Unique and Luxurious Zimbabwe Safari on June 22, 2015 Share This unique program allows you to explore the highlights of Zimbabwe in luxury including; – A day exploring the ruins of Great Zimbabwe with a specialist private guide – 3 nights at Hwange’s newest and most luxurious camp – 2 nights to explore Victoria Falls followed by a private charter to – Singita Pamushana, Zimbabwe’s most luxurious property. It is known for outstanding guiding and it’s remote, stunning setting in a private concession bordering Gonarezhou National Park. Trip Summary 3 Nights Camp Amalinda (with optional day trip to Great Zimbabwe Ruins) – Matobo Hills National Park 3 Nights Linkwasha Camp – Hwange National Park 2 Nights Victoria Falls River Lodge – Victoria Falls 4 Nights Singita Pamushana – Gonarezhou National Park Days 1- 4: Matobo Hills National Park – Camp Amalinda After arriving in Zimbabwe you start your exploration of this fabulous country with Camp Amalinda in Matobo Hills Camp Amalinda is situated on a small estate just 30 miles from Bulawayo and 10 minutes from Matobo Hills National Park. The granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills are among the most majestic rock sceneries in the world and Amalinda’s unique architecture embraces and incorporates the beautyf of the natural landscape – your room actually feels like you’re in a giant cave! Accommodation consists of nine stunning rock suites, three of which are enormous, making them perfect for families. Camp Amalinda offers lots of activities that celebrate Zimbabwe’s history and culture, making it a perfect introduction to this unique country. Great Zimbabwe Day Trip For guests who want a deeper dive into Zimbabwe’s history, one day at Camp Amalinda can be spent on a day excursion to the world famous Great Zimbabwe ruins. On this excursion you will be joined by guide Paul Hubbard, a specialist in Zimbabwe’s fascinating history. Paul is both a private guide and an Associate Researcher at the Natural History Museum in Bulawayo. This will be a long day but is sure to be a highlight of the trip. Days 4 – 7: Hwange National Park – Linkwasha Camp After three nights at Camp Amalinda you will head for Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s flagship national park and home to one of the highest concentrations of elephants in the world. In the southeastern corner of Hwange National Park, Linkwasha Camp is located within a massive private concession so your game drives, night drives, and bush walks will be wonderfully solitary. Since there is no permanent water system in Hwange, wildlife flock to the pumped waterholes (like the one just in front of camp), particularly during the dry season (June-November), and Hwange is the best place to see the massive herds of elephants. Zimbabwe is known for having Africa’s best-trained guides and the guides at Linkwasha are no exception. The camp itself opened in May of 2015 and boasts an eco and contemporary design while honoring the earthy tones and classic safari camp feel. The tents are enormous with some of the most comfortable beds we’ve ever slept in. The lounges around camp are plush and inviting and the winter lounge is the perfect place to cozy up during the cold winter nights. The service standard is very high and the food is delicious. Days 7 – 9: Victoria Falls – Victoria Falls River Lodge After three nights in Hwange fly to Victoria Falls and spend two nights exploring this Wonder of the World Victoria Falls River Lodge is an attractive lodge situated inside the Zambezi National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River. Each of the 7 tents and 3 family suites are beautifully decorated in modern African style with a European twist. Rooms are air conditioned, spacious, and open plan with great flow between the room and the indoor/outdoor bathrooms. The main draw to the area is the Falls, but Victoria Falls River Lodge offers much more. Activities include game drives, river cruises, picnics and birding. A complimentary transfer into Victoria Falls allows guests to enjoy a host of optional adventure activities. The lodge has a viewing platform high amongst the trees that is a great vantage point to relax and enjoy birding, game viewing, and the tranquility of the Zambezi. In this area you can do all sorts of activities from a relaxing canoe ride on the river to a peaceful sunset cruise, or get your heart racing with an exciting elephant interactions or bungee jumping! And if you want to see the falls from an incredibly breathtaking perspective, try a microlight or helicopter ride. Days 9-13: Gonarezhou National Park – Singita Pamushana After two nights exploring Victoria Falls you will head back out on safari, flying by private charter to the remote and luxurious Singita Pamushana. Singita Pamushana is hands down the most luxurious safari lodge in all of Zimbabwe. It is located within the virtually untouched Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve bordering Gonarezhou National Park. The reserve is home to one of the highest concentrations of black rhino along with the Big 5. Game-viewing in the acacia and baobob woodlands is excellent and the experienced guides are sure to bring you close to the action. Activities at Singita Pamushana include open-vehicle game drives (which can be booked exclusively for your party), night drives, bush walks, community visits, mountain biking, and rock art site visits. The lodge is situated atop a kopje with incredible views over a gorgeous dam below where guests can go fishing and enjoy sundowner cruises. True to Singita’s name, Singita Pamushana is a stunning and luxurious property. Accommodation includes 4 standard suites, 3 family suites (two 2-bedroom, one 3-bedroom), and a 5-bedroom villa. Each suite includes a private infinity pool in addition to two swimming pools and jacuzzi in the main lodge. The rough-hewn architecture and bold and vibrant décor is inspired by the local Shangaan people who have inhabited the region for thousands of years. The food and service here are excellent and guests can utilize the gym and spa facilities as well. Day 13: Depart Today you depart from Singita on a scheduled flight from Buffalo Springs to Johannesburg in time to connect with your international flight home. Price The price for this program ranges from $15,600 to $17,100 per person sharing depending on season. Includes flights between Johannesburg and Zimbabwe (flight rates are provisional and subject to change). Excludes intercontinental flight to Africa. Optional Add-On: $1300 for Specialist Guide Paul Hubbard at Camp Amalinda and trip to Great Zimbabwe.