Victoria Falls (Ilala Lodge)
Hwange (
Elephant’s Eye, Hwange – hot new camp in Hwange)
Kariba (
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and Spa)

Rates per Season, Per Person sharing and Single Supplement

Standard RoomPer Person SharingSingle SupplementFlights
Green Season:
15 Jan – 15 Jun 2014
US$ 1,685US$ 580
USD 780
(VFA – Bumi Hills – Hwange)
High Season:
16 Jun – 15 Nov 2014
16 Dec – 31 Dec 2014
US$ 840US$ 840USD 780
(VFA – Bumi Hills – Hwange)
Mid Season:
16 Nov – 15 Dec 2014
US$ 645US$ 645USD 780
(VFA – Bumi Hills – Hwange)

Duration: 6 Nights, 7 Days

Rates

Rates Include

  • Return airport transfers,
  • 2 Nights’ accommodation at Ilala Lodge, including breakfast daily
  • Ra-Ikane sunset cruise on the Zambezi River (includes drinks, high tea & snacks, transfers & river usage fees)
  • Tour of the Falls (excl. park fees)
  • 2 Nights’ accommodation at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and Spa, Including all meals, teas, coffees and 2 scheduled game activities per night of stay
  • 2 Nights’ accommodation at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, including all meals, drinks, laundry and game drives
  • Road transfer from Hwange to Victoria Falls

Rates Exclude

  • Visa fees, optional activities, travel insurance, items of personal nature such as souvenirs, etc, park fees unless stipulated, meals & drinks not stipulated, flights to and from Bumi Hills

Please note these rates are subject to availability and may change according to the rate of exchange fluctuations.

Accommodation

Ilala Lodge

Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel to Victoria Falls, with the National Park bordering the front lawns of this elegant boutique style property. Spacious rooms lead out to either a balcony or the manicured gardens, offering a view of the spray from the mighty Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls). All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and the in-room amenities include satellite TV, air-conditioning, overhead fan, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, electronic safe and free Wi-Fi connectivity. The Palm restaurant gives you the chance to dine under the African stars, whilst enjoying sumptuous cuisine. The crystal clear swimming pool offers a cool respite from the midday sun whilst delicious cocktails await you at the pool bar. Ilala Lodge truly provides distinguished accommodation whilst evoking an ambience of a bygone era.

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and Spa

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge opened its doors in 1975 and is located approximately 60km west of Kariba town and along the southern shore of Lake Kariba. All rooms have a view of the lake and the incredible vistas and each is tastefully decorated. Each room leads out on a veranda and consists of a bath and shower, overhead fan, air conditioning, mini-bar, tea and coffee station.

The lodge offers a variety of facilities which all guests can enjoy, including an infinity swimming pool, TV lounge, cocktail bar and wellness spa. Activities on offer include game viewing in open safari vehicles, game walks with a professional guide and game viewing by boat. Bird watching, hide sits and casual fishing are also available. Also the Tonga village cultural experience is available and something well worth including.

Elephant’s Eye – Hwange

Elephant’s Eye, Hwange is located on a 2500 hectare private concession, a mere 13 km away from the entrance to Hwange National Park.

Attention to detail and friendly service in the heart of the African bush will set you at ease as you escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world and immerse yourself in this striking environment. Enjoy the serenity and beautiful views overlooking a busy waterhole frequented by elephants and other resident game, allowing you to feel at one with nature.
Spacious, tented en-suite chalets fitted with king/twin beds and decorated in natural hues, provide a comfortable and private abode from the elements. Elephant’s Eye provides a thrilling experience in a natural environment. Personalised service is guaranteed with guides accompanying clients to and from communal areas and chalets ensuring that individual needs are met at all times.

Ra-ikane Cruise

The Ra-Ikane boat was named after one of David Livingstone’s guide who led him to the Victoria Falls. The boat was hand made and is luxuriously finished with teak superstructure, brass fittings and club chairs, providing guests with a taste of Victorian splendor in the heart of Africa. The boat also has a bar and flushing toilet on board.

The cruise is on the Zambezi River, and you will definitely experience a spectacular sunset, natural beauty and many animal sightings. You are hosted by a highly qualified team consisting of the boat captain, guide, and a waiter.

Suggested Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival

  • On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met and transferred to your accommodation, where you will be spending the following two nights.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge (Rooms with en-suite bathrooms)

Day 2: Victoria Falls – Breakfast

  • Today you will go on a guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls and have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to explore the town and participate in the various optional activities available. At sunset you will partake in a cruise on the Zambezi River.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge (Rooms with en-suite bathrooms)

Days 3 & 4: Victoria Falls to Lake Kariba – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • After breakfast you will depart to Victoria Falls Airport, where you will embark on your flight to Bumi Hills Airstrip. You will spend the next 2 nights at Bumi Hills and enjoy the scheduled activities at your leisure.

Overnight: Bumi Hills (Rooms with en-suite bathrooms)

Day 5: Lake Kariba to Hwange – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • This morning you will have an air transfer to Hwange Airstrip, where you will be met by a driver from Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Eco-Lodge. After lunch and a siesta you will have the option of your first game activity which will be either a game drive or a visit to a local village.

Overnight: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange (Tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms)

Day 6: Hwange National Park – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Today is spent on a game drive in the Hwange National Park, the largest national park in Zimbabwe, covering an area of approximately 14 650 km2. Named after a local chief, Hwange is situated in the northwest corner of the country about one hour south of the Victoria Falls. Because of its close proximity to the Falls, Hwange boasts an incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna, and a plethora of African wildlife. There are over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded here. Specifically, the elephant population in Hwange is considered world famous, as it is one of the largest in the world.

Overnight: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange (Tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms)

Day 7: Departure – Breakfast

  • After breakfast you will be taken back to Victoria Falls Airport, where you embark on your onward journey.

Optional activities in Hwange (extra cost)

Walking Safari – $ 45.00
Painted Dog Conservation Centre – $ 5.00 (donation)

Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, offer complimentary transfers to the Painted Dog Conservation Centre. Please book activities in advance or contact the reception desk.

Optional activities in Victoria Falls (extra cost)

Below is a list of some of the most popular optional activities on offer in Victoria Falls. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The rates are per person and are quoted in US Dollars. All activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Certain activities only operate at specific times of the year. Please contact our reservation office for further information. Should you wish to partake in an activity that is not listed below, we will gladly assist you with rates and reservations.

  • 13 Minute Helicopter Flight – $ 140.00 (excl. government levies)
  • 22 Minute Helicopter Flight – $ 265.00 (excl. government levies)
  • Boma Dinner – $ 55.00 (includes return transfers)
  • Sunset Cruise – $ 55.00
  • Bungi Jump – $ 135.00 (excl transfer)
  • Half Day Elephant Back Safari – $ 140.00
  • Elephant Interaction with breakfast or lunch – $ 130.00
  • Full Day Canoeing – $ 140.00
  • Full Day Rafting – $ 140.00
  • Flying Fox (Cable Slide) – $ 40.00
  • Gorge Swing – $ 90.00
  • Zip Line – $ 65.00
  • Canopy Tour – $ 50.00
  • Half Day Lion Walk – $ 140.00
  • Lion Interaction – $ 70.00
  • Tram & Bridge Champagne Sunset Tour – $ 65.00
  • Chobe Day trip (includes Lunch) – $160.00

* Please note prices are subject to change and excludes park & river usage fees where applicable

Pre-departure Information

Pre and Post Tour Arrangements
Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers can be arranged on request.

Spending money
Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips, alcoholic drinks and additional entertainment. A multi-currency scheme is in operation in Zimbabwe with the US Dollar and the South African Rand being the most common and preferred currencies. Major foreign currencies and travellers cheques can be exchanged at bureau de change, banks and hotels. The use of credit cards is not recommended.

The Zimbabwean Dollar was abandoned in early 2009, however many vendors sell the notes as souvenirs, we highly oppose to purchasing them or exchanging money on the black market.

Insurance
It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country.

Clothing and other items
Shorts, T-shirts, walking shoes, sandals, windbreaker, sun hat, swimming costume, towel
Warm clothes (May – August)   long-sleeved shirts, light trousers/jeans
Camera and batteries, torch & spare batteries, water bottle, mosquito protection, UV protection

Visas
The onus is on the client to organise all visas required to visit Zimbabwe prior to departure.

Information on areas visited

Zimbabwe
This is a country blessed with great natural beauty, game reserves and mineral wealth. The diverse landscape changes from mountainous to wilderness to typical Bushveld. The country is also home to large animals and a large bird population. Zimbabwe is a country located in the southern part of the continent of Africa, between the Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Kariba Dam and the Limpopo River. Zimbabwe is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the west, Zambia to the north and Mozambique to the east.

Victoria Falls
‘So lovely it must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight’ said David Livingstone of the supreme Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘The smoke that thunders’). This legendary traveller first saw the Falls from the Zambian side and his memory is enshrined in the nearby town of Livingstone. The views from the Zimbabwean & Zambian side are quite different, varying dramatically depending on the season and water flow.

The Falls are over a mile in length and boast the largest curtain of water in the world – over 500 million litres of water per minute cascade over the falls and drop 100 m at Rainbow Falls on the Zambian side. Not surprisingly is it the seventh natural wonder of the world and fast becoming one of the top adventure destinations in the world.

The river is divided into a series of braided channels that descend in many separate falls. Below the Falls the river enters a narrow series of gorges, which represent locations successively occupied by the falls earlier in their history. Since the uplifting of the Makgadikgadi Pan area some two million years ago, the Zambezi River has been cutting through the basalt base rock, exploiting weak fissures, and forming a series of retreating gorges. Seven previous waterfalls occupied the seven gorges below the present falls, and Devil’s Cataract in Zimbabwe is where the next cut back will form a new waterfall that will eventually leave the present falls lip high above the river in the gorge below.

Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus very large and varied birdlife. The park is situated on the main road between Bulawayo and the world famous Victoria Falls.  Hwange National Park covers just over 14 600 square kilometres. The Park carries 105 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. Elephant make up the largest proportion of the biomass.  All Zimbabwe’s specially protected animals are to be found in Hwange and it is the only protected area where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers. The population of wild / painted dog to be found in Hwange is thought to be of one of the largest surviving groups in Africa today. The landscape includes desert sand to sparse woodland as well as grasslands and granite outcrops.

Due to the lack of water, man-made waterholes were introduced to sustain the animals through the dry season. The park has an interesting variety of landscapes with one part running alongside the North-eastern end of the Kalahari Desert. The south is sandy with extensive forests and open grassland. A feature of the area is ancient fossil dunes – ancient sand dunes held together by vegetation.

Lake Kariba
Having cascaded over the Victoria Falls, and tumbled and swirled through the Batoka gorges, the old Zambezi River then flowed gently across a flat valley floor to the Kariba gorge. This was the home of the BaTonka people who believed there was a god of the river – Nyaminyami. Enter technological man and his desire to put a dam wall across the Kariba gorge to harness the river’s flow to generate hydroelectric power. The dream became a fact in December 1958, and the man-made Lake Kariba began to fill, and reached its capacity four years later. In the meantime, about 57 000 tribes people had to be resettled, and “Operation Noah” led by Rupert Fothergill, had rescued and translocated 5000 animals.

Kariba dam wall has a height of 128 m and produces a lake of 5200 km² in area at full capacity. Then the water surface is at an altitude of 484 m above sea level. On the Zimbabwean side, the water became the Lake Kariba Recreational Park, with an area of 2830 km². During its life so far, the lake has had its share of ecological incidents, and three should be mentioned. In its early eutrophic days, the lake witnessed an invasion of a water fern (Salvinia molesta), named the Kariba weed, but over the ensuing years the weed has greatly declined. In the 1960s several introductions of the Lake Tanganyika sardine (Limnothrissa miodon) were made, and eventually the ‘kapenta’ fishery has developed to great productivity. Finally, being a ‘sink’, the lake has accumulated pesticides and pollution from agriculture and tsetse fly control in its catchment. Fortunately, surveys have shown that the early dire predictions, for example, of Fish Eagles becoming extinct, have not been realised.

Kariba town is one of the hottest places in Zimbabwe, with temperatures sometimes exceeding 40ºC. The average rainfall along the lake is 650-700 mm, occurring mainly in November to March. The main habitats are mopane woodland and grassland in the shore, with shelving or rocky slopes. There are many islands (previously hill-tops) in the lake. The Zambezi water is rather clean and poor in nutrients, having filtered through Barotseland in Zambia, which puts a severe limit on the numbers of water birds that can be accommodated. Nevertheless along the shore one seems never to be out of earshot of a vociferous Fish Eagle, and this bird can surely serve as the emblem for the lake.