African Safaris and Travel - Photo Safaris in Africa
Hello and welcome to your introduction to the beautiful
Zimbabwe, we have selected two of the top locations in
Zimbabwe; Hwange National Park and the iconic Victoria
Falls. We hope that this will wet your appetite for this
diverse country and make you want to come back for more.
You will begin with two nights in Victoria Falls so that you
might acclimatize and catch your breath, you can be as busy
or relaxed here as there is plenty to do and of course it is
your chance to see this wonder of the world. Your
accommodation is one of our favorite hotels located
centrally, in fact the closest property to the falls
themselves. A lovely hotel with a range of rooming options
to suit all tastes and it's restaurant is known to be one of
the best in Victoria Falls.
From there it is a short flight to Hwange National Park and
your Somalisa Camp. Located within the park in a premium
wildlife area, the camp has the feel of a traditional safari
camp but with luxurious finishes. Tented rooms on slightly
raised platforms, en-suite bathrooms with roll top bath,
outdoor and indoor shower, private veranda and even a
fireplace in the room for those cold winter nights. The main
area offers a swimming pool and looks onto a waterhole that
is popular with game.
Day 1 - Victoria Falls
You will be met at Victoria Falls Airport by the transfer
company who will be waiting in arrivals with your name on a
sign. You will be transferred to Ilala Lodge.
Ilala Lodge Hotel is ideally located only 8 minutes away
from the spectacular Victoria Falls. A family run hotel,
Ilala Lodge has 73 stylish, well-appointed spacious rooms,
that offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury. As we are the
closest hotel to the beautiful Victoria Falls, the spray
makes for a perfect backdrop during your stay.
Experience a culinary journey at the award-winning Palm
Restaurant at Ilala Lodge Hotel. Centrally located only
minutes away from the Victoria Falls, The Palm Restaurant
offers a magnificent à la carte menu for breakfast, lunch
and dinner. Guests can choose from an extensive list of
South Africa’s finest wines, cocktails and artisan gins. We
offer an unrivalled al-fresco dining experience under the
starlit African sky, with the sound of the Falls in the
background. The Palm Restaurant is an adventure for the
appetite that is not to be missed.
Relive the historical journey embarked by David Livingstone
exploring the mighty Zambezi River aboard the Ra-Ikane
fleet. Named after his instrumental guide, the boats
represent the grace of a bygone era honouring the rich
history of Victoria Falls and its explorers, adventurers and
heroes. The Ra-Ikane offers a variety of cruises, including
breakfast, lunch and sunset, as well as private charters.
Day 2 - Victoria Falls
There are many activities available in Victoria Falls and we
are happy to provide you with details and book these. We
recommend a sunset river cruise, helicopter flight over the
falls and of course seeing the falls themselves. You do not
need a guide to do so as the paths are clear and well
signposted but we are happy to arrange one for you, lunch at
The Lookout Cafe is a great way to finish as it has
spectacular views over the gorge.
Day 3 - Hwange National Park, Verney's Camp
Today you will have a transfer to
Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Hwange where you
will be met and transferred on a short game drive to camp.
Hwange is a unique national park offering diverse
environments which in turn bring a variety of wildlife and
bird life. You are able to explore this park by game vehicle
or on foot with expert guides.
Verney’s is a private concession area
in a typically un-used part of Hwange National Park in
Zimbabwe. It is a beautiful amphitheater fringed by teak
forest that opens up onto an impressive waterhole that is a
playground to the famous elephant herds of Hwange. Verney’s
joined the Machaba Safaris group in 2017 with a totally
clean piece of unspoilt wilderness.
Days 4 and 5 - Verney's Camp, Hwange National Park
Verney’s Camp is being built in
keeping with Machaba Safaris’ winning recipe that matches
the timeless wonder of a classic safari to Africa, aimed at
the affordable luxury travel markets worldwide for both the
novice and the well seasoned safari traveller.
Situated on the central side of the
popular south eastern part of Hwange National Park, Verney’s
Camp is a private concession of 10 000 heactares.
Ten tents are tucked perfectly under
the shady arms of the teak trees bordering the open
waterhole in front of camp. Each tent has been carefully
positioned to ensure the best serenity and privacy so that
guests can enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Each room
is comfortably appointed and has en suite shower, flush
toilet, double vanity, all beautifully designed to retain
the authenticity and magical feeling of being on safari.
Verney’s Camp has eight double/twin rooms and two family
rooms, all of which sit at ground level and are connected by
3 Nights Full Board Plus - Dinner,
Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities. All Local Brands
(Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included
Day 6 - Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools National Park
Today you will have a transfer to the
airstrip and a flight to Mana Pools, there you will be met
by your guide and transferred to the camp. Situated in a
large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi
Valley’s Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi looks out from
the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. It is a remote,
beautiful place with spectacular views of the broad flowing
river, the adjacent woodland and the mountains of the Rift
Ten spacious and beautifully
decorated en-suite tents, including two family rooms, lie
beneath the ana trees, best-beloved of local elephant for
their nutritious seeds. The camp's central living space
includes an inviting firepit for pleasant evenings beneath
the African night skies. Other unique features include a
pool which overlooks a broad sweep of river, an outdoor
“bath with a view” in a secluded, scenic spot, and a
romantic Star Bed by a busy waterhole.
Days 7 and 8 - Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools
Ruckomechi offers a diversity of
activities. Game drives are conducted in specially-adapted
open safari vehicles. Game-viewing is also conducted from
motorized pontoons which glide quietly down the river,
passing hippos, crocodiles, and an array of terrestrial
mammals that come down to the life-giving waters of the
Zambezi to quench their thirst. The area is also home to a
very rich diversity of bird-life. This is one of the best
areas along the Zambezi for fishing for the feisty Tiger
Of all the activities at Ruckomechi,
the two most special are canoeing and walking. For the most
silent and intimate way of experiencing the magic of the
Zambezi, and exploring the many diverse life-forms that are
dependent on it, paddle a canoe downstream under the
watchful eye of your professional guide.
For a different perspective on the
animals and the landscape, take a guided walk through the
African bush, tracking big game and taking time to stop and
appreciate all the smaller components of this amazing
ecosystem. Zimbabwe's guides are among the best in Africa,
and must pass through a rigorous training and apprenticeship
program (taking up to five years to complete) before they
are qualified to lead guests on foot or in canoes through
the National Parks.
Day 9 - Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Lake Kariba
Today you will have a short flight to
Lake Kariba where you will be met and transferred to Bumi
Hills Safari Lodge.
Day 10 - Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Lake Kariba
Bumi is a famous and beloved Lake Kariba Accommodation brand
and has been since first opening in 1975. The panoramic
vista from the pool, bar, dining deck, spa and all premium
rooms is simply astonishing and would be difficult to
surpass by any safari lodge on earth.
After some years of neglect this Lake Kariba Safari Lodge
has been totally revitalized to luxury levels never seen
before, including a breathtaking signature infinity pool.
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge re-opened in September 2009 and
offers 10 Premium and 10 Standard rooms and so many
awe-inspiring experiences in an authentic African
One guest wrote with passion: "Few things in life transcend
your expectations, but to step out on the Bumi deck high
above this awe-inspiring lake is genuinely one of them".
Bumi has 20 front-facing rooms (10 Premium and 10 Standard),
all with bath/shower, overhead fan, air conditioning,
mini-bar, tea-coffee station and balcony or veranda.
All rooms have a view over the lake but the 10 Premiums are
sublime with awe-inspiring sunrise-and-sunset vistas over
the lake, historic Starvation Island and game-rich
Larger groups may relish the adventure of additional
"elephant territory" accommodation aboard luxury houseboats,
just a two-minute transfer from the lodge.
Apart from safaris and other activities, Bumi Hills offers
an array of facilities that delight our guests. At centre
stage are the infinity swimming pool, terrace cocktail bar
and the wellness spa, each with awe-inspiring vistas over
the lake and the game-rich shoreline.
The elegant main lounge is equipped with guest internet,
wildlife DVD's, reference books, card and board games and
there's also a comfortable TV lounge with full bouquet of
satellite channels and a full-sized snooker table.
A fully-equipped boardroom for 10 and a conference room for
60 are both air conditioned. There's a fine dining room and
al fresco dining overlooking the lake. Laundry is done on a
Bumi is unique among luxury safari lodges because of the
exquisite added dimension of the water - Lake Kariba is
among the world\s largest man-made lakes and a genuine
African wilderness with far more animals than people. This
allows for glorious game viewing by boat as well as the
traditional open 4 x 4 vehicles and walking in the wilds
with an armed professional guide.
You may also drive and walk to track rhino in the nearby
Matusadona National Park. Among the species that may be seen
at Bumi are many elephants and buffalo, massive Nile
crocodiles, lions, many hippo, the elusive leopard, kudu,
water buck, impala, warthog, monkeys, baboons, sable, zebra.
Birding at Lake Kariba
The Bumi area offers truly incredible birdlife, especially
water birds, and hundreds of species have been recorded. It
is a thrilling location for photography of the majestic
scenery and wildlife, but also the prolific bird life for
Commanding most attention always seems to be the African
fish eagle with its haunting cry, but among other species
you may spot are the harrier-hawk, martial eagle, Bateleur
eagle, grey heron, open-billed stork, saddle-billed stork,
sacred ibis, malachite kingfisher, lilac breasted roller,
red-billed hornbill and many, many others in an
The Bumi Hills Spa
Such is the awesome vista at the Bumi Hills massage
sanctuary that eagles soar... below you! Surely when it
comes to ambiance and superior location this is the ultimate
on our planet. Its pure ecstasy as you enjoy your massage
while overlooking the massive lake and the game-rich
Guests cant resist this heavenly place where treatments
include a hot stone massage to melt away the tensions.
Facilities include a sauna, private plunge pool and health
bar ... and strolling elephants in your vision.
Lake Kariba Fishing
Look at the famous face ... its the ex World Cup-winning
Springbok rugby coach Jake White and wife Lindy on the Bumi
deck with 3.5 kg and 3.0 kg tigerfish.
Bumi is the prime fishing region of Kariba and is a major
attraction that sets Bumi apart from any traditional luxury
safari lodge. Here it is rated one of Africa's Top 20
adventures. You'll thrill to catching the razor toothed
tiger, pound-for-pound one of the worlds most powerful
Every October since 1962 game fishermen from all over the
world converge for the Kariba International Tiger Fishing
Tournament (www.kitft.co.zw) and the record is an awesome
15.5kg. Fishing is year-round and you may also catch bream,
tilapia, Vundu, chessa and cornish jack.
Day 11 - Depart
At a time to be advised by the camp, transfer ro the Binga
Airstrip for you onward flight to Vic Falls Airport, in time
to connect with your onward international departure.
Transfer from Victoria Falls
Airport to Accommodation
Ilala Lodge - Standard Room, 2
Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport
and flight to Hwange
Verneys Camp - 3 nights, all
meals, non premium drinks, scheduled activities,
conservation fees and laundry
Flight to Mana Pools
Ruckomechi - 3 nights, all meals,
non premium drinks, scheduled activities, national parks
fees and laundry
Flight to Kariba and Bumi Hills
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge - 2 nights, all meals, non premium
drinks, scheduled activities, community fees and laundry
Flight to Victoria Falls Airport
Entry to Victoria Falls rain
forest of $30 per person
Any additional meals, drinks,
activities or fees
National park fees at Verney's
Fishing at Ruckomechi
Airport departure fees
Tips and items of a personal
From $8,550 per person sharing