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Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Holidays Zimbabwe Safari Holidays Vacations

Great Zimbabwe + Matopos Hills + Safari + Vic Falls


ZVA9B
9 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
International flights quoted separately
Journey through this enchanting country with its hidden treasures. See the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe, travel to Camp Amalinda in the spectacular granite hills of the Matopos  & enjoy luxury game viewing at Khulu Ivory Lodge in Hwange. Finish at Victoria Falls Safari Club, with exceptional views over Zambezi National Park. All transfers and game drives included.
Great Zimbabwe Ruins Masvingo Matopos Matopo Hills Bulawayo
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Bulawayo
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Masvingo
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Great Zimbabwe Ruins
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Matopo Hills
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Cecil John Rhodes Grave
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Hwange Game Reserve
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Big-5 Safari
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Victoria Falls
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Zambezi Cruise
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Elephant Back Safari option
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Bulawayo
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Masvingo
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Great Zimbabwe Ruins
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Matopo Hills
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Cecil John Rhodes Grave
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Hwange Game Reserve
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Big-5 Safari
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Victoria Falls
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Zambezi Cruise
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Elephant Back Safari option
Day 1
You will be met at Bulawayo Airport and transferred to your hotel.
 
Check in and relax in the second largest city in Zimbabwe, with its large tree-lined streets and beautiful parks - a legacy of Cecil John Rhodes.
Day 2
You will be collected from your Bulawayo hotel today and transferred 3-hours to Masvingo (formerly know as Fort Victoria) - the gateway to the famous Great Zimbabwe Ruins.
 
Dating from around the 11th century, these iron-age ruins have been the source of much speculation over the years. Built without any mortar, some of the walls are up to 5 metres high and still standing after so many centuries. This is where eight carved birds were found, the image of which is found on the Zimbabwean flag.
Day 3
Today is free to explore the stone buildings that comprise the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the remnants of a great African civilization (pay entrance fee locally).
 
This huge fortress once housed over 25,000 citizens and engaged in trade as far afield as China. Built entirely from stone, without any mortar, the site covers over 1,800 acres (7 sq. km).  View the Acropolis, the Great Enclosure and the Conical Tower, as well as many other structures in these impressive ruins that are the largest and oldest in Southern Africa, and are second only to the Egyptian pyramids.
Day 4
This morning travel 3-hours Bulawayo, with 1-hour onward transfer to beautiful Matobo National Park.
 
The spectacular Matobo Hills are a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations that have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau, through millions of years of erosion and weathering. Check into your lodge and relax in these distinctive granite hills.
Day 5
At leisure to relax and explore on foot the magnificent granite Matopo Hills - a World Heritage site (pay entrance fee locally).
 
You can view ancient San Bushman rock art and enjoy optional rhino tracking, as you follow in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes, who is buried in these hills, and the great king Mzilikazi.
Day 6
A full day on the road today as you transfer 1-hour to Bulawayo, with 5-hour onward transfer to your safari lodge in Hwange National Park, the largest game park in Zimbabwe.
 
Check in, settle in and relax in this remote wildlife area before enjoying a thrilling safari drive in an open top game viewing vehicle accompanied by a lodge ranger. With over 100 different species of mammals, including huge herds of elephants and many predators, a marvellous wildlife experience is guaranteed. The bird life is also outstanding.
Day 7
Today is devoted to game viewing in Hwange National Park, which is the size of Belgium.
 
Rise early to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, as you enjoy a thrilling open top game drive in Hwange National Park with your ranger. Covering a vast area of over 5,600 square miles (14,600 square kilometres) and in close proximity to the arid Kalahari desert, this remote wildlife sanctuary is renowned for its enormous population of elephants, as well as vast herds of buffalo, zebra and giraffe. It is home to many predators including lions, hyena and endangered wild dogs which are thriving in the region.
 
The rest of the morning is free to relax by the lodge swimming pool, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. Enjoy another spectacular African sunset and relax around an open fire, before dining under the stars!
Day 8
This morning we leave Hwange National Park and transfer 3.5-hours to your hotel on the banks of the Zambezi River, near the mighty Victoria Falls.
 
Check in, settle in and relax whilst you catch your first glimpses of the magnificent Smoke That Thunders first discovered by Dr. David Livingstone and still one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The flow of water over the Victoria Falls is greatest from February to June following the summer rains, but they are a magnificent sight at any time of year.
Day 9
Today we recommend exploring the mighty Victoria Falls and its rainforest on foot, with magnificent views (we suggest you take your own raincoat, as those on hire are often well used).
 
Afterwards participate in one of many local optional activities such as a helicopter flight over the falls or an elephant-back safari, or simply relax and enjoy the facilities of your hotel.
 
In the late afternoon we recommend an optional Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River to see hippos, crocodiles and the abundant bird life.
Day 10
Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home.
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