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Waterhole scene, Hwange, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

8 Days

Prices Start from

£3,000 ex. flights

Explore two of Zimbabwe’s highlights, Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park. Begin at the falls, where you can visit this dramatic cascade, before driving just a short distance to nearby Hwange. Here, explore on foot and by 4×4, spotting the best of Zimbabwe’s wildlife.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Dinner on Boat, Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi, Zambia 1

Sunset Cruise

Cruise the mighty Zambezi as the sun sets and the elephants bathe.

Rafting, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 2

Falls Adventures

Try one of the adventure activities on offer, including rafting or zip-lining.

Giraffe and Elephants by Camp, Camelthorn Lodge, Hwange, Zimbabwe 3

Hwange Elephants

Encounter vast matriarchal herds of elephants in Hwange National Park.

Leopard, Hwange, Zimbabwe 4

Night Drives

View elusive nocturnal wildlife, including leopards and civets, on night drives.

Why we like it

This holiday is wonderfully simple. Hwange and Victoria Falls are just a short distance apart, meaning that these contrasting experiences can be combined with little fuss. The former offers an exceptional safari experience, packed with big game, whilst the latter is more than just a remarkable sight – it offers an adrenalin-packed array of activities.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Days 1-3
    Victoria Falls
  • Day 4
    Victoria Falls - Hwange
  • Days 5-7
    Hwange
  • Day 8
    Hwange - Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The Smoke that Thunders

A holiday to Zimbabwe would not be complete without a visit to Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a great place to relax after a wildlife-packed safari. Here, the Zambezi River crashes down in a white torrent – giving the falls their name, “The Smoke that Thunders”.

The town itself is both a meeting place of many cultural artists and also a focal point for action-packed fun. Activities include the glorious “Flight of Angels” helicopter ride over the falls, white water river rafting and kayaking, as well as more relaxing sundowner cruises along the Zambezi.

Elephants by waterhole, Hwange, Zimbabwe
Hwange, Zimbabwe

Hwange Safari

This vast wilderness area of Kalahari sands, grasslands and teak forest is home to one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Zimbabwe, especially elephants, which congregate around the waterholes.

Hwange National Park’s mixture of landscapes provides a home for countless species, including African wild dogs, which – despite their endangered status – are still found here in significant numbers. Set out on game drives in search of these pack-hunting predators, as well as lions, leopards, sable antelopes, blue wildebeests, reedbucks and giraffes.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Zambezi Sands River Camp £££££

  • Zimbabwe

Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Zambezi National Park, Zambezi Sands is a small camp of eight Bedouin inspired tents. Accessed by the river or by road from Victoria Falls, this comfortable camp offers proximity to the falls and the feeling of wilderness. Each room is raised on platforms with direct views over private plunge pools and the river beyond. Large lounge areas offer comfortable seating from which to watch frolicking elephants and hippo. In-house activities include game drives, game walks, fishing, canoeing and island picnics. Whilst the nearby Victoria Falls activities include guided tours of the Falls, river cruises, white water rafting, bungee jumping – or maybe just some relaxed souvenir shopping.

Camelthorn Lodge £££££

  • Zimbabwe
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Camelthorn Lodge is tucked into the shaded ebony and acacia woodland in a remote corner of Hwange. Phenomenal game viewing is a short drive from camp and its brilliant sunken hide allows close-ups of huge herds of elephants frequenting the waterholes. Accommodation consists of eight large, split level private villas, each with private upstairs deck, perfect for a sleep out. Main areas are contemporary and welcoming and meals are often served around the lodge’s central feature, a huge Camelthorn tree. Imvelo Safaris Lodges have built each of its properties on local community-owned land, so have been able to develop villages from the grassroots up.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £3,000 Per person

When to travel

Zimbabwe in January

The rainy season in Zimbabwe runs from the end of November to the start of March. The scenery is greener and birds are breeding, but rains can occasionally last for days.

Zimbabwe in February

The rainy season in Zimbabwe runs from the end of November to the start of March. The scenery is greener and birds are breeding, but rains can occasionally last for days.

Zimbabwe in March

The rainy season comes to an end, but water levels remain high and the Victoria Falls are in full flow. A great time to spot newborn animals.

Zimbabwe in April

As the dry season begins in April and May, national parks re-open but are still quiet. The landscapes remain lush and green, whilst water levels at the Victoria Falls are high, making for spectacular photographs above the falls.

Zimbabwe in May

As the dry season begins in April and May, national parks re-open but are still quiet. The landscapes remain lush and green, whilst water levels at the Victoria Falls are high, making for spectacular photographs above the falls.

Zimbabwe in June

June and July mark the coldest and driest months in the country. Temperatures overnight can drop close to freezing. It is not yet peak season but game start to congregate around water holes as the landscape dries out. Water levels drop at Victoria Falls, making for less spray and clearer views unobstructed by the spray.

Zimbabwe in July

June and July mark the coldest and driest months in the country. Temperatures overnight can drop close to freezing. It is not yet peak season but game start to congregate around water holes as the landscape dries out. Water levels drop at Victoria Falls, making for less spray and clearer views unobstructed by the spray.

Zimbabwe in August

August and September remain very dry, and temperatures start to rise to the high twenties in the daytime. It is peak season, with fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing as animals congregate around the water holes.

Zimbabwe in September

August and September remain very dry, and temperatures start to rise to the high twenties in the daytime. It is peak season, with fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing as animals congregate around the water holes.

Zimbabwe in October

October and November see very dry landscapes, as the dry season draws to a close. The ideal time to see wildlife, but there is more chance of a shower, especially towards the end of November.

Zimbabwe in November

October and November see very dry landscapes, as the dry season draws to a close. The ideal time to see wildlife, but there is more chance of a shower, especially towards the end of November.

Zimbabwe in December

The rainy season in Zimbabwe runs from the end of November to the start of March. The scenery is greener and birds are breeding, but rains can occasionally last for days.

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