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with a 3-night cruise on Lake Kariba

14 days from £4,949 per person

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Soaking up the tranquillity of Lake Kariba aboard an exclusive boat. Enjoying the ultimate Victoria Falls experience aboard the Bushtracks Express.


Wild Zimbabwe surrounds you on this small-group tour, where you'll stay in safari lodges and on a small, exclusive cruise vessel. There’ll be little to disturb the peace of Lake Kariba and the great wildlife reserves along its shores - havens for crocodiles and hippos, herons and fish eagles, lions, the endangered black rhino, and more. Further along, the Zambezi River plunges over the thunderous Victoria Falls. Watching the Falls at sunset from the carriage of a beautiful steam train is an impressive end to your unforgettable Zimbabwe holiday.

Your holiday includes:

18 excursions and visits

  • Choice of activities at Pamuzinda
  • School visit
  • 7 game drives
  • Visit the Chinhoyi Caves
  • Tour of Kariba Town and Fothergill Island
  • Choice of game drives and fishing at Lake Kariba
  • Tour of Binga and a Tongan village
  • Tribal dance show
  • Visit Victoria Falls Town, Victoria Falls and Victoria Falls Rainforest
  • Dinner on the Bushtracks Express steam train


  • 8 nights in hotels, 3 nights cruise on Zambezi cruise boat and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Ethiopian Airlines from London Heathrow via Addis Ababa. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 32 meals: 11 breakfasts (days 3-13) 10 lunches (days 3-12) 11 dinners (days 2-12)


  • All soft drinks, local wines and spirits, except at Victoria Falls (days 11-12)
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Local Titan tour manager
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

Tour Map

  • VIP Outbound2

    Day 1 UK - In flight

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Harare.

    In flight

  • Harare - Pamuzinda

    Harare - Pamuzinda

    On arrival, we transfer to Pamuzinda, where we stay in a lodge set in wilderness along the banks of the Serui River. Africa tours are all about wildlife experiences - and this afternoon, enjoy the heart-thumping anticipation of our first game drive together. Perhaps we’ll spot prowling lions and elegant giraffe or hear the distinctive bark of the hyena. This evening, sample the local culture with a traditional barbecue dinner and dance show.

    • Game drive (evening)

    Pamuzinda Safari Lodge (4-star)

  • Pamuzinda


    There is a selection of morning activities available today, including a walking safari. This afternoon, we’ve arranged a visit to the Chengeta Primary and Secondary School, built with charity funds, and attended by more than 600 students. After, look forward to another game drive, looking for lions and birds. We finish at Ayre’s Rock for a tipple as the sun sets, and then a Mongolian braai (barbecue) under the stars.

    • Choice of activities (morning)
    • Visit to local school (afternoon)
    • Game drive (evening)

    Pamuzinda Safari Lodge (4-star)

  • Pamuzinda


    We leave our enchanting lodge behind and make tracks for the shores of Lake Kariba, via the Chinhoyi Caves. Sacred spirits are said to watch over ‘The Wonder Hole’, a spectacular cavern with a 150ft vertical drop into a cobalt-blue pool.

    Arriving at our next lodge, relax before an evening sundowner on the viewing deck. Keep an eye out for the elephants, hippos, crocodiles and monkeys who might pay us a visit…

    • Visit the Chinhoyi Caves (morning)

    Kariba Safari Lodge (4-star)

  • DAY 5

    Day 5 - Kariba - Lake Kariba

    Our tour of Kariba includes the massive dam across the Zambezi River, and the beautiful little church of St Barbara. The dam’s assembly was set back several times by floods, said to be the work of an angered mythical creature - Nyaminyami. Throughout the town, you’ll find art depicting the half-serpent, half-fish spirit.

    At midday, we embark our intimate and exclusive cruise boat and sail across Lake Kariba to Fothergill Island, a safe haven for numerous animals and birds. You’ll have opportunities to view game in completely untouched natural environments and explore the bays and inlets before sundowners aboard our boat.

    • Tour of Kariba (morning)
    • Explore Fothergill Island (afternoon)

    Zambezi Cruise Boat, Lake Kariba (4-star)

  • Lake Kariba

    Day 6 - Lake Kariba

    You have opportunities to go fishing or track the inhabitants of Matusadona National Park, one of the last wild sanctuaries of the endangered black rhino and a great place for spotting lions and fish eagles. Later, we cruise to the remote fishing village of Kings Camp for further game activities by tender boat.

    • Choice of game drive and fishing activities (morning)

    Zambezi Cruise Boat, Lake Kariba (4-star)

  • Lake Kariba

    Day 7 - Lake Kariba

    Relax and enjoy the views as we cruise along Lake Kariba. We stop for an afternoon of game viewing, and take another drive in the evening to hopefully spot the hippos emerging from the water for an evening grazing on the grassy banks.

    • Game drive (afternoon)
    • Game drive (evening)

    Zambezi Cruise Boat, Lake Kariba (4-star)

  • Lake Kariba - Binga

    Lake Kariba - Binga

    Enjoy a morning of game viewing and birding down the Sengwe River system, before brunch aboard the boat, as we cruise to our next lodge. After checking in, we have an afternoon tour of Binga town, including a Tongan village with a thriving handicraft industry, focused on traditional basketware, beadwork, drums and carved stools. We also visit the thermal hot springs on the shores of Lake Kariba.

    • Tour of Binga town and a Tongan village (afternoon)
    • Visit thermal hot springs (afternoon)

    Masumu River Lodge, Binga (4-star)

  • Hwange National Park

    Hwange National Park

    We drive to a tented camp in Hwange National Park. The park is home to a diverse roll-call of animals, including lions, elephants and the unusual black sable antelope. We take a safari to see what we can find. Back at the camp enjoy dinner and a tribal dance show around a Boma fire.

    • Game drive (evening)
    • Tribal dance show (evening)

    Iganyana Tented Camp (4-star) or Elephant’s Eye Tented Camp (4.5-star), Hwange National Park

  • Hwange National Park

    Hwange National Park

    We have a full-day safari in Hwange National Park, with a picnic lunch in the bush. With over 100 mammal species roaming through vast areas of forests, semi desert scrub, granite hills and water holes, there’s a lot to see today. Will you tick off all of the Big Five? Will you spot a cheetah chasing its prey?

    • Game drive (morning and afternoon)

    Iganyana Tented Camp (4-star) or Elephant’s Eye Tented Camp (4.5-star), Hwange National Park

  • Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls

    We journey to our final lodge, on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls. We head into Victoria Falls Town for lunch and time to explore and reconvene later for a Boma dinner with entertainment.

    • Visit Victoria Falls Town (afternoon)

    Batonka Guest Lodge, Victoria Falls (4-star)

  • Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls

    Visiting Victoria Falls is a true highlight of holidays in Africa. Every minute, millions of gallons of water plunge over the edge of the world’s largest waterfall. The constant rush of the Zambezi River has carved out a series of precipices stretching over a mile. Experience the great roar when we view Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side (often considered the best side), and admire Victoria Falls Rainforest, soaked by the Falls’ tremendous spray.

    Later this afternoon, we board the Bushtracks Express steam train for dinner with endless views of pristine wilderness. The most amazing sight rolls into view as we slowly chug across the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge, revealing the Falls at sunset.

    • Visit Victoria Falls and Victoria Falls Rainforest (morning)
    • Dinner on the Bushtracks Express steam train (afternoon)

    Batonka Guest Lodge, Victoria Falls (4-star)

  • In flight

    Day 13 Victoria Falls - In flight

    We travel to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

    In flight

  • VIP Inbound 2

    Day 14 UK

    Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    Arrive Home

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Zimbabwe - The Path to the Smoke that Thunders

with a 3-night cruise on Lake Kariba

14 days from £4,949 per person