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Elephant Lover’s Safari

“Join Frank Steenhuisen as he takes you to his favourite camps for up-close Elephant experiences”

Budget level: High-End
When to Go
May to Oct
9 Nights
Safari Type
Lodge and Canvas
Hwange, Kariba, Mana Pools
Kids Min Age

This incredible safari takes you on a journey with private guide Frank Steenhuisen to some of Zimbabwe’s premier bush camps! All of which are strategically located to ensure frequent wild elephant encounters. Fly between luxury tented camps where outstanding wildlife viewing is guaranteed!

Elephants! But not only elephants, this safari is all-round exceptional quality. Luxurious tented accommodation, outstanding service, all inclusive, breathtaking scenery and of course – Zimbabwe’s finest game viewing opportunities!

Named the Elephant Lover’s Safari because the first three camps are located in areas renowned for their abundance of elephants which frequently visit camp. The experience starts in the Hwange National Park where elephants often quench their thirst from the camps swimming pool. A charter flight then sees the group in the famous Mana Pools National Park, in a small bush camp surrounding the main water hole in the region, where the animals come to you. Then an extended game drive to a mobile tented camp on the banks of the Mighty Zambezi river where elephants have learned to stand on their hind legs in reach of tall branches. And finally, a stop over in Zimbabwe’s greatest view, overlooking the Kariba Dam, for a dash of luxury before ending where it all began – Victoria Falls.

Itinerary in Brief

3 Nights Somalisa Expeditions Camp

2 Nights Kanga Camp

3 Nights Zambezi Expeditions Camp

1 Night Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

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detailed itinerary

After a short flight from Victoria Falls, you will land in Hwange National Park where you will be collected and transferred to Somalisa Expeditions camp, which is an intimate and authentic tented camp. This area is also known for its concertation’s of animals around waterholes in the dry season, particularly elephants, which makes for excellent encounters.

One can explore this area by vehicle or on foot to look at some of the smaller aspects of the bush close up. The area is said to have the largest concentrations of Wild Dogs, so there is a chance to see this fascinating species.

A flight from Hwange see’s thr group landing in Mana Pools. The camp is located around a central waterhole which, during the dry season, is one of the very few water sources in the region and attracts a large number of animals, day and night. For this reason the camp has become famous for its “Armchair safaris” which consists you taking a seat whilst being served ice-cold beverages and enjoy the African show. Absolutely anything and everything can show up for a drink at this waterhole during the dry season.

There are however also game drive and walking safaris as activities, so one has the possibility to explore the area and see all its hidden gems.

Upon arrival at the camp, you will quickly notice why this is such a special place. Set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river, the scenery is absolutely stunning. The river is the source of life here and over the next 4 days of game viewing, you will be exploring the shore-line of Mana Pools either on walking safaris or on a game viewing vehicle. The area is particularly productive for elephants, wild dogs and lions.

The flight from Mana Pools Bumi hills. The last night of the tour is spent at the stunning Bumi Hills Safari Lodge which offers incredible views over the vast Kariba Dam. A final evening activity will be held watching the sunset over the lake as one group. The lodge is very luxurious and perfect for a final evening and summary of what was a perfect safari!

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