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Nyala Safari

A superb luxury safari in iconic Hwange and Mana Pools National Parks staying in a pair of the finest safari camps in Zimbabwe, with a grand finale at Victoria Falls.

Nyala Safari: Summary

Nyala Safari in a nutshell

You’ll be greeted on arrival into Victoria Falls Airport before the drive to Hwange National Park. Your home for the next three nights, Linkwasha Camp, is found deep in the park, with the last part of your transfer turning into a game drive and introduction to this special place. Linkwasha is the most luxurious camp in Hwange, a refreshingly contemporary yet low-impact spot with just eight tents, pool and communal areas overlooking favourite drinking spot for the local wildlife.

Sitting in its own private concession, you’ll be sharing this corner with just a handful of other guests and an incredible richness of game, exploring on day and night game drives and guided walks. In the winter, elephants congregate in enormous numbers around the waterholes, while the summer brings an abundance of wildebeest, zebra and eland. Lion, buffalo, hyena, giraffe, sable, impala, waterbuck and reedbuck can also be seen, as can prolific birdlife with some 400 species recorded here. For those after a really special evening, we can arrange a night in Linkwasha’s Star Bed, located on a raised platform a short drive from the main camp with nothing but a mosquito net between you and the wild.

From here a light aircraft takes you north-east to the banks of the Zambezi and the beautiful Ruckomechi Camp for four nights. Your tented suite, one of ten, is shaded by trees loved by visiting elephants for their seeds, with views out across the Zambezi River to the hills of Zambia. The camp sits in a large private concession on the edge of Mana Pools National Park, a true wilderness of woodland, savannah and plenty of water to support the wildlife which thrives here. Being outside of the national park means more freedom to explore not only on the walks and thrilling canoe trips which Mana is famous for, but night drives and motorised boat safaris, all with excellent guides.

Finally fly back to Victoria Falls, following the river upstream all the way to Old Drift Lodge in Zambezi National Park, a stylish lodge perched right on the riverbank. Keep the safari going with drives and guided walks in the park, take a boat down to the falls to explore and take lunch at the spectacular Lookout Café, try your hand at white water rafting or perhaps an unforgettable helicopter flight over the ‘smoke that thunders’. Then simply relax in your clawfoot bathtub with a view before a sunset river cruise.

At a glance

Starts: Victoria Falls Airport
3 nights Linkwasha Camp - Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe Full Board & Activities
4 nights Ruckomechi Camp - Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe Full Board & Activities
3 nights Old Drift Lodge - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Full Board & Activities
Ends: Victoria Falls Airport

Linkwasha Camp

Days 1-4

The private Linkwasha Concession within Zimbabwe’s renowned Hwange National Park is home to one of the park’s most luxurious offerings: Linkwasha Camp. The camp looks out across a pan with a permanent waterhole that attracts wildlife year round, and being in a private concession guests benefit from exclusive and flexible game viewing.

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Ruckomechi Camp

Days 4-8

Refurbished in 2016, the smart Ruckomechi Camp spans nearly a kilometre of riverfront in a private concession just beside the north-west corner of Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, where the vast Zambezi River flows against a backdrop of the Zambezi escarpment. This scenic location, coupled with a high concentration of large game such as elephant and buffalo, has made Ruckomechi a classic name in safaris for many years.

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Old Drift Lodge

Days 8-11

On the banks of the Zambezi River, 7km upstream of the Victoria Falls, the stylish Old Drift Lodge opened in mid-May 2018. It is one of a handful of camps within Zimbabwe’s Zambezi National Park, with regular visits from elephants to the lodge, especially later into the dry season.

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Linkwasha Camp

Linkwasha Camp

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi Camp

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Old Drift Lodge

Old Drift Lodge

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Highlights

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

  • Stunning luxury camps with great guiding throughout
  • Seeing Hwange’s elephant mega herds
  • Some of Africa’s very best walking safari in Mana Pools
  • Canoeing between hippo pods and crocodiles on the Zambezi
  • Mix of adventure and relaxation around Victoria Falls

Activities

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

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Canoeing

  • Cultural excursion

  • Elephant encounter

  • Fishing

  • Guided walking safari

  • Helicopter

  • Kayaking

  • Microlight

  • Night drive

  • White-water rafting

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Key species to see on the Nyala Safari

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


Lion

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Sable antelope

80% chance

Eland

58% chance

Wildebeest

58% chance

Roan antelope

36% chance

Giraffe

34% chance

Leopard

0% chance

Cheetah

0% chance

Wild dog

0% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Black Rhino

0% chance

Brown Hyena

0% chance

Oryx

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Nyala 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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Tram & Bridge Tour

Tram & Bridge Tour

Two hours - generally 12pm-2pm

Starting with lunch at the historic Victoria Falls Station your tram journey takes you through Victoria Falls National Park to the iconic bridge. After a brief stop, you’ll cross to the bridge museum for an informative talk by a local historian. This is followed by snacks and drinks soaking in the views before returning to the station.

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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.

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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.

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