Dana Allen: Elephant line-up, Zebra, Hippo, Young lions, Lechwe at Sunrise, Buffalo,Tent Interior, Sunset at Ruckomechi
Caroline Culbert: Vehicle with lions
Mike Meyers: Little Makalolo main area
Olwen Evans: Sipping from the pool at Ruckomechi
A Rare Treasure for Safari Aficionados—Discover Some of Africa’s Richest Wildlife Enclaves
On safari with just six adventurers in the lightly visited national parks of Zambia and Zimbabwe, we touch the African wilderness as it existed more than a century ago—a vast, raw landscape of rocky escarpments, powerful rivers and floodplains brimming with wildlife, including huge herds of elephant and Cape buffalo, great pods of hippo, rare wild dog and rhinoceros. Zambia and Zimbabwe offer some of Africa’s most prolific and diverse wildlife viewing, as animals congregate in large numbers on the Kafue Plains, in the Hwange region and along the Zambezi River in Mana Pools. We also find some of the best naturalist guides in Africa here—many are seasoned leaders of walking safaris that offer the closest possible encounters with the natural environs.
Our itinerary is exceptionally comprehensive, with visits to five national parks that showcase more of the diverse highlights of Zimbabwe and Zambia than most safaris do
Stay at small luxury camps in utterly secluded locations—a chance to experience a rare immersion in some of Africa's last true wilderness, interpreted by legendary guides
Track rhinos on foot in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, learning to read signs and follow their movements with the assistance of park rangers and a local guide
You Won't Find a More Personalized Safari to Zambia & Zimbabwe!
Though much of Africa is still untamed, it’s become harder to find a safari experience that evokes the sense of isolation amidst raw wilderness that early explorers first encountered. Zambia and Zimbabwe are among those rare places. While you’ll find other operators who offer safaris here, no trips that we know of are as comprehensive and intimate as this one, with the total immersion in the wild we provide. Take a closer look:
We Show You More of Zambia & Zimbabwe’s Wildest Reaches This optimal itinerary has been designed in conjunction with WWF to provide a secluded and superlative experience of these two less-visited safari countries. Our carefully crafted route reveals a tremendous diversity of wildlife, habitats and dramatic landscapes—much more than you’ll typically find on any other Zambia or Zimbabwe safari.
Maximum Group Size Just 6 Travelers Any African safari is better with a smaller group, and we run this trip with just six guests, with a window seat for each individual on wildlife drives. Such small numbers foster a much more intimate experience in the bush, as well as the opportunity to stay at smaller camps in more remote settings.
Chartered Flights Maximize Time on Safari
Chartered light aircraft flights (rather than long, dusty drives over rough dirt roads) between safari locations allow us to spend more time actually participating in safari activities, rather than in transit.
Stay in Seclusion on Private Reserves Rather than staying in areas where visitor density is higher, we retreat in isolation on private reserves wherever possible, with small-scale accommodations set amidst a profusion of wildlife. Yet we don’t lack for comfort: We also choose the highest-quality camps available, many offering surprising luxury that belies their remote locations.
Explore Five Different National Parks Most Zimbabwe safaris include a visit to the country’s flagship Hwange National Park, less frequently to Mana Pools, and occasionally both. Our itinerary not only includes visits to more remote sectors of these two treasures (Mana Pools is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), but we also visit the wildlife-rich plains of Kafue National Park just over the border in Zambia, a rare inclusion on most Southern Africa itineraries...plus Victoria Falls National Park, and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (also a World Heritage Site) for rhino tracking!
Enjoy a Diverse Slate of Activities While classic game drives offer plenty of exhilarating wildlife viewing, we know how much silent, eye-level encounters can enhance your overall safari experience. That’s why we include a diversity of activities, from boat excursions to guided bush walks—a special feature on your safari, featuring interpretation by some of Africa’s most renowned walking safari leaders.
The World's Finest Naturalist Guides Our guests enjoy the personalized service of some of the best-trained, most experienced naturalists in all of Africa—a Nat Hab hallmark. Your NHA Expedition Leader will accompany your group from start to finish, ensuring a superior safari experience. Our guides average 15 years' experience, with additional training and resources provided by WWF’s top scientists. Our philosophy on this is simple: an African safari is only as good as the guide, so we provide the very best! See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Superior Safari Experience With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
Feel Good About the Way You Travel We care deeply about our planet, just as you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100-percent offset— Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company and a leader in sustainable travel practices worldwide.
Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!