ZIMBABWE & Zambia: A Wet Season Photography Adventure
BIRDS & WILDLIFE
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Cost is per person, double occupancy from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA)
2024 – Dates & Availability TBD
PRIVATE TOUR OPTION
This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.
Highlights of ZIMBABWE & Zambia: A Wet Season Photography Adventure
Description of ZIMBABWE & Zambia: A Wet Season Photography Adventure
Immerse yourself in wonderful African photography safari experiences of Zimbabwe and Zambia, among the continent’s most wild and amazing areas. This exclusive safari highlights contrasting eco-systems and animals, from the open, arid Kalahari grasslands to lush riverine habitats on the Zambezi. We will be traveling during the wet season and this offers beautiful green backgrounds, flowers, and outstanding skies for a wide variety of images.
In Zimbabwe, we’ll focus our time in Hwange, the country’s largest National Park, where the eastern edge of the Kalahari sands mix with teak forests to host a great diversity of desert-adapted and woodland species. Hwange National Park is home to some of southern Africa’s outstanding wildlife such as cheetahs, wild dogs, elephants, sable antelope, baboons, lions, and so much more. Even better, going during the wet season means there will be very few vehicles competing for photographic opportunities. In 2023, the most vehicles we had near us at any one time was one.
The private Linkwasha concession, in the south-eastern corner of Hwange, is one of Africa’s last true wilderness areas, offering Zimbabwe’s best summer game viewing. We’ll base ourselves at Davison’s Camp, surrounded by ecologically-diverse habitats, including vast open palm-fringed plains, grasslands, acacia woodlands and teak forests. Large numbers of animals move through the landscape year round – elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and even gemsbok. Predators follow them closely: lion, wild dog and cheetah, along with African wildcat, serval and spotted hyaena (heard but difficult to see).
We finish our exciting trip in Zambia along the Zambezi River where a river boat cruises in a power boat spotlights nile crocodiles, hippos, African skimmers and the elusive African finfoot. We’ll enjoy stunning vistas and a variety of birds at the world-famous Victoria Falls. A game drive within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park provides exciting opportunity to track white rhino on foot.
Warm hospitality, exceptional guiding, delicious food, and outstanding accommodations create an unforgettable safari experience. High-quality private camps situated in remote locations ensure unsurpassed wildlife viewing amidst the wild African landscape. Our exciting safari stimulates myriad images that memorialize the breath-taking beauty and inspiration of southern Africa. We’ll all enjoy plenty of time to observe, learn about, and photograph amazing wildlife on this wonderful safari. We will have occasional times to discuss post-processing while at camp.
This safari will focus purely on photography with outings set to accommodate great lighting, subjects, and maximize opportunities. We will spend down time in camp relaxing and learning post-processing. Come join Lee Hoy for an African photography experience you won’t forget
In addition to great wildlife photography, this trip will provide occasion for some outstanding landscape photography.
The food is outstanding at both lodges/camps and you will find a more than suitable fare for any taste. With three outstanding meals a day and plenty of tea and biscuits as well as the traditional sundowners, you will have more outstanding food than you can get down an elephant! We will most likely have at least two (2) lunches in the field while in Hwange National Park.
Length of Tour
Day 1 : AM arrival at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Fly to Hwange NP
Day 2-7 : Hwange NP
Day 8 : Fly to Victoria Falls; Transfer to Livingstone, Zambia
Day 9-10 : Victoria Falls; Most-oa-Tunya NP
Day 11 : Depart from Livingstone, Zambia
Day 1: Arrive in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; Fly to Davison’s Camp (7 nights)
We’ll arrive late morning at Victoria Falls Airport, then transfer early afternoon by light aircraft from Victoria Falls to Davison’s Camp in the southern-eastern corner of Hwange National Park. Here, our Zimbabwe safari begins off the beaten track in a open-sided 4WD game vehicles.
Day 2-7: Davison’s Camp, Hwange National Park
Hwange, Zimbabwe’s largest National Park, is home to some of southern Africa’s last great elephant, buffalo and sable herds. We’ll spend 6 full days exploring the south-eastern corner of Hwange, in the private Linkwasha concession. Here, the eastern edge of the Kalahari sands merge with grasslands and teak forests to host a great variety of desert-adapted and woodland species.
We’ll base ourselves at Davison’s, an intimate and secluded tented camp providing unsurpassed game-viewing experiences. Large numbers of animals move through the landscape year-round – elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and even gemsbok. Predators follow them closely – lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah, along with African wildcat, serval and spotted hyaena.
Our safari game drives are diverse and interesting, highlighting something new each day, whether it is cheetah stalking stealthily through the grasses, prides of lions lounging in the shade, a journey of giraffes wandering through Ngamo Plains, or wild dogs on a hunt. Rewarding wildlife encounters are never far away in Hwange. A log-pile hide (blind) situated next to the camp watering hole where waterfowl gather!
Avian activity abounds in Hwange, with such highlights as ostrich, kori bustard, secretary bird, swallow-tailed bee-eaters, Burchell’s sandgrouse, lilac-breasted roller, magpie shrike, and many more. Hornbills are well represented with grey, southern red-billed, southern yellow-billed and the large southern ground-hornbill.
Raptors include African fish eagle, African hawk-eagle, lesser spotted eagle, martial eagle, bateleur, and black-chested snake-eagle. White-headed, African white-backed and lappet-faced vultures constantly search for carcasses. Owls are always a treat to find, from the diminutive pearl-spotted and African barred owlet, to giant Verreaux’s eagle-owls.
Walking amongst the African landscape is a special treat, and we’ll have opportunity to explore on foot, escorted by an armed, certified safari guide who will share their knowledge and insights about many aspects of plants and wildlife. We’ll examine large termite mounds, a fascinating part of the ecosystem, watch determined dung beetles do their work, and look for signs of animal tracks.
Our days generally begin with early morning breakfast, followed by a game drive. We’ll return for a mid-day meal and opportunity to journal, or relax until the afternoon game drive. Happy hour sundowners may be enjoyed on the ride back, arriving in time for delicious dinners served by wonderfully friendly staff.
We’ll experience the nocturnal side of Hwange’s wildlife during night game drives, with chances to see owls, nightjars, lesser bushbaby, genets, yellow mongoose, scrub hare, springhare and even honey badger.
Day 8 : Fly from Davison’s Camp to Victoria Falls; transfer to Toka Leya, Zambia (3 nights)
We’ll transfer mid-morning from Davison’s Camp by light aircraft to Victoria Falls Airport. From there, it’s a short drive to the Zambian border, where we’ll clear customs and immigration before continuing to Toka Leya, a beautiful camp situated on the banks of the Zambezi River.
We’ll enjoy a wonderful sunset river cruise on the Zambezi River, looking out for Half-collared Kingfisher, African Finfoot, African Skimmer, Rock Pratincole, Water Thick-knees, White-crowned Lapwing, and elephants swimming across the river!
We’ll observe enormous Nile crocodiles basking on the banks and pods of hippos wallowing in the shallows.
We’ll settle in for three full days/nights in the luxurious Toka Leya camp, exploring the area with several activities planned.
Day 9-10: Victoria Falls; Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
Victoria Falls – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the Smoke that Thunders.” This fitting name reflects the plumes of spray that are visible for some distance, caused by the cascading waters of the Zambezi River. This area showcases spectacular scenic beauty, from thundering falls to picturesque flowing waters lined by lush vegetation. Wildlife shows abundantly while boating on the river, or enjoying game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park upstream from the falls.
The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park encompasses mopane and Zambian teak woodlands, and thick riverine forest of palm trees along the banks of the Zambezi River. The park is home to many birds including Black-collared Barbet, Southern Black Tit, Collared Palm Thrush, Arrow-marked Babbler, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Broad-billed Roller, Black Cuckoo-Shrike and Jacobin Cuckoo. Mammals include elephant, southern giraffe, greater kudu, common zebra, buffalo, sable antelope, and impala.
This is the only location in Zambia to see rare white rhino; decades of poaching had eliminated 12,000 of them by 1993. Four white rhinos were introduced to the park in 2008, and their number has increased under close guard by armed rangers. We’ll take an exciting guided walk through the open bush to look for these rare, beautiful creatures.
Day 11: Depart from Livingstone, Zambia
The final hours of our African safari we reflect on amazing wildlife, stunning landscapes, and experiences of a lifetime in Zimbabwe and Zambia. At mid-morning, we say good-bye to our wonderful hosts and guides, and transfer to Livingstone Airport for international departures returning to the US.
Please note that this itinerary is a guideline, and while we hope to do everything on safari, activities are subject to change, due to circumstances beyond our control.
$0 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Airport code VFA).
This trip ends in Livingstone, Zambia (Airport code LVI).
Single Supplement and other Cost Additions
If a single room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $0 will be assessed.
There may be tourist/travel visas or fees that will require cash that change from time to time.
If fewer than the minimum number of participants are registered the trip can still run with a small-group supplement fee per person determined by the number of participants.
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This trip will stay at a remote camp in Hwange National Park in a private concession area where only the vehicles with this concession may travel. The safari tents offer semi-private toilets and showers . The accommodations are very nice but very remote.
We will also stay along the banks of the Zambezi River upstream from Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the worlds. The safari tents are very well furnished with private toilet and shower and an outdoor tub.
Both locations offer amazing wildlife encounters close to our accommodations.
Activity Level Rating: 2 (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)
While most of our photography is done from a vehicle and or a boat, the days can be long, it might rain as well. The long rides in the safari vehicle and our time on the boat can be physically challenging. Must be able to climb up into the safari vehicles and the boat.
Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.
Detailed Trip Information
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Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.
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The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.