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8 Days
Apr - Oct
Duration Price When Destination Type
8 Days £4060 Apr - Oct Zimbabwe Tailor-Made
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Victoria Falls and Hwange Painted Dog Safari

An incredible 8-day safari that combines the beautiful Zambezi National Park with one of Africa’s last strongholds for the endangered African painted dog – the Painted Dog Private Conservancy.

Travel through Zimbabwe exploring the untouched surroundings of the Zambezi National Park, renowned for zebra, elephants and buffalo as well as predators like lion and leopard, before heading to Hwange National Park where you are based with easy access to the Painted Dog Conservation Centre. Amongst Hwange’s diverse habitats you’ll search for the endangered painted dogs (also known as African wild dogs) and other game with the experienced guides of Vintage Safari Camp.


What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Stay within the Painted Dog Private Conservancy adjacent to Hwange National Park.
  • See an abundance of wildlife in both Zambezi National Park and Hwange National Park.
  • Optional activities include game drives, river safaris, walking safaris and a tour of Victoria Falls.

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An 8-day safari to see the endangered painted dogs of Zimbabwe 
from $4,750 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Victoria Falls

Take a 40-minute transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Zambezi National Park, where you’ll be staying at the Old Drift Lodge, less than 5km from the iconic Victoria Falls.

Overnight: Old Drift Lodge (D)

Days 2-3

Zambezi National Park

You’ll have two full days to explore the area and find the incredible wildlife that calls the Zambezi National Park its home. Morning and afternoon game drives in the 4x4 vehicles will take you along the Zambezi River, providing an opportunity to see elephants, buffalo, giraffe, lions, antelope and more. There is also the option to enjoy a river safari, follow expert guides on walking safaris and even take a tour of 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' (the Smoke That Thunders) – the mighty Victoria Falls.

Overnight: Old Drift Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4

Zambezi National Park – Hwange National Park

Today you’ll transfer by road to Hwange, Zimbabwe’s largest national park, where you’ll be staying at the Vintage Safari Camp, located in the Painted Dog Private Conservancy.

Days 5-7

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s last strongholds for the endangered painted dog, and offers the chance to see these rare animals in their natural habitat. Spend the next three days amidst the pristine wilderness seeking out the elusive dogs as well as elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah and rare antelope like the eland, sable and roan. You’ll also have access to the Painted Dog Conservation Centre, a rehabilitation centre with a museum where you can learn all about this fascinating species.

Day 8

Depart Hwange National Park

This morning you will transfer back to the airport for your international flight back home.

Trip Details

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