Gorges 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 as 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 then enjoy our signature cocktail and snacks around the campfire with a 3-course dinner to follow in the elegant main lodge area.


DAY 3: Gorges Lodge and Rainforest

Gorges Lodge

Start the 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.

After your trip into the rainforest, head out to Gorges Lodge (30 mins) for lunch. Built on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, 200 metres above the Zambezi River, Gorges Lodge has spectacular views in a tranquil and remote setting.

After lunch, head back into town and take part in your choice of either an elephant back ride or a helicopter flip over the Falls before heading back to camp
Back at the lodge freshen up before heading to a secret spot within the park for your outdoor bush dinner.


DAY 4: Game Viewing

Early morning wake up with tea or coffee, then a guided walk within the park escorted by a fully licensed and experienced guide to explore the river banks and the wildlife that drink along the river’s edge.

Return to Zambezi Sands for brunch and either a siesta or an hour or two in your private splash pool. After lunch head out in the game viewing vehicle along the banks as the game comes down to quench their thirst.

Head back to the lodge for beverages and aperitifs on the river’s edge and later a 3-course supper outside under the stars.


DAY 5: Camelthorn Lodge

Early morning tea or coffee and breakfast 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 in front of Stoffie’s Pan for sundowners and snacks 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 6:

Early morning tea or 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.

After lunch take a 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 campfire refreshments before your 3-course dinner in the main lodge area and later fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush around you.


DAY 7:

Wake up to the warmth of your own fireplace in your villa while sipping freshly brewed coffee or tea and later enjoy your inviting breakfast in the main lodge area before heading to the nearby Ngamo village for a village and school tour where you will 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 their knowledge and love of the bush with you!

Stop at a watering hole to watch the sun go down with refreshments and snacks before heading back to the lodge to freshen up before your farewell banquet dinner out under the Camelthorn tree.


DAY 8:

Enjoy a farewell sunrise champagne breakfast at our waterhole watching the game come down to drink before heading back & packing up for your charter flight back to Victoria Falls before your final departing flight out of Victoria Falls.

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