Classic Zimbabwe Safari Package: Hwange and Mana Pools

Stay in small, authentic bush camps in 2 of Zimbabwe’s best game viewing regions: Hwange National Park and Mana Pools. Enjoy day and night game drives, Zambezi River cruising, bush walks, and more!

This Classic Zimbabwe Safari Package: Hwange and Mana Pools vacation was designed for 2 friends from Tennessee who had recently retired. This was their second trip to Africa (the first time around, they visited South Africa and Victoria Falls), so they wanted to go a bit off the beaten path and experience some remote, authentic bush camps. We sent them to 2 intimate camps in Zimbabwe’s most famous wildlife parks, Hwange and Mana Pools.

They started their Classic Zimbabwe Safari Package: Hwange and Mana Pools vacation at Little Makalolo Camp in Hwange National Park. They loved feeling as though they were completely off the grid in this small, remote camp! Since the camp overlooks an active waterhole, they were able to see elephants and other wildlife coming to drink without even leaving the camp. Here, they went on day and night game drives, visited a local village, and went out with a local Zimbabwean guide for an intimate walking safari in the bush.

The next stop on their Classic Zimbabwe Safari Package: Hwange and Mana Pools vacation was Little Ruckomechi Camp in the world-famous Mana Pools National Park. Located on the Zambezi River, this area is famous for huge herds of elephants and a wide variety of wildlife. In addition to game drives, they enjoyed an afternoon cruise on the Zambezi River and even a canoe safari! Their spacious tent at Little Ruckomechi provided the perfect place to relax in between safari activities.

At last, it was time to say goodbye to Zimbabwe and its spectacular wildlife. They boarded a flight to Harare, where they caught their connecting flight back home.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Zimbabwe! Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport and catch a light aircraft flight to Hwange National Park. Your home for the next 3 nights is Little Makalolo, a classic tented safari camp located in the heart of one of the best game viewing areas in Hwange National Park.

There is no WiFi at this camp; it’s all about nature and wildlife! Composed of just 6 spacious tents overlooking an active waterhole, Little Makalolo is perfect for adventurous travelers seeking privacy and a sense of complete immersion in nature.
Little Makalolo

Day 2 – 3
Spend the next 2 days on safari in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s most famous wildlife concession. Large herds of elephants are often seen on safari, along with lions, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, buffalos, and much more! Day and night game drives, guided bush walks, and local village visits are available. During the heat of the afternoon, you can relax back at camp, enjoy a hearty lunch, and cool off in the pool. If you wish, you can also spend a night sleeping out in a star bed.
Little Makalolo

Day 4
Today, your safari adventure continues in the famous Mana Pools National Park! Enjoy a scheduled light aircraft flight to Mana Pools, located in the north of the country on the border with Zambia. Your next safari camp, Little Ruckomechi, boasts a scenic location that epitomizes Mana Pools National Park in all its abundance.

The camp is all about the intimacy of being close to nature and amongst the iconic albida trees that characterize the area. The camp’s location within the private Ruckomechi Concession ensures an exclusive safari experience in one of the great wildlife areas of Africa.
Little Ruckomechi

Day 5 – 6
Spend the next 2 days on safari in the world-renowned Mana Pools National Park, known for its large herds of elephant and buffalo. You’ll encounter impressive numbers of game on day and night game drives and guided bush walks. Plus, your camp is ideally located near the Zambezi River, which allows for river cruises, canoe safaris, and even fishing! Getting on the water to see elephants, hippos, and crocs is a fantastic opportunity you won’t want to miss.
Little Ruckomechi

Day 7
It’s time to say goodbye to Zimbabwe. Fly to the Harare international airport, where a representative will meet you and escort you to your international flight. Return home with incredible stories to remember forever!

About this vacation
Cost Per Person

Based on
7 day stay
2 travelers

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