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.
To stay in this area, visit Elephant’s Eye, Hwange.
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.
To stay in this area, visit Nantwich, Hwange.
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 River 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.
To experience this attraction, visit Zambezi Truth, Victoria Falls.
Lake Kariba ( Zimbabwe)
Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man made lake, located along the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Over 223 km long and 40 km in width, it covers an area of 5 580 km sq. Within this area there are several islands waiting to be explored, boasting a unique and abundant biodiversity. Fish eagles and other water birds thrive on and patrol the shorelines, along with big herds of elephants, lion, leopard, buffalo and other plains game – and then of course – a multitude of crocodiles and hippos.
Kariba Safari Lodge is located in the eastern basin, known to be the most vast expanse of water of the entire lake. Here, the wildlife is wild and varied, and the scenery breathtaking.
Kariba town was built to support the construction of the dam wall, with subsequent towns forming to support those displaced by the dam itself. The area is rooted in history and steeped in culture – the homeland of the Tongan tribe.
Mana Pools (Zimbabwe)
Located in northern Zimbabwe, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Mana Pools provides a true ‘out of africa’ experience. It’s remote location deems it largely untouched, the wild maintaining sovereignty. Being on the Eastern border of Mana Pools National Park, the area shares ancient wildlife corridors with Zambia, its grand Zambezi Valley Escarpment the backdrop to the horizon. This element of the untamed, coupled with that of the river flowing through, creates a haven for wildlife.
The park was given its name ‘Mana’, meaning ‘four’ in Shona, the local language, due to four main pools formed by the meanderings of the Zambezi River, the lifesource for wildlife. These are fringed by riverine forests of Wild Figs, Mahogany trees and Baobabs.
Acknowledged as one of the world’s most wild, biodiverse and breathtaking national parks, Mana was bestowed World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. Ecologically diverse with buffalo, kudu, elephants, zebras, as well as the threatened lion, cheetah and wild dog, Mana is a feast for the eyes. Aquatic life is prolific with the park boasting the highest population of crocodile and hippo in the country – its banks additionally painted with colour by over 350 bird species inhabiting the park.
Seated opposite the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia, animals freely roaming between, the park is abundant with wildlife, protected on both sides of the river. The conservation ethos of the lodges and operators within the park ensure its safety and sustainability for future generations of humans and wildlife.
Matobo Hills (Zimbabwe)
In the local Ndebele language, Matobo means ‘bald heads’ – a reference to the granite domes characteristic of the area. These rocks exist as giant boulders, with smaller versions balancing atop the other, creating fascinating formations akin to art. Being the oldest national park in Zimbabwe, a legacy left by Cecil John Rhodes, it holds great intrigue and history in its 424 km sq of land.
65 km outside of the city of Bulawayo, second biggest city in Zimbabwe and its principal industrial centre, the park is accessible for short and long term stays. Bulawayo itself is steeped in history, and a fascinating town to visit during your stay, soaking in the sites of its museums, architecture, as well as its incredible local arts and crafts. There is a museum dedicated to the railways, ‘Bulawayo Railway Museum’ as well as the ‘Natural History Museum’ – a fascinating look into the past.
The Matobo National Park is home to the endangered and elusive rhino, part of its vast and significant biodiversity. Sable, zebra, giraffe and wildebeest make up some of the plains game in the area, with a small leopard population who thrive in the rocky habitat. The flora and fauna of the area boasts botanic diversity, with over 200 species of plants and 100 species of grasses. The birdlife lays claim to the highest concentration of breeding pairs of black eagles worldwide, an accolade worthy of mention for these endangered species.
Khwai River (Botswana)
Mogotlho Safari Lodge, Kwhai River, Botswana, is situated in a unique wildlife safari area in an exclusive region that has ‘year round’ water supply, bountiful wildlife (including the rare wild dog) and an elevated view of the Khwai River. Adjacent to both Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, and with the Khwai River feeding into the Mababe depression, this remote location attracts an abundant flow of biodiversity – a safari seekers dream.
The winding waterways of the Khwai River, with its shallow flood plains and parallel open grassland, fringed by Camelthorn forests is an invitation for a variety of wildlife species – from plains game to elephants, buffalo, birds – and predators. Expect intimate and thrilling wildlife experience with guides who will share their in-depth knowledge of the African bush and Botswana.
For visitors looking for an authentic cultural experience, the lodge is also conveniently close to the Mababe community settlement where guests may take part in eco-tourism and conservation initiatives, an integral aspect to Mogotlho’s vision.
Transfers are available on request from Maun and Khwai Airstrip, and being a two-hour drive from Maun, self-driving is also an easy option.
Kuzuma Region, Chobe (Botswana)
Botswana is widely known as a country with a conservation success story, offering some of the best safari experiences in Southern Africa. Botswana’s Chobe Region includes our exclusive Kazuma Forestry reserve. Bordering both Chobe National Park and Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, this pristine area is part of an ancient migratory route for large herds of elephants – known as the “Elephant Corridor”. The Kazuma region is characterised by Mopane Forest, grassy plains interspersed with tall Ilala Palms, and flat salt pans (Camp Kuzuma is about 5 km from the Kazuma Pan). Besides the large elephant population, predators such as lions and leopards stalk the area in hunt of prey and there are 380 species of birds flitting about. The Kuzuma Region is about an hour from Kasane, offering a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the busy gateway to Chobe National Park while still being easily accessible. The region is part of a larger Trans Frontier Conservation Zone known as KAZA (Kavango–Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area), which is a groundbreaking new initiative that protects the wildlife and diverse ecosystems of 5 countries with a special focus on community involvement and socio-economic improvement through conservation.
To stay in this area, visit Camp Kuzuma, Chobe.