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Excellent Safari Guides, The Magnificient Victoria Falls, adrenalin rushing adventure, Luxury Safari

A beautiful and fascinating country, with the magnificent Victoria Falls, large wildlife reserves, great tracts of untamed wilderness and the evocative ruins of Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe offers much to inspire the visitor.

Victoria Falls, the main tourist hub of the country, still has a plethora of activities to offer, with a healthy dose of adrenalin for the adventurous.

Having had little demand for Zimbabwe over the last ten years, we are noticing a renewed interest. This magnificent country, once our most visited African destination is opening up again and many of the guides and owners who sought work elsewhere are returning.

Zimbabwe had always been renowned for having the best qualified guides in Africa which to us is the key element of any safari experience. It is wonderful that so many of them are now back in their rightful place whether it be walking in Mana Pools or sitting with guests in a hide in Hwange National Park which still has  one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.

Having spent time recently with one of Zimbabwe’s most respected guides, there is no doubt in our mind, that the game viewing is still at the top of the league.

All itineraries are individually designed, but as an indication, we can arrange ten days in Zimbabwe (excluding international flights) from $6300 per person.

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We know Zimbabwe better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favorite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member traveling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

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For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made vacations we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.

Fly Camping in Matusadona

fly camping vacation Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has, historically, some of the best guides in Africa and they like nothing more than to set up canvas tented camps in a park like Matusadona. The feeling of wildness and the close proximity to Africa’s big game (by day and night) is truly exciting.

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Hwange National

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The wide open savannah means that game is easy to spot and to track all year round but it is the system of sixty pans (pumped with water through the dry months) which means that good sightings are virtually guaranteed through May to October.

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the hidden park of Malilangwe

places to go on vacation in Zimbabwe

Best accessed from South Africa by private charter, this is a way to have great luxury but in a wild and unspoilt landscape. Famous for its baobabs and mopane forests, the park’s inaccessibility by road make it all the more special.

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elephants at Mana Pools

mana pools Zimbabwe luxury safari

For its elephant, hippo and abundant bird life. For its beautiful, fertile plains and huge thorntree forests. For the Zambian escarpment in the middle distance to the North. Mana Pools is to many wildlife enthusiasts and guides the zenith in terms of habitat and wildlife.

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The rock paintings at Matopos

visit rock paintings on vacation in Zimbabwe

The Matopos is a rugged range of hills famous for their rock paintings and their leopard. The game is sparse here, but it has fascinating landscapes and some of the best rock art in Africa. In many ways this is the spiritual heart of Zimbabwe.

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adventures at Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe luxury trip

With bungee jumping adjacent to it and white water rafting below it, ‘Vic Falls’ has become the adventure tourist’s destination dream in Southern Africa. A must see for visitors to Zimbabwe or Zambia, with its picturesque setting, it is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.

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As every one of the vacations we create is unique, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. We at c+l are also always traveling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

Hippos, Hippos, Hippos

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During her years of living in Africa, Henrietta discovered she had a huge love of hippo. Her greatest hippo memory is that of the time she visited Mana Pools on the great Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. She had a very close encounter with a huge pod of hippo and with her guide they avoided any danger.

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a lazy afternoon by the pool

private wildlife encounters in Africa

Claire Ferguson recently ventured back to Zimbabwe to explore some of the camps that cazenove+loyd highly recommend. During the dry season, Zimbabwe relies on 'pumped' water pans, which allowed Claire to sit back and watch the elephant come straight up to the watering hole, which made for an experience worth missing a game drive for.

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Our relationships count for a lot and we still work with some of the same people we have worked with for twenty years. There is also constant change and the teams are always reviewing and adding to the experiences which they can offer and the lodges, hotels and guides they work with.

ant kaschula

safari guide

private guided safari Zimbabwe

At cazenove+loyd we feel very fortunate to have worked for years with such a talented and knowledgeable guide as Ant Kaschula.  He is one of the new school and was introduced to us by one of the old school- Garth Thompson. As a third generation Zimbabwean, he and his family have seen the highs and lows of his country’s recent past.  But he has total faith in its beauty and quality as a destination for the ultimate safari, a view we wholeheartedly agree with.

Ant provides completely personal safaris to suit his clients; he is charismatic and consumed with passion for the Africa he has lived and breathed from birth. In a country whose guiding qualifications are some of the continent’s toughest and where only 5% pass, he qualified in the shortest ever known time whilst apprenticed under Ivan Carter, one of Zimbabwe's best. You can be guaranteed many fascinating, intrepid and life-changing moments on a camping safari with Ant; through his intuition and work with loyal trackers you will find yourself at one moment encountering a leopard with its kill high up in a tree and at the next camping in the middle of nowhere star-gazing by an open fire. Zimbabwe is a very special place and in Ant’s safe hands, you can experience its wonders for yourselves.

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At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have details conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration

zambesi sands,
victoria falls

luxury camp victoria falls zimbabwe

Zambezi Sands opened in August 2014 and offers a wonderfully comfortable and luxurious option for those who love to be right on the water, and who also want to retain that bush and wildlife feeling whilst be close enough to Victoria Falls to visit for the day (45 minutes away by road, or an hour and a half by boat).

hwange national park

musango island camp zimbawe

Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is very well known for its abundance of relaxed elephants that frequent the numerous waterholes. Bomani Tented Lodge is a great base to try and capture them drinking from a waterhole hide.

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musango island camp,
lake kariba

Musango is a wonderful island retreat on the edge of Lake Kariba. We like the fact this camp is owner-run and actually home to Steve and Wendy Edwards.  It is a really relaxed home away from home type of place and you leave feeling like you are personal friends of Steve and Wendy’s.

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ilala lodge,
victoria falls

Zimbabwe luxury lodge Victoria falls

Ilala Lodge is a great little hotel in the heart of Victoria Falls town which is easy on the wallet and right in the hub of the action for those seeking fun and adrenalin-fuelled activities in the area around the mighty Falls. 

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Camp Amalinda, 
motopos national park

luxury safari camp specialists Zimbabwe

This ingeniously designed camp has been shaped around the granite boulders which the Matobo Hills and Motopos National Park are so famous for. There is no doubt that the camp’s design has real wow factor, from the cozy lounge which is nestled into an ancient bushman’s shelter to the inviting swimming pool and spa at the base of the camp.

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Goliath Camp,
pools national park

river safari day camp Zimbabwe

Mention the name Stretch Ferreira to anyone in Zimbabwe and they will know who you are talking about. His camp might not have the obvious luxuries of others found in the Park but the experience sets it apart from the rest. Known as the “father” of Mana, Stretch has worked in the Park for over 30 years and knows the place like no-one else.

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Bush Camp

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Gonarezhou Bush Camp is just the place for those who are enticed by the safaris of old – a simple mobile tented camp placed in just the right location according to the time of year and game movements. Not many people will have heard of Gonarezhou, but it happens to be Zimbabwe’s second largest National Park and it is one of the least visited, primarily because of its location.

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Somalisa, hwange national park

luxury private safari camp Zimbabwe

These intimate authentic tented camps are located in a private concession within Hwange meaning you can guarantee a more private safari experience in this, the most famous of Zimbabwe’s National Parks. If this is not enticing enough then perhaps the fact that the herds of elephant Hwange is so famous for are constant visitors to the Acacia Island the two camps are nestled within will entice you further.

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