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Zimbabwe

The quality of experience and diversity of habitats makes Zimbabwe special. The game-viewing in the dry months is on par with other, perhaps 'more fancied' African destinations. When the game-viewing experience is combined with price, Zimbabwe is hard to beat.

Zimbabwe has undoubtedly faced some challenges in recent times given political unrest. We are pleased to say that things are well and truly on the improve. We have conducted a number of safaris in Zimbabwe in recent years to rave reviews. 

Zimbabwe
Best Months June - October
Epic Suggests 8-10 Days
  • Victoria Falls

    A natural wonder of the world, Victoria Falls needs no introduction and is a must-see for any first time safari goer to Southern Africa.  Situated on the confluence of three countries; Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, it is a logical addition to many safaris.

    victoria-fallsOtherwise known as Mosi-Oi-Tunya (the smoke that thunders),  the falls are three times wider and double the height of Niagara Falls.  In the peak flow months of March through September, the falls are spectacular.  In addition to a walking tour of the falls, a helicopter flight over them is a must.  Other activities include a sunset river cruise, a visit to the local village and markets, tea on Livingstone Island, rafting the rapids, zip-lining or bungee jumping.

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  • Hwange National Park

    Covering just under 15,000 square kilometres the Park hosts over 100 mammal and 400 bird species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores.  Included in this is a healthy population of the endangered wild dog.

    hwange-national-parkHwange is an expansive savannah habitat located in the north-east corner of Zimbabwe abutting the Botswana border.  No visit to Hwange in the drier months misses impressive herds of elephant.  Buffalo also concentrate in large herds around this time and offer plenty of opportunities for the resident lion prides.

  • Mana Pools National Park

    Mana Pools National Park lies at the heart of the Zambezi Valley, which forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.  It is a remote, beautiful place with spectacular views of the broad flowing river, floodplains, the tree canopy and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment over the border in Zambia. 

    mana-pools-national-park This stretch of the Zambezi River is famous for its four main pools (after which the Park is named - 'mana' means 'four' in Shona) - Main, Chine, Long and Chisambuk - remnants of channels of the river which stopped flowing years ago. The plentiful abida trees shed their protein-rich pods during the dry season attracting a plethora of game.  Mana is the home of walking and canoeing safaris so if you are up for some adventure you really can’t go past it.

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  • Sample Itinerary

    Video Highlights

    This footage was shot by Epic's Managing Director, Brad Horn, whilst guiding guests on safari. The footage you see was taken on activities with the guests. This therefore is something similar to what you might see should you visit Zimbabwe.

    Zimbabwe, like Zambia, is ideally suited to the active client and affords great value. To walk and canoe the wilds of the lower Zambezi river is a" must do" for the adventurous. There are very few places in Africa where one gets "up close and personal" to big game like in Zimbabwe.

  • Sample Itinerary

    Days 1-2: Victoria Falls

    Arriving in the early afternoon, embark on a walking tour of the falls, where the sheer volume of water is staggering.  Take the opportunity to browse the local craft markets, or take a sunset cruise along the Zambezi.  Epic highly recommends a “Flight of Angels” helicopter flight to truly appreciate the magnitude of this natural wonder.  For the adrenalin junkies, whitewater rafting, zip-lining and bungey jumping can all be arranged.

    Please note: Some of our clients prefer two nights in Vic Falls, others only one. Either way we will customise a programme to ensure you get the best from your visit in the time available.
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    Day 3: Victoria Falls / Hwange National Park

    This morning you are met and transferred to the airport for your flight to Hwange.  Flying time is just one hour.

    On arrival you are met and transferred to your lodgings.
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    Days 4-5: Hwange National Park

    The next two days are spent enjoying the wonderful game-viewing that Hwange offers, be it be vehicle or on foot.  In the dry season large numbers of animals concentrate around the few permanent waterholes making for some great encounters with game, up close and personal.

    Typical of life on safari, your days will revolve around two activities, one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon.  These are the best time to see game, particularly the nocturnal predators that are either finishing or starting their day.
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    Day 6: Hwange National Park / Mana Canoe Trail

    Today you fly through to Mana Pools, a flight of 2 hours or so depending upon the aircraft type.  On arrival you are met and transferred to your permanent tented camp for an overnight stay.

    You will embark on afternoon and morning game-drives during your stay.  This is a nice way to orientate yourself to Mana and come to grips with the scale of the mighty Zambezi River.  There are few adventures that come close to what you are about to experience.  Only those few safari goers that have ever canoed the river will understand how special this is.
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    Days 7-9: Mana Canoe Trail

    Typically you are awakened daily before dawn and you are on the river just on sunrise, a truly magical time.  After paddling for about two hours, you beach the canoes and set out with your armed guide for a game walk of a few hours.

    Return to your canoes and paddle to a lunch stop where you can rest in the heat of the day.    Once the heat has dissipated you remount the canoes and strike out for camp, arriving around dusk. Your camp will have been moved by the camp staff and all that is required of you is enjoy a hot shower under the stars.   The daily distances covered from one camp to the next are around 20-25km.
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    Day 10: Mana Canoe Trail / Victoria Falls

    This morning you say farewell to your camp crew and transfer to Chikwenya airport for your flight back to Victoria Falls where upon arrival you connect with you continue your homebound arrangements (or continue on safari).
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    Indicative Cost

    From US$ 420 per person per day.

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    Extension: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

    South Luangwa is one of our favourite areas in Africa.  It is revered as one of Africa’s prime walking areas and is a mecca for game in the dry season (June-October).  It is wonderfully remote once you get away from the central region of the park.

    The camps are small (generally 6-8 beds in total), incredibly comfortable with fantastic guides.  It also offers some of the best value for money in Africa. The Luangwa may not be as well known as the likes of the Okavango, Serengeti and Masai Mara, but from an experiential point of view you can’t go wrong if you are adventurous at heart.
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    Extension: Okavango Delta, Botswana

    Botswana is a natural extension to a safari in Zimbabwe or Zambia given its proximity.  Botswana offers one of the very best safari experiences in Africa when it comes to game viewing, spectacular landscapes, diversity of habitat and variety of activities.  It does not come cheap but in our experience the old adage of “you get what you pay for” is never more pertinent than here.
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  • 1/10 | Video Highlights
  • 2/10 | Days 1-2: Victoria Falls
  • 3/10 | Day 3: Victoria Falls / Hwange National Park
  • 4/10 | Days 4-5: Hwange National Park
  • 5/10 | Day 6: Hwange National Park / Mana Canoe Trail
  • 6/10 | Days 7-9: Mana Canoe Trail
  • 7/10 | Day 10: Mana Canoe Trail / Victoria Falls
  • 8/10 | Indicative Cost
  • 9/10 | Extension: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
  • 10/10 | Extension: Okavango Delta, Botswana
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