Wild Zimbabwe Eco-Safari

Wild Zimbabwe Eco-Safari
Wild Zimbabwe Eco-Safari
Wild Zimbabwe Eco-Safari

Explore Zimbabwe from the thundering Victoria Falls to the game-rich Hwange National Parks, immerse yourself in a country that has pioneered some of the most successful sustainable wildlife programs in Africa. End in the remote and beautiful Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site, where exploring on foot, canoes and vehicles is the order of the day. You will return with a better understanding of the wildlife/tourism balance and a sense of accomplishment knowing that you played your small part in the protection of Africa's wildlife.

LOW IMPACT ECO-SAFARI
Purpose Built Camps that offer all the comfort without the unnecessary cost and frills for a more sustainable and affordable safari without compromising, in fact improving, the safari experience. What does this mean?
Camps that combine the authenticity of the past, the comforts of today and a future-thinking Eco-awareness that is essential in today's modern safari environment.
Camps that feature iconic canvas tents, cooling plunge pools and communal bars and dining areas and reading nooks.
Camps that consciously forgo certain conveniences like hairdryers and air-conditioning, and rely on alternative energy such as solar to lighten our load on the planet.
Low energy consuming appliances and lights.
No permanent fixtures so a camp's footprint can be rehabilitated in as little as 18 months if necessary.

Quick Summary

Itinerary Detail

Day 1: Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Daily Summary
  • Domestic Flights: Flight Victoria Falls to Deteema Springs
  • Transfer: Transfer from airstrip to camp
  • Accommodation: Deteema Springs
  • Meals: B, D
Flight Victoria Falls to Deteema Springs
Shared light aircraft flight from Victoria Falls Airport to Robins Camp Airstrip. Flying time approximately 20 minutes.

Please note: a USD15.00 per person Departure Tax is payable locally in cash and is subject to change without prior warning. Maximum luggage allowance including hand bags and camera equipment is 20kgs/44lbs per person in soft bags with no rigid frames. Checked luggage mustn't exceed 30cm/12in wide x 35cm/14in high x 70cm/28in long. Passengers weighing over 115kg/253lbs may have to purchase an extra seat, please inform us prior to travel. Operating as a shuttle service flight times and routes vary and, although unlikely, there may be up to 4 stops en-route to/from camps

You are met at your airstrip and taken to your camp. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife en route!

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park is the largest and most popular park in Zimbabwe. It offers excellent wildlife viewing, and most big safari animals can be seen, including the Big Five. Sparse mopane and acacia vegetation and year-round waterholes support more than 100 species of animals and provide endless opportunities to watch the daily routine of elephant or giraffe, track lion, or spot a leopard silently watching from his tree.

Deteema Springs
2 Nights Tent - Fully Inclusive
Extras included 2 x Community Levy Adult 30.00
Includes: accommodation, all meals, local brand beverages, return Robins airstrip transfers, two scheduled safari activities daily, laundry and limited Wi-Fi Lodge activities include: morning and late afternoon game drives and walking
Please note: Community & Conservation Levy is subject to change without prior warning.


Day 2: Hwange National Park

On safari in the Hwange National Park
On safari in the Hwange National Park
On safari in the Hwange National Park
Daily Summary

On safari in the Hwange National Park

Game drives are conducted by experienced guides in open safari vehicles. On your morning game drives pause to enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits and in the afternoons cool drinks and cooked snacks will be provided. Game walks are an exciting option for photography of big game on foot. They are usually undertaken in the mornings and are conducted by a fully licensed and highly experienced armed professional guide. In this remote and wild area every walk provides fascinating insights into Hwange’s circle of life; watch Hwange’s elephants shake acacia trees to loosen and then eat the pods while on a smaller scale dung beetles roll up the elephant dung containing acacia seeds into balls. Dung beetles bury these balls and the acacia seed is now ready to germinate and grow into a new tree! Night game drives open up the unusual nocturnal world - often seen are ant bears, porcupines, genets, springhares, lesser bushbabies and pennant winged nightjars.

Day 3: Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park
Daily Summary
  • Transfer: Safari transfer to your next camp
  • Accommodation: Verney's Camp
  • Meals: B, L, D

Today you depart with a picnic lunch on a scenic safari drive to your next camp.

Verney's Camp
3 Nights Tent - Fully Inclusive
Extras included 2 x Community Levy Adult 30.00
Includes: accommodation, all meals, local brand beverages, return Manga airstrip or Hwange Main Camp road transfers, two scheduled safari activities daily, laundry and limited Wi-Fi Lodge activities include: morning and late afternoon game drives, walking and a half day visit to a local community (70kms) with a stop over at the Wild Dog Research Centre
Please note: Community & Conservation Levy is subject to change without prior warning.


Days 4 - 5: Hwange National Park

Full Days on Safari in Hwange National Park
Full Days on Safari in Hwange National Park
Full Days on Safari in Hwange National Park
Daily Summary

Full Days on Safari in Hwange National Park

Hwange is a blend of semi-desert, forest and savanna and is home to great herds of elephants, big cats and a myriad of plains game. Join your expert guides as you further explore this remarkable reserve.

Day 6: Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Daily Summary
  • Transfer: Transfer camp to airstrip
  • Domestic Flights: Flight Hwange to Victoria Falls
  • Accommodation: Batonka Guest Lodge
  • Meals: B
Flight Hwange to Victoria Falls
Seat in Plane: Manga airstrip to Victoria Falls Airport - Flight time approx. 45 min

Please note: maximum luggage allowance including hand bags and camera equipment is 20kgs/44lbs per person in soft bags with no rigid frames. Checked luggage mustn't exceed 30cm/12in wide x 35cm/14in high x 70cm/28in long. Passengers weighing over 115kg/253lbs may have to purchase an extra seat, please inform us prior to travel. Operating as a shuttle service flight times and routes vary and, although unlikely, there may be up to 4 stops en-route to/from camps

Time permitting you will enjoy a morning game viewing activity followed by breakfast before being transferred to the airstrip in time for your flight.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Victoria Falls is the stuff of legends, romance and myth. An iconic draw card that features prominently on the "must see list" of travelers to south and southern Africa the sheer size, sight and sound of this magnificent spectacle never fails to inspire. Over a mile wide and 300 feet high, it is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya – the “Smoke that Thunders”.

Day 7: Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Guided Tour
Victoria Falls Guided Tour
Victoria Falls Guided Tour
Zambezi River Sunset Cruise
Zambezi River Sunset Cruise
Zambezi River Sunset Cruise
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Victoria Falls Guided Tour
  • Tour: Zambezi River Sunset Cruise
  • Accommodation: Batonka Guest Lodge
  • Meals: B

Victoria Falls Guided Tour

Your guide will meet you at your hotel. The Victoria Falls is a truly awe-inspiring experience - the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature's Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. Guests are accompanied through the Rainforest by a qualified guide who gives a brief history of the Falls as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird and wildlife and other points of interest. En-route, pass the ‘Big Tree' where you stop for photos. Raincoats are provided when needed.

Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

This afternoon you are transferred to the Zambezi River for a memorable and relaxing sunset cruise. The Zambezi River cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River. You may have the opportunity to see a variety of game including hippo, crocodile, elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The sunset cruise is very popular and includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets.


Day 8: Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Daily Summary
  • Transfer: Transfer Hotel to Airport
  • Domestic Flights: Flight Victoria Falls to Mana Pools
  • Transfer: Transfer from airstrip to camp
  • Accommodation: Ingwe Pan
  • Meals: B, L, D
Flight Victoria Falls to Mana Pools
Seat in Plane: Victoria Falls Airport to Mana Pools airstrip - Flight time approx. 135 min

Excludes: $15.00 per person domestic departure tax payable in cash on departure from Victoria Falls Airport. Subject to change without prior warning
Please note: rate is subject to change without prior warning should the cost of fuel and/or Civil Aviation fees increase. Rate excludes any costs relating to diversion or inability to fly due to bad weather or mechanical problems which may affect safety. Baggage allowance is 15kgs (33lbs) per person in a soft bag + 5kgs (11lbs) hand baggage. Passengers weighing more than 100kgs (220lbs) must pay for two seats.

Today you are transferred to the airport in time for your flight.

You are met at your airstrip and taken to your camp. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife en route!

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site, is pristine wilderness area on the Zambezi River. During the dry season, the dense vegetation and abundant water of Mana Pools attract one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Mana means "four" in the local Shona language and refers to four permanent pools that are a mecca for game viewing. Activities are mostly conducted along the river area with some of the best walking in all of Africa. You can get up close to big elephant bulls or even follow African wild dogs on the hunt. Enjoy a slow game drive or take a canoe or boat to see huge pods of hippos, along with a plethora of bird species including the African fish eagle. Fishing is excellent and there is no better place to watch endless wildlife activity while winding down the day with a drink in hand.


Days 9 - 10: Mana Pools National Park

On safari in Mana Pools National Park
On safari in Mana Pools National Park
On safari in Mana Pools National Park
Daily Summary

On safari in Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site, is perfectly situated in the heart of a natural valley on a unique flood plane, rich and diverse in flora, fauna and wildlife. It is home to an abundance of wildlife, attracted to the permanent waters of the Zambezi River. It’s the only National Park in the world where you are allowed to freely walk with the wild animals and get to experience Africa as it should be - on foot! Your guiding team will customize each day whether its in a vehicle, on foot or on the river.

Day 11: Depart

Depart
Daily Summary
  • Transfer: Transfer camp to airstrip
  • Domestic Flights: Light Aircraft transfer Mana Pools to Victoria Falls
  • Meals: B
Light Aircraft transfer Mana Pools to Victoria Falls
Seat in Plane: Mana Pools airstrip to Victoria Falls Airport - Flight time approx. 135 min

Please note: rate is subject to change without prior warning should the cost of fuel and/or Civil Aviation fees increase. Rate excludes any costs relating to diversion or inability to fly due to bad weather or mechanical problems which may affect safety. Baggage allowance is 15kgs (33lbs) per person in a soft bag + 5kgs (11lbs) hand baggage. Passengers weighing more than 100kgs (220lbs) must pay for two seats.

Time permitting you will enjoy a morning game viewing activity followed by breakfast before being transferred to the airstrip in time for your flight.

Accommodation

Deteema Springs

Deteema Springs

Deteema Springs is a small concession area in a well-known northern region of the Hwange National Park. Close to the Deteema dam, the camp is perched on a slight rocky rise above permanent water springs, offering magnificent views of large concentrations of animals, including elephants. While night safaris are not allowed due to park regulations, Deteema offers amazing opportunities for walking safaris and viewing wildlife from the comfort of the camp.


Verney
Verney

Verney's Camp

The accommodation at Verney’s Camp is a masterful blend of modernity, comfort and exposure to untamed wildlife. The designer tents are inspired by the spirit of safaris of old, with the convenience of running hot and cold water, flush toilets and electricity offering guests the best of both worlds.Situated in a remote southeastern part of the Hwange National Park, the camp is on a private concession that is not open to regular Park visitors. Verney’s Camp is on a large open floodplain surrounded by mopane and teak forests in which Machaba Safaris’ tents are tucked.

Batonka Guest Lodge
Batonka Guest Lodge
Batonka Guest Lodge

Batonka Guest Lodge

Located in a quiet residential suburb of Victoria Falls, Batonka Guest House is just a short distance from the Victoria Falls rainforest entrance and the town center. The property features 22 en suite rooms that offer quality comforts, modern amenities and boast their own verandas overlooking beautiful gardens. Attractive central spaces include a dining area, lounge and bar, and delectable meals can either be enjoyed indoors or outside on the lovely terrace overlooking the pool. In between sightseeing adventures, Batonka Guest Lodge is the idyllic place to unwind, kick back and relax.

Ingwe Pan

Ingwe Pan

Ingwe Pan Camp nestles alongside a large secluded pan in the pristine Mana Pools National Park, which forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The camp is a 30-minute drive from the famed Mana flood plain and Zambezi River and is known for its excellent walking safaris.

Why Maxim Tours?

Why Maxim Tours?

Uncommon Safaris for Discerning Adventurers

Experience Matters

Since 1993 Maxim Tours’ passion for exotic destinations has made us a highly sought after Boutique Tour Operator for discerning travelers. After three decades we continue to exceed our clients' expectations. Our approach over these many years is simple; offer the very best service and travel experience at the most competitive prices while balancing the importance of sustainable tourism with a high quality travel product.

Premier Guides 

Maxim Tours' guides have a reputation for being the best in the business. Experts in their fields, friendly and interesting,  a good guide will bring the most out of every excursion while creating lifelong memories.  

24/7 Support

At no time during your adventure will you be alone. Our local partners are available 24/7 in the event you need any assistance while traveling. We will monitor your progress and take care of any unexpected developments so that your trip continues unhindered.

Responsible Tourism

Responsible and sustainable tourism should be more than just a phrase - it has to be an ongoing and tangible commitment to balancing tourism with the upliftment of local communities and preservation of the natural environment. Maxim Tours actively supports camps and lodges whose business models reflect this commitment.