Zambezi Horse Safari

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe: (IT-ZMRT07)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/zimbabwe_zambezi_safari.aspx

Introduction
Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
The Zambezi: one of the legendary rivers of Africa, much written about, explored, and challenged, yet in the end still wild and unconquered - the heart of Africa's mystery and magic! Imagine riding your horse along the banks of this river, just above the magnificent Victoria Falls, with the rising spray from the Falls in the backdrop. Here you can and canter through open bush veld, explore hidden game paths, ride on to secret islands and then follow the natural pathways to the wilderness areas beyond. Our itineraries are loosely formed so we can cater best to your requests and track game based on movement. The first and last day will include the Zambezi River area. These are your main game viewing days. Further away the rides are more about scenery and distances, however there is a chance of seeing additional species such as giraffe, lion, zebra, rhino, elephant, eland, and sable, as well as bat-eared fox. Nocturnal species such as genet, spotted hyena, leopard, porcupine and aardvark may be seen on night-time game drives operated from our overnight lodge. Canters and gallops through long stretches of teak forest and will take us to the furthest reaches of the estate as we look for and track the rare and endangered Black Rhino. Finding these after following tracks and territorial markings through wild country is truly an experience to remember.

Explore the Zambezi National Park and reaches of the Zambezi River which so entranced David Livingstone when he first travelled downstream to the Falls, staying in beautiful accommodations along the way. With so much to discover, you'll be in for a trip of a lifetime!

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride so nights are spent in different locations.

Description
You'll be staying in lodges personally selected to complement your riding safari vacation. All rooms have a private bathroom with overhead fan/ air conditioning. You'll find a pool at every location to cool off after a long day's ride and WIFI access will allow you to keep in touch with loved ones.
Laundry can be done daily, if you give it to us in the morning we will have it back with you by the afternoon. There is a small charge per load, but is useful if you are going on to ride elsewhere and would like clean riding clothes when you arrive!

8-day trip Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Nights 1 - 4: Ursula’s Homestead
Night 5 & 6: Pioneers Lodge in Victoria Falls
Night 7: Old Drift

7-day trip Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Nights 1 - 4: Ursula’s Homestead
Night 5 & 6: Pioneers Lodge in Victoria Falls

Ursula’s Homestead
Situated on Nakavango Estate, a 7000 acre Private Game Reserve, Ursula Camp accommodates a maximum of 8 people in four chalets. Originally reserved by the owner of the Estate for himself and his family only, Ursula still retains its feel of a private African Safari home.  Dedicated safari guides will delight in revealing the beauty of this wonderful estate both by jeep and on horseback. With its beautiful gardens overlooking the Game Reserve, magnificent trees and tranquil atmosphere, Ursula is truly a hidden gem. Furnished with classical ‘Old Africa’ type furniture and eclectic memorabilia, old books and crisp white linens, Old Ursula has the feel of a rather special but nevertheless private family holiday home.

Pioneers Lodge in Victoria Falls
Set in lush gardens with beautifully manicured lawns, this 50 room lodge is a great option for those who value comfort and elegance. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated in a classic style, and each has a clear and open view of the garden.  As well as comfortable furniture, multi plugs and good lighting, they all feature air-conditioners, fans, room safes, mosquito nets and tea/coffee making facilities. Each room has its own bathroom en-suite with shower, toilet and a double vanity unit. Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the lodge.
In the gardens, you will find two swimming pools that you can use at leisure.

Old Drift
The lodge lies a few kilometres upstream of the Victoria Falls, on the banks of the Zambezi River. It boasts luxury accommodation with elegant and spacious canvas en-suite rooms that blend in seamlessly with the natural environment. The suites are resplendent and stylish with an indoor and outdoor shower, private plunge pool and bath with a view.
The main lodge area has 360 degree views, North facing onto the Zambezi & South facing onto a water hole.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is mandatory if we are unable to find another rider to share.


Meals
All breakfasts are included in your program.
Meals included in the 8-day program: Half-board at Ursula's Homestead (brunch and dinner) and full board at Pioneers Lodge and Old Drift.
Meals included in the 7-day program: Half-board at Ursula's Homestead (brunch and dinner) and full board at Pioneers Lodge.

Meals are simple, but tasty, with plenty of fruits, fresh vegetables, and salads.
Tap water in town is perfectly drinkable, and of course the water in camps is pumped from their own wells. However bottled water is widely available too. 

Wine/ beer is available for purchase at Old Drift and Ursula.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Riding Experience
This trip is suitable for strong intermediate riders. Keep in mind we ride through highly dense game areas. Clients must be fit and confident at all paces, including rising trot, and capable of trotting at a rising trot for a minimum of 15 minutes at a stretch. The more proficient and fitter you are the more you will enjoy your trip.

Riding
We spend between 4-6 hours in the saddle per day. This includes refreshment breaks and a short 10-minute walk for every 2 hours spent in the saddle (for the horses back, and your own muscles). The times given for rides are an estimate – we do not clock watch and may decide to alter and adapt the route.
Within reason, we like to tailor our trips to suit you. If you do not like what is happening let us know.
At the end of each riding day, we meet to discuss with you and amongst ourselves what we have seen, and plan our next day accordingly. We get continuous updates on game movement patterns throughout the area to ensure the best experience, so we may change a route – but only for your benefit.

Terrain
Magnificent and varied terrain, from the shady banks of the Zambezi, to rugged mopane woodland and wide ranging Kalahari sand dunes and teak forests. Riding on the banks of the Zambezi at any water level is an experience itself. All rides start here, moving away after the first morning through other varied terrain. Kalahari sand fire breaks are the best places to gallop.
The rural areas up to Gorges offer the most dramatic and beautiful scenery – rugged and starkly beautiful in the dry season, the experience of seeing black eagles soaring in the gorge below you is unforgettable.



Horses
The owner personally chooses and schools the horses herself, before they are used on safaris. She is assisted by a dedicated team of staff, who also ensures that the horses are happy and healthy.
The horses are mostly thoroughbred, some mixed, some Anglo Arabs. Between 14 – 16.2hh. They vary from gentle hacks to top polocrosse ponies.
As the stables are in a world heritage site and surrounded by National Park, everything the horses eat is brought in, ensuring that each horse has an excellent and closely monitored diet.

Guiding
Qualified, licensed guides lead all rides, and are accompanied by a back up rider. Both are dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A keen interest is taken in the environment as well as the flora and fauna of the area. You will also learn many of the traditional uses of plants and trees, basic principles of tracking, and aspects of traditional village life.
All guides and back up riders are trained in first aid procedures and emergency situations. Each ride starts with a safety talk, and you will be reminded of details should circumstances require.

Weight Limit
We have a weight limit of 85 kg. This is your weight in your riding clothes and should include anything else you wish to carry. Our guides will carry your water for you. To avoid embarrassment be warned that you may be required to step on the scales!
An extra charge of 50% is required for riders above our weight limit if allowed to ride. Please note this is at the discretion of the company and subject to individual experience and circumstances. Allowances may be made only for very experienced riders, or for those who are tall and fit.

Non-Riders
We can accommodate non-riders. Non-riding activities include Rhino search, Evening/ game drives at Imbabala (for 8-day itinerary) & Canoeing. For an added fee, you can also take a walking safari with Charles Brightman, do an Elephant Encounter or go on a Helicopter flight.

Children
We do accept children but they must be strong competent riders. Please inquire. There is no adjustment in price for children.

Insurance
You will need to be covered by your own full Medical/Travel Insurance, of which we ask you provide us with details prior to the start of your ride. Please check whether your insurance covers you for riding without a helmet, should you wish to do so.

Wildlife
Birds and other wildlife abound, of all colours, shapes and sizes. Lilac-breasted rollers, white-fronted bee-eaters and trumpeter hornbills are common, and if you are lucky you may glimpse the brilliant green and bright scarlet colours of the elusive Schalow's Turaco, which is found along the riverine forest.
Depending on the season you may see elephant, buffalo, kudu, impala, bushbuck, waterbuck, banded mongoose and warthog. Along the river can be found hippo and crocodile, and occasionally cape clawless otters may also be spotted. There are several resident leopard and hyena are also present in the area, but rarely spotted, and even wild dog are sometimes seen during the rains. But remember, no game is guaranteed!

Itinerary


Sample Itinerary: 8-day Program - subject to changes

Note: We may choose to vary the order and type of camps used, most especially to take advantage of game movement. Please note that any variation in route or camps will be only to increase the value and quality of the safari and always in the client’s best interest. Cost and content of the safari will remain the same. 
On any day and at any camp there are plenty of opportunities for game viewing, and each day’s riding includes a wide variety of magnificent scenery.


Day 1: Arrival
A representative from Ursula’s Homestead will meet you at Victoria Falls Airport and transfer you to your accommodation. After settling in, we will meet you for your afternoon ride. A safety talk and pre trip briefing will see us on our way for the start of your adventure here. This afternoon will be your first introduction to this area and a chance to see if you are happy with your horse, your saddle and so on.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 2: Private Game Reserve
We will be up and on our horses as the sun rises, to spend the morning in the saddle. Exactly where we go will depend on our inclination and game movement. Tracks and territorial markings will put us on the trail of rhino, giraffe and other species. You will learn how to identify and age feeding signs and other marks as you and your horse become part of the environment. And of course there are long canters, rivers to play in – a world to enjoy.
The late morning will see us back at the Homestead for brunch and a chance to relax by the pool watching wildlife at the waterhole in front of the camp.
The afternoon and evening will be spent on a game drive and bush dinner, exploring areas we may not have reached on horseback.
Meals included: Brunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 3: Ride around Ursula's Homestead
Sunrise start again today for another fabulous ride as we range farther afield: long canters will take us to new areas to look for more animals or just explore. Once back at the homestead you enjoy a well deserved brunch.
The afternoon will be spent on a game drive and bush dinner or visiting the MORE Community Trust.
Meals included: Brunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 4: Relax
This morning, you can choose what you want to do between the following activities: Rafting, Canopy Tour, Helicopter Flight, Elephant Encounter and much more (inquire for more information - all activities are at extra cost).
In the afternoon, we will visit the Victoria falls Wildlife Trust.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 5: Victoria Falls
Today, we ride through Zambezi National Park via Chambonda, making our way towards the Zambezi River. At the end of our ride (IPMI stables) we are transferred to the Pioneers Lodge.
In the afternoon, you may use a complementary shuttle to visit the Falls and the local markets.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Pioneers Lodge in Victoria Falls

Day 6: Zambezi National Park
After breakfast, we go on a long morning ride through the National Park.
Afternoon at leisure for optional activities or just relaxing at the lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Pioneers Lodge in Victoria Falls


Day 7: Last Ride & River Safari
Today, we will ride from the lodge directly into the National Park. We will ride along the banks of the Zambezi river, ending at a fabulous secret location.
The afternoon and evening will be spent on a river safari, enjoying a magnificent sunset to the sound of hippos and fish eagles.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Old Drift


Day 8: Departure
Your final morning will be spent exploring Zambezi National Park in the sunrise, by vehicle or even foot. You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast before transferring to the airport for your outgoing flight.
Meals included: Breakfast

Note: We may choose to vary the order and type of camps used, most especially to take advantage of game movement. Please note that any variation in route or camps will be only to increase the value and quality of the safari and always in the client’s best interest. Cost and content of the safari will remain the same.
On any day and at any camp there are plenty of opportunities for game viewing, and each day’s riding includes a wide variety of magnificent scenery.




Sample Itinerary: 7-day Program - subject to changes

Note: weather and game movement patterns may cause itinerary changes. This will always be in the guests best interests.


Day 1: Arrival
A representative from Ursula’s Homestead will meet you at Victoria Falls Airport and transfer you to your accommodation. After settling in, we will meet you for your afternoon ride. A safety talk and pre trip briefing will see us on our way for the start of your adventure here. This afternoon will be your first introduction to this area and a chance to see if you are happy with your horse, your saddle and so on.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 2: Private Game Reserve
We will be up and on our horses as the sun rises, to spend the morning in the saddle. Exactly where we go will depend on our inclination and game movement. Tracks and territorial markings will put us on the trail of rhino, giraffe and other species. You will learn how to identify and age feeding signs and other marks as you and your horse become part of the environment. And of course there are long canters, rivers to play in – a world to enjoy.
The late morning will see us back at the Homestead for brunch and a chance to relax by the pool watching wildlife at the waterhole in front of the camp.
The afternoon and evening will be spent on a game drive and bush dinner, exploring areas we may not have reached on horseback.
Meals included: Brunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 3: Ride around Ursula's Homestead
Sunrise start again today for another fabulous ride as we range farther afield: long canters will take us to new areas to look for more animals or just explore. Once back at the homestead you enjoy a well deserved brunch.
The afternoon will be spent on a game drive and bush dinner or visiting the MORE Community Trust.
Meals included: Brunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 4: Relax
This morning, you can choose what you want to do between the following activities: Rafting, Canopy Tour, Helicopter Flight, Elephant Encounter and much more (inquire for more information - all activities are at extra cost).
In the afternoon, we will visit the Victoria falls Wildlife Trust.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 5: Victoria Falls
Today, we ride through Zambezi National Park via Chambonda, making our way towards the Zambezi River. At the end of our ride (IPMI stables) we are transferred to the Pioneers Lodge.
In the afternoon, you may use a complementary shuttle to visit the Falls and the local markets.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Pioneers Lodge in Victoria Falls

Day 6: Zambezi National Park
After breakfast, we go on a long morning ride through the National Park.
Afternoon at leisure for optional activities or just relaxing at the lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Pioneers Lodge in Victoria Falls


Day 7: Last Ride & Departure
Today, we will ride from the lodge directly into the National Park. After the ride, we transfer you to the airport.
Meals included: Breakfast


Note: We may choose to vary the order and type of camps used, most especially to take advantage of game movement. Please note that any variation in route or camps will be only to increase the value and quality of the safari and always in the client’s best interest. Cost and content of the safari will remain the same.
On any day and at any camp there are plenty of opportunities for game viewing, and each day’s riding includes a wide variety of magnificent scenery.




Optional Activities
- Rafting High or Low Water (morning only) - 120 USD pp + 10 USD conservation fee pp
- Rafting & Riverboard Combo (morning only) - 190 USD pp + 10 USD conservation fee pp
- Flying Fox (morning or afternoon) - 50 USD pp + 3 USD conservation fee pp
- Zipline (morning or afternoon) - from 80 USD pp + 3 USD conservation fee pp
- Gorge Swing (morning or afternoon) - from 100 USD pp + 3 USD conservation fee pp
- Canopy Tour (morning or afternoon) - 60 USD pp + 3 USD conservation fee pp
- Bicycle Tour (morning or afternoon) - 45 USD pp 
- Helicopter Flight (morning or afternoon) - from 150 USD pp for 12-13 minutes
- Wild Horizons Elephant Encounter (morning or afternoon) - 120 USD pp + 10 USD conservation fee pp
- Devils Pools Excursion (breakfast, lunch or high tea) - from 110 USD pp + 10 USD conservation fee pp - usually this is NOT available from February to June due to high water
- Chobe Day Trip (morning only) - 165 USD pp + 25 USD conservation fee pp
- Fishing (morning only) - 187 USD pp + 15 USD conservation fee pp
- Canoeing (morning only) - 180 USD pp + 10 USD conservation fee pp
- Walking Safari (morning or afternoon) - 95 USD pp + 15 USD conservation fee pp

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Non-Riders
Talk to us about a custom itinerary for you while your partner is out on horseback. Activities could include a walking safari, canopy tour, village tour, etc.
 


Rates and Dates for Zambezi Horse Safari

Rates include:


8-day trip: Accommodations, Breakfasts, 5 riding days, Overnight Zambezi canoe ride, Transfers, Game drive at Ursula & Game drive and river safari at Imbabala
7-day trip:Accommodations, Breakfasts, 5 riding days, Overnight Zambezi canoe ride, Transfers & Game drive at Ursula
Limited range of half chaps, jodhpurs trousers and shirts available for loan

Packages and Options




Rates Note:

Discounted rates applicable for 4 consecutive days at Ursula and early bookings!

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

Discounted rates applicable for 4 consecutive days at Ursula and early bookings!


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2021 Transfer from/to Victoria Falls on first & last day is included $0
2021 Extra night at Imbabala (includes FB, game drive, river safari, local drinks), dbl, pp - (High) $365
2021 Extra night at Imbabala (includes FB, game drive, river safari, local drinks), single - (High) $335
2021 Extra night at Imbabala (includes FB, game drive, river safari, local drinks), double/single - (Low) $330
2021 Extra night at VFSL, dbl, pp (High) $270
2021 Extra night at VFSL, single (High) $335
2021 Extra night at VFSL, dbl/ single, pp (Low) $245

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
C 2021 01/11 - 03/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip with overnight ca... 1 /6 Reserve
F 2021 01/11 - 03/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip with overnight ca... 1 /6 Reserve
I 2021 01/11 - 03/31 10d / 9n 10 day Safari (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
B 2021 04/01 - 06/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip with overnight ca... 1 /6 Reserve
E 2021 04/01 - 06/30 7d / 6n 7 day trip with overnight ca... 1 /6 Reserve
H 2021 04/01 - 06/30 10d / 9n 10 day Safari (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
A 2021 07/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip with overnight ca... 1 /6 Reserve
D 2021 07/01 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip with overnight ca... 1 /6 Reserve
G 2021 07/01 - 10/31 10d / 9n 10 day Safari (High) 1 /6 Reserve
C 2021 11/01 - 12/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip with overnight ca... 1 /6 Reserve
F 2021 11/01 - 12/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip with overnight ca... 1 /6 Reserve
I 2021 11/01 - 12/19 10d / 9n 10 day Safari (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
A 2021 12/20 - 01/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip with overnight ca... 1 /6 Reserve
D 2021 12/20 - 01/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip with overnight ca... 1 /6 Reserve
G 2021 12/20 - 01/10 10d / 9n 10 day Safari (High) 1 /6 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:


8-day trip: Most lunches and dinners, Conservation fee (mandatory), Entry Visa (please bring cash for this), Park fees where applicable (cash payment is usually best), Gratuities, Medical and travel insurance (mandatory) & Optional Extras like walking safari with Charles Brightman ($95pp), Helicopter flight ($165pp) and Elephant encounter ($100pp)
7-day trip: Most lunches and dinners, Conservation fee (mandatory), Entry Visa (please bring cash for this), Park fees where applicable (cash payment is usually best), Gratuities, Medical and travel insurance (mandatory) & Optional Extras like walking safari with Charles Brightman ($95pp), Helicopter flight ($165pp) and Elephant encounter ($100pp)

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Zambezi National Park & Victoria Falls Safari Ride (IT-ZMRT07):

The policy below only applies to bookings affected by a legitimate COVID-19 related condition:
• It is possible to postpone your trip
• Non-COVID-19 related cancellations will incur the terms of our standard cancellation policy, and the deposit paid will be non-refundable

COVID-19 QUALIFYING CONDITIONS
• The government in the guest’s country of residence restricts travel, which has a direct causal impact on the guest’s travel plans
• Travel restrictions on the destination/s are imposed by the guest’s country of residence
• South Africa or Zimbabwe fall under official government sanctioned lockdown
• South Africa or Zimbabwe close their borders to all international travellers, or to travellers from the guest’s country of residence.
• International flights are cancelled, with no alternative routing available to reach South Africa or Zimbabwe
• A mandatory quarantine period is imposed by South Africa or Zimbabwe, or on return to the guest’s country of residence
• The guest’s country of residence has imposed a COVID-19 related travel advisory
• If the guest has contracted COVID-19 and is in quarantine or under medical treatment up to 48 hours prior to travel. In such a case, supportive documentation will be required

Please note that there might be a slight variation on the 7 and 8-day safaris as some of those participating lodges have different policies.

PCR tests:  Someone comes to your lodge at a time suitable (your lodge/hotel arranges this for you) and delivers the result at a time suitable to you. All travelers comment how quick, efficient painless and seamless it is here.

Quarantine: As of January 20th 2021, there is no mandatory quarantine in place.


For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Victoria Falls
Airport: Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA)
Transfer: Victoria Falls

Climate:
                                            Victoria Falls area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

86

86

86

85

82

78

77

83

90

93

91

87

Average Low Temperature (°F)

66

66

64

58

51

45

44

50

58

65

66

66

Average High Temperature (°C)

30

30

30

30

28

25

25

28

32

34

33

31

Average Low Temperature (°C)

19

19

18

15

10

7

7

10

14

18

19

19

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

11

10

6

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

7

11

Source: NOAA
 
 
Seasons
Basically Zimbabwe has a hot dry season, a hot wet season and winter.

Rainy season (November to March)
During the rains, it can still be very hot, with clear skies as well. When it does rain, even when the rain is torrential, it is never cold, and often is hot and dry shortly after, so your rain wear must be good, but lightweight and easy to carry. Bring a fleece for the evenings and early mornings in case it’s cool.

Winter (April to August)
By April it may be cooling off slightly in the evenings, but still hot during the day. May’s much the same, but can be cooler. June-July are usually the coldest months. It can get very cold at night and in the early mornings, on vlei areas there may even be frost in July, but going up to about 26 degrees Celsius (78 Fahrenheit) in the day. August gets a bit warmer, but still cool at night.
So layers you can remove are best.

Dry season (September to November)
These are the hot dry months that we have before the rains start. You might need a fleece so bring one, but mostly dress for hot weather, and strong sun. Mostly people tend to underestimate how hot their clothes might be. But to give you an idea, your guide rides in sandals, jeans or light weight cotton trousers and t-shirt in summer, much the same and short boots in winter.

What To Bring:
All Camps and Lodges are fully equipped with beds bedding towels and so forth.
All have bathroom or shower en suite. Electricity outlets are the same as in the UK ... so you may need an adapter for the Type G (a British three-pin rectangular blade)

Clothing: Please wear safari (dull) colors: no white or bright colors. Cotton is preferable.
  •  Jeans /trousers – whatever you’re comfortable riding in
  •  Jeans /trousers for evenings - 1 pair.
  •  Short sleeved cotton shirt or t shirt x 2.
  •  Long sleeved cotton shirt x 2: light weight for sun protection.
  • 1 warm jerseys/ fleece- more in winter: June – July can be very cold at night and in the early morning
  •  Money belt to carry cash, small camera & sun block when riding.
  •  Sunglasses.
  •  Sun hat
  • Camera – one that incorporates a zoom like a Panasonic Lumix DMC H17, a Nikon PS100, Canon S5 IS those small Sony’s or whatever you prefer.
  • Trainers / short boots  (long boots are too hot)
  • Trainers / sandals for in camp.
  • Swimming costume – all camps have a swimming pool
  • Chaps or half chaps   - optional.
  • Riding gloves   - optional.
  •  Plenty of Sun block   - the stronger the better.
  •  Insect repellent.
  • Malaria pills - this is a malaria area. Note: be wary of taking larium – at this altitude it has bad side effects on almost everybody and can ruin your holiday.
  •  Any personal medication. If you suffer from allergies please bring necessary medication and, in the case of food allergies, an epipen with you.Victoria Falls and surrounding areas have remained free of the health problems that have affected some parts of Zimbabwe. A big community effort has ensured that our water supplies are pure, our hospitals and clinics are well supplied with medication and equipment. Please bring any personal medication with you.
  •  Remember the pollen count is high - so if you are prone to allergies or hay fever and have a preferred treatment that does not make you sleepy you may want to bring that as well. We do carry some and you can buy medicines of course - but if you have to buy anything here it will of course cost more than you'd pay at home. 
  • All camps are fully equipped with sheets, towels, blankets, en suite bathrooms - and real beds
  • Finance: bring cash – US$ in small denominations if possible, as well as travelers cheques. Park fees are payable in cash only. Entry fee to the Falls is additional, and will cost US$20pp. Whilst extra activities must be paid for in foreign currency, you may use local currency for meals, drinks and shopping. But you may not exchange traveler’s cheques for local or foreign cash, nor can you use your credit card to buy foreign cash. Do not count on crossing into Zambia to draw cash with your credit card – the visa fees are now much higher than those for Zimbabwe -US$125 for a US citizen, 75 pounds or US$140 for British passport holders.
  • Credit cards are not accepted in Zimbabwe, but you can use them elsewhere. Do not change money on the streets or at the airport.
Other stuff:
A broad-brimmed hat in canvas or light felt is essential, ventilated if possible. Plain leather or heavy felt is too hot, straw is too fragile. Peaked caps do not shade your head properly, but are useful as an extra.
We strongly recommend wearing a helmet, and it’s always better to bring your own- for a helmet to be truly safe it must fit. If you are buying specially a ventilated one is a good idea. The sort of lightweight ventilated helmet used for endurance or western riding is ideal, and it must have a peak Dark color helmets will be hot, but if they have ventilation holes they should be fine. You could of course make a light tan cotton cover for the helmet and even dampen this to cool it if it gets hot. An alternative is to buy a ventilated trail helmet such as troxel: http://www.doversaddlery.com/troxel-dakota-duratec-riding-hemlet-in-trail-dust/p/X1-36131/.
However do bring shady hat as well. Please note that all children under 16 MUST wear a helmet. We do have a limited selection available, but your own is always best. Again – no black, no white, and no bright colors.  
Avoid tight clothing and shoes – go one size up if anything.
Avoid synthetic boots or shoes, always leather or canvas – actually long boots in any form should be avoided, and if you like to wear something on your lower leg go for half- chaps, in canvas for this climate.
If you usually ride in gloves, bring them, they do not take up much space.
Chose your jodhpurs, jeans or riding trousers carefully –not all cuts of jeans are suitable for riding – and you will be in the saddle for long stretches of time.  Avoid anything with lumpy seams.
Pay special attention to the knees – knee seams and even knee pads can be agony after a while.
It is important to remember that even in midwinter it can be very hot in the middle of the day, so coolness is on paramount importance, and layers of clothing are best.
Always wear cotton, or cotton mix. There s nothing cooler. And please no white or bright colors go for fawns, tans, khakis and greens. Very dark colors, black and navy blue are very hot and very uncomfortable to wear for any stretch of time.
Wear a loose fitting cotton shirt with short sleeves and a collar – this will protect your neck and shoulders from sunburn. You are also protected from thorns. Bring a long sleeved one if you are sensitive to sun
Some clients bring a lightweight fleece seat saver, to put on their saddle, which can make all the difference! 

For the Canoe overnight trip:
We suggest to bring shorts, river shoes, sun block, mosquito repellent, torch, hats, sunglasses, towels, cameras (spare film/SD cards/disks!), binoculars and warm clothing in winter.

Finally no-one wants to loose their luggage, but it happens very often on international flights the world over so try and carry your most vital things and at least one change of clothing with you. Check the maximum baggage size and weight you can take on board the aircraft, and pack all you can in there!

Enjoy your Safari!

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
**Important: Visa (check with your consulate for entry requirements, you may need to obtain your Visa prior to arrival**)

 

RIDING GEAR
Long trousers/jeans/jodphurs.
Takkies/trainers or riding boots – hiking boots will be too hot + Minichaps
Riding helmet  (best to bring your own)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
 

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Dull-coloured clothing; no white or bright colours
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Sleepwear
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Small automatic cameras only (extra batteries/film)
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm