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HERO Zimbabwe Elephant

Experiences

The Wilds of Zimbabwe

Immerse yourself in a country rich in safari heritage, extraordinary wildlife and evocative scenery. Home to one of Earth’s Seven Wonders, unbeatable national parks and true wilderness, Zimbabwe has much to offer. Prepare for endless memorable experiences as you find yourself off-the-beaten-track in this untouched land.

When to go:
May – October

Located south of the Zambezi River, Mana Pools boasts a beautiful combination of riverbanks, sandbanks, islets and pools. A World Heritage Site which holding the reputation for the finest park in Africa, this area is framed by magnificent forests of baobabs, ebonies, mahoganies and fig trees. As well as traditional game drives, explore the park on foot to get close and personal to the lion and elephants that remain calm in the presence of your expert local guides, you will feel the adrenaline and excitement during this safe, yet close encounters. For a real sense of adventure, canoe down the Zambezi and observe large hippo and crocodile populations, visit the four main pools and enjoy a drink whilst watching the gorgeous sunset over these shimmering waters.

We are in discussions with a leading wildlife filmmaker about spending time with him on a shoot out in the bush. He is currently working on his latest film, focussing on the Honey Badger in the Save Valley Conservancy. Spending time with this filmmaker is a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience, he has an understanding for Africa’s wildest animals that is unparalleled, and it allows him to develop unique bonds with his subjects. 

Continue your journey to Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park. One of the world’s largest man-made lakes, boat around its inlets, creeks and islands, and try your hand at sport fishing. On the lake’s shore, explore Matusadona’s vast plains, majestic mountains and go in search of the Big Five. The fertile grasslands have created a sanctuary for black rhinoceros, enabling the population to thrive. With a knowledgeable guide, set out rhino tracking on foot in an intimate experience that will have you observing the creature’s habits and individual characteristics, whilst learning about the conservation challenges they face in the wild. Standing before this rare species in the wild is an enthralling and mesmerising experience like no other.

For an excellent safari experience, Zimbabwe’s largest park Hwange offers over 100 mammal species and 400 different birds. Home to the largest population of the extraordinary African wild dog, this park is a wildlife haven brimming with wilderness trails and beautiful dams. Receive top-level guiding and venture to unchartered areas of the bush where no vehicle can reach, following the fast tracks of the wild dogs as they hunt their prey. Swap the noise of an engine for a more peaceful safari as you discover Hwange on horseback. Feel part of the action as you observe up-close game from a totally different vantage point.

A visit to Victoria Falls is not to be missed. Known as “The Smoke that Thunders,” the sheer force of water crashing into the gorge is mind-blowing. A top location for water sports and adrenaline-fuelled activities, you can experience the wildest white-water rafting, zip-wire over the gorge, bungee jump and take scenic helicopter flights over the falls. Surrounded by pristine wilderness, soak up the rainforest that is well-nourished and abundant in luscious palms, ferns, vines and ebonies. A haven for botanists, it possesses wonderful wildlife and birds too.

Gonarezhou National Park remains extremely wild and unexplored; a place teeming with wildlife and rugged beauty. With few camps and lodges, it is unlikely you will see another soul when on safari; making for exclusive and memorable wildlife encounters. PELORUS can arrange special access to explore this park, walking with the best rangers amongst the rich wildlife that inhabits. Sit quietly at the Jurassic Pan to watch elephants roam; a secret place only accessible by foot and visited just half a dozen times each year. Hike to Gonarezhou’s defining feature – the red sandstone cliffs of Chilojo where you will be greeted with breath taking views over the Runde River valley. Spend a night in a secluded fly camp on the dried bed of the Runde River and immerse yourself in the mesmerising African surroundings.

Collected by heli, PELORUS have arranged an incredible day at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins for a unique opportunity to step back in time to see and understand an ancient civilisation. Accompanied by two expert guides, uncover the secrets of the site before a beautiful lunch set up within the walls of the spectacular ruins