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Highlights of the Victoria Falls big 5 safari

  • We spend 3 nights at Gorges Lodge just outside Victoria Falls, away from the crowds but within easy access of the Falls
  • soak up the splendour of the rain forests overlooking the falls themselves
  • plenty of time for intense game viewing in Zambezi National Park
  • it’s just a short flight to Hwange for 3 nights in the heart of the National Park. (The reserve is on the north eastern border with Botswana so it shares the same eco system as Chobe)
  • we’ll stay at Bomani Tented Safari Camp on our private Ngamo Forest concession bordering Hwange National Park.
  • accommodation in charming en-suite tents overlooking the waterhole or plains

Best time to do this safari tour

Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park are great year round destinations. The rainforest around the Falls is always soaked in the spray from the Falls.

  • May to October – dry season when Hwange is at its very best. Large herds of elephants and other animals come to the waterholes to drink.
  • April, May and September – the temperatures are pleasant with little rain.
  • Do take some time to read these notes on our “secret seasons in Africa” as you’re most likely to miss the crowds and get the best prices.

See ‘useful info’ below for seasonal rates and optional activities

An excellent value Big 5 safari available year round

(Photos courtesy Tami Walker)

ItineraryFrom $1990

Day 1 Arrive Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Day 1 Arrive Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

You'll be met on arrival by our driver for the 25 minute transfer to Gorges Lodge, on the edge of the gorge -your base for 3 nights. Time to arrange your sunset cruise and tour of the Falls.

Day 2 - Activities at Gorges Lodge Day 2 - Activities at Gorges Lodge

Visit local village and school, Traditional dancing, Verreaux's eagle viewing with sun downers, gorge walk .

Day 3 Escorted tour of the World Heritage Site Day 3 Escorted tour of the World Heritage Site

Vic Falls is a bucket list must see and you're about to find out why! One of the natural wonders of the world. 1700m wide and a 100m drop. Take a raincoat, the spray is constant all year round!

Day 4 Depart for Hwange National Park Day 4 Depart for Hwange National Park

You'll transfer to Dete Railway Station by vehicle. Hop on the Elephant Express carriage to Bomani Tented Camp. Home to plentiful wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and 40,000 elephants!

Day 5-6 Bomani Camp, Hwange NP Day 5-6 Bomani Camp, Hwange NP

Take an early morning walk followed by a morning drive after breakfast. In the afternoon you could head out again, stopping off for a sun downer and a night-drive back to camp.

Day 7 Depart Bomani for Vic Falls Day 7 Depart Bomani for Vic Falls

A final game drive transfer back to the charming old fashioned railway carriage ride to Dete, and then on to Victoria Falls by vehicle. You'll be dropped off at Vic Falls Airport.

View full digital itinerary here
Useful info How to get thereReviews

How to get there

Vic Falls is an easy flight from Johannesburg.


Victoria Falls Big 5 Special

"Victoria Falls Big 5 Special – September Hi Mark, Feedback all very positive. We had a fantastic time, all the transfers and logistics went very smoothly which can make or"

Daniel S
Victoria Falls Zimbabwe and Hwange

"We were impressed with all aspects of our safari. The Ilala lodge was lovely and also handy in terms of location to the Falls and town. "

Cathy P
Victoria Falls-Hwange Wonderful Itinerary

"Zimbabwe-November The Victoria Falls itinerary was wonderful. Ilala Lodge, Shockwave Rafting, and the Sunset Cruise were all excellent and I can strongly recommend these. The climb up the gorge after"

Brian G
Victoria Falls, Hwange Rhino project

"Truly moving, emotional and inspiring. We loved everything about Zimbabwe, it's beauty, it's people, it's wildlife, the list is endless! "

Andrew and Simon
Zimbabwe & Mauritius – outstanding trip!

"Hi Ang, Just want to let you know that my husband and I thought this trip was outstanding! First of all, all the flights were on time. We were a"

Camille Globerman
Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique

"Hi, Liz! I do have some comments that I would l like to make regarding the trip which was overall, spectacular and amazing. I had a wonderful time!. I LOVED"

Charlene

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