This Great Guides Signature Tour is unique because it is designed and led by a passionate expert; it is personal and comes from a great love for the places, people and animals youll meet along the way. Join John Stevens in Zimbabwe
SAFARI AT A GLANCE
1 Night Gorges Lodge near Victoria Falls
Road transfer to northern Hwange
3 Nights Camp Hwange
Exec Air Charter Hwange Main to Mana Main
4 Nights Mana Pools Safari Company, Mana Pools
Exec Air Charter Mana Main to Victoria Falls
2 Nights Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls
Depart Victoria Falls Johannesburg, own arrangements
Oh, the places youll go! Dr Seuss
WHY WE LOVE lT
John Stevens is one of the Great Guides of Africa. Experience tracking and observing wildlife; unique camps and lodges and the highest standards of service in the company of John Stevens, Roddy Bray and other top guides.
This is the definitive guides safari because it is based on John Stevens personal selection; his choice of the greatest destinations and experiences in Zimbabwe - and the camps and lodges he feels do justice to their unique locations. This safari offers a diversity of space and place - from authentic, classic camps to the finest in luxury and sophistication - but it also offers guests the very best opportunities to see a great variety of wildlife and enjoy a range of exciting activities.
On this safari, you will be accompanied by two of Africas truly Great Guides John Stevens and Roddy Bray. In fact, it was at Roddys suggestion that John came up with this exciting journey, borne from the heart, and a dream itinerary that is guaranteed to create lifelong memories. Together, John and Roddy will prove to be excellent travelling companions, as they share with you their incredible knowledge and love of what they do best.
See Roddy Brays Great Guides for this itinerary online.
WHAT YOULL DO
Spend 1 night at GORGES LODGE, VICTORIA FALLS
Flying in to Victoria Falls airport we will be met and transferred to Gorges Lodge. This is our gathering point, a lodge with spectacular views over the Batoka gorge, away from the liveliness of town, and which will immediately give us a sense of the grandeur of Africa. The lodge is comfortable and has an excellent history of community involvement and conservation work. Relax at the lodge, or enjoy the great range of activities available around the Falls (own account, booking ahead advisable), perhaps including a visit to the local community. At dinner time Roddy Bray introduces the tour.
Spend 3 nights at CAMP HWANGE, HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
We travel by road to Camp Hwange, a private concession deep inside the northern section of Hwange National Park, one of the largest reserves in Africa. John will lead us, on foot and by vehicle, on daytime and nocturnal safaris in a landscape that supports a vast elephant population, some of Africas last great buffalo and sable herds, and help us track rarities, including the pangolin, wild dog, white and black rhino, aardwolf, cheetah and roan antelope.
We may also see gemsbok and brown hyaena, giraffe, blue wildebeest and tsessebe, and over four hundred bird species that live in a diverse landscape of palm-fringed plains and classic grasslands, interspersed with acacia woodlands and teak forests. Camp Hwange is made up of eight well-spaced thatched chalets with canvas and gauzed sides, all overlooking a large watering hole.
Spend 4 nights at THE MANA POOLS SAFARI COMPANY TENTED CAMP, MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK
We arrive by private charter flight into Mana Pools the national park on the Zambezi where John was warden, and where he established pioneering anti-poaching and eco-tourism programs. John considers the Mana Pools the most beautiful place in Africa and it offers dramatic wildlife experiences.
Our authentic tented mobile camp, a contemporary take on traditional safari style, will be carefully setup in a private spot on the banks of the Zambezi River. Dining is always al fresco under a shady tree in the heat of the day, on the banks of the river in the moonlight or sometimes under the shelter of the dining tent.
Enjoy game drives, walks, sundowners, canoeing, fishing, splash pool and spa treatments (on request). Good, wholesome food is cooked in camp with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables on the menu.
Spend 2 nights at VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL, VICTORIA FALLS
We say goodbye to John and continue by private charter flight to the Victoria Falls. We spend our last two nights at the Victoria Falls Hotel, the grand old lady which overlooks the Batoka gorge and is a mere 10 minute walk from the Falls, the rainforest or the pleasant town. The hotel is over a hundred years old, elegantly styled with a colonial feel, combining the grand elegance of a bygone era with all modern amenities.
The Victoria Falls area offers a very wide range of activities from the adrenalin-rush of river rafting, to elephant-back riding and sunset cruises, helicopter trips and cultural tours. Your agent can help you pre-book these activities (own account).
On our final night we enjoy a celebratory dinner in the Livingstone Room; our Great Guide Russell Gammon will join us and speak about his fascination with Livingstone and the Victoria Falls area (subject to availability).
The tour ends the following morning at Victoria Falls airport. If you are interested in further destinations, including Cape Town and Mozambique, please discuss these with your agent.
Itinerary: 10 nights/ 11 days, John Stevens Signature Tour of Zimbabwe
Begins : Victoria Falls airport, Zimbabwe
Ends: Victoria Falls airport, Zimbabwe
Tour leaders: John Stevens and Roddy Bray. John will end the tour after Mana Pools and not join in the final two days at Victoria Falls.
Group size & Time Frame: 8 guests (sharing). If the tour is not full when final deposits must be paid we will offer you a revised price to enable the tour to go ahead with fewer numbers.
Single rate: available on request, but it will have to be close to double the sharing cost unless there are two single guests willing to share.
Inclusions: All scheduled safari activities included, as well as meals, laundry, drinks, transfers, charters, park fees, departure fees, landing fees.
Excluded: International and pre/post flights (the tour starts at Buffalo Range Airport and ends at Victoria Falls airport). Imported drinks, laundry at Victoria Falls Hotel, first night dinner and lunches at Vic Falls Hotel, tips
Visas: Typically available on arrival in Zimbabwe, with a fee payable. Details on request.
Health: Malaria prophylaxis is advised. Clients should ask a qualified person about this and inoculations including hepatitis. A yellow fever certificate is not required for Zimbabwe at present.
John Stevens Short Biography
John was born in 1948 in Mutare, which is situated in Zimbabwes Eastern Highlands. His father was a keen fisherman and a good shot and from an early age, John accompanied him, always with his beloved dog, on many expeditions into the bush.
From his childhood experiences with his father, Johns career took a natural progression and began with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management, spanning seventeen years and including spells as Warden of two of Zimbabwes most significant game reserves: Matusadona National Park on the banks of Lake Kariba and Mana Pools National Park, in the spectacular Lower Zambezi Valley.
Roddy Bray Short Biography
Roderick (Roddy) Bray grew up in England and lives near Oxford, but Cape Town was been his home from 1988 to 2012. He has degrees in Anthropology from Durham, in England, and the University of Cape Town. He studied the transition to democracy in South Africa before beginning a successful career in the mid-1990s as an expert guide and trip and as a lecturer for Silversea cruises. He specialises in history lectures, in-depth cultural experiences and the planning of specialist safaris and tours in several African countries. He has been described as the best travel planner in southern Africa.
In 2009 Roddy developed GreatGuides.org, a website that profiles exceptional guides and places in Africa. He has worked in ten African countries making video and audio recordings about inspiring people, including John Stevens. Roddys interests include Southern African history and politics, evolution, conservation, development and aid, cultural change and, of course, travel.
These Signature Safaris give you a good idea of the diversity of places and types of journey we can put together for you. Since were not just about John Stevens alone, we asked John himself for some recommendations of great guiding friends, favourite camps and lodges, adventurous activities and desirable destinations. So wherever you see the Signature Safari symbol, youll know that John has personally endorsed the itinerary.
We hope our Signature Safaris, which keep growing in number, spark some ideas and inspire you to come on a life-changing journey to Africa.
If the dates dont suit or youd like to adapt the itinerary, thats no problem at all; speak to us and we can create one thats perfect for you.
Similarly, if you dont want to travel alone, we can try and put together a group for you, to keep the costs down and you can make friends with like-minded people at the same time!
With your dreams and ideas, and our experience, contacts and knowledge, well come up with a safari that goes beyond your expectations. Contact Nicci or Laura today to discuss your Signature Safari.