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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: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Lion Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Victoria Falls Airport

Day 1

Victoria Falls to Camp Hwange by road

An air-conditioned vehicle will transfer you from the airport to meet your safari guide at Hwange National Park's Mbala Gate. Then it’s a 4WD safari to Camp Hwange, across rocky granite hills. It’ll take around four hours total, depending on how long you stop to watch wildlife on the way.

Camp Hwange
Days 1-4

Camp Hwange

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesHwange National Park, Zimbabwe

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.

Camp Hwange

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.

"this was the best few days on safari we have had anywhere"

Mr & Mrs RfromHants

Arrived 15 Sep 2019, 3 nights

We've been sending our travellers on mobile safaris with David Carson for many years, and we are very impressed with this, his first permanent camp, which continues his legacy of top guiding and unforgettable safaris. Camp Hwange is all about experiencing the wilderness first-hand, so if you're looking for five-star luxury this is not the place for you. If, however, your emphasis is on flexible, knowledgeable and charismatic guiding in very comfortable surroundings, then we think you'll love it here. See our full report on Camp Hwange

96%
73 reviews of Camp Hwange by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 4

Hwange to Mana Pools by 4WD & air

Flight schedules permitting, you may have time to enjoy one last game drive in Hwange before heading to Giraffe Springs airstrip. It takes about two hours to fly to Mana Pools by light aircraft, sometimes stopping for other passengers to alight. This is followed by a game drive into camp.

Vundu Camp
Days 4-8

Vundu Camp

4 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesMana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Owned by a top Zimbabwean guide, Vundu Camp offers exceptional safari activities from its private location on the Zambezi River. Superb guiding and wildlife: these are the hallmarks of Vundu Camp, whose owner, Nick Murray, is a professional guide of distinction.

Vundu Camp

Owned by a top Zimbabwean guide, Vundu Camp offers exceptional safari activities from its private location on the Zambezi River. Superb guiding and wildlife: these are the hallmarks of Vundu Camp, whose owner, Nick Murray, is a professional guide of distinction.

Vundu lies on the banks of the Zambezi River within a private area of Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose “congregation of animals … constitutes one of Africa's outstanding wildlife spectacles”.

It’s a park that Nick and his team know exceptionally well, their experience, skill and dedication attracting the team of David Attenborough’s Dynasties to film here for many months.

Flexibility is very much the key; one minute you could be on a game drive, the next breathless with anticipation as you approach a large elephant on foot. Or switch to a canoe to marvel at the wildlife of this iconic river.

Back in camp, with the river in front and a small “pan” at the back, it’s hard to know where to watch for wildlife – but there are plenty of vantage points: the seating area of your spacious tented chalet; the comfortable lounge raised above the river, or the more lowly area around the firepit.

"The guides we had at Vundu were the best we had on our entire trip!"

Mr A.fromWashington

Arrived 2 Nov 2019, 5 nights

Never mind safari chic; Vundu is a place to come for the safari experience – and it’s up there with the best. See our full report on Vundu Camp

96%
38 reviews of Vundu Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Canoeing

Fishing

Guided walking safari

Day 8

Vundu to Victoria Falls by road & air

After one last morning drive in Mana Pools it is time to head back to the airstrip for your light-aircraft flight to Victoria Falls Airport. Heading out of the Zambezi Valley, you'll enjoy a spectacular aerial view of the park as you settle into your two-hour flight.

Day 8

Ends: Victoria Falls Airport

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