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WILD ZAMBEZI invites you to a world of nature where the pace is slow, the sun is warm, the sky is huge and the people are friendly.  Our travel promotion focus is the Zambezi River and its iconic wildernesses, including the Victoria Falls & Zambezi National Parks, Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park and Mana Pools National Park & World Heritage Site .  We provide web-based, up-to-date information on operators, activities, accommodation choices, tours and services in this magnificent area, and offer a reliable, independent travel advisory service.


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Zimbabwe's Tourism Minister bids for top UNWTO post
INDABA changes travel show dates
- Latest travel reviews on
- Travel Specials on
- New website for Safaris 4 Africa
- Houseboat for sale:  Makulu
- Tiger-Fishing Tournament dates
Wilderness Safaris open Little Ruckomechi tented camp
- Ruckomechi Then and Now - Wilderness Safaris look back
- Bushlife Safaris - helping anti-poaching in Mana Pools
- African Bush Camps' new online information resource for agents
- 16-bed Shamashanga Fishing Camp available for self-catering
- John Stevens Safaris - Fundraising in the USA for the Zambezi Elephant Fund
- Wild Zambezi welcomes Bayete Guest Lodge
- New product:  Elephant Art with Wild Horizons
- Victoria Falls River Lodge adds private plunge pools
- Charity Golf Day supports Vic Falls Anti-Poaching
Tail Ender


The Hon Walter Mzembi, (pictured left), Zimbabwe's Minister of Tourism and Hospitality recently presented himself at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in his bid for the up-coming post of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).  

Mzembi has been endorsed by the African Union (AU) as the African candidate for the powerful post.

The current UNWTO secretary general, Taleb Riffai, a Jordanian national, is due to stand down from the post at the end of 2017.  If elected, Mzembi will take up the top job at the UNWTO headquarters in Spain, in January, 2018.

Wild Zambezi wishes the Minister every success in his bid.

NOW 16-18 MAY 2017

South African Tourism has announced a change of date for next year's (2017) Tourism Indaba to be held in Durban, South Africa.  The show will now be held mid-week (Tues-Thurs) on 16 -18 May, instead of the previously publicised date which was earlier in the month.  
While the organisers argue that a mid-week show is more convenient for buyers, the choice of new dates is controversial with the travel industry as it provides logistical and planning problems.  Many overseas travel professionals have already scheduled in the earlier date, which conveniently dove-tails with the Cape Town shows during Africa Travel Week (mid-end April) and the popular We Are Africa event (1-4 May 2017).  The new dates provide an inconvenient time gap between these shows and may mean that international buyers abandon Indaba altogether next year.  This would be a great pity.  
Wild Zambezi will be monitoring the situation over the next months to see if it will be still be worthwhile to exhibit at Indaba as we have done for the past 8 years.

Aug-Sept 2016  

Read what people are saying about their travel experiences in the latest Travel Review postings on   Follow the links below:-
The Boma - Dinner & Drum Show - a restaurant with a difference - cultural and gastronomic highlight of a Victoria Falls trip.
Baobab Bookings – agency for accommodation, houseboats, transfers and activities throughout Zimbabwe, Lake Kariba specialists.
CATS (Central African Transport Services) - Air charter services to Southern African destinations (including remote areas).
Jecha Point Fishing Lodge & Camp - 12-bed thatched lodge and campsite on the banks of the Zambezi River just downstream from Chirundu - specialists in tiger-fishing safaris.

Have something to say about a place you have visited or a service you have experienced?  Tell others about it by submitting a Travel Review on the relevant page on Wild
There is a fantastic array of great SPECIALS currently on offer from some of Wild Zambezi’s network partners.  
Check them out on each of these page links (scroll down and to the right):-
African Bush Camps (Kanga & Zambezi Expeditions, Mana Pools):  LAST MINUTE 10% OFF RACK RATE - for new bookings in the High Season (travel until 31st October 2016). This reduction can be used in combination with all African Bush  Camps packages and specials.   MANA MADNESS SPECIAL – stay min 3 nights at one of these properties (6 nights altogether at African Bush Camps facilities) and get FREE flights in and out of Mana Pools. (Valid November 2016 and 1 April - 30 June 2017)    LONG STAY SPECIAL – at any combo of African Bush Camps – 5% discount for 6+ nights; 10% discount for 9+ nights.  LOVEBIRD SPECIAL - spend your honeymoon at any African Bush Camps properties and get 1 Night FREE when you spend 6 nights or more.  
Changa Safari Camp (Lake Kariba/Matusadona):   EARLY BIRD BOOKING SPECIAL - new bookings made and confirmed Aug - Dec 2016 made for travel dates throughout 2017 will receive a 10% discount;   WILD LOVERS SPECIAL – couples who stay 4 nights or more will both receive one night free! Valid for the whole of 2017;   COMBO SPECIAL with The Hide (Hwange) - stay 6 nights (3 in each camp) and pay for 5.   ZIMBABWE RESIDENTS SPECIALS - special rates available on request. YOGA RETREATS: (23rd-25th Sept 2016 & 28th - 30th Oct - Full Moon!); SUMMER SPECIAL (Sept - Dec 2016); BUDDY MOON GROUP PACKAGE: Special rates for groups of 12 people or more staying for 2 nights or more.
Elephant Camp (Wild Horizons) (Victoria Falls):  ZIMBABWE RESIDENTS SPECIALS: special rates available on request: 2 nights at The Elephant Camp; 5 night combo safari - 2 nights at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge + 3 nights at The Elephant Camp . Valid until 31 December 2016.
Gorges Lodge & Little Gorges (Imvelo Safari Lodges) (Outside Victoria Falls):  Green Season Safari Special - Stay 3 nights, pay 2 (All inclusive rate only)  Valid 1 Dec 2016 - 28 Feb 2017.
Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge (Wild Horizons) (Zambezi River upstream from Victoria Falls):  COMBO SPECIAL.  3 nights Imbabala, 1 night The Elephant Camp. Includes tour of Vic Falls.   ZIMBABWE RESIDENTS SPECIALS: (rates available on request):2 nights at Imbabala; 5 night safari - 2 nights Imbabala + 3 nights Ursula's Camp; 5 night safari - 2 nights Imbabala + 3 nights Stanley & Livingstone Safari Lodge; 5 night safari - 2 nights Imbabala + 3 nights The Elephant Camp.   Valid until 31 December 2016.
Musango Island Safari Camp (Lake Kariba):  Cool Waters Package (Vic Falls/Kariba/Mana Pools) and Get a Night on Us (Stay for 4 nights, pay for 3)
Victoria Falls River Lodge (Zambezi National Park/Victoria Falls):  FAMILY VALUE SPECIAL  Share a Family Suite with 2 or more children (4-17 years) and the youngest child stays for FREE. In the case of a twin or a triplet, 1 x child stays for free. (Valid between 1 Nov & 20 Dec 2016 and 7 Jan - 31 March 2017.)
Wild Horizons (Victoria Falls environs):  ZIMBABWE RESIDENTS LODGE SPECIALS for 2 night stays at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge; Ursula Camp; Stanley & Livingstone Safari lodge; or The Elephant Camp.  Also 5 night safari - 2 nights Imbabala + 3 nights Ursula's Camp (or  +Stanley & Livingstone Safari Lodge or +The Elephant Camp.)   Special rates available on request.  Valid until 31 December 2016.
Zambezi Sands River Camp (Imvelo Safari Lodges) (Upstream of Victoria Falls): Stay 3 nights, pay 2  (all inclusive).  Valid until 31 Dec 2016.

Experienced Destination Management Company, Safaris 4 Africa have a brand new website which highlights their expertise in providing safaris and holidays carefully tailormade to the individual needs of their clients.

This award-winning Harare-based company offers a number of carefully-selected safari destinations and itineraries in Southern Africa for discerning safari-goers, and has special itineraries for families, horseback safaris, and romantic getaways (including the best honeymoon and wedding venues).   

"There is nothing more we like to do than get to know our clients so we can plan your perfect African adventure....We have found and visited all of the best camps, lodges and activities...You will find us full of good ideas and practical planning."

For a website link and contact details, see Safaris 4 Africa.

If you have experience of the service offered by this company, please let us know about it by submitting a Travel Review at the above listing link (scroll down the page to the Reviews section).


Chawara Harbour Houseboats
are looking for buyers for their 65-ft pontoon-type houseboat,  Makulu (pictured above) based in Kariba Town.  This wonderfully comfortable and practical boat has four en-suite cabins, 2 splash pools, a sun or star-gazing top deck, a covered 2nd deck and comes with two Nissan CK10 diesel engines.

For more images, information and contact details, see Chawara Harbour Houseboats, or contact Dave MacMaster on +263 772 874353




Here are some of the first images taken of the brand new 8-bedded Little Ruckomechi Tented Camp just opened on Wilderness Safaris' private concession in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park.  

This intimate and authentic safari experience in a remarkable wilderness area opened its doors in August.  It is ideal for sole-use bookings and family groups or small parties travelling together with a private guide. 

Set amongst the iconic albida trees that characterise the area, the Camp comprises just three elegant and airy tented suites built on wooden decks (with a fourth tent for the accompanying guide). The living spaces include a dining and lounge area, as well as a plunge pool, all overlooking the majestic Zambezi River.

We are delighted to welcome our guests to this piece of paradise; one that epitomises the personal service, intimacy and warmth that our tented camps are renowned for”, says Little Ruckomechi Camp Manager, Ishmael Nzara. “Together with professional guide, Honest Siyawareva, we are looking forward to tailor-making each guest’s stay to suit their exact needs and to ensure that they experience a truly exclusive safari in our private concession”.  
Little Ruckomechi’s elegant interiors offer an understated luxury to embrace the natural beauty of its exteriors. “The warm ‘red’ and brown/grey colour scheme for the interiors was drawn from the hues of the beautiful carmine bee-eater that is famous in this area, enhanced by the blues of the sky and river frontage that can be seen in the glassware and old painted kists in the tents”, said Interior Designer, Mandy Langebrink. 
The deeper red in the wing of the carmine bee-eater is picked up in various scatter cushions and floor mats in the tents, with elements of copper and rose used throughout the camp, including the lamps, utensils and napkin rings. Old-fashioned leather armchairs, ottomans and rough wooden coffee tables enhance the rough textures of the natural exteriors, with the warmer, layered look of a nostalgic tented camp created indoors. We also used locally-sourced Lozi drums and bowls to add an authentic Zimbabwe feel”, she added.  
All activities at Little Ruckomechi are led by a private guide who will ensure that guests are able to choose the tempo of their day, whether enjoying day and night game drives, birding, nature walks or a range of water-based adventures such as canoeing, river cruises or catch-and-release fishing. The wildlife-rich area is home to large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog are all found in the area and birdlife is abundant. 

For more information and contact details, see Wilderness Safaris - Ruckomechi & Little Ruckomechi

Be the first to review the new Little Ruckomechi Camp on!  Click the above link and scroll down to submit your Travel Review online.


To mark the occasion of the complete refurbishment of Ruckomechi Camp in Mana Pools, with its new addition, Little Ruckomechi Tented Camp, Wilderness Safaris have written a delightful Historical Blog outlining the history of the Camp.  

The text pays tribute to all those who have contributed to the development of this iconic camp over the years and is liberally sprinkled with wonderful archive photographs of the camp itself and the people who made it happen from 1982 onwards.  

Wild Zambezi has re-produced an abbreviated version of the Wilderness Safaris Blog on our website, with a link to the original version which shows all the old photos.   Read it here: History of Ruckomechi Camp, as told by Wilderness Safaris.


Bushlife Safaris, operators of Vundu Camp, Little Vundu and Ruwesi Canoe Trails in Mana Pools, have recently established the Bushlife Support Unit (BSU), an organization committed to eradicating poaching in the Mana Pools National Park.   They are working in collaboration with other conservation organisations to strengthen the capacity of the Zimbabwe National Parks Authority to protect this important World Heritage Site. 

"We are very excited to announce that a considerable number of the tour operators in Mana have recently pledged their support for BSU and have offered to assist in any way possible. 

BSU is currently working on new roads to improve access for anti-poaching teams. We have a gang of men working on the road, and have sent a tractor and trailer, drinking water, food and wages for the team.  Mana Pools Safari Company and Mwinilunga Safaris have generously contributed fuel, food and tools. African Bush Camps has also offered to make monthly contributions towards BSU's efforts.  Goliath Safaris have sold us a Land-Rover at a very reduced price to help with anti-poaching and have also given a donation of $1000 towards operational costs.

In the last month we have also received generous donations from Vundu Camp guests, without whose help we would simply not have been able to carry on!...   The necessary work on the new roads will take a few months and any further contributions would be gratefully accepted."

In addition, several artists have offered to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their works to BSU:
•         Leigh Hunt has made 10 statues of the famous elephant, Boswell (who stands on his hind legs to reach the highest tree branches).  He is selling these for 1000 Pounds sterling each, 30% of which he will donate towards the anti-poaching efforts.
•         James Maberly, a UK based sculptor, has done some limited-edition bronze statues of this same classic Mana elephant icon standing on his back legs, one of which is on display at Vundu Camp.  James is charging 3500 Pound Sterling for each bronze and will donate 25% of the proceeds towards the antipoaching effort. He is willing to ship anywhere at an additional charge. 
•         Will Maberly (James’ brother) is a very talented artist and passionate conservationist. He has kindly offered to contribute 30% of the selling price of his paintings at Vundu Camp towards BSU.  

For more information and contact details, see Bushlife Safaris

If you would like to assist with the BSU anti-poaching efforts, or if you would like to write a Travel Review about Bushlife Safaris, please do so via the above link.


Tour Operators, African Bush Camps, have introduced a new online information resource and marketing tool specifically designed for travel professionals.  The Agent's Reserve  provides a one-stop-shop of valuable tools for travel agents and tour operators in putting together itineraries which include the various African Bush Camps properties in Zimbabwe, Botswana & Zambia.

The resource, which is still being developed, so far includes:- availability calendars, images and brochures, virtual tours, media coverage, video links,  blogs, news about the African Bush Camps Foundation, safari specials, TripAdvisor reviews, guest reviews & feedback, seasonal and sightings info and maps.  

African Bush Camps in currently working on building a resource into the Agent's Reserve that will allow individual travel professionals to access rates sheets, bookings and documents for their specific organisations.

In the Zambezi Valley within Zimbabwe, African Bush Camps operate  Kanga Camp and Zambezi Expeditions tented camp in Mana Pools National Park.

If you have something to share about your experience with African Bush Camps at the above camps, please submit a Travel Review on Wild at the above link.


Shamashanga Fishing Camp
,  (pictured above) situated in the Sapi Safari Area near the old "G-Camp" site, is now for hire to groups of up to 16 people on a self-catering basis.

The camp has eight large, en-suite East African-style tents and a central, thatched living area incorporating a dining room, bar and lounge, with an open fire pit and a small pool.  Electricity is solar-powered and the camp is fully-equipped with several staff on hand to assist.  

You can bring your own boats (maximum 5 allowed at one time), or hire the camp's two pontoon-type boats with drivers (with prior notice).  Fuel and extra drinks are available if required.

This is a great opportunity for avid groups of fishermen or families who would like exclusive use of a prime piece of Zambezi River frontage in a remote area, for their fishing experience.

If you are looking for something a bit more up-market  in the same area, Tafika Zambezi (see below), which is located a little way downstream from Shamashanga, offers all-inclusive rates for individuals and small groups.  Fly-in packages are available via Safari Air Services.

For more information and contact details, see Tafika and Shamashanga Zambezi

If you have enjoyed fishing at either of these camps, please let us know about your experience by submitting a Travel Review on at the above link (Scroll down to the Reviews section).


John Stevens (above left), ex National Parks warden, veteran private guide and owner of John Stevens Guided Safaris Africa, is visiting the United States in September on an important fundraising mission to help save the elephants of the Zambezi Valley. 

Poaching remains an enormous problem in this area and the Zambezi Elephant Fund, with the help of kind donors and active partners, has made some progress with various supportive and protective measures. 

Everyone in the world has a stake in conserving elephants and if you or anyone you know lives in or near Jackson, Chicago, Austin, Westport or New York – or if you know of people who love elephants as much as we do -  please pass on this invitation and go along to hear John’s talks and presentations about the Zambezi Valley elephants  and his important message about their future.
The first talk took place on Sunday 11th Sept in Jackson.  The rest of the programme is as follows:-

Sunday 18 September - CHICAGO:  5.30p.m. for Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and conversation at The Field Museum, Founders Room, 1400 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL. 60605.  Contact:  Temp Keller:

Tuesday 20 September - AUSTIN, TEXAS:  6.30 pm – 8.30 pm at  
1510 Wooldridge Drive, Austin, TX. 78703.  Contact: Temp Keller

Friday 23 September - NEW YORK CITY:  5.30 pm – 7.30 pm  at Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport, MA. 02790.  Contact:  Gabrielle Ferreira, Gallery Manager

Please support this very worthwhile cause.

For more information and contact details, see
Zambezi Elephant Fund and
John Stevens Guided Safaris Africa



This month, we are proud to welcome Bayete Guest Lodge in Victoria Falls to our Wild Zambezi listings network.

This delightful, quiet oasis is situated in a residential area of Victoria Falls, and offers a tranquil and comfortable escape from the hustle and bustle of the town.  

The lodge is family-run and has 25 en-suite rooms set in a lush tropical garden with a large teardrop swimming pool as a central focus surrounded by a thatched dining and bar area and a spacious outdoor living area.  There is free wi-fi and all Falls activities can be arranged through the lodge management.

Bayete Guest Lodge's rates are on a Bed and Full English Breakfast basis, with lunch and dinner options also available by prior arrangement.

For more information and contact details, see Bayete Guest Lodge.

If you have stayed at this lodge and would like to tell us about your experience, please submit a Travel Review at the above link (scroll down).


Wild Horizons
and Art of Africa have teamed up to create a unique elephant experience that is brought to life by the artistic strokes of your fingertips, while surrounded by the African bush. 

The Manager at “The Wallow” (situated near The Elephant Camp on a private concession just outside Victoria Falls ) will meet guests on arrival to chat to them about the elephants and their history.

After interacting with the “models”, guests will make their way down to the adjacent waterhole and mud wallow where, under the shade of an enormous Mopane tree they will find a chair and easel - each set up with a fresh sheet of paper.  Brightly coloured aprons and palettes with bright splotches of paint will also be handed out.  

Soon the guests’ white sheets of paper will be transformed into a canvas with a glorious blue sky, sunshine, yellow, brown or green grass and of course elephants.

Once finished, guests will go back to “The Wallow” for a delicious two-course buffet lunch accompanied by a cold beverage rounding off a perfect morning’s experience. After lunch guests will be transferred back to their lodgings in Victoria Falls by Wild Horizons.

For more information and contact details, see:- Wild Horizons 

Have you enjoyed an Elephant Art experience?  If so, let us know what you thought about it by submitting a Travel Review on at the above link.


The 13 luxury canvas-under-thatch tents at Victoria Falls River Lodge in the Zambezi National Park, upstream from Victoria Falls, all now have private plunge pools. These are in addition to the existing, larger infinity rim-flow pool at the main lodge.

Five of the tents have an extra bedroom which can accommodate up to three sharing children under 17 years.  Each has its own bathroom, indoor and out outdoor showers, large decked verandah, air conditioning, fans and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Bar and spa facilities have also recently been built. The thatched riverside bar enjoys uninterrupted panoramas of the Zambezi River, which can also be seen from the new Toa Spa.

For more information, and contact details, see Victoria Falls River Lodge 

Please let us know about your experience if you have stayed at this lodge.  Submit a Travel Review on at the above link.


The 2016 annual Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU) Golf Day Fundraiser, is to be held at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club, Harare on Friday September 16.  

This promises to be a well-organised and fun-filled event in aid of a very worthy cause.  It is expected that up to 144 players will take part, making up to 36 teams altogether.  

The annual event is hosted by hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) (owners of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club and Victoria Falls Safari Suites, as well as the self-catering Lokuthula Lodges and The Boma - Dinner and Drum Show.)    The occasion includes lunch, entertainment, an exciting array of prizes, as well as a charity auction.

Among the prizes up for grabs are return air tickets to the United States, sponsored by Delta Air Lines, a safari package in Tanzania, donated by Escape Tanzania, as well accommodation at The Hide in Hwange and at Victoria Falls Hotel. 

AAT chief executive Ross Kennedy said: “The upcoming Golf Day is once again proving to be highly regarded, and viewed as one of THE charity golf days of the year in Zimbabwe..... What is particularly pleasing is to see the number of golfers and sponsors who are returning for their tenth-plus event, and add such fun and energy to the day. This yet again displays the remarkable spirit and generosity of Zimbabwean society”. 

AAT covers the costs of the charity golf tournament, so every cent raised goes directly to VFAPU. The event, which is integral to the survival of VFAPU raised an unprecedented $ 30,000 in 2015. 

Options to assist VFAPU include sponsoring a scout at $307 a month, contributing to vehicle maintenance costs, scout uniforms – which may be branded with a sponsor’s logo - or donating equipment, such as flashlights, sleeping bags and backpacks. 

VFAPU scouts have arrested nearly 700 hardened poachers, removed over 22, 000 snares and rescued 183 mammals from snares since the Unit was established in 1999 by Charles Brightman, a local safari operator and conservationist, (Discover Victoria Falls) and Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, AAT’s flagship property. 

VFAPU, which was established in an effort to fight the alarming levels of poaching, operates in a 50km sq area around Victoria Falls, and has 17 scouts patrolling seven days/nights a week. The unit tackles all forms of poaching, including wood, bush meat and ivory.

If you would like to take assist with sponsorship for this Fundraising Golf Day (or would like to support VFAPU's activities), get in touch via the above links.


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