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Zimbabwe Conservation Safari! 2021 Green Season Savings!

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Zimbabwe 13 Days, 12 Nights $4795 Adult / $510 Child
JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2021

Overview

Enjoy special 50% off savings and Kids 16 & Under stay for free during January - February 2021 departures! 

Learn, Serve and Immerse in Zimbabwe on this family-friendly safari which offers ample opportunities to participate in conservation and educational projects with our local partners! Participate in several awe-inspiring and thrilling game drives and walking safaris. In addition to discovering the extraordinary wildlife thriving in the Hwange and Zambezi National Parks,  this trip offers immersive opportunities to engage with local communities and school children near Victoria Falls and in outside of Hwange National Park.

​Known as “The Smoke that Thunders,” take a tour of one of the most spectacular wonders in the world, Victoria Falls! Located in southeastern Africa,  Zimbabwe is known for its natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, several UNESCO World Heritage sites, and serene, crowd-free, and abundant wildlife parks.

Private Departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability.  Please see the Optional Extension to Nehimba to enjoy a longer stay!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS are below, click on ITINERARY to see all the details.

 

Global Family Travels

Much more than a traditional tour operator, Global Family Travels’ mission is to “Learn, Serve and Immerse” through community-based travel programs.  In partnership with non-profit organizations and schools, we offer family-friendly and sustainable travel experiences in support of education, gender equality, access to clean water, preservation of local cultures, conservation and economic growth, all of which foster cross-cultural understanding and global citizens.  

Our trips include a unique mix of cultural and educational activities, homestays and participation in local service projects aimed at improving the lives of people in the communities we visit.    
 
Expect to expand your family circle when you embark on a Global Family Travels trip!  Visit our website for more information: Global Family Travels

 

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LEARN: Wildlife and Ecosystems of Zimbabwe's World Heritage Sites, and National Parks

Location : Zimbabwe

We prepare our travelers for this adventure with a pre-trip orientation which includes information on the culture and history of Zimbabwe, and helpful words and phrases, and tips on cultural “do’s & don’ts.” 

Other learning elements on this trip include:

  • The wildlife and ecosystems of Zimbabwe’s World Heritage sites and National Parks including Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River, Bakota Gorge, Hwange National Park, and Zambezi National Park.
  • View and study the rarest species on the continent of Africa, the Painted Dog (a.k.a African Wild Dog) near Victoria Falls, and in Zambezi National Park.
  • History and cultural traditions of Zimbabwe’s people including the Shona and Ndebele ethnic groups.
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SERVE: LITERACY & SOCCER EXCHANGE, NGYUNYANA VILLAGE

Embark on a visit to engage with the local community at Ngunyana Village! Meet the homestead leaders and the youth of the village. 

The visit culminates where children and guests will have the opportunity to engage in our "Play For Literacy" cultural exchange program that includes peer reading and mentoring for local youth to engage, followed by a soccer game

Then later in the afternoon, embark on a game drive and walk in Hwange National Park’s acacia forests surrounding Ngamo Plains, escorted by a fully licensed and experienced guide, who will share his knowledge and love of the bush with you.

  

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Immerse: AWE-INSPIRING SAFARIS AND ENGAGE WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES!

Location : Zimbabwe

Families will have the opportunity to become immersed in the landscape and with the people of Zimbabwe.

  • Participate in several awe-inspiring and thrilling game drives and walking safaris.
  •  Known as “The Smoke that Thunders,” take a tour of one of the most spectacular wonders in the world, Victoria Falls!
  • Families will have the opportunity to engage with local communities around Chisuma Village, near Victoria Falls, and Ngunyana Village just outside of Hwange National Park.
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ABOUT HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Location : Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park at 14,651 sq km is the largest National Park in Zimbabwe and one of Africa’s great parks.  It was granted Game reserve status in 1928 and proclaimed a National Park in 1961. Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest National Park.  This itinerary will take you through northern and southern parts of the park.

 Hwange has always been renowned for its incredible diversity of wildlife, and to this day it boasts more varieties of mammal and bird species than any other Zimbabwean National Park. There are over 100 species of mammals, including 19 large herbivores such as buffalo, eland, sable and wildebeest, and over 400 bird species. However, the area is particularly famous for its population of elephant, some 45,000 strong - based on the latest aerial survey - and combined with the elephants of northern Botswana this is the world’s largest contiguous elephant population and a flagship for the  Kavango Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA).

The southern two thirds of the Park are ecologically defined by deep Kalahari sands, which support impressive forests of Zambezi teak and other hardwoods. Scattered within these woodlands are ancient fossil lakebeds and drainage lines, which are now large savannah grasslands fringed with Acacia and Leadwood trees.

Northern Hwange is distinctly different from the south, drained by the Lukosi and Deka Sand Rivers, dominated by Mopane woodlands, and even hills and kopjes. Set firmly astride the southern and western Kalahari Sand and northern Mopane woodlands ecotone is Nehimba Lodge. A fascinating feature of the north west are the natural seeps such as Nehimba and Shakwanki where Elephant and other animals still dig for water as did the San people that inhabited the Park historically.

The grasslands of the Shumba area add further diversity and the dams such as Masumo and Mandavu make for wonderful day trips and picnic lunches. Another fascinating all day game drive trip in northern Hwange is to visit some of the interesting ancient archaeological sites at places such as Bumbuzi and the Mtoa Ruins, important to the history of Chief Hwange and the Nambya people resident north of the Park.

Southern Hwange

Here this mix of open grasslands and woodlands provides the perfect mosaic of habitats for the full spectrum of both grazing and browsing herbivores  resident in Hwange and then of course the carnivores that prey on them - Lion, Leopard, Painted dog and both species of Hyaena - Spotted and the seldom seen Brown. This abundance of wildlife set in both woodlands and open grasslands provides some of the best year-round game viewing to be found anywhere in Zimbabwe.

 During our wet season months from December through March, the ancient lake systems still fill with water; and the open grasslands are flooded, attracting migratory birds from all over Eurasia and Africa. Over 300 species have been recorded in the Bomani and Camelthorn area, both migrants and residents.

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ENJOY A UNIQUE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE BLIND AT STOFFIE'S PAN!

Just a short distance from our lodge, you will have the opportunity to visit this private and special elephant-proof hide at toe level and within splashing distance of the grey giants that drink here. It boasts a flush toilet and water on both the sunrise and sunset sides. Strategically positioned in the shade of a Leadwood tree and disguised as an antheap, the sheer thrill of sitting in our blind in safety and comfort close enough to elephant to count the cracks on their toe nails has surpassed every one of our expectations!.

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Arrive at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

DAY 1

Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport where your Zimbabwean safari experience begins!  Transfer to Gorges Lodge on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, above the mighty Zambezi River.   

 

One of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the “7 Wonders of the World” Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty located almost along the half way point of the Zambezi River, between Zambia and Zimbabwe.   This UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered to be the world’s largest waterfall, based on its combined width of 5,604 feet and height of 354 feet.  Also, known as  “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, the smoke that thunders, Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 25 miles, while it’s columns of spray and mist can be seen as far away as 31 miles.   A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor prepared to brave the tremendous spray, unparalleled views of the Falls.

 

Activities:

  • Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport and transfer to Gorges Lodge
  • Relax at your leisure
  • Dinner

Included: Bed & Dinner

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Overnight at Gorges Lodge

DAY 1 - 4

Gorges Lodge has arguably the most spectacular views in Southern Africa and offers a unique Victoria Falls experience from a peaceful and idyllic base on the edge of the Batoka Gorge.   Spend the rest of the day relaxing at your leisure on your balcony overlooking Batoka Gorge,  enjoying the grounds, or hiking the gorge.  A Victoria Falls Canyoning experience can be arranged at an additional cost depending on the time of arrival. 

 

 

 

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Visit Chisuma Village & then see the "Smoke That Thunders" at Victoria Falls

DAY 2

Embark on an immersive rural visit to the nearby Chisuma Village.   Here you will have a tour of the village and *school where you will have an opportunity to see community initiative projects supported by the lodge.

 

Then after lunch, you will depart for Victoria Falls town where you will be taken on a guided tour of Victoria Falls. “The smoke that thunders” remains one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. This will be followed by curio shopping at the craft village, and then a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River!  On the mighty Zambezi River, you will be treated to views of wildlife in an along the river.  If you’re lucky, this will be your first sighting of Elephants, Hippos, and Crocodiles!                                      

 

After your cruise, return to Gorges Lodge for dinner with the mighty Zambezi rushing below you.

 

Activities:

  • Visit Chisuma VIllage (*the school visit is dependant upon date of trip)
  • Guided Tour of Victoria Falls
  • Sunset cruise along the Zambezi River

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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ENJOY ACTIVITIES AROUND GORGES LODGE : OPTIONAL GORGE EDGE WALK OR HIKE

DAY 3

Gorge-edge walk or Gorge-hike

The Gorge-edge walk explores the magnificent and lush indigenous garden that the lodge is set in experiencing the stunning views across the gorge and of the pounding Zambezi River 200 metres below.  Explore the area around the lodge accompanied by a guide and when you’re done enjoy refreshments and freshly prepared snacks while you watch the sunset at Peregrine Point.

The Gorge-hike welcomes you on a guided adventure through the gorge finishing off with snacks and drinks on the banks of the Zambezi River.

 

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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FREE TIME INQUIRE ABOUT OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

DAY 4

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES AT AN ADDITIONAL COST:

  • ZIP-LINING
  • CANYONING 
  • SPA TREATMENT 
  • RETURN FOR ACTIVITIES AROUND VICTORIA FALLS TOWN 

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

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Elephant Express Safari to southern Hwange National Park

DAY 5

After breakfast, embark by road to the Northern gate of Hwange National Park, and then board 4x4 vehicles for your first Safari! Lunch, drinks, and snacks will be provided en-route. 

 

Enjoy game drives and walks, exploring Hwange National Park. Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest National Park.  At 5600 square mile area, it supports a mix of habitats, a diverse area that is shared between desert-adapted and woodland species, ensuring large numbers of animals all year round. Hwange boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded. 

 

After lunch, we will continue on our game drive through northern Hwange to Dete just outside the park. In Dete, you board the one-of-a-kind Elephant Express railcar for a unique and fun game viewing experience down to Camelthorn Lodge, in the southeast corner of Hwange National Park in the Ngamo plains. 

Activities Include:

  • Depart for Hwange National Park
  • Morning Game Drive
  • Bush lunch in Hwange National Park
  • Late Afternoon Game Drive aboard the Elephant Express
  • Arrive at Camelthorn Lodge
  • Relax at your leisure, followed by a delectable dinner out under the African sky

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Overnight at Camelthorn Lodge

DAY 5 - 8

Activities Include:

  • Morning Game Drive
  • Bush lunch in Hwange National Park
  • Late Afternoon Game Drive aboard the Elephant Express to Camelthorn Lodge
  • Dinner at Camelthorn

Camelthorn is situated in a beautiful indigenous forest on the edge of Hwange National Park and the Ngamo plains, considered among the best game viewing locations in the park. Wake up to the sounds of the African bush while sipping freshly brewed coffee or tea.

 

After an early breakfast, head into the park on morning game drives. Return for lunch, followed by late afternoon game drives into Hwange National Park ending up at our unique underground blind at Stoffie’s Pan for sundowners and canapéés and rare moments with nature.  

 

Night drive back to the lodge to freshen up and then a delectable dinner out under the African sky.   Followed by coffee, hot chocolate or a nightcap around the campfire, and then fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush around you.

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Safari! Southern Hwange National Park

DAY 6

Enjoy game drives and walks, exploring Hwange National Park, including the famed Nehimba Seep, which is an ancient source of water used by the San Bushmen historically as well as being a place where elephants still dig for water and minerals.

 

The elephants of Hwange are world-famous and the park’s elephant population is one of the largest in the world.  Hwange is famed for its huge herds of elephants (they number upwards of 45,000 in the park!), but the Ngamo Plain attracts a variety of other animals including wildebeest, buffalo, kudu, waterbuck, and sable too. Predators are regularly spotted, especially lion, jackal, and cheetah.

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WILDLIFE VIEWING FROM THE HIDE AT STOFFIE'S PAN!

DAY 6

Spend the afternoon on safari, en-route to our unique underground blind at Stoffie's Pan, where you will enjoy a bush lunch, and be at ground level enjoying the wildlife that comes to this unique watering hole.   Strategically positioned in the shade of a Leadwood tree and disguised as an antheap, the sheer thrill of sitting in our blind in safety and comfort close enough to elephant to count the cracks on their toe nails has surpassed every one of our expectations!.

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Safari! Ngyunyana Village, Ngamo School, and PLAY for LITERACY

DAY 7

Embark on a visit to engage with local community at Ngunyana Village, where you will meet the school kids and enjoy an early morning walk through the villages with the children to Ngamo school arriving in time to watch their assembly.  Following that a singing performance by some of the children followed by a class interaction where children have an opportunity to meet guests and vice versa. 

The visit culminates where children and guests will have the opportunity to engage in our "Play For Literacy" cultural exchange program that includes peer reading and mentoring for local youth to engage, followed by a soccer game

Then later in the afternoon, embark on a game drive and walk in Hwange National Park’s acacia forests surrounding Ngamo Plains, escorted by a fully licensed and experienced guide, who will share his knowledge and love of the bush with you.

  

Activities Include:

  • Morning/Afternoon Game Drives
  • Opportunity to Immerse and Serve with local community village and school

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Safari!

DAY 8

After breakfast, embark on a game drive and walk in Hwange National Park’s acacia forests surrounding Ngamo Plains, escorted by a fully licensed and experienced guide, who will share his knowledge and love of the bush with you.

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Zambezi National Park

DAY 9

Head out after coffee or tea, for an early morning walk to experience southern Hwange on foot before returning to the lodge for a hearty brunch. After brunch, you will board the once you'll board the one-of-a-kind Elephant Express railcar for a unique and fun game viewing experience up to Dete Station. Upon arrival, transfer by road to Zambezi Sands River Camp on the banks of the thundering wild waters of the Zambezi River, inside Zambezi National Park.

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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OVERNIGHT AT ZAMBEZI SANDS RIVER CAMP

DAY 9 - 12

Upon arriving at Zambezi Sands River Camp, spend the afternoon enjoying lunch on the main lodge deck while the mighty Zambezi rushes past. Afterward head out on a game drive, stopping off at a scenic spot to watch the sunset.  Then enjoy a night drive back to lodge for dinner, before retiring to your tent!

 

Activities

  • Lunch follows by a late Afternoon Game Drives
  • Dinner
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ZAMBEZI RIVER & NATIONAL PARK

DAY 10

Today we head out on several explorations of the Zambezi River and National Park.  First, we head off in a canoe to explore the Siansimba Islands around the lodge followed by a sumptuous bush brunch served on the river's edge.  Then after returning to the lodge for a siesta and then a late lunch, we embark on an afternoon game drive and walk. We return to camp in the evening for a sunset 'drift' on the water with refreshments and snacks before dinner in the main lodge area.

Activities Include:

  • Canoeing on Zambezi River
  • Breakfast along the river. 
  • Afternoon Game Drive or Walk 
  • Sunset drift along the Zambezi River
  • Dinner at the lodge

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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ZAMBEZI RIVER & NATIONAL PARK

DAY 11

Today is another full day exploring  Zambezi River and National Park on a game drive, walking safari, or by boat!    

Activities Include:

  • Canoeing on Zambezi River
  • Breakfast along the river. 
  • Afternoon Game Drive or Walk 
  • Sunset drift along the river
  • Dinner at the lodge

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Or you can plan an additional full day of adventure at your leisure you can select from activities to participate in, at an additional cost. Please refer to the next day for details.

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ZAMBEZI SANDS RIVER CAMP

DAY 12

Full day of adventure at your leisure, you choose from several activities to participate in! See below for options.

  • Start the day with a tasty early morning breakfast and then pack a day pack for your morning trip into Victoria Falls Town for optional activities like bungee jumping, Gorge swing, river rafting the Zambezi, and visiting the crocodile farm (all at additional cost).
  • Enjoy spa service your in-room or out in the bush (at an additional cost).
  • Game drives in the Zambezi NP
  • Walking safari in the Zambezi NP
  • Canoeing the Zambezi
  • Enjoy spa service your in-room or out in the bush (at an additional cost).
  • Simply relaxing on your massive deck or in your private plunge pool overlooking the Zambezi River!

Included: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Later in the afternoon, enjoy a game drive inside the park stopping along the river banks to watch the unsurpassed beauty of a Zimbabwean sunset

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DAY OF DEPARTURE

DAY 13

Enjoy your last morning sipping tea or coffee on your private deck as the sun rises over the river and the mist settles, and then breakfast on the main lodge deck, taking in the sights and sounds of your Zimbabwean safari one last time before your road transfer to Victoria Falls Airport to catch your departing flight!

Included: Breakfast

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