12 Days Budget Zimbabwe Safari Holiday
12 Days Budget Zimbabwe Safari Holiday
Nothing can compare with waking up to hear a lion roar in the distance or getting a close up view of elephant herds wandering through the bush, so it’s hard to put a price tag on such an unforgettable experience. The reality is that going on a safari in a private lodge will probably take up a significant chunk of your holiday budget. And yet, we are 100% certain that you’ll leave your safari thinking that it was completely worth the cost, but with our African safari experts onsite we will tailor you perfect budget friendly Zimbabwe safari.
- Mana pools national park
- Matobo national park
- Hwange national park
- Victoria falls
Detailed safari itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Harare international airport
Upon arrival in Harare international airport our guide will receive you and transfer you to your perfect budget accommodation for relaxation and overnight.
Day 2: Drive from Harare to Mana pools national park
After morning breakfast your guide will pick you up and start your drive to Mana pools national park, Mana Pools are former channels of the Zambezi River, and on-going geological processes present a good example of erosion and deposition by a large seasonal river including a clear pattern of plant succession on its alluvial deposits. While black rhino has disappeared since the property’s inscription, huge herds of elephant and buffalo, followed by zebra, waterbuck, and many other antelope species and their associated predators including lion and hyena migrate to the area each year during the dry winter months. The river is also famous for its sizable numbers of hippopotamus and Nile crocodiles.
Day 3: Full day game drives and walking safari in Mana pools national park
The first morning in Mana, you’ll spend time familiarizing yourself. Explore Mana’s limited road network as your driver drives you to get the lay of the land. The suggested route is up the river road, and back along Zebra Vlei road stopping in at a long pool for hippo and crocodile spotting. Your lunch will be taken back at camp as you rest from the heat of the day.
At 15:30 pm you will go for your first walk accompanied by an armed ranger. Walking at Mana is an immersive experience where you see so much more than you would when driving. Bugs and birds, sounds and smells are not hidden behind automotive glass. Photographers and birders are unconstrained by the confines of a vehicle to compose their photos or identify their lifers.
Day 4: Drive back to Harare
You will break camp and drive back to Harare where you settle into the comfortable surroundings at the Guest House. We will make provision for the next part of your trip.
Day5: Drive from Harare to Matobo National Park
You’ll enjoy a 4×4 transfer down the spine of Zimbabwe’s watershed region to the amazing Matobo National Park. Here you will be accommodated at the luxury Big Cave Camp, situated amongst the “balancing rocks”. Soak the scenery and enjoy a meal in the dining room with a massive granite boulder as a wall.
Day 6: Explore Matobo National Park
After a delicious breakfast, you’ll head down to view the ancient cave paintings, the grave of Cecil Rhodes, or arrange a guided walk to Rhino with an armed ranger. The activities costs are not included in rate and will be charged separately. Then retire to Bid Cave for another delicious dinner followed by star-gazing and a good night’s sleep.
Day 7: Drive from Matobo national park to Hwange National Park
Today is a road trip through Bulawayo along the scenic road to Hwange National Park. You’ll experience the wide expanse of Africa along both sides of the open road and the blue skies above. You will renew your optimism about the world.
Day 8: Drive to Robin’s camp
You’ll rise up early for a full day’s drive from Main Camp, through the heart of Hwange National Park, to Robin’s camp in the northwest of the park. This will be a game-viewing and scenic drive that will take most of the day. You will stop at waterholes along the route for lunch and photo opportunities.
Day 9: Full day game drives in Hwange national park
After lovely night in your tent you will enjoy breakfast at your campsite and head out for a game drive in the park this game drive will give you an opportunity to encounter African wildlife in this true Zimbabwean wildlife sanctuary some of the wildlife to look out for include elephants, Rhinos, buffalos, Leopard, lions, giraffe and Zebras and later return to the lodge for relaxation and later in the evening you will again head out for yet another game drive in search of more wildlife and birds.
Day 10: Drive from Hwange to Victoria falls
After a hearty breakfast, our driver will drive you through the beautiful Matetsi Safari Area to Victoria Falls. It is home to one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and Africa’s adventure capital.
Day 11: Explore Vic Falls
Today is your day to do “your” thing in Vic Falls be it rafting, bungee diving, zip-lining, helicopter tours, or croc cage diving, Vic Falls has it all. Alternatively, you could enjoy the delicious craft brewery and restaurants and end the day with a sundowner river cruise all these activities will be optional for clients to decide.
Day 12: Fly Home
Depending on your flight schedule our guide will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your onward journey.
Tour includes will be provided upon making an Enquiry with our experts.
- International flight
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guides and hotels
- Zimbabwe tourist Visa
When to book this safari package
6 months to 1 year in advance.
Best to explore Zimbabwe for wildlife safari
Despite a longstanding reputation for abundant wildlife and spectacular natural beauty, Zimbabwe—bounded by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, and Mozambique, and home to 11 national parks and the best time is during the dry season from June to October.