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Holidays in Zimbabwe

Price per person, based on 2 people sharing from £2945.00 excluding international flights

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Day 1 London Heathrow – Depart on the evening, overnight flight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.

Day 2 Johannesburg – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. On arrival into Johannesburg you will remain in transit before continuing onto the connecting flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. You will be met on arrival and taken by private transfer to your hotel, the renowned Victoria Falls Hotel.

The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. The Edwardian-style five-star hotel, built in 1904, was recently redecorated and refurbished and combines olde-world charm with modern amenities. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, the Victoria Falls Hotel provides tranquillity and seclusion. The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten-minute walk away using the hotel’s private pathway, and “the smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-O-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from the gardens.

World-class service, and food and beverage choice and preparation second to none. The opulent Livingstone Room offers fine dining and dancing, whilst the Jungle Junction with its famous breakfast and dinner buffets and ethnic entertainment in the evenings, offers variety and wide choice. Stanley’s Terrace, with its clear view of the Victoria Falls Bridge, connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, is renowned for its cocktails and afternoon teas. The Terrace has been a rendezvous for adventurers in Africa for over a century.

A large swimming pool, two tennis courts, a library, reading rooms and chapel are part of the complex.

After check in you will have a chance to refresh before you are collected in the afternoon and taken to the banks of the Zambezi for a sunset cruise. Glide along the river looking for hippo and crocodile or animals that have come to the river’s edge to drink. Overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast Basis.

Day 3 Victoria Falls After a leisurely breakfast you will be collected from the hotel and taken on a guided tour of the Falls. In the afternoon relax or take advantage of the many optional activities on offer, from elephant back safaris to walking with lions, helicopter flights or just enjoy tea on the terrace.

Overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast Basis.

Day 4 Victoria Falls – Chobe, Botswana – African Queen After breakfast you will be collected from the hotel and driven across the border from Zimbabwe into Botswana where you will meet the Zambezi Queen. After a safety briefing a chance to settle into your luxury cabin, you will be served a delicious dinner and the boat will depart.

There can be few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa’s raw wilderness as the great Chobe River. These waters divide Namibia’s Caprivi Strip from Botswana’s Chobe National Park, and its exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. It is on this great expanse of untamed water an adventure unlike any other awaits. Why join he crowds on land-based game drives when you can experience the thrill of it all from your own private suite aboard a luxury 45 meter boat? The Zambezi Queen is unique in that it’s a sophisticated, elegant experience that has not lost the essence of all that is uniquely African. It is all about pampering, indulgence, and superior comfort. Whether you are dining on the third level restaurant watching the animals gather at the water at dusk, game viewing from one of the private boats, or attempting to land your first tiger fish, the professional Zambezi Queen team will be on hand to meet your every need. Teeming with life, the Chobe National Park sprawls across some 11 000 m of lush African bush, and is home to the largest populace of elephants in the world – currently estimated at roughly 120 000. Along with the elephants, prides of leopard and lion, huge groups of buffalo, waterbuck, roan, eland, sable, giraffe, and, if you are lucky, one of the rare puku, can also be seen. In the river itself watch out for hippo and crocodile, and keep your binoculars at the ready for spotting a rich selection of bird life. Overnight on the Zambezi Queen on a Full Board basis with soft drinks, local wine and beer included.

Day 5 African Queen After breakfast, you’ll have the option of going on a 4×4 safari in Chobe National Park or do a river safari. Lunch is served on board as the boat sails the Chobe River. The late afternoon is spent game-viewing by a smaller boat and highlighted with a boma dinner on the shore of the Chobe River.

Overnight on the Zambezi Queen on a Full Board basis with soft drinks, local wine and beer included.

Day 6 African Queen
Another day dawns packed with excitement and activities. Today you’ll have the choice of visiting a traditional African Village or do more game-viewing by boat.

For the sporting enthusiast, you’ll have the option to do tiger fishing in the afternoon.

Dinner is on board.

Overnight on the Zambezi Queen on a Full Board basis with soft drinks, local wine and beer included.

Day 7 African Queen – Okavango Delta After breakfast you will be transferred to Kasane Airport, where you will board your scheduled light aircraft transfer to your camp in the Okavango Delta.

Lying in the middle of the largest expanse of sand on earth the Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive, and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife. Unique as one of the world’s few inland deltas, the placid waters and lush indigenous forests of the Delta offer a safe haven for innumerable bird and wildlife species. The elusive Sitatunga antelope has found refuge in this pristine wetland ecosystem, while birds such as the African fish eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and many others are magnificent in their spectacular display. The Okavango Delta offers a number of activities for the visitor where fishing and bird-watching are obvious attractions, but game viewing, especially for rare species, is also possible. One can also take to the waters of this magical world of islands and lagoons by canoe, mokoro or powerboat.

Set in an amphitheatre of ebony trees on the southern tip of Chief’s Island, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp sits amidst 260,000 acres of untamed African bush. Bordering the southern section of the famous Moremi Game Reserve, Stanley’s is a small luxury camp consisting of eight classic styled safari tents, each featuring en-suite facilities and a private balcony. The main building offers expansive views over the surrounding floodplains. Arrive in time for lunch and a chance to freshen up before you depart on the afternoon game viewing activity either by 4×4 vehicle or by boat.

Overnight at Stanley’s Camp on a Full Board basis with soft drinks and selected alcoholic drinks included.

Day 8 and 9 Okavango Delta Two full days to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. Overnight at Stanley’s Camp on a Full Board basis with soft drinks and selected alcoholic drinks included.

Day 1o Okavango Delta – Maun – Johannesburg – London A final morning’s game drive before you return to the camp for breakfast and pack up. You will be transferred back to the airstrip for your flight to Maun airport and the onwards flight back to Johannesburg. There you will remain in transit for the onwards connecting flight to London Heathrow.

Day 11 London Heathrow Arrive back early morning into Heathrow.

Join our 11 day holiday in Zimbabwe, take in the sights from the Victoria Falls on then on to the Chobe National Park in Botswana – Contact our experts on 01444 225640 or e-mail info@visionsofafrica.co.uk