Zimbabwe Conservation and Community Safari | Day by Day

 

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

Day 1

Arrive Victoria Falls and transfer to Gorges Lodge

Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport where you will be met and transferred to spectacular Gorges Lodge perched high atop Batoka Gorge above the Zambezi River.  Enjoy an afternoon wandering the grounds or relaxing by the pool, followed by sundowner cocktails while watching black eagles soaring along the cliff face.

Lodge: Gorges Lodge, D


Day 2

Day 2

Visit to Victoria Falls and transfer to Camelthorn Lodge

Enjoy early morning coffee or tea on your private veranda overlooking the gorge, then a sumptuous breakfast to fuel your full day of activities. After breakfast, head to Victoria Falls town to view the star attraction—Mosi oa Tunya—the smoke that thunders. 

Following your visit to the falls, it's on to Camelthorn Lodge situated in the South Eastern corner of Hwange National Park. You will drive to the rail depot at Dete, where you board your private Elephant Express rail car for a unique game viewing experience. En route, lunch and drinks will be served. Upon arrival, a short game drive will take you to your beautifully appointed lodge nestled on the edge of Hwange National Park and Ngamo plains, famed for its herds of elephants.  After settling in your accommodations, enjoy a sundowner cocktail, followed by a three-course dinner.

Lodge: Camelthorn Lodge, BLD


Day 3

Day 3

Community visit

An early breakfast will prepare you for the day at Ngamo Village and Mlevu School, where you'll walk with the kids to school and arrive in time to attend school assembly.  You'll meet with the village headman and headmasters for an introduction to Zimbabwean village life as well as life on the edge of Hwange National Park.  Following your orientation, you'll partake in a variety of activities which could include:

  • Installing a new pump cylinder in the village well
  • Paint murals and set up a classroom with posters and teaching aids
  • Class interaction - presenting a "day in the life" of an American kid
  • Collect firewood and water and drop off for elderly villagers
  • Join local mothers to prepare and serve school lunch
  • Afternoon sports match. Join staff and school to form teams for soccer or alternatively teach a baseball game!

Actual activities will be subject to the needs of the community at the time

Lodge: Camelthorn Lodge, BLD


Days 4 - 5

Days 4 - 5

Hands-on predator conservation

The Ngamo plains in Hwange's southeast corner is home to wild dog, cheetah, jackal and lion. These two days will be devoted to monitoring the activities of these predator species in the area. Starting before dawn, you'll disperse with guides and trackers both on foot and in vehicles to:

  • Look for absent individuals and/or animals caught by snares
  • Monitor any dens for illegal poaching activity to reduce the risk of snares and, if necessary, alert the local anti-poaching unit known as "The Scorpions".
  • Use GPS to monitor predator patrols and hunts to create a map recording range and movement
  • Visit The Scorpions base camp to learn about their anti-poaching work
  • During the middle of the day, you'll either lunch back at the lodge or picnic in the field depending on your distance. You'll catch up on some of the administrative tasks like comparing photos with existing pack ID images or download GPS tracks to plot on maps.  You may be joined by researchers and representatives from local conservation groups

Activities are subject to change and dependent on wildlife movement and activity, the size of the groups and current conservation projects needs and budgets.

Lodge: Camelthorn Lodge, BLD


Day 6

Day 6

Helping Hwange's Thirsty Herds

Time for an early morning coffee before heading out for a full day in the park engaging in practical conservation. You'll bring supplies and maintenance support to the National Park's pumps that provide life-sustaining water to Hwange's iconic elephant herds during the dry season. Along the way, you'll enjoy game viewing and a picnic lunch. Your efforts today help support thousands of elephants and other park wildlife.  

Back at camp, you'll enjoy a hearty dinner, and review the day's excitement around the campfire.

Lodge: Camelthorn Lodge, BLD


Day 7

Day 7

Off to the Zambezi River

After breakfast, you'll return by Elephant Express rail car, game viewing along the way, to Dete, where you will transfer by private vehicle to Zambezi National Park, along the banks of the Zambezi River. Settle into your luxury tent and then relax on an evening sundowner cruise. 

Lodge: Zambezi Sands, BLD


Day 8

Day 8

Foot patrol along the Zambezi and canoe the rapids

Enjoy an early morning coffee or tea on your private veranda and a hearty breakfast before joining a morning anti-poaching patrol near camp to patrol the shores of the Zambezi. You'll be looking for signs of illegal snaring or poaching. Returning to camp, enjoy a light lunch and a dip in your private plunge pool and perhaps a brief siesta. In the afternoon, you'll depart for a canoe trip on the Zambezi in stable, inflatable canoes to explore the gentle rapids and lazy channels just in front of the lodge. You'll stop to enjoy one last sundowner along the banks of the river before returning to the lodge via a "night eyes" game drive. A farewell dinner will be served around the fire.

Lodge: Zambezi Sands, BLD


Day 9

Day 9

Depart Victoria Falls

After morning tea or coffee on your private deck, explore the park one last time on foot, taking a guided early morning walk, ending with a farewell bush breakfast along the river. On returning to the lodge, a final road transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your onward adventures or journey home.

 

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