Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help. Call us to help you create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—if you desire, we can also arrange for a local guide.
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Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
Africa's big five territory
Home to some of Africa’s most striking landscapes, booming Big Five populations, and friendly locals, Zimbabwe has earned an extra large star on our map. Begin in the Matobo Hills, where mysterious gravity-defying granite formations and ancient rock art will leave you in awe. Continue to your lodge in Hwange, the largest national park in Zimbabwe, where your time is split between thrilling game drives and lazy afternoons by the infinity pool, serenaded by the local birdlife. Complete your journey standing witness to the mighty, thundering Victoria Falls—you have to see them to believe them.
*Trip price includes flights between Johannesburg Airport before and after your trip.
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Day by Day
Spend the next three days exploring the beautiful Matobo Hills! Your schedule at the safari camps are flexible, but today we recommend a late lunch, followed by a sundowner walk up to the nearby granite koppies.
Join your local host for a compelling tour of the San (Bushman) rock art. You may also opt for a bike ride to the nearby villages, where your guide will lead you through the typical homesteads—all built from indigenous trees, mud and handmade brick.
Spend the day tracking rhinos on foot with your guide—the Matobo Hills are a popular rhino breeding zone, making this a thrilling option!
Today, it's off to Somalisa Camp in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve. Spend your days here adjusting to safari life—morning game drives, afternoon naps, swimming, meditating, the choice is yours.
Rise early to welcome the crisp African dawn with a fresh cup of coffee! Spot the elephants, buffalo, zebra, cheetahs and much more on your morning game drive. Don't be surprised if dinner is interrupted by a spontaneous stargazing session or the distant call of a lion.
More game drives and relaxation overlooking the savannah grasslands are in order today. At times, the animals may even wander onto your campground—keep an eye out for friendly elephants!
Hop on a short flight to your next lodge at Victoria Falls—arguably Zimbabwe's grandest attraction (certainly its loudest). Spend your days nestled along the Zambezi River getting to know the area.
Relax by the infinity pool, take a guided tour of the Falls, or spend time exploring the nearby town. Be sure to leave some time for an evening game drive, spending the night with some of Zimbabwe's more nocturnal residents.
Squeeze in one final safari activity before making your way back to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for your evening departure home. Safe onward journey!
As up close as it gets.
Camp Amalinda, Matopos
Tucked away in an ancient bushman shelter in the mysterious Matobo Hills, Camp Amalinda is an architectural gem. The camp is built into the side of a hill and surrounded by an impressive granite wilderness. Each unique suite is crafted out of natural stone and features comfortable furnishings. The dreamy spa and infinity pool overlook a scenic waterhole. View hotel website »
Somalisa Camp, Hwange National Park
Stay in luxury canvas tents, charmingly styled with wood-burner fireplaces, gauze sliding doors and decadent vintage baths with views. Spacious split-level decks include a lounge and dining area with stunning vistas over the busy pan. The elevated plunge pool is great for cooling off during summer days and overlooks the elephant drinking pool. View hotel website »
Victoria Falls River Lodge, Victoria Falls
Perched on the edge of the mighty Zambezi river, this tented luxury lodge is so close to Victoria Falls, you can see the spray in the distance. Each tent offers a larger than king size bed, a freestanding bath and soothing outdoor shower. Private viewing decks afford spectacular views of the river—so sit back, relax and watch while the hippos wallow! View hotel website »
The guides did a fabulous job of arranging our best trip ever! The remote lodges and wonderful local guides made it the perfect adventure. B&R continues to deliver unmatched experiences!– Caroline & Jack Hardin
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This trip is rated occasional, meaning it is appropriate for travellers who are in good shape and relatively active.
“I can’t say I really work out, but I do walk a couple of times a week at home.”
Country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All lodge accommodation
- All meals with local drinks
- Laundry at Somalisa
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- Flights: OR Tambo (Johannesburg) - Bulawayo; lodge hop Hwange to Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls – OR Tambo (Johannesburg)
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