$ 3450 per person sharing
Victoria Falls, Hwange and Matopo Hills in style
This luxurious short journey takes you from one of the world's seven wonders to the finest wildlife areas in southern Africa, the Hwange National Park and further to Matobo Hill National Park. Explore the endless activities on offer in Victoria Falls, enjoy and reflect on Africa’s timeless wonders and natural beauty in the Khulu Ivory concession. Track both black and white rhino on foot in the World Heritage Site of the Matobo Hills – an unforgettable experience.
8 nights in exclusive Lodges
Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport and board your connecting flight to Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe. On arrival in Victoria Falls, you will be picked up by the lodge. Ilala Lodge is situated in the centre of Victoria Falls, just before the Victoria Falls Bridge. In the late afternoon, you will have the chance to visit the world-famous waterfalls.
In and around the Victoria Falls there are a variety of activities you can choose from: helicopter flight, zip lining, bungee jumping, a guided walk over and under the railway bridge, white-water rafting - there is something for every taste. A special highlight is the "High - Tea" at the Victoria Falls Hotel with its unbeatable view on the railroad bridge built by British engineers in 1905.
An early breakfast will set you up for the road transfer to your next destination, Khulu Ivory Lodge, situated next to Hwange National Park, which lies to the west of the country and constitutes the largest nature reserve in Zimbabwe.
On arrival, you get shown to your chalets, get some refreshments and depart on an afternoon game drive around the concession. Watch the sunset from across an ancient river bed and observe elephants, impalas and maybe even buffaloes from a safe distance.
You depart early for a full day game drive in the Hwange National Park. Sable, elephant, giraffe, wild dog, cheetah, lions and sometimes even leopard can be seen here. The famous Nyamandlovo platform is ideal for having breakfast. In the late afternoon, you can sit by the pool in the lodge and watch the wild life coming to drink at the waterhole. Elephants sometimes even come to the pool for fresh water.
Today you might choose to go on a nature walk before breakfast, accompanied by an experienced guide, go for more game drives or just enjoy the lodge, the pool and the waterhole in front of the lodge.
After breakfast, you take your road transfer to Bulawayo and Camp Amalinda. The granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills in Zimbabwe are among the most spectacular rock sceneries in the world. Nestled in this unique range of hills lies Camp Amalinda. In the afternoon, you explore the hills where mysterious nomads once held their sacred ceremonies. The rocky granite topography boasts more than 2000 sites of the San (Bushman) tribes and is probably the richest source of San rock art known. The Ndebele people believe that this area - and several specific rocks – hold spiritual significance of bygone rituals. Here, you can learn about their trials and tribulations, hopes and aspirations.
Today you drive through the granite hills in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes and visit his world-famous tomb known as “View of the World”. This is an historical experience not to be forgotten. Leander Starr Jameson is also buried here and together with the spirits of soldiers killed in battle by Matabele warriors, they gather around at sunset. You can feel their spiritual presence. This “dwala” is known as “the dwelling place of spirits” or rather “Amalindidzimu”, and the view will leave you breathless…….
You spend the day tracking rhino by vehicle or on foot. The Matobo Hills is one of the last bastions of both black and white rhino in Africa. This most unforgettable safari experience will be an approach up close to these endangered species. This encounter is offered within the skills and knowledge of experienced guides.
You start your last day in Africa with a delicious breakfast. A short transfer brings you to Bulawayo airport, where you board a scheduled flight back to Johannesburg.