Trip Overview

Join a once-in-a-lifetime safari with AdventureWomen and the African Wildlife Foundation! Enjoy many opportunities to spot wildlife while you learn about the great conservation work of the African Wildlife Foundation and meet some inspirational women who focus on projects that empower women and young girls in the region.

After landing at Johannesburg International Airport in South Africa, you will meet your private guide and the rest of your group of AdventureWomen travelers. You will also be joined by Judi Wineland, AdventureWomen Ambassador and owner, and Carter Smith, African Wildlife Foundation program manager and author of the children’s book African Tea.  Once everyone is together, you will board a flight for Victoria Falls, an amazing natural spectacle of power, beauty and grandeur. After arriving, you will head to the hotel and settle in before enjoying a beautiful sunset during an evening cruise along the majestic Zambezi River.

The following day will be filled with exploration, as you visit Victoria Falls and enjoy tremendous views of the main falls while feeling the refreshing mist of the water sprinkle upon you. Then make your way to a local school that was rebuilt as an initiative of the African Wildlife Foundation’s Classroom Africa program. Next you will journey to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where rhinoceros were reintroduced as a part of an African Wildlife Foundation project. Hop into your 4×4 and embark on a safari before you will try to spot the endangered white elephant while on foot. After a day full of discoveries, you will take part in a festive dinner hosted by Aunt Flatter, a Zimbabwe local with decades of wisdom on the country. This unforgettable woman and her stories will surely be one of the highlights of your trip.

The following day, you will fly to Hwange National Park where you will head to your camp and have some time to walk the grounds. During your stay, you will take part in many different activities such as bush walks and game drives, and you will have the opportunity to meet with Sharon Stead, who founded the Mother Africa Trust which supports many projects throughout Zimbabwe.

The next stop on your safari will be Lake Kariba, which is the world’s largest man-made lake. While at your next camp, you will enjoy exclusive sundowners, private game drives, and intimate discussions with several women leaders from the African Wildlife Foundation. You will also bask in a glowing sunset during a late-day cruise on the waters of this spectacular lake.

End your journey in Mana Pools National Park, where you will fly following your stay at Lake Kariba. At Mana Pools, you will have the chance to take part in game viewing on foot, on the water, and from safari vehicles. Be on the lookout for elephant, leopard, hyena, and cheetah – oh my! Enjoy discussions with AdventureWomen owner, Judi Wineland, and AWF Director Simon Muchatibaya during your stay.

Experience the thrill of a true safari, the beauty of the African sunset, and the friendship of the women who have accompanied you on this amazing journey!

Main Attractions

  • Visit three incredible national parks in Zimbabwe and take in the majesty of Victoria Falls
  • Take part in exclusive game drives by vehicle, foot, and boat as you track wildlife - including rhino tracking - with an expert guide
  • Meet two African Wildlife Foundation Directors and learn about the conservation work supported by the organization
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise along the Zambezi and exclusive sundowners at your safari camp
  • Visit a local school and enjoy a delicious dinner in the home of Aunt Flatter

What You'll See and Do

  • Animal Tracking
  • Birding
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Local Delicacies
  • Luxury Camping
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Wildlife Cruise
  • Wildlife Safari
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Victoria Falls
Welcome to beautiful Victoria Falls, where you will be joined by your AdventureWomen Ambassador and your African Wildlife Foundation Representative for an amazing safari experience. Known to the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, or ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls were so named for the plumes of mist and spray that rise from the Falls. Located on the Zambezi River bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Falls are a spectacle of awe-inspiring power, beauty, and grandeur.

Upon arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, meet your private guide and the rest of your group before boarding a flight bound for Victoria Falls.

After arriving at the Victoria Falls Airport, head to the hotel for check in.

Enjoy a beautiful sunset as you coast along the waters of the Zambezi River on tonight’s dinner cruise. After darkness has settled, dinner will be served on the lower deck of the boat as you glide along the waters under the moon and stars
Dinner

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Club

Day 2

Victoria Falls
Tour Victoria Falls today, just minutes from your hotel. Walk a path along the edge of the forest and brave the tremendous spray  for  an  unparalleled view of the falls. You’ll have a chance to view the falls from the Knife Edge Bridge,  from  which  you can see the Eastern Cataract, the main falls, as well as the Boiling Pot where the river turns to head unto Batoka Gorge.

Make your way to a local school where you will meet the children and see how they learn. Located in Kazungula, Zambia, the Lupani Primary School provides a safe learning environment for children across seven grades in the country’s primary education curriculum. This school was rebuilt as an initiative of the African Wildlife Foundation’s Classroom Africa program.

Next you’ll head to the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where the rhinos were reintroduced as a part of an African Wildlife Foundation project.  Set  out  on  a 4×4 safari to the location where you begin a walk and try to spot the endangered white rhinocerous. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a quiet area before making your way back to the safari vehicle.

Enjoy dinner with Aunt Flatter, an incredible local woman. She has lived through all of the ups and downs in Zimbabwe and will share what it has been like as a local woman. As a bonus, she will make a delicious dinner full of the local foods she grew up eating – this is a real treat!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Club

Day 3

Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park
After breakfast this morning, transfer as a group to the Victoria Falls airport where you will board your flight to Hwange National Park. Upon landing, head to Khulu Bush Camp, which will be your home the next three nights.

Settle into your stunning camp this afternoon. Unpack a bit and enjoy how private this camp is – with only ten tents it will feel very intimate!

You will do a number of activities during your stay at Khulu Bush Camp – including bush walks and game drives – but the order in which the activities happen may change in order to give you the best experience possible.

Enjoy dinner back at your camp tonight.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Khulu Bush Camp

Day 4

Hwange National Park
Set out this morning on a walk with your expert guide as your heightened senses will take in sights and sounds of your surroundings in a unique and exciting way. Along the way, you’ll have the mystery of the bush explained by your guide. See how many different species you can find!

Search for wildlife during another game drive today. You’ll explore throughout grassy acacia-lined lakes and beautiful forests of teak while you try to spot the Big Five of Hwange National Park.

Take some time to relax and soak in the incredible views from your tent. The waterhole offers the perfect habitat in which to catch a glimpse of elephants or other animals that wander by.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Khulu Bush Camp

Day 5

Hwange National Park
Enjoy another day on safari. You may do an early morning and later afternoon game drive, a morning walk, or a “hide sit” around the pan. You can always sit back and take in the sights from the comfort of your private tent.

Today you will meet with Sharon Stead, who was the founder of the Mother Africa Trust which supports numerous projects throughout Zimbabwe that focus on girls and women in the area. In 2016, she was awarded Businesswoman of the Year and Overall Business Person by the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce in recognition of her mentorship of young women and her involvement in initiatives aimed at empowerment. Enjoy a lively discussion with Sharon about her inspiring work.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Khulu Bush Camp

Day 6

Hwange National Park to Lake Kariba
This morning, say goodbye to Hwange National Park, as you transfer to the airport for your charter flight to the next amazing safari location of your adventure – Lake Kariba!

Once you arrive at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, you’ll have time to settle in at this beautiful camp. Relax, unpack, or take a dip in the luxurious infinity pool that overlooks the lake.

Head off on an afternoon adventure to explore the bush in search of some of the local wildlife. Keep your eye out for cheetah, leopard, elephant, and antelope among many other spectacular species who make their home here.

Here at Bumi Hills, you will be joined by Olivia Mufute, who is the Zimbabwe Country Director for the African Wildlife Foundation. Olivia was the first female Chief Ecologist and Multilateral Environmental Agreements Manager at the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority before she joined AWF in 2017. During your time at Bumi Hills, you will hear how Olivia has been a trailblazer for women in conservation and how she is helping AWF develop the health of the ecosystem in Zimbabwe.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Day 7

Lake Kariba
Depending on the day, you may enjoy a morning or afternoon game drive, a walking safari, or a boating excursion. No matter which activity you do, you’re sure to experience some delightful surprises along the way!

Today you will spend some time as a group talking with Carter Smith, a Director at African WIldlife Foundation. Hear about her personal experience with conservation throughout Africa and her role at AWF.

You’ll have the chance to explore after dark, as you set out on an evening game drive in search of nocturnal animals in the bush. Don’t forget your flashlight!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Day 8

Lake Kariba
Enjoy another day on safari. There are many ways to explore at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, and you will have had the opportunity to experience most of them throughout your stay. Don’t forget about the pool and spa if you need a little pampering.

Tonight you’ll enjoy a view of the bush from the waters of Lake Kariba while you marvel at the spectacular sunset that surrounds you.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Day 9

Lake Kariba to Mana Pools National Park
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport at Bumi Hills for your flight to the next amazing stop on your safari adventure – Mana Pools National Park.

When you arrive at Mana Pools National Park, you will have some time to explore the grounds and take in the scenery in one of the most remote parts of the African bush along the banks of the Zambezi River.

You will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of activities while at your camp, as you can go game viewing in safari vehicles, on foot, and on the water.

Tonight enjoy a lively discussion with Judi Wineland, one of the owners of AdventureWomen and a true pioneer in women’s adventure travel.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Nyamatusi Camp

Day 10

Mana Pools National Park
Enjoy another day on safari. You may do an early morning or later afternoon game drive, a canoe or walking safari, or catch and release shore fishing.

Today you will meet with Simon Muchatibaya who is the African Wildlife Fund’s Technical Advisor in Mana Pools National Park. Simon’s role was created from the partnership between Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and AWF. You’ll learn about some of the tremendous efforts that are in place to protect wildlife from poaching.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Nyamatusi Camp

 

 

Day 11

Mana Pools National Park
Set out this morning on a walking safari with your expert guide. Explore the wonders of nature as you look for elephant, leopard, hyena, and cheetah.

Enjoy a new way to safari this afternoon: by canoe.

The Lower Zambezi River is a great setting for a new adventure with calm waters and expansive views. Try and spot some hippo!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Nyamatusi Camp

Day 12

Depart Mana Pools National Park
This morning you will leave Mana Pools National Park, as you transfer to the airport for your charter flight to the Harare Airport. From there, you will board your next flight back to Johannesburg where you will connect with your international flight home.

Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you connect with your flights home from Johannesburg.
Breakfast

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Zimbabwe



Arrival and Departure Information

Arrive: Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport (JNB) by 8:15 AM on May 9, 2022.

Depart: Depart Johannesburg International Airport (JNB) after 8:00 PM on May 20, 2022.

 

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

US Passport holders will need a visa to visit Zimbabwe. We will provide detailed information before your departure on how to obtain your visa.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Moderate. Our Moderate adventures exercise your mind more than your body and are designed for women who prefer a leisurely, less rigorous experience. For example, you could walk up to 2 miles per day through cities and villages, stand in museums for a few hours, relax on a boat, or view wildlife from a vehicle. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more on the FitForTrips website.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Zimbabwe, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Zimbabwe.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $1,500, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)
  • Supplemental Release for COVID

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

Final Payment Due Date: March 11, 2022

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Internal flights within Africa
  • Guided sightseeing and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and conservation levies
  • Services of expert naturalist guide throughout the trip
  • Services of guides and trackers at safari camps and lodges
  • Drinking water available in large jugs to refill personal bottles
  • Gratuities for baggage handlers, drivers, and hotel/lodge staff
  • Victoria Falls Safari Club: includes mini bar stocked daily with local beer and soft drinks, house wine, and bottled water; same-day laundry service
  • Khulu Bush Camp: includes local beverages and laundry
  • Bumi Hills Safari Lodge: includes beverages and laundry
  • Nyamatusi Camp: includes beverages and laundry

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from South Africa
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Victoria Falls Safari Club

Built on a plateau which overlooks the Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls Safari Club offers luxurious and spacious accommodation with uninterrupted views of the pristine bushveld from your private balcony.

Khulu Bush Camp

Khulu Bush Camp is a luxury safari lodge that borders Hwange National Park. This family owned and operated property is the perfect spot to see wildlife roaming throughout the camp's private concession. Enjoy the elegant and contemporary accommodations while you take in the incredible views of the surrounding land.

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge boasts one of Africa’s finest wilderness locations with an elevated position on a range of remote hills overlooking the vastness of Lake Kariba. Bumi is situated near the North Eastern border of the Matusadona National Park and has a total of 10 rooms, all with views over Lake Kariba. All rooms are premium rooms with balconies and uninhibited views over Lake Kariba. Taking center stage is the beautiful infinity pool that
seems to blend endlessly into the lake horizon. The pool is surrounded by intimate wine and dining terraces on different levels. The lodge interiors have been beautifully finished in a fusion of contemporary western and African styles. Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is situated on an extensive wildlife conservation area. Bumi Hills is home to lion, leopard, big herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as a multitude of different plains game.

Nyamatusi Camp

Nyamatusi Camp is set in one of the wildest and most remote parts of Africa on the banks of one of the oldest rivers in the world. Nyamatusi allows guests to experience an authentic view of the old untouched Africa. Inspired by the traditional custodians of the land who respected the river as the source of life, the design of the camp subtly incorporates the element of water and pays homage to the astounding beauty of the mighty Zambezi River. Consisting of six luxury tented suites with uninterrupted views of the river and escarpment beyond, the camp inspires a feeling of remoteness. There is an abundance of game and birds in the surrounding area. Guests are able to spend their days walking in the footsteps of ancient explorers and follow the tracks of elephant. Guests are also able to watch the drama of the wild play out before their eyes on game drives and canoeing safaris, and marvel at the incredible sights and sounds of one of Africa’s last remaining wild frontiers.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686