Zambezi Sands Tented Lodge

DAY 1: Zambezi Sands

Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport where your Zimbabwean Safari experience begins. You will be met by our Imvelo shuttle vehicle for your road transfer to Zambezi Sands on the banks of the thundering wild waters of the Zambezi River, inside Zambezi National Park (1 hour).

Settle into your luxury tent and then head out on a late afternoon game drive, stopping off at a scenic spot to watch the sunset with sundowners and mouthwatering canapés.

Night drive back to the lodge followed by a superb 3-course meal out under the stars before retiring to your tent and falling asleep while the river rushes past.


DAY 2:

Enjoy early morning tea or coffee on your private deck overlooking the river followed by a sumptuous breakfast on the riverbank outside the main lodge.

Guests will pack day packs and head out with their guide for a game drive and walk, exploring this beautiful part of the national park. Stop off at one of our picturesque picnic spots for a delicious packed lunch and siesta before taking a slow drive back to the lodge in the afternoon.

Once back in camp relax for an hour or two in your private splash pool watching the game and birdlife on the river’s edge and in the evening head out on a game drive within the park, stopping for evening drinks and nibbles on the river bank.

Return to Zambezi Sands for alfresco bush showers, congregating afterward around the campfire with a 3-course dinner to follow in the elegant main lodge area


DAY 3: Elephant Ride or Helicopter Trip

Start your day with a tasty early morning breakfast and then pack a day pack for your all-day trip into Victoria Falls town where you will be taken on a guided tour of Zimbabwe’s foremost attraction – the’Falls’. “The smoke that thunders” remains one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. This will be followed by curio shopping at the craft village.

A packed picnic lunch will be provided for you and after lunch take part in your choice of either an elephant back ride or a helicopter flip over the Falls before heading back to camp in time for a guided walk in the park stopping along the river banks for refreshments, game viewing and to watch the unsurpassed beauty of a Zimbabwean sunset.

Freshen up and then enjoy your 3-course dinner in the main lodge area right in the heart of the African bush.


DAY 4: Camelthorn Lodge

Early morning tea or coffee on your private deck followed by breakfast in the main lodge and then pack up for your scenic road transfer to Camelthorn Lodge on the edge of Hwange National Park, famed for its large elephant herds! (5 hours).

Once at Camelthorn, settle into your forest villa and then enjoy a rejuvenating lunch underneath the lodge’s namesake tree in front of the main dining area.
Afternoon game drive into Hwange National Park ending up at our unique underground blind at Stoffie’s Pan for sundowners and canapés and rare moments with nature.
Night drive back to the lodge and then a delectable 3-course dinner out under the African sky followed by coffee, hot chocolate, or a nightcap around the campfire.


DAY 5:

Wake up to the warmth of your own fireplace in your villa while sipping freshly brewed coffee or tea and later enjoy your delicious breakfast in the main lodge area before heading to the nearby Ngamo village for a village and school tour where you will be able to see some of Imvelo’s community initiative projects.

Return to Camelthorn for lunch and then later in the afternoon a game drive and walk in Hwange National Park’s acacia forests surrounding Ngamo Plains, escorted by a fully licensed and experienced guide, who will share his knowledge and love of the bush with you.

Stop at a watering hole to watch the sun go down with beverages and aperitifs before heading back to the lodge to freshen up before dinner.
Dinner in the main lodge area and later fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush around you.


DAY 6:

Early morning tea of coffee and then guests pack day packs for a full day trip into the park for our one-of-a-kind‘ pump run’ with a picnic and siesta under the trees at Mfagazaan Pan. Imvelo’s trademark pump runs combine game viewing in remote areas of the park with practical hands-on conservation. Guests can assist their guide with day-to-day maintenance at the borehole pumps which are the heartbeat of Hwange National Park and its wildlife.

Leisurely afternoon game drive back to the lodge going from Pan to Pan, weaving our way between the throngs of jostling elephant that come pouring in for the fresh water. It makes for a fun, memorable, and extremely rewarding day.

Showers or bubble baths and then enjoy our signature campfire cocktail before your farewell banquet dinner out under the Camelthorn tree.


DAY 7:

After morning tea or coffee on your private deck, explore the wilderness one more time on foot, taking a guided early morning walk and then game drive back to the lodge before an inviting breakfast and packing up to catch your charter flight over the exceptional Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls in time to connect with your departing flight.

Come and join us on the adventure of a lifetime and an experience like no other!


PLEASE NOTE FOR ALL PACKAGES:

Rates include national park entry fees
Rates for packages that include air transfers are for a minimum of 2 people and these rates are subject to change without prior notice
Children 12 and under – 50%
Some activities are provided through 3rd party suppliers and may be subject to change