Hwange National Park, East (Zimbabwe)
Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest park as well as its most wildlife-dense. With massive herds of elephant numbering up to 350 in a matriarchal group and an estimated total population of 45 000. The park is also known as being one of the last sanctuaries for Painted Dogs (African Wild Dogs). Elephant’s Eye, Hwange is located right by the Mtoa Gate entrance to Hwange National Park, allowing guests to discover the Mtoa Ruins, an ancient archaeological wonder. A 45-minute flight or 2.5-hour drive away from Victoria Falls airport, the western part of the park is known for diverse landscapes such as Sikumi and Mopane forest as well as savannah and grassland.
Hwange National Park, North (Zimbabwe)
A hidden gem in a truly secluded location, offering not only a perfect mid-way stop between Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls and the southern and eastern regions of Hwange National Park, but also distinctively different landscapes from the rest of Zimbabwe’s biggest national park. This part of the park is lion country and the area has the highest number of big cats in Hwange. Buffalo numbers are also particularly impressive and the sable and roan antelope population are the best in the country. The vegetation moves from mopane through to almost savannah-like grassy vleis westwards towards the Botswana border, with many inviting rocky outcrops. It’s these boulders that provide a perfect perch for leopards to survey the scene below them. Our newest lodge, Nantwich, is a hidden gem in a truly secluded location. Situated in the northwest corner of the park, it is the closest safari lodge to the Victoria Falls in Hwange National Park – only 1.5 hours by road, or 15 minutes by air with 2 conveniently located airstrips. It is also conveniently close to Chobe National Park, Botswana, which allows guest to easily combine more safari destination options.
Victoria Falls & The Zambezi River (Zimbabwe)
The Zambezi River flows through six countries and along its course is characterised by floodplains, rapids, gorges, and a gentle steady flow. Along its course, it cascades down a magnificent gorge and creates this glorious natural phenomenon and one of the Seven World Wonders, the Victoria Falls. Famous for being the largest sheet of falling water and referred to by the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya which can be translated as The Smoke That Thunders, referring to the beautiful white mist that is a result of the waterfall’s spray as well as the roaring sound the water makes as it thunders down. Travellers come from far and wide to tick this experience off their bucket list. The famous Falls and its gorge can be explored by boat, air and on foot. The Zambezi itself can be explored on a beautifully handcrafted, traditional East African dhow, the only ones of their kind on the river. Let Zambezi Truth escort you on a uniquely authentic voyage as you glide along this legendary river which is the lifeblood of Victoria Falls town, the travel hub for Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. The small town is home to fantastic hotels and lodges and provides many adventure activities to partake in as well as charming cafes, restaurants, and bars to mingle with locals and other travellers.
Moremi Game Reserve (Botswana)
Just a 2-hour drive from Maun, lies Botswana’s oldest and first protected section of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve. Considered an untouched slice of wilderness paradise, Moremi offers incredible wildlife sightings and the lush waterways of the Okavango are waiting to be explored on a traditional mokoro. The Okavango wetlands make up the bulk of the reserve, with only 30 % of area defined as “mainland” but even here the landscape is diverse ranging from savannah to forest. Moremi offers impressive game-viewing throughout the year with resident lion, leopard, cheetah and elephant populations, as well as being the home of the rare Red Lechwe and many other beautiful buck. The designation as a Game Reserve instead of a National Park allows for the indigenous San Bushmen to still inhabit the area and live off the land as they have been doing for thousands of years. Our Bedouin Bush Camp is found deep in the heart of the Moremi bush, providing a true safari experience and letting the natural beauty of the surroundings do the heavy lifting when it comes décor and atmosphere.
A tropical paradise of white sand beaches, azure warm ocean water and an Afro-Portuguese culture that can be seen, heard, tasted and felt throughout – Mozambique is an amazing destination for travellers hoping to combine a safari trip with a sand and surf add on, as its neighbours are all excellent wildlife destinations while Mozambique offers magnificent marine wildlife such as whale sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, and brightly coloured tropical fish. A must-see in Mozambique is the beautiful Bazaruto archipelago, part of a marine national park and an excellent day trip to experience the beautifully picturesque uninhabited islands and splendid 2 Mile Reef under the water. The further north one travels up the country, the more remote and secluded your holiday can be. Rio Azul is found just 110 km north of Vilanculos and is situated on a peninsula with the Indian Ocean on one side and the mangrove-fringed lagoon on the other, providing 3 very unique ecosystems to explore.