Hwange National Park
Days 1 - 4
Situated in western Zimbabwe, the Hwange National Park is the country's biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, cheetah, leopard, zebra, sable and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides a sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. Birding is excellent with over 400 species.
The park’s magnificent terrain ranges from desert dunes, savannah lands and mopane woodlands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests. Visitors can look forward to game drives, guided walks or horse riding safaris. Other highlights include the Bumbusi National Monument and the Nyamandhlovu Pan.
With only an hour away from Victoria Falls it makes perfect sense for Hwange to be Safari destination for when visiting the Victoria Falls.
Matusadona National Park
Days 4 - 6
Situated in northern Zimbabwe on the shores of Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park comprises a large expanse of pristine wilderness characterised by flat grassy plains and dramatic rugged mountains. From the vast woody escarpment to the dense bush of the Zambezi valley floor, the park features a diverse range of landscapes inhabited by abundant wildlife species. These include, among others: elephant, cape buffalo, black rhinoceros, hippopotamus, crocodiles and an impressive variety of birdlife. The entire northern boundary of the park is created by the lake's grassy shoreline, providing excellent opportunities for boat cruise safaris. Other popular activities include walking safaris, tiger fishing, and camping at some of the park’s many small rustic bushcamps.
Mana Pools National Park
Days 6 - 9
The life-giving power of the Zambezi River makes Mana Pools National Park one of Zimbabwe’s most lush and flourishing regions, designated as the country’s second World Heritage Site and known as one of the continent’s premier game-viewing regions. Canoe trips are offered year round and provide a unique and memorable way for visitors to experience the area’s striking scenic beauty and diverse fauna. Guided walks are a great way to explore the riverine woods, and inland pools. The best time to visit is from May to November; rainy season is from December to March.
The area is central to the Middle Zambezi Biosphere Reserve. Ancient stands of mahogany trees, and a canopy of acacia trees dominate the woodlands, providing a rich array of pods and leaves to sustain the wildlife during the dry season. The steep Zambezi Escarpment rises up from the floodplain floor, creating a deep valley