Somalisa Hwange National Park.
Zimbabwe is slowing emerging from its negative past to take its place again at the Africa Safari table.
Many years ago to go on a Zimbabwe Safari was regarded as one of the prime Safari viewing experiences in Africa.
Chobe National Park is a 90 minute or so road transfer away,and roughly the same time gets you to the gates of Hwange National Park or a 30 minute bush to Hwange flight is shorter.
About Zimbabwe Safari areas:
In case there is confusion regarding flying into Victoria Falls,the falls are bordered by Zambia and Zímbabwe.
Victoria Falls is the name of the town in Zimbabwe,Livingstone is the Zambian town which is on the other side.
A Zimbabwe Safari fits in seamlessly with a Victoria falls stop over and while there different levels of lodging by the falls,the grand old lady the Victoria falls hotel,Victoria Falls hotel is a favorite.
A throwback to the colonial days.Fancy tea in the gardens with the sound of the falls as a backdrop,or walk to the falls on a private path.Its a unique experience
Due to the proximity and flight availability a Botswana or Zambia Safari is also possible.
The 2 main Safari areas in Zimbabwe are Hwange National park and Mana Pools.
Hwange National park
- Locations:Hwange National Park
- Getting there:Fly into Victoria Falls airport and road transfer or bush flight onwards.
- Activities:Game Drives,Bush Walks,Birding,Cultural visit.
- Best time to visit:May to Nov is best ie during the dry Winter season,however the wet season ie December to April’ ish offers outstanding birding as the migrants from the Northern hemisphere head in large numbers to Hwange.
Hwange National park has large herds of elephants,many Lions and wild dogs roam the park.
Its approximately 14,650 square kilometers in size,over a million hectares,comprising mainly Mopane bushland and grasslands.
There are many really nice newer boutique safari camps dotted all over the park,and Zimbabwean safari guides are well known for their guiding quality.
Somalisa Camp Hwange National Park Zimbabwe
Hwange/Victoria Falls/Chobe Botswana safari……Land/water combination safari.
Days 1 to 3 Nights
Fly into Victoria Falls head for a safari to Hwange National Park.
Land element ie game drives/bush walks
Days 4 and 5 Victoria Falls
Return back to Victoria Falls,you will only reach the falls by midday or later,spend 1 or 2 Nights in Victoria falls ie tour the falls,sun-downer on the Zambezi river,arts/crafts, river rafting,flights over the fall.
Days 6 to 9 Chobe National Park Botswana
Transfer to Chobe National Park Botswana 2 or 3 Nights for game drives and river safaris….can stay in a houseboat on the Chobe river,or tent safari or lodges in the area.
Water element river safaris/houseboat
Fly back to Johannesburg from the Chobe area.
Somalisa Camp Sunset Hwange National Park Zimbabwe
- Location:Mana Pools
- Getting there:Bush flights from Victoria Falls or other larger cities within Zimbabwe.Road transfers long and tiring.
- Activities:Canoe safaris,Game Drives,Bush Walks.
- Best time to visit:May to Nov is best ie during the dry Winter season.The camps are closed during the rainy season.
Mana Pool is situated in the northern part of Zimbabwe.Its a breathless somewhat indescribable Africa safari experience.
The Zambezi river runs right through the park attracting huge number’s of animals.
Canoe Safaris are conducted in Mana Pool where you meander/canoe down the river on a fully guided Safari.
Staying on remote islands the tents await you as you arrive,these are fully catered for Canoe Safaris.
Game drives and walking safaris are the other activities.
You need to set aside at least 4 Nights due to the logistics of location/remoteness thereby making full use of the time spent in Mana.
Best time to visit:May to November.
Approximate Trip Cost:On Request please inquire
Trip Summary:A Lower Zambezi Canoe Safari
Trip Activities: Canoe Safari, walking.
Can this trip be modified:Yes
One can combine a tour of Victoria Falls,with a Safari in the Mana pools area,as well as in Hwange National Park.
This is a nice combination of water and land experiences,that gives you diversity of wildlife and eco systems and this is what gives a safari in Zimbabwe such value.
Sampling of Mana Pool Camps:
While Ruckomechi Camp may not be pure luxury,its close enough,and when you add in the location,and Safari activities,its a Luxury experience,and that is the main quality I look for when I design a Africa Safari.
Situated next to a private pan(water hole)Kanga Camp is a remote bush experience in the magical Mana Pool National Park.
Kanga is a solar powered camp,and works well with a Zambezi river sister camp giving you the remote bush and river safari experience.
Somalisa is an award winning tented camp in Hwange National Park.It has breathtaking views of the Savannah plains.
Located under the shade of a Acacia grove,this camp offers gamed rives,walking safaris,birding and cultural visits.
This camp has its own elephant pool which is readily visible from the observation deck.
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