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Zimbabwe: Land of Discovery

Group Tour | General Interest 12 Days & 9 Nights Lead-in price: £5895

Explore the magnificent wildlife, compelling history, intriguing culture and natural beauty of Zimbabwe on this journey of discovery. Your tour includes a stay at the spectacular Victoria Falls; day and night safaris at exemplary national parks; as well as visits to local communities to learn about daily life, traditions and crafts.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Experience vibrant communities around Victoria Falls, including a behind-the- scenes visit to a local art studio
  • Visit the Victoria Falls Hotel for an old-school indulgence of afternoon tea with views of Victoria Falls Bridge
  • Enjoy special sundowners inside a private concession within Hwange National Park
  • See ancient San bushmen rock paintings and the famous tomb of Cecil Rhodes
  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
  • Small group size – average 10 people (max 18)
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Zimbabwe via Johannesburg

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe via Johannesburg. (N)

Day 2: Victoria Falls

Arrive and proceed to your hotel for a freshen up, before your special welcome by a guest speaker ahead of your dinner. Overnight at the Pioneers Lodge (or similar). (D)

Day 3: Victoria Falls

This morning, visit a village approximately 20km from Victoria Falls town where you can witness daily life unfold. This is a chance for a rewarding cultural exchange as well as an insight into rural Zimbabwean living. Dine at a traditional local restaurant before returning to your hotel.

Later, a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi provides the cherry on top. Overnight at the Pioneers Lodge (or similar). (B, L)

Day 4: Victoria Falls

Embark on a private guided tour of Victoria Falls – whose local name aptly translates to ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. Whilst regaling you with interesting facts and figures, your guide will ensure you have plenty of opportunities to photograph this iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the Elephant’s Walk shopping centre and art village for a special behind-the-scenes visit of the Ndau Studio, meeting its local artists and craftsmen. Later this afternoon, stop by the famous Victoria Falls Hotel for afternoon tea on the Stanley Terrace with a view of the Victoria Falls Bridge. Nibble on savouries and cakes with your favourite tea. Return to the hotel with your evening at leisure. Overnight at the Pioneers Lodge (or similar). (B)

Day 5: Hwange National Park

A four-hour drive delivers you deep inside a private concession in Hwange National Park’s northern reaches. This region is renowned for wildlife viewing opportunities, as you will discover with days of thrilling safaris ahead of you. Overnight at Nehimba Lodge (or similar). On selected departures, guests stay at Camelthorn Lodge and experience the magical Elephant Express train. (B, L, D)

Days 6 & 7: Hwange National Park

Spend the next two days enjoying exclusive, tailor-made wildlife viewing. All the diversity of Hwange’s fauna and flora is within easy reach, and no two days are the same. Embark on day and night safari drives – the latter a chance to spot the nocturnal inhabitants of Zimbabwe’s wilds – as well as immersive walking safaris. Spend 2 nights at Nehimba Lodge (or similar). On selected departures, guests stay at Camelthorn Lodge and experience the magical Elephant Express train. (B, L, D)

Days 8-10: Matobo National Park

Transfer by road to the Matopos Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and your home for the next three days. Activities available range from safari drives and on-foot rhino treks to village tours and hikes to the rock paintings of the San bushmen. You also have the chance to visit the tomb of Cecil Rhodes, located at a spot he called the ‘View of the World’. Stay at Amalinda Lodge (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, L, D)

Days 11-12: Fly to the UK via Johannesburg

After transferring to Bulawayo, depart on a scheduled flight to Johannesburg, where you are met and assisted to your return flight to the UK. Alternatively, extend your stay with a visit to neighbouring Botswana or a city break in Cape Town. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.


On Day 5 of selected departures, guests will stay at Camelthorn Lodge or Bomani Tented Lodge where they can ride the Elephant Express train into Hwange National Park.

Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Pioneers Lodge
    Pioneers Lodge

    Less than three kilometres from the stunning Victoria Falls, Pioneers is a serene and inviting lodge located in a quiet residential suburb. Its guestrooms are decorated in a classic style, and all offer clear and open views of the manicured gardens. At the heart of the lodge is the centrally located main area, with an airy lounge and restaurant. Guests have the option of eating in the high-ceilinged indoor dining area or on the spacious outdoor terrace overlooking the well-kept gardens. Fitted with carefully placed solar panels, the lodge is powered largely by solar energy. Pioneers supports several conservation and anti-poaching charities in the Victoria Falls region. Features: 50 rooms, restaurant, 2 outdoor swimming pools, lounge, bar, laundry service. Room amenities: Air conditioning, ceiling fan, mosquito nets, safe, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • Nehimba Lodge
    Nehimba Lodge

    Nehimba Lodge is set on the edge of a large waterhole, deep within a private concession in the north of Hwange National Park. The area is requented by a variety of wildlife including large numbers of elephants, particularly in the dry season. Accommodation is in nine thatched chalets built on teak decks, all with private balconies and views of the waterhole. As well as comfortable double or twin beds, a ceiling fan and tea and coffee facilities, each chalet has en suite facilities with a bath and an exhilarating outdoor shower. Exceptional safari experiences await, with the diversity of Hwange's fauna and flora easily reached on walking safaris and game drives. Guests can track elephants on foot with expert guides at dawn, lounge by the pool overlooking the waterhole in the afternoon, and take exciting night game drives in search of nocturnal species. Features: 7 rooms & 2 family rooms swimming pool, ...

  • Amalinda Lodge
    Amalinda Lodge

    Nearby you'll be able to see any number of the 2,000 San rock art sites, still holding spiritual significance to the Ndebele people. Trek to the grave of Cecil Rhodes, enjoy a sunset hike to the top of the granite kopjes or hop in a 4WD for a game drive through the national park. There's a spa, salon and sauna, a swimming pool, library and sunset lounge. A thatched, elevated dining area is perfect for a delicious meal and there are two bars with a variety of drinks on offer.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
1 Sep 2022 - 12 Sep 2022 £5,995 £0 £795 Reserve
15 Sep 2022 - 26 Sep 2022 £5,895 £0 £795 Reserve

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • * No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
  • * 4-star accommodation
  • * Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • * Small group size - average 10 people (max 18)
  • * International flights
  • * Transfers as listed
  • * Experienced local tour manager
  • * 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 7 dinners
  • * Welcome dinner to meet the group
  • * Guided sightseeing
  • * Access to national parks & concessions

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