Wildlife, Culture and Scenery

Luxury Tour of Zimbabwe

Gonarezhou National Park and Surrounds, Matobo Hills

Duration: 8 nights

Price: From £5,745 per person in mid season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, private transfers, transportation, experiences as stated and taxes

Bringing together Zimbabwe’s iconic wildlife and fascinating history with striking, beautiful landscapes, this luxury holiday combines some of the best that this remarkable country has to offer. Spot elephant and visit a local community in Gonarezhou National Park, before taking in the bizarre, otherworldly landscapes of the Matobo Hills.
Perfect forAnyone looking to balance Zimbabwe’s fantastic wildlife viewing with cultural experiences and appreciation of Zimbabwe’s stunning and unusual natural landscapes.
In the knowConsider a pampering spa treatment during your stay at Camp Amalinda’s Spa and Sauna.

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  • Adventure
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Guiding
  • History & Heritage

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Chilo Gorge, Zimbabwe


In the southeastern reaches of Zimbabwe, tucked mercifully away from the main tourist trail, lies Gonarezhou National Park. The perfect place to begin your Zimbabwean adventure, its rugged expanse of wilderness is home to thousands of elephants, among other iconic African fauna. You’ll enjoy 3 nights at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, a luxuriously appointed lodge set amid the forested cliffs of Chilo Gorge. With guided game drives and fantastic birding on the Tambahata Pan, Gonarezhou is a great place to get to know the local wildlife, while a visit to Mahenye Village to experience the way of life of the local Shangaan people is not to be missed. After 3 nights in the camp, you’ll venture into the park itself for 2 nights in the heart of the wilderness, staying in spacious A-frame tents.
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From Gonarezhou, you’ll take a private road transfer to Matobo National Park. Famed for its extraordinary and beautiful geology, the region’s granite landscapes have been shaped by the elements into bizarre, alien rock formations which have been of spiritual significance to local people for millennia – a trip to one of the over two thousand sites of San rock art is a must. Carved into the rock is the unique Camp Amalinda, your home during your time in the Matobo Hills. Get to know the area by taking a tour with a local archaeologist, visit the final resting place of Cecil Rhodes, or gain an insight into the everyday life of the local Matabele with a visit to a local village. The park is also home to an abundance of iconic African wildlife, including white rhino, leopard, and the world's highest concentration of black eagles.
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