10 Day Family Fun
Harare – Great Zimbabwe Ruins – Savé Valley Conservancy
10 Days | 9 Nights
This fantastic family focused itinerary offers an entire week long program in the bush learning fun bush craft and skills in a relaxing, beautiful environment. You also see the mysterious Great Zimbabwe ruins.
From USD$4609 per adult and USD$1680 per child sharing
Day 1: Willow Lodge, Harare
Zimbabwe’s capital city is the country’s most cosmopolitan and contemporary destination, dotted with restaurants and bars, shops and markets. Its proud historical and cultural heritage is reflected in several well-preserved old buildings and informative museums, while its many parks and gardens provide a pleasant contrast to the bustling urban sectors. Located within easy reach of the city centre are the Mukuvisi Woodlands, comprising over 250 hectares of natural wilderness, while The Kopje – a rocky hill to the southwest of Harare – offers great views over the city.
Willow Lodge currently offers 8 en-suite rooms in a beautiful and tranquil setting in one of the best locations in the suburbs of Harare. Rooms are fully equipped with 32″ Flat Screen TVs with 24 DSTV channels, fans, kettle with tea and coffee. Each room has a door leading outside to the garden so you can enjoy the fantastic weather and birdlife.
Bed & Breakfast
Day 2: Lodge at the Ancient City, Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Once Zimbabwe’s capital, the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe is the biggest and most significant stone archaeological complex in sub-Saharan Africa. It is also one of its oldest – thought to date back to the 11th century and second only to South Africa’s Mapungwe. Composed entirely of rectangular granite blocks stacked on top of one another without the use of mortar, the walls and towers of the city measure up to 12 metres in places, and it is unsurprising that Great Zimbabwe was designated a World Heritage Site in 1986.
Take a few steps back in time to the era of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe when you enter the luxury Lodge at the Ancient City. The Lodge evokes the splendour and mystery of the Great Zimbabwe Monument – the famous remains of the city that once housed a thriving African civilisation. The colonial government used to refer to it as the Zimbabwe Ruins.
Built on a granite outcrop, the Lodge at the Ancient City has sweeping views of a valley filled with trees, and faces in the direction of the Great Zimbabwe monument, so that you can see the Great Enclosure with its famous Conical Tower from the Hotel. Lake Mutirikwi, the third largest man-made dam in Zimbabwe, can also be seen. The main complex and guest lodges at the lodge are built from stone and thatch, with structures of granite stonewalling capturing the atmosphere of Zimbabwe’s oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site.
At night the firelight and soft mbira music at the Lodge at the Ancient City create a magical atmosphere. You can enjoy Table d’hôte meals in the open-air summer house, or, if the weather in Zimbabwe is not pleasant, in the thatched dining hall. Huge granite boulders, characteristic of the geology of many parts of Zimbabwe, form part of the lounge and bar at the Lodge of the Ancient City.
Activities revolve around the Great Zimbabwe Monument. Expert guides based at the Lodge offer a variety of explorative excursions to the famous Zimbabwe Ruins where they explain the origins and history and eventual decline of the city, the various trading routes as well as religious and social practices of the once thriving community. Game drives and walks in the nearby Lake Mutirikwi Recreational Park, sunset cruises on Lake Mutirikwi, as well as drives into the tribal areas surrounding the Great Zimbabwe site are also offered at the lodge.
In addition to a swimming pool, gift shop and laundry, the Lodge at the Ancient City offers well-equipped conference facilities for a maximum of 40 delegates. The Lodge at the Ancient City is an exceptional and unusual wedding venue and can accommodate up to 120 wedding guests. Airport transfers can also be arranged.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Days 3 to 9: Mokore Camp, Savé Valley Conservancy
Comprised of 21 adjacent privately owned game farms with no internal fencing, the Save Valley Conservancy in Zimbabwe, occupies an astonishing 900,000 acres of pristine African wilderness, making it the world’s largest private wildlife area. Differences in altitude and terrain create a wide variety of habitats which support an impressive diversity of flora and fauna including the highly sought after ‘BIG FIVE’. The reserve also boasts strong populations of several vulnerable mammals including cheetah, brown hyena and sable antelope. Other mammal favourites include giraffe, wildebeest, warthog, crocodile and hippo. Classified as an Important Bird Area, Save Valley makes an ideal safari destination for bird lovers. Expert guides offer an array of unique tailor-made safaris providing unrivalled wilderness journeys which include exhilarating activities such as horseback riding, canoeing, mountain biking, abseiling, archery, fishing, walking safaris, cultural village tours and visits to indigenous painting sites.
Mokore Camp is situated on the banks of the Turgwe River in the heart of the Savé Valley Conservancy. The camp boasts six luxury stone under thatch chalets with en-suite bathrooms. The dining area is continuous with a wooden deck that offers stunning views of the river. The camp is shaded by a canopy of giant nyala berry trees.
Full Board and Activities
Activities Day 1
Great Zimbabwe Tour
Welcome and safety talk at Mokore
Activities Day 2
Bush Orientation lecture and practical session
Activities Day 3
Tracking lecture and practical plus pop quiz
Game drive plus anti-poaching practical
Activities Day 4
Game drive plus practical tracking
Fishing and Birding
Activities Day 5
Dangerous game lecture
Bush survival finding food and water
Put in groups: presentation
Activities Day 6
Animal ID session and Herbivore lecture
Activities Day 7
Skulls and bones ID session
Day 10: Departure
From USD$4609 per adult and USD$1680 per child sharing
- Transfer from Harare Airport to Willow Lodge
- 1 nights bed & breakfast basis at Willow Lodge
- Transfer from Willow Lodge to Lodge at The Ancient City
- 1 nights Dinner, bed & breakfast basis at Lodge at The Ancient City
- Transfer from Lodge at The Ancient City to Mokore Camp
Inclusions at Mokore
- Beds & linen.
- Tented accommodation.
- En suite shower facilities – hot and cold running water and flush toilets.
- Food, teas, coffees and juices (cooked on an open fire).
- Kitchen staff.
- Communal dining area.
- Laundry and ironing done on a daily basis.
- 12-volt lighting and generator power for evening times.
- 12 volt electricity points – limited to when the generator is running.
- Charter flight from Mokore Camp to Harare Airport
- Visa’s for Zimbabwe
- Travel Insurance
- Regional & International flights
- Additional meals, drinks & activities not specified
- Items of personal nature
Exclusions at Mokore
- Internet access at allotted times at main camp at $5 for 30 mins.