This itinerary includes 9 nights at 3 different Lodges and Camps in NW Zimbabwe. Our Early Bird package includes visits to an extremely varied spectrum of avian habitats. The timing is set for the start of the rainy season and hence coincides with the arrival of both intra African and Palearctic bird migrants, as well as the emergence of amphibians and alates that create a food bonanza for both hungry migrants and residents.


Valid 1st January - 31st Dec 2016


From - US$3624 per person



Highlights of package:


- Guided tour of Victoria Falls.

- Early morning or afternoon game drives or walks in Hwange National Park.

- Night drives.

- Canoeing the Zambezi River.

- Visit to Sidinda Island Camp.


Detailed Itinerary:


DAY 1:

- Arrive at Victoria Falls airport to be met by Imvelo Safari Lodges guides and then road transfer (45mins) to Zambezi Sands River Camp.

-  Late afternoon activity will be a short walk along the Zambezi River shoreline.


Highlight Birds to watch for today:

Peter's Finfoot, Malachite Kingfisher, Fish Eagle, Crested Francolin.


DAY 2:

- Departing on foot and canoe to explore the Siansimba Islands.

- Later in the afternoon a drive in game viewing land rovers up the Zambezi River road, followed by sundowners at sunset on the mighty Zambezi.

- Return to camp at last light scanning for the nocturnal species that are just starting their 'day'.


Highlight Birds to watch for today:

White backed night heron, Goliath Heron,

Dwarf Bittern, Pel's Fishing Owl and Giant Kingfisher.


DAY 3:

- Transfer eastwards to Sidinda Island Camp on the Zambezi River 80 km downstream of The Falls.

- The day will be spent exploring the Sidinda River valley on foot, and the Zambezi River gorge by boat.

- Enjoy a picnic lunch at the waterfalls at Sinkila there. Early afternoon amongst the Hyphaene palm forest and thickets that surround the hot springs of Sidinda.


Highlight birds to watch for today:

Rock Pratincole, Green pigeon, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Collared Palm thrush, Narina Trogon


DAY 4:

- Awaken to the 'dawn chorus' of birdlife and Zambezi water followed by a pack up and breakfast whilst our staff loads your transfer vehicle. Today will be a 2.5-hour road transfer on the tar road to the Gwaai River where you will transfer into open 4x4 Safari vehicles for the last 1.5-hrs to Bomani Tented Camp.

- A short drive in our open game viewing vehicles to orientate with the area.

- Sunset drinks and canapes on the Ngamo plains near camp.


Highlight Birds to watch for today:

Red billed francolin, Long tailed shrike, Ground hornbill, Marabou and Kori Bustard


DAY 5:

- Early Breakfast and then depart for a full day in the field exploring the Ngamo plain within Hwange National Park and then in Tsholothso Communal land for a picnic lunch under the acacias.

- Evening spotlight your way back to camp with a red filter carefully watching for the night jars and owls that frequent this area as well as the interesting nocturnal mammalian predators.


Highlight Birds to watch for today:

Swallow tail Bee eater, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Pennantwing nightjar, Dickinson's Kestrel, Martial Eagle.


DAY 6:

- Depart for a day trip deep into Hwange National Park to pans such as Wexcau and HwaHwa Du - named by the San who once inhabited these Kalahari sands.

- We will study this habitat and the effects that Hwange's massive elephant bio mass has on them and how this habitat modification affects avian species composition.


Highlight Birds to watch for today:

Red Crested Korhaan, Crowned Hornbill, Pied Babbler, Crimson breasted shrike, Chanting Goshawk


DAY 7:

- The focus today will be to explore another habitat being the Camelthorn woodlands that border the Ngamo Plain. Short drives and short walks with lunch served at Camelthorn Lodge.

- Evening will be a farewell dinner under the stars at Bomani Pan a short distance from the lodge - listening to Lion, Hyaena, Giant Eagle Owls and Fiery necked nightjars.


Highlight Birds to watch for today:

Black Sparrowhawk, Painted, Violet eared waxbill, Red Billed Oxpecker and Giant Eagle Owl


DAY 8:

- After breakfast, pack up and load for the 4-hour road transfer to Gorges Lodge on the Batoka Gorge, 10km downstream of the Victoria Falls.

- Evening will culminate in an interaction with the habituated wild black eagles that nest close by and this invariably ends in a display from the Peregrines and perhaps even a Taita while they hunt the swifts and martins that inhabit the gorge.


Highlight Birds to watch for today:

Trumpeter Hornbill, Black Eagle, Peregrine, Augur and Black Swifts.



- A guided tour of Zimbabwe's foremost attraction - The Falls. This will be followed by curio shopping at the local craft village.

- Afternoon at your leisure either strolling in the indigenous gardens of the lodge or catching up with journals and photos.

- Evening will kick off with a traditional dance show by Sebenze and his troupe from the nearby village and will culminate in an open-air farewell banquet under the stars!


Highlight Birds to watch for today:

Emerald Cuckoo, Silvery Cheeked Hornbill, Black Helmet shrike, Purple Crested Turaco and Bat Hawk


DAY 10:

- Leisurely breakfast pack and farewells followed by a short road transfer 30-mins to Victoria Falls airport for your international departures.


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