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Around Zimbabwe

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Times are changing fast in Zimbabwe and tourism, which in the recent past has concentrated on the Victoria Falls area, but is now looking to expand across the whole country.

There is much to offer the traveller who has a love of Africa or those that want to visit before too many others arrive. While this itinerary concentrates on the wildlife areas of the country it can easily be built upon to include the cultural and historic side of a diverse and fascinating country.

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Day 1:         Victoria Falls

Day 4:         Hwange National Park

Day 7:         Mana Pools

Day 10:      Bumi Hills/Lake Kariba

Day 12:       Victoria Falls

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This itinerary gives you the highlights of what Zimbabwe has to offer from the scenery and wildlife point of view. We can easily ensure you have plenty of cultural and historic aspects of the country.

 

Day 1

With Victoria Falls International Airport recently refurbished and more major carriers flying in to it, getting to this town has become easier. On arrival transfer to your hotel either in or close to the town or consider one in a National Park along the Zambezi River.

Over the next couple of days, you will explore the Falls and involve yourselves in the activities that abound here. When in the year you go will determine what type of experience you will have at the Falls. At the end of the rainy season the Falls are in full flood and good soaking guaranteed. However, when the rate of flow drops so the adrenalin activities (such as white water rafting) begin.

Day 4

Transfer to your lodge deep in the Hwange National Park. For a really different way of getting half way there, consider taking the train that runs along one of the boundaries of the Park. There is something magical in sitting in an open sided carriage looking out for the wildlife and with a cool drink close to hand. Your lodge’s 4×4 will meet you at the station and give you a game drive as you head to your lodge.

The next couple of days will have you exploring this huge Park with some of the largest herds of elephants and sable antelopes in Southern Africa.

Day 7

Transfer to Mana Pools National Park on the border with Zambia brings you to one Africa’s most iconic and beautiful spots on the Zambezi River with excellent wildlife around. Getting there could be a long drive and the chance to see the country up close or catch a small plane direct to the Park – and a chance for a different view of Zimbabwe. The Long Pool offers large numbers of crocs and hippo with a host of games animals coming down to drink. This in turn brings in the predators. A true untouched African scene.

As well as being a World Heritage Site parts of the Park are a Ramsar Site so bird watching is at a premium. For the adventurous you can canoe on the Zambezi, join a lion tracking walk or consider a guided and even unguided walking (if you are comfortable with being in a true wilderness) tour.

Day 10

Transfer to the Bumi Hills alongside Lake Kariba. With time to unwind you can go fishing on the lake, make the most of the stunning views from your lodge overlooking the Lake. There is still plenty of wildlife and bird life around the Lake to keep you experiences going.

Day 12

Return to Victoria Falls and your homeward flights.

 

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Being a few yards from a full grown elephant and on foot (downwind), as you watch as he/she feeds from the bushes and trees.

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When you are in Victoria Falls

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For something extraordinary to do while staying at Victoria Falls, consider catching the Bushtracks Express. This is a step back in time as you board the steam train and travel out on to the famous bridge that links Zimbabwe to Zambia.

The train stops on the bridge to allow you to enjoy a 5 course dinner as the sun sets and the African night closes in – with the sound of the Victoria Falls in the background. You will have time between courses to step off the train to take photos of the Batoka Gorge and the stunning scenery about. Around 9.30 the train steams back to the Zimbabwe station and a short walk or drive will have you back at your hotel.

The same company provides river safaris on the Zambezi above the Falls. As they use shallow drafted boats with jet propulsion you can venture closer to the Falls than any other boat can – quite safely. A wonderful way to see the African sundown with a chance of an elephant or two coming down to drink their sundowner at the same time.

To find out more about these amazing tours and making them part of your own bespoke tailor made holiday please contact us

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Horse Riding with the Zimbabwe Wildlife

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Seeing the wildlife of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is a stunning experience on its own but Imvelo Safaris have just announced the start of horse riding from two of their lodges. This would be a completely different way of seeing the wildlife of visiting the village close by for a genuine cultural experience.

There are different experiences to take in to account experience – and yes there is an option for beginners or novice riders. The options are:

  1. Beginner Bush Experience – approximately 1 hour for beginners and novice riders
  2. Hippo Sunrise – approximately 3 hours for experienced riders
  3. Cultural Ride – approximately 5 ½ hours for intermediate riders
  4. Sundowner Ride – approximately 2 hours for intermediate riders
  5. Full Day Safari Ride – approximately 8 hours for experienced riders

In line with Imvelo’s ethos, this new activity has been brought to life in partnership with the communities. It has provided new jobs and will support Nganyana Village close to Camelthorn through guests participating in the cultural ride! During your visit the villagers will gladly show you the different ways they try make an income including basket weaving, beading and jewellery making – riders are welcome to try their hand at these crafts too!

The magnificent and expansive savanna vleis that border Camelthorn along with the Ngamo Plains make for the best safari riding areas in Zimbabwe and guests will now be able to enjoy leisurely strolls or more adventurous rides all led by experienced horse guides! The sense of freedom, silence and tranquillity, with a touch of adrenaline thrown in too, brings you closer to nature than you may have ever been before.

If this is for you and would like to make it part of your own bespoke tailor made itinerary to Africa then please contact us for fuller details and to start your safari plans – call on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

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Why you should consider Hwange National Park for your Safari

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There are very good reasons to consider Hwange National Park, in Zimbabwe, for your safari destination and the key ones are as follow:

  • Hwange is close to Victoria Falls which is easy enough to reach by a number of airlines. The airport there is becoming a bigger International destination which will make it even easier to fly in to the region.
  • Hwange has about 43,000 visitors per year which gives a density of 3 people per KM2 per year. This compares with the Serengeti density of 23 people per km2 per year, Kruger at 85 and Masai Mara at 912.
  • It is home to about 46,000 elephants and during the dry season it is not unusual to see herds of hundreds at waterholes. None of the other Parks can boast such large numbers of elephant. In fact there are more elephants than visitors.
  • It has the some of the densest numbers of sable antelope, cheetah, wild dog and lion in Zimbabwe
  • Your guides here serve an apprenticeship of 5 to 10 years and their professionalism is considered amongst the best in Africa. They will take you on walking safaris within the Park and teach you about all that you see, including tracks, flora and fauna. This will enhance your African experience immensely.
  • Hwange Park lodges and camps are small and personal. On average 8 rooms serving 16 clients

 

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If you would like more information about a tailor made safari to Hwange and Victoria Falls or Safaris in South Africa then please contact us on – 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Zimbabwe and Rovos Rail

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis. Very often we are asked for ideas for a special occasion, a significant birthday or a holiday that is different and memorable. It always has us throwing ideas around the office and arguing the merits of locations and experiences around the world. However there are always one or two front runners and Rovos Rail is one of those.

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Very often we are asked for ideas for a special occasion, a significant birthday or a holiday that is different and memorable. It always has us throwing ideas around the office and arguing the merits of locations and experiences around the world. However there are always one or two front runners and Rovos Rail is one of those.

Day 1: Victoria Falls

Day 2: Hwange National Park

Day 5: Victoria Falls

Day 6: Rovos Rail

Day 9: Pretoria

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Synonymous with style, elegance and destinations that cannot fail to catch the imagination, Rovos takes you to all the key places in Southern Africa and further afield. The moment that they meet you on the platform (or in Pretoria in their very own station) you can relax in the knowledge that everything has been meticulously planned. You can lock your wallet in the safe in your suite as everything is covered, including the interesting and exciting off train excursions. The food, wine and service are of the highest quality – all you have to do is enjoy it. You need to experience a journey with Rovos to know why they claim to be the most luxurious train in the world and their repeat clients will be willing to back their claim. Nor are their prices ridiculous and with the strengthening Pound they are becoming more and more a “must do” holiday.

Day 1: Victoria Falls

Arrive in Victoria Falls – on the Zimbabwe side, and stay overnight here. Take time to over the falls.

One night Victoria Falls

Day 2: Hwange National Park

Travel by road into Hwange National Park. This Park has some 40,000 elephant and all of the other Big 5 to seek out as well as wild dog and sable antelope. The bird life is spectacular, particularly as the rainy season arrives, with migrants arriving and the birds producing their courting plumage.

Three nights Hwange National Park

Day 5: Victoria Falls

Head back to Victoria Falls, still with the chance of game viewing as you go. Make your way to the entrance to the Victoria Falls and the 15 odd points to see one of Natures Seven Wonders. The amount of water coming over the Falls, and how wet you get, does depend upon the time of year. If you want to see the Falls in full flood, then you need to be here in April and May.

One night Victoria Falls

Day 6: Rovos Rail

You have most of the day to explore Victoria Falls or take part in one of the many activities around here before making your way to the railway station to board the Rovos Rail Train that leaves in the afternoon. You will be handing yourself over to an expert team that deliver nothing but first class service. From the moment you arrive and your bags are whisked away to your cabin and a glass of sparkling wine is placed in your hand instead, you know that you will be able to relax and enjoy “The Most Luxurious Train in the World”. Watch the world pass by either in your cabin or in the comfort of the lounge and observation cars.

Three nights Rovos Rail

Day 9: Pretoria

An early start to the day as you head in to Pretoria and Rovos Rail’s very own station. The last couple of miles will be with a steam engine taking you in to your final destination. From here, head to Johannesburg for the onward or homeward journey.

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Country: Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe – Tailor made holidays and adventure travel

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa well known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife. The density of the wildlife is amongst the best of Africa and the animals are used to the sight of tourist vehicles. That said, the number of tourists compared to other African experiences is so low that you will seldom see another vehicle on your game drive.

On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering 108m drop into narrow Batoka Gorge, making this the white-water rafting and bungee-jumping centre at the right time of the year. While there ensure that you visit Hwange National Park, home of some of the largest herds of elephant on the Continent.

Downstream of the Zambezi are Matusadona and Mana Pools National Parks well worth a visit as is the Kariba Dam and the surrounding Bumi Hills.

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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This year has been a good one for rains in Southern Africa (well for most places) which is good news for farmers and the wildlife. The abundance of rain has seen the rivers well up which in turn has led to the amount of water flowing over the Victoria Falls being spectacular. There is nothing quite as awe inspiring as seeing and feeling the thunder of the Falls. You are also guaranteed to receive a good soaking from the spray – which can be seen from miles away.

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This time of year is often portrayed as being one to avoid coming to this part of the world, but there are very good reasons to consider it. Yes, the game viewing will be more difficult as the wildlife has dispersed and the vegetation will be at its highest but this is the time that many animals have their young and the birds are in courting and nesting mode.

There is also the advantage of boat safaris in places such as South Luangwa and the flood in to the Okavango should be high allowing you the choices of travel in this unique environment.

It is all about planning – and taking advantage of the good rates for these areas at this time of year.

Give us a call or email to plan your trip to this amazing area on Tel: 01323 446550 – Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

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Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe

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The Victoria Falls have always been one of Africa’s main attractions and for very good reason. When it is in full flood it is a thunderous, soaking experience with its spray visible for miles around.
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The Victoria Falls have always been one of Africa’s main attractions and for very good reason. When it is in full flood it is a thunderous, soaking experience with its spray visible for miles around. Even when the volume of water drops the Falls are amazing to see with the best views being on the Zimbabwe side. When the Zambezi is down it does allow for other activities to take place, such as swimming in the Devil’s Pool right on the edge of the Falls or white water rafting the Zambezi below the Falls. If you are flexible as to when you travel, check what levels of water are likely to be going over the Falls when you plan to be there.

Getting here is straight forward with a number of flights arriving from different parts of Africa in to Livingstone or Victoria Falls. Or consider taking the Rovos Rail train from Pretoria (or return to) and have a stylish rail journey that is a wonderful way to start or finish your African odyssey. But book early – places go fast.

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While here we would recommend that you consider a safari in to the Parks of Zimbabwe to see some Africa’s pristine country and wildlife. Our suggested itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 – Victoria Falls

Choose the level of accommodation that suits you as there is a whole range of hotels and lodges to choose from. You could be in a National Park in a tent on the Zambezi with elephant and lion around, in Colonial splendour or a hotel in town near the Falls.

Visit the Falls, take an elephant ride or white water raft depending on the time of year.

Day 5 – Eastern Hwange National Park

An hour flight or 4 hours on the road has you settling in to your tent overlooking the plains with its attendant wildlife. The lodges have popular waterholes and the chances are that you may even have a dinner under the stars somewhere on the plain one night.

HwangeNational   Park with its large herds of elephant, wildebeest and sable is just a short journey away, making you well placed for a wildlife feast. Game drives are in the morning and afternoon but highly recommended is joining the all day “pump run” that takes you deep in to the Park to supply the waterhole pumps with fuel and the attendants with food and wages. For a completely different take on the area join a night drive.

Day 8 – South Eastern Hwange National Park

An extended game drive through Hwange to the South East sees you arriving in a camp that is truly wild Africa and well away from everyone – just African nature to keep you entertained. Consider having your bed made up on the veranda of your tent and sleep out under the stars. Enjoy game drives daily here.

Day 10 – Victoria Falls

Return to the Victoria Falls area for the onward or homeward journey.

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Safari Guide

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The Ultimate Guide to Game Viewing and Safaris in Southern Africa

One of life’s richest rewards comes from the patient searching for, waiting and watching the world of Southern and Eastern African game. The memory of your first lion roaring, your first leopard lazily digesting his latest meal, your first herd of elephants carefully tending their young will live in your heart for ever. But, how to choose where to go, which lodge, how much to spend and what time of year. All these questions are asked of us regularly and the following is intended as a Safari Guide to help you decide.

There are some questions that you need to ask yourself, or us, which come under the following headings:

  • The most important question is ‘have you ever done any game-viewing before’ and if you have, what did you do, where did you go and what did you see – and therefore, what would you like to see this time?
  • Are there particular areas of Africa that you must see, such as the Etosha Pan, Serengeti Plains or Sabie River in Kruger?
  • What animal sightings will make your holiday? For example, if you really want to see cheetah, then you should have a better chance in Namibia as 25% of the world’s cheetahs roam the countryside there.
  • Do you want spectacular scenery such as the Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta, Mount Kilimanjaro or the sand dunes and deserts of Namibia, as a backdrop to your experience?
  • How luxurious do you want make the holiday? It could be anything from camping up to 5 star luxury or any mixture in between.
  • Do you want to self drive or relax and let your guide take care of you?
  • How adventurous do you wish to be? The experience of watching truly wild life from a vehicle is wonderful and exciting. However you can increase your adrenalin by opting for elephant back rides, mountain biking, horse riding or walking through the countryside that has the animals in. Alternatively, particularly in the Okavango Delta, you have the option of travelling by boat varying in size from dugout to decent sized crafts with drinks to hand.

All in all, there is plenty to think about and we have the expertise to help you make your decision. Very often we have experienced it ourselves!

So where in Southern or Eastern Africa should you be thinking of? What follows are some outline sketches of places that will give you a holiday to remember.

South Africa
The Mighty Kruger
This is the flagship Park of Southern Africa and quite rightly is world famous. Covering an area the size of Wales and located in the northeast corner of South Africa, the Kruger National Park springs into most minds as a ‘must do’ on the game-viewing carousel. For a cost effective holiday, stay at one of the many Rest Camps locate actually in the Park, but unless you are an experienced game-viewer, it is entirely possible that you will not see very much, simply because you will be unsure where to look.

A popular alternative is to stay at one of the private concessions on the western border of the Park. Here you’ll find a range of top luxury game lodges, and several others that offer a cheaper option. The advantage of these concessions lies in the fact that the Guides are experts and know the terrain intimately, and the most likely areas for viewing the game. You will come away wondering how they managed to see a lion in the tall grass, when it takes you three minutes to see it, even when someone is pointing to the spot! These options can look expensive, but often represent good value when you take into account what is covered and the level of accommodation that you will be staying in.

The north of the Kruger, known as the Pafuri region, is further away from mainstream South Africa and consequently far less visited. However it is well worth the journey. The wildlife is spectacular and being in the fever tree forest along the Limpopo adds an extra dimension.

Addo Elephant National Park
Situated within an hour’s drive of Port Elizabeth, this Park boasts having the Big 7; the usual big five plus whales and Great White sharks at the right time of the year. From this you will gather the Park also includes some of the coast. This makes an ideal couple of day’s stop at the eastern end of the Garden Route. You are almost guaranteed to see elephant, but will have to work a little harder to see some of the other big 5 as their numbers slowly recover.

There are a number of other Parks and private game reserves throughout South Africa which are well worth your consideration if you are in the area. Each of them has its own charm and wildlife experience. If there is a particular animal or setting that you have your heart set upon, then let us know and we will suggest the best areas to find them. These include the St Lucia Wetlands of KwaZulu Natal, the Madikwe to the west of Johannesburg and the Waterberg to the north of Johannesburg. The latter two (as well as the Addo Elephant Park) have the advantage of being non-malaria areas.

Namibia
Etosha National Park
There is something magical about seeing a giraffe’s form wavering in the heat haze as it crosses the white expanse known as the Pan. This park has no equal in Africa in that all of the game is dependent on the waterholes that fringe the Pan during the long dry season. Then, if the rains are good, the dry salt pan becomes a lake for a short time, at which point the wildlife disperses to take advantage of the grasses growing in the usually arid parts.
Should you be tempted to stay within the Park and there are good reasons to do so, you will have the chance of watching the disputes that arise at the waterholes located at the Lodges, if you can stay awake throughout the night. This could be an encounter between elephants and rhinos or just a jackal trying to find a place between the zebra’s legs.
The Park and the wildlife Concession areas along side it, are worthy of a three day visit. As with South Africa, the level and prices vary from camping up to luxury tented camps/lodges where you can watch the animals coming down to the waterholes from the advantage of the bar or your veranda.

Deserts
Most of Namibia is classified as desert and it is possible to plan a trip that will take you to 4 distinctly different types. Starting with the Kalahari and its wave dunes, this desert has more vegetation than most. As a consequence, there is more wildlife to be found, particularly those that favour the open savannah type of terrain.
Following that there are the two Karoos – Nama and Succulent and whilst they share a name they have their own character. The flora varies and the Succulent has the advantage of the mists that roll in from the cold Benguela current running up the Namibian coast. As you would expect, there are more succulent types of plants found here.
Finally there is the Namib Desert famous for its huge red sand dunes, as seen on many advertisements and always feature in any documentary on the country.
None of these deserts are without life. Coming across Oryx in the middle of the Namib, makes you wonder what they live on. Some of the invertebrates are unique to this region and the bird life stunning.
Finish your trip here with a few days in Swakopmund, known as Bavaria by the sea. The architecture has been influenced by the history of the place over the last 100 years. It is also a wonderful place to take trip around Walvis Bay to see the abundant life that it supports. You are guaranteed to see seals (at very close range!) and dolphins. If you are lucky you will also see whales and turtles.

Botswana
Botswana is land locked; South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia form its borders. A quick glance at a map and you’ll see that the main inhabited areas lie in the east of the country. This leaves vast areas of desert and savannah grasslands to the west and north west, largely inhabited by a variety of game both large and small. This is wildlife in its truly natural state – herds of elephant and zebra wander the plains, a variety of cats searching their prey, and an array of birds and smaller game. In the north is the famous Chobe National Park, and travelling west and south west from there brings you to the Moremi Game Reserve, the Linyanti and Selinda concessions and the wonderful Okavango Delta. The Delta is a world of its own. The heavy summer rains falling in the Angola Heights to the Northwest, find there way through the water courses, arriving in the Delta in June and July. This is high season, despite being their winter. Not only is the Delta rightly famous for its wildlife, it is also interesting geologically as well. This is the southern end of the Rift Valley, and plate tectonic movement is even now changing the landscape. The Savuti River channel is an excellent example – as few as 25 years ago, the river was alive with water based life. Today it is a dry river bed, and one of the main migration routes for herd of zebra in this area.

In the south eastern corner of Botswana, in the Tuli Block is hidden away Mashatu, a spectacular wildlife conservation area, butting on to the Limpopo River. Not only is it blessed with abundant wildlife, but there are also a number of historical sites covering the history of this region from pre-historic times.

There really is no other choice than to visit for yourself!

Kenya

The birth place of safaris in the modern form Kenya still has a lot to offer and some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. It is true that certain parts can be busy but the country is vast enough to get away from those areas. Ensuring that you are in the right place to see the huge wildebeest and zebra migration in the Masai Mara does require planning. Speak to someone that knows where and when to go. The bird life is amazing all over the country with some of the Parks having over 400 species regularly seen in them.

The plains of East Africa are the birth place of man and if you are interested in archaeology then there are a number of sites to visit. Add in the different cultures of the 50 plus tribes that live here and you have a wonderful variety of things to do on your holiday.

The Kenya coast is rightfully popular and again it is possible to get away from the crowds and have an experience of being on a remote silver sand beach is an ideal way to relax after the excitement of being on safari.

Kenya meets all budgets but for the quality experience and the more secluded, remote wildlife areas are there but cost a bit more.

Tanzania

Perhaps not as well known as its neighbour Kenya, Tanzania has a huge array of different types of Parks and animals to offer. World famous Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park  should be near the top of your list for the sheer scale of the wildlife that migrates through these areas. Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s largest free standing mountain has always been a challenge that many cannot resist.

Down in the south the Selous National Park offers wildlife experiences that are based on the mighty Rufiji River. You have the option of boat and 4×4 game viewing. There is something magical about viewing a leopard on a rocky cliff from the boat below. For those that love chimps then the Parks in the west of the country are the place for you and for those that want a safari experience in a place well of the beaten track then the Ruaha National Park would suit very well.

Add in time on Zanzibar or Pemba Island for a beautiful beach experience to give you the perfect finish to you time in East Africa.

What else should I take into consideration?

  • Distances in Africa are deceptive on a map. Roads can be difficult, particularly if there has been rain recently and driving on dirt roads requires less speed and a bit more concentration. Flying is a real alternative and may not be as expensive as first thought.
  • Petrol stations are few and far between, so fill up if your tank is half full. Also you will have to pay for your fuel with cash.
  • In Namibia the week-end still exists, so expect shops to close on Saturday afternoon and Sunday
  •  Take advice on your itinerary. There is nothing worse than arriving somewhere knowing you will be leaving tomorrow and realizing that you really ought to be there for 2/3 days
  • Take some warm clothes. A game drive at 05:00 will be cold until the sun rises. This is particularly true if you go in their winter.
  •  Take your driving licence – even if you only plan on riding a quad bike.
  •  Laundry facilities are available at a lot of places along the route. So it is possible to pack less. This may well be a necessity if you plan on flying locally.
  •  Take more film or memory than you ever imagine you will need.
  •  You do not have to believe all the stories that your guide tells you.
  •  Do not leave your common sense at home. You will be asking for trouble if you wander around with your wallet on display in a known rough area. Adopting a low profile will benefit your security.

Weather
The time of year that you visit a country will affect the kind of wildlife that you will see. After the first rains, many animals will disperse to take advantage of the grass growing in usually arid places. This, together with the extra grass and foliage, will make animal spotting difficult. However the wet season has its compensations. There is something magical in seeing a desert covered in flowers, the birds in their courting exotic plumage and the mass outbreaks of invertebrates and insects.
Because of the size of the countries in this part of the world, it is impossible to say a blanket “best time” to visit. Discuss this with someone who has been and knows. That having been said, the climate change affects Southern and Eastern Africa as well, so no guarantees can be made.
High temperatures, particularly in the desert regions, can be expected. However, the lack of humidity in these areas makes the heat much more bearable.

Malaria and other health issues
It is a fact that some of the best wildlife experiences are in areas that are malarial. This is partly why they have remained mostly untouched by modern life. If this is a concern to you, then we can advise you on where to go that is a malaria free zone.
Africa has other diseases to think about and the best advice you can get is from your own doctor.
It is a given that you should not swim in non moving inland water.
Most of Southern Africa has potable water straight from the tap, but if you are concerned, use bottled.

Type of accommodation:
The level or type of accommodation will depend upon the budget that you wish to work within. We can take that into account when putting your itinerary together. We are happy to look at everything from camping to quality 5 star luxury lodges and hotels.
Southern Africa has a reputation for offering true value for money in its accommodation, particularly in the owner operated small hotel or guesthouse. Our experience over the years in this region means that we have visited many of the properties that we suggest and know the owners well.
Let us know what you expect where, and we will do our best to find something that suits.

Getting there
As with accommodation, there are options available. It will depend on your budget and the level of comfort in which you wish to travel. Discuss this with us and we will always endeavour to obtain the best deal for you.

In summary
Game viewing is a wonderful life-changing experience – plan carefully, listen to an expert, then sit back and enjoy Mother Nature at her enchanting and magnificent best.

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Credit Peter Ellis


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Credit Jackie Appleton


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Credit Peter Ellis


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Credit Peter Ellis


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Credit Kenya Tourism


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Credit Peter Ellis


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Credit Jackie Appleton


Africa, Namibia. © 2004 Jan Jepsen / NTB

Credit Namibia Tourism


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Credit Peter Ellis


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Credit Peter Ellis


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Imvelo Safari Lodges, Zimbabwe – News

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Vicki Tester

 

Today we received the latest news and pictures from our friend Sjaan over in Zimbabwe (Imvelo Safari Lodges) that we thought would like to share with you…….

I have put together a few pictures from the last 6 weeks of game at our various camps which I thought you might like to see. 

We have a couple of very greedy Honey Badgers at Zambezi Sands which come to raid the kitchen in search of treats. 

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safari Lodges

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safari Lodges

The game at Bomani and Camelthorn has been fantastic both within the Park and on our concession.  We had an extremely large Buffalo herd visit the Bomani watering hole for a couple of days in a row with the Lion, Baboons and Giraffe (but to name a few!) keeping us entertained during game drives.

 Jozibanini is quite a special camp geared to the real adventure types out there.  We also have a look up blind at Jozi and it provides some truly amazing photographic opportunities! The ‘Look up Blind’ has been sunk just a few metres away from the camp waterhole and game viewing by moonlight from inside the blind will be an awesome experience.

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safari Lodges

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safari Lodges

 

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safari Lodges

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safari Lodges

Nehimba can be described as Elephant land right now.  The Elephant are all thirsty and have decided the watering hole in front of the lodge is nice but the pool is best.  Again, wonderful photo opportunities!

 

 

 

 

 

If you like the sound of what you are reading and fancy a safari trip on your own bespoke, tailor made holiday to Zimbabwe, then please contact Peter (who has been to a number of the lodges mentioned) on 01323 446550 or email  peter@experienceholidays.co.uk

 

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safari Lodges

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safari Lodges

 

 

 

Imvelo Safari Lodges - Bomani by night - Courtesy of John Ralph

Imvelo Safari Lodges – Bomani by night – Courtesy of John Ralph

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