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JOHN STEVENS' SIGNATURE TOUR OF ZIMBABWE

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John Stevens has designed this tour of northern Zimbabwe to share the lodges, the experiences and the wildlife he most enjoys in Africa.  Join him on this unique 10 night fully-inclusive safari, space is very limited!

John Stevens - South Africa [2012 © John Stevens]

John Stevens is one of the most influential guides in Africa. He has designed this signature tour to celebrate the very best of Zimbabwe. Experience tracking and observing wildlife with one of Africa’s Great Guides; unique camps and lodges and the highest standards of service. Roddy Bray will host the tour with John.

Day 1 The Batoka Gorge

 

Flying in to Victoria Falls airport you will be met and transferred to Gorges Lodge; this is our ‘gathering point’, a lodge with spectacular views over the Batoka Gorge, away from the liveliness of town, which will immediately give us a sense of the grandeur of Africa.

The lodge is comfortable and has an excellent history of community involvement and conservation work.
John Stevens - Zimbabwe [2008 © greatguides.org] - Zimbabwe Safari - Great Guides
John Stevens is one of Africa's Great Guides

 

Relax at the lodge, or enjoy the great range of activities available around the Falls (own account, booking ahead advisable), perhaps including a visit to the local community. At dinner time Roddy Bray introduces the tour.


Days 2 – 4 Hwange National Park

Something... - Hwange, Zimbabwe [2013 © greatguides.org] - Zimbabwe Safari - Great Guides

We drive south to Camp Hwange, a private concession deep inside the northern section of Hwange National Park, one of the largest reserves in Africa.

John will lead us, on foot and by vehicle, on daytime and nocturnal safaris in a landscape that supports a vast elephant population, some of Africa’s last great buffalo and sable herds, and help us track rarities, including the pangolin, wild dog, white and black rhino, aardwolf, cheetah and roan antelope.

Hwange is one of Africa's largest reserves, home to carnivores, great herds and rarities

 

We may also see gemsbok and brown hyaena, giraffe, blue wildebeest and tsessebe, and over four hundred bird species that live in a diverse landscape of palm-fringed plains and classic grasslands, interspersed with acacia woodlands and teak forests. Camp Hwange is made up of eight well-spaced thatched chalets with canvas and gauzed sides, all overlooking a large watering hole.


Days 5 – 8 Mana Pools National Park

 

We arrive by private charter flight into Mana Pools – the national park on the Zambezi where John was warden, and where he established pioneering anti-poaching and eco-tourism programs. John considers the Mana Pools the most beautiful place in Africa and it offers dramatic wildlife experiences.

Our authentic tented mobile camp, a contemporary take on traditional safari style, will be carefully setup in a private spot on the banks of the Zambezi River. Dining is always al fresco – under a shady tree in the heat of the day, on the banks of the river in the moonlight or sometimes under the shelter of the dining tent.

John Stevens - Zimbabwe [2012 © greatguides.org] - Zimbabwe Safari - Great Guides
Mana Pools is perhaps the most beautiful reserve in Africa

 

Enjoy game drives, walks, sundowners, canoeing, fishing, splash pool and spa treatments (on request). Good, wholesome food is cooked in camp with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables on the menu.


Days 9 & 10 The Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe [2013 © greatguides.org] - Zimbabwe Safari - Great Guides

We say goodbye to John and continue by private charter flight to the Victoria Falls. We spend our last two nights at the Victoria Falls Hotel "the grand old lady” which overlooks the Batoka gorge and is a mere 10 minute walk from the Falls.

The hotel is over a hundred years old, elegantly styled with a colonial feel, combining the grand elegance of a bygone era with all modern amenities. The Victoria Falls area offers a very wide range of activities from the adrenalin-rush of river rafting, to elephant-back riding and sunset cruises. Your agent can help you pre-book these activities (own account).

The Victoria Falls, one of the wonders of the world.

 

On our final night we enjoy a celebratory dinner in the Livingstone Room; our Great Guide Russell Gammon will join us and speak about his fascination with Livingstone and the Victoria Falls area (subject to availability).

The tour ends the following morning at Victoria Falls airport.

 

Further Details

Dates: Saturday 2nd November – Tuesday 12th November 2013

Group size: 8

Recommended retail price: US$10,300/£6,417/ €7,735 per person (excluding international air). Agents may discount this rate. Contact us for further details or enquire with the following respected travel agents:

  • or ask your agent or any AITO or ATTA members to contact us

Itinerary: 10 nights/ 11 days, (arrive/ departing Victoria Falls)

Tour leaders: John Stevens and Roddy Bray. John will end the tour after Mana Pools and not join in the final two days at Victoria Falls.

Inclusions: All scheduled safari activities included, as well as laundry, drinks, transfers, charters, park fees, departure fees, landing fees.

Excluded: International flights and pre/post flights, premium imported wines and spirits, laundry at Victoria Falls Hotel, first night dinner and lunches at Victoria Falls Hotel, tips, personal items, spa treatments and additional excursions etc.

Visas: Typically available on arrival in Zimbabwe, with a fee payable (US$). Details on request.

Health: Malaria prophylaxis is advised. Clients should ask a qualified person about this and inoculations including hepatitis. Yellow fever certificate is not required for Zimbabwe at present

Currency and government: The economy and politics of Zimbabwe have been stable since the formation of a government of national unity and the adoption of the US dollar as currency in 2009.

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Author: Roddy Bray
Published Date: 07 Jan 2013
Location: Southern Africa | Zimbabwe
Themes: travel, natural world | inspiring, parks and trails, safari guide