Wednesday, January 26, 2011


The interest in Zimbabwe continues to pick up! New Frontiers received more bookings to Zimbabwe last month than we have in 5 years!

With the increase in tourism traffic, so the access and infrastructure improves. Selling Zimbabwe is now so much easier – with the highly improved air access and connections offered by Solenta Aviation. This private airline has Cessna Caravan Aircraft (12 - seats), based in Victoria Falls, Kariba and Harare. They operate shuttle flights, which are bookable on a per seat basis, with a minimum of two pax.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays;
Hop between Victoria Falls, Hwange, Kariba and Mana Pools with stops at lodges on Lake Kariba and Mana Pools on the Zambezi River (known as Lake hops and River hops)
eg. Depart Hwange to Mana Pools via Victoria Falls.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays;
You can link the Lake and River Lodges with Harare.
eg. Harare to Mana Pools (and vice versa); Bumi Hills to Harare (and vice versa)

On Fridays and Sundays;
You can link the Lake and River Lodges with Lusaka, via Kariba.
eg. Mana pools to Lusaka via Kariba (to clear customs); Lusaka to Bumi Hills via Kariba

The longest flights are USD225pp, the shorter distances are USD125pp and the lodge hops are USD100pp

What’s hot in Zim:

Camp Amalinda, part of the Amalinda Collection

Where is it: Within the Matobos National Park, not far from Zimbabwe’s second city of Bulawayo.

Tell us more: This unique safari lodge is tucked away in an ancient Bushman’s shelter, between the impressive granite domes of the Matobo Hills. The dining area and lounge are all on different levels, terraced up the hillside and adorned with African historical artifacts. The library contains some of the old African Classics, and the secluded chess room is located amongst the tranquility of the tree tops. Wine connoisseurs will love the natural cave wine cellar and sundowners are enjoyed around a warm fire in the rock enclosed boma, set within the terraces of the main lodge for that extra intimate atmosphere.

Best feature: Its unique setting and the rim flow pool.

Hmmm aspect: The twisty-turny pathways to the suites and the guest areas get quite narrow and tricky between the boulders, making navigation difficult

Price: Well priced at an average rate of USD342.00 rack per person per night including all meals, two game activities and all local drinks - good value considering the position, the food and the size of the suites.

Good to combine with: The Hide in Hwange and Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Victoria Falls – lodges with an authentic Zimbabwean feel.

Would suit best: Nature and history lovers alike.

Activities: Visit Rhode’s Grave at world’s view – a must. Go rhino tracking on foot.

Recommended Reading:
Zimbabwe In Pictures by Keith Hern

A large format 8.5x11 full colour journey covering the people, landscape, wildlife and cities of this amazing country shot by international photographer Keith Hern on his visit in autumn 2010. Areas visited include Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and the Matopo Hills – a veritable journey through Zimbabwe that brings this evocative country to life.

We love the book so much, that the next 10 agents who book a multi-point Zimbabwe tour (other than Vic Falls-only) with New Frontiers will receive a copy of the book on their doorstep!

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