Zimbabwe Dreaming

Hwange National Park & Azura Marlin Beach

Go off the grid in Zimbabwe and spend time in two different locations in Hwange National Park, full to the brim of wildlife encounters and walking safaris. Then, a quick stopover in Johannesburg and a short flight to Vilanculos will have you at the gin-clear waters of Benguerra Island and the fun and funky Azura Marlin Beach, the perfect spot for some island-style R&R.

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- Raw and authentic safari experiences in the heart of Hwange National Park.
- Head out on foot and walk with the wild things, an armed guard by your side.
- Enjoy sun-drenched days at the Indian Ocean and snorkel, sail and swim to your heart’s content.


At this time of year, Hwange is hot and humid and temperatures hover around an average 30 degrees Celsius during the day. Be prepared for spectacular rainstorms, usually in the afternoons and evenings, and always pack a rain jacket! Rain is more likely in January and February – by March the rains are petering out – but all months are green and glorious. In Mozambique, conditions are similar – hot, humid and with the chance of rain later in the day. Turtle hatchlings start to appear along the beaches from late January onwards.

As the rain subsides in Hwange, the bush emerges green and thick and the landscape is beautiful. It’s a fantastic time of year to be on safari, with cool, pleasant days that are particularly good for walking safaris. Evenings and mornings can be chilly, but it all adds to the atmosphere. In Mozambique, it’s a similarly lovely time to visit and one of the best times of year for scuba diving. Whales also start to arrive along the coastline around this time of year.

Zimbabwe and Mozambique are in their iconic states at this time of year. Both are enjoying endlessly sunny days that aren’t too hot (or cold) and it’s one of the best times of year to visit for fantastic wildlife sightings, marine explorations and dreamy beachside days.

In October, the temperatures in southern Africa suddenly start to rise. October is one of the hottest and driest months of the year and in Hwange, the game viewing is incredible. Be prepared to rise early, especially for walking. November and December bring the first drops of rain in both the bush and at the beach, but don’t let that put you off – it’s still a lovely time to visit, and the rain can bring a welcome cool.


MOVE: Arrive in Vic Falls and fly from Vic Falls International Airport to Robin’s Airstrip in Hwange National Park. Road transfer to Deteema Springs Camp.


From its location next to the Deteema dam in northwestern Hwange, Deteema Springs is all about incredible wildlife sightings in enormous, open spaces. An absolute highlight is a walking safari with one of the incredible guides; there really is nothing like traversing the bush on foot, inhaling the smells, and looking for the smaller things that you often miss from a vehicle.

MOVE: Road transfer to Verney’s Camp.

Stay: 3 nights VERNEY’S CAMP

Situated in a 10,000-hectare private concession in the heart of Hwange and overlooking a prolific waterhole, Verney’s is an elephant playground. Sit back and watch the herds amble past camp, G&T in hand, or hop in a 4x4 on morning or afternoon game drives and immerse yourself in the action.

MOVE: Road transfer to Manga Airstrip and fly back to Victoria Falls International Airport. Fly from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg.

STAY: Overnight at InterContinental Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport.

PLAY: Swap your walking boots for your swimming cossie and get ready to head to the beach!

MOVE: Fly from Johannesburg to Vilanculos, Mozambique, with Airlink. On arrival in Vilanculos, take a scenic heli flight to Marlin Beach.

Stay: 4 nights at AZURA MARLIN BEACH

PLAY: Fun, funky and utterly chilled out, Marlin Beach is home for the next few days. Take to the water and dive, snorkel or whale-watch (when the time is right), or sink into a four-poster day bed on the sand and stay there for 4 nights… The choice is yours!

MOVE: Take the heli from Azura Marlin Beach to Vilanculos. Fly from Vilanculos to Johannesburg on Airlink. Depart ex Joburg on an international flight.


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