Seven Days, Six Nights - In the shadow of the world's 7th wonder
Seven Days, Six Nights - In the shadow of the world's 7th wonder
Explore the majestic Victoria Falls, cycle close to elephants, experience culture and local food in a township, and enjoy the comforts of award-winning lodges.
* Rates are quoted all inclusive, per person sharing.
Day 1 - Victoria Falls to Imbabala
Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is situated on a riverine fringe of the mighty Zambezi River where Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia converge.
Welcome to Zimbabwe! Guests will make their own travel arrangements to Victoria Falls which has an international airport. We meet 2pm at the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel for the trip orientation by your Bike & Saddle trip leaders and to meet your fellow travellers. We then depart on the drive to Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge, 70 kilometres west of Victoria Falls. The first cycling of our journey is a short 20km trip, mostly downhill on smooth asphalt, into the lodge. The perfect opener to our 7 day program!
Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Africa’s fourth longest river. The lodge offers some of the most amazing game viewing and bird watching in the region, in the seclusion of a private National Parks concession. The 5,000 acre (2,023 ha) property has 14 kilometres of Zambezi river frontage and borders the Chobe Forest Reserve, which is renowned for its thriving elephant population.
We arrive in time for afternoon cocktails on the riverbank and after settling into our luxurious rooms we gather for a sunset game drive. Dinner is served at 8pm and an optional evening program of star gazing and bush walk follows.
Day 2 - Imbabala & The Zambezi
We rise with the sun and join our river guide for a morning of paddling and game tracking, unique along the Zambezi. We return for a sumptuous late breakfast just after 10am and the rest of the morning is free to enjoy the comforts of the lodge. Lunch is a superb buffet with organically grown vegetables and salads from the lodge’s garden. At 3pm we meet our specialist wildlife guide for an afternoon of game tracking by 4x4, on foot, and we round it off with a short cycle loop. Dinner under the stars awaits and you’ll enjoy the creations by the chefs at Imbababla who use local and seasonal ingredients to create memorable meals.
Day 3 - Elephant Camp
We depart Imbambala Lodge after a sunrise game drive and a proper English breakfast. Our destination is the luxury tented camp accommodations of the award-winning Elephant Camp, situated on a private concession and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges. The breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray, and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia are the perfect backdrop for the next two days’ activities.
After checking in we mount our sturdy mountain bikes for a short bush-cycle out to the neighboring village where we are hosted by the local community for a cultural encounter. We see rural Zimbabwean life ﬁrst hand and are treated to a traditional lunch.
After our village tour, comes one of the highlights of the tour: a slow and careful game cycle through the reserve, with elephant and cheetah encounters to astound every traveller. We return to the lodge to freshen up and enjoy a wonderful dinner with sweeping views over the savannah. The chefs at Elephant Camp use locally grown ingredients and prepare typical African dishes and condiments, such as Chakalaka, a spicy relish.
Day 4 - Elephant Camp
This morning we once again rise early and after breakfast, we continue our education of the African bush and its inhabitants. Our local field guide is a specialist in fauna and flora and our walk will be one of the most informative of the tour. We return to the camp for a leisurely lunch. The afternoon is free to enjoy the luxurious tents, private pools or the many communal areas around the lodge.
Day 5 - Elephant Camp to Victoria Falls
We start the day with a wonderful cycle along the rim of the Masuwe River Gorge before returning for a hearty breakfast, and to say our goodbyes to the wonderful staff at Elephant Camp.
Leaving camp, we head straight for the helipad where we'll be airlifted for a spectacular 20-minute helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls and gorge. We touch down just on the edge of the Batoka Gorge where your B&S trip leaders and bikes await your arrival.
From here it's a magnificent ride up to The Lookout Café, perched 120m above the turbulent rapids of the Zambezi River, for lunch. The restaurant is known for its stunning views, excellent food, and cold beers.
After lunch it’s a great ride down to the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel, our home for the next two nights. The afternoon is free to enjoy the comforts of the hotel or a meander through town. Dinner is at the hotel.
Day 6 - Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls Hotel is steeped in Africa’s colonial history and dramatically situated, with a view of the Second Gorge and the Victoria Falls Bridge from its terrace. Opened in 1904 to accommodate passengers on the newly built railway, part of the planned Cape to Cairo Railway, it later was on the route of the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) flying boat service between Southampton and South Africa. The hotel has accommodated royal visitors on several occasions, including King George VI and his family in April 1947. In 1949 Roy Welensky organised a conference here to discuss the creation of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, and in 1963 the Victoria Falls Conference led to the breakup of that federation.
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we have a very special cycle and walk planned for you! From the hotel, we make our way out to Zambezi Drive, keeping an eye out for impala, warthog, monkeys, baboons, an abundance of birdlife and even the mighty elephant! We continue to the Big Tree, a massive and ancient baobab which is over one thousand years old. From here we cycle through leafy, tree-lined suburbs and then into Chinotimba Township, where we get a sense of local customs and culture. We wander through the bustling market, chat with the vendors, and find a traditional lunch spot. We visit with the local community and gain wonderful insights into the lives of the community.
On the return trip to the hotel, we stop at the Victoria Falls Rainforest Park for a guided walk up close to the falls. We appreciate the transcendental beauty of the Falls up close on this walk and marvel at the rainbow that stretches across the foaming torrent of water - the perfect place to capture the moment on camera! After the walk we cycle onto the Victoria Falls bridge before returning to the hotel along the private pathway. The afternoon is free to enjoy the hotel grounds, restaurants or pool. Dinner is at the hotel.
Day 7 - Departure
After breakfast we gather for cycle over the Victoria Falls bridge and cross over the border into Zambia. A short shuttle by car brings us to to Livingstone on the Zambia side. No visit to Africa is complete without an opportunity to shop for curios and the handicraft in Victoria Falls must be some of the best anywhere.
For those who need a transfer to the airport, we arrange a shuttle leaving the hotel by 12noon. With your shopping bags filled, and memories to serve a lifetime, we say good bye! Until next time...