Location of Adventure
Zimbabwe and Zambia
Group Size Limit
Approximately 6 Travelers
A very important feature of our Zimbabwe safari is the small group size, as African safaris are best experienced with fewer travelers in order to enhance intimate encounters with wildlife and nature and maintain a light environmental footprint.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
We use open 4x4 Toyota Hilux vehicles with a suspension system custom-designed for safari terrain, and an open-top, open-sided, tiered seating arrangement designed to maximize game-viewing opportunities and passenger comfort. Typically, each vehicle has one seat in front next to the driver, followed by three rows of two seats each. We limit our capacity to six travelers on this safari, with a window seat for each person. Each row is raised slightly higher than the one in front of it, allowing for unobstructed views of scenery and wildlife. A cooler box is stocked with cold drinks and a small library with reference books and field guides enhance wildlife drives. Each custom-built vehicle sports front bull bars and runner boards, as well as a full recovery kit, including spare tires and a high-lift jack. Vehicles are updated or replaced as needed and meticulously maintained to provide our guests with an unmatched safari experience.
Our Private Leaders
Activities, accommodations and internal scheduled light aircraft flights as detailed in the itinerary, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on final day, drinking water throughout the trip, non-alcoholic drinks, house alcoholic beverages in camps, services of NHA professional Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, premium alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, airport and departure taxes, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), optional travel insurance, and required medical evacuation insurance.
A safari vehicle frequently offers a bumpy ride. Wildlife drives often involve long hours of sitting and sometimes bouncing around. While we don't consider this strenuous, it can be uncomfortable and may pose a particular type of physical demand on the body. All travelers must be able to climb into and out of raised 4x4 safari trucks. Travelers must also be able to walk to and from the vehicle to our camp accommodations, sometimes walking over uneven ground or on boardwalks. Additionally, while any short walks are considered optional, you will get the most out of your safari experience if you can walk a mile or two over uneven ground without assistance. Days spent on safari can be long, as mornings typically start before daybreak and evening meals are served after sundown. Safari accommodations and vehicles are not climate controlled and, depending on the seasonality, temperatures can range from quite cold to extremely hot so it is critical that travelers come prepared. We recommend that all travelers have an adventurous spirit, as you will often enjoy the closest animal encounters.
Important Information About This Trip
This consummate safari includes Zimbabwe’s best and most remote wildlife locales (plus the added bonus of a rarely visited national park in neighboring Zambia) while staying in higher-end accommodations. Each camp is small and intimate with generator-powered electricity and private bathrooms with hot and cold running water. The accommodations are a highlight of the trip in addition to the amazing wildlife experiences facilitated by our Expedition Leaders. Itinerary changes may sometimes occur in order to take advantage of conditions unique to the season and/or to accommodate unexpected changes in water levels; therefore, itineraries may need to be rerouted or redesigned without prior notice.
Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require that all guests have medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
Please plan to arrive in Lusaka, Zambia by 1 pm on Day 1. You are free to depart Harare, Zimbabwe anytime after 1 pm on the final day (we suggest between 1-3 pm due to limited airport facilities).
We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as our staff is intimately familiar with the special requirements of these programs and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.