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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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- We welcome back the $50 Uni-Visa for Zimbabwe & Zambia 
- Safari Logistics opens business lounge at Victoria Falls Airport
- Are you covered for medical rescue from remote areas?
- Latest Travel Reviews on
- Travel Specials on
- Zambezi Cruise Safaris bases out of Masumu River Lodge at Binga
- Marineland Harbour - keeping Kariba smiling
- Houseboat cruising safaris on Lake Kariba - Here's who to contact
- Look!  No fences at Tiger Safaris!
- The little treehouse gem at Jecha
- Bushlife Safaris upgrade "Little Vundu Camp" in Mana Pools
- More self-catering Lokuthula Lodges in Vic Falls
- Zambezi Sands to expand with two new tented suites
- 10-day Kids on Safari special itinerary with Imvelo
- Tail Ender


This beautiful sunset over Lake Kariba was photographed from Rhino Safari Camp in the Matusadona National Park.  
What are you waiting for??

Here's some good news for visitors to Zimbabwe and Zambia (especially those visiting the Victoria Falls area)!  

After a delay of about a year, the two countries have at last re-introduced the popular, and much-awaited KAZA (Kavango-Zambezi) “Uni-Visa”, which allows visitors a stay of up to 30 days in either (or both) countries for a single payment of US$50. 

The visa was re-launched by Zimbabwean Home Affairs Minister Ignatious Chombo and his Zambian counterpart in a ceremony in Livingstone, Zambia on 21st December 2016.

The KAZA Uni-Visa is available to citizens from 40 different countries.  It saves time and money and enables much easier travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia (e.g. at Victoria Falls/Livingstone). It also covers people who want to enter Botswana for day-trips through the Kazangula border.

The Uni-Visa is currently available only at Harare, Victoria Falls, Lusaka and Livingstone International airports, the Victoria Falls land border (Zimbabwe/Zambia) and the Kazungula land border (Zimbabwe/Zambia/Botswana).

For more info, including a list of the eligible countries, see KAZA Uni-Visa re-introduced by Zimbabwe and Zambia

Safari Logistics, the specialist travel transfer company allied with African Bush Camps, has just opened a comfortable new business lounge in the domestic terminal at Victoria Falls International Airport.

Clients are offered free wifi, air-conditioning and comfortable couches, where they can get some last minute work done or simply kick back and relax while they wait for their flight.

The company has also launched a new Facebook Page.  Check out their Wild Zambezi listing at Safari Logistics.

If you have travelled with Safari Logistics and would like to tell us about your experience, please write a Travel Review on  You can submit this online HERE.

If your holiday plans involve travel to some of the very remote areas of the Zambezi Valley, it is wise to check whether your international travel insurance covers the costs of a medical evacuation from these areas in case of emergency.   You would be surprised how often it doesn't. 

A remote illness or injury  far from home could result in a medical air evacuation costing over $100,000 depending on the severity of the situation and the location.

ACE Air and Ambulance, together with HAC (Halsted's Aviation) provide a professional, state of the art medical rescue service which will carry out emergency evacuations, even from Zimbabwe's wildest areas.  

They strongly recommend that  visitors going on safari protect themselves with appropriate insurance.  This can be done via a short-term (7, 14 or 30-day) membership subscription through their alliance with the international provider "Global Rescue".   Other options can cover trip lengths of 90, 180, and even a full 365 days. 

These subscriptions can either be for Individuals or for Families (covering the individual, their spouse/partner and up to four dependent children under age 18 (or under age 23 if full-time students).  

A Medical Only Membership covers: field rescue, medical advice from Johns Hopkins Medicine, 24/7 emergency support from experienced critical-care paramedics, evacuation
aboard medically equipped private aircraft or with medical crews aboard commercial flights, and repatriation of mortal remains.

Medical and Security Membership, in addition to the medical services listed above, covers extraction services for security and non-medical emergencies, in the event of war, natural disaster, civil unrest, terrorism, or other situations that could cause imminent grievous bodily harm.

You can join up to Global Rescue through ACE Air and Ambulance.

December 2016  

Read what people are saying about their travel experiences in the latest Travel Reviews on    Follow the links below:-
Baobab Bookings – agency for accommodation, houseboats, transfers and activities throughout Zimbabwe, Lake Kariba specialists.
Sengwa Safaris (Kariba Houseboats) - agency for houseboat charters & holidays on Lake Kariba  
Tiger Safaris - popular fishing lodge on the Zambezi at Chirundu, with boats for hire with experienced skippers.
Wild Dog Tours - booking agent for accommodation, houseboats & Kariba Gorge lodge 
Zambezi Sands River Camp (Imvelo Safari Lodges) - 16-bed luxury tented camp overlooking the river in the Zambezi National Park upstream from Victoria Falls.

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  MANA MADNESS SPECIAL – stay min 3 nights at Kanga Camp or Zambezi Expeditions (6 nights altogether at African Bush Camps facilities) and get FREE flights in and out of Mana Pools. (Valid 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):   FREE FLIGHTS SPECIAL: Valid for Mid and High Season 2017 (1st April - 31 Oct 2017) Stay for 3 nights and receive ONE free flight into Changa. Stay for 4 nights and receive free RETURN flights to and from Changa.    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  BUDDY MOON GROUP PACKAGE: Special rates for groups of 12 people or more staying for 2 nights or more.
Gorges Lodge & Little Gorges (Imvelo Safari Lodges) (Outside Victoria Falls):  GREEN SEASON SAFARI SPECIAL - Stay 3 nights, pay 2 (All inclusive rate only)  Valid for travel up to 28 Feb 2017.   FAMILY ITINERARY - KIDS ON SAFARI -  Stay for 10 days, pay for 7. All inclusive 10-day family-friendly circuit of 4 properties owned by Imvelo Safari Lodges.  Children 12 and under – 50% on accommodation.
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.   
Jecha Point Fishing Lodge (Zambezi River, Chirundu):  GREEN SEASON SPECIAL for self-catering chalet accommodation.
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)
Rhino Safari Camp  (Lake Kariba/Matusadona):    ZIMBABWE RESIDENTS - LOW SEASON SPECIAL.  Two Night Package (self-driving to Kariba) includes lake transfers, accommodation, meals, two activities/day (drives & cruises). Valid until 31 Mar 2017.
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 until 31 March 2017.)
Victoria Falls Safari Suites:  ZIMBABWE RESIDENTS SPECIAL -  Pay2 Stay3 with Complimentary Food & Beverage Credit. (Valid until 31 Jan 2017). 
Zambezi Sands River Camp  (Zambezi National Park upstream of Victoria Falls):  FAMILY ITINERARY - KIDS ON SAFARI -  Stay for 10 days, pay for 7. All inclusive 10-day family-friendly circuit of 4 properties owned by Imvelo Safari Lodges.  Children 12 and under – 50% on accommodation.

Lake Kariba's largest cruise company, Zambezi Cruise Safaris has incorporated the lovely hilltop Masumu River Lodge near Binga into its all-inclusive cruising itineraries.   

Masumu River Lodge is the base from where visitors can wait in comfort for their Zambezi Cruise Safaris departure or transfer post-cruise.  The hilltop setting of this attractive stone-under-thatch lodge has breath-taking, panoramic lake views and spacious, open-plan public areas with a swimming pool and lush tropical gardens. Those wishing to stay overnight can enjoy comfortable en-suite rooms with stunning lake views.  Optional activities include cultural village tours , fishing and sunset cruises.

Zambezi Cruise Safaris offer set-date 2-3-night cruises linking Binga with Kariba (or vice versa), covering a distance of some 270 kms along the length of Lake Kariba, with associated road or air transfers as required.   

Visitors staying at Victoria Falls can also enjoy a short Lake Kariba cruising experience with a 2-night cruise out of Binga at the western end of Lake Kariba to the Sengwe River and back (see map).

The incorporation of Masumu River Lodge into the Lake Kariba cruising experience is a welcome and convenient addition for visitors.  It is also hoped that this will provide a much-needed boost to local tourism and culture for the people of Binga, whose remote location has resulted in their isolation and neglect for many years. 

In addition to its set travel dates and cruise itineraries, Zambezi Cruise Safaris also offer ‘Full Charter’ options for private groups, conferences, weddings and functions using their fleet of luxury, cruiseboats.  These include
Umbohza (up to 28 pax);
Shikra ( up to 30 pax) and
Karabezi (up to 14 pax).

Read more at Wild Zambezi's blog Cruising Lake Kariba out of Victoria Falls

Please write a Travel Review on if you have experienced a cruise on Lake Kariba with Zambezi Cruise Safaris.  You can submit this online HERE


Tourism to Zimbabwe's best-kept secret, Lake Kariba, is facing many challenges largely due to the state of Zimbabwe's economy and the lack of easy access.  While visitors are flocking to Victoria Falls (especially now that the new international airport is open to wide-bodied aircraft), Kariba is so often neglected as a tourism destination.

And yet, a boat-cruise safari and fishing holiday on one of the many "houseboats" which ply the waters of the vast inland sea of Lake Kariba, visiting the creeks and bays of the Matusadona National Park, is truly one of the most relaxing and enjoyable experiences  - especially for families and groups.  

Marineland is Kariba's largest harbour facility and the starting point for many boat cruises and cross-lake transfers to the more remote safari camps and lodges along the lakeshore.  The hard-working staff and management of this efficient marina keep the place ship-shape every day of the year and are never without a smile!   Apart from maintaining a harbour full of boats of all sizes in tip-top working order, they run an efficient cross-lake transfer service, a large houseboat and cruise chartering agency, supply drinks, ice, catering and supplies for all boat charters, supply gas and fuel to boating and other industries, keep a well-stocked shop for last-minute purchases, and keep everyone informed with extremely informative monthly newsletters!

Please take note of the following extracts from the Marineland December 2016 news:-

Lake levels:
"We ask all potential lake users not to be put off visiting Kariba because of authority announcements of a 16% capacity lake level. This misleading figure is the percentage of water available for hydro-electricity-generating capacity only. This is not the lake level or overall percentage of water in the lake. This figure is difficult to obtain but is believed to be over 75%. Lake Kariba is still a large body of water covering some 4,582 square Km....."

The management at Marineland also keeps meticulous records of the changing water levels of Lake Kariba throughout the years. Interestingly, their statistics show that in early December 2016 the lake level was .19 m (only 19cm) lower than at the same date last year.  With the rainy season now in full swing, it is to be hoped that the lake level will soon start to rise with inflows from the Zambezi's upper catchment area. 

National Parks Fees:  All visitors to Kariba who are about to embark on a trip on the lake, are required to pay usage fees to Zimbabwe National Parks.  Marineland have usefully informed us that these have not changed for 2017 (yet) and that National Parks now have a facility which will accept payments by local swipe cards.  However, it is still advisable for regional and international visitors to pay in cash. 

Please write a Travel Review on if you have experienced the services (or houseboat charters) provided by Marineland.  You can submit this online HERE


A cruising holiday aboard one of the many-sized "houseboats" on Lake Kariba is a fantastic way to combine a safari with a water-based experience (fishing, boating etc).  Boats depart from the main harbours at the eastern (Kariba Town) end of the lake or from Binga, Mlibizi or Msuna at the western (Victoria Falls) end.   The Matusadona National Park on the southern shore of the lake, which is separated from Kariba Town across some 30 kms of water, is the most popular destination for cruising because it is free of human settlement and has wonderful wildlife and birdlife which you can enjoy from the comfort of your boat.   There is also spectacular scenery up various river estuaries along the lake and at the western end where the Zambezi River runs through a spectacular gorge before joining the wider lake . 

Booking a cruising trip direct can be problematic unless you have local connections and know the ropes.  So the best way to plan your holiday is to use one of the very experienced and efficient houseboat chartering agencies and Lake Kariba specialists that are listed by   

These expert planners can help you organise a fantastic cruising holiday for small or large groups, family get-togethers or special occasions.  You can choose to self-cater or have your trip fully-catered, depending on your needs.  Almost all except the smallest boats have crew on board who will do all the cooking and cleaning.

Wild Zambezi recommends:-
Chawara Harbour Houseboats 
Africa Spectacular
Baobab Bookings
Dzimbabwe Lodge & Freestate Houseboat 
Pesha Safaris
Premier Holidays
Sengwa Safaris
Wild Dog Tours
Zambezi Cruise Safaris

Tell us about your Kariba houseboat cruising experiences by submitting travel reviews on at any of the above listings links (scroll down the page to Travel Reviews).

The news from Tiger Safaris Fishing Camp on the Zambezi River near Chirundu, is that they have taken down their electric fence!
This is a big change for the camp, which is popular with families, fishing groups and wedding parties, as the fence had been there for years. However,  it was constantly being broken or damaged by the local elephants, and so it was decided to remove it altogether and let them roam freely.  

While this provides for amazing, close, wildlife encounters, it also means, of course, that visitors need to be extremely vigilant when walking in the camp area both day and night and children should be kept under close supervision at all times.   

Say the Tiger Safaris crew:  "Our big boy elephant decided one very hot afternoon in November to take a much needed nap by the swimming pool, he snored away for a good few hours and gave us lots of time to get some photos. We have had the elephants drinking out the pool—a first for us here and the hippos maintain their diligence by making sure the lawn is constantly trimmed every night."

The camp hosted its annual All Species Fishing Competition in November and, compared to previous competitions, a good range of fish species were caught, including Tigerfish, Bottle Nose, Nkupi, Electric Barbel, Cornish Jack and Vundu.  One team were even lucky enough to have the fish jump into the boat!!.

This is a fun competition held annually, with the proceeds going to supporting an old age home.  The weather was extremely hot, and this picture shows the teams cooling off for lunch on a shallow sandbank in the river!

New signpost position
Self-drivers should note that the Tiger Safaris signpost on the main Harare-Chirundu road has moved (pictured)!
Here are the instructions for getting to the camp:-  
"Drive through Chirundu as if you were going to the Border Post Gates and you will see our sign situated on the right (as pictured). Turn right and follow the sign posts!"

Tell us about your experiences at Tiger Safaris by writing a Travel Review on  Submit your comment online HERE.

Jecha Point Fishing Lodge and Camp just a little further downstream from Chirundu than Tiger Safaris, has a wonderful location on the banks of the Zambezi River, and is a popular family destination for fishing, camping and informal, in-the-wild weddings.

At a short distance of 100 metres or so, just behind the camp, is a quiet little back-water channel of the Zambezi River which is a natural corridor for the wild animals in the area.   You can drive to it, or walk the short distance (be very cautious as there are no fences and elephant and buffalo frequently pass through), and once you get there, a delightful surprise awaits.  

Perched right above the channel is a very large acacia tree where the owners of Jecha have built a robust wooden tree-house viewing platform. Climb up a steep set of stairs and onto the firm wooden decking with guard rails all around.  Here you are perfectly safe, perched high in the canopy of the tree with the most magnificent view over the channel, the main camp and the Zambezi River beyond.  

It's worth spending a few hours sitting quietly up here with a pair of binoculars and a camera.  The birdlife is fantastic and every now and then animals wander through and past, completely oblivious of your presence.  We have watched elephant and buffalo herds, warthogs, bushbuck and a number of other species from this lovely place.

But what makes the treehouse even more special is that newly-married couples are offered the opportunity of spending their wedding night on the platform under a canopy of  stars!  The treehouse is decked with lights and a comfortable bridal bed and dining/breakfast table is prepared on the wooden deck.  There is even a discrete little bathroom under the stairs!   Obviously this type of experience will only appeal to adventurous spirits - but what a wonderful, wild and romantic idea!

If you have visited Jecha Point Fishing Lodge & Camp and would like to write a Travel Review about your experience, please do so online HERE.


Nick and Desiree Murray, owners of Bushlife Safaris report that during 2016  they rebuilt their intimate, semi-permanent tented camp "Little Vundu”.  

Little Vundu is located on the Zambezi River 3kms upstream from its larger parent, Vundu Camp.  It is available for exclusive use, offering a more adventurous, privately-guided option for small groups.  

"It is an amazing  spot in Mana Pools. We moved the tents onto the area between the channel and the river on the dining room side. The tents are are large and airy with ensuite running water for the bathrooms. We ran a few trips and everyone loved it."

The re-build includes new and spacious canvas tents (6m x 5m, each) all with twin beds, mosquito nets, fans, and an outside seating area.   Each has its own open-air, en-suite bathroom with a flush toilet, basin and shower.

Wholesome and healthy meals are prepared by a private chef and served in an open air dining room, under a canvas of stars at night.  

Filming wild dogs with the BBC
Bushlife Safaris also report that in 2016 they completed 250 days of filming the wild dogs of Mana Pools with the BBC for a landmark production coming out in 2018.  

"We have certainly learned a lot about what it takes to make a major feature documentary and also about the dogs which we have been  observing.  At this stage the working title of the series is "Dynasties" , but this may change.   Our section will be entitled "The Painted Wolves" and will be one hour of a 5-hour series which will include tigers, chimpanzees, penguins and lions."  

Through their Bushlife Support Unit, they are also raising funds to put tracking collars on some of Mana's iconic elephants to try to give them extra protection.  Funding for this is required and any support would be much appreciated.  

If you have visited Mana Pools with Bushlife Safaris and would like to write a Travel Review about your experience, please do so online at these links:-
Bushlife Safaris Reviews
Vundu Camp & Little Vundu Reviews 


Travel group, Africa Albida Tourism has announced that four more of their popular 2 and 3-bedroomed self-catering Lokuthula Lodges in Victoria Falls have become available to the public at the start of 2017.  This is thanks to the expiry of some pre-existing time-share leases. 

Two of these are 2-bedroomed (sleep 6) and two are 3-bedroomed (sleep 8), making a total of 14 self-catering lodges which can now be booked directly .  At the end of 2018, this total is likely to increase to 19, with a further five more lodges becoming available.  
The Lokuthula Lodges are located within the grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort, and are available either on a bed and breakfast basis or full self-catering.  They are ideal for families and groups.  

Ross Kennedy, CEO of Africa Albida Tourism says:  “This Lokuthula option is wonderful for families, destination weddings, conferences, as well as school and church groups and sports teams.  Several overland companies also use Lokuthula as their start or finish point in Victoria Falls for their Southern Africa itineraries. Combined with a night at The Boma - Dinner & Drum Show, it is a memorable way to begin or end a wonderful trip. The regional and local self-drive markets also favour Lokuthula, whilst French, Dutch, Belgian and other European tourists are regular visitors”. 

Along with the premium Victoria Falls Safari Club, award-winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and the luxurious Victoria Falls Safari Suites all within the same resort area, there is a range of accommodation on offer to suit different preferences and budgets.

If you have stayed at any of the above facilities and would like to share your experience, submit a Travel Review on at any of the above links.  Click REVIEWS and submit your comments online.  


Imvelo Safari Lodges have announced that their Zambezi Sands River Camp, is to accommodate a total of 20 people with the addition next year of new luxury twin Bedouin-style tents.

This lovely camp, is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in the western section of the Zambezi National Park about an hour's drive upstream from the Victoria Falls.  

Two new spacious and beautifully appointed tents will be added to the existing eight units and their large, tented, central dining/sitting/bar area which all overlook the Zambezi River.   These new additions will be ready from August 2017 and bookings are already open.

The camp has only been open for a year or so, yet it has already received rave reviews and a host of accolades from the safari industry.  In the 2017 Safari Awards (which recognise excellence in the safari industry), Zambezi Sands River Camp featured highly in the following categories:-   
•    Best New Safari Property - Runner Up
•    Best Safari Spa or Retreat - Runner Up
•    Most Romantic Safari Property - Runner Up
•    Best Location - Highly Commended

If you have stayed at Zambezi Sands River Camp, tell us about your experience by writing a Travel Review on  Submit your comment online HERE.

Families interested in visiting the Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park areas will be interested in an exciting new product from Imvelo Safari Lodges.   

"Kids on Safari" is an all inclusive 10-day, family-friendly circuit of four properties owned by Imvelo Safari Lodges.  It involves the following:
Gorges Lodge (Victoria Falls) 1 night ,
Camelthorn Lodge (Hwange) 3 nights
Nehimba Lodge Hwange) 3 nights
Zambezi Sands River Camp (Zambezi River upstream from Victoria Falls) 3 nights. 

The deal is:  Stay for 10 days, but pay for 7.  Children 12 and under are charged half price on accommodation (transfers charged at adult rates). Minimum child age 7 years.  An adult must accompany children at all times.

In addition to enjoying all the usual activities on offer at these camps  e.g. viewing the Victoria Falls through the rainforest, watching black eagles soaring over the Batoka Gorges (Gorges Lodge), game-drives in the National Park (Camelthorn & Nehimba) and river canoeing (Zambezi Sands), family groups can enjoy the following special highlights as part of this itinerary :-
•    bush walks looking at animal tracks
•    working through fun and educational bush activities from "kids on safari" booklets
•    learning how to cook the traditional Zimbabwean dish 'sadza' which is a staple based on maize flour
•    learning the art of the catapult from our younger guides
•    a soccer match with the local school children
•    walking to school with them (during school term)
•    a bush surprise treasure hunt.

Tell us about your experience as a family on safari with Imvelo Safari Lodge.  Submit an online Travel Review on the Wild Zambezi listings pages for Gorges Lodge and/or Zambezi Sands River Camp.

Goodbye 2016!    Happy travels in the wild in 2017! 

Thank you to the folks at Jecha Point Fishing Lodge & Camp, near Chirundu for this lovely photograph of three beautiful, jewel-like Southern Carmine Bee-Eaters. These are annual summer migrants who arrive in the Zambezi area from the Equatorial savannas of central Africa in  August-September each year.  If you visit then, you can enjoy the wonderful spectacle of hundreds of them flocking near their nesting holes  which are burrowed deep into the steep sides of sandbanks along the river.   By March (or sometimes even earlier) they have flown back to their winter homes.   

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