10 Nights Around Zimbabwe

 
  • Fly Johannesburg to Harare (extra cost)
  • Met at Harare International airport by Premier Representative and driver
  • NB. Zimbabwe Single Entry visa will be payable directly $30 per person
  • (if visiting Zambia or Botswana – double or multiple entry required – extra cost)
  • After immigration procedures private coach transfer from Harare airport to city centre for lunch before departure to Nyanga.
  • Transfer Harare to Nyanga will take approximately 3 ½ hours safe driving – this transfer will take guests through a prolific scenery part of Zimbabwe.
  • Private Check in and Welcome Drink
  • Dinner at Troutbeck Inn
  • Overnight: Swallow Lodge Lodges (bed and breakfast basis)
  • Suggestion on accommodation: Troutbeck Inn

Nyanga National Park is situated in one of the most scenic areas of Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands and provides cool weather, fresh mountain air and is perfect for rest and relaxation or for the outdoor types who enjoying partaking in the many and varied activities available in this area.
With stunning mountainous views, numerous waterfalls and unique flora and fauna Nyanga National Park will provide you with an unforgettable holiday experience

BLUE SWALLOW LODGES
These well-equipped, self-catering lodges form a time share complex adjoining the Troutbeck Hotel, and sharing the hotel facilities. A supermarket across the road provides the basics for self-catering visitors. Good local roads provide access to World's View, the Connemara Lakes and the Inyanga National Park

Suggestion

TROUTBECK INN: Zimbabwe's highest peak, Mount Nyanga, provides the stunning backdrop to the Troutbeck Resort, nestled in the Eastern Highlands of the country. Scenery more akin to the Scottish Highlands than sub-tropical Zimbabwe welcomes guests to this unique part of the country and offers a respite for those wishing to escape the summer heat of the Highveld.

A "country club" ambience prevails in this hotel and its staff perpetuate the feeling with discreet but highly polished African Sun service. The open fire in the hotel foyer has been alight since the opening of the property, 45 years ago, and is the physical embodiment of the warmth of the welcome all guests enjoy.


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Blue swallow lodges
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Troutbeck Hotel


  • Early morning tea with biscuits and rusks
  • Transfer to the base of Mount Nyanga (highest peak in Zimbabwe – 2600 metres above sea level for a climb)
  • Continental breakfast will be back at the base of the mountain or if climb is done in good time breakfast will be back at the hotel.
  • In the afternoon guests will go visit the Mutarazi Falls if time permits, otherwise these can be seen en route to Aberfoyle Lodge the next day.
  • Dinner at Troutbeck Inn
  • Overnight: Blue Swallow Lodges (bed and breakfast)
03_-_Nyanga_MountainsNyanga Mountains
04_-_Aberfoyle_LodgeAberfoyle Lodge


  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Private coach transfer from Blue Swallow to Aberfoyle Lodge
  • Lunch will be at the lodge
  • Afternoon participation on the Treefen Forest and Nyakombe Falls
  • Dinner will be back at the lodge
  • Overnight : Aberfoyle Lodge (dinner, bed and breakfast)

 

Aberfoyle Lodge
Founded by Bill Igoe, born in 1911 at Nenagh, County Tipperary, an Irishman of manic energy and unlimited vision. In 1952 Aberfoyle was conceived as a tea plantation with Bill's same manic energy responsible for its growth. Management teams were put in place and with the involvement of his extended family; even the road to Aberfoyle was built and owned for a distance 60 kilometres!

Bill and his equally energetic wife Kay's original dreams were of the whole area as an integrated development of tea gardens at the foot of the surrounding mountains and fruit, pine, livestock and tourism enterprises high up on the plateau to the west, all powered by the mighty rivers that flowed in between. 10 separate rooms in different configurations as detailed below; certain rooms are available with inter-leading doors.

Optional Activities in Nyanga Aberfoyle area

Mutarazi Falls – is the highest waterfall in the country and second highest on the continent. Visitors may leave their vehicle at the car park and take a short hike to the edge of the escarpment for spectacular views of the waterfalls and the Honde Valley, some 800 metres below.

Pungwe Gorge and Falls – view the Pungwe Falls from the scenic Pungwe viewpoint or drive through the Pungwe Drift for a closer view of the river and lush forest around.

Nywangwe and Chawomera Forts – with interesting stone work with lintel led entrances characterizes these fine examples of Nyanga ruins built some 400 years ago.

Nyamuziwa Falls – located just off the circular drive to Mt Nyangani, Nyamuziwa Falls is a beautiful cascade waterfall with open highland scenery.

Rhodes Museum – this is found near the Park entrance and house in part of Cecil John Rhodes Nyanga summer home.


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Walking in Nyanga
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Horseback Riding in Nyanga


  • Breakfast will be at the lodge
  • Depart for Aberfoyle slowly making tracks back to Harare to proceed to Kariba, accommodation will be at Bushman Rocks in Ruwa.
  • Lunch will be at the lodge
  • In the afternoon participate in the activities at the lodge like fishing, canoeing and Bushman rock paintings
  • Suggestion: Golf and Medieval Lunch at Leopard Rock Time permitting, visit Leopard Rock hotel for a game of golf on this scenic course or take a wander along a mountain trail, or visit the game park – followed by a delicious fun medieval lunch, set out on the terrace, with relevant décor including the stocks for those that need to be sent to stocks, set against the back drop of the turrets of the Leopard Rock hotel, with the misty mountains in the back ground, giving the ambience of having stepped back in time wining and dining at a castle. The menu will be meat (on the bone) which you eat with your hands, and each person will have a little pouch with their gold coins (casino coins) for visiting the casino. Costumes can be provided (extra cost) if required.
07_-_Leopard_Rock_Hotel_in_NyangaLeopard Rock - Nyanga
08_-_Casino_at_Leopard_Rock_Hotelleopard Rock Casino - Nyanga


Bushman Rock
Bushman Rock is situated 37 km out of Harare on the Mutare Road and is an owner-managed lodge which offers a unique combination of breath taking views of the valley and surrounds, plus a warm and relaxed atmosphere and wonderful home cooked cuisines.
Using only fresh farm product and local ingredients to prepare the dishes, and the food is inspired by African flavors and family favorites!

 

Wine plays a major role at Bushman Rock, with wine and food pairings and wine tasting a ritual in The Barrel Room. Some of the activities at the lodge include horse-riding, hiking up the mountains to view bushman rock paintings, fishing or canoeing at the dam, game drives around the estate, or visiting a local village. Here the rare Lichtenstein's Hartebeest can be seen as well as other animals in the wild from horseback rides or drives round the estate. There is a variety of wildlife on the estate but does not include the big five or any dangerous game; therefore it is safe to walk on the estate. As well as horse safaris, the estate is used for polo safaris and cycling and endurance events.
Bushman Rock Estate has a vineyard and winery. Wine tasting, meals and accommodation are available, overlooking the scenic valley.

Accommodation overlooks a dam. Some activities linked with the dam are available also. The estate is close to Harare and on good roads (only partially on dirt road) so is ideal for a stopover en route to other parts of the country or for a couple of days in the country.


  • Breakfast thereafter group will be transferred to Kariba to board Osprey Houseboat a journey that will take approximately 5 hours safe driving by road.
  • The journey will take guests through the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, Chinhoyi town with its famous caves and Karoi a mining town and finally going through the Zambezi Escarpment to reach Kariba.
  • Board Osprey Houseboat at about noon
  • Lunch will be on board the houseboat
  • Afternoon game walk, fishing on shores of Lake Kariba with armed guides
  • Dinner will be the houseboat
  • Overnight : Osprey Houseboat (bed and breakfast basis)

 

Osprey Houseboat
Osprey has been designed and built in a similar way to offer practical facilities along with spacious areas for, entertainment, relaxing as well as conferences and workshops.

All the cabins are built on a semi-open plan with roll down canvas flaps on both sides (windows and doors). All the boats have large upper decks with splash pools and ample sundecks as well as large entertainment and bar areas. These boats have been in operation for many years and are well maintained with excellent and experienced crew. Please click on the individual boat names on the left to find out more about each vessel.


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Bushman Rock - Ruwa
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Osprey Houseboat


  • Breakfast on board houseboat
  • Activities will resume from the previous day as guests continue with exploring the mystical Kariba Dam as the cruise, walk and speak with the guides throughout the whole day. We suggest that seven guests at a time can participate on game walking activities whilst the others do fishing.
  • Overnight : Osprey Houseboat (bed and breakfast basis)
11_-_Fishing_on_Lake_KaribaFishing on Lake Kariba
12_-_Game_Viewing_on_Lake_KaribaGame Viewing on Lake Kariba


  • Breakfast on board houseboat
  • Group will disembark and be transferred to the Marineland Harbor for the departure of the ferry to Victoria Falls at approximately 0900am.
  • Lunch and dinner will be on board the ferry
  • Overnight : Kariba Ferry (Full board)

Kariba Ferry
Laze on the partially shaded deck or enjoy the upper shaded deck whilst someone else does the driving. The Voyage takes approximately 22 hours in each direction, during which time you will be served with three nourishing meals together with the morning and afternoon tea or coffee which is included in the tariff. There is a fully stocked cash bar aboard.


  • Breakfast will be on board the ferry and group will disembark at Mlibizi
  • A three hour road transfer will follow to Victoria Falls town of one of the seven world wonders to the Kingdom Hotel.
  • Upon arrival guests will check-in accompanied with a welcome drink whilst porters will carry luggage to the designated rooms.
  • Lunch will be at the White Waters Restaurant
  • After lunch guests will be accompanied by qualified guides to the rainforest for a guided tour of the majestic Victoria Falls.
  • Thereafter group will be transferred to the jetty for a cruise along the mighty Zambezi River
  • Dinner will be at the hotel with some entertainment of African Dancers whilst enjoying delectable cuisine.
  • Overnight Kingdom Hotel – (bed and breakfast)

 

The Kingdom Hotel
Quatermains, The Rapid Pool, The Wild Thing and The Pit sound like the titles of movies or books not quite suitable for all ages. They are in fact the names of the four bars in African Sun's closest hotel to the Victoria Falls, The Kingdom at Victoria Falls.

This is a fun-filled resort hotel aimed unashamedly at the tourist who wants to take in the majesty and excitement of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World as well as enjoy a holiday adventure as part of a group, with someone special, with the children, or as a single traveller.

Complete with its own food court offering a wide choice of relaxing or quick meals, suiting all ages, The Kingdom at Victoria Falls also offers three swimming pools and a toddlers pool, a children's play area and, for the ladies, planning a "night on the town" or a visit to the resort's own casino, a spa and beauty parlor.

Stunning architecture, which echoes the Victoria Falls but draws on the ancient Kingdom of Munhumutapa, with great domes, pillars, and bridges over the many water features, belies the fact that the resort is run on very traditional African Sun lines, with no compromises on the highest levels of products and guest service.

13_-_Mlibizi_-_Victoria_FallsMbizi - Victoria Falls
14_-_The_Kingdom_at_Victoria_FallsThe Kingdom at Victoria Falls




Suggestion on accommodation in Victoria Falls
A'Zambezi River Lodge
Finishing touches can make the difference between something that is ordinary and something that is a masterpiece. The newly refurbished A'Zambezi River Lodge had been closed for three months as finishing touches were being made. The four star lodge is indeed a master piece whose transformation was completed to perfection, making the sparkling water and lush green gardens 'bait' for lovers of natural beauty. A' Zambezi initially built in 1972 boasts of being the only hotel in Victoria Falls with a river frontage and now the serene, sensual and exquisite doors were officially reopened to guests on Wednesday18th of May 2011.

 

  • Breakfast will be early before being transferred for some 70 kilometres towards the Botswana border for a Chobe Day Trip.
  • Transfer will commence at about 0730am from the Kingdom Hotel
  • On arrival go on a game drive in the Chobe National Park
  • Lunch will be at Chobe Safari Lodge
  • After lunch guests will participate on a boat cruise along the Chobe River.
  • A transfer will follow at about 1630hrs back to Victoria Falls town, so roughly at about 1830hrs guests will be back in Victoria Falls.
  • Dinner will be at leisure at the hotel
  • Overnight Kingdom Hotel – (bed and breakfast)

 Chobe Day Trip

Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers some 11 700 square kilometres, has some of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent, not least of which are the 120 000 head of elephant. The Park is surprisingly diverse, as it has the perennial Chobe River as its Northern border, and it touches the Linyanti marshes to the west, is home to the well-known Savuti Channel, and connects with the Moremi Wildlife Reserve to the South West.
The idea of a National Park in the Chobe area was first put forward in 1931, and the following year an area of some 24 000 square kilometres was declared a non-hunting zone. By 1933 the area had increased to 31 600 square kilometres. Unfortunately tsetse fly problems caused the park to be shelved, until 1957, when proposal were made again. This time the area proposed was merely 21 000 square kilometres. It was only in 1960 that an even smaller area was gazetted as a Game Reserve. It was only in 1967, that the Reserve was declared a National Park – the first one in the newly independent Botswana. Chobe National Park was enlarged in 1980 and 1987 to its current size.
Chobe is most often associated with its elephant population – which covers much of Northern Botswana, and the north-west of Zimbabwe. The elephant population is migratory, making seasonal moves of up to 200 kilometres from the Chobe and Linyanti Rivers (their dry season home) to the pans in the south east of the Park, where they disperse to in the rainy season. The Chobe elephants are known for their extreme site, although they don't tend to have large tusks.

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Elephants in Chobe River
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The Kingdom at Victoria Falls Resort
  • Breakfast will be at the hotel
  • Day will be spent participating in the activities in Victoria Falls – see separate rate sheet
  • Lunch will be at the hotel
  • Dinner will be at famous Boma Restaurant transfers from and to the Kingdom Hotel will be provided
  • Overnight Kingdom Hotel – (bed and breakfast)
  • Breakfast will be at the hotel
  • Group will be transferred to the airport for the departure flight to Johannesburg

 

Quote Includes:

  • Accommodation and transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Welcome drinks as specified in the itinerary

Quote Does Not Include:

  • International flights and domestic flights
  • Drinks unless specified (charged on consumption)
  • Zimbabwe Entry visas
  • Optional activities or elements in italics
  • Personal extras, such as telephone calls
  • Excess baggage
  • Pre-party accommodation (if required)
  • Freight charges (if required)
  • Options in Italics
  • Tips and porterage
  • National Parks Fees (payable in cash) unless specified (not included in Hwange)

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