• Leopard in Hwange National Park

Victoria Falls & Hwange

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, our Victoria Falls & Hwange eight-day tour combines a visit to Botswana’s majestic Victoria Falls with Zimbabwe’s spectacular Hwange National Park.

Explore the very best of ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ - one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Fly over the falls in a helicopter, bungee jump off Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water raft down the river (seasonal) or spend the day in Chobe National Park. Victoria Falls also offers some excellent restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.

Hwange National Park is the country's biggest reserve, home to a diverse range of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40,000 elephants. It provides a beautiful sanctuary for the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dog thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. The park’s magnificent terrain ranges from desert dunes, savannah lands and mopane woodlands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests, offering fantastic wildlife viewing.

From exhilarating game drives to peaceful boat cruises and cultural village visits, this tour is sure to provide you with plenty of unforgettable memories. Comfortable tented camps, and a picturesque lodge on the banks of the Zambezi, will provide rest and relaxation along the way.

Duration
8 days
Best time to go
April to October
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
a lion lying down in the dirt

Trip highlights

  • Experience Southern Africa’s iconic wildlife and landscapes on a eight-day tour to Victoria Falls & Hwange
  • Immerse yourself with the sights, smells and sounds of Zimbabwe with a cultural ‘Dinner & Drum show’ under the stars
  • Enjoy both night and day game drives through Hwange National Park, sighting an abundance of wildlife and birds, including the Big Five of Africa
  • Take a boat trip on the upper Zambezi River and soak up the natural scenery whilst spotting the abundant wildlife that thrives at this breath-taking location
Zambezi River

A transfer will collect you from Victoria Falls Airport, embarking on a 25 minute journey to Victoria Falls Safari Club. Along the way, your driver will provide some informative commentary on the area and places of interest. Located just 4kms from Victoria Falls, and situated within the grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, the Safari Club provides uninterrupted views over Zambezi National Park which is abundant with game, ensuring a brilliant safari experience without having to leave the main deck.

In the late afternoon enjoy the Sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River aboard the Zambezi Royal. The total cruise time is approximately three-hours. Sunset cruises arrive back after sunset. From the boats, sightings of elephant, giraffe and even rhino coming down to the river to drink are common. The river is also abundant with hippo, crocodile and birdlife. An experienced guide will accompany you on this cruise and provide in depth knowledge on the wildlife and local history of the area.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Victoria Falls Safari Club
Victoria Falls

After breakfast, a transfer awaits to take you on a morning tour of Victoria Falls. A natural phenomenon and one of the seven natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls is an immense curtain of water cascading over 100m. Around 550 million litres flow over the edge every minute, at peak flow this increases to 750 million litres. The rainforest surrounding the falls thrives from the waterfall’s spray. Here you’ll find a variety of plant species rarely found elsewhere in Zambia or Zimbabwe.

This evening you will connect with the shuttle transfer from the lodge to The Boma for dinner. The Boma, nestled in a Gusu Forest, is a magical place to enjoy a meal underneath the spectacular African night skies. You’ll be treated to a ‘Dinner & Drum Show’ - a full-on sensory experience that unites vibrant Zimbabwean traditions of food, song, dance and drumming. Diners are invited to sample local delicacies such as mopane worms, impala stew, dried kapenta, Zambezi bream and warthog steak. For the less adventurous, beef, pork, chicken and fish dishes are available as well as vegetarian and halaal dishes. This experience is an evening extravaganza featuring energetic dance performances, lively songs, stories of enchantment and creative face painting. A captivating interactive drumming show then provides a wonderful highlight to the festivities. Immerse yourself in the tastes, sights and sounds of Africa.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Victoria Falls Safari Club
Elephant in Hwange National Park

Following breakfast at the lodge, a scheduled transfer awaits, taking you on a two-hour journey to Hwange National Park. Upon arrival to the park, you’ll be met by a guide and will continue with a game drive transfer to the camp.

Little Makalolo lies in the heart of one of the best game viewing areas in Hwange National Park. Overlooking a vibrant waterhole, it offers privacy for those who enjoy small camps and a sense of remoteness. A raised pool deck, offers evocative views of the much-frequented waterhole in front of camp.

Activities include day and night game drives, guided nature walks, birding, raised Star Bed platform sleep-out at Madison Pan (subject to availability and weather permitting), a guided visit to a local African village and school (Private vehicle needs to be booked and paid for in advance), visit and interact with the Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit team (subject to availability) and Olympus Photo Hub experience.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Little Makalolo Camp
Victoria Falls

After breakfast, a transfer will take you from Little Makalolo to Hwange Main Gate, where you will then continue on to Victoria Falls. This transfer takes just over two-hours. Upon arrival at the river jetty, you will be met by a guide from the Old Drift Lodge for your five-minute boat transfer to the lodge.

The activities offered at Old Drift Lodge emphasise the rich natural environment, focusing on the abundance of wildlife that roam through the park and swim the Zambezi River. The Zambezi National Park can be explored by road, river or on foot, satisfying your desires to experience every aspect of this natural utopia.

Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in the Zambezi National Park, morning or afternoon river safaris, guided walking safaris, lunch at the Lookout Café and a scheduled guided Tour of the Falls - Zimbabwe side (surcharge applies).

Suggested Accommodation

  • Old Drift Lodge

After breakfast, a scheduled boat and road transfer will be waiting to take you on a thirty-five minute journey to Victoria Falls Airport. Your eight-day Victoria Falls & Hwange tour ends here.

Included

  • Twin or single standard room Meals as specified
  • Scheduled road transfers: Victoria Falls Airport / Vic Falls Safari Club / Hwange Main // Victoria Falls river jetty
  • Old Drift Lodge boat / road transfers: Vic Falls / Old Drift / Vic Falls Airport
  • Lodge transfers: Hwange Main / Little Makalolo / Hwange Main
  • Activities as specified at Old Drift Lodge
  • Game viewing activities as offered at Little Makalolo
  • Local brand drinks at Little Makalolo and Old Drift Lodge
  • Complimentary drinks at Vic Falls Safari Club as specified
  • Laundry
  • National Park Hwange fees
  • Zambezi National Park fee

Not included

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Meals other than those specified
  • Other drinks at Vic Falls Safari Club
  • Premium brand drinks at Old Drift Lodge & Little Makalolo
  • Tour of Falls entry fee (at Old Drift Lodge )
  • Other activities whilst in Victoria Falls
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities (this is not compulsory - a guideline is guides US10.00 and general staff US5.00 per guest per day)
  • Visa fees (please check your clients visa requirements)
  • Comprehensive travel insurance