The Great Rhino Project safari
A ‘must do’ for keen conservationists and wildlife fans. 8 privileged guests will join Paignton Zoo’s Executive Director, Simon Tonge on a 12 day rhino safari to Zimbabwe.
- Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- Hwange National Park
- Matobo National Park
- 12 days/11 nights
Highlights of the Great Rhino safari
In each destination we’ll visit African wildlife conservation projects to learn about their work. With the best guides we’ll explore the national parks. Hwange is Zimbabwe’s oldest national park famous for elephant and lion. It’s here that we may see black rhino living in the bush.
- We’ll stay at Victoria Falls and Hwange and Matopos National Parks. Zimbabwe is an outstanding destination for conservationists and fans of African wildlife. Two of the national parks are listed on Natural World Heritage Sites. Discover the conservation efforts in hand for the threatened and rare black rhino. Meeting with anti-poaching teams who are helping to save the rhino in Southern Africa.
- At Victoria Falls, there’s plenty of opportunity to explore the area and still have time for sundowners on the Zambezi. Dine in the traditional Boma restaurant before heading off to Hwange National Park.
- Hwange is famous for the large local population of elephants, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard and wild dogs. There’s a lack of natural water sources so man-made waterholes have been created to aid the survival of the area’s wildlife.
- Finally we’ll join conservationists in the Matobo Hills as they go about their daily work to protect black rhino. Matobo is an incredible area of granite outcrops known for its black eagles. The Matobo Hills are yet another World Heritage Site. We’ll spend two nights here meeting the chief warden and spending the day with one of the founding guides of the Matobo Rhino Project.
- As the sun goes down we’ll sip sundowners on the graveside of Cecil John Rhodes.
Day 1 is spent traveling to Victoria Falls
You're met at Victoria Falls airport for transfer to the Victoria Falls Safari Club. Freshen up then off for sundowners on the Zambezi River and dinner then back to the hotel for your first night.
Guided tour of the Falls. Rest of the day with the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit to learn about conservation. David Livingstone talk followed by dinner at the Victoria Falls Hotel.
Birdwatching in the Zambezi Gorge and golf course with Zambezi expert Chris Worden. Afternoon spent at leisure. Dinner at the 'Boma' for a traditional African dining experience.
Moving on to meet the elephants with an 'elephant interaction' at the Elephant Camp outside Victoria Falls, our bast for 2 nights. Good range of activities. Look out for the rare sable antelope.
A day of wildlife experiences - morning game drive and afternoon walk. Meet with staff at the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust who work with the elephants and possibly a cheetah ambassador.
Road transfer to Hwange National Park, and to the Hide Safari Camp. Lunch and siesta then out for the evening activity.
Early morning game drive and trip to the Waterhole Hide, exciting wildlife watching and sundowners.
A full range of game viewing activities: guided walks, game drives. Choose up to 4 activities per day.
Another full day of A full range of game viewing activities: guided walks, game drives. Choose up to 4 activities per day.
Game viewing at Hwange before our 3 hour transfer to the Matobo NP and Camp Amalinda, stopping off at sites of interest en route. Check in and walk around the camp, swim in the pool or just relax.
Track rhino, see cave rock art. A day with Paul Hubbard who was involved with the Rhino Project set-up. Sundowners with the chief warden of Matobos Hills. Dinnner at the lodge
Transfer to Bulawayo Airport for your flight to Johannesburg and your onward flight to London.
How to get there
The best option is to book a scheduled daily flight to Johannesburg then on onto Victoria Falls (2 hour flight) Please ask you Zambezi consultant if you would like us to assist with booking your flights.
Tips and notes
- 12 nights full board accommodation
- park fees
- soft drinks, beer, house wine
- all safari activities
- all transfers within Zimbabwe.
- tips and gratuities
- items of a personal nature
- Return international flights (these can be arrange on request)
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