At a glance
The exciting Simalaha Safari & Falls ride starts with a four-day horseback safari in the heart of the Simalaha Community Conservancy. The conservancy is a remote area unspoilt by frequent tourist visits with a variety of riding terrain, from vast open plains to mopane and acacia woodlands. There are no large predators in the conservancy, so for some considered a safer riding option.
Simalaha has sixteen large mammal species which can be seen on the plains and in the surrounding mopane forest, including wildebeest, zebra, impala, waterbuck, giraffe, buffalo, eland, hippos and side-striped jackal. You’ll ride 6 to 7 hours per day with a provision of two horses for each rider. Apart from seeing abundant wildlife and enjoying the beautiful landscapes, you’ll stop off at Mondes Village where guests can obtain a privileged insight into the local way of life.
Your journey continues with a three-night stay at Chundukwa River Lodge, where you have the opportunity to enjoy numerous in-house activities: a Zambezi sunset cruise with sundowner drinks and nibbles, a Victoria Falls day trip, a visit to the historic town of Livingstone, a mountain bike tour, a visit to the local village and community preschool, a guided bush walk and so much more!
This programme can be shortened to a five-day programme (one day less at each location) or can be extended with extra nights at the Chundukwa River Lodge. Non-riders are welcome to join their riding partners and friends. The first days in the Simalaha Community Conservancy, non-riders can enjoy long walks to watch wildlife, use the eco-bikes and take a guided visit to the villages. Non-riders can meet up with the riders for sundowners or picnics on the plains.
Your home for the first four nights is the luxurious Simalaha camp, which consists of four bespoke luxury tents with ensuite open-air bathroom. Each tent is raised above the ground with views over the endless grassy plains. There is also a shady elevated lounge and dining area, with a 270° view of the plains. The camp is designed to get the best out of outdoor living – whether it’s dining under the stars, resting under a shady tree in the heat of the day, or cooling off in the plunge pool at the edge of the plain.
The three last nights are spent at Chundukwa River Lodge, a luxurious lodge situated on the banks of the Zambezi river only 25 kilometres from the historic town of Livingstone and the mighty Victoria Falls. There are five river-facing chalets on stilts over the Zambezi River, each with their own sense of luxury, romantic charm and privacy.
Your hosts Doug and Gail have been exploring, observing and championing wild places in Zambia for over 40 years. They take pride at offering a sustainable and responsible tourism option, preserving and protecting the ecosystems they care so deeply about in order to ensure the natural habitats in their care thrive, while the communities who rely on them are supported.