The Victoria Falls Game Drive

Activity Description

Exploring the vast genuine wilderness of the Zambezi National Park, these drives set off either in the early morning or mid-afternoon. Using an open four-wheel drive vehicle, the game drive allows the guests to discover many interpretations of the bush and all its inhabitants, related to them by our suitable trained and qualified guides. This is an uncontrived bush experience, covering a genuinely wild, unfenced wilderness area.
Please note that the Zambezi National Park is only a five minute drive from Victoria Falls town, so there are no lengthy transfers involved.
The morning safari sets off at 0600hrs and a light breakfast, tea/coffee and mineral waters are served. The afternoon safari departs at 1500hrs and soft drinks, beer, mineral waters and a snack platter are offered.
Our game drives last between three and four hours in duration.

Notes

*Please kindly note that our rainy season is from November to April and that the weather patterns can directly influence game viewing opportunities. Heavy rains could result in bad road conditions and cause the wildlife to disperse.
Some safaris may have to be postponed due to weather patterns. Discover Safaris and Wild Horizons cannot be held responsible for th

Arrangements

Duration:4 hrs including transfer times
When: All year round
Where:Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Weather:Weather permitting – the rain season is normally from November to April.
What to Wear:Comfortable attire that provides sun protection. Warm clothing in winter (April to August).
Things to Bring:Binoculars, Cameras, Sunscreen · Mosquito repellent · Hiking/running shoes

Requirements

Minimum Age Ages 3 years­‐ exceptions can be made for private vehicle hire. No maximum age. We confir a safari with a minimum of two people.
Fitness Level No Fitness Requirement
Qualifications Not Applicable
Certification None Required
Experience Level No Experience
Guests or Spectators No spectators allowed

 

Hwange Day Trip

QUICK DETAILS

  • Category: Safari
  • Duration: 8 Hours
  • Location: Zimbabwe

Take your visit up a notch with a detour to the massive Hwange National Park.

  • Explore Zimbabwe’s largest wildlife park, Hwange
  • Interact with Painted Dogs and learn about their conservation
  • Enjoy lunch at the Hwange Safari Lodge
  • Chance to spot elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, and more

Enjoy a fun interaction with painted dogs. Go on a thrilling game drive and spot an astonishing array of African wildlife. Savor a wonderful lunch, swim, and then go on an exciting walking safari on this Hwange National Park day trip from Victoria Falls.

Important Information

  • Inform your provider of any special dietary requirements.
  • To confirm departure, a minimum of 4 guests needs to be booked. If you are a solo traveler, please contact our reservations staff and they will inform you when there is a confirmed departure available that you can join.
  • The tour operates with a maximum of 20 guests per trip. Upon request, bigger groups can be accommodated.
  • Be sure to book ahead for this Hwange safari tour so that your booking runs smoothly.

What you will love

Going on a day trip to the Hwange National Park gives you the opportunity to visit one of the most diverse wildlife parks in the world and enjoy an unforgettable African safari experience from Victoria Falls.

Your journey begins at your hotel in Victoria Falls town from where you’re picked up for a sunrise departure. Your minibus makes its way to the Hwange National Park which is located approximately a two-hour drive away. Upon arrival at the Painted Dog Center, you’re welcomed by a guide who takes you through a one-hour interaction with the Painted Dogs.

Your knowledgeable and experienced guide then takes you on a two and a half-hour game drive within the Hwange National Park in open back vehicles. You’re treated to a wonderful lunch at the Hwange Safari Lodge, where you can enjoy a taste of traditional Zimbabwean cuisine. After lunch, you may relax at the swimming pool.

You thereafter go on a walking safari for two hours in the Hwange National Park with an armed warden. At the end of this memorable tour, your driver transports you back to your hotel in Victoria Falls town.

Whats included

  • Transport to and from your hotel within Victoria Falls town
  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Bacon & egg roll
  • Fruit juice
  • Bottle of water
  • Towels
  • Painted Dog encounter
  • Hwange National Park game drive
  • Guided walking safari in Hwange National Park
  • Lunch at Hwange Safari Lodge (excludes drinks)

Session length

This tour departs at 6 am and returns at 7 pm

What to bring

  • Money for donations to the Painted Dog if you choose
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm jacket
  • Neutral color clothes
  • Swimming costume
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Your booking voucher

Age requirements

The day trip is suitable for all ages, including families and groups

Package excludes

  • National Park fees to be paid at check-in
  • Donations to Painted Dog

 

Elephant Interaction

Activity Description

The Elephant Encounter affords guests the opportunity to unobtrusively observe some of the biggest personalities in Africa, in a pristine wilderness environment overflowing with raw natural beauty. Guests spend time and connect with elephants in the most positive and natural way possible.

An open-design thatch Boma gives guests an uninterrupted view of the beautiful Masuwe River, and against this breath-taking back drop, guests will be given an insightful and educational presentation on the Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphange. The sanctuary was founded on the principle of conservation, and one of the most effective ways to evoke a sense of environmental responsibility is to show what stands to be lost.
Guests will have an opportunity to talk to guides that have journeyed – physically and metaphorically, incredible distances with these elephant , and learn more about the complexities of the individuals and the herd structures. Guests will learn about the elephant as well as their history and how they came to be in our care as well as the threats facing elephant populations today, in an interesting and informative talk.
Guests will venture out into the bush to spend time with the elephant and the sight of the gentle grey mammals up close and personal will be imprinted on guests’ minds’ long after they have returned home. Witness the special relationship the elephant keepers share with the animals and become a part of it. You will have the opportunity to take photographs with the elephants, marvel at their size and watch them behaving normally; browsing and interacting with one another.

After the encounter with these amazing creatures guests will be offered a selection of refreshments in the cool of the Wild Horizons Elephant Wallow. A transfer back to Victoria Falls concludes the experience.

Arrangements

Duration 2,5 – 3 hours
When All year round, subject to availability
Where Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Weather Weather permitting
What to Wear Comfortable attire that provides sun protection. · Hiking/running shoes · Warm clothing in winter (April to August).
Things to Bring Walking shoes, Sunscreen, Mosquito Repellent, Sun Hat, Camera, Binoculars.
Guests or Spectators No spectators allowed

Requirements

Ages +5 years
Fitness Level No Fitness Requirement
Experience Level No Experience Requirement

Inclusions Exclusions

Inclusions Scheduled transfers from/to Vic Falls Town/Hotels, an Elephant Encounter
Early morning: Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks & breakfast
Mid morning: Soft Drinks, Local beer, wine, water, coffee, tea and a selection of hot & cold snacks.
Afternoon: Soft Drinks, Local beer, wine, water, coffee, tea and a selection of hot & cold canapés.

Exclusions Items of a personal nature.

 

Zambezi Sunset Cruise

Activity Description

The Zambezi Sunset cruise is a fantastic way to relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets. Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline. Clients may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The Sunset cruise is very popular and includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks.

Arrangements

ProviderWild Horizons

Duration2 hours

WhenAll year round

WhereVictoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Weathern/a

What to Wear: For a memorable experience, clients are advised to wear the following: · Comfortable attire that provides protection from the sun · Hiking/running shoes · Hair ties (for longer hair) · Warm clothing in winter (April to August) Lockers are available; however, guests are implored to leave valuables at home/the hotel.

What to Bring: Clients are advised to bring the following with them: · Sunscreen · Mosquito repellent. – Camera / Video Cameras.

Guests or Spectatorsn/a

Requirements

Minimum Age0 years

Minimum Height0.0 m

Maximum Height0.0 m

Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement

QualificationsNot Applicable

Maximum Weight0.0 kg

CertificationNone Required

Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Refreshments
Local brand beverages and finger snacks
Transfers from all Victoria Falls hotels within a 5km radius of the jetty are included in the rate.
Parks River Usage Fee of $10.00 per person

Exclusions

Items of a personal nature & gratuities
Transfers outside Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Notes

Departures: Daily

Departure Times
Summer: 1st August to 30th April – departs at 16.30 returns at 18.30
Summer Transfer Pick up Time: 15h45 – 16h25
Winter: 1st May to 31st July – departs at 16.00 returns at 18.00.
Winter Transfer Pick up Time: 15h15 – 15h55
Collection from hotels around Victoria Falls is about 20 – 40 minutes before the cruise departs. Exact pick up times from each Hotel/Lodge is advised upon booking confirmation.
Duration: 2 hours

 

Zambezi Lunch Cruise

Activity Description

Lunch Cruise 12.00pm to 14.30pm- When the sun is suspended brightly in the blue sky and shards of light bounce across the surface of the river, there are few experiences more enjoyable than an afternoon spent on the Zambezi. The luxurious and spacious design of our vessels welcome a cool breeze to blow away the afternoon heat, and ensures that guests can leisurely roam around the boat to admire the scenery from every angle. Indulge in a light lunch and refreshments on board while admiring the bold displays of an untouched natural landscape.

Arrangements

ProviderWild Horizons

Duration2 hours

WhenAll year round

WhereVictoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Weathern/a

What to Wear: For a memorable experience, clients are advised to wear the following: · Comfortable attire that provides protection from the sun · Hiking/running shoes · Hair ties (for longer hair) · Warm clothing in winter (April to August) Lockers are available; however, guests are implored to leave valuables at home/the hotel.

What to Bring: Clients are advised to bring the following with them: · Sunscreen · Mosquito repellent. – Camera / Video Cameras.

Guests or Spectatorsn/a

Requirements

Minimum Age0 years

Minimum Height0.0 m

Maximum Height0.0 m

Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement

QualificationsNot Applicable

Maximum Weight0.0 kg

CertificationNone Required

Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Refreshments
Local brand beverages and finger lunch
Transfers from all Victoria Falls hotels within a 5km radius of the jetty are included in the rate.
Parks River Usage Fee of $10.00 per person

Exclusions

Items of a personal nature & gratuities
Transfers outside Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Notes

Departures: Daily

Departure Times
12h00 – 14h30

Duration: 2 hours

 

Bird Watching Safari

Activity Description

Bird Watching Safari – over 130 species have been seen in one day!

Bird Watching Safari, catering for the keen twitcher, our bird watching safari offers tailor-made trips depending on which species are needed to be found. Either by open safari vehicle, by foot or by boat we search for an array of species through a variety of habitats such as Teak and Mopane woodlands, grassland and riverine forest of the Zambezi National Park.

There are a number of diverse habitats in and around the town of Victoria Falls and the surrounding region and over 415 species of birds have been recorded therein. Explore these wild areas, in search of Rock Pratincole, Grey headed Parrot, African Skimmer, White-backed Night Heron, African Finfoot, Collared Palm Thrush, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Western Banded Snake Eagle and more!

For the half day morning safari, tea/coffee, mineral water and sandwiches are provided. For a full day safari, a picnic lunch on the banks of the Zambezi River is included. Please contact us to discuss safari options.

Arrangements

Duration Half day or full day
When All year round
Where Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Weather Weather permitting
What to Wear Comfortable attire that provides sun protection. · Hiking/running shoes · Warm clothing in winter (April to August)
Things to Bring · Sunscreen · Mosquito repellent.
Guests or Spectators No spectators allowed

Requirements

Ages all ages allowed
Fitness Level No Fitness Requirement
Experience Level No Experience Requirement

Inclusions Exclusions

Inclusions For the half day morning safari, tea/coffee, mineral water and sandwiches are provided. For a full day safari, a picnic lunch on the banks of the Zambezi River is included.

Exclusions Items of a personal nature. National Park fees (USD$15.00 pp)

 

Matobo Hills

The Matobo National Park forms the core of the Matobo or Matopos Hills, an area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys commencing some 35 kilometres south of Bulawayo.

The Hills were formed over 2,000 million years ago with molten rock erupting across the landscape — this has eroded to produce smooth ‘whaleback dwalas’ and broken kopjes, strewn with boulders and interspersed with thickets of vegetation.

The Hills cover an area of about 3,100 km², of which 424 km² is National Park, the remainder being largely communal land and a small proportion of commercial farmland. Part of the national park is set aside as a 100 km² game park, which has been stocked with game including black and white rhinoceros.

The area exhibits a profusion of distinctive rock landforms rising above the granite shield that covers much of Zimbabwe. The large boulders provide abundant natural shelters and have been associated with human occupation from the early Stone Age right through to early historical times, and intermittently since. They also feature an outstanding collection of rock paintings.

The Matobo Hills continue to provide a strong focus for the local community, which still uses shrines and sacred places closely linked to traditional, social and economic activities.

The Matobo balancing rocks are the burial place of Cecil John Rhodes. Commanding a vista clear to the horizon, the name ‘World’s View’, could not be more appropriate for this enchanting piece of Zimbabwe.

Local excursions

Game drives and walking safaris can be enjoyed around the nearby Matopos National Park, as well as rhino tracking excursions by vehicle or on foot led by experienced and knowledgeable guides. You can also explore the area’s ancient rock art and discover the rocks that the San People saw as spiritually significant on guided tours, or trek to the grave of Cecil Rhodes, who served as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony in the late 19th century.

 

Gonare Zhou National Park

Gonarezhou is a unique and special place of varied and scenic, rugged beauty and contains hidden secrets for those who know where to look. The ethos of the Park’s tourism is to tread as softly on this landscape as possible, whilst fully immersing oneself in the experience of being in this vast, wild space

Accommodation

The Park offers a variety of accommodation options, from remote wilderness campsites with no facilities to the comfort of the chalets at Swimuwini.

The main focus however remains on immersing oneself in the experience of being in nature through camping.  The three developed campsites, (Chipinda Pools, Chinguli and Mabalauta), have multiple sites at one spot with running water, a braai place, and access to shared ablution blocks with hot water and flushing toilets available.  The exclusive camping sites are the traditional bush experience where you camp in complete privacy, with just a ‘Blair’ toilet and braai area.  You are responsible for providing your own water and to be fully self-sufficient.  There are also a limited number of wilderness campsites in the Park. These sites shift annually depending on the availability of water in the pans in the central area of Gonarezhou where these sites are located.  There are no facilities at these sites, and visitors to these sites need to be aware that they are to leave no trace of their visit on their departure.

The chalets at Swimuwini have recently been refurbished, and offer visitors  a somewhat more comfortable park experience.  Chalets are equipped with solar geysers, lights, fridge/freezers and fully-equipped kitchens.  Cooking takes place on gas stoves or in the portable braai’s available at every unit.

The tented camp at Chipinda Pools is well established and very popular.  Tents are fully furnished, and have a small en-suite bathroom.  Secure kitchen units have a small gas stove and portable fridge/freezer.  As with Swimuwini, all power is solar, and solar geysers supply hot water.

Activities

The main activities on offer in the park include game viewing from vehicles and limited walking.   Some of the main roads in the Park, such as those around Mabalauta and the track down to the Chilojo Cliffs are accessible for 2 x 4 vehicles, but, for travellers who want to venture a bit further off the beaten path a 4 x 4 vehicle is a requirement.  Fishing is available for overnight visitors at specifically designated campsites along the Runde and Mwenezi rivers.

Antelope Park

Antelope Park’s award-winning safari-style accommodation offers a variety of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend, a family holiday, a romantic getaway, a stopover on your overland adventure, a special place to host your celebration or conference with our Antelope Park Events, or an exciting bush stay to enjoy our Antelope Park Experiences – we have accommodation that caters to your requirements and budget.
The lodge and campsite have excellent amenities in a stunning unspoiled environment in a convenient location near Gweru in Midlands Province. They offer self-catering, B&B, half-and full-board options, and serve delicious home-cooked meals in our safari-style restaurant and lovely Coffee Shop and Café.
Our delightful sparkling swimming pool has relaxing sun loungers in a picturesque shady area, and we have spa facilities for a relaxing massage or manicure. Note that we do not have a bar, but you are welcome to BYO. And yes, we also have fast fiber internet at most of our accommodation and in all our communal areas.
Activities involve, elephant interaction, game drive, snake induction, lion enclosure tour, horse rides, canoeing, bird viewing, carriage ride

Chimanimani Adventure

Options                                                                                

Miombo Cottage                                                                 max 6pax

Miombo Cottage is double storey, with the main bedroom downstairs en suite. Upstairs are four single beds, dorm style. The cottage has two bathrooms, lounge with jetmaster fireplace and open plan dining area and kitchen.


Msasa Cottage                                                                    max 2pax

Msasa has a large open verandah and is next door to Miombo. Groups of six or more ideally book Msasa and Miombo – book well in advance to ensure both cottages are available for you.

Mzanje                                                                                   max 3pax

This little cabin has a jetmaster fireplace in the lounge, large kitchen, one shower and loo. Small outside sitting area and stone braai.


Facilities & What to bring

    • Your cottage is fully equipped for Self Catering. The kitchen has both gas and electric cookers and an outside stone braai in the garden. Firewood is supplied for your braai and for the fireplace inside the cottage. However if you are used to lighting charcoal and prefer it, you will need to bring your own. Charcoal is not available in Chimanimani. Fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster and microwave are available but standard.
    • Mobile phone reception is good. Econet, and NetOne. Wifi hotspot is also available.
    • Bring insect repellent for evening times. Chimanimani is considered malaria free but it will be good to just carry a repellent. Mosquito nets are provided over your bed to deter bugs attracted by lights.
    • Bring a torch. Square pin adaptors are available on request.
    • Sheets and towels are provided and your cottage is serviced daily if you wish. You do need to bring your own soaps and shampoo.
    • Chimanimani water is better than drinkable, it is delicious. However, as with most of Zimbabwe the municipal supply remains erratic. The team at Frog & Fern work on a daily basis keeping full tanks at the cottages but we recommend you carry a 5 litre container for your vehicle and/or walks because you may not always find water elsewhere in the village.
    • If you can possibly bring a 4×4 you will be thankful. Frog & Fern is only 2.2km from the tar. Be warned though – there is about 300 metres of road leading up a nasty little  hill to Frog & Fern that will require very careful driving. There are unlimited lovely walks right from your cottage door – so you need not use your vehicle again until departure.
    • Bring your favorite foods, beers and wine. In the village you can buy the absolute basics only. Bring your own braai meat. While beers and soft drinks can be found you are advised to bring your own wine and spirits with you.

activities

  • Haroni Botanical Reserve
  • Muhohwa, Haroni and Mukurupira waterfalls
  • Visit the hut up Chimanimani Mountains
  • Picnic and Camping at Bridal Veil Falls in Eland Sanctuary
  • Visit the Corner
  • Village tours in Chikukwa village
  • Nature walks in the national parks.
  • Visit the Hot springs in Nyanyadzi
  • Visit the Birchenough bridge
  • Mtn hiking
  • Birding
  • Scenic drives
  • River trailing
  • Caves
  • Rock paintings
  • Waterfalls
  • Educational visits to Shoe polish making.
  • Timber making industry.
  • Coffee
  • Tea industry.
  • Five-day hiking trail (Mbira trail )
  • Cultural tours/village walks

Full Day Chobe

Activity Description

Full Day Chobe Trip from Livingstone, Zambia. Enjoy game viewing in this iconic park. Chobe National Park is well known for its large herds of elephant that frequent the Chobe River daily. In the dry season approximately 85 000 elephants can be dispersed within the Chobe National Park, where a vast number can be found along the river. Apart from the elephants, Chobe also has lots more to offer; the Park has lions, leopards, buffalo and a whole host of antelope like sable, puku, kudu, eland, roan and many others which you can view. The river is filled with big pods of hippos and some of the biggest crocodiles in Africa.

This tour leaves daily to the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Clients will be transferred to the Kazungula border where their Botswana guide will meet them. They will proceed straight to the morning cruise where they will spend the morning game viewing along the Chobe River. The tour will end at around 12h30 and clients will go to a hotel on the riverbank for lunch. After lunch, guests will board safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive in the Chobe National Park. Following this they will be taken back to the Kazungula Border where they will be met by their Zimbabwean guide for their return transfer to Victoria Falls.

Arrangements

Duration: 7 hours

When: All year round

Where: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Weather: Weather permitting

What to Wear: For a more memorable experience, clients are advised to wear the following: · Comfortable attire that provides protection from the sun · Hiking/running shoes · Warm clothing in winter (April to August)

What to Bring: Clients are advised to bring the following with them: · Sunscreen · Mosquito repellent

Guests or Spectators: No spectators allowed

Requirements

Minimum Age: 2 years

Minimum Height0.0 m

Maximum Height0.0 m

Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement

QualificationsNot Applicable

Maximum Weight0.0 kg

CertificationNone Required

Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions: Transfer, game drive, boat cruise and lunch

Exclusions

Visas may be required for this tour (for guests’ own account). Chobe National Park entrance fee not included.
Transfers outside Livingstone, Zambia

Notes

07:00 to 07:30 – Guests to be picked up from their hotel and proceed on a 70km journey through the countryside to the Kazungula border.
• 08:30 – Arrival at the Kazungula Border, where guests will exit Zimbabwe/Zambia and enter Botswana. At the border guests will change vehicles and are met by their Botswana guide.
• 08:45 – Once guests have gone through Botswana immigration, they will take a short drive to Chobe Marina Lodge.
• 09:00 to 09:15 – Arrival at the hotel, where guests will have a short bathroom break, and will also be required to fill out the Park Entry form.
• 09:30 – Depart on guests’ first activity; either game drive or boat cruise. If guests would like to go on another activity first, then they would have to specify.
• 12:30 – Return to the hotel for lunch. This will be served either a la carte or buffet style, with a selection of traditional and modern day meals to choose from.
• 13:30 – Depart for guests’ second activity. This will be the activity of which guests will have not done yet. If guests did boat cruise in the morning, then they will do a game drive in the afternoon and vice versa.
• 16:00 – Return from the Park and head back to the Kazungula Border.
• 16:30 – Guests will meet their Wild Horizons bus and are transported back to their hotel.
• 17:30 – Arrive at guests’ hotel.