Lionesses in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe         

On Safari in

Zimbabwe and Botswana


  • We flew into Zimbabwe via Harare, the capital city. Our first night we stayed in Kariba on the Zambezi River in northern Zimbabwe.

  • We started out our trip on a canoe safari from Chirundu to Mana Pools in Zimbabwe

  • Then we took a boat across Lake Kariba to Matusadona National Park for a walking safari called The Lion Trail.

  • Next we spent four days in Hwange National Park at the Linkwasha Wilderness Camp.

  • We spent the next two days in Botswana on the border of Chobe National Park, at the Muchenje Lodge.

  • We spent three days in Victoria Falls, including rafting down the famous Zambezi River rapids.

  • Our last stop was in Matopo National Park, home of most of the rhinos in Zimbabwes and some cool cave paintings.
  • Chobe National Park Hwange National Park Victoria Falls Matobo National Park Matusadona National Park Canoe Trip View Larger Map

    You also might be interested in our equipment and clothing suggestions, the photographic equipment we used, or our general health recommendations for such a trip.


    All of our trip except the canoe trip was planned by Ian Proctor at Ultimate Africa.

        Ian put our trip together on very short notice, and still somehow managed to get us to Kariba within hours of the arrival of the rest of Shawn's family for our canoe trip. For each leg of our journey there was always someone at the airport up holding a sign saying "SMITH X 2", waiting to take us to our next stop. I have to give Ian credit for planning such a hassle-free trip.

        By the way, I am not in the travel business, so I have nothing to gain from this site. I just wanted to put some information out there that I wish I'd known before my trip...



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