Zimbabwe & Zambia

At a Glance

The tranquil combination of three famous camps across Zimbabwe and Zambia is the perfect setting for an intimate safari. Situated around the iconic Victoria Falls, guests have the opportunity to engage in a number of thrill seeking activities, not to mention first-class cultural tours in the sub-Saharan region. Finishing off this sweep of Southern Africa with a stay in Cape Town and Franschhoek is the cherry on top of the cake!

Season:

High season is considered June to November and the rest of the year is considered ‘green’ season. Both have different highlights, wildlife populations are at their peak and visibility is best in the ‘high’ season however animals drop their young in the ‘green’ season.

Duration:

15 days (14 nights)

Destinations

  • 3 nights at Sausage Tree Camp (Zambia)
  • 3 nights at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (Zimbabwe)
  • 4 nights at Somalisa (Zambia)
  • 3 nights at the Cape Royale Hotel (South Africa)
  • 1 night at La Residence (South Africa)

 Special Features

Sausage Tree Camp

Completely rebuilt in 2008, Sausage Tree Camp exudes a distinct atmosphere of ‘bush chic’ with a notable attention to detail. An enormous white Bedouin tent encapsulating a spacious dining and bar area, featuring soft sofas, a small library, and a well stocked bar. This provides an idyllic environment for guests to relax and enjoy a sundowner drink, not to mention a pool overlooking the water to cool off during the warm afternoons. The eight gorgeous guest Bedouin tents furthermore command impressive views over the Zambezi River, featuring ancient teak furniture, four poster beds and secluded ‘open air’ en-suite bathrooms.

Game drives often yield exciting viewings of animals such as lion, wild dog, hyena, waterbuck, zebra, jackal, bushbuck, impala, vervet monkey, giraffe, baboon, bush pig, pangolin, clawless otter, mongoose, large spotted genet and aardvark. Activities also include spotlit night drives, guided walking safaris, canoe trips (up to a full day with a luxurious picnic stop!), boat cruises, catch-and-release fishing and birding safaris.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

A stay the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge with it’s acclaimed contemporary safari style setting, allows guests the opportunity to conveniently experience the main event the “Falls” themselves; including in-depth guided tours of the Victoria Falls and it’s unique micro-rainforest. Many guests also choose to opt for a fifteen minute helicopter ride, known as ‘Flight of the Angels’ over this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Lodge is also conveniently located for those guests who enjoy high-adrenaline adventures like white-water rafting and bungee jumping. Or for the more relaxed, leisurely canoe-safaris and elephant interactions or elegant sunset river-cruises. An evening on the Zambezi Explorer is often the highlight of our guest’s trip to the Falls, sipping on sundowners against the backdrop of the magnificent Zambezi River.

Adjacent to the main lodge is the famous Boma Restaurant. Here guests can enjoy a unique cultural experience, as the Boma specializes in traditional Zimbabwean dishes and offers a four-course dinner cooked on a wooden barbecue! Entertainment includes traditional dancers and singers and after dinner, guests are encouraged to display their musical talents and join the local drummers! Your stay at the VFSL would additionally include a tour of Ndau, a local artisanal jewellery and leather-working studio, as well as a historical David Livingstone talk.

Somalisa

Set in the heart of Hwange National Park, Somalisa Camp offers guests the perfect blend of old African charm and elegance. Tucked beneath an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, this camp has breath-taking views of the savannah plains of the famous Kennedy Vlei line. Activities include guided walks led by passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, game drives, bird watching, and evening spot-lighting.

The area provides guests with the opportunity to see a variety of plains game and predators including elephant, kudu, sable, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, white rhino, large prides of lion, leopard, and hyena amongst other wildlife species. The area features some of the most exceptional birding opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, after the first rains, the Kennedy Vlei is scattered with flamboyant colours from the seasonal wildflowers that emerge during this time of year – making it one of the prettiest areas in Hwange National Park.

Optional Add-On in South Africa:

Cape Royale Hotel

STOCK Cape TownEnjoy the rare combination of home from home comfort and a venue exotic enough for you to want to leave the world behind. The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Residence brings together the familiarity and sophistication of Europe and the vibrant spirit of Africa. Against the iconic outline of Table Mountain, and with panoramic views over the city and Atlantic Ocean, Cape Royale provides an enclave of luxury and refinement in the heart of South Africa’s most beautiful metropolis.

Cape Royale Hotel 2With ample living and entertainment areas in all suites, a choice of three restaurants, state-of-the-art meeting rooms and boardrooms, a Spa and Wellness Centre and roof-deck pool and bar, the Cape Royale is set to become a landmark hotel in Cape Town. The Zenith Sky Bar and pool deck situated on the Hotel rooftop, offers wonderful food, refreshing drinks and panoramic views over the city and Atlantic Ocean. Guests will additionally have the opportunity to go on a colourful Citi tour and lunch with the local Cape Malay people. Additionally, we organise a full day of guided wine tasting in boutique wineries in the surrounding vineyards, including Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

La Residence

La ResidenceWithin the category of luxury Franschhoek hotels, La Residence is in a class of its own. Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley at the heart of a private 30-acre estate, this is a haven of luxury on every level. Surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, La Residence enjoys breath-taking views of the unspoilt rural surrounds and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. Suites are elaborate and unique, with individualised colour schemes, luxurious furnishing and en suite bathrooms.
La Residence 2For the foodies out there; although the list naturally varies year-to-year, up to eight of South Africa’s ‘Top 100’ restaurants are based in Franschhoek! Explore boutique wineries or experience a private tasting with an expert, with or without food pairings. Franschhoek wine tasting equates to a huge variety of wine to be sampled and enjoyed – from pink bubbly to red dessert wine, pinotage to grappa. For those looking for a relaxing experience, the spa is a popular choice, not to mention cycling around the estate and cheese tasting opportunities. Golf, trout fishing, quad biking, hot air ballooning and horse-back riding are additional activities on offer.

 

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