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Hwange Explorer

A great safari combo… Hwange Explorer Safari –  a wildlife bonanza second to none. Discover the iconic Victoria Falls and some of the best wildlife in Africa!

The Hwange Explorer includes 3 nights at the boutique Ilala Lodge in Victoria Falls before moving on for 3 nights deep in the heart of the Hwange National Park – Zimbabwe’s biggest and best known wildlife park and home of the Presidential herd of elephants.

  • Victoria Falls,  Zimbabwe
  • Hwange National Park
  • 7 days /6 nights

Highlights of the Hwange Explorer

Try some extreme activities in Africa’s “adventure capital” or simply relax, walk in the rain forests which overlook the falls – great for bird spotting, take a spa or enjoy afternoon tea – choice is yours!

  • We’ll stay 3 nights at the delightful Ilala Lodge Hotel in Victoria Falls with *complimentary 3 course a la carte dinner per person. This is the closest hotel to Victoria Falls and the town centre
  • sunset cruise on the *Ra-Ikane with premium brand drinks, executive snacks, transfers and river usage fees per/person (*valid 1st Jan – 20th Dec 2017)
  • guided tour of the Falls
  • Boma dinner under the stars
  • moving on to Zimbabwe’s biggest and best known wildlife park Hwange National Park  famous for its Presidential herd of elephant
  • spend 3 nghts at the unique Camp Hwange on full board basis. (Some say that to stay at Camp Hwange is more than a great safari, it is an experience of life!)
  • Hwange is a private concession with excellent game viewing on day and night game drives and walks with some of the best guides in Africa
  • Game drives and guided walks to experience the park and its wildlife – giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephant. The park is also home to Zimbabwe’s endangered wild dog population (one of the largest groups in Africa)

Best time to go to Hwange

  • June to September – winter months can be rather chilly at night but clear, sunny and warm during the day
  • November to March – summer months. Hot and sunny with short, heavy rain storms in the afternoons.

ItineraryFrom $2170

Day 1 - Victoria Falls Day 1 - Victoria Falls

You're met on arrival for transfer to Ilala Lodge Hotel. Your room looks across the lawns to the National Parks where elephant, warthog, impala or the occasional buffalo pass by.

Days 2-3 Victoria Falls Days 2-3 Victoria Falls

During your time at the Falls enjoy a Ra-Ikane Sunset Cruise, guided tour of Victoria Falls, dinner at the Boma at Victoria Falls Safaris Lodge, a cultural true Zimbabwean experience!

Day 4 - transfer to Hwange National Park Day 4 - transfer to Hwange National Park

Road transfer to Camp Hwange - a unique experience with excellent day and night game drives with the best guides in Africa.

Day 5-6  Camp Hwange Day 5-6 Camp Hwange

Explore Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants.

Day 7 - Depart Hwange Day 7 - Depart Hwange

A final game drive back to the main road and then on to Victoria Falls Airport where you continue under your own arrangements.

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Tips and notes

Price based on two sharing and includes:

  • Airport transfers
  • 3 nights Victoria Falls boutique lodge bed/breakfast basis
  • Dinner at the Boma
  • Sunset cruise on the Upper Zambezi
  • Guided Tour of the Falls (excludes Rainforest entrance fee)
  • Road transfers between Vic Falls and Hwange National Park return
  • 3 night Camp Hwange or similar full board basis


  • Drinks in Victoria Falls and rain forest entrance fee of US$30 per person
  • Hwange Conservation fees @US$10.00 per person per day
  • Visa fees at @US$55.00 per person single entry (dependent on nationality)
  • Tips and items of a personal nature
  • Additional meals and laundry in Victoria Falls

The powerful and majestic Zambezi River is home to Victoria Falls, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world and a world heritage site. The Falls are twice the height of the Niagara Falls and one-and-a-half times the width. The Falls are found at the joining of 4 countries – Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia although Zimbabwe has the lion’s share of the view of the Falls.


How to get there

By air from Johannesburg, Lusaka or Harare to Victoria Falls.

Please ask your Zambezi consultant if you would like to book your flights.

Zimbabwe has an impressive road infrastructure by African standards particularly between the major centres.

Car hire is available but expensive. Many regional clients successfully self-drive into Victoria Falls via Zimbabwe, Zambia or Botswana.

The rail network is not extensive, serving Bulawayo and Victoria Falls best. The rail safaris between the two towns are very successful.


Hwange National Park is on the north eastern border with Botswana and part of the same eco-system as Chobe National Park, well-known for extraordinarily large herds of elephants. The park is home to over 100 mammal speeices, including lion, leopard and rhino.



Spend a minimum of 3 nights in any room type at Ilala Lodge Hotel

  • Receive one x 3 course a la carte dinner per/person free of charge – No drinks
  • Receive a sunset cruise on the Ra-Ikane including premium brand drinks, executive snacks, transfers and river usage fees per/person

Valid for stays completed between 1st  January – 20th December 2017


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