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Hidden Jewels of Zimbabwe & Zambia

A Rare Treasure for Safari Aficionados—Discover Some of Africa’s Richest Wildlife Enclaves
11 Days From $11695 (+internal air)
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, boisterous pods of hippo, rare wild dog and endangered 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. Round out this rare safari adventure with a visit to Victoria Falls, a World Heritage Site shared by these two neighboring nations. 
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Trip Highlights

  • Five Diverse National ParksOur exceptionally comprehensive itinerary visits five national parks, showcasing more of the diverse highlights of Zimbabwe and Zambia than most safaris do
  • Remote & Intimate CampsStay 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
  • Scout for a Rich Range of WildlifeSearch for abundant plains game and predators in varied settings, from vast floodplains and oxbow pools to desert sandveld, acacia scrub and mopane woodlands

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 amid raw wilderness that early explorers first encountered. Zambia and Zimbabwe are among those rare places. While you’ll find other operators that offer safaris here, none we know of are as comprehensive and intimate as this one, with the total wilderness immersion we provide. Take a closer look:

  1. We Show You More of Zambia & Zimbabwe’s Wildest Reaches
    This optimal itinerary has been designed in conjunction with WWF to provide a premier experience of these two less-visited safari countries. Our carefully crafted route ensures solitude while revealing a tremendous diversity of wildlife, habitats and dramatic landscapes—much more than you’ll typically find on any other Zambia or Zimbabwe safari.
  2. 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 ability to stay at smaller camps in more remote settings.
  3. 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 on safari, rather than in transit.
  4. Stay in Seclusion on Private Reserves
    Instead of staying in places where visitor density is higher, we retreat to private reserves wherever possible, with small-scale accommodations set among a profusion of wildlife. Yet despite our solitude, we don’t lack for comfort, always choosing the highest-quality camps that offer surprising luxuries belying their remote locations.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
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