This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more

Skip to main content

Talk to an expert 1-800-242-2434 Lines now closed

User menu
FROM US$2,820-US$3,070

Klipspringer Safari

An outstanding-value Zimbabwe safari exploring Victoria Falls and two contrasting locations in western Zimbabwe – Hwange and the Matobo Hills – giving you a real feel for Zimbabwe, its people and wildlife.

Klipspringer Safari: Summary

Klipspringer Safari in a nutshell

Begin your Zimbabwean adventure based close to the thundering waters of Victoria Falls. From your charming lodge in a leafy suburb of town, you can walk to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site to feel the full force up-close. It’s also a hub for adrenalin-fuelled activities such as white-water rafting, bungee jumping off the famous railway bridge and taking a microlight over the "the smoke that thunders", as well as more serene options like a sunset cruise on the upper Zambezi or afternoon tea at a historic hotel.

You’ll then be driven south-east in a private vehicle to Ivory Lodge, a comfortable spot within the private Sikumi Forest Reserve which borders Hwange National Park and overlooks a waterhole where elephants often visit to drink. Enjoy 4WD drives into the national park where you can spot some of its 100 mammal species, including lion, leopard and giraffe, along with night drives and walking safaris in the reserve, all with qualified professional guides. The team at Ivory Lodge have established strong community links and you can learn about their outreach work and local life on visits to a neighbouring village. You can also relax in a secluded hide and let the wildlife come to you.

Continuing by road, your final stop is one of Zimbabwe’s most scenic protected areas – the Matobo Hills. It’s a rugged place of granite outcrops and boulders seemingly stacked atop each other by giants, among which Amalinda Lodge’s unique rooms are nestled. The lodge itself is a marvel with a spectacular pool and excellent guides who’ll show you the area’s history – from ancient cave paintings to the medieval ruins of Great Zimbabwe and Cecil Rhodes' burial site – local culture and, a real highlight, walking with white rhinos alongside park rangers.

At a glance

Starts: Victoria Falls Airport
2 nights Batonka Guest Lodge - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Bed & Breakfast
3 nights Ivory Lodge - Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe Full Board & Activities
3 nights Amalinda Lodge - Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe Full Board & Activities
Ends: Bulawayo International Airport

Batonka Guest Lodge

Days 1-3

Tucked away in a quiet, leafy suburb of Victoria Falls Town, Batonka Guest Lodge is just over 2km away from the eponymous waterfall, and a 20-minute drive from the airport. Although its location isn’t quite as convenient for the Falls and town as many other options in the area, its relatively small size and quiet situation do make for a more peaceful and relaxing stay.

View full itinerary

Ivory Lodge

Days 3-6

The relatively small Ivory Lodge is situated in the Sikumi Forest Reserve, a strip of protected land in Zimbabwe sandwiched between the main Victoria Falls–Bulawayo road and Hwange National Park. One of the easiest of Hwange's safari lodges to access by road, Ivory stands next to a large waterhole that, in season, attracts elephants in their hundreds. Although this is a significant draw, the lodge focuses most of its activities on 4WD game drives into the nearby Hwange National Park.

View full itinerary

Amalinda Lodge

Days 6-9

In a small private concession within Matobo Hills, Amalinda Lodge occupies a truly spectacular location. The lodge, formerly Camp Amalinda, is comfortable and owner run, with authentic, cleverly designed rooms built amongst ancient granite boulders. Come for the setting, the rich history and the opportunity to track rhino on foot.

View full itinerary
Batonka Guest Lodge

Batonka Guest Lodge

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Ivory Lodge

Ivory Lodge

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Amalinda Lodge

Amalinda Lodge

Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe

About image

Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Klipspringer Safari.

  • Walking with white rhino in Matobo Hills
  • Mix of adventure and relaxation around Victoria Falls
  • Explore Hwange and its surrounds on drive, night drives and walks
  • Learning about the rich history around Amalinda Lodge
  • Getting an insight into local culture and its people

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Klipspringer Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Canoeing

  • Cultural excursion

  • Elephant encounter

  • Guided walking safari

  • Helicopter

  • Kayaking

  • Microlight

  • Night drive

  • Self-guided walking

  • White-water rafting

About image

Key species to see on the Klipspringer Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Klipspringer Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


White Rhino

100% chance

Zebra

91% chance

Buffalo

50% chance

Elephant

50% chance

Giraffe

45% chance

Wildebeest

45% chance

Sable antelope

36% chance

Hippo

20% chance

Lion

0% chance

Leopard

0% chance

Cheetah

0% chance

Wild dog

0% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Black Rhino

0% chance

Brown Hyena

0% chance

Eland

0% chance

Oryx

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

Roan antelope

0% chance

Spotted Hyena

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Klipspringer Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Rhino Walk

Rhino Walk

Around four hours - mornings only

Spend an unforgettable morning on a walking safari tracking Mosi-oa-Tunya’s small population of white rhino, with a strong chance of being able to approach these endangered creatures on foot.

More about Rhino Walk
90% (2 reviews)
Chobe Day Trip

Chobe Day Trip

Full day - typically around 11 hours

For a top safari experience while visiting the Victoria Falls, don’t miss a day trip to Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Easily reachable from Livingstone, Zambia or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Chobe boasts some of the best wildlife densities in southern Africa, with exceptional numbers of elephant drawn by the permanent waters of the Chobe River.

More about Chobe Day Trip
Helicopter Flight - Zimbabwe

Helicopter Flight - Zimbabwe

Shortest flight is 12-25 minutes

While viewing the Victoria Falls from the ground is a stunning experience, seen the world’s largest waterfall from the air allows for a completely different perspective, historically said to have been so beautiful as to have been seen by ‘angels in flight’.

More about Helicopter Flight
94% (7 reviews)
Ra-Ikane River Cruise

Ra-Ikane River Cruise

Two hours minimum

Cruising the upper sections of the Zambezi reveals another dimension to the river's beauty, adding a sense of serenity to the thrill of watching it cascade over the Victoria Falls. On a Ra-Ikane river cruise, experience the river’s islands and channels, keeping an eye out for wildlife, and the spray from the Falls.

More about Ra-Ikane River Cruise
97% (12 reviews)
Elephant Encounter

Elephant Encounter

Three hours

For a very personal encounter with elephants, head to The Elephant Camp near Victoria Falls. From its sanctuary for orphaned elephants, it offers close interaction with one of Africa's most iconic species, including the chance to feed the elephants by hand, and talk to the guides who have raised and trained them.

More about Elephant Encounter
100% (2 reviews)
Elephant Art Experience

Elephant Art Experience

Three hours

The Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Art of Africa have teamed up to create a unique experience in the bush, with private tutors running painting workshops and habituated elephants provision impressive models, standing just metres away from your easel.

More about Elephant Art Experience
Zambezi Explorer River Cruise

Zambezi Explorer River Cruise

Two hours

Watching the sunset from the middle of the Zambezi River, with the spray of the falls behind you, is an incredibly popular activity. A large variety of cruises are on offer, ranging from cheap and boozy directed towards the backpacker crowd, to much more luxurious and serene experiences. A great option for the latter style is the Zambezi Explorer.

More about Zambezi Explorer
100% (2 reviews)
Microlight Flight

Microlight Flight

15 or 30 minutes

For pure exhilaration, it's hard to find something better than flying in a microlight, swooping through the spray that crashes up and off the Victoria Falls, with rainbows shimmering below. If you don't like heights, then this isn't for you! For those looking for a different way to see the Falls, the microlight flights offer a stunning birds eye view of this spectacular natural wonder.

More about Microlight Flight
100% (1 reviews)
Livingstone Island & Devil's Pool

Livingstone Island & Devil's Pool

Three hours

Victoria Falls is one of the world's natural wonders, and a huge attraction for many visitors to southern Africa. We're often asked if the waterfall is best viewed from the Zambian or Zimbabwean side, but we think the best way to experience the full majesty of the falls is from the middle with a visit to Livingstone Island.

More about Livingstone Island
100% (5 reviews)
Historical Bridge Tour

Historical Bridge Tour

Two hours - AM & PM departures

A feat of engineering the Victoria Falls Bridge was built in 1905 as part of Cecil Rhodes' vision to link the Cape to Cairo. With an expert guide and the appropriate safety equipment you'll not only discover the wonders of this Victorian marvel but also gain a unique perspective of the Victoria Falls themselves.

More about Bridge Tour
Guided tour of Victoria Falls

Guided tour of Victoria Falls

Two hours - AM & PM departures

One of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, the mighty Victoria Falls has to be seen to be believed. Why not take an expertly guided trip to learn about the history, geology, flora and fauna of one of Africa's most spectacular sites?

More about Tour of the Falls
Cookery Course & Activity

Cookery Course & Activity

Six hours - afternoon activity

Make a traditional Southern African ‘potjie dinner’ on the banks of the Zambezi River. You’ll be guided through the preparation process by professional chefs before embarking on an afternoon activity while your dinner cooks. The activity is followed by a 3-course meal, including your self-made Pot as the main course.

More about Cookery Course
Bushtracks Express

Bushtracks Express

Generally four and a half hours

The Bushtracks Express Train starts its journey at Zimbabwe’s iconic Victoria Falls Station before departing on its route through Victoria Falls National Park the Victoria Falls Bridge, where guests enjoy the stunning view of the Falls. Afterwards, the train will depart for a siding out of town, for dinner.

More about Bushtracks Express

Let us help you customise your trip

Like all of our holidays on this site, this is just an idea. All of our trips are tailor-made, so we'll always adapt them to suit you.


Talk to an Expert

Browse this Expert Africa website, then call us. We’ll match you with the Specialist in our team who is best suited to help you.

Set up your itinerary

Based on our experience and your ideas, your specialist will create a detailed, costed itinerary. We’ll refine it together, until we have a trip that you’re perfectly happy with.

Prepare for your trip

The same Specialist will make the seamless arrangements for your trip, send you detailed travel documents, and be available to answer any questions before you depart.

Travel with peace of mind

After you set off, you’ll be cared for by our partners in Africa, most of whom have worked with Expert Africa for decades. And if you ever need us urgently, we’re available 24/7.

When you return

We love to learn about your trip, and so will always be grateful if you’ve the time to give feedback to your Specialist when you return.

Inspire me

Need inspiration?

Let our trip chooser narrow down the options for you

Inspire me

Other ideas for Zimbabwe safaris

Look at these ideas in Zimbabwe: then talk to us. Will will design a trip that's perfect for you.


Map

Side-striped Jackal Safari

6 days • 2 locations • 1 country
VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT TO VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT

Get an in-depth experience of Zimbabwe’s colossal Hwange National Park, staying at two experience-focused camps with excellent guiding in contrasting areas. An adventurous safari for the real enthusiast.

Visiting Hwange

US$3,180 - US$4,220 per person

Read more about the Side-striped Jackal Safari

Map

Ground Hornbill Safari

9 days • 3 locations • 1 country
VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT TO BULAWAYO AIRPORT

This Zimbabwean odyssey explores Hwange National Park from two small camps, renowned for their great guiding, before ending with insights into cultural history, a little luxury and first-class rhino tracking in the Matobo Hills.

Visiting Matobo, Hwange

US$4,890 - US$6,820 per person

Read more about the Ground Hornbill Safari

Map

Pied Kingfisher Safari

9 days • 3 locations • 1 country
VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT TO HARARE AIRPORT

A luxury safari combining three of Zimbabwe's top highlights. The trip uses some of the finest safari camps in Zimbabwe and is perfect for a family or small group.

Visiting Victoria Falls, Hwange and 1 other area

US$5,250 - US$7,070 per person

Read more about the Pied Kingfisher Safari

Map

Buffalo Safari

9 days • 3 locations • 1 country
HARARE AIRPORT TO VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT

Combining Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools and Hwange national parks with stays at intimate six-tent safari camps offering excellent walking, canoeing and game drives. Superb wildlife viewing and a real wilderness-focused experience.

Visiting Mana Pools, Hwange

US$5,410 - US$7,220 per person

Read more about the Buffalo Safari

Map

Tigerfish Safari

6 days • 2 locations • 1 country
HARARE AIRPORT TO HARARE AIRPORT

Go fully off grid on this adventurous exploration of Mana Pools National Park combining a classic canoe safari along the Zambezi with some excellent walking. Not for the faint-hearted.

Visiting Mana Pools

US$5,510 - US$6,300 per person

Read more about the Tigerfish Safari

Map

Lion Safari

7 days • 2 locations • 1 country
VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT TO VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT

The classic Expert Africa Zimbabwe safari. Combining two of our favourite independent camps, each run by celebrated guides, exciting game drives, world-class walks and canoeing in premier wildlife watching destinations.

Visiting Mana Pools, Hwange

US$5,910 - US$7,690 per person

Read more about the Lion Safari

Map

Banded Mongoose Safari

8 days • 2 locations • 1 country
HARARE AIRPORT TO HARARE AIRPORT

A safari to two beautiful spots in northern Zimbabwe – peaceful Lake Kariba and wild Mana Pools National Park – staying in great-value camps with celebrated guiding.

Visiting Matusadona, Mana Pools

US$6,140 - US$6,950 per person

Read more about the Banded Mongoose Safari

Map

Grysbok Safari

9 days • 3 locations • 1 country
VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT TO HARARE AIRPORT

Discover three of Zimbabwe’s iconic destinations in style, flying between Hwange, Mana Pools and Lake Kariba on this varied safari adventure staying at authentic yet luxurious camps.

Visiting Hwange, Matusadona and 1 other area

US$6,640 - US$9,160 per person

Read more about the Grysbok Safari

Map

Bat Hawk Safari

7 days • 2 locations • 1 country
HARARE AIRPORT TO JOHANNESBURG AIRPORT

Explore two areas revered by safari enthusiasts with some of Africa’s best walking and some superb guiding – even by Zimbabwe’s high standards – for a varied and wonderfully immersive wilderness experience.

Visiting Gonarezhou & Savé, Mana Pools

US$6,820 - US$7,840 per person

Read more about the Bat Hawk Safari

Map

Great Egret Safari

12 days • 4 locations • 2 country
MAUN AIRPORT TO VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT

A wonderfully varied adventure to Botswana and Zimbabwe combining three fantastic safari areas, a luxury river cruise and the mighty Victoria Falls.

Visiting Chobe, Okavango Delta and 2 other areas

US$7,290 - US$11,680 per person

Read more about the Great Egret Safari

Other safari ideas across Africa

Talk to us: help us to understand what you like and we can create a safari that will really suit you.


Itinerary image

Golden Weaver Fly-In Safari

6 days • 2 locations
NAIROBI WILSON AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

A rustic, adventurous week on safari with great community involvement that offers incredible value for money in two very different locations – the Amboseli and Maasai Mara ecosystems.

US$2,830 - US$2,830 per person

Itinerary image

Suni Fly-in Safari

4 days • 1 locations
DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Experience a variety of safari activities from the comfort of a traditional tented camp overlooking a stunning stretch of the Rufiji River. Spectacular wildlife, immersive experiences and simple comforts await guests at Selous Impala Camp.

US$2,700 - US$3,340 per person

Itinerary image

Sable Self-drive Safari

12 days • 7 locations
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT

A great value southern African self-drive adventure from Namibia along the Caprivi Strip to Botswana and Zimbabwe, combining otherworldly landscapes, unforgettable wildlife spectacles, rarely visited places and ending at Victoria Falls.

US$3,080 - US$4,130 per person

Itinerary image

Lovebird Fly-in Safari

5 days • 2 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Visit two consistently impressive wildlife destinations during this excellent-value safari in northern Tanzania. Enjoy a range of walks and cultural visits from sister camps at the Ngorongoro Crater and in the heart of the Serengeti.

US$3,190 - US$4,730 per person

Itinerary image

Kwandwe Self-drive Safari

3 days • 1 locations
PORT ELIZABETH AIRPORT TO PORT ELIZABETH AIRPORT

An elegantly stylish lodge that is well suited to families, Kwandwe offers a range of safari activities and the chance to sight all of the Big 5 during exploration of the eastern cape.

US$2,380 - US$3,240 per person

Itinerary image

Bat-eared Fox Fly-in Safari

3 days • 1 locations
DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

This is an ideal first-time safari and is the perfect add-on to a holiday in Zanzibar. The Selous is Africa’s biggest game reserve and is home to an abundance of wildlife.

US$2,000 - US$2,360 per person

Itinerary image

Wattled Crane Safari

5 days • 2 locations
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

A good-value Botswana safari staying at comfortable lodges in prime wildlife-viewing areas – Chobe National Park and the Moremi Reserve in the Okavango Delta.

US$3,690 - US$5,820 per person

Itinerary image

Nile Monitor Safari

6 days • 2 locations
LUSAKA AIRPORT TO LUSAKA AIRPORT

Great-value South Luangwa safari to two sister camps: a classic safari camp for 4WD safaris by day and night and its simpler sibling: a remote, seasonal bushcamp for expert-guided walking safaris.

US$3,740 - US$4,050 per person

Itinerary image

Crowned Hornbill Guided Safari

6 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Explore Tanzania’s renowned northern circuit with a private guide during this 4WD safari. Stay in three well-located yet economical lodges that provide easy access to fantastic wildlife viewing and cultural visits to local communities.

US$3,960 - US$5,220 per person

Itinerary image

Striped Hyena Safari

5 days • 3 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO NAIROBI AIRPORT

Expert Africa's Striped Hyena safari is an example of a possible safari itinerary for keen walkers, enabling you to experience the sounds and sights of the bush, and its wildlife, in a more direct way.

US$3,980 - US$4,810 per person

Login to Expert Africa

Sign in with password

Sign in with email link


New to Expert Africa? Create an account

Forgotten your details?

It's free & quick to set up

  • Order a brochure
  • Save your wish-list
  • Send us an enquiry
  • Pay online for your trip
  • Subscribe to our newsletter
  • Give us feedback on your trip
  • Full site benefits of the site

Need some help? Talk to our team

Africa