Transfer time to Hwange National Park is 2.5 hours, 115 miles, done in an enclosed minibus. Safari drive lasts 3-4 hours in open-air 4x4 vehicle.
At the lodge.
Following breakfast, a noted local historian will discuss the story of Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who first visited Victoria Falls over 150 years ago, and whose journeys laid the ground work for the Colonial era that followed. Mid-morning, we will head south to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s premier safari destination. Hwange is legendary for its wonderful array of wildlife, particularly the massive herds of elephant and buffalo. In the summer months, large antelope herds migrate onto the plains, closely followed by large predators. Shallow pans are spread throughout the park, around which wildlife congregate, making for excellent and reliable game viewing. Elephant, Cape buffalo, sable, roan, southern giraffe, blue wildebeest, impala and sometimes even gemsbok (oryx) can be seen here. This park is one of the best for predators - lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah are regularly sighted, along with the smaller African wildcat, serval, honey badger, civet and spotted hyena. Bird life in the area is also prolific, with more than 400 species found.
Lunches at the camp will be small buffets with a starter, main dish with side, and dessert. Dishes often vary between brunch and lunch offerings. All local brand alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, water and coffee/tea provided; premium brand alcohol available for purchase.
We will have the mid-day at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy the camp's amenities. Following afternoon tea, we will board our 4x4 vehicles for the afternoon safari. Game drives will be in open-air safari vehicles in the early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are most active; each vehicle will have a local safari expert to provide commentary on the flora and fauna seen. Safari game drives during the program will last for approximately three hours each, with rest breaks half-way through. Game drives consist of moving slowly through the reserve searching for predators and other animals. Around dusk, we will return to the camp with time to freshen up before dinner.
Dinners at the camp will be plated meals consisting of a salad or starter, main course with side, and dessert. All local brand alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, water and coffee/tea provided; premium brand alcohol available for purchase.
Following dinner, we’ll set out on a short night game drive with a local safari expert in search of the nocturnal species active in the area. Some species we could spot may include civet, genet, bushbaby, pearl spotted owl, African scops owl, and Verreaux’s eagle-owl.