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Zimbabwe Safari Holidays…

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The majesty of Victoria Falls.

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Zimbabwe Safari Holidays…

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Stay at superb private lodges deep in the wilds.

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Mana Pools on foot, by canoe and open vehicle.

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Zimbabwe Safari Holidays…

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See 20,000 elephants on Hwange's rich plains.

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Until 2001 it was seen as one of the finest countries for a top quality wilderness experience. The guides were the best in Africa, and the Zambezi River, the open plains of Hwange and the unique Kariba shoreline were settings for enthralling game viewing adventures. The political chaos of the last eight years saw a drop in tourism and the closure of many lodges and camp5s.

Yet it is now ready to welcome tourists again and we think that as soon as political change happens it will quickly revive as one of Africa’s most exciting destinations. There are still tens of thousands of elephants and vast numbers of plains game in Hwange with almost no-one to see them. Herds of buffalo, carefully protected rhinoceros and prides of lion roam the Kariba shoreline watched by pods of yawning hippo and crocodiles which lurk menacingly in the semi-submerged tree lines. Paddling and drifting down the Lower Zambezi for a few days on a canoe remains an unforgettable adventure, while the Chimanimani Highlands are some of the best for walking in Africa.

A number of Zimbabwe’s best camps are still running and are set to thrive as tourists return. Makololo Plains is a luxury tented camp deep in southern Hwange, almost besieged by elephants as the long dry season advances. At Ruckomechi you can enjoy walking and thrilling game drives in the dreamlike landscapes of Mana Pools as well as sunset boat rides on the Zambezi, and in Kariba Steve Edwards superb little Musango Camp is now joined by a reopened five star Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. And of course that Grand Old Lady, the Victoria Falls Hotel with her classic courtyards and red tiled roof, established in 1904 – still the best place to admire the mile wide waterfall.

So, if you want to beat the rush back to this magnificent destination, call Africa Exclusive and we’ll organise a magical fly in safari. The camps and lodges are running well, the wildlife is in great condition, the infrastructure works and the patient and friendly people will welcome you with open arms.

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Zimbabwe Highlights

These are just a few of the experiences you can enjoy on your adventure with Africa Exclusive. Contact us now to plan your perfect holiday.

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Regions of Zimbabwe

Hwange

The Hwange National Park, formerly known as Wankie, was once home to the nomadic San Bushmen and the warrior king Mzilikazi. Founded by a young game ranger called Ted Davidson, it was declared a national park in 1929 and is now the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe - covering an area of 5,600 square miles (about the same size as Belgium). It lies to the west of Zimbabwe between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, which is a mere two hours drive away. Hwange has a good infrastructure with roads, shops and even an airport however it is not touristy and offers a fantastic wilderness experience.

Lying close to the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the region has little water with sparse, xerophile vegetation. It is a place of extreme contrasts. During the dry months the park is very inhospitable with crusted and cracked salt pan landscapes. The animals are helped by 60 man-made waterholes which provide them with much needed water until the rains arrive bringing new growth. Despite these harsh conditions the park is home to 105 species of animals, including 19 herbivores and eight carnivores. This protected area is also inhabited by one of the largest surviving groups of African wild dog and it is a bird lover’s paradise with over 400 species including 50 different types of raptor and huge numbers of the ground dwelling Kori Bustard. The elephant population has thrived in Hwangwe and the population exceeds that which is naturally supported in the area.

Hwange combines well with contrasting Victoria Falls offering superb game viewing with the thrills of the falls. It is also a great destination for horse riding safaris – being the first national park in Africa to allow riding.

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Hwange

The Hwange National Park, formerly known as Wankie, was once home to the nomadic San Bushmen and the warrior king Mzilikazi. Founded by a young game ranger called Ted Davidson, it was declared a national park in 1929 and is now the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe - covering an area of 5,600 square miles (about the same size as Belgium). It lies to the west of Zimbabwe between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, which is a mere two hours drive away. Hwange has a good infrastructure with roads, shops and even an airport however it is not touristy and offers a fantastic wilderness experience.

Lying close to the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the region has little water with sparse, xerophile vegetation. It is a place of extreme contrasts. During the dry months the park is very inhospitable with crusted and cracked salt pan landscapes. The animals are helped by 60 man-made waterholes which provide them with much needed water until the rains arrive bringing new growth. Despite these harsh conditions the park is home to 105 species of animals, including 19 herbivores and eight carnivores. This protected area is also inhabited by one of the largest surviving groups of African wild dog and it is a bird lover’s paradise with over 400 species including 50 different types of raptor and huge numbers of the ground dwelling Kori Bustard. The elephant population has thrived in Hwangwe and the population exceeds that which is naturally supported in the area.

Hwange combines well with contrasting Victoria Falls offering superb game viewing with the thrills of the falls. It is also a great destination for horse riding safaris – being the first national park in Africa to allow riding.

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Your firm did a very good job. At the camps we were given questionnaires asking how we liked our stay, and we were listed as UK citizens on the forms, I guess because we used a UK agency.  When we told the camp directors we were American they asked why we would use a UK agency.  I told them because you were the best for a trip to Africa!

Gary Ellis, USA

We have now returned home from our African adventure and would like to send a big THANK YOU to Africa Exclusive. We had the most amazing holiday, far beyond our wildest dreams and will remember it as a trip of a lifetime.

Helen Bowker, UK

We got back home yesterday after the most fantastic trip to Botswana that one could imagine.  Everything worked well and the various organisations looking after us were extremely efficient so that our travel and accommodation arrangements could not have been better organised - and the people of Botswana are lovely.  For us it really was the holiday of a lifetime.  Worth every penny.

Bryan Bates, UK

As regular visitors to Africa with Africa Exclusive, we’ve been constantly drawn back to the varied animal and bird watching, the landscapes and the ways of life.

David and Sue Morley, UK

You have given us so much more than we ever had the right to expect. This was the perfect holiday in every sense - exciting, comfortable, educational, brilliant fun, a wonderful itinerary and every last detail organised and delivered to perfection. I do hope you all have the time and the opportunity to enjoy the sort of life enriching experience you have just given to us

George and Diana Kenning, UK
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Luxury safari pricing guide

We aim to provide you with your ideal holiday, individually designed just for you and expertly organised. When you book with us you receive this perfectly designed holiday, travel advice and preparation, flawless organisation of the trip, ATOL financial protection and our 25 years’ experience. Because we have excellent confidential rates with lodges and airlines, the price of your holiday will be generally the same as you would pay were you to somehow book all the lodges, transfers and flights yourself.

There is a world of difference between one of our tailormade safaris and most package holidays printed in a brochure. Package holidays are usually designed to be as cheap as possible and of course involve large numbers of people doing the same thing. Our safaris use small, more exclusive and remote camps usually with guests flying in, and often virtually everything is included in the price. The experience is completely different.

Many of these small lodges and camps have broadly similar prices, and it is possible to arrange a superb two week safari for between £4,000 to £7,000 per person ($7,000 – $11,000) season dependant, all inclusive. Realistically it is difficult to reduce that figure, and by including Botswana in peak season, chartering a private plane, disappearing to some magical desert island, or flying at the front of the plane it’s easy to substantially increase that figure!