Exclusive 11-Day Wildlife Safari in Zimbabwe
For individual travellers and groups
For individual travellers and groups
This tour can be done as a self-drive or as a privately guided tour with a driver/guide.
Zimbabwe is well-known for its natural wonders, amongst which are the Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Matopos National Park and the hidden gem Gonarezhou National park in the South East of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is home of the renowned big seven – buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, hippo and crocodile. But there is so much more to see! For wild-life enthusiasts Zimbabwe is truly a perfect destination.
Above all, Zimbabwe is known for its people – proud, warm, friendly – a people eager to share their country, their culture, and their hospitality with you. We, at Nyati Travel, invite you to share with us, our love for wildlife in Zimbabwe.
Wildlife in GonarezhouMatopos and Hwange National Parks
See the wonders of Zimbabwe’s wildlife
The Smoke That Thunders! A true wonder of the world
The information below is intended to assist you as you consider your travel options with Nyati Travel. In addition to the detailed itinerary there is some useful information to provide you with an overview of your accommodation & meals, all issues concerning money, passports, visas, vaccinations, insurance, clothing, personal equipment and much more to help you with your travel preparations.
Luxury Accommodation (5 star)
This accommodation is the best Zimbabwe offers. High quality rooms, top-of-the-range meals, this is truly luxury.
Car hire options
There are some choices available for car hire:
Based on Bed and Breakfast in Harare and Victoria Falls. In Gonarezhou, Matopos and Hwange all meals and activities are included. Activities in Harare and Victoria Falls can be booked on site or can be pre-booked.
Budgeting for your tour
The itinerary details what is included and what is excluded. Note that in general entrance fees and national park fees are excluded. In all places where meals are not included there is a choice of meals for all budgets. In all destinations activities are on offer which can be booked and paid on arrival.
Activities can also be pre-booked and pre-paid; when you make your booking we will inquire from you if you are interested in this option.
You are able to book this tour on a ‘land only’ basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Nyati Travel is an IATA licensed travel agent and on request you will be send a quotation from your nearest airport to Harare. Normally we send you options so you can choose based on convenience and budget. The quotation is valid at the time of your enquiry. Only payment for your ticket will guarantee the fare price. Booking early guarantees the lowest fare. You are free to accept this offer or arrange your air travel yourself.
If you book your own flights please note your airport of arrival is Harare and departure is from Victoria Falls, or Livingstone, which is just across the border with Zambia. From there you connect to the airport from which your international flight departs from: Lusaka, Nairobi, Harare or Johannesburg.
Flexibility and Extensions
We offer two standard individual extensions to two popular wild life areas: Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe and Kasane near Chobe North National Park in Botswana. These are mere examples, many more options are available, for instance extensions to Mana Pools in Zimbabwe or The Okavango Delta in Botswana. Feel free to request our office to give you additional advice and quotations.
Within the itinerary you have flexibility: we can include more options, like The Eastern Highlands and Gonarezhou. Per destination you can stay longer if you so wish.
Our tours are merely examples, and our travel consultants can easily change itineraries to suit all your needs in terms of your preferences.
Payment for your tour
Once your bookings have been confirmed, you will be send an invoice with payment instructions. You can pay with credit card using a secure website, bank charges (estimated to be 3.5%) are to be paid for by customers. We require a 10 % non-refundable deposit. If your travel starts within 60 days of booking, full payment will be required at the time of booking. The balance after paying the deposit is due 60 days before departure. The price paid for our holidays is no longer subject to change. Once you have paid we will guarantee that the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances.
Guaranteed Money Pay-back
Your payment is guaranteed though the SATSA-approved guarantee. Nyati Travel is a member of SATSA, Southern African Tourism Services Association. The association’s “Lost Advance fund” guarantees money back when Nyati travel defaults on its obligations. For more information check the following website: http://www.satsa.com/bonding-2/
It is a condition of joining any of our tours that you must have valid travel insurance. It must indicate that you have cover for (at least) medical expenses and emergency repatriation in the event of illness or injury. We strongly recommend that your policy includes curtailment, personal effects and cancellation protection as all deposits paid are non-refundable. You will also need to ensure your travel policy covers you for all activities you intend to do whilst on tour.
In Zimbabwe cash can be withdrawn with a Visa and/or Master card at most ATM’s. We will make regular stops at places where you can withdraw cash. Your tour guide will advise you in good time. In Zimbabwe it is not common to pay with your credit card in shops and restaurants. The currency used is USD. It is best to take your money in a combination of cash USD and credit card. Carry enough cash (US$) from your home country, in small denominations, it will make your journey much easier.
Medical facilities in Zimbabwe, are sufficient for all first aid and common problems. Travellers requiring medical assistance calling for a blood transfusion, or who suffer any serious illness, or who are involved in an accident may require medical evacuation to South Africa. Excellent facilities are therefore one hour flying away. Ensure that you have adequate travel insurance, including medical air evacuation, for the duration of your stay, and be sure to verify which circumstances and activities are excluded from your policy. Almost all medical services, such as doctors, hospitals and air ambulance medical evacuation, must be paid for in cash, as overseas medical insurance payments are not everywhere accepted. An overseas credit card will be very useful. Drink only bottled water which is everywhere available. In Zimbabwe there is a risk of malaria in certain areas and/or during a certain time of the year. December to April are most risky in the lower areas of the country. In 2015 we organize tours in the dry season months July to October, when malaria hardly occurs. During this tour malaria areas are Hwange, Victoria Falls and when you go on the extension to Kariba and Chobe in Botswana. The other areas that we visit are much less risky for malaria. You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you. Protect yourself from mosquito bites. This includes covering up, using insect repellent. Our choice of accommodation provides you with a mosquito net in your bedroom. There is no risk of yellow fever in Zimbabwe. The government of Zimbabwe requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.In Zimbabwe no cases of Ebola have been reported. Ebola occurs in the Western part of Africa, a distance from Harare as far as from Amsterdam to New York. When flying into Harare you will be checked for fever the moment you enter the airport. The thermometer will be pointed at your forehead and it takes literally one second.
Zimbabwe is generally a safe country to travel. Street crime, such as pick pocketing and bag snatching happens. Ensure that your personal belongings and travel documents are secure, particularly in crowded places, and carry a photocopy of your passport. You should be particularly cautious when leaving banks and automated banking machines. Remain vigilant, avoid travelling alone at all times and avoid walking after dark. Photography of people is generally no problem. Government offices, airports, military establishments, in addition to other sensitive facilities, is prohibited. Laws are strictly enforced, and all restrictions should be observed. If in doubt, do not take a picture.
Passport must be valid for the period of your stay. Make sure there are some extra available pages in your passport. For most nationalities a tourist Visa can be obtained on arrival at a fee of between US$30 and US $70 payable in cash. The visa is valid for a maximum of 3 months. Keep the address of your first hotel at hand as you need to enter this on your entry form. . For more information on visa requirements, check the following website: http://www.zimimmigration.gov.zw/index.php/visa-regime If you go to Botswana for your extension and return again to Zimbabwe to catch your flight out of Vic Falls to Johannesburg or Harare that you need a Univisa that allows you entry in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.
Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to make sure all the necessary visa – and health requirements are fulfilled. We will advise you to the best of our ability but cannot be held responsible for any omissions in terms of visa and health requirements.
Preparing for your tour
Climate The climate is tropical, although markedly moderated by altitude. There is a dry season, including a short cool season during the period May to September when the whole country has very little rain. The rainy season is typically a time of heavy rainfall from November to March
Equipment you need A torch, water bottle, sunhat/sunscreen and insect repellent. Binoculars are a must for your game drives.
Footwear Comfortable shoes (or well broken-in walking boots if planning to hike), trainers or sandals for relaxing/travelling.
Clothing should generally be lightweight for the day. Also take a fleece, long trousers, a waterproof and windproof jacket. Take swimming gear and a beach towel. During winter (July) we recommend you bring plenty of warm clothing, as temperatures can drop significantly. During spring (September to November) temperatures can drop in the evening, during the day you need a hat and sunscreen to protect you against the strong sun.
Swimming pools can be cold in the winter months as they are outside and not heated.
Luggage. On tour take a soft bag or suitcase. Also take a daypack for items needed during any walks or sightseeing. Check with your airline the maximum weight of luggage allowed. Generally the limit is 23 kg.
Electric Supply & Plugs 3 Pin Square (UK)
Mobile phone: It is possible to buy a sim card, it is best to do that on arrival at the airport at TelOne. Econet is also possible but there you need to submit your address (proof of residence) to buy your sim. Roaming on your own sim card is possible but generally expensive. Note that not everywhere in Zimbabwe there is signal for your mobile to work. Especially in game parks, do not expect a signal.
Why choose Nyati Travel
We’ve been creating adventure holidays for nearly 25 years in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia, earning the trust of hundreds of delighted customers. You feel safe in our hands. Our tour leaders and drivers have expert local knowledge and our tours are designed to take you off the beaten track to see the most exotic, inspiring and dramatic places in Zimbabwe.
Our adventure holidays are full of exciting things to see and do, exploring in small groups travelling by bus, 4×4 vehicles or train. Often you will stay in family run hotels and village houses and enjoy authentic local cuisine. In this way, it’s easy to discover the true heart of the people and the place you travel to – and make some new friends along the way.
Our commitment to the environment
We are passionate about sustainable travel and work hard to create tours where your holiday delivers real benefits to the local communities. We minimise our impact by travelling in small groups, respecting local cultures and tradition.
Peace of mind - book with confidence
You can book your Nyati holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected. Nyati Travel is a fully bonded tour operator with 24 years of reputation to go for it.
We are offering the “Exclusive Wildlife Tour” to approved agents anywhere in the world.
Please follow the following simple steps:
1 Harare: Welcome to Zimbabwe!
You will be met upon arrival at the Harare International Airport, from where you will be transferred to a very comfortable guesthouse or hotel.
One of our experienced travel consultants will meet you, to advise you on everything you want to know about your trip.
You will receive all your travel documents, i.e. vouchers for accommodation, a road map, a detailed itinerary, a list of phone numbers and contact details of all service providers.
Depending on your time of arrival there may be some time to visit Harare. It has some interesting historical sites like the Parliament Building in the centre, the so-called Kopje, from which you have a magnificent view over the city. The Botanical gardens are beautiful during any time of the year. The Domboshava rock paintings are well known for its quality and its stunning surroundings. There are various markets and shopping centres to be visited.
Harare has a vibrant night life with life performances of all sorts of art forms (music, arts, theatre).
2 Gonarezhou: The place of the elephants
Early departure is necessary for the fairly long drive to Chilo Lodge, bordering Gonarezhou National Park in the South Eastern Lowveld. “The place of Elephants” is a hidden gem. It is relatively unknown, though it is easily accessible by tarred roads. Gonarezhou is a vast National park which is crossed by the Save, Runde and Mwenezi rivers. There is superb wildlife to be found in a typical riverine bush environment.
3 Gonarezhou: Pristine wilderness
Any journey into the heart of Gonarezhou begins with the realisation that this is wild country. It is one of Africa’s last remaining pristine wildernesses and we are all privileged to be a visitor here. The animals are in their most natural state at Gonarezhou. It is one of Africa’s last remaining pristine wildernesses and we are all privileged to be a visitor here. The animals are in their most natural state at Gonarezhou. This is a country of red sandstone, thorny scrub and baobabs. Buffalo gather at watering holes, big cats prowl silently in pursuit of painted impala, hippo wallow midstream attended by squadrons of fluttering birds. The presence of elephants is everywhere. A panorama of birdlife gathers at Tembahata and Machanu Water Pans. Weather exhilarating game drives through the park, excursions to the epic Chilojo Cliffs, or a day spent bird watching, there is a wide range of activities to suit every guest. When the day is done and you’ve enjoyed sundowners on the Save River, sleep will come easy. You know when you wake, it will be there waiting for you, all over again.
4 Gonarezhou: More pristine wilderness
For those with a penchant for something a bit more active, the 3km walking trail from the lodge to the beautiful Chivilia Falls is a great way to start or end your day. Trekking through a rugged landscape will lead you to a viewpoint overlooking the falls. As the water cascades over age-old rocks, take in the sights and satisfy your thirst with some well-deserved refreshments.
As the sun sets on a day filled with exciting game drives, the island presents an ideal setting in which to relax and unwind. Explore the site of the former Mahenye Lodge, swathed in tangles of dense trees and winding vines, then slowly make your way to the beach, where deck chairs and refreshing drinks await.
5 Matopos National Park: City of Kings & Balancing Rocks
You depart for Bulawayo, the second city of Zimbabwe; a drive of about 4 to 5 hours. You can do a short walk in the city centre, which has a great variety of historical buildings, one of them the famous national gallery. A visit to the Natural History Museum is an attractive option. The drive to Matopos National Park from Bulawayo centre takes about 45 minutes.
Once you have seen the landscapes In Matopos you will understand why John Cecil Rhodes wanted to be buried in its granite rocks. Worlds View offers views you have never seen before. Another must is to go on foot, with a guide, to trace the White Rhino. It is as exciting as looking for gold or diamonds. Experiencing the expertise and passion of the local guides simply adds joy and awe to your memories. The rock paintings tell you stories of the far behind past. Overnight in a stunning lodge, just a short distance from the park. Built on a granite dome, surrounded by a theatre of tumbling rocks and kopjes with magnificent views.
7 Hwange National Park: The Big 5
After breakfast you will depart for Hwange National Park which will take about 4 hours.
This is Big 5 country!
Hwange National Park is the largest national park of Zimbabwe (1.5 million hectares). It has a great diversity of wildlife, and has more than 200 bird species. The standard of professional guiding in Zimbabwe is very high. Full of passion and knowledgeable about every living thing: wildlife, insects, grasses, flowers and birds. With their guidance you may encounter elephant, buffalo, sable antelope, lion, wild dog and with some luck the leopard. But don’t be surprised to spend 15 exciting minutes near an ant-hill to hear the amazing story of what‘s going on inside!
It is this unique wildlife experience which will make you come back to the magic of Africa!
Overnight in a private game lodge situated on its own concession.
8 Hwange National Park: Explore the wilderness of Africa
Another day with wildlife activities. Experience the thrill of big game and plains game sightings. It is these experiences which make you come back to Africa. We still have to encounter someone who got too much of it!
9 Victoria Falls: Mosi O Tunya - The Smoke that Thunders
After breakfast you depart for the journey of about 3 hours to the Victoria Falls.
The Victoria Falls don’t need much introduction, they are known all over the world.
This is adrenaline territory: rafting, kayaking, canoeing, horse riding, and other exciting activities with weird names: Bungi Jump, Zip Line, Cable Slide and the Gorge Swing.
For the less adventurous there are boat cruises, game drives in Zambezia National Park, interaction with elephants and lions, and helicopter rides over the falls. There is simply too much to mention all.
All activities can be booked at the tour desk of your hotel, you can also pre-book activities at time of booking this tour.
11 Departure: Take your memories with you
You can choose between a self-drive car and a car with our driver/guide
Our prices for car hire are based on using our own fleet, consisting of good and reliable cars which are very competitively priced, because they are not brand new.
In case you want to upgrade your car we can provide you with options using the fleets if our trading partners Europcar and Avis.
Includes: standard car, Toyota Corolla or similar, day 2 – day 7, unlimited mileage, one-way fee, fully comprehensive insurance
Excludes: fuel, toll – fees, excess USD 500
We will be using our own cars as described above. Driven by an excellent driver who is also your guide. The feedback we get from our clients about our drivers/guide has been excellent.
Includes: standard car, Toyota Corolla or similar, day 2 – day 7, unlimited mileage, fuel, one-way fee, fully comprehensive insurance, all costs for driver (accommodation, meals, wages, overtime), toll fees
|Self-drive||Car with driver/guide|
to Lake Kariba and Chobe National Park, Botwana
Extension to Chobe National Park - 3 nights / 4 days
Chobe is surely the best place in Africa to see elephants, particularly in the water. Individual herds sometimes number in the hundreds and there are an estimated 120,000 elephants in total in the park. There are equally large herds of buffalo to be found. In fact, both can often be seen outside the park boundaries wandering around the outskirts of Kasane itself, unperturbed by traffic or people. The park also offers great lion and leopard sightings, while the river has an unbelievable abundance of hippos and crocodiles and an almost inconceivable wealth of birdlife, including a number of particularly rare species that are highly sought after by top wildlife photographers. This is just a small glimpse of what Chobe has to offer
A trip to Chobe is not complete without a boat trip on the beautiful river itself. Floating along this incredible body of water allows you to see most of the park’s interesting wildlife and birdlife from a completely different perspective. Aside from the allure for birders, being on the river is the best place for budding photographers to take spectacular images of the vast herds of elephants on the river’s lush green banks and islands or even crossing the river. The river also lends itself to iconic images of the African sky at sunset, and to a nice cold sundowner or two as you take in all the wonders of this unique and rich region.
You will be booked on a bed and breakfast rate. At the lodge you can book a variety of activities, including game drives and boat cruises. The lodges has restaurant facilities offering a variety of menus.
You will be picked for your transfer to the lodge, situated in Kasane on the shores of the Chobe River, the transfer takes about 1.5 hours, including the smooth cross border facilities.
Two full days to explore Chobe National Park.
After breakfast you will be transferred by road to Victoria Falls
Cost per person sharing: US$ 340
Single supplement: US$ 230
Extension to Matusadonha/Kariba - 3 nights / 4 days
Man created Lake Kariba, and the animals took it over. Set against the Zambezi Escarpment, various lodges were built in the vicinity of the National Park of Matusadonha. These are the places were the mountains meet the waters, creating a unique eco –system, which once seen will never be forgotten.
This is untamed remote wilderness at its best.
Lake Kariba is a massive man-made lake formed by the damming of the mighty Zambezi River in the late 1950’s.
Wildlife is prolific. The big five: black rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo are all found here. Hippo and crocodile and a wide variety of water birds make use of the lake. There are numerous antelope species as well as over 350 documented bird species are also here. Once you have heard he call of the African Fish Eagle you will never forget it!
This life-changing experience will make you come back to Africa!
You will be booked on a full board rate. At the lodge you can book a variety of activities, including game drives and boat cruises.
A driver will transfer you from your hotel to Vic Falls Airport for the flight to Lake Kariba. Upon arrival at the airstrip you will be transferred by boat to a luxury lodge near Matusadonha on the shores of Lake Kariba.
Guests wake up to long list of activities that is in stock for them. Game drives in open side 4×4 safari vehicles as well as combined game walks and tracking of the big five. All these activities are undertaken under the assistance of passionate professional guides
It is simply best way to get close to the world’s endangered species as well as getting to know other living organisms and their ecosystem.
The neighborhood also has good spots for bird watching where guest can enjoy the Fish eagle and other species in a fitting posture or experience the legendary sunsets of the Kariba with an African Sundowner. After a long day of activities guests return to lodge for an outdoor dinner and drinks by the fire gazing at the stars.
Another day full of activities around Lake Kariba and inside Matusadonha National Park
After breakfast you will be transferred again by a speed boat from the lodge to the airstrip for an onward flight to Victoria Falls.
Cost per person sharing: US$ 1360
Single supplement: US$ 135
Depending on your return flight to your final destination it may be more convenient to fly to either Livingstone, Lusaka or Harare. Our office will be happy to advise you on the best options.
|Boat Hire (Pontoon) 1-5 pax (US$ 10 p.p. thereafter)||US$ 70||half day|
|Boat Hire (Speed Boat)||US$ 90||half day|
|Game Drive||US$ 30|
|Game Walk||US$ 40|
|Clay Pigeon Shooting||US$ 60||box of 25 Shots|
Excluding National Park fees of US$ 15 p.p. per day