on our EASTERN VALLEY route, we can take
you to a place where, 200million years ago, dinosaurs roamed where elephants
roam today. One of Africa's finest dinosaur 'trackways' - the footprints of
huge carnivorous reptiles in the mud of an ancient lake bed - lies in the
heart of the Eastern Valley forests. Let your imagination run riot - picture
the ancient lake, surrounded by primitive conifers, and populated by these
extraordinary animals - and, perhaps, be thankful they aren't there today!
Mavuradonha Wilderness lies on one of our EASTERN
VALLEY routes to destinations such as Mana Pools. These routes take you
there by the 'road less travelled', through the Zambezi Escarpment and into
some of the most remote and wild parts of Zimbabwe, until we finally arrive
at the Zambezi River.
LAKE KARIBA, we can take you by sailboat or
small houseboat to places you never even dreamed of - tiny bays and inlets,
inaccessible by road, spectacularly lovely, and teeming with birdlife and
wildlife. We can leave our vehicles in secure parking and take you to the
awesome Sanyati Gorge, the Kuburi Wilderness area, or the Matusadona shoreline
itself - the choice is yours. See also our Best
of Both Worlds tour.
remote and hauntingly lovely CHIZARIRA NATIONAL PARK,
with scenery ranging from sheer gorges cut through the Zambezi escarpment
to the Acacia floodplains of the Busi River. Wildlife isn't always easy to
find, but this is a park for the true connoisseur of wilderness, with isolated
and basic bush camps situated beside springs, seeps and seasonal rivers.
MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK - less
well-known, less visited, but equally beautiful, and full of interesting features
such as the Zambezi region's only surviving black rhino population, a reintroduced
and growing population of cheetah, and the incredibly lovely Kariba shoreline.
world-famous MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK, renowned
for its magnificent scenery, spectacular wildlife, and abundant variety of habitats
ranging from park-like Acacia and mahogany woodlands to mopane forests, riverine
floodplains, and of course the great Zambezi River itself. Mana Pools is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. OPERATIONAL
Our map page will give you an overview of
our main operating area. Within this area, which contains some of the finest
wilderness and wildlife areas in Africa, our main focus is on -
and I also have several other important specialisations and skills that we can
share with you on our tours -
are licensed to operate both sailboats and powered craft on Lake Kariba, and
have many years of experience in this regard. We'll teach you to sail in an
afternoon, then sail with you to the Matusadona or elsewhere. Alternatively,
we can offer you a 'hosted houseboat' option, during which we'll spend time
with you on the Matusadona shoreline as part of your ZIM4x4 tour. See also
our Best of Both Worlds tour.
Angling is another ZIM4x4 specialisation.
There's excellent tiger and bream fishing on the Zambezi and on Lake Kariba,
Bottlenose, vundu, Cornish jack, chesa, nkupe, catfish and several other
species are also present. We also have several 'favoured destinations' for
anglers, such as Chewore Campsite on the Zambezi and Gache Gache Lodge on
Lake Kariba, and can also take a fishing boat with us on your safari. Please
note - we have a 'catch and release' policy, except for immediate consumption.
We are keen and knowledgeable wildlife
and wilderness photographers, and you can see some examples of our work on
our photo album. During our tours
we go to great lengths to provide opportunities for the experienced, and can
also hold impromptu 'seminars' on camera and editing techniques for the less
experienced. Equipment helps, but it's developing the 'eye' that counts!
Your first step is to email
us or telephone us on +263-772-324224 with some basic information so that
we can start planning your guided Zambezi Valley and Lake Kariba tour.
Let us know: -
When you'd like to come.
much time you have available.
How many people are likely to be in your group.
information on your vehicles (or whether you'd like to 'fly in' and use ours).
Your main interests (wildlife, being 'in the wild', photography, birding,
Places within our operating area you'd particularly like to visit.
We'll work with you to structure and
price an enjoyable safari that will satisfy your needs, including the places
you'd like to visit, the things you'd like to do, and make suggestions about
the most interesting and appropriate routes we should use. This planning process
is of course free of charge and incurs no obligation on your part.
Remember that we have a maximum group
size of three vehicles and ten people. This enables us to provde a genuinely
personalised service to all our safari participants.