Zimbabwe Beyond the Rainbow
10 days from $7,695 per person
* Prices are in US dollars, based on double occupancy.
The Highlights of Zimbabwe Beyond The Rainbow
Beyond the magical rainbows of thundering Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe will enthrall you with its excellent game viewing, and enchant you with its warm hospitality. Explore the grandeur of the world’s largest curtain of falling water; then, fly off to safari in the pristine Hwange and Mana Pools National Parks. From your fully-appointed tented camps, watch the parade of wildlife come down to drink. Cap your evenings with unmatched stargazing and lively storytelling around your campfire.
Explore the misty trails of UNESCO’s Victoria Falls, the world’s largest falling curtain of water.
Discover the adventure of boating and canoeing on the Zambezi River in UNESCO’s Mana Pools National Park.
Experience the large herds of elephants in remote Hwange National Park.
Enjoy unmatched stargazing and lively storytelling around your campfire.
1. Peermont D'oreale Grande
South Africa, Johannesburg
D'oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace, conveniently located next to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport, offers luxurious comfort, elegant furnishing, and classic décor with state-of-the-art facilities. A complimentary shuttle service is readily accessible to facilitate transfers to and from the airport. The hotel features beautifully designed rooms and suites with air-conditioning, multi-channel satellite TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. The en-suite bathroom has a shower over the bath and a spacious vanity. Other amenities include a hairdryer, key-pad safe, radio, and an electronically stocked minibar. Dine at Aurelia's restaurant, indulge your senses at the health and beauty spa, or sip on a cocktail while watching the African sunset.
2. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is set on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park and only a few minutes from the majestic Victoria Falls. The lodge prides itself on hospitality, rivaled only by the uninterrupted views and magnificent sunsets. All the en-suite bedrooms feature a private balcony, with views of the African bush and a central waterhole. The rooms are equipped with digital safes, direct dial telephones, air conditioning, hairdryers, fans, minibar refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, and wireless internet access. The main lodge has a swimming pool, TV lounge with satellite link and a library. Dining options are varied and cater to your mood and appetite. MaKuwa-Kuwa is an à la carte restaurant with spectacular views overlooking the waterhole, while the Boma offers a unique African experience including traditional dancers, an interactive drumming show and mouth-watering local and international dishes every evening. The Buffalo Bar has its own game viewing platform and the pool deck serves a snack menu.
3. Little Makalolo Camp
Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park
Little Makalolo is a small intimate camp in the heart of Hwange National Park. The spacious en-suite tents have both indoor and outdoor showers and is solar powered, ensuring a lighter environmental footprint. Teak walkways lead to the central camp area which includes the dining room, lounge, plunge pool and an open fire pit for evening fireside tales under the stars. During siesta hours, enjoy up-close wildlife viewing from the log pile hide that overlooks the waterhole in front of the camp. Makalolo is one of the best areas for seeing impressive herds of buffalo and elephant as well as lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah. Bird life in the area is abundant and varied. Activities center on open 4x4 game drives and guided nature walks throughout the Makalolo concession. A visit to a nearby village offers an authentic cultural interaction and a Star Bed on a raised platform overlooking the wildlife-rich Madison Pan completes the experience.
4. Ruckomechi Camp
Zimbabwe, Mana Pools National Park
Ruckomechi Camp lies in the heart of remote Mana Pools National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River, with spectacular views of the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment. The spacious en-suite tents have both indoor and outdoor showers, heated by solar geysers. The central dining, bar, library and lounge areas are connected to the rest of the camp by low-level walkways that minimize their environmental impact. During siesta hours, cool off in the camp’s infinity pool and in the evening, gather on the star gazing deck for a convivial evening around the fire. Another favorite with guests is the outdoor “bath with a view” in a secluded, scenic spot. Wildlife viewing takes place in open 4x4 vehicles, motorized pontoon boats, in hides, canoes and on guided nature walks led by a professional ranger. A romantic Star Bed, situated near a productive waterhole completes your safari experience.
Day 1. Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa
With a warm welcome upon your arrival, you’ll be assisted with your transfer to your well-appointed airport hotel.
Peermont D'oreale Grande
Day 2. Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Fly to Victoria Falls and melt into the rhythm of Africa as you sip refreshing sundowners aboard a boat cruise on the Zambezi River. Look out for elephants as they make their way to the riverbank for their last drink, before settling down for the night. (BD)
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Day 3. Victoria Falls
Marvel at "the Smoke that Thunders" as you feel the mist of more than 100 million gallons of water per minute crashing through the channels of Victoria Falls. Walk through the rainforest and linger at various vantage points along the mile-plus-long stretch of falls. (BLD)
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Day 4. Victoria Falls / Hwange National Park
Fly from the rainbows of Victoria Falls to the "land of the giants", Hwange National Park. Known for its herds of elephants roaming the open grasslands and more than one hundred animal species, Hwange is Zimbabwe's largest game reserve. (BLD)
Little Makalolo Camp
Day 5. Hwange National Park
Kick off your day with a game drive to one of the many bustling pans, and photograph families of elephant, zebra and grazing buffalo. Before the brilliant orange sun drops below the horizon, set out with your ranger to observe the nocturnal menagerie emerge - the lesser bush babies, spring hares, spotted hyena and the lioness on the hunt.
Little Makalolo Camp
Day 6. Hwange National Park
Spend the morning in a log-pile hide and watch the parade of animals as they come down to quench their thirst at the waterhole. Sleep under the stars on a star bed for the ultimate wilderness experience. (BLD)
Little Makalolo Camp
Day 7. Hwange National Park / Mana Pools National Park
Follow the elephants and fly to the remote heart of the Zambezi River Valley and Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tucked amid the acacia trees overlooking the Zambezi River, your tented camp has sweeping views of the mountains of the Great Rift Valley. (BLD)
Day 8. Mana Pools National Park
Meet your captain and take to the river for a wildlife cruise down the Zambezi River. Looking for more adventure? Paddle your own canoe; your lead ranger will be sure to steer you clear of any hippos along the way. This evening, gather around the campfire with your hosts, and be regaled by Zimbabwe’s treasured tales. (BLD)
Day 9. Mana Pools National Park
Savor another full day of game viewing. Perhaps take a guided walk with your knowledgeable ranger. Sit quietly in a hide and observe the ever-changing wildlife interactions. If you’re lucky, you may spot a western banded snake-eagle. Tonight, raise a glass to your adventures. (BLD)
Day 10. Mana Pools National Park / Depart
Soak up the peace and calm of your last morning on safari. Transfer to your flight to Harare and your onward travel arrangements. (B)
Land Arrangements (Price per person)
**Surcharges Apply .
Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)
Johannesburg – Victoria Falls, Harare – Johannesburg