Well, where do I start? There is a pathway from the hotel down to the falls! The gardens are big and green and there is a beautiful swimming pool where I spent 70% of each day. A beautiful hotel, great meals, friendly staff.
Along with the big tents. We had: BUCKET-
SHOWERS!! I knew we would have these.
That made it more fun. I always had my water cold!! It felt good. If you want the camp hands will heat it up for you!
Just too much fun. Even more fun while in the shower out-side. You hear the JACKALS
Near Victoria Falls, nice place called:ILLALA
LODGE. Not crowded, pretty, and good food!
But the best place to stay! Is in a TENT! It's
OK to stay in a lodge at the beginning and
end of your safari. Along the way, some kind of tent. Here along the Zambezi River. You
can look over and see Zambia!!
Illala Lodge, good grounds. Good food, nice
people! Quiet. The tents, what can I say. It's
Another one of these lovely Inns.... You will feel very welcome here!!! You can watch the baboons from your hotel room.
Good restaurant and you can choose if you wnat your coffee in front of the chimney, very cozy on cold winter days!!!
Camping was a great way to overnight in the Parks and enjoy the feeling of being in the wild (Great Zimbawe / Motobo / VicFalls). I was very surprised of the quality of the campgrounds. Be prepared to face monkeys...
Simple but clean is how I'd describe the lodges at Main Camp and Sinamatella in Hwange National Park. At Main Camp, the kids enjoyed chasing about 40 mongoose around the grounds. It was especially interesting to note how outdoor fireplaces placed below watertanks inbetween the chalets at both camps were used as water heaters.
Sinamatella is situated on a high hill and we had a great lookout over the plains below (it reminded us a lot of the lookout at Olifants camp in Kruger National Park, South Africa).
Sinamatella Camp in Hwange is great. The view from the restaurant is superb (see Must see activities)
Unfortunately, I couldn't get into the Halfway Hotel, halfway between Bulawayo and Vic Falls. It looked really pretty though and the food was good.
Some useful tips :
- Good small hotels and motels
- Halfway House in Fatima (highly recommended)
When staying at Victoria Falls, my first choice Inn -- the Victoria Falls Lodge -- might not be available. In that case, a great second-choice is the Zambeze River Lodge.
African architecture, freindly staff, good food (although not quite the same as the Vic Falls Lodge nightly barbecue). I recall a good chicken dish with peanut sauce served at their restaurant.
Fothergill Island -- a nice private 'hut', comfy furniture and beds covered with mosquito neeting curtains. Great walking safaris!
Bumi Hill Lodge -- and related experiences...
About $200 dollars a night.
A perfect African style resort, Bumi Hills is nestled in the hills above the beautiful Lake Kariba. You can look down from your private hut and see gorgeous sinsets, romaing elephants, etc. Each day, after receiving fresh juice at your doorstep, you will sign up to be dropped in various animal viewing stations, including: salt lick and tree house. Alternatively, you can sign up for a sunset cruise, walking safari, driving safari -- or even ask to be dropped for a night's stay at 'Water Wildnerness' a group of houseboats that have been converted into a 'lodge' from which you can do water safaris. Finally, you can finish off your stay with a night or two at Fothergill Island -- another nice accommodation located at a different part of the Lake Kariba. From Fothergill, we did a great walking safari during which we circled a rhino, from a distance of just about 30 feet.
Water Wildnerness -- our own private houseboat and canoe. Meet at the main houseboat for fresh cooked fish.
Could not tell a price as we stayed in the campground.
It's a colonial days historic hotel which does nice buffet style breakfast. If you got the means you can relive Stanleys and Livingstones days.
The treasures of Zimbabwe are rich and varied, ranging from her great wildlife sanctuaries, mighty rivers and natural wonders, to her ancient art heritage left behind by iron and stone age man. Zimbabwe's many private game reserves offer both standard and luxury accommodation. National parks have cottages, chalets or lodges, which are all fully equipped. Booking is essential.
Tour Code: PDAZ 007
Tour Name: Zimbabwe Explorer Safari
Tour Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
A chauffeur driven safari departing from Harare and taking you to some of the best kept secrets of Zimbabwe including the Great Zimbabwe, a world heritage site and the Matobo Hills known for it's scenic granite.
See below for itinerary, tour prices and booking information
'Personalized Safaris Series'
Zimbabwe Explorer Safari - 10 Days / 9 Nighs
Day 1: Arrival Harare - Zimbabwe Capital
Arrive in Harare and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure or contact us for optional tours. Overnight: Meikles Hotel.
Day 2: Harare (Breakfast included)
On this morning's tour of Harare, see some of the city's historic buildings and visit Kopje Hill for a panoramic view of the city. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight: Meikles Hotel
Day 3: Great Zimbabwe (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)
Depart by road for Great Zimbabwe. This afternoon, tour the ruins, which are the largest ancient stone complex south of the Sahara. Overnight: Great Zimbabwe Hotel
Day 4: Bulawayo (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)
Drive to Bulawayo today, arriving around midday. An afternoon game drive in the Matobo Hills. Overnight: Matobo Hills Lodge
Day 5: Bulawayo (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)
Choose from the various activities offered by the lodge. These include game drives, a tour of the Matopos, visit to areas of scenic and historical interest, and sites of some spectacular rock paintings. The less adventurous may choose to simply relax. Overnight: Matobo Hills Lodge
Day 6: Hwange (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)
Early morning drives before driving to Hwange. This afternoon, enjoy a game drive in the National Park. Overnight : Detema Safari Lodge
Day 7: Victoria Falls (Breakfast & dinner included)
Enjoy an early morning game drive before driving to Victoria Falls. This afternoon, tour the falls and a Traditional Living Village. In the evening enjoy traditional dancing. Overnight: A'Zambezi River Lodge
Day 8: Victoria Falls (Breakfast & dinner included)
A full day excursion to Chobe National Park today. Overnight: A'Zambezi River Lodge
Day 9: Victoria Falls (Breakfast & dinner included)
This morning, travel into Zambia for a morning visit to Mukini Village. This afternoon enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River. Overnight: A'Zambezi River Lodge
Day 10: Depart (Breakfast included)
Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
Safari Price Guide
All prices are quoted in United States Dollar (US$)
NOTE: Rates Not Valid on Major Public Holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Islamic Idd etc.
Rates Depends on No. of Travellers High Season Rates in US$ Low Season Rates in US$
Per Person Sharing in a Party of 2 US$ 3205 US$ 2805
Single Room Use (Supplement) US$ 550 US$ 517
Tour Prices Validity: All Year Round (Except on Major Public Holidays)
High Season : November, December and January
Christmas Season: 21st December - 04 January of every year
Organized Group Rates : Special Group travel rates are available on request
Your Safari Price Includes:
All tours and transfers in custom designed vehicle and with English speaking guide
Direct check-in with assistance in your safari lodges
Transport in a comfortable custom-built safari vehicle with a window seat guarantee
Full board accommodation whilst on tour
Park entrance fees
Game viewing drives
Sightseeing tours as mentioned in your tour itinerary
Services of an English-Speaking and professional tour driver/guide
All Government taxes and levies where applicable.
Your Safari Price Excludes:
Tourist entry VISA to Zimbabwe (if required)
International airport(s) departures taxes
Optional excursions not mentioned in the inclusions and/or quoted separately
Expenditures of personal nature such as telephone calls, faxes, internet access, laundry etc.
All alcoholic drinks, wines and spirits.
Tips and gratuities to driver guides/lodge/hotel staff
All other extras not mentioned in the 'what's included'.
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