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15 Days Hidden Gems of Zimbabwe - From $4,500.00

The uniqueness of this trip arises from the combination of truly magnificent ecological surroundings coupled with the nature of the local communities around Matobo and Hwange. For clarification, a VolunTourism trip implies that there is a tourism element combined with local communities, conservation projects and a traditional safari. In Matobo Hills Mother Africa was established as a cross-cultural exchange of tourism assisting communities around Amalinda. In Hwange, the Children in the Wilderness organization has established a grassroots network with the Ngamo and Ziga communities around Hwange. On safari engage in presentations from researchers in the field – rhino, wild dog, lion and cheetah studies. In Zimbabwe you find a country rich in wildlife and pris tine ecological surroundings.

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15 Day Hidden Gems of Zimbabwe

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Itinerary


  • Land Arrangements:
  • JUNE-JULY 2014
  • Per Person - based on minimum group of 6 persons
  • $4500.00

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  • JUNE-JULY 2014
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  • Day 01-Wed
  • This morning you will make your own way to Terminal B at O.R. Tambo International Airport by 8:40am to check-in for South African Airlink flight 8110 at 10:40am to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. On arrival (12:05pm) you will clear customs and be met and transferred to your lodge in the Matobo Hills . You will have an orientation this evening followed by dinner. Overnight Camp Amalinda
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  • Day 02-05 - Thu-Sun
  • Four days with Mother Africa assisting in the community. Your host is Paul Hubbard.
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  • THURSDAY - Work day at Whitewaters Primary School. The school teachers will take you under their wing and integrate you into their work day - teaching, supervising students and so on.
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  • FRIDAY - Work Day at Whitewaters Primary School. Morning: Same as Thursday. Afternoon: Fixing, painting around the school.
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  • SATURDAY - Day at Ethandweni Children's Home. This will include looking after the children, working in the vegetable gardens and then hanging out in the afternoon.
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  • SUNDAY - Day at Ethandweni Children's Home. This will include looking after the children, working in the vegetable gardens and then hanging out in the afternoon.
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  • On one of the free afternoons - visit Matobo Hills National Park, part of which is an IPZ (Intensive Protection Zone) and contains one of the highest concentrations of the black and white rhino in Africa. The more adventurous you may choose to walk in the park to look for the white and black rhino. Leopards are plentiful but are seldom seen. Other wildlife includes a large population of sable antelope along with giraffe, zebra, civet, genet, blackbacked and side-striped jackal, caracal and porcupine. The park has the highest concentration of eagles in the worldwith 58 pairs of black eagles, 45 pairs of African hawk eagles, 32 pairs of Wahlberg’s eagles and five pairs of crowned eagles known to exist within the reserve. Other birdlife includes purple-crested lourie, boulder chat, and both peregrine and lanner falcon.
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  • On the other free afternoon - visit an ancient place where hundreds of Bushmen paintings have been found throughout the park. The area exhibits a profusion of distinctive rock landforms rising above the granite shield that covers much of Zimbabwe. The large boulders provide abundant natural shelters and have been associated with human occupation from the early Stone Age right through to the early historical times, and intermittently since. They also feature an outstanding collection of rock paintings. The Matobo Hills continue to provide a strong focus for the local community, who still use shrines and sacred places closely linked to traditional, social and economic activities. 4 nights Camp Amalinda
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  • Day 06-Mon
  • This morning (8:30am) you will be collected and depart by road transfer to Hwange Main Camp. On arrival (12:00pm) you will be met and continue by road transfer to camp. Your host is Nic Polenakis. Activities include guided walks, morning and night game drives and game viewing from hides. You will have the opportunity to observe elephant, kudu and sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, white rhino, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species. Overnight Somalisa Acacia Camp
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  • Day 07-Tue
  • There are various conservation and research projects in the area. Enjoy visits from the field researchers from Wild Dog Research (www.painteddog.org) and Hwange Lion Research Project (www.wildcru.org/research/research-detail/?project_id=47). Overnight Somalisa Acacia Camp
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  • Day 08-Wed
  • This morning transfer you to Ngweshla where you will be collected at 12:30pm by and transferred by road to the Ziga School. We have been supporting the Children in the Wilderness Community project (www.childreninthewilderness.com/our-programmes/zimbabwe.html) for over 8 years, based outside Hwange National Park at the Ziga School. Your time is spent assisting in the classroom teaching English, enhancing the computer curriculum and helping with school projects like building education & health facilities in and around the local Ziga community. Also assist with the Ladies League. Overnight Children in the Wilderness, CITW Zimbabwe
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  • Day 09+10-Thu+Fri
  • Introduction to Children in the Wilderness project field officers, Mxolisi “Mx” Sibanda and Cain Chikwava, and continue with community based development projects including the Ziga school and village community service. A day visit to Tsholotsho High School is also planned. Two nights camping in school grounds
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  • Day 11-Sat
  • This morning you will continue by road transfer to your second camp in the wilderness area of Makalolo/Linkwasha in the southeastern part of the park, excellent for seeing a great variety of game. Activities include morning and night game drives and walking safaris. Overnight Davison's Camp
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  • Day 12-Sun
  • Enjoy a full day of game viewing in a remote region of the park. Hear more about the ongoing cheetah research (www.wildernesstrust.com/projects/current-projects/hwange-cheetah-conservation-project/). Overnight Davison's Camp
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  • Day 13-Mon
  • This morning you will be transferred to the airstrip for the scheduled charter flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your lodge. Today it is the jumping off or finishing point for many safaris and offers a variety of exciting activities such as world-class white water rafting and elephant-back safaris. The afternoon is usually an excellent time to view the falls (US$30.00 per person park entry fee – payable direct). Overnight Ilala Lodge
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  • Day 14-Tue
  • A visit to Jabulani school is arranged for today. Other schools in town include Chamabonda and Chinotimba. There are optional activities you may book for an extra charge. Overnight Ilala Lodge
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  • Day 15-Wed
  • This morning you will be transferred to the Victoria Falls Airport for flight at 1:25pm to Johannesburg.
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