Days 1 - 3 : Hwange National Park
For the next 4 days you will be on safari with Leon Varley walking through the wilderness areas of Hwange National Park.
Day 1 of Hwange Walking safari
You will be picked up from your hotel at 8.00 for the start of your safari. The drive to Hwange National Park takes about 2 hours.
Once you enter the park you take a slow drive deeper into the park game viewing along the way until you reach Vikani, our campsite on the edge of Lukosi river. The Vikani camp is a great location with a small cliff overlooking favorite waterholes for elephants and other wildlife and it is not unusual to have elephants digging and drinking directly below the dinning tent.
Before your arrival a full camp will have been erected by camp staff and on arrival you have a chance to settle in your tents and have lunch.
After lunch and relaxing, a short walk will be taken along the river bed to see what wildlife is around. You will return to camp just after sunset where you will be greeted by snacks and sundowners around the campfire.
Time for a hot shower before you have dinner.
Day 2 and 3 of Hwange Walking safari
An early start after a light breakfast! The days activities will depend on what could have gone on during the night. You could have possibly heard lions calling close to the camp during the night and will go on a walk in search of them. The river bed will be checked for Rhino spoor that could possibly have been drinking there during the night and if they are found you will spend the morning tracking them.
Late morning you will return to camp in time for lunch and a siesta over the heat of the day.
In the afternoon you will take a short drive to one of the spring lines and mineral licks and continue walking, game viewing and tracking along the way. You will return to camp after sunset.
The camps are comfortable with traditional large walk in tents with bush bathrooms en-suite and proper beds and bedding. Dining is either around the campfire or in a dining tent well placed to overlook the river.
All camp chores, food preparations and laundry service are carried out by experienced camp staff.
The transport is by open game viewing vehicle and each safari is taken by Leon Varley and a traditional Matabele tracker. The guide is fully licensed armed and carries a well stocked first aid kit and satellite phone. The tracker carries a back up weapon and extra water.
Walks are taken in the morning after an early breakfast and late afternoon when it is cooler and participants must be fit enough to be able to cover 15 -20 kms in a day split into two or three separate walks. Much of the time on the ground is spent tracking and stalking large game, mainly Rhino and lion as they are the more elusive and unlikely to be come across by chance. Leopards are notoriously hard to track but are an animal of habit and tend to be found in the same areas. Other game is prolific enough to chance on or see at the water holes.
The middle of the day is spent either in camp or at a waterhole where lunch will be served. We return to camp 30 minutes after sunset for sundowners, a hot shower, dinner and drinks around the fire.
All inclusive of meals and drinks
National parks fees $10.00 per day entry and $23.50.00 per night camping - these parks fees are subject to change and must be paid direct on entry into the park)
Day 4 : End of Itinerary
Early start and a walk depending on game activities of the night.
After lunch you take a slow drive out of the park returning to Victoria Falls late afternoon.
Road transfer to Victoria Falls Airport