Day 1: Victoria Falls
On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met and transferred to your accommodation, where you will spend the next two nights. The rest of the day will be at your leisure, to relax beside the pool or participate in in some of the optional activities available.
Overnight: Ilala Lodge or similar (Rooms with private bathroom, pool, restaurant and bar area)
Meals: For client’s own account
Day 2: Victoria Falls
Today you will take a guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls and have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to explore the town or participate in the various optional activities available. In the late afternoon you will enjoy a spectacular sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.
Overnight: Ilala Lodge or similar
Days 3 & 4: Victoria Falls – Lake Kariba
After breakfast you will depart to Victoria Falls Airport, where you will embark on your flight to the Bumi Hills Airstrip. The next two nights will be spent at Bumi Hills where you may enjoy scheduled activities at your leisure. Immerse yourself in this unspoilt part of Africa, and experience a unique, natural spectacle on Lake Kariba which will remain long in memory.
Overnight: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and Spa (Rooms with private bathroom, pool, restaurant, bar area and spa)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Lake Kariba – Hwange
This morning you will have an air transfer to Hwange Airstrip, where you will be met by a guide and transferred to Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Eco-Lodge, which is situated on a private concession in close proximity to Hwange National Park. After lunch and a siesta you will have the option of going on an afternoon game drive, or visit a traditional homestead where the locals will welcome you into their home, and you may experience their lifestyle.
Overnight: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange (Chalets with open-plan bathroom, double basins and outdoor shower, private veranda, fireplace, pool, restaurant and bar area and viewing deck)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Hwange National Park
Today is spent on a game drive in the Hwange National Park, the largest national park in Zimbabwe, covering an area of approx. 14 650 km2. Named after a local chief, Hwange is situated in the northwest corner of the country about one hour south of the Victoria Falls. Due to its close proximity to the Falls, Hwange boasts an incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna, and a plethora of African wildlife. There are over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded here. Specifically, the elephant population in Hwange is considered world famous, as it is one of the largest in the world.
Overnight: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Departure
Enjoy your last breakfast at the lodge before your 2½ hour drive back to Victoria Falls Airport, where you embark on your onward journey.
WISHING YOU A SAFE JOURNEY HOME.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN HWANGE
Painted Dog Conservation Centre
Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, offer complimentary transfers to the Painted Dog Conservation Centre. Please book activities in advance or contact the reception desk.
SPA treatments at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange
60 Minute Deep Tissue Neck & Shoulder Massage
60 Minute Swedish Neck & Shoulder Massage
60 Minute Relaxing Neck & Shoulder Massage
For more information, and additional treatments kindly visit the spa.
Ra-Ikane Luxury Cruise
The Ra-Ikane boat was named after one of David Livingstone’s guides who led him to the Victoria Falls. The boat is handmade and luxuriously finished with teak superstructure, brass fittings and club chairs, providing guests with a taste of Victorian splendour in the heart of Africa. The boat also has a bar and toilet on board.
The cruise is on the Zambezi River, and you will definitely experience a spectacular sunset, natural beauty and many animal sightings. To ensure all guests are satisfied, the boat is staffed with a boat captain, guide, hostess and a waiter.
Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel to Victoria Falls, with the National Park bordering the front lawns of this elegant boutique style property. Spacious rooms lead out to either a balcony or the manicured gardens, offering a view of the spray from the mighty Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls). All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and the in-room amenities include satellite TV, air-conditioning, overhead fan, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, electronic safe and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Palm restaurant gives you the chance to dine under the African stars, whilst enjoying sumptuous cuisine. The crystal clear swimming pool offers a cool respite from the midday sun whilst delicious cocktails await you at the pool bar. Ilala Lodge truly provides distinguished accommodation whilst evoking an ambience of a bygone era.
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and Spa
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge opened its doors in 1975 and is located approximately 60km west of Kariba town and along the southern shore of Lake Kariba. All rooms have a view of the lake and the incredible vistas and each is tastefully decorated. Each room leads out on a veranda and consists of a bath and shower, overhead fan, air conditioning, mini-bar, tea and coffee station. The lodge offers a variety of facilities which all guests can enjoy, including an infinity swimming pool, TV lounge, cocktail bar and wellness spa. Activities on offer include game viewing in open safari vehicles, game walks with a professional guide and game viewing by boat. Bird watching, hide sits and casual fishing are also available. Also the Tonga village cultural experience is available and something well worth including.
Elephant’s Eye, Hwange
Elephant’s Eye, Hwange is located on a 2500 hectare private concession, a mere 13 km away from the entrance to Hwange National Park.
Attention to detail and friendly service in the heart of the African bush will set you at ease as you escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world in immerse yourself in this striking environment. Enjoy the serenity and beautiful views overlooking a busy waterhole frequented by elephants and other resident game, allowing you to feel at one with nature. Spacious, tented en-suite chalets fitted with king/twin beds and decorated in natural hues, provide a comfortable and private abode from the elements. Elephant’s Eye provides a thrilling experience in a natural environment. Personalised service is guaranteed with guides accompanying clients to and from communal areas and chalets ensuring that individual needs are met at all times.
Please note these rates are subject to availability and may change according to the rate of exchange fluctuations.
01 January – 30 March & 01 – 31 December – departures are limited to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.