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WILDLIFE-OBSERVERS WALKING SAFARI IN ZIMBABWE

This is a 2-camps-circuit over 6 nights experience designed to host and guide 6 wildlife-observers seeking a personalized wildlife walking safari adventure to observe birds and mammals in Hwange National Park.

The magic of African Safari Walks is to immerse wildlife-observers into the wildlife surroundings, whether they’re walking and approaching a pride of lion at dawn break, or sipping a G&T in camp at dusk.

Our camps are located 150 miles apart and pitched inside Hwange National Park which is a natural environment sustaining 400 species of birds and 100 species of mammals.

At Kennedy camp, wildlife-observers will immerse into observing wildlife landscapes hosting a massive diversity of birds and mammals while also boasting a high density of elephants and wildebeest, this is in addition to regular sightings of lion, leopard, cape eland and the uncommon cheetah. In Robins Area at Tsamhole camp, wildlife-observers can disappear into observing wildlife landscapes featuring the rare gemsbok, regular sightings of the uncommon tsessebe, reedbuck, roan, sable while there is also a high concentration of both lion and leopard. There is a great opportunity to observe the endangered painted Hunting dog on this safari.

In both Meru-style en-suite camps, wildlife-observers will find plump pillows, soft sheets, hot showers and fluffy towels; however, the greatest luxury is the personalized wildlife-observing walking safari experience in unique and distinctive environments of both camps.

Optics are an essential and integral component of this immersive wildlife walking safari focusing on observing birds and mammals. Wildlife-observers require optics that will deliver perfect image clarity and detail when spotting or observing the birds and mammals. Wildlife species disguise their presence through disruptive or concealment coloration as a survival trait against their enemies to remain undetected and alive.

Every avid wildlife-observer participating in this immersive wildlife observing walking safari must bring and carry a pair of 8×42 optics-binoculars with chest-straps, a 20-60×80 birding spotting scope and a lightweight tripod.

Grid-glassing is a methodical use of optics to survey wildlife landscapes and spot the inconspicuous birds and mammals before walking and approaching for close-encounter observation. Grid-glassing is carried-out from various vantage positions during the walking excursions and focuses on scoping-out birds and spotting high profile mammal species such as elephant, buffalo, roan, sable, lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, hyena, caracal, serval and the list is endless.

Wildlife-observers are advised to consider bringing a Canon’s 7D Mark II fast-shooting camera with Canon’s rugged, compact EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens, and you’ve got a cutting-edge combo guaranteed to produce high-calibre souvenir photographs.

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK IN ZIMBABWE

Home to 10% of the world’s elephant population, Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest protected wildlife area. It covers 5400 square miles of savanna landscape and boasts a diverse natural ecosystem sustaining 400 species of birds and 100 species of mammals. Iconic bird life to observe while on safari includes Old World vultures, eagles, hawks, bustards, secretarybirds, ostriches and plenty more. Key mammal species to encounter on safari include massive elephant parades, buffalo, giraffe, eland, roan, sable, tsessebe, waterbuck, kudu, wildebeest, reedbuck, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, painted dogs and plenty more mammals.

 

WILDLIFE-OBSERVERS SAFARI CAMPS (6 BEDS ONLY)

African Safari Walks camps specialize in accommodating six wildlife-observers only making them small and intimate camps. Over your 6-night safari adventure, you will stay at both camps experiencing each location’s unique ecosystems and resident wildlife. Each observers safari camp comprises three guest tents, each with en-suite, along with a communal dining tent. The design of our observers-safari camps allows us to tread lightly on the environment because we re-create a yesteryear pioneer type safari approach that maintains founding conservation ethics where we operate small seasonal camps which are closed then packed away and stored at our depot outside Hwange National Park during the rainy season. Off-season closure of our camps allows the vegetation to grow back in our various campsite locations thereby recovering and recuperating the environment. We believe that African Safari Walks has a great responsibility towards the natural environment and our actions should not sacrifice any aspect of the environment.

KENNEDY OBSERVERS CAMP (3-NIGHTS)

Located in the south of Hwange National Park in the Kennedy vleis forest, this area exhibits a colorful diversity of birds and mammals with regular sightings of the uncommon cheetah and a peak elephant concentration and encounters. This area is also great for eland and wildebeeste sightings.

TSAMHOLE OBSERVERS CAMP (3-NIGHTS)

Located in the north of Hwange National Park in the Robins area close to the Botswana border, this area exhibits a diversity of birds and mammals with regular sightings of the uncommon reedbuck, tsessebe and roan antelopes while boasting a peak of lion and leopard concentration and encounters.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON SAFARI

DAYS 1 – 3: KENNEDY OBSERVERS CAMP

Your journey begins at Victoria Falls International Airport where you will meet your expert Walking Safari Guide Kaz Dube – your safari companion throughout your adventure. You will be driven first to the secluded Kennedy observers camp, where you will spend three nights. The Kennedy observers camp area is packed with awe-inspiring wildlife interactions. Expect to see 400 bird species and high profile mammal species such as elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebras, eland, sable, wildebeest, lions, leopard, cheetah, hyenas, painted dogs and more wildlife.

 

DAYS 4 – 6: TSAMHOLE OBSERVERS CAMP

You will be transferred from Kennedy observers camp to the Tsamhole observers camp to spend three nights in pristine wilderness. This area has 400 bird species and is well known for its high concentration of lions and leopards that roam the landscape in search of prey. Expect sightings of special but rare antelopes such as roan, sable, reedbuck and tsessebe in addition to encountering elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebras, hyenas, cheetahs, painted dogs and numerous wildlife.

 

DAY 7: DEPARTURE

Your guide and safari companion Kaz Dube will drive you to Victoria Falls International Airport and wave a fond goodbye as you board your flight home.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST

USD3000 per person sharing for 6 nights

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Meet and greet at Victoria Falls International Airport, Zimbabwe. Vehicle transfers throughout your safari. 6 nights’ accommodation in our two seasonal observers-safari camps inside Hwange National Park, (Kennedy & Tsamhole observers camps). There are 3 freshly cooked meals served daily including a 3-course meal dinner every evening, refreshments on all guided wildlife excursions, bottled water, soft drinks,  fruit juices, tea and coffee, limited alcohol (standard wines, beers, gin and tonics) Daily wildlife observing walking safari excursions combined with game-drives conducted by Award-winning Walking Safari Guide, Kaz Dube

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

National Park entrance fees, telephone calls, souvenir purchases, gratuities or items of a personal nature

 

TERMS

Minimum of two guests and a maximum of six guests staying in three guest tents. This set date departure safari is a two-camp circuit whereby guests will stay three nights in Kennedy observers camp and then three nights in Tsamhole observers camp. All safaris are set-date departures and run from April 01 to November 30 every year.

WHAT MAKES THIS SAFARI SPECIAL

Our seasonal observers-safari camps are ideally located close to waterholes offering superb wildlife encounters, often right at the camp’s doorstep. Get truly close to spectacular African wildlife by walking and approaching on foot. Go beyond the constraints of the safari vehicle to safely walk and approach wildlife on foot capturing memories. Experience the perfect combination of walking and daily game drives were each guest is guaranteed a window seat in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. Discover the astonishing intricacies of natural selection processes and survival traits as a top guide, Kaz Dube brings to life how each species propagates superior genes. Enjoy an intimate and exclusive experience with limited guests. Stay in comfortable wildlife-observers safari camps and enjoy personalized service from our friendly and attentive staff. All meals prepared by our top chef and served in our dining tent or by candlelight under the stars. Fully inclusive safari, from the time you arrive in Zimbabwe every aspect of your journey, will be conveniently and smoothly organized.

 

BOOK NOW & CONSERVE!

Booking the wildlife-observers walking safari is an effort to conserve wildlife and makes your trip to Africa meaningful. Using the tourism dollar from our safari guests, we have been able to create the African Safari Walks Community Ploughback program. The ASW Community Ploughback program provides land tillage ox-drawn ploughs to local communities living nearby but outside Hwange National Park so that they can grow crops for eating and selling to sustain their families. Through the ASW Community Ploughback program, African Safari Walks is able to effectively communicate anti-poaching and wildlife conservation to local communities because the program demonstrates that conservation tourism is practically beneficial to the livelihoods in the nearby communities.

 

AFRICAN SAFARI WALKS SAFARIS ARE SCHEDULED SET-DATE DEPARTURES

2021 SET DEPARTURE DATES

BOOK A DIRECT FLIGHT TO JOHANNESBURG AND THEN CONNECT TO VICTORIA FALLS

African Safari Walks guide will meet You at Victoria Falls International Airport

 

African Safari Walks presents a lifetime wildlife experience!

Spaces are limited. A minimum of two guests and a maximum of six guests are required for the safari to run.

 

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Email: safaris@africansafariwalks.com
Phone: +263778579157

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