Venture into the wildlife wonderlands of Zimbabwe on a journey to be remembered. Starting in Zambezi Sands, you'll have the chance to explore the Zambezi river by inflatable canoe or motorised boats, or discover the wildlife on land with a range of activities. Then journey to Camelthorn Lodge in Hwange National Park on the Elephant Express to discover the 400 species of bird and 107 types of animal that call this park home. Whilst you're here, you're bound to come across what truly defines Hwange, it's population of around 40,000 Elephants.

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Explore Zambezi National Park and all the wonders of the Zambezi River

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Day by day Itinerary

Zambezi River & Hwange

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Day 1


On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met and transferred to Zambezi Sands River Camp. Zambezi Sands offers a wealth of picturesque game viewing opportunities – whether you chose to Drive or walk – our experienced guides take great pleasure in introducing you to the camp’s pristine and tranquil surroundings. You can even explore the Zambezi River by inflatable canoe or motorised boat. (D)

Day 2


Enjoy daily activities such as:

Sunset Drift

Drift along on the Zambezi River amongst the islands near the lodge – enjoy the river, its wildlife and a Zambezi sunset with complimentary drinks and snacks. It is common to see elephant, hippo, crocodile and a variety of birdlife.

Game Drives

Traditional open safari vehicles driven by licensed experienced guides, Land Cruisers seat up to 9 guests and Land Rovers seat up to 7 guests.

Game Walks

Conducted by a fully licensed and highly experienced professional guide, usually undertaken in the mornings, ideal for photography of wildlife, both big and very little.


A guided canoe trip along the mighty Zambezi River in the network of islands close to the camp is a fun way to whittle away the afternoon. Paddle through hippo and croc-infested waters and delight at the abundant bird life. Picnic lunches on the islands are also on offer.


Basic guided fishing  – the Zambezi River is home to the fierce fighting tigerfish and many other species. Please contact reservations for more information on this activity
During your stay take advantage of an one included return transfer to Victoria Falls to explore Victoria Falls and the many activities available. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3


Please see Day 2 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4


Please see Day 2 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5


After breakfast you will be transferred by road to Dete Railway Station near Hwange Main Camp (around two and a half hours) where you will board the Elephant Express rail car for a slow ride down the railway line to Camelthorn Lodge on the south east Hwange National Park boundary. On arrival at Ngamo siding, a game viewing vehicle will transfer you to Camelthorn Lodge. (B)(D)

Day 6


Enjoy an early morning tea or coffee before heading out on a full day of game viewing inside Hwange National Park. A picnic lunch is served under the trees at Mfagazaan Pan. The afternoon game drive back to the lodge is at a leisurely pace going from pan to pan, arriving back at camp in time to enjoy refreshments at the campfire before dinner. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7


Please see Day 6 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)

Day 8


After breakfast head to nearby Ngamo Village for a village and school tour where you will be able to see some of Imvelo’s community initiative projects. Enjoy a bush brunch followed by a few hours in their underground hide, famous for the close up photos you can take of all the wildlife that comes down to drink. Enjoy an afternoon game drive and walk in Hwange National Park and a last sundowner at one of the magnificent pans before  returning to camp for a farewell dinner. (B)(L)(D)

Day 9


Explore the wilderness one last time on foot, taking a guided early morning walk, returning to camp for breakfast. This morning you will be transferred by light aircraft back to Victoria Falls. (B)

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