- Animal encounters
Expect to see elephants, lions, buffalo and leopards.
- Lake Kariba cruiser
Experience the world’s largest reservoir from our luxury 4 star cruiser.
- Game drives
Discover Africa’s most pristine wildlife reserves and National Parks by 4x4.
- VIP door to door
- Solo Travellers
An unique road and water safari of Zimbabwe for solo travellers
Join other solo travellers on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover Zimbabwe, its wildlife and monumental Lake Kariba.
11 nights in lodges, tented camps and on a 4-star Cruiser, 2 in flight
32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
- Free bar on the Lake Kariba cruise and at Elephant Hills Resort
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Local expert guide
- Sundowner drinks at a memorable location
- Return flights and transfers
- Porterage at all accommodation
Excursions and visits
- Traditional dance performance
- Pamuzinda safari, with walk, drive and horseback options
- Visit to Chinhoyi Caves, including the Wonder Hole and Sleeping Pool
- Four-night cruise of Lake Kariba, the largest man-made reservoir in the world
- Game spotting on the banks of Lake Kariba and the Zambezi River
- Game drives in Mana Pools National Park
- Visit Kariba dam, the Church of Santa Barbara on Kariba Heights and the Mahombekombe flea market
- Matusadona National Park combined walk and drive game safari
- Tender boat exploration of Sengwe Basin
- Binga town excursion, including quaint Tonga tribe museum, hot springs and geyser and school (during term time)
- Matabeleland North road trip
- Guided walk of Victoria Falls
- Victoria Falls sundowner cruise
Day 1 - 2 UK to Harare, Zimbabwe
After taking Saga’s included door-to-door service to the airport, fly to Harare.
Transfer to the the locally rated 3-star Pamuzinda Safari Lodge on the banks of the Seruwi River, in 13,000 acres of pristine bush and savannah, for a two-night stay. Relax after your journey or get stuck into the experience of a lifetime with a range of activities, before an included ‘Welcome to Africa’ barbecue and traditional dance performance. D
Day 3 Pamuzinda
Savour your first morning in Zimbabwe from the privacy of your own balcony, overlooking the Serui River.
After breakfast, choose from a variety of activities, including canoeing the gentle waters of the Serui River, game spotting in the Pamuzinda Game Reserve by 4x4 or on foot or, for the truly adventurous, experience the beauty of this immaculate reserve on horseback. After lunch and time for a siesta, set out on an afternoon game drive to see the plains game and end the day with sunset drinks at ‘Ayers Rock’. B, L, D
Day 4 Pamuzinda to Kariba
After an early breakfast, travel by road to one of Zimbabwe’s best-kept secrets, the eerily beautiful Chinhoyi Caves.
The jewel in the crown of this network of caves, tunnels and sink holes is the Wonder Hole and its cobalt blue Sleeping Pool. Visibility in its cool depths can exceed 50 metres, making it popular with technical divers and sightseers alike.
Enjoy lunch, before continuing to the Zambezi Valley and the the locally rated 4-star Kariba Safari Lodge for an overnight stay. Enjoy afternoon snacks and a sundowner on an elevated deck overlooking the lake. B, L, D
Day 5 Kariba to Sanyati River Basin
After breakfast, embark on a half-day tour of Kariba, including a visit to the 128-metre dam and Santa Barbara church, which was built for project workers and dedicated to those who lost their lives during the build. Perched 600 metres above the lake on Kariba Heights, the church provides stunning panoramic views of the lake and surrounding countryside.
Afterwards, venture into the suburb of Mahombekombe, with its bustling flea market and colourful local shops. Board your four-star cruiser, setting sail for the Sanyati River Basin, on the eastern border of the Matusadona National Park, with lunch. served on board. Mid-afternoon, set out on a fishing trip to catch tiger fish and spot game from tender boats. B, L, D
Day 6 Sanyati River Basin to Three Finger Bay
After breakfast, board tender boats with a packed lunch and set out on a half-day tour of the Sanyati Gorge, which cuts deep into the Matusadona mountains. It is home to some very special bird life, including black eagles and African finfoot.
Return to the cruiser and sail on along the coast to Three Finger Bay, where you moor in a secluded inlet. Spend the afternoon exploring the ecosystems of the river and its banks, including the emblematic submerged forests of Lake Kariba. As the sun sets drinks and snacks will be served before dinner and stargazing from the upper deck. B, L, D
Day 7 Three Finger Bay to Crocodile Creek
After breakfast, transfer by tender boats to Rhino Safari Camp and a combined walk and drive safari around the private concession and the Matusandona National Park, including a visit to a forest of 220-million-year-old petrified trees.
After lunch, return to the vessel to relax as it sails on to Crocodile Creek. Marvel at the quintessential Kariba sunset while you enjoy drinks and snacks before dinner. B, L, D
Day 8 Crocodile Creek to the Sengwe River
Your cruiser leaves its mooring before dawn, embarking on a 13-hour voyage to Sengwe Basin, through the Kota Kota Narrows. Relax and take in the immensity of the lake and its breathtaking vistas.
Once the cruiser has reached the Sengwe River System, board tender boats to explore the remote wilderness of the Sengwe Basin, with its rich bird life and stunning scenery. B, L, D
Day 9 Sengwe River to Binga
Continental breakfast is served on board tender boats as they navigate the Sengwa river in search of hippo and crocodiles. Back on the cruiser, lunch is served while the boat completes its voyage to Binga, the heart of Tonga tribal land.
Check into the locally rated 3-star Masumu River Lodge for a two-night stay, then explore a traditional rural village before returning to the lodge to enjoy the spectacle of a stunning Lake Kariba sunset over the islands and bays of Binga, accompanied by sundowner drinks. B, L, D
Day 10 Binga
After a leisurely breakfast, experience a half-day tour of Binga, with its quaint Tonga tribe museum, hot springs and geyser and school (during term time).
After lunch, there’s time to relax and reflect on your incredible voyage of the largest man-made expanse of water in the world. Drinks will be served at the lodge’s stunning bar overlooking the lake, from where you can watch the sun set before dinner. B, L, D
Day 11 Binga to Victoria Falls
After breakfast, embark on a five-and-a-half-hour drive through the wilds of Matabeleland, passing the Gwaai and Kamativi river gorges.
Check into the the locally rated 4-star Elephant Hills Resort, perched on a bluff upstream from the mighty Victoria Falls, for a two-night stay. B, L, D
Please note: wine is not included in the free bar at your resort.
Day 12 Victoria Falls
After breakfast, join a guided walk of Victoria Falls, taking time to marvel at the raw beauty of the falls from the best viewpoints. A sundowner cruise in the afternoon provides the opportunity to spot hippo and other wildlife before returning to the hotel and dinner. B, L, D
Day 13 - 14 Victoria Falls to UK
After breakfast transfer to Victoria Falls airport for your return flight to the UK and your included UK door-to-door travel service home. B
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Post-holiday extension - Full board
Day 1: Victoria Falls-Chobe National Park, Botswana. On day 13 of your tour, transfer from Victoria Falls for a three-night, full-board stay at the locally rated 4-star Chobe Safari Lodge. Set on the banks of the Chobe River at the edge of Chobe National Park, this lodge offers a real close-to-nature experience and you may spot crocodiles, hippos, monkeys and countless species of birds just moments away from your accommodation – the park is not fenced, so you can observe the wildlife wandering freely. Rooms are in thatched buildings overlooking the gardens, are air conditioned and have ceiling fans, a television, telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and a safe. D
Day 2-3: Chobe National Park. Enjoy an included game drive and a river cruise during your stay. B, L, D
Day 4: Chobe National Park-Addis Ababa-UK. Transfer to Victoria Falls airport for an internal flight to Addis Ababa then on to the UK. B
Pre-holiday extension, full board
Day 1: UK-Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart on your overnight flight to Addis Ababa. The capital of Ethiopia is the third highest capital in the world at 2500 metres above sea level.
Day 2: Addis Ababa. Transfer to the locally rated 4-star Golden Tulip Hotel for an overnight stay. The modern hotel has 70 air-conditioned guest rooms, all with satellite television, direct dial telephone, safe, tea and coffee-making facilities and a hairdryer. This afternoon, after lunch, an included tour visits the National Museum, home to many archaeological and historic finds including the famous fossil remains of ‘Lucy’ locally known as ‘Dinknesh’. Afterwards, head to Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa where a vast range of goods from all parts of the country are bartered over. Return to the hotel for dinner. L, D
Day 3: Addis Ababa-Lalibela. Check out after breakfast and fly to Lalibela for a two-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Maribela Hotel which is surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. There's a restaurant and bar and each of the 25 bedrooms has a fridge (extra charge), complimentary Wi-Fi and a private balcony. An included afternoon tour reveals the first group of the churches which represent the earthly Jerusalem, including Medhane Alem. Standing 38 feet tall with seventy-two pillars, is not only the largest in Lalibela, but it is the largest monolithic rock-hewn church in the world. Return to your hotel for dinner. B, L, D
Day 4: Lalibela. After breakfast, visit the second group of the churches representing the heavenly Jerusalem, including the the incredible cross-shaped church of Bete Giyorgis (St George) which is said to symbolise Noah’s ark. The interior is dominated by depictions of Saint George killing the dragon. This afternoon, visit a local household for the chance to try cooking Ethiopia’s traditional cuisine, a spicy mix of vegetable and lentil stews and slow-simmered meats. B, L, D
Day 5: Lalibela-Addis Ababa. After breakfast, fly back to Addis Ababa and the Golden Tulip Hotel for an overnight stay. This afternoon, visit the Ethnological Museum to view collections that describe almost all the tribal groups in Ethiopia and gain an overview of the history, culture and traditions of the people of Ethiopia. This evening, you will have a farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant in Addis Ababa accompanied by traditional dance. B, L, D
Day 6: Addis Ababa-Harare. After breakfast, fly to Harare where you’ll meet up with the main group and begin your tour of Zimbabwe itinerary as of Day 1. B
Post tour extension - all inclusive
After your tour, stay one night at Gorges Lodge (4Q), just 22 kilometres from Victoria Falls. The Lodge is set on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, and enjoys stunning views, with the Zambezi river flowing 200 metres below. There's a central dining area and bar, serving local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The accommodation consists of thatched chalets and tented suites located within a garden of indigenous plants. Each has a private shaded veranda or balcony and views across the gorge. Facilities in the chalets and tented suites include an en suite with shower, a hairdryer (on request), minibar, and tea and coffee-making facilities.
The next day transfer by road to Camelthorn Lodge in Hwange, where you will spend three nights. Situated within a patch of woodland on the edge of the Ngamo Plain, beside the ancient camel thorn tree from which it takes its name, the main lodge consists of a U-shaped stone building enclosing a patio area, shaded by the camel thorn. There’s an open-fronted lounge area, dining room and open-fronted bar with a raised deck, serving local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Accommodation consists of eight forest villas, each with an en suite with shower and a bath set beside a large picture window, a balcony with hammocks, minibar, hairdryer, safe, and a tea and coffee tray.