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Pied Kingfisher Safari

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.

Pied Kingfisher Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Pied Kingfisher 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 Airport to town by road

A driver will be waiting at Victoria Falls Airport to transfer you to Batonka Guest Lodge. The 20km, 20-minute journey along sealed tar roads takes you past the Zambezi National Park and through the historic town of Victoria Falls.

Batonka Guest Lodge
Days 1-4

Batonka Guest Lodge

3 nights
Bed & BreakfastVictoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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.

Batonka Guest Lodge

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.

"a quite and relaxing place"

Miss J.fromBury St. Edmu

Arrived 20 Nov 2019, 2 nights

Batonka Guest Lodge may not have the historical character or premium location of some of Victoria Falls' more expensive hotels, but it is clean, comfortable, modern and well-run, with very picturesque gardens and a range of amenities. It has convenient access to the Falls, and works incredibly well as an inexpensive base for exploring the area, recovering from an international flight, or just relaxing by the pool at the end of a busy safari. See our full report on Batonka Guest Lodge

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13 reviews of Batonka Guest Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Canoeing

Cultural excursion

Elephant encounter

Guided walking safari

Helicopter

Kayaking

Microlight

White-water rafting

Day 4

Victoria Falls to Hwange by road

After breakfast, you’ll be taken from your hotel to Hwange Main Camp in an air-conditioned vehicle; the journey takes around 2½ hours on sealed roads. Here, you change to a 4WD for the 1½-hour game drive to Somalisa Acacia – or longer, depending on the wildlife you spot en route.

Somalisa Acacia
Days 4-7

Somalisa Acacia

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesHwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Somalisa Acacia is a luxury, family-focused camp set in a private concession, deep in the heart of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. With two family rooms and no age restrictions for children, it's a very convenient option within the park for families with younger children.

Somalisa Acacia

Somalisa Acacia is a luxury, family-focused camp set in a private concession, deep in the heart of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. With two family rooms and no age restrictions for children, it's a very convenient option within the park for families with younger children.

"I would return for that watering hole"

Mrs & Mr KfromFlorida

Arrived 26 Jun 2019, 3 nights

Somalisa Acacia is both luxurious and immaculately designed. It works very well for a comfortable stay in the middle of the bush for all ages, and we're delighted to see a camp in the area that specifically caters to families. See our full report on Somalisa Acacia

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3 reviews of Somalisa Acacia by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 7

Hwange to Mana Pools by 4WD & air

Today, you'll have time for one last activity in Hwange before heading to the airstrip by 4WD. It takes about two hours to fly to Mana Pools by light aircraft, perhaps stopping for other passengers to alight. This is followed by a game drive, often including sundowners before reaching camp.

Nyamatusi Mahogany
Days 7-10

Nyamatusi Mahogany

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesMana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Comfortable family tents, specialist children’s guides and a great location make Nyamatusi Mahogany a good choice for a family safari. Children on safari can be a pleasure in the right camp – and that camp could just be Nyamatusi Mahogany. Hidden deep in the bush in Mana Pools National Park, it exudes plenty of style, yet with two dedicated family suites it is fully geared to the needs of families. First up are two en-suite bedrooms in each suite, so you and your little ones have your own space – and view. Then there’s a proper corridor between the rooms, ensuring their safety if they wake in the night. And perhaps best of all, there’s the Ngwana Club, whose specialist children’s guides offer a range of child-friendly activities, from nature walks close to camp to traditional storytelling, cookery and crafts. Youngsters can enjoy the pool, too, as well as the thrill of guided game drives with their parents. You’ll sleep in comfortable beds, relax in the small, open-sided dining area and gather at night around the firepit to share tales of the day, all in the experienced hands of African Bush Camps, whose safari hospitality has been honed over many years. This is a relaxed, friendly camp, and makes a great option for families with animal-mad youngsters.

Nyamatusi Mahogany

Comfortable family tents, specialist children’s guides and a great location make Nyamatusi Mahogany a good choice for a family safari. Children on safari can be a pleasure in the right camp – and that camp could just be Nyamatusi Mahogany. Hidden deep in the bush in Mana Pools National Park, it exudes plenty of style, yet with two dedicated family suites it is fully geared to the needs of families. First up are two en-suite bedrooms in each suite, so you and your little ones have your own space – and view. Then there’s a proper corridor between the rooms, ensuring their safety if they wake in the night. And perhaps best of all, there’s the Ngwana Club, whose specialist children’s guides offer a range of child-friendly activities, from nature walks close to camp to traditional storytelling, cookery and crafts. Youngsters can enjoy the pool, too, as well as the thrill of guided game drives with their parents. You’ll sleep in comfortable beds, relax in the small, open-sided dining area and gather at night around the firepit to share tales of the day, all in the experienced hands of African Bush Camps, whose safari hospitality has been honed over many years. This is a relaxed, friendly camp, and makes a great option for families with animal-mad youngsters.

"The Excellent rating doesn't do this camp justice - it is totally amazing"

Mr R.fromMalmesbury

Arrived 7 Nov 2019, 4 nights

See our full report on Nyamatusi Mahogany

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1 reviews of Nyamatusi Mahogany by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Day 10

Mana Pools to Harare by 4WD & light aircraft

If your flight time allows, you may have time to enjoy one last game drive in Mana Pools en route to the airstrip to meet your plane to Harare International Airport. The light-aircraft flight takes around 1½ hours, depending on any stops for other passengers to alight.

Day 10

Ends: Harare International Airport

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Experiences you can add to this trip.

Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst staying at lodges on this trip. These are usually best arranged in advance so talk to us.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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