May 21-28, 2021
Experience how the Africa Centre for Holistic Management and its partner communities enhance food and water security and human livelihoods through training that utilizes livestock to restore degraded watersheds, wildlife habitat, and croplands to health.
See the elephant, lion, buffalo, sable, giraffe, kudu, leopard, and other incredible wildlife of Dimbangombe, along with Chobe and Hwange National Parks through the locally guided river, vehicle and walking safaris.
Visit the world-famous Victoria Falls, enjoy a dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi and high tea on the veranda of the Victoria Falls Hotel, stay at the beautiful Dimbangombe Safari Lodge in bungalows and chalets unique to the African bush.
Itinerary (Subject to change)
Friday, May 21 – Welcome to Zimbabwe!
Arrive at Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) where the group will be met by members of the ACHM team who will drive you to our accommodations at the Dimbangombe Safari Lodge. The uniquely decorated dining hall, lounge and bar area provide a great place to relax during your visit.
At Dimbangombe you will enjoy excellent lodging, delicious home-cooked meals prepared by our experienced chefs and a daily tea and coffee station. Stunning views stretch across luminous expanses of lush bush where some of the most exciting landscape transformations are going on with the help of our cattle, sheep and goats, our herds of sable, kudu, and buffalo, and the lions that follow them. After arrival, settle into your room and enjoy dinner and sundowners looking out on the tall grass of the Africa Centre.
Saturday, May 22 – Savory Network - The Africa Centre for Holistic Management in Action
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast looking out on the local savannah. Following breakfast, we will connect with the ACHM Training and Consultancy team who will take us on a morning tour of the Dimbangombe Learning Site and provide insight on the successful restoration and management of this incredible place. This 3,200-hectare learning site lies 32 km south of Victoria Falls and at the heart of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area – the largest such conservation area in the world.
Dimbangombe is home to a sizeable wildlife population, a land management herd of cattle, sheep, and goats, an impressive team of herders, and an ever-improving landscape. On Dimbangombe, perennial river flow is improving, and forage is abundant and feeding a growing wildlife population and 400% more livestock than when they began. Later in the afternoon, we will drive into Victoria Falls town for a tour of the high-density suburb of Chinotimba. Take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant neighborhood and enjoy an authentic Zimbabwean meal at a local trendy restaurant as the sun sets on your 1st day in Zimbabwe.
Sunday, May 23 – Communal Visit to Zambezi Village
After breakfast, we will join the Training and Consultancy team visiting local communities working with and benefiting from the Holistic Land and Livestock management initiative. ACHM is collaborating with its neighbors in the 40,000-hectare Hwange Communal Lands to develop effective methods and materials for introducing Holistic Management to agro-pastoral communities.
Today those methods and materials are used throughout Africa and a growing number of communities within the Hwange Communal Lands to serve as extended learning sites where visitors and trainees benefit from first-hand exposure to the challenges and rewards real communities face in using livestock to restore their land. At these community learning sites, forage production has increased four-fold or more, rivers are flowing again, and livestock are healthier and more productive. Learn directly from this inspiring community and experience the practical application of Holistic Management in a communal context. The community will showcase their activities and share success stories and challenges met through the implementation of Holistic Management.
For lunch, we will enjoy a traditional, community prepared meal with the locals. If you have used clothes, shoes, funds or other goods you would like to donate to the community this is a good place to give. Following our time with the community, we will enjoy a relaxing evening and dinner back at Dimbangombe.
Monday, May 24 – Victoria Falls
Following breakfast, we will drive to the town of Victoria Falls where we will spend the morning exploring the various overlooks and feel the incredible power of Victoria Falls – “the Smoke that Thunders”. Lunch is on your own today. We recommend one of the excellent restaurants in town.
During the afternoon, you are free to explore the many activities available including cultural visits to the local village, Flight of Angels - a fixed-wing or helicopter flight over the falls, and for the more adventurous there is bungee jumping, an ultralight flight over the falls, canoeing, and river boarding. You can also spend your time visiting the Victoria Falls Hotel and enjoy high tea with spectacular views on the hotel veranda. Many of these options can be prearranged through the Dimbangombe office.
In the evening, we will meet again as a group for our sunset dinner cruise on the Zambezi River. Enjoy an excellent dinner on the boat while watching the evening wildlife on the mighty Zambezi.
Tuesday, May 25 – Herding and Predator Management at ACHM
After a great breakfast, we will spend another day with the Dimbangombe Training and Consultancy team learning about the key principles used in low-stress livestock handling techniques and predator management in this diverse place. Experience a practical, hands-on herding session and learn from experienced herders about movable livestock enclosures and their role in predator management.
We will also visit the experiential crop field surrounded by various types of walls to see which is most effective at preventing elephant charges allowing farmers to safely defend their fields. Dinner tonight is at the Boma restaurant near Victoria Falls. Enjoy a delicious Zimbabwean buffet meal with traditional drumming, music, and dancing.
Wednesday, May 26 – Chobe National Park, Botswana
Today is dedicated to a full day experience in Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. Chobe is Botswana’s first national park and has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. By size, it is the third-largest park in Botswana and is the most biologically diverse.
After an early breakfast at Dimbangombe, we will drive across the Zimbabwe/Botswana border to the Chobe River within the park. Our experience will start with a three-hour cruise on the river spotting many species famous to this area including hippos, crocodiles and many other animals who visit the river. Following the cruise, we will enjoy an excellent buffet lunch at the Chobe Safari Lodge and an open vehicle game drive. This is a wonderful opportunity to see what has made this beautiful national park so famous.
Thursday, May 27 – The Land and Wildlife of ACHM
We will begin our day with on an early morning walking safari with one of ACHM’s able game scouts. There’s no comparison between what you see on foot compared to what is visible from a vehicle. You will learn how to track animals and identify the species you see and hear. ACHM has a rich variety of bird life, numerous antelope, an array of riparian vegetation, including enormous trees home to many small and large wildlife species, and dangerous game, which our scouts know how to deal with.
After lunch, we will head out onto the ranch to see firsthand the direct effects of regenerative management on the local wildlife and land. We will finish our exploration of the ranch at the lion-proof kraals where the herders keep animals at night. We will help move the animals into the kraal and learn about herd management in harmony with natural predators. Take the later afternoon and evening to relax and enjoy a farewell dinner with the group.
Friday, May 28 – Depart
Enjoy breakfast, say goodbye to our hosts and catch the shuttle to Victoria Falls International airport (VFA) for your flight home.
Price is per person, double occupancy. If you would like single occupancy accommodations, please immediately make this request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and expect to spend an additional USD $300 if there is space available. International airfare to/from Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) is not included.
Group Size: 6 – 12 Guests
Inclusions: All meals as stated in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), lodging on the nights of May 21 – 27, 2021, ground transportation, park and conservancy fees, safaris and game walks, Zambezi cruise.
Exclusions: International airfare to/from Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA), optional activities around Victoria Falls, tips, personal travel insurance (highly recommended), additional personal travel expenses.
What to Expect
Unique bungalows and chalets at Dimbangombe Safari Lodge.
This itinerary is a journey in the truest sense; travelers should be flexible, keep an open mind, be in good health and expect to walk short distances in the African bush. Roads will often be unpaved with long drives in a 4×4 vehicle.
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