THE BEST OF ZIMBABWE

From Harare’s vibrancy to the wilds of Mana Pools, Hwange National Park’s majesty, and Victoria Falls’ awe, this journey honors Zimbabwe’s splendor. Stay in style: 4 nights at Sandalwood Lodge, 3 nights at Nyamatusi Camp, 3 nights at Somalisa Camp, and a final 3 nights at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel. Tee off at Borrowdale Brooke, Royal Harare, Chapman, and Elephant Hills golf courses, with caddies enhancing the challenge against stunning backdrops. Discover Zimbabwe through a Harare city tour, Mana Pools game drives, an elusive “small five” walking safari, and an unforgettable canoeing experience. Try catch-and-release fishing on the Zambezi River. Witness Victoria Falls’ grandeur on a walking tour and dine on a Zambezi River cruise under the stars. The Best of Zimbabwe blends wildlife, adventure, and luxury, creating enduring memories in captivating landscapes and rich culture.

Trip Profile

Duration
14 Days
rounds of golf
4
stops
4

Trip Highlights

  • Harare city tour
  • Morning and evening game drives into Mana Pools
  • Walking safari, looking for the small five in
  • Mana Pools
  • Canoeing
  • A walking tour of the Victoria Falls
  • Dinner cruise on the Zambezi River

Trip Overview

Day 1
On arrival in Harare you will be met and transferred to Sandalwood Lodge, where you’ll spend the next 5 nights. Nestled amidst lush greenery and a peaceful landscape, Sandalwood Lodge is a charming retreat that provides a perfect blend of modern comforts and natural beauty. As you step into the lodge’s welcoming ambiance, you’ll instantly feel at ease. The lodge’s hospitable staff will extend a warm welcome as you check in to your comfortable room or suite, ensuring that your stay is nothing short of exceptional. Each room is tastefully decorated and equipped with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay.
In the evening, dine at the lodge’s restaurant, where you can indulge in a delectable meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients, offering a taste of Zimbabwe’s culinary delights.

Day 2
Golf at Borrowdale Brooke
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the lodge’s restaurant, which features a wide selection of dishes to cater to your preferences. Following your meal, embark on a golfing adventure at the picturesque Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club. This renowned golf course is not only challenging but also offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The lush fairways and manicured greens make for an unforgettable golfing experience.
After your golf game, return to Sandalwood Lodge, where you can unwind by the sparkling pool or take a leisurely stroll in the lodge’s serene gardens. The lodge’s lush green surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Conclude the day with a delightful dinner at the lodge’s restaurant, where you can savor a gourmet meal in a cozy and intimate setting.

Day 3
Golf at Royal Harare
After a satisfying breakfast, you’ll head out to the prestigious Royal Harare Golf Club for another exciting round of golf. The Royal Harare Golf Club is known for its rich history and impeccably maintained course, offering a challenging yet enjoyable game of golf. The course is surrounded by mature trees and offers a tranquil atmosphere for golf enthusiasts.
Upon your return to Sandalwood Lodge, you can enjoy lunch and leisure time. You may choose to explore Harare’s attractions or simply unwind in the peaceful surroundings of the lodge. In the evening, savor another delicious dinner at the lodge’s restaurant, where you can sample a variety of culinary delights.

Day 4
Golf at Chapman
Your morning begins with a leisurely breakfast, preparing you for a day of golf at Chapman Golf Club. This golf course is renowned for its challenging layout and serene ambiance. Surrounded by nature and featuring well-maintained fairways, Chapman Golf Club offers a memorable golfing experience for players of all levels.

Following your golfing adventure, return to Sandalwood Lodge for lunch and relaxation. You can take advantage of the lodge’s amenities, which may include spa services, or explore the local area to discover hidden gems. Wrap up the day with a memorable dinner at the lodge’s restaurant, where you can enjoy the culinary creations prepared by the lodge’s talented chefs.

Day 5
Your day begins with a leisurely breakfast at Sandalwood Lodge in Harare, Zimbabwe. As you relish your meal, take in the tranquil surroundings, preparing yourself for the exciting adventure that awaits.

After breakfast, your journey continues as you’re transferred to Harare’s airport. The anticipation builds as you approach the private charter flight that will whisk you away to Nyamatusi in Mana Pools. The flight itself is an experience, offering stunning aerial views of Zimbabwe’s landscapes. As you descend towards Nyamatusi, the mighty Zambezi River comes into view, meandering through the wilderness.

Upon arrival at Nyamatusi, you’re greeted with warm hospitality and a welcome that immerses you in the untamed beauty of Mana Pools. The camp itself is a luxurious oasis, offering elegant accommodations in spacious safari tents. You have time to settle in, unwind, and take in the surroundings. The camp’s central area offers a cozy lounge, a refreshing pool, and dining facilities that ensure your comfort and relaxation.

Evening: As the sun sets, gather around the campfire for pre-dinner drinks and captivating stories from your guides. The star-studded African sky provides the backdrop to your first night in this remote wilderness. Dinner is a culinary delight, showcasing both local and international flavors

Day 6
Wake up to the harmonious sounds of the wild, a symphony of birdsong and rustling leaves. Your morning is filled with the promise of adventure. You have the option to embark on a guided walking safari, led by expert guides who share their knowledge of the environment and its inhabitants. Walking through the wilderness offers a unique and intimate connection to the land.

Alternatively, you may choose a game drive in specially designed vehicles that bring you closer to the majestic wildlife of Mana Pools. The region is known for its elephants, buffalo, and lions, and you may be fortunate enough to spot these magnificent creatures.

In the afternoon, set out on a guided canoeing adventure along the Zambezi River. Drift gently along the river’s edge, witnessing wildlife from a different perspective. The tranquility of the river and the close encounters with hippos and crocodiles make for an unforgettable experience.

Evening: Return to camp for a well-deserved break. Enjoy refreshing drinks and share your experiences with fellow travelers. Dinner is a culinary journey that tantalizes your taste buds and nourishes your spirit.

Day 7
Each day in the wilderness brings new discoveries. Morning may find you setting off on another exhilarating game drive or a guided nature walk. With the help of your experienced guides, you’ll track wildlife and learn about their behavior, enhancing your understanding of the intricacies of the natural world.

Mana Pools is a haven for diverse bird species, so keep your binoculars handy to spot these avian wonders. Elephants, in particular, are a common sight, and you may have the chance to observe them in their natural habitat.

In the afternoon, you have the option to visit a local village, gaining insight into the culture and traditions of the indigenous communities that call this region home. This cultural exchange provides a deeper connection to the land and its people.

Evening: Back at the camp, the evening unfolds with aperitifs around the campfire. Share stories of your wildlife encounters and cultural experiences. Dinner is a delightful blend of flavors, served under the vast African sky.

Day 8
On your final morning at Nyamatusi, relish a leisurely breakfast. The serene ambiance of the wilderness permeates every moment, and breakfast offers a chance for reflection and appreciation.

After your meal, it’s time to say goodbye to the beauty of Mana Pools. You board a charter flight that takes you from this wilderness oasis to Hwange National Park. As the camp disappears from view, you carry with you the memories of the majestic Zambezi, the encounters with wildlife, and the captivating experiences that Nyamatusi provided. Y

You will fly to Somalisa Safari Camp at Hwange National Park. You settle into your spacious and beautifully appointed tented accommodation, seamlessly blending with the natural surroundings. Each tent features comfortable beds and en-suite facilities, ensuring a pleasant stay.
Evening: After a refreshing shower and some relaxation time, you join fellow guests for a delectable dinner in the camp’s dining area. Here, you can enjoy local and international cuisine while discussing your upcoming safari adventures with the knowledgeable guides and other guests.

Day 9
Morning: You wake up early for a morning game drive. Hwange National Park is renowned for its diverse wildlife, and your expert guide takes you deep into the park to search for elephants, lions, buffalo, and other incredible animals. The morning light is perfect for photography.
Midday: You return to the camp for a hearty brunch, and you can spend your leisure time relaxing in your tent or at the camp’s comfortable lounge area.
Afternoon: In the afternoon, you have the option to go on another game drive or take a guided bush walk. Walking safaris provide a unique perspective on the park’s flora and fauna, allowing you to get closer to smaller creatures and learn about the park’s ecology.
Evening: You return to camp as the sun sets, and you enjoy a sumptuous dinner under the starry African sky, recounting the day’s wildlife sightings with fellow guests.

Day 10
Morning: Another early morning game drive awaits, giving you another opportunity to witness the park’s incredible wildlife, perhaps even some elusive predators on the hunt.
Midday: After brunch, you may have the option to visit the local village to interact with indigenous communities and learn about their way of life, contributing to responsible tourism and community engagement.
Afternoon: You can choose to relax at the camp, enjoying a siesta or lounging by the pool, or you can embark on a guided nature walk to explore the smaller details of Hwange’s ecosystem.
Evening: As night falls, you gather around the campfire for storytelling and stargazing, a perfect way to end your day of adventure.

Day 11
Morning: On your last morning at Somalisa Camp, you can choose to go on one final game drive or relax at the camp, taking in the serene surroundings.
Midday: After brunch, it’s time to bid farewell to the camp staff and your fellow guests. You check out and will be transferred to the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel.
Check in to the grand Victoria Falls Hotel, set right on the edge of the falls for 2 nights.
In the local language, the Falls is known as Mosi-Oa-Tunya, translating as ‘the smoke that thunders’. Few natural wonders can match the spectacle as the mighty Zambezi river takes a sharp plunge into the abyss some 400 meters below. So abundant is the display of nature’s raw power at Victoria Falls, that it prompted David Livingstone to exclaim in 1855, “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. Not surprisingly, the largest curtain of falling water on earth is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Falls can also be accessed via private path from the hotel.

Day 12
After breakfast, you will be transferred to play 18 holes of golf at Elephant Hills Golf Club (Includes Green Fee, Shared Cart and Halfway House).

After golf you’ll be taken to Victoria Falls for an up, close and personal encounter with this legendary phenomena on foot. With your knowledgeable guide, experience epic views of one of the world’s largest waterfall and explore the vast gorge where the roaring Zambezi River plunges into. Visit ‘The Big Tree,’ the rainforest trails and the incredible flora as well as sites like the Devil’s Cataract at the end of the Chain Walk.

Day 13
Todays your last full day and you have a wide choice of activities to choose from that you can either book up with us in advance or wait until you are out there to decide.

For adventure seekers, thrilling activities abound, from white-water rafting and zip-lining to bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge. Helicopter and microlight flights provide aerial panoramas of the falls and surrounding landscape. Explore the Zambezi River with sunset cruises, where you might spot wildlife like elephants, crocodiles, and hippos.Cultural experiences include visiting the nearby town of Victoria Falls and the local craft markets. For nature enthusiasts, guided safaris in Zambezi National Park offer a chance to encounter Africa’s wildlife. Victoria Falls is not just a sight to behold; it’s a destination of diverse adventures and natural wonders.

Late afternoon, you will be transferred for a scenic sunset cruise on the Zambezi river, aboard the luxurious “Malachite” vessel. Amuse bouche and snack platters are served while the sun sinks below the shimmering surface of the Zambezi. It’s a great photo opportunity from the upper deck and the possibility of spotting wild game like crocodiles, hippos and elephants, apart from the many different bird species, are plenty. After the sun has sunk below the river line, a seven course dinner made from locally sourced, fresh ingredients is served on the lower deck of the vessel, exemplifying the hallmarks of exquisite cuisine prepared on board by the two chefs. Time seems to stand still as the boat gently glides along to the sound of water lapping up against her sides. Far removed from the glare of city lights and noise, the moon and stars shine brightly in the sky and an atmosphere of mystery and romance envelopes the evening’s experience.

Day 14
The final day of your African golfing adventure at Victoria Falls is bittersweet, marked by fond memories and a touch of nostalgia. After a leisurely breakfast at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel, you’ll check out and be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home. As you leave the hotel, you’ll have a final opportunity to take in the beauty of the area, with the mist rising from the falls possibly creating a rainbow to bid you a colorful farewell. During the drive to the airport, you can reflect on the exceptional golf courses, exciting wildlife encounters, and the awe-inspiring scenes that have become cherished memories.

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