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THOMPSONS AFRICA EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW 2 BOTSWANA Introduction 10 Botswana Day Tours 13 Accommodation 14 ZIMBABWE Introduction 36 Zimbabwe & Zambia Day Tours 67 Accommodation 39

ZAMBIA Introduction 56 Zimbabwe & Zambia Day Tours 67 Accommodation 59 MOZAMBIQUE Introduction 72 Accommodation 75



THOMPSONS AFRICA WHO WE ARE

With almost half a century of experience under our belt, Thompsons Africa is your highly trained Southern African destination management expert. Our reservations team is knowledgeable, innovative, and committed to exceptional service delivery. Thompsons Africa is part of Cullinan Holdings Ltd, whose main shareholder is The Travel Corporation, a family-owned entity with 45 offices worldwide and an envied reputation for delivering quality, service, and value. We also have trusted, long-standing supplier relationships that extend back in excess of 40 years. As part of the global The Travel Corporation family, we are known for our reliability and financial solidity. It’s an ethos reflected in the fact that in a sector known for high employee turnover, our average staff tenure is almost eight years — a further guarantee of experience and professionalism. Thompsons Africa operates in the three main cities of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, as well as from 11 reception offices in the Southern African region: Kruger Park, Hluhluwe, Hazyview, Malalane, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Victoria Falls/Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Mauritius. All offices offer a team of permanent Tour Guides, Drivers and Guest Service Officers. Our Guided Journeys offer something unique and memorable and after so many years of perfecting the product, these just cannot be beaten. Our tour guiding professionals have honed their skills, with many holding university degrees in fields such as marketing, photography, tourism and education. They are the collective face of Thompsons Africa and proud ambassadors for our beautiful country. The Guest Service Officers (GSOs) at four major airports meet-andgreet, assist with lost luggage, and undertake care visits when required. Our Customer Care Centre is available 24/7 to deal with any of your guests’ concerns and our GSOs are at hand, around the clock, to deal with any hitches or emergencies. Our fleet of around 170 vehicles ranges from sedans, to two-passenger limousines, 8 seaters, 11 seaters and 15 seaters; luxury 44-seater coaches and 60-seater touring vehicles. This massive tyre-print across the continent also comes with a small carbon footprint and among our innovations is a water recycling plant to provide environmentally friendly washes. Bespoke Travel — Because we tell it like it is, we are the experts in tailor-made packages. Our commitment is to ensuring that customers get an authentic African travel experience, coupled with comfort and

safety, to provide the holiday of a lifetime. Group Travel — We are specialists in caring for series and ad hoc business. We design individual packages to suit the unique interests of school groups, sales groups, religious groups, and their like. It’s an innovative, seamless programme, implemented professionally. Inventive Incentives — We understand the specialist nature of the incentive business and are well versed in the logistics of travel in Africa. Our approach to handling incentives of any size is to understand our clients and their requirements and carefully match these to our products. It’s all about assembling the perfect combination of accommodation and entertainment to suit each group, delivered in an enthusiastic, personalised way. Personal Collection —There’s a holiday and then there’s Personal Collection by Thompsons Africa. This is an out-of-this–world travel experience, crafted with the discerning traveller in mind. At Your Fingertips — Our dedicated Customer Zone can be accessed for up- to-the-minute rates, online availability, exclusive allocations and other critical information. Our online brochures are available for your easy downloading and printing at https://zone.thompsonsafrica. com/media/brochures. Free Sell Policy — A unique feature on all tours is a ‘Free Sell’ policy. Most of our Fully Guided Journeys can be free sold up to 30 days prior to departure, while our Day Tours can be free sold up to 48 hours before departure. That’s easy and efficient! As you might expect from a family-built company with a big heart, Thompsons Africa is about sustainability and giving back. To help shape the face of the future Africa, we actively support organisations that focus on the conservation, protection, and promotion of our rich heritage. We are proud to be part of a joint initiative by The Travel Corporation family of brands, called The TreadRight Foundation — a not-forprofit that works to ensure that the environment and communities we explore, remain vibrant for future generations. Finally, you can take comfort in the knowledge that when dealing with Thompsons Africa, you are dealing with a company with substantial liability cover, well above the minimum requirements, as well as a strong partnership with SATIB24, the continent’s leading incident management unit.


OUR UNIQUE SERVICES FREE SELL POLICY A unique feature of our product offering is a ‘Free Sell’ policy on all tours. Most of our Fully Guided Journeys can be free sold up to 30 days prior to departure and our Day Tours can be free sold up to 48 hours before departure. That’s easy and efficient!

INCIDENT MANAGEMENT AND INSURANCE Finally, you can take comfort in the knowledge that when dealing with Thompsons Africa, you are dealing with a company with substantial liability cover, well above the minimum requirements, as well as a strong partnership with SATIB24, the continent’s leading incident management unit. To further mitigate risk, we enjoy a strong partnership with SATIB24, Africa’s leading incident management unit led by a specialist team of

doctors and incident managers who are on call 24/7/365 and provide a comprehensive management service from the moment a call is received.

OUR VEHICLES Thompsons Africa uses the latest and finest vehicles on the market, including Toyota Corollas, Mercedes Vitos, Toyota Quantums and Mercedes Benz Sprinters and specially modified open safari vehicles – all with the requisite permits. We select our vehicles very carefully, against a strict set of criteria, in full knowledge of what our clientele needs and wants. All vehicles are exceptionally comfortable and spacious, with full air-conditioning throughout and good sound quality when the tour director is speaking. With headrests, and ample leg and head room, transfers are comfortable, cool and professional.

WE DO TRANSFERS Seat in Coach Transfers are done in a three-seater sedan, seven- seater micro-bus, 13 seater Quantum, or 18/22-seater mini coach with a maximum of three pick-ups/drop-offs en route to/from the airport. Private Transfers are done in either a sedan or micro-bus, for a maximum of three or seven guests respectively, where you are transferred straight to your destination. Luxury Transfers are done in a luxury sedan, for a maximum of three guests, where you are taken straight to your destination. Please note that with the luxury transfer, there is a luggage restriction of one standard size suitcase per person. Vehicle Charter - Thompsons Africa have invested in some of the newest and best vehicles available in Southern Africa. Our fleet of vehicles is made up of the newest Toyota Corollas, Mercedes Vitos, Toyota Quantums and Mercedes Benz Sprinters. All vehicles are available for charter.

Shuttle Services - Thompsons Africa offers a number of pre-booked fixed departure shuttles between key destinations. Sun City Shuttle - OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) to/from all Sun City Hotels. This shuttle departs four times a day at specific times. Kruger Shuttle Hoedspruit – OR Tambo International Airport to/from 7 specific locations in the Hoedspruit area. Add-on transfers to/from the lodge would be required, at additional costs. Guaranteed daily departures with minimum 1 guest. Kruger Shuttle Hazyview – OR Tambo International Airport to/from Perry’s Bridge Hazyview, Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, and Skukuza. Addon transfers to/from the lodge would be required, at additional costs. Guaranteed daily departures with minimum 1 guest.


YOU ARE WELCOME Welcome to South Africa! We are delighted that you have chosen to visit our beautiful country and we promise that the start of your journey with Thompsons Africa will be a First Class experience! Arriving in a foreign country should be a celebration and our star team of Guest Service Officers are at the ready to welcome you. Whether you have been to Southern Africa before or it is your first time, you will feel like you have come home!

SILVER WELCOME, GOLD WELCOME AND PLATINUM WELCOME AIRPORT SERVICES Airports around the world all present their challenges, but with Thompsons Africa there are no challenges - only memorable experiences. Let us take care of getting you from point A to point B without any of the hassle.

Guests can choose the level of assistance required to navigate our airports. We engage in face-to-face conversations with guests and discuss their journey ahead. Guests feel pampered and secure in the knowledge that they understand their itinerary arrangements, and that any questions or concerns raised, will be answered swiftly.

GUEST SERVICE EMERGENCY SUPPORT Even when guests have departed the airport our team are on call to give support when life’s mishaps occur! We visit guests in hospital or at their hotel to offer comfort and reassurance. No matter the situation, we have the experience to lend a helping hand.

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OUR GUIDES

BY THOMPSONS AFRICA Our NQF (National Qualifications Framework) and FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) qualified permanent Tour Guides are the very best calibre of staff. Join them on one of our exciting Guided Journeys or Tailor-Made packages – you will be completely blown away by their knowledge, excitement and passion! They speak English, German and Spanish, and our wider network of Tour Guides speak most other languages. All of our Safari Guides have completed additional courses enhancing their skills to ensure the best possible experience for guests. These

include the Kruger National Park Orientation Course, a botany course at Skukuza Nursery by a qualified botany expert and some have completed the VPDA Course (Viewing Potential Dangerous Animals). Our tour guiding professionals have honed their skills, with many holding university degrees in fields such as marketing, photography, tourism and education. They are the collective face of Thompsons Africa and proud ambassadors for our beautiful country.



GUIDED JOURNEYS BY THOMPSONS AFRICA In the arranging and operating of variable sized tours in Southern Africa, with set itineraries and frequent departures, Thompsons Africa leads the field. These packaged holidays offer something special, unique and memorable. Our tours have been operating since 1994

and we proudly claim that our service cannot be beaten. Our signature product, ‘Fully Guided’ means what it says: we do all the work, you relax and enjoy the experience, knowing that you are in capable and experienced hands.

FULLY GUIDED PRIVATE JOURNEYS FOR FAMILIES AND SMALL GROUPS If anyone understands family travel, Thompsons Africa does. We offer the perfect package: just the family or small group (four to eight people), a Tour Guide and the most flexible of itineraries to suit younger members especially. The number and length of game drives, content and timing of meals, and length of the safari is entirely flexible so as to fully accommodate your needs. Lively kids? Nobody’s fussing. There’s no finer way for a

young family, or small group, preferring a less structured holiday, to travel together. We have a selection of entirely private tours for intimate groups of four to eight people, travelling with your own Tour Guide and Driver a superb option for a 50th birthday party treat for esteemed clients, or simply family or friends who prefer exclusivity and privacy.

FAMILY MATTERS At Thompsons Africa we pride ourselves in the many years we have operated as a family style business. It is an ethos that we are passionate about and with the average stay of our people being 7 and a half years, we are proud to say, WE ARE FAMILY. We are committed to ensuring that our reservations teams are knowledgeable and innovative and for this reason we invest in comprehensive training that includes not just destination and product knowledge, but also service delivery.

Every day we continue to build on our solid reputation for reliability and unparalleled service delivery, striving to deliver the best possible guest experience at every point of contact they have with us. As part of Cullinan Holdings Ltd. and as a member of the family owned The Travel Corporation (TTC), this ethos of family is carried through the group at a global level.


CONSERVING OUR HERITAGE We are proud to be part of a joint initiative by The Travel Corporation family of brands, called The TreadRight Foundation — a not-forprofit that works to ensure that the environment and communities we explore, remain vibrant for future generations. TreadRight is The Travel Corporation’s hub for all corporate social responsibility efforts and manages a long-standing grants program that benefits sustainable tourism projects. To date, TreadRight has committed more than USD 2million to projects worldwide and encourages industry best practice through their support for the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, The Travel Foundation & Tourism Cares. In Africa, TreadRight helps to support a number of sustainable tourism projects. WildAid’s goal is to end illegal wildlife trade in our lifetime by reducing demand by specifically targeting consumers with engaging public service announcements and education initiatives. Wilderness Foundation Africa supports conservation agencies and organised private game reserves in protecting their rhino as part of a functioning natural ecosystem. The Wilderness Wildlife Trust spearheads projects that deal with the needs of existing wildlife populations, seeking solutions to save endangered species and providing communities with much needed education and training. Bushmans Kloof Rock Art protects and preserve over 150 sites of ancient bush art paintings and accordingly, it has been awarded the status of a South African Natural Heritage Site.

Clanwillian Cedar Trees is endeavouring to save the endemic and endangered Clanwilliam cedar tree in an annual tree planting ceremony in association with Cape Nature. The Cape Leopard Trust is an active predator conservation group inspiring interest in the environment through an interactive an dynamic environmental education programme. The Endangered Wildlife Trust implements interventions at several stages in the poaching and wildlife trade chain by elevating the risk associated with poaching rather than reducing the reward.

THOMPSONS AFRICA CONSERVATION STATEMENT: At Thompsons Africa we are mindful of the plight of wildlife across the globe and in Africa in particular. We are especially conscious of the importance of conserving our wildlife heritage. After all, we are blessed to be the caretakers of an abundance of wildlife that brings so many travellers to our shores. Thompsons Africa does not support any wildlife interaction that we deem to be unethical in either its purpose or in any way results in cruelty as a side effect. As a priority we ensure that we are 100% involved with our partnered wildlife organisations, and as a member of The TreadRight Foundation, we practise the promise to make the welfare of our wildlife our number one concern. Our endorsement of the SATSA Animal Interaction Charter further reinforces our commitment to an ethical approach to the long-term conservation of wildlife welfare.


MUST DO: Watch in awe as thousands of elephant converge on the Chobe River. See the wild dogs, as you view the game in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. View the abundance of lions in Savuti. Enjoy the prolific bird life in the world-famous Okavango Delta, as you are gently poled along in a mokoro. Take a game or nature walk in the Delta.


FOR AN ALL-ROUND SAFARI EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME, VISIT BOTSWANA WITH THOSE WHO KNOW IT BEST – THOMPSONS AFRICA. GETTING TO BOTSWANA Air Botswana flies directly from Johannesburg to Maun and back again, daily excluding Saturday and Sunday. Air Namibia flies directly from Windhoek to Maun and back again, every Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Please Note: These schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

YOUR COMFORT ZONE Thompsons Africa’s team will meet and greet guests at the airport/ hotel. On your arrival, we will guide guests through their itinerary and attend to any concerns or requests. Transport – water, land and air - throughout the stay is first rate. A Thompsons Africa team member is at the end of the phone, 24/7.


WELCOME TO BOTSWANA For more than 36 years, the warm and welcoming Thompsons Africa

Chobe, and watch hundreds of dusty elephants ponderously cavorting

team has been providing a highly professional safari adventure to

with each other at the river’s edge as they quench their thirst.

visitors from around the globe, keen to be guided as to the customs, traditions and of course, glorious highlights of this extraordinary country. Thompsons will guide guests through their itinerary and provide assistance with anything necessary to make their safari an entirely memorable one. Nothing is too much trouble, and the experienced team is at the end of a telephone line twenty four hours a day and night. There’s more to Botswana than the magnificent Okavango Delta and its diversity of habitats, but still, the Delta is unlike anything else you’ll have seen or experienced. With us, you’ll have the opportunity to gaze at if from numerous vantage points….from the air, water and land.

The Linyanti Region lies within Chobe and here, in the dry season, the concentration of game is such that the visitor will see buffalo by the thousand, followed by sizeable prides of lion. The Savuti Channel, also a part of Chobe, stakes its own unique claim - here the legendary Bushmen left the unique mark of their native paintings on their ancient home. Further Bushman artwork is marvelously preserved in the Makagadikgadi Salt Pans of the Kalahari in the southern part of Botswana. The scenery and game viewing in this remote region is altogether different from the lush waterways and grasslands of the Delta. Here, on the sand dunes and in the vast dry pans, quad bikes are the order of the day.Your memories of Namibia will be of

This legendary inland waterway, the Okavango Delta, slices sinuously

unimaginable scenery and wildlife, and the fascination of traditional

through a large part of Botswana, creating an area of unimaginable

tribes such as the Herero, their women decked out in gorgeous outfits

natural splendour. Millions of litres of water reach miraculously into

first introduced by missionaries in the 18th century, and the nomadic

this part of the Kalahari Desert, infinitely enriching an environment

desert Himba. See the entrancing Cape fur seal colony, the town of

that supports an incredible diversity of mammal, fish and bird life.

Swakopmund with its altogether different German architecture and

To fly over the Delta in a light aircraft is scenically arresting and aweinspiring for the tracking and viewing of game. It is also, in certain cases, the only way to reach the more remote camps! Some camps are water based, others offer both wet and dry game viewing. Meander

atmosphere, the bushman paintings in Damaraland. Go quad biking on the dunes, indulge in oysters and champagne as the sun sets over the sea, streaking the sand and sea with rich golds and reds. This is Namibia, the quiet land of scenic drama and contrasts.

slowly through the watery courses in a traditional canoe or Mokoro,

Travelling in Africa is a sensational journey into experiences you may

or travel over land in an open safari vehicle.

never have envisaged – at Thompsons Africa, introducing safari goers

Botswana may be best known for its Delta, but the country also boasts two of Africa’s finest game reserves: Moremi, renowned for its huge herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and antelope; and Chobe, further north, thought to have the highest concentration of elephants in the world. For a thrilling end to a memorable day, take a sunset cruise at

to the supreme magic of Botswana is a privilege. Our professional team is committed to ensuring your guests’ adventure is a superb one, and that whatever we, at Thompsons Africa can do to make sure they return to explore further, we’ll do it.


DAY TOURS An all-round once in a lifetime experience. The Okavango Delta, an inland waterway, Moremi Game Reserve, famous for wildlife population, the Linyanti region where you can see hundreds of buffalo, white shimmering pans of Makgadikgadi and the Chobe with a large elephant population are part of this true African wilderness. Chobe National Park is renowned for the greatest concentration of game on the African continent. One of the most enticing aspects of the area, is the density of wildlife.

CHOBE GAME DRIVE

HALF DAY TOUR Departs daily on request No children under 4 years MORNING:

Summer 06h00 – 09h00 (Oct to Mar) Winter 06h30 – 09h30 (Apr to Sep)

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Summer 15h30 – 18h30 (Oct to Mar) Winter 15h00 – 18h00 (Apr to Sep)

Our legendary Chobe Game Drive is designed to soak up the most of this unique experience, so we handpick our licensed professional guides, and we’ve adapted our 4x4 open safari vehicles to provide superb photographic vantage points. You’ll be thrilled at that easy visibility, for this venture into the legendary Chobe National Park provides the finest opportunity ever to witness the greatest elephant population density in Africa. Your experience highlights: • 4x4 open vehicle game drive • Chobe National Park • Wildlife viewing • Greatest elephant population density in Africa

CHOBE BOAT CRUISE

HALF DAY TOUR Departs daily on request at 09h30 and 15h30 (Winter 15h00) Duration 3 hours No children under 4 years Let us take your breath away on the Chobe River. It might be the variety and numbers of game or it might be the breath-taking sunsets... let’s aim for both. There’s something so extraordinary about viewing wildlife from a different perspective, where herds of animals converge on – or even in - the water to drink; hippos and crocodiles are right there below you or on the banks. The birdlife is sensational. Our open-sided boats provide superb photographic

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opportunities, and our licensed professional guides know just where to guide you for the best experience of the River. Your experience highlights: • Chobe River boat cruise • Wildlife viewing • Birdlife viewing • Licensed professional guides

VICTORIA FALLS DAY TRIP

FULL DAY TOUR Departs daily on request at 08h00 and returns at 15h00 Duration full day Note: Passport required and visa conditions may apply Nothing prepares you for the awe-inspiring sound and spray drama of majestic Victoria Falls, as millions of litres tumble over the Falls into the gorges below. Hearing tales about ‘Mosi oa Tunya‘, the smoke that thunders’, and seeing it for yourself, are two entirely different things. Our trip includes a full morning tour of the Falls, and we’ll amble through the misty rain forest (a fun experience we promise) and soak up the beauty. We’ve selected the perfect vantage points from which to view the Main Falls, namely Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, The Boiling Pot, Cataract Island and Livingstone Island. You’ll have built up a fine appetite for a leisurely lunch (not included), before we visit a classic Open African Craft Market where you’re expected to fine tune your bartering skills! We’ve built in time thereafter to explore the little town of Victoria Falls. It’s a full day of the mighty Victoria Falls, for the power of this wonder of the world, will capture your full attention! Your experience highlights: • Full tour of the Falls including Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, The Boiling Pot, Cataract Island and Livingstone Island • Lunch (for own account) • Open African Craft Market

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CHOBE LUXURY TENTED LODGE

ELEPHANT VALLEY LODGE Elephant Valley Lodge lies in the Kasane Forest Reserve, forming part of Chobe National Park, which is home to the largest population of African elephant in the world. The lodge is surrounded by the peaceful wilderness of the African bush with animals and birds moving freely in the valley between the game-rich conservation areas of Chobe and the National Parks of Zimbabwe. You can watch creatures great and small, dropping by for a drink at the lodge’s waterhole. There is a communal lounge, 2 pools, game-viewing platform, bar and dining areas. The lodge has 12 tents nestled in the forest under a canopy of trees surrounding the pool, one of which is a family tent. There are a further 8 tents over-looking the valley and waterhole. Guests enjoy open vehicle game drives in Chobe National Park and Boat cruises along the Chobe River. A day trip to Victoria Falls should also not be missed.

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CHOBE RIVER – BOTSWANA LUXURY LODGE ON THE RIVER

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CHOBE WATER VILLAS In a special corner of the African wilderness, where two mighty rivers meet, a wetland paradise that is a haven for nature and wildlife. Discover the wonders of this magical destination at Chobe Water Villas. At the very tip of Namibia’s Zambezi Region, previously known as Caprivi Strip, Chobe Water Villas is nestled in the beautiful lap of nature on the bank of the Chobe River. The exclusivity and style of this boutique hotel is unparalleled. The 16 luxury water villas are suspended over the water’s edge and feature a 180 degree view of the mesmerizing wetland and bushland sanctuary that comprises the Chobe River, Botswana’s Sedudu Island and Chobe National Park on the opposite riverbank. From the comfort of your lounge chair on your private villa terrace enjoy views of elephant and buffalo herds grazing on Sedudu’s floodplains.

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK GAME LODGE

aha CHOBE MARINA LODGE A glistening jewel, aha Chobe Marina Lodge is perfectly positioned right on the water’s edge and uniquely located in the North-Eastern corner of Botswana where the four African nations of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia converge. The Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Kasane Forest Reserve, the Caprivi Strip and the mighty Zambezi River, each offer their own attractions and with Victoria Falls only 70 kilometres away, aha Chobe Marina Lodge is a ‘must visit’ destination when in southern Africa. aha Chobe Marina Lodge with its lush expansive gardens is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the legendary fish eagle, warthog, squirrel, mongoose, vervet monkeys and fruit bat. A river boat cruise to the park, will introduce you to a totally different game viewing experience. Other ‘must do’ activities include a leisurely sightseeing cruise to Sedudu Island, or for a more thrilling activity why not try your hand at fishing for the famed tiger fish, which inhabit the Chobe and Kasai River systems. BBK

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NEAR CHOBE NATIONAL PARK GAME LODGE

CHOBE SAFARI LODGE Situated in Kasane on the banks of Chobe River and sharing a border with Chobe National Park. Right on our doorstep four African countries meet, Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls or Caprivi. Accommodation consists of 80 spacious, river view rooms. Family rooms with separate children’s room (bunk beds) also available. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with bath and a shower, air-conditioners, satellite TV, telephone, safe and fan. Wide range of different activities such as game drives, boat cruises, Victoria Falls day trip, Namibian Village Walk, Scenic Flights and more.

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NEAR CHOBE NATIONAL PARK GAME LODGE

CHOBE BUSH LODGE Due to its unique bush setting directly on the border of the Chobe National Park, Chobe Bush Lodge’s facilities and rooms provide a secluded and intimate experience with superb views of the game-rich slopes of the Chobe National Park and the Chobe River floodplains, including the renowned Sedudu Island in the distance. Common-rated with its ‘bigger sister’ Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe Bush Lodge’s luxury accommodation comprises only 38 rooms and 4 family suites. The expansive room size of 55m2 allows for a spacious bedroom, private lounge area and a bathroom featuring both a shower and bath. Chobe Bush Lodge’s facilities comprise a Bush Restaurant, offering both a-la-carte meals and buffets, lounge, bar, pool and pool deck. Observation platforms situated in a natural river course on the property with fine views of the adjoining Chobe National Park will soon be added. Chobe National Park’s diverse and abundant wildlife concentrations will never fail to disappoint and can be experienced from two very different perspectives - on a game drive or a Chobe River cruise. BBK

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CHOBE NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGE

CHOBE GAME LODGE The only permanent lodge situated on the banks of the Chobe River within the famous Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is Botswana’s premier venue for guests looking for a perfect base from which to explore the Chobe Riverfront. Chobe Game Lodge has 44 rooms, all of which are river facing and airconditioned, featuring overhead fans, complimentary mini bar, en suite bathrooms and a private terrace. For those guests who demand the ultimate in exclusivity, the Lodge has four river-view suites, each with its own plunge pool and separate lounge area. A family room, interleading and triple room configurations are also available for families. Game drives and river safaris are conducted by Chobe Game Lodge’s all-female guiding team in a fleet of electric solar-powered boats and electric converted vehicles.

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NEAR CHOBE NATIONAL PARK GAME LODGE

MUCHENJE SAFARI LODGE Muchenje Safari Lodge is situated on the quieter, western side of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, and yet only forty minutes drive from Kasane. Set on an escarpment, Muchenje overlooks the Chobe River, and its impressive flood plains. The 11 thatched chalets are privately laid out along the escarpment, each with private decks affording panoramic views. The rooms are styled with ‘rustic luxury’ in mind and have all the creature comforts. Muchenje prides itself on the variety and quality of the Safari experiences that it offers. Chobe is famous for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, along with numerous predators - including lions, leopards and wild dogs. There is a great diversity of plains game and an astonishing array of bird species. There are so many activities that 2 days are never the same. From the iconic boat safari, to game drives exploring the western waterfront, to guided safari walks, seasonal mokoros and community visits.

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KASANE - CHOBE RIVER SAFARI LODGE

CRESTA MOWANA SAFARI RESORT & SPA Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa situated on the banks of the mighty Chobe River in Botswana is one of southern Africa’s sustainable tourism destinations where luxury exists in harmony with nature, providing a unique location from which to explore the magical wonders of untamed Africa. Facilities at Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa include 108 luxury air conditioned bedrooms and suites all with river views, and fully equipped spa. As further proof that it is one of the best Kasane hotels, each guest room has a private balcony. Take time to interact with the un-spoilt natural and beautiful surroundings while enjoying a leisurely massage at the Mowana Spa. Both the Serondella Restaurant and Savuti cocktail bar overlook the Chobe River and Namibian flood plains, the ultimate place to watch the abundant wildlife gathering at twilight. The Spa at Cresta Mowana is beautifully designed, featuring natural textures and ethnic elements. It is in harmony with the surrounding Chobe National park, a serene space that offers sanctuary from the stresses of life.

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CHOBE RIVER DELUXE HOUSEBOAT

CHOBE PRINCESS As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you’ll be able to completely relax in an intimate river safari experience on board the Chobe Princess. With only a small number of guests per boat, staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own houseboat. The entire boat can also be booked exclusively, giving you your very own private villa on the water. The beautiful combination of tasteful decor and laid-back charm will inspire relaxation as soon as you step foot aboard one of the Princesses. Even leaving your air-conditioned cabin will be hard as you can gaze at the changing African landscape from the comfort of your bed. Enjoy personalised and flexible daily safari activities and immerse yourself in the abundant wildlife and birdlife that the Chobe is renowned for.

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CHOBE RIVER LUXURY HOUSEBOAT

ZAMBEZI QUEEN Moving along the banks of the great Chobe River, Zambezi Queen is a 5-star, 42-metre long luxury houseboat offering unparalleled sophistication in one of the most remote locations on the planet. Best of all, as a guest on the vessel, you can enjoy a truly unique and adventurous river safari holiday while still being surrounded by complete comfort and elegance. Each of the 14 suites on Zambezi Queen features air-conditioning and your own private balcony, where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Chobe River and African landscape beyond. Wake up to the sight of an elephant drinking from the river or watch a fish eagle take flight – all from the comfort of your own luxurious bed. Unlike a landbased lodge, Zambezi Queen navigates roughly 25 kilometres of the Chobe River, allowing you to explore different vantage points and enjoy unparalleled game viewing with daily river-based excursions. The Chobe National Park boasts one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent – estimated at approximately 120 000. The Park is also home to a large number of buffalo, leopard and lion, along with a variety of antelope and abundant birdlife. BBK

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

CHOBE RIVER DELUXE TENTED LODGE

ICHINGO CHOBE RIVER LODGE Ichingo Chobe River Lodge offers the ideal location to experience all that the Chobe has to offer, set above the flowing waters of the Chobe River, on Namibia’s Impalila Island. The intimate and secluded location provides the ultimate in comfort allowing you to completely unwind and enjoy the sights and sounds of a true African river safari experience. Our 8 large air-conditioned Meru safari tents at Ichingo Chobe River Lodge give you all the excitement of a safari adventure in Africa, equipped with everything you’d expect from a deluxe hotel. Listen to the sounds of the Chobe River flowing past you and the call of fish eagles in the distance. Ichingo Chobe River Lodge offers a variety of activities for you to experience during your stay, including game viewing by tender boat in the Chobe National Park; birding in the extraordinary wetland waterways; exhilarating tiger-fishing, or exploring Impalila Island, visiting our 2000-year-old ancient Baobab tree.

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CHOBE RIVER LUXURY GAME LODGE

SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO Dramatically perched on a hill above the Chobe River in Botswana, this refined retreat has 15 stunning, breezy suites, scattered across lush green lawns, and gorgeous reception spaces. On the edge of Chobe National Park, home to the world’s largest population of elephants, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero offers unparalleled views across the floodplains straddling the Botswanan, Namibian and Zambian borders. The large, exceptional suites flaunt clean lines and natural materials, the perfect blend of modern design and distinct traditional African finishes, and feature heavenly beds, generous freestanding baths, and rain showers. Three of the new suites at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero feature an extra bedroom, which is heaven-sent for families. The lodge also boasts a full-service spa, with a unique tree-top treatment room, inviting the body and the mind to be pampered. As well as traditional game drives, there is a photographic safari boat with rotating seats to capture all angles. Relax in the inviting split-level swimming pool, or enjoy the array of gourmet food and wines, for which the lodge has become renowned.

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CHOBE NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGE

BELMOND SAVUTE ELEPHANT LODGE

In the heart of the Chobe National Park, sometimes referred to as the elephant capital of the world, is the Savute - an area that personifies the eternal contrast of Africa. Unleash your spirit of adventure at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge. Evoking the feel of a timeless explorers’ lodge, our sustainably designed oasis immerses you in the untamed wilderness of Botswana’s Savute region. Relax in visually calming spaces, filled with rich textures, earthy colours and furniture crafted by local artisans. Watch elephants, hyenas and leopards drink at the watering hole from our new viewing hide. Relax by the serene pool and enjoy African-inspired treatments in the beautiful Spa tent, or gather round inviting firepits to share stories with new friends. After the afternoon’s game drive, an enchanting Boma dining experience awaits by the campfire. Relax in one of 12 luxurious tented rooms, where an artisan crafted four-poster bed takes centre stage. Recline on a canopied daybed on your spacious terrace, watching majestic beasts saunter by as you help yourself to refreshment from the cocktail fridge.

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CHOBE NATIONAL PARK GAME LODGE

SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE Stretching from the Linyanti River all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding waterways of the Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for many thousands of years. Owing to the regions arid landscape and the unpredictable nature of the Savute Channel, Savute is one of Botswana’s top wildlife destinations with high numbers of predators and general game. To ensure a private and relaxing environment, Savute Safari Lodge accommodates just 24 guests in 11 thatched chalets and one family suite (two bedrooms, two bathrooms) The chalets, which have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to blend with the natural environment, feature expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area and en suite facilities. The newly constructed main area offers exceptional in-lodge game viewing from the waterhole in front of camp. Savute Safari Lodge focuses exclusively on morning and afternoon game drives within the national park offering guests exceptional wildlife encounters year round.

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

LINYANTI WILDLIFE AREA GAME LODGE

KINGS POOL CAMP Kings Pool overlooks the handsome oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve bordering Chobe National Park. The camp’s nine luxurious tents (including one family unit) each boast a large bedroom area and lounge leading out onto a veranda with a private plunge pool and thatched sala from which to soak up the gorgeous views and possibly even spot elephant crossing the channel. The spacious en-suite bathrooms have double showers and hand-basins, as well as an outdoor shower for those who wish to shower ‘in’ nature! The spacious main area comprises a lounge, dining room and a convivial bar beautifully set on expansive raised decks. There is also a pool and an open-air ‘kgotla’ for evening dining under the stars.

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BOTSWANA – MOREMI GAME RESERVE LUXURY SAFARI CAMP

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OKUTI Okuti draws its influence from the Maunachira River which flows in front of the camp, with its abundant birdlife, fish and sandy river banks, it remains an oasis of serenity and peacefulness. Okuti is built amidst the wilderness of one of Botswana’s prime game viewing regions, Moremi Game Reserve. Situated in the heart of the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, guests can experience game drives with unhindered views in specially-designed safari vehicles. When out on game drives our window seat guarantee ensures no more than four guests per vehicle and individual use of a camera mount. The Moremi Game Reserve is rich in wildlife, and its consistent year-round game viewing makes it ideal for repeat and first-time visitors to Botswana. Guests can also explore the Okavango Delta waterways by motorboat, and the areas open lagoons and winding channels make it a birder’s paradise, complete with herons and storks in the breeding season. Okuti offers one of the best value safari experiences in the Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta region of Botswana. It provides excellent game viewing due to its widely varied and protected habitats which support a huge variety of wildlife. MUB

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

MOREMI GAME RESERVE GAME LODGE

CAMP MOREMI For the classic African safari experience, look no further than Camp Moremi in Botswana’s world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. Camp Moremi is situated on the edge of the Xakanaxa Lagoon in an area well known for its spectacular game-viewing opportunities, with both land and water based activities. There are just 11 spacious en suite guest rooms and a new family room (two bedrooms, two bathrooms, all set on raised teak decks seat beneath the antient forest canopy. Guest activities include morning and afternoon game drives throughout the many different ecosystems that the Moremi Game Reserve has to offer. Explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels by boat for a chance to enjoy the picturesque waters of the Okavango Delta, with its kaleidoscope of birdlife. Camp Moremi ensures exclusivity and privacy in a tranquil environment.

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MOREMI GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

BELMOND KHWAI RIVER LODGE Nestled on the edge of a leadwood and fig tree forest, overlooking the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, sits the luxurious Belmond Khwai River Lodge. Khwai is renowned for its large concentrations of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife from the comfort of your own private deck. As a year round destination for wildlife, predators can regularly be seen in the area, rated as one of the most prolific in Botswana for viewing wildlife. The exceptional location of Khwai makes it a regular host to Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dogs. Birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors near the lodge. At Khwai River Lodge, you are close to Africa’s heartbeat and at the centre of a world that has not altered since life began. You can sense this from the moment you arrive.

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

MOREMI EAST - KHWAI LUXURY TENTED CAMP

SAGUNI SAFARI LODGE Saguni Safari Lodge is situated in Moremi East in the Okavango Delta. It is nestled in an island of mature riparian trees, typical of the Okavango Delta. The Lodge overlooks the ‘Mbudi Lagoon’, in the beautiful game-rich area of Khwai. The name ‘Saguni’ is a bushman name for Khwai, meaning “an area with abundance of game and spectacular sights”. Saguni Safari Lodge has 9 Forest Tents and 8 Luxury River Tents, customdesigned and built in harmony with the island environment. The River Tents are on the riverfront with stunning views over the Sable River and the Forest Tents are nestled under the canopy of trees. Besides the day-time game drives, which can feature Africa’s big attractions – lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe, there is also the option to experience a night drive. Game drives, and mokoro excursions are all available at Saguni. Saguni Safari Lodge.

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CHIEF’S ISLAND - MOREMI GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME CAMP

SANCTUARY CHIEF’S CAMP Personal service, an extraordinary setting, exceptional viewing and enthusiastic expert guides are the hallmarks of a Sanctuary Chief’s Camp experience. Intimate and exclusive, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is set in the outstanding natural landscape of Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta. Here in Moremi Game Reserve, thanks to soul-stirring perspectives from the private pavilions, the lounge deck and your dinner tables, you won’t ever miss the thrill of a viewing. As well as ensuring a distinct sense of Botswanan place, every encounter and activity feels authentic, thanks to the camp having been reimagined in keeping with local traditions and cultures – which is how we believe responsible tourism should be. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp’s sophisticated accommodation with natural hues and materials that complement the charismatic scenery and the first-class dining and wines, regularly earns rankings among the world’s top safari destinations from arbiters such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure. Highlights at the camp include a fitness centre, spa, children’s retreats, orientation room, and accommodation is made up of 10 stylish bush pavilions and the royalty-worthy Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite. MUB

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

OKAVANGO DELTA LUXURY TENTED CAMP

KADIZORA CAMP Kadizora Camp is located between the Vumbura River and Selinda Spillway. Savannah floodplains, lagoons, and waterways are skirted by islands of magnificent trees in the northern part of the Delta. Hot air balloon safaris, game drives, bush walks and mokoro trips are offered in this area of incredible beauty and prolific wildlife. Fishing and motor boating are available seasonally and night drives on request. The camp has 9 Luxury Tents and 4 Standard Tents, which are well positioned for guest’s privacy, with outdoor decking and secluded views. The lodge features a communal lounge, swimming pool, dining area and fire boma area, and all are designed to make the most of this tranquil location. The raised bar has uninterrupted panoramic vistas of the Delta.

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OKAVANGO DELTA LUXURY GAME LODGE

CAMP OKAVANGO Botswana’s magnificent Okavango Delta, recently declared a World Heritage Site, is the world’s largest inland delta, and is a maze of deep lagoons, large lakes and hidden, meandering channels. To ensure a peaceful and genuine safari experience, Camp Okavango accommodates just twenty-four guests. There are eleven intimate safari suites and one family suite consisting of two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each of the guest suites have been built on individual raised platforms and set beneath the thick Okavango Delta vegetation. The stack away sliding doors open onto a private open-air viewing deck offering beautiful views over the Okavango Delta. This hidden treasure, in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, assures its guests of an unparalleled year-round water wilderness experience. Activities on offer included guided bush walks, motorised boating safaris and mokoro excursions through the shallow delta channels.

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BOTSWANA – OKAVANGO DELTA LUXURY SAFARI CAMP

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KANANA A hidden jewel on the Xudum River, Kanana is located in the southwest of the Okavango Delta. The area encompasses a necklace of islands dotted with palms, figs, ebony and knobthorn, and is home to a myriad of birds, plants and animals. The nature of the habitat means it is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species found within the Okavango Delta. The annual floods transform parts of this concession into a true water paradise, offering guests the best of both worlds. Due to the camps location guests can experience magnificent game sightings during drives as well as the unique experience of exploring the delta’s beautiful waterways by boat or Mokoro. You may actually enjoy the breath-taking spectacle of the water visibly rising around the camp’s raised teak decks. The Sleep Out Deck offers guests the opportunity to spend the night out under the magnificent African night sky. Situated in the Kanana Concession, the focus of activities at Kanana varies with the rising and falling levels of the Okavango Delta.

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SHINDE Nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, Shinde is an iconic camp, one of the first in Botswana and loved by many. The new Shinde is built in a way that pays homage to its former self. Located on the edge of the Shinde Lagoon, the area simply teems with animal and birdlife. Shinde was rebuilt in 2020, the camps unique main area is built in a ‘treehouse style’ comprising of lounges, dining areas (indoor and outdoor) and a fire deck all with beautiful views over a permanent lagoon and under the shade of ebony and mangosteen trees. The new tents and main area provide a luxury experience with a touch of historical charm. The décor of the new camp can be described as ‘the best of nature within an authentic safari design – still with the understated, friendly and intimate Ker & Downey Botswana feel’. Elegant, Classic, Opulent ‘Out of Africa’. A ‘worldly’ sophisticated safari experience.

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

OKAVANGO DELTA LUXURY TENTED CAMP

CAMP XAKANAXA The prime location of Camp Xakanaxa (pronounced Ka-ka-na-ka) on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, makes it one of the very few safari camps that offers guests an authentic, year-round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience. The camp accommodates twenty-four guests in 11 spacious all canvas, classic Meru-style luxury safari tents and the newly added family room. Situated around the fringe of the lagoon, every tent has a private viewing deck with comfortable loungers. Camp Xakanaxa is one of the few camps in Botswana which still offers the essence of a classic tented camp. Daily game drives in the Moremi Game Reserve are the focus at Camp Xakanaxa with motorised boating safaris into the Okavango Delta also available.

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OKAVANGO DELTA GAME LODGE

XUGANA ISLAND LODGE Xugana Lagoon is widely recognised as the most spectacular permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta, which itself is Africa’s largest and most awe-inspiring oasis. The Okavango River rises in the highlands of Angola yet never reaches the sea; instead its immense waters empty over the sands of the Kalahari, where the great thirst of the desert is quenched in a wilderness of freshwater lagoons, channels and islands. Xugana Island Lodge is situated on a private concession and takes full advantage of this magnificent site. An expansive deck and al fresco dining area overlooks the vast, pristine body of water that makes up the permanent Okavango Delta. With only 8 luxury reed chalets, Xugana offers an intimate safari experience within the Okavango Delta. Xugana Island Lodge offers a full complement of activities from which to explore the Okavango Delta including mokoro excursions, boating safaris, fishing, guided bush walks, as well as day and night game drives.

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

PRIVATE KWARA RESERVE – OKAVANGO DELTA – BOTSWANA LUXURY SAFARI CAMP

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SPLASH CAMP Splash Camp is situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta, within the Private Kwara Reserve. The area has long been known as Splash due to the huge water crossings that had to be negotiated to access the camp area. Located around a pan, each of the 12 rooms is situated on a deck overlooking the pan which attracts game year round. All are en-suite with a flush toilet, double sinks and both an indoor and an outdoor shower. In addition each room has a private veranda with outdoor lounge chairs, the perfect place to relax and take in the magnificent views and soak up the atmosphere. The camp has a second satellite main area (within the camp layout itself) with plunge pool, dining area, lounge and bar. This can be booked, on request, for exclusive use for groups of 6-12 looking for a more intimate experience on safari. Such groups who have booked exclusive use of Splash Enclave will have no age restrictions, making the Enclave the perfect location for larger family bookings. Only groups may book Splash Enclave on a request-only basis. The rooms are identical to the Splash rooms, and are part of the 12 rooms in Splash camp itself.

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KWARA CAMP Overlooking a secluded lagoon in the northern Okavango Delta, Kwara offers the ultimate Delta experience. Its location allows access to the permanent waterways of the Delta as well as expansive dry land areas, admired for their quality game viewing. Kwara offers, within the exclusive concession in which it is located, a wide variety of activities. In addition to game drives, both day and night, the camp offers mokoro trips, as well as fishing (spinning equipment is provided but fly fisherman need to bring their own equipment). Boat trips are on a doubledecker boat that visits the Godikwe Lagoon in the waters of the Moremi Game Reserve, which is known for the abundant varieties of birdlife especially during nesting season. The décor of Kwara pays homage to the authentic African style of Kwando Safaris, and has 9 canvas tents. Each tent has a spacious deck overlooking the lagoon, an ensuite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers and a gorgeous bath – all of which have views out to the floodplains. There is a ceiling fan in the room and mosquito nets around the beds. The main area of the camp, sits in the centre of the camp, has a dining area, lounge and curio shop. Kwara also has 2 small pool areas at each end of the camp providing guests with more private lounge areas. Each poolside has a small bar and pool loungers for guests to enjoy the afternoon siesta period. MUB

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

OKAVANGO DELTA LUXURY GAME CAMP

SANCTUARY BAINES’ CAMP Perched above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp and its stilted, standalone suites have been transformed with larger spaces, extended decking, welcoming in the surrounding wilderness, and bold artistic interiors. The six raised abodes at this very boutique camp have light and airy bedrooms opening out onto curved terraces overlooking the river. As intimate as this lightfooted camp feels, there’s still an impressive sense of scale with high windows letting in the bright African sun and framing those endless Delta horizons. After an exhilarating game drive, returning at dusk, nothing is more tranquil than an indulgent soak in the Star Bath, a unique freestanding bathtub on each private terrace, now a permanent feature. The suites’ four-poster beds roll out for guests to sleep under the clear, starry Delta night skies. There’s also a chance to get up close and personal and interact with semi-habituated elephants through the unique ‘Living with Elephants’ experience.

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OKAVANGO DELTA LUXURY GAME LODGE

BELMOND EAGLE ISLAND LODGE Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is the ultimate Okavango Delta water- experiencefocused safari lodge. The lodge is decorated to reflect an explorer’s base. Design highlights in the twelve spacious deluxe tented rooms include oversized beds with views of the delta, large outdoor decks with a vista, private plunge pools, indoor & outdoor showers, a reading nook and walk-in wardrobes. Fully rebuilt public areas include a stylish dining area with a pizza oven, a lounge area with an artisanstyle bar, a library, a campfire area and the Fish Eagle Bar which is located directly on the water. Local artisans and materials were used throughout the renovations. The lodge offers a variety of water-focused safari activities including motorboat safaris, barge cruises, mokoro safaris (a local canoe), fishing, as well as walking safaris and the ultimate air safari experience by helicopter.

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

OKAVANGO DELTA LUXURY TENTED CAMP

SANCTUARY STANLEY’S CAMP Here on this 260,000-acre private concession in the renowned Okavango Delta, the distinguished accommodation has been crafted with sustainability in mind to evoke the days of explorer Henry Stanley, whom the camp is named after. The classic-style tents have been significantly enlarged, with five-star fixtures. Each tent has a deck with views over the dramatic floodplains, allowing prime game viewing from your bedroom with a freshly made cup of tea or coffee to hand. The in-room experience has also been enhanced with the addition of a compact gym bag, a well-stocked minibar and coffee station. There’s also a sociable new outdoor bar with the best possible views over the floodplains ensuring every moment of each stay has that incredible wilderness in widescreen. Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is the home of our unique elephant interaction activity in partnership with the Living with Elephants Foundation. Explore Africa on foot from an elephant’s perspective as you observe and interact with orphaned, semi-habituated elephants, before enjoying a picnic lunch in their company. MUB

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OKAVANGO DELTA GAME LODGE

GUNN’S CAMP Overlooking the legendary Chief’s Island and bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Gunn’s Camp is one of the last few remaining luxury, vintage safari camps. This small and intimate camp is located on the same Ntswi Island as its sister property Moremi Crossing. The camp consists of six large, luxury vintage-style safari tents. Each tent has its own private and spacious lounge as well as an expansive verandah where private romantic surprise dinners are served. All tents are discreetly set within the densely treed island thus ensuring privacy and tranquility. The accommodation area is connected to the main camp via raised wood walkway crossing the wetlands, and magically lit by a series of fairylike lanterns. Guests have access to the elevated bar, lounge, dining room and swimming pool. Activities on offer are half or full day mokoro trips with game walks, bush walks with picnic lunch, wilderness camping, sunset motorboat cruises and fishing. Water activities are water level dependent. In low water conditions game drive activities are available.

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

OKAVANGO DELTA GAME LODGE

MOREMI CROSSING Located near the most southern part of Chief’s Island, Moremi Crossing is situated on a small palm fringed island called Ntswi which is surrounded by the Moremi’s game rich seasonal floodplains. In contrast to the northern Okavango Delta where the waters are fast-flowing and the channels and view is enclosed by high reeds and papyrus, the channels around Moremi Crossing and its sister camp, Gunn’s Camp offer far reaching vistas of the Moremi’s floodplain, grasslands and marginal woodlands interspersed with Mokolwane palm islands. Luxury accommodation in 16 new-style vintage safari tents, each with its own private wooden deck offers magical views over the Boro River onto Chief’s Island. All meru tents are large and airy with en-suite bathrooms consisting of shower and toilet. Through the provision of high quality guiding services and custom-made boats, Moremi Crossing offers a personalised wildlife experience. Activities on offer include mokoro trips, bush walks, sunset motorboat cruises and fishing. Water activities are water level dependent. In low water conditions game drive activities are available.

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OKAVANGO DELTA GAME LODGE

VUMBURA PLAINS A retreat of contemporary and unique design, Vumbura Plains comprises two separate satellite camps, consisting of 14 rooms overall (of which two accommodate families). Each camp has its own sumptuous raised lounge, dining and bar area with magnificent vistas across the Okavango Delta, while a deck with comfortable cushions protrudes into the floodplain, either for stargazing or as a convivial camp fire setting. Each large, luxurious room is raised off the ground, with indoor and outdoor showers and an en-suite bathroom. A step down is the lounge area, open on three sides for that iconic view of the floodplains. Additional room features include a private plunge pool and ‘sala’ – a place from which to watch the passing parade of wildlife or indulge in a soothing massage.

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

OKAVANGO DELTA TENTED LODGE

LITTLE VUMBURA Little Vumbura is situated on a beautiful island in a private concession in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta. Surrounded as it is by water and lying close to large rivers, water-based activities are just as popular as those on land, both offering spectacular and diverse wildlife sightings. Little Vumbura is a beautiful six-roomed tented camp shaded by the canopy of an ancient forest. Each well-appointed tent has en-suite facilities and a deck with incredible vistas. A plunge pool and reading area overlook the floodplains and a star deck leads off over the water from the dining area.

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OKAVANGO DELTA LUXURY TENTED CAMP

ABU CAMP At Abu Camp, you are invited to immerse yourself in the majestic world of the African elephant and to see the African bush and its wildlife through the eyes of the elephants – by joining the Abu herd. Named after a very special bull elephant, Abu Camp is set in a pristine copse of riverine forest and blends in seamlessly with the magnificent surrounding hardwood trees. Looking out over a large lagoon, an imaginative use of canvas has created a unique and luxurious style of tent. The multi-decked lounge and dining area and a well-stocked library and study, gym and pool will keep you entertained, informed and energised while at Abu Camp. Each of the six en-suite tents has its own distinctive furnishings and fittings, imparting an air of opulence in the bush, and featuring an indoor and outdoor shower, an outdoor copper bath and a generous elevated teak deck.

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

OKAVANGO DELTA GAME LODGE

POM POM CAMP In the heart of the Okavango Delta within the Matsebe concession area, Pom Pom Camp is another jewel in Botswana’s crown! The camp overlooks a scenic lagoon and is quietly nestled under grove shady trees. Here hippo grunt and frolic in front of camp’s permanent lagoon that is surrounded by miles of reeds. In a clear water oasis ‘mokoro’ offer you a wonderful means of viewing wildlife as you glide between palm fringed islands. The camp has nine large luxury safari tents, all with en-suite showers and toilets; the bathrooms are enclosed for privacy, security and importantly offer you a truly unique bush adventure. In the main thatched building you will find a cozy bar, lounge and table settings for imaginative meals prepared by our safari chefs. Activities on offer at Pom Pom Camp are game drives (off road and at night), walking safaris, and seasonal mokoro excursions, boat cruises, and fishing. This is a camp for the safari traditionalist.

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OKAVANGO DELTA GAME LODGE

RRA DINARE/MMA DINARE Adjacent to Moremi Game reserve on the south eastern side of the Okavango Delta, the camps are located in a private concession and has been designed to embrace the natural surroundings of the riverine forest. Rra Dinare overlooks the Gomoti flood plains with 9 spacious tents - consisting of a private lounge area with secluded verandas and spacious interiors, and with en-suite bathrooms. Mma Dinare is located directly on Gomoti River in beautiful riverine forest with 9tents +1 guides tent (incl family tent). The main areas have been built in keeping with our other properties with open, thatched space allowing guests to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings, whilst watching wildlife and birds from the comfort of an armchair or the bar. The swimming pool and curio shop at each camp complete the luxurious, relaxed feel that Under One Botswana Sky safaris are known for. Game drives (day and night), on and off road, 6pax per vehicle, driver and tracker. Seasonal water activities on the Gomoti river and game walks available depending on local conditions. This combination of activities make Dinare camps a complete delta adventure. MUB

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OKAVANGO DELTA – JAO CONCESSION LUXURY TENTED CAMP

JAO CAMP Situated in the very heart of the wetlands of the Okavango Delta, the 60 000-hectare (150 000-acre) Jao Concession embodies all the magic and mystique of Botswana with vegetation that varies from permanent swamps to dry land. In the east, the Jao Flats boast water channels that cut their way through the papyrus and reed beds, providing the perfect environment for wildlife. Beautiful lush palm islands dot the water. Around the Jao Flats spectacular herds of red lechwe are followed by the primary predators – lion and leopard. Other game includes tsessebe, elephant, hippo and crocodile. Sitatunga are seen occasionally, and sightings of spotted-necked otter are regular. Birding is exceptional in the Jao Concession, with Vulnerable wattled crane, slaty egret, rosythroated longclaw, Pel’s fishing-owl, and lesser jacana to be seen in the wetter areas. Other exciting species include swamp nightjar and brown firefinch.

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ACCOMMODATION BOTSWANA

MAKGADIKGADI PANS NATIONAL PARK GAME LODGE

LEROO LA TAU Leroo La Tau is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River which forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The region is renowned for the annual zebra migration which sees thousands of zebra moving onto the Boteti River in search of water between May and October every year. The lodge features 11 luxurious thatched and glass-fronted suites and one family room (two bedrooms and two bathrooms) with en-suite bathrooms. Each unit is raised on a wooden platform, overlooking the Boteti River Valley below. The main lounge and dining area, with its inviting wooden and thatch finish, allows you to relax at the bar while listening to the wide variety of night sounds so characteristic of the African bush. Activities at Leroo La Tau are focused on game drives along the Boteti River and into the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Community visits to the nearby Khumaga Village are also available as well as day trips to Nxai Pan and Baines Baobabs. In seasons of high floods, motorboat safaris are also possible.

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BOTSWANA – CENTRAL KALAHARI LUXURY SAFARI CAMP

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DINAKA An exclusive private reserve hugging the northern edge of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Dinaka is host to one of the most unique bio-diversities in Southern Africa. This ever-changing desert landscape gives refuge to the Kalahari lion, springbok, Oryx and brown hyena. The camp itself was acquired in 2017 and provides the perfect start or finish to any discerning travellers Botswana safari. Situated alongside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the focus of activities at Dinaka is exploring the Kalahari experience with wildlife ranging from giraffe to the antelope, small mammals like the honey badger, bat eared fox and porcupine to predators including the Kalahari lion, cheetah, leopard and brown hyena. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, with afternoon game drives often continuing into the evening. Our window seat guarantee ensures no more than four guests per vehicle when out on game drives. Alternatively, you may get more up close and personal with nature on foot with guided bush walks. Birding is particularly spectacular as Dinaka hosts over 200 different bird species including the Kori Bustard and Crimson Breasted Shrike and a high concentration of Pale Chanting Goshawks. MUB

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MUST DO: View one of the seven natural wonders of the world - the mighty Victoria Falls. Soak up the sunset while cruising down the Zambezi River. Enjoy dinner at The Boma. Get the adrenaline pumping by bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge. Game view in the Hwange National Park - home of the Presidential elephant herd.


WHEN YOU PLAN YOUR FIRST VISIT TO ZIMBABWE - ENVISAGE YOUR VERY FIRST GLIMPSE OF THE LITERALLY BREATHTAKING VICTORIA FALLS YOU’LL WANT TO BE WITH A TOUR COMPANY WHICH, BY THEIR LENGTH AND DEPTH OF EXPERIENCE, KNOWS THE PEOPLE AND THE REGION INTIMATELY. THOMPSONS AFRICA IS THE CLEAR GROUP OF CHOICE. GETTING TO ZIMBABWE VICTORIA FALLS South African Airways and British Airways fly directly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and back again, daily. Please Note: These schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

YOUR COMFORT ZONE •

Thompsons Africa will welcome your guests on arrival, so you need not be concerned about foreign languages or unknown territory.

The experienced Thompsons Africa team ensures that they’re introduced to their driver/guide, and ensures that everybody is familiar with their itinerary.

Reliable, comfortable transportation is a Thompsons Africa trademark.

If you have any queries or requests, the Thompsons Africa team will do their utmost to meet your expectations of a highly efficient, professional experience.


WELCOME TO ZIMBABWE The Thompsons Africa Zimbabwe team on the ground, has, over many

forward on a trail… hiking, bird-watching, mountain-biking, or

years, created, built and sustained strong, warm relationships with

horse-riding. Or for the bravehearts, take a jump off the bridge -

the cream of the Zimbabwean hospitality industry, and it’s the nature

the second highest jump in the world – and freefall for 111 metres!

of those ties on which guests to the country can rely wholeheartedly.

Thompsons’ affiliates in Zimbabwe are long-term associations, with

From the second you touch down at the airport, you’ll find clearly

superb track records for expertise in their craft.

visible Thompsons Africa representatives not only waiting to meet

You, of course, may prefer a bird’s-eye-view of the Falls, by helicopter

and greet your guests, but to ensure that they connect with their

or microlight. Known aptly as ‘the smoke that thunders’, Victoria Falls

allocated driver and guide. You can leave it all to them. Nothing to

is a sight you won’t easily forget, that’s guaranteed.

concern yourself with.

Cruise on a river safari boat, perhaps sipping a G&T while the setting

If there were no other reason to visit Zimbabwe, the legendary

sun gilds the river, the skyline burns orange, the elephants jostle for

Victoria Falls – one of the seven wonders of the world – would be

their place at the water’s edge, and the African bush comes alive with

reason enough. But add to that, the warm and welcoming smiles,

the night sounds.

the bright African sunshine, the wilderness and wildlife, the dynamic African vibe, and more than enough adventure for the most energetic explorer, and you’ll certainly fall in love with Zimbabwe.

There’s a delightful village around the Falls, with a wide range of stunning accommodation options, high-quality craft work, and a sparkling fireside experience in a traditional African ‘Boma’. Shangaan

Africa may be one continent, but each country has a unique people,

and Ndebele dancers will entertain you with their captivating cultural

landscape and attributes... and you’ll soon uncover the special nature

songs and dances.

of the Zimbabwean people, places and feel their pride in this, their homeland. Bounded north and south by two of southern Africa’s mighty rivers, the Limpopo and the Zambezi, are many first-class game parks and unique historical and cultural sites like the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. And at the end of this rainbow, there’s the majestic Victoria Falls! If you have a heart for the great outdoors, and long to be an integral part of it, Zimbabwe is a magnificent destination. At Victoria Falls – the world’s biggest and most spectacular waterfall – there are untold dramatic (and less so) sports and action activities, and with Thompsons by your side, you’ll be offered a wide range of professionally managed thrills: join the wetset careering down the river on a raft, river-board, jet boat, or canoe; put your best foot

Major attractions in Zimbabwe are the prolific wildlife and numerous protected natural areas. The 14 000sq km Hwange National Park tops the bill: with over 100 animal species, 400 bird species, and one of the few remaining elephant sanctuaries on the continent, this outstanding park is understandably the pride and joy of Zimbabwe. With Thompsons Africa, you’ll feel comfortable, confident and carefree as you travel through Zimbabwe. The team is there 24/7… you just have to call.


VICTORIA FALLS EDWARDIAN-STYLE HOTEL

VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL Echoing its glorious pedigree since 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel has been a luxury icon in Africa, a reminder of the distinguished and elegant era to which it was born and has earned its status as the epitome of grand luxury travel. A proud member of Leading Hotels of the World, it remains the landmark accommodation facility to view the popular tourist attraction, the wondrous Victoria Falls, an acclaimed Natural wonder of the World. The Victoria Falls Hotel features 161 rooms and suites- truly a five star experience of pure grandeur. Style, glamour and sophistication are the hallmarks of our luxurious accommodation. The Victoria Falls Hotel is renowned for impeccable service and exceptional facilities. Some rooms offer stunning views of the gorges and bridge below. The Falls are within a walking distance. Indulge in fine flavors, from fine dining to more casual settings, The Victoria Falls Hotel promises perfection for the palate, delivering sumptuous and exquisite dishes. A fine selection of wines and liqueurs is always available to suit the most discerning guests.

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ZIMBABWE – VICTORIA FALLS LODGE

MATETSI VICTORIA FALLS Matetsi Victoria Falls offers the perfect combination of exclusive safari, tranquil river, luxury accommodation, and access to the Victoria Falls, all wrapped up in incredible Zimbabwean hospitality. Just 40 km upriver from the rush and spray of the Falls, Matetsi Victoria Falls offers both world-class safari experiences and an idyllic oasis from which to explore, adventure, relax and recharge. Experience stellar five-star services rivalled only by the spectacular natural wonders surrounding Matetsi River Lodge and River House Private Villa. Guests, accompanied by knowledgeable, conservation-minded guides, are invited to explore Matetsi Private Game Reserve’s 55 000 hectares of protected and unspoiled wilderness on foot, by vehicle and by boat, while great herds of elephant, buffalo and plains game delight and amaze The Zimbabwean spirit, at the heart of everything that is done on the property, makes Matetsi Victoria Falls a unique experience: from the visionary owners’ passion, to the distinctly local design and architecture, to the artistry and genuine warmth of the Matetsi Victoria Falls team. Matetsi weaves a magical quality to leave guests with greater insight into the culture and surrounds, treasured memories, and a longing for more Matetsi Magic.

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VICTORIA FALLS FAMILY OWNED HOTEL

ILALA LODGE HOTEL The closest hotel to the majestic Victoria Falls, Ilala Lodge is the perfect base for exploring the area’s attractions. A family-run hotel with 73 stylish and wellappointed rooms, offering you the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Ilala Lodge is home to the award-winning Palm Restaurant, famous for its gourmet cuisine and is highly rated on TripAdvisor. While enjoying al fresco dining under the starry African skies, you can enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the spray and rumble from the Victoria Falls. Relive the historical journey taken by David Livingstone with a cruise aboard one of our Ra-Ikane luxury boats. The monohull design of the Ra-Ikane fleet enables them to navigate further up the Zambezi River, bringing you closer to the banks in the shallow water and, closer to the action, perfect for game viewing! A variety of cruises are offered, including breakfast, lunch and sundowners, as well as private charter.

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ZIMBABWE – VICTORIA FALLS LUXURY HOTEL

THE PALM RIVER HOTEL Situated in a shady grove of trees on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, The Palm River Hotel is a newly constructed 4* luxury hotel offering the highest levels of comfort, style and elegance in Victoria Falls. Just 3.5km upstream from the Victoria Falls and only 4km from the town centre, The Palm River Hotel is the perfect place from which to explore the World Wonder. Designed in a Queenslander style of architecture, with vaulted ceilings, wide verandas and period-style detailing, The Palm River Hotel is the epitome of luxury. Great care was taken to preserve the mature indigenous trees during construction so the hotel blends in seamlessly with the beautiful natural surrounds. A family-run hotel with a total of 73 spacious and immaculate rooms, including deluxe rooms - 2 of which are wheelchair friendly and interconnecting executive and honeymoons suites and a palatial presidential suite. Luxurious and comfortable beds, large bathrooms and private patios allow guests to fully enjoy the spectacular sweeping river views and tranquil ambience of the hotel.

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ACCOMMODATION ZIMBABWE

VICTORIA FALLS LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL

VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI CLUB Victoria Falls Safari Club, the premium address in Victoria Falls, is an exclusive 20-room boutique hotel overlooking the Zambezi National Park, with a central guest area featuring a modern fine dining restaurant, lounge, bar and viewing deck. Built on a plateau, the Safari Club offers luxurious and spacious accommodation with uninterrupted views of the unspoilt bushveld and spectacular African sunsets, and the opportunity to spot wildlife. With a focus on exclusivity and space, the Safari Club, which offers a personalised butler-style concierge service, provides unforgettable experiences on the doorstep of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. There is a twotiered swimming pool, featuring a 15m lap pool, sundeck and gazebo, while the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, complimentary afternoon teas and cocktails and canapés. The Safari Club has 16 Club Rooms and four spacious Club Suites. All rooms have a complimentary minibar, laundry service and tea and coffee making facilities, including a Nespresso machine.

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ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK – VICTORIA FALLS TENTED CAMP

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TSOWA SAFARI ISLAND Tsowa Safari Island is situated in the Zambezi National Park, 40km upstream from the world famous Victoria Falls. This 56 000ha game reserve is also a renowned birding hot spot with over 400 different bird species. This romantic modern day explorer’s camp is situated on a previously uninhabited island just 1,4km x 400m big. The main camp is built on wooden decks with stretch canvas tents where guests can enjoy a drink overlooking the river, riverside open air dinners and relax in 2 lovely swimming pools. The spacious tents all with en-suite indoor & outdoor bathrooms are secluded affording guests privacy from their very own hammocks overlooking the Zambezi River. Game drives and guided walks are offered in the Zambezi National Park as well as guided canoeing for the more adventurous and spectacular sundowner cruises on the Zambezi river.

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VICTORIA FALLS LUXURY GAME LODGE

VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE The sunset-facing Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, just 4km from the Victoria Falls, is built on a plateau, offering spectacular views of pristine bushveld, including a wildlife-rich waterhole. The lodge, which features a two-tiered swimming pool, a fitness centre, the Buffalo Bar and MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, has been voted Best Resort Hotel by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents for the last 23 consecutive years. The “must do” Boma – Dinner & Drum Show is also located on the same estate. Built of thatch and timber, the lodge rises several levels, giving the impression of a vast open-plan tree house, while all 72 rooms, which overlook the Zambezi National Park, have sliding glass doors opening onto a private balcony. Onsite activities include the Vulture Culture Experience, a conservation project that strives to protect these endangered birds through a supplementary feeding programme, nature walks, a bird hide and the opportunity of a close encounter with elephants at the Siduli Hide.

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VICTORIA FALLS LUXURY HOTEL

VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI SUITES Ideal for families and small close–knit groups who seek comfort, privacy and space, the two and three-bedroom sunset-facing Safari Suites are set in a natural bush environment on the grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge estate on the edge of Zambezi National Park, and just 4 kilometres from the Victoria Falls. Each of the six split-level Safari Suites is fully air-conditioned, boasting a Master Gallery Bedroom upstairs that affords a superb vista over unspoilt bushveld and spectacular African sunsets. The Safari Suites are all en-suite, with a spacious lounge and a private patio overlooking a small waterhole that attracts bushbuck, warthog and a rich variety of birdlife, and are within walking distance from the restaurants, activities and facilities of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Guests staying at the Safari Suites have easy access to The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show, as well as the Buffalo Bar and MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, which offer stunning views of sunsets and a wildlife-rich waterhole.

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ACCOMMODATION ZIMBABWE

VICTORIA FALLS FAMILY RESORT

THE KINGDOM AT VICTORIA FALLS Enter the legendary world of The Kingdom at Victoria Falls, a modern tribute to Africa’s ancient allure. Built around a man-made water feature, the 294 bedrooms create an impression of having been built on a lake. The Kingdom’s crested domes and pillars join the hazy divide between comfortable reality and extravagant fantasy. The distinctive architectural design is based on the Great Zimbabwe monument in Masvingo and gives you a unique feel and atmosphere. With a food court, bars, shops and one of Zimbabwe’s finest and most attractive casinos, The Kingdom at Victoria Falls has it all, and is the nearest hotel to the mighty Victoria Falls.

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VICTORIA FALLS LUXURY TENTED CAMP

THE ELEPHANT CAMP The Elephant Camp is nestled on a ridge between the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, giving guests an uninterrupted view of the breath-taking spray that swells above the Victoria Falls rainforest. Set against a backdrop of indigenous teak woodland, the imaginative use of eco-friendly canvas tents allows this unique camp to live in harmony with the surrounding environment. The luxury suites each boast a private plunge pool and viewing deck, ensuring that wherever guests may be, the exquisite scenery is just a glance away. Situated twenty minutes out of town, The Elephant Camp gives guests the opportunity to explore Victoria Falls on their own terms. However, there are a variety of exciting activities that unfold within the boundaries of the untamed African bush for guests to explore at no additional cost. From complimentary cocktails in the most exquisite natural spaces, to birding and nature walks, The Elephant Camp ensures an authentic African adventure.

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VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL

CRESTA SPRAYVIEW VICTORIA FALLS Cresta Sprayview, situated just 1.4km from the Victoria Falls Rain Forest entrance is the perfect gateway for adventure seekers exploring the resort town of Victoria Falls and its surrounds. Established in 1968, and completely remodeled in 2013, this property nestles in lush gardens, home to several bird species. In the months when the Falls are in full flood, the spray from the majestic wonder of nature rises like a column of smoke, locally referred to as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ and can be seen on the main road which is alongside the hotel. Whether your are travelling alone, with a group or on honeymoon, Cresta Sprayview provides a comfortable launch pad from which to explore Victoria Falls.

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VICTORIA FALLS LUXURY TENTED CAMP

OLD DRIFT LODGE Old Drift Lodge, Victoria Falls is a new luxury tented lodge on the banks of the Zambezi, a bush paradise that exudes an old world charm, admits modern luxuries. Old Drift Lodge offers family friendly accommodation, with each air-conditioned suite decorated with stylish furnishings, fitting of a bygone era, which blend in seamlessly with the natural environment. The spacious canvas suites all have a private lounge, indoor and outdoor showers, plunge pool and outdoor bath overlooking the Zambezi. The main lodge boasts sweeping views, north the Zambezi & south a water hole. Old Drift Lodge is an environmentally friendly property with a strong focus on keeping our carbon footprint minimal. Transfers to and from the lodge are by luxury cruise boat and take approximately 15 minutes from Victoria Falls. Activities offered at Old Drift Lodge include exploring The Zambezi National Park by road, river or foot. Only 4.5 km from Victoria Falls, Old Drift Lodge guests remain in close range to the variety of attractions the town has to offer.

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ACCOMMODATION ZIMBABWE

ZIMBABWE VICTORIA FALLS

STANLEY & LIVINGSTONE BOUTIQUE HOTEL The area’s first boutique hotel welcomes guests (of all ages) to pause on a spectacular Southern African itinerary. Its elegant-yet-approachable design is a fresh take on colonial style, and its spaces – a restaurant, bar, lounge, terrace, and serviced pool facing onto landscaped gardens – encourage guests to settle in and feel at home. Every comfort, attentive service and good food enhance the experience, ensuring guests are very well taken care of. Primely located a 15-minute drive from the area’s namesake Victoria Falls – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and acclaimed Natural Wonder of the World, the hotel comprise of just 16 luxury suites, each with a private terrace, en-suite shower and bath, air conditioning, minibar, satellite television, and telephone. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

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VICTORIA FALLS - ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK LUXURY SAFARI LODGE

VICTORIA FALLS RIVER LODGE Positioned within Zimbabwe’s Zambezi National Park, the fully inclusive Victoria Falls River Lodge is ideally located to explore Victoria Falls. Effortlessly blending the definitive African Safari Experience with one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – the iconic spray ever visible – Victoria Falls River Lodge offers something for everyone. 13 Luxury Tented Suites (including 5 Luxury Family Tents) nestled on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. An additional 6 secluded timber and glass Island Treehouse Suites are set among the treetops on a private island and offer guests the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity. An impressive array of onsite activities and relaxation options (including morning/afternoon Game Drives and/or River Cruises, fishing, guided bush walks, an on-site Fitness Centre and Africology affiliated Toa Spa awaits, whilst easy access to the historic town of Victoria Falls offers visitors authentic shopping and leisure activity possibilities.

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LAKE KARIBA SAFARI CAMP

CHANGA SAFARI CAMP Set on the shores of Lake Kariba, with views of the Matusadona mountains, Changa Safari Camp is a place that captures the essence of natural beauty, with peace, seclusion and an unusual blend of landscapes. It was founded by a team who share a passion for the wild and the magnificent African wildlife; here, you’ll find yourselves in awe of the majestic and gentle elephants that you share the land with. There are six deluxe and 2 family deluxe tents, which effortlessly bring the outside world inside to you, with the warm tent-style suites opening out onto private viewing decks; the perfect place to start and end your day. Changa’s hospitality is warm, welcoming and personal, and the team will be delighted to get to know you and ensure you get the most out of your safari experience. This rich wilderness area offers exceptional game drives as well as walking and fishing safaris, all in the company of highly trained professional guides.

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LAKE KARIBA SAFARI LODGE AND SPA

BUMI HILLS SAFARI LODGE Located one hour’s flight from Victoria Falls, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is perched on a hill overlooking the picturesque Lake Kariba. This exclusive wildlife gem is the perfect base from which to view game and enjoy extraordinary panoramic views. Accommodation at Bumi Hills consists of 10 luxuriously appointed premium suites set right on the edge of the ridge, affording guests an inspiring vista of the lake from their private balcony. The signature infinity pool takes centre stage at the lodge, conveniently located near the terrace bar, al fresco restaurant, residents’ lounge, games room and Spa, all of which offer awe-inspiring views over the game-rich shoreline below and seemingly infinite lake beyond. Most meals are served in our al fresco restaurant but a bush meal experience out on the estate can be arranged. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a minibar, hairdryer, tea station, electronic safe, Wi-Fi access and a solar heated walk-in shower and separate bath tub.

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ZIMBABWE - HWANGE NATIONAL PARK AUTHENTIC SAFARI CAMP

SOMALISA CAMP Somalisa Camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. A stunning location tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, Somalisa provides guests with breathtaking views of the savannah plains across the famous Kennedy Vlei line. Consisting of seven elegantly furnished Sail Tents with gauze sliding doors, a glass woodburner fireplace for the cold winter nights, and a floor fan for the hot summer days, each tent has en suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets, an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a copper slipper-style bathtub. The main decking area includes split level decking with a separate lounge and dining area, as well as a small splash pool for guests overlooking the “Elephant Pool� and a natural waterhole where herds of game congregate to drink and where guests can relax whilst soaking in the African bush.

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HWANGE LUXURY SAFARI LODGE

KHULU BUSH CAMP Khulu Bush Camp is the smaller, more intimate sister lodge to its neighbouring Ivory Lodge. The excellent accessibility does not take away from its unparalleled feeling of seclusion and remoteness in the true African wilderness. Khulu Bush Camp is a tribute to Cedric Wilde, one of the Directors of the Amalinda Safari Collection, who it is named after. Khulu is the community and staff’s affectionate name for Cedric and it means ‘grandfather’. If you are lucky enough to be in camp with Khulu himself your evenings will be spent around the fire, talking of days gone by and strumming to old country tunes.

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HWANGE NATIONAL PARK LUXURY TENTED CAMP

DAVISON’S CAMP Davison’s Camp lies deep in Hwange National Park, in the south-eastern Linkwasha Concession – one of the most prolific wildlife areas in Hwange. This is a classic African tented camp, with eight tents and one family unit tastefully hidden beneath a grove of false mopane trees, all overlooking an open plain and a productive waterhole. The main area comprises a spacious lounge and dining room which leads out onto a fabulous pine deck and an open campfire area. The refreshing pool also looks out over the waterhole, while a small upper deck is an ideal location from which to watch wildlife by day and gaze at the stars by night. Hwange’s mix of different veld and landscape types means that game viewing is productive year-round. Wildlife frequently encountered in our area includes lion, large herds of elephant, buffalo, leopard, spotted hyaena, cheetah, giraffe, sable, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, roan and reedbuck.

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HWANGE NATIONAL PARK LUXURY SAFARI CAMP

THE HIDE SAFARI CAMP The Hide Safari Camp is perfectly situated within Hwange National Park, just two hours by road or 40 minutes by light aircraft from the majestic Victoria Falls. Up to 4 game activities per day included, bush walks, game drives and night drives, ‘hide’ sits. ‘The Hide’, an upmarket tented safari camp includes 10 well-appointed en suite deluxe tents under thatch, all overlooking a productive waterhole. ‘The Private Hide’ is a private dining, lounge and pool facility. Utilizing tents 7,6, 5 and/or 4 of The Hide, it creates the perfect exclusive use mini safari camp for between 2 and 8 guests. Children welcome. Children under 10 stay free! ‘Tom’s Little Hide’, created along the safari house concept for exclusive or family safaris, accommodates up to 6 adults and 4 children in 3 beautiful en suite safari rooms. Children welcome. Children under 10 stay free! ‘The Dove’s Nest Treehouse’, our complimentary sleep out for those who are a little more adventurous. Located 10 minutes away from camp, a rustic gem with the perfect vantage point.

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HWANGE NATIONAL PARK TENTED CAMP

LINKWASHA CAMP The private Makalolo and Linkwasha concessions, situated in its south-eastern corner, are ecologically diverse, including vast open palm-fringed plains, grasslands, acacia woodlands and teak forests. This ensures large numbers of animals all year round – elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and even gemsbok. These are followed by their predators: lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah, along with African wildcat, serval, honey badger, civet and spotted hyaena. Of avian interest are species like Dickinson’s Kestrel, Bradfield’s Hornbill and Arnot’s Chat.

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HWANGE NATIONAL PARK ECO SAFARI LODGE

ELEPHANT’S EYE, HWANGE Looking for an unforgettable experience with African wildlife in an intimate and welcoming setting? Elephant’s Eye, Hwange is a luxurious eco-lodge positioned on a magnificent fenceless concession bordering Zimbabwe’s famous Hwange National Park. Attention to detail and friendly service in the heart of the African bush eases our guests into a peaceful, serene escape. Discover Africa’s alluring wildlife on full-day, half-day, and even evening game drives, and safari walks on our concession. Enjoy delectable meals prepared by our expert chef with the opportunity to dine en plein air. We also offer the opportunity to sleep under the African sky at our sleep-out star bed, The Eye, right next to a waterhole frequented by wildlife. Learn more about the Zimbabwean spirit on a Community Upliftment Experience. Perfect for travellers with a passion for African wildlife, conservation, and eco-tourism. Anyone who is looking for a bespoke experience amongst the splendour of Africa, while making sustainable choices. We welcome couples, solo travellers, friends, families and small groups.

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ACCOMMODATION ZIMBABWE

HWANGE, ZIMBABWE LUXURY TENTED CAMP

IGANYANA TENTED CAMP Hwange National Park has among the highest diversity of animals of any national park in the world. There are more than 100 species of mammals here, as well as over 400 species of birds. Tucked into a teak forest, our African Luxury Tented Camp looks out over the wide, open grass plain of a long-dry riverbed. Our 15 luxury safari tents enjoy spacious layouts and have been specially designed and purpose built just for Iganyana Tented Camp. Offering 640 square feet of pure peace and privacy, all rooms have king or twin beds and en-suite bathrooms, as well as a separate dressing area, an indoor sitting area, tea and coffee making facilities, and double doors leading onto a shaded outdoor veranda. The sturdy steel-framed tents feature a double layer of canvas for additional insulation, along with cool, polished cement floors topped with natural fibre rugs. The luxurious large tented rooms are elegantly furnished with lovingly restored antiques and locally crafted wooden furniture. Bathrooms are equipped with flush toilets, double vanities, and indoor showers with solarpowered hot water. Air-conditioning and electricity ensure your room is always bright, cool and comfortable.

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MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME CAMP

RUCKOMECHI CAMP Situated on a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. It is a remote, beautiful place with spectacular views of the broad flowing river, adjoining well-defined tree canopy and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment over the border in Zambia. Shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees, the camp accommodates guests in en-suite tents, including a honeymoon suite, all of which overlook the river. With excellent wildlife viewing in the concession and National Park, with hippo, buffalo and predators often sighted, the albida trees dotted through the camp are beloved by elephants for their tasty pods ensuring guests enjoy a phenomenal wildlife experience. A favourite amongst guests is an outdoor ‘bath with a view’ in a secluded, scenic spot.

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ZIMBABWE - MANA POOLS AUTHENTIC SAFARI CAMP

NYAMATUSI CAMP & NYAMATUSI MAHOGANY Set in one of the wildest and most remote parts of Africa, on the banks of one of the oldest rivers in the world, Nyamatusi allows guests to experience an authentic view of the old untouched Africa. Inspired by the traditional custodians of the land who worshipped the river of life, the design of the camp subtly incorporates the element of water and pays homage to the astounding beauty of the mighty Zambezi River. Nyamatusi Camp, consisting of 6 luxury tented suites with uninterrupted views of the river and escarpment beyond as well as family friendly sister camp, Nyamatusi Mahogany, consisting of 2 tented suites and 2 family suites nested under ancient mahogany trees. Set in Mana Pools National Park, a strong focus is placed on walking safaris, affording guests the opportunity to be truly submerged in authentic, wild surroundings. Amid the two camps guests are in traveler’s paradise, walking in the footsteps of ancient explorers.

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BULAWAYO HOTEL

HOLIDAY INN BULAWAYO Holiday Inn Bulawayo is located a short drive from the city centre, close to Khumalo hockey stadium and an excellent 18-hole golf course. Squash and tennis courts, which are built to international standards, are located on site as is a swimming pool set in well-kept gardens. The Hotel is strategically located as a transit hotel for guests travelling to Victoria Falls. Its 91 standard rooms, 31 business plus rooms, 31 executive rooms and 4 suites all have modern amenities including air conditioning, ensuring a ‘great sleep’, one of the four hallmarks of the Holiday Inn brand. Of all the exquisite Bulawayo hotels, Holiday Inn Bulawayo offers, ‘a great breakfast’, ‘a rewarding stay’, and a ‘can-do’ friendly staff. The warm welcome that guests receive is extended throughout their stay, as if they really were in someone’s home. Holiday Inn Bulawayo gives its guests not only a great welcome and world-class service but, due to its popularity with local residents, an opportunity to meet, mingle and enjoy the cultural heritage and fascinating history of the City of Kings.

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MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK TENTED CAMP

CHIKWENYA Situated on the eastern boundary of Mana Pools National Park, Chikwenya is a photographer’s paradise as it looks out over an open floodplain and the broad Zambezi River, with a backdrop provided by the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment. The camp is surrounded by a dense forest of albida and Natal mahogany trees, which provide deep shade in the heat of the day. The albidas shed their protein-rich pods during the dry season, providing vital sustenance for many species, particularly elephant. Guests can enjoy guided nature walks as well as birding and fishing on a catch and release basis from the Zambezi banks or boats. Chikwenya’s seven tents stand on low wooden decks with pine walkways linking them to the raised main area. The lounge, dining and bar area are places of hospitality and relaxation, and a pool and deck offer alternate spaces to enjoy the scenery and passing wildlife. Chikwenya is open seasonally between April and mid/late November.

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ZIMBABWE - MATOBO HILLS LUXURY SAFARI LODGE

AMALINDA LODGE This exclusive, privately owned luxury safari lodge is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Matobo Hills, the oldest National Park in Zimbabwe, tucked away into an ancient Bushman’s shelter. The granite domes and castle kopjes echo the essence of tranquillity and majesty of untamed Africa, where wildlife and birdlife species thrive in prolific numbers. Famous for its healthy population of endangered rhino, the area is one of the most sought after destinations within Zimbabwe.

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MUST DO: View the mighty spectacle of Victoria Falls. Enjoy a romantic sundowner cruise on board the African Queen. Take a breathtaking microlight flip over ‘The Falls’. Enjoy a picnic in the most exotic place - on Livingstone Island. Go on a spectacular safari to Kafue National Park. Explore Livingstone’s Museum, famous for its unique collection of David Livingstone’s possessions and journals.


THOMPSONS AFRICA WELCOMES YOU TO THE HEART OF AFRICA – ZAMBIA, WITH ITS INTRIGUING MIX OF GRACIOUS HOTELS AND COLONIAL-STYLE TENTED ACCOMMODATION, EXCEPTIONAL GAME VIEWING IN REMOTE WILDLIFE RESERVES AND A SEEMINGLY ENDLESS RANGE OF SPIRITED WET AND DRY ADVENTURES FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART! GETTING TO ZAMBIA VICTORIA FALLS South African Airways and British Airways fly directly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and back again, daily. LIVINGSTONE South African Airways and British Airways fly directly from Johannesburg to Livingstone and back again, daily. LUSAKA South African Airways flies directly from Johannesburg to Lusaka and back again, daily. Please Note: These schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

YOUR COMFORT ZONE •

Guests will be met on arrival, and introduced to their guide/ driver.

Comfortable, reliable vehicles chosen for their absolute suitability to the task, will transport guests from A to B and beyond.

Our consultants will check their itinerary with them, to ensure that everything is just as they’d like it to be.

The Thompsons Africa team is well versed in the cultures and customs of Zambia, and will share with guests everything they need to know to make their stay easy, comfortable, and highly memorable.


WELCOME TO ZAMBIA When your guests land at the airport, hand over any concerns to

This beautiful Park is a water wilderness on the edge of the Zambezi

Thompsons Africa’s experienced travel experts. They’ll be there to

River, and game viewing options include a thrilling and informative

meet, greet and welcome them, so you’ll be certain of a smooth

guided walk, or a game drive in an open safari vehicle. This is Africa,

transition – it’s what we specialise in, ensuring that your guests take

wild and untouched, the destination of choice for those who enjoy

priority, whether it’s introductions to our guide and driver, checking

less frequented, more remote wilderness areas for game and bird

their itinerary, or familiarising them with the currency and customs.

sightings. In the game-rich reserve of Kafue, visitors are almost

Zambia lies on the other side of the mighty Zambezi River from Zimbabwe, and plays host to many of the wildlife and adventure

certain to see lion and buffalo from open 4x4s. If you prefer the bush on foot, it’s a truly wonderful way to discover the smaller inhabitants.

activities taking place on this magnificent river. The Zambezi teems

For those with an explorer’s heart, who love to take on the elements,

with crocodiles and hippos, so any journey made on the water is

Zambia, ‘The Falls’, and the Zambezi River offer the best of the white-

certain to encounter them. With Thompsons Africa, all adventure

knuckle range of dramatic action-packed sports... from bungee

activities are conducted by those with the highest credentials, and

jumping to white water rafting and jet boating. The gentler, yet

loads of experience, so even if you’re not a seasoned adventurer, know

equally intoxicating option, is a microlight flight over ‘The Falls’. Sip

that Thompsons Africa and affiliates certainly are. Rest assured, you’re

your steaming, early morning hot coffee as the sun slowly rises on

in capable hands.

your game drive, or, towards the end of the day, a perfect G&T from

A highlight of a trip to Zambia is the romantic sundowner cruise above Victoria Falls on the multi-storied African Queen, viewing crocs and hippos wallowing in pools and lying on the banks. If you are only mildly fit, but wildly adventurous, don’t miss a managed canoe trail on the Zambezi through the Lower Zambezi National Park – a marvellous way to view bird and animal life at a more sedate pace – up close and personal.

your elevated vantage point over this magnificent river – one or the other (or both), you will be forever captivated by the exquisite beauty of wild Africa.


ACCOMMODATION ZAMBIA

VICTORIA FALLS LUXURY HOTEL

THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE VICTORIA FALLS ZAMBIA HOTEL BY ANANTARA Arrive in exclusive Zambian style, taking in the majestic Victoria Falls on a water taxi journey. On the banks of the Zambezi River, The Royal Livingstone Hotel is named after the legendary explorer who named Zambia’s iconic waterfall in honour of his queen. Paying tribute to this glorious era, our hotel evokes Victorian elegance and colonial traditions in impeccable style, and offers unforgettable adventures. All of our luxury rooms and suites feature a private veranda with mighty Zambezi River views. The sights and sounds of river life can be soaked up as you laze in a hammock, enjoy a massage in a waterfront gazebo, or cool off in the pool. Sip refreshments in a lounge that displays the paintings of Sir David Livingstone. Partake in charming high tea rituals, and later sundowners on a deck overlooking Victoria Falls. Savour African and European fine dining, followed by nightcaps under the stars with undeniably the finest Livingstone hotel in the region.

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ZAMBIA - VICTORIA FALLS RESORT HOTEL

AVANI VICTORIA FALLS RESORT AVANI Victoria Falls Resort connects the wild side of travellers to Zambia’s wondrous landscapes and big game thrills. With iconic Victoria Falls on its doorstep, a contemporary vibe and essential comforts give roaring adventures a comfy den in dramatic nature. The resort’s biggest draw is its impressive location, just a five-minute stroll from Victoria Falls, with all guests enjoying free unlimited access to this famous attraction – ranked as one of the Seven Natural Wonders and the world’s largest waterfall. With 46 hectares of lush green gardens perfect for afternoon strolls and nature walks, comfortable family rooms, child-friendly restaurants, and plenty of fun activities for the little ones in Zuba’s Adventure Camp, AVANI Victoria Falls Resort is the ideal destination for a memorable family vacation. With everything from indulgent African feasts to casual café snacks you’ll find what you’re craving at AVANI Victoria Falls Resort. Our selection of international flavours and local specialities will satisfy the most particular palate. It’s about you, and you can count on us to deliver exceptional culinary experiences whether you choose to dine at one of our restaurants, a traditional African Boma under the stars, poolside or bedside.

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ACCOMMODATION ZAMBIA

LIVINGSTONE TREEHOUSE AND CHUMA HOUSES

SANCTUARY SUSSI & CHUMA Just 10km upstream from the mighty Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma comprises 12 heavenly tree houses connected by wooden walkways, perched in giant ebony trees overlooking a particularly racy bend in the Zambezi River. There are also two private Chuma houses, each with two bedrooms, private decks with plunge pools and dedicated staff. There are new intimate spaces at the lodge for drinking and dining which strengthen Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma’s connection with nature, whether you’re inside or out. The new outdoor bar overlooks the Zambezi River, offering guests the best view in the house especially soul-stirring at sunset. The extended outdoor decking area also includes a remodelled boma fire pit and dining area. There’s an exciting new explorer lounge where guests can learn about the area before they head out on their game drive. Enjoy a range of activities including game drives, canoeing on the Zambezi, tour of the Victoria Falls and Sundowner cruises.

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NEAR LIVINGSTONE LUXURY LODGE

aha THE DAVID LIVINGSTONE SAFARI LODGE & SPA The colonial styled four-star aha David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, a place of grandeur and royalty, is situated five kilometres from Livingstone and 10 kilometres from Victoria Falls, known as Mosi-oa-Tunya – the Smoke that Thunders – one of the most impressive natural wonders of the world and Africa’s adventure capital. Accommodation at the aha David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa consists of 77 rooms, all en-suite, of which five are suites, four rooms inter-lead and are ideal for families and two rooms accommodate the disabled comfortably. Most of our Livingstone accommodation looks out over the Mighty Zambezi and a leisurely sundowner can be enjoyed from your private balcony. The Kalai Restaurant has a stunning vista of the Zambezi River and promises contemporary a la carte cuisine. Experience a unique Zambian dining experience in the African Boma or opt for the The Ujiji Bar & Sundeck Restaurant – open daily for lunch or dinner.

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VICTORIA FALLS - LIVINGSTONE LUXURY TENTED CAMP

TOKA LEYA CAMP Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands, Toka Leya Camp is situated in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Twelve spacious en-suite safari-style tents (including three family tents) with expansive decks soak up the dramatic views and active wildlife. Wooden walkways snake between the units and main area, limiting our footprint on this pristine area. The camp’s dining, lounge and bar areas offer ample space for relaxation and are complemented by an infinity pool, with meals served on the sundeck, the pool deck and dining room all overlooking the Zambezi. The novel pizza oven is a great hit with our younger visitors!

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KAFUE NATIONAL PARK LUXURY TENTED CAMP

SHUMBA CAMP Located on a tree island in the centre of the breathtaking Busanga Plains is stylish Shumba Camp. Its six luxury tented units are spacious, en-suite with both indoor and outdoor showers, and all raised on wooden platforms with spectacular views of the surrounding plains. The bar and dining area is shaded by spectacular fig trees and boasts magnificent vistas over the open wildlife-rich plains. Dinner takes place either on the deck or in the cosy boma, along with a little Zambian culture while the camp’s main deck is a perfect place to star gaze or relax after your evening meal. The area is a magnet for a wealth of plains game, followed by lion, wild dog and cheetah.

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ACCOMMODATION ZAMBIA

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK LUXURY BUSH CAMP

BILIMUNGWE BUSHCAMP At Bilimungwe the traditions of the African bush camp meet with elegance and style to offer a most exclusive safari experience. Set in groves of shady mahogony trees, with a stylish central lounge-dining area, and just four chalets constructed on raised platforms, Bilimungwe blends an authentic bush experience with comfort and sophistication. Bilimungwe Bushcamp is a twenty minute road transfer from Kapamba airstrip (accessed by private air charter). Alternatively, transfer from Mfuwe Airport and enjoy a game drive en-route. Set around three waterholes, each room has its own private viewing deck where guests can relax whilst watching the variety of birds and animals that visit daily to drink. With the main Luangwa River and an open, grazing plain also on the doorstep there is never a shortage of great game-viewing. In December Bilimungwe also boasts resident African Pittas… one of Southern Africa’s rarest birds! The star deck overlooking the plains and the breakfast boma on the banks of the Luangwa River add to the array of choices for dining and relaxing. There are just four guest chalets. Both game drives and walking safaris are a highlight. MFU

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SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK LUXURY BUSH CAMP

CHAMILANDU BUSHCAMP There is nothing quite like waking up at Chamilandu… watching the sunrise from your four poster bed, surrounded by Africa’s glorious dawn-chorus. Chamilandu Bushcamp is a sixty minute road transfer from Kapamba airstrip (accessed by private air charter). Alternatively, transfer from Mfuwe Airport and enjoy a game drive en-route. This small, intimate camp is situated amongst towering ebony trees on the banks of the Luangwa River. It accommodates just six guests and offers both scenic beauty and excellent game-viewing opportunities, with some of the valley’s best walking country. Set alongside a central thatched lounge and dining area the beautifully appointed chalets are built on raised, stilted platforms with fantastic views of the meandering Luangwa River and the gentle rise of the N’Chindeni Hills to the east. The hide overlooking the Chamilandu waterhole provides an excellent location for photography of the animals coming to drink, or for simply relaxing during siesta. There are just three guest chalets. Both game drives and walking safaris are a highlight. MFU

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SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK LUXURY TENTED CAMP

CHINDENI BUSHCAMP Offering walks and drives, this exclusive, tented camp is set on the edge of a permanent lagoon, with the beautiful N’Chindeni Hills providing a natural backdrop. Chindeni Bushcamp is a thirty minute road transfer from Kapamba airstrip (accessed by private air charter). Alternatively, transfer from Mfuwe Airport and enjoy a game drive en-route. The central lounge and dining area is made up of a series of expansive decks, arranged on several levels within the ebony trees, boasting excellent views of the active lagoon. The décor is a serene mix of comfort and style, using local woods and textured fabrics in earthy tones. The four opulent tents are privately situated along the high banks of the lagoon. These spacious canvas structures have vaulted ceilings, and are constructed on wide, panelled platforms. Each tent has a lounge area, four-poster beds lavishly draped with mosquito netting and en-suite bathrooms complete with spacious double vanities and large showers. Private decks have sunbeds on which to relax. There are just four chalets. Both game drives and walking safaris are a highlight. MFU

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SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK LUXURY BUSH CAMP

KAPAMBA BUSHCAMP In a remote corner of the Luangwa Valley lies Kapamba, a camp that combines isolation and exclusivity with a touch of luxury. Kapamba Bushcamp is a twenty minute road transfer from Kapamba airstrip (accessed by private air charter). Alternatively, transfer from Mfuwe Airport and enjoy a game drive en-route. Unique in style, the camp is located in groves of matumi and sausage trees alongside the clear, shallow waters of the Kapamba River. From here, with your expert guide, you can explore the game rich southern reaches of the national park, either on foot or by vehicle… or simply relax on the expansive riverside decks as the wildlife ambles by... Newly refurbished, with a swimming pool in the central lounge area and two raised sleeping salas, Kapamba’s long season (April – January) gives the option of a remote, exclusive experience at times when many bushcamps are closed for the season. A Kapamba ‘sundowner’ is an experience not to be missed… one of the many surprises you can expect during your stay! There are just four chalets. Both game drives and walking safaris are a highlight.

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ACCOMMODATION ZAMBIA

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGE

MFUWE LODGE Situated inside Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, Mfuwe Lodge’s appeal is instantly obvious. Set beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany trees, its 18 thatched guest chalets are arranged around the banks of two lagoons, where an endless stream of wildlife keeps guests enthralled as they lounge on the open deck, take a dip in the swimming pool, or pamper themselves in the Bush-Spa. The lodge has been extensively refurbished, and a new photographic studio provides a great location for photographic tuition or other group functions. Famous for its annual elephant visitors when whole families trek through the lobby in search of wild mangos, this is a unique safari destination. The lodge offers game drives, walks, village excursions, or the chance to visit our community projects, and provides the perfect ‘stopover’ en-route to the Bushcamp Company’s more remote, exclusive camps. Mfuwe lodge is located 45 minutes from the Mfuwe Airport.

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ZAMBIA - LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK SAFARI LODGE

ZAMBEZI GRANDE PRIVATE GAME EXPERIENCE Reflecting the serenity of its surrounds, the old-world luxury of Zambezi Grande Private Game Experience is the ideal destination for those seeking a 5-star escape with untamed safari experiences and endless indulgences. A luxurious, privately owned game lodge on the mighty Zambezi River, just minutes from the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambezi Grande Private Game Experience enjoys a design aesthetic that celebrates Zambia’s colonial history and the African wild, together with a touch of contemporary living. The lodge has a seamless open plan so guests can enjoy the majestic views of the river throughout the day, whilst the superior Suites boast spectacular riverfront settings, expansive verandas and outdoor showers, luxuriously appointed to ensure guest comfort. The galaxy of stars, the soundtrack of crickets and the calls of the wild give Zambezi Grande Private Game Experience a profound sense of space and magic. Activities on offer include game drives, river & walking safaris, fishing and cultural village visits, or simply relax by the infinity pool and enjoy an open-air massage treatment whilst the river flows by. RYL

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ZAMBIA – ZAMBEZI RIVER LUXURY SAFARI LODGE

TONGABEZI LODGE Tongabezi Lodge is a romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River just upstream of Victoria Falls. We pride ourselves on being conservation and community-driven and believe that tourism should benefit entire communities. Here, the legendary warmth of the Zambian people is effortlessly combined with our own brand of exclusive ambiance. Our dedicated personal valets welcome guests to a selection of six bespoke Houses and five River Cottages, all individually styled with designs from all over Africa. Every House and Cottage provides a private deck, and five of the six Houses has its own plunge or infinity pool. Tongabezi has been on this stretch of the river for thirty years now, and some of our team have been with us from the beginning. A stay with us affords the perfect opportunity to experience Victoria Falls and her beautiful surrounds with all its wildlife whilst becoming a part of a family that gives back in a very real way. Do visit our Tongabezi Trust School!

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ZAMBIA – ZAMBEZI RIVER ECO ISLAND LODGE

SINDABEZI ISLAND Sindabezi Island is unique - the discerning traveller’s best kept secret. An idyllic, exclusive camp on our very own private isle on the Zambezi River, it is the only luxury bush camp from where Victoria Falls can comfortably be explored. Experience the large number of activities in the area during the day and return to a tranquil haven, a thousand light years away from the bustle at night. There are only five open-sided thatched Chalets on the entire island, allowing guests to soak up the sights and sounds of a pristine African bush setting. Fodor’s consider Sindabezi one of the top 10 eco lodges in Africa. Sindabezi has been on this stretch of the river for over twenty-five years, and some of our team have been with us from the beginning. We have an extensive menu of inclusive activities which range from river safaris to a visit to our very own Trust School, Tujatane. Our guides also recommend an additional range of exclusive excursions throughout the area.

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ZIMBABWE & ZAMBIA DAY TOURS The local people, both in Zimbabwe and Zambia, refer to the Falls as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means The Smoke That Thunders. You’ll see why. What a day it must have been for the great explorer and missionary, David Livingstone, when he came across the mighty Victoria Falls. The sight and sound of the massive Zambezi River rushing and crashing into the gorge below, could only have taken his breath away, as it will yours so many years later.

SUNSET CRUISE

THE RA-IKANE SUNSET CRUISE

EVENING TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE Departs Daily at 16h00 Winter (May to July) and 16h30 Summer (August to April) Duration 2 Hours Put your feet up, sip a sundowner as the light gently fades, and let our tranquil wildlife cruise float you along the Zambezi River above the Falls. You’ll have the finest vantage point from which to watch hippo, crocodiles and other animals which come down to the river’s edge in the early evening, to slake their thirst. You’re in the first-class seats, that’s for sure, and while you’re sipping your cocktail and enjoying snacks - no further movement required on your part - you’ll be captivated by the sun’s dying rays as they cast a burnt-orange glow which shimmers on the river. Take another sip in this golden setting.

EVENING TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE Departs Daily at 16h00 (Winter: 01 May to 31 August) and 16h30 (Summer: Jan to April & Sep to Dec) • Duration 2 Hours All children must be accompanied by an adult The Ra-Ikane is a small luxury cruise boat that is outfitted to suggest, in exquisite detail, the ambiance of a bygone era, paying tribute to Ra-Ikane, one of the guides who first led David Livingstone to the Victoria Falls. Period décor, historic memorabilia, fine cuisine and refreshments characterise a level of comfort and grace unsurpassed on the Zambezi. High tea, snacks, imported drinks and wine are served on the boat.

Your Experience Highlights: • Boat cruise on the Zambezi River • Wildlife viewing • Cocktail and snacks

EVENING TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE Departs Daily at 16h00 from Victoria Falls Hotel Returns at ±19h00 • Duration 3 Hours No children under the age of 7 permitted Guests should ideally have a basic level of fitness Starting from the esteemed Victoria Falls Hotel, we wind our way through the local township and market and along Zambezi Drive, with elephant, buffalo, impala, warthog and baboons our possible companions, stopping at a scenic viewpoint alongside the ever flowing Zambezi River for snacks and drinks (we also offer a local beer stop). We make our way down to the historic Railway Bridge, briefly entering Zambia for stunning views of the Falls and a rainbowfilled sunset, before returning to the hotel.

THE BOMA – DINNER & DRUM SHOW

EVENING TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE Daily at 19h00 Duration 3 Hours, all transfers included The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show is a ‘must do’ Victoria Falls dining and entertainment experience, specialising in traditional African food, drumming and dancing. The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavish feast, including irresistible desserts. On arrival, you are dressed in a chitenge (traditional sarong) and welcomed into a vibrant atmosphere in which the tantalising aromas of local dishes and game meat on the braai (barbecue) fill the restaurant, which is partially open to the star-filled African sky. Your meal begins with a mouth-watering platter of starters whilst the buffet includes soup from the campfire, a range of salads, game meat cooked on a braai (barbecue), followed by desserts. Vegetarian options are also available, as well as local dishes such as peanut butter spinach. You can also look forward to outstanding performances by traditional singers and dancers, and enjoy an energising interactive drumming show. A face painter, storyteller, hair braider and fortune teller also form part of this festive evening.

SUNSET CYCLE TOUR

Your Experience Highlights: • Route through local township and market along Zambezi Drive • Stunning view of The Falls

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BUSHTRACKS EXPRESS DINNER RUN

EVENING TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE Departs: Tuesday and Friday Summer: 01 September – 31 March at 17h30 • Returns at ± 22h00 Winter: 01 April – 31 August at 17h00 • Returns at ± 21h30 Duration 3-4 Hours No children under 3 years The Bushtracks Express Dinner run is the latest Bushtracks Africa venture, joining the existing train, the well-known, Royal Livingstone Express that operates from the Livingstone side of The Victoria Falls in Zambia. This luxurious steam train will travel to the Victoria Falls Bridge and then out to Zambezi National Park, serving light snacks, followed by a gourmet meal and drinks courtesy of the prestigious Victoria Falls Hotel. The train offers the discerning guest the ultimate dinner experience, invoking the glorious age of steam and a view of the world-famous Victoria Falls at sunset, followed by the rarity of a steam train safari through the African bush. Your Experience Highlights: • Bushtracks Express Steam Train • Gourmet Meal served by the prestigious Victoria Falls Hotel

TOUR OF THE FALLS & LOCAL VILLAGE

HALF DAY TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE Departs Daily at 08h30 and 14h30 • Duration 4 Hours We’re exploring Victoria Falls inside, outside, and right from the top - it’s a full tour, and you’ll thrill to every aspect of the fascinating stroll through the permanent gentle rain and mist occurring alongside the Falls, stopping off at the key view sites for a photo call! Here, you’ll be bombarded by the mighty roar of tons of water crashing over the series of ledges – it’s literally breathtaking. Experience an interactive visit to the local village, where we meet and learn more of the active roles played by both men and women in this society. Visit an actual homestead in the village, talking to those who live and work there, and watching their lifestyle and cultural norms. Make sure you’ve room in your bag because we’re visiting a small curio shop, filled with homemade items for sale, all crafted by the extended family members of this homestead. Your Experience Highlights: • Viewing of the Falls • Interactive visit to the local village • Visit an actual homestead in the village • Visit a small curio shop

TOUR OF THE FALLS

SHORT TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE Departs Daily at 08h30 and 14h30 • Duration 2 Hours No surprise why Victoria Falls is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World! You’ll understand it instantly as we tour the Zimbabwean side, for there are numerous spectacular

vantage points along the width of the Falls, and the sight of this astounding gift of nature, simply takes your breath away. Walk through the permanent, beautifully misty rain forest which flanks the Falls, stopping to marvel at the principal sites as it cascades to the depths below: the Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, the Boiling Pot, Cataract Island and Livingstone Island. We’ll stand and watch, feel and listen to the spray and thunderous noise, as millions of litres of water tumble over the Falls into a series of narrow gorges below. The seventh Natural Wonder of the World puts on the most dramatic show for you, and you’ll be privileged to have watched it. Your Experience Highlights: • Viewing of the Falls including the Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, the Boiling Pot, Cataract Island and Livingstone Island

HOME HOSTED MEALS

SHORT TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE Departs Daily for Lunch at 12h00 • Returns at ± 15h00 Departs Daily for Dinner at 18h30 • Returns at ± 21h30 Duration 3 Hours You are collected from your hotel in Victoria Falls Town and taken on a short transfer to Chinotimba township. Guests will be hosted by a local family in their residence and served a traditional African homemade meal, (it can be lunch or dinner). The authentic home cooked meal includes sadza or rice as main dish together with beef stew, chicken stew, kapenta fish, Soya chunks, mopane worms, kale and pumpkin leaves. Grilled potatoes, and a green salad complete the dishes. Seasonal traditional fruits, mazoe orange crush and tea are also served. Don’t feel like you must try it all but it will be great fun if you do! Your Experience Highlights: • Hosted by a local family in their residence • Authentic home cooked meal

THE ELEPHANT ART OF AFRICA

SHORT TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE Departs Daily at 11h30 • Returns at ± 14h30 Duration 3 Hours No children under 5 years • Children 5 - 18 years must be accompanied by a guardian This is a unique elephant experience that is brought to life by the artistic strokes of the guest fingertips, while surrounded by the African bush. After interacting with the elephants, you will make your way down to the adjacent waterhole and mud wallow where, under the shade of an enormous Mopane tree, you will find a chair and easel - each set up with a fresh sheet of paper. Brightly coloured aprons and palettes with bright splotches of paint will also be handed out. Once finished, enjoy a delicious two-course buffet lunch accompanied by a cold beverage rounding off a perfect morning’s experience. Your Experience Highlights: • Intimate interactive experience with the Elephants • An art lesson including art equipment


ELEPHANT ENCOUNTER

SHORT TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE Departs Mon to Sun at 15h30 • Returns at ± 18h30 Duration 3 Hours The elephant encounter will give guests the opportunity to unobtrusively interact with some of the biggest personalities in Africa, in a pristine environment overflowing with raw natural beauty. Before the start of the activity guests will be given an insightful and educational presentation on the sanctuary and the individual elephants, their lifestyle and their future release plans. Guests will have an opportunity to talk to guides that have journeyed, physically and metaphorically, incredible distances with these elephant, and learn more about the complexities of the individuals and the herd structures. After the briefing guests will venture out into the bush to spend time with the elephant and the sight of the gentle grey mammals up close and personal will be imprinted on guests minds long after they have returned home. There is an opportunity to take photographs with the elephants. Marvel at their size and watch them behaving normally; browsing and interacting with one another. Your Experience Highlights: • Intimate encounter with the elephants • Beer, wine, water, soft drinks, coffee / tea and a selection of hot and cold canapés.

FLIGHT OF ANGELS

SHORT TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE & ZAMBIA Departs Daily at 08h00 until last light Duration Zambia: 15min or 22min Zimbabwe: 13min or 25min Zambia - no children under 5 years • Maximum weight 120kg Feel the freedom! And you certainly will, on a 13 minute helicopter flight over Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River. The helicopter has the ability to fly lower than a fixed wing aircraft, so you’ll have unrivalled opportunities to view the breathtaking Falls... and get those perfect pics. Your flight path takes you over the seemingly tranquil Zambezi River, and on a journey of discovery along the gorges which zigzag their way to the infamous Batoka Gorge downstream. It’s a unique perspective on the Falls, and gives you the perfect overview of the size and magnitude of this astounding Natural Wonder of the World. Note: The extended 22 minute flight includes views of the Mosi oa Tunya National Park in Livingstone or Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe. Your Experience Highlights: • Viewing of the Falls • Zambezi River • Batoka Gorge

BUNGI JUMPING

SHORT TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE & ZAMBIA Daily from 10h00 Duration 2-3 Hours including customs formalities

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No children under 14 years • Remember to take your passport Weight Restriction - Min 40kg and Max 140kg Take the 111 metre bungi jump plunge into the Batoka Gorge, with the Zambezi rushing up to meet you, only to stop 10m short of the river water. You’re given the choice of a single jump alone, or tandem with a partner. It’s exhilarating, and as with any professional organisation, you’ll be given a comprehensive safety briefing prior to the jump, and are assisted back to the bridge with the help of support crew. Your Experience Highlights: • 111 metre bungi jump into Batoka Gorge • Comprehensive safety briefing

WHITE WATER RAFTING

FULL DAY TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE & ZAMBIA Departs Zambia Daily between at 08h00 & 08h30 (seasonal) Departs Zimbabwe Daily at 07h30 (seasonal) Duration Full Day (subject to water levels) Note: Low Water: Aug - Dec, High Water: Jan - Jul No children under 15 years The giant Zambezi River is acclaimed as the wildest commercial one-day white water run in the world, an incredible adrenaline ride reputed to tame the most hardened adrenalinejunkie! Enjoy a mix of grade 3 to grade 5 rapids, each separated by calm pools allowing rafters enough time to enjoy the sensational scenery and catch your breath... before you’re back on the next roller coaster rapid! Note: You will be required to walk out of the gorge. Your Experience Highlights: • White water rafting on the Zambezi River • Mix of grade 3 to grade 5 rapids

RAFTING AND RIVER BOARDING COMBO

FULL DAY TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE & ZAMBIA Departs Zambia Daily between 08h00 & 08h30 Departs Zimbabwe Daily at 07h30 (seasonal) Duration Full Day (subject to water levels) Zambia and Zimbabwe no children under 15 years All participants must be able swimmers This activity is only done in low water conditions Calling all brave-hearts! This one is not for the feint-hearted, but it’s heaven for adrenaline thrill seekers. We’ve taken the excitement of river boarding and the thrill of river rafting, and put them together to provide an insane day of adventure. Wild and exciting, this Combo combines rapids which can be surfed on the river board, and others which have to ridden in a raft. Enough adrenaline for you? Not really....You’re going to be surfing the Zambezi River below the Falls on a body board (accompanied by an expert), and if tales are to be believed, life is going to be awfully tame after this... Note: You will be required to walk out of the gorge.

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ABSEILING, FLYING FOX, GORGE SWING AND ZIPLINE

FULL / HALF DAY TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE & ZAMBIA Flying Fox, Gorge Swing & Zipline - Departs Zimbabwe Abseiling, Gorge Swing & Zipline - Departs Zambia Departs Zambia at 10h00 & 13h30 Departs Zimbabwe at 10h00 & 15h30 Zambia no children under 10 yrs, Zimbabwe no children under 8yrs Full day not available and no abseil on Zambian side Half a day of extreme sports, set on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, 300m away from the Victoria Falls. You could start with Abseiling (moving down the slope backwards) or ‘rap jump’ facing forward down the 53 metre gorge. Or why not take to flight on the Flying Fox, which allows you to ‘fly’ over the gorge while attached to a cable - you’ll be winched back to earth. And if you’re still hankering for more, here’s one you’ll love…The Gorge Swing. In short, you throw yourself off the edge of the gorge in a body harness, and freefall before ending your jump with numerous pendulum swings. Alternatively, launch yourself off Batoka Gorge, decend over the water, reaching speeds of 106km an hour.... Ziplining thrill. Note: All options require that you walk out of the gorge after each activity. Your Experience Highlights: • Batoka Gorge, 300m away from the Falls • Abseiling or ‘rap jump’ facing forward down the 53 metre gorge • ‘Fly’ over the gorge while attached to a cable • Gorge Swing • Zipline

CHOBE DAY TRIP

FULL/HALF DAY TOUR Departs Zimbabwe & Zambia Departs Daily at 07h30 Note: A passport is required and visa conditions may apply. Guests are advised to request a Kaza Univisa on arrival in Victoria Falls, which covers the day trip into Botswana • No children under 4 years This is a sensational trip - land- and water-based game viewing. Your first game sighting is from The Chobe River, teaming with animals, you sitting securely on board, just off the riverbank, game viewing from the relaxing vantage point of a boat. You’re on the mighty Chobe River which flows through the renowned Chobe National Park providing a haven for herds of grazing animals and bird life. Just sit back, relax, and keep those binoculars handy. Watch this glorious scene unfolding itself – large herds of elephant, often with the tiniest frolicking calves, kicking up dust as they wait their turn at the water’s edge to drink. Frighteningly large crocodiles sun themselves on the banks of the river, mouths agape, teeth terrifying. Glorious birdlife, wonderful game, and the gentle rocking of the riverboat. Can life get any better? Apparently. When we disembark, we join our open safari vehicle for a drive through the Chobe Game Reserve with the chance of seeing more wildlife and birdlife, and a gorgeous lunch at a lodge awaiting us.... overlooking the Chobe River. Let’s call it the ultimate. Your Experience Highlights: • Chobe River boat cruise • Wildlife and Birdlife viewing • Open safari vehicle game drive • Chobe Game Reserve

HALF DAY CULTURAL TOUR

HALF DAY TOUR – DEPARTS ZAMBIA Departs Daily at 08h30 & 14h30 • Duration 3 Hours There’s more to the little town of Livingstone than meets the eye, so join us on an enlightening visit to uncover what lies beneath the surface of the town and its surrounding villages. We venture into the Mukunis Village, and enjoy a couple of fascinating hours interacting with the community, the Leya people, encouraging them to share their unique way of life with us. To get a full perspective of the town and its history, we visit the David Livingstone Museum – this way, we have both sides of the coin, and a good understanding of Livingstone, past and present. Your Experience Highlights: • Mukinis Village • Meet the Leya people • David Livingstone Museum

LIVINGSTONE ISLAND LUNCH

SHORT TOUR – DEPARTS ZAMBIA Departs Daily at 12h30 • Duration 3 Hours 30 Minutes Note: Tour is subject to water levels. Stand where David Livingstone stood when he first discovered and measured the Falls! It’s a moving moment. Our visit is to Livingstone Island, a mere 10 minute river-boat ride away from shore, on the Zambezi River, a location for a most memorable lunch experience. The theatre of the experience and the extreme beauty of the views are matched only by the diversity of the bird life – it’s a wonderful way to soak up the African bush. You’ll be viewing the Falls from a unique vantage point, right at the point where the water thunders down a 100 metre drop. Nothing like a view of that magnitude to add to the flavour of drinks and lunch on Livingstone Island! Your Experience Highlights: • River boat experience • Zambezi River • Livingstone Island • Birdlife viewing • Refreshments and lunch

TOUR OF THE FALLS

SHORT TOUR – DEPARTS ZAMBIA Departs Daily at 08h30 & 14h30 • Duration: 1½ Hours It’s hard to believe. Six hundred and fifty million litres of water from the Zambezi River crashes with great aplomb into the chasm below, which is of course, why the locals call Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya, the smoke that thunders. The smoke is the permanent mist, spray, even rain, which hangs over the Falls and the surrounding forest... and the thunder? You’ll hear it for yourself. The force and power of the Falls almost defies belief. We visit the Falls from the Zambian side, and when it’s in full flow, you’ll experience the showers from the crushing Falls below. Raincoats needed! Please Note: The Falls on the Zambian side may dry out seasonally (Sep – Dec). During this time we recommend you view the Falls on the Zimbabwean side. We also offer a combination tour which takes you to both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side of the Falls.

VICTORIA FALLS RIVER SAFARIS

UPPER ZAMBEZI CANOE SAFARIS

FULL / HALF DAY TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE & ZAMBIA Departs Zambia Daily at 08h00 Departs Zimbabwe Daily at 07h00 – 14h00 Note: A passport is required and visa conditions may apply. Slow, soothing canoeing on the Upper Zambezi, above the Falls, between Simonga and Mosi oa Tunya National Park. It’s for those who enjoy life stirred, not shaken. Relish the extreme peace and tranquillity of the natural world – no adrenaline needed – as you glide rhythmically through the water, observing all manner of wildlife. This is birder’s heaven, but the wildlife’s there for the viewing. The perfect canoe safari for those with soul. Your Experience Highlights: • Canoeing on the Upper Zambezi • Wildlife and Birdlife viewing

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SHORT TOUR – DEPARTS ZAMBIA Departs Daily at 15h30 Winter (May to July) and 16h00 Summer (August to April) • Duration 2 Hours Here’s a unique wildlife safari experience! No stamina needed. Just climb aboard our jetpropelled boats, as we set off weaving our way stealthily through the numerous channels and islands of the Zambezi River, edging up closer to wildlife than is imaginable. It’s a wonderfully unobtrusive way to approach game such as hippos and crocs – and many others – as they come down to the river’s edge to drink. And for birders? Plentiful, it’s paradise. Our jetpropelled boat carries snacks and local drinks – wine excluded, but we have it for sale – so it’s sundowners with the hippos... and who knows what else? Your Experience Highlights: • Wildlife safari on jet-propelled boat • Zambezi River • Birdlife viewing • Refreshments (wine for own account) and snacks

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AFRICAN QUEEN SUNSET CRUISE

SHORT TOUR – DEPARTS ZAMBIA Departs Daily at 15h30 Winter (May to July) and 16h00 Summer (August to April) Duration 2 Hours – Evenings Join us on a lazy, leisurely sunset cruise aboard one of the finest boats on the Zambezi, the African Queen. We’ll top up your drinks as the sun sinks over the water, and you’ll be increasingly mesmerised by the exquisite views of the wild African bush. Nothing like it. We float past the Mosi oa Tunya National Park, and you’re very likely to spot crocodiles, hippos, astonishing birdlife, perhaps elephants and whatever else comes down to the riverbank to drink. It’s always a surprise, always a great sense of anticipation. And as the sun sinks lower, we have a selection of local drinks and tasty snacks to serve on board. There’s wine too, for your own account. Your Experience Highlights: • River boat experience • Zambezi River • Livingstone Island • Birdlife viewing • Refreshments and lunch

JET BOAT ADVENTURE

FULL / HALF DAY TOUR – DEPARTS ZIMBABWE & ZAMBIA Departs Zambia Daily at 08h00 Departs Zimbabwe Daily at 07h00 – 14h00 Note: A passport is required and visa conditions may apply. NB: You will be required to walk in and out of the gorge. A white-knuckle adventure. Up for it? This extreme 30-minute power-boating adventure will curl your toes, so hang on tight as the jet boat races and spins in the gorge at an alarming speed! Jet engines propel the boats over the rapids below the Falls, at around 100 kilometres an hour. You’ll be ‘buzzing’ rock faces and ‘jet spinning’ in the spectacular setting of Batoka Gorge, so if you’re serious about water sports with a kick, our Jet Boat Adventure was designed with you in mind.


MUST DO: Discover the delights of the city of Maputo. Soak up the sun on the beautiful beach sands of Bazaruto or the Quirimbas islands. Try your skill at snorkelling or scuba diving and marvel at the underwater paradise. Taste the best seafood the Indian Ocean has on offer. Go deep sea fishing.


THOMPSONS AFRICA WELCOMES YOU TO YOUR DREAM ISLAND OR BEACH HOLIDAY: MOZAMBIQUE AND ITS ALMOST UNENDING COASTLINE OFFERS YOU THAT AND MORE. IT’S THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION WITH ITS PERFECT STRETCHES OF SILVER-WHITE BEACH, JUST FOR YOU! GETTING TO MOZAMBIQUE MAPUTO South Africa Airways fly direct from Johannesburg to Maputo and back again, daily except Saturday and Sunday. Airlink flies from Durban to Maputo and back again, daily. VILANCULOS LAM flies direct from Johannesburg to Vilanculos and back again Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Airlink flies direct from Johannesburg to Vilanculos and back again Saturday and Tuesday. Airlink flies direct from Kruger Mpumulanga to Vilanculos and back again Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. PEMBA Airlink flies from Johannesburg to Pemba and back again, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. LAM flies from Johannesburg to Pemba and back again, daily except Tuesday and Saturday. Please note: All guests have to pay cash direct at the airport, for airport departure tax. ROAD Alternatively, travel by road from Maputo to Johannesburg or vice versa, stopping en-route at Kruger National Park or Private Game Reserve. Maputo to Sabi Sand is approximately a 4-hour drive. Please note these schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

YOUR COMFORT ZONE •

Thompsons Africa and hand-picked partners, will welcome guests to Mocambique and the islands.

The Thompsons Africa team will ensure that guest transport awaits them, and that it’s comfortable and fit for purpose.

All Thompsons Africa partners have a length and depth of experience, so you are assured of safe, secure and highly professional guidance, wherever and whatever your guests are planning on doing, seeing or going.


WELCOME TO MOZAMBIQUE It’s no surprise that Mozambique and the islands are a favourite

The enjoyment continues when the sun sinks: the island’s resorts and

venue for honeymooners, and the Thompsons Africa team makes sure

the city of Maputo sway to their own unique beat. A night out on the

that the romance of the landscape, the sea, the activities and the

town will have you swinging to jazzy, Latin rhythms. Feel the same

accommodation is enhanced by superb service and close attention

vibe at a pavement café, as you dine on Mozambique’s renowned

to detail. Laze the time away, swinging on a hammock with palm

fresh seafood - drenched in peri-peri sauce, if you’re very brave.

fronds swaying above you in the gentle breeze. The uncrowded beaches in both directions are lapped by warm, gentle turquoise waters. That’s the life! It’s postcard perfect! Go north to the beach resorts at Vilanculos, or you might prefer the scintillating beauty of one of the islands of the Bazaruto or Quirimba archipelagos. Access to these islands is via Vilanculos and Pemba respectively, direct from Maputo or Johannesburg. Thompsons Africa partners with the finest, most experienced companies in Mocambique, so no matter whether you’re diving or fishing, you’ll be guided by, quite simply, the best of the best. Feeling lazy? Do nothing. Feeling energetic? Go scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, deep sea/saltwater fly fishing or wind-surfing. Take a trip in a traditional dhow.

Maputo (formerly Lourenco Marques) still has the charm of an olde world Portuguese harbour city. In the old town, the maze of narrow streets is lined with 19th century buildings. Shop around for exotic spices, nuts and trinkets at the town’s lively markets, especially in the Costa do Sol. For art lovers, the National Art Museum has an intriguing collection of the work of Mozambique’s finest contemporary artists. Visiting Mocambique with Thompsons Africa means we do the work well, you do the holiday wonderfully. Sounds good?


ACCOMMODATION MOZAMBIQUE

MAPUTO MODERN HOTEL

SOUTHERN SUN MAPUTO The rich Portuguese heritage of Mozambique flows through the dĂŠcor, detail and hospitality of this iconic and landmark hotel. Located on the Maputo beachfront, the hotel is a mere 7 kilometres from the Maputo International Airport. Highlights include a large swimming pool, outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean and a Fitness Centre. Portuguese specialities and delicious seafood can be enjoyed at Evolve Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as light meals and sundowners. Local attractions include Inhaca Island, Maputo Elephant Reserve, Casa do Ferro (The Iron House), Parque dos Continuadores, Natural History Museum, Maputo Central Market and many other fascinating sights. The 269 vibrant rooms each provide stylish en suite accommodation. Many rooms are sea-facing, with spectacular views of the ocean. All rooms offer tea/coffee making facilities, mini-bar, complimentary Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, hairdryer, electronic safe and wake-up facility.

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VILANCULOS BOUTIQUE BEACH HOTEL

BAHIA MAR BOUTIQUE HOTEL Welcome to a haven on the shore of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. Committed to sustainable tourism, we offer a plastic free environment, operate fair trade practises and proudly support multiple community projects. Our ethos at Bahia Mar is all about providing not just a holiday but a chance to completely revitalise yourself. From the moment you check in, we ensure you relax, regenerate and check out feeling totally rejuvenated. Set in an aweinspiring location abundant with natural wonders, Bahia Mar is independently owned and run, comprising 22 rooms set across lush, exotic gardens. Wake up to the sun rising over the Indian Ocean in one of our sea-view rooms or beach suites or enjoy the tranquility of nature in our garden suites. Retreat into our state of the art spa and let the outside world peel away with our range of retreats, packages and treatments. If you can tear yourself away from Bahia Mar, a full world of wonderful activities awaits. Scuba dive or snorkel world class reefs; kite-surf, paddle-board or fish on the ocean; visit the stunning Bazaruto Islands or immerse yourself in the local culture.

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ACCOMMODATION MOZAMBIQUE

VILANCULOS VILLA COLLECTION

SANTORINI MOZAMBIQUE A visual delight, Santorini Mozambique is a collection of three luxury villas, inspired by the Greek Isles and the raw beauty of Africa. Located just north of Vilanculos, its elevated cliff-top position offers panoramic views across the Bazaruto Archipelago. The main Villa includes 5 sea-fronting individual and private suites. Its multifaceted living area provides guests with a range of ensemble and private living, relaxation and dining options. The Chapel and Villa da Praia are private villas, each offering a fully catered and hosted family retreat, complete with indoor and outdoor dining areas, a lounge, spacious veranda and a pool with uninterrupted views of the bay. Service excellence and fresh culinary delights are hallmarks of this luxury retreat and a range of land and sea activities are on offer.

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AZURA BENGUERRA ISLAND - BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO BENGUERRA ISLAND - BEACH RETREAT

AZURA BENGUERRA ISLAND Imagine an unspoilt island within a Marine National Park, deserted beaches of pure white sand, sparkling turquoise seas criss-crossed by local dhows plying their trade, sunny days and star-studded nights. This is the enchanting island escape you always imagined. Azura Benguerra, the first eco-friendly resort in Mozambique, hand-built by the local community and operates in partnership with it. Just 20 villas are nestled along one of the last undiscovered stretches of beach in the world, with all the creature comforts you could wish for. At Azura, enjoy breakfast at the water’s edge, to a picnic on a remote sand island, or a candle lit dinner on the beach. A Mozambican butler-host is assigned to you during your stay to add that extra special touch to your holiday. Spend your days relaxing in our African spa, or your own sparkling private pool, enjoy the freshest fish and seafood from the ocean and choose from a fantastic range of activities and experiences. Azura Benguerra Island is paradise found to enjoy during your stay.

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MOZAMBIQUE LUXURY LODGE

MACHANGULO BEACH LODGE Machangulo Beach Lodge in the South of Mozambique is dramatically located alongside the channel between Inhaca Island and the dunes of the Santa Maria Peninsula. Thanks to the easy access (just an hour’s boat trip from Maputo Marina) this is a far more affordable option than most areas of Mozambique. Easily accessible from the Kruger National Park. Intimate accommodation featuring 9 luxurious rooms, plenty of amazing spots to enjoy the unique views of the Indian Ocean and Inhaca Island. Awesome Ocean View Rooms perched up on the dunes and surrounded by 5 marine and nature reserves, this is a unique African beach paradise. Machangulo Beach Lodge offers a wide variety of activities such as snorkelling, superb diving, fishing and more. For those who need some TLC, come and get pampered at the well-equipped lodge spa. We also have wonderful historical and cultural tours of Maputo and Inhaca Island. Untouched African beaches, untamed nature and luxurious service come together to create extraordinary holiday experiences.

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Matobo NP (World Heritage Site)

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South Luangwa NP

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Lower Zambezi NP

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INDEX

Page

South Africa Hotels

32

Abu Camp

32

Little Vumbura

15

aha Chobe Marina Lodge

77

Machangulo Beach Lodge

60

aha The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

40

Matetsi Victoria Falls

55

Amalinda Lodge

65

Mfuwe Lodge

59

Avani Victoria Falls Resort

31

Moremi Crossing

76

Azura Benguerra Island

17

Muchenje Safari Lodge

75

Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel

53

Nyamatusi Camp & Nyamatusi Mahogany

29

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

22

Okuti

23

Belmond Khwai River Lodge

45

Old Drift Lodge

20

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

33

Pom Pom Camp

63

Bilimungwe Bushcamp

33

Rra Dinare/Mma Dinare

47

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

52

Ruckomechi Camp

23

Camp Moremi

24

Saguni Safari Lodge

25

Camp Okavango

29

Sanctuary Baines' Camp

27

Camp Xakanaxa

24

Sanctuary Chiefs Camp

63

Chamilandu Bushcamp

19

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

47

Changa Safari Camp

30

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

54

Chikwenya

60

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

64

Chindeni Bushcamp

76

Santorini Mozambique

16

Chobe Bush Lodge

21

Savute Safari Lodge

16

Chobe Game Lodge

26

Shinde

18

Chobe Princesses

62

Shumba Camp

15

Chobe Safari Lodge

66

Sindabezi Island

14

Chobe Water Villas

48

Somalisa Camp

17

Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa

75

Southern Sun Maputo

45

Cresta Sprayview Victoria Falls

28

Splash Camp

50

Davison's Camp

46

Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel

35

Dinaka

44

The Elephant Camp

14

Elephant Valley Lodge

50

The Hide Safari Camp

51

Elephant's Eye, Hwange

44

The Kingdom at Victoria Falls

30

Gunn's Camp

41

The Palm River Hotel

53

Holiday Inn Bulawayo

59

The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara

19

Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

61

Toka Leya Camp

52

Iganyana Tented Camp

66

Tongabezi Lodge

41

Ilala Lodge Hotel

42

Tsowa Safari Island

34

Jao Camp

39

Victoria Falls Hotel

25

Kadizora Camp

46

Victoria Falls River Lodge

26

Kanana

42

Victoria Falls Safari Club

64

Kapamba Bushcamp

43

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

49

Khulu Bush Camp

43

Victoria Falls Safari Suites

22

Kings Pool Camp

31

Vumbura Plains

28

Kwara Camp

27

Xugana Island Lodge

35

Leroo La Tau

65

Zambezi Grande Private Game Experience

51

Linkwasha Camp

18

Zambezi Queen

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DISABLED FACILITIES

NO. OF BEDROOMS / SUITES

GAME VIEWING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

NO. OF CHALETS / HUTS / COTTAGES

GAME VIEWING - ’BIG FIVE’ PREMISES / NEARBY

NO. OF TENTS

BIRD WATCHING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

AIR-CONDITIONING IN BEDROOMS

GOLF ON PREMISES / NEARBY

FANS IN BEDROOMS

FISHING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

TELEVISION, DSTV / SATELLITE

GYM / SPA / WELLNESS ON PREMISES / NEARBY

TEA & COFFEE MAKING FACILITIES

HORSE RIDING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

MINI BAR

DIVING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

RESTAURANT/S ON PREMISES / NEARBY

WINE TASTING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

BAR/S ON PREMISES / NEARBY

WHALE WATCHING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

WI-FI FACILITIES

NATURE WALKS/BUSH WALKS ON PREMISES / NEARBY

SWIMMING POOL/S ON PREMISES / NEARBY

GREEN FRIENDLY

PARKING

ANIMAL INTERACTION ON PREMISES / NEARBY

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FAMILY FRIENDLY: Child-friendly hotels gladly plan for families travelling with kids, and can provide camping cots, extra mattresses for children, sleeper couches and suitable rooms - large or interleading - for everyone’s comfort. These establishments offer excellent discounted rates for children, suitable meals for the young family members, child-care services, and even the little extras that children need. Family-friendly accommodation includes hotels, game lodges, apartments and self-catering cottages that welcome children of all ages.

AIRPORT CODES MOZAMBIQUE Maputo Vilanculos Pemba

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Victoria Falls Livingstone Mfuwe

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Maun Kasane Khwai Kariba Bumi Hills Gweru Lusaka Bulawayo

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