What's included

  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, including several sundowners
    8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, including several sundowners
  • 8 nights’ accommodation based on sharing twin-rooms
    8 nights’ accommodation based on sharing twin-rooms
  • All activities included, from helicopter ride over Victoria Falls to river safari and game drives
    All activities included, from helicopter ride over Victoria Falls to river safari and game drives
  • Max 14
    Max 14
  • Private minibus throughout and airport pickup any time on Day 1
    Private minibus throughout and airport pickup any time on Day 1

Take in the thunderous splendour of Victoria Falls by helicopter, and follow the rainforest trails that snake around its mists. Venture deep into iconic Hwange National Park in search of Africa’s Big Five. Cross the border into Botswana and see elephants roam the banks of the Chobe. Dine under the stars overlooking the African bush, picnic on the curves of the powerful Zambezi, and sip sundowners as the plains cool under a dusky pink sunset.

 

When it comes to bucket list trips, few countries can offer a spoil of natural splendours to rival those of Zimbabwe, especially for animal lovers in pursuit of an intimate encounter with Africa’s big five. Though the country has struggled with a chequered past, like much of South Africa, a steadier political climate in recent years has made way for a new dawn in vibrant adventure tourism. Meaning that if you want to visit before the crowds catch on, now’s the time to pack your bags and head for the rugged banks of the Zambezi. Whether you’re longing for the thrill of Victoria Falls’ thundering waters spraying cold mists onto your bare skin, or a chance to look a wild lion, leopard or elephant in the eye, glorious Zimbabwe has just what you’re looking for. Our nine-day escape to the wilds of Zim and Botswana begin at Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Take in the gargantuan proportions of the ‘smoke that thunders’ by helicopter, and follow the rainforest trails that snake around its mists. We’ll venture deep into iconic Hwange National Park on game drives to spot lions, leopards, elephants and more, before crossing into Botswana to explore Kazuma Forest Reserve see the elephant herds that roam the banks of the Chobe river. Dine under the stars overlooking the African bush, picnic on the banks of the powerful Zambezi, and sip sundowners as the plains cool under a dusky pink sunset. Like all developing countries, travelling around Zimbabwe can come with its own particular quirks and challenges, especially since we’ll be crossing the border into Botswana on this safari extravaganza. Bumpy trails, flooded back roads, dusty jeep rides and slow immigration checks are all par for the course, not to mention last-minute changes to even the best-laid plans and long patient stints waiting for animals to stalk past our chosen hide-outs. But if you’re ready for an adventure like no other, we’ve got your ticket right here.

 

The Flash Pack promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

  • See the thunderous splendour of Victoria Falls and soar above the mists for panoramic helicopter views
  • Spot Africa’s Big Five; lions, leopards, elephants, rhino and buffalo, plus giraffes, zebra and more in iconic Hwange National Park
  • Get up close with animal tracks and ancient wildlife trails on a bush walk through Hwange’s wilds
  • Cross the border into Botswana and stay in a luxury eco safari lodge
  • Watch an epic sunset over a busy watering hole in Kazuma Forest Reserve
  • Sip sundowners under the stars as you gaze out across the South African plains
  • Watch elephants splash in the famous Chobe River as you glide along the water on river safari
  • Master the art of a sizzling Zimbabwean dish in a hands-on cooking masterclass, before dining as the sun sets over the banks of the Zambezi

Itinerary

Day 1: WELCOME TO ZIMBABWE

Touch down at Victoria Falls Airport, take a private transfer to your hotel on the edges of the African bush, then prepare to toast your arrival with a group dinner in the hip bar scene of Vic Falls town. Craft beers, good food and a new set of travel buddies – here’s to day one of an epic adventure!

 

Flashpackers, welcome to Zimbabwe, a true bucket-list haven famed for its wild adventure and immense natural beauty. Touch down at Victoria Falls Airport where a private transfer will be waiting to whisk you off to your first night’s accommodation; our hotel is sandwiched between the fringes of Vic Falls town and the thunderous waters of Victoria Falls itself – yep, you may even see some of mist in the distance during the high water season. Settle in, meet your new travel buddies, and prepare to celebrate the start of an incredible adventure with a first group dinner at a hotspot in Victoria Falls town. A hub of bohemian cafes, fun bars crammed with chilled craft beers, and restaurants serving up everything from traditional local fare to stone baked pizzas, this is the perfect place to raise a toast to the epic eight days that lie ahead.

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Welcome to Zimbabwe – a safari adventure awaits...

Day 2: VICTORIA FALLS BY HELICOPTER

Feel the sprays of Victoria Falls land on your skin and follow the rainforest trails that snake around its mists. Get a bird’s eye view in a helicopter ride above the formidable heights of the Falls, then eat lunch with a view you’ll never forget. Later, sample local craft ales and toast to another epic day of adventure.

 

Flashpackers, it’s your first full day in Zimbabwe and we’ll be making the most of an early start. One of the seven wonders of the world and Zim’s most iconic landmark, it’s only right we dedicate an entire day to the spectacle of Victoria Falls, known to locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘the smoke that thunders’). At 1700 metres wide and standing over 100 metres tall, your first glimpse of the falls and its surrounding rainforest bathed in mists is sure to be a breathtaking moment – not to mention a major photo opportunity, so don’t forget your camera! At their most powerful, normally between February and July, spray from the thundering plunge can rise as high as 500 metres, so prepare to get wet as we take to trails that snake along the Zambezi, stopping at marked vantage points for the best views. We’ll take time out for lunch at the famed Lookout Café, which serves up fresh seasonal dishes with an incredible backdrop looking over the giant Batoka Gorge and Victoria Falls Bridge (bring your selfie skills). Next up, it’s time to take to the skies for a helicopter view you’ll never forget. Known as the Flight of Angels, helicopter trips over Vic Falls book up fast, so don’t be slow to save your seat. Soar above the splendour of the Falls and winding Zambezi, snap a bird’s eye view like no other, and make a first tick on your Zimbabwe bucket list. Later, we’ll head to Victoria Falls The River Brewing Company to sample local craft ales and toast an epic first day. Dinner is at your leisure, we’d suggest exploring more of what the tasty dining scene in Victoria Falls town has to offer.

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Breathtaking views over the largest waterfall in the world

Day 3: FIRST SAFARI AT HWANGE

Say farewell to Victoria Falls and prepare to set off on in search of the amazing wildlife. Transfer to Hwange National Park, the largest wildlife sanctuary in all of Zimbabwe, and settle into your hotel. Eat lunch overlooking the vast woodland, then jump aboard a jeep for your first game drive.

 

Today we’ll pack up and say farewell to Victoria Falls, as we head 110 km south to the iconic vastness of Hwange National Park. The oldest and largest national park in all of Zimbabwe, Hwange plays home to some of Africa’s most famous big animals; lions, leopards, elephants and buffalo. Prepare a strong playlist as the drive will take between two and three hours – plenty of time to kick back and soak up the views as we drive through west Zimbabwe. Arrive at Robins Camp in the northern Basalt area of the park, and check in to your private chalet. We’ll tuck into a lunch of fresh local fare at the camp, complete with incredible views stretching right across the woodland – you’ll want to keep your camera on hand every minute you’re here, as wildlife sightings could happen at any moment. Come afternoon, we’ll jump into a jeep and set out on our first game drive of the trip. As well as the Big Five, Hwange is home to zebra, giraffes, hippos, cheetahs, wildebeest and over 400 species of birds, so keep your eyes peeled. Later, we’ll eat dinner back at the camp where you can enjoy an ice cold sundowner as the sun sets over the South African plain.

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Look out for the big 5 on your first game drive with fellow Flashpackers

Important notes

Fly into: Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA), Zimbabwe

Fly out of: Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA), Zimbabwe

Please try to arrive before 4pm on day 1 (although we can pick you up anytime on this day) and you can leave anytime on day 9.

We would always recommend booking this adventure sooner rather than later as there are limited spaces on the helicopter and lodges that we stay in.

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

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Depending on how soon your adventure is, you’ll either need to pay a deposit (which can be refunded within 7 days) or the full balance.

International flights aren’t included, but we’ll help you to find the best options from anywhere in the world.

To avoid single supplement charges, we’ll pair you up with a same-sex roommate who shares your interests and values. If you prefer your own room, you’ll just need to pay the extra charge shown below.

Please read the “Important Notes” section of the itinerary before booking and act fast to avoid disappointment; our adventures sell out quickly.

If an adventure is marked “Final call”, you should book asap – but please wait for our team to confirm your place before arranging your flights.

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