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Best of the West Circuit: Africa Safari Tours

Day by Day Summary

Day 1 – Arrive Harare | Overnight Pamuzinda Safari Lodge:

On arrival at Harare International Airport, a Zambezi Cruise & Safaris representative will meet and take you for an approximate one and half hour transfer to Pamuzinda Safari Lodge in Selous.

Spend the afternoon relaxing or choose to take part in one of the available activities, before a welcome braai (Zimbabwean style barbeque) to celebrate the start of your African adventure.

Day 2 – Pamuzinda Safari Lodge:

After a restful night’s sleep, enjoy the untamed bush seen from your room’s private balcony, overlooking the Serui River before joining everyone on the river deck for breakfast. Your guide will offer you a choice of optional game activities in the 13,000 acres of a private game reserve.

Or, we can visit the children at Chengeta Primary and Secondary Schools, where Zambezi Cruise & Safaris educates over 700 pupils as part of their commitment to the local rural community.

We end our day with a drive to our version of ‘Ayre’s Rock’ for sundowners around the fire for a ‘Mongolian Braai’ (stir-fry barbeque) as our last night at Pamuzinda Safari Lodge.

Day 3 – Depart for Masvingo, Great Zimbabwe:

Say goodbye to Selous today and set out from Pamuzinda Safari Lodge with your ZC&S Tour Guide to the town of Masvingo. This part of our African Safari tours will take approximately four hours in a comfortable bus, after which you will check-in and settle into your accommodation.

We will spend the afternoon on a bus tour around beautiful Lake Mutirikwe, you will then return to the hotel for dinner and a restful night’s sleep.

Day 4 – Great Zimbabwe:

In the morning your guide will take you to the nearby Great Zimbabwe Monument, one of Zimbabwe’s most popular tourist destinations. These ancient city ruins are shrouded in mystery and have intrigued visitors for centuries. A local National Monuments guide will take you on a culturally fascinating tour and share with you the history of the site. The excursion will take approximately two and a half to three hours and will involve an invigorating walk.

Day 5 – Depart for Matobo National Park | Overnight Shashani Matobo Hills:

After breakfast, we will have a four hour road transfer trip which will take us past the town of Zvishavane and through the city of Bulawayo. Approximately an hour’s drive out of Bulawayo and bordering the Matobo National Park lies Shashani Matobo Hills Lodge. Shashani is situated on the edge of a huge rock dome and has the most breath-taking views over the valley and surrounding granite hills. As an optional activity, inquire going to see the ancient rock paintings and the historical grain-bin site.

Day 6 – Matobo National Park:

Our full day in Matobo National Park, we will search for rhino by vehicle and on foot. Our guide takes us to see the fascinating rock paintings at Nswatugi Cave – described as the best-painted site in Zimbabwe. A picnic at one of the recreational spots for lunch and a trip to World’s View and Cecil John Rhodes’ Grave will conclude our day’s adventure.

Return to the lodge for dinner and a relaxing evening star gazing around the fire pit.

Day 7 – Explore Bulawayo, the ‘City of Kings’ | Overnight Hwange National Park:

After breakfast, it is time we say farewell to Bulawayo and begin a scenic drive through rural lands to Hwange National Park, this journey will take approximately three and a half hours.

After check-in at the lodge or camp, depending on your time of arrival, we will visit the Painted Dog Conservation’s Rehabilitation Centre and enjoy a sundowner game drive on our way back to camp.

Day 8 – Hwange National Park:

An exciting full-day excursion into Hwange National Park with picnic lunch is planned.

Zimbabwe’s largest reserve was proclaimed in 1928. Now, thanks to conservation efforts, Hwange National Park has among the highest diversity of animals of any National Park in the world. With more than 100 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds, our visit here will remain a memory forever.

Day 9 – Depart for Victoria Falls:

Our transfer to the Victoria Falls will take approximately a two and a half hours. On arrival at our accommodation, lunch will be served and the afternoon will be at our leisure. In the evening, transport will take us to The Boma – Dinner and Drum Show where we’ll reveal in a ‘feast of fun’ – a buffet dinner, spirited dance performance and interactive drum show.

Day 10 – Victoria Falls:

A relaxing breakfast followed by a tour with our guide (your new best friend) to the Victoria Falls is scheduled. One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and part of everyone’s ‘Bucket List’. We wander the walkways and viewpoints through the rainforest to a scene as described by the famous explorer David Livingstone, ‘Scenes so lovely, must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight’.

After our tour of the Falls, we head back for some curio shopping and lunch either in town or at one of the restaurants on the banks of the Zambezi River. This afternoon is free to either relax around the hotel pool or partake in the vast list of activities available which can be booked with the help of our guide.

Day 11 – Victoria Falls Departure Day:

Breakfast at the hotel before we say our final farewells and onward transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport.

These African safari tours are ideal for groups of between 2 and 18 Pax.

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Best of the West Circuit: Africa Safari Tours

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