six tents, including a family tent, offer spacious, en-suite accommodation with an indoor and outdoor shower as well as a private veranda.

Activities: Game drives or guided walks in the early mornings and evenings frame the day. In between, you will watch wildlife from the comfort of your deck as wildlife congregates at the camp waterhole.

Days 4, 5 & 6: Chang a Safari Camp, Lake Kariba

Depart Hwange by light aircraft for Kariba town. Originally built for construction teams working on the dam, it is the centre of the tourist industry for the Lake Kariba region where many of the attractions are water-based - fishing, game-viewing and house-boating are the most popular. On arrival you will be met and transferred by road to the harbour, followed by a boat transfer across Lake Kariba (total travelling time approximately 1,5 hours). Spend three nights at Changa Safari Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

Area and Location: Changa Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp situated on the shores of Lake Kariba in a private 5km² concession in the north-eastern section of the Matusadona National Park, with magnificent views looking out across Hydro Bay towards the Matusadona Mountains.

Lake Kariba is the world’s largest artificial lake and reservoir by volume, covering an area of 5,580 square kilometres (2,150 sq mi), and the hydroelectric power station is a key source of power for the region. When the Zambezi Valley was flooded in the process of developing the dam between 1958 and 1964, Operation Noah came to the rescue of the wildlife in the area.

Led by Rupert Fothergill, the operation involved moving over 6,000 animals from the rising waters and relocating them to Matusadona National Park and around Lake Kariba.

Wildlife: There are a host of mammals and birds present in this diverse habitat. Leopard, lion, hyena and cheetah are found here, as well as elephant, hippo, crocodile and a multitude of antelope species. The birdlife here is prolific – over 350 species have been recorded, which include many water birds.

Activities: The area is a walker’s paradise: early morning or late afternoon walks in the company of one of the camp’s professional guides are a special feature. Game drives or cruises also take place; fishing on Kariba is also available.

The Camp: Accommodation is in four large East African-style luxury canvas tents, all overlooking the lake. Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom, with an indoor shower, flush toilet, his and hers basins, outdoor bathtub and outdoor shower. The central area consists of several thatched structures linked together by raised wooden walkways and decks and includes a lounge library, dining room, bar, beautiful deck and swimming pool, all overlooking Lake Kariba.

Day 7: Departure

Return to Kariba Airport by boat and road, for your light aircraft flight to Victoria Falls and onward arrangements.

Inclusion, Exclusion and Exclusivity

Included: All meals, local drinks, house wine, 3 activities per day, teas/coffee and laundry.

Private safari options: Tailored Explorations are available on flexible dates, accommodation and itineraries, for groups of up to eight guests. These are also ideal for families or for small groups of four guests.

Exclusivity: To ensure as much privacy and exclusivity as possible, some of the areas in which we travel are private concessions in prime locations through all camp's relevant air transfers that are shared with other guests.

Transfers: To maximise guests’ travel time, a variety of travel modes that bring out the best of each area is used including flying in light aircraft and road transfers. 4x4 tracks in certain wilderness areas are not maintained, take time to traverse and may be bumpy at times. As a result, some of the road transfers can take a full day with lunch and ample game viewing opportunities en route

International air connection onto the safari: If arrival is planned for the day of the safari’s departure, please ensure that this arrival is with the earliest possible flight from Johannesburg. It is important that all guests are ready to depart with the guide by no later than ±13h30. Arrival on a later flight may necessitate additional road transfers (as a departure for the first camp/lodge will already have taken place), subject to extra cost.

International air connections leaving the safari: Please ensure that your departure flight is booked for after 13h00 from Victoria Falls Airport. Earlier departures may necessitate additional air transfers, subject to extra cost.

Flashlights/ torches: Please ensure that a minimum 2-D cell flashlight is brought on safari, with spare batteries. Headlamps are also useful. Wilderness Explorations does not supply flashlights.

Dietary requirements and special occasions: Due to the remote locality of the camps, please ensure that full dietary requirements and special occasions are advised at the time of your booking confirmation.

To be settled directly at camp: National Park Entry Fee per person per stay, Water Usage Fee per person per stay and Fishing Fee per person per day.

Depending on nationality, visas may be required to enter Zimbabwe, and will either need to be obtained in advance or at the border/airport. Costs are for guests’ own accounts.

• For a single person travelling alone, please contact your Journey Specialist for a rate.

• WildRoutes Adventure Travel standard terms & conditions apply.

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