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Zambezi Cruise &Safari

September 2023

Classic Tour

A unique and wonderful way to experience the nature and wildlife of Zimbabwe is on our Cruise &Safari tour. We start our tour in iconic Victoria Falls, home to one of the wonders of the world. Then we head out to explore Zimbabwe from beautiful luxury lodges to our own private houseboat. We stay in top safari camps and river lodges to allow us to experience unforgettable games drives and wonderful cultural excursions. Which perfectly combines with our private houseboat cruise. Enjoy the stunning views from the pool or lounge chair across the magnificent blue lake to the Matusadona Mountains or Zambezi escarpment.

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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 8 Nights Deluxe Lodge Accommodations
  • 3 Nights Private Houseboat Accommodations
  • Breakfast &Dinner Daily, 9 Lunches
  • The Boma Dinner &Drum Show
  • Victoria Falls Tour
  • Sundowner Boat Cruise
  • Tour of Binga
  • Half day guided fished excursion
  • Kariba Town Tour
  • Boat Excursion into Mana Pools National Park
  • Morning and Evening Game Drives in Mana Pools National Park
  • Visit to the Chinhoyi Caves
  • All taxes and fees
  • Cruise and Mana Pools Safari Lodge fully inclusive of Local Drinks and South African Wines
  • National Park Conservation fees
  • Fishing permits
  • Airport Transfers
  • Gratuities
  • Women's Travel Tour Host
Itinerary

 

Day 1
Women's Travel Club Zambezi Cruise & Safari - Victoria Falls
Welcome to Zimbabwe!

Zimbabwe is home to the Victoria Falls, where the locals are warm and friendly and offer any guest to this beautiful country, an excellent level of service and hospitality!

Depending on time of arrival, after check in, we will have the rest of the afternoon at our leisure. Our host will assist us with booking any one of the myriad of optional activities on offer for the following day.
In the evening – transport will take us to the The Boma – Dinner and Drum Show where we’ll revel in a ‘feast of fun’ – a buffet dinner, spirited dance performance and interactive drum show.
Accommodations: The Ilala Lodge

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Zambezi Cruise & Safari - Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

A relaxing breakfast followed by a tour with our guide to the Victoria Falls is scheduled. One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and part of everyone’s ‘Bucket List’. We wander the walkways and view points through the rainforest to a scene as described by the famous explorer David Livingstone, ‘Scenes so lovely, must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight’.

After our tour of the Falls, we head back for some curio shopping and lunch either in town or at one of the restaurants on the banks of the Zambezi River. This afternoon is free to either relax around the hotel pool or partake in the vast list of activities available which can be booked with the help of our guide.
Dinner will be at a boutique restaurant in town before heading back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep, in preparation for our onward journey to Binga in the morning.
Accommodations: The Ilala Lodge

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Zambezi Cruise & Safari - Binga
Binga

After an early breakfast it is time we say good-bye to the legendary Victoria Falls. After a five and a half hour scenic drive through remote rural lands with ever changing scenery, we will arrive at Masumu River Lodge near the small town of Binga. Check in and settle into our overnight stay, on the western end of Lake Kariba’s shores.

Settle into your lodge room with stunning views over the lake from your private balcony. Enjoy the facilities this afternoon, exploring the beautiful grounds, relaxing in the lounge or have a swim in the pool. This evening we watch the sunset form our private sundowner cruise.
Accommodations: Masumu River Lodge

Day 4
Women's Travel Club Zambezi Cruise & Safari - The Shikra
Binga

We will set off on a morning tour of Binga, which includes visiting a quaint museum dedicated to the Tonga people, a basket weaving craft market and a local rural school or Tonga village.

Later, we will make our way to the harbour where we will embark on a 3 day cruise to up the Lake to Kariba town. We will cast off and begin our four hour cruise through to the remote Chete Safari Area for our first evening of mooring.
Relax and enjoy the beginning of our 270km cruise on this iconic Lake, built on the mighty Zambezi River. There will be beautiful ever changing scenery and wildlife sightings during our journey.
Accommodations: The Shikra

Day 5
Women's Travel Club Zambezi Cruise & Safari - Lake Kariba
Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba lies along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. In terms of volume, it is the largest man-made lake in the world, reaching over 140 miles/ 220 kilometers in length. At its widest point, it spans a distance of approximately 25 miles/ 40 kilometers - so that often, gazing over Lake Kariba feels like looking out to sea.

Nile crocodiles and hippopotamuses thrive in the lake. Kariba’s fertile shores and a perennial supply of freshwater also attract a wealth of game animals - including elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah and antelope. The lake is a haven for birdlife, most of which is found along the lake shores and on its islands. Herons, egrets, kingfishers and storks are all commonly seen, while the adjoining parks offer good bush bird and raptor sightings. We will spend our morning game viewing.
Tiger fishing is a major activity here. Zimbabwe’s record tiger fish was caught at Kariba in 2001, weighing in at a whopping 35.4 pounds/ 16.1 kilograms. This afternoon we will enjoy a half day fishing excursion. Try your hand at catching the next big one or just relax and enjoy the boat ride.
Accommodations: The Shikra

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Zambezi Cruise & Safari - Lake Kariba
Lake Kariba

Enjoy another perfect day on Lake Kariba. A cruise on Lake Kariba is often considered the relaxing break on a fast-paced Zimbabwe safari tour. This is a time to immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of this inland sea surrounded by its majestic wildlife. Spend some time relaxing on the boat as we meander down the lake. Maybe read a book or have a swim in the pool, a lovely break between morning and evening wildlife cruises.

This evening we will get a little beach time with an African Beach Braai (African BBQ). Watch the sunset over Lake Kariba with your toes in the sand.
Accommodations: The Shikra

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Zambezi Cruise & Safari - Kariba Safari Lodge
Kariba

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before our final cruise into harbour. We will arrive at the stunning Kariba Safari Lodge, in time for lunch, all the while taking in the incredible view of the lake and the majestic Matusadona mountain range from the elevated deck.

After lunch we will set off to explore Kariba town - visiting the impressive dam wall, the church of St Barbara - a memorial to those workers and engineers who lost their lives building the wall and the heights viewing point - 600m above the lake.
We return to the lodge for sundowners on the deck, whilst reminiscing about the time spent traversing this magnificent body of water, before dinner in the open-air dining area or on the lodges private beach.
Accommodations: Kariba Safari Lodge

Day 8
Women's Travel Club Zambezi Cruise & Safari - Mana Pools Safari Lodge
Mana Pools

After an early breakfast we will set off for Mana Pools Safari Lodge. Together with our guide we will descend the Zambezi Escarpment to Chirundu, approximately a 2 hour journey. There, a boat will take us on an exciting trip down the famed Zambezi River into Mana Pools National Park.

Elephants, hippos, crocodiles and incredible birdlife sightings abound on this exhilarating ride. On arrival at Mana Pools, 4x4 game drive vehicles will meet us for a late afternoon game viewing activity and a sundowner on the banks of the river.
Accommodations: Mana Pools Safari Lodge

Day 9
Women's Travel Club Zambezi Cruise & Safari - Mana Pools
Mana Pools

Game drive vehicles will take us on morning and afternoon excursions in this UNESCO World Heritage Site where we will find abundant photographic opportunities. Lunch will be served back at the Lodge.

Mana Pools National Park will leave you breathless with its beauty and wildlife. Elephant, eland, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, baboons, monkeys, zebra, warthog and hippo are some of the larger herbivores to be seen regularly on the river terraces as they come out to eat the fallen albida fruit. Lions, leopards, spotted hyena, wild dogs and cheetah are present in the area. Birding is also phenomenal in this region.
The landscapes are beautiful too, dotted with acacia trees, whose shade becomes vital to the parks’ more than 12,000-strong elephant population in the dry season, as well as a sprinkling of vibrant plant life. Far away from any human settlement, you’ll relish the feeling of remoteness here. Surrounded only by extreme wilderness with some of the highest concentration of wildlife in Africa.
Accommodations: Mana Pools Safari Lodge

Day 10
Women's Travel Club Zambezi Cruise & Safari - Mana Pools
Mana Pools

Enjoy another early morning game drive as you continue to explore Mana Pools and see what wonderful wildlife sightings are in store for today. Mana pools has a very high density of wild dog. There are currently six packs with 100 adult dogs in the park. Seeing these social animals interact while on a hunt or while denning is a real treat.

This afternoon venture out with your guide on a game walk. A walking safari allows you to experience nature and learn about your surroundings in a way that you can't from a vehicle. Walking safaris in Mana Pools National Park are incredibly popular because of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and year-round opportunities to sight wildlife around the four permanent pools that lie inland from the Zambezi River.
Accommodations: Mana Pools Safari Lodge

Day 11
Women's Travel Club Zambezi Cruise & Safari - Chinhoyi Caves
Selous

Today, we bid farewell to Mana Pools Safari Lodge and travel to Pamuzinda Safari Lodge near Selous. After an early breakfast, we will depart via speedboat out of the Zambezi Valley to Chirundu.

continue our journey back through the twists and turns of the escarpment, passing through the towns of Makuti and Karoi, with a short visit to the Chinhoyi Caves. These limestone and dolomite caves and tunnels branch out from the Wonder Hole and Sleeping Pool, a natural sinkhole with striking cobalt blue crystal-clear water believed to be at least 90 metres deep.
A final two-hour drive will see us arriving at Pamuzinda Safari Lodge in the late afternoon.
Accommodations: Pamuzinda Safari Lodge

Day 12
Women's Travel Club Zambezi Cruise & Safari
Depart

Time to say good-bye to this beautiful country and fabulous friends you have made along the way. Transfer to the airport for your flight home as needed.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Pre-Booking Only

Pre-book now to hold your spot. As soon as we have full details and pricing we will let you know. At that time you can decide if you would like to confirm this tour. If you do book you will save $100 off the tour as a thank you for showing us your interest.

 

Rates

Double Occupancy - TBA
Single Occupancy - TBA

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

Deposit of TBA
Final Payment due - TBA

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.

 

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities on not included meals and personal expenses
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Hosted by:

TBA

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA or LVI )
Depart from Harare, Zimbabwe (HRE)

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.

Insurance Quote
Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Zimbabwe Cruise and Safari - Ilala Lodge Hotel
Ilala Lodge Hotel

Ilala Lodge Hotel is a family-run hotel that offers luxury and comfort in the heart of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Nestled in attractive gardens, the well-appointed hotel is a mere eight-minute walk from Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Ilala Lodge Hotel is ideally located and it is very easy for guests to access all the historical sites, restaurants and activities available in Victoria Falls. The friendly and attentive staff of this welcoming hotel makes sure that your visit is perfect in every way.

Women's Travel Club Zimbabwe Cruise and Safari - Masumu River Lodge
Masumu River Lodge

Masumu River Lodge is in a spectacular location with magnificent views over the islands and waters of Lake Kariba’s western side. The main building is built on two levels into the slope of the hill hence both the dining room and the bar below have stunning views out over the water. The glittering swimming pool offers an opportunity to cool off on hot afternoons. There are nine en-suite lodges, each with private balcony allowing for stunning views over the lake. Each lodge has twin beds that can be converted into king size doubles. Dining room and lounge with lake views, swimming pool, bar with patio and outdoor dining area, WiFi at the reception.

Women's Travel Club Zimbabwe Cruise and Safari - The Shikra
The Shikra

The Shikra was christened after a bird of prey, a Goshawk. On board, The Shikra, 10 comfortable cabins await you, each with en-suite shower and WC. The boat has a generously proportioned lounge and dining area, offering panoramic views of the landscape, coupled with stylish interiors. A staircase leads to the top deck, from where our captain sails the vessel. From here you have a bird’s eye view of the lake and its surrounds - this is a great place to relax on a day bed in the open air.
You may prefer to escape the heat of the midday sun with a dip in the pool or to kick back and relax on the sun loungers, all the while surrounded by endless views of stunning African scenery.

Women's Travel Club Zimbabwe Cruise and Safari - Kariba Safari Lodge
Kariba Safari Lodge

Kariba Safari Lodge is situated on a mountainside with sweeping views over the blue water and the islands in the eastern basin of the lake. The Lodges and Suites are distributed over 33 acres of forested hillside, sloping down to the lake shore and beach area. There is a sandy beach and a swimming cage in the lake with a diameter of 15 metres that allows you to swim directly in the lake without fear of crocodiles or hippos. As the lodges are positioned on a hill, please advise us in advance of any guests who may struggle with the steep inclines and we will book them into lodges close to the main reception area.

Women's Travel Club Zimbabwe Cruise and Safari - Mana Pools Safari Lodge
Mana Pools Safari Lodge

Mana Pools Safari Lodge nestles close to Mana Pools National Park’s western boundary at the Ruckomeshi River. Set amongst riverine figs, African mango and Apple-ring albida trees, the thatched chalets enjoy commanding views of the sweeping flood plains and mighty Zambezi River. Frequented daily by majestic elephant, secretive kudu, buffalo, painted dogs and even lion – all of which often pass through the camp – the wildlife seemingly floats on shimmering heat waves, as they amble to the river to quench their thirsts.

Women's Travel Club Zimbabwe Cruise and Safari - Pamuzinda Safari Lodge
Pamuzinda Safari Lodge

Pamuzinda Safari Lodge lies in the midst of a 13 000 acre private game reserve approximately 1 hour’s drive from Harare and the International Airport. All Lodges have en-suite bathrooms. Each has its own private garden with a day-bed, an outdoor shower and a private veranda. Views of the river and the surrounding wilderness are different from each lodge. Pamuzinda’s main reception area offers a large swimming pool with a shady pool bar, a comfortable dining room and lounge with indoor and outdoor seating and a bar. A large fireplace provides warmth on chilly evenings.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request