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Lion Safari

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.

Lion Safari: Summary

Lion Safari in a nutshell

Whether for first timers to Zimbabwe or seasoned safari enthusiasts, we can’t think of a better way to spend a week here than this seven-night trip. Staying in a pair independent camps each managed by celebrated guides, discover two of Zimbabwe’s – and Africa’s – very best wildlife destinations.

Begin with three nights in Hwange National Park. Larger than Northern Ireland, it is a huge and diverse protected area home to some of the largest elephant herds on earth along with over 100 mammal and over 400 bird species. Camp Hwange is found in the virtually private north-west of the park where the Kalahari turns to rugged hills. Relatively simple but comfortable, it is the superb guiding led by Dave Carson, fully flexible schedules, close-up wildlife encounters on foot and real sense of enthusiasm from the team here that make it a long-time favourite.

Next take a light aircraft over Lake Kariba to Mana Pools National Park for four night overlooking the might Zambezi River. Once again placing substance over style, the safari experience here is exceptional. Owner Nick Murray is one of the most respected guides in Africa and his handpicked team is excellent. Canoeing on the river amid grunting hippos and crocodiles is always a thrill. Hopping out of the vehicle in the camp’s private concession, a prime area in the park’s heart, is an unforgettable way see lion, wild dog (a speciality of Nick’s), elephant and more.

At a glance

Starts: Victoria Falls Airport
3 nights Camp Hwange - Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe Full Board & Activities
4 nights Vundu Camp - Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe Full Board & Activities
Ends: Victoria Falls Airport

Camp Hwange

Days 1-4

In the north-west of Hwange National Park, where the Kalahari's flat plains start to transition into rugged hills, you’ll find Camp Hwange. The camp is owned by David Carson, a top Zimbabwean professional guide. It combines a distinct "bush" feel with an emphasis on the safari experience and top guiding.

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Vundu Camp

Days 4-8

Vundu is a small camp with a long-standing reputation. It sits in a private concession on the banks of the Zambezi River, in the heart of Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park, shaded by a grove of ebony and tamarind trees. An owner-run property, it focuses on offering a variety of activities in a game-rich area of the park.

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Camp Hwange

Camp Hwange

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Vundu Camp

Vundu Camp

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

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Highlights

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

  • Tracking a pack of wild dogs with a real expert
  • Explore Hwange without seeing other vehicles
  • Canoeing between hippos on the Zambezi
  • Meeting Boswell the elephant on foot in Mana Pools
  • An incredibly high level of guiding throughout

Activities

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

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Canoeing

  • Fishing

  • Guided walking safari

  • Night drive

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Key species to see on the Lion Safari

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


Buffalo

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Lion

97% chance

Spotted Hyena

96% chance

Eland

95% chance

Wild dog

88% chance

Giraffe

79% chance

Cheetah

59% chance

Roan antelope

59% chance

Leopard

47% chance

Sable antelope

47% chance

Wildebeest

24% chance

Brown Hyena

15% chance

Oryx

4% chance

Pangolin

4% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Black Rhino

0% chance

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