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bullet Imagine sitting quietly just metres away from a herd of elephants drinking avidly from a plunge pool at the edge of the safari camp deck that is now their private water source.
bullet A large waterhole a short distance away provides more water for bathing and wallowing as the huge numbers of elephants visit the camp by day and night.
bullet Then a set of headphones, linking to the sophisticated microphone system, amplifies the rumbles, squeals, growls and trumpets made by the huge animals right in front of you.
bullet Discovering the sounds of the bush and learning to interpret the linked behaviour proves that nothing can provide a sense of place like sound...

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In the background more and more elephants come and go; bulls, cows and calves, young bulls who have left the breeding herds all interacting and communicating in one way or another while animal behaviour specialist Derek Solomon quietly discusses the behaviours and sounds heard through the sound system.

But it is not just the voices of the elephants that are picked up by the microphones. Lions and hyaenas, and maybe a leopard, call regularly around the camp at night. Cheetah and a variety of antelope have all been recorded at the waterhole. Spectacular birds in abundance join in on the experience – all identified and their behaviour explained.

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On selected drives the sound system is transferred to an open safari vehicle and the sounds of the bush are brought alive via your individual set of headphones. This is the home of the late Cecil the lion, and his females and progeny still roam the plans surrounding the camp. Highly skilled professional guides take us on these drives using their intimate knowledge of the area to track down the lions and the other animals such as herds of sable and the occasional roan antelope, giraffe, Cape buffalo and, with a bit of luck, African wild dogs. In addition to the sound experience there are fabulous photographic opportunities as well.

Walks with the armed professional guides are another option looking at the tracks and signs, the smaller creatures and always the possibility of approaching larger mammals while on foot.

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This remarkable experience takes place at Somalisa Expeditions Camp in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Somalisa is a small, authentic bush camp set in a stunning location amongst a grove of huge camelthorn acacia trees along the edge of an ancient seasonal floodplain. Somalisa has just six canvas tents each with en suite bathrooms, flush toilets and bush showers and solar lighting to minimise the impact on the local environment.

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matobo hills

bullet This ancient landscape touches the spirit and captivates the soul and the granite domes are rightly described one of the most breathtaking scenes in the world.
bullet Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 the stunning Matobo Hills is an area of enormous granite kopjes or whalebacks and wooded valleys that includes the Matobo National Park.
bullet Steeped in history from the early hunter-gatherers through to colonial times, the Hills have an intangible aura that is hard to explain.
bullet But it's not only about the scenery and history - the mammals and birds (and their sounds!) of the area are on our list too.

The Matobo Hills has one of the highest concentrations of rock art in southern Africa and is also rich in colonial history including being the home of Cecil Rhodes' grave. The remarkable balancing rock formations, wooded valleys and open grasslands make the Park an incredibly beautiful and diverse area. The mammal and bird list is impressive and includes both Black and White Rhino (with the chance of rhino tracking as an added adventure). The Matopos is also a raptor paradise with the spectacular Verreaux’s Eagles that live and breed in these hills forming part of an important research project that has been running for over 50 years - the longest bird of prey study anywhere in the world.

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Our base here is the extraordinary Camp Amalinda - the lodge is a design and building feat set in and around the rock formations; and we are joined by archeologist, historian and raconteur of note - Paul Hubbard - who will bring the area to life in his unique style.

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The Itinerary
Day 1, Arrive Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and overnight at Ilala Lodge on a bed & breakfast basis (this stay can easily be extended - particularly for those who have not visited the Falls before).
Day 2, Road transfer to Somalisa Camp, Hwange National park for 4 nights on an all inclusive basis.
Day 6, Road transfer to Camp Amalinda, Matobo Hills for 3 nights on an all inclusive basis.
Day 9, Road transfer to Bulawayo Airport for departure flights or onward extensions.

Possible extensions include excursions to the ancient Great Zimbabwe Monument and Gonarezhou National Park in the south east lowveld of the country.

The cost of the 9 day itinerary is US$4950 per person sharing with a US$1255 single supplement.
This includes accommodation, meals and road transfers as mentioned above; also included are game drives and activities and park fees in Hwange and Matobo Hills national parks; as well as local drinks and laundry at Somalisa Expeditions and Camp Amalinda. It also includes Derek Solomon as your specialist guide.
It excludes international and regional (Johannesburg-Victoria Falls and Bulawayo-Johannesburg) flights, accommodation in Johannesburg if required, meals (other than breakfast)and activities in Victoria Falls, imported alcohol, visa fees, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Contact us now at Kuyimba Trading for bookings and further information!

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