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Amazing Zimbabwe – 4 types of safari in one trip

Zimbabwe July:

I had travelled with Zambezi Safari & Travel before but my partner Janet hadn’t.

We were both taking early retirement and I wanted to surprise her with something special. Zambezi put together an amazing itinerary, kept me informed and made everything happen so smoothly (doesn’t always happen in Africa!), even keeping the secret from Janet!

First worry from Janet was how safe is Zimbabwe? There were no worries as we were so well looked after by guides and camp staff. Even the transfers ran without problems.

Imbabala on the banks of the Zambezi was a treat. Moonlight suppers under the stars, amazing game drives and river cruises – even woken from a siesta one afternoon to see a herd of elephants crossing the river.

Camp Hwange was totally different, – same wonderful hospitality and food but rugged terrain and close encounters with lion and elephants in particular.

Our third camp was again in Hwange but a walking safari with Leon Varley. We tracked leopard, lion, hyena and elephant. An exhilarating experience to be on the ground with the animals. An amazing guy with many incredible stories to tell around the camp fire.

The last stop was on an island in Lake Kariba. Safaris from a boat! Getting very close to buffalo that would not be possible on land. And the most amazing sunsets, once with an old bull elephant way out in the water feeding on soft reeds with the sun setting behind him which will stay in my memory forever.

In this part of Africa game is almost guaranteed but the difference is the feeling that these special moments with the game are yours alone.

There are not dozens of vehicles surrounding a lion unlike the Masai Mara. Mostly it is just your truck and the wildlife.

I cannot recommend the Zambezi Safari Company highly enough for arranging a sensational trip for us, not just the wildlife but superb organisation, so much so that we could totally focus on relaxation and adventure.

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