Tourists on a game drive.
Waterfalls & Wildlife Wonders
Looking for the safari adventure of a lifetime away from the most crowded destinations? Our Famous Falls & Wildlife Wonders grand tour is perfect for animal lovers and birdwatchers who want to observe wildlife from the quieter safari camps of southern Africa. You’ll stay in a series of beautiful lodges so you can be close to the action.
Your journey begins in Zimbabwe, where you’ll be able to spot Big Five game around Lake Kariba, meet local tribespeople and stand next to the mighty Victoria Falls on the border with Zambia. As you head further east, you can get near to bathing hippos and dozing crocodiles with a canoe trip on the Zambezi River and enjoy walking safaris in South Luangwa National Park.
Look for the Big Five (& the little five) on game drives
Wake up to animals drinking from watering holes
Feel the spray of the mighty Victoria Falls
Watch wildlife on a canoe trip on the Zambezi River
Visit a nearby village to learn about and engage with traditional Tonga tribal life
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
Today the wait is finally over as you embark on your grand tour of Zimbabwe and Zambia. You’ll begin your adventure by jetting off to Zimbabwean capital Harare. On arrival, you’ll be met at the airport and assisted with your bags ready for your light aircraft flight to the shimmering watery wilderness of Lake Kariba. A boat will take you to the Musango Safari Camp where you’ll have time to settle in and relax before heading out on an afternoon activity organised by the safari team. You’ll head back to the lodge for dinner round the campfire watching the amazing night sky unfurl. It's no exaggeration to say that some of the best sunsets in Africa can be experienced here.
As Day 3 dawns, you’ll have a choice of activities. You can either discover more of the diverse wildlife surrounding Musango, from hippos to black rhinos, or enjoy a cultural tour of a nearby village to meet the Tonga tribespeople and learn about their traditional way of life.
Hwange National Park
You’ll have the chance to enjoy one final morning game drive around Lake Kariba before saying goodbye to your new friends and flying by light aircraft to Hwange. You’ll travel by road into the heart of the African bush in Hwange National Park, where you can look forward to an exciting afternoon game drive. Hwange is Zimbabwe’s biggest national park and home to one of the world’s biggest populations of elephants. Speaking of which - you’ll be staying at Elephant’s Eye, a luxury eco-lodge on the outskirts of the park. It has a busy watering hole that is frequented by giraffes, lions, buffalo and colourful birds.
The next day you can enjoy more game drive activities and try to catch more magic moments on camera as the sun goes down over the watering hole. If you want to see the park’s nocturnal animals come out to play, why not go for a thrilling night game drive?
Wildlife/ Activity & Adventure
As you bid farewell to Hwange, you’ll be driven to the iconic Victoria Falls, one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. Gushing into a smoking gorge on the Zambezi River along the border with Zambia, it forms a huge curtain of falling water. A stone's throw from the waterfall is the Victoria Falls River Lodge, a luxury tent on the banks of the river where you'll be able to make yourself comfortable for the next couple of nights.
On Day 7 you’ll get to experience Victoria Falls in all their glory from different vantage points on an exhilarating guided tour. Nothing can quite prepare you for the thunderous roar of the cascading water and columns of spray. It’s a truly awesome sight. During the day, you’ll also enjoy a picnic lunch and visit a local village to learn more about culture in this part of the world.
Things to do
Lower Zambezi National Park
You’re crossing fully into Zambia now as you take a light aircraft flight to Jeki airstrip and on to Lower Zambezi National Park. This unspoiled wilderness is home to buffalo, hippos, rhinos, elephants and crocodiles. Your base for the next three nights is Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp, where raised platforms offer magnificent views of the Zambezi River and Mushika River floodplain.
After a hearty breakfast on waking bright and early on Day 9, you can enjoy a morning game drive and canoe trip on the Zambezi, one of the few places in Africa where it’s possible to see animals from the water’s edge. Get up close to bathing hippos, rare water birds and dozing crocodiles.
Day 10 is at your leisure. You could either sit by the pool admiring the stunning landscape over a glass of wine (or two!), or enjoy more of the activities included at the lodge, such as a walking safari, boat trip, fishing or birdwatching.
South Luangwa National Park
The final leg of your adventure takes you to South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia. It’s one of the more remote and unspoilt safari spots, so you'll be able to relax in peace among the grassy plains and abundance of wildlife. Upon arrival at the Flatdogs Camp after a short flight in a light aircraft from Lower Zambezi, you’ll be treated to high tea. The rest of your time here is free to spend at your leisure.
You can enjoy morning and night game drives as well as walking safaris with some of the most knowledgeable rangers in Africa. Spot elephants, hippos, zebras, kudu and giraffes, plus 400 species of bird, including yellow-billed storks, great white egrets and bee-eaters.
On Day 14, it's time to fly home from Lusaka airport. We know you'll be sad to leave, but hopefully it won't be long before you're back in Africa for more amazing wildlife-spotting adventures.