Zimbabwe Rediscovered11 days & 10 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Harare - To Mana Pools NP
Upon arrival in Harare, fly to Mana Pools National Park, which occupies a beautiful stretch of land along the Zambezi River. This remote area boasts spectacular natural beauty and a rich diversity of game.Ruckomechi Camp - 3 Nights (D)
Day 2 - 3Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools is renowned for its large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland. In the driest months, elephant stand on their hind legs to feed from acacia trees that bear fruit. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog are all found in the area. Birdlife is superb, and in the dry months, the photogenic Carmine bee-eaters nest in colonies on the riverbanks. You have a choice of activities, including wildlife viewing in open 4x4 vehicles, on motorized pontoon boats, on foot, in hides and in canoes.Ruckomechi Camp (B, L, D)
Day 4To Matusadona National Park
Following breakfast this morning, depart Mana Pools and take to the air on a scenic flight to the shores of Lake Kariba where you continue by boat to your tented camp with views across the lake to the Matusadona Mountains. After checking in, you have time at leisure before an afternoon game drive or lake excursion.Changa Camp - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 5Matusadona National Park
Enjoy a full day exploring this vast park, home to an important population of endangered black rhino. The elephant here are unique in that they have adapted to a semi-aquatic lifestyle along the lakeshore, which attracts many of the park's wildlife population. In addition to game drives, explore on foot and boat on Lake Kariba.Changa Camp (B, L, D)
Day 6To Hwange National Park
Continue by light aircraft to Hwange today. Upon arrival, take a scenic drive through the park to your camp, which overlooks a pan attracting game year-round.Linkwasha Camp - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 7 - 8Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is home to some of southern Africa's last great elephant, buffalo and sable herds.Linkwasha Camp (B, L, D)
Along the Botswana border, the easternmost tongues of the Kalahari sands creep into the country and mix with the teak forests of the interior, so that desert-adapted animals share the same habitat with woodland species. Embark on twice-daily game drives and try out the log pile hide, where you can view elephant very closely as they come to quench their thirst
at the waterhole.
Day 9To Victoria Falls
After a last game drive, depart on a scenic flight to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. Upon arrival, continue to your camp in the nearby bush with views of Victoria Falls' spray and the gorges of the Zambezi River. Enjoy sundowners overlooking the gorge.The Elephant Camp - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 10Victoria Falls
Embark on a morning elephant-back safari. This afternoon, enjoy a guided walk of nearby Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Afterwards, celebrate your last evening in Zimbabwe during a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.The Elephant Camp (B, L, D)
Day 11Depart Victoria Falls
Bid farewell to Africa after breakfast this morning as you are escorted to the Victoria Falls Airport for your onward flight.(B)
Generally, road conditions in southern Africa are reasonably good; however, they vary greatly between the modern cities and the remote areas, where the dusty, gravel roads necessitate 4-wheel-drive travel. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy and pot-holed, and have stretches which are not sealed, or which are under reconstruction. In Ethiopia, Madagascar, Namibia and Rwanda particularly, conditions are very dusty and the off-road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year, and heavy tropical rains and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times enormously.
If we are custom designing an itinerary for you, it is always a good idea to discuss your particular requirements with your travel consultant, who will endeavor to include as much or as little road travel as you desire. The type of vehicle varies according to the country visited and the number of people within your group. In destinations where conditions require it, off-road driving will be in 4-wheel-drive Land Cruisers or Land Rovers.
Internal Flights: Scheduled flights within Sub-Saharan Africa are typically limited to 33-44 lbs. of luggage per person, depending on the airline or charter company operating the flight. Although you may have a luggage weight limit of 44-88 lbs. on your international flight as well as hand luggage, you will need to limit your baggage as required according to the country and airlines or store baggage at your arrival airport. Some flights also require that luggage be packed in soft-sided bags, which Cox & Kings will provide prior to your travel. Between the camps and lodges, we can book either shared air transfers or private charters. We will automatically book shared air transfers wherever available unless otherwise requested. Please note that shared air transfers may make stops to pick up and drop off passengers at other camps, lodges and airstrips en route. Private charter flights only stop for refueling or for customs and immigration formalities as needed. The flight times for air transfers between camps and lodges are arranged 24-48 hours prior to the flight. Departure times are therefore advised locally. Passengers weighing more than 220 lbs. should advise us in advance, as some air charter companies require that an extra seat be purchased at an additional cost for all shared air transfer flight segments. This is for safety and comfort of all guests on board.
Flight Delays & Insurance: Unfortunately, due to the increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more common. Apart from delaying your arrival at your destination, these delays can cause problems with onward connections and/or hotel and vacation arrangements, which may need to be rescheduled. Although the airline will sometimes make alternative arrangements to get you to your next destination at no extra cost, additional costs may be involved after your arrival in the form of additional accommodation costs, transfers and onward tickets. Unfortunately, since most services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. Therefore, it is essential that you are insured against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: Many cities in Africa levy a tax for passengers departing on international flights, and where this is not included in the ticket price it will need to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in U.S. dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included in your ticket; we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We list applicable departure taxes in our pre-tour general information, which you should receive when you confirm your booking. We attempt to keep these as current as possible. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or U.S. dollars to cover these taxes.
Traveling by train in southern Africa can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. New luxury train routes are constantly being developed and there are now a variety of excellent routes available. Cox & Kings does not advise travelers to use the local trains, which cannot be confirmed as safe; however, the internationally acclaimed Rovos Rail and Blue Train offer a relaxed and luxurious alternative to road travel.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Africa; however, hotels used on Cox & Kings journeys can normally be expected to be very comfortable. In more remote destinations, such as parts of Ethiopia, Madagascar and Rwanda, accommodation will be more basic. Cox & Kings uses the best available properties in remote destinations and, although these will be clean and offer en suite rooms, in general they cannot be compared to modern, Western hotels. In some locations, many of the hotels we use are small, privately owned properties retaining much of their original ambience. In most destinations, service and food will be of a high quality, but in some less-developed regions hotel service can be slow and we ask you to show patience in this regard. Please note, typically all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room, please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Early Starts: When on safari, you will find it is necessary to leave your lodge very early in the morning (around dawn) in order to maximize the opportunities for game viewing, as the wildlife is more active during the cooler morning hours and in the evening.
Check-in & Check-out Times: In some situations, when a flight arrives very early in the morning, it may be that you will be taken for breakfast or sightseeing before being allocated your rooms since check-in time is normally between 12 noon and 2 p.m. and check-out time is normally 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Cox & Kings’ local representatives will ensure that you are able to access your room as early as possible, but early check-ins are not guaranteed.
Game Parks & Remote Areas: Within Africa, we generally use the best accommodation available. However, even luxurious properties are a long way from other civilization and can often only be reached down narrow and makeshift roads. Although accommodation will often be in tents, these can be more luxurious than some lodges and include private facilities. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation in game lodges, smaller hotels and tented camps is on par with the best available in that category. Sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases we feel that such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of these more remote areas.
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